Archive for the ‘PD News 2011’ Category

News – 29/12/11


Chris Moxon has supplied the following update and photos from Cheddleton:

33021 Captain Charles stabled in the bay at Cheddleton.  This loco remains the railway’s only operating mainline diesel and has recently seen unexpected use as a top & tail engine for Santa Specials following problems with one of the run round loops.

33102’s restoration continues in the carriage works.  Work is currently concentrating of replacement of the woodwork inside the cabs.

Finally, Class 37, 37075, in the yard in October, recently returned from Oakamoor after contract bodywork but reported elsewhere to be for sale.

GWR Small Sulzers

Work continues at Toddington on 24081’s  bodywork overhaul and preparation for a full repaint.  Photos from Phil Seymour:

Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society

News Update December 2011

This month we welcome lots of new news subscribers. As a reminder, if you would like to see the archive of messages that were sent before you signed up, then just open this email in your browser (The link is at the top right of the message) and one of the options at the top of the page is to view the archive.

The Big News – The engine.

      • As we hope you will by now be aware, we have secured an original English Electric 16SVT engine. 16 Cylinders, 247 Litres and about 1600HP.
      • This is the same type of engine that was used in LMS 10000 and 10001, right down to the fact it has the correct Brown Boveri turbochargers
      • This is a major step forward in the project as it gives us the heart of the loco. Now with the correct engine we can be confident that the shape and sound of the recreation will be as close to the original as possible.
      • We need to raise funds to pay for it in full  – so please go to our fundraising page and donate if you can. Donations to the “Buy a Litre for 10000” campaign are great, but all donations are welcome.
      • The Engine was originally built in Preston as a Mk1, but has been partially uprated with some Mk2 components. It was used as a standby generator in a “Government building” and so has had very little running. Our CME has fully inspected it  (and Winterised it) and declared it to be in A1 condition with very low hours.
      • The engine is stored away safely. We aren’t publicising its location too much because of the possibility of souvenir hunters or metal thieves (nobody on this list – but you never know who reads this once it is out on the internet)


      • We have come across even more existing drawings, may of which are unique to The Twins. The drawings are appearing from a number of different sources.
      • A start has been made on a serious design proposal document, which will outline the key design decisions. We intend to put this before the society membership in the new year to get feedback.
      • Even more historic documents have been brought to us from readers, thanks to all of those who submitted copies of documents. We are always looking for more, so if you happen to have some ageing drawing, photo or manual, please let us know — we would love to have a copy.
      • We are in talks to secure some of the existing contemporary parts we know of.  We can’t give details until we have them firmly in our hands but watch this space… (this is in addition to the engine)
      • A historical archive is making further progress with information from many sources (Books, Manuals, film, photos etc), again, any donations or copies would be appreciated – Especially if you have photographs we can get rights to use.
      • We are getting a steady stream of people signing up to news & information from the website, and this has increased again over what we had last month.
      • We have had initial and very preliminary talks with the certification authorities to understand more clearly exactly what the project needs to achieve for certification (both for possible mainline running and for heritage railway use).
      • We have filled our archivist role, one of our members has stepped in to help. We are still looking for specialists in a number of areas, see below.
      • We have also been in touch with some of the crew of the original locos, they are sharing their memories and stories with us. We hope to bring them to you over coming months.


      • We have had more publicity this month in a number of magazines.
      • Most of the coverage has been good and accurate. A few, more searching questions have been asked both in the press and on forums, which is a generally good thing. We do need to answer some of these questions, and we intend to prove the project as we move forward.
      • Whilst it doesn’t make sense to get into a full discussion in a newsletter, it is worth bearing in mind that “If you don’t try, it will definitely never happen”, and that some of the other new build projects mentioned didn’t start with a vast stack of drawings, and numerous major components still in existence. That said, questions about support and fundraising ability are valid – it is going to be the hardest part of the project, by a long way.


      • Our fundraising plan has kicked off with the “Buy a Litre for 10000” campaign – giving you the chance to see you name down on a plaque in the engine room of the locomotive, and recording your input as one of the founders of this project. There won’t be another chance to be one of the first few. Details are here.
      • Expect other fundraising activities over the coming months as we move forward.
      • We are putting together a calendar of events for 2012, we hope to attend galas and other events, with a stand – if you have suggestions as to where we should attend, please let us know. Also if you could help out, we would be very interested to hear from you.
      • The website is getting approx. 2600 hits/month,   This has increased from 2350 in November,  900 in October and  750 in September
      • has moved right up the google rankings, this helps us with visibility and enables us to attract visitors who might not otherwise have stumbled across us. The more searches people do for LMS 10000 the better as every click to our page and every “+1” makes us more visible
      • Charity registration (important for Gift aid etc..) is ongoing, we have been seeking guidance from the Heritage Railway Association. This is an area where we haven’t made the progress we would have desired. We would love to hear from readers who have experience in this area and can assist.

What we need;

      • We need more volunteers who want to be in at the start of this exciting project. At the moment we are specifically looking for;
        • Graphic designer; we could really do with a decent logo(and this authors skills just aren’t up to it…)
        • Charity experience; As we apply for charity registration we would benefit from the experience of somebody who has done this before and can help.
        • Power Electrical/Electronics; One of the big questions we need to answer is how to build the control system. Depending on the source of traction motors, generator and controls we may have to modify or replace the original control systems and we need to strengthen project expertise in this area.
        • Film Making; We would love to hear from any commercial film makers who would be interested in covering the project.
      • Any drawings, data or info on the locomotives, especially including photos or video that we can gain rights to reuse for the project.
      • Info about any original parts that may still exist, or ones that might be converted for use.
      • Tell your friends, we need as many people as possible.  Ask them to visit and subscribe to this news letter.


  •    We actively encourage feedback. If you have suggestions, information or criticism (Constructive preferably)  then please let us know by email, by web-forum, twitter or Facebook. Likewise if  you have specific questions about the project, feel free to get in touch and we will do our best to answer them.
  •    If you would like to join us at future meetings, let us know and we’ll make sure you are on the invite list.

How to contact us;

Twitter:       @LMS10000


Post:          IDRS, Flat 40, River Court, Catherine Road, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 4EY



Posted December 29, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

The Preserved Diesels Team would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Thank you to everyone who has supported and contributed to this site over the past year.  We hope that we have kept viewers as up to date as we can, not always an easy task fitting around work, life and preservation…..

2011 has been an excellent year for preservation, hoping that 2012 continues in the same way!

Personal highlights for me have to be D7612 at the Severn Valley Railway Gala and helping 37 248 to steam for the “first” time.  I’m sure that Matt’s will be the return to service and then the naming of 37 175!

Enjoy the festive season!

Phil Seymour and Matt Stoddon


Posted December 22, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

News – 18/12/11

D8059 on SVR PWay Duties

D8059 was utilised on PWay Dtuies on Friday 9th December on one of the initial positioning moves in conjunction with the forthcoming relaying works at Foley Park early next year.  D8059 will remain operational throughout the winter and will be based at Bewdley for the duration of relaying works.

David Coombs has kindly sent in the following photos showing  D8059 at Kidderminster loading concrete sleepers, in the siding at Eardington picking up loaded ballast hoppers, From the brake van between Hampton Loade and Highley and waiting at Highley to cross a passenger service.

1Z55 Worcester-Perth Chartex 29/11/11‏

A selection of Bill Pizer’s photos from 55 022’s 1Z55 Worcester to Perth Chartex 29/11/11.   RSG pauses at York, about to leave Edinburgh, after arrival at Perth.

RSG runs round at Perth, about to leave Perth and about to leave Edinburgh.

GCR Santa Trains 10/12/11

Bill Pizer’s photos of D8098 at Woodthorpe with the 11.00 Loughboro’-Leicester North and at Rothley with the 12.30 Loughboro’-Leicester North Santa Train.

ELR 26th and 31st December 2011

D335 will now operate on 26th & 31st December on the East Lancs instead of the advertised DMU



Posted December 18, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

Recent photos

To clear most of the backlog in our inbox here are a few photos taken in the last 2-3 months.

D1010 & 37275 photos courtesy of Joe Bloggs:

Swanwick & 31144 photos courtesy of Bill Pizer

37250 photo courtesy of Brian Sherrington

Posted December 13, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

Epping & Ongar Railway update

This week the railway has welcomed three additions to its fleet. 03 119 has arrived from the West Somerset Railway, and has been unloaded at North Weald. The team have been fitting new starter motors to this, and hope she will be “in traffic” next week. (Photos of 03119 courtesy of Sean Sharples)

In addition the 3CIG 1498 has also been loaded coach by coach and transported from Swanage Railway to Epping Ongar (Photo courtesy of Simon Hanney), where it has been reunited into the three car set. The plan is to use the 3CIG, with the addition of green TSO 4925 when needed, to form an air braked set to run with heritage diesels.

The Thumper has been released with the rails finally connected to Platform 2 at Ongar, and moved under its own power out onto the mainline, ready for a trip over the servicing pit prior to running tests. Footage of its first moves under its own power are on EOR TV

Work is continuing on our vac braked coaches, as we look towards having a vac rake ready for passengers next year.

Meanwhile away from the rolling stock, work is continuing on the all-important infrastructure, including the signalling, and we are pleased to have received the original Ongar lever frame, which was saved from North Woolwich by ORPS and has been made available to EOR. This 30 lever Saxby & Farmer frame has been lifted back into position in a signalbox at Ongar, and the flooring altered in the former Spellbrook signalbox to accommodate access hatches to the locking trays. Many of the signals Ongar box will control are now in position, many being restored prior to their install and some are original SGE searchlight signals, which were once common all over East Anglia, indeed our Class 31 & 37 will be familiar with the very signals we have installed from working through their former home at Colchester! Work on the signalling of North Weald is also progressing well, with all the platform starter semaphore signals now installed and over the next few weeks these will be connected to the lever frame.

Work is continuing on the track, with the team working to replace sleepers down the line, within the new track formations and through the stations, in readiness for our tamper to do its stuff, as we get the line ready to run regular services.

The team continues to grow, we always have a warm welcome for a new face, and we are especially grateful to those who come down in all weathers, as we put in place the last few elements that go to make a safe, successful and interesting heritage railway for all tastes.

Posted December 11, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

News – 11/12/11

Diesel Engine Secured by LMS 10000 Project

The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society has successfully reached a major milestone by securing an English Electric 16SVT Diesel engine for use in its recreation of the historic LMS 10000 locomotive.

Locomotive No. 10000 was built in the 1940s by the London, Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS), before being taken over in the formation of British Rail.  It was the first prototype mainline diesel locomotive, and set the shape of diesel traction for decades to come. It was scrapped in the late 60’s before the railway preservation movement had turned its attention to diesel locomotives.

The Ivatt Diesel Recreation Society (IDRS), a “not for profit” organisation,  are building a replica of the locomotive, using existing parts as well as new build components, the English Electric Diesel engine secured will be the heart of this project. The engine is a contemporary unit to the original loco, and is in very good condition having been used as a power unit for a standby generator. It has 16 Cylinders and produces 1600 HP. It weighs nearly 20 tons.

To raise funds for the engine, and its transport and storage, the IDRS is launching a fundraising campaign which features the ability to sponsor “A Litre for 10000”. The EE 16SVT diesel engine is of 247 litres capacity, and each of those 247 litres will be available for sponsorship for the price of 10000 pence (£100) each.

More information can be found on the IDRS website at

D1041 Western Prince – Report for fitting of the replacement transmission

Saturday the 3rd of December saw the replacement transmission fitted to A-end of D1041 Western Prince. It was decided to carry this out before the harsh depths of winter set in and saw a busy couple of weeks getting everything ready. The original A-end Transmission was the reason for D1041’s withdrawal from traffic back in 2004, since then the decision was made to completely overhaul the western and rebuild it both mechanically and electrically. The replacement transmission was loaned to the DTG in 2001 and spent many years keeping the much loved D1015 Western Champion active on the mainline and was returned to Bury the other year.

Work over the last 2 or 3 weeks included the re-fitting of the overhauled Serck Reservoir tank, plumbing in and filling with oil to check for leaks.

The Megger testing of A-end Dynostarter to decide wether or not this needed to be lifted out for attention before hand. The readings taken weren’t too bad, this motor was sent away for a thorough overhaul a while ago, and internally is not in bad condition. A little bit of TLC will be required to bring the readings up, but this work can be carried out in the loco. Such work as giving the commutator a clean up, cleaning the brush boxes and checking the brushes, blowing the motor through with dry warm air to dust it down, and gently heating up the armature and field windings with an electric fan heater to dry out any moisture. It has to be remembered that the loco has been stood cold and dormant for 7 years now.
Also all the frame work around the transmission bay was re-fitted and bolted down, one or two hard to get to conduits were re-fitted with the new looms of wire made up and fed through. The looms for both exhausters and the external shore supply socket were also made up and pulled through the conduit on the non-corridor side of the transmission.

The lift went smoothly and was relatively straight forward. A little bit of time and fettling was required to get all the bolt holes lined up before setting the gear box down. The only problem was having to modify one of the mounting feet, which did not have the grooves ground into it which allows the moving part of the mounting foot to swing in against the backplate to line up with the holes of the bedplate. All the other mounting feet had this done already but bizzarly one didn’t. This taken care of everything lined up perfectly and the transmission was down. This is a major step forward and the start of putting A-end of the loco back together.

With the loco out of the shed and the crane running, the chance was also taken to lift out A-end pre-heater for either complete overhaul or replacement.

A massive thanks to Mark Jopson, Tom Potter, Mick and Martin Tottle for braving the cold and ensuring a smooth lift.

Another report will follow in the coming weeks entailing the large amount of work going on else where within the loco detailing where we are up to with the complete loco re-wire, work on both cabs and component overhauls.

Writing courtesy of Matthew Lindley. Photos Courtesy of Matthew Lindley and Martin Tottle.

Posted December 11, 2011 by presnews in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News

News – 03/12/11

50 017 Royal Oak

Loco Owner Dave Cunningham and his team of volunteers are currently completing the repaint of 50 017 into original Network South East livery.  The work has been taken place over the past 14 months and the bodywork overhaul has included stripping the bodywork back to bare metal and extensive replating and refabricating work.  After months of preparation work, the final coats of gloss are now being applied.  The loco vinyls have been ordered from Rail Traction Supplies in addition to new air filter pads and fuel filter element and seals.

The following photos from Dave Cunningham show recent progress:


D6948 (37 248)

After many months of work and preparation by the restoration team, Sunday 6th November was a major milestone in the project to restore D6948 to as built condition.  A successful boiler first steaming took place in the afternoon with the boiler exhaust running clean and plenty of steam being produced.  A very rewarding sight and sound for all involved.

The main steam pipe along the side of the loco remains to be installed and all buffer beam connections/fittings.  Work continues on the buffer beam skirt templates ready for cutting steel in the near future.  The loco also now sports round buffers at both ends.

A few short videos taken by Phil Seymour can be found here and here.  The following photos from Phil Seymour show the boiler exhaust running nice and clean and the first steam to emit from 37 248…..

50 026 Indomitable

Rarely seen outside of the workshop at Eastleigh, Mark V Pike has sent in the following photo of 50026 during a quick shunt manoeuvre 25/11/11.

47 701

After a long period of inactivity 47701 stands at Okehampton with a rake of Mark II stock being prepared for a private birthday charter that evening.  It is planned for 47701 to be used for Santa and mince  pie specials throughout December. Photo from Paul Siobhan:

37 250

Restoration work has started to return 37250 to service at Leeming Bar.  The following photo was taken by Bill Pizer on the 20/11/11.  The loco has a Facebook page here

Wensleydale Shredder 20/11/11

Bill Pizer’s photos of 33 109’s last runs before returning to the ELR.  At Redmire with the 10.55 to Leeming Bar, near foggy Finghall with the 13.45 Redmire-Leeming Bar, at Leeming Bar with the 15.00 to Redmire 20/11/11.

Type 1 on Tanks

On 19/11/11 D8059 was used to move a couple of tank wagons from Highley to Arley in connection with the forthcoming Santa Event.  Bill Pizer’s photos follow: D8059 and brakevan approach Highley, waiting to depart Highley with the 12.00 ‘tanks’ to Arley, shunting the tanks at Arley.


A couple of David Coombs shots from last Saturday taken at Arley and Highley.  The 20 worked through to Bridgnorth with the both and then propelled the brakevan back to Arley.

Posted December 3, 2011 by presgen in PD News 2011, Preserved Diesels News