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47105 will work the 1600 Toddington - Cheltenham and return on
Thursday - new years day.
Photos of the shunters of the Gwili Railway are
Archive photos of
The SF47 Locomotive groups' 47367
based at the North Norfolk Railway was successfully started
up on Sunday and the
engine allowed to run for a short period. This
follows major engine repairs including replacement of the engine bearings.
Further work and examination, together with a much longer period left
idling, will be necessary before the locomotive is allowed to take power.
A photo of 45112 during its steam charter work last week is
here. The Peak is due to leave Tyseley light engine for Derby today
and is almost certainly the locos last main line run pending fitment of TPWS.
Additional photos added to the class 50 dining charter gallery
Negotiations for the purchase for preservation of 47368 from
Fragonset are at an advanced stage and once completed the loco with join the
prospective owners other locomotive at an established preservation site. The
former D1887 was named 'Neritidae'
whilst a petroleum sector loco during the 1990's and is currently stored
Reported on End of the Line
is the sale by EWS of 37263 into private hands. The 37 is currently stored at
Photos of 50031 and 50049 at work on the Pathfinder dining
charters are here. In
the event the trip booked for Wednesday did not run because of low
45112 worked the ECS between Tyseley & Dorridge for the Vintage Trains
steam tours on Wednesday & Thursday and then remained coupled to the rear of
the train for the steam hauled section of the tours.
Recent photos of the progress of 50030 at Peak Rail are
D9551 has become the first locomotive to work at the fledgling
Royal Deeside Railway since the demolition train in 1972. The now operational
class 14 was moved from its restoration base in Aberdeenshire on the 13th and
made runs along the short section of reinstated track at Milton of Crathes. Photos are here and
Recent photo of
Times for next weeks class 50 hauled dining charters and
associated stock moves are here
Archive photos of
45112 arrived at Tyseley yesterday where the loco will undergo
repairs to a bogie spring and will remain there to work ECS in connection with
two Vintage Trains charters later this month.
Recent photos of 27024
33208 added and more photos of
45112 on Saturday are here
Photos of 45112 working the Pathfinder tour on Saturday are
Recent photos of
D1041 added plus archive views
Times for tomorrows Pathfinder tour with 45112 are
here and a revised timetable for the GWR Xmas
gala is here
This Saturdays Pathfinder tour from Worcester to Canterbury due
to be hauled by 50031 & 50049 has been postponed until April because of low
25035 which is currently undergoing repairs at Rothley on the
Great Central Railway will now remain based at the GCR once bodywork repairs
are complete. There are also plans to re-certify the boiler enabling the loco
to work winter trains on the line. Once 25035 is returned to traffic it is
expected that 26010 will also make the journey from the Northampton and
Lamport Railway for completion of its restoration.
Photos of the 40145 tour are here
here. Photos of the class 50 tour are
here and here
A recent photo of
D9016 will not haul this Saturdays Steamy Affairs tour from
Colchester to York and back. The Deltics place will now be taken by Fragonset
operated Cromptons 33103 and 33202.
47402 was re-united with its power unit at Bury on the 15th. The loco has been
undergoing protracted engine repairs and it is hoped to have it back in
service before the end of the year. Photos are
here. A Bury based loco that is not
so fortunate is 31467 which, having been stored since purchase over three
years ago, is now in the process of being stripped prior to disposal.
Recovered components will assist the upkeep and restoration of the lines two
other 31's, D5600 and 31556. A photo of 31467 is
A recent photo of 50026 which is rarely seen uncovered as it
restoration progresses is here.
Regular updates on the complete rebuild of Indomitable can be found
Times for the 40145 tour are here and times for
the 50031/49 tour are here
A recent photo of
40135 added as well as archive
views of 47295 and
47492 which was moved from Old Oak Common to Carnforth a few
weeks ago is now preserved by Garsdale Railtours and will be restored to mainline
standards for use on charters by West Coast Railway Company. The former D1760
also carried the name 'The Enterprising Scot' whilst a scottish based loco.
Photos from yesterdays Diesel Day at Swanage can be seen
here. A further gallery is
Photo and details for 37211 added
45112 has been substituted for 46035 on the Pathfinder tour to
Minehead next month, although the planned Friday trip is now cancelled because
of pathing problems. Details
D9016 will haul a Clacton to York tour on
29th November. Details are
33111 was successfully started up on
Saturday at Barrow Hill for the first time in 12 years by the
Class 33/1 Preservation Company Limited.
With assistance from 40013's batteries the loco was fired up three times in
total although two
traction motors and some air tanks need refitting plus a little more
wiring need to be completed before the loco can be
moved under its own power.
A timetable and loco roster for this Sundays Diesel Day at the Swanage Railway
is here and a timetable/loco roster
for the traditional xmas gala day at the GWR is
Recent photo of
Photos from a successful gala at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite
Railway can be seen here
Recent photo of
46035 will not be able to work the Pathfinder 'Dunster
By Candlelight' railtours next month because it is currently undergoing an
'E' exam at LNWR's Midland Road depot in Leeds which will not be completed in
A reminder for the Diesel Gala at the
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway this
weekend. All serviceable diesel locos will operate over five departures from
Haverthwaite on Saturday and Sunday. The proposed loco roster is
26040 has been receiving attention following
its move out of storage at Methil Power Station late last year. The loco has
since had a repaint into BR blue whilst mechanical and electrical restoration
continues. A photo is here
Another 26 making steady progress is 26038
which is undergoing restoration at Cardiff Cathays. Following work on the
power unit, attention has now turned to the cooler group. The loco will also
be repainted BR blue in due course. A recent photo is
Additional photos from the ELR last weekend
are here and
73005 is to move from the Dean Forest Railway to the Severn
Valley Railway as a replacement for 25283 which was sold to the Dean
Forest Diesel Association last month. The 73 remains the property of the DFDA
and will be on loan to the SVR for departmental duties.
Photos from the Sulzer Day at the ELR are
Recent photo of
46035 was towed from Crewe to Leeds Midland Road yesterday
where the loco will undergo an 'E' exam prior to its railtour work next month.
Details of a planned 'Sulzer Special' working at the Great Central Railway
using home based 45125 (D123) can be found
33201 has now arrived back at the Midland Railway Centre
following the locos successful loan to the Great Central Railway.
Photos of D9016's stay at the Yeovil Railway Centre can be seen
Recent photos of 25283
25283 which has been out of use for some time at the Severn
Valley Railway has been purchased by the the Dean Forest Diesel Association
and was transported by road to Lydney on Thursday where the loco will be
assessed to allow repair work to start in the next few weeks. The current plan
is for the loco to return to the SVR once operational and resume departmental
duties for the railways S&T department. A photo is
Loco restoration updates..
overhaul is continuing well and should be complete
early next year.
37340 - The
former 37009 has had both turbos de-seized
and work is now progressing with the
three seized pistons. This will
require three new liners and pistons.
It is planned to start the rebuild
of the power unit this weekend.
is nearing completion with only the bogies and
under frames to finish off in the next few weeks
73006 - engineering and
electrical work has been completed and the loco is
waiting its turn for the bodywork attention to
37211 has been delivered to the Churnet Valley Railway today
after apparently being sent to the scrapman at Beeston by mistake! The loco
has spent the last few weeks at Sims scrapyard after removal from the Brush
Works at Loughborough. The loco is now in the care of the Churnet T&RS group.
D9016 ran light engine from Yeovil Junction to Southall
yesterday evening. A photo is here.
The loco is to be based at the former DMU depot, now used by Flying Scotsman
Railways, for the foreseeable future.
33108 worked the Steam Dreams ECS from Alton to Victoria and return on
Wednesday. A photo is here.
33108 and 33021 are expected to leave Alton today and join 33103 currently out
based at Hither Green for work on Thameslink engineering trains.
Two Freightliner 47's have been requested for the ELR's
Sulzer Day on November 8th. Locos requested are 47197 & 47303 although
this will be subject to confirmation nearer the date.
More photos added to the GWR gallery
from last weekend
Progress has been made on the repainting of 50030 at Peak Rail. Photos
Recent photo of
20110 added plus an archive
shot of 33052
The North Norfolk
Railway will be providing diesel loco haulage vice the lines railbus on
the following weekends in November; 8/9, 15/16, 22/23, 29/30. 37032 will do
the first weekend with 31162 working for the rest of the month.
47105 will be hauling the 1030, 1200, 1400 and
1530 departures from Toddington on
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday of this week.
On account of its operational steam heat boiler, 46045 has a number of dates
for the remainder of the year at the Midland Railway Centre. Details
The Irish Traction Group are holding their AGM in Bury on Sunday 16th November
and some of the ELR shunters will be providing runs to Buckley Wells which
will also be open to the public. Details are in the 'latest news' section
Photos of the Diesel Gala at the GWR are
Recent photo of 50049 added
plus archive shots of D8568
37003 currently under restoration by the Class 37 Locomotive
Group was started for the first time last weekend and has since been shut down
and re-started several times with the engine said to run very nicely. Much
work remains to be done on the loco and details of how to volunteer your
services are here!
50031 and 50049 were called into freight work of a sort on Monday, having run
light to Southall from Old Oak Common the locos were used top and tail in
order to move condemned wagons into position for scrapping. The pair returned
light to Old Oak later the same day.
A gallery of the recent 33201 charter can be found
Reminders of three galas this weekend; The
diesels at the GWR have an outing from Friday to Saturday - details
here, the 'additional' diesel day at the GCRN will see the 25,37,44 and 50
all in action - details
here and the 'Grand Trains Extravaganza' at the West Somerset sees the
14,25,33 and Western in action - details
Additional photos of
With much less fanfare DELTIC returned to the NRM on Thursday along with 20050 and
40122 and haulage was provided by 55019. Accident damaged D6700 has
remained behind at Barrow Hill pending repairs.
50049 and 50031 have today worked a Ashford - Carlisle and return charter. A
photo is here. The blue 50's
have a busy December with Pathfinder. Details
The timetable and loco roster for the additional 'Diesel Day' at the GCRN this
Saturday can be found
The first passenger train off the East Lancs Railway will be in the form of a
Pathfinder railtour hauled by 40145 on January 24. More details are
Help required :- Please
email me if you know of two
serviceable window wiper motors for a Class 50 that are available for
recent photos of 33201
40145 hauled 40135 from Crewe to Bury today after the pair had
been stabled at Crewe LNWR following the SVR diesel gala.
27007 has seen major work by members of the 71A Locomotive Group at Ropley.
Last weekend saw all six cylinder heads, pistons and liners removed for
inspection and overhaul with the sump also drained. Photos are
here and here
31235 at the Mid Norfolk Railway has been
returned to operational condition following summer long repairs and the loco
is now undergoing a repaint into BR blue.
46035 will be the motive power for Pathfinders 'Dunster by Candlelight'
railtours on December 5 & 6. Details
D9504 which was thought to have left the Nene Valley Railway for commercial
contract work is still at Wansford. It being noted there at the weekend.
Photos from the Nene Valley gala are
here and an archive photo of
The damaged sustained to the NRM's D6700 last weekend at Barrow
Hill is repairable and discussions are underway on where the work will take
Photos of the Llangollen Diesel gala are
Recent photos of D9525
The loco roster for this weekends Llangollen Gala can now be
here. A photo of a newly repainted 37240 is
The ELR Nightrider event makes a welcome
return to the 2004 calendar with the Hydraulic Day on March 20th operating
through the night. Next years events at the East Lancs are now on the main ELR
50031 and 50049 returned to Old Oak Common
yesterday via a Euston - OOC empty van train.
33108 was one of three Fragonset 33's than ran from Westbury to Alton
yesterday and the locos are now stabled at Ropley. A photo of 33108 is
here with further photos
The fare for the 33201 GCR charter on October 17 will be a very reasonable £10
for six return trips over the full length of the line. Further details
More photos of the SVR gala are
Monday saw the Crewe loco convoy leave Kidderminster hauled by
47853 because 40145 was low on fuel. 40135 and 40145 remain at Crewe LNWR and
are scheduled to move back to the ELR on Friday.
50031 and 50049 were tripped south yesterday in the consist of
an EWS freight service from Bescot to Wembley
33063 and 73140 will see plenty of use this weekend in the Spa Valley Railways
'Mixed Traction Weekend'. A timetable and loco roster is
More photos added to the Severn Valley gala
The NRM's D6700 (37119) was involved in a shunting accident
yesterday which has caused considerable damage the locos nose and bufferbeam. The loco was shunted heavily into HNRC's 37515 by a Class 66
whilst taking part in the roundhouses 'First Born' diesel gala. Photos are
here. Further photos of the damage
to D6700 are
Nene Valley Railway are holding a diesel gala this weekend and on the Sunday the
lines home diesel fleet is expected to be supplemented by a GBRf class 66
The Pathfinder railtour due to run this Saturday utilising 50031&49 has been
cancelled because of engineering work on the Alton line - the tours
Photos of the SVR diesel gala are
Recent photo of
37901 arrived at the Llangollen Railway yesterday having been
transported by road from the MOD site at Ashchurch. Photos are
40145 hauled 40135 from the ELR to Crewe and
then picked up 46035, a 47 and a rake of air-cons before continuing to
Kidderminster - arriving there this afternoon. Today is the day for
Preservation fans to enjoy the locos before more mainline stuff turns up
for the weekend. The 40 will also haul the return working to Crewe on Monday.
Timetables for next weekends
Llangollen Gala are
although the loco diagrams are still awaited.
Details of the stock moves to and from the Severn Valley for
this weekends gala are here
A new page detailing mileages for railways
featured on this site is here
Churnet T&RS Group owned 20007 made its preservation debut at
the weekend having been started for the first time in eight years last Friday.
The loco performed well and will be repainted into 1960's green in the near
future. A gallery of the weekend is
here. A further gallery can be seen
Recent photos of
D9016 added plus an archive
shot of 50002
50031 & 50049 completed work with the filming charter yesterday
and ran back to Euston and then ECS to Old Oak early this morning. Today the
pair ran light to Kidderminster to take part in the SVR diesel gala next
D9016 ran to Yeovil Railway Centre last night after delivering 50002 to
Totnes. The loco will remain there until next week when the loco will move to
London to continue work for Merlin Rail.
This weekend sees a mini-diesel gala at the Churnet Valley Railway. Locos
working will be 20154 and 33102, the weekend will also see the first start up
of 20007 following major engine repairs. Other locos from the home fleet will
be on display. Details are
Midland Railway Centre are also having a diesel gala this coming weekend
with 25321 31271 45041 and 37190 in action.
D9016 ran light from Toton to Barrow Hill this morning to
collect 50002 and haul her to the South Devon Railway. The locos departed
Barrow Hill around 1250 - over three hours down on the booked
times after problems with the 50's brakes. A photo
later in the day is here
D9504 was booked to leave the Nene Valley
Railway by road last Monday for more contract work. Further info on this
movement would be appreciated!
50031 and 50049 plus a rake of stock have been hired by the BBC for a
special filming charter and this morning the train ran from Euston
to Westbury. A photo of the train is
here. Further filming is
planned for tomorrow evening. Details here
A gallery for the gala at the Battlefield
Line is here
A website commemorating the DPS shed opening can be found
Recent photos of D9504
Details for the Autumn Diesel Gala at the Gloucestershire &
Warwickshire Railway can be found
here and there will be a diesel diagram on the following days; 26-28
October and 2nd, 9th, 23rd and 30th November. Power will be by boilered 47105,
doubled headed with 47376 or 24081 on some days. Check
here for full details.
This month saw the thirtieth anniversary for the DEPG, one of the pioneers of
diesel preservation and on Sunday the group ran a members special utilising
D7017. Photos are
A small gallery from Sundays gala at Chinnor is
Additional photos of D9500
D9015 was moved from the Midland Railway Centre to Barrow Hill
on Friday to take part in the celebrations for the opening on the new DPS shed
building at Barrow Hill. The loco will remain at Barrow Hill for completion of
its overhaul before returning the the MRC for running in. Photos are
Further work by DNLL volunteers has seen
more progress on 50050 at Tyseley, the loco now has had attention to the
automatic voltage regulator as well as the load regulator and a new AWS has
now been fitted. An update to the D400 site can be seen
Photos from the Great Central Gala
are here and another gallery can be
D9504 which is currently at the Nene Valley Railway is to
return to industrial use in the very near future and this Sundays charter will
probably be the last chance to ride behind the loco for some time. See PLEG
website for details
D7017 has been repainted into BR blue with full yellow ends and to celebrate
the thirty years of the DEPG the loco will be hauling a members special this
coming weekend. A photo of the loco is here
31203 has left the Brush works at Loughborough and was
transported by road to the Chasewater Railway on Monday. The loco has been
successfully started since arriving and will undertake a test run this week.
50002 passed a RESCO inspection at Barrow Hill on Monday allowing the loco to
be hauled by rail to Totnes. The movement will take place in the next couple
33201 has arrived at the Great Central Railway for this weekends diesel gala,
sadly 25035 will not be able to take part although efforts continue to get
37255 and 47117 ready for the
37227 has successfully completed test runs at the Battlefield Railway and will
be taking part in this weekends
gala at the line along with D9525 31101 and 31130.
Times for this weekends 50 hauled railtour are here
Additional photos of 33052
33063 added as well as more ELR
A agreement has been reached with the owner of 37901 for the
loco to move to Llangollen for a loan spell at the Welsh line. The Mirrlees
engined loco has been undergoing restoration at Ashchurch and subject to the
successful completion of engine repairs the loco will move north early next
month. It is not
anticipated 37901 will be available for the October Gala, because the
intention is for it to arrive in working order and final adjustments, etc have
to be completed. It is, however, conceded there is an outside chance it
may happen. More details nearer the date!
DELTIC made the move from the National Railway Museum to Barrow Hill on Friday
in a move hampered by the temporary closure of part of the planned route.
Arrival at Barrow Hill in the company of 20050 37119 40122 and hauled by 55019
was several hours late. Photos are
Photos from East Lancs Diesel Gala are
Photos and details for
31421 added as well as additional
recent photos of 40013 and
47540 has finally left Crewe and has been reportedly moved by
road to a private location in Sinderby near Ripon. Photo and details of the loco are
31421 which had been stored at Carnforth has
been transported to the Midland Railway Centre for restoration.
A fuller explanation of the current situation regarding D1015 can be found
Photos of 50031 deputising for a steam loco today are
Additional photos of
Due to the re-imposition of Network Rail Southerns
steam loco ban 50031 will work the Steam Dreams Cathedrals Express from
Waterloo to Salisbury tomorrow. Times can be found
A photo 45112 hauling the Network Rail HST
today is here
45112 worked an ECS from Derby to Wellingborough and back
yesterday and today the Peak is currently en-route light engine to Heaton to
rescue the Network Rail HST set which has failed and needs a tow home to
Derby. Times are here
The Churnet Valley Railway will be holding a Diesel Gala on 27/28 September.
33102 and 20154 will be the motive power and hopefully 20007 will also make
its debut in service, subject to completion of restoration work. All other
diesels based on the railway will be on display including 33056.
A charter utilising D9504 on the Nene Valley Railway is being organised by SLS
& PLEG. Details on how to book are
Times for the York NRM - Barrow Hill
movement of D200, D8000, D6700 and Deltic hauled by 55019 on Friday are
Recent photos of
Following the discovery of possible bearing problems with
D1015's 'A' end transmission the railtour from Kings Cross to York due to run
this Sunday has been cancelled & whilst further investigation takes place at
Old Oak Common it is now very unlikely that the loco will be able to attend
the SVR Autumn diesel gala and the 'Southern Venturer' railtour on October 18
is also in doubt.
55019 is due to run light engine to York NRM on Friday 12th to collect 20050,
40122 and DELTIC and return to Barrow Hill where they will remain to take part
in the 'First Born'
at the roundhouse. Times to follow
47376 completed five solo round trips on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire
Railway last Friday as part of the owning groups' 'members day'. A photo is
Further photos added to the Capital Whistler
A draught timetable is now available for the
33201 charter at the GCR next month
A Freightliner Class 47 has been added to
the bill of this weekends ELR
An archive photo of
Photos of a blue 40145 today are
33063 will work all services on the
Spa Valley Railway tomorrow because
of steam loco failure
The visiting traction for the East
Lancs gala next weekend will be two Freightliner Class 66's
A charter utilising 33201 before it leaves the GCR is planned
on 17th October with five or six round trips between Loughborough and
Leicester - further details are
A photo of 37142 after arrival at Bodmin is here
Times for the 40145 railtour this Saturday
An agreement has been reached for 27103, currently at the North
Norfolk Railway, the spend a year at the East Lancs Railway. The loco is
unable to go to the Dean Forest Railway as expected because of the current
axle loading restriction on the line. It is planned for the loco to leave
Norfolk next week and hopefully to arrive in Bury in time to take part in the
East Lancs Diesel Gala.
37142 has at last completed its move to Bodmin arriving there today.
Work continues on another 27 - 27007 at the Mid Hants. Repairs are being
carried out by the 71A Locomotive Group and the engine has successfully
been barred over and is now moving freely after a soaking in diesel. It is
planned for the loco to be moved to Ropley shed shortly to allow the power
unit to be stripped for liner re-sealing and a bearing exam.
One of the plates fitted to 9016 after its overhaul at Brush in 1999 is being
auctioned on e-bay. Funds raised will go towards the upkeep of D9000, D9002
and D9016. A link to the e-bay page is
Recent photos of
The DPS railtour that was to have taken 55019 from London to
Penzance has sadly been cancelled due to low bookings - adding yet another
'preserved' diesel traction railtour to the list of cancellations for one
reason or another this year.....
50017 has been started at Tyseley for the first time in over two years and later
undertook short test runs in the loco works yard. Once rectification work is
complete the maroon 50 will be used for work in connection with Vintage Trains
steam hauled railtours.
September is a busy month for diesel galas this year; this weekend sees the
annual September Diesel Gala at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway which will be
featuring traditional Scottish locos from classes 20,25,26,27 & 47 plus a
visiting Freightliner 47 for this event. More details are
here. The weekend of
20/21 September sees a number of events to choose from - the Bodmin and
Wenford are staging an event which includes the operational home fleet of
33110 and 50042 plus 37142 on display following its planned arrival from
Barrow Hill. It is hoped EWS will be able to provide 47306 plus a class 66 and
67. Details of this are
here. The same weekend sees a promising gala planned at the
Great Central Railway with the resident fleet in action as well as visitor
33201 plus, hopefully, 37255 and 25035. 37255 has had the bulk of its repair
work completed and is on course to appear at the event - a recent photo of the
loco is here. A late addition to
the bill is a 'Mixed Traction Gala' at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough
Railway featuring residents D8568 & 31163 plus 08011. More details are
Times for the D1015 railtour later this month are
Recent photos of
73134 plus archive shots of
A photo of D9016 wearing her new colours is
here and further views are
D1013 was damaged in a 'rough shunt' at Bridgnorth the weekend before last
involving the SVR's steam crane which was being shunted by 'pannier' 1501. The
Western has minor damage to platework around both cabs and it is hoped to
repair the loco in time for the diesel gala in October.
37075 will share the running on the GCRN this Saturday with a Manor class
steam engine and on Sunday 50007 will be working along with the steamer plus
66707 which will be named at Rushcliffe Halt as well as working some trains.
A reminder of the
Buckingham Railway Centre Diesel Day is this Saturday with the former
Marylebone based class 115 DMU operating shuttles in the morning and 04 shunter
D2298 hauling trains in the afternoon.
The diesel gala at the East Lancs from the 12th - 14th September will be the
first the feature trains along the Heywood extension, although because the
signalling is incomplete there will be
no through trains apart from the beer-ex on the
Saturday night. The Bury -
Rawtenstall service will operate on a 50 minute interval as normal with trains
on the Heywood extension being top & tailed from Bury. All available traction
will be working on all three days. Further details nearer the date.
Recent photos of
25262 & 25279 added
The repaint of D9016 at Toton has been completed to a very high
standard by the EWS depot. The loco now sports a very shiny coat of two-tone
green with small yellow ends. The wipac light clusters are retained and have
been blended into the new livery very well. The Deltic is expected to return
south to the Mid Hants in the near future.
A web page for 50050 has been published
here. The loco
is undergoing final repairs prior to a Resco examination to enable the loco
the enter traffic for DNLL who will be operating the loco for the long term.
Recent photos of 25057
55015 added plus an archive
shot of 45112
45112 was in use today as the diesel loco on Vintage Trains' 'Harringworth
Shuttles' between Melton Mowbray and Kettering running via Corby. The Peak
worked three northbound trips in total 'Top & Tailed' with GWR Hall 4965 which
hauled the southbound trips.
Recent photos of D9518
Following the success of the recent diesel gala at the Spa
Valley Railway an additional running date for 33063 has been announced for
Saturday 13 September when the Crompton will haul the 1030 and 1245 departures
from Tunbridge Wells West. The next diesel event at the railway will be the
Mixed Traction Gala on October 11/12.
45112 worked light from Derby to Tyseley this afternoon and is in position to
be the diesel loco for the Vintage Trains
Harringworth Shuttles on bank holiday Monday (25/8). Times for the
shuttles are here
D1010 will be the power on the WSR diesel diagram tomorrow (sat) and will also
work the Fish & Chip special later on
Additional photos of 33012 and
An agreement has been reached for the sale of Cotswold Rails'
31203. The loco has previously been the subject of a number of attempted
preservation bids and remains at the Brush works at Loughborough
requiring, amongst other things, a body lift to enable re-certification of the air
tanks. The potential owners intend to base the loco at the
Details for the loco are here
Battlefield Line based 37227 was
successfully started for the first time since withdrawal on Saturday.
45112 was utilised today to haul an inspection saloon to from Derby to Manton
Junction (near Corby) and back.
Owing to continuing problems with catering the remaining two 'Curry Trains'
have been cancelled.
25279 and 50007 will be working the diesel diagram at the GCRN this Saturday.
(follow the operating info link)
31101 will be working all services on the Battlefield line this Saturday. A
The planned Pathfinder tour this Saturday to Central Wales
utilising 50031/49 has been cancelled due to unfavourable timings being
provided for the return run.
The DPS tour to Penzance on 6 September has suffered low bookings and a
decision on whether to run the train will be made next week. Any potential
travellers should book now to ensure the tour runs! Details
Work has started on the soon to be 'D' 9016 at Toton. The loco is in undercoat
in preparation for two-tone green livery.
To coincide with that weekends Bo'ness Diesel Gala the Caledonian Railway have
been asked if they will be able to operate a diesel hauled service on 7
September. If there is sufficient demand the 1130 ex Brechin will be hauled by
27024 on that day. Anyone interested should email
A thankyou message on behalf of the organisers of the recent Spa Valley Diesel
"I would like to say a BIG thank you to all those
people who travelled far and wide in order to patronise the Spa Valley
Railway's first diesel gala. Whilst we had little control of the sweltering
weather which we trust did not detract too much from the event, we hope you
all had as much enjoyment as we had organising and running the event"
A small gallery for the West Somerset Swindon Gala is
Recent photos of
37142 has yet to reach Cornwall. The loco is still at the
hauliers yard in the Midlands.
9016 moved to Toton last Friday for its repaint.
25035 has been started at Rothley - the locos first start up in around three
years. It is hoped the loco will be ready for the GCR diesel gala next month.
A gallery of the successful Southern Diesels Gala at the Spa Valley Railway is
here and a further
A small gallery of D1015's railtour last weekend is
Recent photos of
37188 has been purchased privately for preservation and will be
under the care of the Class 37 Locomotive Group. The loco, once named 'Jimmy
Shand' after the Scottish musician, is currently stored at Carnforth. Further
details here in due course.
9016 is to move to Toton early next week for its
long awaited repaint. It is planned for the loco to leave Alton next
Tuesday for the run north. A photo of the loco
today is here
Recent photos of
37097 as well as an archive shot
73005 and 73906 (73006) have been moved by road from Lydney on
the Dean Forest Railway to Southampton for
electrical load testing by Siemens at
the new South West Trains depot at Northam. This is in conjunction with commissioning the new site.
9016 will be in action tomorrow on the Alton - Waterloo Steam Dreams 'ECS'
working - this train will be available for fare paying passengers on the day.
Please check regarding the return working in the evening. Times are
Times for D1015's run to Penzance this Saturday are
The West Somerset Railways
Gala will be held this Friday & Saturday with D1010 working primarily on
the Friday and D7017 mostly on the Saturday, although both locos along with
D9526 will be in action over both days.
Another event worth attending this coming weekend will be the
Spa Valley Railways 'Southern Diesels
Gala' featuring 33063 and 73140 plus class 09 & 12 shunters. The 33 will
feature on the last two departures on Saturday with services starting at 10am
on both days. A timetable is
The Heywood extension on the East Lancs Railway will be opened to the public
on the 7th September which is in time for the Diesel Gala on 13/14 of that
month. Due to operational constraints, trains on the new extension will need
to be formed of top & tailed shuttles from Bury for that weekend with the Bury
- Rawtenstall services running as normal.
A fund to assist with the final stages of 50050's main line certification as
well as upkeep costs once certified has been started and anyone interested in
helping to see another mainline class 50 will find details
A gallery for the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway gala has been started
here, although it should be
pointed out that only two preserved locomotives took part in this particular
Recent photos of D9526
Past-Time Rail have announced a tour for D1015 to replace the
planned tour to Fishguard that was cancelled because of engineering work. It
will be a Waterloo - Exeter and back, down the former LSWR route,
once frequented by Warships and back via Westbury......details
The various loco movements from Doncaster
took place yesterday with 50035 heading back to Kidderminster with A4 steam
loco 60009 - hauled by an EWS 47. The DPS Deltics returned the AC electrics to
Barrow Hill and 45112 made its way to Derby.
Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway will
be having its first diesel gala on November 15/16 providing an opportunity to
travel behind the lines 20 & 26 and as the event is being organised by
PLEG the resident
shunters will feature highly as well! More details will be available closer to
The power for the GCR running day this Saturday is 37075 and 50007 - times
here. Further news from Ruddington is that as part of the sites 10 year
celebrations on 31 August a GBRF 66 will be named and will also work trains
along with 50007. Details
- follow the operating info link.
Meanwhile over the MML at Loughborough the visiting motive power for the
September Diesel Gala will be MRC based 33201 complimenting the home fleet
whilst it is hoped that 25035 and 37255 will also be operational in time.
31289 will be working services on the
Northampton & Lamport Railway
on August 17th
A small gallery for D1015's VSOE exploits is
Recent photos of
55016 added plus an archive
shot of D9525
9016 worked the return 'Queen of Scots' on Monday from
Doncaster to Clapham Yard as booked but returned via the Midland Main line due
to operational problems on the ECML at Stevenage. The loco is now back at
Ropley but will not be working the Steam Dreams ECS today because the ECS
loco is to remain on the the rear of the train to Portsmouth and as the train
is vacuum braked this is unsuitable for Deltics due to the requirement of the
engine to remain idling to sustain air brake pressure.
The loco move from Doncaster to Kidderminster was cancelled yesterday. Another
attempt will be made today with the same times
D1015 worked the VSOE as expected and due to problems with 'Taw
Valley' the Western piloted the steamer on the return journey to the
capital. A photo of the train is here
37142 has left Barrow Hill by road and is expected to arrive at the Bodmin &
Wenford Railway tomorrow. 20096 moved to Toton for tyre turning on Friday
along with HNRC's now mainline re-registered 20168.
50033 is to be disposed of by the NRM subject to a suitable home being found.
The loco may go free to another preserved railway or be offered for sale on
the open market. This is because the NRM are unable to commit to future
storage and maintenance costs of the loco
Photos from the Doncaster Works open day are
here and times for some
associated loco moves this week are here
9016 is making a habit of turning up out of the blue (or
purple!). The Deltic yesterday hauled the Queen of Scots diner coaches north from
Clapham Yard to Doncaster and will be on display at the Wabtec
open weekend. 9016 is due to return south on Monday - times are
Times for the railtour involving D1015 on
Sunday are here
A recent photo of 33048 is
Both D1010 and D7017 will be in action this Saturday on the WSR.
The Western will work the first part of the 'DMU diagram' with 7017 taking
over the diagram from the 1545 Williton - Minehead and then working the Fish &
Chip special in the evening. Timetable is
33012 is in action for the following two Saturdays working additional trains
in connection with the Swanage Carnival. The 33 will work extra shuttle trains
from Swanage at 1805,
1905, 2005, 2232,
2330 and from Norden at 1835,
1935, 2035 & 2302
on 26 July and 2nd August.
to the lack of a serviceable steam loco on the Battlefield
Line, 31101 and D9525 will be sharing the duties on both days this
weekend. D9525 will work the 12.30 and the 16.15 departures
from Shackerstone on Saturday and Sunday with
31101 operating the rest. A
Additional photos of 37075
37097 arrived at Brechin on Sunday - a photo and details of the
loco are here
40145 which has been at Longsight since last weeks railtour for tyre turning
moved from there on Monday afternoon to Crewe LNWR for a repaint into BR blue.
A few movements in connection with this weekends open day at Doncaster; Monday
saw D9009 and 55019 top & tail three Barrow Hill AC electrics from Barrow Hill
to Doncaster and yesterday 45112 hauled 50035 from Kidderminster.
An extra diesel gala is planned at the GCRN later this year following last
weekends disrupted event amid operational problems and loco failure. Details
of the additional gala and a post mortem of the last one can be found
A gallery for the GCRN gala has been added
37097 has been noted on a low loader at Millerhill therefore
delivery to the Caledonian Railway at Brechin is not far away..
31327 has made the journey north from Bo'ness to the Strathspey Railway which
will be its new home, the SRPS's 20020 came back in the opposite direction
following its loan spell. A photo of 31327 is
50007 arrived at Ruddington on Friday
afternoon to take part in this weekends gala event. The 50 is expected to stay
at the GCRN for the foreseeable future. The gala timetable was subject to very
late alterations due to crewing problems on the Fragonset 47 and the failure
of 25279. Photos here
Recent photos of 37240 added
20168 and 20096 will be working passenger shuttles this Friday
evening (tomorrow) at Barrow Hill
with the first departure at 5pm.
DPS Deltics D9009 and 55019 are booked to leave Barrow Hill next Monday for
Doncaster and display at the
open weekend at the
Wabtec Works. Despite earlier hopes these will be the only two Deltics present
at the event. Times for the move are here
Recent photos of 33063 and
D1015 underwent a proving run this morning, running from Old
Oak Common to Reading and back, to test newly installed TPWS equipment on the
loco. A photo is here
D9009 returned GWR Castle 5051 to Didcot GWS on Tuesday before
returning to Barrow Hill light engine.
The SVR diesel diagram has had a late change of power with D1013 booked to
work the diesel diagram this Saturday as 50035 is undergoing a repaint in
preparation for its exhibition at the forthcoming open day at Doncaster Works.
A new mailing list has been launched devoted to preserved diesel locos. The
aim of the list is to further promote the workings of locos on private
railways as well as preserved locos on the mainline. If you are a
volunteer/employee at a railway and know of a previously unadvertised diesel
loco working then this is the place to advertise it! Details are
Recent photos of 26038 and
All went well during 47376's test run on Friday apart from the
small problem of a hydrostatic oil pipe splitting on the return run - the
owning group should be commended for getting the loco running within three
weeks of arrival! Photos are here
A few photos of yesterdays D345 railtour are
here here and
here. An important notice has been
posted on the CFPS website
regarding this railtour..
The return ECS from Cardiff to Old Oak today, hauled by 50031& 50049, was
re-routed late on and returned via Gloucester and Swindon as opposed to the
original timings via the Berks & Hants. A photo of the train is
Confirmation has been received that the proposed D1015 tour to
Newquay has been postponed until next year, this is because of pathing
problems on the Newquay Branch. One piece of good news on the D1015 railtour
front is that Hertfordshire Railtours have details of a Kings Cross - York
trip thereby recreating D1023's 'Western Talisman' tour of 1976. Details of
this are here
I have been asked to point out that all trains at the
GCRN gala next weekend are 'Top & Tailed' and not double headed. This is
because run round facilities are not yet in place at Ruddington or
Loughborough. Some gen for photographers is that further
shunting of the stock between Ruddington and
Rushcliffe Halt will take-place on Weds/Thurs/Fri
16/17/18 July in preparation for the gala.
There will be plenty of
opportunities for different shots (like a
Class 25 on load 9 MK2!!). All shunting and moves are subject to
availability and no timings will be available.
47376 underwent a test run at the GWR
on Friday. A photo is here
Recent photos of 9016 at work are
here and here and a recent
photo of 73134 has been added
Photos from today at the GWR are
33063 has moved from the East Kent Railway to the Spa Valley
Railway for the start of its loan period - the move took place on the 7th &
8th and once unloaded at Tunbridge Wells the Crompton successfully completed a
test run to Groombridge and back.
More details are here
56097, which is undergoing restoration at
Cardiff Cathays, has had the power unit lifted out. Photos
here. The unit was sent to another site
where it will undergo an 'F' exam and work is now underway to thoroughly clean
and repaint the engine room. The parking
brake frame and traction motor
blower were also removed for overhaul.
Since the locomotive's bodywork is in reasonably good order it is not
intended to carry out any significant external repainting
until the locomotive nears completion. The
exception has been the battery box doors which were
showing signs of corrosion, no doubt as a result of their
exposure to acid. Both battery box
doors have now been shot blasted and repainted.
It is hope to begin the bogie during the Autumn with a second set of bogies
obtained as a source of spares.
Fragonsets 47712 hauled the Barrow Hill air-con set to the
Nottingham Heritage Centre yesterday and the coaches will be used at the
gala. 50007 is expected to arrive next week.
Photos of 50031's ECS work yesterday are
A few photos from the GWR Diesel Week are
here. More to follow....
Recent photo of 55009 and
archive photos of 25322
Times for 40145 are here and times for the
Pathfinder 50 tour are here
On Sunday 9016 worked the ECS from Alton to Waterloo for a steam charter
to Exeter. The Deltic then shadowed the tour west and worked the return as far
as Yeovil before following light and returning the ECS to Alton later in the
day. A photo is here. 9016 was due to haul ECS again this week for another steam charter
however repairs to the Deltic mean that it will miss this trip.
The same charter however will make use of 50031 on arrival at Waterloo
tomorrow. The 50 will be utilised to haul the empties via a circular route
from Waterloo to Waterloo enabling the steamer to be pointing in the right
D9009 has been diagnosed as having a fault in the no.1 end
power unit and until further investigations are complete will be restricted to
one engine only - a fairly common occurrence on some Deltics during the latter
part of 1981! As such Alycidon is booked to run light from Barrow Hill to
Didcot tomorrow to collect a steam loco and then return to the roundhouse the
D1062 moved under its own power at the
weekend - the first time since 1998. The Western, currently undergoing
overhaul, moved a short distance up and
down a siding at Bridgnorth utilising one of her engines and no major problems
Photos of the East Lancs Gala can be found
Recent photos of
The railtour itinery for D1015 has been further hit with the
news that the planned October tour to Fishguard has been cancelled because of
engineering work. There are plans for an alternative tour around that date,
also under threat is the tour to Newquay involving 46035 in August - this is
because of pathing difficulties on the Newquay branch.
37255 currently under restoration at the Great Central Railway was started for
the first time last Wednesday and again on Friday when power was taken and
subsequently moved under its own power for a few yards on Saturday. A test run
is being arranged.
Another Fragonset owned 'preserved' loco is 73134 which has been repaired by
Fragonset staff at Meldon and worked its first train
on the Dartmoor Railway on Saturday - photos and loco details are
Recent photos of 25278
46035 was tripped to Alexander Dock Junction Yard (Newport)
overnight to await a tow north in a freight. The loco will be examined at
Crewe and all being well will arrive at the East Lancs gala on Sunday. The
loco is no longer 'quarantined'.
47376 was successfully started at Toddington yesterday evening.
The engine was run for nearly an hour with no problems. Photos are
News on 37264 at Tyseley saw the
power unit lifted out on Tuesday and
the generator split off. The generator has been sent
away for cleaning / overhaul - the first such attention since 1984. The engine
bay will now be cleaned and repainted, whilst the power unit receives an 'E'
examination and thorough degrease before the
generator is reattached. Inspection of the power unit show it to be in good
condition considering it has been stood out of use since late 1999. No.2 cab
rebuild continues with all major structural work, electrics, conduit and
cubicle now completed - such was the damage due to water ingress that
all items have had to be fully stripped down and overhauled. Bodywork
replating has commenced in the worst areas and will continue throughout the
summer before any repaint is undertaken. Photos are
The Dartmoor Railway have returned one of
the three Fragonset 73's stored at Meldon to operational condition - a
successful test run has been undertaken and 73134 will haul a special train on
Saturday. Details are
and recent photos of this loco will be most welcome!
Provisional timetables and further details of the GCRN gala later this month
9016 hauled the Steam Dreams ECS again on
Wednesday - photo here - Gordon
Highlander will next be action on Sunday which will involve a trip to
Salisbury and Exeter.
46035 is still at Bristol Barton Hill this evening - the Peak is also
now in the EWS quarantine pool (joining 9016) presumably following the
problems during last Saturdays railtour.
D9009 and 55019 ran from Crewe to Barrow Hill this morning - this followed
55019 having its tyres turned on the electric depots wheel lathe
The Keighley and Worth
Valley Railway have announced the details of their diesel gala; visiting
preserved traction is to be from Barrow Hill in the shape of 20096 73138 and
hopefully HNRC's 20168. Resident 25059 will also appear but the lines own 20,
D8031, is out of service. Mainline locos from EWS, DRS and others has also
been requested. Full details are
The Sulzer Beerex on the Great Central
Railway will now be on Friday September 5th and will involve 45125 and 25265
top & tailing a nine coach load. Beer and hot food will be available on the
train with three departures from Loughborough expected to be at 1900,
2010, 2120. Normal fares apply.
A photo of Spanish exported class 14 D9549 is
here. The loco is expected to be scrapped shortly and I have been given
this contact for anyone enquiring about spares;
And finally...many of you may not be aware that
Luciano Pavarotti was due to perform
an open air concert in Llangollen this coming Saturday however the
Italian tenor has decided to
pull the plug at the last minute. The towns Diesel Group have their own
theory why - Click here to find out. The fat
mans no show will not be affecting 37240 which will be hauling the
1200,1400 & 1600
departures ex Llangollen on Saturday.
Further information with regard to the TPWS fault on 46035 on
Saturday is that the loco was piloted by 47756 from Bristol to Penzance with
the locos working in tandem and on arrival at Long Rock depot the TPWS fault
was rectified however the Peak developed a speedo fault and the 47 was once
again required to pilot the train. It was hoped that the pair could continue
to Birmingham but traincrew problems meant the 46 was removed at Bristol leaving
the 47 to attempt the Lickey alone with rather less than spectacular
results....a nine and a half minute ascent was recorded!
46035 is currently at Barton Hill depot and it is planned to move the loco to
London on Wednesday on an EWS service.
Work has started on the restoration of D5353(27007) at Ropley. The engine is
seized but work is underway on a overhaul and this is expected to take 12
months to complete along with electrical and bodywork repairs. The loco will
be finished in BR blue as 27007. Photos are
here and here
25278 will working the 1050 and 1350
departures from Grosmont (and returns) on the NYMR tomorrow and Wednesday due
serviceable steam loco shortage.
A photo gallery of last weeks DPS railtour
Photos from the North Norfolk Gala are here and a
further gallery is
Photos and details for
Recent photos of
46035 had problems with its newly installed TPWS equipment
yesterday and the railtour to Penzance was hauled by an EWS 47 from Bristol Temple
The visiting traction for the GCRN diesel gala on 19/20 July will be the Class
Forty Appeals' 50007 along with a Fragonset 47 which will collect the 50 from
the MRC on its way. 50007 will then remain at Ruddington for the remainder of
the 2003 operating season, taking part in the monthly diesel running days.
Four Fridays in August will see the GWR's
diesel fleet used on the following trains - from Toddington at 1030,
1200, 1400 & 1530 and from Cheltenham at 1115, 1245,
1445 & 1615. The locos will be; Friday 1st August -
24081, Friday 8th August - 37324,
Friday 15th August - D8137, Friday 22nd
August - 37215.
Photos from the Midland Railway Centre Diesel Gala are
Recent photos of
20189, the final class 20 involved in the CTRL construction work, left
Kent yesterday and was taken by road to the Wabtec Works at Doncaster for
overhaul joining D8001 D8048 and 20227 already there for attention.
D9009 and 55019 are currently at Crewe Electric Depot following the successful DPS
tour of Scotland. The pair ran light from Carnforth having deposited the stock
45112 ran to Tyseley today and tomorrow morning will haul the diesel leg of a
railtour. Times are here
25279 and 44004 are the motive power for the diesel running at the GCRN
tomorrow but due to engineering work to upgrade the line speed trains will run
to Barnstone Tunnel instead of
Loughborough. Timetable in the 'operating info' section
31101 will also be working all services at the
Battlefield Line this Sunday because
of steam loco shortages.
50031 and 50049 will be taking part in a small staff open day at Acton EWS
depot this weekend, other locos attending are BR blue duo 37308 and 56006.
A wide range of photos covering the removal of 47376 from Southampton and
subsequent power unit swap at Ashchurch can be found
A reminder of the diesel gala at the
North Norfolk Railway this weekend
which sees classes 03 11 25 27 31 37 in action plus newly arrived 47367 on
display. Timetables are
47771 was removed from Crewe by road yesterday and is being
transported to the Colne Valley Railway for preservation. The former
D1946/47503 and has carried
two names; 'The Geordie' for a period when 47503 and latterly 'Heaton
Traincare Depot' in its current identity.
The loco is owned by the Class 47
9016 worked the Steam Dreams ECS from Alton yesterday - working into Victoria
and not Waterloo - the Deltic spent the day at Clapham Junction.
News from the Midland Railway Centre is that 50007 will not be working this
Times for Saturdays Pathfinder railtour using 46035 are
The DPS 'Freedom of Scotland' railtour took 55009 & 19 to new
locations for the class having traversed the line north of Inverness visiting
Wick & Thurso then later to Kyle of Lochalsh. Photos and a on-line diary can
be found in the news section
The Brush Type 4 Funds 47376 arrived at The
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway yesterday. Photos
31101 has been fired up after winter repairs
which have included four overhauled cylinder
heads & two new pistons and liners to match. The
loco has also had an overhauled motor blower and a fresh compressor
fitted in number two end. Most of the brake rigging on number one end bogie
has also been re-bushed and pinned.
The loco is booked to work all trains on the
Battlefield Line this Saturday
Timetable & loco roster have been published
for this weekends gala at the Midland Railway Centre - details are
47376 was moved from Southampton to Aschurch on Friday and an
engine change was undertaken during the weekend and it is planned to complete
the locos journey to Toddington today.
The much publicised export of 50008 to Peru has been called off. The loco
which had been undergoing repair at the LNWR workshops at Crewe is now stored
with work incomplete and faces an uncertain future.
Timetables for this weekends Diesel Gala at the North Norfolk Railway can be
Recent photos of
9016 worked the
Steam Dreams ECS
from Alton to Victoria & return yesterday and was stabled at Clapham Junction
during the day. A photo of the outward run is
here. The Deltic will remain at
Ropley for the next working on June 25th to Waterloo although it will return
to Willesden at a later date. Please note that the
working on the 25th is NOT available for the public to travel on.
Further 9016 news is that it will not be working the Steamy Affairs railtour
booked for tomorrow following last weekends problems with the loco.
Due to problems with the steam loco at Peak Rail all services for the
remainder of June will use diesel traction with D8 and some of the shunters
getting an outing - details are
47376 is due to leave Southampton by road today and will be delivered to the
MOD site at Ashchurch where an engine swap will take place with 47295 and once
complete 47376 will make the short journey onto Toddington for further
The outline times for the DPS 'Freedom of Scotland' tour next week are
here and the DPS site
has also announced the postponement of the inaugural 'Curry Train' which was
due to run on July 4th. This is due to problems with the catering and once
resolved the organisers hope to run the planned second train on August 29th
Recent photo of 47105 added
Further to Sundays news on 37901 - photos of the start up are
Work is continuing on 901 with rebuilding
the cabs and electrical systems. Testing of the air
and auxilliary equipment is now in progress and it
is hoped that the loco will move under her own power
within the next few weeks.
9016 returned light engine to Willesden from Crewe this
45112 worked an ECS move from Derby to Cambridge yesterday and returned to
Derby with a similar load this afternoon.
The traction for next months East Lancs gala is to be all the
operational home fleet plus 37197 37261 (if ready) 46035 47839 & 47853 as well
as locos promised from DRS. Each day will be themed - details are
The gala at the Midland Railway Centre on
28/29 June is expected to feature 25321, 33201,
37190, 45041, 50007 and the 141 DMU.
The Mid Hants Railway has sold 27007 to a MHR member on the
condition that it stays on the line - this was despite interest from at least
two established diesel groups. The loco requires major work before it can be
returned to operational condition.
Photos of the diesel gala at Mangapps Farm are
Archive photos of 24032
Sadly the latest railtour to be hauled by 9016 was marred by
another failure, having recently worked four ECS workings without incident the
Deltic was failed at Colchester prior to departure with the Irish Mail steam
tour to North Wales and was hauled DIT by a EWS 66. Although repaired whilst
9016 was unable to haul the return leg and is currently at Crewe LNWR depot.
D345 has been fitted with TPWS at Bury and becomes the first preserved diesel
to be equipped. The loco will now be able to haul Mark 1 coaching stock on the
main line at its permitted top speed in accordance with EWS regulations.
37901, currently under restoration at MOD Ashchurch, was started up for the
first time since withdrawl yesterday.
Recent photos of 26007
55019 added as well as archive
shots of D9529
31327 will move north from Bo'ness in the next two weeks to a
new permanent home at the Strathspey Railway, this follows the collapse of the
original planned move to the Keith & Dufftown Railway. The SRPS's 20020 which
has been on loan to the Strathspey will return to Bo'ness as part of the 31
Services this Saturday on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway will be
hauled either by the Clayton or 31163 because the lines 121 Bubble Car is out
of service. Departures are on the hour from 1200 to 1600.
Timetables and loco rosters for the July Diesel Week at the Gloucestershire &
Warwickshire Railway are here
A charter for Growler Group members will
take place at the GWR on 25 July and will feature 37215/324 working all
trains all day on the line offering over 100 miles of class 37 haulage. More
details can be found
Mangapps Farm have today confirmed that all is going to plan for
the Diesel Day this Sunday
15 June. All locos/DMU's advertised are confirmed as working
passenger trains. For the photographers amongst you - demonstration
goods trains will also be running. In addition to
the running trains, the Mangapps owners will be
turning the museum into a 'diesel theme' with diesel
memorabilia on show.
Times for the railtour utilising 9016 on Saturday can be found
The Dean Forest Railways' class 14 D9555 left the line by road
yesterday and is being transported to Toton for tyre turning. The loco is
expected to return south in a week or so.
9016 is booked to leave Wimbledon Park today at midday and run light to
A recent photo of 55019 added
as well as archive shots of 20031
9016 was utilised today to take some coaching stock from the
Mid Hants Railway to Wimbledon for tyre turning. The Deltic ran light engine
from Willesden to Alton this morning.
40013 was successfully started on Sunday evening at Barrow Hill. The engine
was fired up four times and run for a short time and no major problems were
found with the power unit. Photos are
20056 was moved from Barrow Hill to
Earles Sidings yesterday for its contract work by two HNRC 37's. The loco is
on hire to the Lafarge Cement works.
46035 returned 20087 to the East Lancs following its display at the Crewe
Works open Day.
The proposed move of D7076 to the West Somerset Railway for the summer will
now not take place.
Additional photos of the DPS railtour are
A few photos of the shunters at Peak Rail are
Recent photos of
D1010 added as well as archive
shots of D9525
The work to fit D1015 with TPWS equipment took a step forward
on Friday as the testing of the DTG manufactured bogie brackets on which to mount the aerial on
the underside of the locomotive was deemed satisfactory by the suppliers of
the TPWS equipment. The DTG hope to be able to install the system in the
coming weeks once the electronics are supplied.
Work is continuing on the restoration of Hymek D7029 at Old Oak Common. Photos
are here and
A gallery page for the DPS railtour
9016 made a surprise appearance at Kings Cross today when it
worked the ECS from todays DPS railtour out to Bounds Green and back. 55019
had worked the inbound train. Photos
Recent photos of D1010 and
Due to a coolant leak found on prepping D9009 - 55019 will be the loco for tomorrows DPS railtour. The change
of power to a blue Deltic is thought to be more in keeping with the air
conditioned stock that will be used on the train.
46035 worked from Crewe Works to Kidderminster yesterday - returning
more exhibits home. The peak then returned to its own base at Crewe LNWR
A late reminder for the Peak Rail Gala this weekend - following the successful April event - D8 and 73107 will be in use along with a host of ex BR
shunters - some making their first passenger runs in preservation. Details and
33111 has had its power unit refitted at Barrow Hill and is a
big step forward for the locomotive with a return to service hopefully later
this year. Further news from Barrow Hill is that engine repairs to 40013 are
progressing and an attempt to start the loco will take place this weekend.
20056 which is currently undergoing minor attention at Barrow Hill is to be
yet another 20 loaned out to industrial use - the loco will go to the Lafarge
cement works at Hope once repairs are complete.
D6700 40135 D832 and D1023 were returned to their bases yesterday by 47709 - a
photo is here. 20087 which
arrived by rail is still at the works due to the five loco limit on light
Times for this weekends Deltic railtour and associated stock moves can be
A recent photo of 20096 and an
archive shot of D9504 added
33063 is to move from the East Kent Railway to the Spa Valley
Railway. The transfer will take place in early July allowing the loco to take
part in the lines diesel gala along with 73140. The Crompton is expected to
stay until the Autumn.
45112 returned to Derby today along with other Fragonset locos following
display at Crewe Works
The Llangollen Railway have two running dates for newly restored 37240 on the
5th and 19th July with 46010 working the diagram on the 12th.
The North Yorkshire Moors and the Great Central have also set the summer
diesel loco roster - for full details on these and other known workings please
The GCR evening Sulzer Beer-Ex's are
provisionally booked to take place on Friday 25th July. First departure will
be around 1800-1830 and three round trips be top & tailed by 25265 and 45125.
Photos from the Crewe works open day are
Recent photos of
33102 added and archive photos
D5054 returned to service on Saturday working the ELR diesel
diagram. The loco now sports BR Green livery. Photos are
Recent photos of
9016 will not be working the Steam Dreams stock working from
Alton to Waterloo tomorrow - 47488 has been dispatched from Derby for this
The two locos added to the Crewe Works convoy at Castleton yesterday were
D8087 and D832 which along with D1023 and D6700 were hauled to Crewe by 45112
I have been asked to point out that in relation to recent photos posted on
this site of the Churnet Valley locos at Oakamoor - The site at Oakamoor is a
private industrial site and has no public access.
Archive photo of 33052 added
45112 today worked light from Carnforth to York NRM where it
collected D1023 and D6700 and is currently running to the East Lancs Railway
where it is booked to collect more locos for the Crewe Open Day at the
weekend. Times for the departure from Castleton Jnc later today are
D9009 ran light from Crewe Electric Depot back to Barrow Hill yesterday
following tyre turning
46035 and 40135 were tripped over from Crewe Carriage Shed to the Works
yesterday also for the open day. 20154 from the Churnet Valley Railway arrived
by road last week.
33102 will be working on the Churnet Valley Railway this weekend; On Saturday
it will work the 11.20 / 12.40* / 15.20 / 16.40*
departures from Cheddleton and on Sunday will power the 10.00 / 12.40*
/ 14.00 / 16.40* departures.
* = double heading with steam loco.
Photo and details for 37009 added
plus recent photos of 31442 and
The first of the summer diesel turns at the Noth Norfolk
Railway was on Saturday and saw a surprise appearance of the class 27 D5386
along with the booked 25057. D5386, which is to leave the line in September,
worked Weybourne to Sheringham in multi with D5207 before working the last
round trip of the day. Photos here
The first event organised under the
PLEG banner took place
on Sunday. Photos are here
Recent photos of
31442 was moved from Crewe Heritage Centre to the Churnet
Valley Railway sometime in the last fortnight.
40135 will remain at the LNWR depot at Crewe for the time being and will be
transferred over former BREL works site to appear at next months open day
before returning to Bury.
D8001 and D8048 have now left Ashford and were transported by
road to the Wabtec Works at Doncaster where they join 20227. The locos are due
to undergo light overhauls following over 12 months of work in conjunction
with the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in Kent.
D9009 ran light from Old Oak Common to Crewe Electric Depot on Tuesday where
the loco will undergo tyre turning before returning to Barrow Hill.
46035 hauled the MHR gala locos north on Tuesday; 31271 and 33201 were dropped
at Butterley before the 46 and 40 continued to Crewe. 40135 is at the LNWR
depot awaiting transfer to Bury.
37075 and 44004 are due to work the diesel diagram this Saturday at Ruddington.
The GCRN now has clearance to run the full length of the line to Loughborough.
More details are in the 'operating info' section
The NNR diesel group have now published the
booked loco roster for the North Norfolk Railway diesel turns this year - the
25, 27, 31 and 37 all get plenty of work this summer and the line is worth a
visit. Details are
Recent photos of
73140 and archive shots of
9016 will not be working this Wednesdays Steam Dreams ECS from
Alton to Waterloo and back.
46035 was today involved in ECS and loco movements post Mid
Hants Gala - taking the dining car set back to Clapham Junction and 37709 +
56104 over to Wembley before returning to Ropley. A photo is
here. Tomorrow 46035 will haul
31271 33201 and 40135 north to Butterley and Crewe. Times for this are
Photos of D9009 & 45112 on railtour duty are
More photos added the the Mid Hants
gallery another gallery can be seen
Archive photos of
33052 added and recent photos
D9009 is today working a railtour from Ashford to Newcastle and
back. A photo of yesterdays light engine move is
45112 is also on railtour work today,
hauling a steam special from Birmingham International to Appleby then running
light to Crewe to take the return leg back to Birmingham.
Photos from the Friday at the Mid Hants are
Two recent photos of 31438 are
Work is continuing on 50050 at Tyseley - the loco is in very
good condition mechanically however there are a few electrical faults that
still need to be solved. The 50 is also having its fire and safety systems
brought up to mainline standards. A photo is
A taster for the diesel gala at the Mid
Hants is here
A new group has been formed to help promote
the use of diesel traction on preserved railways - a website is
Recent photos of
D1015 added as well as archive
shots of D9504 and
The final stock move for the Mid Hants gala took place today;
46035 dragged 47224, 37709 and 56104 from Wembley to Alton this afternoon - a
photo is here
46035 today worked an EWS service train from Bristol Barton
Hill to Old Oak. A photo is here
47224 was not ready to work the light engine moves to Butterley and Alton
today - an EWS 47 has performed this duty. 47224 will however travel south to
Wembley from Crewe tonight and will be moved to Alton in 5Z47 on Thursday, the
train will also convey 37709 and 56104 and will be hauled by 46035. Times are
It has been confirmed that D9537 has left
Toddington and has been moved to a private Lincolnshire site for restoration.
Recent photos of 33048
Archive photos of D9525 20050
Times for 46035 and 5A24 are here
40135 was hauled from Bury to Crewe this evening by an EWS 66 and will be
hauled to Butterley tomorrow morning by 47224. Times for this and the
subsequent Alton convoy are here
Further to yesterdays update - 46035 will be the train engine
for tomorrows 5A24 Barton Hill - Old Oak van train. The train will also convey
steam engine 5051 which will be detached at Didcot and shunted into the GWS
site before the train continues to London. Times will be posted here later...
37142 will not be moving south to Cornwall as early as hoped as
further work on the loco has revealed a problem with the wheelsets. The loco
will remain at Barrow Hill until replacements are sourced and fitted. Movement
to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway is expected to be during the Autumn.
73107 was in action over the weekend deputising for a failed Peak Rail steam
33110 and 20166 returned to Bodmin this morning after their visit to a
successful South Devon Railway gala over the weekend. Photos of the event are
here and more can be found
46035 was hauled to Bristol Barton Hill
after this weekends WSR Cross Country
Gala. The loco will remain there until Wednesday when it will go to Old
Oak Common in the consist of 5A24 0730 Barton Hill - OOC vans. The peak will
then run light to Wembley to work a train on Thursday to Alton consisting of a
37, 56 and the Queen of Scots dining set. Times are here
31271, 33201 and 40135 will be hauled from Butterley to Alton on Wednesday by
Photos of the gala weekend at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway are
Photos and details for
Recent photos of
24054 and 33117 added
46035 was hauled dead from Crewe to Bristol this evening and
will complete the journey to the WSR in the morning.
33110 and 20166 will move from Bodmin to Totnes early tomorrow for the gala at
the South Devon Railway
Visitors to the South West may also be interested to know that most services
at the Plym Valley Railway will be
hauled by Class 08 13002 on Sunday and services on the
Dartmoor Railway will be hauled by
08937 on both days this weekend
Photos of today at the GWR are here
Archive photo of
A unidentified Class 14 has been sighted heading north by road
near Newark. The most likely loco being D9537 which has been awaiting removal
from Toddington for some weeks.....destination unknown at present.
Loco rosters and timetables for the forthcoming Mid Hants Gala
can be found
Photo and details for
Recent photos of
Archive photos of D9525
47488 today worked light engine from Derby to Alton making it
very likely that this is the train engine for the Steam Dreams ECS from Alton
to Victoria Thursday morning. 9016 is still at Willesden and in the EWS
quarantine pool according to TOPS.
Former DRS engine 37340 (37009) has been moved from the Brush works at
Loughborough to the Churnet Valley Railway for restoration.
73140 moved from the Lavender Line to the Spa Valley Railway yesterday -
Network Rail owned 73141 has left the Battlefield Line and is now at the
Fragonset works at Derby.
Photo and details for 33056 added
D1015 and 50031 were returned to London this morning in the
consist of 7A19 Whatley Quarry - Acton stone train and were later tripped onto
Old Oak Common.
45112 ran light from Derby to Barrow Hill this afternoon after an earlier
planned movement of more stored locos to Meldon Quarry was cancelled.
20001 and 20048 are both now at Ashford awaiting road movement away from Kent
Bo'ness based 31327 is due to move to the Strathspey Railway later this year
after the proposed move to the Keith & Dufftown Railway was called off.
Additional photos added to the Bo'ness
A few photos of the Caledonian Railway 'Sulzerfest'
Recent photos of
D1062 celebrated its fortieth birthday this week by having both
her engines started over this weekend. D1013 was also started to mark the
occasion. The loco is at Bridgnorth undergoing an overhaul and full rewire and
is expected to return to service next year.
Fragonset owned 31289 was returned to service at the Northampton & Lamport
Railway this weekend. The loco has hauled trains, still in rust stained BR
Blue, over the last three days.
37142 has been purchased by the Bodmin & Wenford Mainline Diesel Group
following Harry Needles class 37 sale. The former Laira loco and once
allocated but never carried the 'William Cookworthy' nameplates is currently
undergoing traction motor repairs at Barrow Hill and will move to Cornwall,
all being well, during June for further restoration work to continue. Photo
and details are here
The Gloucestershire and
Warwickshire Railway hold their first diesel gala of the year this coming
weekend and include running through to the newly opened Cheltenham Racecourse
station. The lengthened allows for an hourly service from Toddington along
with extra trains to Winchcombe on the Saturday & Sunday. 24081 and 37215 make
a return to service following winter repairs. A timetable is
Photos of D1015's outing today are
A few photos of the Bo'ness gala are
Recent photos of
Archive photos of
Rail Magazine reports that 20001, 20048, 20189, and 20227 will
go to Wabtec at Doncaster for light overhauls prior to returning to their
respective bases. The only 20 still active on the CTRL is 20189. The CTLS's 20227
which left during March has
been reported heading north by road from its stay at the Kent & East
Sussex Railway although it is unknown if the loco is Doncaster bound.
D1015 and 50031 were moved to Westbury on Friday evening via 7C20 Acton -
Westbury stone empties - a photo is here -
the two were subsequently moved onto Yeovil for the open day on Saturday
morning. Photos here and
Archive photos of 20142
Recent photos of 20001
A timetable for this weekends Diesel Gala at the Bo'ness &
Kinneil Railway is here. The event
will feature classes 25, 26, 27, 31 and 47 leaving Bo'ness at 50 minute
Times for D1015's North Wales outing next Monday are
DNLL have announced three more dates in May for 9016 hauling
the Steam Dreams ECS from Alton to London. Details are on the DNLL
A few times for D1015 next Monday are;
Castle Cary 0705, Frome 0720/23, Westbury 0732/36, Trowbridge 0742/45, Bath
Spa 0802/10, Filton AW 0835/42, Hereford 1002/05, Llandudno 1300.
The Renown & Repulse
Restoration Group have acquired a pair of spare bogies complete with
traction motors and a ETH/Auxiliary generator set - this important purchase
has been sent to a specialist electrical contractor for assessment and repair
along with two of the groups spare traction motors. Work at Rowsley is
currently focused on stripping out the cabs of 50030.
Pages charting the progress of restoration on 45149 can be seen
Details on how to obtain a copy of the programme for the upcoming South Devon
Railway gala can be found
here. Indications are that Freightliner will be able to supply a 47 and a
66 for the SDR event although thankfully the GM will be on display only at
Totnes as it is too heavy to operate on the line.
In the South West on the same weekend is the WSR's Cross Country gala which
will see 33048 D1010 in action with visiting 46035 and an EWS 47 supplementing
a Voyager unit and steam hauled services. Details can be found
Recent photos of
45133 added plus an archive
shot of D9529
9016 has been undergoing repairs to its ETH system and other
electrical faults at Willesden over the last few days and although this work
has been successfully completed the loco will not be able to work Thursdays VSOE charter to York - the train will be hauled by an EWS loco.
Details of the open weekend at Yeovil Railway Centre are
D1015 and a Fifty Fund 50 are expected to attend and on Monday D1015 is to
work a private charter for Foster Yeoman and Hanson staff from Castle Cary to
Llandudno - the train will run via the Marches Line north to Crewe.
20001 and 20048 are shortly to leave the CTRL work that has
employed them for the last 12 months - a photo of their last working is
The first timetabled services from Ruddington to Rushcliffe on the former GCR
ran yesterday and were handled top & tail by 25279 and 44004. Photos are
here. It is hoped next months
diesel running will traverse the full length of the line to Loughborough.
Photos from the Nene Valley diesel day are
Diesels have handled the majority of trains on the NYMR this week because of
fire risk restrictions on steam locos. 24061 and 45133 have been involved
along with 25278 - two photos of the 25 are
A few photos from the 31 day at Chinnor have
been added to the 31163 page
Recent photos of
50002 plus an archive photo of
Photo and details of 37227
will be in use tomorrow and the locos are (subject to reality); Departures
from Wansford:- 31108 - 1250 dep, 40106 - 1030 & 1510 deps and the other
trains will be hauled by 66706 which is to be named at the event.
The May 3rd Steamy Affairs trip to Kidderminster with 9016 has been cancelled
due to lack of bookings.
D9529 has moved from Tilbury Docks and is now currently
employed at Chatham Docks as part of its commercial work for Victa Railfreight.
A photo of the new look for 27024 is
here. The loco will be taking part in the Caledonian Railway
33117 has been
taken out of service for a much needed overhaul. The ELR based loco failed on
the diesel turn on Saturday and was rescued by 45135. The work is expected to
keep the Crompton out of traffic until around 2005.
A last chance to ride behind 73141 will be this weekend at the
Battlefield Railway. The 73 has been
sold to Network Rail and will leave the line soon. Indications are that the
loco will be broken up to provide spares for the other NR 73's. A timetable
for the event is
The Nene Valley Railway are
holding a Diesel Event on the 26 April in connection with a naming ceremony of
a class 66 loco which will haul trains along with 31108 and 40106. Sadly there
is no official information on this published on the internet so phoning the
railway appears to be the best
The Chinnor & Princes Risborough
Railway are having a Class 31 day on 27 April where most of the trains
will be handled by 31163. More details are
Details and a timetable for the 'Sulzerfest' gala on 4/5
May at the Caledonian Railway are
The event will see a debut in BR blue for 27024.
Archive photos of
D8142 spent a few hours at Chester TMD last Thursday - the loco
was hired to Alstom for staff training on Class 175 DMU rescue. The loco
returned to Llangollen later the same day.
The GCRN at Ruddington have been forced to implement an emergency timetable
for this Saturdays running day because of problems with the HMRI and the
Loughborough - Rushcliffe section. Further details can be found
Additional photos added to the Peak Rail
gallery and another gallery can be
Recent photos of
Photos from today at Peak Rail are
73107 was started for the first time since withdrawl on Monday
- photo here - and underwent a
test run yesterday with no major problems. The loco will be taking part in the Peak Rail gala this weekend which will
also see a rare working for 44008 plus 08016 & 03158.
Another rare loco working this weekend is
the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railways' 25185. The rat will be working the
1115 1245 & 1530 departures from Paignton and the 1200 1400 & 1615 departures
from Kingswear on Sunday & Monday. The loco is taking part in a Thomas event but gets no other
rostered passenger work at other times.
45112 worked a inspection saloon yesterday from Tyseley to
Sheffield and Butterley
More photos added to the NYMR gallery
Recent photo of
D1015's tour to Penzance has been postponed from June 7 and
will now run on August 9th - this is because of pathing difficulties with the
train running at 75mph due to TPWS not being fitted.
9016 is now stabled at Willesden TMD
A gallery of the weekends North Yorkshire Moors Gala is
Additional photos of D9526 and
9016 suffered a re-occurrence of an ETH fault and was replaced
on the return journey of the Watford - York charter on Saturday by an EWS
class 47. Two photos of the train are
D9526 succesfully worked its comeback train on Saturday and
was then called out to assist a sick 33048 on its final trip from Williton to
Bishops Lydeard - photos are here
website has been
created to help promote this years Crewe Locomotive Works Open Day. A number
of preserved diesels are expected to attend.
Photos and details for 73107 added
Recent photos of 20227
9016 is currently running light engine from Doncaster to Bounds
Green in readiness for tomorrows tour from Watford to York. The loco is no
longer in the EWS quarantine pool.
45133 is in the consist of a train from Butterley to Grosmont which also
includes 47292 and is hauled by 66566. 37717 56114 and 57306 are all also in
line to take part in the gala at the current time.
HNRL's 37227 was moved from Barrow Hill to Shackerstone (Battlefield Line) on
I have been asked to mention that there are still seats available on the Mid
Hants Queen of Scots charity diner train due to be hauled by 33201 and 33208
on the Saturday night of the diesel gala - note the train will be double
headed and not T&T as advertised. Tickets are £60 and leaves Alresford at 1930
returning at 2230. Anyone interested should call the railway on
01962 733810 as only advance bookings can be
A photo of D9504 is here and an
article of the work of the class 20's on the CTRL appears in the latest
edition of Traction penned by a contributor to this site.
Recent photos of D9504
45112 worked an ECS from Derby to Cambridge yesterday and then
returned light engine to Derby.
55009 and 55019 worked back to Barrow Hill from Butterley yesterday evening.
Archive photos of 33052
The timetables for this weekends NYMR diesel gala have been
published on NYMR Diesel;
Sunday. D345 and the Riley 37's arrived at Grosmont yesterday light engine
Mini galleries for the Midland
Railway Centre and Dean Forest
Recent photo of 37254 added
The East Somerset Railway gala was marred by the derailment of
37798 on Saturday whilst running round. Photos are
here. Further photos from the ESR are here
Two photos of the event at the Dean Forest Railway are
A small gallery of the D345 railtour yesterday is
D9526 is now almost complete in readiness
to work its comeback train on April 12th
The trains for the Mid Norfolk Railways Easter specials will be top & tailed
by 20069 & 50019 on April 20th and by 20069 & 31538 on April 21st. Services
will be from the
The diesel running days at the GCRN now have locos allocated to them. Go to
the 'Operating Info' section
D9504 has now left the Channel Tunnel work and is currently at
Wansford on the Nene Valley Railway.
Advance notice of the May gala at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway
on May 9 -11 will see the return to service of 24081 and 37215 in time for the
first gala to include running to Cheltenham Racecourse - the return journey
now being around 20 miles. Further details will be available closer to the
Archive photos of 20056
Two photos of todays D345 railtour are
The ESR diesel weekend will make use of the following
'mainline' power; 2 x class 59's, Fragonset's 31459 and from EWS 37798 and
47758. A photo of the former 'Andrew Carnegie' today is
here. Details of the event are
The North Norfolk Railways' 27066 has finally been sold and it
is thought the loco will be based at the Dean Forest Railway. A previous deal
to move the loco to the Keith and Dufftown Railway came to nothing. This also
follows the abandonment of the DFDA's purchase of Cotswold Rails 31203.
Rileys 37197 will be working at the ELR this Sunday covering a steam diagram.
Additional archive photos of
Plans to move 31101 to Ruddington have been shelved for the
time being and the loco will stay at Shackerstone for the 2003 operating
season and is next booked to take part in the lines next Diesel Gala on April
45133 is due to move from Swanwick to the NYMR on April 11th. A freightliner
66 will provide the power and the train will call in at Barrow Hill to collect
a set of air braked coaches for use in the lines diesel event that weekend.
Railway Magazine carries a report today that D1015 will be exhibited at the
Yeovil Railway Centre on May 3-5 and will also work a private charter to
Times for D345 on Saturday are here
Sadly a class 73 will not be operational for the Dean Forest
Railways' Branchline Weekend, although the four locos will be on display
during this weekends event. Services will be covered by the class 14, 08
shunters and the DMU. More details are
here also see the DFDA
A timetable and proposed loco roster
for this weekends debut diesel gala at the East Somerset Railway is
A new website for GCRN based 25279 is
- the site also has full details of planned diesel working for 2003 at
Ruddington - click the operating info link
Recent photos of 25313
9016 underwent its annual safety exam at Doncaster today and is
now certified for mainline use into 2004. Photos are
here. The loco unfortunately will not be
able to work the VSOE trip on April 7th - more details
37240 made it to the line up at Llangollen on Sunday working
two trips in tandem with 25313 and after a problematic first run the loco was
in fine form for the second trip. Photos of the weekend are
37075 made its first public runs at the GCR(N) on Saturday working three trips
on the line - completing 59 miles with no problems.
45133 is unable to take part in this coming weekends gala at the Midland
Railway Centre because of a fault on the locos air systems. 25321 will
deputise on the locos booked solo trips. The DPS deltics are expected to
arrive on Thursday. A revised timetable is
Photos of the Kent and East Sussex Diesel day are
here and a further gallery is
Recent photos of
33048 D1010 and
D1015 and an archive shot of
Photos and details for 47596 added
Unfortunately 37240 will not be ready in time to be rostered at this
weekends Llangollen gala and 20142 is still in Kent so trains this weekend
will be covered by 25313, 46010 and 47449 (plus the DMU). Although it is still
possible the 37 will make an appearance at some point. A revised timetable is
20227 is reported to be on its way from the CTRL to Rolvenden to take part in
the Kent & East Sussex Railways' diesel day on Sunday. Trains will be hauled
by the 20, 33052 as well as the DMU and others. A timetable is
45112 today returned light engine from Eastleigh to Derby.
Photos of the loco passing Reading West are
Recent photo of
A new,innovative idea for a railtour this summer is 'The Curry
Train' which involves a circular evening tour around South Yorkshire and the
East Midlands with on board catering revolving around a traditional indian
theme! The venture is being organised by Fragonset, Merlin Rail and the DPS
with motive power for the three trips is provisionally 55009/19 and 45112.
Further details are on the DPS
Recent photos of
Photos and details of 20168 added
37240 was started at Llangollen yesterday. Photos are
here. The diesel group have a few jobs still to carry out on the loco and
are hopeful of the loco being ready for next weekends gala.
33111 was lifted for attention to the traction motors over the weekend of
8/9 March - two overhauled traction motors were fitted and two motors were
removed for overhaul. Some photos of the work are
45112 today worked light engine with 47709
from Derby to Eastleigh but arrived too late to continue on with the stored
73's to Meldon Quarry. The 47 returned north light engine leaving the Peak at Eastleigh.
Photos of last weekends various galas;
Bodmin & Wenford Railway
Colne Valley Railway
A few photos from the Mid Norfolk Railway
Additional photos of
Due to the non-availability of advertised 47303 - 47200 and
47309 will now take part in this weekends Mid Norfolk
45112 finally made it to Tyseley this afternoon with its convoy
of stored 47's. The peak then returned to Derby and on Monday it is booked to
move some newly Fragonset purchased 73's to Meldon Quarry for further storage.
47596 is expected to move by road from Tyseley to the Mid Norfolk Railway in
the next few weeks.
Other news from Tyseley is that the inspection of 50050's oil and coolant
has revealed that the cylinder liner seals have remained intact following last
weeks start up. This is good news for 'Fearless' and work will now continue on
getting the loco to mainline standard once again.
33012 will be in action this weekend at the Swanage Railway members day -
services are open to non-members. Details
Additional photo of
HNRL's 37254 has been sold to preservation and the loco has
been delivered to a private restoration site near
Folkestone, Kent. Photo and details are
The Colne Valley Railway have
confirmed that 31270 has passed its test run and will be making its
preservation debut at the lines Diesel Gala Day this coming Sunday (23rd).
Further details and a timetable here
D1015 was moved from Barton Hill to Old Oak Common in the consist of a booked
EWS service yesterday. The next outing for the loco is June 7th to
It has been confirmed that the West Somerset Railways 117 DMU set has been
battered back into life so it will be covering its own diagram on the WSR this
45112's continued attempts to move four stored 47's from Crewe to
Tyseley have not been very successful! The convoy had got as far as Stafford
last night before problems forced a recess there. Included in the four is the
SF47 Groups' 47596.
Recent photos of D9551
A photo of D9537 ready to leave the GWR is
here. There was talk of one of the
GWR 14's going for display at a Swindon museum but at present it is unclear
where the loco is going....
The prototype Deltic is currently having some work done, the loco is outside
the NRM having asbestos removed from the electrical cubicle and collector drum
45112 is out today - It is currently (11am) running light to Crewe and
is booked to haul some stored locos to Tyseley.
A few photos of a rare passenger outing for the WSR's 25173 are
here. There is a possibility
that the DMU diagram will again be engine and coaches on both days next
weekend. The loco will either be the 25 or 33. More details when known.
Details for further planned tours for D345 are on July 12 a tour originating
in Birmingham will be hauled by a 56 to Liverpool thence Blackburn - Settle &
Carlisle - Preston - Crewe for the 56 back to Birmingham and on September 6
starting at Crewe - Man Vic - Wakefield - Lincoln - Peterborough - Kings Cross
- Doncaster - Wakefield and back to Crewe. Both subject to confirmation etc.
Recent photos of 47105
50050 was successfully started at Tyseley on Wednesday. Photos
are here and
here. The locos continued restoration
depends on the liner seals remaining intact, if these fail it is likely the
loco will be stored pending engine overhaul. More details as well as a
statement on the current 9016 situation is
A couple of photos of the ongoing investigation into D7018's engine failure
are here and
here. At this stage it is still thought a
dropped valve caused the failure but it has been ascertained that the crank is
Photos of the western railtour yesterday are
Recent photos of
9016 remains at Doncaster and it would appear that the reason
for it missing the return trip of the VSOE (and the Steam Dreams tour today)
is the alleged condition of the locos brake blocks. An exam has taken place at
Doncaster TMD and the loco is expected to return south to Hornsey later next
09004 was moved from the Lavender Line to the Spa Valley Railway on Wednesday
and 73140 is expected to follow in the next couple of weeks.
Photos from the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway during Cheltenham
Gold Cup week can be seen
here. Further news from the GWR is that the loop at Gotherington is out of
use at present meaning that the 1340 diesel diagram leaves at 1230 and only
runs between Toddington and Winchcombe during March.
A timetable for the first of this months diesel days at the Kent & East Sussex
Railway on the 23rd is
Trains will only be running between Tenterden and Rolvenden although it is
hoped that the full length of the line will be available on the 30th.
Very late info is that 25173 will work the WSR DMU turn tomorrow (Sunday);
1025 & 1435 ex Bishops Lydeard and 1215 & 1600 ex Minehead. This is due to the
failure of the 117 unit.
A recent photo of 55016 added
and archive shots of D9521
9016 is currently being hauled from York to
Doncaster where the loco will undergo an inspection and is then expected to
move light engine to Hornsey shortly afterwards. The loco will not however be
able to haul the 'ECS' of the Steam Dreams tour from Alton to Waterloo and
back - its place being taken by a Fragonset 47.
33109 has been delivered to the LNWR workshops at Crewe where it will undergo
a full bogie overhaul. The loco remains the property of the Mid Hants Railway
and will return to the railway upon completion of the work.
A photo of 9016 working yesterdays VSOE is
here. Sadly it is reported that
the loco suffered a brake fault after arrival at York and was unable to
work the return leg of the train. The loco is currently at York NRM.
D1015 was hauled from Old Oak to Barton Hill yesterday via a freight service to Didcot and from there a light engine with 2 class 67's. The Western is in
place to work Saturdays tour to Meldon Quarry.
The Brush Type 4 Fund have reached agreement with the
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway for 47376 to be based on the line. The
loco will first visit the MOD site at Ashchurch to enable a power unit swap
with 47295 to take place. Full details are
Times for D1015/46035 on Saturday are
33109 was today noted heading north on a road trailer. The loco
has been out of service on the Mid Hants for two years with wheelset defects.
Is this another Fragonset acquisition....?
After working Wednesdays VSOE from Victoria to York and back
9016 will run light engine on Friday from Hornsey to Alton to be in position
for working the Steam Dreams ECS from Alton to Waterloo and return later that
day. The Deltic will also shadow the tour. 9016 will return to Hornsey on
A recent photo of NSE liveried 33035 under repair at Barrow Hill is
Peak Rail have announced details of a Diesel
Gala on 19/20 April. The weekend will feature a rare run out for D8 which has
seen little passenger use recently. Along with some resident shunters the gala
will also feature Fragonsets 73107 which is currently stored at Old Oak
Common. Details are
More details of the diesel day at the
Colne Valley Railway on 23rd March
are now available. Repairs to 31270 are expected to be completed in time and
the loco will be hauling its first passenger train for well over 10 years.
31255 and the lines two class 03 shunters will also be in action. A timetable
The second of the Diesel Days at the
Kent & East Sussex Railway on
March 30th is hoped to feature 20227 which will have completed its work on the
nearby CTRL. Subject to availability the type one will feature alongside the
lines resident diesels.
D9539 had the honour of hauling the
first diesel hauled passenger train over the GWR's new extension to Cheltenham
Racecourse. A photo is here. 47105
will be hauling private charter trains to the racecourse next week from
Toddington, the first race specials since 16 - 18 March 1976 when the trains were
handled by, amongst others, D1028 37188 and 47152! The extension will be fully opened to
passengers during April.
The DPS tour to Fort William on April 12 has had to be cancelled because of
planned engineering works near Carstairs.
Further to the last update it has been established that 37201 will not be
going to the East Lancs as the line is, unsurprisingly, at its full capacity
73141 has been sold to Network Rail and is expected to leave the Battlefield
20142 will soon be leaving the CTRL and heading for home at Llangollen,
hopefully in time for the lines Diesel Gala on 29/30 March
A couple of photos of a rare outing for D9504 along the CTRL in January are
here, the class 14 was deputising
for a class 20
Photos and details for 47524 added
Times for 9016's forthcoming outings can be found in the 'news'
37201 has reportedly been sold by
HNRL for preservation. The loco is currently at Barrow Hill and the ELR has
been mentioned as its new home...
Recent photos of D9526 and
Archive photos of 26007