Phil Mason, owner of Kerr Stuart, Diana, has announced that the locomotive will be heading to the Talyllyn Railway to take part in the 100th Birthday Gala for fellow Kerr Stuart locomotive, Edward Thomas.
The gala will take place on the 11th and 12th September, and will see Diana placed on temporary track at Tywyn Wharf ,and will be running alongside Kerr Stuart, Stanhope, which will also be on temporary track visiting from the Apedale Valley Light Railway.
As part of the celebrations, Corris Railway ‘Tattoo’ No. 7 will be joining in at the gala running special passenger trains.
A mini beer festival is also be held over the weekend, which will see an intensive timetable held.
A brief history of Diana
Diana was built in 1917 to operate in central Wales on the Kerry Tramway. After a varied history, Diana was purchased in 2014 by a volunteer from the Talyllyn Railway. Her restoration was completed by the Vale of Rheidol Railway, in Aberystwyth.
She was based at the Bala Lake Railway when she was completed. At the BLR, she was found hauling passenger trains on the narrow-gauge railway in North Wales, which operates alongside Llyn Tegid / Bala Lake. For her centenarian, she went on tour with visits around the UK including the Leighton Buzzard Railway, in Bedfordshire, and the Ffestiniog Railway, in North Wales (for their Quirks & Curiosities 2 event)
For more information on Diana, please visit her dedicated Facebook group by clicking here.
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