D6948 in use between Christmas and New Year 2017

D6948 (providing steam heat) will be working scheduled services on the GWR on 26th December and 1st January when it will work the 15:55 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse and 16:40 return. It is also booked to work the following trains during the GWR’s annual Christmas Cracker event on the 29th and 30th December:

1C10 10:00 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse (piloting steam locomotive 7820 on 29th and 7903 on the 30th)
2L19 11:30 Cheltenham Racecourse-Buckland
2L39 15:40 Cheltenham Racecourse-Buckland

Click on the link above for full details including timetable.

Please come and support winter diesel running on the GWR.

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D6948 on Santa Special ‘thunderbird’ duties

D6948 was called into action at very short notice on Saturday 9th December when steam locomotive GWR 2-6-2T no.5526 was failed with a brake defect during preparation on shed. The 37 was started and the boiler fired up, and made the steam loco’s booked diagram start.

[caption id="attachment_1240" align="alignnone" width="1600"]D6948 leaves Winchcombe with the 10:20 ECS to Cheltenham Racecourse on Sat 9th December standing in at the last minute for a failed steam locomotive. D6948 leaves Winchcombe with the 10:20 ECS to Cheltenham Racecourse on Sat 9th December standing in at the last minute for a failed steam

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D6948 and 37215 to work GWR services together on Saturday 28th October

Both D6948 and 37215 will be out working the GWR’s Green Timetable diesel hauled diagram on Saturday 28th October comprising the 1110, 1330, and 1555 Toddington-Cheltenham Racecourse, and the 1205, 1425 and 1640 return from Cheltenham.

The locos will operate in top and tail formation throughout the day in order to keep things nice and warm using the steam heat boiler in D6948.

So if you fancy a steamy day out in the Cotswolds and a sight like this, please come along and support the Group by riding on the trains!

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