THE Diesel & Electric Preservation Group’s Class 52 No. D1010 Western Campaigner is seen alone in Williton diesel depot, West Somerset Railway, on June 22.
For nearly a quarter of a century this loco, when in the shed (completed late 1997), has had Class 35 No. D7018 for company. However, on this day the ‘Hymek’ was out ‘having a ball’ working passenger trains (RM July, front cover) for the first time following its overhaul.
Hopefully, the ‘Western’ will not have to wait so long before returning to traffic, with a target for completion set for two years. This follows its B-end transmission failure at Bishops Lydeard during last year’s June diesel gala.
It stands with a notice attached appealing for help. BOTH: PETER NICHOLSON
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