‘KEII’ confirmed for SVR Spring Gala

BR blue ‘King’ No. 6023 King Edward II has been confirmed for the Severn Valley Railway’s ‘Spring Steam Gala’ on March 16-18.

 Destined for the Severn Valley Railway 'Spring Steam Gala' in March, 'King' No. 6023  King Edward II  basks in the sun outside Didcot Railway Centre on June 17 2017. TOBY JENNINGS/SR

Destined for the Severn Valley Railway 'Spring Steam Gala' in March, 'King' No. 6023 King Edward II basks in the sun outside Didcot Railway Centre on June 17 2017. TOBY JENNINGS/SR

The confirmation comes after the Great Western Society, which owns the four-cylinder 4-6-0, announced that it would not pursue its aims of taking ‘KEII’ onto the main line during the remainder of its current boiler ‘ticket’ (see SR476).

The Collett-designed ‘King’ joins previously announced ‘A1’ No. 60163 Tornado, ‘B1’ No. 1264 – which will be making its debut in LNER lined black at the event (see SR476) – ‘B12’ No. 8572 and Haydock Foundry 0-6-0WT Bellerophon. BR ‘4MT’ No. 80072, which has been on-loan to the SVR over the Christmas period, will also be in attendance.

Members of the SVR’s home steam fleet will also be in action during the three-day event, including ‘14XX’ No. 1450, ‘15XX’ No. 1501, ‘57XX’ No. 7714 and ‘Manor’ No. 7802 Bradley Manor.

For more information, and to book your tickets, visit: www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=65