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Weekend Picks: Autumn Steam Gala at Severn Valley Railway

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This weekend Severn Valley Railway will be celebrating their Golden Jubilee with the Autumn Steam Gala.

The event will look back at the last 50 years in steam with a great collection of steam locomotives, a very frequent service of trains, and all-night running of trains on Friday and Saturday.

More details: Severn Valley Railway.

  1. Keith Wilkinson

Farewell journey for historic steam locomotive

An historic steam locomotive made a farewell trip today after many years of service on the preserved Severn Valley Railway.

The train the 83-year-old engine pulled between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster was packed with well-wishers who came out for what was being called The Last Trip.

Engine 5164 had its last journey today Credit: ITV News Central

The former Great Western Railway tank engine, number 5164, has been at the Severn Valley line since 1973.

But today it was withdrawn to await a major overhaul it must have before it can return to service. Yesterday the engine made a number of journeys with a face chalked onto the front, shedding a tear.


Heritage railway starts countdown to 2013 Poppy Appeal

It's a week until this year's Royal British Legion poppy appeal officially starts - but today fundraisers at the Severn Valley Railway in Kidderminster began their countdown to launch day.

Volunteers from the Royal British Legion were joined by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to collect donations for poppies in honour of those who have fought for their country.

The target for the Kidderminster branch this year is £35,000. All money raised will go towards supporting the families of Armed Forces servicemen and women.

The Flying Pig returns to the Severn Valley Railway

One of the longest-running steam engines at the Severn Valley Railway has made its return after a seven-month overhaul.

The Flying Pig has been at the popular Worcestershire tourist attraction since the official end of steam on British Railways in 1968.

The Flying Pig, pictured here between Highley and Arley in Worcestershire, returns to the Severn Valley Railway. Credit: Keith Wilkinson

The locomotive, numbered 43106, made its first run of the tracks as the 11.10 service between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster.

After a lick of paint in the coming days, it is due to be back in full service soon.


M6 returns to the steam age

Our transport correspondent Keith Wilkinson came across this rather unusual sight on the M6 motorway today.It's a steam locomotive heading by lorry to the Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire.

80072 will be chugging up and down on the heritage railway between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth, starting with this weekend's Spring Steam Gala.The Standard tank locomotive, built in Brighton in 1953, spent more than 20 years in a scrapyard but was saved and restored by enthusiasts.

The engine was today being transported by road from the North Norfolk Railway and is pictured here in a layby close to the turn-off to Lutterworth in Leicestershire.

It will be moving again after its three-week stint on the SVR - to the steam railway at Llangollen in Wales.80072 used to pull trains between Leamington and Birmingham and was once a familiar sight at Snow Hill.

The Severn Valley railway line was completed in 1862. Credit: ITV News Central
  1. Chris Halpin

Historic engine 'The Flying Pig' undergoes important overhaul

A locomotive that was once considered the ugliest ever built, is now undergoing important work before the summer season.

The work is being carried out by Severn Valley Railway and costing an estimated £35,000.

The Flying Pig is one of the hardest working locomotives on the heritage railway and has been in service there for more than 40 years. Chris Halpin reports

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