This will be the Swanage Railway's 16th annual Diesel Gala and Beer Festival, and this year is being held from Friday 12th to Sunday, 14th May, with a preview day on Thursday 11th May.
Rodney's appearance at the Gala will be subject to successful completion of repairs and testing and will be the first time since 1999 that it has worked trains. If the testing of Rodney is not successful, then its Classmate No. 50026 Indomitable will take over Rodney's duties at the gala. The Swanage Railway will make an announcement nearer the event if this change becomes necessary.
On all three days, an intensive service will operate over the railway's full ten-mile route between Swanage and its boundary with Network Rail at “Bridge 4” over the River Frome on the line from Weymouth to Wareham. A three-train service will be in operation, with two trains operating over the full length of the line to Bridge 4, and a shuttle service in operation between Swanage and Corfe Castle.
The Beer Festival will be held in the station yard at Corfe Castle and at Swanage station there will be a number of trade stands and, subject to confirmation, a BBQ.
Locomotives from the railway's home fleet will include Class 33s Nos. 33012 and 33111, and besides Rodney, visiting locomotives will include Class 17 No. D8568, Class 40 No. D345/40145, Class 45 No. 45108, and Class 47 No. 47830.
Advance tickets cost £35 for adults and £25 for children, with two-day tickets for £58 adult and £38 child, and three-day tickets for £66 adult and £45 child, and can be purchased online at Swanage Railway Ticket Prices Fares Travel charges (myonlinebooking.co.uk). Tickets can be purchased on the day but cost an extra £5.