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Anything goes at Churnet Valley Railway.

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: June 17, 2014

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A WHOLE variety of engines will be taking part in a two day event at a heritage railway.

Back by popular demand is the Anything Goes Gala at Churnet Valley Railway which will feature all home-based locomotives hauling services between Froghall – Leekbrook and up the steeply graded line to Ipstones Loop.

This section of line features five miles of gradients ranging from 1 in 40 – 1 in 59 posing a stiff test to any locomotive.

The home fleet set to feature at the gala, next weekend (Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22) are: Ex NER N7 No. 69621 (on long term loan courtesy of the East Anglian Railway Museum); TKH Polish Tank No. 2944 (subject to completion of major overhaul; Beyer Peacock No. 1827; Class 33's Diesel Locomotives No 33102 & 33021; and Class 104 DMMU.

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The gala will be one of the last opportunities to see N7 No. 69621 in traffic prior to its impending withdrawal for major overhaul and one of the first opportunities to see our resident TKH Polish tank locomotive No. 2944 in traffic following major overhaul after its arrival at the railway in May 2013.

Additional Attractions for the weekend are set to include: LCGB – "The Great Eastern Suburban Rail Tour"; The last train of the Gala will feature N7 69621 re- creating the "The Great Eastern Suburban Rail Tour" that was hauled in 1962 by a particular N7 locomotive numbered 69621. This was one of the last trains that the locomotive hauled before withdrawal by BR and therefore it is quite appropriate to recreate this given the locos impending withdrawal for overhaul. This will be the only opportunity to see 69621 tackle the gradient to Ipstones Loop unassisted over the weekend. Details: www.sixbellsjunction.co.uk/60s/620428lc.html.

Go to www.churnet-valley-railway.co.uk/events.

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