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Spring Diesel Festival

The BIGGEST diesel bash around!

May 17th - 19th

Spring Diesel Festival

A stunning mix of heritage and mainline diesels working at the biggest diesel event in the country! Our Spring Diesel Festival brings three days of visiting heritage and modern diesel locomotives, home-fleet action, evening running and one or two surprises...

Pre-booking for the event has now closed. But don't worry, tickets can still be purchased on the day from our Booking Offices.

Following the hugely successful events in 2016 and 2017, our diesel bonanza brings great opportunities for visiting locomotives and, with the lighter evenings, is a hit with those who love the sounds of English Electric, Maybach and Sulzer diesel engines!

Event Information & Timetable  Working Timetable  Real Ale on Sale  

Visiting locomotives:

Class 20 No. 20007
With thanks to Michael Owen

Class 20 No. 20142
With thanks to Michael Owen

Class 20 No. 20189
With thanks to Michael Owen

Class 37 No. 37688

With thanks to D05 Preservation Limited

Class 42 'Warship' No. D832 Onslaught

With thanks to the Bury Hydraulic Group

Class 45 No. 45041 Royal Tank Regiment
With thanks to Peak Locomotive Company

Class 47 No. 47712 Lady Diana Spencer
With thanks to Crewe Diesel Preservation Group

Class 55 'Deltic' No. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier
With thanks to The Deltic Preservation Society

Class 56 No. 56078
With thanks to Colas Railfreight

Class 66 No. 66726

With thanks to GBRf

Class 73/1 No. 73136
With thanks to GBRf

Class 88 No. 88010
With thanks to Direct Rail Services

Unfortunately, No. 45060, No. 47292, No. 56097 and Class 60 will no longer be attending the event.

Home fleet:

Ruston 165 DE No. D2961
With thanks to Pete Cherry  

Class 08 No. D3022
With thanks to The Class 08 Society

Class 09 No. D4100 Dick Hardy
With thanks to Severn Valley Railway (H) Plc

Class 14 No. D9551
With thanks to the Severn Valley Railway Class 14 Company Ltd

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

Class 42 No. D821 Greyhound
With thanks to the Diesel Traction Group

Class 50s No. 50031 Hood, No. 50035 Ark Royal & No. 50049 Defiane
With thanks to the Class 50 Alliance

Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion
With thanks to the Diesel Traction Group

Attractions include:

  • Kidderminster Diesel Depot open for visits on Saturday & Sunday only.
  • Services into the evenings.
  • Live entertainment and pig roast at The Engine House (Thursday evening).
  • Two-surviving 'Warships' double-heading.
  • Class 33 operating push-pull trains with the 4TC set.
  • Brake van rides at Highley with Ruston No. D2961 (10.30am - 4pm).
  • Please note, there is NO beer tent at Bewdley.

Event Parking:

  • Kidderminster - Station DY10 1QX, Harriers Football Club DY10 1NB, King Charles School DY10 1XA (Saturday & Sunday only).
  • Bewdley - Station DY12 1BG, High School (Saturday & Sunday only) DY12 1BL.
  • Bridgnorth - Station & overflow WV16 5DT (subject to dry weather conditions).

The Thursday Social

Join us from 7pm for a night of live music, real ale and pig roast at The Engine House on Thursday 17th May.

Entry to The Engine House is FREE with your Spring Diesel Festival Thursday rover, and haulage to Highley and back is supplied by Class 52 No. D1015 Western Champion from Kidderminster, or Class 14 No. D9551 from Bridgnorth (locomotives subject to availability).

Local band One Tree Canyon is providing the entertainment for the evening, whilst the experts at Beamans of Bridgnorth will be selling hot pork rolls. On site, our Hobsons Real Ale Bar will also be serving throughout the evening. Additional charge applies for food and drink.

For those without Thursday rovers, a special return fare from Kidderminster or Bridgnorth to Highley is available to purchase on the day for £10pp. This ticket is only valid on the 17.42 service from Kidderminster or 19.00 from Bridgnorth to Highley, returning at 21.00 or 21.15.

All locomotives and attractions are subject to availability.

Revised fares
One-day rover
Pre-book & save
£24.30 £17.50
On the day
Two-day rover

Pre-book & save
On the day
Three-day rover        
Pre-book & save £56.70 £53.10 £38.30 £163.30
On the day £63.00 £59.00 £42.50 £181.50
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.

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. 
Terms & Conditions apply

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