News 01/02/12

News 01/02/12

33 002 “Sea King” Update

South Devon Diesel Traction’s Class 33, 33 002 is currently receiving attention at Buckfastleigh.  The power unit was smoking in excess of what is expected for an overhauled unit.  The loco was stopped after the November Diesel Day and investigations undertaken.  The turbo was removed from the loco last Sunday and has been sent off for professional attention.  The group also lifted off three heads and have fitted new cylinder head valve stem seals.  The heads have been lifted back on and the power unit is now being reassembled.

Recently the loco has received bodywork and roof attention and a part repaint.

Rob Kitley has kindly sent over the following photos:

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Swanage 2012 Diesel Gala

Swanage Railway has announced details of its seventh annual Diesel Gala which will see visiting main line locomotives in operation through the Purbeck countryside.

This year’s popular three-day event is being held from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 May, 2012, and co-incides with the Dorset Beer Festival being staged next to Harman’s Cross station by the Globe public house in Swanage.

There will be an intensive all-diesel three-train service between Norden Park & Ride, Corfe Castle, Harman’s Cross, Herston and Swanage from 9am to midnight on the Friday and the Saturday – and until 7pm on the Sunday.

Subject to availability, the visiting main line diesel locomotives starring in the diesel gala will be:

  • Class 27 No. D5401 – courtesy of the Northampton Type 2 Group.
  • Class 37 No. 37 521 – courtesy of Harry Needle Railroad Company.
  • Warship class No. D821 ‘Greyhound’  – courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group.
  • Class 55 No. 55 019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ – courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society.

The Swanage Railway’s resident diesel locomotives also taking part in the annual event on the six-mile Purbeck Line will be Class 08s No. 08 436 and No. D3591 as well as Class 33s No. D6515 and No. 33 111.

On the Friday and Saturday evenings, there will be a two-train service from 7pm.

The first of those trains will be the Wessex Belle bistro dining train – for which advanced booking is advised – while the second train will include a buffet serving light refreshments and alcoholic drinks.

Traction for these trains will be allocated closer to the diesel gala.

Diesel gala adult rover tickets are available for £22 for a one-day ticket, £33 for a two-day ticket or £40 for all three days.

There are also discounted fares available for children, ‘priv’ (privilege) card owners and CAMRA members at £16 for a one-day rover ticket, £25 for a two-day rover ticket and £31 for a three-day rover ticket.

Last year’s Diesel Gala attracted almost 2,966 passengers – up 30 per cent on the May 2010 diesel gala event.

For further updates and details, visit the Swanage Railway website at, call the Swanage Railway on 01929 425800 or send a stamped addressed envelope to the Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, Dorset BH19 1HB.


Preserved Diesels