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Severn Valley Railway Official Site
Head Office, Number One, Comberton Place, DY10 1QR Kidderminster
Spring Diesel Festival
Our Spring Diesel Festival is back with a bang: three days of visiting heritage and modern diesel locomotives, home-fleet action, evening running and one or two surprises!
Following the hugely successful event in 2016, 2017's diesel bonanza brings great opportunities for visiting locomotives and, with the lighter evenings, we are sure that May will be a hit with those who love the sounds of English Electric, Maybach and Sulzer diesel engines!
The event, and theme, will mark the 30th anniversary of the first Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala. Additionally, the festival will celebrate two other milestones; the 40th anniversary of the last Class 52 runs on British Railways, and the 25th anniversary of the first Class 50 runs on the SVR. Lookout for a number of special attractions to make these poignant occasions.
— Class 17 No. D8568
— Class 20 No. 20189
— Class 20 No. 20205
— Class 31 No. 31271
— Class 33 No. 33035
— Class 33 No. 33108
— Class 45 No. 45041 Royal Tank Regiment
— Class 45 No. 45060 Sherwood Forester
— Class 47 No. 47192
— Class 47 No. 47828
— Class 50 No. 50008 Thunderer
— Class 55 No. 55022 Royal Scots Grey
— Class 60 No. 60100, courtesy of DB Cargo UK
— Class 66 No. 66771, couresty of GBRf
— Class 73 No. 73107, courtesy of GBRf
— Class 73 No. 73965, courtesy of GBRf
— Class 88 No. 88003, couresty of DRS
The fantastic selection of visiting locomotives and special attractions will be supported by members of our home fleet, including: No. D2957, No. D3586, No. D4100 or No. 12099, Class 14 No. D9551, Class 50s No. 50031 Hood, No. 50035 Ark Royal and No. 50049 Defiance, Class 52s No. D1015 Western Champion and No. D1062 Western Courier. All locomotives are subject to availability.
— Kidderminster Diesel Depot open for visits on Saturday & Sunday
— Brake van rides at Highley on all three days, featuring No. D2957, a locomotive normally confined to Bewdley Yard
— A sight not to be missed: the two surviving Class 45/0 variants working alongside each other for the first time in preservation!
— Hired-in Mk2 air-conditioned carriages
— Kidderminster — Station DY10 1QX, Harriers Football Club DY10 1NB, King Charles School DY10 1XA (Saturday only)
— Bewdley — Station DY12 1BG, High School (Saturday only) DY12 1BL
— Bridgnorth — Station & overflow WV16 5DT (subject to dry weather conditions)
30 Years of Diesels on the SVR
A commemorative DVD, featuring 100 minutes of footage and 90 different locomotives in action, will be available to purchase at the event for just £5 per DVD! Don't miss this fantastic offer at our Spring Diesel Festival, available from our shops at Kidderminster, The Engine House and Bridgnorth during the event.
Revised fares apply. Annual Family Pass NOT VALID.
Diesel Footplate Experiences — svr.co.uk/drive-a-train
In the week running up to and after the Gala, Class 33 No. 33035, Class 45 No. 45060 and Class 55 No. 55022 Royal Scots Grey will be available to drive on our Footplate Experiences. Experience the power and surge of adrenaline as you take the controls of a former mainline diesel locomotive on our full day session! The train normally consists of six carriages, weighing approximately 200 tons in which up to six of your guests can travel free of charge. The Experiences are available on May 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th for £350, and must be pre-booked in advance.