2807 AND PORT TAL­BOT 813 FOR DID­COT’S 50TH AN­NIVER­SARY GALA

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Two of the old­est work­ing GWR lo­co­mo­tives in preser­va­tion are to help Did­cot Rail­way Cen­tre mark its 50th an­niver­sary. 1905-built ‘28XX’ 2-8-0 No. 2807, from the Glouces­ter­shire War­wick­shire Rail­way, and 1901-built Port Tal­bot Rail­way 0-6-0ST No. 813, from the Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way, are the star guests at the ‘50 Years of Did­cot Rail­way Cen­tre Gala’. It marks five decades since the former 81E shed be­came the base of the Great Western So­ci­ety, whose bases had pre­vi­ously in­cluded Taplow and the Totnes Quay branch. Steam­ing days are April 22/23 and 29-May 1, with res­i­dent ‘King’ No. 6023 King Ed­ward II and ‘Rail­mo­tor’ No. 93 also in op­er­a­tion, along with ‘Large Prairie’ No. 4144 re­turn­ing to ser­vice af­ter fire­box re­pairs. A third vis­i­tor is Bar­clay 0-4-0ST No. 11 from the East Anglian Rail­way Mu­seum.

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