We are pleased to be able to announce that the WSR’s Special Events Planning Team has secured Gloucestershire & Warwickshire based Class 26 No. D5343 (TOPS number 26043) to attend the railway’s diesel gala between 9th & 11th June. The loco is owned by The Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group and based at the GWSR and we are very grateful to them for allowing the hire of the loco to the WSR for the gala.
Built in 1959 at the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company the 75t loco spent the majority of its working life in based at Inverness in Scotland working trains in the far north to Wick, Thurso and Kyle of Lochalsh. It was withdrawn from BR service in January 1993 and moved to the GWSR for restoration.
The WSR SEPT are working on getting further visiting locos for the event and details will be announced as soon as possible.