Suburban Preservation are pleased to announce that after extensive engine work and bodywork repairs 31101 was started and ran under her own power on 25/6/2012, and a successful test run undertaken on the 26th to Shenton and back. This is the first time she has run since being stopped after the sept diesel gala in 2009. She should be out for the rails and ales weekend on the 14th and 15th July. Photos from Suburban Preservation
33 103 Hire
33 103 leaving Nemesis Rail’s Burton Upon Trent Depot for a period of hire to the Weardale Railway to cover a shortage of locomotives for their train services. Photo Martin Sargent:
SVR 1940’s Weekend
Owing to a shortage of steam locomotives, the SVR were forced to use both D8188 and D821 during their 1940’s event last Saturday. D8059 also worked on Sunday. David Coombs photo of D8188 leaving Kidderminster taken last Saturday:
WSR Diesel Running
The diesel loco allocations have changed slightly on various dates due to crew availability. The confirmed updated allocations are below.
MAJOR EVENTS INVOLVING DIESEL TRACTION
LATE SUMMER MIXED TRACTION GALA
SATURDAY 1ST- SUNDAY 2ND SEPT.
D7017, D9526, D1010 and D832
Diesel Running Dates 2012
Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th Thomas Weekend. D7017 in use.
Friday 13th. D7017 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 14th. D832 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Friday 20th. D832 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 21st. D832 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Friday 27th. D1661 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 28th. D832 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Friday 3rd. D7017 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 4th. WSR Rally D7017, D832 and DH16.
Sunday 5th. WSR Rally D7017, D832 and DH16.
Friday 10th. D1661 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 11th. D1010 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Friday 17th. D6566 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 18th. D6566 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Friday 24th. D7017 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 25th. D7017 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Friday 31st. D1661 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram
Saturday 8th. Camra Beer Festival. D1010 in use.
Sunday 9th. Camra Beer Festival. D1010 in use.
QB Lunch Trains
These are pre-bookable only via the WSR and are midweek lunch diners between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.
Weds 18th July. D6566
Weds 1st August. D6566
Weds 15th August. D6566
Weds 5th September. D6566
Weds 19th September. D6566
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
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 **
** The bus stop is on the other side of the main road from the station, outside County Hall.
Its a SMALL ENGINE SPECIAL at EOR this coming weekend…. Isabel will be hauling her first passenger trains on the branch on 23-24th June, with 03119 (also the first outing for this locomotive on passenger services) working the North Weald to Coopersale shuttle.
Meanwhile the Class 31 (31438) and 37 (D6729) will be operating 3CIG (which will have an additional coach to be a 4CIG!) on the Ongar to North Weald trains. When you get to Ongar, don’t forget to catch the Ongar Carnival on the SUNDAY, and to celebrate the Carnival EOR has a special surprise guest in the parade, and Victory will be on-hand and in steam in the station to welcome and cheer the carnival going past.
Our heritage buses run from the front door of Epping Station, and all of this is included in your great value ticket, which you can book now online: http://eorailway.co.uk/your-visit/booking-online/
WSR Diesel Gala
Ian Gould’s photos of the WSR Diesel Gala, 55022 approaches Watchet with the 11.45hrs Minehead to Bishops Lydeard service 15/06/12 and D6566 leaves Crowcombe with the 13.45hrs Bishops Lydeard to Minehead 16/06/12:
Neil Walkling’s photos of 55 022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ taken at Williton with the 1255 Bishops Lydeard – Minehead, also taken at Crowcombe Heathfield in poor lighting conditions, sadly not too untypical June.
D832, with D7017 at Bishops Lydeard and newly restored D6575:
Avon Valley Railway
Bill Pizer’s photos of 31 130 arriving at Bitton with the train from Oldland Common and Avon Riverside with the 13.50 ex Oldland Common 09/06/12:
GCR Diesel Gala 19th and 20th May 2012
Phil Seymour’s photos of 33 002 “Sea King” at the GCR Diesel Gala held on May 19th and 20th. The 33 is visiting the GCR for the summer.
York Flyer Railtour
Rob Maynard’s photos of 55 022 at Banbury and York with the recent York Flyer Railtour:
Tony Jones photo of RSG at Coventry during the 180 degree diversion from Campden Road, after a pantograph on a train snagged the wires and brought them down further up the line:
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
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
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
Different fates await D7029 and 20 177….
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 http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk.
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