Our stars at the Severn Valley

We can imagine you missed it, but in case you did, here’s our report from the Severn Valley Railway Autumn Steam Gala that ran from the 17th to 20th September, featuring Britannia and the public debut of Royal Scot to service.

The prelude to the gala was a calm affair. Royal Scot spent the two weeks prior trundling up and down the railway from Britannia to Kidderminster, first light engine and then with carriages in tow, testing her capabilities.

Royal Scot has been out on her first test runs at the Severn Valley Railway this week. Here are some of the fantastic...

Posted by Royal Scot on Thursday, 10 September 2015

Her return was not without incident, with a few small areas requiring attention from the LNWR Heritage team who have been looking after her, led by Steve Latham and Bob Allen. Happily everything was ready for the 17th and Royal Scot’s public debut…

Things started somewhat sedately, with Royal Scot and Britannia both in action on the Thursday of the gala. Both locos started exactly as they were to go on. With no more than a couple of minor issues to deal with, both put on fantastic performances that were to continue throughout the weekend.

Royal Scot crosses Victoria Bridge – Jed Bennett

From Friday morning things were all go, with the start of 24hr service – though thankfully not for our locomotives – right the way through to Sunday evening. The more intensive timetable saw Britannia working a freight service from Kidderminster amongst her passenger duties while Royal Scot was for many the indisputable star of the show.

From the 17 - 20 September, Royal Scot will be making her return to passenger service on the Severn Valley Railway after...

Posted by Royal Scot on Thursday, 17 September 2015

It was fantastic to see so many people at the Severn Valley Railway, and we are delighted that the event proved to be such a success. Hearty congratulations must go to the LNWR Heritage team who have overseen Royal Scot’s return to service, the Locomotive Services Ltd. support crew who looked after Britannia during her stay, and of course the hundreds of dedicated staff and volunteers of the Severn Valley Railway who make events like this possible.

Title photo courtesy Graham Nuttall.