March 20

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On March 20 in SVRSevern Valley Railway history.

  • 1960 Then future, and now former, resident WD 193 worked a special last train over the War Department operated Shropshire & Montgomeryshire Light Railway, organised by the Stephenson Locomotive Society.
  • 1971 46521 was hauled from Barry to Bewdley by a BRBritish Rail or British Railways Type 4The British Railways classification for diesel locomotives of 2000 bhp to 2999 bhp diesel.[1]
  • 1977 Viscount Cobham, the first President of SVR(H), died.[2]
  • 1977 Signalling at Bewdley was fully commissoned, ready for an inspection to allow passenger working between Bewdley and Foley Park.[3]
  • 1997 The Revd. Wilbery Awdry, creator of the 'Thomas' books, died. He had been an SVRSevern Valley Railway Member since 1980.[4]
  • 1982 LMS 5000 and GWR 4930 Hagley Hall took the Welsh Marches Express betwen Hereford and Newport.[5]
  • 2008 An inaugural special hauled by 7812 Erlsetoke Manor ran to mark the reopening of the SVRSevern Valley Railway following the 2007 storm damage. The Engine House also opened for the first time[6].


Photos taken on 20 March:

See also

On this day in SVRSevern Valley Railway history

← March 19 - March 21 →


  1. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 19
  2. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 43
  3. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 44
  4. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 122
  5. Six Bells Junction
  6. SVRSevern Valley Railway News 161