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Epping Ongar prepares for spring diesel gala

THE Epping Ongar Railway’s April 27-28 diesel gala welcomes Class 25 No. D7612 as a visitor from the South Devon Railway. 

The Type 2 will be joined by resident Class 47 No. 47635 Jimmy Milne, subject to successful test runs following overhaul, which has included roof repairs and a full repaint. 

Class 20 No. 8001 (20001) will be in action throughout the Epping Ongar Railway’s April 27-28 diesel weekend. Here, it heads past Bilsdens Farm during half-term week on February 22 with the last train of the day to North Weald. No. 8001 was built in July 1957 at Newton-le-Willows and allocated to Devons Road Depot in Bow. It is owned by the Class 20 Locomotive Society and has been based at the railway since 2017. STUART CHAPMAN

Other locos from the home fleet due to be in operation are Class 20 No. 8001,
Class 31 No. 31438, and Class 37 No. 37029. 

Read more in the April 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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