Lady of Legend for Spring Steam Gala
The Severn Valley Railway is delighted to announce the debut appearance of GWR Class No. 2999 Lady of Legend at our season-opening Spring Steam Gala.
First confirmed Spring Steam Gala visitor, Lady of Legend will be in action during the extended, four-day event, from April 16th-19th. The SVR will be the first heritage railway to welcome the much-anticipated ‘new-re-build’ locomotive following its completion last year at Didcot Railway Centre.
Dubbed the ‘78th Saint’, Lady of Legend is the first new example of George Jackson Churchward’s Edwardian Saint class 4-6-0 to be built since 1913. Churchward’s iconic design included many revolutionary advances which influenced almost all subsequent British steam locomotive development, yet the class became extinct following the scrapping of Saint David in 1953.
Seventeen years on, a project was launched by the Great Western Society to re-create a ‘Saint’. As none were saved for preservation, No. 4942 Maindy Hall was purchased to be used as a base for one. Last year, No. 2999 Lady of Legend was completed.
SVR Gala Chairman Brian Malyon, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be bringing Lady of Legend to the SVR and are sure that it will really draw the crowds, just as ‘new’ locomotive Tornado has done during its very popular visits to the Railway.
"It is a very fitting gala visitor during the SVR’s 50th year in preservation, reflecting a celebration of our past heritage as well as the skills, dedication and technologies of today which are helping us to look firmly to the future.”
Our Spring Steam Gala will run for four days this year in its new April slot, and will feature up to four visiting locomotives in action alongside the home fleet. An intensive timetable including double-headed full-line services, goods trains and local services will be in operation, with services running into the evenings on the Friday and Saturday. Some more surprises are planned, to be announced shortly.
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