News – 22/09/11

Mid Norfolk Diesel gala timetables

Links are here for this weekend’s diesel gala timetable and simplifier to see which loco works which train.

MNRFinal and Simplifier_MNR

37413 moves south from Bo’ness

After three years of preservation, almost all of that time stored at Bo’ness, 37413 has now moved south to the Nemesis Rail facility at the former Burton Wagon Shops.

37413 waits to depart Bo'ness on 21st September - photo Graham Scott

The Derwent Valley Light Railway Commemorative Running Day – Sunday 25th September‏

On 27th September 1981, the Derwent Valley Railway (as it was then called) ran its last train from York Layerthorpe to Dunnington and return using DVR No. 1 ‘Lord Wenlock’ (ex-BR Class 04 D2298). The original line, opened in 1913, ran from Layerthorpe to Cliffe Common near Selby. To commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the closure of the line, the present Derwent Valley Light Railway Society will be running trains on Sunday 25th September using ex-BR and Isle of Wight ‘celebrity’ Class 03 03079 and certain trains will carry the actual “DVR Farewell” headboard which was carried on the last train. It is hoped that a number of former DVLR employees will be in attendance to mark the event and there will be a display of photographs depicting the final years of the Derwent Valley Railway in the ticket office of the former Wheldrake station, which is now situated within the Yorkshire Museum of Farming (Murton Park).

Please note that access to the DVLR is via the Yorkshire Museum of Farming; the entrance fee gives access to the museum and unlimited train rides. More information and timetables can be found on our website: http://www.dvlr.org.uk/

Ecclesbourne Valley Railway – Wirksworth

Class 20 loco D 8001 should by now have returned to Wirksworth after repairs at Boden’s in Washwood Heath.

33035 will debut in public service on the weekend of 22/23 October. On the Saturday it is planned to operate all the Duffield services, but on the Sunday it will alternate with a DMU so it can also do some runs on the 1 in 27 incline to Ravenstor.

See: http://www.e-v-r.com/events/ for details.

As an experiment, instead of shutting down at the end of October, in November EVR are going to run passenger trains on Saturdays only to Duffield, with a modified timetable, to see if demand exists. Trains will leave Wirksworth at 11.20, 13.20 and 15.20. Returning from Duffield 12.10, 14.10 and 16.10. These will connect at Duffield with EMT services to and from Matlock and Derby.

Photo below shows 33035 whilst on  a loaded test run to Duffield on the 9th September – photo courtesy of Richard Buckby

Recent photos from the NYMR Diesel Gala

A fine selection of photos from Neil Walkling & Bill Pizer, with the first shot from Neil taken of the convoy at Guisdale.

.. and finally, from one end of the country to the other

50042 on an ECS movement at Bodmin 13/09/11 - Photo John Donohoe

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Posted September 22, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News