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Autumn Steam Gala

All-night running, four visiting locomotives and so much more!

September 21st - 24th

Autumn Steam Gala

The return of our flagship steam gala in 2017, with its famed all-night running, array of visiting locomotives and intensive timetable.

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Pre-booking for the event has closed. Tickets and Working Timetables can still be purchased on the day of your visit from our Station Booking Offices.

A great line-up of four visiting locomotives supported by members of the Severn Valley Railway home fleet, alongside a whole host of other special attractions.

Visiting locomotives:

No. 926 Repton - Southern Railways 'Schools'
With thanks to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway

No. 564 - Great Eastern Railway 'Y14'
With thanks to M&GN Joint Railway Society & North Norfolk Railway

No. 323 Bluebell - South Eastern & Chatham Railway 'P'
With thanks to Bluebell Railway Plc

No. 2 Prince - Ffestiniog Railway 'Small England'
With thanks to the Ffestiniog Railway

Attractions include:

  • Overnight running on Friday and Saturday with No. 34027 Taw Valley and No. 34053 Sir Keith Park - marking 50 years since the end of Southern Steam. It will also be Sir Keith Park's last Gala appearance, before it leaves the Railway at the end of the year.
  • Last Gala appearance of GWR Manor No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor before overhaul.
  • Early morning breakfast train from Bridgnorth and Kidderminster on Saturday and Sunday. Additional charge of £11.50 applies for breakfast. 
  • Brake Van Rides on a goods train on Sunday morning only with No. 7714 (tickets available from Kidderminster or Bridgnorth).
  • Eardington Halt open for visits (trains will not stop here).
  • Goods and local services to-ing and fro-ing.
  • Morning shunting demonstrations at Bewdley with No. 813 or No. 323 (Friday & Saturday).
  • Afternoon Brake Van Rides around Bewdley Station, with No. 7714 or No. 1501 (Friday & Saturday)
  • Autotrains with No. 1450.
  • Victorian narrow gauge steam train rides with No. 2 Prince at The Engine House.
  • 'N' gauge Arley Station model railway, at Arley Station (Saturday & Sunday).
  • 'Railart 2017' exhibition in Kidderminster Railway Musuem, courtesy of The Guild of Railway Artists.
  • Paddock Railway at Hampton Loade running on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and through the night into Sunday, celebrating its 30th anniversary, and the 40th anniversary of the 16mm Association.

Brake Van Rides

On Sunday 24th September, Pannier Tank No. 7714 will be in charge of the heritage goods train, and you can travel on a single trip from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth, or Bridgnoth to Bewdley in the brake van located next to the locomotive. The train will run with one brake van at either end of the train, with passengers travelling in the vehicle closest to the engine.

Brake Van Rides will be available to purchase from Kidderminster or Bridgnorth Booking Office on the day.

Loco Roster

  • Thursday: 564 (goods train only), 926 Repton, 1501 (Footplate Experience only), 7802 Bradley Manor, 7812 Erlestoke Manor & 43106.
  • Friday: 323 Bluebell, 564, 926 Repton, 813, 1450, 1501, 7714, 7802 Bradley Manor, 7812 Erlestoke Manor & 43106.
  • Friday overnight: 34027 Taw Valley & 34053 Sir Keith Park.
  • Saturday: 323 Bluebell, 564, 813, 926 Repton, 1450, 1501, 7714, 7802 Bradley Manor, 7812 Erlestoke Manor & 43106. 34027 Taw Valley & 34053 Sir Keith Park early morning only.
  • Saturday overnight: 34027 Taw Valley & 34053 Sir Keith Park.
  • Sunday: 323 Bluebell, 564, 926 Repton, 1450, 7714, 7802 Bradley Manor, 7812 Erlestoke Manor & 43106. 34027 Taw Valley & 34053 Sir Keith Park early morning only.

Proposed locomotive directions
(subject to change):
  • Facing Bridgnorth - 323 Bluebell, 813, 1501, 7714, 7812 Erlestoke Manor, 34027 Taw Valley, 34053 Sir Keith Park.
  • Facing Kidderminster - 564, 926 Repton, 1450, 7802 Bradley Manor, 43106.

Event Parking:

  • Kidderminster - Station DY10 1QX, Harriers Football Club DY10 1NB
  • Bewdley - Station DY12 1BG, High School (Saturday & Sunday only) DY12 1BL
  • Bridgnorth - Station & overflow WV16 5DT (subject to dry weather conditions)
  • Spectators only, Eardington Nature Reserve (no access for train travel) - WV16 5LF

Important Information:

There will be disruption on Sunday 24th September for visitors wishing to start their day at Kidderminster Station. Velo Birmingham, a charity bike race, will be taking place, and as a result of this, numerous road closures will be enforced. From 7am until 2pm, there will be no road access to Kidderminster from A442 Bridgnorth direction, A449 Kingswinford direction and A451 Stourbridge direction. The A456 remains open.

For road users travelling to Kidderminster, please follow the diversion signage in place:

  • From the North - M54 or M6, then M5 Junction 3 and A456, or Junction 4 and A491 (avoiding Belbroughton). No access to Kidderminster after Bridgnorth using A442
  • From the East - M5 Junction 3 and A456, or Junction 4, then A491 (avoiding Belbroughton) and A456
  • From the South - M5 Junction 6, then A449 to Kidderminster, or A4025 to Bewdley
  • From the West - Access via A456 to Bewdley (via bypass) & Kidderminster

Passengers who wish to arrive at Kidderminster by mainline services are advised that London Midland are saying that because of the cycle event, the main car park at Stourbridge Junction station [accessible from the south] will not be available from 06.30 – 11.00.   The overflow carpark will still be open -- accessed from Rufford Road.  We are not aware of any other stations being affected; if in doubt, please check with London Midland if you intend to arrive at Kidderminster by mainline trains.

Find out more: Road Closures  Find out more: The Route

Revised fares apply
Booking fee
One-day rover  

Pre-book & save
£23.40 £16.20
£70.60 £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
Two-day rover

Pre-book & save
£1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
Three-day rover
Pre-book & save
£155.20 £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
Four-day rover
Pre-book & save £69.30 £65.20
£1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day £77.00 £72.50 £50.00 £219.50 -
Thursday/Sunday saver

Pre-book & save £23.80 £22.00
£15.70 £67.90 £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day £26.50 £24.50 £17.50 £75.50 -
Evening saver - valid from 4pm to midnight on Friday and Saturday only
Pre-book & save £17.50 £17.50 £11.50 - £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
£19.00 £19.00 £12.50 - -
Other information

Annual Family Pass: NOT VALID, Children: 4 - 15 years, Family: 2 adults + 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.

Validity of One-Day Rovers:

These are valid from 0001 to 2359 each day, but as a bonus, we also allow travel throughout its single journey of any train running anywhere on the railway at midnight, hence the following!

Thurs: all trains Thursday.
Fri: From the first train Friday until (and including) the 2335 ex-Bridgnorth and 0000 ex-Kidderminster.
Sat: From (and including) Friday’s 2335 ex-Bridgnorth and 2236 ex-Kidder until (and including) 2335 ex-Bridgnorth and 0000 ex-Kidder.
Sun: From (and including) Saturday’s 2335 ex-Bridgnorth and 2236 ex-Kidder until the end of Sunday’s service.

Validity of 2, 3 and 4-Day Rovers:
Validity is the same as for the Day Rovers for the individual days selected.

The following passes are NOT VALID during the event: Heritage railway Passes, BR/LT Passes and Passes from Privatised Railways such as Virgin, London Midland, Chiltern, SVR free ticket vouchers for Adult, Child or Family tickets or any discount schemes normally in operation.



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