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29/12/05

Carnforth bound 37152 was tripped to Mossend from Motherwell last night and added to the consist of 6M76 Mossend - Bescot. The 37 was detached at Warrington to be hauled to Carnforth at a later date.
Galleries of the GWR Xmas Gala and yesterdays DPS Railtour added
Recent photos of 31414 33065 50019 50042 D1048 added

23/12/05

The restoration of unique class 15, D8233 has taken a big step forward with the news that the loco has been purchased from the Waterman Heritage Trust by a re-launched Class 15 Preservation Society, the deal also includes a number of spares acquired by the WHT. The loco will be moving to a new home early in the new year. More details are here. A recent photo is here
Bo'ness based D9524 has been put up for sale by the SRPS. More details on the SRPS Diesel website
Times for the DPS railtour on December 28 are here
Recent photos of 25283 and 37263 added

19/12/05

D9504 has recently left the Nene Valley Railway to return to work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the Swanscombe area where it joins D9529 also employed on overhead wiring trains.
Recent photos of 31207 and 73140 added along with archive shots of D9504 24081 26004 27005 55019

17/12/05

A timetable and loco roster for the annual Xmas Diesel Gala at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway on December 27th is here
Recent photos of 31430 and D1015 added along with archive views of 45133 45133 45135 46035 and 47117

14/12/05

45112 was returned to Derby from Leicester by 47145 on Monday following its failure on a railtour the previous weekend.
Recent photos of 25067 26011 33035 40013 40145 45112 & 73003 added
Archive photos of 20050 20118 20189 24032 24032 D7076 D821 50015 D1023 D1041 D1048 & 55019 added

9/12/05

33021 has been put up for sale by its owner who is looking to obtain £25k for the former mainline registered loco which is currently stored at Derby since its withdrawl by Fragonset in December 2003. The loco last worked at the 2004 Mid Hants Diesel Gala where it suffered mechanical problems. Offers of interest should be sent to tracy.learATtesco.net [NOTE spamtrap - replace AT with @]
D1010 is undergoing repairs to its 'B' end transmission which has kept the loco out of traffic since the end of 2004. Photos are here here and here
20059 is slowly taking shape at Tyseley where the loco is undergoing restoration. Photos here and here
Recent photos of 45112 50031 50049 and D1015 added

6/12/05

50031 and 50049 are booked to return light engine to Old Oak Common from Cardiff today.
Photos of last Fridays D1015 railtour added along with some photos of Sundays Rhymney Loco Hauled Event
Recent photos of 33102 37131 44008 45112 45118 added

4/12/05

45112 failed at Leicester today whilst working Heritage Train Tours charter to Exeter. The loco had twice shut down en-route from Lincoln due to an AVR (voltage regulator) fault which re-occurred upon leaving Leciester and after the train was hauled back into the station by 31454 it was terminated. 45112 is currently at Leicester awaiting recovery to Derby.
73136 has run to Eastleigh for weekend infrastructure duties with GBRf
Photo and details for 56040 added
Archive photos for 24054 25191 25235 25309 25321 added

3/12/05

56040 has been purchased from EWS for preservation by the Class 56 Group. The loco is currently stored at Immingham and will ultimately be based at the Mid Norfolk Railway. More details are here
Archive views of 37190 40122 40135 40145 D1013 55009 73128 added

2/12/05

Recent photos of 50031 D1015 73136 added
Archive photos of 25262 26024 31018 40012 45149 added

1/12/05

50031 and 50049 have today run light from Old Oak to Cardiff Canton ready to take part in Sundays ATW Rhymney Diesel Day
Recent photos of D9553 33116 37099 37099 37219 73128 73140 added
Archive photos of D9502 25191 27059 40106 45125 47192 D1015 55019 55022 added

29/11/05

20188 has been started at Swanage following protracted engine repairs, the 20 last ran during its work on the CTRL in 2003 and now requires attention to an electrical fault before entering service. Photo is here
40145 ran light engine from Bury to Barrow Hill yesterday where the loco will have modifications to allow its continued use on the mainline.
37242 which was recently removed from the website after it was sold to HNRC is to be scrapped. The stripped loco is being prepared for removal from Barrow Hill to Booths in Rotherham
Photos of the D1015 railtour on Saturday are here
Photos of the Swanage Railway Diesel Day are here

24/11/05

31123 has left Toddington for Booths Scrapyard in Rotherham where the further component recovery will take place before the loco is cut up. The former D5541 will become the eighth mainline locomotive previously listed as preserved on this website to be scrapped. A photo is here
Recent photos of 27056 31289 31463 and 45125 added along with archive views of 20020 24061 27050 and 50031

23/11/05

45112 ran light from Farnham to Derby yesterday. The locos next outing is expected to be a tour from Lincoln to Exeter on December 3rd, details of which are here
73136 has seen further mainline work this week hired to GBRf working overnight engineers trains off Hoo Junction.
The 2006 'Royal Scots Grey' calendar is now available. A cover scan is here. The Calendar is A3 landscape sized and made from the usual high quality materials - locos featured are 9, 16, 8. 19. 4, 10, 21, 15 and of course 22. To order please send a cheque for £12.00 payable to Beaver Sports Ltd together with your name and address to Beaver Sports Ltd., Flint Street, Fartown, Huddersfield, HD1 6LG. Alternatively to order by telephone call Freephone 08000-524242. All proceeds go towards the restoration and operation of 55022
The diagrams for the Rhymney Diesel Day on December 4th are here. These feature amended loco diagrams.
Additional photos added the NLR gala gallery
Recent photos of 45112 45133 and 55022 added

20/11/05

73136 has again been hired to haul engineering trains, the preserved ED worked off Hoo Junction and spent the weekend in the Raynes Park area. The loco also now has its own website
45112 worked south from Barrow Hill on Saturday but due to late running the train terminated short at Farnham where the Peak is currently stabled at the SWT EMU sheds.
A timetable and loco roster for next Sundays diesel day at the Swanage railway is here Both 33's will also be in action on the Saturday on one diagram with steam operating the other.
Photos from the Northampton & Lamport Railway Diesel Gala are here
Recent photos of 31414 and 33117 added

17/11/05

55019 today hauled 55009 and 45112 from the National Railway Museum at York to Barrow Hill. 45112 is now in position to work a railtour to Alton on Saturday.
20189 has left the Weardale Railway and is now located at the Wabtec Works in Doncaster for repairs.
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends diesel gala at the Northampton & Lamport Railway is here

16/11/05

37905 has been successfully purchased for preservation by BRE Ltd. The locomotive is currently at Booths scrapyard in Rotherham awaiting transportation to its new home.
Recent photos of 31289 31438 31438 37263 50030 D1062 56098 along with archive shots 44004

15/11/05

56057 has been sold to Cotswold Rail and is removed from the listings on this site. The Grid is expected to leave Wansford shortly.
Permanent way work on the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire has been continuing in a northerly direction and ED 73129 became the first loco over the impressive Stanway Viaduct on the 11th. Photos here here and here
Additional photos added to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite gala gallery
Recent photos of 31018 73114 added along with archive photos of 20118 40135 and 55022

14/11/05

73136 was hired for use on engineering work from Hoo Junction over the weekend working a long welded rail train to Nunhead
20007 was started for the first time in two years at the weekend as part of the locos ongoing restoration which has seen the cab and bodywork overhauled. The lines ED 73110 is undergoing a repaint in the Electric blue
47596 made its first moves under its own power at Tyseley last week.
GC based 73003 has been withdrawn for bodywork overhaul and is expected to move to the carriage shed at Rothley shortly.
Photos from the weekends events at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway East Lancs Railway and the National Railway Museum added
Recent photos of 31108 33057 and 45133 added

11/11/05

The Pennine Deltic Railtour which was to have been 55022's comeback railtour has been postponed to June 24th as work on the loco will not be finished in time for the original January 28 date.
The Eden Belle railtour with D1015 on December 3rd has been cancelled due to lack of bookings. The loco itself returned light engine to Old Oak Common from Kidderminster on Wednesday.
Times for a railtour involving 45112 on November 19 are here and revised times for its December 3 outing are here
Recent photos of 20110 25283 31123 31162 33116 33116 33116 37037 37219 37264 37264 40145 40145 45112 45125 47105 47376 50044 added along with archive views of 25283 and 55019

9/11/05

Nene Valley Railway based 56057 has been put up for sale by its owner. The loco is in full working order and for further details please contact Neil Boden : boden56057ATaol.com [NOTE spamtrap - replace AT with @]

8/11/05

An appeal has been launched to raise money to purchase 37905 for preservation. The loco is one of two Ruston engined class 37's with 37906 being the other. The loco has been found to be substantially complete and missing parts can be sourced. Contact details here
Remedial work has now started on 25283 at Lydney and the loco was started for the first time in a number of years last Friday.
40145 ran light from Edge Hill to Bury today following its weekend railtour outing. The move ran via Crewe to collect Rivieras 47575 which will spend a loan period at the East Lancs.
Photos of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway diesel gala are here
An amended timetable for this Saturdays Sulzer day at the East Lancs is here
Recent photos of 31101 31130 33116 37025 and 47205 added

7/11/05

Photos of the Class 40 Railtour are here and the South Devon Railway here

5/11/05

A former LUL owned 4-TC, last used on the 'Steam on the Met' specials, has been purchased privately for preservation and is to ultimately based on the Swanage Railway for use with 33108. Due to space constraints at the railway the unit will initially be stored at Dinton, near Salisbury, with on coach having already left Ruislip.
Times for the D1015 railtours on 2nd December & 3rd December added
Times for the 45112 railtour on 3rd December added
Photos and details for 73210 and 73211 added
Recent photos of D9526 31162 31162 31162 33048 33116 47367 47768 50002 50031 50044 56003 73128 added
Archive photos of 25283 27059 40106 D1013 D1013 D1013 and D1062 added

3/11/05

55019 will haul 55002 to the National Railway Museum on November 9th where both locos will take part in the museums Diesel Event on November 12-13. Following the event 55019 will haul D9009 back to Barrow Hill and 55002 will remain at the museum for static display. Other locomotives attending the event will be 45112 87001 plus two HST power cars in yet unseen (for a while?) liveries, this alongside the NRM's own locos 20050 31018 37350 47798 and D1023. Passenger shuttles are likely to be operated by the 08,20,31 and 45112.
45112 is reported to be the traction for a Barrow Hill to Alton (MHR) leg of a Cathedrals Express outing on November 19th, the Peak is working vice 71000 Duke of Gloucester.
The Dean Forest Railway have finally received clearance to run passenger trains to Parkend. Some DMU services will operate to the terminus at Christmas before all trains will run there in the 2006 season.
Times for the D1015 railtour on November 26 are here
A timetable for the ELR Sulzer day on November 12 is here
Recent photos depicting the bodywork restoration of 37032 at Weybourne are here here and here

2/11/05

56098 was delivered to the Northampton & Lamport Railway from Immingham yesterday and will be on display at the forthcoming diesel gala on 19/20 November. The loco is reported to be relatively complete and a return to working order should follow soon. Photo and details are here
Photos of the continuing work on 25279 at Ruddington are here and here. The loco is now nearing the end of an extensive bodywork overhaul and will be re-united with its cab in the coming weeks. The owners other loco - 47765 - has been moved to Ruddington for examination and attention will be required to the power unit and radiators. Various missing components have also been sourced and work will commence when work on 25279 is complete.
The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway are holding a diesel gala on November 12&13 and trains are planned to run from Haverthwaite on the hour, every hour utilising 26001 & 20214 as well as the lines shunters and DMU.
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway have moved the planned Diesel Open Days at Wirksworth from December 3/4 to January 14/15 to avoid clashing with other events.
A class 33 will operate alongside a steam loco at the Swanage Railway on November 26 - operating six round trips. The following day will be the lines annual diesel day which will see both 33012 & 33108 in action along with a DMU and subject to the completion of engine repairs 20188 may make an appearance.
24081 has been repaired at Toddington and will now take part in this weekends GWR gala. An amended timetable is here
Recent photo of 56097 added

1/11/05

73136 returned to the mainline with a successful test run last Wednesday, the ED worked from Stewarts Lane to Eastleigh in the company of two GBRf 73's and returned hauling stored 73210 and 73211 which are now privately owned (see below). A photo is here. 73136 is now expected to make its next appearance (with a GBRf ED) on the CFPS mini tour around London as part of the Capital Crusader railtour next Saturday. Times for this are here
73210 has been acquired for preservation from Porterbrook and will be restored to working order using parts from engineless 73211 which will be retained for now as a spares donor.
37219 was unloaded at the Chasewater Railway on Saturday following its road move from Eastleigh. Photos and details are here
47524 has left Tyseley for the Churnet Valley Railway where the loco will be restored to working order by Staffordshire Type 4 Ltd - the group responsible for the resurrection of 47192.
45112 moved from Derby to York NRM last Monday and as part of the return working 47709 hauled 45133 to Derby before continuing on to Butterley the following day.
37242 has been removed from the listings on this site as a result of HNRC taking over the overhaul of the locomotive at Barrow Hill.
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends GWR Diesel Gala is here
Photos of the recent 47640 charter at Shackerstone are here
Recent photos of 25173 31289 37214 45112 47716 73006 and 73134 added

22/10/05

The Renown Repulse Restoration Group are producing a 2006 Calendar to raise funds towards the ongoing restoration of 50029 and 50030 at Peak Rail. The calendar is A3, produced in full colour and features every class 50 still in existence. Scans here here here and here. The cost of each calendar is £5 plus £2 p&p (discounts are available for bulk orders). Please email AndrewmcowardATaol.com for details on how to purchase. [NOTE spam trap - replace AT with @]
Recent photos of 31123 33116 45112 47117 50031 50049 56003 73128 73128 added along with an archive view of D1010

20/10/05

45133 and 47798 left the North Yorkshire Moors Railway yesterday behind Ian Rileys Standard 2-6-0 76079 and both locos were taken to the NRM at York. 45133 will continue its journey to Butterley next week behind an FM Rail loco.
47768 is in the process of being repainted into BR two tone green at Barry.
Timetables for this weekend mixed traction gala at the West Somerset Railway are here
Sadly the 2006 Mid Hants Diesel gala has been cancelled
Additional photos added to the Severn Valley and Barrow Hill galleries
Photos and details for 37131 added

15/10/05

The West Somerset Railway have their 'Grand Trains Extravaganza' this coming weekend with D9526, 25173 33048 in action from the diesel fleet. More details can be found here
A loco roster for this Saturdays diesel day at the Dean Forest Railway is here. 73101, 27103, 08238 & D9555 are rostered, as is 3-car CIG 1499, to work 5 return shuttles (Lydney-Norchard LL) with 73101 (3 runs) and 27103 (2 runs) but not push-pull just yet.
GNER are helping the DPS celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the introduction of DP1 DELTIC by naming HST power car 43120 'DELTIC 50 1955-2005' at a short ceremony at Kings Cross on October 24th. More details on the DPS website
A gallery of the 31418 engine swap earlier this month is here
Photos of the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala are here and the Barrow Hill gala here
Photos of last weekends Railcar Gala at Butterley is here and a forum to comment on the event is here
Recent photos of 31162 31207 37097 37324 55002 and 56003 added

13/10/05

37131 has left Wigan CRDC and been transported by road to Peak Rail.
The visiting FM Rail locos for this weekends Severn Valley gala are 31452 31602 and 33103 which are expected to arrive with 45112 today. D1015 arrives in a separate move from Old Oak this evening.
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth are holding a Diesel Open Day on December 3rd and 4th with 31414 and 37075 working trains on both the Ravenstor and Gorsey Bank sections of the line.

11/10/05

The NRM's 'Cab-it' Diesel/Electric Event on November 12 & 13 will feature three Deltics namely 55002 and 55019 joining D9009 already on site, also visiting will be 45112 and FM Rails 47715. 31018 and 20050 will be among the locos hauling passenger trains on the short demonstration line. Also of note is a debate on the future of diesel preservation on Saturday afternoon where visitors will be invited to ask questions and voice their opinions on the subject. The BBC's Northern Transport Correspondent Alan Whitehouse will chair the hour-long debate starting at 2pm in the NRM's Station Hall. The public will have the opportunity both to submit questions in advance for discussion by the NRM's expert panel and to take part themselves in the live event on the day.
A recent photo of 26010 is here. A full restoration plan for the loco has now been finalised. More details will be released nearer the time of its intended move away from the Northampton & Lamport Railway. A website for the loco is here
45112 ran light from York to Derby yesterday in preparation for its appearance at the Severn Valley gala next weekend.
45118 will be working a charter on the Northampton & Lamport Railway on October 30th. Details on how to book are here
33008 has arrived at Brush Traction for repairs to its generator. Photo and details for the loco are here
Recent photo of 27056 added

10/10/05

33008 is to move to the Brush works at Loughborough for repairs to its generator prior to re-location to a preserved railway on completion of the work
A1A's 31418 received the power unit from 31421 at Swanwick last week with the 'scrap' unit from 31418 being used for spares. 31418's 'new' engine will be overhauled along with the loco itself during next year. The future of 31421 has yet to be decided.
Additional photos added to the Llangollen gala gallery where 37901 made its debut hauling passenger train yesterday.
Times for the railtour involving 50031 & 50049 next weekend are here
Photos from the Kent & East Sussex Railway Diesel Gala are here
Photo and details for 33053 added
Recent photo of 20119 33208 37414 47117 50042 & D1048 added

8/10/05

37901 was successfully started at Llangollen yesterday evening and if no major problems come to light the 'Slug' will make its preservation debut over the weekend.
47768 has been delivered to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway from Wigan. Photo and details here
37414 has departed Wigan CRDC and is heading to its new home on the cash strapped Weardale Railway.
33008 is currently located at a road hauliers yard in Warwickshire prior to re-location to its restoration base.
The Chasewater Railway have a mixed traction gala on October 15/16 which will see 73128 in use on services
47640 will be working a charter at the Battlefield Railway on October 28. The loco will work ten trips of the line with the first train departing at 0945 and the all day fare will be £15. More details here
Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming Severn Valley Railway & South Devon Railway diesel galas added
Archive photos of D832 and 50031 added

6/10/05

37214 returned to Carnforth on Tuesday following its summer visit to the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway, haulage was provided by 47854.
33008 has left the MOD base at Smalmstown and has gone to an unknown location for restoration including repairs to the main generator.
The Class 37 Locomotive Group now have the option of donating to the restoration of the groups locos via paypal - click the logo on the website
Additional photos added to the D9531 overhaul gallery
A gallery for the Llangollen diesel week is here
Recent photos of 37207 and 50029 added

5/10/05

The Mirlees power unit from 37903, which is currently at Crewe awaiting scrapping, has been installed into 37901 at Llangollen and the diesel group are working flat out the have the loco running for this weekend of the gala week. A photo is here
The Churnet Valley Railway have taken delivery of 4-VEP unit 3822. It is expected to enter service shortly and is an obvious companion for 33102 and 73110.
Additional photos added to the Battlefield gallery
Recent photos of 37264 45112 50029 D1015 D1015 D1015 added along with an archive view of 27059

4/10/05

The DPS are to run a railtour on December 28 entiltled The Fusilier Farewell. The tour will start at Derby picking up at Chesterfield , Sheffield and York and will travel over the Pennines to Manchester via Copy Pit. The fare will be a very reasonable £29 with 55019 providing the haulage - most likely to be the last mainline outing for the loco for some time as it is expected that 55009 will return to mainline action in its place next year. More details are on the DPS website
The final line-up for this months Severn Valley Railway gala will be 50044, D1013, 73005/6 with visiting preserved traction to be 45112 and D1015. FM Rail are expected to provide a class 33 and 2x class 31's.
Additional photos added to this gallery and a gallery added for last weekends class 50 railtour
Recent photo of 47105 added

30/9/05

Times for tomorrows railtour involving 50031 & 50049 are here

29/9/05

37219 has been secured for preservation from the latest EWS tender list and will be heading to the Chasewater Railway where it will be restored to working order. The 37 is currently stored at Eastleigh.
47768 (or 47490/D1725 if you prefer) will be heading to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway following its purchase from HNRC. The locomotive is currently at Wigan CRDC and requires attention to the generator before restoration into two-tone green both of which will be undertaken at the railways workshops
The MR-Butterley are holding a DMU gala on October 8/9 featuring a number of visiting DMU's. Details here
The proposed railtour for 45112 on December 3rd will now be destined for Exeter and not Cardiff as previously advertised. Details here
20154 has returned to the Churnet Valley Railway following its summer visits to Bury and Crewe.
Galleries for the GWR Battlefield ACORP galas added as well as photos for the D1015 and Class 50 railtours
Recent photos of 20048 31166 37142 37142 40106 40135 47117 and 56057 added

28/9/05

The latest DVD offering by Visions International is Carry On Clagging - the high quality footage, which dates from the mid 90's to the present year, features many of the countries preserved locos darkening the skies during diesel events plus one or two recognisable faces in the leading coach of a few of the trains! Recommended.

27/9/05

A timetable and loco roster for the Llangollen Diesel Week is here. The Diesel Group are still hopeful that 37901 will make an appearance over the second weekend.

23/9/05

56097 was started for the first time in preservation at Ruddington on Wednesday, no major problems were encountered and once a few small mechanical issues are attended to, work will commence on the external restoration of the loco.
The itinerary for the 'second comeback' of 55022 Royal Scots Grey has been announced and will be a tour from Liverpool to Carlisle via York on 28th January. Bookings can be made using this form which will ensure a seat near the front of the train and will also raise additional funds towards the renovation and operation of 55022.
45112 hauled D1023 73138 and electrics 84001 & 89001 from Crewe to Norwich yesterday for display at the ACORP event. Photo here. 55019 will be hauled east today in a convoy from Crewe that calls in at Derby before collecting the Deltic. Details of the ACORP loco hauled trains are here
The Northampton & Lamport Railway are holding a diesel weekend on 19 & 20 November, services will start at 11am on both days and traction will be drawn from the operational home fleet of PWM651, 08359, 27056, 45118, 47205, W55001+W51400 & Sir Giles Isham.
Times for tomorrows class 50 hauled railtour are here
Locomotive diagrams for the Churnet Valley Railway Mixed Traction gala this weekend are here
Loco diagrams have now been added the the Battlefield Gala timetable
Recent photo of D1015 and archive photos of 33116 and D1010 added

20/9/05

33057 was delivered to Bishops Lydeard by road last Friday and was unloaded over the weekend. Photos and details are here
Bodmin based 37142 has been outshopped in BR blue and has undergone a successful test run and will be appearing at the railways diesel gala this weekend. A photo is here
47769, which has been based at the East Lancs Railway for the last two years, has moved to Barrow Hill where the Riviera Trains owned loco will undergo work to return it to the main line. A photo of the move is here
The DPS's 55019 will also be on display at this weekends ACORP Rail event in Norwich along with D1023, 45112 & 73138. Loco hauled trains will be in use on the local shuttles between Norwich - Lowestoft/Yarmouth with the current plan being that a FM Rail 31 & 33 will work the trains on Saturday with 2x HNRC 20's and a Cotswold Rail 47 working on the Sunday. More details are here
A timetable for this weekends Battlefield Line Diesel Gala is here. Locos are to be confirmed but it is expected to have 31130, 33019, 47640 and a repainted 73114 available to work trains.
45112 is the advertised traction for a Newark to Cardiff railtour via the Midland Mainline, Reading and Bath on December 3rd. More details are here
Additional highlighted photos added to the Nene Valley and Great Central gala galleries
Recent photos of D9539 20098 20214 20214 33048 50029 73114 added

19/9/05

40145 was called upon to replace a failed 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' on Saturday when the unique Pacific failed at Stalybridge on a Pathfinder charter from Liverpool to York. An EWS engine worked the train to its destination before 40145 ran light from Bury to York to haul the return working back to Liverpool. Photos here and here
Galleries of the weekends galas at the Nene Valley and Great Central added

15/9/05

The GCR will be running drive-a-diesel on Friday 16th September as part of their diesel gala involving D8048 + D8098 running between Loughborough & Rothley with two places available on each trip - cost is £30 on a first come first serve basis. Trips start around 10am and will run as required until 5pm.
The various preserved diesels displayed at the weekends Crewe Works event have returned to their respective homes with the exception of 45112, D1023 and 73138 which remain on site. The Peak and the Western are expected to attend an ACORP sponsored event at Norwich on September 24/25. Details are here
Timetable and loco rosters for the GWR Diesel Gala on September 24/25 are here
45118 will be operating a charter at the Northampton & Lamport Railway on October 30. More details are here
Additional photos added to the Crewe Works gallery and photos for the DPS members day added
Recent photos of 25173 D7018 50031 D1015 55019 56097 56097 56097 added
Archive photos of 40012 40106 50042 55015 & 55016 added

12/9/05

The DPS held a members open day at Barrow Hill yesterday where 55019 was rededicated by representatives of the Royal Highland Fusilier regiment and the NRM's 55002 was unveiled in BR blue. Photos can be seen on the DPS website. The website also carries the unfortunate news that the proposed DPS railtour to York & Leeds on October 1st has been cancelled as has the tour planned for December 29.
56057 has had the repairs to its electrical problems completed and will be taking part in this weekends Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala
A restored 37142 is expected to make its debut at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Gala on September 24/25. It is also expected to be 50042's last runs in large logo livery as the loco will be taken out of traffic next year for repairs and a repaint into standard blue. More details are here
The West Somerset Railways 'Grand Trains Extravaganza' on 22 & 23 October will see four steam and two diesels in use on both days. Diesels expected to take part are D9526, 25173, 33048 and D7017.
Photos from the Crewe Works Open Weekend are here
Photos from the recent Diesel Gala at Butterley are here
Recent photos of 25035 27024 27024 37240 & 47117 added

10/9/05

4472 Flying Scotsman hauled 45112 and D1023 from York to Crewe Works yesterday for display at the open weekend
A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Day on September 17th is here
Times for D1015's trip to Fishguard on the 24th are here
Recent photos of 31271 50007 50042 D1015 D1015 added
Archive photos of 20118 31271 31271 D7018 40135 45041 added

9/9/05

37152 was successfully tendered for from EWS during the summer and it is planned to shortly move the loco from Motherwell to Carnforth for restoration. It will retain its Intercity livery. Photo and details are here
31108 and 45041 have moved from Butterley to Crewe Works for the open weekend - haulage was provided by 47826.
Photo and details for 20228 added. A photo of it in its Gallic guise is here
Recent photos of D1015 D1015 D1015 and 73129 added

8/9/05

31123, which has been out of use at the GWR for a number of years, has been purchased by A1A Locomotives as a source of spares for the groups own locos and also to assist in the re-build of 31418. The loco will be stripped of most of the useful parts at Toddington over the next few weeks before being removed to a scrap dealer for further stripping and eventual scrapping. A recent photo of the loco is here
Crewe Works moves :- 40145 took D5054 and D832 from Bury & 73138 was transferred from Barrow Hill along with the AC electrics. Also due to move is D5705 which will go by road and whilst on site will be lifted as part of its ongoing restoration.
The Spa Valley Railway are holding a Mixed Traction Gala on 17/18 September which sees all the mainline diesels working - a timetable/loco roster is here
47376 will be re-named “Freightliner 1995” on Saturday 24 September 2005. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 1210pm at Toddington during the Saturday of the GWR’s diesel gala. The loco is currently undergoing a repaint into Freightliner Triple Grey livery.
The Growler Groups AGM is at Toddington on the 26th November which will see both 37215 and 37324 in action. Details here
Photos of last weekends galas at Bo'ness and the East Lancs added

7/9/05

Timetables and loco rosters for the Great Central Railway Diesel Gala are here
40145 hauled 20154, 33117, 45135 and 47402 from Bury to Crewe Works for display at the open weekend. The 40 returned light to Bury and will haul another convoy over today.
A gallery of Saturdays 33063 naming ceremony is here
Recent photos of 20048 31271 31410 37097 50019 73129 73129 added

6/9/05

20228 was delivered to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway at Barry Island yesterday after its long drawn out move over the channel from France. The loco is operational but requires remedial work which will be carried out at Plymouth Road shed. A photo is here
A gallery for the weekends D1015 railtour is here

1/9/05

Details and loco rosters for this weekends East Lancs Diesel Gala are here
Times for the 'Western Heights' Railtour with D1015 this weekend are here
Recent photo of 31166 added

31/8/05

A timetable and loco roster for the Bo'ness Gala is here
D9521 is out at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway this weekend running a shuttle service between Barry Island and the Waterfront in conjunction with the annual Barry Waterfront Festival. The service will operate at 30 minute intervals and will be top and tailed with steam traction.
Additional photos of the Whistling Scotsman railtour added
Recent photos of 31203 31235 33109 37037 50050 73129 along with archive photos of D9526 D7017 37240 40145

29/8/05

37037 was named 'Loch Treig' at Buckfastleigh yesterday - a name allocated to the loco but never carried during its days as an Eastfield loco. Photos here and here
08443, 26024, 27001 and 47643 will be operating at next weekends Bo'ness Gala 3&4 September. There will be an hourly service with the Beerex's on the Saturday night. Some trains will be worked push/pull with the 303 unit and a Type 2 providing power.
33063 will be named 'RJ Mitchell' in a ceremony at Tunbridge Wells West this Saturday and both the SELG's 33's will be working services all day. A timetable is here
Details for the forthcoming Nene Valley Railway three day diesel gala on September 16-18 can be found here
More photos added to the Whistling Scotsman gallery
Recent photos of D9526 24081 37190 50027 D1015 73136 73136 added

27/8/05

Outline details for the forthcoming 'Diesel Week' at the Llangollen Railway from October 1st to 9th have been announced. Locos featured include D3265, ‘Davy', D8142, 25313, 37240, 46010, D1566 and if engine repairs are completed in time, 37901. Also in action is the railways extensive DMU fleet including the visiting ‘Wickham' single car. There is also the possibility of a guest engine but this is not yet confirmed. More details are here
37037 will work the 1502 Buckfastleigh to Totnes, 1548 Totnes to Buckfastleigh, 1715 Buckfastleigh to Totnes and 1800 Totnes to Buckfastleigh following its naming ceremony tomorrow at 1430. The 37 will also work the SDR diesel diagram all next week - the 1715 ex Buckfastleigh and 1800 ex Totnes.
Photos of the progress of the Whistling Scotsman railtour are here
Recent photo of D1015 added along with photos and details of 37414

26/8/05

37414 has been purchased from EWS for preservation and restoration by BRE Ltd, owners of 37198 & 37275. The locos home will be announced in the next few weeks and delivery is expected shortly after, work will then start immediately to return the loco to full working order with most of the missing mechanical parts having been already sourced.
73136 has been restored to mainline standard at Stewarts Lane, the loco was passed for 90mph running during an inspection on the 15th and may return to the mainline shortly. The ED has been outshopped in early BR blue as E6043 and named 'Perserverance'. A photo is here
56097 left the Brush works at Loughborough this morning and made the short journey to Ruddington where the locos restoration will continue. The Grid had received, amongst other things, a reconditioned power unit and replacement bogies whilst at the workshops.
D1015 has been given another tour by Pathfinder with a High Wycombe to York trip on 26 November. Details here
Archive photo of 20137 added

25/8/05

Previously privately owned 56045 and 56124 have been sold for commercial re-use and therefore have been removed from the listings on this site.
50049 will not be working the diesel sections of Citadel Express this Saturday as the loco requires repairs.
The Wensleydale Railway loco roster has been updated to reflect the fact that 37003 is currently out of service.
Some photos depicting the engine work on 20087 at Bury are here here here and here
Recent photos of 31108 31166 31271 37255 and D1015 added along with an archive view of D7017

22/8/05

The DDS's 37037 will be named in a short ceremony at Buckfastleigh this coming Sunday.
More photos showing the work to replace the defective 'A' engine turbo base on D1015 are here here and here
An appeal for a particular photo of D9000 is here
A photo charter is being arranged at the KWVR utilising 37214 with a provisional date of Friday September 16th. Interested parties should email :- HMPS@btinternet.com
Recent photos of 31108 31108 33048 33048 D7029 37003 45118 45133 47205 47376 50044 56057 56057 added along with archive views of 25173 25173 and 33048

19/8/05

The final class 33 of the five made available by HNRC earlier in the year has been sold and will be moving to the West Somerset Railway - 33057 is expected to arrive at Williton at the end of the month and is to be used as a source of spares for 33048.
The overhaul of 55022 at Barrow Hill is progressing well with one outer side of the loco already re-skinned. Photos can be seen on the Royal Scots Grey website
D1015 has seen attention over recent weeks in preparation for its two upcoming railtours - work carried out at Old Oak Common has seen the faulty turbo base on A engine replaced along with a cylinder head on B engine. Photos here here and here. It is planned for the loco to run light to Barton Hill next week in readiness for the Dartmouth Arrow tour and remain in Bristol to work the Western Heights tour
Photo and details for 47765 added along with photos of the D7029 move - here here and here

17/8/05

D7029 arrived at Kidderminster yesterday after a road journey from Old Oak Common. It is hoped to return the Hymek to working order in a short timescale considering the dismantled state of the locomotive.
The owner of 56057 would like to apologise for the non appearance of the Grid at the Nene Valley last weekend, this was due to an electrical fault, repairs were effected for the afternoon but when the loco took power the same fault re-occured. The loco is currently undergoing an extensive fault finding exercise..
E6047 (73140) makes its debut on the Spa Valleys Real Ale Train this Saturday (20th). Tickets for three round trips are £5. More details are here
Recent photo of 37275 added

16/8/05

HNRC owned 20904 has arrived at Bury from Kingmoor and joins 20901 at the railway for a loan period.
56045 has moved from Immingham to the Brush Works at Loughborough for attention. There are unconfirmed reports that this loco has been sold on for commercial re-use.
Ticket sales for the next DPS railtour from Kings Cross to York on October 1st are now on sale and a booking form can be downloaded from the DPS website
The Waverley Route Heritage Association, owners of 26010, are to hold an open day at Whitrope Heritage Centre on Sunday 21st August, 10am to 5pm. Visitors will be able to see the progress made to reopen this section of railway. More details are here
Additional photos added to the Spa Valley gala gallery
Recent photos of 20087 24081 26038 33048 37215 37215 50027 50027 56003 added along with an archive shot of 55016

11/8/05

The DPS has begun an interim repaint of the NRM's 55002 as part of the agreement with the museum to make the loco look more presentable, no mechanical work will be undertaken at this point. Work is also continuing well with the replating work on 55015, the loco is now virtually stripped to the framework ready to receive new steel. Photos can be seen on the DPS website
A charter has been organised using 47244 (47640) on Friday October 28th at the Battlefield Railway. More details here

9/8/05

47205 will make its solo debut at the Northampton & Lamport Railway on Sunday 21 August with the first departure from Pitsford at 1100. Please contact the NLR on 01604 820327 between 1300 & 1700 weekday afternoons to confirm its availability.
To coincide with the Heritage Shunter Trust/Peak Rail diesel gala on the weekend of 17/18-September-2005, PLEG has also contacted the Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway to request that ex-BR Chesterton Junction diesel shunter 85049 (R/H393325) is rostered for passenger trains on Sunday the 18 th and The Steeple Grange Light Railway to request that ex-BR Horwich Works diesel shunter ZM32 is rostered for passenger trains on the same day. More details on the PLEG website
Photos from the weekends Spa Valley gala are here and a few photos of 50031/49 on a foot-ex are here
Recent photos of 47376 and 56003 56003 56003 added along with archive views of 33111 and 33111
Additional photos added to the June SDR gala gallery

7/8/05

The DTG's D7029 is due to leave Old Oak Common in the next few weeks for the Severn Valley Railway where the restoration of the loco will continue, the first job being to refit the overhauled cab. When complete the Hymek will be outshopped in BR blue. A photo is here
An agreement has been reached for 31119 to visit the East Lancs Railway for 'running in' following its mechanical restoration at a site in Newton Heath. The loco retains 'dutch' livery at present as its future livery has yet to be decided.
37142 is nearing completion of its restoration at Bodmin with most mechanical work now complete and the loco is now undergoing a repaint into blue. The former Laira based 37 will make its debut at the lines diesel gala on September 24/25. A photo is here
D8020 may not be working on Monday at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. Please call 01506 822298 (Booking Office) Sunday afternoon or Monday morning to check if intending to travel. If the 20 is unavailable either 26024 or 27001 will deputise.
Times for the Citadel Express Railtour involving 50049 on 27 August are here
Recent photo of 33012 50044 added

3/8/05

47765 left Wigan CRDC on Monday and has been transported to the GCR(N) at Ruddington for restoration.
The NRM are holding another 'Cab-it' event on 12-13 November and this year the emphasis will be on electric traction with the EM1, 4-Cor EMU and the LMS (LNWR 'Oerlikon') electric unit open for the first time plus possibly the newest museum aquisition.. Also featuring with cab access will be the Class 31, HST prototype, D9009 and also for the first time 'Rourkes Drift' the ex Longmoor loco. Diesel hauled shuttles will operate in the south yard.
A loco roster for the Wensleydale Railway loco hauled services is here
37214 will operate the morning KWVR diesel services over the Bank Holiday weekend Sunday 28th/Monday 29th August. Departures from Oxenhope are 0915 and 1030.
Times for D1015's next outing are here
Recent photos of 33108 and D1015 added

1/8/05

The DPS have announced details of their third railtour of the year on October 1st which will be from King's Cross to Leeds and York for a break of around five hours, with a mini-tour round the Harrogate circle.
Co-Bo D5705 saw daylight for the first time in four years over the weekend. The Metrovick was hauled out of Bury Transport Museum and into Castlecroft Yard for attention prior to its display at the Crewe Works Open Weekend next month. Photos here and here
The Great Central Railway Diesel Gala on 16-18 September will feature the debut of the NRM's 33116 as well as the home fleet, the organisers have also made the commendable step of taking freight trains out of the timetable which allows for more passenger trains to run. Details are here
Avon Valley Railway based Class 07 shunter D2994 is rostered for five round trips on Saturdays at present. A photo is here
Times for the Chelsea FC charter next Sunday hauled by 50031 & 50049 are here
Times for the CFPS Whistling Scotsman railtour later this month are here
Recent photos of 20118 31162 31456 33002 33002 33108 D832 D1015 73140 added

29/7/05

A timetable and loco roster for the forthcoming Spa Valley Railway Diesel Gala can be downloaded here
The Wensleydale Railway have a regular daily diesel diagram starting on August 1st with the departure from Leeming Bar at 1635 and from Redmire at 1735 being hauled by one of the lines class 31 or 37s. The innaugural train will be 37 hauled and hopefully diagrams will be made available for future services.
50019 and 31235 will Top & Tail all services on the Mid Norfolk Railway on 31 July as well as 14,28 & 29 August. The departures are the 1030, 1300, 1500 from Dereham.
D9521 will be sharing duties on the Vale of Glamorgan Railway on August 6 with the DMU. Trains from Barry Island run from 1100 to 1700 at 45 minute intervals.
Recent photos of D9529 33056 37242 47640 and D1015 added

26/7/05

47205 undertook its first run on the NLR on Sunday working top & tail with a steam loco on the days service trains - 40 years to the day since entering BR service. The loco will be making its solo debut soon.
33053 and 33203 have left storage at MOD Smalmstown with 33053 going to Barrow Hill for restoration and 33203 heading north to become a static exhibit in a railway themed restaurant.
A class 33 (33012 or 33108) will be working extra services on the Swanage Railway this Saturday and on 6th August in connection with the towns annual fireworks displays. A timetable is here
Recent photos of 50044 and 50050 added

25/7/05

Photos of Saturdays Royal Duchy railtour are here, unfortunately the loco suffered a re-occurence of a cracked turbo base on the A engine on the down working in the Whiteball area, although the remainder of the journey to Penzance continued as normal as did the return as far as Westbury where the A engine was shut down as a precaution with the remainder of the journey completed on one engine.
Following its farewell runs on Saturday D9539 has left the GWR for Preston and the Ribble Valley Railway.
The provisional line up for Octobers Severn Valley Railway Gala will be resident locos 50044 D1013 73005 and 73006. Visiting locos will be D1015 and 55022 (subject to completion of overhaul), Fragonset will be supplying 45112 as well as a 31, 33 and a 47.
Recent photos of D9526 D9539 D9539 D9539 20020 33048 33102 37075 37190 47401 50044 56057 56057 added along with archive photos of D8233 25035 25072 & 40145

21/7/05

Toddington based class 14 D9539 has been sold and will leave the GWR next month. The locos destination is the Ribble Valley Railway and its last passenger working on the GWR will be this Saturday 23rd July on the 1630 ex Toddington & 1715 return from Cheltenham.
37214 is rostered to work the 0915, 1030 and 1200 Oxenhope-Keighley and returns this coming Sunday 24th July.
The Fifty Fund still have spaces available on forthcoming driver experince courses on the following dates; 29/7/05, 19/8/05 and 26/8/05. The course includes a guided tour of a Class 50 locomotive, driving a class 50 with a train of carriages, tuition by an experienced driving instructor and lunch. More details are here
Additional photos added to last weekends Ecclesbourne Valley Railway gala gallery
Recent photos of D9551 20020 50007 56003 56003 added

18/7/05

The protracted sale of the DTG's Hymek, D7029, to the DEPG will not be proceeding as previously planned. The sale offer to the WSR based group has been withdrawn and the loco will continue to be restored by a group of DTG shareholders.
A gallery of Saturdays Diesel Day at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway is here
The Project D8233 website has had an overhaul and now includes details on how you can donate to this worthy cause.
Recent photos of 33048 37198 47402 D1013 and 1001 added

16/7/05

45112 was called into action on Thursday due to the failure of steam loco 'Green Arrow' with the Peak working the 1810 York – Scarborough & 2020 return of the Scarborough Spa Express.
Times for next weekends D1015 railtour are here. In the Totnes area on the down working the loco will achieve 10,000 operating miles since its return to the mainline in 2002.
Recent photos of 20901 40145 D1062 D1062 56003 56003 56003 56003 added as well as an archive view of 46035

15/7/05

HNRC have made a number of locos available for sale to preservationists. Details here
Additional photos added to the 27007 and 45149 overhaul galleries

14/7/05

47765 has been secured for preservation in the latest round of loco sales by EWS. The one time 47059 and 47631 is currently stored at Wigan Springs Branch disposal centre.
37097 has been returned to operational condition at the Caledonian Railway and will make its pasenger debut this Sunday (17th) working all services on the line. The 37 will be in grey undercoat but a repaint into BR blue will take place at some point in the future. Fuel tank repairs have been completed on 27024 and this will be working trains alongside 26014 on Saturday.
Additional photos added to the ELR gala gallery
Recent photos of 20177 37264 47376 47596 50007 50026 & 73101 added

12/7/05

Photos from the Dean Forest Diesel Day are here and additional photos added to the ELR gala gallery added
Recent photos of 20227 and 45041 added

9/7/05

The overhauled Ruston power unit destined for 56097 has been delivered to the Brush Works at Loughborough for installation into the loco. A photo is here
56057 has an additional running day at the Nene Valley Railway tomorrow (10th) due to a shortage of steam crews. The Grid will work the 1140 1400 and 1620 departures from Wansford

8/7/05

The Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway have all day diesel running on Mondays through the summer entailing five round trips of the line. The timetable can be found here and for a loco roster see The Gen Page. A photo of last Mondays working is here
The Nene Valley Railway are holding a three day gala on 16-19 September which will feature the debut of D9520 on the line as well as visiting locos requested from GBRf (class 66/73) and Freightliner (class 47/57). The Friday will feature 40106 and 56057 working trains with D9523 available to drive for £10.
A gallery for the ELR gala so far is here
Recent photos of 25057 25057 33012 37032 40145 45112 55019 55019 and 56003 added

6/7/05

31414 has been returned to operational condition at the Ecclesourne Valley Railway in a very short time since it arrived at the line - the ETH has also been re-instated. It is planned to repaint the loco into Inter-City livery to match the railways former Gatwick Express stock and in the long term to make modifications to allow push pull working. The 31 will be displayed at the railways forthcoming diesel open weekend which will feature the railways DMUs, shunters and 37075 working passenger and freight trains over the limited track currently available. More details are here
Churnet Valley Railway based 20154 has joined HNRC's 20901 as a guest engine at the ELR gala, which started today. Timetables are here
A gallery of last weekends mixed traction gala at the Spa Valley Railway is here
Recent photos of 20118 37097 37324 55019 & 56003 added

4/7/05

26038 was successfully delivered to Cardiff Canton on Friday and was re-united with a set of bogies the following day. Photos here and here
D1015's faulty 'A' engine turbo has been replaced over the weekend at Old Oak Common. Photos here here and here
The restoration of 26043 at Toddington is gathering pace and the loco was started on Saturday. Photo here
Timetables and loco rosters for this weeks ELR gala can now be dowloaded from the Bury Diesel Group website
Photos of the DPS railtour on Saturday are here
Recent photos of 25057 56003 and 73140 added
Archive photo of D9531 added

2/7/05

Unfortunately 20096, 20905 and 37510 will not be able to attend the forthcoming East Lancs diesel gala, although visiting loco 20901 will be taking part. A timetable & loco roster will be available shortly.
26038 has left Ashchurch for a second attempt at getting into Cardiff Canton by road. Photo here
A few photos of 56003 working on the GWR yesterday are here

1/7/05

Full times for the DPS railtour are here

30/6/05

The Dean Forest Railway are holding a diesel day next Saturday (9th July) featuring 08238, 27103, D9555 & 73101. More details and a loco roster can be found here
Outward times for this weekends DPS railtour involving 55019 are here
Recent photos of 27024 31414 and 45112 added
Archive photos of 40145 44008 55019 55022 55022 added

29/6/05

Additional photos added to the CFA gala gallery and the the KWVR gala gallery
Recent photos of D9521 20069 24032 25278 25283 31166 31210 31435 33002 33063 33116 37198 37275 45118 45133 D1013 D1015 56003 56057 73129 73129 added
Two archive views of 50026 are here and here

28/6/05

The Spa Valley Railway are holding an event to mark the 20th anniversary of the closure of the line on 2nd & 3rd July.  A number of workings are booked for 207017 and 33065.  Also 09004 will be working trains in top and tail mode on new line extension to Birchden. A timetable and loco roster is here
56003 makes its public debut this Friday (July 1st) at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. The 56 will haul the 1030, 1230, 1430 and 1630 departures from Toddington and the 1115, 1315, 1515 and 1715 from Cheltenham. Trains will not be calling at Winchcombe and a day rover is £10.

27/6/05

Further to the last update; the problem with D1015 on Saturday was a small fracture in the water jacket at the base of A engine turbo blower which allowed coolant to leak out. It was decided it would be prudent to attach the 37 at Bescot as the problem could not be properly assessed at that time. Once at Llandrindod the engine was examined and it was decided the loco could continue unaided. D1015 was topped up with coolant at Newport and the loco worked forward to Exeter without any further trouble. Likewise for the Sunday, coolant was topped up at Exeter there were no problems with the run to Victoria. D1015 will be repaired in readiness for the Penzance trip on July 23. A gallery of the D1015 railtour is here
A gallery of the CFA gala at Butterley is here

25/6/05

There were a few problems on todays leg of the Western Trident railtour with the loco suffering turbo problems after ascending the Lickey and after departing Birmingham New Street the tour was diverted via Bescot where 37427 was attached and assisted as far as Llandrindod. Upon arrival, D1015 was examined and it was decided that the 37 was no longer required and was hauled dead before being detached at Newport later in the day. A few photos are here

23/6/05

The 37263 Locomotive Group are appealing for photographs of 37263 from 1965 up to January 2003 when the loco was purchased for preservation. The group would also like to hear from anyone who may have information on any accidents and scrapes which have come to light during the restoration so far, particularly the No.1 end route indicator panel having a rather large dent in it and what appears to be a side swipe on the drivers side No1 end cab back from the radiator panel. All information is being gathered for the locomotives forthcoming website. Contact :- Tim.WattisonATblueyonder.co.uk (replace AT with @)
Recent photos of 37324 and 73129 added
Archive photos of 44008 45108 D1010 and D1048 added

22/6/05

31514 has entered preservation at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway in Wirksworth. The former 31414 was delivered to the line last Thursday and was successfully started on Saturday following five years of storage at Old Oak Common. Photo and details here
A timetable with loco allocations for this weekends CFA gala at the Midland Railway - Butterley is here. All of the groups locos will be appearing with 40012 making its first runs for five years & 37190 will be named 'Dalzell' on Saturday.
Times for the D1015 three dayer are here
The sound of an unsilenced class 56 power unit can be heard in mp3 format here. The recording was made during testing of the engine destined to be installed in 56097 at Brush Traction.
Photos from the KWVR Diesel Gala are here
Recent photos of 31162 31162 33048 37075 55019 56003 and 73003 added

17/6/05

26038 has left Cardiff Cathays and because of road access problems preventing its transfer to Canton depot the 26 has been moved to MOD Ashchurch for short term storage. Whilst at Ashchurch the loco will be removed from its bogies, the lower height will allow its entry to the new Pullman Rail site where it will be re-united with its bogies. Photos here here and here
20001 was moved by road from the Mid Hants Railway to Butterley on Wednesday.
The power unit destined for 56097 was started up for the first time since completion of its overhaul yesterday. The overhauled unit is ex-56047 and last worked in 1999. There were no problems and the unit has been run up to 850rpm as part of initial tests. Once the power unit has been painted it will be installed in 56097 at Brush. Careful running in and testing on a load bank will follow.
The DPS are promoting a Scottish Far North Class 37 farewell tour on November 5-7. Profits will go to the DPS main-line loco fund and details can be found here
Additional photos added to the SDR gala gallery
Archive photos of 40122 45060 50042 D1023 D1041 55015 added

16/6/05

24054 is to replace 50044 for the KWVR Diesel Gala
Archive photos of D832 40135 44004 45135 D1010 D1010 D1048 55016 added

15/6/05

73133 currently located at Barry was due to be delivered to the Pullman Rail workshops at Cardiff Canton but this was not possible due to a road access problem - a photo is here. The ED is expected to complete the move shortly. It is understood that the loco is now privately owned and will be restored to working order at the former EWS depot. Tom Clifts class 26, 26038 which is still at the soon to be demolished Cathays shed will also make the move into Canton soon.
40012 was started for the first time in four years at Butterley on Sunday. A photo is here - its is planned to outshop the loco in green livery in time for the CFA gala on 25/26 June
Due to 50044 failing its UAT it is unable to take part in this weekends KWVR gala. A replacement is being sought.
The Moors 65 Gala at the NYMR this weekend sees both 24061 and 40122 in action. Timetables & loco rosters can be downloaded here :- Saturday Sunday
Gala photos from the South Devon Railway North Norfolk Railway and Vale of Glamorgan Railway added
Recent photos of 33108 33108 37025 37215 40145 47376 50040 50040 73129 added

11/6/05

73133 which has been languishing in Booths scrapyard at Rotherham was delivered to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway at Barry Island yesterday and will be on display during this weekends Transport Festival. The loco will be moving to another location following the event but as yet it is unclear as to whether the loco can be classed as 'preserved'.
56003 has completed a successful test run at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway yesterday. A photo is here
A timetable & loco roster for next weekends Keighley & Worth Valley diesel gala can be downloaded here
Recent photos of D8568 31163 40122 and 47192 added

10/6/05

A revised loco roster for the NNR gala is here

8/6/05

The timetables & loco rosters for this weekends South Devon Railway Diesel Gala can be downloaded here and the times for the Barrow Hill based engines' convoluted journey to Totnes on Friday are here
Recent photo of 20227 added
Archive photos of D821 44004 45060 45105 50042 D1013 and D1048 added

7/6/05

The Dean Forest Railway are holding a diesel gala on July 9th which will see 08238, D9555, 27066 and hopefully 73101 in action. The railway are also hopeful of being able to run to Parkend subject to HMRI approval. More details nearer the date.
Following the successful PLEG organised trip to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway in 2003, the group are planning a repeat trip on August 6th that is to feature 03059 and 05001. Details are on the PLEG website
A gallery of 56003 arriving at Toddington yesterday is here
More photos added to the 40145 railtour gallery
Recent photos of 33052 40122 40122 40122 47205 added

6/6/05

56003 is to visit the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway and will operate a number of service trains as well as appearing at the lines September diesel gala. The first two dates are Fridays July 1st and July 15th when the loco will work four departures from Toddington at 1030, 1230, 1430 & 1630. More dates are to be announced. The Grid was expcted to make the short journey from Ashchurch today. The loco is also available for driving courses; contact Grayhame Orlebar drvadieselgwrATdsl.pipex.com (replace AT with @)
As a result of ongoing engine work 47367 will not be available for this weekends North Norfolk Railway diesel gala. An ammended loco roster will (hopefully) be posted this week
HNRC have completed the purchases of 20056 and 20096 from their respective owners and they will be joining the HNRC commercial fleet and are therefore removed from the listings on this website.
The update on the 2nd stated that 55019 will be hauling 20066 and 20905 to Totnes to take part in the South Devon Railway diesel gala - this is not the case - the plan was always for the Deltic to be hauled dead. Power will be provided by a FLHH loco.
Photos of Saturdays 40145 railtour are here
Recent photos of 20137 25035 33108 37003 37003 47105 47643 added

4/6/05

A timetable and loco roster for next weekends North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala is here. The event will feature the public debut of the SF47 Groups 47367.
A website has been launched to help promote the forthcoming restoration of the unique Class 15, D8233 - www.d8233.org.uk
Photos of 40145's light engine movement to Bristol yesterday and todays railtour are here
Recent photo of 37215 added
Archive photos of 27066 D821 44008 45133 D1015 D1015 D1048 55009 55019 55022 added

2/6/05

A change to the line up for the South Devon Railway Diesel gala on June 11/12 will see 20905 replace 20066 which is not now able to attend. The ex-DRS 20 will travel south from Barrow Hill behind 55019 and has not worked a passenger train for over fifteen years.
37214 has been added to the bill for the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Gala on June 18/19
There are some additional diesel workings at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway this weekend; On Saturday 47105 will work the 1030, 1230, 1430 &1630 departures from Toddington whilst on Sunday 47105 works the 1030, 1220, 1430 exToddington and D9539 will work the 1630 departure
33108 will work the diesel diagram at the Swanage Railway this Sunday. Departures from Swanage are 1030 1150 1310 1430 & 1550.
Times for this weekends 40145 railtour are here
Photos of last weekends Growler Group charter are here
Recent photos of 37003 37324 47402 47402 added
Archive photos of D9516 D9521 40012 45060 45108 47192 47449 D1010 D1048 added

31/5/05

Additional photos added to the D1015 railtour gallery
A gallery for the football charter worked by 50031 & 50049 is here
Recent photos of 20007 25191 31255 37037 56057 73134 added

30/5/05

Two photos of a football charter using class 50's today are here and here
Photos of Saturdays D1015 railtour are here

27/5/05

25191 has been purchased from the NYMR by a member of the HNRC organisation and, when time allows, will be moved from Grosmont to Barrow Hill for restoration. The 25 has been out of service for over four years and will recieve a power unit overhaul, bodywork repairs and will be outshopped in BR blue. It is also the intention of the new owner to fit the loco with TPWS and other mandatory safety systems to allow mainline running.
45112 has today run light engine from Derby to York to take up its summer duties as the standby engine for the Scarborough Spa Express charters booked to be worked by 4472 Flying Scotsman.
A new preservation group has been formed to return former Port Talbot Steel Works Alco S1 Switcher locomotive no.BSC804 to working order. The loco has been on static display at Railworld in Peterborough since 1985. Details are here
50031 and 50049 are booked to work a West Ham football special from Stratford to Cardiff and return on Monday. Times here
Recent photos of 20105 25309 27001 31271 and 33019 added
An overhauled events gallery has been re-fitted to the site

25/5/05

No problems were encountered during 40145's test run on Monday and the loco is now ready to work its next railtour on June 4. A photo of the test run is here
73129 had its first run at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire on Sunday undergoing a test run with 37324 on the 1630 Toddington - Cheltenham service. Photos here and here
Additional highlighted photos added to the Churnet Valley gala gallery
A timetable for Saturdays Dart Valley Growler charter utilising the DDS's 37037 is here. There are still spaces available on this charter and it will be possible to pay on the day.
Times for Saturdays D1015 railtour are here
Recent photos of 26024 31271 31271 D7076 45112 45133 and 46045 added

23/5/05

40145 will undergo a light engine test run today following the completion of its bogie overhaul at Barrow Hill. Times are here
33111 hauled its first passenger trains in preservation at the weekends 'Beer Festival' at Barrow Hill. A photo is here
47205 moved under its own power for the first time in preservation on Saturday, the loco underwent short test runs in both directions. There were no problems other than a few small air leaks.
A timetable/loco roster for next Saturdays diesel day at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway is here
Recent photos of 20227 56057 added

22/5/05

The Western Locomotive Association were successful in their application for Heritage Lottery Funding to complete the overhaul of D1062 at Bridgnorth. The loco has been out of service since 1998 and over 7,200 man hours has been spent restoring the locomotive, which has so far included refurbished cooler groups, reconditioned engines and ancillary equipment and a complete re-wire from end to end. However a transmission fault was discovered late last year and the grant will enable the faulty transmission to be sent to Voith in Germany for refurbishment. All work carried out to date and any future work is to mainline standards.
The visiting locos for the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Gala look set to be 50044, 73005 & 73006 from the Severn Valley Railway along with a Fragonset 31 & 33. It is hoped that DRS will also supply some locomotives. The lines 20 D8031 is expected to re-enter traffic for the event.
33116 was started at Loughborough last week with no major problems coming to light.
45112 returned the locos from the Mid Hants Gala to their respective homes during the week, however because of a fault on the loco 20001 has remained behind at the Mid Hants.
Photos from the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Gala are here
Additional photos added to the NYMR and Mid Hants gala galleries
Recent photos of 20007 31108 31271 37198 37198 37201 37211 37324 40013 40145 45105 50044 50049 56057 56057 56057 added

19/5/05


A 'Real Ale' beer event is taking place at Barrow Hill this Friday & Saturday from 12-5.30pm. Various locos will be in use on shuttles on including 33111 making its first publict runs, other locos will include HNRC's 20066 & 31110.
33012 and 33108 are both in action this coming weekend as part of the Swanage Railways 120th Anniversary Celebrations. Details are here
The NRM's 40122 will work the NYMR's diesel diagram over four days from June 6-9 which entails of two round trips starting with the 1045 ex Grosmont. This is in addition to the loco appearing at the lines 'Moors 65' gala on June 18/19.
NYMR gala gallery added

18/5/05

Timetables for this weekends Churnet Valley Diesel Gala are here. The three day event will see D5054, 33102 and 47192 in action this Friday with 20154 73110 and the 104 DMU joining in on Saturday and Sunday
Mid Hants Gala gallery added
Recent photos of 33012 and 33108 added

13/5/05

Long stored 31123 which is currently at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway has been put up for sale by its owners. The loco is offered for sale 'sold as seen' and there are a number of spares included. Interested parties should contact the GWR T&RS director Richard Drewitt on richardATsouthwales.supanet.com (replace AT with @)
D1015 is booked on a Pathfinder railtour on September 3rd which will see the loco work from a Midlands location northwards via the Settle & Carlise & returning via Shap.
Recent photos of 31108 33012 33012 33108 33108 45112 added

10/5/05

33108 was delivered to the Swanage Railway this morning following its road journey from Derby and was put straight into service working trains on the line today. A photo is here
Unfortunately 56003 is unable to take part in the Mid Hants Gala this weekend as a result of a misunderstanding over who will pay the transport costs! The loco is operational and available to attend other events. Interested parties email me and I'll provide contact details.
Freightliner have moved 40122 and 47798 from York to Grosmont for this weekends NYMR gala with the Bo'ness locos due to come down tomorrow.
Following the WSR gala the GBRf ED's hauled 31271 and 37190 to Old Oak Common for onward movement to the Nene Valley and the Mid Hants respectively and 45112 returned 50007 to Butterley. The 50 unfortunately failed on the Sunday of the gala when a small fire broke out in the electrical cubicle caused by a faulty fan contactor. The CFA have been providing locos to galas for 12 years and this was the first failure in service. It is hoped to have 50007 repaired to take part in the groups gala weekend on June 25/26.
Visiting locos for the July East Lancs gala are set to include HNRC's 37510 and 20066 plus one of the recently acquired class 20/9's. More details nearer the date.
More work has been taking place on 27007 at Ropley - photos here and here. The loco will be on display at this weekends Diesel Gala.

33012 has an additional working on Saturday 14th May operating the DMU diagram at the Swanage Railway which entails six round trips starting with the 1030 departure from Swanage.
Additional photos added to the WSR gallery. Another gallery can be seen here
Recent photo of 20059 D9553 31123 33117 45135 73110 added
A selection of times for the MHR gala loco moves are here.

8/5/05

East Lancs based 47402 made a welcome return to traffic this weekend after over four years out of service. Photos are here here and here
Times for the loco convoy returning to Butterley from the WSR are here
Photos from the West Somerset Diesel Gala are here

A few photos of the DDS 37037 press day are here
Additional photos added to the Battlefield Line gala Gallery
Recent photos of 40122 40135 50049 added

5/5/05

56003 has moved under its own power for the first time at its restoration site at Ashchurch today. Road movement to the Mid Hants should follow soon.
A gallery of todays West Somerset Convoy is here. A trio of GBRf ED's had made the journey earlier in the day.
The previously advertised railtour to Minehead on May 14 utilising two 50's for part of the journey has been cancelled.
Times for todays loco convoy from Butterley to the West Somerset Railway are here and gala timetables for the event itself can be found on the PLEG website

Times for a railtour involving 50031/49 on Saturday are here

4/5/05

56003 has been added to the line up for the Mid Hants gala replacing 56045. The loadhaul 56 currently at Ashchurch was due to undergo a body lift this week for attention to the bogies prior to road transportation to the Mid Hants. Mainline locos 31128 and 47303 have also been added to the bill. It should be noted that the picnic area at Ropley will be closed to the public on Sunday morning as John Rooneys family will be having a family service in memory of John, for whom the Freightliner locos appear in his honour.
The Class 40 Appeal celebrate 20 years this year and an event in June at the Midland Railway - Butterley will see the return to service of 40012 in BR green livery. The 2-day gala will also include 37190 and 50007 in action and the 37 will be re-united with a set of 'Dalzell' nameplates. More details here
50027 underwent a test run last Thursday but unfortunately failed due to a burst intercooler, which has now been removed from the loco with a spare being fitted this weekend and subject to loaded test run it is hoped to have the loco participating at the NYMR gala this month
A recent photo of 47192 is here. The loco needs minor work to complete and is a credit to the restoration group who have transformed it from this in just over twelve months with various components replaced including a new generator.
Network Rail have advised the DPS that their proposed tour from Preston to Portsmouth on July 2nd will not be able to use the Harbour station and as a result the main tour will terminate at Fratton and the proposed mini-tour to Yeovil Junction will start from there with 55019 working BOTH trains throughout. It had been originally planned to use a class 50 on the mini-tour.
FM Rail have confirmed that 45112 will be the standby loco for the NRM's 'Flying Scotsman' specials to Scarborough in the summer and the Peak will be based at the NRM for the duration.
Additional photos added to the GCR gala gallery
Recent photos of 31270 33019 33102 37215 45112 73114

3/5/05

45112 today hauled two HST power cars from York NRM to Derby Etches Park - a photo is here. On Thursday the Peak will run light to Butterley and collect 31271 37190 and 50007 and haul them to the West Somerset Railway where all four locos will take part in the three day diesel gala starting this Friday.
Additional photos added the the Great Central gala gallery
Recent photos of D9529 D8233 24054 31270 31270 33002 40135 40135 D832 44008 47192 55019 56057 added

Archive photos of 20001 20110 20110 40145 40145 40145 40145 D821 D1013 D1041 D1041 55022 added

2/5/05

Photos from the galas at the Great Central Railway, Battlefield Line and Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway added

29/4/05

40135 will make one of its final appearances in BR blue for some time at this weekends ELR 'Thomas' event. The loco will also run in its Crewe 'Departmental' guise of 97406. Following this the 40 will be repainted BR green. Details here
Recent photos of 25185 25185 33048 33116 33116 47640 55019 55019 73114 added
Archive photos of D8568 24032 24054 25283 25309 27059 D7018 D7029 D7076 D7076 D7076 D7076 D7076 50021 added

28/4/05

The NRM's 33116 has been delivered to the Great Central Railway today, where the loco will go on long term loan in the care of the 5305 Loco Association. The Crompton was previously in storage at Old Oak Common and requires repairs to minor collision damage which will be undertaken at the line.
73114 completed a loaded test run on the Battlefield Line last night and will take part in the lines mixed traction gala starting tomorrow. 47640 has been repainted BR blue and will run as its pre-ETH identity of 47244. Other locos in action are 31130 and 33019. Friday & Saturday are diesel only with Sunday being both Diesel & Steam. Details here

27/4/05

47205 was started for the first time in preservation at Pitsford on Saturday and the loco is expected to undergo a test run in the next few weeks. Work is also underway to re-instate the vacuum brakes. A photo is here
31108 will work its last trains on the Nene Valley Railway this Saturday before it departs to take part in the Mid Hants Gala. After the MHR gala 31108 will return to Butterley with 31271 taking its place at Wansford following its own appearance at the West Somerset Diesel Gala.
Additional photos added to the DPS railtour gallery

Recent photos of D9551 47105 47192 47376 50030 73129 73129 added
Archive views of D9500 D9531 25283 31018 D7017 added

25/4/05

Photos from the DPS Railtour are here, unfortunately 55019 was failed on arrival at Craigentinny with a faulty govenor on one power unit and the return working was hauled by 67013 with the Deltic dead on the rear. 55019 returned to Barrow Hill light loco (working on one engine) yesterday afternoon.
73114 moved under its own power at Shackerstone on Friday, the first time since 1998. The loco still has numerous faults with the brake gear but its hoped that the loco will be able to  operate at the lines mixed traction gala next weekend.
Photos from the Peak Rail Diesel Gala are here

A gallery of the 'Day out with 25185' is here
Recent photos of 20048 20048 20214 25185 33208 33208 56057 added
Archive photos of D9523 D9529 D9551 24032 24054 D821 50044 55015 added

23/4/05

73129 made the short journey from Ashchurch to Toddington yesterday. The loco requires minor attention before a return to service. Photos here and here
Freightliners 66619 has been added to the bill for the NYMR Diesel Gala
Recent photos of 20048 20098 37263 37263 40106 40106 & 56057 added

Archive photos of D5705 D5705 D5705 55016 55022 55022 & 55022 added

22/4/05

The times for the DPS railtour have been amended on the return journey from Edinburgh as well as todays light diesel working for 55019. Revised times are here

21/4/05

20048 has moved from Wabtec at Doncaster to the Great Central Railway and will take part in the lines 60's gala next weekend.
33203 which was recently sold by HNRC is to be preserved as a static exhibit in a railway themed restaurant in southern Scotland.
The Battlefield Line are preparing for their 'Anything Goes' gala over the Bank Holiday weekend with diesel only operation taking place on Friday & Saturday (29 & 30th April). 33019 and the lines DMU will work services and it is also hoped to have 47640 back in action after a repaint and possibly 31130 & 73114 subject to the completion of repairs. 31101 and 37227 will not be taking part due to ongoing repairs.
The Wensleydale Railway will be operating evening diesel hauled services to coincide with the NYMR gala to enable those that wish to attend both. On Saturday 14 May there will be 1645 & 2000 departures from Leeming Bar featuring 37003 & 37198 and on Sunday 31166 will work a 1645 departure to Redmire & back.
Timetables for the NYMR gala are available here and the loco diagrams will be available soon
In addition to this weekends Peak Rail gala is the
Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway which operates at Rowsley and this weekend will feature ex-BR Ruston loco 393325 once of Chesterton Junction PWay depot operating passenger trains.
Times for this Saturdays DPS railtour along with associated loco & stock moves here
Recent photos of 45118 and 47205 added along with archive views of 25059 40145 & 45112

19/4/05

56057 will make its debut in Large Logo livery at the Nene Valley Railway on 1st May working the 1140, 1400 and 1620 departures from Wansford. The Grid will work the same trains on the 2nd. A recent photo of the loco is here
56124 has moved from Knottingley to Healey Mills pending transfer to its restoration site.
47376 has now been withdrawn for bodywork restoration at Toddington. The loco will be repainted into its current livery of Freightliner Grey. Some photos are here here and here
This weekend is the Peak Rail diesel gala which sees 31270, 44008 and a number of shunters in action. Details here
25185 gets its annual passenger outing this weekend at the P&DSR taking part in the lines 'Thomas' event. The Rat will work the
1115,1300,1500 departures from Paignton on Saturday and the 1115,1300,1500 departures on Sunday.
Recent photos of D9520 26043 31163 33012 33012 33063 37207 40106 40106 added

13/4/05

The NRM's 47798 has been added to the bill for the NYMR diesel gala on May 13-15.
Some alterations have been made to the loco roster for the forthcoming 1960's gala at the Great Central Railway and updated timetables are here
The South Devon Railway have released details of the lines main diesel gala on June 11 & 12. The visiting locos will be the DPS's 55019 and blue 20's 20066 & 20096 from Barrow Hill. BR blue will very much be the theme of the event plus plans to top & tail some trains with pairs of 20's at each end. It will also be the first visit of a Deltic to the line.
The annual Festival of Transport will take place at Barry on June 11th and 12th 2005. Traction will be D9521, DMU and GWR 0-6-0PT 6430 (with autocoach). Other attractions will include classic cars, buses, commercial vehicles etc. In addition, and to celebrate the reopening of the Vale of Glamorgan mainline to passenger traffic, top & tail class 37's will operate a series of special trains over the line between Cardiff and Bridgend on Sunday June 12th to coincide with the festival. 
The Caledonian Railway have announced a series of summer dates that will feature diesel only operation on the line with power expected to be provided by 26014 or 27024. The dates are July 16, 23 & 30 and August 13 & 20 with hourly departures from Brechin throughout each day
Addtional photos added to the GWR gala gallery
Recent photo of 55009 added
Archive photo of 33111 33111 37240 added

12/4/05

The Class 33/1 Preservation Company Limited have announced that after five successful years with Fragonset they are bringing 33108 back under the their control and will be moving the loco to its new home at the Swanage Railway at the beginning of May. The loco will be repainted in BR Blue before arriving at Swanage. The group will now have more time to look after 33108 as the overhaul of the groups other loco, 33111, is almost complete. An archive photo of 33108 is here
33111 under went a successful test run on Saturday and full power was achieved for the first time. 33111 will appear  at the Barrow Hill Beer Festival on Saturday 21st May Top 'N' Tailing with steam loco 61264. HNRC advise that 20066 and 20905 will also be working trains at this event with 20905 expected to arrive at the roundhouse this week for fitting of TPWS.
D5054 will be shortly moving to the Churnet Valley Railway for a visit and will feature at the lines diesel gala on 20/21/22 May. 47192 is also expected to make its return at the event following repairs - more details nearer the date.
D9525 will leave Buckfastleigh this week and is to move to Peak Rail where it will participate in the lines diesel gala this month
More photos added to the Midland Railway Butterley gala gallery

Recent photos of 37037 40135 50031 50049 & 73005 added

11/4/05

31271 will be dragging the 3-car Class 127 DMU at the Midland Railway - Butterley next Saturday (16th). Departure times from Butterley are 1115, 1230, 1400 & 1515.
50031 & 50049 hauled a charter from Ashford to Crewe and back on Saturday with the ECS returning to Old Oak on Sunday afternoon.
More photos of the GWR gala added and a few photos from the Midland Railway - Butterley Diesel Event
Recent photos of 27059 D821 73005 & 73005

9/4/05

20169 was started for the first time in preservation at its restoration site at Kirkby Stephen East on 31st March. The loco last ran over ten years ago.
The Strathspey Railway are holding
Special Events Weekend on 30th April/1st May 2005 featuring two train running and the event should see both 08490 and 31327 in action. To coincide with this event PLEG are organising a visit to the Royal Deeside Railway which should feature 03134 and D9551 operating. Details of both events are on the PLEG website
The 71A Locomotive Group website has been given an overhaul and can be seen here
A gallery for the GWR diesel gala is here

Recent photos of 27056 33102 37037 47192 50049 and 73114 added

7/4/05

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends gala at the Midland Railway Centre is here

5/4/05

Three galas this weekend to choose from; The GWR have a three day gala starting this Friday - a timetable is here. The Midland Railway at Butterley are holding their first diesel gala of the year and expected to be in traffic are 20001 20227 25321 31271 45041 46045 47401 and 50007 - A timetable will be available soon. The Lakeside and Haverthwaite have a 'mixed traction' gala this weekend featuring the seldom seen 20214 and 26001.
Restoration work on 56003 is continuing at Ashchurch and work outstanding consists of
fitting new traction centres and pads to the bogies, then reconnect the air pipes and traction motor cables to the bogies prior to arranging a test run. A recent photo is here
Recent photos of 24061 31435 33117 33117 & 50007

2/4/05

The line up for the West Somerset Railway Gala on May 6/7/8 will feature visiting locomotives 31271, 37190 and 50007 from the MRC to work alongside the home fleet of D9526 25173 33048 and D7017. The railway also plan to have a Freightliner 47 or 57 along with a pair of GBRf 73's and even hope to resurrect one of the fGW HST's stored on the line.
A timetable and loco roster for the forthcoming Great Central Railway Diesel Day & 1960's gala is here
Photo and details for 56124 added
A recent photo of 20001 added along with archive photos of D821 D1023 & 73005

31/3/05

The RRRG have some nameplates and crests available for sale to help raise funds for the continuing restoration of 50029 & 50030 at Peak Rail. The items are on e-bay and direct links are here here here and here

30/3/05

HNRC advise that deals have been agreed for the sale into preservation of 33008 33203 and 56124, the 33's are currently at Longtown and the 56 is stored at Knottingley. More details will be available shortly.
An agreement has been reached for 73129 to move to the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway on a 12 month visit. The loco is nearing the end of its mechanical restoration and will move from the nearby MOD base at Ashchurch in the next month or so. The ED will be appearing at the lines Autumn diesel gala on September 24/25. A recent photo is here
Recent photos of the restoration of 31119 and 31144 are here here and here. The locos are being restored on a private site in Manchester and the mechanical restoration of 31119 is almost complete with the no.2 cab currently being worked on. The loco has also undergone (very!) short test runs. 31144 is in the process of having both cabs restored but requires attention to leaking cylinder liners before it can move under power.
Additional photos added to the D9521 gallery from the weekend
An update of
www.d9531.com depicts recent work on the East Lancs based class 14
Recent photos of D9524 26004 33102 37198

28/3/05

The refurbished generator has now been returned to 47192 and was refitted to the loco on the 18th. Further work has been undertaken this weekend and all being well a test run will be arranged shortly.
A timetable and loco roster for the Mixed Traction Gala at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway on April 10 is here
HNRC have a quantity of spares available for sale - more details are here
40145 is currently undergoing a body lift at Barrow Hill and an interesting view of the loco taken over twenty years ago is here
The Western Locomotive Association has launched a new website
A few photos of the passenger debut of D9521 at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway are here

Recent photos of 33019 33019 55019 55022 added
Archive shots of 31463 D832 D1015 D1015 D1023 D1041 55009 56057 56057 56057

23/3/05

37214 was moved from Barrow Hill to Carnforth by rail yesterday with haulage provided by 47854. The loco will undergo maintenance prior to attending the NYMR gala in May. Photos here here and here
31271 has had repairs to its fuel tank completed at Butterley and will participate in the centres diesel gala next month.
45112 has run light engine from Carnforth to York NRM following its hire to West Coast last weekend
Recent photos of 24061 47105 and 50027 added

22/3/05

The NRM's 40122 has been added to the line up for the NYMR diesel gala in May and the 40 is expected to remain on the line to participate in other events during the summer.
The Mid Hants have announced that two mainline locos will attend the May diesel gala - an EWS 37 and a Freightliner 47 with 37422 and 47358 being the particular locos requested. The 47 is supplied by Freightliner
in honour of John Rooney who sadly died in a road traffic accident recently. John was a employee for Freightliner at Southampton Maritime and a volunteer on the Mid Hants Railway for many years and this was seen to be a fitting tribute to him.
25173 was called into action during the WSR Steam Gala on Saturday with the 'Rat' assisting various steam locos during the day. Photos here here and here
The generators for 47417 have been overhauled by Dowding & Mills and will be returned to Swanwick for installation into the loco once cleaning and painting of the engine room has been completed. The 47 will also undergo a top end overhaul of the power unit before the loco can be started for the first time in preservation.
The Type 1 Loco Company have taken delivery of what is believed to be the last surviving 'Series-Parallel' non ETH class 47 main generator as a spare for 47117's own Brush machinery. The loco is also now the sole surviving former Class 48 following the recent scrapping of 47114.
Additional photos added to the D1015 gallery
Recent photos of D9504 D9529 31162 31162 31270 31463 33012 33012 33012 D7017 37037 37190 47105 50002 50019 50019 50029 73128 added

21/3/05

Due to the failure of 37261 whilst working a steam charter on Saturday, West Coast Rail hired FM Rails' 45112 which worked light to Doncaster from York (with 37197) and the pair then later worked the charter to Cleethorpes after taking over from the steam loco. On Sunday the Peak hauled the ECS from Barnetby to Carnforth. Two photos are here and here
D1015 had a faultless run working the Western Lizard railtour on Saturday. A gallery is here
Photos of the Bodmin & Wenford and East Lancs Diesel Galas added

18/3/05

More times for the D1015 railtour tomorrow are here
The diesels at the Wirksworth Railway are growing in number with 03084 and 03158 both now on site having previously been based at Peak Rail. Photo here
Recent photos of 33052 and 47105 added

16/3/05

Some of the times for the Western Lizard Railtour involving D1015 this Saturday are here. The Newquay branch re-opened this morning following a freight train derailment on the 9th and the tour is expected to run to the advertised itinerary.
50019 and 20069 will work three round trips this Saturday T&T at the Mid Norfolk Railway. A day rover is £10.
Work is continuing on the restoration of 26040 at Methil and a recent photo is here. Some video of a recent start up can be seen on the SRPS website
Highlighted photos added to the 50049 railtour gallery and the MNR gala gallery
Recent photos of D9521 45125 45132 added

14/3/05

Loco news from Butterley is that 20001 which is undergoing remedial work is to be repainted BR blue in time for the April diesel gala. 37190 has had repairs to cure excessive fuel consumption. This involved re-calibrating all 12 injectors as well as changing the governor. 40012 has had the radiators removed to enable the construction of new bottom water tank, a job now complete. Funds are also being raised to repair the fractured bogies which will enable the loco to be hauled mainline once again.
A timetable and loco roster for this coming weekends Bodmin & Wenford Gala featuring 20166, 33110 and 50042 is here
An amended timetable for the ELR nightrider event is here
The Class 40 Appeal, owners of 37190, 40012 and 50007,  is 20 years old this year and will be holding a special gala at the MRB on June 25 & 26. More details to follow.
A gallery of the weekends gala at the Mid Norfolk Railway is here
Some photos of Saturdays railtour with 50049 are here
Recent photos of D9521 20001 50042 D1048 D1048 added
Archive photos of 45060 47117 50031 55009 73003 added

12/3/05

The Swanage Railway has its 'Members Weekend' on March 19/20 which sees 33012 operating one diagram. More details are here
47449 will be working a diesel diagram on the Llangollen Railway on Sunday 20th March. The 47 will work the 1200, 1400 & 1600 departures from Llangollen.
Times for an ECS move from Crewe to Old Oak using 50049 are here
A gallery depicting work undertaken on Bury based D9531 is here
Recent photos of D9521 D9521 33208 and 56057 added

10/3/05

37198 was started at the Wensleydale Railway last weekend - the first time in preservation. Attention has also turned to the two 31's based at the line which arrived last year from Carnforth. Photos here and here
25901 is undergoing work to to renew the transition and liner seals at Buckfastleigh. Work has concentrated on stripping down the engine with the pistons & liners removed last month. Photos here and here
Times for a railtour featuring 50049 on Saturday are here
A rare full day out for 47105 will see the loco work the 1030, 1230 & 1430 Toddington - Cheltenham and return in addition to the usual 1630 turn this Saturday at the GWR. The loco roster for the lines April gala  has been amended and the latest version is here
31162 will deputise for the DMU at the North Norfolk Railway on 19th March working seven round trips starting with the 10am ex Sheringham. On the Sunday (20th) the loco will work three non-advertised trains at 1115, 1245 and 1415 from Sheringham. All trains will be steam heated.
The provisional line up for the Midland Railway - Butterley Diesel Gala on April 9/10 is
20001, 20227, 25321, 31271, 45041, 47401 and a Freightliner 47 has also been requested.
The final loco for the Mid Hants gala in May has been confirmed as the CFA's 37190.

Provision timetable and loco roster for the ELR nightrider event is here
A recent photo of 45125 added

8/3/05

The bodywork overhaul being undertaken on 55019 is almost complete and work is also underway on fitting the Deltic with TPWS - the first class member to be fitted. The loco will return to traffic in time to work a DPS charter on 23rd April. There are a limited number of seats available for part of the tour. Details here
A change to the mainline visiting traction for Mid Norfolk Railway Gala will see 47828 visiting from Cotswold Rail instead of 47033. Details here
Timetable and loco roster for the April Diesel Gala at the GWR is here
More photos added the the Monarch of the Glen gallery
Archive photos of 25265 31130 D832 50031 55016 added along with a recent shots of 33002 & 37037

6/3/05

More photos added to the Monarch of the Glen gallery and a camera phone diary of the tour is here
Recent photos of 24061 24061 33208 47105 47105 added

4/3/05

Photos of the progress of the Class 50 hauled 'Monarch of the Glen' four day railtour are here
Two photos added to the D1015 VSOE gallery. On the return journey the 'A' engine suffered a cracked cylinder head, a fairly common problem in BR days, which has been replaced at Old Oak Common. Past Time Rail are producing a DVD of the event, the proceeds of which will go to charity. Anyone wishing to donate footage should contact Past Time Rail.
Recent photos of Embsay based D9513 are here and here. The loco is being restored as No.38 and will be repainted into its livery of NCB blue. The 14 is expected to re-enter traffic later this year.
Photos of 37214 37214 73128 73128 73128 73128

3/3/05

Most of the times for the four day Scottish 50 bash starting tomorrow are here

2/3/05

D9521 will make its passenger debut at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway on 25th March sharing duties with the resident steam engine and the 14 will also work be in action on the 27th and 28th. Please call 01446 748816 for more details.
D9529, latterly at Wansford, has joined D9504 in the Dagenham area for work in connection with the CTRL phase two construction project.
D7017 is undergoing cylinder head repairs at Williton with nos. 6 & 7 heads being attended to. The loco was also found to have a seized turbo which will be replaced and it is hoped to have the loco ready for the lines diesel gala in May
An EWS 37/4 is to attend the Mid Hants Gala in May with one more loco to be confirmed soon. The band 'Blyth Power' will also play a gig at Ropley Loco Shed on the Saturday night - more details will be available nearer the date.
The Growler Group have chartered the DDS's 37037 on 28th May with the newly restored tractor working seven round trips on the South Devon Railway. The train is open to non-members and details are here.
The Class 37 Locomotive Group has launched the 37/4und in an effort to secure a ETH equipped member of the class for preservation. Details here
A small gallery of D1015's outing on Monday is here and further highlighted photos added to the Llangollen gallery
Recent photos of D9521 20137 26043 47105 added

A CD depicting 130 quality images of BR motive power from the 1970's has been produced with all proceeds going to charity. Purchase details are here

28/2/05

47402 was started for the first time in four years yesterday at Bury. The loco is on track to be in service by the summer.
D9529 has left Wansford where it had been undergoing repairs. It is assumed that the loco has returned to its hire duties at Chatham Docks.
Two photos of D1015 working 'The Staite Pullman' VSOE to Paignton today are here and here. Of note is that the loco now carries its 'Western Champion' nameplates once again.
HNRC have made some Class 33 parts available for sale. Details here
Photos of the lift for 50026 at Bicester MOD earlier this month are here here here and here
Photos from the Llangollen Gala are here

25/2/05

D1015 will work a VSOE charter on Monday (28th) sharing duties with steam locos on a run from Victoria to Paignton and return. D1015 will work the Victoria - Taunton & Bristol TM - Victoria sections of the tour.
55022 has had both power units and train heating boiler removed from the loco at Barrow Hill as part of its overhaul by DPSCS. Photos can be seen here
37227 has had its generator split from the power unit at Shackerstone and the defective generator has been sent away for attention. A photo is here

The charter utilising 45118 at the Northampton & Lamport Railway which was due to take place on March 13th has unfortunately been cancelled because the Peak is undergoing repairs. It is planned to hold the event later in the year.
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Llangollen gala is here

Crewe Works will be holding an open day in September and a large number of diesels are lined up to attend. Details here
The Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala on 12-13 March will feature Cotswold Rail locos 47033 & 47714 working trains alongside resident locos 20069 31235 and 50019. More details are here
A recent photo of 33019 added

22/2/05

Bodywork repairs on Wensleydale based 37275 are at an advanced stage with work is currently concentrating on the replating and preparation of the body in readiness for a full repaint. The missing air tanks have also been refitted and a recent photo is here. 37198 is also undergoing attention with various missing parts having been replaced and work is now concentrating on the electrical cubicle.
20901, 20905 and 37510 have been confirmed to appear at this years NYMR gala. Already confirmed were Bo'ness locos 26024, 27001 and 47643 alongside 24061 and 45133. Undergoing attention are 25278 & 50027 and depending on progress these two locos may join the bill also.
Recent photos of 31435 31435 37003 50017 & 55016 added

Archive photo of 31162 added

The Lancastrian Transport Trust has produced a photo CD entitled 'Classic Diesels' with all proceeds going into restoring a unique collection of trams and buses that formerly served the Fylde Coast. Details are here

18/2/05

The DEPG have finalised a deal with the DTG to buy D7029 and move the loco to Williton for the completion of its restoration. It is expected in the short term that 7029 will provide mechanical parts to return the the DEPG's two out of service Hymeks to traffic prior to major bodywork repairs commencing. A recent photo of the stripped loco is here
Recent photos of 47117 50031 50031 added along with archive views of 37119 40106 D832 D1023 D1041

16/2/05

The CFPS advise that 40145 has been lifted from its bogies as part of its exam at Barrow Hill and various components are being dismantled, cleaned and inspected. The traction motors are also undergoing a light overhaul and work undertaken to date confirms the bogies and components are in very good condition. 40145 will return to service in time to work the 'Whistling Slater' railtour on 4th June.
27007 was re-united with its number six cylinder over the weekend. The final liner required machining and as a consequence was fitted some months after the other five. In the meantime the engine room has been part cleaned and painted and main work will now concentrate on completing the rebuild of the power unit. Photos here

Full details of D1015's three day railtour with Pathfinder is here
Recent photos of 25173 50031 & 50049 added

14/2/05

50026 was recently re-united with an overhauled set of bogies and the loco will soon be moved by road the the FM Rail base at Derby where damage caused to the loco recently in a lifting accident will be assessed and repaired. In another development 50026 will not now be returning to Bicester and once repairs are complete the loco will move to a new base for the completion of its restoration. More details here
73114 has now been added to the site in the 'Leased Locos' section. The FM Rail owned ED is in the final stages of repairs with only a few electrical problems to iron out before a return to service.
Photos of the 50 hauled filming charter on Saturday are here
Recent photos of 33012 & 40135 added
Archive photos of 33201 45060 D1010 55016 added

12/2/05

56003 was started for the first time in preservation on the 4th. Recent work has centred on rewiring damaged parts of the loco with the air systems next to be attended to. Photos here here and here
HNRC have made a number of locomotives available for sale to preservationists. Details here
50031 and 50049 were chartered privately today for a filming special, working top & tail they ran from London to Frome and back via Westbury.
A number of dates for D1015 have been announced with Past Time Rail - details here. Pathfinder also have plans for a three day jaunt using the Western in June.
Steamy Affairs will be using Fifty Fund Class 50's as the power for the diesel sections of their steam tours on 9th April, 7th May & 14th May.
A timetable and loco roster for the forthcoming ELR English Electric Day is here
Recent photos of D9521 37263 45125 47596 D1015 added along with archive views of 33108 D1015 D1015 D1041

8/2/05

The Western Locomotive Association have applied for Heritage Lottery Funding following the confirmation of a serious problem with the bearings in the 'B' end transmission of D1062. This is the same fault that D1015 suffered and ideally should be repaired by Voith but the cost is £32,000. If the HLF application is unsuccessful then it could be a number of years before D1062 operates again.
The TPWS apparatus on D1015 has received attention from its supplier at Old Oak Common and the system will be monitored on the locos next run.
37901 has undergone its much delayed engine lift at Llangollen. The original unit was craned out of the loco on Sunday and work will now concentrate on rebuilding the replacement engine. Photo are here and here and more are on the Llangollen Diesel Group website
D9521 has successfully operated a number of test runs at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway and it is hoped to have the loco in normal service by Easter. Photos are here and here

The next railtour for 40145 has been announced and will be a second attempt to get to Blaenau Ffestiniog after the previous plans were postponed as some of the route had been damaged by floods. The tour will start from Bristol Temple Meads and run via Birmingham as well as taking in Holyhead. More details are here
Additional photos added to the 55022 move gallery and the loco now has its own website
Recent photos of 26001 45060 46045 D1015 56057 73128 added
Archive views of 20048 26024 31435 D1010 D1010 D1041

31/1/05

73128 made its passenger debut at the Chasewater Railway yesterday working several round trips hauling the DMU. It is hoped to have the 73 in operation on most Sundays until March. Photos here and here
20001 & 20227 have been added to the bill for the Mid Hants gala. The line up is currently
31108, 45112, D1013 and 56045 along with resident 33208. More locos are to be confirmed.
Recent photos of 20001 40145 46045 46045
Archive photos of 20098 20189 20227 25244 27001 45060 added

29/1/05

Additional highlighted photos added to the D1015 tour gallery. The loco will undergo further testing in an attempt to iron out the problems with the locos upgraded TPWS equipment after the original system was modified whilst the loco was out of traffic. Also under consideration for modification is the Class 52's unique 'deadmans' driver vigilance system which also caused a couple of unscheduled stops on Thursday, mechanically the Western performed faultlessly as expected.

28/1/05

Photos of the D1015 railtour yesterday are here. The locomotive experienced some problems with its TPWS equipment on the outward journey at Weston Super Mare but was only five minutes late at its destination. The return trip ran to time and the loco worked the ECS back to Old Oak this morning
Recent photos of 33002 40145 40145 and archive photos of 40013 55016 55019 added

Visions International in association with the CFPS are currently compiling a DVD Video featuring all of 40145's preserved mainline runs. Alan Knight is kindly handling this project on behalf of the CFPS and  would be delighted to receive as much footage as possible featuring on train, line-side, photo stops/stations etc. If you would like to help, please contact Alan by e-mail at

26/1/05

40145 hauled 55022 from Hornsey to Barrow Hill yesterday. The Deltic had been stored at the WAGN depot since September 2002 having worked in light engine following its failure with generator problems whilst working an EWS mail train. A small gallery depicting the move is here
33002 has completed its move from Carlisle to Buckfastleigh. Photos here and here
A recent photo of 37075 and two more of 40145 are here and here

25/1/05

33002 has been purchased for preservation by the South Devon Diesel Traction Group. The loco has been stored at MOD Smalmstown for a number of years but is essentially complete and is heading south by road at the moment with restoration expected to start in the summer. Photo and details are here
Times for 40145 hauling 55022 to Barrow Hill are here. 40145 will also stay at Barrow Hill as HNRC have been contracted to carry out a body lift to enable a bogie inspection. It is expected that the loco will remain at the roundhouse for around three months.
47192 has had its faulty generator disconnected ready for removal at Cheddleton and a overhauled replacement is expected to be on site in around four weeks.
Times for the D1015 railtour and associated stock moves on Thursday are here
Recent photos of 33052 40145 45149 45149 added

24/1/05

20059 was started up at Tyseley last week - the first time the engine has run in a number of years.
Boiler fitted 46045 will work five round trips at the MRT Butterley next Sunday (30th) The first departure is 1030
More photos added to the 40145 railtour gallery.

Recent photos of D9521 37037 and 50002 added

22/1/05

Photos of the 40145 railtour so far are here
Photo and details for 20105 added along with a recent photo of 50026

20/1/05

40145 is booked to run light engine to Doncaster from Bury today in readiness for this weekends railtour. After the tour on Sunday 40145 will go to Old Oak Common with the ECS. On Tuesday it work light engine to Hornsey to collect 55022 and haul it to Barrow Hill where the Deltic is to be overhauled. The past week has seen RSG undergo a ultrasonic axle test and a transit exam in preparation for the move.
20105 has been delivered to the Battlefield Line from its previous location at MOD Smalmstown.
Archive photos of 25173 25265 D7017 & 37075 added

19/1/05

The test run with D1015 was deemed a total success with no problems coming to light on the loco, which last operated on the mainline in August 2003. The Western will now haul Past Times 'Eden Flyer' as well as work the ECS moves from Old Oak Common on 27 January. A photo of the test run is here
Full times for the 40145 railtour are here.
The DPS railtour on 23rd April featuring 55019 is almost sold out. A special offer is available on the remaining seats - see the DPS website for more details.

17/1/05

Confirmed times for tonights test run with D1015 are here and most of the times for next weekends three day bash with 40145 are here
Photos from the ELR Sulzer gala are here

15/1/05

Outline times for D1015's test run on Monday evening are as follows;
5Z52 1955 Kensal Green CSP / Slough 2015 / Reading 2035 / Didcot 2055 / Swindon 2130 / Bristol Parkway RMT arr 2215
5Z53 2315 Bristol Parkway RMT / Bath 2340 / Swindon 0015 / Didcot 0050 / Reading 0110 / Slough 0130 / Kensal Green CSP arr 0200
Recent photos of 20189 37097 added
Archive photos of 25279 33063 33063 33063 40122 47701 DELTIC 73140 73140 added

11/1/05

Bury based Class 14, D9531 has been re-united with its cab as part of its ongoing major overhaul. The 'A' end framework was also re-assembled onto the loco last weekend. Photos are here here & here
25173 has successfully completed a test run on the West Somerset Railway following repairs to its turbo and the loco is now available for traffic. Its space in the shed will now be taken by D7017 for investigation of its cylinder problem. Photos of the 25 test run are here and here

7/1/05

A development that will impact some of the preservation movement as well as the 'big' railway in general is the merger of Fragonset Railways and Merlin Rail to form FM Rail Ltd making it the largest independent train operating company. A press release is on the Fragonset website
A number of class 50 spares have been made available by the owner of 50026. A list is here

6/1/05

47192 was due to have its first test run on 31st December but shortly after starting the loco a major problem was discovered with the main generator and it will now be replaced with a new unit. Arrangements are being made at Cheddleton for a swap to take place in the coming weeks.
50002 has moved up to Buckfastleigh from Totnes for further storage prior to repairs once other projects have been completed. The loco was previously unable to move to the main shed area because of weight restrictions at Nursery Pool Bridge which has recently been rebuilt. A photo is here and further pics can be seen on the DDS website
A timetable for the ELR Sulzer day on the 15th is here
Photos of depicting the restoration of South West based 37's can be seen here here here and here

Recent photos of 20098 and 31207 added

3/1/05

The latest provisional date for D1015's test run is now 17 January with a planned run from Old Oak Common to Bristol and return. More details nearer the date.
Recent photos of 37324 & 56057 added
Archive photos of D7017 50031 50035 D1015 D1015 added

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