The Severn Valley Railway held its Autumn Steam Gala 2021 between the 16th and 19th September and saw thousands of enthusiasts visit the heritage railway.
Despite two locomotive withdrawals, including 4953 Pitchford Hall and GWR 813, re-organisation of the diagrams helped and meant the services on the railway, which runs between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster, could run with minimal disruption.
The overnight services also returned, as well as an intensive timetable with freight trains.
“It really is very satisfying that the SVR has pulled off this Gala so well,” said Brian Malyon, chairman of the Steam Gala Committee. “Considering how recently Covid-19 restrictions have been eased, and the fact that we only re-introduced ‘hop on, hop off’ services a couple of weeks ago, I think we’ve done this very successfully.
“We saw a full timetable of services, which included a number of goods trains between Kidderminster and Bewdley, as well as overnight running on both the Friday and Saturday. Once again, the SVR has risen to the occasion, and it’s testament to our volunteers, who over the course of the four-day event, have put in around 600 shifts between them, carrying out roles from footplate crew to station staff and everything in between.”
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