The Severn Valley Railway has announced it will restart steam services tomorrow (Wednesday July 27) after two weeks of using heritage diesels only on its public services.
“We have decided to temporarily stop operating the steam locomotives after a series of lineside fires, coupled with a forecast of sustained hot and dry weather,” said SVR Managing Director Helen Smith. “It was the responsible thing to do, and we are fortunate to have a strong fleet of traditional diesel engines that we could turn to to continue providing passenger service.
“The weather conditions have now changed, and we are bringing back steam! In fact, we are increasing the number of steam locomotives in service every day as we enter our key summer vacation period.
“We have lots of fun sporting activities for the whole family as part of our Summer of Sport, and there are a range of exciting weekend events included in our normal ticket prices, such as a Vintage Transport Extravaganza, a Food and Drink Fayre, and a Purple-themed weekend featuring number 70 “Elizabeth II”.
As an added precaution for tomorrow, the railway has commissioned additional diesel engines to support its steam-powered haulage services. If all goes well, the steam locomotives will be full from Thursday.
The SVR was able to run a very special steam carriage service last Saturday as No. 70 ‘Elizabeth II’ in purple livery carried Birmingham 2022 Queen’s Baton Relay from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth during final preparation to the start of the Commonwealth Games.