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Spring Steam Gala

Our Great Western branchline bonanza!

March 15th - 17th

Spring Steam Gala

Opening our 2019 season, we hark back to branchline Britain as Great Western Railway tank engines take centre stage!

The event will see up to 10 engines in steam, trundling along the beautiful Severn Valley. From the distant clank of a goods trains, to Autotrains puffing back and forth, prepare to venture back in time! With several locomotives in action that worked in Wales before preservation, we have ourselves a distinct theme...

Visiting locomotives:

GWR Pannier Tank No. 6430
No. 6430 worked Autotrains in the South Wales Valleys from 1940 until 1954, being based at Pontypool and Newport during this time. With thanks to Llangollen Railway.

GWR Large Prairie No. 4144
Based at Tondu for a number of years, the Large Prairie could be found hauling local passenger trains deep in South Wales. With thanks to Great Western Preservation.

GWR 5600 No. 5619
Heavy coal trains were the staple diet for No. 5619 pre-preservation, having been based at Barry for a number of years. With thanks to Telford Horsehay Steam Trust.

Home fleet locomotives:

GWR Saddle Tank No. 813
Originally built for the Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company, No. 813 was predominantly used for hauling coal trains and shunting in colliery sidings.

GWR Autotank No. 1450
Whilst never working in Wales during it's pre-preservation, the Class 1400's, could often be found all over Wales operating Autotrains on branchlines.

GWR Pannier Tank No. 1501
Another locomotive that never saw service in Wales, No. 1501 and its classmates could be found hauling long rakes of empty coaching stock in and out of Paddington Station.

GWR heavy-freight No. 2857
The largest locomotive in service during the Gala, No. 2857 ended its working life in Neath (having spent many years at other sheds in South Wales) after covering 1,276,713 miles.

GWR Pannier Tank No. 7714
Hundreds of Pannier Tanks were built for the Great Western Railway, with No. 7714 being based in mid-Wales until 1959 when it was sold to NCB Penallta Colliery in South Wales.

GWR Manor No. 7802 Bradley Manor
Synonymous with the Cambrian Network, No. 7802 could often be found hauling the famous Cambrian Coast Express from Shrewsbury to the coast in the post-war years.

Attractions include:

  • No. 1450 and No. 6430 operating two Autotrains.
  • Short goods trains.
  • Double-headers.
  • Local services and full-line trains.
  • Beautiful rakes of 20th century carriages.
  • Recreations of famous named trains.
All locomotives and attractions are subject to availability. More information available soon.

Revised fares
Child / Member
One-day rover

Pre-book & save
£28.80 £27.00 £19.30 £63.90
On the day
£32.00 £30.00 £21.50 £71.00
Two-day rover

Pre-book & save
On the day
Three-day rover        
Pre-book & save £63.00
£59.40 £41.90
On the day £70.00
£66.00 £46.50
Other information
Annual Family Pass: NOT VALID, Children: 4 - 15 years, Family: 1 or 2 adults + 1, 2, 3 or 4 children, Seniors: 60+.
To qualify for 'pre-book & save' prices these tickets must be purchased at least five working days in advance of your visit. Tickets may also be purchased at the same price by calling 01562 757900 (option 1). These tickets include FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.

All pre-booked tickets are subject to a £1.75 booking fee.
Through tickets to Bridgnorth from National Rail will need to be upgraded at our Booking Offices on payment of the surcharge.
The following passes are NOT VALID during the event: Heritage Railway Passes, Staff Passes from BR, LT, Network Rail and Train Operating Companies such as Virgin Trains and Chiltern Railways, SVR Free ticket vouchers for Adult, Child or Family tickets or any discount schemes normally in operation.
Working Members of other heritage railways in our Reciprocal Travel Scheme pay the SVR member fare. 
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