At least six locomotives will be in action over the forthcoming weekend (16/17 April) at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, when they hold a mixed running gala.
Star turn of the event is the visit of the 1916 Swindon built 2-8-0 tank 4247, the first visit of this locomotive to the Railway.
Following in behind is a variety of heritage diesel locomotives, all of which are at least 50 years old.
The weekend will see the debut of the Gloucester Cross Country diesel multiple unit, which has been under restoration for many years. At Hayes Knoll cab rides on Fowler 0-4-0 shunter Woodbine will be available.
Built in 1933, this is believed to be the oldest (currently) working diesel locomotive in the UK.
Also in action will be recently arrived former British Railways (departmental) 0-6-0 shunter PWM651 as well as Fowler 0-4-0 shunter Blunsdon. A rare chance to see both of these locomotives in action at the same time.
The largest and most powerful diesel locomotive in action is former main line class 73 locomotive E6003 Sir Herbert Walker but, just in case of locomotive failures, former British Railways class 09 0-6-0 shunter D3668 will be on “Thunderbird” stand-by.
Organiser, Paul Martin said, “We are looking forward to offering this very interesting miscellany of motive power, in an intensive timetable to the public”.
For further details, please call 01793 771615, or visit the website: www.swindon-cricklade-railway.org