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Due to other commitments which are hindering news updates and keeping our inbox clogged with an ever increasing number of emails, from today the Preserved Diesels website will be taking an enforced sabbatical, until further notice.

We will try and update the Facebook page as & when we can, but the main news site will be locked down until such time as we find ourselves in a position to carry out more frequent updates.

Please accept our sincere apologies.

Matt Stoddon & Phil Seymour

Posted August 2, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

Baby Deltic Project Update

Unexpected bogies!

Having only just mounted their loco (37372) on Brighton Belle accommodation bogies and issued a press release last week the Baby Deltic Project (BDP) learnt the following day that a pair of Class 20 bogies had been made available to them.

The bogies are surplus to the requirements of Direct Rail Services Ltd and have already been delivered to Barrow Hill.

Although they are minus traction motors / gearcases and brake cylinders this is a massive step forward for the project.

Said project spokesman Simon Hartshorne “This has come out of the blue, we are very grateful indeed to DRS for making these bogies available to us, two weeks ago we were faced with a seemingly impossible search for bogies and now we are well on the way to having everything that we need to complete the recreation of a Baby Deltic.”

“People have been very supportive during our six months of need, we certainly found out who our friends were when we needed help. We owe a debt of gratitude to the 5BEL Trust for loaning us accommodation bogies to keep us mobile and to Barrow Hill Roundhouse for giving us a home.”

“We’ll start to draw up a plan for the conversion which will be published in due course, but for the meantime we are back on track.”

 

Apologies everyone for the issue of the previous press release – that’ll teach me to read the inbox from the first message up! Matt

Posted August 2, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

East Lancs Diesel Gala Photo Gallery

A selection of photos from the recent East Lancs Railway Diesel Gala, courtesy of photographers Andrew Simpson, Neil Walkling & Bill Pizer.

Posted July 17, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

Border Union Railway official opening – 1st July 2012

On Sunday 1st July the Border Union Railway officially opens at Whitrope. Situated between Hawick & Newcastleton the UK’s newest heritage line to open is at the highest point on the old Carlisle-Edinburgh “Waverley Route”.

The date also marks to the day 150 years since the opening of the original “Border Union Railway”, the North British Railway’s link between Carlisle & Hawick, which joined the Edinburgh & Hawick Railway, so providing a link right through which was known from the start as the Waverley Route.

Railbus RB004 is the guest traction, courtesy of Northumbria Rail, and will provide all runs up & down the line between 1000hrs & 1600hrs. Current available running line length is only around 1/4 mile, but almost 3/4 mile has been laid and will be opened in stages. With the future potential for several miles of 1 in 75 ruling gradient the line offers some of the most spectacular scenery of any heritage railway.

The official opening ceremony will take place at 1400hrs and will be carried out by stalwart Waverley Route campaigner Madge Elliot and MSP John Lamont.

Tickets are £5 Adults, £2.50 Child, which includes a return journey and admission to Whitrope Heritage Centre where a new display showing the line being built between 1859-62 and details about the navvies has just been set up. Refreshments are also available in our buffet coach.

See the Waverley Route Heritage Association website http://wrha.org.uk/news/ for further information on this special event and the Border Union Railway website http://www.borderunionrailway.co.uk/ for 2012 opening dates.

 Border Union Railway, Whitrope, Hawick, Roxburghshire. TD9 9TY

Railbus RB004 sits in the platform at Whitrope for gauging trials. Photo courtesy WRHA

Railbus RB004 sits in the platform at Whitrope for gauging trials. Photo courtesy WRHA

Posted June 24, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

English Electric Running Weekend at the Wensleydale Railway

Friday 22 June, Saturday 23 June and Sunday 24 June

Featuring: 37250, 20166 and 20121

• First passenger runs of 37250 in preservation
• Welcome back 20166
• Peak season timetable (6 return trips daily)
• Beerex on Friday & Saturday Evenings
• Great value multi-day Rover Ticket (2 days £22; 3 days £30)
• Hot food on site
• Double- and single-headed class 20s

All traction subject to availability

Click here for the special weekend timetable

Click here for the working timetable (including details of rostered locomotives, subject to availability)

FREE special bus service between Northallerton station and Leeming Bar
(in addition to Dales & District services 73 (Mon-Sat) and 856 (Sunday))

Northallerton Station **
 0925  1030
 
Leeming Bar
 0950  1055
 
 Leeming Bar
 1750  1840
 
Northallerton Station
 1815 1905

** The bus stop is on the other side of the main road from the station, outside County Hall.

Posted June 21, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

50027 moving to Mid Hants

A news release from the owners of 50027:

It comes with mixed emotion to inform you all of our intention to quit the NYMR.

As you may be aware the railway has changed recently and for reasons I wont go into, this has stopped us from providing the loco to them in a fully serviceable condition.

Various railways were considered and we have taken up a very good offer from the Mid Hants to base the loco at Ropley. We will be part of the general diesel fleet but with our input we have also been offered some booked / advertised running.

A lorry has been booked to take us back south, this should take place during the middle of next week.

We have made many, many friends during our time in Grosmont and have been proud to feature in some very good diesel galas and loco running on what is probably the UK’s premier line but we feel we have no other option than moving.

50027 Lion made its preservation debut on 17 May 1992, when it worked a number of trains on the Mid Hants Railway. Lion passes Bishop's Sutton on the Mid Hants with the 15:15 Alton to Alresford service under a cloudless sky. Photo courtesy of Martin Loader

50027 Lion made its preservation debut on 17 May 1992, when it worked a number of trains on the Mid Hants Railway. Lion passes Bishop’s Sutton on the Mid Hants with the 15:15 Alton to Alresford service under a cloudless sky. Photo courtesy of Martin Loader

A full size image of 50027 at the Mid Hants can be found on Martin Loader’s website, at http://www.hondawanderer.com/50027_Bishops_Sutton_1992.htm

Posted June 8, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

Photo gallery – 03/06/12

Posted June 3, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News

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