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

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

 

High Praise for Diesel Gala Weekend

Visiting locomotives this year were drawn from three Midlands’ railways. From the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone came Class 25, D5217, from the Great Central at Loughborough came ochre liveried Class 31, D5830 and third of the trio was Class 33, 33 035 normally resident on the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway.

The visitors complemented the home fleet of Class 20 20 031, Class 25 25 059, Class 37 37 075 and 0-6-0 D0226 ‘Vulcan’ with a cameo appearance of D32, the newly restored Mersey Docks and Harbour Board 0-6-0 shunter.

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2014 Diesel Gala 6th – 8th June Full Line-up

The Diesel Gala weekend sees all our services operated by our own and visiting diesel locomotives dating from the 1950s and 1960s. With the 2014 Diesel Gala now less than a month away the full line-up of diesels has now been finalised and will feature 3 visiting mainline diesels.

D5217Class 25 no. D5217 normally based at the Battlefield Line in Leicestershire
33-035Class 33 no. 33 035, owned by the Pioneer Diesel Loco Group, is normally based at the Ecclesbourne Valley Line in Derbyshire and this is the first time the loco has operated on any other railway in preservation.
D5830Class 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

Whilst every effort will made to ensure that the advised motive power is available, the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway reserve the right to change this when operational circumstances so dictate.