Gallery & Video: Steam Gala fun at Severn Valley

Thousands of rail enthusiasts made tracks to the Severn Valley Railway as the heritage line staged its traditional Spring Steam Gala.


The event offered visitors the chance to experience the good old days of steam train travel which proved a draw for visitors wanting to see the classic engines in action.

It ran from Friday to yesterday with people steaming into stations along the Bridgnorth to Kidderminster line during all three days.

And visitors were in for a special treat at this year’s event with the arrival of visiting engine No. 6435 – the first time the railway has welcomed this class of locomotive.

The No. 6435 is an auto-fitted Pannier tank and was brought to the railway especially for the gala from Cornwall’s Bodmin and Wenford Railway.

Over the course of the weekend it was paired with an autocoach, perfectly recreating a scene from its Great Western Railway days allowing visitors to take a step back into the past. The unique train provided an authentic glimpse of how Great Western branchlines would have worked.

Visitors also enjoyed the ever popular No. 4936 Kinlet Hall. Spokeswoman Liz Sweetman said: “The gala is always a popular event and we were expecting around 3,000 this year.”

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