Didcot’s diesel shunter clocks up 40 years’ service

A SMALL celebration was held on December 29 to mark the 40th anniversary of Hunslet 5238 of 1957 – a 264bhp 0-6-0DM, now known as No. DL 26 – arriving at the Didcot Railway Centre. 

The small team of Great Western Society members who drive and/or maintain Didcot’s ‘very useful loco’. picture: JOHN CRANE

A cake was cut by former Great Western Society locomotive manager Ron Head, who had arranged the purchase of the locomotive. 

He was assisted by Chris Handby, the latest of those who carry out work on the locomotive, such as replacing internal engine fuel pipes and fitting an alternator in place of the dynamo. 

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