‘Gronk’ replaces ‘King’ on Severn Valley

MAY 5 was not a good day on the Severn Valley Railway, when No. 6023 King Edward II failed at Bridgnorth after its first run, and did not run again that day.

Golden ochre-liveried Class 14 No. D9551 was sent out to replace the blue ‘King’, but that also failed at Bridgnorth while waiting to head the 12.40 to Kidderminster.

The only operational loco available at the station was now Class 08 D3586 (08471). This resulted in a lot of surprised and no doubt disappointed photographers when a ‘Gronk’ was seen heading the train rather than a gleaming GWR 4-6-0!

No. D3586 hauled the train as far as Highley, where Class 50 No. 50049 Defiance was waiting to take over and work it through to Kidderminster. It was due to arrive there at 13.50, but pulled in two hours late, at 15.50.

The two diesels which worked the 12.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster – Nos. D3586 and 50049 – are seen side-by-side at Highley during the swap over. Picture: STEVE WIDDOWSON

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