Isle of Wight line holds first diesel gala

THE Isle of Wight Steam Railway is to hold its first diesel gala.

The Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s resident diesel fleet pictured in 2006: Left to right are Mavis, D2554 and Class 03 D2059 Edward, which ended its BR service in 1988 and was bought as a back-up engine. PHIL MARSH
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s resident diesel fleet pictured in 2006: Left to right are Mavis, D2554 and Class 03 D2059 Edward, which ended its BR service in 1988 and was bought as a back-up engine. PHIL MARSH

The Shunter Shuffle will run from Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2, normally a non-working weekend, to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of modern traction on the island.

That first diesel – Class 05 D2554 – which arrived in June 1966, and was considered so modern it was given the nickname Nuclear Fred, will be giving brakevan rides in what will be its first public duty since an extensive engine overhaul, body repair and repaint completed at the Havenstreet works.

The guest mainland diesel will be Class 03 No. 03197, which is owned by a Mangapps Museum volunteer and was formerly based at the Lavender Line.

Read more in Issue 220 of Heritage Railway

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