News – 7/9/11

Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala – 23/24/25 September

Friday 23rd to Friday 25th September sees what is billed as a “Heavy Haul” gala at the Mid Norfolk Railway.

Whilst we are still working to secure more Type 5 power there will be a 2 train service involving the vacuum braked set too, this will mean use of the home fleet – at this stage the plan is for 37003 (numbered as 003!) and 37219 to work singly and in a pair – this will be 219’s farewell to the railway after a year long stay.

31438, which is due to leave the railway, will see extensive use over the weekend having been added to the programme – should 31235 become mechanically good – then they will operate in a pair.

A time-table is available at

RB004 working at Midland Railway Centre

Northumbria Rail Ltd’s BRE-Leyland Railbus RB004 has recently moved to the Midland Railway Centre, and is currently stored at Swanwick Junction.

It has been arranged that it will work at the DMU gala this weekend alongside two other units – the website at states:

Departure Times from Butterley:

Saturday will see the 3-car 127 set, prototype BREL Railbus RB004 and the Hastings DEMU unit 1001 in operation (Hastings unit visiting on a railtour) on an intensive timetable from around 10.00 to 21.00. There will be a real ale bar through the day and a fish ‘n’ chip meal train around 19.00. Progress on the various restoration projects will be viewable, with 35 multiple unit vehicles on site during the day.

Sunday will be a little less hectic, with the 127 and RB004 working a half hourly diagram between 10.00 and 17.30.

For more information ring Butterley Station on 01773 747674

The next move for RB004 has not been confirmed as yet, so if any other lines would be interested in using it please get in touch via enquiries (at) or

55002 KOYLI  now ready to go to North Yorkshire Moors

No 2 engine had new injectors fitted last Sunday as we were to happy with the running of the engine.  It now sounds a lot better. The straight air brake was adjusted in number 2 cab as it would only read 50 psi.  It now is at the correct reading of 75 psi.  New buffer beam air pipes were also fitted.

The loco is now ready for the NYMR diesel gala, it did around 15 trips up and down the yard at York the previous weekend with no faults showing up.

The convoy for the NYMR is now expected to leave on the Wednesday before the gala, but it can be subject to change.

Photos below courtesy of Pete Stojanovic

Severn Valley locos

D8059 stabled at Kidderminster Station 4/9/11- photo Bill Pizer

D821 arrives at Arley with the 13.30 Kidderminster-Bridgnorth 4/9/11 - photo Bill Pizer

D821 runs round - photo Cary Barrett

West Somerset locos

D7523 is seen approaching Williton with the 1400 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead complete with a commemorative headboard - 4/9/11 - photo Neil Walkling

D832 'Onslaught' at Bishops Lydeard with the 1000 to Minehead - 4/9/11 - photo Neil Walkling

D832 at Williton with the 1600 Bishops Lydeard - Minehead - photo Neil Walkling

Preserved Diesels out on the mainline

55022 heads the Dorset Deltic Explorer on 3/9/11 - photo Mark V Pike

55022 heads the Dorset Deltic Explorer on 3/9/11 - photo Mark V Pike

55022 heads the Dorset Deltic Explorer on 3/9/11 - photo Mark V Pike

55022 heads the Dorset Deltic Explorer on 3/9/11 - photo Cary Barrett

50044 on a light engine move on 2/9/11 - photo Mark V Pike

… and finally – photographs for submission to Preserved Diesels

To keep the bandwidth down and assist & speed up the editing time for postings on Preserved Diesels, could we please ask that photographic submissions are no wider than 1024 pixels, with a filesize no larger than 1MB.

There is a finite amount of disk space that we get before being charged for the site, so to keep things running smoothly and reduce our workload a small amount of editing prior to submission may be necessary.

A number of photographers already assist us by editing in this way, which saves us a lot of time, disk space & bandwidth and is greatly appreciated.


Posted September 7, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News