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Season Finale Gala: 04 to 06 November 2016
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jackson_p



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:12 am    Post subject: Season Finale Gala: 04 to 06 November 2016 Reply with quote

From the SVR website:

Good things really do come in small packages with our all new End of Season Finale Gala!

Home-based and visiting Tank Engines will take centre stage on November 4th, 5th & 6th. With an intensive service of trains running into the evenings, a number of very special Experiences and other attractions up and down the Railway, come along and celebrate with us to show out our year in style.

A great event for all the family; come along and get up close to an array of exciting steam locomotives whilst experiencing a slice of railway history, then jump on board a comfy carriage and prepare to venture back in time!

More information available soon.
Refer to http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=109
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Andrew Ponsford



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 11:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds good. Add all night running and it's a winner.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

As it overlaps with Bonfire Night, I've sent an email suggesting that something could be added to join up to this, maybe some late services and a bonfire display.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 01, 2016 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

KJEvans wrote:
As it overlaps with Bonfire Night, I've sent an email suggesting that something could be added to join up to this, maybe some late services and a bonfire display.

Suggestion for a visiting loco then......

http://www.nrm.org.uk/OurCollection/LocomotivesAndRollingStock/CollectionItem?objid=1979-7002

Can you guess what it is without looking at the link???
(Hint, Bonfire Night, fireworks!) Just joking...
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It will be interesting to see what locos are brought in for this one. I can think of a few I'd like to see but 0% chance I suppose. 42073, 41298, 5541, 30053(I missed it last time😀)
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Peter Share



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 12:37 pm    Post subject: November Tanks Reply with quote

Well said Mr Hargreaves
A Fairburn tank would be so prototypical and so welcome. Add a standard tank, a GW tank, an LMS tank, a southern tank and an LNER tank and we have an all regions gala.

Wishful thinking !!

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

How about Gresley Society N2 and North Norfolf's Quads?
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just realised the Gift Faye has quietly been dropped though not if you look at the SVR Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/139050843125125/\

Correction its been moved to weekend before Ghost Trains
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Tim, I wasn't aware. Facebook page corrected

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Interesting to read the comments above regarding the creation of this new event and the replacement of the long-standing Autumn Steam Gala slot with a Pacific Power event.

Unfortunately, I appear to be the only person who does not share the optimism expressed above. It appears as though those that see the SVR as being the `premier line' have won out, yet if they only removed their rose tinted spectacles for all but a second they'd be reminded that the 16 miles of track between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster was, still is, and always will be a branch line.

It is sad to see the traditional gala in the third week in September replaced with one clear aim - to put names before practicality. The event in 2005 was the best I have ever seen (and can remember) from the railway. Everyone at the railway did a brilliant job with an intensive service, plenty of passengers with heaps of good weather thrown in. Does anyone know the size of the largest locomotive on that occasion? Pretty much every locomotive at that event was well suited to the SVR.

Passengers want a show and a spectacle - judging by the farce of 25th Feb, what they seem likely to get is wedged in some description, be it on a platform or face first up a compartment window, but reasonably close to a locomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement running tender first half the time at a fraction of its capable speed. Might be good commercially in the short term, but hardly a nod towards `hey, here's our railway, come back soon' which surely is the main goal here? Still, someone at some point might actually get a photo with more loco in than anorak:



If appealing to such a clientele, surely we could just name 4566 something daft for three days a year and achieve something better? What about actually naming the Flying Pig just that - again, only during the third week in September? Just a thought...
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 13, 2016 1:12 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

jt75069 wrote:
Interesting to read the comments above regarding the creation of this new event and the replacement of the long-standing Autumn Steam Gala slot with a Pacific Power event.

Unfortunately, I appear to be the only person who does not share the optimism expressed above. It appears as though those that see the SVR as being the `premier line' have won out, yet if they only removed their rose tinted spectacles for all but a second they'd be reminded that the 16 miles of track between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster was, still is, and always will be a branch line.

It is sad to see the traditional gala in the third week in September replaced with one clear aim - to put names before practicality. The event in 2005 was the best I have ever seen (and can remember) from the railway. Everyone at the railway did a brilliant job with an intensive service, plenty of passengers with heaps of good weather thrown in. Does anyone know the size of the largest locomotive on that occasion? Pretty much every locomotive at that event was well suited to the SVR.

Passengers want a show and a spectacle - judging by the farce of 25th Feb, what they seem likely to get is wedged in some description, be it on a platform or face first up a compartment window, but reasonably close to a locomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel arrangement running tender first half the time at a fraction of its capable speed. Might be good commercially in the short term, but hardly a nod towards `hey, here's our railway, come back soon' which surely is the main goal here? Still, someone at some point might actually get a photo with more loco in than anorak.

If appealing to such a clientele, surely we could just name 4566 something daft for three days a year and achieve something better? What about actually naming the Flying Pig just that - again, only during the third week in September? Just a thought...


What on earth does any of this have to do with the season finale gala?

Can you suggest how the upcoming Spring Gala and its line up is unsuitable for a branchline [secondary route]? I suspect the November line up will be just as appropriate. You can't really argue with panniers, a modified hall and autotrains!

In the post above one important fact is overlooked - Flying Scotsman is the most famous engine in the world - if the SVR did not have it visiting in its inaugural year then we really would be stupid!

We are all assured the Autumn Gala will return in its normal slot, format and glory in 2017 - it is frustrating the way things have been organised this year but the best has been made of the situation and as I say, Flying Scotsman visiting in light of all the media attention really is a marvellous thing for the railway, whatever disinterest some railway enthusiasts (me included) have in it.
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PostPosted: Sun May 29, 2016 12:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The GM stated the gala committee at its May meeting would discuss reinstating all night running. Is there any coloured smoke yet?

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In a most uncharacteristic fashion, the gala timetable has been published more than a week or two before the event: http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=109

This also answers Patrick's question - no all-night running.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The timetable is basically a B timetable with extra services slotted in between times, with normal fares.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 24, 2016 12:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Six standard return full-line trips, though the times are quite different to a table B with earlierr starts, for example.

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