The Llangollen Railway's Diesel Weekend is scheduled for the 28th and 29th of September 2019. Following the serious failure of our Class 26 and problems with our Class 47, we currently have our visiting Class 31 No 31271 as the only loco in traffic. In order to put on a proper event for the benefit of enthusiasts and the local community alike, we want to hire a second locomotive for the event.
We have been very generously offered Class 25 No D7535 from the South Devon Diesel Traction Group for the event. This would be the first time this machine has visited Wales in preservation and the first Class 25 to work on the LR since 25313 last ran in 2008.
The Llangollen Railway is very supportive of the visit but sadly does not have the funds to bring in this wonderful machine by road. The railway however greatly needs the extra revenue we could generate from seeing D7535 at work on our superb and scenic railway.
The appeal therefore seeks to raise sufficient funds to cover the road transport of D7535 home to Devon after a 4 week or so stay in North Wales. Over £1000 has already been raised from donations made by our working members, so an additional £2000 is sought to reach our target of around £3,000.
All funds raised will be donated directly to the Llangollen Railway to pay for the road transport. Any excess funds will be used to fund the operational costs of the loco during her stay.
We appreciate every bit of support. In the event of the locomotive not visiting the railway, we will return all funds donated.