Diesel Gala

A long weekend of heritage diesel traction

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20th-22nd October 2017

Enjoy an intensive timetable of diesel locomotives as well as free rides in the Queen Mary Brake van with 03197 at Alton and Driver for a Fiver experiences with 08377 at the sidings in Alresford. You can also find society stalls at the Loco Workshop Gallery at Ropley.

View the timetable for the weekend here. 

Check out this video to see the attending locomotives in action

Guest Locos:

D9002 "The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry”

D9002 (later 55002) was one of the 22 production Deltics built to replace the streamlined A4 pacifics on the East Coast Main Line between London Kings Cross and Edinburgh.  When they entered service in 1961/62 they were the most powerful locomotives in the world at 3300 hp.  The Deltics continued in service until eventual replacement by High Speed Trains, the last being withdrawn from service in 1982, with 55002 being claimed by the National Railway Museum after her last run.

During the Diesel gala D9002 will pass under the former Kings Cross footbridge (now at Ropley) for the first time in 35 years.


D6700 will be attending the gala courtesy of our friends at the National Railway Museum, York. This will be the first time that this particular locomotive of this class has visited the line.

D6700 was built in December 1960 and was the first of 309 locomotives of this type built for British Railways.  Later classified as Class 37’s, they were eventually to work on every part of the British Rail system from the far north of Scotland, to Cornwall.

D6700 (Later 37119, 37350) was delivered new to its first depot at Stratford (30A) in East London in 1960, and after a career spanning 45 years was passed to the National Railway Museum in 2005.

33 202 "Dennis G Robinson"
33 202 "Dennis G Robinson" will be attending the Diesel Gala after its appearance at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway gala. 
03197 will be attending the gala after its appearance at the the Isle of Wight Steam Railway gala. 

47579 "James Nightall GC" has unfortunately cancelled due to transport issues, we expect it to arrive later in the year. 

Home Fleet:
Class 33: 33053
Class 50: 50027 "Lion"
2H DEMU: 1125

08377 - Class 08 Shunter

The Miniature Railway will be running throughout the gala subject to weather conditions. 

Parking Information:

Where possible, we recommend parking at Ropley
Ropley: We have FREE car parking in a large field next to Ropley station. Postcode SO24 0BL
Alresford: Pay and Display, free Sundays and Bank Holidays.
Alton: Pay and Display South West Trains car park.
Disabled parking available at Alresford and Alton stations. Disabled drop-off at Ropley station and park in the field.

Adult £25

Child (aged 2-16 yrs) £13
Child under 2 FREE
Family (2 Adults and 2 Children – 1 child effectively free) £63

Adult 3 Day Pass £50

Child 3 Day Pass £25

Advance tickets include all booking fees and tickets cost the same on the day.

Staying for the weekend? Take a look at Watercress Lodges and Campsite located next to Ropley station to make the most of your visit to the railway.

Entry is by travel ticket only. Site/platform tickets, intermediate fares and discount vouchers, including Tesco Clubcard vouchers, are NOT valid for this event.
Once tickets are purchased they cannot be changed or cancelled for any reason.

The Company does not guarantee that the trains will arrive or depart at the times stated and reserves the right to cancel, alter or suspend any train without notice, or to substitute a different train should this be necessary for whatever reason.

Image for illustration purposes only. 

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