Swanage Woes

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The Swanage Railway's Autumn Steam Gala was scheduled to be held over the weekend of 14th and 15th October 2017 but, shortly before then, it was cancelled. This was due to a chronic lack of locomotives, the Railway's two visitors - Ivatt "Mickey Mouse" tank no. 41312 and T9 no 30120 - both having failed beforehand. Of its own fleet only the M7 no 30053 and the U mogul no 31806 were available for work but on the Sunday both were to be seen at Swanage out of steam along with the visitors together with nearly-ready no 34072 "257 Squadron". The only locomotive to be working was the Standard class 4 tank disguised as no 80146, which had been damaged in a collision with no 34070 "Manston" leading them to be out of action for most of the summer. It's seen at Corfe Castle where the LSWR's Adams class T3 4-4-0 no 563 is stabled following its donation to the Railway from the NRM. Curiously, it was built for the LSWR's own "WoE" - the West of England Main Line.

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