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28/12/03

47105 will work the 1600 Toddington - Cheltenham and return on Thursday - new years day.
Photos of the shunters of the Gwili Railway are here and here

Archive photos of D9504 24054 and D1015

22/12/03

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 here and here

Archive views of 25265 31463 47117 D1013 D1048 55009 55015 55022 added

19/12/03

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 at Carnforth.
Reported on End of the Line is the sale by EWS of 37263 into private hands. The 37 is currently stored at Eastleigh.

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 bookings.
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 here and
here

16/12/03

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 here
Recent photo of 44008 added

12/12/03

Times for next weeks class 50 hauled dining charters and associated stock moves are here
Archive photos of 24032 and D5705 added

10/12/03

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 33048 33208 added and more photos of 45112 on Saturday are here

7/12/03

Photos of 45112 working the Pathfinder tour on Saturday are here here here and here
Recent photos of 40135 45135 50031 D1041 added plus archive views of 25278 D5705 and D821

5/12/03

Times for tomorrows Pathfinder tour with 45112 are here and a revised timetable for the GWR Xmas gala is here

2/12/03

This Saturdays Pathfinder tour from Worcester to Canterbury due to be hauled by 50031 & 50049 has been postponed until April because of low bookings.

1/12/03

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 here and here. Photos of the class 50 tour are here here and here

A recent photo of 40135 added

27/11/03

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 here
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 here
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 47376

24/11/03

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 here
Photo and details for 37211 added

18/11/03

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 here
D9016 will haul a Clacton to York tour on 29th November. Details are here
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 here

Recent photo of 50027 added

16/11/03

Photos from a successful gala at the Lakeside and Haverthwaite Railway can be seen here
Recent photo of 40013 added

14/11/03

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 time.

13/11/03

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 here
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 here
Additional photos from the ELR last weekend are here and here

12/11/03

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 here

Recent photo of 33110 added

8/11/03

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 here.

5/11/03

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 here
Recent photos of 25283 33048 and D1010 added

1/11/03

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 here
Loco restoration updates..
20007 -
The bodywork 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.

73005 - 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 commence.

31/10/03

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 here and here

Recent photo of 20110 added plus an archive shot of 33052

27/10/03

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 here
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 here
Photos of the Diesel Gala at the GWR are here
Recent photo of 50049 added plus archive shots of D8568 D8568 D7029 50017 50029 50030 and 55019

22/10/03

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 here

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 here
Additional photos of 20227 50002 and 50049 added

18/10/03

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 here
The timetable and loco roster for the additional 'Diesel Day' at the GCRN this Saturday can be found here
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 here

Help required :- Please email me if you know of two serviceable window wiper motors for a Class 50 that are available for purchase.
recent photos of 33201 33201 and 55016 added

13/10/03

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 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 here
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 D9525 added

12/10/03

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 place.
Photos of the Llangollen Diesel gala are here
Recent photos of D9525 33063 and 45125 added

9/10/03

The loco roster for this weekends Llangollen Gala can now be seen here. A photo of a newly repainted 37240 is here
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 website
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 here
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 are here

More photos of the SVR gala are here here and here

8/10/03

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 here

More photos added to the Severn Valley gala gallery

6/10/03

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 here
The 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 destination.

Photos of the SVR diesel gala are here
Recent photo of 31203 added

3/10/03

37901 arrived at the Llangollen Railway yesterday having been transported by road from the MOD site at Ashchurch. Photos are here and here
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. Times here
Timetables for next weekends Llangollen Gala are here although the loco diagrams are still awaited.

1/10/03

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

29/9/03

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 here
Recent photos of D1041 and D9016 added plus an archive shot of 50002

25/9/03

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 month.
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 here

The Midland Railway Centre are also having a diesel gala this coming weekend with 25321 31271 45041 and 37190 in action.

24/9/03

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!

23/9/03

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 here
Recent photos of D9504 31108 and D7017 added

22/9/03

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 here and here
A small gallery from Sundays gala at Chinnor is here
Additional photos of D9500 20098 31463 37142 50031 50042 D1010 & DELTIC added

21/9/03

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 here
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 here
Photos from the Great Central Gala are here and another gallery can be seen here

17/9/03

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

16/9/03

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 of weeks.
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 event.
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 photos here here and here

14/9/03

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 here

Photos from East Lancs Diesel Gala are here
Photos and details for 31421 added as well as additional recent photos of 40013 and 40122

10/9/03

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 here
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 here
Photos of 50031 deputising for a steam loco today are here and here

Additional photos of 40145 and 45112 added

9/9/03

19.45...
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 here

A photo 45112 hauling the Network Rail HST today is here

09.00...
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 here

Times for the York NRM - Barrow Hill movement of D200, D8000, D6700 and Deltic hauled by 55019 on Friday are here
Recent photos of 25235 25262 and 33108 added

8/9/03

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' Diesel Gala 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 here
Further photos added to the Capital Whistler Gallery

A draught timetable is now available for the planned 33201 charter at the GCR next month
A Freightliner Class 47 has been added to the bill of this weekends ELR Diesel Gala
An archive photo of 55019 added

6/9/03

Photos of a blue 40145 today are here
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

3/9/03

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 here
A photo of 37142 after arrival at Bodmin is here
Times for the 40145 railtour this Saturday are here

2/9/03

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 here

Recent photos of 20205 and 45133 added

1/9/03

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 here
Times for the D1015 railtour later this month are here
Recent photos of 20154 40135 D1010 and 73134 plus archive shots of 50031 and 55009

28/8/03

A photo of D9016 wearing her new colours is here and further views are here and here
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. Details are here
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

26/8/03

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 31162 33048 and 55015 added plus an archive shot of 45112

25/8/03

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 33108 and 73003 added

22/8/03

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 D1015 added

21/8/03

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 Chasewater Railway. 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. Details here (follow the operating info link)
31101 will be working all services on the Battlefield line this Saturday. A timetable is here

20/8/03

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 here
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 simon@caledonianrailway.co.uk
A thankyou message on behalf of the organisers of the recent Spa Valley Diesel Gala;
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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 here

Recent photos of 27059 37097 40013 50049 and D1015 added

18/8/03

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 gallery is here
A small gallery of D1015's railtour last weekend is here

Recent photos of D9526 20169 20214 26001 26001 26001 D7017 50023 50031 D1013 & D1062 added

8/8/03

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 20118 25059 27007 37097 as well as an archive shot of 33052 added

5/8/03

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 here

Times for D1015's run to Penzance this Saturday are here

4/8/03

The West Somerset Railways Swindon 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 here
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 here
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 gala....
Recent photos of D9526 37254 50007 50035 50035 D1015 added

31/7/03

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 here
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.
The 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 date.
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 here - follow the operating info link.
Meanwhile over the MML at Loughborough the visiting motive power for the GCR 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 here

Recent photos of 33012 33012 33052 37075 37254 40135 D1010 D1010 and 55016 added plus an archive shot of D9525

30/7/03

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 as yesterday.

28/7/03

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 and 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

26/7/03

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 here
Times for the railtour involving D1015 on Sunday are here
A recent photo of 33048 is here

24/7/03

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 here
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.
Due 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 timetable is here
Additional photos of 37075 37075 and 45112 added

23/7/03

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 here

A gallery for the GCRN gala has been added here

20/7/03

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 here

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 here and here
Recent photos of 37240 added here and here

17/7/03

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 55009 added

16/7/03

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 here
Recent photos of 26038 and D7017 added

13/7/03

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 and 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 here

12/7/03

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

11/7/03

Photos from today at the GWR are here

10/7/03

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 and 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 forthcoming gala. 50007 is expected to arrive next week.
Photos of 50031's ECS work yesterday are here and here
A few photos from the GWR Diesel Week are here. More to follow....
Recent photo of 55009 and archive photos of 25322 40135 added
Times for 40145 are here and times for the Pathfinder 50 tour are here

8/7/03

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 direction..

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 same day.
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 were found.
Photos of the East Lancs Gala can be found here

Recent photos of 25262 and 73134 added

6/7/03

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 here
Recent photos of 25278 25321 33201 37190 37190 45041 45112 added

4/7/03

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'.

3/7/03

47376 was successfully started at Toddington yesterday evening. The engine was run for nearly an hour with no problems. Photos are here and here
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 here and here
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 here and recent photos of this loco will be most welcome!
Provisional timetables and further details of the GCRN gala later this month are here

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

1/7/03

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 here
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; mark.jones28@ntlworld.com

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.

30/6/03

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 is here
Photos from the North Norfolk Gala are here and a further gallery is here
Photos and details for 47503 added
Recent photos of 31463 33208 40013 44004 50002 and 55016 added

29/6/03

46035 had problems with its newly installed TPWS equipment yesterday and the railtour to Penzance was hauled by an EWS 47 from Bristol Temple Meads.
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.
F
our 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 here

Recent photos of 24054 and 31467 added

27/6/03

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 there yesterday.
45112 ran to Tyseley today and tomorrow morning will haul the diesel leg of a Vintage Trains 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 here
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 here

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 here

26/06/03

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 Preservation Project.
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 weekend. Timetable here
Times for Saturdays Pathfinder railtour using 46035 are here

24/6/03

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 here
The Brush Type 4 Funds 47376 arrived at The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway yesterday. Photos here & here
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 (28th)
Timetable & loco roster have been published for this weekends gala at the Midland Railway Centre - details are here

23/6/03

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 found here

Recent photos of D832 40145 and 50030 added

20/6/03

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 here
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 restoration.
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 with 45112.
Recent photo of 47105 added

18/6/03

Further to Sundays news on 37901 - photos of the start up are here here and here. 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 morning.
45112 worked an ECS move from Derby to Cambridge yesterday and returned to Derby with a similar load this afternoon.

17/6/03

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 here
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 here
Archive photos of 24032 40122 40145 45105 45132 and 45133 added

15/6/03

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 at Colchester 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 33111 40106 40106 44008 D1010 and 55019 added as well as archive shots of D9529 20069 25035 40145 44004 45118 45135 D1041 D1048 55019

13/6/03

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 move.
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 here
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 here

11/6/03

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 Willesden TMD
A recent photo of 55019 added as well as archive shots of 20031 25265 27001 33117 D7076 D821 45125 45135 D1010

10/6/03

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 here and here

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 here here and here

A few photos of the shunters at Peak Rail are here
Recent photos of 33110 and D1010 added as well as archive shots of D9525 24032 45125 47105 D1010

8/6/03

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 here

A gallery page for the DPS railtour yesterday is here

7/6/03

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 here here and here
Recent photos of D1010 and D1010 added

6/6/03

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 timetables are here

5/6/03

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 engine moves.
Times for this weekends Deltic railtour and associated stock moves can be found here
A recent photo of 20096 and an archive shot of D9504 added

3/6/03

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 check here

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 here

Recent photos of 25059 33102 33102 33102 added and archive photos of D9504 D9525 20110 25309 31162 40122  D821 45112 45133 D1041 added

1/6/03

D5054 returned to service on Saturday working the ELR diesel diagram. The loco now sports BR Green livery. Photos are here and here
Recent photos of 37119 40135 45112 47524 50021 50023 D1013 D1013 D1013 added

30/5/03

9016 will not be working the Steam Dreams stock working from Alton to Waterloo tomorrow - 47488 has been dispatched from Derby for this working.
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

29/5/03

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 here
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 33056

26/5/03

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 and here
The first event organised under the PLEG banner took place on Sunday. Photos are here
Recent photos of 25265 37075 45125 47117 added

24/5/03

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.

22/5/03

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 here

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 here
Recent photos of 33201 33201 37142 40145 73140 and archive shots of D9523 D9529 55022 added

19/5/03

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 here
Photos of D9009 & 45112 on railtour duty are here here and here
More photos added the the Mid Hants gallery another gallery can be seen here

Archive photos of 25244 33052 added and recent photos of 20110 25262 26007 50023 added

17/5/03

D9009 is today working a railtour from Ashford to Newcastle and back. A photo of yesterdays light engine move is here
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 here

Two recent photos of 31438 are here and here

16/5/03

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 here
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 here
Recent photos of 40135 D1015 & D1015 added as well as archive shots of D9504 and D1062

15/5/03

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

14/5/03

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 here

It has been confirmed that D9537 has left Toddington and has been moved to a private Lincolnshire site for restoration.
Recent photos of 33048 33048 33110 50031 added
Archive photos of D9525 20050 20050 25262 D7017 D1023 and 55022 added

13/5/03

2100
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

1300
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...

12/5/03

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 loco
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 here

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 47224.
Photos of the gala weekend at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway are here

Photos and details for 31119 and 31144 added
Recent photos of 24054 and 33117 added

9/5/03

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 D9529 added

8/5/03

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 here

Photo and details for 37201 added
Recent photos of 45112 73119 and 73140 added
Archive photos of D9525 D9529 and 33052 added

7/5/03

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 - photos here here and here
Network Rail owned 73141 has left the Battlefield Line and is now at the Fragonset works at Derby.
Photo and details for 33056 added

6/5/03

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 gallery

A few photos of the Caledonian Railway 'Sulzerfest' are here here and here
Recent photos of 20059 and 20177 added

5/5/03

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 here

Photos of D1015's outing today are here here here here here and here
A few photos of the Bo'ness gala are here
Recent photos of 25185 and 73138 added
Archive photos of D9529 20188 33052 added

3/5/03

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 here
Archive photos of 20142 25313 26004 26004 26004 27001 27001 45133 47449 47449 D1013 D1023 added
Recent photos of 20001 33108 33201 47401 added

1/5/03

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 intervals.
Times for D1015's North Wales outing next Monday are here

30/4/03

DNLL have announced three more dates in May for 9016 hauling the Steam Dreams ECS from Alton to London. Details are on the DNLL website
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 here
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 here

Recent photos of 25262 33102 33110 40013 40145 45133 45133 added plus an archive shot of D9529

29/4/03

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 here. 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.

27/4/03

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 here.
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 here here and 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 here
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 here and here

A few photos from the 31 day at Chinnor have been added to the 31163 page
Recent photos of 33201 45015 45015 45015 50002 plus an archive photo of D9504 added
Photo and details of 37227 73119 and 73138 added

25/4/03

The NVR orange timetable 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.

24/4/03

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 Gala next month

23/4/03

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 here
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 option..
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 here

Details and a timetable for the 'Sulzerfest' gala on 4/5 May at the Caledonian Railway are here. The event will see a debut in BR blue for 27024.
Archive photos of 25185 55009 55009 added

22/4/03

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 here

Additional photos added to the Peak Rail gallery and another gallery can be seen here
Recent photos of 25185 25185 25185 25262 25262 and 55019 added

19/4/03

Photos from today at Peak Rail are here

18/4/03

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. Details are here
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.

16/4/03

45112 worked a inspection saloon yesterday from Tyseley to Sheffield and Butterley
More photos added to the NYMR gallery

Recent photo of 20227 added

14/4/03

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 here
Additional photos of D9526 and 33048 added

13/4/03

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 here and here
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 and here
A 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 40145 40145 50029 50030 added

11/4/03

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 Wednesday.
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 accepted.
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 45041 46035 added

9/4/03

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 44004 46035 50027 D1041 55009 added

8/4/03

The timetables for this weekends NYMR diesel gala have been published on NYMR Diesel; Friday Saturday & Sunday. D345 and the Riley 37's arrived at Grosmont yesterday light engine from Bury.
Mini galleries for the Midland Railway Centre and Dean Forest Railway added
Recent photo of 37254 added

6/4/03

The East Somerset Railway gala was marred by the derailment of 37798 on Saturday whilst running round. Photos are here and here. Further photos from the ESR are here here and here.
Two photos of the event at the Dean Forest Railway are here and here
A small gallery of the D345 railtour yesterday is here
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 orange timetable
The diesel running days at the GCRN now have locos allocated to them. Go to the 'Operating Info' section here
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 date.
Archive photos of 20056 25173 25283 26001 26038 50044 D1010 D1010 D1010 D1015 D1023 added

5/4/03

Two photos of todays D345 railtour are here and here

4/4/03

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 here

3/4/03

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. Details are here

Additional archive photos of 25191 25235 27059 46010 added

2/4/03

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 26/27.
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 Llandudno.
Times for D345 on Saturday are here

1/4/03

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 website
A timetable and proposed loco roster for this weekends debut diesel gala at the East Somerset Railway is here
A new website for GCRN based 25279 is here - the site also has full details of planned diesel working for 2003 at Ruddington - click the operating info link
Recent photos of 25313 25313 31438 31438 46035 added

31/3/03

9016 underwent its annual safety exam at Doncaster today and is now certified for mainline use into 2004. Photos are here and here. The loco unfortunately will not be able to work the VSOE trip on April 7th - more details here
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 here
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 here
Photos of the Kent and East Sussex Diesel day are here and a further gallery is here
Recent photos of 33048 D1010 and D1015 and an archive shot of 25278 added
Photos and details for 47596 added

28/3/03

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 here
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 here

45112 today returned light engine from Eastleigh to Derby. Photos of the loco passing Reading West are here and here
Recent photo of 33117 added

26/3/03

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 website
Recent photos of 25067 33012 33035 37119 37254 added
Photos and details of 20168 added

24/3/03

37240 was started at Llangollen yesterday. Photos are here here and 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 here here and here

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 are here here here and here
Additional photos of 37207 37207 40135 40145 added

22/3/03

Due to the non-availability of advertised 47303 - 47200 and 47309 will now take part in this weekends Mid Norfolk Diesel Gala

21/3/03

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 here

Additional photo of 55016 added

20/3/03

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 here
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 Penzance.
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 coming weekend
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 D9551 40135 40135 added

18/3/03

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 areas.
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 here and 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 47105 and D1015 added

16/3/03

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 here
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 still serviceable
Photos of the western railtour yesterday are here here here here and here

Recent photos of D9518 and 47105 added

15/3/03

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 week.
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 here. 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 D9521 33117 40122 50002 50015 added

13/3/03

21:20
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.

06:00
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.

12/3/03

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 here
Times for D1015/46035 on Saturday are here

10/3/03

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 Monday.
A recent photo of NSE liveried 33035 under repair at Barrow Hill is here

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 here

8/3/03

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 is here
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 for locos.
73141 has been sold to Network Rail and is expected to leave the Battlefield Railway shortly.
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 & here, the class 14 was deputising for a class 20
Photos and details for 47524 added

3/3/03

Times for 9016's forthcoming outings can be found in the 'news' section here
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 46035 added
Archive photos of 26007 33052 33052 D7076 832 45108 50015 D1041 added

28/2/03

A timetable for the forthcoming English Electric day at the East Lancs is here
Photo and details for 31203 added.

26/2/03

47524 is due to be moved by road from Crewe to Tyseley this evening and will join the new owners other locomotive - 37264 - in Birmingham for restoration work.
The remedial work being undertaken on 50050 is progressing and an attempt to start the locomotive is to be made shortly, however a short term loan of a battery charger has proved insufficient and the team are looking for a charger capable of safely providing 10 amps on a long duration charge that they could use for a week or so. If anyone has this equipment available - please email me and I will forward on the details.
The Class 47 Locomotive Group are still on the lookout for new members - details here
A photo of 46035's last outing is here

25/2/03

33019 has been noted heading south from Bo'ness by road. The loco is headed for the Fragonset workshops at Derby.

24/2/03

Photos from a successful Diesel Day at the Lavender Line on Sunday are here. Another set of photos have been posted here
Current photos of 25235 and 31327 added and archive views of 20031 25059 33108 33117 33208 45060 added

21/2/03

Various sources report the preservation of 37217 37358 47540 73119 and 73138. The 73's are seemingly headed for Barrow Hill with 73138 arriving there on Wednesday. The 37's are reportedly going to the embryonic Eden Valley Railway - 37217 is currently stored at Ayr with 37358 (formerly 37091) at Immingham. Further information is required as to the future of 47540.
Two photos of the continuing work on the SDDT's 25262 are here and here. The 25 is on course to take part in the South Devon Railways diesel gala on 10/11 May along with 20166 and 33110 from the Bodmin & Wenford plus the home fleet of 20110, 20118 and 04, D2246. More details will be posted here in due course.
A reminder of the Lavender Lines diesel day this Sunday (23rd) featuring 73140, 09004 and 03037 working passenger services and brakevan rides. The first train is at 11am.
The 1340 departure from Toddington on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway will be hauled by a diesel loco on the following dates;

Sat 15th March - 47105
Sun 16th March - 37324
Sat 22nd March - D8137
Sun 23rd March - D8137
Sat 29th March - 24081
Sun 30th March - 24081
The railways extension to Cheltenham Racecourse opens to passengers during April extending the line another 3.5 miles from Gotherington and bringing the total length of the line to 10 miles.
Archive photos of 31123 D821 47105 50031 50035 50044 D1013 D1013 added
18/2/03

Recent photos of 31163 added here and here. The loco is due to take part in the Diesel Gala at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway on 23rd March. Other locos taking part are 'Clayton' D8568 and former celebrity shunter 08011 (13018). More details are on the railways website
More details of a chance to get the rare diesel shunters of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in the book are here

17/2/03

More information on the Trainspotters Ball IV at the Mid Hants; The preserved traction will be 31271 33201 and 40135 and the planned visiting EWS traction will be 31466 and 37175 from Old Oak as well as a class 56. Freightliner have been asked to provide 47224 which will also take part in the 'Solent Sulzers' railtour to Salisbury with 46035 on the Saturday night. Tickets are £30 and the phone number for booking is 01962 733810. Please state which end of the train is preferred.
Recent photos of 24032 24061 25191 33034 50002  added
Archive photos of 25067 25265 44004 46035 50015 50035 50044 D1013 D1062

16/2/03

D9009 and 55019 are currently at Banbury having worked down from Barrow Hill on Saturday morning and will be again used by Network Rail for high speed track testing between Banbury and Tackley. The Deltics will return north early Monday morning.
20188 was moved to the Swanage Railway at Norden on Thursday. The locos work on the CTRL is now finished having suffered engine bearing problems which Heritage Traction Engineering, assisted by the 71A group, will now attend to.
A few photos of the ongoing overhaul of D1062 at Bridgnorth are here here here and here
The gallery for the Hydraulic Day at East Lancs has been updated to include more submitted views.
Recent photos of D9526 47295 and 47402 added

15/2/03

47295 was transported by road from Loughborough to Ashchurch on Thursday for secure storage. The loco was purchased minus bogies and is now the property of the Brush Type 4 Fund. The 47 will surrender its power unit to 47376, although by retaining vacuum brakes and original buffer beams the loco is a good candidate for full restoration. Photos are here and more details will be posted to the Brush Type 4 Fund website

12/2/03

The running days for 37075 (see below) have been postponed, this is due to the B1 steam loco being out of service. There are hopes of a public run for the loco during March. Further information form Ruddington is that the proposed move for 31101 from the Battlefield Line is still at an early planning stage with all parties yet to agree a long term deal  for the loco to be based there.
A few more photos from the ELR Hydraulic Day last Saturday are here here and here
A recent photo of 31327 continuing to 'run-in' at Bo'ness is here
Archive photos of D9500 D9524 20096 25262 31018 31018 D7017 D7017 40013 40122 40145 45060 45060 45060 50044 55002 55002 55019  added

10/2/03

37075 has two days of running at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre over the weekend on 22/23 Feb. The 37 will be top & tailing trains for the day with the B1 steam loco. More details will be available closer to the date.
The DEPG's Sentinel shunter celebrated its 39th Birthday at the weekend with a run from Williton to Crowcombe. A photo is here
Photos and details of 37255 added
Photos of Hydraulic Day at the East Lancs are here

6/2/03

47367 left Crewe yesterday by road and is expected to arrive at the North Norfolk Railway over the weekend.
The Llangollen Diesel Group have successfully completed a bogie swap on the railways 37, 37240. A set of photos of todays work is here
DNLL have announced a contract with VSOE, for further details on this and news on 50050 see the website
Photo and details of 47376 added
Archive photos of D9502 D9551 20188 20227 25283 25322 27007 27007 27059 31162 33102 D7076 44008 45105 45135 47417 50007 50008 50021 50031 50044 D1010 D1062 55015 added

5/2/03

47524 has been purchased from EWS via tender for preservation. A home for this dual heat, dual braked standard loco is being sought. The loco was withdrawn in 1996 and is currently stored at Crewe.
D1015 returned to Old Oak Common today via the 0730 van train from Barton Hill. The Western was hauled dead as the consist and had been in Bristol since Saturday night because the return leg of the Royal Duchy railtour was terminated at Temple Meads due to industrial action by EWS staff.
37264 has now completed a deal which has seen it leave the custodianship of DNLL with immediate effect, via mutual agreement. The loco will remain at Tyseley Loco Works for the foreseeable future to continue its restoration. Works which are in progress are : preparations to lift out the power unit to enable the generator to be overhauled, due to its long period of storage - whilst the power unit is removed a full engine room repaint will be undertaken. Major cab rebuild at the no.2 end is in progress and will run concurrently with body work repairs. A recent photo of 264 is here
DNLL have also stated a wish to concentrate on the three Deltics and 50050 - which is currently undergoing an exam, 50017 will also leave the DNLL operating agreement.
31101 is currently undergoing UAT and axlebox exams and subject to satisfactory findings will be moved by road from Shackerstone to Ruddington where it will be based for two years - the mainline connection enabling the loco to visit future galas and open days.
A photo of D1015 on Saturday is here

3/2/03

The timetable for next Saturdays Hydraulic Day at the East Lancs is now on the Bury Diesel Groups website. Locos in action are D7076 D832 D1041 plus 45135 which will top and tail a set of coaches to provide train heat as the Hymeks boiler is not currently operational. D832 will be steam heating the other rake.
Archive photos of 27005 31101 33117 D7029 44004 45112 45112 45112 46035 47117 47402 D1041 D1041 added

1/2/03

A few photos of D1015 at Reading this morning are here here and here
Photos and details of 47367 added
Aditional archive photos of 25067 27007 and 33012 added
Shunter Bashers may be interested in the following;
Everyone, I am looking at organising a special event at the Isle of White Steam Railway.  The event will be the use of the Class 03 shunter (D2059/03059) on a return trip over the whole line, and the use of the Class 05 (D2554/05001) on brake van rides within the station area.  The Class 05 will probably be on brake van rides as it is not train brake fitted.  In contrast to the other events that I have organised this one may require advance purchase of tickets or the train being chartered, therefore I am keen to get a feel for how much interest there would be in such an event.  I would imagine tickets would be in the £10 region and would also provide freedom of the line for the day on the railway's steam services.  If this is of serious interest to yourself, please would you be good enough to e-mail me on my address below so that I can see if it is worth progressing this any further.  Many thanks for your time, and to Tim for posting this message on his web-site.
i.loveday@btopenworld.com

30/1/03

The DPS tour planned to go to Oban on April 12th will now go to Fort William providing the second visit of a Deltic to the West Highland town - 55019 made it on a Land Cruise tour in March 2000.
Times for the D1015 railtour on Saturday are here
Archive photos of 25235 26004 26024 27001 27005 27050 31018 31101 40135 D821 D821 45108 47117 D1013 D1041 D1048 added

28/1/03

A recent decision by EWS concerning all trains it operates using non-TPWS fitted traction will see some of the EWS crewed, diesel hauled railtours restricted to a maximum of 75mph as of April 1st. Locos affected are the Fifty Fund/Class 50 Society 50’s, D1015 and D345 as well as LNWR’s 46035. There are plans to fit both the 40 and 46 with TPWS in the near future and the Fifty Alliance intend to have to 50’s equipped by the end of the year when the ruling will apply to all operators.
The CTRL depot at Beechbrook Farm has started to be decommissioned now construction work in the area is almost complete. The Class 14’s and 20’s are not currently at the site and it is assumed that these locos will start to return to the respective ‘homes’ in the near future.
45133 has been invited to spend the summer at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. The loco is currently having its air tanks re-certified and a move by rail will depend on the satisfactory completion of this work. 40145 has been requested for the NYMR gala in April along with Rileys 37038 and 37197. It is thought 2 EWS class 37's have also been requested.
Restoration work on 37240 continues at Llangollen with the broken camshaft having now been replaced and work now concentrating on replacing some liner seals - the loco will be ready for firing up soon and along with a bogie change will see the loco hopefully ready for the March diesel gala at the railway, two photos are here and here.

Additional photos of 20031 20188 25035 25059 25309 27056 31101 40013 40145 45118 45149 46035 46035 50008 50017 D1048 D1062 D1062 55022 added

26/1/03

47596 has been purchased for preservation - the former 47255 - and later named 'Aldeburgh Festival' whilst a Stratford based engine is currently stored at Crewe and was taken out of service almost four years ago.
46045 is seeing more winter use since the re-instatement of its steam boiler - two photos are here and here

23/1/03

Thanks to everyone who mailed me about the location of 26043 - It has been established that the loco was stabled at Ayr.
Additional photos of D9551 D8233 20098 25262 25283 27059 40012 40012 D821 50031 D1015 D1062 D1062 55009 & 55015 added

22/1/03

Two diesels galas for the diary are coming up from less well known railways; on the 23rd February the Lavender Line are operating 73140 plus 09004 and possibly 03037 - the first train will be at 11.00. On the 23rd March there will be a diesel day at the Colne Valley Railway featuring 31255, 31270 and the lines two 03 shunters. Both of these events are subject to the usual provisos of loco availability - check with the railway before travelling.
Additional photos of D9500 D9525 D9525 25059 25083 25083 25279 26014 26035 27024 31271 33201 D7076 37119 37190 40012 40012 46035 47401 50007 50027 50031 50033 50044 50044 D1013 D1062 D1062 73003 73141 added

21/1/03

33019 has been sold to Fragonset after all and will leave Bo'ness for Derby by road within the next 10 days.

19/1/03

A few photos of the Sulzer Day at the East Lancs are here here and here
I have been sent some photos of the work being carried out on the Cotswold Mainline Diesel Groups' 26043 and 45149 - click here for a mini gallery. Then click here for a geography question.
Additional photo of 50031 added

16/1/03

37255 was delivered to Quorn on the Great Central Railway yesterday and today was moved to the locoshed at Loughborough. The Fragonset owned loco will be in the care of the Type 1 Loco Company for restoration and subsequent operation.
The DEPG have announced the comeback date for the overhauled D9526. The loco will haul a special four coach train from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead and back on April 12th. The train will also convey a buffet. Departure time will be 11.35 from BL and tickets are £10. 33048 will also be working the DMU diagram that day.
Anyone interested in helping financially or otherwise with the restoration of D5705 can contact The Bury Hydraulic Group on this email link m_r_ward@hotmail.com. The unique Co-Bo loco has not been started since the mid-seventies when the engine was withdrawn from BR departmental use although a spare Crossley engine has been obtained recently and is a big step forward for the group involved with the restoration.
Additional photos of D9513 D9518 D9520 D9531 D9539 D9555 25321 40135 D821 D832 45108 45108 47192 47192 50008 50008 50015 50031 50031 D1062

15/1/03

40013 was unloaded yesterday at Barrow Hill having moved by road from the Midland Railway Centre on Monday evening. Restoration work is expected to begin once again soon.

14/1/03

The East Somerset Railway is to host a Diesel Weekend on April 5/6 although no 'preserved' power will be in attendance as the steam only railway have arranged for locos from Mendip Rail, Fragonset and EWS to attend. Classes 08, 31 and possibly 37 are confirmed to haul services with other locos on display. More details will be posted on the website in due course.
31421 was today moved from Crewe to Carnforth in the consist of a EWS freight train.

13/1/03

The DPS website reports that Tulyar will not be able to make the journey from Swanwick to Doncaster due to the loco not being fit to travel because of the ongoing overhaul. There are also details of the two other locos visiting the MRC later this year.
A new website has been launched recently to cover details of the diesels based at the West Somerset Railway.
Additional photos of 25173 and D821 added

12/1/03

The Wabtec works at Doncaster is to hold an open weekend on 26/27 July and the centrepiece is the planned gathering of the six surviving production Deltics. Every effort is being made to see this happen with the biggest challenge being Tulyar which is currently undergoing overhaul at the Midland Railway Centre.
Additional photos of D9500 D9531 20031 20031 27059 27059 D7017 D7076 40012 40135 40145 D821 D821 45112 45133 50002 50002 50017 50031 50031 50031 D1010 D1013 D1023 D1062 D1062 added

8/1/03

The Mid Norfolk Railway have announced details of their Diesel Gala, the event will be over the weekend of 23/24 March and will feature the lines resident motive power and a Freightliner 47 - the requested loco being 47303. More details will be available closer to the date.
Additional photos of D9524 24054 25283 D7017 D7076 D1013 55022 added

6/1/03

A new site for the Diesel Traction Group is here and another worth a visit is this ever growing site
Some photos of 73140 are here here and here
Additional photos of 24054 27005 27059 40013 40145 45108 D1013 D1062 55016 added

3/1/03

The Strathspey Railways 27050 was successfully started yesterday at Bo'ness where the loco is undergoing overhaul, although much work remains to be done on the bodywork before the loco can enter traffic. More details are here
Details of the ELR's Sulzer theme day on the 19th January are now on the Bury Diesel Group website. The railway hope to add 46035 as well as Riveria Trains 47853 and hopefully one or two 47's from Freightliner to the lines serviceable Sulzer fleet, currently comprising of 33117 and 45135.
Additional photos of 40012 40106 40122 50044 D1013 55016 55019 55022

2/1/03

The report of 33019 now being in the property of Fragonset was premature. I have since had an enquiry from the current owner asking me to clarify when he sold it!! The loco remains in the care of the SRPS.
Two photos of D9009's outing last weekend are here and here
Additional photos of D7076 D1013 and 55015 added

1/1/03

Additional photos of D8233 24054 24081 D1013 D1041 D1048 D1062 55015 55016 added

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