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Spring Diesel Festival: 19 to 21 May 2016
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sharpo



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PostPosted: Thu May 19, 2016 7:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

First video uploaded - and the first train off Kidder with the 31 leading and 46 at the rear:-

https://youtu.be/ees4OrbnaO4

Check youtube for more videos soon, I won't keep posting more links here.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 2:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

All 4 Class 20s running today, the 2pm off Bewdley just passed about 20 minutes late but going well with the SVR 20s.
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 4:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

66763 'Severn Valley Railway'
https://twitter.com/bbchw/status/733657740493606912/photo/1

(Number corrected - thanks Sharpo)
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

66763 hauling the 4TC set towards Bewdley after being named "Severn Valley Railway" on 20/05/16.

https://youtu.be/HbZSvEsvODE
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 8:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well what a grand day out! Really good so thanks everyone.
Lots of people there today, perhaps a little less than Thursday?

Regards Reg
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PostPosted: Fri May 20, 2016 11:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Divington_R wrote:
Well what a grand day out! Really good so thanks everyone.
Lots of people there today, perhaps a little less than Thursday?

Regards Reg

Not sure, though I know the booking office said they were up on last year's Friday so it was rather busy today.
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the joys of filming at Kidderminster is getting something of interest on the main line as well as on the SVR. This clip went extremely well, not only are our Class 20s seen departing, but in the background a variety of locos - not all stationary, as in the other Class 20s being shunted, and finally the unusual sight of a Class 60 on a steel train to Round Oak.

https://youtu.be/wvY3zRJCpyw
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good job I got loads of videos the previous two days, got off the train at Highley today, quickly over the bridge for a departure shot, but completely blocked by goods wagons. Fancy that, for a gala as well!
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 1:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Good job I got loads of videos the previous two days, got off the train at Highley today, quickly over the bridge for a departure shot, but completely blocked by goods wagons. Fancy that, for a gala as well!
The goods waggons are the unfortunate consequence of running an air braked freight at a gala. The said waggons normally .reside in Bewdley down yard. They had to be moved to Highley so as to leave the down yard clear for the rudds. This must be the first time in ages when all the rudds were in one place. They are normally spread about in ones and twos or in the Eardington siding
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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2016 6:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

threelinkdave wrote:
sharpo wrote:
Good job I got loads of videos the previous two days, got off the train at Highley today, quickly over the bridge for a departure shot, but completely blocked by goods wagons. Fancy that, for a gala as well!
The goods waggons are the unfortunate consequence of running an air braked freight at a gala. The said waggons normally .reside in Bewdley down yard. They had to be moved to Highley so as to leave the down yard clear for the rudds. This must be the first time in ages when all the rudds were in one place. They are normally spread about in ones and twos or in the Eardington siding

Couldn't they have been put in the yard at Arley? I did get to Bewdley for an hour mid afternoon and was surprised there was a reasonable view from that yard - pity I hadn't gone there instead, but more often than not that view is blocked for a gala.
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PostPosted: Sun May 22, 2016 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Official FB

Unfortunately, it has come to our attention that a builder's plate from DRS Class 68 has been removed whilst the loco was stabled at Bewdley overnight.
The non-return of this important item could jeopardise DRS visits to the SVR and Diesel events in the future.
If anyone can provide any information as to its location please contact General Manager, Nick Ralls on Nick.Ralls@svrlive.com or call 01562 757900.
Alternatively an anonymous return would be very welcome.

Patrick
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 5:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The Kidderminster Shuttle is reporting that there were more than 4000 passengers for the Diesel gala, which more than this year's spring gala.
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PostPosted: Thu May 26, 2016 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJEvans wrote:
The Kidderminster Shuttle is reporting that there were more than 4000 passengers for the Diesel gala, which more than this year's spring gala.


Link from in the media:

hearn_p wrote:
Kidderminster Shuttle 25th May Severn Valley Railway's revamped Diesel Festival breaks visitor records. MORE than 4,000 people flocked to Severn Valley Railway [...] more than 1,500 visitors compared to last year


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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 11:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

4670 visitors according to the GM. Phenomenal organisation by Phil Dunster and his team - my hat goes off to them.

At the same time the Swanage attracted 'over 4000' visitors to their gala, with fewer visiting locos and without the high profile loco namings etc that we had. Given that 4670 is an impressive number in itself, it begs the question, how many of those were die hard diesel enthusiasts who would have gone to both galas and how many came because of the nature of our gala. How can we turn that 4670 into 6000?
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mrmover wrote:
4670 visitors according to the GM. Phenomenal organisation by Phil Dunster and his team - my hat goes off to them.

At the same time the Swanage attracted 'over 4000' visitors to their gala, with fewer visiting locos and without the high profile loco namings etc that we had. Given that 4670 is an impressive number in itself, it begs the question, how many of those were die hard diesel enthusiasts who would have gone to both galas and how many came because of the nature of our gala. How can we turn that 4670 into 6000?
Could the railway cope with 6000? There were a lot of complaints of overcrowding, not just the TC. There were also times when Bewdley 2 & 3 seemed fairly crowded. Is there a practical limit to gala numbers?
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