© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
The annual Santa trains on the
Severn Valley Railway are a a
photographer's delight - frequent
service of heavy trains, and no
heads hanging out of windows - if
it ever stops raining, that is.
These photos were taken in December 1986, on a
couple of days when the sky cleared, leading to clear,
calm frosty days, when the steam hung in the air. (I
didn't record the dates - and until I scanned the slides for this
page, I thought they had all been taken the same day - then I
realised there's a half moon in one of the pictures, and a full
moon in another...)
We start at Kidderminster, with a couple of pictures of 75069
and 4566 leaving, then move to Foley Park, where 43106 is
seen approaching the tunnel with
a train returning from Santa's
Grotto at Arley.
Next we see 75069 again, returning
from Arley, followed by 4566 doing
likewise. Leaving Foley park, I then took one or two more
pictures along Northwood Lane, as the light faded.
The sun's ray were dying rapidly when 4566 came through with
one more train for Arley - the waxing half-moon can just be seen
top right. A week later, then rising moon was full when 4566
steamed out of Foley Park Tunnel, followed a few minutes later
by 75069 with a returning trip.
Severn Valley Railway