The Severn Valley Railway has confirmed Great Western Railway 56XX No.5619 is the third guest engine for their March 2019 Spring Steam Gala.
No.5619 is the oldest preserved member of the 56XX class, being built at Swindon Works in March 1925.
The 56XXs were primarily built to replace the hundreds of engines taken over by the GWR in the 1923 grouping.
The tank was eventually withdrawn in June 1964, where the engine was then sent to the famous Barry Scrapyard. The engine was later restored in 1981 and has been seen running on various heritage lines across the country. Owned by Telford Steam Railway, 5619 carries BR Unlined Black with Late Crest.
About the Spring Steam Gala
Also known as the Great Western branch line bonanza, the SVR has planned the perfect line-up for this GWR branch line themed weekend. Large Prairie No.4144 and Pannier Tank No.6430 join 5619 as visitors for the event, working alongside home fleet engines of Ex-Port Talbot Railway No.813, Small Tank No.1450, Hawksworth Pannier Tank No.1501, Heavy Freight loco No.2857, Pannier Tank No.7714 and ‘Manor’ No.7802 “Bradley Manor”.
Key attractions include auto trains, double heading and short goods trains. For more information or to buy your tickets online now, please visit the Severn Valley Railway’s website here.
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