Bellerophon joins B12!
We're thrilled to announce the second visiting locomotive for our Spring Steam Gala in 2018!
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 next spring...
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 industrial engines.
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 Railway home.
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 overhaul.
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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