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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:

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: 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


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

News – 17/09/11


Work continues at Toddington on backdating 37248 to D6948.  The fully overhauled and tested steam generator was delivered to Toddington on Wednesday 10th August and craned into the prepared boiler compartment of the loco. Further work now remains to install and connect up the required fuel, water and steam pipework, together with electrical connections. It is hoped the unit will be steamed inside the loco for the first time in the near future.

The No 1 cab end buffers have been removed ready for round buffers to be fitted and the prototype bufferbeam skirts based on the original manufactures drawings have been trial fitted.

Further details and photos can be found on The Growler Group’s Website

Phil Seymour’s photo of 37 248 and the prototype buffer beam skirts:

D1041 Western Prince Update

As well as purchasing NBL MAN power units, doing record breaking engine transplants on D7076 and ever nearing completion, with one of the most detailed overhauls a preserved loco has ever seen, D9531. The Bury Hydraulic Group is also surging ahead with the complete general overhaul of resident class 52 loco D1041 Western Prince.

Stopped in September 2004 with a noisey input bearing on A-end Transmission, the last 7 years out of use has seen D1041 spend a large amount of time in store. However the tide is turning and inside 41 is starting to look like a whole new locomotive. Aswell as the complete mechanical re-build of A-end; Engine, Cooler group, Replacement transmission, all motors and auxiallry machines. Major bodywork repairs, bogie overhauls and more, the decision was made in August last year to do a complete locomotive re-wire. This was after a detailed assessment of the locos electrics revealed that 50 years of hard work had taken its toll. The loco was plauged with earth faults, the cubicles were damp and rotten, the desks corroded and with the loco currently stopped, the oppertunity was siezed.

Since August 2010, Prince has seen a huge amount of work undertaken within B-end of the loco. We are now confident in saying we are about a third the way through the extensive re-wire. The cab and desk were both stripped out to a hollowed frame and the corrosion was tackled. The two control cubicles in B-end were also stripped bare and every individual contact/relay/terminal bar were stripped down to nuts and bolts for thorough testing and rebuilding. With B-end cab now well in the stages of re-assembly, one cubicle has been refitted once re-wired, and the looms of control wire that feed B-end, from the drivers desk as far as the boiler room half way down the loco have been completely renewed. Work is now focussing on the boiler room with the dual brake control box removed last week, this was stripped out and is nearing completion ready to be re-fitted. A-end cab will now be stripped bare and the same treatment given. All work is being carried out to the highest standards.

The shear amount of cable within the loco makes it a costly job, as does the need to renew the 95mm2 power cables that feed the batteries/dynostarters/AVRs, and four of these run the full length of the loco cab to cab. At this stage we arent going to announce an expected return date, as we want all work to be done thoroughly, but a good couple of years still lie ahead. However with progress being made at a fantastic rate, the future is looking brighter for the infamous and much loved locomotive.

For further details as to how you can donate and help us bring this legend back to life, and keep up to date with progress, please log onto

Photos and writing courtesy of Matthew Lindley

East Lancs Diesels

A selection of Colin Partington’s photos of 33109 and D335 out in action on the ELR Sunday 4th September 2011:

Great Central Railway Diesel Gala

A selection of Colin Partington’s photos from the GCR Diesel Gala Friday 9th September 2011

Severn Valley Western 10th September 2011

D1062 approaches Arley with the 1155 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster Service – Photo Bill Pizer

D1062 arrives at Arley with the 1330 Kidderminster to  Bridgnorth Service – Photo Bill Pizer


Dave Bramley’s photos of 1842 (47192) after a quick repaint at Crewe Heritage Centre, now with full yellow ends and no ‘D’ numbers.


Glyn Williams photos of Triumph at work on the Bodmin & Wenford railway on September 10th 2011 – she is seen running around her train at Bodmin Parkway in the afternoon and also dropping down the hill towards Parkway on the morning trip.

The Timetable and Loco Diagrams for the Bodmin Diesel Gala being held over 24th and 25th September can be downloaded here Bodmin Sept 2011 Diesel Gala

Posted September 17, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

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

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Diesel Gala – 1st & 2nd October

Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway Diesel Gala – 1st & 2nd October

The annual diesel gala at Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway takes place on Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd October and will feature locomotives from the home fleet together with a guest locomotive that has been requested.

North British shunter D2767 and Gronk D3558 (08443) will work a top & tail train, and 20020 will be appearing after its year-long loan spell at the Wensleydale Railway.

From the Sulzer stable there’s 26024 & 27001, and for EE fans there’s the newly repainted & named 37175 “W.S. Sellar”.

Also featuring group sales stands and on-train buffet serving snacks & real ale.

Timetables are here:

Saturday 1st October

Sunday 2nd October

More details can be found at the SRPS Diesel Group website

Posted September 9, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

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

News – 27/08/11

D7523 to leave the WSR

As a result of a change of ownership of Class 25 No D7523 “John F. Kennedy” the locomotive will be leaving the West Somerset Railway in early September 2011 for a new home at North Weald on the Epping and Ongar Heritage Railway.  The Class 25 has been based at Williton Diesel Depot in the care of the Diesel & Electric Preservation Group for the last 15 years. Its last day in service will be Sunday 4th September. 

See WSR website link for further details,

Severn Valley Railway – Additional Diesel Turns on 4th September

Due to a request for a enhanced timetable (tableC) on Sunday 4th Sept 2011 D821 will now work the 9.55/1.30 deps from Kidderminster and 11.55/3.40 deps from Bridgnorth, 37906 will work the same diagram on Saturday 3rd Sept as booked.

Recent photos

33035 is seen at Wirksworth on 20th August, photos courtesy of Graham Turner

 40106 seen in primer and the roof in undercoat at Washwood Heath on 25th August, photo courtesy of Neil Boden

Posted August 27, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

Waverley Route “driver for a fiver”

Ever wanted to take the controls of a railway locomotive yourself, or drive on the legendary Waverley Route high on the wild hills of southern Scotland? Well now you can!

On Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th September the WRHA will be offering “Driver for a Fiver” footplate experience turns on ex- Army Ruston diesel shunter no. 110 over our running line at Whitrope. Under the guidance of our expert staff, you’ll learn how to safely operate the locomotive before taking it for a run down the line, working the controls and the brakes all by yourself!

The event is open to anyone 18 years of age or older (sorry, under 16s can’t travel in the driving cab). If you don’t fancy taking the controls yourself, we can also offer rides in the loco cab with our own staff in the driving seat.

Demand is expected to be high, so we recommend you email us on with your preferred day and time and we’ll aim to book you a timed slot. The centre will be open from 10am till 4pm on both day, with the heritage centre and buffet car in operation throughout. We look forward to welcoming you.

Waverley Route Heritage Association – and

Whitrope Heritage Centre, Whitrope, Hawick, Roxburghshire. TD9 9TY

Posted August 17, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News