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9016 hauled the Pathfinder tour yesterday but due to an ETH
fault a 47 was added to the rear of the train to provide train supply for the
Two photos of 45135 on the ELR diesel diagram last weekend are
A big thanks go to everyone who have sent
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Both Deltic outings ran successfully yesterday; A photo of 9016
is here and photos of D9009 can
be found on the DPS website
What does the future hold for these two
BRCW locos? 27007 has been laid up a
number of years with electrical problems and is notable in being the only
vacuum only 27 still in existence and 33109 was taken out of service in 2001
with shifted tyres. Both locos are owned by the Mid Hants Railway.
The restoration agreement between the Class 40 Appeal and the
owner of 40013 'Andania' has come to an end and the loco is to be moved from
the Midland Railway Centre to Barrow Hill for restoration to continue. Little
work has taken place since a big setback in November last year when the power
unit suffered a broken con-rod when started for the first time in many years.
Photos of a very well supported event at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire
yesterday are here
Fragonset have acquired 33019 to add to their growing class 33
fleet. The loco is currently in the care of the SRPS at Bo'ness who returned
the Crompton to working order in May after a lengthy period out of use. The
loco was purchased from EWS by Harry Needle.
Times for the various festive Deltic outings can be found in the news section
A photo of The Cornubian railtour on Saturday is
37215 has been taken out of service at Toddington to enable the
replacement of the engine mounts and it is expected that the loco will return
to service in the spring. A revised timetable for the upcoming GWR Christmas
Diesel Day on the 27th is here
Photo and details of
31163 arrived this morning at Chinnor having been moved by road
from Derby. It was hoped to put the loco straight into service but further
work is required before the loco can enter traffic probably early next month.
The Llangollen railway will be holding two diesel galas for 2003;
The weekend of 29 & 30 March will see the first runs of 37240 as well the
return of 20142 from the CTRL work and the October gala will be a three day
event from Friday 10th to Sunday 12th. It is hoped to have visiting traction
to compliment the home fleet.
The DPS have announced details of three tours for 2003;
Manchester to Oban on 12 April, Newcastle to Kings Cross on 7 June and Ealing
to Penzance on 6th September. More details will be posted to the DPS
website in due course.
The Trainspotters Ball IV at the Mid-Hants next May is hoped to feature
visiting preserved locos 33201 31271 40135 & 46035 along with a selection of
EWS and Freightliner motive power with 31110 being the only confirmed
'mainline' loco. The 46 and a loco to be confirmed will be the power for the
A photo of the progress on D1062 is
here. The loco is undergoing, amongst other things, a complete re-wire and
it is hoped to have the engines running in time for her 40th birthday next
Times for the 9016 railtour tomorrow can be found in the 'news'
Times for next weekends class 50 tour to Newquay as posted to Railgen are
31530has arrived at Dereham, Mid Norfolk Railway, and work
will begin on restoration once 31438 is fully serviceable.
An additional photo of D1015 from Saturday is
here and a further gallery can be
Two more photos of 9016's mini railtour last
week are here and
Additional photo of
50049 added along with three of
End of the
Linereports that 31530 has been sold privately and is destined for the
Mid Norfolk Railway, although confirmation is still required of the locos
arrival at Dereham.
50049 hauled a stored class 31 from Ipswich WRD to Old Oak Common on Friday.
Two photos of D1015 today are here and
Photos and details for
Two photos of 9016 today are
31289 has completed some test runs on the
NLR after having been successfully started a few weeks ago.
9016 has now safely arrived at Alton after a 3 hour plus late
start from Hornsey following problems with the loco which were solved just in
time as a Fragonset 31 was about to deputise! The loco will now spend the
night at Alton and will work the mini-tour to Liverpool Street and back tomorrow.
The Deltic is expected to return to Hornsey on Friday.
9016 is due to move from Hornsey to the Mid Hants Railway
tomorrow to work the diesel leg of a Steam Dreams mini railtour from Alton to
Liverpool Street and return. Times are here and more details
on the tour itself are
D345 today returned to Bury hauling two class 37's. More photos
of yesterdays successful railtour are
hereand another set can be
found on the North Wales Coast Railway
some more here
The West Somerset Railways class 14 D9526
undertook three test runs yesterday running from Williton to Washford with the
Class 33 as a dead load. The run went very well with the only problem being a
small oil leak. A photo is here
Some photos of D345 today are
D345 ran light from Bury to Crewe today in readiness for tomorrows tour to
Holyhead and will return to Bury on Sunday.
A photo of 50049 en-route to Ipswich is
50049 will today run light diesel from OOC to Ipswich WRD and will be used to
test the brakes of the locos that are stored there prior to their re-location.
The 50 is expected to stay in the area for a week or two. Some times as posted
to Rail-Gen are; OOC
1157-1159, Colchester 1315,
Ipswich WRD 13.38.
45112 was back in action on the 25th. It ran light from Derby
to Toton and then hauled a steam loco to East Leake on the GCR(N) before
returning light to Derby.
Satisfactory tests have been carried out on the repaired bridge at the East
Lancs and the railway will resume normal operations this Saturday - a week
earlier than expected.
A full set of times for Saturdays Class 40 railtour are on the North Wales
website and a posting to
that tomorrows light engine move for D345 has been retimed to a 0915 departure
and will run two hours early throughout.
Photos and details for
33018 left Crewe Heritage Centre yesterday and is now
en-route by road to the Midland Railway Centre for much needed bodywork
The Class Forty Preservation Society have announced a date for D345 next year,
a railtour will run Crewe - York - Newcastle - York - Crewe on 5th April. More
details are here
D345 is allocated to run light engine from Bury to Crewe on Friday to be
in position for Saturdays railtour - a few times are;
Castleton Jcn 1112, Weaver Jcn 1222-1225, Crewe DRS 1302-1312, Crewe HS 1314.
The overhaul of D7018 continues with more stripping having
taken place. The loco is due to have the dynostarter removed next weekend and
a photo of the locos engine room is here.
D9526 will also be having its first test run next Saturday - hauling 6566 to
Blue Anchor and back.
37901 has been moved by road from Cardiff to the MOD base at Ashchurch
Good news from the East Lancs is that the bridge repairs are virtually
complete and that the railway will resume running services to Rawtenstall on
A few photos from the Swanage Diesel Day are
The restoration of Metrovick Co-Bo D5705 has taken a major step
forward in recent months with the acquisition of a
spare Crossley engine believed to have been sourced from Canada! This will
help provide parts for the overhaul of the locos
own power unit at Bury. Much electrical and bodywork renewal has already
taken place during the locos time at Peak Rail but it is not expected to have
the loco operational for some time yet.
A photo of 31018's new look is here
47376 has been purchased by the
Brush Type 4 Fund
but requires a replacement power unit. Negotiations are in hand to have the
loco based at the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway along with 47105 -
also owned by the group.
47367 is now owned by the
Group the group having achieved its aim of preserving a former SF based
engine. It is understood that 47206 is now owned by Ian Riley so may not be
covered by this website.
9016 today ran south from York to Hornsey - a photo is
here - the loco's next working is the
Steam Dreams mini
railtour from Alton to Liverpool Street on December 5.
End of the Line
reports three former Freightliner class 47's have been secured for
'preservation'. The locos quoted are
47367 and 47376, the latter currently stored at Southampton
with the other two laid up at Crewe.
26040 has been moved
from Methil Power Station, where it has been stored since 1994, to a private
(non-rail) location in Methil and restoration of the locomotive has now begun.
More details can be found on the owners
Times for 9016's run south tomorrow are
9016 has today run light from Hornsey to York to take part in
an exhibition at the NRM. The loco will return south on Friday.
The Great Central Railway has cleared its overdraft with the bank. Public
donations and the sale of two coaches helped to reach the required amount.
The Swanage Railway diesel day this Sunday will feature 33012 and the lines
DMU with the 08 making an appearance late in the day. A timetable is
Privately owned 31421, which has been stored at Crewe for a
number of years, is to move to the MRC for restoration by the A1A group. As
part of the work the loco will be fitted with another power unit and 31421's
current unit will, in turn, be overhauled and installed in 31418.
More 31 news is that the NRM's D5500, which is currently undergoing major
bodywork repairs, is to emerge in BR blue and numbered as 31018 and when
completed the loco will be exhibited as part of the main collection.
40135 has been requested to attend next years Mid Hants gala with, amongst
others, 31271 and 46035 and it is understood that the mini railtour will be
one to suit Sulzer fans.....
Provisional times for the D345 railtour on 30/11 are
Photo and details of 37901
55019 and D9009 were hired on Sunday night and saw use for high
speed testing of the line between Banbury and Oxford. 55019 did the work with
D9009 on standby. Further details are on the DPS
45108 has changed hands - the long stored Peak has been bought
by Pete Waterman
A few photos of the EE weekend at the East Lancs are
to attend a Porterbrook sponsored event at the NRM York on November 21.
Details are here
and steam heat boiler will be working the 1115, 1230, 1400 and 1510 departures
from Butterley and will then share shuttle duties with 25321 in connection
with a firework display at the MRC
Photos of 47402's engine lift and continuing work on the damaged bridge on the
ELR can be found on BR Diesel Web
and details of 37904 added. The
loco has today completed its protracted road shipment from Cardiff to
Carnforth. 37165 is also en-route today to Carnforth from Toton by road and it
is understood that 37901 has also been purchased privately although the future
of all three of these 37's is as yet unknown...
East Lancs 'English Electric' theme day this Saturday will use the following
locos D8087, D5600, 40135, D345 and 50015 and because of confusion over the
date the railway will again use some of these locos on the Sunday along with
one steam diagram.
Timetable for the Gloucestershire and Warwickshires Xmas running day is
9016 ran light from
Kidderminster to Hornsey on Thursday - a photo is
A few more photos of D345's test run last week are
D9000 is to have an an
engine lift to enable repairs to one of its main generators and in the
meantime all of its planned workings will be covered by 9016 which is due to
move light engine from Kidderminster to Hornsey tomorrow. More details are on
25035 has been moved by road from the Northampton & Lamport Railway to the
Great Central Railway this is for bodywork repairs to take place at Rothley.
Additional photos of the Western Pilgrim railtour are
D345 completed two
successful from Crewe to Carnforth and back yesterday, photos are
It seems very likely that 73140 and 09004 currently preserved at the
Lavender Line are to be offered for sale at the end of the year when the
current operating agreement between the railway and the loco owners expires.
73140 has only just been returned to operational status and could well find
47105 is once again deputising for the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire
Railway's DMU on account of its steam heat boiler. It will work the
1045, 1215, 1415 & 1545 departures from Toddington on all Sundays during
November - with one exception; the 1415 run on November 10 will be hauled by
37324 as the Growler Groups AGM is being held that day.
Details and a photo of 33116 added
as well as additional photos of
A late alteration to
D345's test run is that the Crewe-Rugby-Crewe section is now a Crewe-Carnforth-Crewe
run. 1Z43 departed Crewe with at 0923 with load 8 and 37038 on the back.
A short video clip of
D1015 arriving and departing Swindon yesterday can be found in 'UK Mainline'
section of the
Maybach Traction World website
A reminder that D345's test run is tomorrow and is currently still to happen
despite the recent bad weather. Times are here
Additional photos of 33117
A photo of D1015 at the head of 1A77 is
More photos of the Western Pilgrim railtour are
here. D1015 was detached on the return run at Bristol and was in the
process of making its way light engine to Old Oak when she was called upon to
assist a First Great Western service that had failed west of Wootton Bassett
Junction. For the record D1015 assisted 1A77 (1710 Bristol TM - Paddington)
formed of a HST from Dauntsey to Swindon where the train was terminated.
Additional photos of 50027 and
Two photos of Western Champion en-route to Plymouth today are
here and here
45015 has finally left
Toton, the peak was unloaded last night at Shackerstone on the Battlefield
Railway. More details are here
Times for the Western Railtour on Saturday are here
37075 has moved to the
Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre at Ruddington.
Additional photos of 20059
20177 and D7017 added
The evening event at
the Great Central on November 1st will now feature 45125 and 47117 top &
tailing three trips on the line. Details are
31289 has had its power unit successfully started at Pitsford and further
work will now take place to get the loco operational for the Christmas running
season on the NLR.
There does appear to be substance to recent press stories of 50008's proposed
departure to Peru, a move that can only end in tears or rust maybe! Lets hope
the current owners see sense and keep the loco in the UK.
A new web group has been launched all in the name of a bit of banter for old
times sake - take a look
37075 has been sold to
another preservation group and will leave the Great Central Railway on
Tuesday. All debts owed to the railway have been paid but at present it is
unclear where the locos new base will be.....
Photos from today at the GWR are here
Additional photos of 24061
D345 today ran under
its own power from the East Lancs Railway at Heywood to Crewe in readiness for
its loaded test run on the 28th. A photo is
73002 has been moved
from Kirkdale to Lydney on the Dean Forest Railway.
Two recent photos of 33111 are here
and here. The loco was repainted
for the recent BR Blue gala at Barrow Hill but much work remains to be done on
the loco. It is intended to return two overhauled traction motors to the loco
next month and once this work is complete the group hope to crane the power
unit back in early next year.
More detailed timings for D345's test run on the 28th are
Two galas to choose from this weekend; The
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire have three days of diesel running starting
tomorrow (Friday) and a timetable and loco roster is
here. The Great Central Autumn
gala weekend is a mix of steam and diesel - a loco timetable is
here, plus steam loco problems at the
East Lancs make this weekend all diesel here as well! Details are
Additional photo of 20096 added
46010 was re-railed
successfully yesterday afternoon and an inspection at Llangollen loco shed
revealed only minor damage which has been repaired and the loco is now
The Diesel Gala planned for the 3rd November at the
Colne Valley Railway has been cancelled because repairs to 31270 will not
be completed in time.
Times for D345's run from Bury to Crewe on Friday (taken from
0Z40 Bury - Crewe
CS. Heywood 1010, Man Vic 1025, Astley 1037, Warrington BQ 1054. (D345 +
subject to that being without problems a loaded run will take place on the
28th. Some times for this are here
Additional photos of 45060
55019 and 55022 added
56023 and the remains
of 56080 have both been moved to the secure MOD site at Ashchurch,
Gloucestershire, from Toton and Wigan respectively. Both locomotives are
privately owned and it is understood that 56080 will be donating remaining
components to return 56023 to working order.
The Peak Loco Company's 46, 46045 has had its steam generator re-instated and
made its first runs heating coaches yesterday. The loco is now suitable for
winter diagramming at the Midland Railway Centre.
Additional photos of 47449 are here
A photo of a derailed 46010 is
here. The Peak was being moved to Llangollen depot at the end of
operations on Saturday night as part of a two loco movement with 47449, which
was leading. At this stage it is thought a track defect caused the derailment
but further investigations are required.
There was a derailment during shunting last night at Llangollen Goods
Junction and 46010 is currently off the road. The Diesel gala is cancelled for
today. Further details are on the Llangollen Railway
A few photos of Saturday at the railway are
Additional photo of 50017
50049 today worked
light engine from Kidderminster to Old Oak
The Peak Locomotive Company have arranged a brake van trip/photo charter using
44004 at the GCR(N) for Saturday 26th October. There will be at least one
approx two hour trip - more if demand requires. Further details and contact
info is here
Class 40 Preservation Society have announced the dates for D345's main
line test run in preparation for next months railtour;
18th October - light engine from Castleton to Crewe (with a 37 in tow)
28th October - loaded run - Crewe-Rugby-Carnforth-Crewe
Timings are not yet available.
Deltic 9016 has returned to the ownership of Deltic 9000 Locomotives Limited.
The engine was in the care of Porterbrook Leasing since the company sponsored
the overhaul of the loco. Full details on the DNLL
55009 and 55019 have returned to Barrow Hill from Kidderminster dropping D1023
off at York on the way.
Two photos of D1010 from last weekend are
here and here
Photos of the initial
inspection following the removal of the power unit from the DEG's Hymek D7018
are here here
here here and
here. The loco has been stored pending repair since 1995 after serious
engine failure approaching Williton whilst working the Quantock Belle dining
service. The stripping and investigation of the unit continues....
Two photos of 20096 and
46035 at Barrow Hill during the gala added. A superb set of shots from a
photo shoot prior to last weekends event can be found
More photos from the SVR gala are
here here and
A photo with news of 27056 is here
Photos of 50029 and
50030 newly arrived at Rowsley, Peak Rail are
55019 has over the last few years carried all the Deltic BR liveries in
the correct order of time. Photo1
31203, currently at the
Brush works in Loughborough, is awaiting a bogie change to correct a slipped
tyre. Once this work is done the loco will move to the Dean Forest Railway.
31163 was moved last week from Carnforth to the Fragonset works at Derby for
repairs to frost damage and a B exam, once this is completed the loco will be
moved by road to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.
Photos and details for 73001
73005 & 73006 added
Additional photos of D9539 and
The power unit of D7018
was lifted out of the loco yesterday and is now being stripped for overhaul
and repairs. The Hymek has been out of service for several years following
serious engine failure. A photo of the unit is here
50029 was moved on Thursday from Blaenavon to Peak Rail. Cosmetic restoration
will begin on both 50's immediately with work to return 50030 to working order
following shortly after.
50042 will be operating ALL service on the
Bodmin & Wenford Railway on 26th October.
Photos of yesterday at the SVR are
Photo and details of 50026 added
Two photos of 31538 at work on the Mid Norfolk Railway are
here and here
A few dates for D1015
next year have been confirmed;
15/3/03 - A Pathfinder track basher going Crewe-Bristol-Westbury-Merehead-Westbury-Yeovil
Jnc-Exeter-Meldon-Exeter-Bristol-Crewe. D1015 will work the Bristol to Bristol
7/6/03 - Past Time Rail - London to Penzance and back
27/7/03 - Past Time Rail - London to Poole. Also using steam loco 34027 and
25/8/03 - Pathfinder - London to Newquay & Falmouth branches and return.
Other dates are in the pipeline with some outings using D1015 to work the
diesel sections on steam tours.
Also of note is that as of 1st Jan 2003 all trains using the section of track
between Ladbroke Grove and Paddington station will have to be TPWS fitted, so
until D1015 is fitted with this equipment any tour originating in London using
the loco will probably start from Ealing Broadway or Reading.
73006 (73906) has been moved to the Dean Forest Railway from Birkenhead and
73005 is en-route today
50049 has today hauled
37175 to the Severn Valley Railway and both locos are taking part in this
weeks diesel gala along with 55016 which arrived there on Monday morning.
50030 has been noted on a lowloader on the M40 whilst moving from Blaenavon to
Additional photos of D9537
Details and loco
diagrams for next months diesel gala at the Llangollen Railway are here
Photos from the Midland Railway Centre are here
Photos and details of 20007
added as well as an additional photo of 25322
55002 has moved to the
Wabtec works at Doncaster.
73001 (73901) has been noted on the move from Merseyside heading for Lydney at
the Dean Forest Railway
Photos from last weekends Bodmin & Wenford Gala can be found on this website
The DPS are running a VSOE excursion over the Settle & Carlisle line to
raise funds for the new shed being built to house the societies locos. Details
Additional photos of D9529 20048
& 55019 added
Preparations are being
made to move 55002 from Brush, Loughborough to Wabtec, Doncaster. This will
enable completion of the loco's overhaul. Full details are on the DNLL website
45015's move from Toton
to Shackerstone was postponed. There are plans for another attempt next week.
Loco diagrams for this
coming weekends Churnet Valley gala are here.
25322 is still under repair and new arrival 20007 will be on display.
Additional photos of D9520 D9531
45060 55002 added as well as two shots
of D821 - here and here
45125 and 25265 will top and tail three trips on the Great Central on Friday
November 1st, although the times have yet to be agreed a similar event was
held last year and started around 18.30. Tickets and beer available on board!
D9000 yesterday ran
light diesel from Wembley to Hornsey.
Photos and details of D9500 D9513
D9518 and D9537
added as well as an additional photo of D9502
Photos from the Great
Central gala are here
A photo of a pair of 50's on the Midland Main Line is here
The times for tomorrows
private charter hauled by two class 50's have changed. The train will now run
to down the ECML to Finsbury Park.
Additional photos of 40135 45135
added plus two of 55016 - here
The Great Central
Railway is in the news at the moment, it would appear that the railway need to
quickly clear a £50K overdraft with their bank following the recent sudden
death of the railways main benefactor David Clarke. £8000 has already been
raised - so expect the collection tins to be prominent this weekend!
The trailer taking 50021 to Tyseley had technical troubles somewhere near
Newcastle and has yet to arrive in Birmingham and may not make it until
Additional photos of 20048
and 40135 added
47117 at the Great
Central Railway has been repaired following its bash earlier in the year and
will be taking part in the diesel gala starting tomorrow, 37075 has not been
repaired in time and will not participate.
Line have a gala this weekend as do the Bodmin & Wenford Railway who
in addition to the resident fleet will have 37670 and 47306 from EWS. Details
of the loco roster are in the 'news' section here
50021 left Bo'ness last
night by road and should be at Tyseley sometime today.
20177 left Toton on Monday and is now at the Somerset & Dorset Loco
Company's base at Yeovil Junction.
Another fine collection of photographs of D1015 working in Cornwall are on
73140 has been returned
to operational condition at the Lavender Line. Final test runs were completed
last weekend, photos and details are here
A couple of photos of
interest are here and here
Details of 31442
added and an additional photo of 31018
D9000 suffered power
unit problems on Friday and was withdrawn from the Past-Time railtour by its
owners. Further details are on the DNLL website
The DEPG's Class 14, D9526 was fired up
and moved under its own power for the first time in
eight years on Saturday. The loco requires vacuum exhausters and a repaint to finish and when complete attention will turn to
It has been confirmed that 20007 is at the Churnet Valley Railway and is in
the care of the diesel group. 31442, currently at the Heritage Centre at Crewe
is to join it at some point.
A selection of photos from the East Lancs gala are here
A photo of D9009 and D1023 leaving Carnforth is here
Additional photos of 25173 44004 D1010
55016 and 55022
failed during its run south yesterday. It is understood the loco is currently
at Doncaster Carr. An EWS loco will work todays Past Time rail tour.
55009 is on its way
from Carforth to Kidderminster and is hauling D1023. Both will take part in the
SVR's diesel gala.
D9000 is also working south hauling a EWS mail service as far as Doncaster and
the loco will itself be hauled to London in readiness for tomorrows Past Time tour.
Photos of last weekends gala at Bo'ness are here
50021 is due to leave
the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway at the end of next week. The loco is
understood to be moving to Tyseley and is in need of repair and re-fitting of
the ETH/auxillary generator.
A selection of photos of D1015 working in Cornwall last month are here
55019 has moved to the Severn Valley Railway and will work and additional
service from Kidderminster to Bridgnorth and back this Saturday.
Photos and details of 20197
Additional photos of D8233 25262
55009 added plus two of 40145 here and here
There are reports that
20007 is now at the Churnet Valley Railway. Can anyone confirm this and that
31442, currently at The Railway Age - Crewe, is to join it at Cheddleton.
End of the Line has
a report that the former Merseyrail class 73's have been purchased for
preservation and are headed for the Dean Forest Railway. Locos are 73001/2/5/6
and some of these will almost certainly be for spares only.
31327 has been returned to operation condition by the SRPS diesel group and
took part in last weekends diesel gala at Bo'ness. The loco will move north to
Dufftown at the end of this years operating season.
This Friday seen the start of a three day event at the East Lancs, 55016 and
some Freightliner locos are the visitors plus 50015 gets a run out - details here.
The Nene Valley have a gala this coming weekend and 31108 & 40106 will be
in action. Details here
Additional photos of 31255 31270
D1015 added as well as two photos
of 50042 - here and here
Some Western photos;
Two photos of D1015
working in Cornwall last month are here
and here and a photo of D1010's
new look is here
Some Deltic photos are on these websites;
D9009/55019 are here
Photo of D9009 today is
'Deltic Day' tomorrow
and unfortunately D9000 was failed with a minor fault yesterday at Tyne Yard
and was unable to make the trip south to work the Past Time Railtour to
Edinburgh. 55019 will now work the train. Details of this and an interesting
helicopter challenge are here
Times for the DPS tour to Bristol with D9009 are on the EMRPS site here
(scroll down the page)
Times for 9016's tour along the North Wales coast to Holyhead are in the
'news' section here
D9009 and 55019 have now left the NYMR. D9009 has also towed D1023 to
Carnforth in preparation for it and the two Deltics attending the SVR gala
Class 73, E6003 is having a couple of test runs on the GCR tomorrow departing
Loughborough at 1745 light engine and then at 1845 with a loaded run. It will
be the locos first real run out since withdrawl from BR.
50031 & 50049 are booked to work a York - St Pancras and return private
charter on the 22nd September.
Details of D9551 added as well
as additional photos of D9516 D9523
D7017 and two photos of 20001 here
A photo of Mondays
Class 50 ballast working is here
and more photos are here.
The train was also used to move D1015 back to Kidderminster.
Details of the loco roster for this weekends gala at the Bo'ness & Kinneil
Railway are in the 'Events' section here
Class 14 section added.
Details for the class
50's on the autoballaster tomorrow (Monday) have been posted to Rail-Gen;
6P21 0548 Bescot-ES-Kidderminster
SVR 0652 (Soho NJ 0609 Stbg Jn 0633)
6P22 1000 Kidderminster SVR-Bescot ES 1123 (Stbg Jn 1017 Soho NJ 1104)
Booked 2 CL50 & 10 JJA (GTRM Autoballaster).
Seeing as Maybach turbos are in the news lately here are some photos of
one....here and here....D1010
is on course to be ready for the WSR's CAMRA
A new group has been formed with the aim of purchasing one of remaining
EWS owned Class 31's. Details here
Additional photos of 20205 31418
33108 and 47401
D1015 has today worked
some clay trips off St Blazey and it is confirmed that she will return to the
Severn Valley Railway after the EWS event at the depot.
73003 has been moved from the Lavender Line to the Great Central Railway for a
load period of around six months.
A late change to the NYMR diesel diagram tomorrow sees 55019 sharing the
diesel diagram with the booked power - 50027. Details here
Not quite diesel news, but maybe, is that the Swanage Railway are all but
connected to the main rail network now work is almost complete at Furzebrook.
The railway plan to celebrate this by naming a Virgin Voyager unit at Swanage
and details of this are here.
In an article in Heritage Railway it is said that the railway eventually plan
to run loco hauled trains into Wareham as a council sponsored rail connection
for the town of Swanage. The staple power for these services is proposed to be
class 33's with the railway looking to acquire another Type 3.
Additional photos of 31101
31130 and 73141
D1015 has worked 6V70
this afternoon, the train consists of a class 60 and three wagons and is
running more or less to time according to a report at Bridgwater. A couple of
photos are on this site
31327 has been started at Bo'ness and further work to electrical systems is
required for it to be ready for the railways diesel gala. More details here
45041 is now deemed operational after a six year restoration by the Peak
Locomotive Company. Details are on their new website
73141 has moved moved from Ruddington to the Battlefield Line and is due
to take part in the lines September gala.
By the time my web host
sorted out its problems, yesterdays update is a bit out of date - for further
details on D1015 go to the 'uk-mainline' section here
Additional photos of D1041 55002
55015 and two of D7017 here
A photo of D1015
working 5C37 today is here
The plans for D1015's
trip to Cornwall have changed already! It is now anticipated that the Western
will leave Cornwall on Sunday (1/9) as part of the convoy hauled by 50031/50049 and will not
work the oil trip to Penzance. It is unclear whether D1015 will return to Old
Oak Common or go straight to the Severn Valley Railway.
The Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railways' Diesels get a run out over the
weekend of the 7/8 September as part of the lines 21st birthday celebrations.
The Spa Valley Railway have details of their September Gala which includes a
rare passenger outing for the lines former Port of Felixstowe Class 10 shunter
Additional photos of
20050 25173 25283
50035 50044 &
D9000 attended Sundays
EWS staff open day at Tyne Yard along with the NYMR's 24061. The loco was
collected from Grosmont on Saturday by 37057. The 24 was returned home on
Monday by 37685 and the Deltic is expected to work south this week.
Next weekend is the turn of St Blazey and there are to be a number of
preserved locos in attendance; the Bodmin & Wenford diesel group are
providing their locos 20166 33110 & 50042, from Crewe - 46035 and from Old
Oak 50031 50049 and D1015. D1015 will haul the 50's to Bristol in the consist
of 5C37 and all will stable at Barton Hill that night. D1015 is expected to
work 6V70 on Thursday (see below) and the 50's will work a special from Crewe
Blazey, forward from Bristol, on Friday (30/9) which will include 46035 and its support coach.
After the event 50031/49 will work a St Blazey - Crewe special (containing 46035) as far as
Bescot on Sunday (1/9) where the locos will stable to work an Autoballaster
train to the Severn Valley Railway on Monday (2/9). 50035 will be added to the
rear at Kidderminster and the train will then drop 1000 tons of ballast before
returning to Bescot. 50031 & 50049 will then run LD to Old Oak.
Times for 5C37 with D1015 are here
A correction to the news on 45015 is that the move date from Toton is set for
the 24th September and therefore is just after the Battlefield Line's diesel
A video still of the demise of D1015's 'B' engine turbo blower is here and
additional photos of 24061 25278
37119 50031 and
55019 added. Photos of
Pathfinders 50 tour on Saturday are here
D1015 should have had
repairs to the broken 'B' engine turbo blower completed at Old Oak Common and
further details of its jaunt to Cornwall have been posted to Rail-Gen, the
loco is expected to work the following EWS freight services during its short
allocation to BZ;
6G11 13.18 Fowey - Goonbarrow CDA clays, and 6G10 15.48 return. 6G27 19.23
Fowey - St Blazey.
Monday 2nd September
6C21 St Blazey - Penzance - St Blazey oil tankers.
D1015 will leave Cornwall working 6M72 St Blazey - Cliffe Vale, presumably as
far as Bristol on the 3rd September.
Additional photos of 25191 33048
D1062 & 55015
Peak Rail is to be the
new home for 50029 & 50030, the RRR group will move the two locos as soon
More details on the
failure of one of D1015's engines and some rather spectacular photos are here
D9000 has been requested to attend a EWS open day at Tyne Yard on the 25th
August. More details here
Additional photos of 44004
and 55015 added
Photos from todays
Western railtour are here here
here and here. The
tour ran to time throughout and was twelve minutes early on arrival back at
Paddington despite much of the return leg being completed with D1015 running
on one engine.
45015 should be ending
its long stay at Toton in the next few weeks and moving to the Battlefield
Line. If all goes to plan the loco will be on display for the railways
upcoming diesel gala.
45135 has suffered at the hands of vandals at the East Lancs, including
attempted engine starting and minor fire damage to one of the cabs.
Additional photos of D8568 25283
added, plus multiple pics of 40145 here
and here & 50049 here
here and here
Barrow Hill are to
theme the October Diesel Gala as 'BR blue in the 80's'. The roundhouse hope to
add classes 06, 37, 40, 46 and 47 to the resident locos of the correct livery.
Additional photo of D832 added
Photos from Saturdays
Class 50 railtour are here and here.
More are on this site
and this site
Additional photo of D1048 added
It has been confirmed
(not by Rail Magazine!) that there is still a plan to get D1015 to the west
country for a private staff open day at St Blazey via EWS service trains. The
current plan is;
Weds 28/8 - 5C37 OOC - Bristol
Thurs 29/8 - 6V70 Cliffe - St Blazey, from Bristol
In both cases it is understood that the Western will pilot the train engine.
There are as yet no details on how the loco will return to London.
Photos from last
weekends Keighley & Worth Valley Gala are here
Past-Time Rail have
revised the date for the 'Western Sunset' tour with D1015 which will now run
on the 7th December. There are still seats available for the 'Western Noon'
tour to Worcester on the 17th August. Details here
Photo and details of 20177
added as well as an additional photo of 20188
Pathfinder have details
of more tours using 'preserved' traction;
December 21 is a pair of 50's from Ealing to Newquay and also has provisional
plans to use 9016 for two trips over the S&C from the Midlands to Carlisle
on December 28th & 30th. More details are here
The Keighley &
Worth Valleys' diesel gala was not without incident, 47401 was unable to work
any of its booked trains due to a problem with its main generator.
There are conflicting
reports over D1015's trip to the West Country for an open day at St Blazey
later this month;
firstly there was a report that the Western would also attend the Bodmin &
Wenford's September Diesel Gala, however, a second report indicates that
due to staffing problems the loco will not make the trip at all. We'll see
what happens then!
Better news on the Western front is that the repairs to D1010 are nearing
completion and the loco will be receiving small yellow warning panels before
its return to service.
33108 has had the engine room fire bottles activated, reportedly a
(un-necessary) deliberate act, rendering the loco un-serviceable. The crompton
is currently 'on-hire' to SouthWest Trains and is due to go to Bournemouth for
A new group - 37412 Locomotive Preservation Society - has been set up with the
aim of preserving EWS's 37412. A Yahoo Group has been created here
Photos from Saturdays Settle and Carlisle excursion are here
and here the train then spent
the Sunday at Swindon Cocklebury Yard before returning ECS to London this
morning. A photo is here
Additional photos of D8568 20001
45112 & 45132
Additional photos of D8568
50042 and two of D7017 - here
56088 is now the EWS loco to visit the KWVR for the diesel gala tomorrow, the
'Grid' was used to haul the locos from the MRC to Keighley this morning.
45112 suffered its
fourth failure on the mainline since its return just over a year ago. The loco
was running light engine en-route from Derby to work a Scarborough - York
steam charter when it failed at Swinton yesterday.
A late addition to the bill for this weekends Keighley and Worth Valley diesel
gala is EWS's 56129 and is expected to operate the Beer-ex's on the Saturday
Additional photos of 20048 26040
50033 and Deltic
26035 has returned to
operational use at the Caledonian Railway, the loco successfully worked one
return trip on the line yesterday and further news from Brechin is that the
diesel group have sourced AEI power control equipment which is a big step
forward in the long term restoration project of 25083.
The NYMR have a midweek diesel diagram until further notice, to start with it
will be the 10:50, 13:50, 16:50 ex Grosmont & 12:20, 15:20 ex
Pickering. Power is expected to be of the Type 2 variety and for further
details please phone the railway
Additional photos of 50033 &
31163 is to go to the
Fragonset works at Derby for further work before going to Chinnor.
73003 is to be the visiting traction for The GCR's September Diesel Gala.
Details for Class 73 added (at
last)..class 14's to follow soon and photo
contributions are welcome!
Additional photo of 45112 added
31163 has been shunted
out of the depot at Carnforth in preparation for its move south to the Chinnor
& Princes Risborough Railway.
The Class 47 Locomotive Group have launched a website
Additional photos of 20227 24032
& 24081 added
45112 hauled 44004 from
the Midland Railway Centre to Ruddington on Friday night and the 45 then took
part in the GCRN's diesel gala, although its workings on Saturday were restricted to the
'Beer-ex' due to a problem with the loco. 44004 will be based
at Ruddington for the foreseeable future. A photo of 25279 sporting its new
colour scheme is here.
Photos from Friday at
the G&WR are here
Photos and details of 31456
& 31467 added
Additional photos of 20048 and 20227
at work on the CTRL added
Photo and details of 37240
One in, one out! 37240 has been noted on a low loader on the M6 so
delivery to the Llangollen Railway will be today or tomorrow and Fragonset are the new owners of 33202, the Crompton was
transported from Toddington to Derby by road today.
A posting on Railgen by gwot has 33108 working on the Alton branch on Sunday
July 28th, the loco will work the following trains 1039 Wloo-Alt from Woking
then 1220 Alt-Wloo,1353 Wloo-Alt,1520 Alt-Wloo,1653 Wloo-Alt then the 1820 to
The South Devon Railways' class 20's, D8110 & 20118 are diagramed to work
the last train of the day on certain dates for the next few months. Details
are on The
More photos of the Harrogate Hoover are here
here and here
Additional photo of 24061 added
25035 is due to leave
the Northampton & Lamport Railway to enable substantial bodywork repairs
to be carried out. The loco has suffered from corrosion over the years, mainly
in the cabs but other areas are showing signs of rust as well. The location
for these repairs to take place is as yet unknown.
Additional photo of 24054 added
The Llangollen Railway
is due to take delivery of Class 37, 37240 shortly. The loco has been at Wigan
CRDC for just over two years and has been robbed of some parts although the
diesel group are hopeful of having it running for the lines Diesel Gala in
Preserved Diesels on service trains....
1. D1015 has been requested to attend an EWS open day at St Blazey in August
and moves are afoot for the Western to work its passage into Cornwall! The
current plan being devised for Aug 28 is for D1015 to work the 5C37 OOC -
Bristol van train, spend the night at Barton Hill depot and then the following
day work the Cliffe Vale - St Blazey (6V70) china clay empties forward from
Bristol with the booked Class 60 dead in the train. The china clay services to
the midlands were a regular duty for the class in the 1970's.
2. D9000 is to work two timetabled passenger trains for Anglia Trains on
August 11th. Full details on the DNLL website.
Photo of todays 'Harrogate Hoover' railtour is here
and two more are here
Additional photos of D1013
31418 has been moved to
the Midland Railway Centre for restoration by A1A Locomotives. The loco has
spent a number of years stored on the Great Central Railway.
9016 has returned the visitors of last weekends East Lancs Gala to their
More details of the
GCRN Diesel Gala have been published, the visiting loco will be from the
Fragonset fleet and will also be used to bring 44004 over from the MRC the day
before. More details and loco diagrams are here
Additional photo of 24081
The South Devon Diesel
Traction group are continuing restoration work on 25262 (D7612), the locos
cooler group was lifted out for attention on 23rd June. It is hoped to have
the loco running again by the end of the summer. Photos are here
here and here.
Couple more photos added from the East Lancs here
Photos and details of 20154
added as well as additional photos of 25322
26040 & 33102
Photos from the
Thursday and Friday at the East Lancs are here
The future of 50029
& 50030 is now secure, the bid from the Renown Repulse Restoration
Group has been successful and further details are here
9016 arrived at Bury as
booked on Friday evening with all the locos as planned.
33108, along with 33021, have begun a period of hire with South West Trains.
DPS Deltics D9009 & 55019 made the move from Swanwick to Grosmont as
Additional photos of 20189 25173
and 50050 added
Photos from the North
Norfolk Gala are here
The Keighley and Worth
Valley hope to have the following MRC based diesels attending the railways'
gala on 3/4the August; 33201 37190 47401 & 50007 plus a selection of DRS
and Freightliner mainline traction.
The first draft of the timetable for next months Diesel Gala at Ruddington are
Loco diagrams have yet to be added. Locos attending so far are 25279 &
44004 plus another visitor yet to be confirmed.
9016 is to move the diesels to Bury to attend next weeks gala at the East
Lancs, running to Barrow Hill to collect 45060, thence to York for 37119 and
D1023. The transfer is booked to take place tomorrow Friday 28th June.
55009 & 55019 currently at the MRC following last weeks gala are due to
move on July 1st to the NYMR for a two month stay.
Additional photos of 27001 33019
and 832 added
The CTLS's 20001 was
noted heading south on the M1 this evening, undoubtedly heading for Beechbrook
Farm and contract work on the CTRL.
Additional photos of 25235 D7076
and 37025 added
31210 has entered preservation at the Dean Forest
Railway, the Cotswold Rail owned loco has been up for sale for some time.
Photos and details are here
Photos of yesterday at the MRC are here
47401 55009 and 55019
departed the Nene Valley on Thursday morning en-route to the Midland Railway
Centre. All three locos are booked to participate in the railways diesel
flooding in the area, the damage to the bridge that carries the East Lancs
Railway over the River Irwell near Irwell Vale is considerable and will cost a
substantial amount of cash to repair. This will have a major impact on the
railways operations for the forseeable future.
31418 currently stored on the Great Central Railway awaiting a replacement
power unit has been acquired by A1A Locomotives.
Growler Groups 37324 is the first 37 to steam in preservation with work
also being undertaken on the steam generator whilst the loco was out of
traffic for repairs to the power unit and main generator. Further
attention is required to before obtaining the necessary safety
certificate and it is hoped to have to loco steaming for the winter
2002/3 operation on the GWR. If anyone has information as to when
37324(37099) last steam heated a train, the Growler
Group would like to hear from you.
The tender forms for the sale of two of the former 'Operation Collingwood'
class 50's, 50029 and 50030, have now been issued with a deadline date
of 4th July 2002. Anyone interested
in helping to secure the pair for preservation should click here
50049 & 50031 worked an ECS from Crewe to Old Oak Common yesterday in
readiness for next months series of railtours to Wales.
A photo of 20189 this time at work on the CTRL is here
Additional photos of D7017 45041
and 46035 added
The East Lancashire
Railway are currently unable to run trains the full length of the line to
Rawtenstall because recent flooding has badly damaged a bridge near Irwell
Vale. It will be a great shame if this affects the upcoming July Diesel Event
and the railway are advising that further information on the Gala will not be
available until closer to the date.
The Mid Norfolk diesel group have returned 31538 to operational condition at
Dereham and once minor faults have been ironed out it is planned to renumber
the loco back to 31438 as well as re-instate the ETH.
Additional photo of D7017 added
The news last week of
37264 being started for the first time in preservation was premature, further
information received is that while work is continuing on the loco, firing up
the power unit is a little way off yet....
Photo of D9000
yesterday is here
Additional photo of 37099
Photos of todays Western
Druid railtour are here here
here here and here
37264 has been
successfully started at Tyseley for the first time since its arrival from
Wigan in January.
Photos of 20188 at work on the CTRL are here
55009 & 55019 are
due to make an impromptu appearance at the Midland Railway Centre Gala on 22/23
June, the locos will return 47401 from the Nene Valley before continuing onto
the North Yorkshire Moors Railway as part of their tour of Britain to
celebrate 25 years of the DPS.
Additional photos of 25322 26038
27059 & 27066
announced another tour for D1015 on the 26th October - from Crewe to Plymouth
and return. Details here
25279 has arrived at Ruddington and is expected to stay until September. A
photo shortly after arrival by road is here
Additional photos of 24032 24081
D832 & D1010
44004 and 25279 are
among the locos to feature in the Nottingham Transport Heritage Centre's
Diesel Weekend on 20th & 21st July. Full details are here
Operating dates for the DPS Deltics at the NYMR are;
6 & 20th July
3rd, 17 & 30th August
There are also plans for a mini diesel gala on the 24th August featuring all
the serviceable diesels.
Photos of 25072 stored at Meldon Quarry (Dartmoor Railway) are here
Additional photos of 25173 33048
and D7017 added
50017 has been started
at Tyseley after continuing repairs and work will commence on 50050 shortly.
Full details are on the DNLL site
A1A's 31271 has been returned to operational condition and is expected to
take part in the MRC upcoming diesel gala 22/23 June.
Additional photo of 25262
Pathfinder Tours have
provisionally booked SVR class 50 power for excursions into Wales on 3rd, 10th
and 24th August.
The Strathspey Railway opened their Broomhill extension yesterday extending
the line by a further four miles.
Additional photo of 20142
25279 currently based
on the Great Central Railway is expected to move shortly to the northern
section of the former main line, otherwise known as the Nottingham Transport
Heritage Centre at Ruddington.
Photo and details of 31188 added
as well as additional photos of 31018
31162 has made its
journey to its new home on the North Norfolk Railway and is expected to stay
for four years.
The Llangollen Railway have details of its diesel workings for the summer
1st to 4th June - 47449
Sat 13th July - 46010
Sat 20th July - 47449
Sat 7th Sept - 46010
20188 has arrived at
the channel tunnel construction depot at Beechbrook Farm and joins 20048 20142
20189 & 20227 for use on engineering trains, the CTLS's 20001 is due to
arrive at the end of the month. The contract requires eight locomotives - so
two more have yet to be identified..
The Northampton & Lamport Railway have had clearance from the railway
inspectorate to commence running passenger trains over its new extension,
doubling the railways length. However none of the lines main line diesels are
operational at the moment with work continuing on the resident 26 & 27 as
well as new arrival 31289.
Further running dates for the DPS Deltics at the Nene Valley are 1st, 3rd and
16th of June, after which the locos will move to the North Yorkshire Moors
Photos and details for 31163
& 31166 added & additional
photos of 31162 & 33052
Photos of today at the
Nene Valley are here
Photos and details of 31289
Time Rail have details of further tours for Western Champion; 17th August
from Paddington to Worcester through the Cotswolds and returning via
Birmingham & Banbury. 14th December; a circular from Paddington taking in
Newport, Hereford, Shrewsbury, Wolverhampton, Birmingham and back to
Paddington via Banbury and the Chiltern Line.
The Caledonian Railway have announced a diesel gala on September 7 & 8
utilising all serviceable resident engines and maybe a visitor. The diesel
group also hope to start 25083 for the first time during the weekend.
55009, 55019 and 47401 all arrived at the Nene Valley Railway this afternoon
in preparation for the railways mini diesel gala this weekend. Details here
Additional photos of 20020 27001
Locos for Friday/Saturdays 33111 charters' railtour from Crewe to Glasgow are
reported as 33021 & 33108.
A few photos from last weekends West Somerset 'Anything Goes' Gala are here
here and here
Additional photos of 20189 26004
& 55022 added
31162 is due to move
from the Midland Railway Centre to the North Norfolk Railway at the end of May
and will stay initially for a period of four years, enabling 27066 to move
north to the Keith & Dufftown Railway. There could be quite a few MRC
based engines spending the summer away from the centre. This is due to the
railway reducing the number of diesel diagrams to one round trip every Sunday
because of cost. 47401 is due to move to the Nene Valley later this month and
at least two engines will probably go to the East Lancs. Diesel gala days are
unaffected, however, and A1A's 31271 is due to appear on 22/23 June.
Recently bashed 47117 is to be repaired using parts from a stripped 47 over at
the Brush works. The damage is not serious - a dent under the headcode box.
55009 & 55019 are due to move from Barrow Hill to Wansford on 15 May,
possibly collecting 47401 on the way..
A new website has been launched to
publicise the fund to try to save 50029 & 50030 currently stored at
Additional photo of 20142 added.
Developments this week are 31289 entering preservation at the
Northampton & Lamport Railway and 25072 moving from its long stay at RMS
Locotec, Dewsbury and reportedly heading for Meldon Quarry..
Photos of the Bo'ness
& Kinneil Railways' Diesel Gala are here
Additional photos of 20214 26001
& 27024 added
The Nene Valley Railway
have announced an additional diesel gala for the weekend of 18/19th May. Locos
running over the two days are residents 40106 and class 14, along with DPS
Deltics 9 & 19 plus 47401 and 31108 from the MRC. For further details call
the railway on 01780 784444.
Additional photo of 50044 added
The Growler Groups 37324 has now re-entered service on the GWR after
successful generator repairs and a roster for the next two months diesel
hauled services is reproduced below..
The ELR have confirmed
the following locos for the annual July diesel extravaganza; from the NRM -
37119 & D1023, Porterbrook's purple Deltic 55016 and a second attempt to
get MRC based 33201.
The East Anglian Railway Museum
have arranged to have their resident 04 shunter haul passenger trains all day
on Sunday 5th May. Normal entry fees apply, but you can save a quid by filling
out this form.
33019 is due to be delivered to Bo'ness this coming Thursday giving the SRPS
diesel chaps a whole day to repair the heat exchanger, swap the batteries,
install a radiator fan assembly and inspect the air tanks....AND fix
'Tiger'.....ring Ladbrooks for odds..!!
D1013 won't be able to work the SVR diesel diagram this coming Saturday, 50035
A selection of photos
from last weekends NYMR diesel gala are here
The visiting diesels
from the MHR gala left today, 37065 & 47306 returned to OOC behind a EWS
47 and the others were hauled to Washwood Heath by 50031. A photo is here
The DEPG will start the overhaul of D7018 shortly, the Hymek has entered the
shed at Williton for stripping and power unit removal. D1010 has been
successfully started after the winter layoff and transmission repairs. Photos
of both are here and here.
Photos from today at
the Mid-Hants are here
Unfortunately 50044 has failed at Old Oak with a generator fault and is unable
to attend this weekends Mid-Hants gala, 50031 will go instead..
50044 has been repainted
into two-tone green - a photo is here
and loads more photos are on Vaclads.co.uk
The Bo'ness &
Kinneil Railway have taken the step of publishing two timetables for the
forthcoming Diesel Gala (4/5 May). This is due to uncertainty over whether
33019 will be serviceable, the loco has had the air system repaired at
Motherwell and it is hoped the loco will be delivered to Bo'ness by road next week to
enable further work to take place.
46035 was seen heading south yesterday hauling 37190 and 31162 bound for
the Mid Hants Railway and the forthcoming gala.
The Class 37 Loco group
successfully installed the replacement power unit into 37003 at the weekend.
Class 56 added to the site along with additional photos of 26038
20048 has been noted at
the CTRL depot at Beechbrook Farm...four 20's on site now
Photos of Saturdays steam tour utilising two of the SVR based 50's are here
Photos of this weekends Barrow Hill open weekend are here
Details and photos of 33111
added as well as additional photos of 45060
50002 & 55009
Photo of todays Western
tour is here
20142 has been sighted at the Beechbrook CTRL depot which brings the total
of 20's on the site to three
Additional photo of 25173 added
An unconfirmed posting
to a mailing list notes the Langollen Railways 20142 on a low loader on the
D9009 had its first mainline run of the year yesterday when it ran from Barrow
Hill to York to collect steamer 60800 and take it back to Barrow Hill for the
forthcoming open weekend.
The Vintage Trains website
is provisionally advertising 50017 as motive power between Birmingham and
Crewe (and return) for a steam charter to Carlisle on May 18th.
photo on the left is the the 'B' end transmission of the WSR's Western
Campaigner, shortly before re-installation in the loco. It had been
removed to cure a bad oil leak and a problem with the reverser. The
refitting went as planned and D1010 will be ready for the WSR's Anything
Goes Gala in May.
The power unit
earmarked for the Class 37 Loco Groups' 37003 is due for installation into the
loco this coming Sunday (21st). Anyone interested in helping should contact
31271 is unable to make
the journey to the Mid Hants gala and its place will be taken by A1A stablemate
31162. The plan is for 46035 to run to Swanwick on Wednesday the 24th and
collect 31162 and 37190, the convoy will then run to Alton stopping off at Old
Oak Common to collect 37065.
Yesterdays planned move of locos from OOC to Barrow Hill didn't happen,
however 55019 did make it to Old Oak and will remain there until the move is
Additional photos of 33048 &
D9000 will haul the
return leg of Hertfordshire Railtours 'Scarborough Flyer' from York to London
KX on Thursday 18/4.
55019 will return to Barrow Hill today from Bounds Green, but will call in
at Old Oak Common to collect EWS locos 31110 & 47004 for BH's upcoming
Photos of the DPS
'Silver Jubilee' tour are here here
Sadly after a reported good run, RHF was 'failed' on the return at Peterborough
with an AWS fault and the train was hauled to London by a class 56 with the
Deltic dead inside.
Photos of yesterdays mini
Vintage Trains tour from Paddington to Westbury are here
here and here. More are
D9000 is due a test run tomorrow (Monday) from York to Doncaster leaving the
NRM at 1304 and returning from Doncaster at 1356.
Additional photo of 55002
Deltic 19 ran light engine from Barrow Hill to Bounds Green today in
readiness for tomorrows DPS tour.
The DTG are well stuck
into the next project after the successful return of Western Champion to the
main line, a few photos of the overhaul of Hymek D7029 are here
The Northampton & Lamport Railway are believed to be making arrangements
to hire in some diesel power due to all the NLR diesel fleet currently being
out of service. The loco is thought to be a Fragonset class 31.
Additional photos added of 20069
Additional photo of 20189
Another class 20
confirmed to be heading for contract work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is
the MCTA's 20048
The return of 55016 to main line passenger work went well yesterday, a
selection of photos is here.
Additional photos of 33012 and 33034
20189 is to join 20227
at Beechbrook Farm CTRL depot, and it is believed that four more of the class
Additional photos of 25278 and 55016
A further change to the
loco line up of the forthcoming Mid-Hants 'Trainspotters Ball III' is
that Class 33, 33201 will not make the journey south because work on the loco
has not been completed. Instead another type 3 will attend, this time of EE
design, in the shape of EWS's 37065 currently stored at Old Oak Common.
A report in RAIL
magazine says that Class 58, 58050 will be claimed for the national collection
Privately owned 20189 has been noted on a low-loader, seen on the M18
The Norfolk By Rail
website details the sale of Class 27 27066 from The North Norfolk Railway to the Keith and Dufftown
Railway, the loco is in operational condition and doubles the lines mainline
diesel fleet with 31327 currently undergoing an E exam at Bo'ness. The website
also details the NNR's purchase of a Class 31, although the particular loco
stated, 31210, is still currently in Cotswold Rail ownership.
The Fifty Fund have been asked to provide a loco to work the Vintage
Trains mini tour from Paddington to Westbury and back on the 13th April. This
is due to the non availability of the planned loco - 50017. More details from
Vintage Trains on 0121 707 4696.
Warship 832 is being repainted into maroon at Bury after several years
carrying BR blue.
Additional photos of 25173 33048
& D1010 added
Vandals have struck
once again at the East Lancs, this time 47402 has received fire & smoke
damage to one of the cabs.
Additional photos of 25059 added
45112 was used today to
power a Green Express charter from Milton Keynes to Carnforth, but
unfortunately failed at Whitacre Junction, near Water Orton. The train was
rescued by an EWS class 37.
20227 is indeed on hire to the channel tunnel link constuction depot at
Beechbrook Farm, a photo is here
Bit of gen from the
was on duty yesterday on the Kent & East Sussex after the coaling machine
failed and may well be on passenger services again today.
A recent posting on the
uk.railway newsgroup states that CTLS
owned 20227 has been delivered to the Channel Tunnel link construction depot
at Beechbrook Farm as a replacement for the failed Class 14. Can anyone
Photos of 9016's loaded test run on Thursday can be seen on these websites; Definitve
Deltic Library & Phantasrail
Photos of 20059 added plus
additional pics of D8568 31438
A reminder that Deltic
9016 is booked for a loaded test run tomorrow.
The owners of NYMR based 50027 would like to point out, contrary to a
recent press article, that 'Lion' is in working order and has recently been
prepared for the 2002 running season, requiring only a test run before being
available for traffic.
The inspection saloon
tour of South and Central Wales (see below) is being hauled by a Fragonset 31
and not 33108.
A new preservation
group has been formed with the aim of purchasing and restoring 50029 &
50030, currently stored at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway. Anyone
wanting more details can contact the Renown Repulse Restoration Group by
e-mailing this link; firstname.lastname@example.org
Severn Valley based
class 50's have been requested as power for part of a steam railtour on 20th
April. The diesel part of the route consists of Swindon to Carlisle (2x50) for
the outward and the return is hauled by a single 50 from Crewe back to Swindon.
Additional photos for 25279 31418 &
Some photos of 9016's
test run can be seen on the North Wales Coast Railway website
and the proposed loaded test this Monday has been cancelled and penciled in
for Thursday. 33108 has another tour planned, it is booked to power an inspection
saloon on a tour of south and central Wales on Tuesday.
Deltic 9016 is after
all running along the North Wales coast - it left Crewe for Llandudno at 1335
with 37197 in tow.
Fragonset stuff out and
about - 45112 has today worked part of a steam charter from Hathersedge to
Derby, it also brought the ECS down from Carnforth. 33108 is booked to haul a
charter from Blackpool - Cardiff and return, along with a Fragonset Class 31,
this coming Sunday.
Additional photos of 25244 added
Times for 9016's test run have been posted to Railgen and are reproduced thus;
Monday 25th March
Provisional timings for D9016's loaded Test Run.
09:09 Crewe CS
09:14/33 Crewe (P11)
10:52/11:30 Rugby (Run Round)
12:44 Crewe (DFL)
14:12/50 Carnforth D&UGL (Run Round)
16:50/17:10 Crewe (P12)
17:15 Crewe CS
Crewe-Rugby-Carn: D9016+EWS 47/7 Riviera stock - max speed 95mph.
Carn-Crewe D9016+stk only - max speed 100mph.
Unfortunately D9000 was
failed at the NRM yesterday with a AWS fault after working the outward leg of
a tour from Colchester. The loco remains at York.
The DPS have announced plans for a tour involving three of Britains main lines
and the eventual destination being Bristol. More details on the DPS website
A couple of photos from yesterdays Sulzer day at the East Lancs are here
A new photo of 20169 added as
well as additional photos for D5705
Deltic 9016 which is
undergoing attention at Crewe works is now unlikely to make an initial light
engine test run along the North Wales coast, due to work still to be carried
out on the loco. It is currently still booked to undertake a loaded test run
to Rugby on 25/3.
The DPS have an opportunity to acquire four Deltic engines and are
appealing for donations to enable their purchase and removal to safe storage.
The Freightliner 47 in line for the ELR 'Sulzer' day is believed to be
Barrow Hill Engine Shed are advertising that EWS locos 31110 & 47004 are
to attend the 'Kings Cross Top Shed' themed weekend in April along with the
two DPS Deltics and resident 20, 20056.
40106 (D306) is unable to take part in this weekends diesel gala at the
Nene Valley, power will be provided by A1A's 31108 and the two resident class
33108 is to embark on a inspection saloon tour of Scotland tomorrow.
Newly blue 46035 will
also be attending the ELR's 'Sulzer Day' on the 16th March along with a
Freightliner 47 and residents 24054 33117 & 45135. A revised timetable
will be issued on the ELR Diesel site
in the next few days.
Additional photo of 33202 added
& Warwickshire Railway have announced details of their weekend diesel
diagram - the 1340 from Toddington & the proposed power is below;
The Growler Groups'
37099 (or 324 if you prefer) is hoped to be returned to service in the next
month or so after repairs and the Class 33 33202 requires further attention to
the main generator before it can haul trains on its own. Progress continues
with the Peak and 26 with 45149 to move to Winchcombe soon for a body lift to
enable a wheelset and traction motor swap.
56097 has been moved to Cardiff Cathays for further storage.
Additional photo of 37215 added.
Type Three Tractions'
56097 left Wigan CRDC today by road for an unknown location.
to the efforts of three members of the SRPS diesel group the Strathspey
Railways' class 26 and North British shunter are now back in action. It
is hoped that D8020, D5325 and D2774 will be in use at the enthusiasts
weekend in May.
Deltic 9016 has been
moved from Crewe DMD to Crewe works to enable further rectification work to be
undertaken on the loco.
The Llangollen Diesel Groups' 47, 47449 has been repainted into two-tone green
with full yellow ends and now carries the number D1566.
Additional photo of D1041 added
A report on End
of the Line states that the stripped remains of 33204 were cut up at the
Mid Hants during the past week, the loco has supplied numerous parts to the
MHR/71A loco fleet.
Additional photos of 31101 31130
& 44004 added
The proposed sale of
37075 by Corporate Blue Traction to the Class 37 Loco Group has fallen through
and the locos proposed move the the NYMR could be in doubt. More details are here
The DPS 'Silver Jubilee' railtour will be subject to a diversion because of
engineering work more details are here
NOTICE - Anyone who is
booking on the Brighton Bell charter on Saturday 27th April and has a
preference in which engine (D444 or 37308) they would prefer to sit behind
please could they write this on their booking form as the Mid Hants has
forgotten to put this on the booking forms.
45041 will be unable to
take part in the Mid Hants diesel gala in April because outstanding work will
not be finished in time, it is hoped to have 46035 visit instead.
Additional photo of 20048
37 Loco Group are looking for volunteers to assist with the power unit
transplant into 37003. The donor loco is currently being stripped at Wigan and
it is hoped the power unit will arrive at Wakes Colne in early March. Anyone
interested in helping out should e-mail this link
stating brief details about yourself and how you can help.
The SRPS Diesel Group
hope to get HNRC owned 33019 serviceable in time for the May diesel gala at
the B&KR, the group hope to source a radiator fan assembly and effect
Additional photo of 832 added
Thanks to those who
have sent me pictures of D1015 to put up. All of Saturdays photos are now
here and you can download a video clip of the train leaving Bristol here
- courtesy of Nic Robinson (8.46MB!)
Photos of todays
Western Pathfinder railtour are on the following links; Photo
1 Photo 2 Photo
3 Photo 4 Photo
5 Photo 6 Photo
Freightliner loco for the Mid Hants gala in April is 47212 with 47270 being
second choice if it is not available.
Ixion is now 46035. The loco was rolled out of the paint shop at Crewe
this morning in all over BR blue ready for its run to London on Saturday.
45112 was again hauling
stuff about yesterday, it dragged a steam loco from Carnforth to Hornsey.
Additional photos of 50031 50049
& D1015 added
This Friday is the
first day of a three day diesel event at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire
Railway. The diesel group have been working to get new arrival 33202 ready in
time. The loco has been sucessfully started and a
number of test runs have taken place as faults are rectified. It is the GWR's
desire to utilise the loco at the event, but it will not be until next weekend
when it will known for certain if this is feasible. Therefore, two
locomotive rosters have been issued for the event and are here
45112 caused a bit of a flap on Sunday night when it was used to test the
ETH on the coaches for the new loco-hauled diagram on the midland main line.
The loco was coupled to a set of Mark 2d coaches and in facing towards London
caused a few to jump to the wrong conclusion! It was used yesterday to move
stored 47's from Wigan to Carnforth.
The provisional times for the Western Pathinder Tour on Saturday are;
Padd Dep 12.09, Reading
14/00, Bath Spa 14/13, Bristol TM Arr 14.28
Bristol TM Dep 15.10, Bristol Parkway 15/21, Gloucester Arr 16.00, Gloucester
Dep 16.42, Swindon
18/05, Reading 18/20, Paddington
New photos for 33018
added as well as additional photos of D8233
A couple of photos from
the ELR Hydraulic Day are here and here. More photos are on the locos pages; D7076
832 & D1041.
Thanks to all involved in getting the engines ready for the day.
Another addition to the
loco roster for the NYMR's April diesel gala is the C37LG's
37075, agreement has been reached following in depth negotiations and it is
expected that the loco will move from the GCR in early March.
Thankfully I got sent a
better photo of D1015 which is here
Additional photos of 20137 26004
D1015's test run ran an hour late and by the time it reached me the light had
gone and it was raining........you can see a substandard photo here.
The loco was on both engines running through Reading.
New photo of 33202 added
Further times for D1015
today, posted to Railgen as follows;
0C84 Bristol Barton
Reading (D1015 + class 67)
18:36 Barton Hill, 18:48/51 Bristol TM, 19:04 Bath Spa, 19:17 Chippenham,
19:34 Swindon, 20:00 Didcot PW, 20:25 Reading.
0Z84 Reading - OC (D1015)
20:35 Reading, 21:03 Slough, 21:21 Southall, 21:54 OOC TMD
D1015 (89416) is
currently allocated 5C37 to Bristol TM, which is understood to be a second
test run tomorrow (13/2) using empty mail vans and the times are as follows;
13:55 Old Oak, 14:03/14 Kensal Green (reverse), 14:26/27 Acton ML, 14:50
Slough, 15:01 Twyford, 15:15 Reading, 15:30 Didcot PW ,15:41/51 Challow, 16:04
Swindon, 16:13 Wootton Bassett, 16:37/17:17 Bristol Pkway, 17:30 Bristol TM.
The mainline test run for Deltic 9016 is now expected to be sometime next month.
33108 has worked an ECS (5Z81) from Wolverton to Derby paired with a Fragonset
D172, better known as
Ixion, is currently undergoing a repaint at Crewe and is expected to emerge in
blue in time for the Western Pathfinder tour on the 23rd. It is also expected
that the loco will lose its nameplates and carry TOPS number 46035.
Both 33108 and 45112
have been out and about this week, the 33 is again being used on training runs
- this time between Crewe and Derby and the Peak was used to haul stored 47's
from Springs Branch to Carnforth, returning with ECS.
D9000 is currently undergoing a 'D' exam at Hornsey and the
work on 9016 at Crewe DMD is going well with the loco undergoing loadbank
testing in the past few days with a venture out onto the main line not too far
New photo of 26025 added
The following times
have been posted to Railgen for a second test run for Western Champion
following problems with one on her engines on last weeks test run;
Feb 2002 - 5C37 13:55 OOC-BTM Empty Mail vans.
13:55 Old Oak, 14:03/14 Kensal Green (Run-round), 14:26/27 Acton ML, 14:50
Slough, 15:01 Twyford, 15:15 Reading, 15:30 Didcot PW ,15:41/51 Challow, 16:04
Swindon, 16:13 Wootton Bassett, 16:37/17:17 Bristol Pkway, 17:30 Bristol TM.
No return times as yet.
33111 has been moved by
road from St Leonards to Barrow Hill, arriving there this morning.
It has been reported on
End of the Line that 50043 has been
dismantled on site at the P&BR and the clock is now ticking on the other part of the
deal - 50040 - the Cotswold Rail website now states that if no buyer is found
by 28 February this loco too will go for scrap.
EWS have confirmed that blue 37308 will be the loco attending the
Mid-Hants Gala in April and will also be used on the return leg of the
mini-tour to Brighton.
D1015 has today run
light engine from Saltley to Old Oak Common. A photo of her leaving Reading is
here. Two excellent photos of
yesterdays test run can be seen here
Additional photos added of 20110 and
Photo of D1015 at
Sheffield here and at Clay Cross here.
Reports are that the loaded run went very well but there were problems with
one of her engines and that the 37 was also used to power the train. Sounds
can be found on Mr B's site here
D1015 has left
Kidderminster 8 late at 10.18am on its test run to Walsall via Sheffield. The
consist is D1015+37197+8 mark 1's. Good luck to all out for a photo....
Photo of 33202 added
After just over two
years stored at Crewe DMD 55016 has been re-united with the engine that was
removed for re-building after the loco suffered an exhauster fire in 1999.
There are some impressive photos of the reconditioned unit on the DNLL website.
A test run on the West Coast main line is planned for Monday, February the
Photo of 25185 added.
Norfolk Railway have made arrangements for A1A Locomotives' 31162 (5580)
to be the visiting loco for the railways diesel gala 29/30th June and will
work alongside the railways home based diesel fleet for the weekend.
33108 is currently on hire to Virgin for crew training runs between Crofton
HNRC owned 33202 is to be moved from Eastleigh to
Southampton Western Docks on the 24th January in readiness for road transportation to Toddington (GWR).
A swift return to action is anticipated as the only known faults are a faulty
triple-pump and minor fire damage.
D1015 - 29/1/2002 - 0F70 1112 Saltley to OOC. Oxford 1303-1318 & Reading
1352-1358 (Goods line).
New photos of 20020 & 40145 added.
Photos of 26040 added.
Confirmed traction for
the April Mid-Hants Gala are MRC based 31271,33201,37190,45041 and from the
Fifty Fund - 50044. EWS will be sending 47306 as well as a class 37 and
Freightliner are providing a 47 on the Saturday & Sunday. Day rovers will
be £12. On the Saturday evening there will be a charter to Brighton and back
utilising 50044 on the outward run and the EWS 37 on the return - tickets
£25. All enquiries to the MHR on 01962 733810.
Photos of 37264 & 50017 added as well as a new photo of
Peak 45112 was utilised today to haul long stored 47's from
Crewe to Barrow Hill and Derby, it's first outing since failing on a railtour last
A posting to a class 33 mailing list yesterday indicated that the 33/1
Preservation Society's other 33 - 33111 - is to be moved from St Leonards to
Barrow Hill to enable restoration to working order to be completed.
been purchased privately from EWS and will be based at the Gloucestershire and
Warwickshire Railway, initially for one year, where the loco will hopefully be returned to working
order in time for the GWR diesel gala at the end of February.
Pathfinder tours have provisional plans for two tours; The return of 55016 on the
6th April and a trip to Swansea for D1015 on the 16th June.
37264 will be in the care of DNLL when returned to working order - more
details are here.
Champion....<times amended 20/1/02>
Monday 28th January 2002
10:10 Kidderminster, 10:20 Stour Jnc,
10:40 Galton Jnc,
11:20 Walsall, 11:50/55 Water Orton Jnc,
12:08 Tamworth High Level,
13:18 Chesterfield, 1338 Beighton, 1351 Sheffield
15:04 Burton-On-Trent, 15:16 Tamworth High Level,
15:41 Water Orton Jnc,
and if all goes well, the following day - the 29th Jan - it is planned to move
56097 has been transferred to pool TTTC (Type Three Traction Company)
Western Champion may not having a day out on the mainline today. 89416 (D1015)
is currently allocated, on TOPS, out and back from Kidderminster on 1Z15 with
timings in the system for Monday 28th January. The loco is then
planned to go in a convoy to Old Oak Common. <cheers to ZL for gen>
D1015 looks to be
having it's test run tomorrow - Monday 14th - load 8 and a class 37 for insurance.
One of the Steamy
Affairs Railtours D9000 was booked to haul has been moved forward from 30th
March to the 16th March.
Additional photos of 24061 &
A posting on Railgen
has D1015's test run as the 28th January with timings for a trip from Kiddy to
Chesterfield and back.....we shall see. My thoughts are that maybe more than
one test run would be a good idea...? see below..
Photos of 25322 26001
D7018 50015 as well as
additional photos for 50027 &
The following was
posted to www.gbrail.org.uk
The test run for D1015
Western Champion is now scheduled to take place on the evening of Monday 14th
January. From Kidderminster, the locomotive will run via Derby to Sheffield,
thence back via Birmingham, where it will follow the former Great Western
route via Banbury and High Wycombe as far as South Ruislip. Due to the ongoing
reluctance of Railtrack Great Western Zone to accept the locomotive, a pilot
engine will be attached at South Ruislip to escort Western Champion to Old Oak
Common, via Greenford and West Ealing. Assuming that there are no problems
identified on the test run, the locomotive will then remain at Old Oak until
the 28th February, when it will head the Pathfinder Tours "Western
Pathfinder" from Paddington to Bristol Temple Meads (via Chippenham),
from Bristol Temple Meads to Gloucester and from Gloucester to Paddington (via
I assume the date is actually the Feb 23rd still........?
47105 is to operate a
further Sunday diagram on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway. The
loco will haul the 1045, 1215, 1415 and 1545 departures from Toddington on the
The Class 37 Loco Group
have issued a press release expressing their own and the NYMR's disapointment
at the last minute change of plan regarding 37264. The loco was to be part of
the C37LG's fleet and based at the NYMR, but a change of heart by the owner
will see the loco move to Tyseley instead. Vintage Trains and DNLL currently
use the Birmingham depot as their operating base and time will tell to see if
the engine is to join either of these fleets...
50017 has a Paddington
to Westbury and return trip planned for Saturday April 13th as part of a steam
hauled railtour operated by Vintage Trains.
New photos of 31108 & 55022 added
Colne Valley Diesels
have sold 31163 to a private buyer and the engine is to be based at the
Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway.
It would appear that 37264's stay in 'preservation' was a short one, the loco is no
longer part of the Class 37 Loco Groups fleet and is now headed for Tyseley
for rectification work and a return to the mainline.
The Mid-Norfolk Railway
are operating a diesel weekend on the 23 & 24 March with an intensive
service planned using the operational home fleet of 20069 31235 & 50019
and also confirmed as attending is a Freightliner 47, the particular requested
loco being 47309.
Newly preserved 37264
has been given a home on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and is expected to
depart Wigan CRDC for Grosmont early next week.
New photo of 45060 added