Diesel fan's 40th

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lexylou

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Hi It is my husband's 40th in January 2012. He is a real rail enthusiast he favourites are class 20 and class 50 diesels I am wondering if anybody would be able to suggest the dream gift experience for such a person would like to arrange something really special but need help getting into the mind of a diesel fan.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated
Alex :p
 
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Has he done a loco driving experience course before? If not, I'm sure the good people of this forum can suggest which UK railway preservation societies offer class 20 and class 50 driving experiences. I'm sure some railways also let the competent pupil haul a train too.


Not sure how viable this one is: once we've told you which railway societies have those diesels, you could contact their society secretary to find out whether your husband could perform a naming-ceremony on a class 20 or class 50 - with the twist that - just for that day - it's actually his name on the loco's nameplate...
 

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Thanks to a recent chat with a passenger in the Restaurant Car, I learnt that she had arranged a day visit to the NYMR for her husband's 40th, and that she was delighted with his enthusiastic enjoyment of the day. They'd made a few journeys up and down the line. I don't know about classes, but you'll surely learn what you need to know from their website.
http://www.nymr.co.uk/

I got the impression that she'd enjoyed the day just as much.
I'm arranging a similar birthday treat there later this year.
 

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Thanks I love the idea of the naming ceremony how exactly would I go about this then....
If it were me, I'd start by googling 'class 50 preservation group society' and see what websites come back in the list.

It's a fair bit of clicking, emailing & phoning but you may get a better feel for 'can it be done' from the groups who own the locos, rather than from the railway premises they run on.
 
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