Demonstration Goods Train

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2857 with a demonstration goods train at the 2018 Goods Gala.

A demonstration goods train is often run during the Spring Steam Gala and Autumn Steam Gala and offers a rare opportunity to see, and hear, a train of loose coupled (i.e. unbraked) goods wagons from the SVR-based fleet. A variety of locos are used, with typically 12 to 18 wagons. As the wagons are mostly unbraked, a brake van (guard's van) is also used at the rear. When not in use, the wagons are usually stored in Bewdley Down Yard.

An incomplete listing of notable events and vehicles used is below.

Demonstration trains used at Steam Galas

2015 Spring Gala

2017 Autumn Gala

Members of the public were able to ride in the brake van of the goods train.

2018 Goods Gala

2018 Goods Gala demonstration freight train

2019 Autumn Gala

2857 with a demonstration goods train at the 2019 Autumn Steam Gala

2022 Autumn Gala

2023 Spring Gala

For part of the gala a short train was reformed using 17410, 94059, 101961, 93045, 39860 and 68501 only.

Demonstration trains at Diesel Galas

The 1996 Autumn Diesel Gala included four milk tankers hired in to recreate WR scenes of the past.

See also