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All aboard for the GWR’S Autumn Diesel Gala in the Cotswolds

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October 2008 - Toddington Railway Station, Gloucestershire
Visit the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October and it’s the diesel locomotive that will be the star of the show.  What’s more, visitors to the Autumn Diesel Gala at Toddington can try their hand at driving one of these fantastic machines!

GWR logoFollowing the popularity of the “Driver for a Fiver” at the Spring Diesel Gala, the railway is pleased to announce a return for the autumn.  Open to all*, railway enthusiasts and the general public alike are invited to realise a childhood dream and take the handles a diesel locomotive and try their hand at driving at Cheltenham Race Course station for the small fee of just £5. No need to book, just turn up and take your turn and get a certificate!  “Driver for a Fiver” runs from 10.30 to 17.00 on Saturday and from 10.30 to 15.30 on Sunday.
The ten mile line between Toddington and Cheltenham Racecourse will see action from the majority of the railway’s “home” fleet including classes 24, 37 and 47.   Starring alongside this impressive fleet will be the A1A Locomotive Group’s 31162 as well as privately owned Fragonset-black liveried 47701.
And thats not all. A second class 24, D5054 from the East Lancs. Railway has been secured as a visitor for the event. Having this locomotive together with resident 24081 on the line represents 50% of the preserved Class 24 fleet and the pairing of these locomotives on trains during the gala will be inevitable.

* Driver for a Fiver participants must be over 16 years of age, responsible and be in reasonable health (climbing in/out of the loco etc). The GWR reserve the right to refuse anyone from participating should they see fit.

All locomotives advertised for the event will appear subject to operational availability.  A full copy of the timetable, ticket fares (in addition to “Driver for a Fiver” event) and locomotive roster is now available at the GWR website and will also be available on the day.

Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway plc
The Railway Station,
GL54 5DT

Telephone: 01242 621405

Source: Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway

Related Article: Combined Diesel Gala and Bus Rally at the GWR

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