Mogul and ‘Wells’ join the ‘Q’ at Severn Valley autumn spectacular

A DISTINCT Southern Region atmosphere surrounded the Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) Autumn Steam Gala on September 19-22, with five of the participating locomotives having a BR(S) pedigree.

East Lancashire Railway Bulleid ‘West County’ No. 34092 City of Wells was surprisingly making its first visit to SVR metals. The air-smoothed Pacific proved to be a popular draw, and perfectly complemented resident rebuilt classmate No. 34027 Taw Valley, which was also in service over the weekend.

Mid-Hants Railway-based Riddles ‘4MT’ Mogul No. 76017, wearing Southern headcode discs, runs through Eardington Halt on September 20 with Wolseley Hornet looking on. ANDREW BELL

Also visiting for the gala was Mid-Hants Railway-based BR ‘4MT’ Mogul No. 76017, which like City of Wells was making a first-time appearance on the former GWR branch. 

The former Salisbury engine was one of two BR Standard ‘4MTs’ in action, the other being the SVR’s own double-chimney 4-6-0 variant No. 75069.

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