Tornado for SVR ‘finale’ gala
The final visiting engine for the Severn Valley Railway’s Season Finale Gala on November 5/6 has been announced: ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado. The locomotive was recently the star of the SVR’s ‘Pacific Power’ event on September 22-26, when it lined up alongside ‘A3’ No. 60103 Flying Scotsman for the first time in preservation. The railway reported that, in addition to the 15,000 people who bought tickets to ride behind what are, arguably, preservation’s most famous engines, a further 30,000 took to the lineside to witness the spectacle of the two LNER ‘Pacifics’ working the 16-mile line. Also visiting the Bridgnorth-Kidderminster railway are Hughes-Fowler ‘Crab’ 2-6-0 No. 13065, courtesy of the East Lancs Railway, and GWR ‘42XX’ No. 4270, from the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The ‘Crab’, which is currently lined out in LMS Crimson Lake, previously visited the SVR in 2001 and its anticipated pairing with the line’s LMS rake will surely be a highlight of the event. The trio of visiting locomotives will be joined by former Port Talbot Railway 0-6-0ST No. 813 and Collett ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT No. 7714. The former will be making its first public appearance since the completion of its overhaul in August this year, while the latter’s availability is subject to the completion of its overhaul, which is now at an advanced stage. Rounding out the line-up is ‘Small Prairie’ No. 4566, which will be making its last gala appearance before being withdrawn for overhaul.
At the Severn Valley’s ‘Pacific Power’ event, Tornado, with nine Gresley teak coaches in tow, nears Foley Park tunnel with a Bridgnorth-Kidderminster train on September 22.