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Land Rover to take to rails in Shropshire

By Jordan Reynolds | Bridgnorth entertainment | Published:

It is usually locomotives that are spotted steaming along the Severn Valley Railway.

A 1957 Series 1 88in Land Rover which can run on road and rails will be at the Severn Valley Railway this year. Picture: Severn Valley Railway

But later this year a quirky Land Rover will follow the iconic engines down the tracks.

A 1957 Series 1 88 Land Rover, which can run on road and rails, will be travelling along the line from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster as part of the railway's Steam on the Road event.

Known as "Plimsoll", the vehicle has a 1997cc four-cylinder petrol engine, a four-speed main gearbox and a two-speed transfer box with selectable four-wheel-drive.

The wheels are unique, and are custom-made from cast LM25 aluminium/magnesium alloy and can replace the road tyres in one hour.

The quirky vehicle has operated on the Foxfield Railway, North Yorkshire Moors Railway and Bluebell Railway, and will be able to add the Severn Valley Railway to its list during the summer.

Steam on the Road takes place on August 12 and 13, and will showcase steam on the road, and steam on the rails.

There will be steamrollers, traction engines, steam wagons, steam trains- and the rail-mounted Land Rover at the event.

There will also be a traction engine "play pen" in the carpark at Kidderminster station and brake van rides at Kidderminster on August 13.

For more information visit svr.co.uk

Jordan Reynolds

By Jordan Reynolds
Reporter - @jreynolds_star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star.

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