Ten Class 50s lined up for Severn Valley October gala

A CELEBRATION of 50 years of Class 50 locomotives will see at least 10 of the popular class appearing at the Severn Valley Railway’s diesel gala on October 4-6.

However, as many as a dozen of the class could attend.

The gala is expected to be the largest event in preservation featuring one type of loco, and has been dubbed ‘the gala of the year’.

It is being supported by The Railway Magazine and sister title Rail Express.

Two of the class that will appear at the gala: Nos. 50049 Defiance and 50007 Hercules, running as Nos. 50011 and 50006, pull away from Abbotswood Junction with Pathfinder’s ‘Mazey Day Cornishman’ charter from Tame Bridge Parkway to Penzance on June 23. DAVID DEW

The ‘Golden Jubilee’ gala will feature five locos from the Class 50 Alliance stud – Nos. 50007 Hercules, 50031 Hood, 50035 Ark Royal, 50044 Exeter, and 50049 Defiance.

Recent arrival, No. 50033 Glorious, will also be present and it is anticipated it will be running in time for the event.

Other locos will include No. 50026 Indomitable, and negotiations are taking place for visits from Nos. 50008 Thunderer, 50015 Valiant, 50017 Royal Oak, and 50050 Fearless.

Discussions for other locos from the total of 18 survivors are ongoing.

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