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No sooner had I visited the Nene Valley Railway than I was off with my friend Rod to Kidderminster and the SVR.  I must admit to being well impressed by what I saw just at Kidderminster Station without going anywhere else.  Even on a weekday there was a diesel shunter sitting with its engine running.  Don't think I have a photo of that as I seem to remember it disappeared before I had my camera organised.  Well - did anyone think I was super efficient!

LMS Stainier Class 8F sitting looking as if the water column hose is going down its chimney!  I really will have to go to classes in photo composition.
To find out more about the engine follow the link to the Stainier 8f Society
GWR Tank Engine No 5164 was doing the honours as the train engine on the 20th May 2005  For more information on the SVR go from here to their website by clicking on the link. Severn Valley Railway
Stainier 5MT Mogul 2-6-0 No 42968 on a rest day!  These engines were frequently used for fast freight in my younger train spotting days.  Seeing one on a day to day basis though was the exception rather than the rule.
Link to:- Stainier Mogul 42968 Web Pages
The scene over the engine shed.  The tender on the left belongs to 48773 whilst the rebuilt Bullied Pacific in the centre background is West Country Class No 34045 Ottery St Mary.  Behind the diesel in the foreground which you can just see the tender and cab top could be GWR 7820 Odney Manor.
A fine and very smart looking rake of wooden LNER coaches made an interesting site on a former GWR railway! Kidderminster station frontage, which looks the same as it would have when it was built.  Except, of course, for the yellow hatching on the road, the 'No Entry' sign, and the lack of horse drawn transport
The SVR has an excellent Museum at Kidderminster Station, but even I was surprised to find a nameplate on their wall from the closed Forgandenny Station near Perth. Sign in the SVR gents toilet!  If anyone doesn't know what it means you can e-mail me for an explanation!

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