Shillingstone will be commemorating the 50th anniversary of the temporary closure of the S&D by cosmetically putting 30075 'in steam' over the weekend.
The loco only recently arrived at the station and real steaming is a way off yet, but there will be the unmistakable sight and smell of steam wafting about the station this Saturday and Sunday. An authentic crew will also be on the footplate, stoking the fire and, no doubt, looking rugged and wistful!
As soon as the event is over volunteers at Shillingstone will get down to the far less glamorous role of restoring the loco so that it can operate in the future.
For details of how to become a part owner in either this loco or her sister 30076 please see Project 62's website at www.project62.supanet.com
More details of the other events along the long will follow before the weekend!