Severn Valley Railway 2003


 2003 Welsh Steam Gala 

The 2003 Spring Gala had a Welsh theme, with visiting engines being Taff Vale 0-6-2T no 85, ex GW 0-6-2T no 5637. Hudswell Clark 0-6-0ST no 813 was from the SVR fleet. The event took place on 15th and 16th March 2003. My visit was on Saturday 15th March, and I travelled to and from Kidderminster behind TV 0-6-2T no 85, 8F Class 2-8-0 no 48773, and 2-6-0 no 42968. There was a hazy sun for most of the day, ideal for photography.

The upper group of photographs were taken at Highley and Arley during the event.

The lower photographs were taken during a June 2003 visit to Arley, including an enjoyable walk past Victoria Bridge. Thomas (The Lady Armadale) is well in evidence.

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 2003 Autumn Steam Gala  

The 2003 Autumn Steam Gala took place from 19th to 21st September. My visit was on Sunday 21st, a day with a reasonable amount of sunshine.  Terrier 0-6-0T no 32678, from the Kent & East Sussex Railway, was a hugely popular visitor, and ran local services between Kidderminster, Bewdley, Arley, and Highley throughout the day. Also in evidence was BR Standard 5MT 4-6-0 no 73096, on loan from the Mid Hants line. To add to the Southern flavour, West Country class 4-6-2 no 34027 Taw Valley ran disguised as classmate 34045 Ottery St Mary.

Photos were taken at Kidderminster, Bewdley, and Arley, and I travelled behind 32678, 73096, and 34045 Ottery St Mary!. 

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