Oswestry: Susan Calman officially names Cambrian Heritage Railway trains | So Good News


A POPULAR TV presenter and comedian has named a much-loved train at Oswestry’s Cambrian Heritage Railway (CHR).

While in North Shropshire filming for a new Channel 5 series of ‘Grand Days Out’, Susan Calman visited the railway stop at Weston Wharf on the outskirts of the town with her trademark camper, affectionately called ‘Helen Mirren’.

Calman took time out from filming to rededicate a former Class 73 British Railways diesel locomotive, ‘City of Winchester’.

Andy Green, general manager of the CHR, said: “The locomotive arrived at Oswestry in 2021 and has since become a firm favorite operating on the newly opened heritage line between Oswestry and Weston Wharf.

“The nameplates have only recently been fitted to the locomotive after an absence of many years, and Susan Calman arrived just in time to officially do the honors and reveal our star attraction.”


Susan Calman chatted with CHR members and volunteers before unveiling the name of the locomotive.

She then took to the controls and was filmed traveling along the two-mile line between Weston and Oswestry Railway Station, meaning CHR and the locomotive will feature in the new TV series, which will be shown on Channel Five on Friday 11 . November at 8 p.m.

The heritage diesel was built by English Electric at the Vulcan Foundry in Newton-le-Willows in 1966 and was originally numbered E6036 but was renumbered 73129 a few years later.

The original number and new nameplates have now been applied.

Cambrian Heritage Railways has also announced a series of Santa Specials in November and December.

For further information and advance booking, see their website www.cambrianrailways.com


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