Deltic 55009 locomotive confirmed for Severn Valley Railway’s Autumn Diesel Bash

Deltic 55009 ‘Alycidon’ will be a featured attraction at the Heritage Rail event taking place September 29-October 2

The stunning locomotive will be in BR Blue Livery and the Autumn Diesel Bash will mark the first time D9009 will appear on the Severn Valley Railway in the color scheme and will appear for all four days courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society.

55009 was first introduced to mainline traffic in 1961 and is now one of six Deltics in preservation.

55009 has already arrived at Kidderminster TMD for the Autumn Diesel Bash // Credit: Ade Holman

Severn Valley Railway will also use a number of its original fleet during the event, such as Class 50, Class 52, Class 40, Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’, Class 17 Clayton and Class 20 No. 20048 who currently resides at the railroad.

The Class 42 Greyhound Heritage Railways will run in blue livery with yellow ends after undergoing a considerable body overhaul.

Class 31 31466 was a guest at the Severn Valley Railways 2021 Autumn Diesel Gala and has been stopping at the railway ever since and will feature in the railways locomotive roster for September and October.

After an appearance at this year’s Spring Diesel Festival of Heritage Railways, Class 46 No.D182 will also take part in the Autumn Diesel Bash.

Severn Valley Railway hope to reveal more guests over the coming weeks for what is expected to be a fantastic event and their final diesel event of the year.

Gus Dunster, Vice Chairman of Severn Valley Railway (Holdings) Plc, said: “We are delighted that the Deltic Preservation Society has cleared 55009 to visit the SVR and I know it will be a great attraction for passengers taking part in the event.

“We were disappointed that the locomotive missed our spring event, but we are so excited to have him visit for our Autumn Diesel Bash!”

55009 will also host diesel footpeg experiences ahead of the Autumn Diesel Bash, many of which are already sold out.

Gus added: “We are honored that the locomotive will also be programmed for diesel baseplate experiences during his visit, allowing people to experience the power of a Deltic firsthand! Seats for this unique experience are already selling out quickly, so I encourage people wishing to get in the 55009 taxi to book their experience as soon as possible!

To book tickets for the Severn Valley Railways Autumn Diesel Bash, go to: http://svr.co.uk

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