Swanage Diesel Gala
The Swanage Diesel Gala is taking place this weekend and we hope that everyone continues to support the event given the numerous set backs the organisers have faced in the past few days. Due to the non arrival of some visiting locos from other railways the Swanage Railway is currently operating an emergency Diesel Gala timetable. Ian Gould’s photos show 50026 passing Wilkswood with the 11.00s Norden to Swanage, 57311 and 33111 Leave Corfe with the 14.30 Corfe to Swanage 11th May 2012 and a superb shot of 50026 leaving Corfe with the 15.20 Norden to Swanage 11th May 2012.
Neil Walkling has kindly sent over the following photos taken yesterday during the first day of the Swanage Diesel Gala. Neil’s photos show three photos of 50026, two at Corfe Castle and one taken at Swanage showing the train departing from platform one, where the signalman had to ‘flag’ 50026 as the loco was fouling the track circuits. This was a practice left over from BR days. Two photos showing 57312 with 33111 at Corfe Castle and with D5401 at Harmans Cross. One of D5401 at Harmans Cross arriving on the up platform with a Swanage train. Plus one of the latecomer 73136 with 33111 at Harmans Cross.