THE Severn Valley Railway has completed one of the biggest Engine House Visitor Centre locomotive reshuffles in preparation for its Last Days of Steam event on Saturday, August 4.
A week before the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ ran, marking the last steam-hauled main line passenger train run by BR, the final ‘normal’ steam services were run in north west England.
On that day, two Severn Valley locomotives were in operation – LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 45110 and Stanier 8F No. 48773.
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To mark 50 years since that ‘last’ day, on August 4 the pair will be on display at Kidderminster in Platform 2, making a rare appearance outside the Engine House at Highley. Visiors will be able to visit the cabs of both engines.
On June 20, an 11-strong team of SVR staff and volunteers including drivers, firemen, signalmen and other operational staff, completed the large-scale relocation of engines to and from the Engine House. This major logistical operation included closing The Engine House – home to the SVR’s reserve collection of locomotives – for the day. Two diesels moved the steam engines in and out of the building, and transported them along the line.
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