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1501 and Barclay heading to west country for golden celebration gala

Outside-cylindered Hawksworth pannier No. 1501 will make its first visit to the South Devon Railway as this issue of The RM goes on sale to take part in the line’s April 6-14 Golden Anniversary Gala.

The presence of the Severn Valley Railway-based ‘15XX’ 0-6-0PT will offer a second chance to see it together with the Llangollen Railway’s ‘64XX’ No. 6430 after the recent SVR gala, and allow for comparisons with another Hawksworth pannier design – ‘94XX’ No. 9466. It will also be reunited with another Bridgnorth resident in the form of Collett ‘14XX’ 0-4-2T No. 1450.

Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST No. 1219 makes a surprising addition to the gala line-up from its home at the West Somerset Railway. The 1911-built loco will act as station pilot at Buckfastleigh during the nine-day event, and on certain days will work brakevan specials to Totnes and back.

The Severn Valley Railway’s Hawksworth ‘15XX’ pannier No. 1501 makes an unusual sight working a single auto-coach during the railway’s gala on March 16. The loco is visiting the South Devon Railway in April. CLIVE HANLEY

The visiting engines will bolster the serviceable home fleet of ‘64XX’ No. 6412, ‘57XX’  No. L92
(5786) and ‘4575’  No. 5526, working a range of themed services and auto-trains, including all-night running during the night of April 6-7; an SDR first.  

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