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Deltic Running Day - 19th August



40th Anniversary of Deltic Preservation

In conjunction with the Deltic Preservation Society (DPS), the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) is pleased to announce a very special event on Friday 19th August.

On the 20th August 1982, the DPS took ownership of class 55 Deltics nos. 55009 ‘Alycidon’ and 55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ from British Rail at a ceremony held at BR’s Doncaster Works. Taking advantage of the visit of class 55 Deltic no.55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ to the GWR this summer (the locomotive will be based at Toddington from mid July until the end of October), the GWR and DPS will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of this ground-breaking event when Deltics entered the preservation era by holding a special 40th Anniversary Deltic Running Day on Friday 19th August.

However, not only will no.55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ be working trains over the former Western Region main line between Broadway and Cheltenham Racecourse, but she will be joined by sister locomotive no. 55009 ‘Alycidon’ making a special one-off visit for that weekend. Two train sets will operate all day with no.55009 on one and no.55019 on the other, crossing at Winchcombe. An additional early evening train will also operate departing Toddington at 18:00 for Cheltenham, Broadway and back to Toddington, featuring both locomotives.

This really is a unique one-off opportunity to sample the DPS’s two magnificent locomotives operating together on the GWR, a railway that until no.55019 arrives in July, has not seen a class 55 Deltic before and will almost certainly never happen again given the escalating costs involved in staging such events.

Not only that, the whole weekend will be dedicated to celebrating the preservation of these magnificent locomotives, with a Deltic being rostered to the GWR’s diesel diagram on both Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st giving a long weekend of Deltic nostalgia in the Cotswolds.




Deltic Running Day - 19th August