Spa Valley Railway Diesel Gala 2021
Simon Jeffs visited the Spa Valley Railway for their diesel gala.
3 Cig 1497 “Freshwater” was in action, hauled by a variety of diesels including resident Class 33 33063 R.J.Mitchell in Mainline freight livery and visiting 33002 Sea Lion from the South Devon Railway in Railfreight grey. Both Cromptons looked immaculate (and both had snow ploughs fitted!) while 1497 is looking rather tatty externally but was clean, dry and comfortable inside, except for a few compartments in the DBS locked OOU. Forgot just how comfortable CIG seats are, in both Standard and First Class. Unit still has SWT branding internally, but now has a very faded BR blue-and-grey external livery. Could do with a bit of TLC.