News – 08/06/12

News – 08/06/12

The Return of 50 017  “Royal Oak”

A reminder that 50 017 “Royal Oak” will be out in action on the Plym Valley Railway tomorrow from 1300 hrs.

50 017 will be hauling the Plym Valley’s three beautifully restored chocolate and cream Mk2 coaches, two of which retain their original NSE upholstery, as well as classic Eddie Pond artwork.

The Plym Valley Railway will be offering buffet facilities with food and drink on the platform at Marsh Mills. There will also be a raffle with an appropriate prize, and even some rather interesting commemorative NSE themed items on sale!

Full details can be found on the loco’s website here


Phil Seymour’s photo of 50 017 in its former guise April 2010 – the transformation is Superb…..

Severn Valley Diesels

Bill Pizer’s Photo Round up of recent SVR Diesel Workings:

D821 awaits departure from Kidderminster with the 09.55 to Bridgnorth, D821 is pegged away from Highley with the 11.55 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster, D821 heads for Hampton Loade with the 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth, D821 arrives at Arley in a downpour with the 15.40 Bridgnorth-Kidderminster 05/06/12

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Different fates await D7029 and 20 177….

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WSR Diesel Roster Update

For those who enjoy their vintage diesel haulage the planned passenger diagrams for the Diesel and Electric Preservation Group fleet over the next couple of months are as follows:-

On the 11.40 diagram from Bishops Lydeard:

Friday July 13th:           D7017                                       Saturday July 14th:      D1010

Friday July 20th:          D6575                                        Saturday July 21st:     D6575

Friday July 27th:           D1661                                       Saturday  July 28th:    D832

Friday August 3rd:        D7017                                       Saturday August 4th:    D7017

Friday August 10th:     D1661                                        Saturday August 11th:  D1010

Friday August 17th:     D6575                                        Saturday August 18th:  D6575

Friday August 24th:     D1010                                        Saturday August 25th:  D1010

Friday August 31st:     D1661

The 11.40 diagram gives up to 80 miles of haulage (two round trips) for the price of a Day Rover ticket, cheaper if purchased from the WSR Company website at

For the Late Summer Weekend it’s “Maybach Music” time to mark various Golden Jubilee dates for the diesel hydraulic locos of the former Western Region of British Railways and D832, D1010 and D7017 will be working the diesel diagrams during the two days September 1st and 2nd. This event traditionally alternates steam and diesel haulage through the day and standard fares apply.

And for the “Crompton” fan who also likes food there will be five Class 33 hauled “Quantock Belle” Wednesday lunchtime dining trains this year and according to the DEPG website the planned haulage will be by D6575. Operational dates are scheduled to be Wednesdays 18th July, 1st and 15th August and 5th and 19th September. Passengers will be able to enjoy a three course meal on the way to Minehead and there is an option of a cream tea on the way home. Cost is £26 or £30 with the cream tea which seems very reasonable indeed. Bookings can be made via 01823 433856 or on the website here

Preserved Diesels