Diesel galas hit by snow

SNOW covered much of the country over the weekend of March 17-18, coinciding with three major diesel galas at Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, Oxfordshire; Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Derbyshire; and the Mid-Norfolk Railway.

Despite freezing conditions all three were able to provide a good service thanks to the dedication of railway staff and volunteers, with their efforts rewarded by good attendance.

‘Warship’ No. D832 Onslaught approaches Idridgehay on the 11.05 Wirksworth-Duffield service during the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway’s diesel gala on March 18. STEVE BELL/RAILTEC TRANSFERS

Full credit must be given to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway staff for keeping the timetable to minimum disruption during some pretty brutal conditions.

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Star of the show was Class 42 ‘Warship’ No. D832 Onslaught, visiting from the East Lancashire Railway for a couple of weeks.

This was in place of the originally advertised ‘Hymek’ No. D7076 (RM March p6), which it is hoped will appear at the EVR’s August 11-12 diesel gala.

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