NEWLY restored and reliveried Duchess of Sutherland has been booked for the Severn Valley Railway’s September 20-23 autumn steam gala, which organisers are boasting will be bigger and better than ever.
The annual showpiece event will also feature LMS ‘Black Five’ No. 45231 The Sherwood Forester and the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group’s LNER Q6 0-6-0 No. 63395. Another guest engine may be booked.
There will be overnight running on the Friday and Saturday with GWR 4-6-0 No. 7802 Bradley Manor and Ivatt ‘Flying Pig’ mogul No. 43106.
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An added attraction is that Collett 0-4-2T No. 1450 will be hauling auto-trains, using one (push-pull) or two coaches (sandwich mode).
An early-morning walk-on breakfast train will run from Bridgnorth and Kidderminster on the Saturday and Sunday, and the Severn Valley Limited Dining Train will operate on the Sunday.
Eardington Halt will open for visits, although trains will not stop there.
The Engine House at Highley will have two new residents in small prairie No. 4566 and pannier No. 5764.
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