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The Severn Valley Railway Jubilee Weekend 2022

The Severn Valley Railway Jubilee Weekend 2022

I had a wonderful morning, entertaining everyone at Kidderminster Station, The Severn Valley Railway today! I felt like I should be singing a slightly puntastic rendition of Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ (🎼purple train, purple traaaaaaaain…).

Kitten Von Mew singing at Kidderminster Station, SVR

The Taw Valley was in desperate need of a repaint, so SVR decided to temporarily paint her purple for the Platinum Jubilee and Commonwealth Games. Along with this colourful transformation, the loco has been renamed Elizabeth II.

No.70 Elizabeth II

Although the unique engine was unfortunately quite a way from the platform edge, I was lucky enough to be able to have a few snaps taken on the track itself! I’m sure many puffer nutters and chuff chuff buffs will be shaking their heads in dismay at the non-traditional shade of the Elizabeth II locomotive, but I thought it was a jolly tribute and a splash of well needed colour after the last couple of years of Covid AND the recent cancellations of many wartime railway events due to the Ukrainian war.

As well as the No.70 Elizabeth the stunning Lady of Legend is also working at the Platinum Jubilee event! Parts of a Hall class loco were used to create the magnificent Saint class at Didcot and the works were completed in 2019. She is an absolute beauty as you can see!

Lady of Legend

Be sure to join me again tomorrow at 10am and 11am for more rock n roll on the concourse!

Pinup Calendar Photo Shoot


On Saturday Lisa from Candee Photography, Jacob, Richard, Papa Mew and I headed to Tysley Locomotive Depot to start a 2 day photo shoot for a 2013 calendar! Having done my research on the period of the trains, we matched 1940’s and 1950’s outfits according to the engine and had a tiring but very successful shoot. On Sunday we spent all day at the beautiful and very well kept Ansley Station on the Severn Valley Railway line. It was wonderfully quiet and I got to try my hand in the signal box, hand a token up to the engine driver and pose on the platform with the Station Master.

Everyone was so accomodating, it was a real privilege!

If anyone goes, head to the other opposite side where the beuatiful gardens are and take a look at the original Ministry of Food WWII milk pail near the bridge! Im excited about the most rediculous things!

On the Saturday I got to debut a new corset costume made for me by Gaynor of The Garrison, sho has created the most amazing ATS corset costume out of original uniform pieces.  Sabre Sales provided the insignia and the whole outfit went splendidly with the Shakespeare Express Steam Train!

Many thanks to Neil Howard and the team for a great weekend.