News – 26/03/12

News – 26/03/12

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Tom Clift has very kindly sent over the following photos of his Class 26, 26 038 out in the sunshine at Cardiff Canton Bottom Yard on the 22nd March 2012.  The loco is nearing the end of an extensive and thorough restoration and with the sun shining and decals now applied the following photos show the Type 2 off superbly:

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Swanage Railway 2012 Diesel Gala

The Swanage Railway are delighted to announce final details for the Railways forthcoming 7th annual Diesel Gala and Dorset Beer Festival which is running over the weekend of Friday 11th to Sunday 13th May 2012. There will be an intensive 3 train service operating between Swanage and Norden Park and Ride from 08:00 to midnight each day (19:00 on Sunday) with all trains hauled by visiting diesels and those based at the Swanage Railway.

The confirmed line up for this years gala is:- (all locos subject to availability of course)

Class 08s – D3591 and 08436

Class 20s – D8059 and D8188 – Courtesy of the Somerset and Dorset Loco Company

Class 27   – D5401 – Courtesy of the Northampton Type 2 Group

Class 33s – D6515 and 33111

Warship   –  D821 ‘Greyhound’ – Courtesy of the Diesel Traction Group

Class 50  –  50026 ‘Indomitable’ – Courtesy of the PTG

Class 55  –  55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ – Courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society

HNRC owned Class 37, 37521 has now sadly been forced to withdraw from attending this years gala. The Swanage Railway would like thank HNRC for their continued support in supplying locomotives to our annual gala.

Class 50, 50026 ‘Indomitable’ will be making it’s preservation debut, subject to completing successful running in trials on the Swanage Railway prior to the Diesel Gala. This will be the first time it will have hauled a passenger trains for 22 years.

There will also be one more visiting loco to be added to the line up, which will be confirmed prior to the Gala.

Class 08 shunters 08436 and recently overhauled D3591 will be operating over the full length of the line each morning, before operating brake van rides at Harmans Cross. There will be a donation box operating on these services. All donations will go to ‘Heroes Haven Swanage’ a local based charity who provide holidays for disabled Servicemen and Women.

There will be a ‘Beerex’ service, plus the Wessex Belle Bistro dining train in operation on the Friday and Saturday evenings. Advance booking on the Wessex Belle is highly recommended. Traction for these services will announced prior to the Gala.

For the 3 days of the Gala there will be a rare chance to drive one of the locos attending on the Norden to Matala section of the Railway for £20. Advance booking will be available for this by contacting the Swanage Railway or at the Gala.

Class 55, 55019 in association with the Deltic Preservation Society, will be operating Driver Experience courses on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th May. At the time of writing the Monday courses have now SOLD OUT, with only a few spaces left for Tuesday 15th. For further details,please check the Swanage railway website –

The Swanage Railway have also made a number of spaces available to trade stands. Any group or association interested in attending should .

Diesel Gala adult rover tickets are available for £22 for a one day rover, £33 for 2 days and £40 for all 3 days. In addition, there are also a range of discounted fares available for Children, ‘Priv’ card holders and CAMRA members at £16 for a one day rover, £25 for 2 days and £31 for all 3 days.

For any further updates and details please visit the Swanage railway website , by phone 01929 425800, or contact ‘The Swanage Railway, Station House, Swanage, Dorset, BH19 1HB.

Preserved Diesels