Four days 19 locos and £125,000 raised for charity

GBRF’s mammoth multi-loco tour celebrating its 15th anniversary visited all points of the compass from Swanage to Inverness and Great Yarmouth to Liverpool.

Nos. 20118+20132 were at the head of the train again for the run back to London via Eastleigh, Salisbury and Westbury – the '20s' pictured awaiting departure from the heritage line’s Swanage terminus in full late-summer sun. Paul Bickerdyke
Nos. 20118+20132 were at the head of the train again for the run back to London via Eastleigh, Salisbury and Westbury – the ’20s’ pictured awaiting departure from the heritage line’s Swanage terminus in full late-summer sun. Paul Bickerdyke

AN ambitious railtour on September 8-11, organised by GB Railfreight to celebrate 15 years of operations, travelled over 2200 miles behind 19 locos from nine different classes.

The four-day charter, which had been over a year in planning, raised more than £125,000 for three charities. The British Heart Foundation, the Ripple Project and Woking Homes are all set to benefit from the proceeds of the tour, which was the brainchild of three GBRf employees, Dale Williams, Paul Taylor and Richard Owen.

Such a large array of power was reminiscent of the ‘Skirl of the Pipes’ trips in the 1980s – although back then, with more locos on the network, such tours were much easier to plan. A large number of positioning movements had to be arranged for the GBRf tour, including sending a pair of Class 20s and the Colas Class 47 to Edinburgh and back for Day 3.

Read more in November’s issue of RE

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