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Drive a Clayton Day - 15 October 2017

This special Driver Experience Day takes a different form to our usual Driver Experience Days. Participants will have the opportunity drive the Clayton Diesel locomotive for the complete length of the line, at allocated timeslots during the day, from...

This special Driver Experience Day takes a different form to our usual Driver Experience Days. Participants will have the opportunity drive the Clayton Diesel locomotive for the complete length of the line, at allocated timeslots during the day, from Totnes to Buckfastleigh or Buckfastleigh to Totnes.

Participants have the freedom to travel on any other SDR train during the day in order to take photographs and enjoy the rest of the railway. Participants' guests may travel on the round trip during which their their family member will be driving.

All for a bargain price of £95 per person!

All slots start and end at Buckfastleigh where car parking and catering facilities are available. Please be sure to book the correct timeslot and journey direction that you require. Feel free to contact us if you require assistance with your order.

The South Devon Railway are very pleased to announce the visiting diesel locomotive for this year's Diesel Gala 3 - 5 November will be the Class 17 'Clayton' D8568. The loco arrived at the railway in early October and will be operating on Sunday 15 October for a Driver Experience Day. 

We are very lucky to have a Clayton working in preservation, our thanks to the owners, the Diesel Traction Group (DTG) Its another first for our line and in fact the first time a Clayton has operated in Devon.   

D8568 was built by the Clayton Equipment Company in the Autumn of 1963 hence its nickname 'Clayton'. It is the only survivor from a class totalling 117 locomotives. Weighing in at just 69 tons it is powered by twin Paxman 6ZHXL power units giving a total of 900HP for powering the loco via Diesel Electric transmission.

The Clayton was delivered new on 16 January 1964 to Haymarket moving to Polmadie in September 1968. It remained there until it was withdrawn from service on the 6 October 1971 after just 7 years.  The loco was then used as an industrial shunter for 11 years until preservation by the DTG in February 1983. The Clayton has been based at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway since August 1991

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This special Driver Experience Day takes a different form to our usual Driver Experience Days. Participants will have the opportunity drive the Clayton Diesel locomotive for the complete length of the line, at allocated timeslots during the day, from Totnes to Buckfastleigh or Buckfastleigh to Totnes.

Participants have the freedom to travel on any other SDR train during the day in order to take photographs and enjoy the rest of the railway. Participants' guests may travel on the round trip during which their their family member will be driving.

All for a bargain price of £95 per person!

All slots start and end at Buckfastleigh where car parking and catering facilities are available. Please be sure to book the correct timeslot and journey direction that you require. Feel free to contact us if you require assistance with your order.

The South Devon Railway are very pleased to announce the visiting diesel locomotive for this year's Diesel Gala 3 - 5 November will be the Class 17 'Clayton' D8568. The loco arrived at the railway in early October and will be operating on Sunday 15 October for a Driver Experience Day. 

We are very lucky to have a Clayton working in preservation, our thanks to the owners, the Diesel Traction Group (DTG) Its another first for our line and in fact the first time a Clayton has operated in Devon.   

D8568 was built by the Clayton Equipment Company in the Autumn of 1963 hence its nickname 'Clayton'. It is the only survivor from a class totalling 117 locomotives. Weighing in at just 69 tons it is powered by twin Paxman 6ZHXL power units giving a total of 900HP for powering the loco via Diesel Electric transmission.

The Clayton was delivered new on 16 January 1964 to Haymarket moving to Polmadie in September 1968. It remained there until it was withdrawn from service on the 6 October 1971 after just 7 years.  The loco was then used as an industrial shunter for 11 years until preservation by the DTG in February 1983. The Clayton has been based at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway since August 1991

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