Wylam Dilly, a early 19th Century locomotive was chosen by the pupils of Wolsingham Comp, as the name for 66849, the first named Colas class 66.
The ceremony at Stanhope station, had many invited guests, crammed under the overroof of the station. The engine, was parked alongside with two wagons displaying the new colas logos onto the side.
Following the naming the engine was then returned to Wolsingham. Credit should be given to Weardale Railway for hosting the event, albeit with the usual overindulgent Durham County Council additions such as 'event security', when the Weardale Juniour club seemed to manage quite easily, as well as a convoy of vehicles for members.
It ended a good day for Colas, a good day for Weardale and with many happy people having seen the naming of 66849 Wylam Dilly.
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