THE Severn Valley Railway will stage a major diesel gala on October 4-6 that will celebrate 50 years of the ‘Hoovers’. The ‘Class 50 Golden Jubilee’ should feature at least ten ‘50s’ in action over the three days on an intensive timetable.
It promises to be the greatest gathering ever of any one class of locomotive, steam or diesel, in the preservation era. The home fleet includes No. 50007, 50026, 50031, 50035, 50044 and 50049. These will be joined by a number of visiting locos – including No. 50033, which arrived at Kidderminster on May 31 to be returned to working order in time for the gala.
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