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'''March 2020'''
:Brush Class 47 Co-Co 47773 [D1755] arrived at the SVR from Tyseley for bodywork repairs in the [[Diesel Depot]].
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:Specialist contractors removed asbestos from around the cylinder block of [[GWR Large Prairie 4150]].<ref>[http://www.4150.org.uk/news/4150_mar20.html 4150 Fund March 2020 restoration update] (Retrieved 2 April 2020)</ref>
:A severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus disease (COVID-19), was declared a pandemic. It caused widespread disruption and international travel restrictions. On 18 March the SVR cancelled all services and closed [[The Engine House]] and refreshment rooms throughout March and April. It cancelled the following events: Easter Holidays, [[Spring Steam Gala]], [[Open House Weekend]], Spring Diesel Festival and 50th Anniversary Event.
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:A new pair of cylinder blocks for [[GWR 7802 Bradley Manor]] were poured, believed to be the first 7800 class cylinder blocks to be cast for 70 years.<ref>[https://www.erlestokemanorfund.co.uk/march-2020-update/ Erlestoke Manor Fund March 2020 update] (Retrieved 2 April 2020)</ref>
:The combination of February's flooding, the continuing planned work at Falling Sands, coronavirus and land movements meant the SVR was faced with a serious financial challenge.
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:Brush Class 47 Co-Co 47773 [D1755] arrived at the SVR from Tyseley for contract bodywork repairs in the [[Diesel Depot]].
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:A severe acute respiratory syndrome, [[2020 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic|coronavirus disease (COVID-19)]], was declared a pandemic. It caused widespread disruption and international travel restrictions. On 18 March the SVR cancelled all services and closed [[The Engine House]] and refreshment rooms throughout March and April. It cancelled the following events: Easter Holidays, [[Spring Steam Gala]], [[Open House Weekend]], Spring Diesel Festival and 50th Anniversary Event. On 20 March it announced it would close the Railway's two pubs in line with a measure announced by the Government that day, and the shops followed on 24 March.
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:The combination of February's flooding, the continuing planned work at Falling Sands, coronavirus and land movements meant the SVR was faced with a serious financial challenge. On 20 March the Railway launched an Emergency Appeal for £250,000 to help the SVR through the emergency, which raised £50,000 in the first four days.
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'''April 2020'''
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:By 2 April the emergency appeal total reached £120,000.
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:The Coronavirus pandemic lead to further total closures until the end of June and the cancellations of the 1940s weekends.
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:A minimal contract engineering presence saw tests on the [[Bridgnorth Loco Works#New_boiler_assembly_and_production|second of five new boilers for the Isle of Man Railway]].
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:On 15 April [[Ruston and Hornsby 165hp Diesel Shunter D2960|D2960 Silver Spoon]] took [[GWR 9055 Nondescript Saloon]] for a test after overhaul, running within the confines of the section signal at Kidderminster. The line to Bewdley remained severed for the winter works, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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:The SVR reported an increase in trespassing during the closure.<ref>[https://www.shropshirestar.com/news/local-hubs/bridgnorth/2020/04/29/warning-to-trespassers-on-severn-valley-railway/ Shropshire Star 29 April 2020] (Retrieved 29 April 2020)</ref>
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:[[John Leftwich]], interim chairman of the [[Severn Valley Railway Charitable Trust Ltd|Charitable Trust]], died.
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:On 30 April the renamed Fighting Fund total passed £650,000.
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'''May 2020'''
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:Phase 2 of the [[Falling Sands Viaduct]] work commenced on 18 May while the railway was closed to other traffic, involving replacing damaged brickwork and corbelling, and repointing throughout. 
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:On 28 May 47593 and 47805 delivered nine HST trailers to Kidderminster from Crewe for storage, and moved one stored sleeper out.
  
 
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Revision as of 22:03, 28 May 2020

Significant events in the history of the Severn Valley Railway in preservation between 2020 and the present date are set out below.

Information on current events on the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society can be found here.

2020

2020 saw the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society. A ‘must-do’ engineering project was starting, an overhaul of Falling Sands Viaduct, with trains restricted to the Bridgnorth to Bewdley section from 30 December 2019.

January 2020

Winter works included track relaying to effectively join up the two previous relayings between Bewdley Tunnel and Falling Sands Viaduct. The opportunity was taken to install a new point at Foley Park as part of a long term plan to develop the area.
3 January was the 50th anniversary of the final regular timetabled BRBritish Rail or British Railways passenger services between Bewdley and Hartlebury and Kidderminster.
A new buffet building was installed at Bewdley.
New cylinder patterns were produced for 7802 Bradley Manor.
The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society announced a new Loyalty Pass to replace the Annual Family Pass, now available to individuals, couples, less-able visitors or families.

February 2020

The Footbridge outside Bridgnorth Station was closed for repairs to the damaged holding down bolts discovered in 2018.
Storm Dennis, with heavy rain falling on already saturated ground, contributed to record highs on the River Severn and consequent widespread flooding. Access to the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society was disrupted during half-term running from 15 to 23 February, with lower than usual passenger numbers. Flooding caused land movements at Sterns and Alveley Woods.
On 25 February PPM50 Parry People Mover Class 999 No. 999900 visited for testing. It was previously tested in 2002.
On 27 February WD 71516 Welsh Guardsman arrived at Bridgnorth.

March 2020

Specialist contractors removed asbestos from around the cylinder block of GWR Large Prairie 4150.[1]
A new pair of cylinder blocks for GWR 7802 Bradley Manor were poured, believed to be the first 7800 class cylinder blocks to be cast for 70 years.[2]
Brush Class 47 Co-Co 47773 [D1755] arrived at the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society from Tyseley for contract bodywork repairs in the Diesel Depot.
A severe acute respiratory syndrome, coronavirus disease (COVID-19), was declared a pandemic. It caused widespread disruption and international travel restrictions. On 18 March the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society cancelled all services and closed The Engine House and refreshment rooms throughout March and April. It cancelled the following events: Easter Holidays, Spring Steam Gala, Open House Weekend, Spring Diesel Festival and 50th Anniversary Event. On 20 March it announced it would close the Railway's two pubs in line with a measure announced by the Government that day, and the shops followed on 24 March.
The combination of February's flooding, the continuing planned work at Falling Sands, coronavirus and land movements meant the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society was faced with a serious financial challenge. On 20 March the Railway launched an Emergency Appeal for £250,000 to help the SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society through the emergency, which raised £50,000 in the first four days.

April 2020

By 2 April the emergency appeal total reached £120,000.
The Coronavirus pandemic lead to further total closures until the end of June and the cancellations of the 1940s weekends.
A minimal contract engineering presence saw tests on the second of five new boilers for the Isle of Man Railway.
On 15 April D2960 Silver Spoon took GWR 9055 Nondescript Saloon for a test after overhaul, running within the confines of the section signal at Kidderminster. The line to Bewdley remained severed for the winter works, interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society reported an increase in trespassing during the closure.[3]
John Leftwich, interim chairman of the Charitable Trust, died.
On 30 April the renamed Fighting Fund total passed £650,000.

May 2020

Phase 2 of the Falling Sands Viaduct work commenced on 18 May while the railway was closed to other traffic, involving replacing damaged brickwork and corbelling, and repointing throughout.
On 28 May 47593 and 47805 delivered nine HST trailers to Kidderminster from Crewe for storage, and moved one stored sleeper out.

Steam locomotives used

A table of steam locomotives used since 2020 is shown below. Where detailed mileage records were not published in SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News, locomotives used are marked 'X'. For locomotives hired in, the table identifies whether they were present either for the Summer (S) or Winter (W).

Locomotive 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 Comment
813 X
1450 X
1501 X
2857 X
6960 Raveningham Hall X On hire 2020
7714 X
7802 Bradley Manor
7812 Erlestoke Manor
34027 Taw Valley X
13268
43106 X
WD 71516 Welsh Guardsman
Total

See also

References

SVRSevern Valley RailwaySVRA:Severn Valley Railway AssociationSVRS:Severn Valley Railway Society News unless otherwise stated.

  1. 4150 Fund March 2020 restoration update (Retrieved 2 April 2020)
  2. Erlestoke Manor Fund March 2020 update (Retrieved 2 April 2020)
  3. Shropshire Star 29 April 2020 (Retrieved 29 April 2020)