31271 // Credit A1A Locomotives Ltd
31271 // Credit A1A Locomotives Ltd
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The Bluebell Railway has announced three diesel locomotives that are confirmed to attend their diesel gala.

Which Diesels?

Nene Valley Railway
D182 (46045) // Credit: Ian McDonald

The types of diesel confirmed to attend the gala are:

  1. Class 45 ‘Peak’ No.45041 “Royal Tank Regiment” (BR Blue)
  2. Class 46 ‘Peak’ No.D182 ” (BR Blue)
  3. Class 31 No.31271 “Stratford 1840-2001” (Trainload Construction)


None of these three have visited the Bluebell Railway, making this gala the first opportunity for enthusiasts to capture their first visit to the railway in preservation.

About the Diesel Gala

The gala takes place from Friday the 23rd until Sunday the 25th of March. The gala will feature brake van rides, 3 sets of 6 Cars with 12 Car Set on Friday and Saturday late afternoon and Saturday evening trains, with sausage and mash in the Bessemer Arms. Adult tickets start at £25, with children’s (3-15) starting at £12.50.

This event will be added to RailAdvent’s Calendar in due course.

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Jamie Duggan avatar
Since I was a child, I have been a big fan of steam locomotives. This enthusiasm has been become greater in recent years, leading to me becoming involved in a society restoring a standard gauge locomotive. Joining the RailAdvent team in 2017, I help Michael produce articles.