The world’s fastest diesel locomotive, Class 43, will make its debut at this year’s Diesel Gala at The Watercress Line, between July 12 and July 14.

The locomotives, courtesy of RailAdventure UK Ltd, were built between 1975 and 1982, and were the power behind the iconic High-Speed Train in 1976.

Visitors will be able to enjoy heritage diesel services on the steeply graded railway line, and explore the Gala's selection of other visiting locomotives including Class 50, Class 59, and more.

A special treat for attendees is the Real Ale Train service on the evening of July 13.

The Watercress Line’s CEO Rebecca Dalley said: "We are so thrilled to announce that the fastest diesel locomotive in the world will be making its first appearance at The Watercress Line’s fantastic Diesel Gala this year. It’s a wonderful opportunity for visitors to see the two iconic Class 43 locomotives up close, along with our fantastic line-up of other visiting and home-fleet engines.

"There’s plenty on offer to delight visitors of all ages, from exciting brake van rides to the miniature railway, pulled by a miniature steam locomotive. Tickets are now on sale, so book ahead and get on board for a memorable day out at The Watercress Line."