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.

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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