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Severn Valley Railway Class 50 Alliance wins HRA award

Class 50 Alliance team. (Ted Dunster)

Severn Valley Railway’s (SVR) Class 50 Alliance has won the first ever diesel preservation award in the Heritage Railway Association’s 2021 scheme.

Over three decades, the Class 50 Alliance has acquired five Class 50 diesel electric locos with a sixth on long-term loan. The overhaul, restoration, preservation and operational work of this volunteer-only group has enabled many memorable events, including more than 85 main line railtours and the famous SVR Class 50 Golden Jubilee Gala in 2015, attracting nearly 4,000 visitors.

Jonathan Dunster, chairman of the SVR diesels committee, said: “It was a great privilege to have been nominated for this award, and I would like to thank the dedicated volunteers of the Class 50 Alliance and our many supporters over the years for helping us to achieve this wonderful fleet.

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