Autumn Steam Gala

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For many enthusiasts, this is the highlight of the SVRSevern Valley Railway year involving operating around the clock for the whole weekend and having the presence of guest engines. One popular operation is the running of a "Breakfast train" using the Severn Valley Venturer stock.

In September 2016 the 'PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration Power' event replaced the traditional Autumn Steam Gala, featuring visiting locomotives LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway GresleySir Nigel Gresley, Chief Mechanical Engineer (CME) of the London & North Eastern Railway 1923-1941 A3 PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration No. 60103 'Flying Scotsman' and LNERLondon & North Eastern Railway Peppercorn A1 PacificLocomotive with a 4-6-2 wheel configuration No. 60163 'Tornado'.

The return of the flagship Autumn Steam Gala is advertised for 2017, with all-night running, array of visiting locomotives and intensive timetable.[1]

Passenger numbers

From time-to-time the SVRSevern Valley Railway publishes the number of Gala passengers, according to the method of counting these which has varied over time (for example, since 2010 documents sent to shareholders became valid as a ticket which did not need to be exchanged for travel.)[2] The following is an incomplete record.

Year Number of passengers Reference Notes
2008 7,596 [3]
2009 5,511 [4]
2010 5.775 [4]
2011 6,500 [4]
2012 6,318 [4]
2013 6,030 [4]
2014 5,901 [4]
2015 7,300 [5] Over the Preview day and three days of Gala

See also

Steam Locomotives visiting the SVR for galas
SVR Passenger numbers


  1. SVR website
  2. SVR Forum shareholders' Passes thread
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway(H) published accounts
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 'Autumn Steam Gala 2014', SVR Online thread
  5. 'Autumn Steam Gala 2015', SVR Online forum thread