This year’s summer diesel gala at the GWR has been an unqualified success delighting the line’s Commercial Manager with numbers even slightly higher than last year’s successful event, despite 2 out of the 3 days being blighted by heavy and unseasonal rainfall after weeks of dry weather. Highlight of the 3 day event held between the 24th and 26th July, was the appearance of class 35 ‘Hymek’ no.D7076 in BR blue from the East Lancashire Railway and the locomotive duly delighted many visitors with a powerful and noisy performance through the Cotswold scenery together with the railway’s home fleet including 37215.
Both the Diesel Shed at Toddington and the Carriage and Wagon workshops at Winchcombe held open days and invited visitors to see behind the scenes.
New for 2015, a slightly lower-key gala weekend featuring all the GWR’s home fleet of diesel locomotives will be held on the 9th/10th October.
The first edition of this popular book by Steve Morris was published 8 years ago and sold out quickly. Since then there have been many requests for copies. To coincide with the 50th anniversary of the opening of Canton depot in 2014, the book has been re-printed with a small print run including an update to reflect changes since the first edition, bringing the history of the depot right up to date. The opportunity has also been taken to update some of the captions in the original, a general tidy-up and correct some minor errors present in the first edition.
Priced at £12.50 + £1.95 to cover P&P, copies can be ordered on line by clicking here or by post by printing out and sending off the form at the bottom of the attached flyer. A donation of £3.00 per copy will be made to the Growler Group if the Growler Group is mentioned in the buyer’s notes on ebay, or if the attached order form is
37215 will next be in use on the 29th and 30th December for the GWR’s annual mixed traction event which will feature an intensive timetable with trains crossing at Gotherington, Winchcombe and Toddington and top and tail working with steam and diesel traction. The working timetable for the event can be downloaded below: Mixed_Traction_Gala_2014_Working_Timetable-tt-2-20141003113656
Locomotive allocations will be added nearer the time. Keep a look out on this site!