A selection of photos from the Wensleydale gala on 24th & 25th September, courtesy of Bill Pizer & Kelvyn Guest.
Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway diesel gala – 15/16 October
A few words from Alistair Grieve:
The annual Pontypool and Blaenavon Railway diesel gala will be taking place as planned on the 15/16th October.
We’re not able to post the final timetable yet as we’re still waiting to hear on the 31 D5627 and 37421, also we’re still awaiting an arrival date for 37219!
37216 and 73128 are both definites and there is a good chance the 31 will be out as well.
We won’t be using the Big Pit Branch as it was only opened under special dispensation to a temporary platform and that has now been removed to allow work on the actual station to continue. We hope to run driver for a fiver down some of the branch though.
We have a web page for the gala here and we’ll keep it updated as we get more info: http://www.pontypool-and-blaenavon.co.uk/pages/dieselupdates/dieselupdates.htm
D306 into green and off to Severn Valley
A selection of recent photos of 40106 (D306) having received a repaint into original green livery courtesy of Neil Boden, with photos from today courtesy of Derek Clarke showing 31190 dragging 40106 through Rowley Regis enroute from Washwood Heath to Kidderminster.
… and finally
We’ve been completely deluged with recent photos from Llangollen, Wensleydale & Nene Valley so will be putting out a separate posting with a gallery featuring the best from each.
COBO D5705 Body Lift – Class 15 Preservation Society Press release
On Saturday 24th September 2011, members of the C15PS and Bury Diesel Group successfully lifted unique CO-BO D5705’s body shell from its bogies at Baron St works ELR.
Utilising the ELR’s 75t Rail crane and a 70t hired in road crane the Empty body shell was lifted from its bogies and now safely sits on purpose 50t body stands.
This now opens the door for work to begin on overhauling D5705’s bogies and under-frame.
The traction motors will shortly be removed and sent away for assessment, and then the CO bogie will go undercover for work to renovate the frames, brake rigging, brake cylinders and axle bearings will begin. The BO bogie will follow it once completed.
Vital items on the under-frame will be removed before a shot-blasting firm is utilised in the spring next year to lightly blast and prime the entire under-frame, thus saving hours of volunteer labour time which can be better utilised.
It is hoped that D5705 can be put back on its bogies in around 18-24 months’ time subject to progress and funding.
Of course the majority of the above needs funds to happen, and the C15PS (which are custodians of D5705) have recently launched a bogie appeal for D5705, details of which can be found on their website http://www.d8233.org.uk/5705_bogie_appeal.htm
Or if you can help no matter how small, it is appreciated and recognised in these tough economic times, you can either set up a regular standing order on the details below:
Account Name: COBO Locomotive Group
Sort Code: 05-03-55
Account Number: 20318656
or send a donation (cheque/postal order) made payable to:
COBO locomotive Group
and send to:
8 The Oaks
If you do set up a standing order, please contact us we can include you in the contributors list.
Photos from Jason Lovell:
33 103 on Engineering Duties
Daily running on the Swanage Railway often sees early morning engineering trains.
In an absolute possession, 33 103 works a spoil train with the road-rail machine, at Corfe Castle, around 8.30 am, on Tuesday 20th September. Photos from Marco Ailano:
47 292 on a rake of Dogfish
47292 on a rake of 6 Dogfish wagons between Fifty Steps and Asher Lane on the GCRN 23rd September 2011. Loco booked out 1st / 2ndOctober for GCRN Diesel Gala along with 47765 and others. Photo Steve Turner
The visiting locos are:
37503, 20107 & 45060 Courtesy of Barrow Hill.
56303 Courtesy of BARS.
33201 Courtesey of BRCW Group Butterley.
25321 Courtesy of Midland Railway, Butterley & Derby Industrial Museum 25321 now unable to attend
08622 courtesey of RMS loco Tech and Hansons Cement Ketton Works.
These are all subject to availability.
The home fleet of 14029 & 31108.
A small ceremony will be held on the Saturday at Wansford to commemorate 45060’s 50th birthday
14029 will be running shuttles from Wansford to Yarwell
A rare opportunity to see on static display Class 14 ex D9518 NCB No7 which has been stored since preservation from Ashington Colliery in 1987 and is not normally accessible to public view.
Running engines for Friday – 31108,
25321, 33201, 37503 & 45060
Running Engines for Saturday & Sunday – 08622, 20107, 31108,
25321, 33201, 37503, 45060, 56303 & 14029
Real Ale on sale
More details at: http://www.nvr.org.uk/timetable/dgalaaut.php
Loco roster & timetables can be downloaded here: Nene Valley Loco roster & Timetable
Mid Norfolk Diesel gala timetables
Links are here for this weekend’s diesel gala timetable and simplifier to see which loco works which train.
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.
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
The Llangollen Railway are holding their last diesel running day of the year this coming Saturday. An intensive timetable will be run, featuring Class 26 D5310, Class 31 5580, Class 37 6940, Class 47 D1566, a Class 108 DMU and ex-ICI 350hp EE shunter “Davy” on a brakevan shuttle at Llangollen (subject to repairing a vacuum brake fault). This will be the first time that 4 mainline diesel locos have worked together at Llangollen since Spring 2008.
The timetable includes a 3 trip evening Beerex service between Llangollen and Glyndyfrdwy, hauled by 6940. A licensed on-train buffet will be available and a discounted fare is available for those who just want to sample the 3 evening trips of £10 (cash only, payable on the train). Full day rovers are available at £16 for adults, child £9, Senior £13 and Family £40.
NYMR Diesel Gala 16th – 18th September
The NYMR Diesel Gala had an impressive line up of locos with the home fleet being supplemented with six visitors. One of the many highlights was 55002 working its first passenger in 14 years, working Grosmont to Levisham on the 17:30 Whitby To Pickering Service. The sight of a 33 at Pickering and a 73 at Whitby certainly proves that anything can and does happen!
Visiting locos were:
Class 55 55002 ‘Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry’ (KOYLI)
Class 20’s 20096 & 20107
Class 31 31128 ‘Charybdis’
Class 33 D6515
Class 73 73136 ‘Perseverance’
Home based locos were:
Class 24 D5061
Class 25 D7628 ‘Sybilla’
Class 37 37 264
The following photos are from Kelvyn Guest: