Severn Valley Railway celebrates spring with gala - with video

A festival of locomotives marked the start of the Severn Valley Railway’s steam season, with thousands of people attending its spring steam gala.

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The polished and preened BR Standard 9F No 92214 – one of the stars of the spring gala arrives at Bridgnorth Station

The event started on Friday and ran until yesterday, with between 2,500 and 3,000 people attending each day.

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It featured a top line-up of visiting locomotives, supported by members of the SVR home fleet.

Among the star locos visiting this year was LMS Ivatt 2 No. 41312, which made its first visit to the Severn Valley track in 16 years.

It was joined by an SR Battle of Britain No. 34081 92 Squadron and BR Standard 9F No. 92214, one of the most powerful locomotives in Britain.

The visiting locomotives were supported by members of the SVR’s home fleet, including No. 813, No. 1450, No. 1501, No. 2857, No. 7714, No. 7802 Bradley Manor, No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor, No. 34027 Taw Valley, No. 34053 Sir Keith Park and No. 43106.

Visitors were able to take steam train and brake van rides, as well as get on board evening services.

People also enjoyed looking at the new exhibitions at The Engine House Visitor Centre at Highley.

Chris Thomas, station master at Bridgnorth, said: “It’s been very busy. We had about 2,500 people here on Friday and 3,000 on Saturday. It’s a good turnout. It’s certainly busier than last year but we have had quite good weather. People have been enjoying themselves and seem to be very pleased with it.

“We also have a large number of old carriages. The oldest coach we have is 105 years old.”

For more information visit www.svr.co.uk or call 01562 757900.

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