Swanage first for marathon charity diesel tour

GB RAILFREIGHT raised a record £125,100 for charity following a four-day nationwide charity charter train tour which included a visit to the Swanage Railway.

First port of call: GBRf Class 20s Nos. 20118 and 20132 at Swanage on Thursday, September 8. ANDREW P M WRIGHT
First port of call: GBRf Class 20s Nos. 20118 and 20132 at Swanage on Thursday, September 8. ANDREW P M WRIGHT

The tour, which set out from london Victoria on September 8, marked 15 years of operations for the company.

Using a mixture of the company’s Class 20s, Class 59s, Class 87s and Class 66 No, 66779 Evening Star – the last of the class to be built for the UK and European markets which was unveiled at the National Railway Museum on May 10, the tour used a total of 15 locomotives and not only visited the Purbeck line but also Harwich, Inverness and Liverpool.

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The freight operator was supported by its suppliers Harry Needle Railway Company, Riviera and Colas Rail, and infrastructure provider Network Rail, in order to make the tour a possibility.

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