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Spring Steam Gala: 16 to 18 March 2018
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The Radio



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PostPosted: Wed May 17, 2017 3:48 pm    Post subject: Spring Steam Gala: 16 to 18 March 2018 Reply with quote

Hi,

Are there any provisional dates for next year's (2018) Spring Steam Gala yet? And for that matter, the Autumn Steam gala, as I have to book leave, etc., well in advance?

Best regards,

Reg.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 9:10 pm    Post subject: Re: Spring Steam Gala 2018 Reply with quote

The Radio wrote:
Hi,

Are there any provisional dates for next year's (2018) Spring Steam Gala yet? And for that matter, the Autumn Steam gala, as I have to book leave, etc., well in advance?

Best regards,

Reg.

March 16th - 18th

First visitor announced as B12 8572 from NNR.
http://www.svr.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?a=799
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:21 pm    Post subject: B12 is back on the Valley. Reply with quote

http://www.svr.co.uk/NewsItem.aspx?a=799
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 1:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

60163 announced as visiting.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 30, 2017 6:28 pm    Post subject: spring gala 2018 Reply with quote

BORENADO AGAIN!!

Lets hope it does not get put on the teak set in favour of the B12. Hope there are one or two visiting engines still in the pipeline, as it is looking quite interesting with the other visitors announced. It will be nice to see locos new to the line or that have not visited for a few years, rather than the perennial visitor. Also looking forward to seeing 75069 back in service.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 25, 2017 8:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extracts from SVRLive [published 25 November 2017]
http://www.svrlive.com/ssg-2018

Completing a trio of LNER locomotives, we're thrilled to announce B1 No. 61264 is heading to the Severn Valley from March 16 - 18 to take a starring role in our grand season opener.

The 1947-built B1, visiting courtesy of the Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust and North Yorkshire Moors Railway, was used on the many express passenger trains between Nottingham, Leicester and London (Marylebone) in British Railways service.

The locomotive was withdrawn in November 1965, and rather than being scrapped immediately, the loco became Departmental No. 29 and was allocated to stationary boiler duties at Colwick.

Following her rescue from the scrapyard in 1976, the B1 returned to steam in 1997 after a 20-year restoration.

Joining us in March, the B1 stars alongside fellow LNER express locomotives B12 No. 8572 and A1 No. 60163 Tornado. This promises to be one of our best Spring Steam Galas yet.

This forum thread is a snapshot extract from the main SVRLive site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change.
Always refer back to and check main the web site to confirm details are still correct
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PostPosted: Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jackson_p wrote:
Extracts from SVRLive [published 25 November 2017]
http://www.svrlive.com/ssg-2018

Completing a trio of LNER locomotives, we're thrilled to announce B1 No. 61264 is heading to the Severn Valley from March 16 - 18 to take a starring role in our grand season opener.

Joining us in March, the B1 stars alongside fellow LNER express locomotives B12 No. 8572 and A1 No. 60163 Tornado. This promises to be one of our best Spring Steam Galas yet.


So with 61264, 8572, 60163 and Bellerophon, can we add to that 80072 (reported elsewhere as staying until April) and 75069 making its gala debut following overhaul, it will be like having six 'new' locos for the gala - what a bonanza!

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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 6:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Extract from the SVR web site
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=65

Spring Steam Gala

Opening our 2018 season, a great line-up of visiting locomotives supported by members of the Severn Valley Railway home fleet. A tantalising festival of locomotives large and small!

A great event for all the family; come along and get up close to an array of exciting steam locomotives, and sample a fantastic selection of attractions up and down the line. Pay once then jump on board a comfy carriage for the whole day and prepare to venture back in time!

Tickets will be available to pre-book shortly.

Visiting locomotives:
LNER B1 No. 61264
With thanks to Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust and North Yorkshire Moors Railway

LNER B12 No. 8572
With thanks to M&GN Joint Railway Society & North Norfolk Railway

LNER A1 No. 60163 Tornado
With thanks to the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust

BR Standard 4MT No. 80072
With thanks to Llangollen Railway

Haydock Foundry Bellerophon
With thanks to The Vintage Carriage Trust & Foxfield Railway

The fantastic selection of visiting locomotives will be supported by members of our home fleet.

Attractions include:
Local trains & Autotrains to-ing and fro-ing between stations and services into the evenings.
Double-headed Pannier Tanks.
Goods trains.
Intensive timetable.
Paddock Railway at Hampton Loade & Coalyard Miniature Railway in steam.
Kidderminster Railway Museum open.
Eardington Halt open for visits (no trains will stop at the station).

All locomotives and attractions are subject to availability. Further information available soon.

This forum thread is a snapshot extract from the main SVR web site and is not necessarily updated to reflect change.
Always refer back to and check main the web site to confirm details are still correct
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The B1 Locomotive Trust have announced no.61264 is to be repainted during its winter maintenance and emerge in LNER (lined) Black as no.1264.

Link to the press release: https://www.thompsonb1.org/2018/01/exciting-2018-news/

(copied from Nat Pres, thanks to James at www.steamvideos.net)


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 16, 2018 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great news another Big 4 livery.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

6023 now also planned to attend (see below):

DIDCOT PUTS 'KING'S' MAIN LINE FUTURE ON HOLD

SINGLE-chimney 'King' No. 6023 'King Edward II' will see its operation restricted to heritage lines for the foreseeable future after the Great Western Society put its main line aspirations on hold.
Since its return to steam in 2011 Didcot-based No. 6023 has yet to venture onto the main line under its own power. In 2013 it was fitted with its reduced-height boiler fittings, and has also received a new blastpipe and improved draughting arrangements, but the main line dream remained elusive; gauging restrictions preventing it venturing away from its home shed.
With around two years left on its boiler ticket, the GWS has carried out a review of the situation and regretfully decided to postpone its plans for main line operation.
A statement from the GWS said: "This was not an easy decision to make as lot of people have put in many hundreds, if not thousands of hours work on restoring the loco from its scrapyard condition as well as the considerable financial contribution made."
The GWS cited several reasons for the decision, principally:

A need to conclude the testing of the revised draughting.
The limited time left on No. 6023's boiler current certificate.
The general turmoil within the steam charter train business at the present time.
Route restrictions and limitations.
Cost of loaded test runs.

"It has been decided that at the present time it would be unwise to proceed any further with our plans to operate No. 6023 on the main line and that it should be postponed," the statement explained. "Our preferred option being to operate the loco on heritage railways and thereby gain valuable income towards a speedy boiler overhaul once her ticket has expired.
"Our aim would be to maintain her in full main line condition, with all the necessary annual safety checks, etc, so that should the situation change she could operate, once the necessary certification have been obtained, on the main line."
It is now hoped that 'King Edward II' will move by road to the Severn Valley Railway during February for testing of the revised draughting. If the outcome is successful, the blue 4-6-0 will take part in the SVR's March gala before moving to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway for its May gala.
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 31, 2018 9:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow we will have more guest engines than home engines at this rate!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
ow we will have more guest engines than home engines at this rate!

Its a good job as we don't really have many home engines at the moment. I believe none of the home fleet tender locos will be in use for the event, although the SVR website has 7802 down, so we will have to see.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Is eight available home engines really "not many"? Admittedly half are tank engines, but still, it seems a bit hyperbolic to imply the SVR is in such dire straits that a gala could only be run with huge amounts of hired locomotives!
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 01, 2018 8:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Is eight available home engines really "not many"? Admittedly half are tank engines, but still, it seems a bit hyperbolic to imply the SVR is in such dire straits that a gala could only be run with huge amounts of hired locomotives

If you take out 813 and 1450 (which are unsuitable for pretty much any standard SVR service train), there are only 6 locos which without doubt is much tighter than would be ideal, (don't forget we have lost 2 large locos at the end of last season).
Of course, the above assumes all locos are available for the gala, which there are not. 43106 won't be as it is being withdrawn for major repairs after February, and 2857 wont be back from its winter maintenance. Also, 34027 is undergoing a valve and piston exam, so not sure that will be ready in time, which makes sense as I believe it is not featured on the timetable. So, going back to my point, there aren't all that many loco's available, certainly by SVR standards!
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