40TH GALA RE­PLACES SPRING EVENT

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Although the planned steam en­thu­si­ast event in March has been can­celled, the WSR is now plan­ning to host a gala to mark the 40th an­niver­sary of re-open­ing to Bish­ops Ly­deard on June 8/9.

There is a de­sire to wel­come back for­mer res­i­dent pan­nier tank No. 6412 from the South Devon Rail­way.

Other ap­pro­pri­ate vis­i­tors would be WSR preser­va­tion pi­o­neer Bag­nall 0-6-0STs Victor and Vul­can, now based at the Lake­side & Haver­th­waite Rail­way and Stephen­son Rail­way Mu­seum re­spec­tively.

Paul Conibeare added: “As a young fire­man who learned how to fire (and drive) on both Victor and Vul­can, I would hope we can have them for a re­turn visit one day, although nei­ther have been of­fi­cially ap­proached [and] all vis­it­ing lo­co­mo­tives will be sub­ject to 2019 bud­gets.”

l The rail­way will also be hold­ing an event at Mine­head dur­ing half-term, when Od­ney Manor will be in steam and haul­ing brake van rides.

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