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50 years at Didcot Railway Centre - 14-17, 22-23 and 29 April - 1 May

Discussion in 'Galas and events' started by Paul.Uni, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Paul.Uni

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    Might be able to make this, been meaning to get to Didcot for ages and this seems a good excuse. Will everything listed be in steam every day? I'll be a bit annoyed if the day I turn up it's only 2807 in steam! ;)
     
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    Thanks very much. Looking at going on Sunday 30th which looks like it'll be one of the more happening days as well, cheers.
     
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    Loco roster has been updated. 813 and 2807 are in use all gala days. Other locos TBC.
     
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    I think it unlikely that all six will be in steam every day, they probably would if the gala was a single weekend but to steam them all for an event that spans several weekends it might be a tad expensive. Best plan is do what has already been suggested and check the loco roster for the day you're going.
     
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    2807 no longer appearing.

    813 & 6023 operating all days. Other loco operating days TBA.
     
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    Thanks for that, shame about 2807 but glad to hear 813 and the king will be in steam all days!
     
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    As the event goes on until 1st May, it would be great if 1st May could be added to the roster. Currently it only goes as far as 30th April.
     
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    whens 6023 leaving Didcot for speed trails on WSR??
     
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    Didcot these days is thoroughly depressing - out of service engines and rotting GWR coaches.
     
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    No "speed trials" are on the menu as far as I'm aware (unless it's to cover point 3 below), more of a "can-it-pull-a-decent-load-up-a-hill trial" to prove the revised exhaust arrangements beyond doubt.

    The last Official News I heard was:—

    1:- Weighing - Done
    2:- TPWS & OTMS - still to be finally tested with the all-new Mk. 3 Control Unit.
    3:- Speedo - to be calibrated
    4:- Gauging Acceptance - it was 3D-scanned by Balfour Beatty about a month ago & as far as I know the data has been submitted to Network Rail for consideration.
    5:- TPWS Isolation Procedure - accepted by the ORR & Network Rail notified of this.

    How long Network Rail's pontifications will take is anyone's guess, & until they give it the all clear, 6023 is stuck at Didcot, so don't believe anything you read on any railtour sites about it hauling the XYZ Express from A to B via C, D, F & Q on Julember the umpteenth.

    If you do Facebook, there's a Great Western Society group that might have more up-to-date snippets. It's not an open access group though, you'll have to sign up to it.

    As ever with these things, patience (& Industry) is a virtue.

    Pete S.,
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    Here's my offerings from a trip to Didcot yesterday.

    Enjoy!

     
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    Loco roster has been updated. This weekend locos are: 11, 93 & 813.
     
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    Any idea what will be running on 1st May (the last day of the gala, but not in the loco roster)? Thanks.
     
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    Hoped 6023 is use sun 23 but loco roster saying otherwise, but will the king be visible?
     
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    The King should be out side the shed in full view.
     
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    You can not get much better than this: IMG_2152.JPG
     

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