‘B1’ makes Eastern trio for Severn Valley March gala

NORTH Yorkshire Moors Railway-based Thompson ‘B1’ No. 61264 will appear at the Severn Valley Railway’s Spring Steam Gala on March 16-18, an event that will have a strong Eastern Region feel.

Thompson ‘B1’ No. 61264 departs Keighley with the 11.30 for Oxenhope during its visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on March 4. It will soon be seen on Severn Valley metals. LES NIXON

The Thompson B1 Locomotive Trust’s BR black 4-6-0 is the third loco with LNER/BR(E) links to be confirmed for the season-opening event, joining the Apple Green duo of ‘B12’ 4-6-0 No. 8572, courtesy of the M&GN Society and the North Norfolk Railway, and ‘A1’ Pacific No. 60163 Tornado.

BR ‘Standard 4’ 2-6-4T No. 80072 will remain on the Bridgnorth to Kidderminster line following its work over Christmas (see separate story), and will take its place alongside the Eastern trio at the March event.

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With such a strong contingent of visiting engines, the railway is not looking to field many of the home fleet during the event.

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