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Diesel Gala planned at Didcot Railway Centre (Full Article)

Bank holiday weekend sees a diesel gala taking place at Didcot Railway Centre

Bank holiday weekend sees Didcot Railway Centre holding a diesel gala, the first for a number of years.  Called "The Didcot Railway Diesel Shed Bash!”, it harks back to a time when diesel locomotives were still relatively new, having completely replaced steam locomotives.

Roger Orchard, the Railway Centre Manager said: "We are recreating the atmosphere of 1970s diesel depot open days, where people can climb into the locos and see what it was like to drive them."

It is intended that at least six visiting guest locomotives will be in attendance, some of them being used on passenger trains. Most of the guest locomotives will be main line locomotives from the 1960s onwards, though, it is also hoped to have some very modern diesel traction on hand as well.
 
For many years, the class of 22 Deltic locomotives were the most powerful diesel locomotives in the UK, plying their trade along the East Coast Main Line between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh. During the gala, the cabs of D9009, 33108 and 31466 will be open. 55019 and 31466 will be hauling the passenger train on the main demonstration line. From the home fleet, 08 shunter 08604 and GWR Diesel Railcar 22 will be providing trains on the branch line.
 
The Great Didcot Diesel Shed Bash takes place over the three days of the bank holiday, from 1030 – 1700 each day.

Further details at www.didcotrailwaycentre.org.uk, or telephone 01235 817200.

 



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