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30/12/08

The Barry Island Railway operated its last trains under the auspices of the Vale of Glamorgan Railway Company Ltd on Sunday. The trackbed and associated buildings are owned by the Vale of Glamorgan Council who have now leased the site to a new operator and it is not known whether Cambrian Transport intends to operate the line as a heritage railway.

A new website has been launched aimed at providing a diary of locomotive and rolling stock sightings in the Exeter area in the 1960's and 1970's. Details here

Additional photos added to the GWR Diesel Event gallery

Recent photos of D9537 & D9537 added

28/12/08

Photos of the GWR Diesel Day are here

24/12/08

56101 has been purchased for preservation by a consortium currently involved in other preserved class 56's. The 'Grid' is currently stored at Immingham and a home for it is being finalised.

The loco shed at Blunsdon on the Swindon and Cricklade Railway was broken into during the night 22/23 December and a number of locomotives and items of rolling stock were vandalised, including resident ED, E6003 on which the damage is being assessed.

Photos of bodywork restoration of Chinnor based 37116 are here here here here and here

Recent photos of 26010 33053 33208 45149 47580 47580 D1015 D1015 & D1015 added along with an archive pic of 25279
Photos of 37421 standing at Motherwell prior to being purchased are here here and here

22/12/08

Photos of Saturdays D1015 railtour are here

A recent photo of 31556 added

20/12/08

37421 has been secured for preservation in the latest round of EWS sales. A home is being finalised for the loco which is currently at Motherwell.

19/12/08

A timetable for the Bo'ness Class 37 Event on January 3rd is here. There are no loco allocations as yet but the majority of services will see 37025 and 37175 working in top & tail formation.

A timetable and loco roster for the ELR January 10th running day is here. The event will feature 33109 40135 47402 and 50015.

The Great Central Railway are holding their first winter diesel event on January 10/11 and locos in action will be 27056, 33116 and 37190. Timetables and loco rosters are here

Recent photos of 20154 33034 and 73003 added

17/12/08

The Class 37 Locomotive Group plan to have 37003 certified for mainline running by 2010 to allow it operate a limited number of railtours celebrating the golden jubilee of the class 37. The group will be launching a fundraising effort to achieve this. The loco itself is due to move from the NRM at Shildon to a new home at the Mid Norfolk Railway.

The Brush Type 4 Funds 47746 (47605) is to move from Long Marston to Barrow Hill where it will be employed on site by Cargo-D.

Two photos of, small but essential, work on 45149 are here and here

Recent photos of 33053 33208 and 47580 added

14/12/08

A timetable and loco roster for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Xmas Diesel Day is here. Locos in action will be D2182, 24054, 31162, 37324, 47105 and 47701. Unfortunately the previously advertised 24081 is unable to take part due to minor derailment damage sustained recently.

Recent photos of 20031 40145 and 73129 added

11/12/08

47580 is to visit the Mid Norfolk Railway to work the lines Santa Specials this month. The recently mainline certified 47 hauled a track machine from Tyseley to West Ealing today - a photo is here - and is expected to work light to Dereham tomorrow to take up its duties. The loco will remain at the MNR to take part in the March Diesel Event.

20142 worked its farewell special at the Llangollen Railway on Sunday. Photos are here. The 20, now a stablemate of 20189, left Llangollen the following day for Barrow Hill.

73139 has been returned to use at the Weardale Railway and has been utilised on the lines Santa Specials. A photo is here

The control cubicle was fitted to 50026 at Old Oak Common this week. The cubicle was rebuilt to a high standard at the locos former home at the MOD base in Bicester. The engine and overhauled generators were installed last month and the loco is on course for its first start up in preservation.

The traditional Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Xmas Diesel Event on December 27th will be operating between Toddington & Gotherington due to a landslip near Cheltenham Racecourse. A timetable will be issued for the event shortly.

The Wensleydale Railway are operating a Sulzer day on January 4th featuring 47715 and and HNRC's 47703. Departures are 1005, 1205, 1450 ex Leeming Bar and 1105, 1305 and 1550 from Redmire. 47715 is booked to work the 1005 and 1450 return trips whilst 47703 will work the 1205 from Redmire. A day rover is £12.

Photos of Saturdays 40145 railtour are here

Recent photos of D9555 25279 31452 33053 and 50031 added

2/12/08

31452 has arrived at the Weardale Railway minus a few windows after a weekend stay in a layby on the A68. 25067 which was expected to leave Wolsingham has not made the move south and has remained at Wolsingham

27056 will visit the Nene Valley Railway for the lines Diesel Event next March.

Times for the D1015 railtour to East Anglia later this month are here

Photos of the Swanage Railway 1960's Event are here
Recent photos of 24054 25067 and 31452 added

30/11/08

25067 has yet to make its way south to Shackerstone due to a delay in getting 31452 delivered the Weardale Railway. The 25 is expected to move this week. A photo of 31452 en-route to Wolsingham is here

28/11/08

31452 has arrived at the Weardale Railway for use on the lines Santa Specials and leaving the Weardale is D5217 (25067) which has moved to the Battlefield Line where, on account of its working steam heat boiler, it will also see use on Santa Specials at Shackerstone.

The Llangollen Diesel Group are operating a farewell run for long time resident 20142 which has been sold and will shortly leave the line. The loco will work a return trip to Carrog on Sunday December 7th entitled 'The Whistling Wardrobe Festive Farewell' departing Llangollen at 1230. Tickets are £10 and are only available on the train with proceeds going to the LDG.

Recent photos of 50021 50026 and 50026 added

26/11/08

27007 was started at the Mid Hants Railway last Sunday - the first time the loco has run in eight years. The 27 is undergoing a full overhaul at Ropley and much work remains to be done before it can haul trains again. A photo is here

The Epping and Ongar Railway which runs six and a half miles over the former London Transport line is currently closed while work to re-instate the infrastructure to allow loco hauled trains to operate on the line is completed. The fleet consists of a DMU but the railway are hoping to attract both steam and diesel locomotives as well as further DMU's to the line. Parties interested in basing a loco at the railway should contact Simon Hanney on signals@eorailway.co.uk

Photos of the restoration work on 45149 added to its restoration gallery

A recent photo of 50019 added

23/11/08

50026 has had its power unit installed at Old Oak Common, the overhauled main generator was re-united with the engine earlier this month and it is planned to start the loco before the end of the year. 'Indomitable' is expected to make its first public appearance at the Eastleigh Works open day next year.

The restoration of 45108 is making good progress with the loco undergoing bodywork repairs at Butterley prior a repaint into BR blue in the Spring. Photos are here and here.

31452 which is currently part of the RVE Ltd pool of mainline operational locomotives based at Derby is expected to move to the Weardale Railway this week for use on the lines Santa Specials during December.

Recent photos of D9504 20188 20188 27056 33053 33053 33208 40145 40145 50035 and D1013 added

17/11/08

37403 and 37413 have been delivered to their new home at Bo'ness. Photos here and here

20189 has left the London Underground depot at West Ruislip and has returned to Butterley. The loco was with LUL having worked some Met Line specials with 'Sarah Siddons'earlier this year.

Photos of Saturdays 40145 railtour are here
Recent photos of 26001 37023 40013 45108 45112 and 55002 added

11/11/08

55016 has left Peak Rail and has moved to Barrow Hill for further storage pending overhaul for service with Direct Rail Services.

37403 has continued its journey north tonight moving from Bescot in the consist of EWS service 6S73. The loco moved to Bescot from Margam yesterday.

Work on 27007 at Ropley is continuing; Both battery boxes have been stripped and rebuilt, the battery switch rebuilt and reinstated. Engine oil will now be added with a view to a possible start up shortly. Bodywork repairs and the rebuild of no.2 cab continues. A photo is here

31271 will work a special service at the Nene Valley Railway on January 10th seeing the loco work eight round trips of the line hauling the DMU. More details are on the A1A website

Photos of the weekends event at the South Devon Railway are here

Recent photos of 40145 47580 50042 55022 and 55022 added

6/11/08

Pathfinder Railtours are advertising a tour to take D1015 to Kyle of Lochalsh in June 2009. The three day railtour will start in Bristol on Friday 19th June and will return South on the Sunday. Other planned dates for D1015 are; 12th September Didcot - Blaenau Ffestiniog, and 31st October Bristol - Buxton.

D7017 has had its engine re-installed after repairs at Williton and the loco is on course for a start up once final assembly is complete. Work on D1010's 'B' engine is progressing well with all 12 pistons and assemblies returned to the engine block after machining.

D9531 has had its engine re-fitted as part of its extensive overhaul at Bury. Photos are here

The first Diesel Event of 2009 will be at the Great Central Railway with trains heated by the former Irish Railways steam generator van. More details are here

Recent photos of 37350 50027 50042 50049 and 56057 added as well as archive shots of D1023 55002 & DELTIC

2/11/08

The SRPS have announced the purchase of 37403. The former BRE Ltd loco is currently stored at Margam and is expected to move north to Bo'ness for restoration.

37413 continued its journey north on the 24th in the consist of 6S73 from Bescot to Mossend where it awaits forwarding to Bo'ness. A photo of it at Bescot is here

27056 has moved to a new home at the Great Central Railway having previously been based at the Northampton & Lamport Railway.

The Baby Deltic Project have successfully restored to working order the sole remaining 'Baby Deltic' T9-29 engine. More details can be found on the DPS website

Photos of the recent events at the West Somerset Railway and Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway added
Recent 37109 47402 47402 D1010 and 73001 added

23/10/08

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends mixed event at the West Somerset Railway is here

Photos of last weekends Spa Valley Railway diesel event are here
Recent photo of 56097 added

22/10/08

37264 ran under its own power for the first time in preservation on Monday when it made light engine moves around the Tyseley Loco Works complex. Photos here and here

Photo and details for 37413 added
Recent photos of 56097 and 73110 added

21/10/08

37413 has left Margam by rail today destined initially for Bescot although the locos ultimate destination is the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway.

33002 is unable to take make its debut at the SDR this year due to a coolant leak in no.4 Cylinder which has been removed for a spare. A photo is here

Photos of the class 50 Railtour and the East Lancs Railway added
Recent photos of D9526 and 20118 added

19/10/08

50044 worked its first mainline trip since late 1999 on Saturday when, paired with 50049, it worked a Manchester - Minehead and return railtour. Photos are here and here

The Class 58 Locomotive Group have launched a "£58k for a 58" sponsorship project which seeks to raise funds for the eventual preservation of one of the BREL built machines. More details are here

A website has been launched for Spa Valley based 37254

16/10/08

The West Somerset Railway are holding their Autumn Event on October 25/26 featuring D9526, D832 and 47077. Timetable are here and here

The Swanage Railway are holding a 1960's Event on November 29 & 30 and will see both 33012 and 33111 in action. The railway intend to have a set of stock with ETH reinstated ready for the weekend.

An updated timetable for the GWR Autumn Diesel Event on October 25/26 is here

Photos of the weekends events at the GCRN and Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway added
Recent photos of D1013 55022 and 56098 added

10/10/08

56098 is due to move from the Northampton & Lamport Railway to the Battlefield Line today, where it will now be based. The 'Grid' will undergo turbocharger repairs before re-entering traffic.

Updated timetables for the GCRN Diesel Event this weekend are here. The DMU on Sunday morning has been replaced with a loco-hauled service (due to crew shortage for the DMU) & following feedback that the 08 run on Saturday evening was too late for many, it has been removed from the timetable. However, it is hoped to “top” a service from Ruddington to 50-Steps Jct with the 08 on Saturday afternoon if at all possible.

9/10/08

HNRC have sold 55016 to Direct Rail Services with a view to returning the Deltic to mainline service although no timescales have been advised.

The Stratford 47 Groups 47580 is to undergo a mainline test run today with 47773 going along for insurance. Times are; Tyseley 1203, Leamington 1256-1312, Banbury 1343 Oxford 1410-1415, Banbury 1440, Leamington 1501 and Tyseley 1541.

A timetable and loco roster for the Diesel Event at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is here. The event features 31163, 37116, 37219 and various shunters working to an intensive timetable.

A provisional timetable for the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event featuring 37254, 33063, 73140 on October 18/19 is here

A recent photo of 25185 added

7/10/08

Additional photos added to the Nene Valley Railway & Churnet Valley Railway event galleries
Recent photos of 20069 20069 25262 44008 44008 55022 and 73136 added

6/10/08

HNRC advise that both the Gordon Highlander Preservation Group and Martin Walker, the owner of 55022, have failed in their bids to purchase 55016. A further announcement regarding 16's future will be made as developments take place.

37023 has left Brush in Loughborough and has been transported to Allelys Yard for further storage. The loco is ultimately bound for the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway. A photo is here

Times for the Rail Blue Charters tour on October 18th booked to be Class 50's is here

Photos for the weekends events at the Nene Valley Railway and Barrow Hill added
Recent photos of 27056 33108 37003 47292 and 47701 added

3/10/08

Photos of a high quality restoration of a 26043 component are here here and here

An updated loco roster and timetable for the GCRN Diesel Event on October 11 & 12 is here
A timetable and loco roster for the GWR Diesel Event on October 25/26 is here

Photos of the Churnet Valley Railway DMU Event are here
Recent photos of 20069 25057 and 73210 added

2/10/08

20069 and 25057 have both arrived at the Nene Valley Railway for the three day diesel event starting tomorrow.

45112 has returned to Barrow Hill having been at Knottingley TMD since the EWS open day last month.

Photos of the weekends events at the Mid Norfolk Railway & Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway added
Recent photos of 20069 25057 31108 33109 33201 40135 40145 50042 & 56040 added

30/9/08

Photos of D9016's final runs at Peak Rail are here. The Deltic will now leave the Derbyshire Line to move to Long Marston for storage. HNRC have made the locomotive available for sale - details are here. The Gordon Highlander Preservation Group was formed specifically to purchase the loco from HNRC. Details are here

A timetable and loco roster for the GCRN Diesel Event on October 11/12 is here

Recent photos of 37240 37240 37248 50044 55022 & 55022 added

26/9/08

The Western Hind railtour with D1015 scheduled for 27 September to Falmouth has been cancelled because of pathing issues.

37409 which has been stored at Bo'ness since BRE Limited ceased trading has left Scotland and was moved by road to Barrow Hill for a career with DRS

73136 hauled recently restored 73210 to its new home on the Mid Norfolk Railway yesterday. Both ED's will take part in the lines English Electric Event

Peak Rail are holding a running day for 55016 this weekend before it leaves the line for storage at Long Marston. Details are here

The Churnet Valley Railway have run passenger trains to Oakamoor for the first time. A photo is here

Timetables and loco rosters for the following upcoming diesel events ; Bodmin & Wenford, Bo'ness and Pontypool & Blaenavon along with an ammended Dean Forest timetable due to the non availability of 27066 because of a fuel system fault

Additional photos added to the Peak Rail gallery
Recent photos of 31108 31108 31414 33052 33053 40135 40145 40145 D832 45149 45149 47004 50027 56040 & 73210

22/9/08

56097 completed a series of loaded test runs at the GCRN on Saturday, hauling five air braked coaches and 20154 on the rear as insurance against failure. No problems were encountered will make its passenger debut at the GCRN Diesel Gala on October 11th and 12th. Photos are here and here

The Swindon and Cricklade Railway will have E6003 in action for their Diesel Event on September 28th, which it is hoped will also see double headed 03s on some services. The ED will be taken out of traffic after the event for a period of maintenance and repair.

A website for the Gordon Highlander Preservation Group is now online here

Photos of the Peak Rail Diesel Event added
Recent photos of 31108 40145 40145 40145 45125 47715 55022 and 55022 added

18/9/08

31108 was tripped from Butterley to Toton and then Toton to Doncaster yesterday and today continued onwards to the Wensleydale Railway today so as to take part in the lines Diesel Event this weekend. EWS loco 60040 will also be appearing. A timetable and loco roster for Fridays DMU drag with 31108 and the main event on Saturday & Sunday is here.

A1A locomotives have had four 'extremely low hour' EE pistons stolen from their stores vehicle recently which were for fitting to 31418. All had standard ring grooves, three were dirty with old rings in and one was cleaned up with no rings in. They were in excellent condition and to replace them with new will cost around £3000. It looks like they were 'stolen to order' so groups are asked to keep an eye out if they get offered some pistons for EE classes from 20 through to 50. As they were new they have no ID stamps on the crown but the group would recognise them. The police have been informed.

Following an inspection by HMRI on 4th September 2008, the entire 10 miles at the GCRN has now been passed fit for 25mph operation. The first event to benefit will be the GCRN’s October 11+12 Diesel Gala, which will also debut 56097, which after completion of its restoration has been on-test at GCRN in recent weeks. Latest news, and the timetable will be posted to www.gcrn.co.uk.

The DPS are marking the 25th anniversary of the closure of Finsbury Park Depot on October 4/5 with and event at Barrow Hill. More details are here

The 37254 Group are currently in the process of building a new 'Official' website for 37254 (D6954) and are seeking any archive photographs of the locomotive especially of the last classified repair in Crewe Works during March 1984 or any other information anyone may have for use on the new site, all material will be greatly appreciated and relevantly credited. Contributions should be sent to johnwaddington2003ATyahoo.com (replace AT with @)

73001 will be in action at the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Day on September 27th after repairs to its main generator. A timetable and loco roster is here

Photos of the Great Central Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photo of D832 added

16/9/08

The Llangollen Diesel Group have announced the results of a poll to decide which locos will remain at the railway and what will be leaving. 25313, 37240 and 47449 topped the poll and will be remaining at the line, with 20142 and 46010 leaving. The LDG are evaluating bids for the 46 to decide its new owner.

The Llangollen Diesel Group have also said that the diesel event planned for October 3-5 will be cancelled because of problems providing crews.

The Wensleydale Railway Diesel Event on September 20/21 will see visiting traction after all in the shape of 31108 which will arrive at the line behind an EWS loco which may also take part in the event along with 47703 and 47715.

A gallery of the weekends event at the Battlefield Line added
Recent photos of 25244 31203 37037 37407 37407 37424 55019 55022 55022 D1015 and 73128 added

12/9/08

The Wensleydale Railway Diesel Event on 20/21 September has had to be scaled back due to problems obtaining paths to bring in the visiting traction by rail. The event will still go ahead with residents 47703 & 47715 although efforts are still being made to secure a visiting engine.

The CFPS are promoting a tour from Rawtenstall to Edinburgh on January 3rd to be hauled by 40145, although 40135 will also work the train on the ELR sections. More details are here

A timetable and loco roster for the Peak Rail diesel event on September 20/21 is here

Recent photos of 31108 and 40012 added

11/9/08

The 71A Locomotive group have announced that 33012 will receive a ten year general overhaul at the site of Eastleigh Loco Works. Bruce Knights, current owner of the lease, have offered the erection shop, with full works cranes and facilities to 71A group members for this overhaul. Major components will be either replaced or completely overhauled, and the lifting facilities will enable access to bodywork that is otherwise extremely difficult to deal with. Provision for TPWS and OTMR equipment will be made, but no final decision to register for mainline running has been made at this stage. More details are here

The Growler Group have taken custodianship of 37248 which is owned by three working members of the group under the banner of Type 3 Traction. The 37 is currently on hire to West Coast Railways and regularly working on the mainline. More details are on the groups revamped website

31203 has moved from the Chasewater Railway to its new home at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway. Photos are here and here

The DTG's D821 has undergone some bodywork repairs at Kidderminster. Photos are here here and here

55019 will not be attending the Wensleydale Railway Diesel Event on September 20/21 because of logistical problems. The Deltic will be on display at an event at Heaton Depot on September 14th after which it will return to Barrow Hill.

The GCRN Diesel Event on October 11/12 will see the preservation debut of 56097 working alongside 20007/20154, 25279, 47292 and 73110. More details are here

A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Day on September 27th is here

Recent photos of D9520 20169 31108 31207 40122 50007 & 55002 added

8/9/08

47635 has left Swanage this morning and is making its way to Peak Rail by road. A photo is here

Photos of 20166 making its way to Shackerstone are here here here and here. The loco was started on arrival and will appear at the Battlefield Diesel Event this weekend. A timetable and loco roster is here

The Mid Norfolk Railway have two diesel events in September; A three day event on September 19-21 will see the home fleet in use plus DRS locos visiting - details are here and the following weekend will see the arrival of 73210 from Stewarts Lane. The ED will arrive behind 73136 which will also take part in the 'English Electric' Event - details are here

The Bodmin & Wenford Railway are holding a diesel event on September 27/28 utilising 37142 and 47306 plus 08444 and the 108 DMU.

Times for the 40145 railtour on 20th September are here

Photos of the MR-B Diesel event are here
Recent photos of 45112 D1013 D1062 55022 55022 56097 56097 and 56097 added
Archive photos of D1010 D1013 D1023 D1041 D1062 and D1062 added

4/9/08

20166 has left the Bodmin & Wenford Railway by road for the Battlefield Line at Shackerstone

45149 had its overhauled power unit installed at Toddington on August 4th. Photos here here here here here here & here

The Heritage Shunter Trust are appealing for funds to assist them construct a shed at Peak Rail. Work has started on a two road, one hundred foot building at Rowsley to allow the collection to be kept under cover. To assist the HST download a membership form from the website

Recent photos of 20098 31463 33116 47773 50035 D1015 & 73210 added

1/9/08

Photos of Saturdays D1015 railtour are here
Recent photos of 26014 D832 D832 47768 47773 47773 D1015 56097 & 73118

29/8/08

20189 has left Butterley for the LUL depot at West Ruislip and having been fitted with the necessary safety equipment to operate on LUL lines it is set to work T&T with 'Sarah Siddons' on a number of special trains on September 14. More details are here

20166 will be a guest engine at the Battlefield Line Diesel Event on September 13/14. More details are here. The HNRC owned machine will leave its long time home of Bodmin in the coming weeks. It is expected that stored 20197 will also leave Cornwall in the coming weeks.

24054 has been confirmed as a visiting engine for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Autumn Diesel Event on 25/26 October

An updated line up for the Midland Railway - Butterley Diesel Event on September 6/7 will be 20227, 31108, 40012 (Sun only), 45041, 46045 & 47401. D2138 and 08590 will also be in action. A timetable and loco roster can be downloaded here Saturday Sunday.

A gallery of the weekends event at the Barry Island Railway is here
Recent 20227 37216 D1013 D1015 and 73128

27/8/08

47635 will be leaving Swanage for a new home at Peak Rail and it is planned for the 47 to arrive at Rowsley in time for the lines Diesel Event on September 20/21

37679 has had the reduntant sandite equipment removed at Pitsford. The sandite system was installed into the loco during its final months in operation with EWS. Photos here here here and here

D1023 has returned to the NRM at York after its summer tour with haulage from Barrow Hill being provided by an EWS class 60.

Photos of the weekends events at Barrow Hill and Butterley added along with a gallery for Sundays SRPS railtour
Recent photos of D8568 31418 33012 33109 37037 37116 37116 37219 37219 47768 47773

22/8/08

Dean Forest based ED E6001 has had its main generator returned from Dowding & Mills following overhaul and was yesterday mated with the engine. The power unit will be re-installed into the loco next week. Photos here here and here

20154 has left the Foxfield Railway and has returned to the GCRN at Ruddington

The Barrow Hill Rail Power Event takes place this weekend with various locos on display notably 26007 and 40013 both recently repainted after protracted restorations. 45112 will also work some of the shuttle services - its first workings for some time. A loco roster is here

The Weardale Railway are holding a Gala Weekend on 30 & 31 August with ED 73134 and the class 141 DMU working trains.

A booking form for the Growler Group running day at the GWR featuring 37215 and 37324 on September 5th is here

A timetable and loco roster for the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Diesel Event on September 28/29 is here

Times for the SRPS tour featuring 40145 and 55022 on Sunday are here
Times for the Past Time tour with D1015 on the 30th are here

20/8/08

Asset Consultants Walker Singleton have made former BRE locos 37403, 37409 and 37414 available for sale by tender with a closing date of September 12. More details are on their website in the 'Asset Disposals' section.

24054 will be the visiting engine for the Llangollen Diesel Event on 3-5 October. This event will also be the last chance to sample some of the resident locos on the line.

D9016 will operate for the last time at Peak Rail in a special event on September 27 & 28. More details will be available nearer the time

A timetable and loco roster for the forthcoming Bary Island Railway Event is here

Additional photos added to the D1062 gallery from last Saturday
Recent photos of 25278 31463 37518 55022 55022 55022 D1062 D1062 and 56040 added

17/8/08

55022 hauled 40145 and 26010 from Carnforth to Bo'ness on Friday. The 26 had been visiting for the West Coast Open Day and the 40 and 55 will be working the SRPS 'Routes & Branches' tour next weekend.

The remains of 31188 have been transported to TJ Thomsons scrapyard in Stockton from the Wensleydale Railway.

Photos of the return of D1062 are here. The WLA would like to thank everyone who supported the re-launch of D1062 after the 10 year restoration - the sight of such a lengthy ticket office queue is usually only seen at a diesel gala!

Recent photos of 20137 26007 25057 31206 31463 33002 and 37518 added

12/8/08

The Class 15 Preservation Society have begun work on completing the restoration of MetroVick D5705. A new section has been added to the C15PS website to detail progess - here

The Peak Locomotive Group have started work in earnest to return 45108 to working order with the loco being taken undercover at Swanwick. A photo is here

More photos of the results of D1062's ten year overhaul are here here here and here. Major work in that time has seen it receive two reconditioned engines, a fully overhauled transmission, a complete rewire, the overhaul of all electrical machines and a full repaint inside and out. The loco will work the SVR diesel diagram on August 16th

Recent photos of 25278 33034 37227 40135 40135 47192 50002 55019 55022 and 55022 added

10/8/08

Photos of the 55022 railtour on Saturday are here
Recent photos of 20188 25035 27024 37518 40145 50002 D1062 and D1062 added

8/8/8

The Midland Railway Centre will holding their next Diesel Event on September 6th & 7th and is set to feature 20227, 31108, 45041, 46045 and 47401. 20048 and 45133 are nearing the end of overhaul and may also take part. A timetable and loco roster will be made available nearer the time.

Recent photos of 20001 25262 31438 31466 37190 56040 and 56097 added

5/8/08

A milestone in the restoration of Toddington based Peak 45149 was reached when the overhauled engine was craned back into the loco yesterday

The repaint of D1062 has been completed at Kidderminster and all being well the loco will haul its first trains after the completion of its extensive overhaul on August 16th on the SVR diesel Diagram

The Nene Valley Railway are holding a diesel event on October 3-5 with the visiting traction being Norfolk based 20069 and 25057, 37518 will debut in its new livery and the home fleet of D9516 , D9520 ,D9523 , 31271 , 40106 & 47270 and the DMU will also be in use.

The forum has undergone an upgrade and those that bookmarked it directly may need to update to www.pdf.preserved-diesels.co.uk

Photos from the weekends running at the Spa Valley Railway and the Mid Hants Railway added

Recent photos of 20188 31188 37190 37906 37906 50027 50044 50044 73136 73210 & 73211 added

1/8/08

45132 had its generator removed over the weekend and the defective machine has been sent away for specialist repair. The Mid Hants based Peak has not worked for over eight years. The 45132 group would like to thank the Mid Hants Railway for the assistance in making the lift possible. Photos are here here and here

A timetable and loco roster for the Barry Island Railway Mixed Event on August 9 is here. New arrival D8137 will take part with D9521. The class 20 will operate on the normal timetable on Sunday 10th August

31/7/08

Wensleydale Railway resident 31188 has been stripped of all re-usable parts at Leeming Bar and will shortly leave by road for TJ Thompsons scrapyard in Stockton. The 31 was purchased from preservation by HNRC in May along with 31166 which is also expected to make the journey to Stockton. Photos here here and here

30/7/08

Timetables and loco rosters for this weekends diesel event at the Spa Valley Railway are here. The event will feature 33063, 33065, 37254 and 73140.

20137 has moved to the Barry Island Railway and will take part in the 'End of Steam' event on August 9th with D9521.

A slightly ammended timetable for this weekends mixed event at Chinnor is here

Photos from the weekends events at Carnforth and the Great Central Railway added
Recent photo of D9539 added

27/6/08

50040 has made its final journey from the Coventry Railway Centre to a scrapyard in Halesowen. Photo here

31162 has arived at Toddington to take part in the GWR diesel event next weekend. A revised timetable and loco roster is here

40145 ran light to Kidderminster to collect 37901 & 37906 and take them to the ELR for the upcomiing diesel event. The convoy called at the MRC to collect 45041. A photo is here

D9009 has returned to Barrow Hill after its appearance at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre Napier Event

Recent photos of D9521 D9521 20154 20154 37418 40012 47596 and 56040 added

28/7/08

33002 was started for the first time in preservation today. The successful start-up is the culmination of three years restoration at Buckfastleigh, although more electrical work needs to be completed before the loco can move under its own power. Photos here and here

A timetable and loco roster for next weekends Mixed Traction Event at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway is here

Photos of the Dean Forest Railway and Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Diesel Events added

Recent photos of 31162 33012 37518 D1015 and 55022 added

25/7/08

The Dean Forest Railway are holding a Diesel Day on Sunday (27th) featuring D9555, 27066 and 31466. A timetable and loco roster can be found here

24/7/08

26010 moved south to Carnforth from Bo'ness behind a WCRC class 33 to take part in the open day at the West Coast depot this weekend.

The times for the additional diesel turns at the GWR on August 13 & 27 have altered thus; 1130, 1415 & 1635 from Toddington & 1215,1500 & 1700 from Cheltenham.

Photos of the 55022 railtour last Saturday are here and additional photos added to the D1015 gallery

Recent photos of 31108 33053 and 40106 added

23/7/08

The D1015 railtour from Paddington to Swansea on August 9th has been cancelled because of problems pathing the train on the return journey via Hereford.

Barrow Hill based 45105 has been started for the first time in around four years. A photo is here. The same weekend saw long term restoration project 26007 move under it own power for the first time in several years

Photos of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway Diesel Weekend are here
Photos of yesterdays D1015 railtour are here

Recent photos of D9526 31438 37109 D821 D832 & D9016 added

19/7/08

The GWR are running two 'green timetable' extra trains on the following dates which are diesel hauled; 13th August will be 47701 & 27th August will be 31162. Departure times from Toddington are at 10.30, 13.00 and 15.15 and from the Racecourse at 11.15, 14.00 and 16.00. Each day gives approx 60 miles of haulage behind the locos.

Due to the change of ownership 55016 will not be fulfilling its booked running days at Peak Rail. HNRC have stated that the loco has been purchased as a commercial venture and expect it to be re-sold.

Recent photos of 20154 20154 27066 27066 31162 31162 31410 37146 37250 37674 47192 47715 55022 & 55022 added

17/7/08

The WLA have announced that D1062 will re-enter traffic at the Severn Valley Railway on August 16th working the SVR diesel diagram, The loco is undergoing a repaint into BR maroon at Kidderminster and will return to Bridgnorth at the end of the month for final checks and an exam.

55016 which is currently at Peak Rail has been sold to HNRC. The loco will work the Peak Rail diesel diagram on the 30th August.

33109 has arrived at Embsay to take part in the lines diesel event this weekend. A revised timetable is here

40145 hauled visitors to the East Lancs event away from the line on Tuesday; D1023 was dropped at Barrow Hill whilst 31108 and 45041 were left at Butterley and 37906 returned to the Severn Valley Railway. Agreement has been reached for 37901, which is unable to return to Llangollen, to remain at the East Lancs for the rest of the year.

The Mid Hants Railway are running a special diesel diagram on August 2nd utilising new arrival 33053 along with resident 33208 before the latter is taken out of traffic for repairs. More details are here

Isle of Man Railways are holding an enthusiasts event this weekend which features some diesel running. Details here

Photos of last weekends 55022 railtour are here

Recent photos of 25173 31108 37518 37906 47580 and 50021 added
Archive photos of 25265 26011 26011 and 44004 added

14/7/08

The former 56003 and now 56312 underwent testing at the Nene Valley Railway last week and will shortly leave for the RVEL workshops in Derby for loadbanking and a return to the mainline. Photos here and here

Bodywork repairs on 37518 have been completed and the loco is now undergoing a repaint into Railfreight 'Red Stripe' livery. Photos here here and here

40145 will be attending the West Coast Railway Open Day at Carnforth on July 26/27

After a re-evaluation of its stock the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has decided to dispose of the TSO coaches from the former Gatwick Express set that it acquired shortly after the line re-opened

Three photos depicting progress on 47524 at Cheddleton are here here and here

Photos from the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of D9521 D9521 D9521 31162 31162 37215 37240 37905 37906 47292 47292 47701 D1013 55022 added

9/7/08

D9521 has left the MNR bound for the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre where it will be running on the 12th and 13th July.

Additional photos added to the East Lancs and the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway galleries

Recent photos of 20110 25173 33048 33048 33109 33110 40012 and 73119 added

8/7/08

20001 has moved from its visit to the Churnet Valley Railway to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway at Wirksworth where locomotive will be resident for the foreseeable future.

A loco roster and timetable for the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Diesel Event is here

Photos of the recent events at the East Lancs and the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway added

4/7/08

Former Brush Type 4 Fund loco 47295 has left the MOD depot at Ashchurch and moved to storage at Long Marston for a possible new career with HNRC

A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Diesel Day on July 12th is here. Cotswold Rails 33202 will not now be attending. Note corrected date from the update this morning. 27066 will be working at the DFR tomorrow July 5th.

Additional photos added to the 37264 restoration gallery
Recent photos of 20110 31206 37248 37906 40122 47402 50026 50026 55022 55022 55022 and 73128 added

1/7/08

The cutting of 50040 at Sims scrapyard in Halesowen was at an advanced stage yesterday. Photos here and here

73138 has left the Churnet Valley Railway and is believed to be returning to Long Marston.

20110 25262 and 37037 returned to the South Devon Railway yesterday haulage being provided by a class 57

Additional photos added to the 55022 railtour gallery
A gallery for the Tyseley Depot Open Day is here
Recent photos of D9551 20169 20169 25072 33048 37075 37075 40013 40118 47401 47840 50049 & D1048

28/6/08

33053 has moved from the Battlefield Line to the Mid Hants Railway for a long term loan.
Photos of todays 55022 railtour are here
Recent photos of 25185 26043 31162 33048 47580 and 50040 added

25/6/08

50040 will leave the Coventry Railway Centre at the end of this week and move to the Sims scrapyard in Halesowen and is expected to by scrapped shortly after arrival. The final stripping and removal of flamecuts has taken place. A photo is here

47701 has arrived at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway from Long Marston for its visit to take part in the GWR Diesel Event on July 4-6. A photo is here

The West Somerset Railway are suffering a steam loco shortage and one daily diagram will be diesel hauled until further notice and on the following dates all trains will be diesel hauled Friday 27 June, Friday 4 July, Tuesday 8 July, Wednesday 9 July and Thursday 10 July. The line will work to an ammended green timetable and motive power will be one or two from 25173, 33048 and 47840.

Cotswold Rails 33202 will be the visiting loco for the Dean Forest Railways Diesel Event on July 12th.

37901 and 37906 have returned to Kidderminster behind 50049 after all three had been on display at the Merehead open weekend. Photos here here and here

Some photos of the work being carried out on Churnet Valley based 47524 are here here and here
The cab of 45128 at Toddington is donating parts to restoration project 45149. Photos here and here

A revised timetable/loco roster for the East Lancs Diesel week is here
A timetable/loco roster for the Churnet Valley Railway Mixed Traction weekend on 28/29 June is here

Mid Norfolk Railway will be holding its Autumn Diesel Event from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st September with a guest loco expected for the weekend.

Recent photos of D9520 20154 47715 50026 50026 50026 and D1048 added

24/6/08

50026 has left the RVEL workshops in Derby and moved by road to its long time home depot of Old Oak Common where the loco will be re-united with its power unit. A photo is here

The Brush Type 4 Fund have sold the grounded body of 47295 to HNRC. The loco was purchased by the fund in 2003 minus bogies as a donor loco for 47376.

Photos of the MR-B Diesel Event are here and some photos of the Spitfire tour utilising 25185 are here

Recent photos of 55009 and 55009 added

20/6/08

55009 has moved by road from Barrow Hill to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre at Quainton to participate in the 'Napier PowerEx 200' event this weekend. More details are on the DPS website

45041 will replace the unavailable 46045 for the East Lancs July Diesel Event.

Recent photo of 20154 added

19/6/08

ELR based 33109 will be the visiting engine for the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway Diesel Event on July 18-20. The Crompton will work alongside resident locos D9513 31119 31435 and 47004. Shunters D2203 08054 and 08773 will work shuttles. A timetable and loco roster is here

A Virgin Trains Class 57/3 will visit the East Lancs on July 2nd to take part in the ELR Diesel Week. The 57 will work trains on the Wednesday only.

Photos showing bodywork restoration of 37227 at Shackerstone are here and here

More photos added the the WSR Mixed Traffic gallery
Recent photos of 37216 73128 and archive pictures of 24061 24061 47401 55019 and 55022

18/6/08

A recent working party has made good progress on 50050 at Yeovil with the loco undergoing repairs to the bodywork prior to a repaint into BR blue livery. The faulty component in the defective KV10 load regulator, which has prevented the loco taking power, has also been identified and a replacement part is being sought. A photo is here

50008 is expected to be released from LNWR at Crewe in the Autumn. The loco is having a new set of cannon tubes made which will allow the loco to be re-united with its bogies. The welding work is finished and the engine and generator will be installed in the coming months. It will then move to the Nene Valley Railway for painting and running in.

A timetable and loco roster for the Midland Railway-Butterley English Electric Event this weekend is here
Additional photos added to the WSR gallery
Archive photos of 45060 D1041 55002 55002 and 55015 added

17/6/08

D182 (46045) has unfortunately been withdrawn from traffic due to corrosion in the exhaust silencer which has led to considerable contamination in the engine room (and particularly the generator). As a consequence the loco will not be attending the ELR gala as was planned. The Peak Locomotive Company are sorry that D182 has had to be pulled from the event at the last minute, but the ELR understand the position that the group find themselves in with D182. The ELR event organisers are currently sourcing a replacement. A timetable and loco roster for the event is here (but subject to alteration)

20154 has moved from Ruddington to the Foxfield Railway to take part in the lines Diesel Event this weekend. A photo is here. The loco will remain at the railway until mid August.

Recent photos of the work being undertaken by the Cotswold Mainline diesel group at Toddington are here here here and here

Recent photos of 25173 37037 37109 40145 50007 and D1015 added

16/6/08

As part of a review of its activities the Lllangollen Diesel Group has placed its entire fleet of mainline locos up for sale these being 20142 25313 37240 46010 and 47449. All of which are operational. More details are here

37407 and 37424 have both completed their moves from Crewe to the Churnet Valley Railway

Details of the Barrow Hill 'Rail Power' event in August is here

Galleries of the weekends events at the GCRN and the West Somerset Railway added
Recent photos of D9521 31207 33012 33012 33111 33111 47484 and D1048 added

13/6/08

Recent loco moves has seen 31108 and D1023 transferred to the East Lancs Railway for the July Diesel Week. Both locos had been in attendance at the KWVR event with 20087. The South Devon Railway locos were taken south to the West Somerset Railway - photo here to take part in this weekends Mixed Traffic Event.

D9009 has returned to Barrow Hill after appearing at the NRM's 1960's Event

The Dean Forest Railway are holding a Diesel Day tomorrow and a timetable/loco roster is here

Photos depicting bodywork repairs on 37518 at Wansford are here here here and here
Photos from the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Event last weekend are here
Recent photos of 24081 25173 25173 D832 46045 and 55022 added

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12/6/08

37407 and 37424 have been brought south to Crewe from Motherwell & Mossend in a WCRC convoy and will be forwarded to the Churnet Valley Railway by road.

The Brush Type 4 Funds 47746 was started up at Long Marston on Tuesday and despite a minor electrical fault the engine ran with no problems.

33111 has completed its move from Barrow Hill to Swanage. A photo is here

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Diesel Event at the GCRN is here

Recent photos of 33116 D821 47701 50035 D1048 55022 added

6/6/08

47701 has been added to the bill of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event on July 4-6. The former Saint Andrew is stored at nearby Long Marston and has not worked a train since 2003 during its time with FM Rail. A timetable and loco roster for the three day event is here

The Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway are holding a diesel event on 26/27 July which will feature 37216 & 73128 as well as the recently arrived 3-Cep unit. More will be detailsavailable nearer the time

4/6/08

Additional photos added to the Churnet Valley Railway event gallery
Recent photos of 20189 20205 25035 25035 40012 and 46045 added

3/6/08

37023 is expected to arrive at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway in mid July. The loco has been acquired from DRS and is undergoing bodywork attention at the Brush works in Loughborough before moving to South Wales.

31467 has left the ELR for Kingsbury scrapyard - photo here - and 31556 will make the same journey next week. 31467 arrived at the ELR in 2000 for restoration but was later stripped for spares. 31556 also saw some restoration work undertaken before work stopped on the loco during 2002. Another former preserved 31 heading for Kingsbury is 31113 which arrived at Chinnor in August 2004 but the death of the owner had forced the locos re-sale. Photo is here

The AC Loco Groups 73138 is set to leave preservation in a swap deal with Network Rail which will see the Barrow Hill based preservation group take ownership of a class 86/4.

33111 is to move from Barrow Hill to Swanage on Friday and will make its preservation debut on June 13 working the DMU diagram. The Crompton will work the same diagram on June 14 & 15. A photo is here

40145 worked a Bury - York special class 6 freight on the 28th returning the Network Rail Water Cannon train that had been on test at the ELR.

D1062 ran light engine from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster on the 30th May for a repaint into BR maroon. The work is expected to take around four weeks to complete. Also at the SVR, D821 underwent a light engine test run on May 24. A photo is here. The loco then worked the following weekeknds diesel diagram but unfortunately failed with radiator problems. The DTG has decided to withdraw D821 from service and complete a rebuild of both cooler groups.

The Heritage Shunter Trust have acquired Barrow Hill based D9500 for restoration. The locos good external condition belies the fact that the power unit is in very poor condition as are the tyres and electrics.

Event news:
The first draft of the timetable for the GCRN Diesel Event on 14/15 June is available here. The event is to feature mixed trains which were once fairly common and was last seen on the West Highland Line in the 1980's.
The Wensleydale Railway will be holding its first ever Diesel Event on September 20 & 21 and hope to have 31108 50007 and 55019 as the visiting locos to work alongside 03144 and 47715. More details will be available nearer the date.

Photos of the recent events at the Churnet Valley Railway and the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway added
A gallery of 55022's trip to Mallaig last week is here
Recent photos of D9521 D9521 20188 31108 31108 31203 31235 33046 33208 37901 37901 37518 40012 D821 47376 50019 50044 50044 50049 55016 55016 55016 55016 55019 55022 55022 55022 56040 73134 73134 & 73138

23/5/08

50026 will soon be leaving the RVEL workshops in Derby and will move to Old Oak Common where agreement has been reached with Axiom Rail for the remaining work on 50026 to be carried out there.
HNRC have acquired both 31166 and 31188 from store at the Wensleydale Railway.
D9521 has moved from the Barry Island Railway to the Mid Norfolk Railway for its summer visit. Meanwhile D9520 has moved to the National Railway Museum after its appearance at the Appleby Frodingham open day. D9520 will work trains in the NRM yard on 27 & 28 May.
Timetables for the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Diesel Event on June 6-8 can be downloaded here
A timetable and loco roster for the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Event taking place on May 30 - June 2nd is here
A timetable and loco roster for the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Diesel Day on June 1st is here
The visiting locos for the East Lancs July Diesel Event will be 31108 37901 37906 and 46045 and another visitor to be confirmed. It is also hoped that 37418 will arrive at the line in time to take part.
Two new websites representing preserved 37's are now online :- 37075 and 37308
Photos of the recent 'Stars of the 60's' event at the Great Central Railway are here
Recent photos of 20048 20154 20188 26043 31271 31271 37119 37215 40012 D821 46045 50049 55016 and 73005

17/5/08

D1023 has been added to the bill for the Keighley & Worth Valley Diesel Event on June 6-8. The full line up is now 20087 20110 25059 25262 31108 37037 37087 & D1023 as well as D2511 and 08266. Full details are here
The July Diesel Event at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway will now be a three day event running from July 18-20. More details will be available shortly.
55022 worked special trains in connection with the opening of a new station at Alloa on Thursday. Photos are here here and here
55016 has moved from Peak Rail to the Churnet Valley Railway for the lines diesel event later this month. The CVR 4-Vep is also having a repaint
Both DPS Deltics did not return to Barrow Hill after last weekends NYMR event; 55019 has remained at the line for a summer visit whilst 55009 has moved the the NRM at York to take part in the museums 1968 event
Additional photos added to the NYMR and Swanage event galleries

15/5/08

33053 is to move to the Mid Hants Railway for an extended loan period as cover for MHR regular 33208 which is to come out of traffic for maintenance work.
73119 has returned from exile in Scotland and has been transported south to Fairwater Yard in Taunton where the ED will act as back up for the current yard pilot 73133.
20154 will move from Ruddington to the Foxfield Railway in mid June for two month visit to the former colliery line. The 20 will make its first runs at the Diesel Event on June 21/22. More details are here
West Coast Railways are holding an open day at Carnforth on July 26/27 - a rare chance to see inside the former Steamtown site. Class classes 08, 20, 25, 33, 37, 47, 57 and 66 will be in attendance as well as some yet to be announced visiting locos.
Two photos showing progress on 45149 are here and here
Photos and details for 37407 and 37424 added
Recent photos of 26001 26014 26014 33108 33111 37037 37116 50033 D1013 D1013 D1013 and D1015

14/5/08

47192 has returned to the Railway Age in Crewe for the summer to take part in the centres 21st Anniversary event. It is expected to return to Cheddleton later this year.
The Mark Elderkin Railtour to Weymouth with D1015 has been cancelled because of low bookings.
The Great Central Railway are holding a 'Stars of the Sixties' event on May 17/18 featuring 25035 45125 and 47117. More details are here
50026 has had the air systems completed at Derby. The loco will leave the RVEL workshops for the completion of its extensive restoration. Photos are here here and here
Times for the Cotton Mill Express with 40145 on June 14th are here
Photos of the weekends events at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Peak Rail and Swanage Railway added
Recent photos of D9520 D9520 27024 47773 50049 50049 D1015 D1015 and D1015 added

8/5/08

40145 will work a transfer move from York Works to the East Lancs Railway tomorrow consisiting of a Rail Head Treatment Train for testing on the ELR. Times are here
An updated version of the Swanage Diesel Event timetable is here. The changes relate to 07007 which, due to its low top speed, is not able to undrtake full trips of the line. 66724 hauled 20096 and 37275 south from Barrow Hill yesterday.
The Severn Valley Railway has approved an increase in summer diesel loco haulage for 2008 with 37906, D821, 50044, 50049 and D1013 all rostered for Saturday diesel turns. It is also expected that D1062 will return to traffic during the summer. Dates are now on the events page
A recent photo of 45118 is here

7/5/08

27024 has moved from the Caledonian Railway to the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway for a summer stay. The 27 will be used during the lines 'Mixed Traction Weekend' on May 17/18.
The CTLS's 20001 has been added to the bill for the Churnet Valley Railway Diesel Event at the end of the month. More details are here
A timetable and loco roster for the North Yorkshire Moors Railway Diesel Event on May 9-11 is now available on the NYMR diesel website
A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Diesel Event on June 14th is here
Additional photos added to the Bo'ness event gallery
Additional photos added to the D1015 tour gallery
Recent photos of 07007 26001 26001 37116 37116 37190 37219 37906 37906 40145 added

5/5/08

56040 was started for the first time in preservation yesterday at Dereham with no major problems coming to light. Updates on the restoration of 'Oysermouth' can be found on the Class 56 Group website
26001 has left the Nene Valley Railway and has moved the to the Caledonian Railway for a summer visit.
55022 has been unable to work its booked tour to Oban today because the loco is still undergoing maintenance at Barrow Hill. The tour will be worked by two class 37's
The Swanage TC Group are making an urgent appeal for funds to complete the payment of costs incurred when moving the unit to Butterley. If you can help please contact alister.bettsATbtinternet.com (replace AT with @)
73128 has returned to traffic at Blaenavon after turbo repairs.
The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway have announced that NNR based 31162 will be the visiting engine for their Summer Diesel Event on July 4-6. The line has not seen an operational 31 for several years. Home fleet locos working will be 20137, 24081, 37215, 37324, 47105 and 73129.
Photos of Saturdays D1015 railtour are here
Recent photos of 26001 47270 50002 and 50040 added

2/5/08

56097 was load-banked at GCRN during the week commencing 21 st April. The procedure was a complete success and is the culmination of six years hard work by the locos restoration team. Full details are available at www.gcrn.co.uk in the “ Group News ” page.
Times for the D1015 railtour on the 26th May are here
Additional photos added to the South Devon Diesel Event gallery
Recent photo of D1015 added

1/5/08

55009 is to attend the forthcoming NYMR diesel event in place of 20189 and 20227 which are both still undergoing work at Butterley to fit TPWS and OTMR systems. The full line up for the event is now 25278 37350 46045 50027 D1015 55009 and 55019.
Details of the Diesel Event at Peak Rail on May 10 & 11 can be found here
Photos of the recent events at the Spa Valley Railway, Nene Valley Railway and Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway added
Recent photos of 03371 31235 31270 31438 37901 47715 47715 50049 D1062 73006 added plus pics of V200-033 here and here

29/4/08

Photos from the South Devon Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of D7017 40106 40145 40145 D832 55022 and a pic of DRS's 37610 added

28/4/08

56311 (56057) has been withdrawn from the Swanage Railway Diesel Event next month because of mainline commitments and its place will be taken by 50044.
Additional photos added to the SVR Diesel Event gallery
Recent photo of 40145 & D821 added

25/4/08

25185 has been withdrawn from the South Devon Railway Diesel Event this weekend. The visiting engines will now be 33202, 47309 and 47375, updated timetables and loco diagrams are here
The Mid Norfolk Railway will be holding a 1970's event on 17-18 May. 31235,31438 and 20069 expected to be the working locos with the Blue/Grey rake of coaches in use along with a demonstration freight train. More details are here
26001 has arrived at Wansford to take part in this weekends Nene Valley 1960's event
Photos of the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event are here
Recent photos of 20007 25057 25057 25279 37314 and 55022

23/4/08

The Swanage Railway Diesel Event next month will now feature a GBRf class 66 which will work one round trip of the line hauling the 4-Vep. The confirmed line up is now:- 07007 20096 33012 37275 37906 47635 73107 and a class 66. More details here
D1023 has returned to the NRM at York after its appearance at the Shildon Diesel Event
Photos of the MR-B Diesel Event at the weekend are here
Recent photos of 25185 25185 31271 40106 40145 40145 & 40145 added

22/4/08

50049 ran light from Cardiff Canton - Kidderminster today going via Tyseley to collect D444 and both locos will take part in the forthcoming SVR Diesel Event. The Saturday timetable has been re-issued and can be downloaded here.
40145 has returned to Bury after featuring in the NVR class 40 event last weekend. A photo is here
DRS 37, 37610 visited the Great Central Railway for a private charter last week and will also work this saturdays diesel diagram using 25035 as a brake translator. Full details are here. The loco will leave the railway shortly afterwards.
25322 has received a repaint into its 'ice cream van' livery applied during its latter days in service with BR. The 'Rat' was repainted for a EMRPS photo charter. Photos are here and here. The loco still requires mechanical repairs before it is able to work a train.
News on ex-preserved 37s; 37198 has been removed from EMR Kingsbury and transported to Quorn on the GCR for storage - a photo is here - and former Type 3 Traction loco 37158 has been cut up at Carnforth. The loco passed into WCR ownership in the deal that saw 37248 become a T3T loco.
The timetable and loco roster for this weekends NVR 1960's Event featuring 26001 are here
A gallery for last weekends Diesel Event at the Battlefield Line is here
Recent photos of D9504 25313 D7029 37037 37254 37906 D821 D832 55022 added

21/4/08

Timetables and Loco Diagrams for this weeks Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event added :- Thursday Friday Saturday

17/4/08

40145 has arrived at the Nene Valley Railway and whilst running light engine from Bescot the 40 was called upon to assist an EWS freight which had taken the wrong route at Nuneaton and 40145 hauled the train back to Nuneaton station.
The Dartmoor Railway ceased running trains yesterday as a result of the railways owners Ealing Community Transport placing the line up for sale. It is not expected to re-open unless a new owner is found for the 15 mile line. The Weardale Railway is as yet is unaffected despite it also being made available for sale by ECT.
26001 will be the visiting engine for the Caledonian Railway diesel event on May 3-5 working alongside 26014 and 27024. More details are here
D832 has left the East Lancs Railway for its summer visit to the West Somerset Railway
A timetable and loco roster for the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway Diesel Event on April 26/27 is here
Additional photos added to the GCR event gallery
Recent photos of D9521 33002 33012 37901 40145 40145 40145 47270 47449 47635 47635 50026 DELTIC 73101 added and a view of the NRM Shildon

14/4/08

37901 has arrived at the Severn Valley Railway ready to take part in the lines Diesel Event this month. Also leaving Llangollen this week will be visiting ED 73101 which will return to the Avon Valley Railway.
Photos of three split box 37's undergoing restoration to near original build condition can be seen here here and here
The Paignton & Dartmouth Railway are holding a 'Heritage Weekend' this coming Saturday & Sunday (19/20 April) and extra diagram will be in operation utilising 25185. The 25 will work five round trips on both days.
Photos of the 40145 railtour to Lowestoft on Saturday are here. The loco is booked to run light engine from Bescot to Wansford tomorrow to take part in the NVR Class 40 Day. Times for the move are here
A loco roster and timetable for the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event on April 26/27 can be found here. The event will feature the preservation debut of 37254.
A timetable for the DMU Event this weekend at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway is here
The Battlefield Line Diesel Weekend rosters and timetables are here. A special connecting bus service to Shackerstone will run from Tamworth Railway station.
The Churnet Valley Railway has announced that Deltic D9016 will be the visiting engine for its Diesel Event at the end of May. The event will also feature, subject to the road movements taking place, recently preserved 37407 and 37424 on static display. Both of which are to be based at the line for restoration. The gala will run over three days; May 30/31 & June 1st.
Photos of the weekends diesel events are the Llangollen Railway and the Great Central Railway added
Recent photos of 24061 25072 25191 31206 31418 33109 37097 37215 47635 50027 & D1023 added

10/4/08

The Weardale Railway diesel event that was advertised to take place this weekend will now be a run as 'Open Day' with the diesel fleet on display at Wolsingham depot. ED 73134 will work three round trips of the line on both days.
The Buckinghamshire Railway Centre will be hosting a DPS Deltic as part of the D Napier & Son Bi-Centenary Celebrations on June 21/22. The loco will work shuttle trains on the up yard running line.
The South East Loco Group have taken delivery of an overhauled class 33 traction motor which will be held as a spare for the groups two locomotives. Photos here and here
Photos of last weekends diesel event at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway are here
Additional photos added to the GWR event gallery
Recent photos of 25059 25279 31206 37190 55022 73110 added along with archive shots of 40106 46045 and 55022

9/4/08

20050 has moved from Barrow Hill to the NRM Locomotion site at Shildon where it will appear on shuttle trains at the Diesel Event this weekend. D1023 will make the trip from York tomorrow behind a WCRC loco. EWS are sending Class 60, 60074 and DRS will also be supplying traction. More details are here
The Stratford & Broadway Railway Society are holding an open weekend at Long Marston on June 7/8. Further details and how you can book tickets can be found here.
Timetables and loco rosters for the Battlefield Line Diesel Event on April 19/20 are here
Photos from the weekends diesel event at the GWR are here
Recent photos of 25057 37037 and 37906 added

8/4/08

37190 has arrived at the Great Central Railway to take part in this weekends three day diesel event. A photo is here. The large logo 37 is deputising for 40012 which has unfortunately not been able to make the move because of problems arranging the locos transfer by road.
73110 which has been in store at Long Marston is to move to the GCRN at Ruddington and after repairs will enter service in time for the railways diesel event on June 14/15. Meanwhile leaving Ruddington will be the MCTA's 20048 which will be moving to the MR-B at Butterley.
The Swanage Railway are holding a Branchline Weekend this weekend April 12/13 which will feature both 33012 and 47635. A timetable is here. 47635 will also work the Swanage evening services on Friday April 11 in place of the DMU.
Photos of the D1015 railtour last Saturday are here
Recent photos of D9504 25059 33116 and 73101 added

3/4/08

GWR based 47376 underwent a test run on Sunday following engine repairs but after inspection it was found that further cylinder liners are leaking and the loco will be taken out of traffic for repairs. The loco will be sidelined the foreseeable future as the priority for the Brush Type 4 Fund will be to undertake the work required to re-certify the steam heat boiler on 47105. A re-issued timetable and loco roster for the GWR diesel event this weekend is here
73101 has left the Severn Valley Railway and has moved to Llangollen to take part in the lines Diesel Event on April 11-13. A timetable and loco roster is here
The Locomotion Diesel Event at Shildon on April 12-13 will see a variety of locos on display and working shuttle services. Full details can be found here
Spitfire Railtours are operating a charter on the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway on June 21st using Class 25 D7535. It will be an out and back trip from Paignton run in conjunction with a Spitfire tour from Crewe. More details are here
The full line up for the West Somerset Mixed Traffic Event on June 13-15 will see SDR residents 20110 25262 and 37037 call in on their way back to Devon from the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway event. Class 14 D9520 will make an appearance along with ELR based Warship D832 which will be at the WSR for the summer season. The home fleet will be D9526 25173 33048 47840 and making a return to traffic will be D7017. More details are here
Additional photos added to the recent 55022 railtour gallery
Recent photos of D5705 37037 37518 73101 and 73128 added

1/4/08

The line-up for the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event is visiting locos 33021, 37901 and 50049 working alongside resident locos 20188, D821, D1013 and 73006. Shunters in use will be D3022 and 12099. A Colas Rail class 47 will also be in attendance. The event will be held over three days on 24-26 April.
Following Saturdays railtour 55022 ran light from Crewe to Barrow Hill where the Deltic will undergo a 'C' exam as well as a number of modifications including work to convert the former boiler water tanks into fuel tanks which will enhance the locomotives operating capabilities.
Full details and timetables for the Bodmin and Wenford Railway Diesel Event this weekend can be found here. A late addition to the line up is the other operational Colas Rail class 47, 47727 which will work alongside 47749 and the home preserved fleet.
08881 has arrived at Toddington to take part in this weekends Diesel Event at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. A photo is here
Photos of the ongoing restoration work to SDR based 33002 are here here here and here
Recent photos of 25321 31418 31466 31466 33048 40013 40145 and 47376 added

30/3/08

37254 has left its restoration base and has moved to the Spa Valley Railway where it will remain for an extended visit. The loco has undergone a successful test run since arriving at the railway. Photos are here here here and here
D9524 has been privately purchased from RMS Locotec and work is underway to return the unique class 14 to working order at the Elsecar Railway.
The South Devon Railway have announced that 25185 will visit the line from the neighbouring Paignton & Dartmouth Railway to work at the Diesel Event on 26-27 April. The 25 has not worked anywhere else in preservation. Also making an appearance at the event will be Cotswold Rails 33202 and Advenza Freights 47237.
Times for the D1015 railtour on April 5th are here
Photos of the Heart of Wales railtour with 55022 are here
Recent photos of D9526 27024 31466 33021 37119 40122 47292 50042 D1062 55002 added

26/3/08

Bedale Railway Engines Ltd (BRE) have been placed into liquidation and the company assets will be made available for disposal. It is highly likely that 37403 and 37414 will be sold for scrap.
40145 ran light engine from Bury to Tyseley yesterday for tyre turning. Photos here and here
45108 has completed its road movement from Crewe to Butterley. A photo is here and here
D5705 has been hauled out of the Bury Transport Museum and has been covered pending transfer to Buckley Wells where restoration will begin. A photo is here. The first working party on D5705 will be held over the weekend of 24/25 May. If you want to get involved please contact Chris Tatton
A revision to the Swanage Railway Diesel Event line-up is that 73107 will replace 33111, which will not be ready in time. The ED will also work the visiting convoy to and from the railway. 56311 (ex 56057) will be making its debut in its new guise courtesy of Hanson Traction and will top and tail the Friday night beer-ex services with 37275. Saturday nights beer-ex train will be operated by 37906, whilst 07007 will work the Norden to Harmans Cross shuttle services all weekend.
31466 will work all trains at the Dean Forest Railway on Saturday - a timetable is here
A booking form for the Mark Elderkin railtour on July 26 with 55022 is here
Recent photos of D9526 31119 40145 55022 55022 and 73003

24/3/08

50026 has been re-united with its bogies as repairs to its underframe near completion at the RVEL workshops in Derby. Photos can be seen here. The loco will visit a yet to be announced preserved railway for running in. The owner of 50026 has also recently acquired the remains of 50040 for the salvage of remaining parts before the loco is sent for scrap.
20169 at Kirkby Stephen East has been started for the first time following a full rebuild of the power unit. The loco requires further attention to electrical equipment before and attempt is made at taking power. Work is also underway to start 37146 for the first time since purchase from EWS.
The SRPS tour between North Berwick and Mallaig planned for the 10th May with 55022 has been re-scheduled for the 24th May.
Recent photos of D9504 25262 33012 37219 37219 and 50015 added

23/3/08

Mark Elderkin Railtours are operating a trip on May 26 taking D1015 to Weymouth from Paddington via Bristol. Further details and a booking form is here. The same promoter is operating two mini-tours out of Manchester Victoria on June 14th and July 26th featuring 40145 on the first and 55022 in July. Further details and a booking form for the 40145 tour is here
27066 and 24081 have left the Nene Valley Railway and have arrived at Toddington ready to take part in the railways diesel event on April 4-6. Photos here and here. Any preservation groups that wish to have a free sales stand at Cheltenham Racecourse on the Saturday and Sunday of the GWR diesel gala should contact Paul Fuller on diesels@gwsr.com
A1A Locomotives in conjunction with the Nene Valley Railway will be be using 31271 to haul the 1430 and 1615 x Wansford with Mk 1s on Saturday April 5th. Tickets will be priced at £15.00 to travel (in a separate coach) and ALL money will be going to the Royal Hallamshire Sheffield Hospitals Neurological Dept.  This is the late Andy Dalbys (A1A welder) families chosen charity. More details  www.a1alocomotives.co.uk
Recent photos of D9555 31271 37037 37215 37219 37219 37418 40135 40135 & 50002. Archive views of 25067 25191 25262 45108 and 45108 also added

19/3/08

37219 has moved from the Chasewater Railway to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. A photo is here
Photos of the Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Event added here
Recent photos of 25279 31463 37009 37009 45125 and 47840 added

18/3/08

The Class 15 Preservation Society, ELR Diesel Department & Co-Bo Locomotive Group have announced that agreement has been reached for the team currently restoring Class 15 D8233 at the East Lancashire Railway in Bury to also undertake the initial restoration on Metrovick Co-Bo D5705 also based at the ELR. Both projects have similar restoration needs, therefore running the restorations side by side, utilising the vast skill base within the ELR diesel department and C15PS will benefit both projects. D5705 will be shunted into position with D8233 at the Loco Works site on the ELR in early May so work can begin. Updates for both locos will be posted on their respective websites www.d8233.org.uk & www.d5705.org.uk
A gallery of the East Lancs Railway Nightrider event is here
Recent photos of 25262 37215 37215 45108 and 47105 47105 added

15/3/08

45108 has begun its journey from Crewe to the Midland Railway Centre having been hauled to the Heritage Centre from the LNWR Carriage sidings today. The loco will complete its move to Butterley by road.
A final version of the timetable and loco roster for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway diesel event on April 4-6 is here
The NRM at Shildon is holding a diesel weekend on April 13-14 which will feature 20050 37003 and D1023 and well as shunters and a visiting EWS class 60. More details are here

12/3/08

E6006 hauling an engineers train on March 10th became the first train to traverse the Severn Valley Railway from end to end since June last year after storms badly damaged many sections of the railway. The railway will to re-open to passengers later this month.
73128 has moved from Chasewater to the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway for an extended visit. A photo is here
33053 has left the Nene Valley Railway and moved to Shackerstone for repairs following its failure at the Nene Valley Diesel Event.
40145 is due to leave Bury for Tyseley on March 25 where the loco will undergo tyre turning prior to working the 'East Anglian' railtour on April 12th.
Loco rosters and timetables for the forthcoming Great Central Railway 1960's event are here. This includes a diesel only day on the Friday
Recent photos of 20154 31235 37227 37905 47270 47596 and 56040 added

8/3/08

D1010 will not be available for the 2008 WSR season after investigations have found further problems with the 'B' engine requiring a complete strip down and rebuild. The work by the DEPG at Williton is being undertaken whilst the group also repair two Hymeks one of which, D7017 will make a return to traffic later this year.
Driving courses on the Severn Valley Railway are available for 2008 with either D1013 or D1062. Course dates are Friday 4th July, Friday 11th July, Friday 25th July, Friday 15th August and Friday 29th August. More details are here
A timetable and loco roster for the three day Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event on April 4-6 is here
The MRT Railcar Group is holding the fourth annual DMU Event at Butterley. It is planned to run Class 101, 114, 127 & 141 DMUs alongside a visiting 153 unit from East Midlands Trains. More details are here
Recent photos of 24081 27066 37215 and 55019 added

7/3/08

The Class 15 Preservation Society have produced a number of Microsoft Trainsim Add-on packs which are being sold to raise funds for the continuing restoration of D8233 at Bury. The latest pack is titled 40's in Blue and features 26 different Class 40 locos to drive on your PC. A number of other add-on packs are also available. Details on these and how to order are on the C15PS website

6/3/08

37409 has arrived at Bo'ness for a return to working order. The loco had previously been stored at Motherwell. Photo and details are here
Full details, including timetables and loco rosters of the Mid Norfolk Railway three day diesel event on March 14-16 are here
A timetable and loco roster for the East Lancs Railway 'Nightrider' Event on March 15-16 is here
Recent photos of 24081 31418 31438 37037 37263 47270 50015 and 55016 added

4/3/08

40012 is unable to attend the Great Central Railway 1960's Event this month as a result of problems booking the road transportation, although it is still planned for the loco to arrive at Loughborough in time for the railways three day diesel event in April.
47703 will have a 'farewell' run on the Wensleydale on Sunday March 9th. The train will leave Leeming Bar at 1450 and returns back again around 1700 after a round trip. The train will run subject to the usual caveats. Contact for the train is specialtrain@yahoo.co.uk
The Swanage TC Groups unit has now arrived safely at the Midland Railway - Butterley and it is hoped to have the unit in service soon.
Photos of the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event are here

29/2/08

37254 will be making its first runs in preservation at the Spa Valley Railway's ‘Spring Diesel Weekend' on 26/27 April. The loco is nearing the end of a five year overhaul and it is anticipated that the locomotive will move from its restoration base to Tunbridge Wells during March.
Recent photos of 24081 33053 37142 50049 55022 and 55022 added

28/2/08

A re-issued timetable for the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event this weekend is here.

27/2/08

The Class 40 Appeal have launched a 'D212 Bogie Repair Fund' which aims to fund repairs to 40012's long standing bogie cracks that have prevented the loco from leaving the MRC by rail since 1995. More details are here
73128 is to move from the Chasewater Railway to the Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway for a year long loan. The road movement will take place during March.
20227 has arrived back at Butterley after a loan spell with London Underground Ltd at West Ruislip.
Photos of Saturdays Deltic Pioneer railtour are here
Recent photos of 25067 25067 33108 37075 37275 40012 45133 50015 and 55002 added

24/2/08

40145 will visit the Nene Valley Railway on 19/20 April joining 40106 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of D200's inaugural run from Liverpool Street to Norwich on 18th April 1958. There will be five class 40 hauled round trips on each day with a day rover costing £13.
A timetable and loco roster for the Nene Valley Railway 'Diesel Event' next weekend is here
A timetable and loco roster for the Barry Island Railway 'Shunter Event' next weekend is here
Recent photos of 24081 25067 25067 27066 33053 33102 37905 47270 47715 50015 50015 50040 D1015 and 73134 added

22/2/08

37418 has left Toton and has been transported to the Allelys Hauliers yard for temporary storage until such time as resources are available with HNRC at Barrow Hill to undertake a bogie change, although it planned to undertake some mechanical work on the loco before it goes to Barrow Hill. Once fully operational the loco will be based at the East Lancs Railway. A photo is here
37219 is to move from the Chasewater Railway to a new home at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway where the locos owner already has 37116 based. The move is expected to take place next week.
27066 and 33053 have moved from their respective bases and joined 24081 at Wansford ready to take part in next weekends Diesel Event. Photos here here and here.
55022 has today run light from Bury to Carnforth in readiness for Saturdays railtour out of Liverpool. A photo is here
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway are holding a private photo charter with 37142 and wooden bodied clay wagons on a Saturday in March, to register interest for a booking form, please email mediaATbodmindiesels.co.uk  with the subject A Day on the Clay.

20/2/08

37079 which was due to leave Barrow Hill for restoration this month has been subjected to the theft of all traction motor cabling during the locos storage at Barrow Hill and as a result the proposed sale has been cancelled with the full agreement of all parties.
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway have announced that a Colas Rail Class 47 will be the guest loco at their Diesel Event on April 5-6 and the former 'City of Truro' - 47749 has been requested to work alongside residents 37142, 47306 and 50042.
WSR resident 33057 was started for the first time in twelve years at Williton on Saturday with the engine running with no major problems and the loco even took power, albeit moving only a few inches. Much work remains to be done before the loco can enter service including a re-wire and the customary repairs to BRCW bodywork.
24081 has arrived at Wansford to take part in the Nene Valley Railway diesel event on March 1-2
Photos and details for 47761 added
Photos of the Irish Mail railtour with D1015 on Saturday are here
Recent photos of 37003 37215 37275 37518 46045 47270 47402 47402 47449 47773 D1048 and 86259 added

16/2/08

The North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Event on May 9-11 will feature visiting locos 20189 20227 46045 D1015 and 55019 with one further visitor to be confirmed, these will work alongside 25278 37350 and 50027. As per last year the event will also be extended onto the Whitby - Battersby section of the mainline with the 25, Western and Deltic including two train running on Sunday utilising both 55019 and D1015. More details will be made available in due course.
Wensleydale based 47715 completed a successful light engine test run from Leeming Bar to Bedale and return on Thursday.
Recent photos of 37308 47270 50035 and D1015 added

13/2/08

A new section has been added to the site to assist preservation groups in sourcing parts and services to assist them with their aims and objectives with regard to locomotive restoration and maintenance. The site has been created by Phil Seymour and all correspondence should be directed to Phil on philATpreserved-diesels.co.uk. More details here

12/2/08

47761 has been hauled from Margam to Butterley, via a stop over at Gloucester, by 57005. The loco was purchased from EWS by the 47401 Project in April last year. The long term plan is for the loco is to be stripped for spares including donating its bogies to 47417, although it is possible the former 47564 may make some farewell runs at the MR-B prior to this.
33002 has had its turbocharger returned over the weekend, the unit having been rebuilt into a replacement casing. The SDDT have also recently returned Class 122 'Bubble Car' 55000 to active service. Photos here here and here
The Llangollen Railway are holding their Spring Diesel Event on 11-13 April and the visiting loco will be Pullman ED 73101. The event will also see the full return to service of 25313 following engine repairs.
Photos and details for 37079 added
Additional photos added to the 45149 overhaul gallery
Recent photos of 33208 37109 37109 37109 37240 37275 37905 40135 40135 40135 40135 and 45112

7/2/08

37905 has left the EMR scrapyard in Kingsbury today and has made the relatively short journey to Shackerstone on the Battlefield Line.
D1015 left Tyseley yesterday and ran light engine to Reading, spending the night on the depot before continuing to Old Oak Common this morning. Photos here and here
47773 hauled 86259 from Tyseley to Oxley yesterday where the 86 was powered up with no problems in readiness for the locos railtour next month.
33053 is nearing the end of its cooler group repairs and once complete the loco will be moving to Wansford to take part in the NVR Diesel Event on 1/2 March. A photo is here
The visiting loco for the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event on April 4-6 will be the DFR's 27066. The event should also see the return to traffic of 47376 after engine repairs.
The East Lancashire Railway are holding a Nightrider in conjunction with the Spring Diesel event on March 15/16. All available locos will be in use during the day with 55022 and 50015 sharing the 'night' duties. More details are here
The Dean Forest Railway have a number of Diesel Event during 2008 these being 14 June, 12 July & 27 Sept. There will also be a diesel diagram on certain days throughout the year. More dates are here
Additional photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery
Photo and details for 37250 added
Recent photos of 33102 and 47192 added

5/2/08

33109 returned to trafic at the East Lancs Railway on Saturday making its first runs for nearly seven years. The loco last hauled passenger trains when based at the Mid Hants Railway. Photos are here
Times for the ITG railtour with D1015 to Holyhead are here
Recent photos of 24054 24054 33208 37518 and 47270 added

1/2/08

37505 has had a short stay in preservation having been transported by road from the Eden Valley Railway to the EMR scrapyard in Kingsbury. The loco was secured for preservation from Thompsons scrapyard in Stockton last August.
A change to the Swanage Railway Diesel Event line up is that 37275 is to replace 45060 as the Peak will not be availalble because of on-going main generator repairs.
Photos of the repair work taking place on 47524 at Cheddleton are here here and here
Recent photo of 45112 added along with archive pics of 25322 33102 and 73136

30/1/08

37905 has been secured for preservation and will be moving to the Battlefield line shortly where a swift return to working order is expected. The 'Slug' currently resides in the EMR scrapyard at Kingsbury.
37250 has left Tyne Yard by road and has been transported to the Eden Valley Railway at Warcop.
The Great Central Railway have announced that this years visiting diesel will be the CFA's 40012. The loco has not been away from Butterley for a number of years and is expected to arrive at the GCR in time to take part in the lines 1960's Event on March 14-16.
Nemesis Rails 33021 was hauled south to Tyseley on Monday where it has joined 31422 on the Maintrain depot. Both locos will be heading to Meldon for use on the Dartmoor Railway. Prior to the 'Crompton' leaving Barrow Hill, 45112 completed its journey to the roundhouse from Derby the previous day behind 31454.
Swanage Railway based 33034 has been the target of metal thieves and has had most copper and brass pipework and fittings stolen. The loco is kept as a source of spares for 33012 but was potentially a restoration project but in light of the theft the future of the loco is uncertain.
The Swanage TC group are making a final appeal for a unforseen £1000 shortfall in the sum required to allow the unit to leave its current storage location and move to Butterley. If you are able to assist please contact alister.bettsATbtinternet.com (replace AT with @)
47773 will work a additional mini railtour on 1st March in connection with the mainline debut in preservation of 86259 - more details are here
The Dean Forest Railway are operating a number of 'Branchline Experience Days' during 2008 where course members will be have the opportunity to experience all aspects of railway operation including driving the loco and operating the signalling equipment. More details are here
D182 (46045) is undergoing some engine work and photos are here here here here here and here
Recent photos of 37032 37109 37188 37679 45125 47417 50029 50040 56098 and 73101 added

22/1/08

D9504 has moved from the Nene Valley Railway and taken up a post as shunting loco at Bardon Hill Quarry.
Barry Island based D9521 is to spend the summer on a visit to the Mid Norfolk Railway - a number of running days with the loco have already been announced.
37109 has completed two return trips light engine Bury to Heywood with no major problems coming to light. A recent photo is here
The Clayton steam generators ex-37051 and 37114 have been acquired for preservation and moved to Bo'ness where, once overhauled and certified, one of the units will return to use in 37175. The second unit will be restored over a longer period of time, for eventual use in 37003.
A timetable and loco roster for the Dartmoor Railway 'Industrial Day' is here
Recent photos of 20205 25313 25313 31435 D1015 and 55022 added. Archive photos of 50019 & 50019 added

18/1/08

The Swanage TC group now have the finance in place to allow the unit to move by road to Butterley, thereby securing its long term future. The TC will remain at Butterley for use on the MR-B services until such time that space at Swanage will allow it to return to Southern metals.
45112 was hauled from Meldon to Gloucester yesterday by 31454 with the ultimate destination for the peak being Barrow Hill where the loco will undergo repairs and have OTDR equipment fitted. A photo is here
The 71A Locomotive Group are investigating the possibility of returning Swanage based 33012 (D6515) to the mainline. The loco has recently had a full bodywork overhaul and more mechanical work is planned or 2008 with funds being sought to fit the relevant safety equipment required for the mainline. More details of recent work carried out on 33012 can be found on here
D1015 has had its tyre turning completed at Tyseley. Photos here and here
Recent photos of 33012 40122 and 44008 added

14/1/08

37250 has been purchased for preservation by two members of the 24061 Preservation Group and will move from storage in Tyne Yard to its new home once details are finalised. The loco is expected to be made operational in a short timescale.
Former ELR regular D5600 (31435) has moved from Newton Heath depot to a new home at the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway. The loco had been undergoing repairs at Newton Heath TMD after moving there for display at an open day and now joins two of the owning groups other locos 31119 and 47004 at Embsay. Also leaving the ELR is 08445 which is understood to have moved to Newton Heath.
The Swanage TC Group have received a boost in their quest to move their 4-TC to Butterley for restoration in the shape of a £5000 loan, however this still leaves the group short of the total required to complete the move and avoid incurring further storage charges, if you would like to make a donation please contact alister.bettsATbtinternet.com (replace AT with @)
Shunter Gen...
The Dartmoor Railway are holding and Industrial day on Saturday 2nd February 2008 featuring 08874 08937 and steam engine 'Darfield No. 1'. There will be a passenger service between Sampford Courtenay, Okehampton and Meldon featuring all locos and demonstration freights between Okehampton and Meldon. It is anticipated that 08874 will leave the line during February.
The Barry Island Railway are holding a Shunter Day on March 1st 2008 when the traction will be D9521, 08511, Hunslet 6688 and Hudswell 8526 "Bill Caddick". Brake van rides available, GatEx and Mk1 rake. More details are here
08915 will be in use at the Colne Valley Railway on March 9th - trains run from 1130 & then every 30 mins until 1530
Forthcoming Events
The Bodmin & Wenford Railway will be holding its Spring Diesel Event on April 5/6. 08444, 37142, 47306 and 50042 will be the home fleet locos with the possibility of a visiting mainline loco. More details are here
The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway diesel event on June 6-8 June will see a convoy from Devon in the shape of 20110 25262 31108 and 37037. DRS will also provide locos for the event.
Recent photos of 24081 27056 31466 47402 and 73129 added along with archive views of 20227 20227 31108 37190 40145 and 55016

9/1/08

The Swanage Railway have confirmed the line-up for their Diesel Event on May 9-11 with visiting locos being 07007 20096 33111 37906 45060 and 56057. Resident locos working will be 08436 33012 and 47635. SWT 4-Vep 3417 will also be making a second visit to the line. There will be an intensive three train service run from 9am each until midnight on Fri and Sat (18:30 on Sun) using an all diesel timetable. Tickets will be £15 per day, but if purchased in advance there are disounts avaliable for 2 (£25) or 3 (£35) day rover tickets. Vintage Trains are running a railtour on the Saturday with connects with a bus at Wareham. Details here
Recent photos of 31162 31162 and D1015 added

8/1/08

47715 which is now located at the Wensleydale Railway has been sold into preservation by its previous owners. The loco was run up for the first time over the weekend. Photo and details are here
37407 has been purchased privately for preservation and possibly 37413 will join it although one is understood to be for spares only.
D1015 ran from Tavistock Junction to Tyseley yesterday hauling Colas Rail 47727. D1015 is to undergo tyre turning having been unable to get a 'slot' on the wheel lathe at Laira. A photo is here
Recent photos if 31162 and 40135 added

4/1/08

47703 will work a round trip on the Wensleydale Railway on Sunday 6th January. The loco will work the 1435 Leeming Bar - Redmire and return.
Photos of the Bo'ness class 37 day are here and additional photos added to the GWR gallery
Recent photos of D9521 37175 37340 37505 47270 added along with archive views of 40135 and 55009

 

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