News – 14/09/11

Class 15 D8233 acquires bogies

The Class 15 Preservation society has been given a recent boost, with the acquisition of a pair of ex class 15 bogies from the Crewe Heritage trust. These bogies were originally donated by ABB Crewe works to Crewe Heritage trust when D8233 was located there. They have now donated these on to the C15PS and are quite important as the axles have the correct gear wheel ratio for the ex- Irish loco MV137 traction motors pinions which were acquired whilst the loco was at Crewe. The wheel sets under D8233 do not and without the replacement wheel-sets the project would have faced very costly measures to get 4 pinions with the correct ratio made. So our thanks go to the Crewe Heritage Trust for these, without them the final phase in D8233’s restoration would have been much harder.

The bogies are now on site at Bury and will be assessed with a view to restoring them to go under D8233, however there is much work involved, parts will need to swapped over and 3rd party attachments removed. The bogies may not be able to be restored for use under D8233 if damage to the frames or spring gear is beyond repair. The wheel-sets though are and if the case, they will be removed for renovation.

At present work on D8233 is concentrating on the upper sole bar level and it will be sometime before attention is turned to bogie restoration.

Photos below are courtesy of Chris Baily and show the bogies being loaded & transported from Crewe Heritage Centre.

55022 to haul Lincoln Christmas Market railtour

We are delighted to advise that ‘Royal Scots Grey’ is planned to operate SRPS Railtours excursion from Linlithgow to the wonderfull Christmas Market at the historic city of Lincoln once again. Brief details for the train on Friday 2nd December are shown below and a booking form is available below.  Thanks very much to SRPS Railtours for using 55 022 again and we hope that there will be sufficient additional bookings made just to travel behind 22 to balance their books to cover the additional charges compared to using a normal ‘fleet loco and ensure that tours starting in Scotland will continue.  If you can join us on the day, please do so!!

From LINLITHGOW, Edinburgh Waverley, Drem, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Alnmouth*, Morpeth*, Cramlington*, Newcastle upon Tyne*, Durham*

Christmas Special to the historic cathedral city of Lincoln and its Christmas Market. (Tour organised jointly with North East Railtours) – details & provisional times can be found on the SRPS Railtours website, here:

Fare £62   (Child £45)         First Class £89

* Fare £59   (Child £45)         First Class £84 *

Booking form: or at

Submissions to Preserved Diesels

A new page has been created with standard requirements for submitting to Preserved Diesels, if all contributors could please have a quick read over it before emailing us photos it would be appreciated. It can be found at or by clicking the tab link at the top of this page.

… and finally

We’ll be updating again in a few days with the rest of the recent images we’ve been sent, so don’t worry if your photos aren’t on this posting.


Posted September 14, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News