Autumn 2006 Diesel Gala; 15th-17th September
This diesel gala was deemed a huge success by all who organised it. The event featured the running of 31101 (masquerading as 31135), 31130, 33019, 47244 and 73114 with appearances made by the visiting German Railbus as well. All performed well with no major failures (unlike the April gala!), and they all seemed to have a decent following. As per usual, the locos were put to the test, accelerating to 25mph as quick as possible, and creating a huge black cloud much to the delight of some of the guys in the front coach- you know who you are!
The weekend also saw 37227 fire up for the first time in over 2 1/2 years, much to the amazement of those in attendance on the Sunday. The loco also made a few tentative moves up and down the north end before being shut down and inspections taken place. Well done to all the guys involved with that project, and about time too.
From what we saw and heard, the event was thoroughly enjoyed by all, including all the crews, fitters, organisers, other staff and of course the public who came for the thrash!
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Here are a few pictures from the weekend;