Big shunt readies SVR for last day of steam ’68 event

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.

LMS ‘Jinty’ No. 47383 and ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ participant ‘Black Five’ No. 45110 at Highley during the great shunt of Engine House Visitor centre exhibits. LEWIS MADDOX

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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