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Steam Gala Guest Locomotives

GWR Pannier 7714 and  LMS Class Royal Scot No.46100 

We are very excited to announce two visiting locomotives for the Steam Gala in March, taking place over the weekend of 11th to 13th, featuring 8 locomotives.

LMS Class Royal Scot No.46100

Built in 1927, Royal Scot was the flagship locomotive of the London Midland and Scottish Railway Company, operating the fastest services on the West Coast from London to Manchester and Glasgow.

Loco appearing courtesy of Royal Scot Locomotive & General Trust and Locomotive Services Group

GWR Pannier 7714

A Collett 5700 class GWR pannier tank, 7714 is currently owned by the SVR Pannier Tank Fund. The 5700 class was designed by Charles Collett for the GWR in the late 1920s to replace an ageing fleet of Victorian engines. Collett’s versatile design was highly successful and more 5700 pannier tanks were built than any other GWR engine; 863 locomotives were out-shopped between 1929 and 1950, of which only 16 survive. Designed primarily for light goods and shunting duties, they proved themselves as all-rounders and found use on both freight and passenger services. After nationalisation, British Railways’ Western Region rated the class as 4F, although elsewhere the class was rated 3F.

The sheer number of these pannier tanks built meant that the GWR’s Swindon works alone could not out-shop them all. Two hundred and fifty 5700 class locomotives were built by outside contractors, including 7714, which was built by Kerr Stuart in Stoke-on-Trent. The rivets visible on the water tanks are a sign of its non-Swindon origin.

7714 was one of the earliest class 5700s, out-shopped in 1930. A two cylinder 0-6-0PT, 7714 is just over 31ft in length. Compared to the other GWR engines working at the SVR, 7114 has a much smaller grate of 15sq ft, as well as a slightly lower working boiler pressure, operating at a maximum of 200psi.

The last time 7714 joined us for our 50th Anniversary Gala, she masquerade as our own 5775 for the most of the weekend. This time she will run as 7714 for the Steam Gala Weekend!

Visiting Pannier Tank 7714 courtesy of Severn Valley Railway & the SVR Pannier Tank Trust.

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