Tor­nado for SVR ‘fi­nale’ gala

Steam Railway (UK) - - Steam News -

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.

THE REV AN­DREW DOW

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.

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