News – 03/05/12

37250 Running Weekend – 22nd to 24th June

At the Wensleyde Railway, newly operational 37250 will be pulling its first trains in preservation and partaking in its first running weekend between Friday 22nd & Sunday 24th June.

It is planned to use the 37 on 3 round trips per day plus a beerex on both Friday and Saturday night. The opposite diagram will be operated by 20166 and 20121 may put in an appearance depending on batteries.

Timetabling will be done around the WR peak timetable but will feature an extra working or two.

37250 is NOT likely to work any more trains over the summer as the outward appearance is less than desirable to the general public.

This is a chance to prove to the WR management that these weekends can turn a profit after some poor returns last year (see link). The owners of 37250 have made the effort to get the loco available in good time so that the WR can hopefully see the benefit of diesel haulage.

Definitely a case of “use it or lose it”.

West Somerset Railway

MAJOR EVENTS INVOLVING DIESEL TRACTION

JUNE MIXED TRAFFIC WEEKEND

FRIDAY 15TH-SUNDAY 17TH 2012
various visiting locos and the debut of newly overhauled  Class 33 D6575.
D6566, D6575, D7017, D832, D1661, D1010 and DH16.

LATE SUMMER MIXED TRACTION GALA
SATURDAY 1ST- SUNDAY 2ND SEPT.
D7017, D1010 and D832

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Diesel Running Dates 2012

July

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th  Thomas Weekend. D7017 in use.

Friday 13th. D7017 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Saturday 14th. D1010 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Friday 20th. D6575 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

August

Friday 3rd. D7017 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Saturday 4th. WSR Rally  D7017, D6575 and DH16.

Sunday 5th. WSR Rally  D7017, D6575 and DH16.

Friday 10th. D1661 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Saturday 11th. D1010 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Friday 17th. D6575 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Saturday 18th. D6575 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Friday 24th. D1010 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Saturday 25th. D1010 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

Friday 31st. D1661 on the 11:40 BL diesel diagram

September

Saturday 8th. Camra Beer Festival. D1010 in use.

Sunday 9th. Camra Beer Festival. D1010 in use.

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QB Lunch Trains

These are pre-bookable only via the WSR and are midweek lunch diners between Bishops Lydeard and Minehead.

Weds 18th July. D6575

Weds 1st August. D6575

Weds 15th August. D6575

Weds 5th September. D6575

Weds 19th September. D6575

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Diesel Driver Experience courses, various dates available please see:-
http://www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk

IMAGE GALLERY – a selection of recent photos from around the UK

D306 (40 106) passing Nuneaton on 27th April 2012 en route from Washwood Heath to Ruddington – photo  Mark Barber

D7629 calls at Rushcliffe Halt with the 12.39 Loughborough-Ruddington, D306 approaches Rushcliffe Halt with the 12.50 Ruddington-Loughborough, 20154 awaits departure from Rushcliffe Halt with the 13.39 Loughborough-Ruddington, 47765 arrives at Ruddington with the 14.39 ex Loughborough, 47292 departs Ruddington in a downpour with the 15.50 to Loughborough. D8007, 37009, 46010, 56097, E6016, 31454 & 31601 at Ruddington … all photos taken on  29/4/12 – Bill Pizer

D182, 31418, D1048 at Swanwick on 28/4/12 – Bill Pizer

33053 worked at the Mid Hants Spring Steam Gala on Saturday 24 March. Due to a lineside fire between Four Marks and Meadstead and Alton trains were topped and tailed including the use of resident 33053.

33012 was in use at the Swanage Railway on Friday 27 April helping with ECS duties with a UK Railtours steam charter with Clan Line from London. D6515 seen at Swanage basking in the sunshine.

86259 seen at Euston on the final Railway Touring Company successful Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express tour prior to departure to Carnforth, the loco seen at Euston in the morning of 12th April 2012.

31270 seen in service on the Easter weekend at Peak Rail top and tailing with a steam loco. Photos Simon Hulse

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Posted May 3, 2012 by presnews in PD News 2012, Preserved Diesels News