'Deltic' joins SVR Diesel Festival

14 March 2022
A third guest has been added to the Severn Valley Railway Spring Diesel Festival, as 'Deltic' D9009 joins a bumper event line up.


Visiting the SVR between May 19-22, 'Deltic' locomotive joins Class 44 D4 Great Gable and Class 46 D182, and appears courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society. Currently running in BR Blue livery and carrying the name Alycidon, the Class 55 locomotive is one of six Deltics in preservation.

Alongside the trio of guests, the SVR will be using a selection of its home fleet across the weekend including Class 50s, Class 52s, Class 33, Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ and Class 17 'Clayton'. Class 31 31466, which visited during the Autumn Diesel Gala in 2021, has since remained at the SVR and will join the Spring Diesel Festival traction. The railway hopes to announce a further guest in the coming weeks, to complete the line-up for the SVR’s first diesel event of the year.

Gus Dunster, chairman of the Severn Valley Railway Diesels Committee, said, “The event is shaping up to a fantastic four days with a variety of traction types to suit all diesel fans. It’s been exciting to plan our first post-pandemic diesel event and we’re very much looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the SVR in May, to travel freely behind their favourite traction.”

Multi-day rovers are set to make their return for the event, allowing passengers to pre-book multiple days in advance and save against the price of individual visits. For further details, pricing and availability, visit the Severn Valley Railway website.

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