Diesel and steam locomotives team up at Talyllyn Railway Anything Goes Gala

Talyllyn Railway
Credit: B Fuller / Talyllyn Railway

It was all go at the Talyllyn Railway in June 2018 when they hosted their Anything Goes Gala.

All six engines were in action, along with the four diesel locomotives.

TV personality, Tim Dunn was conducting interviews throughout the event when the railway went live via Facebook.

The day was started by the naming of diesel locomotive No.11 Trecwn by Network rail Chairman, Sir Peter Hendy – the locomotive has entered traffic after having air brakes fitted to allow it to work passenger trains in an emergency.

No.11 then double headed a train up the line with all of the railway’s original carriages alongside No.12 ‘St Cadfan’. No.3 Sir Haydn also returned to traffic from overhaul. Other locomotives in action were No. 4 Edward Thomas, No.6 Douglas, and No.7 Tom Rolt supported No.1 Talyllyn, which has now hauled its last train ahead of an overhaul, and No.2 Dolgoch.

No.5 Midlander and No.9 Alf worked engineering trains at the Talyllyn throughout the event.

At the end of the day, all ten locomotives were assembled at Wharf, then, the six steam locomotives were coupled up and went to Pendre, the 4 diesels followed suit later in the day.

What did the officials say?

Talyllyn Railway Preservation Society Chairman, Ian Drummond, commented:

‘With the return from overhaul of locomotive No.3 ‘Sir Haydn’ and the temporary extension of the boiler certificate for No.1 ‘Talyllyn’, as well as the completion of work on No.11 ‘Trecwn’, it was realised we had a rare opportunity to have all the Railway’s locomotives in action on a single day. Despite the relatively short notice of the date of the event it proved very popular with folk coming from all over to witness the occasion. Our grateful thanks must go to Sir Peter Hendy for coming to name No.11, as well as to those who came up with the idea for the event and everyone who worked so hard to make it happen. It certainly proved another memorable day in the history of the Talyllyn Railway’.


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