Final steam locomotive Guest for West Somerset Railway Spring Steam Gala


The West Somerset Railway has announced British Railways (BR) Standard Class 2 (2-6-0) No 78018 as the third and final guest for their upcoming Spring Steam Gala.

British Railways Standard Class 2 (2-6-0) No.78018

Built in 1953 at Darlington Works, 78018 was allocated to a couple of BR Regions during its 13-year working career until withdrawal in 1966.

Rescued from Barry Scrapyard in Late 1978, restoration work was carried out across two sites, with owners Darlington Railway Preservation Society based at Darlington and later the Loughborough Standards Locomotive Group based at the Great Central Railway contracted to complete the restoration.

A part of the contract deal was for 78018 to be based at GCR for its first ten-year boiler ticket. Entering traffic in October 2016, 78018 has worked on GCR and been loaned to a few other lines.

WSR Spring Steam Gala

78018 joins two other BR Standard guests, 9F 92134 and Class 4 76084, along with West Somerset Railway home fleet engines of 7828 “Odney Manor”, Mogul 9351 and 7F 53808.

The gala takes place between Thursday 23rd of April and Sunday 26th of April, with online tickets available to book now on the WSR website.

For more information or to book your tickets now, please visit the West Somerset Railway’s website here.

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