Thursday 12 May 2022

Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Focus, 6th May 2022: D6515

A familiar locomotive in these parts, both for its Southern Region history, but also its main line workings in more recent times. D6515 was new to traffic on 8th July 1960, allocated to Hither Green, reallocation to Eastleigh came in October 1965, where it remained until withdrawn in 1997.

Now preserved by the 71A Locomotive Group, first arriving at Swanage in October 1999. Since 2014, named Lt Jenny Lewis RN. It was in Eastleigh Works for overhaul between January 2021 and April 2022.

I first noted this locomotive in 1982, by which time it was 33012.

Awaiting the off at Corfe with 2C01 09:39 Corfe Castle - Swanage.

Working under Townsend Bridge with 2C06 11:15 Swanage - Corfe Castle.

Again crossing Corfe Common with 1R07 1232 River Frome Viaduct - Swanage.

Later at Norden, 1R14 15:39 Swanage - River Frome Viaduct.