The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway has announced that it will welcome BR Class 27, No. 27001, to the railroad for its upcoming diesel and mixed traffic gala.

Courtesy of Class 27 Locomotive Group and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS), 27001 will join the previously announced Class 26 No. 26007 for their first gala since the Spring Steam Gala in 2020.

It is believed that this is the first time that 26007 and 27001 have been kept together, which means that the prototypes of the 26 and 27 classes will come together.

Both 26007 and 27001 were built by the Birmingham Railway Carriage & Wagon Company, 27001 being a further development of 26007. 27001 entered service in 1961 as number D5347.

The Class 26 and 27 will join the diesels of the domestic fleet of BR Class 20 No. 20031, BR Class 37 No. 37075, EE Prototype D0226 ‘Vulcan’, Hudswell Clarke Shunter D2511 and Hunslet No. 32 ‘Huskisson’.

BR Standard 2 Steam Locomotive Fleet # 78022, USATC S160 # 5820 ‘Big Jim’, Ex-LMS Ivatt # 41241, MR 4F # 43924 (subject to boiler extension) will join also at the party. ), and appearing for her first Passionate Gala, L&Y No. 957 ‘The Green Dragon’.

Credit: Chris King

It is also hoped that Taff Vale 85 will join in the fun if the repairs are completed on time.

The Mixed Traffic Gala will take place from Friday September 10 to Sunday September 12, with an intensive schedule in effect.

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