We are pleased to announce Manor class No. 7820 “Dinmore Manor” as the second visiting loco for the Spring Steam Gala on 8th, 9th & 10th April 2016.

Built at Swindon in 1950, it was the first of ten of these 4-6-0s to be built by British Railways following the original batch of twenty (7800 to 7819) by the GWR in 1938. Following withdrawal 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 our 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 us for the gala from the Severn Valley Railway, courtesy of the 4566 Fund and will make an interesting comparison with our resident Large Prairie loco No. 5199.

Full gala details will be announced in due course at:http://www.llangollen-railway.co.uk/event/spring-steam-gala-8th-april/

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