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Diesels take over at Llanfair Line

Created on 20/09/2016 @ 07:40
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One notable element will be missing at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway on Saturday – visitors won’t hear the whistle of a steam locomotive.

For just one day, the railway’s steam fleet is taking a rest, as the W&LLR stages its first-ever diesel day when all passenger train services will be hauled by one of the line’s heritage diesel fleet, led by the 1949-built ‘Chattenden’ which before coming to the Llanfair line in 1968 worked for the Royal Navy on a railway in Kent.

The line’s works locomotives will also be making an appearance during the day, among them another military veteran, an MOD railcar called ‘The Wasp’. Low-down diesel, ‘Ferret’ will be hauling a freight train of former military stock, and the clever track tamping machine from South Africa will be moving around as will the tiny but swift Wickham Trolley, powered by a motor cycle engine.

Adding to the internal combustion theme, several vintage diesel lorries will be present including a 1960 Bedford.

“While obviously our steam locomotives are the major attraction for most visitors to the railway, there are a growing number of enthusiasts who have a passion for diesel locos, so this day is specially for them,” said W&LLR general manager, Charles Spencer.

“Steam enthusiasts should not worry, however,” Charles continued. “The steam fleet will only be having one day off and will be back hauling trains on Sunday.”

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