April 13

On April 13 in SVR history.

  • 1771 Richard Trevithick was born. A replica of his locomotive Catch Me Who Can is under construction at Bridgnorth.[1]
  • 1961 Future resident 4930 Hagley Hall received a new boiler during her last heavy general overhaul at Swindon.[2]
  • 1968 Following the closure of Stourbridge MPD its steam crane GWR RS38 and match trucks were acquired, and arrived on the SVR.
  • 1968 The Easter Steam Gala featured No 3205. Large crowds resulted in long waiting times, hindered by the lack of a run round loop and sufficient coaches. It raised around £600. At this time galas operated with the tacit approval of BR.[3]
  • 1977 The episode 'Bridgehead' of the TV series Survivors was first broadcast. A number of scenes were filmed around Highley, with 48773 (as LMS 8233) propelling several carriages into the station in the closing scenes.
  • 1991 Stanier mogul 42968, then numbered LMS 2968, entered service following a 17 year restoration from ex-Barry condition.[4]
  • 2001 A First Great Western HST operated an excursion from Barnstaple to Bridgnorth and return.[5]
  • 2012 The Parliamentary All-Party Rail Heritage Group enjoyed a day at the railway.[6]
  • 2015 HRH The Princess Royal visited the SVR.[7]
  • 2016 50031 Hood returned from RVEL, Derby where it had been painted in non-authentic Inter City livery.

See also

On this day in SVR history

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  1. Wikipedia
  2. SVR News 24
  3. SVR News 11
  4. SVR News 99
  5. SVR News 136
  6. Lord Faulkner of Worcester's Flickr page
  7. Plaque in Bridgnorth Station