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Visiting Diesels for the Summer - Including a Deltic!

We're delighted to announce the visit of two mighty diesel electric locomotives this summer, a Class 50 and a Class 55, the latter are better known as Deltic and were built to haul trains at up to 100mph over the East Coast Mainline from Kings Cross to Edinburgh.

The Class 50 locomotive No.50026 'Indomitable', built to operate heavy passenger express trains from London to all over the United Kingdom, will arrive at Tunbridge Wells West this June and is available for Driver Experience and its own public running day where the loco will cover 60 miles per day! 'Indomitable' will then star alongside visiting Class 20 D8188 and the Deltic at our Summer Diesel Gala before departing the railway.

Class 50 50026 'Indomitable' - Photo copyright Richard Jones.

Arriving just in time for our Summer Diesel Gala will then be the Deltic, 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier', courtesy of the Deltic Preservation Society. 55019 is also available for Driver Experience which is selling out fast!

This iconic diesel locomotive will be at our railway until early September and is also operating its own running weekend on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August, the Deltic is expected to operate 60 miles per day!

Class 55 55019 'Royal Highland Fusilier' - Photo copyright Richard Jones.

Steam is coming too!

Arriving in early May is Hunslet Saddle Tank 'Ring Haw' No.1982 courtesy of the North Norfolk Railway, this small yet powerful locomotive will be with the Spa Valley Railway until late October and will star alongside residents 'Ugly' & No.72 at our Summer Steam Festival on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd July.

Steam locomotive No.1982 'Ring Haw' - Photo copyright Frank Richards.

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