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
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
A selection of photos from the recent East Lancs Railway Diesel Gala, courtesy of photographers Andrew Simpson, Neil Walkling & Bill Pizer.
Bo’ness Diesel Gala
Bo’ness are holding their summer Diesel Gala on Friday 27th July – Sunday 29th July. The current timetable and loco roster can be found Here
James Whincup’s photos of 33 002 out in action at the recent GCR Mail by Rail Event 08/07/12. 33 002 passes Swithland signal box on the Up Main with the 13:00 dep from Loughborough and 33 002 goes into Swithland Up Loop after its TPO run with the 14:40 dep from Loughborough:
Dicky White’s photo of 33 103 passing the site of Witton-le-Wear Station on the Weardale Railway 07/07/12:
Watercress Class 50
We all eagerly await 50 027 “Lion” hauling a passenger train on the Mid Hants Railway – Photo James Boylin
Engines at Weybourne
Bill Pizer’s photos of D6732 & 25057 at Weybourne 30/06/12:
37 003 To be Named
37 003 is being prepared for a “Special Event” this coming Friday 6th July, and for those of you that are watching on Facebook, Twitter or Loco Progress she will be doing this back in BR blue. As for the nature of the “Special Event”…. well, now that all the bits have arrived safely in Norfolk to make this event possible, we can at last make this official announcement.
37 003 will, on Friday 6th July, be joining in the Centenary celebrations of the Dereham Neatherd High School by being named
“Dereham Neatherd High School, 1912 – 2012“
She will carry these plates for twelve months as part of the school’s centenary year. We were honoured to be asked to do this for the school, and is testament to the groups prominent presence at the Mid Norfolk Railway and now within the local community.
The outline plan for Friday is as follows, if anybody would like to witness the event. As soon as we have something a bit firmer, you will hear it here first.
37003 plus vac set plus a.n.other loco as train ( 2 x TSO, 1 x BSO and FK). Naming at 1400, runs to Thuxton only where the other loco draws the train back to Dereham.
NO spare seats I’m afraid as its a private charter.
Test run possibly Thurs evening.
Rushden Mail by Rail Event
Bill Pizer’s photos of 31 206 in action at the Rushden Mail by Rail Event 01/07/12:
RHF’s last workings at the NNR 30/06/12
Bill Pizer’s photos of RHF’s last workings at the NNR. 55 019 at Sheringham with the 10.30 ex Holt, approaching Weybourne with the 12.45 Sheringham-Holt, departing Weybourne with the 12.45 Sheringham-Holt, arriving Weybourne with the 13.30 Holt-Sheringham, a worm’s eye view of the 14.15 Sheringham-Holt heading out of Weybourne, heading for Holt with the 15.45 ex Sheringham, nearing Weybourne with the 17.00 Sheringham-Holt: