Steam locomotive 2999 Lady of Legend set for Severn Valley Railway visit

2999 Lady of Legend
Credit: Ben Jenden

The Severn Valley Railway has announced that GWR Saint No. 2999 Lady of Legend will be visiting them for their Spring Steam Gala.

The Spring Steam Gala will be held between the 16th and 19th April 2020.

2999 is the first gala visitor announced for the 2020 Spring Steam Gala, with more yet to be announced.

2999 Lady of Legend visits thanks to the Didcot Railway Centre.

You can book your tickets for the gala by clicking here.

History of 2999 Lady of Legend

Impression of 2999 "Lady of Legend" Credit: The Saint Product Website
An impression of 2999 “Lady of Legend” Credit: The Saint Product Website

A prototype Saint was built in 1902 and was used for stopping and express passenger services on the Great Western. They made the basis for the Hall class when 2925 St Martin was rebuilt in 1924. They lasted until 1951 when the class were withdrawn in 1951. Fast forward to the 21st Century – the Didcot Railway Centre started the new-build locomotive in 2009, and the completed 2999 steamed in passenger service in 2019.

What did the officials say?

SVR Gala Chairman Brian Malyon, said:

“We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Lady of Legend to the SVR and are sure that it will really draw the crowds, just as ‘new’ locomotive Tornado has done during its very popular visits to the Railway.

“It is a very fitting gala visitor during the SVR’s 50th year in preservation, reflecting a celebration of our past heritage as well as the skills, dedication and technologies of today which are helping us to look firmly to the future.”

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2 COMMENTS

  1. Great news – will enable “Lady of Legend” to stretch her legs on the SVR, and enable a wider audience of people to view and appreciate the work of dedicated restorers of this long-extinct but happily now re-created class of GWR engineering excellence!

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