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Severn Valley Railway 'Autumn Steam Gala' - Sunday 26th September 2010

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Published on Oct 2, 2010

The Severn Valley Railway's Autumn Steam Gala 2010 celebrated the line's 40 Years of Steam, so added something extra to 'The UKs Premier Steam Event', the only gala that see's trains run for around 58hrs continuously from Friday morning to Sunday evening, through two nights. Just like the Spring Gala, some ex locos returned.

The engine that hauled the very first public service on 23rd May 1970, GWR 'Collett Goods' number 3205, returned to the railway to mark the occasion, alongside - 3717 'City of Truro' (who was overhauled at the railway for the GWR150 celebrations and painted BR Black on one side!), 'Small Prairie number 5542 (partly restored from Barry scrapyard condition at Bridgnorth), 5690 'Leander' (owned by the SVR from 1983 to 1989, who also worked the first passenger train into Kidderminster Town in 1984) and 34070 'Manston' (replacement for 70000 'Britannia' as they are similar). Full 13 locomotive line up --

| GWR 0-6-0 2251 'Collett Goods' Class number 3205 (on loan from the South Devon Railway)
| GWR 4-4-0 37xx 'City' Class number 3717 (3440) 'City of Truro' (part of the National Collection and normally based at the Gloucs. Warks. Rly.)
| GWR 2-6-2T 45xx 'Small Prairie Tank' Class number 4566
| GWR 2-6-2T 5101 'Large Prairie Tank' Class number 5164
| GWR 2-6-2T 4575 (55xx) 'Small Prairie Tank' Class number 5542 (owned by 5542 Ltd.)
| LMS 4-6-0 5XP 'Jubilee' Class number 5690 'Leander' (owned by Mr Chris Beet and based at Carnforth WCRC depot)
| GWR 0-6-0PT 57xx 'Pannier Tank' Class number 5764
| GWR 4-6-0 78xx 'Manor' Class number 7802 'Bradley Manor'
| GWR 4-6-0 78xx 'Manor' Class number 7812 'Erlestoke Manor'
| SR 4-6-2 '(Unrebuilt) Battle of Britain' Class number 34070 'Manston' (owned by Southern Locomotives Ltd and based at the Swanage Railway)
| LMS 2-6-0 5MT 'Stainer Mogul' Class number 42968 (spare loco at Bridgnorth)
| BR(M) 2-6-0 4MT Class number 43106 aka 'The Flying Pig' (nights only)
| BR(M) 2-6-0 2MT 'Mickey' Class number 46443 (nights only)

Please note that some locomotives do not feature in this video but can be found in others of mine.

The SVR were once again able to pair up engines with matching stock, the highlights being 'Truro' on some GWR coaches and 'Leander' on the Stainer Period LMS rake and 'Manston' on Blood & Custard Mark 1s amongst other pairings.

For the Sunday I visited with my Dad and Uncle Aaron, the plan we did was -

0920 Kidderminster to Arley with 7812 to Bewdley and 7802 to Arley
0957 Arley to Kidderminster with 5164
1100 Kidderminster to Arley with 3205
1156 Arley to Bewdley with 3205
1308 Bewdley to Highley with 34070
1528 Highley to Bridgnorth with 5690
1705 Bridgnorth to Highley with 3717
1806 Highley to Bridgnorth with 34070
1845 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster with 3205 & 7802 leading and 34070 on the rear

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