Three more guest locos have been added to the Swanage Railway’s May 9-11 diesel gala with the National Railway Museum’s Pioneer Class 37 D6700 (37119) and Deltic 55002 ‘The King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ to be joined by a GB Railfreight, as yet unspecified, loco.
They will line up alongside 20227, 5081 from the Glos Warks Railway, D7629 and 47292 from the GCRN, 50026 ‘Indomitable’ (replacing unavailable 50035 ‘Ark Royal’) and 50031 ‘Hood’. Resident 33111 and long term hire loco 33202 ‘Dennis G Robinson’ will also be in use. The 20 and 50026 will only see limited use as they have visited the line before.
The gala will see an intensive three-train timetable between Norden and Swanage from 0800 to 2359 on the Friday/Saturday and from 0800 to 1900 on the Sunday.
Along with Dorset Beer Festival being held at the Bankes Arms at Corfe Castle, 50026 and the National Railway Museum’s prototype HST Power Car 41001 will also be on display at Corfe Castle and available for cab visits.
The Friday and Saturday evenings will see Beerex trains and the ‘Wessex Belle’ ‘Bistro’ dining train in operation. Traction for the Beerex will be D6700 and 20227 on the Friday and 5081 and 33202 on the Saturday. The ‘Wessex Belle’ will be hauled by D7629 on the Friday and 50026 on the Saturday.
Diesel driver experience courses will be in operation from Norden using 20227, supplied by Class 20 Locomotives Limited. The ‘20 for £20’ driver experiences will operate between Norden and Motala. Bookings for these should be made via the railway (01929 475207).
Before and after the gala, driver experience courses will run using 50026, D6700 and 55002 over various days, further details are available at www.swanagerailway.co.uk
The gala’s supported charity is the RNLI’s £200,000 Swanage lifeboat station appeal for a new lifeboat and Lifeboat station (www.justgiving.com/SwanageLifeboatBoathouseAppeal) and a ‘D Class’ lifeboat will be on display at Corfe Castle during the Friday and Saturday, then will move to Harmans Cross where it will be an attraction at the RNLI’s fun day on the Sunday.
Fares are £24 for a one-day rover, £36 for two days and £44 for all three days. There are discounted fares for children, Priv card holders and CAMRA members at £17 for a one-day rover, £26 for two days and £33 for all three days.