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Churchward centenarian returns to SVR service

THE scheduled intermediate overhaul of Churchward 2-8-0 No. 2857 was completed on time for it to star in its own 100th birthday event at the head of a loose-coupled freight during the Severn Valley Railway’s GoodsTrain Gala over the weekend of June 2-3.

At the same time, the locomotive’s comeback helped alleviate a mini-crisis on the SVR after a spate of lineside fires in early May forced the withdrawal of Ivatt 4MT on May 11 for allegedly being the cause of more fires, and with GWR 0-6-0PT No. 7714 out for a boiler washout, the remaining steam locomotives (Nos. 7802 and 0-6-0PT No. 1501) had to be supplemented by diesels.

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