Two diesel locomotives return to the Severn Valley Railway for the Spring Diesel Festival

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Two guests announced for Severn Valley Railway’s Spring Diesel Festival

Two guest locomotives will visit the railway, which runs from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster, for its Spring Diesel Festival in May.

BR Class 44 diesel trains No. 44004 ‘Great Gable’ (D4) and BR Class 46 46045 (D182) will travel for the event, which runs from May 19-22.

And, BR Class 46 46045 will return to the SVR for the first time since 2016.

Gus Dunster, Chairman of the Severn Valley Railway Diesels Committee, said: “It’s a real highlight to have both D4 and D182 visiting the SVR for the Spring Diesel Festival.

“Each year the event grows in size and we are really delighted that Peak Locomotive Co Ltd has entrusted us with the two locomotives for the event.

“We expect to announce two more visiting heritage locomotives in the coming weeks, as well as modern freight locomotives, courtesy of some of the rail freight companies that SVR works closely with.

“With a variety of driving power along the length of the line over the four days, we’re sure every passenger will find plenty to see.”

The event is said to be a rare opportunity for visitors to see the two engines away from their base at Midland Railway – Butterly in Derbyshire.

The D4 locomotive is one of only two surviving Class 44s, which has not visited the SVR since 1987, when it performed in the railway’s first-ever diesel gala.

The event will run in its traditional format – allowing passengers to hop on and off as they please – switching between trains to ensure they rack up the miles.

SVR food outlets, pubs and The Engine House will all be open throughout the event.

Alongside special guests, SVR will operate its unmatched fleet of Class 50, Class 40 40106, Class 42 ‘Warship’ and ‘Greyhound’, Class 52 ‘Western Champion’ and ‘Western Courier’, Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9551 and Class 17 Clayton D8568.

Tickets are available online now at SVR.CO.UK or by calling 01562 757 900.

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