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24/12/09

An updated loco roster for the GWR Xmas Diesel Event on 27 December is here

Recent photos of 20059 20098 25035 25035 37905 40012 46045 D1015 D1048 and 73139 added

19/12/09

Toddington based 26043 took another step towards its return to service on December 12th when it successfully undertook a number of test runs in Toddington Yard. A photo is here and video is here

25057 was started yesterday for the first time since the number 2 end cab was renovated with a rewire and new floors. The loco also took power and had a test run up and down the yard at Weybourne. The steam heat boiler was also run up and tested.

More photos of the repairs to 37240 at Llangollen are here here and here

The ELR are holding Diesel Day on January 9th featuring D1501, 40145, 50015 and 55022 and possibly another loco. More details are here

Recent photos of 25035 33053 37240 37905 47402 47580 and 47793 added

13/12/09

56134 'Blyth Power' has been purchased for preservation. The loco is currently stored in Healey Mills Yard and although mechanically intact it has been targeted by metal thieves who have removed much of the copper cabling and some copper pipework. The loco will leave HM by rail for Doncaster before onward movement to a restoration base.

47402 has been outshopped at Bury in two tone green livery as D1501. Photos here here and here

A forum has been set up to bring together supporters of 50033. Details here

The Renown Repulse Restoration Group have some Microsoft Train Simulator Products available with proceeds going towards the restoration of 50029 & 50030. More details are here

Recent photos of 26010 37240 47270 and 55022 added

8/12/09

The former WR celebrity 47500, currently numbered 47770, has moved to the West Coast Railway depot at Carnforth. The loco has been stored at Tyseley Loco Works since purchase from EWS in 2007 and is expected to join the West Coast operation fleet.

Not previously reported was the return of 33109 to the ELR after its visit to the GWR. A photo is here

Recent photos of 47270 D1015 D1015 and 55019 added

6/12/09

The overhauled radiators for 55002 have been delivered to York. Photos here here and here

46010 has completed its move from Llangellen to its new home at the GCRN. Photos are here

Photos of recent restoration work on 45149 are here

Photos of Saturdays D1015 railtour are here

Recent photos of 20118 26043 31162 31162 47270 47575 56097 added along with an archive view of 45125

4/12/09

46010 left Llangollen yesterday to begin its journey by road to the Great Central Railway (Nottingham) at Ruddington where it is expected to arrive later today. Photos here and here

The Wensleydale Railway are operating a 'Sulzer Day' on January 2nd featuring 47703 and 47715 working the standard three train timetable and there will be fourth late train with timings still to be confirmed. 47540 and 25313 will be on display in the yard at Leeming Bar.

Recent photo of 33103 and 45149 added

30/11/09

D1010's overhauled 'B' engine was re-united with the loco last Friday. The DEPG have overhauled the engine with new cylinder liners and pistons since it last ran in June 2007. A lot of work has also concentrated on renewing the locos electrical circuits and it is hoped to have the loco back in traffic next year. Photos here and here

NNR based 25057 is undergoing bodywork renovation at Weybourne. Photos here here and here

A timetable and loco roster for the GWR Xmas Diesel Event on December 27th is here

26/11/09

Two class 47's have been targeted by metal thieves. Colne Valley Railway based 47771 was broken into and copper removed causing significant damage to the loco. 47768 which is in secure storage at the former Barry Island Railway has also had copper cabling stolen recently.

26038 has been lifted to remove the accommodation bogie and insert the repaired bogie. The 26 is now in the former Canton Servicing Shed, with 50049, where work to complete the restoration will take place.

The Class 40 Appeal have announced that as a result of the sale of a spare bogie to the CFPS the 'D212 Bogie Repair Fund' has benefited directly and the locos owners will be obtaining quotes for the work required to make 40012 fit to be hauled on the mainline once again. Funds are still required to pay for the loco to be lifted and details on how to donate are here

Recent photos of 14901 & 14901 added

Archive photos of 25322 and 44008 added

20/11/09

Former Llangollen loco 46010 has been offered a new home Great Central Railway Nottingham and is expected to move in the next few weeks. More details are here

The CFPS has purchased a spare bogie to put under D335 whilst repairs to the segmental bearings, which have sidelined the loco since May, are investigated. The spare bogie was purchased from the Class Forty Appeal.

The CFPS and DTG are proposing to run a two day railtour on May 15/16 from the midlands to Penzance taking in some cornish branch lines utilising D1015 and 40145 in tandem as well as top & tail formation. Both groups are seeking expressions of interest in booking on the tour to establish if it is viable. If you are intending to book via The DTG please reply to m.j.streetATbtinternet.com (replace AT with @) or if you intend to book via The CFPS please reply to chairmanATcfps.co.uk (replace AT with @)

15/11/09

50049 has been lifted from its bogies at Cardiff Canton and now sits on accommodation bogies whilst its own set are overhauled by Pullman Rail. The loco itself is now inside the shed and will undergo a repaint into large logo blue.

Restoration of 55002 is continuing with recent work including the fitting of the tread plate to the engine room floor after it was repainted and both engine air intake systems have been removed for cleaning and painting. New foam will be fitted prior to refitting. The radiators have been cleaned and tested and a full are set ready to be fitted once the loco returns to the workshop. Keep up to date on progress here

26043 recently took power for the first time, some 15 years after moving from BR, via MC Metals, to the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway. The successful taking of power identified several technical issues which must be addressed before the loco can progress further to enter service hopefully next year.

Photos of 33012 under overhaul at Eastleigh are here here and here

The Great Central Railway are holding a Diesel Event on January 9/10 featuring 20098, 27056, 45125 and 50007. More details are here

Times for the D1015 railtour on December 5th are here

Recent photos of 20166 25313 27024 27056 37314 and 73114 added. Archive photos of 25262 40145 45108 and D1041 added

10/11/09

D1041 has been taken out of storage at Buckley Wells and moved up to Castlecroft Yard for remedial work to return the locomotive to service. It will initially undergo bodywork repairs pending the return of one engine loaned to D7076. A photo is here

The Deltic Circular Railtour planned to run on December 12th with 55022 has been cancelled because of low bookings.

Photos of the South Devon Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 20189 33103 33111 D7076 37188 and 37901 added

5/11/09

The planned railtour to support the repair of 55022 on December 12th - The Deltic Circular - is booking slower than expected and potential travellers are asked to book now to ensure the tour runs. More details are here

50017 has completed its first runs on the Plym Valley Railway. This followed the successful start up last weekend and inspection of the traction motors revealed no problems so a test run hauling the lines DMU was undertaken over the full length of the line.

A recent photo of 20110 added

3/11/09

The third edition of Heritage Railway Miles & Chains is now available. The updated and expanded book is available by mail order. Details are here

2/11/09

50017 was started for the first time in over two years and for the first since its arrival at the Plym Valley Railway over the weekend. Since its arrival at Marsh Mills in the summer work has concentrated on refurbishing the batteries and drying out the electrical machines. The loco was powered up through to notch 7 with no major problems encountered and work during the winter will concentrate on inspecting and testing the traction motors. Photos here and here

47270 is currently employed on route learning duties in Scotland working off Craigentinny depot. A photo is here

A recent photo of 33109 added

1/11/09

The protracted restoration of 26038 at Cardiff Canton continues when resources allow and in recent months the replacement bogie has seen much attention and it is planned to re-unite the loco with the bogie in the near future with a view to completing the remaining work shortly after. Photos here here and here

20110 has returned to the South Devon Railway after its summer visit to Tunbridge Wells. An updated version of the roster for the SDR 'Gronk Aid 6' event on November 7th is here.

Recent photos of D9531 33109 40012 45041 47105 47105 47367 47367 47484 47703 and 47761 added

27/10/09

D9521 has returned to the Dean Forest Railway after its visit to the Swindon & Cricklade Railway.

The Churnet Valley Railway are holding an 'Anything Goes' Event on 14/15 November featuring 33102. More details are here

Photos of the WSR Autumn Mixed Traction Event are here

Recent photos of D9521 D9521 20166 20166 26043 33019 33117 37215 47376 47376 and archive views of 25279 and 40013

26/10/09

The overhaul of D1013 at Bridgnorth has begun and last weekend saw the disconnection of the wiring followed with the removal of one of the electrical frames. Photos here and here

Photos of the GWR Diesel Event at the weekend are here

24/10/09

50031 was started on Friday, the first time since its arrival at Cardiff Canton. The loco has been undergoing remedial work after receiving an overhauled generator earlier in the year. The C50A would like to thank Pullman Rail for their assistance. It is also advised that Canton now has a security presence at the gate and access to view or photograph the locos on site is no longer possible.

47270 worked its first revenue earning train on the main line since preservation on Friday - a photo is here.

A timetable and loco roster for the South Devon Diesel Event on November 7th is here

Recent photos of 20169 27050 31410 and 44004 added along with an archive view of 33012

21/10/09

20227 and 20189 successfully worked the LUL stock move from Old Dalby to Neasden yesterday. A photo is here.

55002 has had the no.1 engine successfully barred over after new oil was pumped in during a recent KOYLI group working party at York NRM. The loco now has two free engines following similar work on no.2 engine earlier this month. Future work will involve the heavy clean of both generators. The group needs to urgently raise money to take advantage of a special offer on the repair of the locos radiators. More details are here

Recent photos of 33002 and 33002 added along with archive views of 25173 and 40135

20/10/09

20189 and 20227 are booked to haul a test train consisting of LUL stock from Old Dalby to Neasden today. Times are here

Photos of the East Lancs Railway Autumn diesel event are here. 50008 is expected to remain at the ELR after its appearance at the weekend.

Additional photos added to last months D4 anniversary event

Recent photos of 31418 37190 37215 37248 37248 and D1048 added

17/10/09

D1015 has been withdrawn from the Pathfinder tour 'Western Rocks' due to run on October 31 because of a mechanical fault requiring immediate attention. The loco is expected to be repaired to operate the December 5th tour out of Kings Cross. The Buxton tour has been rescheduled to 20th March.

50049 completed its transfer from Carlisle to Cardiff today. Photos here and here

Recent photos of 31271 33046 47417 D1015 and D1015 added

16/10/09

D1015 worked the second part of the Colas Rail freight working to Burngullow yesterday and then returned light engine to Eastleigh. Photos are here here here and here

The planned working for 20189 & 20227 was cancelled at Old Dalby yesterday. Both locos had worked the barrier vehicles over from Wellingborough - photos here and here - but later returned the train to Wellingborough. The test working of LUL stock to Amersham and onto Neasden will possibly rescheduled for one day next week.

47270 hauled 50008 to the East Lancs Railway today to take part in this weekends diesel event. The 47 returned light to Washwood Heath.

Additional photos added the the Severn Valley and GCRN event galleries

Recent photos of 24081 24081 25057 26010 31207 37037 37248 47367 & D1015

15/10/09

20189 & 20227 worked a light engine mainline test run yesterday with both locos working between Butterley & Peterborough and then light from there to Wellingborough. The 20's are now allocated to loco pool MOLO along with 20901 and 20905. 20189 & 20227 will work to Old Dalby tomorrow and will then work a test train to Neasden conveying LUL tube stock - a working that is expected to employ the locos for the forseeable future. Times are here

Following 37248's arrival at Toddington it will work part of this Sundays (18th October) GWR diesel diagram as a loaded 'test run': 1415 Toddington-Cheltenham & 1500 return (in tandem with 37215) & 1635 Toddington-Cheltenham & 1720 return (alone). 37215 will operate the 1130 Toddington-Cheltenham & 1215 return

The owners of the three former CFD Class 20's stored at Goodmans Haulage in Sutton Coldfield are to dismantle 20139 (8003) and so are offering a 'parts service' to any Class 20 owners who may wish to stock up on spares. Please contact Martin Nixon for more details.

Photos of D1015 working a Quidhampton - Tavistock Junction freight yesterday are here

Recent photos of 50049 and 50049 added

14/10/09

D1015 is to work two freight trains for Colas Rail conveying empty china clay tanks from Quidhampton to Burngullow. The first train is today from Quidhampton to Tavistock Junction - times here - and the second leg of the train into Cornwall runs on Thursday (15/10) with a 0935 departure from Tavistock Junction. D1015 will return light to Eastleigh the same day.

50049 will move from Kingmoor to Cardiff Canton on Friday for work to start on the locos bogie overhaul. The work was planned to be undertaken at Kingmoor but this was not possible due to time constraints.

37248 has left Ruddington and has moved to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. A photo is here

Photos from the weekends GCRN diesel event are here

Recent photos of 26010 and 47105 added

13/10/09

50008 will now be attending the East Lancs Autumn Diesel Event this weekend (October 17/18) and an updated timetable is here

Photos of the weekends event at the Severn Valley Railway are here

8/10/09

The planned visit of Hanson Tractions 31190 50008 as well as 47270 to the East Lancs Diesel Event on October 17/18 will unfortunately not now take place. The event will run with the home fleet. A timetable and loco roster is here

7/10/09

Restoration of 50050 is progressing at Yeovil with the loco undergoing fault finding to get the loco to take power correctly - after several years of suffering a low power fault the loco now produces 1500 amps in notch 1! Arrangements are being made to move the loco under cover to allow for much needed bodywork repairs to start in earnest.

Work has re-started on 55002 after the summer break and although the loco is still on display in the main museum area a limited amount of work can still be carried out on the loco. Last weekend saw the air tanks refitted with fittings ready to go back in the loco.  Remedial work was also carried out on No.2 engine, included refitting of the oil pressure gauge and the engine pumped up with new engine oil to purge it of old oil. The crankcase covers were removed for this purpose to allow us to see new oil come from the bearing caps on the crankshaft. Once oil had circulated around the engine it was barred over for the first time in over 12 years. KOYLI is expected to be readmitted to the NRM workshops shortly. Further details are here

A timetable for the SVR Diesel Event is here

Recent photos of D9521 47376 50031 and 73003 added

6/10/09

47270 has had work completed to allow a return to the mainline and the loco is booked on a test run on Thursday. Times are here

25035 will be staying at the Nene Valley Railway a further week and will take part in the NVR '1968 Final Days of Steam' event on October 10/11. More details are here

A timetable and loco roster for the GWR Diesel Event on October 24/25 is here

Photos from the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 20166 20166 20188 33110 and 47306 added

2/10/09

37518 has been readed for the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event. Weekend timetables are here

31452 will be the guest loco at the Great Central Railway Diesel Event on October 10 & 11. The loco will be appearing in Devon & Cornwall Railways livery

More photos of D1015 working route learning trips on the North London Line are here here and here. The loco is booked to work light back to Eastleigh from Old Oak tomorrow.

Recent photos of 24081 and 71001 added along with archive views of 24054 40145 D1041 and 55015

1/10/09

The Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event has been disrupted by a derailment at Hampton Loade which has damaged the pointwork meaning the passing loop can not be used and an emergency timetable is now operating. As a result of this the organisers have reluctantly cancelled the convoy due from Barrow Hill containing 57007, 56303, 26007 and the air braked coaches. 47580 and 37264 will still attend from Tyseley and home based locos 20059, 20188, 37906, D821, 50044, D1013, D1062 and 73006 will be operating.

Timetables and loco rosters for the GCRN Diesel Event on October 10 & 11 are here

An amended loco roster for tomorrows NVR event is here

Recent photo of 25035 added

30/9/09

Photos of D1015 working route learning trips yesterday are here

Timetables and loco rosters for tomorrow & Friday at the Nene Valley Diesel Event are here

The Renown Repulse Restoration Group have produced a Microsoft Train Simulator Add-on pack entitled 'Fifty-Fifties' containing all 50 class 50's in appropriate liveries from between refurbishment and the end of service. Proceeds will go towards the restoration of 50029 & 50030. More details here

Recent photos of 20166 26010 33103 33111 and 33111

29/9/09

Changes to the line up for this weeks Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event are that 20048 and 46045 are no longer attending but 25035 will move by road from the GCR to take part. The full line up is as follows D9516, 25035, 31108, 31271, 40106, 45133, 50008 and 55009. It is also possible that 37518 will be ready in time. Loco rosters available soon.

20110 will end its summer visit to the Spa Valley Railway with two round trips on October 17th when it will haul the 1050 & 1205 departures from Tunbridge Wells West. The 20 will return to Devon in time for the SDR's 'Gronk Aid' Event on November 7th.

Additional photos of 20048 20107 20227 33103 33103 45108 45112 45133 46045 47765 50026 50029 & 50044 added

28/9/09

27050 has returned to the Strathspey Railway after completion of its overhaul at Bo'ness. The loco left Boat of Garten back in 2001 and has undergone a engine and bodywork overhaul whilst in the care of the SRPS Diesel Group.

D1015 worked light from Eastleigh to Old Oak yesterday. A photo is here. D1015 is booked to work on route learning duties for Serco on the North London Line this week.

D9521 has left the Dean Forest Railway for the Swindon & Cricklade Railway where is will take part in the railways Diesel Event on 3/4 October.

47270 has been fitted with OTDR at the Hanson Traction Depot at Washwood Heath in readiness for its return to mainline operation. A photo is here

47765 underwent a test run from Ruddington to Loughborough yesterday where the loco performed without major problems. Photos here and here

Photos from the Bodmin & Wenford Diesel Event are here. The weekend saw the return to service of 33110.

Photos of the D4 50th Anniversary at Butterley are here

Recent photos of 20050 20166 20166 31414 47703 and 55022 added

24/9/09

37264 has been added to the bill of the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event next month replacing 37275. The Tyseley based 37 has undergone a high quality restoration and will make its first runs in preservation at the event

A timetable and loco roster for the Heritage Shunters Trust event at Peak Rail this weekend is here. The event will feature the first passenger runs of D2139 and D2199. More details are here

The GCRN are holding their Autumn Diesel Event on October 10 & 11 which will feature the first public runs in preservation of 08220 and 47765. More details are here

A correction to yesterdays update is that 26007 was dropped off at Barrow Hill with 47580 continuing forward to Tyseley light engine.

The Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group, restorers of 26043 and 45149, have launched a new website

Photos of the recent diesel events at the Battlefield Line and the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway added

23/9/09

The NYMR diesel event visitors left the line yesterday, all returning to their respective homes with the exception of 26007 which was hauled to Tyseley by 47580 where it will remain until moving to Kidderminster to attend the SVR diesel event next month. Photos here here and here

Photos of the D1015 railtour on Saturday are here

Recent photos of 20007 40013 45133 55009 and 55016 added

22/9/09

A revised timetable and loco roster has been issued for this weekends 'D4 50th Anniversary' event being held at the Midland Railway – Butterley. Download a copy here

A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Event on Saturday is here

Photos of the weekends NYMR diesel event are here

17/9/09

Rail-Blue Charters will be operating the 'Deltic Circular' railtour with 55022 on December 12 to help raise funds for the repair of the locos power unit. The tour starts from Barrow Hill - full details are here

73133 has moved from its long time residency in Fairwater Yard, Taunton to the Colas depot at Tavistock Junction. The loco is to undergo an assesment for a return to main line use.

Recent photo of 47402 added

15/9/09

47580 and 55022 worked in top and tail formation to haul 26007 37901 and D1023 to the North Yorkshire Moors Railway yesterday to take part in this weekends Diesel Event. Photos are here and here

56040 moved from the Mid Norfolk Railway to the Battlefield Line today ready to participate in the Diesel Event this weekend. Unfortunately 56098 will not be able to take part in the event as work on the loco at Barrow Hill will not be able to be completed in time. A timetable and loco roster for the event is here

Footage of 47765's first moves in preservation can be seen here

Additional photos added the the Great Central Railway Event Gallery

Recent photos of 20007 and 20118 added

14/9/09

50007 has been withdrawn from next months Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event and its place in the line up has been taken by Butterley resident 45133. The 50 is expected to remain at the Great Central Railway after its appearance at last weekends diesel event.

Leaving the GCR is 47714 - the loco was loaded onto a trailer at Quorn today and is reportedly heading to the former RTC test track at Old Dalby.

45108 was started up at Butterley yesterday - the first time the loco has run in over eight years. A photo is here. Also on the same day D4 hauled its first train since August 2004 on a test run. A photo is here

GCRN based 47765 moved under its own power in the yard at Ruddington – believed to be the first time since March 2000. The loco was run over the weekend as various faults were found and addressed. Finally, bearing temperatures were taken to verify that the bearings are bedding in properly and with no issues. An oil sample was taken for analysis. Work now is focussed on addressing some further faults with the power circuits, but a test run in the coming weeks is on the cards with the loco expected to take part in the GCRN October Diesel Event on October 10 & 11.

The East Lancs Railway Autumn Diesel Event on October 17/18 is to feature visiting traction 31190 47270 and 50008 working alongside resident locos 20087 24054 D7076 37109 37418 37901 40145 & 55022. The event will also see the debut of 47402 in two tone green as D1501.

A recent photo of 37109 added

13/9/09

37275 is unable to attend next months Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event. A replacement loco is being sought.

Repair work has already begun on recent Wensleydale arrival 25313. Photos here and here

Times for next Saturdays D1015 railtour to North Wales are here

Photos from the Great Central Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 33110 37109 & 55016

10/9/09

26010 has arrived at the Llangollen Railway from Bo'ness. A photos here & here

9/9/09

The Nene Valley Railway has announced that the planned '1968 -The Final Days' event, due to take place this weekend and feature D306 and D9009, has been postponed. The event will now take place on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th October 2009.

Photos of last Saturdays SRPS railtour with 40145 are here

Recent photos of 25313 40118 50007 D1015 added

8/9/09

25313 left the Llangollen Railway yesterday heading for the Wensleydale Railway and the LDG's recent acquisition - 26010 - is expected to arrive in Llangollen this week. The 26 will work four round trips of the line on September 26th. Details here

D9009 was re-railed at Wansford yesterday by Arlington Fleet Services. The loco will take part in this weekends Nene Valley Railway 1968 event pending a successful UAT exam due to be undertaken on Friday. Photos of the loco derailed are here here and here

50007 has moved from Butterley to the Great Central Railway for this weekends Diesel Event. Photos here and here

A timetable and loco roster for the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event on September 19/20 is here. The event will feature 20110 33063 37254 and 73140.

A timetable and loco roster for the 'D4 50th Anniversary Event' at the Midland Railway - Butterley on September 26/27 is here

A timetable and loco roster for the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Event on September 26/27 is here

Recent photos of 44004 45135 and 50007 added

7/9/09

D9009 became derailed at Wansford yesterday whilst running on to the depot. The cause of the incident is being investigated. Video of the mishap is here

55019 moved from Barrow Hill to the Great Central Railway last Wednesday. Photos here & here

D4 undertook a succesful test run at the MR-B yesterday and is all set to star in its birthday bash on September 26/27.

The CFPS have confirmed that 40145 is to be repainted into green livery from the present 'large logo' livery which it has carried since 2007.  The repaint is expected to take place next year.

The Wensleydale Railway have postponed their planned September Diesel Event until next year. The railway is developing its diesel fleet and at present will focus on diesel running days with the class 20 and 47. It is the intention to hold on an event next year with visiting locomotives amd hopefully running from Castle Hills over the entire length of the line.

Recent photos of D9516 20059 20166 31463 37240 37905 47402 50035 & 55022 added

3/9/09

47540 has completed its journey to the Wensleydale Railway. A photo is here. The loco had been in storage at Heanors Yard in Langley Mill.

D1015 ran light from Barrow Hill to Eastleigh TMD yesterday. Photos here and here

The Peak Locomotive Company are celebrating D4's 50th birthday with a 'Peak Event' on September 26/27 at the Midland Railway Butterley. An intensive train service will be operated by D4, 45041, 45133 and D182. More details will be available soon.

Photos of the weekends events at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway and the Elsecar Railway added

Recent photos of 33110 33111 37009 37207 47715 50007 D1062 and 56097 added

1/9/09

D1015 is booked to run light from Barrow Hill to Eastleigh tomorrow. Times are here

Photos of the Mangapps Farm Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 20188 20188 37418 40145 47004 and 55022 added

31/8/09

A timetable and loco roster for the September NYMR Diesel Event is here

Photos of the MR-B 'Works Open Weekend' are here

Recent photos of 33202 33202 37037 40145 47402 47402 47793 D1062 55022 73139 and 73139 added

29/8/09

33110 is expected to return to service at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Event on 26 & 27 September after three years out of traffic for a bodywork overhaul. Other locos in action will be 37142, 47306 and 50042. More details are here

Recent photos of 20050 and 20118 added

27/8/09

31162 has left the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway and has arrived at the Elsecar Railway for an 18 month visit. A photo is here

The Strathspey Class 27 (27050), which has been undergoing a protracted overhaul at Bo'ness, was started and undertook short test runs in Bo'ness Yard over the weekend. The loco is expected to star in the lines diesel event this weekend. Video here.

MR-B based 47417 has had the cooler group removed to allow restoration work to take place on the auxiliary room. Photos here here and here

The Battlefield Line is holding its Autumn Diesel Event on September 18-20 which will feature three 56's as well as the lines resident fleet. The event will also feature the inaugural 'Carry On Clagging Cup'. More details are here

Recent photos of 31018 47798 50027 55009 56086 56086 and 56098 added

25/8/09

D1013 will work its last day in normal service on the Severn Valley Railway on Saturday 12th September when it will be working the diesel diagram in Timetable C. The loco may be used during the October diesel event, although this is subject to confirmation but shortly after this it will be taken out of traffic for overhaul.

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Diesel Event at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway is here

SULZER T-shirts: A selection of Sulzer branded T-shirts & Polo have been produced to raise funds for the East Lancs Diesel Group. The Polo shirts bear the small Sulzer Legend (12mm high) on the Left Hand Side and the T Shirts bear the Sulzer Legend across the chest (50mm high letters). The word Sulzer is yellow on all shirts. The Polo shirts have the word SULZER stitched on and the Tee shirts are printed. They come in either Blue or Black and sizes are medium to XL. A very reasonable price of either £8.95 for T Shirts or £14.95 for Polo Shirts. For more info on how to order please email blacksmoke66AThotmail.com (replace AT with @)

Recent photos of 37906 44004 and D1013 added

23/8/09

20166 has moved under its own power for the first time since its arrival at the Wensleydale Railway. The loco is expected to enter traffic next month

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Works Open Day Event at the Midland Railway - Butterley is here

Additional photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery

Recent photos of 20048 25173 31255 31255 33046 D7076 37109 37109 37418 37418 37905 44004 47292 47635 50002 50027 50027 50030 50031 56097 73139 & 73139 added

18/8/09

A video of 47765's start up at the weekend is here

Recent photos of 20188 26043 31271 and 44004 added

17/8/09

31162 is to visit the Elsecar Railway after it leaves Toddington in the next few days. The 31 is expected to arrive in time to take part in the lines August Diesel Event and will stay on an 18 month visit to the line.

Recent photos of 20059 20188 and 47840 added

New Look - The website has received an overhaul and all pages now have a new livery. If you are still seeing a mixture of new and old pages then it is advisable to clear the cache on your web browser. Thanks are due to Jim for creating the shed sticker for me.

16/8/09

The Growler Group have announced that agreement has been reached for 37248 to visit the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway. The locomotive is due to arrive at Toddington during October after its appearance at the GCR(N) October diesel event and will feature in the GWR Autumn diesel event on October 24/25. The loco will remain at Toddington for the 2010 season and during that time will undergo programme of maintenance including a repaint into an appropriate livery.

Ruddington based 47765 has been started for the first time in preservation. The restoration of the loco has steadily made progress in recent months and after start up the engine ran without problems.

Recent photos of 20087 37906 & D1023 added

13/8/09

The overhaul of the generator set for Peak Rail based 50030 has recently been completed and the machine is to be securely stored pending installation into the loco. Photos here here here here & here here. Work has also been progressing to overhaul the power unit purchased in 2006. The engine has been stripped and is now in the process of being reassembled using new and overhauled components. Photos here and here. Another major task was the rewire of the electrical cubicle - which was an empty shell on purchase. All of the available components required for the completion of the cubicle have now been acquired and the rewire is 75% complete. The group has also begun the process to manufacture the electrical parts that are no longer available. Photos here and here

Recent photos of 20118 47524 and 47524 added

12/8/09

The Elsecar Railway are holding a diesel event on August 31 featuring D9524(14901) which has recently been restored to working order. More details are here

55022 hauled D1023 from Barrow Hill the the NRM York today and the Deltic then continued light to Bury

Photos of the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event are here
More photos added to the Barrow Hill event gallery

Recent photos of 37424 47524 47524 47524 and 55016 added

11/8/09

Photos of the Barrow Hill Diesel Event at the weekend are here

The Baby Deltic Project have written a book on the progress of the group so far in restoring the Napier Deltic T9-29 engine from a seized unit to operational condition. Details on how to order it are here

Recent photos of 50002 and 50044 addedd

9/8/09

56040 is to visit the Battlefield line to take part in the line Diesel Event on September 18-20 where it will join 56086 and 56098. Whilst at Shackerstone 56040 will also undergo traction motor repairs before returning to Dereham.

50007 has replaced 50008 as the visiting class 50 to the Great Central Railway Diesel Event on September 11-13. Details are here. Thunderer now looks set to make its preservation debut at the Nene Valley Railway in October.

Following the failure of 47703 with battery trouble 47715 will now be working three trains a day (Standard DMU Timetable) Mon, Tue, Wed, 10-12th August on the Wensleydale Railway.

Work on two of the SF47 Groups locos is currently underway; 47596 is undergoing a top end engine overhaul at the Mid Norfolk Railway - photos here and here. 47367 is undergoing bodywork attention at Webybourne on the North Norfolk Railway. Photos are here and here

Photos of recent progress on 50030 at Peak Rail are here here here and here

Recent photos of 20118 24081 24081 33048 33111 37901 37906 D821 and 50044 added

6/8/09

45118 has left the Northampton & Lamport Railway and moved to the RVEL workshops at Derby for assessment and repair following vandalism to the loco that saw it stripped of much of its copper cabling.

The Barrow Hill 'Twin Engine/Type ‘5' Gala' takes place this weekend and participating locos are being readied as well as arriving on site. D1015 arrived from Derby and 55022 hauled D1023 from York. Photos here and here. 56098 and 56101 are also up and running - photos here and here. Also making a debut of sorts at the event will be the Baby Deltic Projects work in progress 37372 which will be started and run up on both days during the weekend.  It will be the first chance for people to see and hear the engine installed in 37372 although it wont do much more than start and idle, the loco will be open for people to have a good look around.

31289 will be working all trains on Sunday 09/08/09 at the Northampton & Lamport Railway. This will be the first passenger workings by the loco since the completion of repairs which were started back in the middle of June. Another 31 operating nearby that day will be 31206 at the Rushden Transport Museum

2/8/09

The KOYLI Group, who are working to restore the NRM's Deltic 55002 to working order, have announced that the two radiators missing from the loco since its stalled overhaul at Brush Loughborough have been returned to the NRM. Further news is that the museum have successfully bid on a further Deltic radiator made available by DB. This radiator had once been part of the heating system at Doncaster TMD! The group need further funds to complete the restoration of 55002 and details on how to donate are here

Recent photos of 27050 33111 50027 50027 and D1015 added

30/7/09

55019 has been announced as the final visitor for the Great Central Railway Diesel Event on September 11-13 and will feature alongside 37314 47714 50008 and the home based fleet. More details here

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway is holding a Diesel Weekend on October 3/4 which will feature visiting class 14 D9521. Resident loco 73003 will also be in action along with a class 03 and the DEMU.

Photos of the GCR 'Mail by Rail' Event are here and addtional photos added to the Embsay event gallery

Recent photos of 20154 24081 31162 31162 33111 and 50044 added

28/7/09

47270 is due to leave the Nene Valley Railway on Thursday dead in tow behind 31190 heading for the Metropolitan Cammell depot at Washwood Heath where the loco will receive OTDR equipment prior to re-certification for mainline running with Hanson Traction.

20059 is due to move to the Severn Valley Railway tomorrow for completion of its restoration to working order. The loco is currently at Tyseley.

Photos of the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway Diesel Event are here
Photos of the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Diesel Event are here

Timetables for the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event on August 7-9 are now available: Friday Saturday Sunday

Recent photos of 20154 31162 33111 D7017 50044 50044 D1062 and D1062 added

25/7/09

56098 has completed its protracted journey from the Mid Hants Railway to Barrow Hill. The loco will be re-united with its bogies and will participate in the 'Twin Engine/Type ‘5' Gala' on August 8/9.

Recent photos of 24081 33109 D1062 D1062 and 56101 added

24/7/09

25313 is to join the growing diesel fleet at the Wensleydale Railway. The 25 was recently sold by the Llangollen Diesel Group and is expected to arrive at Leeming Bar before the end of the month.

33008 has been reunited with its overhauled generator set, compressor and turbo this week as restoration progresses at Shackerstone. The generator set has been receiving attention at Bowers of Heanor.

An updated timetable for this weekends Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Diesel Event is here. Changes to the line up were required as 31203 is unable to take part and will be on display only. 37421 is however set to make its preservation debut.

The Nene Valley Railway are building on the success of recent diesel events and will be holding a four day Autumn Diesel Event on October 1st - 4th. Visiting locos currently planned to attend are 20048, 31108, 46045 & 50007 from Butterley along with 50008 and a class 56 from Hanson Traction. These in addition to the home fleet of Class 14s, 31271, 37518, 40106, 47270 plus the DPS's 55009 which is currently visiting the NVR. More details will be available nearer the time.

Recent photos of 24081 24081 47105 47540 47703 and 47715 added

22/7/09

A timetable and loco roster for the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway Diesel Event this weekend is here. Locos to feature are Class 31 D5627, 37216 and 73128. The event may also see 37421 make its debut subject to completion of its restoration.

D7076 will visit the Museum of Science & Industry in Manchester as part of a Beyer-Garratt event on August 14-16. Details are here

Recent photos of D9520 31130 31162 37324 40013 45133 46045 47401 D1015 and 73128 added

21/7/09

47540 is expected to move to the Wensleydale Railway in the next few days where work will begin to return the loco to operational condition

56098 was lifted from its bogies last Thursday in the car park of the M3 services at Fleet. The bogies were then transported to Barrow Hill and the loco itself lowered on to sleepers to await its turn to be transported north. Photos here here here and here

24081 has completed its move from Toddington to a loan spell at the North Norfolk Railway. A photo is here

55022 has been added to the line up for the NYMR Diesel Event in September joining 26007, 47580 and D1023 as the visiting traction.

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Diesel Event at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway is here

47640 will operate a Battlefield Line charter on September 4th working 10 round trips of the line featuring a fully stocked bar including real ale as well as the Griddle Car serving breakfasts and lunches. A connecting bus service will run from Tame Bridge Parkway & Nuneaton. Ticket price is £20 and contact Nick Scott for more info dbt843ATyahoo.co.uk(replace AT with @)

Recent photos of 37421 40145 D1015 D1015 and 56101 added

15/7/09

The Peak Locomotive Company are organising an event over the weekend of September 26/27 to celebrate the 50th Birthday of D4/44004. The oldest Peak is currently being restored to all over green livery as built. Other peaks in operation are expected to be 45041, 45133 and 46045. Still undergoing restoration is 45108 which will be on display

D1015 is booked to move light from Old Oak Common to Derby tomorrow. Times here

14/7/09

GWR based 24081 is to go on a three month loan to the North Norfolk Railway as cover for 25057 which is out of traffic for repairs. The 24 is expected to arrive at the railway on Friday and is rostered to work yellow timetable diesel diagram with six round trips on Saturday 18th in connection with a beer festival.

56098 is currently impounded at Fleet Services on the M3 due to the loco being over weight for the proposed route to Barrow Hill. It is planned to remove the locos bogies and transport them separately to Barrow Hill. Photo here

56101 has been started up at Barrow Hill and taken power. Some minor faults remain to be fixed before it debuts at the August Diesel Event. Body repairs have been completed and a repaint into a traditonal class 56 livery is making good progress.

56086 is also making good progress. New batteries have been recently fitted ready for a start-up and both cabs have now been reassembled along with the brake frame. A number of missing components on the power unit have been refitted. Several leaking radiator elements have also been replaced.

31162 will be leaving the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway shortly and will be working a special 'farewell' service on Monday 27th July.   It will consist of four full round trips with departures from Toddington at 1030, 1215 ,1430, 1615 and from Cheltenham at 1120, 1305, 1520, 1700 calling at all stations.  There will be catering facilities on the train and day rovers only will be on sale at £11.

37075 will be running at the Churnet Valley Railway this Sunday (19/7/09) with the 4 VEP unit. 5 round trips with the first train off Froghall at 10.30am.

Additional photos added to the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event gallery

Recent photos of 33063 37254 37905 50035 D1015 & 73006 added

12/7/09

A correction to the last update is that the SVR diesel diagram on July 18th will be worked by D444 as 50035 is not yet ready for traffic.

Photos of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 33116 D7017 D1013 D1015 D1015 D1062 and 55009 added

10/7/09

50035 is rostered to work its first booked passenger train for over four years next Saturday (July 18) when it will operate the SVR diesel diagram in place of D444 which is still undergoing repairs to a brake fault.

GCR based 25035 is now back in traffic following its earth fault problems at Christmas. The fault was traced back to a BR 'modification' to the wheel slip circuit made thirty or more years ago. The 25 worked 2 round trips on the GCR without problems last weekend. A photo is here

Details of the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Event in October have been announced and the visiting traction will be 26007, 37275 and 47580. Also visiting will be 56303 and a VT class 57. Of the locos currently based at the railway it is expected that 20188 37906 D821 50035 50044 D1013 and D1062 will be operating. The event will also see the debut of 50026 and will take place on October 8-10 with the 8th & 9th being an all diesel service.

A timetable and loco roster for the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway 1960's Event taking place today & tomorrow is here

Recent photo of D1015 and 56098 added

9/7/09

The 71A Locomotive Group are making good progress with the overhaul of 33012 at Eastleigh and work in recent months has seen the locos power unit removed to allow access to the bedplate and the wiring trunking. A photo is here and a full update on the loco can be found here

47843 has returned the visiting locomotives from the ELR diesel event to their respective homes. Photos here and here

Further to the last update regarding 56098 returning to Shackerstone; it is now expected to make its way to Barrow Hill for the 'Twin Engine/Type ‘5' Gala' on August 8/9.

A new website has been launched which aims to locate and identify all the locomotives and rolling stock still extant in the UK at preservation, private and industrial sites throughout the country. More details are here

Alco 804 has been started by the UK Alco Group at Railworld in Peterborough - a photo is here

The NYMR have advertised a number of diesel running days over the summer and for the first time have publicised a loco roster. The diesel hauled trains will be the 1000 & 1300 from Pickering to Grosmont and 1130 & 1530 from Grosmont to Pickering. More details are here

Additional photos added to the ELR Event gallery
Recent photos of 26004 26010 31255 37403 37413 44004 45112 47524 47643 47771 & 50049 added

7/7/09

56098 has been loaded at Alresford for its journey back to the Battlefield Line after its appearance at the MHR Diesel Event during May.

D1015 will work a private charter for GBRf this coming Saturday from Paddington to Minehead and return. Times are here

Photos of the East Lancs Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 27056 37905 D1062 and 55009 added

2/7/09

37421 has left Studley and moved to its new home on the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway.

The locos for this weekends ELR Diesel Event have arrived at Bury from Kidderminster and Ruddington respectivley. Photos here and here

Photos of last weekends EE Event at Butterley are here

Recent photos of D8568 25185 33109 D7076 37109 37116 and 45108 added

29/6/09

40145 deputised for a pair of DB class 37's on Saturday when it worked a Portsmouth - Penzance charter forward from Westbury. Photos are here here and here

D7076 has undergone a test run after the fitting of an MD655 engine. A photo is here. Video is here

Barrow Hill Engine Shed will be holding a 'Twin Engine/ Type ‘5' Gala' on August 8/9 featuring D1015, D1023, 55019, 55022, 56101 and it is also hoped to have 56098 on site for the event. More details are here

Photos of the weekends diesel event at Peak Rail are here

Recent photos of 08220 D9521 D9525 31206 37009 40012 45105 45108 47292 and 73001

27/6/09

The Llangollen Diesel Group have announced that both 25313 and 46010 are to leave the care of the group and move to new homes in preservation away from the Llangollen Railway. Recent acquisition 26010 is expected to arrive at the line during July. The destinations of 25313 and 46010 will be made public in due course.

Timetables and Loco Rosters for the East Lancs Railway July Diesel event are here. Due to ongoing repairs D444 is unable to attend and its place will be taken by 47843 which will also undertake the loco moves from Kidderminster and Ruddington.

An updated timetable for this weekends Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Diesel Event is here. 37219 is unable to take part because of a battery problem.

A consortium of the locomotive owning groups and the Severn Valley Railway is embarking on a project to construct a depot building at Kidderminster to be used to maintain the railways diesel fleet. So far the diesel groups and the railway have managed to find £170,000 to put towards the cost of the facility, but the cost will be closer to £250,000, so we need your help. More details are here

Recent photos of 20154 25322 25322 26010 31207 and 37075 added

25/6/09

The restoration of 50050 to working order took a big step forward yesterday with the loco taking power for the first time in nine years and undertaking short test runs at the Yeovil Railway Centre. This follows the installation of an overhauled 'KV10' load regulator unit. However, much work remains to be done on the locomotive before it can be regarded as serviceable. A photo is here

The DPS's D9009 has moved to the Nene Valley Railway for a summer visit. The loco was hauled from Barrow Hill by 66722 - a photo is here

37248 has moved from Ruddington to Butterley to take part in this weekends 'EE Event'. A photo is here

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Summer Diesel Event takes place over three days on July 10-12. The Friday will be a 'ShunterFest' - timetable and loco roster here before the weekend sees a more traditional operation featuring visiting locos 20154 and 33109. Long term visitor 31162 will make its last appearance at the line before returning to Butterley. Timetable and loco roster is here

Additional photos added to the South Devon Railway event gallery

Recent photos of 20188 D7017 and 50008 added

24/6/09

26010 made its last run at the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway on Sunday as the locos sale has been finalised and it will be moving to a new home at the Llangollen Railway. It is expected that two of the current Llangollen residents will be leaving the line for pastures new.

Recent photos of D7017 and D832 added

23/6/09

Photos of the Western Chieftain Railtour with D1015 are here

Recent photos of 20048 31271 33109 45133 and 46045 added

19/6/09

The planned Loco hauled train at the Wensleydale Railway have been cancelled due to traction shortage. It is still planned for hauled trains to take palce on July 4th

Photos of the Western Chieftain Railtour are here

Recent photos of 20110 and 47270 added

18/6/09

The DPS's D9009 is being prepared at Barrow Hill for a visit to the Nene Valley Railway. The Deltic is expected to move by rail early next week.

20's on the move; 20110 has left Buckfastleigh and has moved to Tunbridge Wells West for its stay on the Spa Valley Railway and 20154 has moved from the GCRN to Toddington for its visit to the GWR. A photo is here

D1062 was returned to Kidderminster on Tuesday after its visit to the WSR - photo here - and D1015 ran light from Eastleigh to Bescot today to be in position for tomorrows 'Western Chieftain' Railtour - photo here

Additional photos added to the South Devon Railway diesel event gallery

Timetables and loco rosters for the forthcoming events at Bo'ness and Peak Rail now available

Recent photos of D9520 D9526 20166 37116 and D1015 added

16/6/09

D1023 has been removed from the line up for the Great Central Railway September Diesel Event after concerns about transferring the loco by road. The railway is still arranging for a class 50 to attend plus one other visitor to work alongside the home based engines.

ELR based D7076 dubbed the 'Wes-Mek' has been started at Bury after the installation of an engine from D1041. Youtube video is here

The UK ALCo Group currently looks after two of the three remaining ALCo S1 switchers in the UK, 801 at the Northumbria Rail site at Longhoughton and 804 at Railworld, Peterborough. 801 was purchased last year from EMR Kingsbury after 22 years in open storage. It was started in November 2008 and restoration is ongoing and it will eventually see use on the Aln Valley Railway between Alnwick and Alnmouth. Work is continuing to restore 804 at Railworld and is now at a point where the group expects to have the loco started over the weekend of July 4th & 5th. Volunteers will be treated to a BBQ later the site closes to the public on the 4th. Photos here and here. The owner of the other S1, 803, based at the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway is meeting the group on 4th July with the aim of starting restoration on 803 later this year. More info on the group is here

Photos of the South Devon Railway Diesel Event featuring the debut of 33002 are here
Additional photos added to the WSR Mixed Traffic gallery

Recent photos of 37152 added

15/6/09

47292 has had its vacuum brakes reinstated at Ruddington giving the loco more operational scope. This followed the installation or replacement exhausters, pipework, valves & contactors as well as attention to the electrical circuits. A photo is here

47580 has been added to the bill for the NYMR Diesel Event in September joining D1023. Other visiting locos will be announced in due course.

A timetable and loco roster for the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway Diesel Event on June 27/28 is here

Photos from the West Somerset Railway Mixed Traction weekend are here
Photos of the East Lancs Crusader railtour with 40145 are here

Recent photos of 37075 37906 40145 47401 50019 50019 50035 and 73003

11/6/09

The Rushden,Higham & Wellingborough Railway has been passed by the Office of Rail Regulation to run a passenger service on their initial short length of railway at Rushden.  The inaugural date is Sat 13/6/09 which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the last scheduled passenger train from that station. 31206 has been rostered for the services on that day and on the 14th. More details are here

47580 hauled 50026 50035 and 73006 from Long Marston to Kidderminster on Tuesday. 47580 then continued light engine to Tyseley. Both class 50's will undergo remedial work before 50035 enters traffic and 50026 starts its running in trials.

D1062 moved to the West Somerset Railway yesterday behind a FGBRf 66. Photos here & here

A timetable and loco roster for the MR-B English Electric event on June 28/29 is here

Additional photos added to the KWVR event gallery

Recent photos of 37264 47580 50021 50026 50033 50035 & 73006 added

8/6/09

Yeovil based 50050 has been refitted with an overhauled KV10 control unit and it is hoped to start the locomotive in the coming weeks.

55022 hauled 33109 back to Bury from their appearance at the KWVR Diesel Event. A photo is here

A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Day on June 27 is here. Locos in operation will be D9521, 31466, E6001 & DMU.

Photos from the KWVR Diesel Event are here
Photos from the Long Marston Open Weekend are here

Recent photos of 25057 31438 37109 37175 D1062 and 73128 added

5/6/09

The restoration of 37308 is to continue at Eastleigh Works following the closure of the 'Factory' at Old Oak Common. The loco will undergo further welding to the bodywork and floor as well as a rewire of both cabs. The radiators are to be removed for inspection and cleaning. A photo is here. The last built 37 remained behind at Eastleigh after the the SVR destined locos left yesterday calling in at Long Marston on the way.

20154 and 33109 are to be the visiting locos for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Summer Diesel Event on July 10-12. The event will also feature Class 02 D2860 and 08927. More details nearer the time.

4/6/09

ELR based 40135 has been taken out of traffic because of a suspected problem with the segmental bearings on No.1 bogie. The loco will be winterised pending a body lift to allow a detailed examination.

50017 has completed its move to the Plym Valley Railway - photos of the loco en-route are here and here

57007 hauled KWVR visitors 37025 and 47643 to Keighley today - a photo is here - the 57 and DRS's 37682 will also take part. 55022 hauled 33109 from Bury to Keighley yesterday.

47580 hauled 50026 50035 and 73006 from Eastleigh to Long Marston today where all locos will be displayed at the open weekend - a photo is here

The Midland Railway - Butterley are holding an English Electric day on June 27-28 and 37248 will visit the line to work alongside 40012 and 50007. More details are here

A change to the line up of the ELR Summer Diesel Event on July 3-5 sees 56097 drop out to be replaced by 47292. Additional visitors have been announced in the shape of 37248 and 50044. Visitors already announced to attend are 25279 and D1062.

Times the the Western Chieftain Railtour with D1015 are here

Timetables and loco diagrams for the West Somerset Railway Mixed Traffic Event on June 12-14 are now available - Friday Saturday Sunday

Recent photos of 25322 and 37075 added

3/6/09

Paignton & Dartmouth based 25185 gets its annual outing on passenger trains on June 27/28 working trains as part of the railways 'Thomas Weekend'. The 25 will work four return trips of the line and for the first time a 'day rover' ticket will be on offer for £17.50.

Timetables and loco diagrams for the K&WVR Diesel Event are here - Friday Saturday Sunday
Timetables and loco diagrams for the South Devon Railway Diesel Event are here - Saturday Sunday

Photos of 50017 leaving Tyseley are here and here

2/6/09

50017 was due to leave Tyseley today and is expected to arrive at the Plym Valley Railway tomorrow. The loco has been purchased by a member of the railway and once checks and remedial work is complete a start up is expected soon after. The loco will also receive a bodywork overhaul and a repaint.

The Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway will be holding a Diesel Event on July 26/27 which is planned to see the preservation debut of 37421 which is expected at the railway early next month. The event will also feature 37216 & 73128. 31207 will be working providing engine repairs are completed.

Recent photos 37905 and 73128 added

1/6/09

50017 has been sold to a member of the Plym Valley Railway at Marsh Mills in Plymouth. The long stored 50 is expected to leave Tyseley and head west on Thursday.

47205 is undergoing bodywork repairs at Pitsford and once complete the loco will be repainted into triple grey with RfD red diamond logo. Photos are here here and here

Photos of the ELR Class 37 Day on Saturday are here

Recent photo of 25321 31289 44004 and 44004 added

31/5/09

37905 is to remain at the Mid Hants Railway after its appearance at this weekends Diesel Event. The loco is a replacement for 33208 which requires an overhaul and traction motor repairs. The 33 will be transported by road to the Battlefield Line.

A timetable for the 'Stag & Syphon' charter on July 13 at the Spa Valley Railway can be found here. It will be possible to purchase tickets on the day for this special train which will be top & tailed by 37254 & 33063.

Photos from the Mid Hants Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 31101 33002 33002 37109 & 37109 added

30/5/09

37294 was started for the first time in preservation at Embsay last Monday and the locomotive reportedly ran very well. There are only a few minor components to be sourced before the loco can run under its own power. A photo is here

20110 is to move to the Spa Valley Railway for a summer visit. It will arrive in Tunbridge shortly after the SDR June Event and stay until the autumn starring in the Spa Valley summer diesel event on 7th-9th August.

Further restoration work on 45149 has been ongoing - photos are here here and here

50026 will move to the Severn Valley Railway for running in after the completion of its fifteen year restoration and providing the loco performs satisfactorily it will make its public debut at the SVR October Diesel Event. Towards the end of the year the loco will return to Eastleigh Works for installation of TPWS and OTDR equipment.

Most of the visiting locos to Eastleigh Works have returned home; 47580 hauled the SDR engines back to South Devon and 55022 hauled the Swanage visitors back north. 50026 50035 and 73006 remain on site and will return to Kidderminster via the Long Marston Open Day on 6/7 June

Additional photos added to the Eastleigh 100 gallery

Recent photos of 24061 26007 26025 33035 33111 33116 D7076 37906 37906 40145 40145 47292 47292 47540 47540 47580 50044 D1015 D1062 73003 & 73006

25/5/09

47540 has left its panel of track beside the A1 at Sinderby and has moved to Heanors Yard in Langley Mill for further storage. It is understood that the loco could be heading to a preservation site at some point in the future.

Photos from the Eastleigh 100 event are here

Recent photos of 50042 D1062 and D1062 added

22/5/09

47580 hauled 33002 20110 and 25262 from Totnes to Eastleigh yesterday. Photos here here and here. D1015 also went to Kidderminster to collect 73006.

The 40012 bogie appeal has passed the £2000 mark but there is still a long way to go to get the necessary repairs made to Aureols bogies so it can be hauled over the mainline once again. Details are here

56098 has arrived at the Mid Hants Railway to take part in the lines diesel event on May 29-31. A photo is here

A recent photo of 37190 is here

20/5/09

55022 hauled 45060, 31108 and 33103 from Swanage to Eastleigh Works on Monday for display at the open weekend. Photos are here here and here. 20107 and 26007 have remained at Swanage and will be tripped to Eastleigh for onward shipment northwards next week. Meanwhile D1015 will run from Eastleigh to Kidderminster tomorrow to collect 73006 which is also booked for display at the former BREL workshops.

55002 has had the no.2 roof section lifted off to allow the radiators to be fitted. Photos here and here

20189 and 20227 worked a number of special trains on the Metropolitan Line last Sunday. Photos are here and here

47449 will be working the Llangollen Railway Diesel Diagram on May 30th in place of 37240 which is out of traffic for repairs. The Great Central Railway diesel turn this Sunday(24th) booked for 47117 has been cancelled.

Additional photos added to the GCRN Diesel Event gallery

Recent photos of 20007 20188 31108 33052 45060 45060 and 50008 added

17/5/09

47270 is to return to the mainline working for Hanson Traction Ltd. The 47 remains privately owned and will be used as a heritage loco for special workings and charters. It is currently undergoing work at Wansford to re-certify the air tanks and will be back in traffic for its NVR workings in August. Work is also underway on 50008 to fit and test OTMR, TPWS & AWS and once complete work will concentrate on cab refurbishment and a repaint into 'Laira Blue'

NYMR based 24061 has returned to use after nearly two years out of traffic for cooler group repairs.

37418 hauled its first passenger train in preservation yesterday - a photo is here

Photos of the Diesel Event at the GCRN are here

Recent photos of 20132 50044 and 18000 added

16/5/09

47580 will work light to Totnes from Eastleigh Works on Thursday and return with SDR residents 20110, 25262 and 33002 for display at the forthcoming open weekend.

Additional photos added to the Swanage event gallery

15/5/09

50049 was hauled north today from Crewe LNWR to Carlisle Kingmoor by DRS's 37218

50008 has arrived at Wansford. Once on NVR metals at Orton Mere the 50 was started and utilised to haul the convoy to Wansford shed - No.8s first working in over fifteen years. A photo of the move to the Nene Valley is here

14/5/09

50008 has left Crewe LNWR today behind 56311 & 56312 and was hauled to Wansford where the loco will undergo work to complete its return to the mainline.

Also on its way from LNWR was 50031 which left Crewe last Friday and is now at Cardiff Canton where an assesment is being made with regard to an engine overhaul following on from generator repairs undertaken at Crewe.

The East Lancs Railway have announced that D1062 and GCRN residents 25279 and 56097 will be the visiting traction for the Summer Diesel Event on July 3-5. Further visiting engines are expected to be added to the line up.

Additional photos added to Saturdays 50044 tour gallery

Recent photos of 37152 and 37905 added

11/5/09

D1023 will visit the Great Central Railway later in the year to take part in the Autumn GCR Diesel Event over three days on 11-13 September. The GCR are also hoping to organise a class 50 as a visitor for the same event. More details are here

44004 has been started for the first time in over three years at Butterley. The Peak had been stored whilst other PLC projects have taken priority but work will now concentrate on getting the loco ready to celebrate its 50th birthday later this year. It is planned to repaint the loco into original condition as D4.

The Swanage Railway are taking advantage of the locos still on site from the weekends events and 45060 will work the diesel diagram this Saturday(16th) with 31108 doing the honours on Sunday(17th). SR Green timetable is here

The Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway are holding a mixed traction event this weekend with 20214 and 27024 working alongside steam locos. More details are here

The closing date to book tickets for the Long Marston Open Day is May 15th. The event will be held over 15/16 June featuring a number of locos visiting the site - more details are here

The Nene Valley Railway are hosting an open day on June 20th in aid of 'Help for Heroes' which is being supported by First GBRf who will send a class 66 and 73 to the event. More details are here

Photos of the Diesel Event at the Swanage Railway are here
Photos of the Cambrian Mountaineer Railtour are here

Recent photos of 25185 33002 D7017 D7017 47292 and 47449 added

8/5/09

37248 is to move to the GCRN at Ruddington for a summer stay. The privately owned loco is now in the care of the Growler Group after expiry of the contract with West Coast Railways. The long term home for 37248 is still to be decided. More news on 37248 is here

The GCRN will have 37248 on site at Ruddington to make its preservation debut at its Diesel Event on May 16+17. Also appearing will be 08220 20007 20154 25279 47292 56097 73110 and a GBRf class 66. More details are here

A photo of yesterdays Swanage convoy is here

7/5/09

The Mid-Norfolk Railway is holding a class 50 mileage day with 50019 Ramillies on Saturday 30th May and there will be five return trips between Dereham and Wymondham totalling nearly 120 miles. Departures from Dereham are 0815, 1015, 1300, 1515 & 1730.

D1015 has been added to the list of locomotives attending the Eastleigh Works Centenary Event on May 23-25. Full details on the open day are on the Eastleigh 100 website

55022 will haul the visiting locos from Barrow Hill and Butterley down to Swanage today.

Photos of the Caledonian Railway Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of 25035 26035 and 47292 added

Archive photos of 40012 50007 D1013 D1013 D1062 and D1062 added

5/5/09

55002 has moved into the NRM workshops from display in the museum and work will begin in earnest to return the Deltic to operational condition - photos here & here. The KOYLI Group are continuing to appeal for donations to return the loco to service and details on how to donate are here

The ELR's Hymek D7076 has been found to have leaking liners and the MD870 unit requires a strip down to repair. As a short term measure to keep the loco in traffic D7076 will be fitted with a MD655 engine - the 'A' end engine from D1041 which is currently out of traffic for transmission repairs. Work is underway at Bury to make the necessary modifications to the Hymek to allow it to take the lower powered engine.

37109 has been unveiled in BR blue at Bury - a photo is here. The loco is rostered for the diesel diagram on May 30th and it is also planned to launch 37418 into traffic on this day which will haul an addtional train in the spare path. It is also planned to have 37901 piloting both services through the day.

The London Transport Museum are operating special trips between Harrow-on-the-Hill, via Rickmansworth to Amersham on Sunday 17 May as part of the Rickmansworth Festival. The trains will utilise the 4-TC set top & tailed with 'Sarah Siddons' and 20189 or 20227. More details are here

May 9 & 10 will see the  annual Midland Railway Centre 1960's Event at Butterley with a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives running - D212 and D182 will both be operating along with steam locomotives 73129 and 92214. A Class 127 DMU will also be running. More details are here

Photos from the weekends event at the Kent & East Sussex Railway are here

Recent photos of 50042 50042 D1062 and 73006 added

4/5/09

The Llangollen Railway PLC have served notice on the Llangollen Diesel Group requesting them to remove 46010 from the railway. This followed a long period of negotiation between both parties to have the loco remain at the railway. The LDG are now considering options for the Peak.

Sulzer Type 2 news; 25035 has been withdrawn from the GCR 40th anniversary event (9-10 May) because of on-going repairs whilst 27066 has been sidelined at the Dean Forest Railway after suffering a traction motor failure whilst working a charter train. Better news is the impending return of 25235 at Bo'ness after repairs to the turbo and intercooler, attention will now turn to the bodywork on the loco.

After the recent completion of engine repairs D7017 will undertake running in trials at the West Somerset Railway next Saturday and is expected to work two train trips of the line with D6566. The trains will not be for passenger use. A photo is here

A website for D1023 has been launched

Photos of the Spa Valley Railway diesel event last weekend are here

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Swanage Railway Diesel Event is here

Recent photos of 20166 20189 31108 31108 33053 33103 33103 37250 37294 40145 D832 46045 47004 47292 47401 47703 47715 50042 50042 50042 and 50042

30/4/09

31289 will be operating all services on Saturday 2nd May - 7 round trips (First train at 11:00am) at the Northampton & Lamport Railway.

The Northampton & Lamport Railway has been targetted once again by metal thieves and the extension of the line south to Boughton Crossing has been dealt a big setback as a result of a large theft from the railway of much needed track components shortly after the Easter break. These include hundreds of fish plates, chairs (including those for points work) and large amounts of signal and telephone cabling. The NLR believe that these items are likely to be offered for sale rather than be sold for scrap and ask that if any preservation site or rail personnel are offered this type of equipment from unusual / suspicious sources to contact either the Northampton & Lamport Railway direct on 01604 820 327 or the Northamptonshire Police.

Additional photos added to the Battlefield Line & Great Central Railway event galleries

Recent photos of 25262 33002 40145 and 47292 added

28/4/09

D9539 is currently at Crewe EMD, presumably for tyre turning, the Ribble Valley Railway based loco was taken out of traffic in 2006 for engine repairs which are still continuing.

Photos of the Midland Railway - Butterley Diesel Event are here

27/4/09

SDDT's 33002 underwent its first test run yesterday which was a success although there is still outstanding work to be completed on the loco before it can enter service at the South Devon Railway. Photos here and here

Recent photos of 40145 40145 and DR73202 added

26/4/09

Photos from the weekends events at the Battlefield and Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway added

Recent photos of 37097 37097 and 50026 added

25/4/09

20166 has arrived at the Wensleydale Railway from Shackerstone. Photos here and here. The loco requires repairs to the radiators and is unable to take part in the lines diesel event next weekend so 47703 will take its place working alongside 47715 and 03144. More details are here

Photos of the Diesel Event at the Great Central Railway are here

A recent photo of 73006 added

24/4/09

37142 and 50042 have unfortunately been withdrawn from the line up of the Keighley and Worth Valley Diesel Event on June 5-7. Both locos have been replaced with 37025 and 47643 from Bo'ness as well as 55022 from the ELR added to the bill. More details are here

56098 has been started at Shackerstone after turbo repairs. A photo is here. The loco is expected to take part in this weekends Diesel Event.

55022 has returned D6700 and D1023 to Grosmont and York respectively after their appearance at Shildon over the weekend. RSG then continued onto Bury. A photo is here

Times for the Cambrian Mountaineer Railtour on May 9th are here

Recent photos of 33012 37264 and 45108 added

20/4/09

The Midland Railway - Butterley is holding a diesel event this weekend (April 25/26) and will feature 20189 + 20227 (running in mutli), 31108, 45041, 45133, 46045, 47401 along with various shunters on a shuttle including 08590 and 08331 (and possibly two class 600 shunters). Driver for a Fiver on resident Andrew Barclay Diesel Shunter will be available up the Swanwick Colliery Branch. More details are here

The same weekend sees the Battlefield Line hold its spring Diesel Event with 12 locos and a DMU expected to be working. There will be examples of classes 02, 03, 04, 25, 31, 33, 37/0, 37/9, 47, 56, 73, 116 and 118! A free bus link will run from Nuneaton station. More details are here

Additional photos added to the NRM Shildon gallery

Recent photos of D1013 and 56086 added

19/4/09

25035 and 47714 have both been withdrawn from the forthcoming Great Central Railway Diesel Weekend on April 25/26. The 25 has failed a test run despite efforts to get the loco serviceable and 47714 will not be operational due to outstanding repair work. Updated loco diagrams can be downloaded here

37119, D1023 and 55022 have attended the NRM Diesel Event at Shildon this weekend. Photos are here. Both NRM locos were hauled to Shildon by 55022.

Recent photos of D1015 and 73003 added

18/4/09

47580 hauled 37308, 50026 and 50035 from Old Oak to Eastleigh Works on Friday. where the locos will undergo further restoration prior to display at the Eastliegh Works Centenary open weekend on May 23-25. Photos of the move are here here and here

The Baby Deltic Project have installed the T9-29 'Baby Deltic' engine into 37372 at Barrow Hill. Photos are here and here

In addition to the locos listed below for the Swindon and Cricklade mixed event on May 23-25. It is now advised that 0-4-0 Fowler loco 'Woodbine' will also be working and efforts are in hand to get Class 08, D3261 serviceable for the event.

A press release concerning the first ever passenger working of a tamping machine is here

Recent photos of 20031 20031 26007 33035 33117 37109 45060 47376 D1041 and 55022

16/4/09

47580 has left the Mid Norfolk Railway today after its successful visit. The loco ran light from Dereham to Old Oak Common and will haul 50026 and 50035 to Eastleigh Works on Friday (17th). Selected times are :- dep OOC 1213, Clapham 1404, Richmond 1422, Woking 1504, Basingstoke 1542, Winchester 1615 & Eastleigh at 1624.

The Swindon & Cricklade Railway are operating a Mixed Running Event on 23/24/25 May with the 03022, 73003 and the Thumper in action alongside steam traction.

A timetable and loco roster for the Caledonian Railway Diesel Event on 2/3/4 May is here

Recent photos of 25067 33002 37418 47292 D1015 D1015 D1041 D1062 & 56097 added

13/4/09

The Western Locomotive Association is to offer the chance to drive D1062 Western Courier on Thursday 9th July 2009, subject to availability. There will be two courses, one morning and one afternoon. Each course will be Bewdley-Bridgnorth and return and costs £1,062 and can be shared by up to four people. Full details are on the WLA website

The Northampton and Lamport Railway are holding a diesel running day on April 19th and the service will feature 31289 for five round trips starting at 1145am.

A video of 50026's first start up in preservation can be seen here

A timetable and loco roster for the Spa Valley Railway Diesel Event on 25/26 April is here. The event will feature 37254 and 73140 in action alongside various shunting engines.

Recent photos of 20110 33012 33111 47714 47798 50026 D1013 D1062 D1062 and 73139 added

9/4/09

50026 was started at Old Oak Common today, the first time the loco has run in over eighteen years - a photo is here - the loco is expected to leave Old Oak on the 17th and move to Eastleigh Works.

HNRC's 20166 is to join the fleet of diesel locos at the Wensleydale Railway and is expected to move from Shackerstone shortly. It is hoped to have the 20 operating in time for the diesel running weekend on May 2-4. A timetable for this is here

The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway are holding a diesel day on April 26 featuring 08011, 31163, 37116 and 37219 along with DMU's. A free bus shuttle will run from Princes Risborough and Chinnor. A timetable and loco roster is here

Additional photos added to Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Spring Diesel Event gallery

Recent photo of D1015 added

8/4/09

D1015 hauled a track machine from Bristol Marsh Junction to Southampton Eastern Docks today - a photo is here - the loco then ran light to Eastleigh TMD which is now the locos new base due to the impending closure of the 'Factory' at Old Oak Common.

50008 was started at Crewe LNWR yesterday as part of its overhaul and repair. The 50 is expected to move to Wansford in the coming weeks for further work to recertify the loco for mainline operation.

Additional photos added to Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Spring Diesel Event gallery

Recent photo of 25278 added

7/4/09

Hanson Tractions 31190 has run light from Derby to Wansford where the loco will undergo a top end overhaul of the power unit.

A loco roster for the forthcoming Great Central Railway Diesel Event is here. Recently arrived 47714 is undergoing attention and is planned to take part.

The Wensleydale Railway are holding a three day diesel event on May 2-4 featuring 47715 plus a possible guest. 47703 may also be able to take part. More details available nearer the date.

Photos of the Royal Duchy Railtour with D1015 are here
Photos of the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway Spring Diesel Event are here

Recent photos of D9524 D9524 20189 25185 33002 37037 47401 50035 D1015 D1015 73136 and an archive view of 73139

Spa Valley Railway based 09004 is being made available for sale. The locomotive has been based at Tunbridge Wells West since 2003 and was in full working order when taken out of service for overdue maintenance in 2007. Family commitments and other interests have taken priority and the owners consider they no longer have the time to finish the work in the foreseeable future. The shunter is reluctantly being offered for sale ‘as seen' and is 100% complete. Photos are here and here. Expressions of interest in the first instance are welcome by email to: paul.hubbard@02.co.uk

4/4/09

D1015 will work the Paddington - Westbury & Par Paddington section of the Railway Touring Company railtour 'The Royal Duchy' on Sunday -Details here. The loco is expected to stable at Southall Sunday night before running light to Bristol in readiness to work the 'Great Britain II' tour to Penzance on Tuesday.

Recent photo of 47292 added

3/4/09

56098 has been added to the bill for the Mid Hants Diesel Event on May 29-31. The line up now consists of 33053 37905 56098 73107 and 73201 plus some of the lines shunter fleet.

A website is now on-line for the 'KOYLI Group' who are managing the return to working order of the NRM's 55002, including details on how to donate to the cause - www.55002koyli.com

A flyer for the Railway Children 'Cambrian Mountaineer' railtour to be hauled by 50044 on May 9th is here

Additional photos from the Bodmin & Wenford diesel event added

Recent photo of 33103 added

1/4/09

An agreement has been reached with the N.R.M. for mechanical restoration work to commence on 55002. A working group has been formed to return KOYLI to operational condition paving the way for a possible future return to the mainline. A fundraising effort will start shortly and it is hoped to have the loco running within six months.

Photos of recent restoration work on 31418 at Butterley are here here here here here here here here

Now repainted into BR blue 33103 has left Barrow Hill for its new home at the Swanage Railway. Photos and details are here

Additional photos added to the Mid Norfolk Railway event gallery

Recent photos of 31101 37152 and 37906 added

30/3/09

Former Cotswold Rail engine 47714 has been delivered to the Great Central Railway and was unloaded at Quorn last week. The loco has moved over from the Brush Works after a planned overhaul was cancelled. The well travelled 47 is on an open ended visit to the railway. Photo and details are here

40145 has moved from Barrow Hill to Crewe after completion of contract repairs and maintenance carried out by HNRC. On June 13 the loco will operate the 'East Lancs Crusader' railtour from Rawtenstall to Aberystwyth. Full details on the CFPS website.

The bodywork restoration of 47292 at Ruddington continues. Photos are here and here

Chinnor based 37116 has been undergoing bodywork repairs to replace sections of corroded steel. Photos here here and here

The Heritage Shunters Trust will hold an event entitled 'The Shunter Hunter Extravaganza' on September 26/27 at Peak Rail featuring various shunting engines working. Full details can be downloaded here

Photos of the weekends Diesel Events at Mid Norfolk Railway and Bodmin & Wenford Railway added

Photo and details for 37294 added

Recent photos of D7017 and 37207 added

26/3/09

37294 has left storage in Crewe and has moved to the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway

DBS locos 66144 60059 37425 & 67008 have run from Toton to Dereham today to take part in the MNR Diesel Event this weekend

Following rectification of the small number of electrical problems that precluded its appearance at the recent diesel gala 37418 went out on a return test between Bury and Summerseat on Monday evening. This was a success and it should (subject all the usual caveats etc) be out at the next ELR diesel event. In the meantime, bodywork repairs and a repaint into EWS maroon is continuing and should be complete in the near future. A photo is here

47643 was fired up at Bo'ness at the weekend after 15 months out of traffic for roof and silencer repairs. A photo is here

A timetable and loco roster for this weekends Bodmin & Wenford Railway Diesel Weekend is here. Due to an electrical fault 47306 is unable to take part.

Photos of the Great Central Railway 1960's Weekend are here

Recent photos of 20087 and 40135 added

23/3/09

D9524 made its first runs under its own power at the Elsecar Railway completing a trip of the line with no problems. Does anyone know when it last ran under its own power ?

A new website is under development depicting the operations of Healey Mills Yard and depot ion the 1970's and 1980's. Details here

Additional photos added to the ELR Nightrider gallery

Recent photos of 31289 40013 50026 & 50026 added

Archive photos of 56097 56097 56097 & 56097 added

20/3/09

33208 suffered a traction motor fire whilst working at the Mid Hants Steam Gala last Saturday. A photo is on this page

The Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway will be holding their Spring Diesel Event on April 4 & 5. Locos working will be D8137, 24081, 31162, 37215, 37324 and 47105. A timetable and loco roster is here

Recent photos of 31271 31271 31438 33208 45108 45133 47540 and D1023

16/3/09

The electrical systems on 50026 were tested over the weekend with all lights working ok and the Fuel Priming Pump was run generating the first noise to be heard from the loco in over 18 years. The coolant system will be pressure tested this week for a start up, hopefully, by the end of the month

Photos from the ELR Nightrider Event are here

Photo and details for 37421 added

12/3/09

37418 has completed its move to the East Lancs Railway and is expected to take part in this weekends ELR Nightrider event

37421 has been transferred south from Motherwell and has been taken to Allelys Yard in Studley for further storage.

The Heritage Shunters Trust (HST) are seeking a replacement Paxman Ventura 6YJXL engine for pioneer class 14, D9500. The loco has an engine in situ but it has been in a stripped condition for over twenty years and it has been found that some parts are missing and some of the existing components are no longer in a useable condition. HST are appealing to anyone who knows of a Paxman Ventura 6YJXL engine available so D9500 can be made operational again. The HST can be contacted via email at h.pashley@btopenworld.com or by calling 0777 2501 574. The Trust is negotiable on any value placed on engines that are offered to us.

Recent photos od D9521 20189 27066 31466 and 37003 added

9/3/09

26038 is being made available for sale. The Canton based loco has been undergoing restoration for the last few years and has received an overhaul of the power unit, bodywork & electrical gear. Full details on the sale are here

D9524 has made its first moves under its own power at the Elsecar Railway. Work has been concentrating on free-ing off the selector shaft on the forward/reverse gearbox. The loco moved a few feet in either direction but it is hoped for the loco to make a trip out on the line in the coming weeks.

Photos from the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event are here
Additional photos added to the Dean Forest gallery

Archive photos of 27007 & 27007

8/3/09

37175's blue debut on 14th March 2009 is now cancelled due to essential power unit work required before the loco is started up again and which is not possible to carry out in the short timeframe. It is hoped to run something later in the year.

The Class 15 Preservation Society are auctioning the chance to have a cab ride on D8233's first passenger train in preservation. All monies raised will go towards the C15PS Generator Appeal. Details on how to bid are here

Photos of 73136 working at the Bluebell Railway are here
Photos of the Dean Forest Diesel Day are here

Recent photos of 20227 27056 45149 and 47524 added

3/3/09

56086 arrived at Shackerstone today from its short stay at Allelys Yard in Studley. The loco will be attended to after a bogie swap and turbo repairs on 56098 have been completed.

50044 is expected to be the motive power for the 'Cambrian Mountaineer' Railtour from Swindon to Aberystwyth on May 9th which is running in aid of the Railway Children charity. A Network Rail class 37 will also be involved. More details from Spitfire Tours who are acting as booking agents.

A timetable and loco roster for the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event is here

Work has begun on the overhaul of 25313 at Llangollen. Photos here here here and here

Photos from the weekends diesel event at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway are here

Recent photos of 37023 37037 and 45108 added along with an archive view of 27007

1/3/09

The DEPG's D7017 was started on Saturday after completion of an engine rebuild. The Hymek has been out of traffic since late 2006 and will now undertake a number of test runs before re-entering traffic. Photos here and here

Photos of the 'Two Counties' Class 47 Event at the Mid Norfolk Railway yesterday are here

A recent photo of 47773 is here

28/2/09

56011 has been purchased from HNRC. The loco will surrender its bogies to 56098 along with other components before being sold on to CF Booth for scrap. 56086 is expected to join 56098 at Shackerstone in the next few days.

The Kent & East Sussex Railway will hold a mixed traffic event on May 2-4 with Class 33, 33052 in action plus D2023 and the 77 year old BTH diesel, No. 40. More details are here

Recent photos of 37003 47540 50019 and 73210 added

25/2/09

The NRM's 'Royal' class 47 underwent a mainline test run today for West Coast. The loco worked light from Carnforth to Crewe and back. A photo is here

31255 is back up and running at the Colne Valley Railway after a year out of use for generator work and will return to service on April 5th working all train on the line.

47701 has left Toddington and has been transported by road to the Dartmoor Railway at Meldon Quarry. A photo is here

37003 has arrived at its new home on the Mid Norfolk Railway after transferring south from the NRM at Shildon.

14029 (D9529) has replaced D9504 at Bardon Hill Quarry. A photo is here

56086 has moved to Allelys Yard in Studley for further storage. A photo is here

Recent photos of D9504 20169 and 56101 added along with an archive photo of 25244

22/2/09

37003 is expected to make its delayed move from Shildon to the Mid Norfolk Railway next Tuesday. The move will be made by road.

The EE 12CSVT engine has been lifted from the Baby Deltic Projects' 37372 and the loco is being prepared for fitting of the T9-29 engine. Photos and details are here

56101 has moved from Immingham to Barrow Hill for restoration. Photos are here here and here

The unique gangwayed ‘Thumper' No. 205205 is being put up for sale again by the NYMR following the withdrawal of the successful bidder due to the banking crisis. The sale includes a spare pair of bogies. The DEMU is in working order apart from the fan drive clutch assembly. Interested purchasers should contact Bryan Draper, Trust Secretary, to arrange an inspection at Grosmont shed. Tel. 01482 868630.

A timetable for the Two Counties in Norfolk (47580 & 47596 running day) on 28th Feb is here

D1062 and D9520 will be the visiting engines for the West Somerset Railway Mixed Traffic Event on June 12-14. More details are here

Recent photos 31418 33111 37023 47524 47701 50026 50035 D1010 & 73104 added

17/2/09

The Baby Deltic Project have acquired Class 37 37372 from HNRC with the intention of installing the sole remaining 'Baby Deltic' T9-29 engine into the locomotive. The group restored the unit to working order last year and initially the engine is to be fitted to the 37 to allow full running in and testing. More details are here

Unique Class 14 D9524 was successfully started last Saturday and run for several minutes. Footage of the start up is here. All being well it is intended to have the loco operational for the Elsecar Heritage Railway Diesel Day on 31st August.

33202 left Gloucester last Friday and was transported to its new home at the Mangapps Railway Museum

50033 has returned to Tyseley Locomotive Works after a period of storage at the London Midland Depot next door. The loco had been there since its appearance at the open day last June. The 50 will be stored along with 50017 pending a decision on its future.

An updated version of the Dean Forest Railway Diesel Event on March 7th is here

The Bodmin & Wenford Railway's spring gala takes place over the weekend of March 28 and 29. Home fleet locos 37142, 47306 and 50042 are expected to take part. On Saturday evening there will be a 'beer-ex' with a difference; An evening service departing Bodmin General around 1800 will incorporate a visit to the Borough Arms public house, a short walk from Boscarne along the old southern region trackbed towards Wenfordbridge. Time will be allowed for passengers to induldge in food and local ales before returning to Boscarne for a trip back to Bodmin General via Bodmin Parkway. This train is expected to be hauled by 37142.

A recent photo of 20189 added along with an archive view of 25244

14/2/09

The Llangollen Diesel Group have announced that they will retain Peak 46010 as part of their diesel fleet and it  will remain at the Llangollen Railway for the time being to receive the necessary repairs in order for her to return to traffic. The LDG are currently concentrating their efforts on 25313 which is undergoing mechanical repairs and will receive a long overdue bodywork overhaul. A photo is here. The railway will be holding a number of operating days in 2009 with 37240 and 47449 featuring four round trips of the line. More details on the PresGen website

The Caledonian Railway will be holding a three day diesel event on May 2-4 featuring 26001, 26014 and the return of 37097 after engine repairs. More details are here

37175 will be making its debut in BR Blue at a private event on March 14th with two return trips between Bo'ness and Birkhill. It has been decided to offer a limited number of tickets for these trains to the general public with proceeds going towards the continuing restoration of 37175. Tickets will be priced at £10 for the two trips ( no concessions) and must be booked in advance by contacting imagingexcellenceATyahoo.co. uk

A timetable and loco roster for the Dean Forest Railway Diesel day on March 7th is here

37254 has received its 'Driver Robin Prince MBE' nameplates. A photo is here

Photos of the bodywork restoration being undertaken on 37023 are here here and here

Recent photos of 20166 47596 and 56040 added

A new website is being developed to assist preservation groups and loco owners undertaking internal and external repaints.  The aim of the website is to specify the appropriate paints, codes and suppliers for the various liveries carried on preserved diesels.  Additionally it is also hoped to include details of the various vinyls also required to complete the repaints.  If anyone has any livery diagrams, paint specifications, photos or details of what they have used for repaints that can be used for the website, please can they contact philATpreserved-diesels.co.uk

10/2/09

The East Lancs Railway 'Nightrider' event will see 33109 and 47402 working the night services with a full selection of ELR power working other trains during the two day event. Timetables are here and here

A selection of mainline traction has been added to the Nene Valley Railway Diesel Event on March 7 & 8 with DRS supplying a class 37, DB Schenker a class 60 and GBRf a class 66. The full line up is now D9516 or D9523, D9520, 27056, 31271, DRS 37, 37518, 40106, 47270, DB Schenker 60, GBRf 66. Full details are here

D9504 has returned to the Nene Valley Railway after a loan spell in industry at Bardon Hill Quarry.

Recent photos of 31271 37175 and 56311 added
Archive photos of 20048 20098 40012 40106 45133 45149 D1013 D1013 D1062 55015 & 55015 added

8/2/09

33202 which was recently sold by Cotswold Rail is reportedly to move to the Mangapps Farm Railway. The loco is currently stored at Gloucester.

The Vale of Glamorgan Railway which is the operating society that formerly ran the Barry Island Railway has negotiated a new home on the Garw Valley Railway at Pontycymmer near Bridgend. Both the VGR and the Garw Valley Railway will now work together to establish a working railway along the five miles of the line which closed to passengers in 1953 and to freight traffic in 1997.

Recent photos of 20001 27056 40118 & 47306 added

2/2/09

56086 will leave Immingham by road for transportation to its new home in the coming days. It is intended to have the loco operational to allow it to take part in the lines diesel event during April. A photo and details for the loco are here

50019 was restarted at Dereham over the weekend. The loco was taken out of traffic two years ago for cooler group repairs. All being well the loco will take part in the MNR Diesel Event on March 27-29.

47701 is to move from Toddington to the Dartmoor Railway for use on the soon to be re-activated railway. The loco was at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway for a short term visit. A photo is here

37254 will operate a public charter entitled the 'Stag & Syphon' on July 13th. More details and how to book are here

Recent photos of 20154 33116 45149 and 47292 added

 

1/2/09

31452 has left the Weardale Railway and has returned to Derby after its use on the lines Santa Trains. The railway is also expecting another class 73 to act as a spares loco, probably former Meldon demic 73103 which is currently in Allelys Yard in Studley.

Recent photos of 31530 33053 and 47716 added

30/1/09

Further details are now available on the Stratford Class 47 Event at the Mid Norfolk Railway featuring 47580 and 47596 on February 28th. Details here

A recent photo of 25067 added

29/1/09

25067 has finally left the Weardale Railway and was delivered to the Battlefield Line yesterday. Also leaving Wolsingham is ED 73134 which has moved to Barrow Hill swapping places with 73104 which has arrived at the Weardale from storage in Allelys Yard, Studley.

The Bluebell Railway will operate their first ever diesel hauled public passenger train on March 7th when a special train hauled by 73136 will operate to raise funds for the continuing extension work to East Grinstead. Full details are on the Bluebell Railway website

Recent photos of 20098 31210 37175 37413 45108 45125 and 47292 added

27/1/08

PresGen :- A new website has been launched to help promote the workings of diesel locos at preserved railways as well as railtours worked by preserved locos. The new site will replace the events diary on this website.

23/1/09

56086 has been purchased for preservation and will move to a new home in February. The loco was purchased by scrap merchant CF Booth from the recent EWS tender list who have subsequently resold it. The loco is stored at Immingham and is expected to be made operational in a short period of time.

Recently purchased 56101 is to move to Barrow Hill for restoration to working order. The loco currently resides at Immingham.

A recent photo of 33012 is here

21/1/09

The Class 15 Preservation Society have launched an appeal to raise £20,000 to fund repairs to D8233's generator set which having been removed from the locomotive and sent for assesment has been found to require extensive repair work before it can be re-united with the engine. More details and information on how to donate are here

The overhaul of 33012 at Eastleigh began last Sunday with components disconnected and removed in readiness for the loco to be lifted from its bogies later this week. A photo is here and more detailed information is on the 71A website

20/1/09

D9521 and 20137 both left the closed Barry Island Railway over the weekend. The 14 has moved to the Dean Forest Railway at Lydney, a photo is here, whilst 20137 has returned to Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway after a spell at Barry. Visiting class 24 D5054 left Toddington on the same trailer and is returning to the East Lancs Railway - a photo is here

47716 has left the Dartmoor Railway and is understood to be making its way to Barrow Hill. The 47 left Meldon on the 14th along with a demic 31415 behind Advenzas 47375. Both locos were recessed at Gloucester.

Spa Valley based 37254 is to be named "Driver Robin Prince M.B.E" in recognition of a lifelong railway worker and friend of the 37254 group who sadly died at the weekend. More details are on the 37254 Fund website

The Mid Norfolk Railway are to hold two diesel events in the coming months, the first is a class 47 day on February 28th featuring former SF locos 47580 & 47596 working five trips of the line in top & tail formation. A three day event from 27-29 March is being supported by DB Schenker (formerly EWS) who will supply classes 37, 60, 66 & 67 to work alongside the home fleet of 20069, 31235, 31438, 50019 and 73210. The event also being notable for the launch into service of 56040. Full details on both events are here

Severn Valley Railway based 37906 is available for driver experience courses for the first time this year. Details are here

73138 is being made avalailable for sale. The loco is currently at Long Marston and is in working order. Interested parties should contact 73138@electric-traction.co.uk

Recent photos of 33012 D1015 and 73136 added

14/1/09

33012 has arrived at Eastleigh Works with haulage from Norden provided by GBRf's 73205. A photo is here

73136 has arrived at the Bluebell Railway for its loan period.

The Mid Hants Railway are holding a diesel event on May 29-31 and will feature visiting locos 73107, 73201 and 37905 which will work alongside 33053 and 33208.

Photos of work on 45149 at Toddington are here here and here

Photos of the recent Wensleydale Railway class 47 operating day are here

Recent photos of 24054 25322 27056 33116 37075 47292 and D1015 added

13/1/09

33103 is to move to the Swanage Railway for a loan period as cover for 33012 which is to move to Eastleigh Works for overhaul. 33103 is currently stored at Barrow Hill and will transfer south by road.

73136 has left Stewarts Lane by road heading for the Bluebell Railway whilst 73117 has departed the Dartmoor Railway and is now located at Barrow Hill.

Photos of the recent events at the Great Central & East Lancs added

Recent photos of 31271 and 31271 added

8/1/09

37314 is unable to take part in this weekends GCR 'Steam Heat' Event so its place will be taken by 45125. An updated TT is here

Photos of last Saturdays 40145 railtour are here

Recent photos of 33110 37025 37175 37403 37413 73110 added plus an archive photo of 47001

7/1/09

73119 is on its way to Eastleigh Works for use with Knights Rail Services. The loco which has spent several months stored in Heanors Yard, Langley Mill has been purchased by the company.

Also on its way to Eastleigh Works is the 71A's 33012 which is due to move by rail next week for further overhaul work.

40145 will move to Barrow Hill for various maintenance repair work to be carried out under contract by HNRC. The work is expected to take six to eight weeks to complete.

Restoration work on the unique D9524 (14901) is progressing with the loco almost ready for a test start up. Photos of recent work are here and here

Photo and details for 56101 added. A new home for the loco is being finalised and will be announced next week.

Recent photos of 20169 25057 25322 27056 31289 31410 31452 33012 37075 & 37190 added

2/1/09

73136 will be the first mainline diesel loco to work on the Bluebell Railway when it begins a two month contract on the line hauling spoil trains in connection with the railways East Grinstead extension. The ED is expected to move the railway later this month and it is not planned to work any passenger trains during its time based at the line.

Photos added to the 45149 restoration gallery

Additional photo of D9513 31438 and 33109 added

1/1/09

A timetable with loco roster for the Bo'ness class 37 day on Saturday is here. The event features 37025, 37175 and DRS's 37611.

 

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