Happy 57th Birthday to D9526 !
Class 14 ‘Teddy Bear’ D9526 stands at Tenterden Town Station on the K&ESR at the head of a rake of historic coaches forming the 1420 service to Bodiam on 3rd August 2021. Photo by Colin Girle © CC BY-NC 3.0
Our Class 14 number D9526 entered service with British Railways at Bristol Bath Road depot on the 6th of January 1965, so she became 57 years of age yesterday !
Currently on loan to the KENT & EAST SUSSEX RAILWAY, this loco had a very succesful 2021 season and generated a useful contribution to DEPG funds, seeing regular use on the K&ESR while standing in for her slightly older sister D9504 who is undergoing heavy maintenance at present.
D9526 will return to Williton in May this year, in time to participate in the WSR’s 2022 DIESEL GALA.
VERY IMPORTANT DATES FOR YOUR DIARY – the WSR’s 2022 Diesel Gala will take place from Thursday 9th through Saturday 11th June 2022, so keep these dates free and make a plan to attend !