THE Severn Valley Railway (SVR) is celebrating a 25% increase in visitor figures to its Spring Steam Gala on March 17-19 – a rise of more than 1,000 compared to the same event last year.
A total of 4,537 passengers were lured to the line for the 10-engine gala, a figure that does not include other visitors who may have purely been linesiding and not actually sampling the various haulage on offer.
A big draw was the presence of Malachite Green-liveried ‘Battle of Britain’ No. 34081 92 Squadron, which was making its first gala appearance away from its Nene Valley Railway base since the completion of its overhaul.
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In spite of running without nameplates or RAF insignia, the ‘Spam Can’ still made an impressive sight, and provided an interesting comparison with its two rebuilt classmates –
Nos. 34053 Sir Keith Park and 34027 Taw Valley, which were also in action.
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