Steam locomotive 6430 to visit the Severn Valley Railway

6430 and 80072 at Llangollen
6430 and 80072 at Llangollen // Credit: RailAdvent

The Severn Valley Railway has announced that steam locomotive No.6430 will be visiting them for their Spring Steam Gala in 2019.

The GWR Pannier tank will be visiting the line for their Spring Steam Gala 2019. It will star at the gala alongside other visitors, set to be announced.

6430s visit is thanks to the Llangollen Railway, where the locomotive is normally based.

More information on the gala will be announced soon, however, the date for the gala is March 15 – 17 2019.

History of 6430

Built in March 1937, 6430 was fitted with autotrain equipment like the other 39 engines of the 64XXs. Devon, Cornwall and South Wales were home to the class, where they worked branch line trains on the hilly routes.

After 25-30 years in service, both closings of branch lines and the introduction of Diesel Multiple Units (DMUs) saw the tanks being withdrawn in the 1960s.

October 1964 saw 6430’s withdrawal, with the tank moving to Cashmore for cutting up. Luckily, the Dartmouth Railway brought the engine, although as spares for their own 64XX No.6412, 6430 survived in preservation.

Restoration of 6430 was hard due to the engine’s condition and losing many parts but after almost a decade, the tank moved under its own steam in December 2003. Entering traffic in Spring 2004, 6430 is now running on its second boiler ticket, after an overhaul completed in 2015. 6430 is currently based at the Llangollen Railway.

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Michael Holden avatar
I have had an interest in Railways for as long as I can remember. I am a member of a number of heritage railways and actively volunteer at 2 of them. I enjoy all types of railways, real life, model and simulations. I started RailAdvent in 2014 and am the main editor of the site.

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