No. 5619 is Severn Valley’s latest spring gala visitor


The Severn Valley Railway (SVR) has confirmed the latest visiting locomotive for its spring steam gala is GWR 0-6-2T No. 5619.

GWR 0-6-2T No. 5619 visited the Nene Valley Railway last year, where it is seen on the turntable at Wansford on July 22, 2018. GARETH EVANS

The third visiting locomotive for the March 15-17 gala, billed by the SVR as a Great Western branchline bonanza, joins Llangollen Railway-based pannier tank No. 6430 and Didcot Railway Centre-based ‘Large Prairie’ No. 4144.

Owned by the Telford Horsehay Steam Trust, No. 5619 has recently been operating at the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.

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Running in South Wales for most of its life, No. 5619 adds to the distinct Welsh theme, with all but home-fleet engines No. 1450 and No. 1501 being based in Wales at some point in their working lives.

Exciting line-up

The fine selection of visiting locomotives will be supported by members of SVR’s resident fleet, including 0-6-0ST No. 813, 0-4-2T No. 1450, 0-6-0PT No. 1501, 2-8-0 No. 2857, 0-6-0PT No. 7714 and Manor 4-6-0 No. 7802 Bradley Manor.

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Other attractions will include:

  • Nos. 1450 and 6430 operating two Autotrains;
  • Short goods trains;
  • Double-headers;
  • Local services and full-line trains; and
  • Beautiful rakes of 20th century carriages.

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