Tornado, B12 & Bellerophon!
Who loves Tornado? We do!
We're thrilled to announce No. 60163 Tornado, the 100mph engine, will
be starring alongside B12 No. 8572 and Bellerophon at our Spring Steam
Gala in 2018.
From March 16 - 18, the sight of two apple-green
liveried LNER express locomotive will be a sight not to be missed. We
believe it is the first time the two engines, in their current liveries,
will have worked together.
With thanks to The A1 Steam
Locomotive Trust, the new-build locomotive last visited us in 2016
alongside Flying Scotsman at Pacific Power, and later in the year at our
Season Finale Gala.
The legendary locomotive, Britain’s newest
steam engine built in 2008, will be celebrating its 10th Birthday with
us at our Gala at the beginning of our 2018 season. Despite the
A1's youth, Tornado has already become an icon, finding fame in Top Gear
and the 2017 family feature film Paddington 2, as well as being the
first locomotive to reach 100mph in 50 years, so it comes as no surprise
that we are so excited to welcome No. 60163 back!
Bellerophon joins B12!
With thanks to the Vintage Carriage Trust and Foxfield Railway,
1874-built Bellerophon will be making its Severn Valley Railway debut
from March 16th - 18th, and joins already-confirmed B12 No. 8572.
Some of you may have seen this quirky locomotive on the BBC's
period-drama Cranford, when the engine collided with Bessie the cow and
derailed! Let's hope all Bessie's friends are secure in their fields
Uniquely-surviving Bellerophon is one of the oldest steam locomotives to
be seen in action anywhere in the world, and offers one of the best
surviving insights into the development of early purpose-built powerful
The 'well-tank' was one of six almost identical locomotives built for
the Haydock Collieries between 1868 and 1887, and unusually for the
time, has outside motion and piston valves - nearly two decades before
this type of valve gear is generally recognised as being in use.
Tickets for the event will go on sale shortly, and we'll be announcing up to two more visitors in the coming weeks...
B12 back to the Valley!
Returning after its last visit 20 years ago, LNER B12 No. 8572 will star
at the event from March 16th - 18th, alongside a number of other
visiting and home-fleet engines.
Built in 1928, the majestic 'Wandering 1500' in striking Apple Green
livery will be paired with our beautiful rake of LNER Teak carriages for
the event, and makes a rare appearance away from its North Norfolk
Unique in being the only British inside cylinder 4-6-0 to be preserved,
No. 8572 last visited us in September & October 1998, starring in
the Autumn Steam Gala of that year, once again paired with the Teaks.
Plans are afoot for a further three visiting engines to join No. 8572 at
the event, which is also set to star British Railways Standard 4 No.
75069, which is due to return to service later this year following
We're sure you're as excited for the event as we are, and you'll be putting this date in your diary!
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