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The Swanage Railway has advised that its Diesel Gala, which was due to take place on April 24th-26th, has had to be postponed owing to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. It also means that the Driver Experience courses with 55019, which were due to take place the previous weekend, will not be taking place.


In addition, the Severn Valley Railway gala on May 14th-17th has been postponed. The SVR hopes to reschedule the event later in the year if possible. Please await a further announcement regarding the Footplate Experience sessions.

In light of the current situation, the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway has taken the decision to postpone its Diesel Gala to a later date, possibly October, although this is obviously dependent on the situation nearer the time. Arrangements are now being made to return 55019 'ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER' to Barrow Hill following tyre turning at Leeds Midland Road depot.

Booked timings for the move of 55019 from Barrow Hill to Leeds Midland Road for tyre turning today can be found at https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R81457/2020-03-16/detailed . Please note the amendment to the route, which is now via Wakefield Westgate, Outwood and Whitehall curve.

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