The Severn Valley Railway has announced changes to the format of its autumn gala to accommodate high profile visits from Flying Scotsman and Tornado.
The two famous engines will star in an all-new autumn event — Pacific Power: Flying Scotsman meets Tornado — which will replace the traditional SVR Autumn Steam Gala for one year only.
The event will feature a five steam train service operating into the evenings. Tickets must be purchased in advance to ride behind Flying Scotsman and Tornado.
The two Pacifics are scheduled to operate with the line’s rake of Teak carriages on a pre-bookable return journey.
Timed return tickets for Flying Scotsman and Tornado departures from Kidderminster only will be available. Each ticket is valid for one return journey, hauled by Flying Scotsman in one direction, and Tornado in the other.
A number of other steam train services will also be available, utilising No 34027 Taw Valley and No 34053 Sir Keith Park and other members of the SVR’s home-based fleet. Tickets for these trains will be available on a first come, first served basis.
In light of the new style of event, all-night running will not take place in 2016. However, this favourite feature of the event will return in 2017, alongside the much-loved format of the traditional Autumn Steam Gala.