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29/12/06

Barrow Hill will be hosting another Deltic event on January 6th when the DPS will be celebrating 25 years since the withdrawal of the class from BR service. The day will feature D9009 and 55019 on the shuttles as well as a display based on the farewell railtours of 1981/2. More details are here.
North Norfolk based 47367 underwent a successful test run on the 16th December following the top end overhaul of the engine. The loco completed three trips from Weybourne to Holt. Photos here and here
The NRM's D6700 was started for the first time on the 23rd after repairs to a cracked cylinder liner that has sidelined the loco for some time.
Photos of the GWR Xmas Gala Day are here
Recent photos of 31018 31465 37198 50019 50031 50031 and 50049 added

21/12/06

40145 worked an ECS move from Bo'ness to Carnforth on Tuesday night consisting of 33029 and the stock from the Lincoln railtour, the 40 continued south light engine to Bury the following day.
45112 has left Derby this morning behind 47832 heading for the secure storage site at Long Marston where it is understood the loco will receive attention prior to working its mainline farewell railtour next month.
Bo'ness based 47643 spent last week at GNER's Craigentinny depot for tyre turning being hauled there and back by West Coast RC Crompton 33029.
Recent photos of 20177 45135 46045 47765 and 55022 added

18/12/06

Tyseley based Vintage Trains are to operate a number of tours in 2007 utilising a new set of coaches as the 'Vintage Trains Explorer' and most will be diesel hauled utilising a Class Fifty Alliance loco although some trains are expected to be operated by 86259 which is due to be unveiled this week. More details are here
37215 has undergone a test run following a period out of traffic for repairs and the loco is expected to take part in the GWR Xmas Gala on 27 December. Photos here here and here
Recent photos of 25059 46045 47205 50031 50031 added

15/12/06

Strathspey Railway based 31327 is undergoing a repaint into BR green at Aviemore, the 31 has carried original Railfreight 'Red-Stripe' Grey livery since restoration at Bo'ness in 2002. Photos here here and here
Barrow Hill will be using former Ilford Depot pilot 08527 for its Santa Specials on Sunday 17th December. Full details are on the PLEG website
A timetable and loco roster for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Xmas Diesel Day is here
Recent photos of 31289 and 45118 added

11/12/06

The visiting locos confirmed for the Swanage Railway diesel gala/beer festival 11th - 13th May 2007 are D1015 and 56098, subject to completion of the rail connection at Furzebrook. The line up for the event will also include 20188, 33012, 33108 plus one steam loco. It is hoped that a 3rd visiting loco may be confirmed before the event.
A milestone in Class 50 preservation is reached this coming Saturday as it will be 15 years to the day that 50031 and 50049 were sold by BR to their respective owners - both loco were on the same tender list and will be celebrating by hauling a railtour from Cardiff to Leeds.
The annual Christmas Diesel Day at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway takes place on 27th December with a full service in operation using classes 20, 37. 47 and 73. Also in operation will be brakevan rides between Toddington & Winchcombe.
Recent photos of 20001 26010 31108 33012 37190 40145 40145 40145 47401 added

7/12/06

Work is underway at Wansford to re-activate 40106's train heating boiler and it is planned to have the 40 steaming for the Nene Valley Railways March Diesel Gala
37219 has successfully undergone a loaded test run on the Chasewater Railway and is expected to enter service for next years operating season. Photos here and here
Recent photos of 31206 31206 31206 37254 added

1/12/06

26010 is expected to complete its road move from the Great Central Railway to Bo'ness today.
The Fifty Fund (operators of 50031/35/44) and Project Defiance (50049) are to merge becoming the Class 50 Alliance Ltd (C50A) - this formalises the many years of collaboration between the two groups. The full press release can be viewed here
Times for the SRPS Railtour using 40145 on December 8th are here
Times for the Pathfinder Railtour using 50031 & 50049 on December 15th are here
Recent photos of 20069 26010 and 50019 added

29/11/06

The bodywork restoration of 26010 at the Great Central Railway has been completed and the loco was hauled to Quorn by D5185 to await road movement to Bo'ness where the loco will receive mechanical attention. The work carried out at Rothley carriage shed has been finished to a high standard as can be seen in the photos here here here and here
46010 has been taken out of traffic at Llangollen to receive a long overdue bodywork overhaul. The Peaks bodywork has not received any attention since the days of BR ownership. Photos here and here
45149 has had the engine governor removed from power unit which was then stripped down and the components cleaned. Photos here here & here
Butterley based D182 (46045) is back on its bogies and has run under its own power following the return of its re-tyred wheelsets. The 46 will undergo a boiler exam before re-entering service this weekend.

28/11/06

Visions International has teamed up with Beaver Sports, the owners of 55022, to produce a DVD depicting the definitive inside story of the locos restoration, testing and return to the main line, culminating in the unfortunate events of 6th October 2006. There is hope on the horizon - the journey back has already begun and proceeds from the DVD will go towards the cost of repairing the locos damaged engine. More info is here and an appeal presented by top Deltic man 'Zontar' can be seen here
Photos of Saturdays 40145 railtour to Salisbury are here
Photos of the Swanage Railway 1960's Gala are here
Recent photos of 20098 and 40013 added

22/11/06

45112 is to work a 'farewell' railtour on January 27th next year which will be the locos last run on the main line as FM Rail will not be fitting the loco with the now mandatory OTDR 'black box' equipment.
A late change to the Swanage 1960's gala this weekend will see 20188 and the DMU operating services alongside steam power. The bodywork overhaul of 33012 is not complete and 33108 is stopped pending examination after being involved in a rough shunt last week.

21/11/06

The overhaul of the Dean Forest Diesel Associations 31210 has begun at Lydney with the stripping of the loco at an advanced stage and bodywork restoration underway. The power unit has also been stripped down ready for rebuilding next year. Photos are here
20059 is nearing the end of its restoration at Tyseley and is expected to enter service with Vintage Trains next year. A photo is here
Photos of the ongoing restoration work on 33008 at Shackerstone are here
Recent photos of 24054 31162 31162 31463 37219 47596 47596 56098 and a archive view of D8233 added

16/11/06

47596 has completed its move from Tyseley to Dereham. Photos here and here
Photos of the recent progress on 45149 at Toddington are highlighted in the locos overhaul gallery
Recent photos of 37219 73128 added

14/11/06

47596 is due to leave Tyseley tomorrow and move by road to its new home on the Mid Norfolk Railway.
North Norfolk based 31162 has passed its annual boiler inspection and will be working seven round trips of the line steaming, vice the lines DMU on Sat/Sun 18th/19th & Sat/Sun 25th/26th November.
56097 has undergone a series experiments with single bank running (SBR) on the power unit as part of adjustments to the fuel pumps and rack. The idea is to replicate the technique used on Valenta and VP185 engined HSTs where one bank of cylinders can drop out when the engine returns to idling. The experiment was successful and the temporary arrangement used will be replaced with more permanent equipment in due course in the hope that this will help produce a more efficient and environmentally friendly loco, as well as avoiding some of the problems caused by the relatively long periods preserved diesels tend to spend idling.
Recent photos of 37190 37190 40012 40145 and 50049 added

13/11/06

Photos from the weekends galas at the East Lancs Railway and the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway added
25279 worked a mainline railtour, the first for a class 25 since 1991, when it hauled Pathfinders 'Edwalton Equinox' railtour over GCR(N) metals on Saturday - photos here here and here
Recent photos of 47117 50031 50049 and 56057 added

10/11/06

Seats are still available on December 8th SRPS railtour from Linlithgow to Lincoln and back hauled by 40145. Anyone wanting to travel behind 40145 AND support 55022's repair should book through www.royalscotsgrey.com
Additional photos added to the GWR and South Devon gala galleries

7/11/06

Carnforth based 47492 was started for the first time last Friday as part of its on-going restoration at the West Coast site. It is hoped to have the loco operational for next year.
73138 previously in the care of the AC Loco Group at Barrow Hill has moved to Long Marston.
Ruddington based 25279 will work a railtour visiting GCRN metals from Rushcliffe to 50 Steps Jnc this Saturday. More details on the tour are here
Times for this months 40145 railtour are here
Photos of the Kent & East Sussex Railway diesel event are here
Additional photos added to the GWR gala gallery

6/11/06

50031 and 50049 were employed on Arriva Trains shuttles on Saturday working a number of trips in top & tail mode between Newport and Cardiff. A photo is here
Photos from the weekends galas at the South Devon Railway and Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway added
Recent photos of D9518 D9520 D9523 27066 27066 45125 56057 added

3/11/06

40145 will deputise for 55022 on the SRPS 'Christmas Cracker' Railtour from Linlithgow to Lincoln and back on December 8th. More details are here
50031 ran light engine from Crewe to Cardiff Canton yesterday after the completion of its B exam at the LNWR depot.
20118 has left the Spa Valley Railway after its successful summer visit and will arrive in Devon in time to take part in the South Devon Railways 'Gronk Aid' Gala this Saturday.

2/11/06

The East Lancs Railway are holding an English Electric Day on November 11th with 31435, 40135, 40145, 55022 and 'Thumper' 1305 working trains through the day. A timetable and loco roster is here

1/11/06

Recently returned to working order at the Northampton and Lamport Railway, 56098 has been added to the bill of the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala in March next year, the Grid will make its preservation debut working alongside 56003 and 56057.
73136 has had a busy October working GBRf engineering trains off Hoo Junction or Eastleigh most weekends during the month.
Photos of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Diesel Gala are here
Recent photos of 20110 26024 31435 37175 47575 D1015 D1015 D1015 D1062 D1062 added

31/10/06

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Gala next weekend will feature 20137 37324 47105 47376 and 73129 working trains during the two day event. A Timetable and loco roster is here
The Nene Valley Railway is offering Class 56 Driver Experience courses on on various dates this year and next. There is the opportunity to drive either 56 currently based on the line or both in multiple. Details here
Photos from the recent gala events at the Spa Valley Railway and Avon Valley Railway added
Recent photos of 37003 37003 37037 and 50002 added along with older pics of 31166 and 37198

29/10/06

31206 was delivered to the Rushden Station Transport Museum on October 25. The loco was previously at Booths Scrapyard in Rotherham having been disposed of by Cotswold Rail. Photos and details here
The Swanage Railway 1960's Weekend on 25th & 26th November will see a change from the usual November Diesel Day. The Saturday is a two train service with two steam locos and 20188, locos changing at Swanage. On Sunday there will be one steam loco, 33108 and 20188, also with loco changes at Swanage. 08436 will be doing 'Drive a Diesel for a fiver' both days. 33012 is currently undergoing bodywork repairs - photos here - and if work is completed in time the loco will work in multi with 33108 on Sunday. Timetables will be available soon. Further news from Swanage is that the railway will be holding a three day diesel event on May 11-13, 2007 which will feature three visiting locos as well as a Beer Festival at Corfe Castle. The current planning is for up to seven locos in operation; one steam, 33012, 33108, 20188 and three visiting engines with the visiting locos having a total of 44 cylinders between them...
More future gala news is that the Nene Valley Railway will be holding a Spring Diesel Gala on March 3/4 which will feature the class 14's, 31271, 40106, 56057 and visiting locos 08704, 33063 and 56003. The line will also be holding a 1960's Gala on April 21/22 and 20137 will be visiting from the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway working alongside 40106 and two steam engines.

28/10/06

D1062 underwent a test run on October 20th when the loco completed two round trips from Bridgnorth to Bewdley, the first being light engine and the second with a set of coaches. No major problems were encountered and is a big step forward in the Westerns nine year overhaul. A gallery is here
Restoration has begun on Churnet Valley Railway based 47524. The loco was hauled from storage at Oakamoor to Cheddleton by D1842 to allow remedial work to commence. Photos are here here here and here
46045 has had its wheelsets with newly fitted tyres delivered back to Butterley and work is now underway rebuilding the bogies and to re-unite them with the loco for next years operating season.
Photos of last Saturdays D1015 railtour are here
Recent photos of D9526 20110 25173 33048 73101 & 73101 added

19/10/06

73101 is due to arrive at the Avon Valley Railway next Monday for an extended stay. The loco will take part in the railways end of season gala on October 29th.
The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway diesel gala on 28/29 October is expected to feature the preservation debut of 47004 working alongside 20189 and 31119. More details are here
Recent photo of 37248 added

17/10/06

The restoration of 33008 has begun at Shackerstone with corroded bodywork being attended to and all missing (bar exhaust bellows) have been secured - many of which came from 33056. A fully overhauled turbo was secured earlier in the year. It is planned to have the locos bogies repaired in the short term and the defective generator set will be lifted from the loco and sent away for specialist repair. Photos here here and here
The bodywork restoration of 26010 at Rothley is now nearing completion with the bulk of repainting now completed with final finishing, lining out & varnishing, discs refitted & re-glazing required to complete the job. The loco will move to Bo'ness for mechanical attention in the coming weeks. Photo is here
Photos of the work taking place on Churnet Valley based 37009 are here here and here
Timetables and loco rosters for this weekends Grand Trains event at the West Somerset Railway are here
Recent photos of 40145 40145 added along with a page for scrapped 47001

16/10/06

50044 was re-dedicated 'Exeter' in a ceremony at Kidderminster on Saturday. Photos here here and here
Times for Saturdays railtour with D1015 are here
Photos from the Dartmoor Railway diesel weekend are here
Recent photos of 27066 31271 47105 47376 and 55022 added

13/10/06

RMS owned 20107 has left its long term storage location at Flixborough Wharf and its en-route to the Weardale Railway by road for restoration to working order.
The lengthy overhaul of 56097 is now in its final stages with attention turning to completing the bodywork restoration as the loco is currently marooned in its current location because permanent way work has disconnected the track to the shed. Once reconnected the loco will be load banked followed by loaded test runs along the former Great Central main line. In the absence of major setbacks during testing 56097 should be available for traffic in plenty of time for the start of the 2007 season. Photos here here and here
Bodywork restoration is continuing on 33057 at Williton whilst missing mechanical parts are sourced to allow the locos return to service. Photos here here here and here
D9526, 25173 and 33048 will be working trains during the West Somerset Railways Grand Trains Event over the weekend of October 21/22. More details here
Recent photos of 20087 20142 24054 27066 31456 37901 40145 47105 55022 56098

11/10/06

The Spa Valley Railway have organised an additional Diesel event to be held over Friday & Saturday 27/28th October. 33063, 33065, 73140 and 20118 are to feature. The 20 will return to Devon shortly after the gala and 33065 will come out of service for overhaul following this event. More details here
Restoration work is making steady progress on Churney Valley based 37009. Photos here here and here
Photos of the weekends gala at the Nene Valley Railway are here
Recent photos of 20166 37142 37142 50029 50042 50042 and 56098 added

10/10/06

55022 suffered a serious failure of one of its engines whilst working the Autumn Highlander Railtour last Friday with power unit 413 throwing a piston through the crankcase in the Doncaster area on the outward journey. The train continued north with 55022 working on one engine to Edinburgh where it was replaced, as booked, by 40145. However the loco did not continue with the train to Inverness instead running light to Craigentinny. The Highland sections of the railtour were worked by 40145 and West Coast Railways 47245. RSG rejoined the train at Perth on the journey south working (on one engine) in tandem with 40145 as far as York. Photos of the weekend are here and some photos of the damaged engine can be found on the Definitive Deltics website. Both 40145 and 55022 are booked to run light from Old Oak to Bury on Friday where 55022 is expected to work the ELR diesel turn as rostered this coming weekend.
37248 will be working the NYMR Whitby Endeavour 'steam' services between Glaisdale and Whitby this coming Sunday (15th). Trains leave Whitby at 10:15, 12:15, 14:15,16:15 & 18:15. Please contact the NYMR for more info
A timetable and loco roster for the South Devon Railway 'Gronk Aid' Gala on November 4th is here
Photos from the weekends gala at the Llangollen Railway are here

5/10/06

55022 has worked south light engine with 47245 from Bo'ness to Old Oak Common in readiness for the Autumn Highlander railtour
Toddington based 24081 is undergoing repairs to its cooler group and the radiator compartment has suffered badly from corrosion having not seen the light of day since its last overhaul in 1972! New water tanks are being fabricated and rotten areas are being replated. The owners are also looking for spare radiator elements from classes 08/25/26/27 or 31 to assist with the work. Contact Mark Elvey (note spamtrap) Photos of the work are here here and here
50044 will re-named 'Exeter' at Kidderminster on October 14th - the loco has not carried its name since 1996. The ceremony, which is at 1230pm, will be conducted by Lt Ollie Hucker Officer Commanding 3 Watch on HMS Exeter. A photo is here
Loco diagrams for the Dartmoor Railway Diesel Gala on October 14/15 can be found here All advertised locos are expected to work during the event.
27066 has arrived at Wansford for the weekends gala. A photo is here & loco diagrams have now been added to the timetables here
Recent photos of 37190 37198 37198 37901 added

4/10/06

The restoration of Ruddington based 47765 is progressing with work complete on the brake systems with several components having been replaced and satisfactory testing over the weekend. The focus of the restoration is to now on the engine defects which consist of two damaged main bearings.
Recent photos of D9555 20110 26010 27066 31270 37152 47402 55022 56003 and 73101 added

3/10/06

D9529 has returned to Wansford following a period of contract work bringing the total of Class 14's at the line to five.
A working party will be attending to 50050 at the Yeovil Railway Centre on October 21st and anyone wishing to lend a hand will be made welcome.
The AC Loco Group have launched an appeal to save the unique AC electric 89001 for preservation. The group have been custodians of the loco for the last two years and now the owners have decided to sell to the highest bidder which may well see the loco cut up for scrap. More details here
The National Railway Museum are holding a nameplate and railwayana auction on 28th October, viewing will be from 1000 till 1230 with the auction taking place afterwards. There are 22 modern traction nameplates from classes 37,47,56,58,60,86,87. Admission is free.
Times for next weekends Autumn Highlander Railtour are here
Photos of the weekend gala at Bo'ness are here
Recent photo of 56098 added

29/9/06

Porterbrook have issued a press release announcing that 47840 (47077) will be handed over to the D&EPG on 1st May 2007 and enter preservation based at the West Somerset Railway.
DFR based 27066 is a late addition to the line up of the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Gala next month. Details here

28/9/06

56098 has undergone a successful test run on the Northampton & Lamport Railway with the loco making several light engine runs on the northern section of the line. A few more small jobs need attending to before the loco enters service. A photo is here
Dartmoor Railway based 31465 has also made its first test runs in preservation and is on-track to make its debut at the lines Diesel Gala next month
The Spa Valley Railway advise that two places are available on the 20118 Driver Experience day that will take place on Wed 4th October. More details are here
The Devon Diesel Society 2007 calendar is now available with proceeds going towards the upkeep of the societies locomotives - details here
Additional photos added to the Mid Norfolk Diesel gala are here
A gallery for the Moray Mint railtour is here
Recent photos of 20142 20154 25035 26024 33110 37099 47192 55019 56003 56057 56057 added along with an archive pic of 50021

25/9/06

31203 was started for the first time at the Chasewater Railway last week as part of its on going mechanical restoration by Shackerstone based Heritage Traction Supplies and Restoration Ltd
Photos of the Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala are here
Additional photos added to the Peak Rail gala gallery
Recent photos of D9526 31166 31188 31289 31289 33057 45112 50040 D1015 55009 55022 55022 56003 56057 added

24/9/06

55022 hauled 26024 and 40145 to Bo'ness on Friday Photo here. The Deltic then worked to Moray Mint Railtour on Saturday. A photo is here
45112 and 55009 have been exhibited at the Acorp rail event in Darlington
A timetable and loco roster for next weekends diesel gala at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway is here
Photos from the Peak Rail Diesel Gala are here
Recent photos of D9526 20001 20142 25262 37099 40145 47105 47596 50049 50049 56098 56098 added along with an archive view of D821

22/9/06

This site went on-line five years ago today - many thanks to all who have contributed during that time..

20/9/06

Photos galleries of the recent galas at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway, Midland Railway - Butterley and Battlefield Line added
Recent photos of D9518 25262 37099 37240 45105 and 55016 added

19/9/06

50031 and 50049 have today worked an ECS move from Cardiff to Carnforth and the locos later ran light from there to Crewe LNWR.
Timetables and loco rosters for this weekends Mid Norfolk diesel gala are here and are here for next months Nene Valley Diesel Gala
Photos of last weekends gala at the Great Central Railway are here

16/9/06

The Mid Norfolk Railway have arranged for a DRS class 37/0 to attend their Autumn diesel gala working services alongside 31538 and 50019 on September 23/24. More details here
37142 and 50042 from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway will be the visiting locos for the Dartmoor Railways first diesel gala over the weekend of October 15/16. More details are here
55022 will haul 40145 and 26024 north from Bury to Bo'ness next week where the Deltic will be in position to work the 'Moray Mint' railtour on 23 September. Times are here
Timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Railway Diesel day on September 30th is here
Timetables & loco roster for next month three day gala at Llangollen are here
The Swanage Railway is holding a '1960's Gala' on November 25 which will see 33012 return to service after bodywork repairs. The following day is the annual diesel day where 33012 will be joined by 20188 and 33108 on an all diesel timetable.

14/9/06

West Somerset based 33057 is to move from storage at Minehead to the DEPG depot at Williton for an engineering survey to determine what is required to restore the locomotive to working order. Several missing parts have already been identified and are actively being sought. The loco will also undergo a repaint into BR green livery.
Timetables and loco rosters for the Battlefield Line diesel gala are here
A gallery of the recent Railcar Gala at Shackerstone is here
Recent photos of 31101 & 40145 added with archive views of 20137 20227 31101 40012 45060 45112 45112 D1013

13/9/06

73003 left the Great Central Railway yesterday and is now en-route to its new home on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway. Photo here
The Peak Rail Diesel Gala on September 23/24 should see D8, 31270 and 37 152 along with locos belonging to the Heritage Shunters Trust running on the main line services, with the 05 being used on Brake Van Rides at Rowsley South. More details here
20142 has arrived back at Llangollen following its appearance at the GWR gala.
Loco diagrams for this weekends diesel gala at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway are here and revised diagrams for the GCR gala are here
Recent photos of 20142 25057 37032 37152 50029 50042 50049 50049 50049 added

12/9/06

D9518, which was recently sold to new owners, has moved from the Rutland Railway Museum to Wansford for restoration.
56003 has arrived at Wansford for its stay at the Nene Valley Railway. Photos here and here
Photos of the weekends galas at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway and the Chasewater Railway added
Recent photos of 20227 40012 50042 50049 50049 55022 added

8/9/06

D1062 had its overhauled 'B' transmission installed over the bank holiday weekend along with the reconditioned cooler group. Photos of recent work on the loco are here here and here.
56098 was successfully started yesterday after having a replacement camshaft section fitted, work carried out by Heritage Traction Restoration & Supplies Ltd based at Shackerstone. The engine now runs on all cylinders but there are many items to attend to before the loco is serviceable. A photo is here
Details of the forthcoming diesel gala at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway are here. An event that will see the return to service of 50042.
Additional photos added to the 45149 overhaul gallery
Additional photos added to the ELR gala gallery
Recent photos of 20142 37037 37188 37264 50049 50049 added along with archive views of D8233 D8233 and D7029

6/9/06

37906 has been started at Kidderminster for the first time in around four years. The loco did take power first attempt but a number of jobs need to be attended to and a B1 exam undertaken before the loco can enter service next year. A photo is here
47596 has had its No.2 bogie replaced at Tyseley and now has six working traction motors which have been successfully tested. A photo is here
Photos of the recent repair work on 47105 are here and here. The loco, which returned to service last week, has had corrosion repairs to the exhaust silencer box and its housing. The fuel tank has also been cleaned to remove algae contamination.
20142 has moved from Barry to Toddington where it will participate in this weekends Diesel Gala. A photo is here
A timetable and loco roster for the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Day on September 16 is here. 20118 is available for 'Driver Experience' trips on October 3 & 4. More details on the SELG website
Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming 3-day Diesel Gala at the Great Central Railway are can be downloaded from the GCR website
Photos of the weekends gala at the East Lancs are here
Recent photos of D9526 20227 20227 24061 25057 25279 31163 33048 33053 33102 40106 40145 47117 47401 56040 added

31/8/06

20142 will be running again at the Barry Island Railway this weekend (Sept 2nd/3rd) for the Waterfront Festival. It will be T&T with steam on sat and T&T with D9521 on Sunday. The loco will then move to Toddington for the GWR gala the following weekend

30/8/06

55022 successfully completed its test run yesterday and is expected to run to Bury tomorrow. Photos here & here
An ex-Northern Ireland Railways Class 80 DEMU power car has been delivered to the ELR at Bury. The unit is fitted with EE 4SRKT engine and will provide spares for the lines own DEMU - 207202. However, the NIR unit was fired up on the 26th and subsequently moved under its own power on a short length of track! A photo is here
The Midland Railway - Butterley celebrated its 25th Anniversary and all available diesels were on show - a photo is here
A revised version of the GWR gala timetable is here
Photos of the Barry Island Railway diesel gala are here
Additional photos added the the 40145 railtour gallery
Recent photos of 20189 25262 27056 31119 33048 33048 37003 37003 37901 40012 45060 47105 50027 50042 73129 added

29/8/06

55022 made its main line test run today hauling 55002 and 47703 to York where the Deltic continued with the FM 'Green Train' to Newcastle. A photo is here
Photo from yesterdays 40145 railtour are here.
The Stratford and Broadway Railway Society are having an open day at the Long Marston site this Sunday (3rd). Photo here

27/8/06

Passenger services have returned to the Weardale Railway with 37003 working services yesterday. Photos here and here
Timetables and loco rosters for this weekend three day gala at the ELR are here
A RailCar gala will be taking place at Battlefield Line over 9 & 10 September - details here
Enthusiasts considering booking on Octobers 'Autumn Highlander' railtour featuring 40145 and 55022 are encouraged to book through either the CFPS or Royal Scots Grey websites as it is hoped that the additional bookings generated by the advertised traction will allow the locos to be used again on these trains.
Recent photos of 25279 37175 37901 37906 40145 40145 50031 50031 55016 added

25/8/06

40145 and 55022 are to work a four day luxury rail cruise on October 6th - 9th. The Autumn Highlander will start from Kings Cross and visit Inverness, Kyle of Lochalsh, Wick and Thurso. More details are here
55022 is to have its mainline test on Tuesday (29th) when it will haul 55002, a 47 and a set of FM rail coaches from Barrow Hill to York. The two locos will be detached at the NRM and 55022 will run to Newcastle and back before returning to Barrow Hill. If all is well, the loco will move the the East Lancs Railway to partake in the lines diesel gala on Spetember 1 - 3.
40145 has today run light engine from Bury to Old Oak Common for Mondays railtour to Penzance. A photo is here
Additional photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery
Recent photos of 20142 50031 50031 50031 added

23/8/06

The replacement Paxman 16YHXL unit purchased for use in D8233 has arrived on site at Bury. A photo is here. The engine will be stored until work is at a stage where the original power unit from D8233 can be placed alongside to swap relevant pipework and conduit over to the new one. On the loco itself the fan drive gearbox has been removed and sent away for repair at an engineering firm whilst stripping and bodywork restoration is continuing.
Restoration of 33002 is continuing apace at Buckfastleigh with work starting over the weekend to strip down the engine for a top end overhaul. Work is also underway to complete the re-plating at the no.2 end. Photos here and here
20142 has moved from Llangollen to Barry Island to take part in the railways bank holiday diesel weekend
Times for next Mondays Railtour to Penzance with 40145 are here
Recent photos of 25057 31162 31327 33048 33116 33116 33201 40106 50049 50049 added along with an archive shot of 45112

21/8/06

The future of ELR based 50015 may be resolved with negotiations taking place that could see 'Valiant' returned to traffic. The loco has not worked in regular service for over 5 years and requires a traction motor change along with other remedial work.
Details of the October Diesel Gala at the Nene Valley Railway have been confirmed with visiting locos being 56003 and 03 D2112 working alongside resident engines D9516, D9520, D9523, 31271, 40106, 56057 as well as the class 117 DMU. More details here
Photos of the Fishguard 100 railtour involving 50049 are here
Photos of 33116 working push/pull on the GCR are here
Recent photos of 20137 25262 26007 40106 D832 45125 45133 55016 55022 56040 73128 1505 added along with archive views of 20007 50008 and 56057

17/8/06

An alteration to the advertised mixed traction gala at the Spa Valley Railway over the weekend of 16/17 September will see diesel only operation on the Saturday with steam on the Sunday. The Saturday Diesel Day will feature 20 118, 33 063, 33 065, E6047, D3489"Colonel Tomline" & D15224 (class 12).
Times for Saturdays Vintage Trains railtour involving a class 50 are here
Additional photos added to the DPS Doncaster event gallery
Recent photos of 25067 26002 26035 31203 31207 33111 37032 37037 37097 37097 37097 37097 37152 37175 37240 44004 47484 50049 D1013 56097 added

16/8/06

The DPS staged the Doncaster Plant Farewell event at Barrow Hill over the weekend which saw the six surviving Deltics brought together for the first time in preservation. The event saw the return to service of 55022 following an extensive overhaul as well as D9009 & D9016 both working passenger trains for the first time in over three years. Photos are here
Llangollen Railway based D8142 will be visiting the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway for their Diesel Gala on September 9 & 10 where it will join D8137 37324 and 47376 working services over the weekend. A provisional timetable is here
Recent photos of 20007 20059 31207 31414 44008 & 50049 added

15/8/06

The planned railtour with D1015 from Paddington to Penzance on October 28th has been cancelled, however the loco will make its debut in its new livery working the diesel sections of two Past-Time Rail steam tours on October 21st and 28th. The first outing will see D1015 work Paddington to Taunton and Penzance to Paddington with 'King' 6024 hauling the train west from Taunton on the down working. On the 28th, with duties again shared with the 'King', D1015 will work Gloucester to Penzance and then Taunton - Gloucester. The reason for the change is an engineering based decision made by the DTG in light of the new 'A' engine now installed in D1015 with the lighter loads on these two charters thought to be ideal for running in the new engine. Further details on the tours is here
Photos of the recent diesel gala at the Spa Valley Railway are here
Recent photos of 25173 25279 31108 31418 33012 D7029 50007 50044 50049 & D821 added

14/8/06

50008 has been purchased privately for preservation from Sea Containers Co, who owned the loco with intention of returning the loco to the mainline to haul VSOE Pullman trains but the overhaul was not completed and 'Thunderer' has spent the most part of the last eight years stored in Crewe South Yard. The new owner, who owns several steam engines, intends to have the outstanding work on the loco completed at the LNWR depot in Crewe. Photos and details are here
47004 has been transported from Old Oak Common to its new home at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway where the engine was started and moved under its own power over the weekend. Photos and details are here
37906 has been sold by BRE Ltd to the Ruston 906 Group who intend to return the loco to working order at the Severn Valley Railway where the loco will remain based. Photos and details are here
55002 and 55016 have moved from the NRM and Tyseley respectively and took part in the Deltic gathering at Barrow Hill over the weekend. Photos here and here
Type 3 Tractions 37248 has been returned to the main line by West Coast - the now maroon 37 ran from Carnforth to Crewe where it will undergo tyre turning.
50049 ran light from Cardiff to Crewe on Saturday to undergo a 'B' exam at the LNWR depot.
Recent photos of 37099 37099 37215 56057 56057 added

3/8/06

Work on D1015 is continuing at Old Oak Common with the installation of on-train data recording equipment (OTDR) now complete and extensive testing has now begun. Photos here and here. The loco has also had a replacement engine fitted and the repaint only requires small items and embellishments to complete. Photos here here here and here
E6003 is to move to a new home on the Swindon & Cricklade Railway and will be leaving the Great Central Railway in the coming weeks.
The DMU group at Ruddington are appealing for shareholders and volunteers. The group own a three-car 116 and a two-car 108 DMU and with services gradually increasing at GCRN, the prospects for the units at GCRN are very good indeed. More details here
Photos from last weekends Diesel Gala at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway are here
Additional photos added the the recent Dean Forest Railway Gala gallery
Recent photos of 25057 26014 26024 27024 27056 27056 31463 37032 45125 45125 added

31/7/06

37175 has continued its journey north and will be delivered to its new home on the Weardale Railway tomorrow. Photo and details are here. Two other members of the C37LG fleet, 37003 and 37275 will arrive at Eastgate on Wednesday along with the groups two support coaches. 37003's move to Weardale is on a medium term basis and the door has been left open for it to return to Leeming Bar in the future. Photos here and here
Recent photos of D9523 20031 25283 26010 26024 26024 31188 37275 D1048 56057 56097 added

30/7/06

55022 was successfully started and run up on both engines at Barrow Hill on the 25th and all being well the loco will be ready to take part in the Doncaster Deltic Event at Barrow Hill on 12/13 August. A photo is here
North Norfolk based 47367 was started on Wednesday at Weybourne this being the first start up following the power units top end re-build.
37175 has left Old Oak Common and has moved to a temporary storage base pending movement to a preservation site.
Photos of Saturdays Diesel Day at the Dean Forest Railway are here
Photos of 25279 working a freight at the GCR(N) are here
20118 has moved by road from Buckfastleigh to the Spa Valley Railway to take part in the forthcoming three day diesel gala. Photos are here and here
A selection of photos of 50031 & 50049 working Arriva services during the last week are here
Photo and details for 47484 added
Recent photos of 26024 31271 33048 33048 33048 33108 37211 47192 50044 D1048 55002 73133 added

25/7/06

Bodmin based 37142 has been undergoing a repairs to a leaking cylinder liner and the loco will return to service soon. Photos here and here. The bodywork repairs on 50042 are continuing and the loco is also having work done to the bogies and electrical equipment. A photo is here
The power unit from 45149 has had the remaining 6 pistons removed for overhaul at Toddington. Recent photos added here
A class 50 will work the diesel sections of a Vintage Trains railtour from Tyseley to Fishguard on August 19th. Details here
Recent photos of 25279 25279 25279 31101 31101 37254 47401 50044 added

24/7/06

55022 is nearing the end of its extensive overhaul at Barrow Hill and the loco has now had both power units, cooler groups, roof sections and a temporary boiler installed over the weekend. It is hoped to start the loco for the first time since January 2005 shortly. A photo is here
47484 has moved from Glasgow Works to its restoration base in the West Midlands. The new owner has also purchased 47475 to provide parts for the renovation of IKB.
33056 left Cheddleton for Booths in Rotherham on Wednesday and was in the process of being cut up over the weekend.
Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming diesel events at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway , Barry Island Railway & Dean Forest Railway added.
Additional photos added to the Mid Norfolk gala gallery
Recent photos of 25057 33048 40106 47367 47401 47401 D1013 D1048 73133

20/7/06

Details with timetables and loco rosters for the three day gala at the Spa Valley Railway on August 4 - 6 are now online here

A revamped Events page has been uploaded to include all running days and at the moment is up to date to the end of August. If you are aware of any running days or galas not included then do let me know and I'll get it added ASAP. This page replaces 'The Gen Page' which, due to a change in circumstance for the webmaster, can no longer be updated. I'm sure I am not alone in thanking Phill for his work over the years and if you see him at a railway (usually near a Sulzer type 2)  then buy him a drink!

19/7/06 @ 1100am

Due to hardware failure can I ask any correspondents who have e-mailed the website in the last 24 hours to please resend their messages to the normal address. Thanks.

18/7/06

The Diesel Day at the Dean Forest Railway on July 29th is to use 25283 for the first time on passenger trains since its arrival at the line and this will be the only opportunity to travel behind this loco for a while as a heavy overhaul is planned to start in September. Other locos planned to be in use are D9555 and 27066.
Photos from the Mid Norfolk Railway 1970's gala are here

17/7/06

Llangollen Railway based 20142 will be the visiting traction at the Barry Island Railway Diesel Weekend over August Bank Holiday weekend (26th to 28th August). Resident traction working will be D9521 and 20228 along with the Barry Railcar Project's class 108 and 117 DMU's.
33056 has undergone final stripping of re-usable parts at Cheddleton and will be sent to Booths in Rotherham for scrap sometime this week. Photos here here and here
Additional photos added the the ELR gala gallery
Recent photos of 26014 31162 31271 31271 40013 40106 47402 50049 D1013 and 205032 added

14/7/06

47004 has been purchased by a member of the Poulton & Wyre Railway Society and is expected to leave Old Oak Common shortly and move to a location in the North West.
The repair of Strathspey Railway based D5325(26025) is nearing completion however due to power constraints on the line the 26 will re-enter traffic in green undercoat with the full repaint taking place at the end of the summer running season. Photos here and here
Recent photos of D8233 20031 31203 37219 45132 50044 56057

13/7/06

The repair of D1062's transmission has been completed at the Voith workshops in Germany and is due back at Bridgnorth this week and will be installed in the loco shorty afterwards.
Bodywork restoration on 33002 is nearing completion at Buckfastleigh and attention has now turned to the engine with stripping underway for a top end overhaul. Photos here and here
Additional photos added the the ELR gala gallery
Recent photos of 25279 25279 added

12/7/06

D9524 (14901) latterly stored out of use at Bo'ness has been sold to a company called Middle Peak Railways and moved to RMS Locotec in Yorkshire for overhaul.
The Mid Norfolk Railway are holding a 1970's Gala this coming weekend 15/16 July featuring classes 20,31 & 50 working trains with new arrival 56040 on display. It will also be the first event to use the lines newly repainted blue & grey liveried coaches. More details are here
Photos of the weekends gala at Barrow Hill are here
recent photo of 50050 added

8/7/06

South Devon Railway based 20118 is to visit the Spa Valley Railway to take part in the lines Diesel Gala on 4,5,6 August. The loco is expected to leave Buckfastleigh soon and return in time for the SDR's 'Gronk Aid' gala in November. It will be the 20's first visit away from Devon in preservation and the first time a 20 has worked on the Spa Valley Railway.
The Electro-Diesel Loco Group has announced that with the mutual agreement of the Great Central Railway E6003 will be moving to a new home in the near future having been based on the line for the past four years since moving from the Lavender Line. The EDLG would like to thank the GCR for their hospitality and the locos new operating based will be announced soon.
47401 has been chartered to work nine round trips at the MR-B on Friday July 21. Tickets are £15 - more details are here
Due to the failure of the resident steam loco at Ruddington it is likely that the GCR(N) services for the next few weeks will be worked by class 25 D7629. The cover for the failed steam loco will begin next weekend (16th), and is expected to continue through July 23rd and 30th.
Photos of the ELR Diesel Gala (so far) are here

4/7/06

50049 hauled Arriva Trains class 121 DMU from Cardiff Canton to the Vale of Glamorgan Railway yesterday where the DMU will be based for two weeks for ATW Driver/Guard familiarisation. 50049 then returned light engine to Canton. A minor point of note is that the four Class 50 Alliance locos now have their own TOPS loco pool with 50031/35/44/49 now allocated to CFOL - Class 50 Operations. The four were previously in the MBDL 'Private Owner' pool.
Photos of the Diesel Weekend at the Dean Forest Railway are here
Recent photos of 20048 20048 20098 20110 31438 33065 47402 47575 50015 56003 and 56003 added

1/7/06

50049 ran light to Crewe LNWR on Thursday to collect the newly overhauled class 121 DMU for Arriva Trains and hauled it south to Canton depot yesterday. A photo is here
An update on the traction performing at Barrow Hill on the local shuttles next weekend is that the class 02,03,06 shunters and 37178 are OK to work but 20056 will not be running; however it is hoped that 20132 and 33111 will be made operational in time. The times for the mainline specials running in connection with the event are here
A booklet has been produced detailing the history and restoration (so far) of 37254, proceeds from which will go towards the locomotive. More details are available by e-mailing Doug Barrow on doug.barrowATlineone.net (replace AT with @)
Archive photos of 44004 and 55019 added

29/6/06

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Doncaster Plant Deltic Farewell has had to be moved from Doncaster Works to Barrow Hill where the Deltic Preservation Society is to hold the event as a farewell tribute to Doncaster Works over the weekend of 12th and 13th of August and intend to bring together the six surviving production Deltics for the first time since 1982. Further details along with ticket information can be found on the DPS website
56057 will deputise for steam at the Nene Valley Railway this weekend working four round trips on both days - the trains are the 1100, 1245, 1430 and 1615 departures from Wansford.
20048 and 20098 will work three round trips at the GCR this Saturday and Sunday as part of the lines 'Seasisde Specials' Weekend - departures on both days are the 1220 1500 & 1705 from Loughborough.
56003 has left the Churnet Valley Railway and moved by road to the East Lancs Railway.
The Swanage TC group have been given notice to quit their current restoration base and are seeking offers for a new home to continue the restoration of the unit. If you can help please contact markkirkhamATyahoo.co.uk (replace AT with @)
Timetables and loco rosters for next weeks gala at the East Lancs can be downloaded here
Recent photos of 25173 56040 56040 added

27/6/06

56040 has moved from Immingham to its new home at Dereham on the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
37219 made its first runs in preservation on Sunday at the Chasewater Railway having spent the morning ironing out electrical faults the loco made three trips between Brownhills and Norton Lakeside with no problems encountered. Photos here and here
D7018 has been re-united with its re-conditioned bogies at Williton. The Hymek has been on stands since it was lifted in March 2004 as part of its on-going major overhaul. Photos added to the locos overhaul gallery
Mainline registered 37214 which has been operating the Royal Scotsman land cruise train for West Coast has been sidelined at Carnforth with engine problems.
50049 worked the inaugural loco-hauled Arriva Fishguard service on Saturday. Photos here here and here
The Weardale Railway looks set to begin running trains again later this summer after it was taken out of administration and put in the hands of a partnership of local organisations. The railway, which is currently home to 37414 with 37275 expected to move from the Wensleydale Railway in the near future, operated for a short period before financial problems forced the suspension of services in January 2005.
Details of the forthcoming Diesel Weekend at the Dean Forest Railway are here
Photos of the weekends CFA gala at Butterley added
Recent photos of 25173 31421 33012 33048 D7017 46045 added along with an archive shot of D1010

24/6/06

The overhaul of 40013 at Barrow Hill is continuing with the engine rebuilding complete. A photo is here
25173 will deputise for the West Somerset Railways DMU this Wednesday (28th) working the 1135 from Bishops Lydeard , 1450 from Minehead to Williton and the 1545 return working and the 17.20 from Minehead.
The Barrow Hill Diesel Gala takes place on July 8/9 and in addition to the mainline mini-tours to Deepcar and Toton the roundhouse will also be operating its usual shuttles on the site with D2868, 03066, 06003, 20056 & 37178 expected to be the locos in action.
Recent photos of 25262 27066 and D1013 added

23/6/06

40012 has been outshopped in BR Green as D212 and will participate in the Class Forty Appeal Gala at Butterley this weekend. A photo is here

22/6/06

37175 and 37906 have been added to the BRE Ltd fleet after the recent round of EWS disposals. The acquisition of 37906 gives the group both Ruston engined 37's with 37905 already under restoration at the Dartmoor Railway.
56003 will attend next months five day gala at the East Lancs and will remain at Bury to take part in the railways September diesel gala. 55022 will not be attending as it is still undergoing overhaul at Barrow Hill.
Newly arrived 73133 is rostered to work all trains on Sundays at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway
Additional photos added to The Orcadian railtour gallery
Recent photos of 24061 33057 33063 33065 40106 and 40122 added

20/6/06

47484 has been purchased for preservation and is to be moved to a private site for restoration. The heavily stripped loco currently resides at Glasgow Works.
73133 worked its first trains at Blaenavon on Sunday - photos here and here
Photos of the work on 26025 at Aviemore are here here and here
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends CFA gala featuring 37190, 40012 and 50007 at the Midland Railway - Butterley is here
A gallery of the weekends Orcadian railtour with 50031 & 50049 is here
Recent photos of 20001 20031 20031 20031 20118 20227 24061 31162 31162 31289 31327 37037 40122 40145 40145 50029 50029 50044 50044 D1013 D1013 56098 & 73133 added

16/6/06

50031 and 50049 are heading north today on The Orcadian Tour. Times for the weekend are here
Details of the five day gala at the East Lancs on July 5 - 9 can be found here. The organisers hope to add another loco to the line up in due course.
The Poulton & Wyre Railway Society will be holding its AGM on Thursday 22nd June at Poulton Civic Centre and is open to anybody interested in being a part of the scheme to re-open the existing railway between Poulton and Burn Naze.
Great Central Railway based 33116 will see extensive use on August 19 & 20 when it will work a series of special trains in Push/Pull mode with the lines 4-Cig unit - clocking up around 100 miles in the process. A timetable will be made available nearer the date.
Recent photos of 37037 73006 and 73119

15/6/06

46035 has moved by road from the Freightliner depot at Leeds Midland Road to the Railway Age Museum at Crewe. The Peak had been at the Leeds depot since November 2003 for an 'E' exam that was not completed and has also had various components removed, including all six traction motors. It is planned for the loco to be made railworthy and towed over to the South Shed for further storage. A photo is here
News from Williton is that D7017 will not see any operation this year due to the discovery of a leaking cylinder liner meaning the engine will need to be removed from the loco to facilitate the repair. Sister loco D7018 is due to be re-united with its overhauled bogies later this month.
Additional photos added to the South Devon Railway gala gallery

14/6/06

After making its preservation debut at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Transport Festival last weekend, 73133 has moved to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway for a visit and to participate in the lines Diesel Gala on 29-30 July along with home based DMU's and Thumper unit 205018.
KWVR based 20031 has been returned to working order after two years out of traffic undergoing generator repairs at Haworth. The loco has been outshopped in Railfreight Triple grey and will operate an evening 'Beerex' train on Saturday 17th June to celebrate its return to traffic. More details are here
Cotswold Rails 47818 hauled 20227 and 37190 Totnes to Gloucester yesterday and will continue north today. A photo is here
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is holding a 1960's gala this coming weekend which will see 24061 and 40122 in action. Loco rosters can be found on the NYMR Diesel website
Photos from Vale of Glamorgan Railway Transport Festival are here
Recent photos of 33048 37263 and 50031 added

13/6/06

50031 and 50049 worked light to Old Oak from Cardiff yesterday in preparation for this weekends Scottish Bash
The repaint of D1015 is progressing with the first coat of maroon having been applied during last week. Photos here and here
37324 has returned to Toddington following its succesful one month visit to the Swanage Railway.
Additional photos added to the 37264 restoration gallery
Photos from the South Devon Railway Diesel Gala are here
Recent photos of 20069 25057 25057 25279 31414 33116 37215 37215 40012 D832 D832 50019 50044 50050 and 73128 added

9/6/06

Updated loco rosters for this weekends South Devon Railway gala are here & the loco convoy of 20227 and 37190 should be heading south behind 47818 this morning.
The two narrow gauge shunting locos that worked at the former BR permanent way depot at Chesterton Junction have been reunited at the the Derbyshire Dales Narrow Gauge Railway and both locos will be running on July 15/16. More details are here
Additional photos of the wheelset work on 46045 at Butterley are here here and here
Recent photos of 31438 31438 37254 40122 and 40145 added

7/6/06

Unfortunately 20001 and 31108 are unable to attend this weekends South Devon Railway Diesel Gala but 20227 and 37190 will still journey south to join the SDR home fleet. Updated loco diagrams will be posted when available.
Additional photos added the the Churnet Valley Gala gallery
Photos added for last Sundays diesel day at Chinnor. Click here

6/6/06

Preserved traction makes a welcome return to regular timetabled service trains this summer with the announcement that a class 50 will be used on Arriva Trains 1B96 1055 Cardiff Central - Fishguard & 1B97 1335 Fishguard - Cardiff Central return working, initially Saturdays only starting June 24th, and then running Mon to Sat from July 24th to September 9th. In addition, for Monday 24th July to Thursday 27th July, a second class 50 will be required for a Cardiff-Llandrindod Wells train in conjunction with the Royal Welsh Show.
24081 has been taken out of traffic at Toddington for repairs to leaking radiator tanks that are expected to take several months - - photos here and here
Additional photos added to the 40145 railtour gallery
Recent photos of 20110 20228 37037 37215 46045 D1013 and D1062 added

4/6/06

26024 has journeyed south by road from Bo'ness and was unloaded at Bury yesterday for its summer visit to the ELR. A photo is here
The Class 15 Preservation Society continue to make excellent progress sourcing missing components for D8233 with the announcement that it has taken on long term loan two 'fruit machine' power controllers to replace those lost whilst the loco was at Crewe. The society wish to thank the Bury Type Two Group (24054) & The 24061 Preservation Group who have very kindly agreed to loan their spare ones.
20228 has been returned to working order at the Vale of Glamorgan Railway and is expected to take part in the lines Transport Festival this weekend along with D9521 and 73133
PLEG have arranged for a charter at the Wensleydale Railway using Class 03, 03144 on 2nd July. More details here
Photos of the Churnet Valley Railway gala and the 40145 railtour added
Recent photos of 31327 31327 31327 40122 50049 D1013 and 73133 added

1/6/06

37219 was started for the first time in preservation at the Chasewater Railway on Sunday with no problems being encountered once was the engine was running. The owners would like to thank the Growler Group for their assistance. A photo is here
Engine repairs on 26025 at the Strathspey Railway are complete and the loco is now part way through a bodywork overhaul prior to a full repaint. The 26 is expected to re-enter service later this year.
GCR(N) based D7629 successfully ran light engine to Loughborough and back from Ruddington on the 27th following repairs to a leaking cylinder liner. A photo is here
Engine repairs have been completed on 50031 at Canton and today the loco worked with 50049 on a return trip from Cardiff to Haverfordwest hauling an Arriva set as part of continued ATW crew training on the locos.
A timetable and loco roster for Sundays Diesel Gala at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is here
An updated timetable incorporating some minor adjustments for the South Devon Railway gala is here
Additional photos added to the recent Lakeside gala gallery
Recent photos of D9518 20110 31414 47376 56003 & 56057 added

25/5/06

20020 has left Bo'ness for a short visit to the Darlington Railway Museum to mark the 40th anniversary of the closure of North Road Locomotive Works.
Times for the June 3rd railtour with 40145 are here
A timetable and loco roster for the forthcoming Diesel Gala at the South Devon Railway is here
Additional photos added to the GCR gala gallery
Recent photos of 20137 20137 50027 50027 50044 50049 added along with archive views of 40013 and 55015

22/5/06

Work continues on D8233 at Bury with the cooler group having been stripped out with the components removed for overhaul. The area was then cleaned ready for painting. Some photos of the work are here. The society also has a number of sales items now available
Following repairs at St Leonards 73136 has moved back to Stewarts Lane.
Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Gala are here
The Helston Diesel Groups first acquisition is due to leave the West Somerset Railway this week for its restoration base at Gwinear Road. A photo is here
Photos of the Lakeside Mixed Traction Gala added along with additional photos added to the Great Central Railway and 37324 in Swanage galleries
Recent photos of 33048 33102 D7018 D7076 50031 50049 50049 and D1041 added

17/5/06

Photos of 37324's recent workings on the Swanage Railway are here
Recent photos of 20228 24054 25262 37350 40145 45135 45135 and an archive pic of 20154

16/5/06

50031 and 50049 worked Cardiff - Newport shuttles on Saturday in connection with the FA cup final in Cardiff. Photos here and here Unfortunately 50031 suffered engine failure later in the day resulting in two cancelled shuttles and Hood was removed to Canton depot for inspection.
73136 was moved from Tonbridge to St Leonards on Sunday for repairs following its failure working for GBRf last week.
Photos from the weekends diesel gala at the Great Central Railway added

12/5/06

73133 was successfully started at Barry on the Vale of Glamorgan Railway on the 10th, the culmination of 10 months work on the loco sourcing and fitting missing parts. The ED is expected to make its preservation debut at the lines Festival of Transport Gala on June 10 & 11 working push/pull with the recently arrived Gatwick Express stock
The provisional date for D1015's run to Penzance with Past-Time Rail is October 28th
A gallery for last weekends Mixed Traction Gala at the Spa Valley Railway is here
Additional photos added to the NYMR Bo'ness and Caledonian Railway gala galleries
Recent photos of 20227 25057 25173 27056 31108 37214 37901 37901 40106 47192 47376 50049 50049 56003 73110 73110 added

10/5/06

50049 worked a driver train run yesterday between Cardiff Canton and Haverfordwest hauling an Arriva set of stock and both locos are working the same run today with 50031 being on test after repairs.
73136 failed at Ore yesterday morning whilst working a GBRf engineers train and was assisted to Tonbridge where the preserved ED awaits recovery.
40145 left Grosmont today and is returning D5054 45135 and 47402 to Bury.
56003 completed its move to Cheddleton yesterday - a photo is here
25035 worked its first trains in seven years at the weekend hauling three round trips from Loughborough paired with D8098. No major problems came to light and the loco is next scheduled to appear at the lines three day diesel gala
This item is up for auction to raise funds to aid the on going restoration of 45149 at Toddington
Additional photos added to the NYMR gala gallery

9/5/06

47492 will be the first loco to arrive at the fledgling Poulton & Wyre Railway near Blackpool. The 47 currently resides at the WCRC base at Carnforth.
Work has started on preparing 56040 for removal from Immingham to the Mid Norfolk Railway. The EWS depot will be attending to detailed and specialised work on the bogies of the locomotive to replace defective and missing parts. This work could not be done at the Mid-Norfolk Railway as they have no locomotive lifting facilities. The 56 therefore required a lift at the Immingham bogie shop to enable detailed inspection and fitment of the parts. Three missing bolts have been replaced, traction centres were fitted and new shims were inserted. Over the next days/weeks other items will be attended to. When this work is completed the body of 56040 will be lowered back onto the bogies, which will enable the lock washers and lock nuts to be fixed in place prior to the loco being moved by road to Dereham.
56003 has left Toddington today and has moved by road to the Churnet Valley Railway to star in the lines Diesel Gala. Photos here and here
Galleries of the recent Bo'ness and Caledonian Railway Galas added

8/5/06

37324 arrived at the Swanage Railway on Friday. Photos here here and here. The loco will see extensive use in the coming weeks including the Growler Group charter this Friday and operating trains during the Swanage Rail Ale Festival and there are also a few places remaining on driver experience courses using the loco.
37214 has been outshopped in West Coast Maroon and is currently in use on the Royal Scotsman dining train touring Scotland. 37248 is also being repainted into the West Coast livery at Carnforth
Owing to the discovery of a leaking cylinder liner on 25279 at Ruddington it will not be able to operate the GCR(N) diesel diagram on May 14 - this will now be steam hauled.
Photos from the NYMR diesel gala are here

4/5/06

The Barrow Hill Diesel Gala on 8/9 July is to feature trains running out on the mainline to Deepcar on Saturday and Toton/Derby circular on Sunday using a FM Rail 47, 45112 & EPS 37. A Booking form for the tours is here
Recent photos of 25173 25279 33063 and 37099 added

2/5/06

40145 hauled 24054, 45135 and 47402 from Bury to York NRM today. The locos are en-route to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to take part in this weekends Diesel Gala.
The Spa Valley Railway are holding a Mixed Traction gala this weekend featuring locos 33063, 33065, 73140, 15224 and 09004 working alongside two steam locos. More details are here
Locomotive diagrams have now been added to the timetable for the Great Central Railway Diesel Gala on May 12-14. More details are here
26024 is the first confirmed visiting engine for the East Lancs July diesel gala. The loco will spend the summer at the line and will return north after appearing at the September event.
Photos of the two locos under restoration at Kirkby Stephen East are here here here and here
37099 56057 56057 and photos added to the ex-20094 page

1/5/06

The planned June tour to Penzance with D1015 has been postponed to later in the year because of problems related to fitting the now mandatory OTDR equipment. The loco is part way through its repaint into maroon and an engine change is also planned before the loco works a tour to Kingswear on August 26th.
The Nene Valley Railway diesel gala in October has been added to the itinerary of 56003's travels this year where it will star with Wansford resident 56057 during the three day event starting on the 6th. 56003 is due to leave Toddington shortly to visit the Churnet Valley Railway in June prior to moving to the NVR.
Recent photos of 25173 31108 31108 31207 33048 33048 45112 added along with archive photos of D9539 25262 40145 46045 47105 47376

26/4/06

25173 will see three days of use at the West Somerset Railway this coming weekend as part of the WSR's 30th anniversary celebrations. A timetable is here
Ruddington
resident 25279 will make its first passenger runs in over two years on Sunday May 14 when it will operate the GCR(N) diesel diagram which also co-incides with the diesel gala the other side of the Midland Mainline at the GCR giving the opportunity to sample three 25's on the former Great Central line
Additional photos added to the Battlefield Line and Dean Forest Railway gala galleries
Recent photos of 24061 37190 40122 45112 50044 and an archive shot of 25262

24/4/06

Strathspey Railway based 26025 is undergoing repairs at Aviemore with work concentrating on overhauling the cylinder heads and injectors. The 26 is also undergoing bodywork restoration prior to a repaint.
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Diesel Gala at the Caledonian Railway can be downloaded from here
Photos from Saturdays railtour with 45112 are here
Photos from the weekends galas at the Battlefield Line and Dean Forest Railway added
Recent photos of 24061 33048 and 40122 added

21/4/06

45112 undertook a successful test run yesterday after completion of repairs at Barrow Hill, the Peak hauled 33202 to Derby with no problems reportedly coming to light and will now work tomorrows Pathfinder tour to Kingswear.
Recent photos of D9531 25057 26010 31207 33117 37198 37198 40145 47402 & 50007 added

19/4/06

As part of its visit to the Swanage Railway 37324 will be available for driver experience runs on May 13 & 14. Each participant will have the opportunity to drive a complete round trip on the line and to ride on the train throughout the day with opportunities to see the work of the guard and signalman. The price for each participant for a full day will be £180. Email the railway for more information on general@swanrail.freeserve.co.uk or phone the Reservations Office on 01929 475207.
A loco roster for this Saturdays Dean Forest Railway Diesel Day is here

18/4/06

A West Coast Railway class 33 will be the visiting loco for the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Diesel Gala on 29/30 April with home fleet locos 20020 25235 26024 27001 and 47643 all in action. A timetable & loco roster is here
The Growler Group members day charter at Swanage on May 12 has been amended to include the evening 'Travelling Tavern' giving eleven round trips for non-members paying £15. An updated booking form is here
Times for this weekends Pathfinder Railtour to Kingswear booked to be hauled by 45112 are here
Revent photos of 20137 25262 31130 37198 37324 45015 & 73114 added

16/4/06

The Growler Group are utilising 37324 during its stay at Swanage for their members day on May 12th. The charter is also open to non-members with six round trips of the Dorset Line planned. A booking form is here
20001, 20227, 31108 and 37190 from Butterley will be visiting traction for the South Devon Railway Gala on June 10-11 to go alongside the operational fleet of 20110, 20118 25901 and 37037.
14029 (D9529) has returned to the Nene Valley Railway at Wansford following work on the CTRL in east London.
The Poulton & Wyre Railway Society will be holding their inaugural meeting on Thursday 27th April at the Civic Centre, Poulton-Le-Fylde. The meeting will begin at 7:30pm, and is open to anybody interested in being a part of the scheme to re-open the existing railway between Poulton and Burn Naze and to extend on to Fleetwood. The Society is supported in its aims by the Wyre Rail and Cycle Partnership, Poulton Town Council, Wyre Borough Council and various other local and national organisations. Please direct any enquires to duncsploshATyahoo.co.uk or tony47492ATtiscali.co.uk [NOTE spamtrap]
Photos of 50031 & 50049 working additionals for Arriva Trains are here
Recent photos of 33053 31207 31207 37198 37198 73110 and an archive photo of 20206 added

12/4/06

HNRC's 20901 and 20904 have now left the East Lancs for the Corus Steelworks in Scunthorpe for commercial contract work.
Additional photos added to the MR-Butterley and Swanage gala galleries
Recent photos of 24054 24054 33063 45125 added

11/4/06

45112 has been hauled from Derby to Barrow Hill for an exam and repairs prior to its next working on April 22nd to Kingswear
Provisional details of the locos visiting the North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Gala next month can be found here

10/4/06

Arriva Trains will use class 50 power for a series of Crewe - Cardiff runs over the Bank Holiday weekend. Details of which services are to be loco hauled are here
Photos from the weekends gala at Butterley are here
Recent photos of 26043 27056 31271 31271 33102 & 37263 added

6/4/06

Ruddington based 56097 is undergoing bodywork restoration now the loco is undercover with some minor collision damage, dating back to the mid 90's, being attended to as well as corrosion on the cab fronts and around the cab footsteps receiving new steel. Over the coming months the overhauled power unit will be run in, tested and adjusted on a load bank prior to the first loaded test runs over GCR(N) metals. Additionally, the power unit is to be modified in order to give the useful option of single bank running when required (as used successfully on HSTs) in order to reduce exhaust smoke at idling.
25279's engine was started on March 28 and run for 20 mins as the locos overhaul nears completion. The 'Rat' is expected to return to service at the GCR(N) this summer.
37198 makes its passenger debut at the Dartmoor Railway working the green timetable over bank holiday weekend 14-17 April
A timetable for the Diesel Day at the Dean Forest Railway on April 22 is here. Locos expected to be working trains are D9555, 27066 and 73101.
Recent photos of 33057 40106 40145 and 47367 added

4/4/06

33053 has moved from Barrow Hill to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway where the loco will undergo mechanical restoration prior to entering service.
Photos of Maybach related work on D7017 D821 D821 D821 and D821 added
A loco roster for this weekends Diesel Gala at the Midland Railway - Butterley is here
Recent photos of 24081 50027 and 56003 added

3/4/06

Photos from the weekends events at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway and the Swanage Railway added
Recent photos of 31414 45125 47376 50049 56003 73128 73136 added

30/3/06

47367 has undergone repairs at Weybourne which required the removal of the turbo to repair the joint with the gear casing and top plate of the engine block.
A website for the fledgling Helston Railway Diesel Group is here. The group are looking to raise funds to move their newly acquired Park Royal 103 DMU from the WSR to its restoration base in Cornwall
Photos from the weekend galas at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway & Great Central Railway added
Additional photos added to the Redmire Rambler gallery
Recent photos of 20188 33102 46045 47192 47192 and 56003 added

27/3/06

Photos from Saturdays railtour with 50031 and 50049 are here
Recent photos of 25173 D7017 & 50031 added

24/3/06

Gloucestershire & Warwickshire based 37324 will be visiting the Swanage Railway for its Rail Ale Festival on 19-21 May. The 37 will run in the 'D' paths on the green timetable on all three days and will haul the Travelling Tavern on the Friday evening. The loco is expected to move south in early May and will spend a few weeks at the railway and is also available for driver experience courses.
Recent photos of 24054 45135 56003 added along with archive views of 25322 33102 47192 & DELTIC

22/3/06

Details on the re-arranged Irish Traction Group event in South Wales are here
Some more views of the work on 31203 at Chasewater are here and here
Photos from the weekends Bodmin & Wenford Diesel Gala are here and additional photos added to the ELR gala gallery
Recent photos of 20069 20087 33102 47192 47524 50031 56003 added

20/3/06

Photos of 56057 working a ballast train on Saturday are here here and here
The high quality restoration of 31203 at the Chasewater railway is progressing. Photos here here here and here
Photos and the weekends galas at the East Lancs Railway and the Mid Norfolk Railway added
A timetable and loco roster for the fothcoming diesel event at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway is here
Recent photos of 20119 20197 33053 37198 37198 37198 37905 40145 added

17/3/06

50031 and 50049 will work additional trains in the Cardiff area tomorrow. Times are here
56003 will be the visiting loco for the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Gala from June 2nd - 4th.
37905 was started for the first time in preservation at the Dartmoor Railway on the 15th and is expected to make its first test runs in the near future.

16/3/06

56057 will work a 1300 tonne ballast train on the Nene Valley Railway this Saturday in connection with work to install a platform at Yarwell Mill. The train from Mountsorrel is expected to arrive at Orton Mere around 1030 where 56057 will work the train forward to Yarwell Mill. The class 66 will work to train back from Yarwell and is booked to leave Fletton at 1541.
73136 has been used for the past two days to work the VSOE empty stock in and out of Victoria from Stewarts Lane.
Some photos depicting recent work carried out on D821 at Kidderminster are here and here
20166, 33110 and 37142 were all brought out of winter hibernation and have been serviced and given a test run in readiness for the Bodmin & Wenford diesel weekend this weekend 18/19 March. A photo is here and gala details are here
Additional photos added to the Llangollen Gala gallery
Recent photos of 50031 50049 added along with archive shots of 20188 and 33201

12/3/06

56098 was started for the first time in preservation on Saturday and the engine was run for a few minutes before being shut down due to a suspected camshaft problem. The loco is also undergoing a repaint into Railfreight 'Red Stripe' livery. Photo here
50031 and 50049 worked some additional services for Arriva Trains on Saturday. Photos here here and here
The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway have their Spring Diesel Gala weekend from 31st March to 2nd April and locos expected to be in use are 20137, 24081, 37324, 47105, 47376 and 73129. 56003 will also make its final runs before leaving for a new home. More details nearer the date.
A revised timetable and loco roster for this months Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway diesel gala is here
Photos of the Llangollen Diesel Gala are here
Recent photo of 40145 added

10/3/06

The DPS have cancelled the planned tour for April 29th with D9009. This is due to the resignation of the societies engineer. More details here
37198 has been loaded onto a low loader at Leeming Bar today ready to be transported south to join 37905 at the Dartmoor Railway.
D9504 has left Wansford to resume duties in on 'Phase 2' of the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in East London.
The final version of the ELR nightrider timetable is here
Recent photos of 20189 31465 37152 and 37905 added

8/3/06

The class 15 Preservation Society have sourced a spare Paxman 16YHXL engine for use in D8233. It is believed the engine, which had been in use as a static alternator set, is a former BR unit fitted to either a class 15 or class 16. More details here
The Churnet Valley Railway have moved the date of their Diesel Gala to a three day event on June 2-4. This avoids a clash with the NYMR gala in May.
Type Three Tractions 37248 has been returned to working order by WCRC at Carnforth where it will join their operational fleet.
Some views of current work in Castlecroft Shed, Bury are here here and here
Recent photos of 20118 33002 37152 37901 45149 and 45149 added

6/3/06

37901 was re-dedicated 'Mirrlees Pioneer' at Llangollen yesterday by the former Chief Design Engineer of Mirrlees Blackstone Diesels before working a private charter. Photos here and here
40145 has returned to the East Lancs Railway today following repairs at Crewe.
37152 has joined 37188 at Peak Rail. Photo here
A gallery of the 31119 move to Embsay is here
Recent photos 31207 31414 31421 37324 40145 73129 added

4/3/06

A selection of railtours involving 55022 once its overhaul is complete are detailed on the Royal Scots Grey website. The loco will not be completed in time to appear at the NYMR diesel gala - its place having been taken by 47402.
Another date for D1015 has been announced by Past-Time Rail, it will work a Bristol - Kingswear and return on August 26th
The 'B' end transmission from D1010 was reinstalled into the loco last Monday. It was removed to cure a persistant oil leak. Photos here here and here
The bodywork restoration of 26010 has begun at Rothley. A photo is here
Recent photos of D9531 20007 20154 31465 33053 37188 D7017 37905 40106 45125 46045 47376 56057 and 73136 added

3/3/06

40145 sadly failed near Bromsgrove on the return of its railtour from Cardiff last weekend and was assisted to Birmingham by 47714 with both locos working, however on arrival at New Street the 40 was shut down and the train worked forward by a Riveria Class 47. 40145 remains at Crewe LNWR. Photos of the tour are here
50031 worked to its new home depot of Cardiff Canton today hauling 37411. Photos here here and here
37901 has been outshopped in original Railfreight Grey at Llangollen. Photos here and here
31119 has moved to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway. Photos are here and here. Also recently delivered to Embsay is 20189 which is visiting for the diesel gala on 25/26 March
37188 has moved from Carnforth to Peak Rail for the continuation of its restoration and 37152 will follow in due course.
Fans of Irish traction may be interested in this event

24/2/06

37905 has left Booths in Rotherham for its new home on the Dartmoor Railway. The BRE owned loco requires only remedial work to return it to working order and also bound for the Dartmoor Railway is 31465 which will be in the care of the C37LG. Two of the groups locos at the Wensleydale Railway will be moving in the coming months with 37198 also going to Meldon and 37275 joining 37414 at the Weardale Railway.
Two more 37's moving in the near future are Carnforth based 37152 and 37188 both of which will be moving to Peak Rail for the continuation of their restorations. 37188 has had the engine stripped down ready for rebuilding and remedial work has started on 37152. A few photos are here here and here
40145 is to run light from Barrow Hill to Crewe via Bescot. Some times are here
Recent photo of 33057 33057 47417 50049 and D1048 added

23/2/06

50049 will work its first loaded crew training run for Arriva Trains today. Times for this are here
40145 will not now be working the Wigan - Cardiff football special on Sunday 26 February.

22/2/06

The planned repairs on 40145, including attention to bodywork and radiators as well as the fitting of OTDR, has been completed at Barrow Hill and the loco is expected to run light to Crewe this week for Saturdays tour to Cardiff. The 40 will also be utilised to work the southbound leg of a football special on the Sunday (26/2) from Wigan to Cardiff. The train will be Top & Tailed with a class 47 so 40145 will be hauled dead on the return.
D1015 will work a Paddington - Penzance railtour on June 17th. Past Time have commendably moved the date for this tour from June 3rd to avoid a clash with another preserved diesel railtour running on that date.
55022 is to work a SRPS railtour on September 23rd starting from Linlithgow the tour will run to Inverness via the Highland Mainline returning via Aberdeen. Booking forms will be available next month on the RSG website. The following weekend will see 55022 and 40145 take part in the Bo'ness Autumn Diesel Gala.
31119 will be moving from its restoration site in Newton Heath to its new home on the Embsay Steam Railway over the course of next weekend. Also moving to Embsay will be one of the groups shunters 08773 and both locos will take part in the lines forthcoming diesel gala
Photos of the weekends work on 33002 are here and here plus photos of progress on 37131 are here and here
Recent photos of 20048 31270 50033 D1015 and 56097 added

21/2/06

73136 was formed in the consist of a Stewarts Lane - Barry Island stock move yesterday conveying former Gatwick Express coaches for use on the Vale of Glamorgan Railway. The train was hauled by 66714 and the ED was utilised to shunt the coaches on arrival at Barry after which both locos returned light engine to Willesden. Photos here and here
33057 has moved from Bishops Lydeard to Minehead for further storage although cosmetic restoration of the loco will continue whilst a Minehead. Photos are here and here
Photos of Saturdays 'Sulzer Day' at the ELR are here
Recent photo of 25173 added

17/2/06

47798 has moved from York to the West Coast Railways depot at Carnforth for remedial work to allow the loco to return to mainline operation and as part of this the loco will be repainted as the NRM feel it would be inappropriate for it operate in Royal livery, since it is no longer in service to the Royal Family. It will possibly regain its 'Fire Fly' nameplates at some point in the future. The loco worked briefly on the mainline for WCR during 2004 and is TPWS fitted.
Recent photo of 25283 added

15/2/06

33008 has moved to the Battlefield Line for restoration to working order. The loco had previously been at the Brush Works in Loughborough for overhaul but this work will now be carried out my members of the Shackerstone Diesel Group. A photo is here
Recent photos of 50019 and 55019 added along with an archive view of 37111

14/2/06

The DPS railtour on 29 April will be a Derby - Scarborough and return featuring D9009 and the FM 'Green Train'. It will be Alycidons first mainline passenger outing since June 2003. More details on the DPS website
73136 will be making its next mainline passenger run on 1st April when with an GBRf Class 73 it will work the Blueberry Fool Railtour. Details here
Electrical repairs on 47192 have been completed at Cheddleton with all earth faults cleared this included rewiring from the cubicle back to No 2 cab. Some interesting BR modifications were found to solve previous broken cables! The group plan to start the restoration of 47524 soon.
25279 has been re-united with its no.2 cab over the weekend and work will now concentrate on the completion of the paint-job and the reconnection of the air and electrical systems. Photo here here here and here. Further news from the GCR(N) is that 56097 is to enter the newly commissioned No.5 shed at Ruddington for a repaint whilst work continues on the brake and hydrostatic systems. There will be a monthly diesel diagram at the GCR(N) starting in April featuring the former Gat-Ex Mark 2 rake of stock.
The UK ALCo Group now has a website detailing forthcoming working parties on No.804 at Peterborough
Times for the 50 hauled railtour on 25 March are here
Photo and details for 37248 and 73004 added
Recent photos of 20154 20166 25265 25322 37905 45135 47596 47596 and 73110 added

11/2/06

D8233 was transported from Crewe to its new home on the East Lancs Railway yesterday. Photos here and here. More photos are on the C15PS website
The scrapping of 31123 was completed on Wednesday. Photos are here
A cosmetic restoration of 33057 has begun to smarten the loco up pending possible mechanical restoration at a later date. The Crompton has had missing windows replaced and the bodywork has been cleaned and treated in preparation for a repaint into BR green. Photo here
More photos added to the 37131 restoration gallery
A timetable and loco roster for next months Diesel Gala at Llangollen is here The three day event will feature a fully restored 37901 as well as 20142 37240 46010 and 47449.
A timetable and loco roster for next Saturdays 'Sulzer' Theme day at the East Lancs Railway is here
Recent photos of 33048 and 37075 added

6/2/06

31123 is in the process of being scrapped at Booths Yard in Rotherham. The loco has been completely stripped of all re-usable items and as well as the A1A Loco Groups own locos other engines to have benefited so far are 31203 , 31207 , 31530 and 45149. Former Barrow Hill restoration project 37242 has also been delivered to Booths for scrapping, this and 31123 are remembered in a new section of the site here
50049 has run light engine from Old Oak Common to Cardiff Canton today for driver training with Arriva Trains with a view to both mainline certified 50's being available for contract work with the TOC. Photos here and here
37254 made its first (short!) runs under its own power since it was withdrawn with a defective crankshaft in 1998. The loco has had many tasks completed in the last year including overhauling the heat exchanger and both water pumps. A photo is here
73136 worked yet more GBRf infrastructure trains over the weekend and is contracted for more overnight work this week.
The Class 37 Locomotive Group have announced that two of the three locos in its care at the Wensleydale Railway will be leaving shortly for new locations to be announced this week. 37003/198 and 275 have not seen the expected use at the line although one loco will remain based at Leeming Bar.
Recent photos of 27007 & 37075 added

2/2/06

73136 remains in demand, on the 31st the loco ran light from Stewarts Lane to Willesden to collect two GBRf 73's and haul them to St Leonards and today the preserved ED has run light to Dollands Moor with 73208 & 209 to work a engineers train to Willesden.
More details of the forthcoming diesel gala at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey railway can be found here
Fans of Microsoft Train-Sim might be interested in this link. All proceeds go towards the restoration of D8233
Recent photos of 20189 26007 26011 31235 31438 37075 and 37263 added

30/1/06

Preserved ED 73136 was called out on Friday night to rescue an EMU which had become stranded near Shepherds Well due to snow and ice in the Kent area. In the event the demic unit managed to get to its destination unaided although the ED still completed two runs light engine to Dover to clear ice from the third rail.
Pics from a photo charter at the Chasewater Railway are here
Additional photos added to the 37131 restoration gallery
Recent photo of 33053 added along with archive photos of 20048 31463 44004 D1023 73005

28/1/06

Waverley Route bound 26010 has moved to Quorn at the Great Central Railway in readiness for its bodywork restoration which is to take place at Rothley. Photos are here The repairs are expected to take several months, after which the locomotive will be moving to an as yet undisclosed railway in Scotland for mechanical work & running-in. More details and photos of the move can be found here
Recent photos of 20059 25321 and D1015 added

26/1/06

Times for next months 40145 railtour to Cardiff are here
Additional photos added to the 45149 overhaul gallery
Recent photos of 20098 25035 27024 37009 37075 37131 and 73110 added

25/1/06

20189 has left Doncaster Works and is now employed on engineering trains on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link construction work in East London/Kent.
All missing components required to return Chasewater based 37219 to working order have been sourced and work recently completed includes the fitting of a replacement heat exchanger, missing electrical gear in the cubicle, fitting the speedo drive and fitting a replacement load regulator. Attention has also turned to repairing corroded bodywork. Photo here
Contract maintenance being carried out on 40145 at Barrow Hill by HNRC is progressing with the compressor and radiator area being degreased and repainted. Photos are here here here and here. OTDR will also be fitted along with a repaint into BR blue.
Following a successful gala last weekend at Bury HNRC advise that because of forthcoming commitments the company will not be able to supply locos to diesel galas for some time. The four 20's used at the East Lancs EE gala are expected to move to Barrow Hill at some point.
Recent photos of 50031 & 73138 added

23/1/06

Class 50s are the advertised power for a Cardiff - York/Redmire Pathfinder tour on March 25th. Details here
Photos of the East Lancs English Electric Day are here

17/1/06

The East Lancs Railway will be D8233's restoration base with the loco expected to move to Bury next month. More details are on the C15PS website
The Norwich - Barrow Hill convoy terminated at Peterborough yesterday evening because of extreme late running after problems with the train engine at Ilford
A gallery depicting restoration work on Peak Rail based 37131 is here
Work has started on D1015's repaint into maroon. Photos here here here and here
Recent photos of 45125 47596 and 47765 added

16/1/06

As part of a deal that sees West Coast's 37197 move to DRS ownership, Type Three Traction have swapped 37158 for WCRC's 37248. It is expected that 37158 will become a spares donor whilst 37248 will receive an overhauled power unit and mainline certification.
The loco convoy from Norwich to Barrow Hill left this morning as booked but was last reported recessed at Ilford awaiting a replacement loco after problems with 47145.
A gallery of the engine lift for 37227 is here
A gallery of the Ecclesbourne Valley Railways Diesel Gala is here
Recent photo of D9521 and 73138 added

14/1/06

The Caledonian Railway Diesel Group have announced running dates for this year which should see 25083 enter traffic. More details are on the CRDG website
A new website has been launched aimed at promoting class 31 workings both preserved and mainline operations. GoyleGen is here
Times for the loco movement that sees 73138 finally return to Barrow Hill along with electrics 84001 and 89001 are here
Recent photos of 40135 and 47402 added

13/1/06

37227 has had its replacement engine craned into the loco at Shackerstone and is expected to re-enter traffic this year. The 37 suffered serious engine failure during 2004 and has also had attention to the main generator whilst out of traffic.
D9504 has returned to Wansford after a short spell at Swanscombe on the CTRL
73136 returned light engine to Stewarts Lane last night after completion of engine repairs at St Leonards
A recent photo of 47596 is here

12/1/06

20188 has successfully completed a test run at the Swanage Railway running between Norden and Harmans Cross with 33012 as insurance. A photo is here. The loco is expected to operate alongside the railways two class 33's at the 'Branchline Weekend' on April 1/2.
A timetable and loco roster for the ELR English Electric Day is here

9/1/06

47596 has undergone a bogie change at Tyseley as part of its ongoing restoration - the lift was carried out by D318 Limited, restorers of 40118. The Stratford 47 Group also plan to exchange the no.2 bogie before the loco leaves Birmingham.
20096 and 20905 are to visit the East Lancs for the English Electric Day on 21st January with HNRC's 20901 and 20904 also taking part with resident locos 31435 and 40135 plus 'Thumper' 1305. The 40 will be making its first runs newly outshopped in BR green. Following the event 20096/905 will haul the other two 20's to Barrow Hill.
The Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway are holding a diesel gala on March 25/26 and will feature the preservation debut of 31119, currently under restoration at a private site in Newton Heath. Other locos planned to be in use are be 04 shunter D2203 and class 14 D9513 along with the lines class 107 DMUs.
Recent photo of 33008 added

5/1/06

The sale of 56057 to Cotswold Rail will not now go ahead and the loco will remain based at the Nene Valley Railway and will play a full part in the railways planned events this year.
Mainline registered 73136 is currently out of service after suffering engine problems. The ED is being repaired at St Leonards.
Additional photos add the the GWR Xmas gala gallery
Recent photos of 37263 37901 47105 added along with archive pics of D7017 D821 D1013 and 55019

2/1/06

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway are holding a gala weekend on January 14/15 featuring 31414 and 37075 along with 03 shunters and DMU's. A timetable and loco roster is here
37152 completed its journey to the West Coast depot at Carnforth from Warrington on Thursday
Additional photos added to the DPS Railtour gallery
Recent photos of 24081 45105 47105 50050 and 56057 added along with an archive view of D1062

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