Daily Archives: September 27, 2010

Severn Valley Railway Gala September 2010

SVR Gala September 2010

Battle of Britain Class – Manston  at Bridgnorth

On the weekend of 24th, 25th and 26th September I paid my annual visit to the Severn Valley Railway and found a new favourite engine.3717 City of Truro

Being brought up train-spotting on the LMS I was always used to the power of the Duchesses and thought that they were unbeatable, although another of my favourite classes – the Jubilees – was also at the SVR in the form of ‘Leander’.Jubilee Class ‘Leander’ waiting to leave Bridgnorth

Since I have returned to steam railways, however, I have come to appreciate the GWR locomotives, and although not having the power of some Classes on the GWR, I think that the ‘City of Truro’  is the finest engine I have ever seen, going on looks alone.City of Truro coming into the yard at Bridgnorth to coal-up.

I paid my first visit to the Engine House at Highley on this trip – most impressive.Leander about to leave Highley, with the Engine House top of the picture.Jinty in the Engine House – wouldn’t look out of place at Chasewater!MR Compound No.1000Stannier 8F No. 48773 – also in the Engine House.Looking back to Highley Station from the balcony of the Engine House – not a cloud in the sky!One of the home fleet – pannier tank No. 5164 at Hampton Loade.34070 Battle of Britain Class ‘Manston’

More photographs on flickr – click on the link on the home page.

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Classics at Chasewater

Classics at Chasewater – 2010

On Sunday 26th September the Classics at Chasewater was held.  There was a good turnout of vehicles – as usual for these sorts of events, I recognised a lot of them from my youth!!  The Ford in the centre of the pic above is similar to my first car – but I bet the owner doesn’t have to carry a watering can with him as I did!

There must be many hours of work put into these vehicles for this type of show but all the owners really seem to enjoy their day out.  Well done to everyone.There were a few commercial vehicles there when I went round the field, I don’t know if more turned up later.It was nice to see a few old Rileys in attendance , and this Jaguar (I hope!) such as I had never seen before.

Although the weather stayed dry, it was a bit on the cold side and it must have kept a lot of visitors away.  Shame.

I shall put a set of photographs on flickr.  Just click on the link on the home page.