1960s BR Mixed Traction Weekend and Spring Ale Festival, 23rd - 26th May 2014
This year's Mixed Traction Weekend will feature four locomotives, two steam and two diesel, to represent the changing scene on the national railway network in the 1960s.
Steam services will be handled by our own GWR 0-6-0 No 3205 and visiting LMS designed, Swindon built, Ivatt 2-6-0 No 46521, whilst diesel services will be handled by Sulzer type 2 No. D7612 (in original two tone green) and English Electric Type 3 No. D6975 (in rail blue – a livery that came into being during the decade). Railcar W55000 will also make an appearance on the Sunday evening.
The basic service is to a regular 45 minute interval pattern. In addition to the frequent passenger service during the day, late trains will run on Friday, Saturday and Sunday to connect with the Real Ale Festival at Staverton.
A demonstration goods train, made up of open and engineering wagons, will make a number of trips during the gala, including several evening runs on both Friday and Saturday. This unusual approach will provide some added interest for those who are visiting the festival in the evening, and for photographers it also provides the rare chance to see such a service running late on and into the dark. It will also help maintain train crew competence on working goods trains after dark.
The real ale festival will feature in excess of 40 ales and ciders, sourced from both national and local brewers. The bar will be open from 11am each day until 11pm (6pm on Monday). As normal, the bar is being run by the Devon Diesel Society with proceeds going towards the ongoing restoration and maintenance of its fleet of heritage diesel locomotives (the Society’s Class 37 No. D6737 is unfortunately not going to be ready in time to appear at the event as a number of large electrical machines still need to be refitted to the loco after contract overhaul. The whole of the number 2 end nose has been gutted and rebuilt internally over the past few months, including a full rewire, so even if the parts returned it is unlikely there would be enough time to both fit and then test everything).
The “new” refreshment vehicle at Staverton will be in full use for the first time following its excellent conversion. M59740 started life as a DMU trailer car but is now a very well presented catering vehicle and will open during the day throughout the festival serving a wide selection of hot and cold snacks, soft drinks, and hot beverages.
Saturday and Sunday evening will see a barbeque in the station yard and the Worcester Locomotive Society will be present (except Friday) with their Pimm's tent. The popular “just for fun” quiz takes place again on the Sunday evening.