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"Gordon" and other Southern Electric stock at the Swanage Beer and Grand Diesel Gala 2008

' "celebrity" 4 Vep unit 3417 "Gordon Pettit" was a guest for the second year running at the 's annual Beer and Grand Diesel Gala. Other stock of Southern Electric heritage, both native to the railway and visitors, also worked over the three days 9th to 11th May.

D6515 and 73107 pass at Corfe on 11th May 2008 The webmaster could not resist getting out of date order, but setting the scene in a panoramic view BRCW type 3 D6515 and Electro-Diesel 73107, both hauling Mk1 coaching stock in "Swanage Green" (which is not quite the same shade as BR "Stock Green"), are about to pass in Corfe Castle station on Sunday 11th May.

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SWT thunderbird EDL 73235 with 3417 at Wimbledon Park Depot prior to departure on 1st May However, before we get to the we need first to back-track eight days. On 1st May Bournemouth based driver Brian King was sent up to Wimbledon Park Depot with "thunderbird" EDL 73235 light engine to collect 3417. As he writes "like any good driver I had a decent camera with me" and it is indeed fortunate for us that he did because as work and safety permitted he was able to record the move.
The tail end of 3417 in transit (above) ' "thunderbird" loco 73235 with 3417 at Wimbledon Park Depot prior to departure to Bournemouth. (left) The tail end of 3417 in transit.
3417 in residence at Bournemouth Depot (left and below) 3417 under the floodlights at Bournemouth Depot late on 1st May.

All four photographs by Brian King
Long shot of 3417 at Bournemouth Depot Subsequently "Gordon" was tripped from Bournemouth depot to Swanage by .

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