SVR hosts corporate rail event with GBRf Class 66

FOLLOWING on from the appearance of GBRf Class 66 No. 66763 Severn Valley Railway during its namesake’s Goods Gala on June 2-3, the EMD Co-Co diesel electric stayed on Severn Valley Railway (SVR) metals for a series of corporate events provided for Network Rail and GBRf during the ensuing week.

Delegates were able to enjoy driver- experience sessions at the controls of the 3,300bhp main line Class 66, in what the SVR described as being “a much more hands-on and in-depth version of a driver-experience course that brings (the SVR) a closer working relationship with key industry partners.”

GBRf Class 66 No. 66763 Severn Valley Railway makes an incongruous sight at the head of a train of new air-braked bogie hopper wagons at Bridgnorth on the evening of June 2. PAUL APPLETON

During the Goods Gala, the modern consist operated between service trains on both days to offer a contrast with the early 20th century loose-coupled freight train hauled by centenarian No. 2857. The event was staged to celebrate the 100th birthday of GWR Churchward 2-8-0 No. 2857.

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