Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Diesel Gala - July 2014
The 21st, 22nd July saw the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway hold their popular Diesel Gala Weekend. The line now benefits from an extension to Laverton (soon to further extend to Broadway) making the line some 11 miles long. Two locomotives took centre stage at the event. Class 45 No.45149 appeared for the first time in BR Blue livery, and D7017 (visiting from the West Somerset Railway) provided a former locomotive type which would of operated over the route in British Rail days. The GWR has gone from strength to strength after it's long period of disruption caused by two major land slips at Chicken Curve and Gotherington. The periods of inactivity allowed other groups based on the line to concentrate on other projects, all of which have now come into fruition. I spent two days on the line, which offered some superb enjoyment and value for money. It was also great to see such a fine selection of former British Rail locomotives in such good condition operating on a railway with such an interesting history!
Locomotives attending the 2014 Diesel Gala were:
Class 04: 11230 (Static - Car Park)
Class 20: D8137 (20137)
Class 24: 5081 (24081)
Class 26: D5343 (26043)
Class 35: D7017 (From the West Somerset Railway)
Class 37: 37215
Class 37: 37248 (Static - Diesel Shed)
Class 47: 47105 (Static - Diesel Shed)
Class 47: 47376 'Freightliner 1995'
Class 73: E6036 (73129)
Class 117: L425