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Page Last Updated on 22 September 2017 at 12.00


Isle of Wight Steam Railway

Friday 29th September until Sunday 1st October 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

33202 has been secured and will be only the fourth BR diesel to visit the island. It will only be there for the duration of the gala.

33202 will be restricted to the Smallbrook Junction to Havenstreet section as it is too long for the headshunt at Wooton. Latest news from the IOWSR however says that a way has been found for 33202 to work one train a day from Smallbrook to Wootton throughout. It will not work the return, that will be D2059 . 33202 will follow and work the train onward to Smallbrook. This will mean a gap in the timetable, but I hope we have pleased some of our visitors. This will happen on each of the 3 days.

The Wootton section will be worked by D2059 and the 4 wheeled coaches.

D2554 is expected to be on brake van passenger duty and will run right round past the new building to the headshunt buffer stops..

The owner of 33202 and the railway are now permitting cab rides on it on October 2nd and 3rd. This will comprise of one round trip over the line in the cab (not driving as we not ready for that yet!) There will be two booked people in the cab for each run. The price is £80. Booking will be essential. First come gets the best time slot. We hope to start the experiences at 08.45 and then every 45 minutes or so. If anybody is interested in this then please contact the railway to book a place. Contact the railway

The Train Story Discovery Centre will be open as will the catering and shop outlets.

If 03197 is still on site we would like to move it into Train Story Discovery Centre with the ballast hoppers so our visitors can see it, it is not currently in a public area.

There will be a display of recently re-discovered photographs of the diesels on the Island during BR and NSE days.

There will be a real ale bar and food will be available.

Entry and Diesel Train Tickets: Online price: Adult £11.50, Child £6.00, Infant FREE, Family (2 + 2) £29.00. Gate price: Adult £13.00, Child £6.50, Infant FREE, Family (2 + 2) £32.50.

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Strathspey Railway

Saturday 30th September 2017

The railway are kindly putting a diesel run together to coincide with the SRPS tour to Aviemore and Inverness.

Passengers alighting from the 30th September SRPS tour at Aviemore will have a choice of services to travel on. A steam service will run as normal at 12.30 and 14.45, and in addition a diesel service will run at 12.45.

The diesel service, subject to availability, will be three coaches topped and tailed by 27050 and 31327. It will run from Aviemore to Boat of Garten and back followed by Aviemore to Broomhill and back. Any passengers that wish to do so, may then travel on the stock, hauled by 08490 to the carriage shed where an escorted shed tour will be available.

Tickets for a steam trip are priced at £14.25 return, with the diesel package priced at £18 Advance Tickets


Inverness shunt off SRPS tour

Saturday 30th September 2017

GBRf can confirm that subject to no last minute issues, the shunt release at Inverness off the SRPS Inverness tour will be available for SRPS ticket holders only. One of the tour locomotives will be 66764 (subject to the usual caveats). Class 73 as yet unknown.

08523 should be the locomotive.

Tour details

It is possible to do the shunt release at Inverness AND do the above Strathspey diesel charter See this link to WNXX forum thread


Ribble Steam Railway

Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.

DRS should be supplying a Class 37/4.


Bluebell Railway

Friday 6th October until Sunday 8th October 2017

This event will feature 3 working Deltics, D9002 D9009 55019

There will be an intensive timetable throughout the weekend with a 12 car set due to run on the last train of the day on both Friday and Saturday evenings.

On Friday there will be a photoshoot with three loco line up, one in each platform at the south end of Horsted Keynes at around 14.00. During this time only we will open up 2 areas not normally accessible to the public to the south of the signal box and the dock by the C&W works to allow photgraphs to be taken.

Day Rovers will cost: Adults £25.00, Two-day Adult £40.00, Three-day Adult £50.00, Child £12.50, Two-day Child £20.00, Three-day Child £25.00. Multi-day Rovers are also now available. Advance Tickets

Brake van rides available on the first train of the day from Sheffield Park Station to Horsted Keynes using D4106 . Cost is £15.00 which includes a bacon butty but must be booked in advance through the Customer Service Team on 01825 720800. Please note this covers only the journey in the brake van-additional tickets are required to travel through the day. Brake van rides also at Horsted Keynes presumably using D4106

On Saturday 7th October there will be a Beerex, timings to be confirmed. A special brew from the local brewers Harveys of Lewes will be available on board. Pie and Mash will be available in the Bessemer Arms.

Intensive three set train service, locos rotating in turn.

Cab visits at Sheffield Park.

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Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway

Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October 2017

A diesel weekend will take place at this railway.

Locomotives in use should be D8137 D5343 D6948 37215 45159 47376

Normal fares apply to this event: Adult All Day Rover Ticket - £16.50, Senior All Day Rover Ticket - £15.50, Child All Day Rover Ticket - £7.00, Family (2 adults and up to 3 children) - £43.00.
Advance Tickets

At Toddington, you will be able to photograph the locomotives in the yard when they are not working trains. At Winchcombe, the popular Carriage and Wagon workshops will be open for visits so you can view the new facilities for maintaining and overhauling the carriages to a high standard.

pdfSaturday's Roster

pdfSunday's Roster


Chasewater Railway

Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Nene Valley Railway

Friday 13th October until Sunday 15th October 2017

A Class 31 60 years celebration event will take place at this railway.

31108 31162 31271 31285 31452 31459 31465 31466 are expected to be in use over all three days.

It is planned for a three train service on the Saturday and Sunday, One continental set, Two sets of Mk1s, albeit a small set. On the Friday it will be a load six Mk1 rake only.

pdfFriday's Timetable

pdfSaturday and Sunday's Timetable


Royal Deeside Railway

Saturday 14th October and Sunday 15th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Buckinghamshire Railway Centre

Sunday 15th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 20th October until Sunday 22nd October 2017

The 7th CAMRA Real Ale & Cider Festival & Autumn Diesel Gala will take place at this railway.

2591 D3489 31101 31289 33063 33201 73140 should be running.

Carts Class 207 1317 and Class 421 1497 should also be out.

There should be 160 Real Ales, 25 of those Green Hop, 30+ ciders, Belgian and Key Keg beers, selection of wines and a large variety of food available.

On Friday 20th October the two Class 31s will operate top and tail all day on one set and the two Class 33s will operate top and tail all day on one set. The Friday night beerex will be top & tail Class 33s and the Saturday night beerex will be the two 31s.

On the Saturday the two shunters will be out and 73140 will be doing a bit of push/pull as well as standard coaches.

Bars will be at Tunbridge Wells West, Groombridge and Eridge as well as in Kate and on 1497.

More to follow.


Mid-Hants Railway

Friday 20th October until Sunday 22nd October 2017

A diesel gala will take place at this railway.

Guests announced so far as D6700 47579 D9002


Battlefield Railway

Saturday 21st October and Sunday 22nd October 2017

An 'Anything goes' event will take place at this railway.


Great Central Railway (Ruddington)

Saturday 28th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Friday 27th October until Monday 30th October 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.

50017 50050 are expected to be visiting.


South Devon Railway

Friday 3rd November until Sunday 5th November 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.

Home fleet locomotives taking part should be D2246 D3721 D7612 D6501 6975

D8568 will be visiting for the event.

The locomotive is due to arrive on the Railway in mid-October and will be operating on Sunday 15th October for a Driver Experience Day. Places for the Driver Experience are very limited, bookings are being taken via the SDR web site. D8568 Driver Experience Bookings

Further details later.


Mid-Norfolk Railway

Saturday 30th December and Sunday 31st December 2017

A diesel event will take place at this railway.