Virtual Locomotive Roster for Friday 26th to Sunday 28th June and Wednesday 1st to Friday 3rd July 2020

This weekend should have featured the Diesel Gala, so take a look back this week to 2014 when we hosted the last Diesel Gala and welcomed three guest locomotives plus one returnee after many years of toil by it’s owner, Ben Wade, to return it to action.

In 2020 this coming weekend was earmarked for the return of the Diesel Gala after an absence of 6 years, although we had diesels at our 50th Anniversary celebrations and at our Mixed Traffic Gala in 2019.

So we take a trip back this week to 2014 when we hosted the last Diesel Gala and welcomed three guest locomotives plus one returnee after many years of toil by it’s owner, Ben Wade, to return it to action. So our virtual lineup this weekend will be

Class 25 no. D5217 – owned by Nemisis Rail and currently under restoration

Class 33 no. 33 035 – owned by the Pioneer Diesel Loco Group, is normally based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Line in Derbyshire.

Class 31 no. D5830 – owned by Type One Loco Ltd and based at the Great Central Railway

From the home fleet
Class 20 no. 20 031
Class 25 no. 25 059
Class 37 no. 37 075
0-6-0 D0226 Vulcan
0-6-0 D32 returning to action after a long period of restoration

In 2014 as today, there was a weekday steam service with the locomotive taking the honours this virtual year, as in 2014, USATC S160 2-8-0 5820