D1015 & 66719 Gossington 17 September 2021

The working of the year? In order to give D1015 Western Champion a loaded test run, prior to its return to mainline railtour duties, it was attached to the front of the 6M42 09:20 Avonmouth Hanson Sidings to Penyffordd Cement Works empty cement tanks on 17 September 2021. It worked the train between Avonmouth and Gloucester, having arrived in the Bristol area as the 0Z43 06:30 Kidderminster to Avonmouth light engine. After being detached at Gloucester, it would head back to the Severn Valley Railway as the 0Z50 11:58 Gloucester New Yard to Kidderminster. Looking absolutely superb in its late 1960s chromatic blue livery, it is pictured here with 66719 Metro-Land, passing the large gallery of photographers at Gossington.