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Spring Diesel Festival

The return of our BIG diesel bash!

May 18th, 19th & 20th

Spring Diesel Festival

Our Spring Diesel Festival is back with a bang: three days of visiting heritage and modern diesel locomotives, home-fleet action, evening running and one or two surprises!

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Following the hugely successful event last year, 2017's diesel bonanza brings great opportunities for visiting locomotives and, with the lighter evenings, we are sure that May will be a hit with those who love the sounds of English Electric, Maybach and Sulzer diesel engines!

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The event, and theme, will mark the 30th anniversary of the first Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala. Additionally, the festival will celebrate two other milestones: the 40th anniversary of the last Class 52 runs on British Railways, and the 25th anniversary of the first Class 50 runs on the SVR. Lookout for a number of special attractions to make these poignant occasions.

There will be no steam train services on these dates.

Visiting locomotives:

Class 17 No. D8568
With thanks to The Diesel Traction Group

Class 31 No. 31271
With thanks to A1A Locomotives Ltd

Class 33 No. 33035

With thanks to The Pioneer Diesel Group

Class 33 No. 33108
With thanks to Class 33/1 Preservation Company

Class 37 No. D6700
With thanks to the National Railway Museum

Class 45 No. 45041 Royal Tank Regiment

With thanks to Peak Locomotive Co Ltd

Class 45 No. 45060 Sherwood Forester

With thanks to The Pioneer Diesel Group

Class 47 No. 47828
With thanks to D05 Preservation Ltd & Dartmoor Railway

Class 55 No. 55022 Royal Scots Grey

With thanks Martin Walker

Class 66 No. 66xxx
With thanks to GBRf

Class 73 No. 73xxx
With thanks to GBRf

Class xx - to be confirmed
With thanks to DB Cargo UK

The fantastic selection of visiting locomotives and special attractions will be supported by members of our home fleet, including: No. D2961, No. D3586, No. D4100 or No. 12099, Class 14 No. D9551, Class 20s No. D8059 and No. D8188, Class 50s No. 50031 Hood, No. 50035 Ark Royal and No. 50049 Defiance, Class 52s No. D1015 Western Champion and No. D1062 Western Courier. All locomotives are subject to availability.

Special attractions:

  • Kidderminster Diesel Depot open for visits
  • Brake van rides at Highley on all three days, featuring No. D2961 - a locomotive normally confined to Bridgnorth Boiler Shop. Available from 10.30 - 13.00 & 14.00 - 16.30 on a first come, first served basis. 
  • A sight not to be missed: the two surviving Class 45/0 variants working alongside each other for the first time in preservation!
  • Hired-in Mk2 air-conditioned carriages

More information available soon.

Diesel Footplate Experience:

In the week running up to and after the Gala, Class 17 No. D8568, Class 33 No. 33035, Class 45 No. 45060 and Class 55 No. 55022 Royal Scots Grey will be available to drive on our Footplate Experiences. Experience the power and surge of adrenaline as you take the controls of a former mainline diesel locomotive on our full-day session! The train normally consists of six carriages, weighing approximately 200 tons in which up to six of your guests can travel free of charge. The Experiences are available on May 8th, 10th, 11th, 15th, 16th, 22nd, 23rd & 24th for £350, and must be pre-booked in advance.

Click here to find out more about our Diesel Footplate Experiences

Revised fares apply
Booking fee
One-day rover
Pre-book & save
£15.70 £67.90 £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
Two-day rover

Pre-book & save
£37.80 £35.10 £25.20 £108.40
£1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
Three-day rover

Pre-book & save
 £52.20 £48.10
£34.60 £149.40 £1.75 per booking
Purchased on the day
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) or from our main booking offices 1 month in advance.
These tickets include FREE admission to The Engine House, our Visitor Centre at Highley.

Through tickets to Bridgnorth from National Rail will need to be upgraded at our Booking Offices on payment of surcharge.


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