Engines

News

Events

Railways

Links

Main Index

NEWS/UPDATES 2007

Please be aware that some of the links to other sites may no longer work

News Archive Links: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2008 2009 2010

30/12/07

37079 has been purchased from HNRC for preservation. The loco will leave Barrow Hill next month after a bogie swap. HNRC has also advised that 20088 and 37672 are available for sale along with a EE 12CSVT engine from 37372 - interested parties should contact harrycneedleATaol.com (replace AT with @)
Photos from the GWR Xmas Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 31270 31466 37003 37003 37025 37175 37216 44008 47270 47292 and 73117 added

21/12/07

37418 has been secured for preservation and a restoration base will be announced once details have been finalised. The loco is currently stored at Toton. Photo and details are here
The owners of Nene Valley Railway based 56003 have concluded a deal to sell the loco to Hanson Traction and once remedial work has taken place at Wansford the loco will move to the RVEL workshops in Derby for completion of mainline re-certification.
37003 has arrived at the NRM Shildon site from the Weardale Railway.
An updated timetable and loco roster for the GWR Xmas diesel event is here
Recent photos of 25035 and 27024 added

18/12/07

37003 is to leave the Weardale Railway and will move to the National Railway Museum site at Shildon for an extended visit. The 37 has seen little use at the Weardale Railway since its move to the line in July last year.
25067, now in BR green livery, has entered service on the Weardale Railway working Santa Specials with 73134. A photo is here
North Norfolk Railway based 25057 has had its train heating boiler re-certified for use as part of its overhaul at Weybourne. The 'Rat' has also undergone a top end engine overhaul. A photo is here
50015 has worked its first passenger train in over five years on Saturday when it worked the ELR Santa Specials. Photos here and here
The Severn Valley Railway will be holding its 2008 Diesel Event on April 24-26, a departure from the usual Autumn date. All trains on the Thursday and Friday will be diesel hauled.
Recent photos of 26011 33053 33111 33208 50049 50049 and 55022 added

13/12/07

37109 has been started up successully at Bury and also undertook short test runs along the Quatermile siding.
47773 will work in top & tail mode with preserved Class 86 E3137 on March 1st with a Birmingham - Liverpool railtour. More details are here
Photos of Saturdays 50049 railtour are here After returning the ECS to Old Oak Common on Monday, 50049 ran light engine to Cardiff Canton where the loco will remain for the winter to allow work on the locos bogies.
A timetable and loco roster for the annual GWR Xmas Event is here
A timetable and loco roster for the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railways class 37 day is here
Recent photos of 27066 47270 50049 55022 73134 along with an archive shot of 40012

8/12/07

20227 has returned to the London Underground at West Ruislip depot for further use on test runs with the LUL 4-TC set and Sarah Siddons.
The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway will be opening its new extension to Iridgehay on March 8th increasing the line to 4 miles in length.
Photo and details for 37308 added
Recent photos of 25067 37679 50049 55022 and 55022 added

5/12/07

73210 is to be based at the Mid Norfolk Railway. The former Gatwick Express ED has been undergoing restoration at Stewarts Lane and is expected to arrive in Dereham in the Spring.
50049 worked an ECS from Stewarts Lane - Southall on Monday before returning to Old Oak. The 50 also worked an ECS on the 30th from Stewarts Lane to Ferme Park.
HNRC have some employment opportunities. Details are here
Barrow Hill are operating a diesel running day on December 15th. Trains will run from 1300 - 1630 with 20096 and 20121 working until approx 1445 when they will be swapped for 33021 & 33111. After dark there will be a line-up of blue locos for photography. Price for travelling on the trains is £4 adult £2 child and family tickets for up to 2 adults and three children are £10.
Devon Diesels 37037 is to visit the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway for their diesel event next June. The 37 will appear in BR green as D6737.
Recent photos of D9504 27056 33053 47270 and 47270 added

2/12/07

25067 has left Barrow Hill and moved to the Weardale Railway where it will work the lines Santa Special trains.
50015 has returned to use at the ELR powering an engineers train on the 29th. A photo is here. The 50 will be employed on the ELR Santa Specials later this month.
Photos and details for 37109 and 73118 added
Recent photos of 31119 40145 47270 47402 50049 50049 55022 and 73133 added

28/11/07

The planned railtour with D1015 on December 22nd has been cancelled as the loco needs tyre turning and a slot for the work to be done at Laira cannot be guaranteed in time to see the loco work the tour.
50049 collected 37308 from Toton on Monday and hauled it south to Old Oak Common where the loco will be returned to working order.
A number of locos on the road this week; 37109 has left Hither Green and is on its way to the East Lancashire Railway, former Eurostar ED 73118 left Temple Mills yesterday and has been transported to the Barry Island Railway. 33053 has left the Battlefield Line to take up residence at the Northampton & Lamport Railway - a photo is here
25067 is undergoing repairs at Barrow Hill and once complete the loco will move to the Weardale Railway. The vacuum only 'Rat' is also undergoing work to reinstate the steam heating boiler and it is expected to be employed on the lines Santa Specials
33109 is having the cooler group rebuilt at Bury, The loco has also received a new set of batteries and it is hoped to have the Crompton back in traffic early in the new year. A photo is here
Times for the 55022 tour on 7th December are here
Recent photos of 20118 33012 37037 47270 47635 47635 and 50049 added

24/11/07

D1015 worked another engineers train on the 22nd this time leaving Eastleigh at the head of 6V52 1100 Eastleigh - Westbury which conveyed a class 47 and various track machines. D1015 was then forwarded dead in tow to Tavistock Junction in the consist of 6Y52 to allow it to visit Laira TMD for tyre turning.
Former EPS ED 73118 which is now privately owned will move to the Barry Island Railway sometime next week. The loco is operational and will be available for use by the railway.
73119 which has been exiled at the Keith & Dufftown Railway is expected to move south to Fairwater Yard in Taunton early in the new year.
A1A locotomotives are running a charter with 31162 at the North Norfolk Railway on January 5th which will be the last time the loco steam heats a train for a while as the boiler ticket expires shortly afterwards. The charter consists of 10 rounds trips for a very reasonable £7 - all proceeds going towards the restoration of 31418. More details are here
Photos of the recent restoration work on NVR based 47270 are here and here
Recent photos of 33201 and 56003 added

21/11/07

The Peak Locomotive Company have acquired 45108 from its current owner and plan to move the loco to the Midland Railway - Butterley for restoration, which will begin once work on 44004 is completed. The transaction is the result of negotiations over the last two years and gives the Peak Locomotive Company ownership of each class and sub class of peak locomotives. Arrangements are currently being made to transfer the loco from Crewe South carriage shed to Crewe Heritage Centre to allow road access.
The running day with 47716 at the Dartmoor Railway planned for the 25th November has been postponed as 47716 is not available for traffic. It is intended to arrange a running date in the future.
Times for a Vintage Trains tour utilising 47773 on December 8th are here
Recent photo of 31162 added

20/11/07

37308 has been purchased from scrapdealer EMR for preservation. The loco will leave Toton in the near future and move to an unspecified location for restoration.
Recent photos of 33109 and 33117 added

18/11/07

The East Lancs Railway have confirmed that 37109, recently purchased from EWS by a member of the Bury Diesel Group, will be based at the line and is expected to arrive in the next few weeks. The 37 is mostly complete and it is not expected to take long to have the loco in an operational condition.
D1015 will work a Ealing to Holyhead railtour on 16th February. More details are here
24081, 27066 and 33053 will be the visiting mainline diesels to the Nene Valley Railway Diesel event on March 1st and 2nd. More details can be found here
Times for the Steam Dreams railtour on Saturday involving 50049 are here
Recent photos of 20142 20188 31270 44008 47773 55016 and 73134 added

16/11/07

37198 and 37905 left the Dartmoor Railway on Wednesday and were taken by road to the EMR scrapyard in Kingsbury. Photos here and here
D1015 was utilised yesterday to haul 47739 and 73141 from Marchwood to Eastleigh works. A photo is here
31162 has returned to service on the North Norfolk Railway after bodywork repairs. Photos are here here and here
Lakeside & Haverthwaite based 26001 will make its first visit to another preserved railway on April 26/27 next year having been confirmed as the visiting diesel loco at the Nene Valley Railways 1960's gala.
Recent photos of 31203 and D1015 added

11/11/07

Embsay based D9513 has been started for the first time in ten years. It is hoped to have the loco appearing at the lines diesel events for next year.
The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway traditional Christmas diesel event will be held on December 27th this year with 20137 24081 37215 37324, 47105 and 73129 in action. The event will feature Toddington - Winchcombe brakevan rides and well as the usual two train service to Cheltenham.
Photos of the weekends diesel event at the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway are here
Additional photos added the the recent South Devon & Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway diesel event galleries
Recent photos of 33002 37037 50049 D1015 and D1015 added

7/11/07

D1015 has today worked a Reading West Jnc to Eastleigh engineers train. Photos are here and here
50049 left the NYMR today hauling 40122, 55009 and 55019. The 40 was dropped at the NRM and both DPS Deltics returned to Barrow Hill before 50049 continued onto Old Oak Common.
50026 has undergone work to install the tracion motor cabling at the RVEL workshops in Derby. Photos here here and here
The Swanage Railway are holding a 1960's event on November 24/25. 33012 will share duties with steam on the Saturday while 47635 will get its turn on Sunday. More details are here
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends ELR Sulzer Day is here
Recent photos of 31466 31466 33117 37901 and 45108 added

6/11/07

D1015 will run light engine from Old Oak to Reading tomorrow and haul a track machine to Eastleigh. The loco is also expected to work a trip out of Marchwood on Thursday.
The Brush Type 4 Funds 47746 was delivered to Long Marston from Crewe on Saturday where work will begin to return the loco to operational condition.
D1010's 'B' engine was lifted out of the loco at Williton on Saturday. The engine will be fitted with a complete set of new liners and pistons due to the amount of corrosion found in the cylinder bores. Photos here and here
Photos of the weekends events at the North Yorkshire Moors and South Devon Railways added

4/11/07

BRE Limited have agreed to sell Dartmoor Railway based 37198 and 37905 to the Midlands scrapdealer EMR. It is possible that both locos will attract sufficient interest from other parties and remain in preservation. Meanwhile BRE have announced that they have secured 37403 from the latest EWS tender list. From the same list, 37109 has also been purchased for preservation.
Photos from the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel event are here
Recent photo of 50049 added

1/11/07

Class 15 D8233 underwent an engine change at Bury last weekend with a replacement Paxman engine lifted into the loco replacing the stripped engine that will now be used for spares. Photos here and here and full reports of the work carried out can be found on the C15PS website
Recent photo of 25185 added

31/10/07

50049 has today run light from the Severn Valley Railway to Grosmont to take part in the NYMR ' Valley Aid' Event.
25262 is due to arrive back at the South Devon Railway tomorrow after a summer loan spell at the Spa Valley Railway. The loco will be taking part in the Gronk Aid 4 Event this weekend.
Photos of the Chasewater Railway and Spa Valley Railway diesel events added.
Recent photos of 31466 33034 33048 37518 37518 47270 D1015 and 73001 added

30/10/07

Timetables and loco rosters for the NYMR 'Valley Aid' Event on November 2-4 can be downloaded here. The event will see 50027 working alongside 37350 and 55009 as well as visiting 50049.
The East Lancs will be operating a diesel hauled freight for crew training purposes on November 11 using D5054 and 26024. A timetable is here. 47402 will be working the normal diesel diagram on this day.
Galleries of the recent Northampton & Lamport Railway and GCRN diesel events added
Recent photos of 20110 47402 47768 47770 and 47773 added

29/10/07

37215 underwent a successful test run on Saturday after spending the summer out of service for bodywork repairs and the refurbishment of both cabs. A photo is here
Photos of the Dartmoor Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 24081 24081 24081 31466 47746 50033 D1015 D1015 D1015 and D1015 added

18/10/07

The timetables for this weekends Dartmoor Railway Diesel Event have been amended to reflect diagram changes and the updated versions can be downloaded here : Saturday Sunday
Timetables and loco rosters for the mixed traction gala at the West Somerset Railway on October 27/28 are here.
Recent photo of 37518 added

17/10/07

Timetables and loco rosters for the Dartmoor Railway Diesel Event added : Saturday Sunday
A timetable and loco roster for the November 3/4 Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway is here. Locos in traffic will be 20137, 24081, 37215, 37324 and 47105 with 73129 on standby and not planned to be used at the event. Not taking part is 47376 which is undergoing engine repairs.
Recent photos of 40106 and 45112 added

16/10/07

The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway will have all services operated by DMU this weekend. Details here
Timetables & loco rosters for the this weekends Diesel Events at the Spa Valley Railway and the GCRN added
A recent photo of 47367 added along with archive views of D9523 25265 45112 55016 & 73003

15/10/07

45112 worked an ECS move from Yeovil Junction to Meldon Quarry on the Dartmoor Railway today formed of stock to be used on the Diesel Event this weekend. A photo is here
25279 has returned to the GCRN at Ruddington after a loan spell at the Foxfield Railway.
To celebrate 10 years of preservation of Drewry Car DB998901 and Wickham Railbus DB999507 the Middleton Railway is holding another 'Railcar Day' on Saturday 24th November 2007. More details are here
The web based magazine the Railway Herald are holding a 2007 Railway Census. More details are here
A timetable and loco roster for this weekend Diesel Gala at the Northampton & Lamport Railway is here
Additional photos added to the SVR diesel event gallery
Recent photos of 08915 31162 and 47773 added

14/10/07

Class 15, D8233 had its stripped Paxman engine removed at Bury yesterday and is another step forward in returning this unique loco to working order. Photos are here and here
47773 made its first passenger working for Vintage Trains on Saturday hauling a Birmingham - Ravenglass railtour as far as Carnforth and the n taking over the return at Carnforth. A photo is here
45112 ran light from Gloucester to Yeovil Junction yesterday and is expected to move coaches to Meldon tomorrow in connection with the forthcoming Dartmoor Railway Diesel Event.
37219 has returned to Chasewater following its successful summer visit to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway.
Photos of the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 37219 55022 & 73134 added

11/10/07

Vintage Trains based 47773 underwent a test run today from Tyseley to Oxford and back with 47245 as insurance. No problems were encountered and the loco is now expected to work the diesel hauled sections of the VT Lakes Explorer railtour on October 13th.
Photos showing the work to complete traction motor repairs on 33063 in time for its visit to the Nene Valley Railway are here here here here and here
37340 has entered the shed at Ruddington for bodywork restoration. Photos are here and here
Photos of the Autumn Highlander and SPRS to Oban railtours added
Additional photos added to the Llangollen Railway diesel event gallery
Recent photos of 33111 37219 D821 D1048 and 73114 added

10/10/07

33109 has left the Railway Age at Crewe and moved to its new home at the East Lancashire Railway where work will continue to return the loco to traffic.
ELR based 50015 was started for the first time since its change of ownership yesterday and after initial testing the loco successfully took power. There is still plenty of work to do, including an overhaul of all brake cylinders and it is hoped to have the loco back in traffic in time for the second half of the Santa Specials season.
The Chasewater Railway are holding a Diesel Event on October 20/21 featuring 37219 and 73128. A timetable and loco roster is here
A timetable and loco roster for the South Devon Railways Gronk Aid 4 Event on November is here
A website devoted to preserved electric loco 86259 is here
A gallery of the weekends Nene Valley Diesel Event is here. All visiting locos have now left Wansford with 20137 and 33063 returning to their respective homes. 20007 has moved to a new home at the the GCRN joining the owning groups other type one.

8/10/07

31466 has now entered service at the Dean Forest Railway and worked its first trains in preservation yesterday in top & tail formation with a steam loco on DFR services.
A timetable and loco roster for next months ELR Sulzer Day is here and a provisional loco roster for the West Somerset Railway Autumn Gala on October 27/28 is here
A gallery of the NYMR Rat Resurrection Railtour is here
Photos of the Llangollen Railway Diesel Event are here

4/10/07

33109 has moved over from Crewe LNWR depot to the Heritage Centre in readiness for road movement onward to the East Lancs Railway.
Dean Forest based 31466 underwent its first loaded test run yesterday hauling five mark 1's and E6001 without problems. The loco will now enter traffic at the DFR.
37518 also had a successful loaded test run yesterday making two trips to Peterborough with the mark 1 set. A photo is here
33063 has arrived at Wansford from Tunbridge Wells

3/10/07

27056 has arrived at Langollen to take part in the weekends Diesel Event starting this Friday. A photo is here
37518 has undertaken a number of light engine test runs today at the Nene Valley Railway with no major problems. A photo is here
55022 has today run light from Bo'ness to Old Oak Common in readiness for working the Autumn Highlander railtour on Friday. As part of the move 55022 collected 50044 from Crewe LNWR and took it to Tyseley where further work will take place to return 'Exeter' to the mainline.
Repairs have begun on collision damaged 33108 at Barrow Hill. The loco suffered cab front damage in a shunting accident at Swanage last year. Photos here and here
A timetable and loco roster for the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event is here
Recent photos of 25279 D7076 46010 and 47402 added

2/10/07

37025 made it preservation debut at last weekends Bo'ness gala resplendent in Large Logo livery and was also rededicated 'Inverness TMD' at the event. Photos are here
A GBRf class 66 has been added to the extensive line-up for the Dartmoor Railway Diesel Event on October 20/21. More details on the event are here
Preparations for this weekends Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event are well in hand with both visiting class 20's now on site and 33063 expected to arrive tomorrow. 37518 is on track to take part - recent photos of the loco are here and here
An updated timetable and loco roster for the Llangollen Railway Diesel Event is here

30/9/07

37518 was started at Wansford today -the first time the loco has run since December 2000 and pending a successful test run will be taking part in the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event this weekend. Visiting engine 20137 has also arrived by road from Toddington.
Recent photos of 37142 37142 47596 50042 and 55016 added

26/9/07

Photos depicting recent work carried out on 47376 following the discovery of leaking liners earlier this year are here here here here and here
45060 has had its main generator sent away for repair following the failure of the machine during May. Photos are here and here
Additional photos added to the 45149 overhaul gallery
Photos of the Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Weekend are here
Recent photos of D9521 20166 25279 31188 31188 31270 37152 44008 47117 47306 50042 D1015 & 55016 added

25/9/07

25309 has today moved from Bo'ness to the West Coast Railway workshops at Carnforth where the work to return the loco to traffic will be completed. The Waterman owned 25 has had a overhauled generator installed during its stay at Bo'ness.
37340 (37009) was started for the first time at Ruddington last Friday - a photo is here
On November 24 the Wensleydale Railway will be celebrating the 50th Birthday of Class 101 DMSL no.53746. More details are here
A timetable & loco roster for the forthcoming Llangollen Railway Diesel Event on October 5-7 is here
Photos of the weekends Diesel Event at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway is here
Recent photos of 20188 37175 40145 40145 40145 40145 D821 and 47635 added

21/9/07

55022 hauled 20020, 26020 and 37175 to Bo'ness today picking 40145 up from Carnforth. 40145 will now work tomorrows SRPS trip to Inverness.
The Dean Forest Railway Diesel Day on September 29th has had to be cancelled because of emergency engineering work taking place on the line. E6001 will however work top & tail with a steam engine on September 26 between Norchard and Parkend. It is hoped to stage the diesel event during November. More details available nearer the date.
The Hertage Shunters Trust have a new website courtesy of Brillo.
A timetable and roster for the Churnet Valley Railway Railcar event is here
A gallery for D1015's recent VSOE Birthday Bash working is here
Recent photos of 37190 and 40145 added

20/9/07

55022 ran light from Barrow Hill to Bury today running on the newly installed engine throughout with no problems coming to light. A photo is here. The Deltic will haul 20020,26010 and 37175 northwards to Bo'ness tomorrow collecting 40145 from Carnforth along the way.
A timetable and loco roster for the Nene Valley Railway 'EE Day' on October 5th can be downloaded here
Additional photos added to the Battlefield Diesel Event gallery
Additional photos added to the 37518 overhaul gallery

19/9/07

37275 has moved from the Weardale Railway to its new home at Barrow Hill arriving by road this morning.
55022 has now received clearance to work to Oban on the SRPS charter on October 6th. Details are here
DRS will supplying 37688 and 57011 (subject to usual disclaimers) for the Mid Norfolk Railway Gala on September 22/23. More details are here
Photos of the Great Central Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 20001 25279 25279 25279 37340 40106 44004 45118 50007 D1015 D1015 D1015 D1015 & D1048 added as well as an archive pic of D7017

18/9/07

31188 is being returned to service at the Wensleydale Railway with the loco being started recently - the first time since 2001. New batteries have also been installed and work is now concentrating on ironing out problems with the locos air systems.
73110 has recently moved to Long Marston from its previous home at the Churnet Valley Railway
East Lancs based 31435 (D5600) was named 'Newton Heath TMD' at the depots open day over the weekend. Photo here
Photos of the Buxton Forrester Railtour are here and photos from the weekends Diesel Event at the Battlefield Line are here
Recent photos of 20087 26024 and 47270 added

15/9/07

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway will be holding its annual autumn diesel event on November 3/4 which is expected to feature all of the lines operational diesels.
Peak Rail are holding a Diesel Weekend on September 22/23. A timetable and loco roster is here
37518 is on course to be ready for the Nene Valley Diesel Event next month. A gallery of the on-going restoration work is here
Photos of last weekends Class 20 Event at the MR-B is here
Recent photos of 24081 D1015 D1015 D1015 73210 and 73211 added

14/9/07

47770 has been started for the first time at Tyseley. The former WR celebrity 47500 also took power with no major problems coming to light.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway are holding a Mixed Traffic Event on November 3/4 with all proceeds going towards to the Severn Valley flood appeal. Diesels in action will be residents 25278, 50027 plus D6700, D9009 and 55019. 50049 will also attend and will work trains on the Esk Valley Branch.
Bodywork renovation on 31162 at Weybourne is continuing. Photos here here and here
Recent photos of 20020 20048 25035 25279 25279 27056 27056 31101 37116 40145 40145 47640 47785 50015 and 73003 added

13/9/07

55022 has, after further adjustments to the number two engine, reached the required power output during load banking at Barrow Hill and will now work the Autumn Highlander out of Kings Cross on October 5th. However the loco will not be able to work the planned SRPS tour to Oban due to gauging restrictions.
D1015 will work a private charter from Salisbury to Kidderminster and then back to London Victoria tomorrow. Times are here
31465 has left the Dartmoor Railway for the RVEL workshops in Derby where it is expected to return to the mainline for Network Rail.
The Dartmoor Railway Diesel Event will now take place on October 20/21 and is expected to feature an array of motive power as well as two charters onto the mainline; the first being a Okehampton - Exeter and return with T&T 31's on Saturday morning and then in the evening it is planned to use 45112 and a 33+31 combo on a tour to Paignton and back. Booking info and further event details are here
A timetable and loco roster for the Spa Valley Railway Mixed Traction event this weekend is here. 25262 and 73140 are expected to feature.
20166 will now make an appearance at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Event on September 22/23 courtesy of the locos new owner HNRC.
A timetable and loco roster for the Peak Rail Diesel Event on September 22/23 is here
The Dean Forest Railway are holding a diesel running day on September 29th featuring D9555 , 08238 & E6001. A timetable and loco roster is here

9/9/07

The Class Forty Preservation Society have launched a shed appeal to ensure the long term future of 40135 and 40145. The society intends to raise money for two places within a new diesel shed to be built at Bury on the East Lancashire Railway. More details are here
50008 is continuing to undergo work to return the loco to service at LNWR Crewe, the generator which was sent away for repair earlier this year awaits refitting. Photos here here and here
Brush Type Four Fund owned 47746 is expected to be transferred from Crewe DMD to Crewe Electric Depot tomorrow, this will allow for arrangements to be made for the locos onward movement to Long Marston where the loco will be returned to working order
A timetable and loco roster for the forthcoming Diesel Event at the Great Central Railway is here
Photos of the 40145 railtour on Saturday are here
Recent photos of 26002 31163 31163 31467 37116 37175 37906 47840 50015 50015 and 56097 added

7/9/07

The purchase of 50015 from the Manchester Class 50 Group to members of the Bury Diesel Group has been completed. The loco is now in the ownership of the “Bury Valiant Group” and work will start soon to return the loco to running order – target date is before the end of 2007. Any  members of the “Manchester Class 50 Group” who are not in touch with the committee should get in touch with bury_valiant_groupATyahoo.co.uk  who will pass on their contact details.
37340 (37009) has undergone a bogie swap at Ruddington with set of fully overhauled CP7 bogies now under the loco. Bodywork restoration is is being carried out, with original features being re-created and additional features being removed as applicable. Also the bodywork is being stripped back to bare metal so that a full appraisal of the condition of the body can be made. In the next few weeks contractors will be addressing the worst of the corrosion. Photos are here here and here
33053 is nearing completion after a replacement generator was fitted. The loco is also being restored internally. Photos here here here here and here
A timetable and loco roster for the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Event on September 22/23 is here. The event will feature 37142, 47306 and 50042 as well as a possible visitor in the shape of 33202. More details are here
A loco roster for this weekends Chinnor & Princes Risborough Mixed Traction Event featuring 31163 and 37116 at Chinnor is here
Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming Bo'ness Diesel Event that will see the debut of 37175 at the line is here

5/9/07

The Llangollen Railway Diesel Event on October 5-7 will see 27056 as the visiting traction. It will make a short visit prior to returning to the Northampton & Lamport Railway after its summer stay at the Great Central Railway.
An agreement has been reached for 37175 to become resident at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway. The 37 will move north from the ELR shortly and will feature at the BKR Diesel Event on September 29/30.
The SBRS have arranged for a tour of the Long Marston Railway site on October 13. More details are here
Nene Valley based 47270 is undergoing engine repairs to cure a sticking exhaust valve. Photos here here and here
Photos of the weekends diesel event at the ELR are here
Recent photos of 25279 25279 33057 33108 33111 37215 50042 and D1015 added

4/9/07

55022 has been withdrawn from all planned railtours because of continuing problems with the No.2 engine that will require its removal from the loco for stripping. More details are here
The Dartmoor Diesel Event will now be held on October 13th and 14th. The organisers would like to apologise for the late notice of this change but has been unavoidable due to operational reasons.
37518 is being returned to working order with all missing wiring replaced and brake systems now in working order. The loco will be taking part in the Nene Valley Diesel Event on October 5-7. More details are here
Photos of the weekends D1015 railtour are here

29/8/07

25279 has moved to the Foxfield Railway for its visit. A photo is here
More details on the 'Rat Resurection' railtour to Whitby on October 6th are here
Times for Saturdays D1015 Railtour to Aberystwyth are here
Following the success of this years beer festival/diesel event the Swanage Railway are pleased to announce that they will be running the same event over the weekend of Friday 9th to Sun 11th May 2008. It is hoped that at least 3 visiting locos will run alongside the resident D8188,D6515 and 33108 for the weekend.
Recent photos of 24081 47292 47292 and 47768 added

28/8/07

A month after its successful start up 31206 made its first movements at Rushden over the weekend. The Goyle has seen work concentrate on repairing the auxiliary generator. The loco will be on display at the forthcoming model railway exhibition at the station site. More details are here
A working party was held for 50050 at Yeovil over the weekend with much time spent tracing the loco long standing power fault. The loco was also started for the first time this year. A photo is here and more details are here
The Churnet Valley Railway are holding a Railcar Event on September 29-30 featuring visiting DMU M79900 "Iris" as well as diesel loco running on the 30th. More details are here
Photos from the weekends events at the GCRN and Barry Island Railway added
Recent photos of 25278 26024 27056 31108 31327 37215 40145 40145 40145 47270 47635 47840 47840 D1023 55002 and 73133 added

24/8/07

55022 has been withdrawn from its planned railtours on Septemer 8th and 16th due to continuing technical problems with the ex-marine Deltic engine installed earlier this year. This despite the best efforts of the small team working on the loco. The Devonian on September 8th will now be worked by 40145.
50049 left Tyseley yesterday and ran light to Kidderminster. The loco is booked to appear in a revised SVR diesel event on October 12 & 13 and will work trains between Kidderminster and Bewdley alongside 20188 20227 37906 73101 plus shunters D3022, D3937, 12099. Warship D821 may appear if repairs are completed. More details are here
24081 has moved to the Barry Island Railway for a short visit
20001 and 20189 have returned to Butterley after appearing at the Barrow Hill Class 20 event earlier this year.
A slightly amended timetable for this weekends Bank Holiday event at the GCRN is here
The ELR autumn diesel event will see D8020. 20087, D5054, D5310, 26024, D5600, D7076, 37175, D335, 40145, D832 & 47402 in action over the three days (31 August - 2nd September) the Friday has been dubbed "Little Strugglers Day" featuring types 1, 2 & 3 alongside DMU and DEMU. A timetable and loco roster is here
Recent photos of 20048 37009 37175 47105 50049 50049 55009 55009 and 73136 added

20/8/07

Ruddington based 25279 is due to move to the Foxfield Railway at the end of this month for a short visit that will allow the 'Rat' to feature at the lines Diesel Event on 15/16 September which will also see numerous industrial diesels in use plus runs on Foxfield Bank with coal wagons on both dates. There will be evening Real Ale Trains on the Saturday. More details are here. The 25 will also be in operation on normal running dates on 22/9, 29/9, 6/10 & 13/10 before returning to the GCRN in mid October.
24081 has had its cooler group repairs completed at Toddington and will move to the Barry Island Railway tomorrow where it will feature in their Diesel Event. The 24's rostered turns at the GWR this week will be covered by 47105.
The Battlefield Line are holding their Autumn Diesel Event on 14-16 September and will feature all of the lines operational fleet. More details and loco rosters are here
Photos of the DPS running day at the NYMR are here
Photos and details for 37505 added
Recent photos of D9523 20188 31271 37175 40106 40106 47785 50049 73001 and archive pics of 25185 D7029 73138 added

18/8/07

The GCRN are holding a Bank Holiday Event on August 26/27 featuring plenty of diesel running - a timetable and a loco roster is here
The Growler group are planning a 'farewell' running day for 37219 over the weekend of 6 & 7 October before it returns to the Chacewater Railway. It is planned for the 37 to work three round trips of the line on both days.
The Bodmin & Wenford Diesel Gala takes place on September 22 and 23. There will be an intensive service on both days, hauled by residents 37142, 50042 and the gala debut of 47306. In addition to the normal coaching stock rake, a passenger carrying clay train will again run on Saturday afternoon with a photo stop en-route. Further updates will appear on the BWR diesel group website
Recent photos of 31101 31289 37037 47401 47401 55022 73001 73001 and 73001 added

17/8/07

The DPS are celebrating 25 years of Deltics in preservation on August 18th by re-enacting the events of August 21st 1982, when the first Deltic hauled workings took place in preservation. Both locos will be in action on the NYMR diesel diagram. More details are here
The NYMR are also holding a Class 25 Day on October 6th with 25278 working Grosmont – Whitby – Battersby – Whitby – Goathland – Whitby – Pickering. More details are here
47635 will be the rostered power for the Swanage Fish & Chip Specials on Friday August 24th. More details are here

14/8/07

37505 has entered preservation at the Eden Valley Railway having previously been located in Thompsons scrapyard in Stockton.
Work has begun to replace the engine liner seals on the NHDTG's 31144. Photos are here here here and here
The South Devon Railway will be hosting a Real Ale Festival over the August Bank Holiday and the profits will go towards the restoration of 50002. The railway will be operating diesel hauled trains to coincide with the festival. More details and loco rosters are here
Additional photos added to the 45149 overhaul gallery
Recent photos of 20110 31166 37215 50049 D1015 D1015 added along with two archive views of D8233 here and here

11/8/07

20228 has returned to the Barry Island Railway after its appearance at last months event at Barrow Hill.
Recent photos of 20110 31206 47306 47306 50026 50042 50042 and 73134 added

8/8/07

73134 left Tyseley yesterday and has moved to the Weardale Railway where it will take up residence. The ED had previously been in store at Meldon and was at Tyseley for tyre turning.
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway are holding a Beer and Music festival that will take place on 26th, 27th & 28th October. 25059 will be rostered to haul trains all day on Friday 28th - from approx 1000 to midnight. On Saturday 29th 25059 or 20031 will haul the early morning services. 25059 will then operate again from approx 1800 till midnight. On Sunday the early morning services only will be diesel loco hauled. More details will be here in due course.
20048 worked its first trains on the GCRN since 2002 on Sunday. Photos here here and here
Additional photos added the the Spa Valley gallery and a page added for the D1015 railtour at the weekend
Recent photos of 31270 45118 and 50049 added

6/8/07

47417 has now had all twelve overhauled pistons fitted as part of the locos on-going renovation at the MR-B. A photo is here
Ruddington based 47292 ventured out onto the GCRN main line on Sunday working a successful light engine test run with D8048. A photo is here
Photos of the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event are here
Photos of the D1015 railtour on Saturday and ECS are here here here here and here
Recent photos of 33012 37906 47596 47840 50049 and 56040 added

3/8/07

Timetables and loco rosters for the Barry Island Railway diesel event later this month are now available, along with more details here
31206 has been started at Rushden, this is the first start-up since it had the engine overhauled at Brush around seven years ago. Work will now concentrate on repairing the faulty auxilary generator.
47292 has made its first movements under its own power in preservation, making short test runs around the yard at Ruddington. No problems of note were discovered.
Additional photos added to the 45149 overhaul gallery
Recent photos of 31119 40145 40145 and 50049 added along with an archive view of 40106

2/8/07

D9529 has returned to the Kent & East Sussex Railway from its previous location which is believed to have been the Nene Valley Railway. A photo is here
Photo galleries of the weeeknds events at the Great Central Railway and the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway added
Recent photos of 24054 25278 25278 40135 47840 50042 50049 and 73133 added

31/7/07

D1015 is scheduled to work the southbound leg of Pathfinders Cumbrian Mountain Express steam railtour on Saturday from Preston to Swindon. This will facilitate the locos return to Old Oak after the tour planned for last Saturday was cancelled. More details are here
Photos of the continuing work on 31162 at the NNR are here
Recent photos of D9520 20050 20188 20188 31207 37146 37518 37906 45060 and 47367 added

29/7/07

47785 has been delivered to the Stainmore Railway site at Kirkby Stephen East Station and becomes the fifth mainline diesel based there. Photos and details are here
31466 undertook its first run in preservation last Thursday when the loco worked two test runs on the Dean Forest Railway hauling E6001 for insurance. A photo is here
The Severn Valley Railway has decided to cancel the planned diesel event in October as it is unlikely the railway will be fully re-opened after the infrastructure was badly damaged during heavy rain and floods last month.
Photos of the 40145 railtour on Saturday are here
Recent photos of D9555 20087 20188 20227 31466 37906 & 73101 added

27/7/07

37518 has arrived at the Nene Valley Railway, transferred from storage in Ayr by road yesterday. A photo is here
Recent photos of 40145 & 40145 added

26/7/07

40145 was unveiled in its new Large Logo livery yesterday and as part of the East Lancs 20 year celebrations the loco was named "East Lancashire Railway" using the plates previously carried by an EWS class 37. Photos here here here and here
Recent photos of 50049 and 50049 addded

25/7/07

This Saturdays railtour involving D1015 has been cancelled because of flooding in the Oxford area. More details are here
The Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway have issued an amended timetable for their upcoming Diesel Event this weekend here
33053 and 33008 had their generators lifted out last week and 33053 was fitted with an overhauled example (see update 19/7). It should be back in traffic in the next couple of weeks. 33008 will be fitted with 33053's old generator once it has been overhauled.
Recent photos of 31162 and 50049 added

24/7/07

47306 worked its first passenger train in preservation on Saturday when it worked the Bodmin & Wenford Railway diesel diagram - photos here and here
73114 has returned to the Battlefield Line after its spell deputising for a Class 14 on the CTRL construction work in London.
31466 was fired up for the first time in preservation today at the Dean Forest Railway. The 31 is still undergoing tests before it can enter traffic.
47292 has been started for the first time at Ruddington and no major problems came to light - a photo is here. The loco is expected to enter traffic at the GCRN at the August Bank Holiday weekend with further appearances at the October Diesel Gala.
Only recently arrived at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway, 37216 was also started over the weekend. A photo is here. It is hoped to have the loco in action at the railways Diesel Event on 28/29 July. A timetable for the event is here
The Great Central Railway are holding a Mail By Rail event this weekend which will see most of the lines diesels in action over the two days. More details are here
Times for Saturdays D1015 railtour are here
Photos and details for 37216 added
Recent photos of 20020 25321 33048 D832 50049 added along with archive views of 50033 and 56057

20/7/07

37216 has today completed its transfer from EMR Kingsbury to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.
20227 has joined 20188 and 73101 at the Severn Valley Railway for use on engineering trains repairing flood damaged sections of the railway.
20020 and 20087 returned to the East Lancs today behind a pair of HNRC 20's.
73119 which has seen little use since it was sold to the Keith & Dufftown Railway in 2004 has been sold on and will be returning south to a new home.
The Spa Valley Railway will be holding their annual diesel event on August 3-5. The three day event will see 25262, 33065, 73140 as well as DEMU 1317 in action. A timetable and loco roster is here. There is engineering work between Tonbridge & Wadhurst (via Tunbridge Wells) on Saturday & Sunday and visitors arriving by rail are encouraged to travel via the Uckfield line and alight at Eridge for our own bus service.
Recent photos of 25262 25262 33063 added along with an archive pic of 50044

19/7/07

73101 was delivered to the Severn Valley Railway yesterday and 20188 has left Swanage and will join it. Both locos will be employed on works trains repairing the storm damaged line. Another class 20 is also expected to move to the SVR for similar duties.
45112 will not be working the Heartland Railtour from Gloucester to Penzance this Saturday.
33053 had a replacement generator fitted at Shackerstone yesterday. Photos are here
additional photos added to the Barrow Hill Diesel Event gallery
Recent photos of 20059 31108 31108 33008 37152 37188 37679 37679 37679 47367 47367 47367 47596 47635 50029 50033 & 50049 added

17/7/07

25278 worked the first 25 hauled passenger train on Network Rail/BR since 1991 on Saturday evening when it was employed on the NYMR's Whitby service. Photos here and here
50049 ran light from Cardiff Canton to the West Somerset Railway today and will work the return leg of tomorrows 'Cathedrals Express' railtour. Times for this are here
37679 was delivered to the Northampton & Lamport Railway from storage at Ayr yesterday. A photo is here
Photos of the weekends Diesel Event at Barrow Hill are here
Recent photos of 26010 26011 33116 37116 D832 D1015 D1015 D1015 and 73117 added

14/7/07

37216 has been purchased for preservation from the EMR scrapyard in Kingsbury and will move to the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway some time next week. The railway are hopeful the loco will be returned to operation in time for the lines Diesel Event on July 28/29.
25278 is due to make its passenger debut on the Whitby Line later today being rostered to work the 1650 Grosmont - Whitby and the 2030 Battersby - Whitby in top & tail formation with a steam engine.
73101 is to leave the Avon Valley Railway for a short term loan to the Severn Valley Railway to assist with the loco shortage on the flood damaged line. The ED will return to Bitton in the autumn.
SECO Rail have hired 47635 for traction training and train handling tuition on the Swanage Railway. The next planned day of running is Tuesday 17th July. There are no firm start and finish times, but the first one is likely to be 1135 ex Swanage. The two coach train is not available for passenger use.

13/7/07

20020, 20087 and 55022 moved from Bury to Barrow Hill in a convoy hauled by 20901 & 20905 yesterday. The 20's will take part in the weekends Diesel Event - full operating details for the event can be found on the PLEG website. 55022 has returned to BH where work will continue to get the new power unit up and running.
A couple of changes to the loco listings on the site; 37211 has left the Churnet Valley Railway and moved to Kingsbury for scrap having donated parts towards the restoration of 37009 whilst 37214 has moved to the 'Ex Preserved' section as the loco has now passed into the ownership of West Coast Railways, it was previously privately leased to the company. Riveria Trains' 47575 is deleted from the site after it left the East Lancs Railway last week and moved to Crewe.
Recent photos of 20087 20142 20154 25035 25262 26010 31162 31162 31418 31463 47270 47270 50007 D1015 and 55002 added

12/7/07

24081 is booked to be the visiting engine for the Barry Island Railway Diesel Event on August 25-27. More details are here. Meanwhile 20228 has left Barry and moved by road to Barrow Hill where it will take part in the roundhouses Class 20 Event this weekend.
North Norfolk based 31207 is undergoing some minor repairs to the roof arch at No 2 end and a new fuel header tank is being made to replace the corroded one. Photos here and here
Recent photos of 20154 20154 33012 33108 33208 37219 37906 47192 47192 47192 47192 47270 47367 50026 & 50026 added

11/7/07

Spitfire Railtours planned use of 55022 on a railtour this Saturday has been postponed to a provisional date of 17 November as the loco is still undergoing remedial work on its replacement power unit. RSG did attend the East Lancs event at the weekend but worked on one engine only.
50049 ran light yesterday from Tyseley to Cardiff Canton where it will be used to shunt rolling stock for Pullman Rail.
The timetable for the 73117 running day at the Dartmoor Railway this Saturday, July 14th, is here
Photos of the East Lancs Diesel Event are here

2/7/07

GCR(N) based 25279 is to visit the Foxfield Railway during September to take part in the lines Diesel Event on September 15/16.
50035 has had its power unit re-installed after generator repairs. Photos here and here
The 'Cory Brothers' namplates from 47270 have been placed on E-Bay for auction to raise funds to re-instate the vacuum brakes on the loco. Details are here
The discussion forum has moved to a new location here. Please update your bookmarks. The original will remain on-line for a period for reference purposes.
Recent photos of 20020 20020 20020 20050 26002 26025 31271 33108 50033 D1013 D1013 D1015 D1015 D1015 & 55022 added

30/6/07

South Devon Railway based 25262 is to visit the Spa Valley Railway for a summer stay and will participate in the lines Diesel Event on August 3-5 alongside resident locos 33065 and 73140. The 25 is due to arrive early next week.
The Barry Island Railway are holding a diesel running day on Sunday July 8th featuring D9521 and 47768. The two locos will operate brakevan rides and also haul the mk 1 vacuum rake throughout the day. First departure from Barry Island is at 1100hrs and the last departure is at 1622hrs. Day rover tickets will be £6.
20132 is unable to attend the East Lancs Diesel event and a revised timetable to reflect this is here

29/6/07

The class 37 running day at the Dartmoor Railway due to feature 37198 and 37905 tomorrow has been postponed to later in the year due to ongoing work to get 37905 into an operational condition. The next diesel running day at the Dartmoor Railway will be as planned on July 14th featuring 73117.
The East Lancs Railway are celebrating the railways 20th anniversary over five days from July 25-29 and plans are well formulated for this event with the timetable due out shortly. There will be a substantial amount of diesel running with D832 and 40145 taking the roles they did 20 years ago. D5054 and 40145 will be named as part of the celebrations. Although this is classed as a 'special event' normal fares will apply and £11 for a day rover will be excellent value. Members free tickets and all concessions also available.
20050 (D8000) has moved to Barrow Hill from the National Railway Museum.
A recent photo of 20048 added

28/6/07

20048 has ended its long stay at the Great Central Railway and has moved over the Midland Mainline to its new home at Ruddington on the GCRN. The loco was originally based here prior to leaving for contract work on the CTRL construction in 2002.
Battlefield based 33053 is to receive a replacement main generator at Shackerstone in the coming weeks with a view to the Crompton re-entering traffic towards the end of July. Other work on the loco has included replacing all the internal gutter system and repairs to bodywork and floors. The cabs have also been smartened up.
Timetables and loco rosters for next weeks East Lancs Railway Diesel Event are here
Photos of the Class 40 Appeal Event are here and additional photos added to the Dartmoor Railway event gallery
Recent photos of 33002 47270 47635 D1013 D1015 D1015 D1015 D1015 & 73129 added

26/6/07

Tyseley based 37264 was started yesterday evening after six years restoration work. The engine was run for a time to allow checking of mechanical systems which appear to be in good condition despite not having run since 1999 - overhauled turbos, intercoolers, generator and water pumps form part of the rework. Work will now focus on recomissioning electrical and auxiliary systems, which will pave the way to reinstallation and testing of brake components. Major bodywork replating has been progressing and a repaint into large logo '1984' style will then be carried out. Video of the start up is here
The infrastructure of the Severn Valley Railway was seriously damaged during storms in the area last week which will curtail the lines operations for quite some time. An appeal has been started to help pay for the repairs. Details are here
Photos of the Dartmoor Railway diesel event are here
Recent photos of 33102 37175 37905 37905 40145 40145 40145 40145 47192 47270 47270 and 50007 added

25/6/07

40145 and D1015 have today both run light to Bury from Bo'ness and Bescot respectivley. D1015 will be taking part in next weeks diesel event
Some photos of the top end overhaul work on 33102 are here here here here and here. The Crompton will receive bodywork repairs, tyre turning and and a rewire in stages over the next 12 - 18 months.
Photos of The Cornishan railtour last Saturday are here
Additional photos added to the West Somerset Railway and Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway event galleries
Recent photos of 20087 and 26024 plus an archive view of 24032

22/6/07

33108 has left the Swanage Railway and is being transported by road to Barrow Hill for repairs to damage sustained in a shunting accident last year.
55022 is unable to take part in the SRPS 'Far North to Thurso' railtour this weekend as it is still undergoing power unit repairs at Barrow Hill. Its place will be taken by WCRC 57601. It is intended to allow 40145 to work as much as possible on the tour.
A slight change to the ELR July Event line-up will see 20132 substitute for the unavailable 20906. It is also planned to have two of HNRC's mainline registered 20's at the event. D5054 and 40145 will not feature during the five days as both will be out of service for repaints in connection with the ELR 20th Anniversary event on July 25-29.
Photos of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event are here

21/6/07

The Dartmoor Railway are holding a 'Homefleet Day' this Saturday (23rd) and will see 08937 37198 47716 and 73117 in action and could also feature 31465 and 37905. A timetable and loco roster is here. The 31 is leaving the line next week and if repaired will make its last run this Saturday. Replacement control cards have been sourced for 37905, these are en-route to Devon to be fitted and subject to testing the loco will take part. The C37LG are still looking for donations to aid the purchase of the cards - details here
A timetable and loco roster for the Class 40 Appeal Event this weekend at the Midland Railway (Butterley) is here
Photos from the 40145 railtour to Stranraer earlier this month are here and additional photos added to the Churnet Valley Railway diesel event gallery here
Recent photos of 20059 20154 20166 20166 31271 47270 47270 47292 47292 47401 and 47768 added

20/6/07

A timetable and loco roster for the Churnet Valley Railway 'Anything Goes' Event this weekend is here
Photos from the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 20069 37906 37906 37906 and 47401 added

19/6/07

NYMR based 25278 completed a mainline test run to Whitby on Saturday. The 25 is now fitted with the required safety equipment and passed to run on the Battersby - Whitby section only. The loco will be the standby diesel for the NYMR's Whitby Excursion train, although it is expected that the 25 will be rostered regularly on the Whitby line.
DRS's 47237 hauled KWVR visitors 20020, 26010 26024 and 37175 from Keighley to Bury where the preserved engines will feature in the ELR summer event next month.
47270 worked its first passenger train on the Nene Valley Railway on Sunday when it worked a round trip from Wansford with 31271 providing the vacuum brakes - thanks are due to the A1A Group for making this possible. A photo is here
The Churnet Valley Railway are holding a 'Anything Goes' event this weekend 23/24 June featuring 33102, 37075 and 47192 along with two steam locos. More details are here
Photos of the West Somerset Railway Mixed Traffic Event are here
Recent photos of 44004 50007 and 50033 added

15/6/07

The East Lancs Railway are holding a 'Little Locos Weekend' on July 21/22 which will feature all the shunters and smaller steam locos at the ELR. All services over the weekend will be operated by diesel shunters and small steam locos. The line up currently includes the resident fleet of D2062, D3232, 08445, 08479, 08944, 'Jinty' 47324, Peckett 0-4-0 1370 with visitors 08700, 07001, Hudswell Clarke '70' ex MSC and 3440 'City of Truro. More details to be confirmed soon.
20020, 26010 and 26024 have arrived at Keighley to take part in this weekends Diesel Event, haulage provided by DRS's 47237 which will also appear.
40012 has received a new set of batteries at Butterley. The loco has suffered from flat batteries and failed to work at recent events but will now star at the CFA gala on June 23/24. Photos here and here
D9520 has moved from the Nene Valley Railwa to the West Somerset Railway to take part in this weekends event
Additional photos added to the Bristol Coal-Stone Haul gallery and the South Devon Railway event gallery

14/6/07

47292 has arrived at the GCR(N) after road transport from Crewe. Photos here here here and here
50033 has completed its move from the Steam Museum in Swindon to Tyseley Locomotive Works.
D7076 and D832 have arrived at the West Somerset Railway to take part in the lines Mixed Traffic Event this weekend
Additional photos added to the North Norfolk Railway diesel event gallery
Times for the SRPS railtour to Wick & Thurso starting Friday 22 June featuring 55022 and 40145 are here
Recent photo of 27056 added along with archive views of 40012 and 55019

13/6/07

Additional photos added to the South Devon Railway event gallery
More photos of 37906's first preserved workings can be found on the Ruston 906 Group website
Times for the Birmingham - Penzance tour with D1015 on 23/6/07 are here
More photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery
Additional photos of 20154 33102 37009 37075 47270 55022 added as well as archive views of 25173 and 27059

12/6/07

26010 has had its overhauled generator installed at Bo'ness over the weekend and the loco was started on Sunday evening with no major problems coming to light. A photo is here. The 26 is now expected to join the loco convoy heading south to the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Event.
55022 is to run light engine from Bury to Barrow Hill today for load banking of the new power unit. Times are here
Photos of the Barry Island Railway Transport Festival are here
Additional photos added to the Bristol Coal-Stone Haul gallery
Recent photos of 31119 45041 47004 47292 and 47292 added

11/6/07

20227 has once again ventured onto London Underground metals when it worked a special charter in top and tail formation with LT loco 'Sarah Siddons'. A photo is here
47270 was started up for the first time on Saturday and pending the ironing out of minor faults the loco will take part in the NVR's Rail Mail event on June 23/24. A photo is here
50033 is due to arrive at Tyseley this week for remedial work prior to transferring to its new home in East London and further news from Tyseley is that following last weeks successful start up 47732 has been running around the yard under its own power as part of its ongoing restoration.
20169 has had all eight cylinder heads refitted at Kirkby Stephen East as part of its engine rebuild. Photos here and here
37906 worked its first passenger trains as a preserved loco on Saturday - photos are here
Photos of the weekend events at the South Devon Railway and North Norfolk Railway added
Recent photos of 20154 33111 37009 40145 47765 and 50049 added

8/6/07

33202 has left the West Somerset Railway and ran light engine to Gloucester yesterday to resume its mainline career.
Photo and details for 47292 added
Recent photos of 24081 25057 31108 33102 33102 37075 47192 47270 47771 & 56057 added

5/6/07

47270 has arrived at the Nene Valley Railway and 56057 has left for the RVEL workshops at Derby. A photo is here
37009 (37340) is now located at the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre where its has been joined by 20154 from Butterley. A photo of 37009 is here
31108 has left Butterley by road for its summer stay at the South Devon Railway.
47367 now has fully operational vacuum brakes with final testing completed the 47 can now work trains solo on the North Nofolk Railway. The loco arrived at the railway as an air only loco.
Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming Mixed Traffic Event at the West Somerset Railway are here
A recent photo of 47840 added

4/6/07

47270 has left Crewe and is heading for the Nene Valley Railway by road - a photo is here. Another loco on the move is 20154 which has left Butterley and is on its way the the GCR(N) at Ruddington
The Ruston 37 Fund have a website with details on how you can help the group replace the GEC control cards stolen from the locomotive this year. Details here
A gallery for Sundays Bristol Coal-Stone Haul railtour is here
Additional photos added to the Churnet Valley Railway event gallery and photos of 37116's debut at Chinnor are here
Photos of Saturdays railtour to Aberystwyth with 40145 are here
Additional photos of 20007 20205 47367 47596 47768 & 50019 added

3/6/07

55022 has had its newly installed replacement engine started for the first time at Bury today. A photo is here
37674 was started at Kirkby Stephen East yesterday and becomes the first 37/5 to run in preservation. A photo is here
20227 has been running test trains on London Transports Metropolitan Line working with a 4-TC and LT's 'Sarah Siddons' in top & tail formation.
A provisional agreement has been reached between the Swanage Railway and the 4-TC Group, owners of an ex-British Rail Mk 1 four-car Trailer Composite 413, for the unit to be based at the Swanage Railway from 2010 with the intention of it being used on services over planned main line link into Wareham. The full press release is here
Timetables and loco rosters for the Barry Island Railway Transport Festival can be downloaded from here
Photos from the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 27066 40145 40145 40145 40145 45112 50049 D1013 73001 73001 and 73001 added

2/6/07

Updated timetables and loco rosters for the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Event are here

31/5/07

47292 has been secured for preservation and will move from Basford Hall in Crewe to the GCR(N) at Ruddington during June. The loco is almost complete and all missing parts have been sourced so it is intended that the former D1994 will join the operational fleet soon after arrival. 20154 and 37009 are also expected to move to Ruddington in the coming weeks. The 20 is currently at Butterley and the 37 is part way through its restoration at the Churnet Valley Railway.
20227 has left Butterley and is en-route the Neasden LT Depot by road.
D9529 (14029) has left Wansford to return to its CTRL construction duties in East London.
45135 will work the ELR Diesel Diagram this Saturday which will be its last solo running day until after September. The Peak will work at the July Diesel Event and afterwards it will be stopped for engine repairs.
Times for Sundays Bristol Coal-Stone Haul Railtour are here . Bookings are still being taken for the freight line jaunt hauled by 50049 and 2 Network Rail 31's - telephone reservations are available at 07818 030971 or bristolcoalstonehaul@networkrail.co.uk
The Helston Diesel Group are making progress with the Class 103 DMU under restoration at Gwinear Road. 50413 has had the bodywork attended to and a photo is here. More details on the group are here
A timetable and loco roster for the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Diesel Day on June 3rd is here. The event will feature the preservation debut of 37116.
Recent photos of 25057 37032 37674 44004 45112 45112 47840 47840 50042 50042 & D1048 added

29/5/07

47840 hauled its final train on the mainline today when it worked a Derby - Minehead charter. The 47 will remain at its new home on the West Somerset Railway. The train was returned to Derby by 45112. Photos are here
56057 worked its last train in preservation on Saturday. Photos here. The 'Grid' will leave the Nene Valley Railway by road on June 5th on the same trailer that will deliver 47270.
55022 has had its repaired power unit installed at Bury on the 20th. Photos are here
50008 and 50031 had their power units lifted out at Crewe last week and both main generators were split from the engines to be sent away for specialist repair.
North Norfolk Railway based 25057 has undergone repairs to its heat exchanger along with receiving a new exhaust stack and some bodywork repairs. The loco will emerge from the workshops in BR blue in time for the lines Diesel Event on June 9/10.
The Stratford and Broadway Railway Society will be holding an open day at Long Marston on June 9th from 0900-1800. The Territorial Army class 117 DMU will be working and 73138 will be giving cab rides. It is planned to have some of the stored Class 86's and 87's on display for photos. More details are here
Recent photos of 20107 31162 47367 40145 and 50026 added

26/5/07

47840 has left the Brush Works in Loughborough and was hauled to Gloucester by 47813 yesterday. The loco has been repainted two-tone green and is now officially owned by the D&EPG. Photos and details are here. It will arrive at the West Somerset Railway on a railtour from Derby on Monday, the return leg being hauled by 45112.
47367 will make its preservation debut at the North Norfolk Railway Diesel Event on June 9/10. A timetable and loco roster is here
A timetable and part of the loco roster for the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Event on June 1-3 is here. The full loco roster will follow shortly.
Recent photos of 20189 31289 37175 40145 45112 47635 47732 47770 & 47773 added

24/5/07

45112 underwent a mainline test run today ahead of Mondays railtour from Minehead. The Peak worked from Gloucester to St Phillips Marsh and back with 47813 in tow.
31422 which is currently at Tyseley has changed hands and is now owned by Nemesis Rail. The 31 is expected to move to Barrow Hill at some point.
37087 hauled 20001, 20132 and 20189 from Butterley to Barrow Hill yesterday in readiness for the Class 20 Event at the roundhouse in July.
47768, fresh from a recent test run, will operate brake van rides at the Barry Island Railway Transport Festival on June 9/10.
Recent photos of 27056 D821 50049 and 73006 added

22/5/07

The Ruston 906 Group have sourced replacement GEC control cards for 37906, following last months theft, and the loco has been out on test over the weekend. A photo is here. The 'Slug' is expected to operate the SVR Diesel Diagram on June 9th and 16th.
37116 has been returned to working order at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway having undergone a test run on Sunday with some minor faults requiring attention but the 37 is expected to take part in the lines Diesel Day on June 3rd. A photo is here
Recent photos of 25279 31108 37075 and 50027 added

21/5/07

Times for the D1015 railtour on June 16 are here
Photos of the weekend 'Chopperfest' at Butterley are here
Recent photos of 27056 33202 37119 40135 47575 47575 D1013 and D1015 added

19/5/07

37674 has entered preservation at Kirkby Stephen East joining the growing collection of locomotives under restoration at the site. The 37 was transported from Motherwell by road yesterday. A photo is here
Some photos of the preparations for 'ChopperFest' this weekend are here here and here

18/5/07

47768 has undergone its first test run on the Barry Island Railway - a photo is here. Although there is still much work to be done on the loco, the owners are hopeful that the former 47490 will be able to enter service in time for the railways Diesel Weekend on August 25-27.
37175 has moved from the Weardale Railway to the Keighley and Worth Valley railway where it will receive attention prior to taking part in the lines diesel gala next month
Timetables and Loco rosters for next months South Devon Railway Diesel Gala can be downloaded from here
Recent photos of 20189 31108 33110 50042 & 50049 added

A new publication now available is "Preserved Heritage Traction", which details all preserved diesel and electric locomotives and multiple units, together with a stock list and distance table for each railway with these vehicles. More details are here

15/5/07

47635 has transferred from Seco Rail to preservation and will remain at Swanage in the short term and after, as the loco is able to be hauled by rail, it is available to visit galas before moving to a permanent home.
E6003 was started on Sunday, after 21 months out of use and for the first time at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway. Much of the damage caused during it's period of storage has been repaired and after sequence testing it hauled it's first S&C train at the close of the day's timetabled running. No major problems found and the loco will enter service in the next few weeks.
The Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway are looking for a medium sized mainline diesel to operate the Sunday loco hauled services, after the successful loan of  73133 last season the railway would welcome a locomotive group. Interested parties should contact Alex Hinshelwood PBR Traffic Manager on 07980 595818.
A1A locomotives, custodians of 31108, 31162, 31271 and 31418, now have a website and the Class 15 Preservation Society have given their own website a full overhaul.
Recent photos of 25262 31270 31418 33201 37075 37075 37152 37219 37219 37219 50002 50002 50049 and 55016 added

14/5/07

50049 failed at Radlett with a coolant leak whilst working the Pompey Vectis Explorer to Havant on Saturday. The train was recovered by a class 47 and returned to Tyseley.
20007, 20154 and 20189 have all arrived at Butterley to take part in next weekends ChopperFest. Photos are here here and here
37075 has moved from the Ecclesboure Valley Railway to the Churnet Valley Railway for its summer visit.
73136, 73208 and D1015 have returned to their respective London depots following the Swanage Railway Diesel Weekend. 47635 has remained at Swanage and, pending announcement, is expected to operate some trains before leaving for a new base in preservation. Photos of the weekend are here
56057 will work its final train in preservation on May 26th - this being the 1620 Wansford - Peterborough and return, before the loco leaves for a career on the mainline with RVEL. 56003 will also be in action at the NVR on the 26th - working the 1140 and 1400 departures from Wansford.
Photos of the Peak Rail diesel weekend are here
Recent photos of 37248 37248 and 47596 added

10/5/07

26010 has already had its defective generator removed at Bo'ness and sent for specialist repair. It is planned that the repairs will be undertaken swiftly to enable the loco to fulfil its diesel event commitments this summer. A photo is here and more are here
47575 will make its last runs on the ELR over the weekend 19/20 May and could be its last runs ever if, as is rumoured, the loco will be stripped for spares and scrapped. The East Lancs 'Big Engine' weekend will also see 55022 in action. The organisers of the July five day diesel event are arranging for HNRC's 20906 to take part pending the completion of repairs.
A timetable and loco roster for the June diesel event at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway is here
Photos of last weekends diesel event at the Caledonian Railway are here
Additional photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery
Recent photos of 31414 37119 37263 50026 50049 55009 and 56003 added

6/5/07

31465 will not be appearing at the Dartmoor Railway this weekend due to a problem with the loco - 37198 will substitute. It now seems the loco will not be leaving the line for a few months so efforts will be made to give the 31 a run before it leaves the railway.
20137 has left the Nene Valley Railway and is currently laying over in Heanors yard for the weekend prior to returning to Toddington. A photo is here

5/5/07

56057 has been sold to a private buyer and will leave the Nene Valley Railway, possibly for further commercial use.
An archive pic of D832 added

3/5/07

The charity railtour around Bristol on June 3rd - The Bristol Coal-Stone Haul - will be top & tailed by 50049 and two class 31's courtesy of Network Rail. More details and booking information is here
31108 is to make a twelve month visit to the South Devon Railway, the Goyle will arrive in time to take part in the lines summer diesel event on June 9/10. This will be the first time a 31 has appeared on passenger trains on the line and the event will also feature resident locos D2246, 20110, 20118, D7612, 37 037 operating an intensive timetable over the two days. More details are here
The organisers of the KWVR Diesel Event have announced 37175 as a replacement for the unavailable 37025. The 37 will arrive at the line by road from the Weardale Railway and will also visit the East Lancs July Diesel Event.
Times for the loco moves to the Swanage Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 20048 20137 20137 25035 31271 45125 and 45135 added

2/5/07

The Spa Valley Railway are holding a Diesel Day this Saturday (5th) and will feature 33065 and 73140 working services. A day rover ticket is a bargain £5. Timetable and loco roster is here
The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway are holding a Summer Diesel Event on June 15-17 and will see 20137, 37219, 37324, 47105 and 73129 in action.
The Great Central Railway are continuing to support diesel running and have announced a 'Type 2 Weekend' on July 7/8 featuring 25035, 27056 and 31463 working additional services around the normal timetable as well as a 'Beer-Ex' on Saturday Evening.
Recent photos of D9504 D9529 20031 31108 and 37275 added

30/4/07

31421 has left Butterley by road today and has been transported to EMR Kingsbury for scrap. The loco had recently donated its power unit to 31418 and has also been stripped of other components.
37116 was delivered to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway on Saturday from its temporary location in Heanors Yard in the Midlands. A photo is here
73001 has been outshopped in green as E6001 at the Dean Forest Railway. Photos here and here. The ED will shortly enter traffic at the DFR for this years running season.
26010 was unable to take part in last weekends Diesel Event at Bo'ness due to a generator fault discovered during a test run last Friday. Further inspections revealed the generator will need to be removed for repairs, therefore the loco may not be making visits to the K&WVR and ELR this summer. 37025 has been withdrawn from the bill of these two events as the timescale required to complete the restoration of the loco will not be possible.
The restoration of 33002 is making good progress at the South Devon Railway. Photos here here and here
24081 is in the process of being reassembled at Toddington after repairs to the cooler group. Photos here here and here
Photos of the weekends events at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway, Great Central Railway and Nene Valley Railway added
Recent photos of 20031 31270 40145 47105 55009 55016 and 55019 added

26/4/07

The Swanage Railway Beer Festival / Diesel Event on May 11-13 will now feature, courtesy of Seco Rail, former EWS celebrity 47635 which is under repair at Eastleigh. The 47 is a replacement for the unavailable 56098 and will be working trains alongside 20188, 33012, D1015, 73136 and 73208. SWT have kindly agreed to loan 4-Vep 3417 as hauled stock for the event. A full timetable and loco roster will be available next week.
D9529 has returned to Wansford for repairs following a stint in use for construction work on the East London section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link. Its duties are being covered by Nemesis Rail 'ED' 73114. Photos here and here
Another arrival at the Nene Valley is 20137 from the GWR - the 20 is visiting to take part in the NVR's 1960's Event this weekend.
The Class Twenty Locomotive Society will be holding ‘Chopperfest' on May 18-20 to celebrate 20 years of the EE Type 1's. The event will be held at the Midland Railway (Buttlerley) and will feature a number of preserved Class 20's working alongside two DRS locomotives. More details are here
A timetable and loco roster for the June Diesel Event at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway can be found here The page also details how to purchase advance tickets at a discounted price.
Photos of last weekends Diesel Event at Butterley are here
Recent photos of 25185 31018 31207 31207 31207 41001 47306 55019 and 47540

24/4/07

56098 has returned to the Northampton & Lamport Railway from its visit to the successful Nene Valley Diesel Event last month. The 'Grid' is to have the free end turbo replaced - a fault that has prevented it attending next months event in Swanage. A photo is here
73114 has left the Battlefield Line for contract work on the CTRL construction in East London. A photo is here
47306 has been successfully started at Bodmin and is expected to undertake a loaded test run shortly.
The locos that attended the NYMR gala will be staying on for a few weeks and D6700 and 40145 may well make appearances in the railways East Coast Mainline Celebrations over the next two weekends in place of D200 which has a generator problem. 40145 will also act as a standby loco for the steam hauled Whitby shuttles in operation.
D9016 will work its debut trains at Peak Rail on April 28th in Top & Tail formation with a steam loco. More details are here
Additional photos added to the NYMR event gallery and photos of the Battlefield Diesel Weekend are here
A gallery of the D1062 lift at the weekend is here
A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Diesel Event is here . It is hoped to have new arrival 26010 working trains alongside the operational home fleet of 20020, 25235, 26024, 27001 and 47643.
Recent photo of 31289 added

23/4/07

37075 is to visit the Churnet Valley Railway for their Diesel Event on June 1-3. The loco will then remain at the line for an extended visit.
D1062 has undergone repairs to a fuel tank at Bridgnorth, a process which required the loco to be lifted. Photos are here here here here and here
The Ruston 906 Group and the Class 37 Loco Group are appealing for information regarding the theft of the GEC control cards from 37905 and 37906. The cards that are unique to a handful of 37's were stolen on separate days at Kidderminster and Meldon. More info is here
Photos from the NYMR Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 25321 33053 73006 73114 and 73114 added

19/4/07

25321 has had its repairs completed at the Midland Railway (Butterley) and has gained a new coat of BR blue as 25321. It is possible the 'Rat' will make an appearance at this weekends diesel event at the line.
The Great Central Railway Diesel Event takes place on April 28/29 and will see trains hauled by 27056 which is at the Leicestershire line for the season along with Class 20s D8098 & D8048, Class 25 D5185, Class 31 D5830, Class 33 D6535, Class 45 D123 and Class 47 D1705. 37255 is under repair and will not be available and the GCR regrets that the previously advertised HST will not arrive at the line in time to take part. More details are here.
The North Yorkshire Moors Railway are taking advantage of having two Deltics on site and will be utilising both in a ECML celebration over two weekends - April 28/29 and May 4-7. Class 40, D200 will also be taking part along with a number of suitable steam locos. More details are here
The West Somerset Railway are holding a Mixed Traffic Weekend over three days from June 15-17 and will predominantly feature diesel traction. Visiting engines will be in the shape of hydraulics D7076 and D832 from the ELR and Class 14 D9520 from the Nene Valley Railway, the home fleet will be represented by D9526, 25173, newly arrived 47840 and it is planned D1010 will return to service to take part. D1015 will also work to Minehead from Paddington with a railtour on the Saturday.
Updated timetables and loco rosters for the NYMR diesel event can be downloaded from the PLEG website. Photos af the NYMR loco convoy are here and here
Archive photos of 50049 & 50049 added

18/4/07

50033 is to move from the 'Steam' museum in Swindon to the newly created Royal Docks Heritage Railway in East London as part of a new educational scheme called Railschool.org which plans to provide graduates to the railway industry. 50033 will be made operational for use on the new venture. The RDHR has taken over the recently closed Silverlink line from Custom House to North Woolwich.
D9524, better known as 14901, has moved from the RMS Locotec workshops in Wakefield to the Elsecar Railway for a return to working order. Photos are here and here
47768 has been started for the first time at the Barry Island Railway after the refit of missing components, although the loco is some way off entering traffic as much work remains to be completed. A photo is here
A revised version of the Battlefield Line Diesel Event timetable is here
Recent photos of 24061 25278 25279 and 56097 added

17/4/07

55019 is a late replacement for the unavailable 20227 at this weekends NYMR Diesel Event. DPS volunteers made 19 ready for todays transit move at very short notice and the loco left Barrow Hill today behind 40145 along with 31108 and 55009. All locos will spend the night at York before continuing to Grosmont along with D6700. Both Deltics will then remain at the NYMR for the summer season thereby celebrating the 25th anniversary of their purchase by the DPS.
A timetable and loco roster for the Battlefield Line Diesel Weekend is here. It is planned to see 33053 operate its first trains in preservation
A timetable and loco roster for the Nene Valley Railway 1960's event featuring 20137 visiting from the GWR can be found here
The Barry Island Railway held their first DMU Running Day on March 31st 2007. The event was deemed to be a success by the organising group and therefore it has been decided to hold another DMU Running Day on Saturday September 22nd 2007.
Recent photos of 25057 31207 & 31271 added

15/4/07

D1010 was started for the first time in over two years yesterday and subsequently moved under its own power. The loco is expected to return to traffic later this year.
The Great Central are holding a Class 20 Golden Jubilee on June 2nd which will feature 20048 & 20098 working in multiple for four round trips of the line. More details are here
Additonal photos of 50026's move to Derby are here
Recent photos of 20227 31108 31463 47117 50026 50026 50026 73101 73101 & 73101 added

13/4/07

50026 has moved by road from its long term home of Bicester MOD base to the RVE workshops at Derby for repairs to damage sustained in a lifting accident in 2004. Photos here and here
31465 is expected to work its last trains on the Dartmoor Railway on May 5th. The 'Goyle' will be working all services on this day and the timetable is here
The ELR summer diesel event will be spread, as usual, over five days from July 4 - 8 and the current plan is to run the visiting engines on Wednesday (4th), Sulzers and Hydraulics on the 5th, English Electrics on the 6th. The weekend will see the visitors gaining most of the turns on both days with one half of the home fleet out on Saturday and the remaining ELR locos in action on the Sunday.
The 'Buxton Forester' Railtour is planned to run on 15 September featuring 40145 and a WCRC class 37. More details and a booking form are here
Further photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery
Recent photos of 20050 31018 37350 47492 and 55002 added along with archive views of 40013 40135 D821 and D1041

12/4/07

The former 47500 has moved from storage at Bescot to the Birmingham Railway Museum at Tyseley for restoration.
The Midland Railway (Butterley) are holding a Diesel Weekend on April 21/22 and locos in action will be 45041, 46045 and 47401 plus some homebased DMU's. A timetable and loco roster is here
The Railway Children Charity Charter on June 3rd is now unlikely to feature two class 50's top & tail although efforts are being made to ensure another preserved loco will join the class 50 on the tour.
Recent photos of 25059 25059 25262 25278 25279 27056 31108 31289 37037 37146 37146 37198 37215 40135 40135 40145 40145 47205 and 47376 added

11/4/07

The Barrow Hill Diesel Event on 15 & 15 July is expected to gather at least 22 Class Twenties celebrating 50 years of the class. The event will also include four trains travelling from the Roundhouse complex to the LaFarge Cement Works in Hope, Derbyshire, two trains are planned on Saturday and two trains on Sunday which will use DRS and HNRC locos. As well as the Class 20s operating on the mainline, it is planned to have a large number of Class 20s operating the internal shuttles at Barrow Hill. For further details contact 01246 472450.
A website has been launched which aims to record as many flamecut loco number panels as possible. Owners of flamecuts are encouraged to submit photos. More details are here
Photos of the recent DMU events at the Midland Railway Butterley and Barry Island Railway added
Photo and details of 47270 added
Recent photo of 33046 added

9/4/07

47761 has been purchased by the 47401 Project as a source of spares for its own locos which are 47401 and 47417 - the latter being under restoration. The loco will move from its present location at Margam to the groups base at Butterley.
40145 has replaced 55022 for the forthcoming NYMR diesel event on April 20-22. The line-up now consists of home based locos 24061, 25278, 40122 and 50027 along with visiting traction in the shape of 20227, 31108, 37119 & 40145. A full set of timetables and loco rosters can be downloaded from the PLEG website
The Dartmoor Railway are running a series of Mileage Accumulation Days with traction provided from the home fleet of 37198, 37905, 47716 and 73117. Each mileage day includes up to five return trips from Okehampton to Coleford Junction offering up to 130 miles in a day behind one engine. Confirmed dates are on the events page with more to be arranged.
Photos from last weekends event at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire railway are here

8/4/07

37146 has entered preservation at the Stainmore Railway site at Kirkby Stephen East. The 37 had been in store at Tyne Yard. Photos and details are here
37116 will move to its new home on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway this week from its temporary location in the Midlands. A recent photo is here
47793 completed its move from Healey Mills to the Mangapps Farm Railway on April 2nd. Photo and details are here
47732 and 47773 were moved by rail from Healey Mills to their restoration base at Tyseley on the 4th.
Recent photos of 31108 33202 33202 33202 37075 37075 37075 37906 37906 and 47402 added

30/3/07

47270 has been purchased for preservation and will be moving to the Nene Valley Railway for restoration and all being well should feature in the lines October Diesel Event. The former Freightliner loco is currently stored at Crewe.
A group from Network Rail's Bristol Signalling Centre are organising a unique railtour in aid of the Railway Children charity with the help and support of Network Rail, Cotswold Rail, The Class 50 Alliance, The Bristol Port Company, EWS, Advenza and SERCO. To maximise proceeds going to the charity, tickets are only available through the booking process detailed and not via any of the organisations offering support. Full details are here
37116 has left Eastleigh by road and will be stored in a hauliers yard in the Midlands pending movement to its new home.
37679, currently residing at Ayr, will be moving shortly to the Northampton & Lamport Railway where the loco will be returned to working order for operation on the railway. Photo and details are here
47793 is being readied for movement from Healey Mills Yard to the Marcroft Engineering site at Horbury for road movement onward to the Mangapps Farm Railway.
The Barry Island Railway are holding a DMU day tomorrow featuring three classes of multiple unit. More details are here
Photos of the first day of the GWR Diesel Event are here

29/3/07

The owner of former FM machine 33046 has sold the loco onto the Birmingham Railwaymen Crompton Workgroup and it will be moving to Butterley where it will join the groups two other engines 33018 and 33201. The SWT liveried 33 is devoid of most bogie equipment, including all traction motors and also has a defective power unit.
This weekend sees the DMU Event at the Midland Railway - Butterley with a half hourly service operating featuring DMU classes 101, 122, 127, 141 and the 'IRIS' derby lightweight single car. More details are here
The Class 20 Locomotive Association event celebrating 50 years of the class has had to be moved from 9/10 June to 19/20 May. This is due to an engineering blockade on the Erewash Valley Line preventing the departure of the planned visiting locomotives.
A timetable and loco roster for the April Diesel Event at Peak Rail is here and a timetable for the May Diesel Event / Beer Festival at Swanage is here. A loco roster will be issued in due course.

28/3/07

An updated timetable and loco roster for this weekends Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event is here. 47376 will not be working because of engine problems.
A gallery for last weekends Diesel Event at Embsay is here and additional photo added to the Bodmin & Great Central galleries.
Recent photos of 25262 25262 50049 and 73133 added

26/3/07

Another class 26 on the way back is 26007 (D5300) which was started at Barrow Hill yesterday as part of its extensive restoration. A photo is here
HNRC have made Dartmoor based 31465 available for sale. The loco is operational but with minor faults and HNRC are looking for in the region of £30k (plus VAT) for the ETS fitted loco. Interested parties should contact Martin Ashworth on 07798 916115 by April 8th.
Photos of the Bodmin and Wenford Diesel Event are here and additional photos added to the GCR 1960's event gallery
Recent photos of 25173 31289 33109 40145 45060 47205 and 55009 added

24/3/07

Two more class 47's are confirmed as entering preservation, 47732 (47580) and 47773 (47541) have been purchased from the initial buyer, the scrap metal company EMR, and both are expected to move from Healey Mills to Tyseley for a return to working order. 47732 has been purchased privately and 47773 has been acquired by Tyseley Loco Works / Vintage Trains.
A timetable and loco roster for next weekends Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Weekend is here
Photos of the GCR 1960's event are here
Recent photos of 33002 and 47306 added

22/3/07

40145 will work part of Pathfinder's 'Retro Retracer' railtour 28 May. The 40 is substituting for the advertised pair of DRS class 20s on the Leeds - Crewe (via Darwen & Copy Pit) leg of the tour. More details are here
The visiting traction for the Nene Valley Railways second Diesel Event of 2007 on October 5-7 will be 20001, 20227, 33063 and 37518 working alongside the home fleet. A GBRf class 66 is also expected to visit. The Friday will be an EE Day. More details are here.
Additional photos added to the East Lancs and Llangollen event galleries
Photo and details for 47746 added
Recent photos of 31119 37255 47105 50026 D1015 and D1015 added

20/3/07

50049 is due to leave Cardiff Canton today for its new base at Tyseley. Times for the light engine move are here
Photos of the ELR Nightrider event are here and additional photos added to the Llangollen gallery
Recent photos of D9502 31207 37152 40145 and 47596 added

19/3/07

The planned road movement of 50026 from Bicester to Derby tomorrow will not now take place and it is now hoped the movement will happen a week tomorrow - 27 March.
55009 has undergone a power unit swap at Barrow Hill over the weekend in preparation for its visit to the NYMR Diesel Event on April 20-22. Alycidon had been restricted to one power unit since late 2003 after a defect was found in one of it engines.
Photos of the weekends events at the Mid Norfolk Railway and the Llangollen Railway added
Recent photos of 27056 27066 31466 31466 D7017 and D1015 added

17/3/07

47306 has arrived at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway today, it was hauled from St Blazey depot by EWS 66187. 'The Sapper' will be on display at the railways forthcoming Diesel Event. Photo and details are here
27056 has arrived at the Great Central Railway from Pitsford for its summer stay at the line and will feature heavily in next weekends 1960's Event. Photos here and here
50026 is due to leave its long term home of Bicester MOD base on Tuesday and will move by road to the RVE workshops in Derby for repairs to the damage sustained in a lifting accident in December 2004.
The restoration of 47524 at the Churnet Valley has seen seized engine components repaired or replaced, the electrical cubicle has been cleaned up and the no.2 cab is being dismantled to allow repairs to the corroded floor. Preparations are being made to lift the auxillilary room roof to allow the removal of aux machines and air tanks for attention. The group have also undertaken some electrical repairs on 33102 and intend to start work on the power unit shortly.
Mechanical restoration has already begun on Shackerstone new arrival 33053 by Heritage Traction Engineering. The smart exterior betrays the internal condition of the loco. Photos here here here and here
33012 will be doing a Crompton Running Day on Friday 13th April at the Swanage Railway. The green timetable will operate, with the 33 in the diesel path starting with the 1030 ex Swanage. From 1810 the advertised DMU service will be replaced with 33012 and hauled set on evening service timings.
Barrow Hill will be holding a Class 20 Event on July 14/15 which will feature up to twenty Type 1's gathered at the roundhouse and many will be from the growing HNRC commercial fleet. 20121 was recently started during its overhaul by HNRC. A photo is here
Photos of the first day of the Mid Norfolk Diesel Event featuring the return to traffic of 47596 are here
Photo and details for 31466 added
Recent photos of 37219 40145 47192 and 47701 added

15/3/07

Top & Tail Class 50's are the booked power for a special charity charter to run on June 3rd centring on the branch lines around Bristol. The tour, run in aid of the Railway Children, starts from Gloucester and will take in the freight lines of Portbury, Avonmouth, Tytherington & Westerleigh as well as a trip to Severn Beach. More details will be available nearer the date.
An additional date for D1015 is a Ealing Broadway to Aberystwyth railtour on Friday August 10th promoted by Pathfinder.
33053 has moved from Chinnor to The Battlefield Line for mechanical restoration, missing components have been sourced and it is hoped to have the loco working at the Diesel Event in April. HNRC's 20105 which had been stored at the railway left for Barrow Hill on the same trailer. Photos here here and here
A loco roster for the Bodmin & Wenford Diesel Event on 24/25 March is here
Recent photo of D3261 40012 added

14/3/07

31466 has been purchased by the Dean Forest Diesel Association and was expected to move by road from Old Oak Common to Lydney by road today.
26010 was started for the first time in over six years at Bo'ness on Sunday and the engine ran without problems. Photos are here and here. Video can be seen here
Photos and details for 33202 added
Recent photo of 33002 added

12/3/07

37679 has been announced as the second refurbished 37 to be preserved. A home is being finalised for the loco which is currently stored at Ayr.
73003 has been re-united with both cab roofs at the Swindon and Cricklade Railway during operations to complete bodywork repairs and return the loco to traffic. Photos here here and here
Due to continuing signalling work on the crossing gates at Ramsbottom the ELR nightrider timetable has been altered. An updated copy is here
Recent photos of 37215 37219 37219 40145 45125 47117 and 47117 added

10/3/07

37219 arrived at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway on Thursday for its summer stay at the line. Photos here and here
33065 has left Wansford and is now at the Mid Norfolk Railway where it will appear and the lines Diesel Event this weekend. A photo is here
Photos of the bodywork repairs to 33002 taking place at Buckfastleigh are here here here here & here. 25262 has received a new cab floor.
The NRM's 'Cab It' event takes place this coming weekend March 17-18 where a number of diesel and steam loco cabs will be open for inspection along with a number of additional attractions and visiting mainline locomotives. More details are here
A timetable and loco roster for the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Diesel Event on 24-25 March is here and the timetables for the three day event at the Great Central Railway on March 23-25 are here. Friday features an all diesel service.
Additional photos added to the Nene Valley event gallery
Recent photos of 25278 37215 55016 added

6/3/07

73136 hauled the Network Rail saloon on a tour of the South Western Lines of the Southern Region today. A photo is here
20119 has been purchased by HNRC for commercial use and is removed from this site.
D1015 will attend an event at the Great Western Society in Didcot on May 5-7. More details are here
Additional photos added to the 40145 railtour gallery
Photo and details for 37518 added
Recent photos of 31465 37219 and D1015 added

5/3/07

37518 has been purchased from EWS by an established loco owner and becomes the first of the refurbished class members to enter preservation. The loco is currently stored at Ayr.
33202 has moved to the West Somerset Railway for a six month loan period. The Cotswold Rail owned Crompton is expected to receive a new livery of BR blue during its stay.
25059 has re-entered traffic at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway after a period out of traffic. The 25 will now share this years diesel roster with 20031 and more details will be posted here in due course
Photos of the weekends Nene Valley Diesel Event are here
Photos of Saturdays 40145 railtour are here
A timetable and loco roster for this years Llangollen Diesel Event is here
Recent photos of 37219 45149 47105 47105 and DELTIC added

2/3/07

D9016 has moved to Peak Rail for an open ended stay, the loco arrived today from Barrow Hill and the same trailer returned to the roundhouse with 37131 which had been stored at Rowsley after restoration work was halted and the loco returned to its previous owners. Photos here and here
A timetable and loco roster for the East Lancs 'Nightrider' event on March 17/18 is here

1/3/07

Two more of the 47's of those sold by EWS have been purchased for preservation; 47770 - once 47500 'Great Western' - has been purchased by the owner of another WR machine 47484. The Mangapps Farm Railway is thought to be the destination for 47793 which was former Stratford loco 47579.
The Swindon & Cricklade Railway will be holding a Diesel Event on March 17/18 featuring Class 03, Class 119 DMU and Class 205 DEMU working trains. ED 73003 is still undergoing bodywork repairs and will be on display at Hayes Knoll shed.

28/2/07

The Brush Type 4 Fund has secured 47746 from EWS in the latest round of sales and the former 47605, 47160 and D1754 becomes the fourth 47 owned by the fund. The loco is currently stored at Crewe Diesel and is expected to move to Long Marston for attention and a return to working order.
The bodywork repairs on SDR based 50002 are continuing and the loco is being returned to as built condition as D402. A photo is here and a gallery of the ongoing work is on the Devon Diesels website. The SDR are also holding a 'Beer Feast' on April 7-9 featuring 37037 and 25262 working over the bank holiday weekend. Proceeds will go towards the overhaul of 50002. More details are here.
33065 will be operating a charter on the Mid Norfolk Railway on March 30th and will work three return trips of the line. The train is open to all comers. More details are here
Recent photo of D1015 added

27/2/07

The West Somerset Railway are holding a 'Mixed Traffic Weekend' on June 15-17 which aims to recreate the changeover years from steam to diesel on British Railways Western Region in the mid- 1960's. Diesels will predominate with D9520 and D832 planned to visit and work alongside the lines resident fleet. The event will also feature the public debut of 47840 'North Star' as well as a visit by a mainline railtour hauled by D1015.
A large selection of driver manuals have been listed on e-bay. Details via this link. Preservationists should contact the seller direct for a favourable deal!
Recent photos of 27056 33065 45149 56098 and 73129 added

26/2/07

Sources close to Arriva Trains Wales suggest that March 17th (Wales v England rugby match) will be the last passenger working utilising class 50's. This is because of a change in ATW priorities and a recent influx of Class 175 & 150 DMU's.
47596 successfully underwent a loaded test run on the Mid Norfolk Railway yesterday and will make its preservation debut at the railways three day diesel event on March 16-18. A photo is here
73136 and 73208 have been added to the bill for the Swanage Beer Festival/Diesel Event on May 11-13. The ED's will also haul the visiting locos from Old Oak to Swanage via the soon to be commissioned main line link at Furzebrook.
Photos of Saturday railtour with D1015 are here
Times for the 40145 railtour on Saturday can be found here
Recent photos of 33065 33065 37116 37198 56057 56098 56098 and 56098 added

25/2/07

The Bodmin & Wenford Mainline Diesel Group have confirmed that 47306 will move from storage at St Blazey to Bodmin for preservation and that 20166 and 20197 have been sold to a commercial freight operator and will leave the line later this year.
37116 has been sold to a private buyer for preservation. The loco is currently stored at Eastleigh and the restoration base will be announced in due course. Photo and details are here
Swanage based 33108 is awaiting quotes for collision damage sustained at Swanage Station in November in an shunting accident under investigation by the RAIB. It is thought that the loco will move away from Swanage in the next couple of months for this work to take place. The Class 33/1 PCL expect the repairs to take 2 - 3 months minimum to complete. Therefore the locomotive will not take part in the May Beer Festival/Diesel Event at Swanage. The group continues to work on its other locomotive, 33111, based at Barrow Hill and photos of the work taking place on this locomotive can be found at here

24/2/07

25278 has returned to service at the NYMR after two years out of traffic for repairs, although he re-applied two tone green livery still requires completing.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway Spring Diesel Event will be held on March 24 & 25 and in addition to an intensive daytime operation with the resident locos, 08444, 20166, 37142, 50042 there will be a Saturday evening special ‘vacuum fitted freight' on which passengers can travel at a small additional cost to the rover ticket. The event is also being billed as one of the last chances to sample 20166 in preservation as the loco is expected to leave Bodmin in the summer. More details are here
The Caledonian Railway Diesel Event will be held on May 5-7 and will see 26014, 27024 and 37097 working over the three days. More details are here
Additional photos added to the 56097 restoration gallery
Recent photos of D1015 and 56098 added

23/2/07

55022 will be working another Railway Touring Company 'Autumn Highlander' on October 5th when the Deltic will haul the outward leg from Kings Cross to Perth before giving way to 40145. The weekends itinerary will also include haulage by a Fifty Alliance Class 50 allowing ticket holders to sample three classes of EE power in Scotland over the four days. More details of this and other planned outings for 55022 are here
33065 has arrived at Wansford from the Spa Valley Railway for next months Nene Valley Diesel Event.
The next livery for Peak Rail based 31270 will be decided by a public vote. To place your vote click here
31418 has undergone a bogie change at Butterley and photos of the four day operation are here
A gallery depicting the recent bodywork repairs to 37215 is here
Recent photo of 56097 added

20/2/07

45112 will feature on the mainline again on May 28th when Heartland Railtours operate a charter from Derby to Minehead and back, the outward journey to be worked by 47840 and on arrival North Star will be formally handed over to the DEPG. 45112 will work the return leg. Heartland are also advertising 45112 to work a Gloucester - Penzance trip on July 28.
56098 has arrived at Wansford in readiness to take part in the Nene Valley Railways March Diesel Event. The organisers have confirmed that 33065 will now substitute for 33063 which suffered traction motor problems whilst on test earlier this month.
D1015 spent Sunday in thespian mode playing the part of D1046 Western Marquis during a filming contract at Paddington.
On Sunday 11th March and Saturday 24th March the Avon Valley Railway will be offering its first Driving Experience Courses with the recently arrived Class 73 Electro Diesel No 73 101 'The Royal Alex'. More details are here
Photos from Saturdays ELR English Electric day are here
Photos and details for 20107 added
Recent photos of 27059 31108 31418 31435 37901 45041 & 46045 added

17/2/07

33109 has been purchased from LNWR for preservation by the owners of East Lancs based 33117. The one time Mid Hants resident moved to the LNWR workshops in March 2003 for a bogie overhaul but repairs were later halted and at some point the loco became the property of FM Rail. It later became the property of LNWR after FM ceased trading. It is expected that some remedial work will take place at Crewe before the Crompton is transferred to Bury for a return to working order. Photos and details are here
A timetable and loco roster for next months diesel event at the Mid Norfolk Railway can be downloaded here
Recent photos of 37152 and D821 added

13/2/07

55022 has been added to the line up for the NYMR Diesel Event in April
A change to the website is the abolition of the 'Leased Loco' section and pending developments 20105 47716 73117 and 73134 are no longer listed on the website. Locos intended for, or currently employed in preserved railway use are now included within the individual class listings ( for the record these are 20107 20228 31289 31465 33019 47575 47640 and 73114 )
SHM Smith Hodgkinson are offering former FM Rail locos 47715 nd 47375 for sale. The closing date for interest is 12 March 2007 - more details are here
The Growler Group are progressing with bodywork repairs on 37215 at Toddington. Photos here and here
Recent photo of 50007 added

11/2/07

47701 made the move from Ludgershall to Long Marston by road last Friday. The loco will initially be used as a mobile ETH supply.
The CFPS have announced a program of summer railtours for 40145 starting with a Leeds - Aberystwyth Pathfinder trip on June 2nd and this is followed by a series of SRPS tours around Scotland, some of which will feature 55022 pending completion of engine repairs. More details are on the CFPS website
The loco roster for next months Nene Valley Railway diesel event has been amended and an updated version is here
The timetable and loco roster for next weekends ELR English Electric day is here. The railway is running to a temporary timetable because the down loop at Ramsbottom is closed to allow work to take place on the level crossing.
The Midland Railway - Butterley are operating during half term week and the services are diagrammed to be the lines DMU fleet; Monday 12/02 - Class 141, Tuesday 13/02 - Class 122, Wednesday 14/02 - Class 122, Thursday 15/02 - Class 122 or Class 101, Friday 16/02 - Class 141, Saturday 17/02 - Class 101 and Sunday 18/02 - Class 101
The Dean Forest Diesel Assoctiation site at Lydney Junction has been targeted by trespassers with persons unknown accessing the locomotives without permission. The police have been informed and CCTV is now being installed. Any persons found on site without permission will be dealt with accordingly.
The owners of 37263 have a pair of Class 37 Turbo's for sale at a cost of £500 each. Contact Tim.WattisonATblueyonder.co.uk for more info [note spamtrap - replace AT with @]
Recent photo of 40135 added

8/2/07

The bodywork overhaul of Bodmin & Wenford based 33110 is underway and it has been found that all four corners of the loco are severely corroded including framework and floor supports, are common problem on 40 year old BRCW machines. Work is taking place around the cabs, including removal of cab doors and frames to replace rotten wood and metal. All cant rail grilles and roof sealing strips have been removed for repair and to cure water ingress which also requires fabricating new internal gutters. A photo is here
Full details of next months diesel event at the Nene Valley Railway including timetable are available on the NVR website
Additional photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery
Recent photo of 20188 added

7/2/07

47701 is due to leave Ludgershall this week and move to Long Marston by road for assessment and a possible return to the main line.
PLEG have organised a charter on the Vale of Rheidol Railway using ex-BR Class 98/1 diesel loco Number 10 on May 19th. More details are on the PLEG website

The Forum is nowback on line Please note the new URL and update your bookmarks.

6/2/07

33046 has been successfully purchased from the remnants of FM Rail by the owner of 33008 and 33053. A substantial amount of class 33 spares have also been procured which will assist the restoration of all three locos. A photo is here
31461 arrived at the Battlefield Railway from the former FM base at Derby. The part overhauled loco will be returned to working order at Shackerstone. A photo is here
D1015 has an additional date added to its itinerary on July 28 when it will work the return leg only of a Pathfinder railtour on July 28th from Preston to Reading via the S&C
The visiting locomotives attending the NYMR diesel event on April 20-22 are planned to be 20227 31108 37350 and 55009 which will work alongside 24061, 25278, 40122 and 50027 already resident on the line. More details are here
Toddington based 20137 has undergone a unique modification and has been fitted with an electric coolant pre-heater supplied by Preheat Engineering Ltd. The mains powered device heats the engine coolant ensuring the engine starts with minimal stress, wear, smoke and fuel dilution. The unit was tested prior to the Xmas Diesel Day with best results being achieved when switched on the evening before the day of loco operation. A photo is here
Recent photos of 31270 31414 33012 33201 37215 and 45112 added

2/2/07

Chinnor based 33053 which has been up for sale for some time, has been purchased by the owner of 33008 and will leave Chinnor for restoration to working order. It is hoped to return the loco to working order in a short timescale. A photo is here.
Photos of the continuing restoration of 33008 are here, in addition to the work being carried out at Shackerstone, the bogies intended for the loco will be sent away for specialist overhaul this month and arrangements are in hand to remove the Cromptons defective generator.
D9529 has left the Nene Valley Railway for contract work and D9504 returned to Wansford in its place.
The Nene Valley Railway diesel event on March 3-4 will feature a Metronet class 66 which will work one round trip of the line before going on display in the loco yard.
The organisers of the five day July ELR diesel event have announced that D1015 will also attend and further visiting locos will hopefully be announced soon.
Recent pics of 37219 45112 45112 45112 46045 added along with archive views of D7076 47192 and 50031

31/1/07

Four days after working a railtour billed as its mainline 'farewell' 45112 has today worked a freight from Chaddesden Yard to Long Marston. The Peak then continued to Gloucester hauling a single coach. There are suggestions that the loco will take up duties with Cotswold Rail. A photo is here
50040 is in the process of being dismantled at Coventry Railway Centre and any parts salvaged going towards the repair of 50008 at Crewe LNWR.
55016 is to move to Peak Rail for an open ended stay. The loco is currently at Barrow Hill and will arrive at Rowsley in time for the lines Diesel Event in May
37219 is to visit the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway for the 2007 operating season. The loco is expected to arrive at Toddington in March and stay until October. The 37 is nearing the end of its restoration at the Chasewater Railway and will join 37215 and 37324 to celebrate 21 years of the Growler Group
27056 (D5401) will be moving from the Northampton & Lamport Railway to the Great Central Railway for an extended visit, it will arrive in time to take part in the 1960's Event on March 23-25.
The visiting locos for the East Lancs gala in July will be 20020, 26010, 26024 and 37025. The locos will arrive after their appearance at the KWVR Diesel Gala in June and will stay until September.
Recent photos of 37219 45112 45112 and 45112 added

29/1/07

Saturdays railtour with 45112 passed without major incident with the loco working from York - Holyhead and return on Hertfordshire Railtours 'The Tubular Belle'. Photos are here
Swanage based 33012 is nearing the end of a bodywork overhaul and progress can be seen on the 71A website
The Midland Railway - Butterley will be operating the Class 141 DMU on all services on February 4th, its first outing in its new livery.
Recent photos of 31108 31418 33117 33117 37219 45125 45125 and 47575 added

26/1/07

45112 was hauled forward to Derby from Crewe yesterday evening and after attention at Derby today the loco worked a test train to Sheffield and back which was undertaken without major problems. It is expected to work the Tubular Belle railtour from York to Holyhead tomorrow.
A change to the line up for the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event in March will see 08484 added to the bill in place of the unavailable 08704. More details are here
Recent photos of 45112 and 56057 added along with an archive view of 45149

25/1/07

50044 is to leave Kidderminster and move to Crewe LNWR where work will take place to enable the locomotive to return to main line operation. The loco will be collected today in a move also conveying 45112 from Gloucester to Crewe. Times are here
37215 is undergoing further attention to its bodywork at Toddington. Photos here and here
Times for the D1015 railtour next month are here
Recent photos of 45112 added here and here

23/1/07

55022 had its defective power unit craned out at Bury on Saturday and the engine was removed off site for stripping. The opportunity was also taken to have the main and auxilliary generators sent to a specialist company for attention. It is hoped to have RSG back in service on two engines by the spring. A photo is here.
73133 arrived at Taunton Fairwater Yard on Friday to take up its duties as Yard Pilot. A photo is here
Further dates for D1015 have been announced; 16 June Paddington - Minehead, 23 June Midlands - Penzance, 1 September Bristol - Kingswear, 27 October Paddington - Pembroke. More details on the DTG website
The CFPS have produced a centenary edition of the societies magazine 'The Whistler' in the form of an A4, 92 page book which features photos of all 200 Class 40's. This is available to non CFPS members for £12.50. More details are here
Photos of the weekends Sulzer Day at the ELR are here
Recent photos of 26043 45118 47417 and 45149 added

17/1/07

45112 has left Long Marston today behind a Cotswold Rail class 47 and is currently heading for Oxley. The Peak is due to work its mainline farewell railtour on January 27th
73133 will leave the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway this week to take up a contract as pilot loco at the newly remodelled Taunton Fairwater Yard that is now the centre of Civil Engineering operations in the West Country. The ED will enter service in February after staff training.
The engine rebuild of 20087 commenced over the Christmas period and the loco now has four of the eight pistons back in place, the cab has also been refurbished along with attention to corroded bodywork.
50049 hauled 50031 to Crewe LNWR as part of a Cardiff - Crewe ECS working yesterday. 50031 will remain at Crewe for attention whilst 50049 worked back to Wales with a return ECS working. A photo is here
The NRM will be holding another Cab-it event on March 17/18 and will feature D8000 and D6700 working trains on the short demonstration line, 'driver for a fiver' with 08911 and various exhibits open to the public. More details are here
Photos and details for 31422 added
Recent photos of 20227 33208 33208 and 37219 added

14/1/07

50031 suffered main generator failure on Friday whilst hauling a Cardiff - Crewe ECS working. The loco is currently at Cardiff Canton for assessment although it is expected that the power unit will need to be removed leading to an extended period out of traffic for 'Hood'.
26038 which is under restoration to main line specification at Cardiff Canton has undergone a bogie change with a refurbished bogie replacing the accommodation bogie which has been under the loco whilst the bodywork has been overhauled. The other bogie was removed for overhaul at the same time. Photos here and here
31190 was loaded onto a road trailer at Ruddington on Saturday and is believed to be heading to Derby and a return to the mainline. A photo is here
Trains at the Midland Railway Butterley are to be top and tailed for the next sixteen weeks due to planned bridge repairs closing part of the running line. 20227 and 46045 were working trains today. A photo is here
A timetable and loco roster for this Saturdays Sulzer Event at the East Lancs Railway is here
A new website has been launched covering the diesels based at the Battlefield Railway here
Recent photos of 33012 37099 37215 47105 & 56003

11/1/07

The line up for the Keighley and Worth Valley Diesel Event on June 15-17 will be 20020, 26010, 26024 and 37025 working along side 20031 and 25059. A DRS 37 will also attend. More details are here
Times for the railtour to Holyhead on January 27 advertised to be hauled by 45112 are here
Recent photos of 45112 50002 and 73133 added

9/1/07

A class 50 will work two ECS moves for ATW on Friday 12th January; 5Z50 0922 Canton-Crewe CS & 5Z58 1501 Crewe CS-Canton return.
Photos of the DPS event at Barrow Hill are here
Recent photos of 26010 33208 37240 37901 50002 1305 added along with archive pics of 40135 & 40145

6/1/07

The Mid Norfolk Railway will be holding their Spring Diesel Event on March 16-18 with visiting traction in the form of the SELG's 33063, the event will also be the first chance to sample new arrival 47596 in action.
Strathspey Railway based 31327 has been outshopped in BR green at Aviemore, the loco only requires embellishments to complete. Photos are here and here
Recent photos of 24081 27056 50031 55019 55019 and 73129 added

4/1/07

In light of FM Rail entering financial administration last month two locos previously operated by the company have reverted to private ownership and will be based at preservation sites. 31190 which is at the GCR(N) having arrived there for a filming contract in November will join the fleet at Ruddington whilst future options are assessed. 31422 which has spent a number of years at the MainTrain depot in Tyseley as a train heating unit and generator will move next door to the railway museum where its primary purpose will be as an ETH tester for Vintage Trains although it is planned to repaint the loco BR blue and make it available to visit diesel events.
FM Rail had several privately owned locos in the fleet; operational 31106 & 31128 along with stored 31423 (at Meldon), 47550 (at Immingham) and 47701 (at Ludgershall) whose futures are as yet unclear.
Recent photos of 31119 45125 47004 added along with an archive view of 37190

1/1/07

Work has commenced at Haworth to return 25059 to traffic after tests showed that the loco was not as badly damaged as feared following the flood in 2004 that inundated the depot and was thought to have seriously damaged the locos traction motors. The motors have now been washed out and all being well the 25 will return to service by the summer.
A flyer with more information on the DPS event at Barrow Hill on January 6th can be downloaded here
Additional photos added to the GWR Xmas Running Day gallery along with recent photos of 37003 37003 and 40135

Happy New Year to all readers. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all the contributors who have provided information and photos during 2006 to make this website what it is. A big thanks is also due to those who have donated financially to help ensure the future of Preserved-Diesels as the site keeps on growing. All the best for 2007.

 

Click here for older news