The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway have announced that they will be welcoming BR Class 27, No. 27001, to the railway for their upcoming Diesel and Mixed Traffic Gala.
Visiting courtesy of the Class 27 Locomotive Group and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS), 27001 will join already announced Class 26 No. 26007 for their first gala since the Spring Steam Gala in 2020.
This is believed to be the first time that 26007 and 27001 have run in preservation together, meaning the prototypes for the 26 and 27 classes will reunite.
Both 26007 and 27001 were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company, 27001 being a further development of 26007. 27001 entered service in 1961 numbered as D5347.
The Class 26 and 27 will join the home fleet diesels of BR Class 20 No. 20031, BR Class 37 No. 37075, EE Prototype D0226 ‘Vulcan’, Hudswell Clarke Shunter D2511 and Hunslet shunter No. 32 ‘Huskisson’.
Also joining in the party will be the KWVR’s home fleet of steam locomotives of BR Standard 2 No. 78022, USATC S160 No. 5820 ‘Big Jim’, Ex-LMS Ivatt No. 41241, MR 4F No. 43924 (subject to boiler extension), and appearing for its first enthusiasts gala, L&Y No. 957 ‘The Green Dragon’.
It is also hoped that Taff Vale 85 will join in the fun if repairs are completed in time.
The Mixed Traffic Gala will run from Friday 10th until Sunday 12th September, with an intensive timetable in operation.
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