55019 ‘Royal Highland Fusilier’ spent three days operating at the Swanage Railway between May 10th and 12th as part of the railway’s annual diesel gala/beer festival, which was the second gala outing for one of our locos this year. D9009 ‘Alycidon’, which was used to haul a convoy of visiting locos to/from the event, also made a static appearance at the event, being open for cab visits, enabling people to see the loco with its newly-fitted GSM-R equipment.
55019 also operated the diesel diagram at the Swanage Railway on May 18th prior to departing, with 31466, 33108 and 37521, behind D9009 for Didcot.
The picture below, courtesy of Andrew P M Wright, shows the convoy, which ran from Barrow Hill via the Dean Forest Railway to collect the Class 31, on the Swanage Railway on May 3rd.
One special guest we had at the event on May 11th was Mark Collins, one of the co-presenters of the ‘Trainspotting’ series on Discovery Channel. He was attending the gala to promote it on his show on local radio station Wave 105. Mark also received a guided tour of 55019′s engine room by Stuart Page, who took the photo below.