West Somerset Railway announce first diesel locomotive visitor for 2019 gala

46010
Credit: Mark Riley

The West Somerset Railway has announced that Class 46 No.46010 will be visiting the line for their Diesel Gala in June 2019.

The railway will be holding their “Vintage Diesels to the Seaside” diesel gala on 20th – 23rd June 2019.

46010 will be visiting thanks to the owner, Mike Newton. The locomotive will be returning to its former West Country home of the 1970s in attending the event.

An intensive timetable will be in operation, and more news is expected to be released soon.

A brief history of 46010

46010 was built in 1961 as D147 and was based at Plymouth Laira depot in the 1970s until withdrawal at 198. It was stored at Swindon works until a reinstatement to traffic a year later and allocation to Gateshead. It returned to its former hunting ground of the North East – South West and East Coast routes until withdrawal once more in 1984.

It was left at Doncaster for a number of years until it was purchased for preservation by Llangollen Rly Diesel Group in 1993 and eventually restored to traffic after much effort in 2000. It left Llangollen for pastures new in 2009 and has since seen a major overhaul carried out by D05 Preservation Ltd.

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