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Sunday, January 10, 2016

Scrapyard survivor stars at Llan steam gala

* Loco No. 7820 Dinmore Manor will appear at
Llangollen Railway's Spring Steam Gala. 

A LOCO which powered its way back from the scrapyard will star in the Spring Steam gala at Llangollen Railway.

Manor class No. 7820 Dinmore Manor will be the second visiting engine at the event which runs from Friday-Sunday, April 8-10.
Built at Swindon in 1950, it was the first of 10 of these 4-6-0s built by British Railways following the original batch of 20 (numbered 7800 to 7819) for the GWR in 1938.

After being withdrawn from service in 1965, it languished in a South Wales scrapyard until being purchased for preservation in 1979.
The loco is currently based on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway and is visiting courtesy of Dinmore Manor Locomotive Ltd.

Subject to completion of its major overhaul, it is hoped that the heritage railway’s resident Manor class loco No. 7822 Foxcote Manor will also be in operation during the gala.

As well as the two black-liveried Manors, there will also be two ex-GWR Prairie class locomotives in operation.
Small Prairie loco No. 4566 will be visiting from the Severn Valley Railway, courtesy of the 4566 Fund, and will make an interesting comparison with Llangollen’s resident Large Prairie loco No. 5199.

* Full gala details will be announced in due course at:

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