Locomotives and Coaches

The Heritage Diesel Gala will feature the GWR's unique collection of ex-British Railways diesel locomotives, operating an intensive service of trains plus a guest locomotive. Nine locomotives will be in use (subject to availability) travelling over 1000 miles in the course of the 3 days.


Two of our locomotives under going extensive overhaul will form part of the exhibition inside the diesel shed at Toddington.


The intensive locomotive hauled service will be the main draw for enthusiasts highlights of which will be:


  • The visit of class 50 locomotive no.50035 ‘Ark Royal’
  • The return to service of class 24 no.5081 after a 3 year overhaul
  • Class 45 no.45149, a class long associated with the Honeybourne line in the 1960s and 1970s


4 coaching stock sets will be in use.


All our locomotives and railcars are owned by preservation groups or individuals and most have their own websites packed full of information on the locomotive's history, operation and latest news.


Click on the links for lots more on each (including how you can join and get involved with the operation, maintenance and restoration of each if you wish). Note the GWSR is not responsible for the content of external links.

Click on the pictures for more info on the locomotives (where available).


Guest Locomotives

- in use and working trains


Class Number Owning Group  
Class 50 50035 'Ark Royal' The Class 50 Alliance


Home fleet

- in use and working trains


Class Number Owning Group  
Class 24 5081 24081 Locomotive Group
Class 26 D5343 Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group
Class 37 D6948

Privately owned - in custodianship of

The Growler Group

Class 45 45149 Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group
Class 47 47376 The Brush Type Four Fund
Class 73 E6036 Privately owned (standby loco)


Home Fleet

- on static display


Class Number Owning Group  
Class 47 47105

The Brush Type Four Fund 

(cab visits available)

Class 20 D8137 Privately owned
Class 04 11230 Privately owned
Class 122 W55003 Cotswold Diesel Railcar Ltd



There will be 4 sets of coaches in use during the weekend. This year we can offer two 8 coach sets – our usual chocolate & cream and maroon sets of coaches, together with an additional 6 or 7 coach set comprising a mix of coaches, including the newly refurbished full brake coach (BG), and  a smaller 5 coach set.


Hot food will be available on board Set A (marked in the timetables).


Find out more about all our rolling stock here