Prince at Porthmadog
No.2 Prince waiting for departure with the 9:30am from Harbour Station

This weekend sees the Severn Valley Railway hold their annual Autumn Steam Gala, which sees 4 visitors join the home fleet in what should be a fun filled steamy weekend!

The home fleet of 813, 1501, 7714, 7812 Erlestoke Manor, 34027 Taw Valley, 34053 Sir Keith Park, 1450, 7802 Bradley Manor and 43106 will all be joined by these visiting locomotives for the weekend:

Visiting locomotives:

No. 926 Repton – Southern Railways ‘Schools’

No. 926 Repton at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway
No. 926 Repton // Credit: DocBrown.info

Recently overhauled in 2017 after a lenghty time out, the Schools class will be visiting from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway, and will be running in ‘Southern’ livery. The locomotive was built by Southern Railway in Eastleigh in May 1934.

 

No. 564 – Great Eastern Railway ‘Y14’

Y14 No. 564 will be visiting the SVR for the Autumn Steam Gala from the North Norfolk Railway and with thanks to the M&GN Joint Railway Society. The locomotive was built at Stratford Works in 1912 and was based at Lowestoft. The locomotive is in running condition and is a regular sight on the NNR.

No. 323 Bluebell – South Eastern & Chatham Railway ‘P’

No. 323 Bluebell // Credit: Bluebell Railway
No. 323 Bluebell // Credit: Bluebell Railway

323 ‘Bluebell’ will be visiting the Severn Valley courtesy of the Bluebell Railway. This locomotive was built by SECR in 1910, with the P Class being an updated version of the Terrier Class. Last overhaul was in 2011 and is a regular on the Sussex line.

No. 2 Prince – ‘George England’

Prince at Dinas with a Shuttle Train to Beddgelert
Prince at Dinas with a Shuttle Train to Beddgelert

One of the oldest running steam locomotives in steam. Prince is visiting from the Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. Prince is a George England locomotive which was built in 1863 and has been a regular sight at special events since.

 

Other Attractions include:

  • Overnight running on Friday and Saturday with No. 34027 Taw Valley and No. 34053 Sir Keith Park – this marks 50 years since the end of Southern Steam.
  • The last gala appearance of Sir Keith Park before it leaves the SVR at the end of the year.
  • Last Gala appearance of GWR Manor No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor before overhaul.
  • Early morning breakfast train from Bridgnorth and Kidderminster on Saturday and Sunday.
  • Autotrains with No. 1450.
  • Victorian narrow gauge steam train rides with No. 2 Prince at The Engine House.

 

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