The Diesel & Electric Preservation Group (The D&EPG) was formed in 1972 to promote interest in the modern railway scene. Back then it was known as the Diesel and Electric Group (D+EG). In July 1975, ‘Hymek’ D7017 was purchased from BR and towed to Taunton, before being transferred to Minehead station on the West Somerset Railway (WSR) in March 1976. In 1977, D7017 became the first diesel locomotive to work on the line in preservation and has been active on the WSR ever since.
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