A few updates from the SVR world: Spoiler: Spring Steam Gala (15-17 March) Spring Steam Gala (15-17 Mar) This will have a GWR branch line flavour. Engines in steam should be: Visitors GWR Large Prairie no. 4144 GWR 5600 Class no. 5619 GWR Pannier Tank no. 6430 (which will be working autotrains) Home fleet GWR Saddle Tank no. 813 GWR Pannier Tank no. 1501 GWR 2800 Class no. 2857 GWR Pannier Tank no. 7714 GWR Manor Class no. 7802 Bradley Manor BR Standard Class 4 no. 75069 For anyone wondering about the BR interloper, it's there for two reasons: one, it's only just returned to steam after a long overhaul and will be enjoying its first gala for 20 years... and two, it was built at Swindon! (Okay, okay, 1501 was actually built by BR as well... but it is a GWR design.) Three visiting locos rather than the previously trailed four, so I guess one wasn't ready or negotiations fell through. Also, home fleet no. 1450 won't be ready, which sadly puts the kibosh on the plan to have two autotrains running at the same time. Still looks a fun line-up for a gala like this, though, and I am definitely hoping to attend, especially as the new Bridgnorth Refreshment Room is finally finished. Spoiler: Spring Diesel Festival (16-18 May) Spring Diesel Festival (16-18 May) The year's smaller diesel event so far has the following announcements, though it's not clear whether there may be more to come: Visitors Class 33 no. 33108 Class 37 no. 37688 Class 40 no. 40106 Atlantic Conveyor Class 55 no. 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier Home fleet Class 14 no. D9551 Class 42 no. D821 Greyhound Class 50 no. 50031 Hood Class 50 no. 50035 Ark Royal Class 50 no. 50044 Exeter Class 52 no. D1062 Western Courier Spoiler: Autumn Steam Gala (19-22 Sep) Autumn Steam Gala (19-22 Sep) Not much information about this yet, as you'd imagine, but a spokesman in Steam Railway this month suggested the plan was for the theme to be "BR Standards with a Southern twist", given the return of 75069 (see above) to operational condition this year. So there's a Standard 4 to start off with. Add to that any two (or ideally all three!) of a Standard 5, Britannia and a 9F and you'd have a nice cross-section of the larger BR locos. As far as the Southern bit goes, my absolute favourite option would be to see a Merchant Navy loco visit the railway. Skimming the SVR wiki, I don't think MN engines have ever come to this line, and right now there are (I think) three in operational condition. I might be asking too much, in which case it'll probably be a WC/BoB loco (maybe Sir Keith Park could return! ) though I guess a Schools would work if there's one available.