Thursday, 30 September 2010

This Weekend: Autumn Diesel Gala 2010

It's that time of year again for one of the best diesel events in the country! The Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala is being held this weekend on Friday 1st, 2nd and 3rd October.

The event this year plays host to an impressive line up of visiting traction, the mainline link via the Fletton Loop proving invaluable:

From the Severn Valley Railway, BR Maroon Cl.52 D1062 'Western Courier', Cl.50 50035 'Ark Royal' (currently seen as 'Loadhaul' liveried 50135), and Cl.37 37906 in large-logo BR grey.

From Barrow Hill, a BR blue liveried quartet of Cl.33 33108, Cl.47 47375, Cl.20 20096, and Cl.37 37275.

Current mainline operators GBRf are to send a 667xx, while DBS are sending '08' shunter 08995 from Ketton Cement Works.

All of these locomotives are of course subject to availability, although I believe that 20096, 33108, 37275, 37906, 47375, D1062, and 50135 are already on site for the event.

In addition to the above, the home fleet will also be operating:

Cl.40 D306 'Atlantic Conveyor' (a personal favourite class of mine, along with the 'Peaks').

Cl.31 31108, which will soon be making an appearance in Eastenders on BBC1...

And finally, the NVR-based Cl.14s, D9523 (WR Maroon)...

...split personality D9520/Corby Quarries No.45...

...and D9516.

On an unrelated note and further to my previous posting, I was unfortunately unable to visit Wansford this week to do any volunteering - hence no work update. I have a particularly intense personal workload at the moment, but I will get up there again as soon as possible, even if only to grab some new photos and catch up on the latest gossip! In the meantime, keep checking back for updates as my next visit should be fairly soon...