We are also delighted to announce the first two visiting locomotives for our Mixed Traction Gala scheduled for 12th – 14th June. The first will be a member of the DRS fleet, which will join us via the Sheringham level crossing. We are privileged to be supported by DRS for the event, with their locomotives usually busily engaged hauling both freight and passenger trains across the mainline network. The identity of the locomotive will be confirmed closer to the event and we are grateful to DRS for being able to supply us a locomotive for the weekend.
Our second visitor is Class 25, D7659, later to become 25309 then 25909, courtesy of the Waterman Railway Heritage Trust. Class 25 locomotives were introduced from 1961 as a general mixed traffic locomotive, covering a variety of duties from including passenger freight and parcels. D7659 was one of the later locomotives in the class, entering traffic in 1966 and spending it’s entire working life based on the London Midland region. Withdrawn in 1986 and initally preserved at the East Lancashire Railway, the engine then moved to Bo’ness, then onto Carnforth and finally Washwood Heath before moving to Peak Rail, where the engine has been lovingly restored to traffic.
These locomotives will operate alongside members of the home fleet, of both diesel and steam locomotives, including London Transport livery Class 20, 20227 ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and Class 37, D6732.
The gala will see a variety of coach and parcels trains in operation including MK1 stock, the Gresley Buffet serving real ale as well as real ale available at Sheringham and a variety of trade stands.