257 Squadron steam locomotive 34072 to tour the Spa Valley Railway

Spa Valley Railway has announced that No. 34072 ‘257 Squadron’ will visit them in 2022/23 to help operate passenger trains.

It is expected that the 4-6-2 will arrive during the winter to operate festive trains as well as regular passenger trains.

34072 visits the Spa Valley Railway thanks to its owners, Southern Locomotives Limited.

Later this week Rebuilt Bulleid 34053 Sir Keith Park, also owned by Southern Locomotives Limited, will haul SVR trains for the last time before being withdrawn for overhaul.

Overhaul of 34053 will begin immediately and is expected to be completed in 2023, when the locomotive returns to Spa Valley Railway to continue hauling trains on the heritage line.

34072 257 Squadron arrives at Quorn and Woodhouse, Great Central Railway // Credit: RailAdvent

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You can see 34072 in action at the Great Central Railway, where he traveled in 2022 for their Winter Steam Gala, in our 3-disc set. Click here for more information and to watch a trailer.

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Jose P. Rogers