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Re­tir­ing pan­nier tank No. 1369 is to have its own farewell mini-gala at the South Devon Rail­way on May 9. With this fi­nal day of its ‘tenyear’ boiler cer­tifi­cate fall­ing on the an­niver­sary of the fa­mous Ian Al­lan ‘Great Western Rail­tour’ in 1964, the ‘1366’ 0-6-0PT will carry the il­lus­tri­ous ‘Z48’ re­port­ing num­ber on its smoke­box. Sub­ject to avail­abil­ity, two more lo­co­mo­tives will be in steam, work­ing the nor­mal timetable. Although no ‘Cas­tle’ will be pre­sent, Col­lett ‘2251’ 0-6-0 No. 3205 - a de­sign nick­named the ‘Baby Cas­tle’ - will be ros­tered, along with ‘Small Prairie’ No. 5542, work­ing in push-pull mode with re­cently re­stored au­to­coach No. 233. To eke out the fi­nal hours of No. 1369’s ‘ticket’, which ex­pires at 11.59pm, ex­tra trains will run late into the evening. SDR en­gi­neer Ray Lee said: “We’re just hav­ing some fun - that’s what preser­va­tion’s all about.”

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