News – 05/03/11

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20118 departs Buckfastleigh with a short PWay train 27/02/11 Photo courtesy Rob Sherwood

20118 departs Buckfastleigh with a short PWay train 27/02/11 Photo courtesy Rob Sherwood

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Visiting D7612 has been checked over and prepared for use on Engineers/PWay trains on the GWR during the next couple of weeks.  Perhaps a Class 25 will be seen at Cheltenham Racecourse before too long.  The GWR has recently suffered two serious embankment collapses.  Until funds can be raised the Railway will run in two separate sections – steam journeys from Cheltenham Race Course Station and diesel multiple unit (DMU) journeys from Toddington over the just opened section of track to Laverton and also towards Winchcombe to Hailes Abbey.  More details can be found here

D7612 at Winchcombe 02/03/11 Photo courtesy Phil Seymour

D7612 at Winchcombe 02/03/11 Photo courtesy Phil Seymour

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33012 is looking very good now that the bodywork and repainting is nearly finished, however the group has hit a major problem with the batteries now needing replacing. The cost of new batteries has been quoted at £4500, unfortunately the group had not budgeted for this additional cost which only come to light after the locomotive failed to start during testing. This is likely to delay 33012 returning to the Swanage Railway and being used on the mainline whilst the money is raised to purchase a new set of batteries. Donations can be sent to 71A Locomotive group, 1 Wayleaves, School Rd, Nomansland, Wilts. SP5 2BY.

33012 inside Eastleigh Works during the Eastleigh 100 Event Photo courtesy Phil Seymour

33012 inside Eastleigh Works during the Eastleigh 100 Event Photo courtesy Phil Seymour

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Bodywork restoration continues on 50044 at Cardiff.  The bodywork is in the process of being sanded down, filled and flattened back in preparation for repainting into BR Blue.  Further details can be found here

50044 in the process of being rubbed down and filled prior to repainting 28/02/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

50044 in the process of being rubbed down and filled prior to repainting 28/02/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

50044 and a Class 08 inside the shed at Pullman Rail, Cardiff Canton 28/02/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

50044 and a Class 08 inside the shed at Pullman Rail, Cardiff Canton 28/02/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

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‘ROYAL SCOTS GREY’ CELEBRATES 50 YEARS IN STYLE!!

As many will know 2011 marks the 50th anniversary of the introduction to British Railways service of the iconic production version of the English Electric Type 5 ‘Deltic’ Diesel-Electric locomotives.

It gives me great pleasure that the 1st of the Class to be built, 55 022 continues today to operate on the Main Lines of the UK Rail Network, still hauling long trains, carrying hundreds of passengers at a speed of 100 Miles Per Hour. I’m sure that this fact is something that the EE designers would not have thought possible, back in 1961 when the majority of the small fleet of 22 locomotives were delivered!!

Despite being the first of the type off the production line, D9000 was the second locomotive to be delivered from EE’s Vulcan Foundry, as the loco was slightly delayed following installation of its short lived experimental flashing headlight. D9001 began the types BR career on 23rd February 1961, D900 followed 5 days later on the 28th. The remaining Class members, followed steadily until D9021 made the last entry in to service on 16th March 1962.

D9000 was originally allocated to 64B, Edinburgh’s Haymarket depot, where she spent the majority of her working life. The loco was named ‘Royal Scots Grey’ at Edinburgh Waverley station on 18th June 1962 and re-numbered 55 022 as the EE Type 5s became Class 55 under the British Rail TOPS Scheme. The loco worked East Coast Main Line express services, until the type was replaced by the HST-High Speed Trains in 1976, and continued to earn her keep on secondary East Coast services and visited various parts of the UK during her final few months in BR Service working Railtours. The loco was the last to haul a passenger train in BR service, when she hauled the

return Edinburgh to Kings Cross leg of ‘The Deltic Scotsman Farewell’ on 2nd January 1982, arriving at Doncaster Works three days later before being purchased by the Deltic 9000 Fund for preservation, eventually leaving the works on 8th September 1983.

A few years in preservation followed, initially being based at the Nene Valley Railway and visits to open days and other preserved railways became routine. In 1996 the loco was moved to Glasgow St. Rollox works, where work was completed to re-gain main line certification allowing ‘RSG’, to be the first Deltic to haul a passenger train on the National Network, when she departed for Kings Cross on 30th November. Unfortunately 22 only managed to get as far as Berwick, but after a return to St. Rollox she settled in to a second mainline career working charters throughout much of Britain and also marked the Class’s return to scheduled work with regular operation for Virgin Trains. The owners changed their name to Deltic 9000 Locomotives Ltd. (DNLL) and made its final passenger journey under their ownership on 11th August 2002, completing a trip between Liverpool Street and Norwich. By this time DNLL’s finances were exhausted and the loco was stored at Hornsey TMD until purchased by Beaver Sports in July 2004.

A thorough overhaul and extensive renovation including re-skinning of most of the bodywork was completed by Deltic Preservation Society Commercial Services, Contractors at Barrow Hill, with the loco being once again registered for main lime operation in August 2006. The last 4 years have seen the loco work to many parts hauling passenger charters, as well as operating regularly at her East Lancashire Railway home and at other preserved railways and events.

To celebrate ‘Royal Scots Grey’s 50th birthday a series of special trains are being operated by Spitfire Railtours over the 1st weekend of March. Friday 4th see’s a Preston to London Euston ‘positioning move’, followed by the main tour on Saturday 5th, a very fitting Kings Cross to Edinburgh and return journey, exactly what D9000 was designed to do all those years ago!! Followed on the Sunday, by a Paddington to Preston journey, all three days giving a total of around 1250 miles of travel behind EE’s finest.

Full details and a booking form can be found on our website http://www.royalscotsgrey.com or can be obtained by calling Beaver Sports on 01484-512354. We hope that all will join us in wishing ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and happy 50th Birthday and we look forward to many more years enjoying that distinctive Napier roar throughout the UK……..

Thanks very much & best Wishes,

Martin Walker

55022 celebrates it's 50th Birthday at Bury 28/02/11 Photo courtesy Ken Carr

55022 celebrates it's 50th Birthday at Bury 28/02/11 Photo courtesy Ken Carr

55022 at Preston with the 1Z25 09.05 Preston to Euston 04/03/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

55022 at Preston with the 1Z25 09.05 Preston to Euston 04/03/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

55022 coasting on the Up Slow at Tamworth whilst working the 1Z25 09.05 Preston to Euston 04/03/11 Photo courtesy Neil Cannon

55022 coasting on the Up Slow at Tamworth whilst working the 1Z25 09.05 Preston to Euston 04/03/11 Photo courtesy Neil Cannon

55022 at London Euston after working the 1Z25 09.05 Preston to Euston 04/03/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

55022 at London Euston after working the 1Z25 09.05 Preston to Euston 04/03/11 Photo courtesy Jon Dunster

Midland Railway Centre – Butterley

33046 at Swanwick Junction 26/02/11 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

33046 at Swanwick Junction 26/02/11 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

D1048 at Swanwick Junction 26/02/11 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

D1048 at Swanwick Junction 26/02/11 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

D182 at Swanwick Junction 26/02/11 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

D182 at Swanwick Junction 26/02/11 Photo courtesy Bill Pizer

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Posted March 5, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News