Locomotive 31163 to visit the Severn Valley Railway

Credit: Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

The Severn Valley Railway has announced that Class 31 97205 (31163) will be visiting the line for their Spring Diesel Gala.

An intensive timetable will be in operation at the gala.

31163 joins Class 25 No. D7535, Class 33 No. 33108, Class 37 No. 37688, Class 40 No. 40106 Atlantic Conveyor, Class 44 No. D4 Great Gable, Class 46 No. 46010 and Class 55 ‘Deltic’ No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier.

The locomotive is visiting thanks to the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway.

A brief history of 31163

31163 was built by Brush Traction for British Railways in 1960. It worked in the United Kingdom on the mainline up until 1999 when it was withdrawn from traffic. Since then, it has been preserved by the Midland Railway Centre, at Butterley, however, is now approaching the end of a long time out of action, and is set to return to traffic at the Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway Diesel Gala on the 5th – 7th April 2019.

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