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.
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.
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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