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Wales, wind and the Western dominate SVR’s spring gala

THE Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR)season-opening Spring Steam Gala took place over the three days of March 15-17

It brought together a variety of tank engines of predominantly, but not exclusively, GWR origin with links to Wales.

Home-based ‘57XX’ No. 7714 double-heads the LNER teak set past Tenbury Wall with visiting ‘64XX’ No. 6430 during the Severn Valley Railway gala on March 16. CLIVE HANLEY

It’s fair to say that after the snows of 2018 the SVR was hoping the weather would be kinder this year, but while the white stuff was nowhere to be seen, the effects of Storm Hannah could be felt in the early high winds, grey skies and low temperatures. 

Yet the sun did break through at times, and in excess of 3,000 visitors turned up to experience
a gala that dispensed with big-name guest locomotives in favour of the humble workhorse.

Read more in the April 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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