Miscellaneous Diesels

18000 Toddington 3 June 2010

Brown Boveri gas turbine locomotive 18000 stands in the yard at Toddington, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 3 June 2010. It was taking in part in the GWR 175 celebrations and is pictured here next to unrestored 'Barry hulk' GWR 28xx 2-8-0 3845. Ordered by the Great Western Railway in 1940, 18000 did not arrive in the UK from Switzerland until after nationalisation. Although often viewed as just another example of the GWR trying to be different, the idea of using a gas turbine (in effect a jet engine) for rail traction seemed an obvious one in the 1940s, as it offered far higher power than diesel engines at the time. Although 18000 performed extremley well when it was working, it reliability was always a problem, and no further locomotives were built.

18000 Toddington 3 June 2010

Brown Boveri gas turbine locomotive 18000 stands in the yard at Toddington, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 3 June 2010. Although in fine external condition, it certainly isn't going to move anywhere under its own power as the gas turbine was removed prior to it being repatriated to Switzerland in the 1960s. Note the increased width of the bodywork over the bogie at this end, a modification carried out during its later career as a SNCF test loco. This unfortunately renders it out of gauge for the UK rail network.

D2860 Toddington 10 July 2009

During the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's Summer 2009 Diesel Gala, the National Railway Museum's Class 02 D2860 was used for a series of brakevan rides within Toddington station limits. With Class 03 D2182 on the left waiting to take out the 16:10 train to Winchcombe, the little Yorkshire Engine Co. 0-4-0 sets off with another brakevan full of passengers on the 15:48 trip. These little 170 hp Rolls Royce engined locos were built during 1960 & 1961 and the class survived in BR use until 1973, with many seeing further industrial use.

D2860 Toddington 10 July 2009

The National Railway Museum's Class 02 D2860 was used for a series of brakevan rides at Toddington during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 'Shunterfest' on 10 July 2009. During busy periods when both platforms at Toddington were occupied the little shunter backed its brakevan up the headshunt towards Stanway Viaduct and waited at the signal seen in the background here. When all was clear it headed back to the station, which is what it is doing here, ready for its 16:40 trip up the station yard.

11215 Market Bosworth 10 March 1996

Looking very smart in its original black livery with red buffer beams and coupling rods, Class 04 11215 (D2245) slowly approaches Market Bosworth, on the Battlefield Line with the 14:00 Shackerstone to Shenton service on 10 March 1996 during the line's Diesel Gala. Introduced in November 1956, this loco was originally allocated to Neville Hill, later moving briefly to Selby, before transferring to York in 1959. In 1967 it moved to Goole, from where it was finally withdrawn on 28 December 1968. It was initially preserved at the Derwent Valley Light Railway before moving to the Battlefield Line in 1978.

D3668 Blunsdon 16 March 2014

Immaculate D3668 (09004) passes through Blunsdon station on 16 March 2014 with the 14:06 Hayes Knoll to Taw Valley Halt service, during the Swindon & Cricklade Railway's Diesel Gala. As Blunsdon station only has one platform, southbound trains cannot call at the station, whilst a northbound train (in this case Class 207 unit 1302) is in the platform.

D4100 Kidderminster 17 April 2016

D4100 Dick Hardy, pictured at Kidderminster on 17 April 2016. New to Ashford depot in 1961, D4100 (later 09012) stayed faithful to the Southern Region until it was allocated to Old Oak Common in 1995. It was withdrawn in 2010, moving to the Severn Valley Railway three years later.

09014, 08583 & 56079 Knottingley 19 July 1992

09014 rests between duties at Knottingley depot on 19 July 1992. In the background are 08583 & 56079. Everything in this view is British built. Unfortunately that would not be the case if a similar picture was taken here today!

09015 Ebbw Junction 24 July 1996

09015 rests at Ebbw Junction on 24 July 1996 between spells of work in Alexandra Dock Yard. In common with all the original build of Class 09s, 09015 spent all its early life on the Southern Region, only moving to Cardiff Canton in March 1989. It is seen here in the drab engineers grey livery, a shade of paint that if this view is anything to go by was also used extensively to paint various lineside buildings, to say nothing of signaling equipment cabinets (top of picture)!

09016 Foxhall Junction 13 March 1997

09016 trips four wagons out of the Milton Distribution Centre and heads towards Foxhall Junction at Didcot on 13 March 1997. The wagons would later be attached to the 6M18 15:36 Eastleigh to Carlisle Enterprise service, scheduled to arrive at Didcot Yard at 16:55. Up until 1997 the depot at Milton had only seen very sporadic use.

09026 Brighton 20 April 1996

The most unusual feature of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z33 05:35 Bristol Temple Meads to Eastbourne 'Southern Coasterman' on 20 April 1996 was the 1 mile 28 chains of Class 09 haulage between Preston Park and Brighton station. Normally shunter haulage on railtours is a rare event for obvious reasons, but with a top speed of 27mph and a distance of only a little over a mile, there would be no disruption to normal services in this case. Pictured approximately half way through its moment of fame 09025 trundles along the main line in the sunshine. Class 71 electric loco E5001 was on the rear of the train. The other notice on the front of the loco above the headboard reads 'Crane swings. Keep well clear' (stuck on upside down for no obvious reason!).

09026 Brighton 12 December 1993

In the 1990s a railtour visiting Brighton would often employ a shunter to haul the train from Preston Park to Brighton station. thus giving the railtour participants 1 mile 28 chains of Class 09 haulage! This happened on 12 December 1993, when the 1Z60 09:30 Bristol Temple Meads to Newhaven Marine 'Southern Mariner' railtour was entrusted to 09026 William Pearson. It is pictured here in the pouring rain, halfway through its moment of glory. I photographed the same move, only in much better light, behind 09025 in 1996.

12099 Kidderminster 17 April 2016

Class 11 12099 moves a rake of coaches from the Severn Valley Railway's carriage shed at Kidderminster towards the station on 17 April 2016, passing the new diesel depot building. 12099 dates from 1951, and has had three careers - BR, the National Coal Board, and now preservation. The Class 11s have smaller wheels than the standard 08, and a slightly higher top speed. One of the railway's other shunters, Class 09 D4100 Dick Hardy can just be seen on the extreme right.

D8568 Wainhill 16 April 1995

The unique Clayton Type 1 D8568 passes Wainhill Halt on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway with a Thame Junction to Chinnor working on 16 April 1995, with Class 08 D3018 on the rear of the train. Wainhill Halt was a number of track level platforms on the former Watlington Branch opened with the intention of increasing passenger traffic in the 1920s. Unfortunately it didn't help, and the line was closed in 1957, with just the section to Chinnor left open for cement works traffic.

D8568 Chinnor 21 April 2013

D8568 accelerates away from Chinnor on 21 April 2013 with the 2W01 09:20 Chinnor to Wainhill service, during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala. Although the signal provides an excellent addition to the picture, the house directly behind the loco does not really help the composition! Also, to make things even more difficult, the viewpoint couldn't be altered much, as there is an electricity pole just out of the picture to the right.

D8568 Bledlow 21 April 2013

D8568 passes Bledlow on 21 April 2013 with the 2T07 11:15 Chinnor to Thame Junction service, during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala. The loco has just passed over the middle of the three footpath crossings in the village. This picture is taken from a little used road behind Bledlow church.

D8568 Bledlow 21 April 2013

The sole surviving Class 17, D8568 approaches the footpath crossing at Bledlow on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, as it works the 2C08 11:44 Thame Junction to Chinnor service on 21 April 2013, during the line's spring Diesel Gala.

D8568 Foley Park 2 October 2015

Class 17 'Clayton' D8568 needs all of its 900 hp to lift seven well filled coaches up the 1 in 115 gradient at Foley Park, on the Severn Valley Railway, on 2 October 2015. The visiting locomotive was the star attraction at the line's Autumn Diesel Gala. The train is the 13:47 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service.

D8568 Eardington 2 October 2015

The star attraction at the 2015 Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala was the unique Class 17 'Clayton' Bo-Bo D8568, which was visiting from the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway. It is seen here drifting down Eardington Bank on 2 October 2015 with the 16:06 Bridgnorth to Kidderminster service.

D8568 Chinnor 26 March 2017

The Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's unique Clayton D8568 leaves Chinnor on Sunday 26 March 2017 with the 12:15 departure for Thame Junction. GWR 64xx 0-6-0PT 6412 is on the rear of the train.

D8568 Thame Junction 9 April 2017

Class 17 D8568 stands at Horsenden Lane Crossing, near Thame Junction, with the 11:00 train from Chinnor on 9 April 2017. Members of the train crew will shortly walk forward to open the gates, to allow the train to proceed to the end of the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's line.

D8568 Thame Junction 9 April 2017

Class 17 D8568 approaches Thame Junction on 9 April 2017 with the 11:00 train from Chinnor. GWR 64xx 0-6-0PT 6412 can be seen on the rear of the train, and would work the train back to Chinnor. After running approximately north east for most of the route, this curve takes the Chinnor & Princes Railway's line onto a more easterly approach to Princes Risborough.

41001 Crownthorpe 2 April 2016

The star attraction at the Mid Norfolk Railway's 2016 Diesel Gala was prototype HST power car 41001, recently immaculacy restored, along with three Mk3 coaches by the 125 Group Project Miller team. It is seen here passing Crownthorpe with the 10:40 Wymondham to Dereham service on 2 April 2016. Unfortunately the other Class 41 power car, 41002, was scrapped in 1990, so a complete prototype HST can never be recreated, but this 'half HST' is certainly a unique preservation project.

41001 Kimberley Park 2 April 2016

Prototype HST power car 41001 rounds the curve at Kimberley Park, on the Mid Norfolk Railway, with the 13:00 Wymondham to Dereham service on 2 April 2016, during the line's Diesel Gala. The largely white livery certainly looks impressive, but one can't help thinking that it would be a bit difficult to keep clean on the real railway!

41001 Kimberley Park 2 April 2016

The star attraction at the Mid Norfolk Railway's 2016 Diesel Gala was prototype HST power car 41001, It is seen here at Kimberley Park on 2 April 2016 with the 15:20 Wymondham to Dereham service. Unfortunately the sun dipped very slightly just as this approached, slightly taking the edge of the light. Naturally it was back to full light just after it had passed! 45133 is on the rear of the train. Just visible in the background are the level crossing gates next to Kimberley Park station.

D4 & 45133 Golden Valley 23 July 1994

D4 Great Gable & 45133 head through the dappled sunlight at Golden Valley with the 11:35 train from Butterley during the Midland Railway Centre's Diesel Gala on 23 July 1994. The similarity in the classes is immediately obvious, although of course Class 44s can easily be identified by the presence of headcode discs.

D4 Rothley 31 March 1995

D4 Great Gable arrives at Rothley on the Great Central Railway with the 09:30 Loughborough to Leicester North service on a slightly misty 31 March 1995, during the line's Diesel Gala. Note that this was before the completion of the double track which can be seen in the background, but is not yet connected to the main running line in the foreground.

D4 Kinchley Lane 2 April 1995

D4 Great Gable catches the evening sun as it approaches Kinchley Lane on the Great Central Railway with a Leicester North to Loughborough service on 2 April 1995, during the line's Diesel Gala. Note the newly installed double track, which at this time was not yet in use, hence the impression that the Peak is running wrong line. A blessing as far as photography is concerned, just look how much more shaded the near track is at this time of day.

46010 Kidderminster 16 May 2019

Fresh from its recent restoration and repaint, 46010 leaves Kidderminster station on 16 May 2019 with the 10:40 departure for Bridgnorth, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. Whilst twelve of the very similar Class 45s entered preservation, 46010 is one of only three preserved Class 46s.

46023 Toton 16 October 1986

Sandwiched between 25080 and a line of derelict Class 45s, 46023 waits its fate in Toton Yard on 16 October 1986. After a further two years it was towed to Leicester, and then Crewe, where after component recovery, it was finally cut up in 1994. Even amid all the other withdrawn locos at Toton, it has noticeably faded paintwork.

46026 Stormy 15 June 1983

The only Class 46 to acquire a name whilst in BR service, 46026 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry, passes Stormy on 15 June 1983 with an eastbound freight train. Vintage vacuum braked hoppers and a brake van on the rear were even in 1983 becoming a less common sight, as the air braked revolution was by then in full swing.

46026 Micheldever 17 June 1984

One of the few decent pictures I managed to get of a Class 46 in service was on the slightly premature farewell railtour! 46026 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (or Lady as she was known) passes Micheldever at speed with the Pleasure Rail 'Class 46 Tribute' railtour on 17 June 1984. This loco, the only named member of the class, managed to survive until the remainder of the class were withdrawn in November 1984, being broken up at Doncaster the following year.

97403 Basingstoke 27 September 1987

Class 46 97403 Ixion stands next to Class 44 D4 Great Gable at the Basingstoke Rail Show on 27 September 1987. Most Class 46s led a fairly mundane life, which usually ending with an appointment with the scrapman in the late 1980s. 46035 however not only was preserved, but also went on to become the first preserved diesel loco to be allowed back onto the mainline. Prior to that however, it could be seen in this guise, as a departmental locomotive, based at the Derby Railway Technical Centre.

D172 Blackwell 27 May 1995

D172 Ixion tops the Lickey Incline at Blackwell on 27 May 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 07:09 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle 'Severn Tyne Express' railtour. The veteran Brush was having some assistance to climb the 1 in 37 bank, with 47765 giving a shove at the rear.

D172 Cullompton 23 September 1995

D172 Ixion passes the site of Cullompton station on 23 September 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 05:30 Coventry to Penzance 'Cornishman' railtour. At the time the old down platform was an ideal spot to photograph southbound trains. However, this picture would be impossible to recreate today, as the whole station site has now be redeveloped as a motorway service station.

D172 Coombe 23 September 1995

D172 Ixion rounds the curve at Coombe (near St Austell) on 23 September 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 05:30 Coventry to Penzance 'Cornishman' railtour. One of the unmistakable Cornish china clay waste tips can been seen in the background.

D172 Lowgill 16 December 1995

D172 Ixion rounds the curve at Lowgill on 16 December 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:00 Cardiff Central to Carlisle 'Festive Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour. Although presumably a lot of passengers travelled on this train for the then quite novel main line use of a preserved diesel loco, probably a lot more were interested in the return working, which saw the unique BR Standard 8P 4-6-2 71000 Duke of Gloucester haul the train over the Settle & Carlisle line.

D172 Aisgill 20 July 1996

D172 Ixion passes Aisgill with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 13:15 Carlisle to Salisbury 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour on 20 July 1996. A ban on steam haulage on the Settle & Carlisle line resulted in the 'Peak' substituting for LMS 4-6-2 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton'. Although a little hazy in the distance, I shouldn't really complain, as most of my visits to the S&C usually involve rain or snow, and not the bright sunshine seen here!

D172 Rhyl 26 August 1996

D172 Ixion pulls out of Rhyl station on 26 August 1996 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 07:10 Swindon to Holyhead 'North Wales Coast Explorer' railtour. If you think the clouds in the background herald a change in the weather, you are dead right! Within ten minutes the sun had gone and the rain had arrived. Despite this, I stayed on to see 37417 pass in a monsoon!

D172 Fairburn 5 July 1997

Viewed from high above Fairburn Tunnel, D172 Ixion heads east along the Castleford to Milford Junction freight line with the Past Time Rail 1Z54 07:28 Euston to Scarborough 'Napier & Sulzer Pioneer' railtour on 5 July 1997. Unfortunately the small patch of very weak sun has just managed to miss the locomotive! The lakes in the background form part of the Fairburn Ings RSPB nature reserve, an important winter refuge for numerous species of wildfowl.

D172 Cwmbran 26 June 1999

In connection with the inaugural rugby match at the new Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday 26 June 1999, the 1V77 08:33 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central service was due to be worked by preserved Class 37 37029 instead of the normal Sprinter unit. In the event 37029 only worked as far as Crewe, where it was removed after suffering low power. D172 Ixion then worked the train on towards Cardiff and is seen here passing Cwmbran. I doubt if many of the rugby fans appreciated their train having two different heritage locos at the front!

D172 Frodsham 10 July 2009

D172 Ixion crosses the River Weaver at Frodsham with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z63 02:24 Cardiff Central to Edinburgh Waverley 'Royal Edinburgh' railtour on 10 July 1999. Not quite the perfect reflection I was hoping for, principally caused by someone in a power boat going up and down the river at intervals!

D172 Gargrave 4 August 2001

D172 Ixion races through Gargrave station on 4 August 2001 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z85 15:47 Keighley to Cardiff Central (via Carnforth) 'Worth While' railtour. The station has managed to retain its original 1849 built stone shelters on both platforms.

46035 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 23 February 2002

46035 passes Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 23 February 2002 with the Pathfinder Tours 'Western Pathfinder' railtour. Ordinarily a blue 'Peak' would be the highlight of any tour, but as the tour's name suggests, something even better was to work the next leg of the tour - a Class 52 'Western', making a return to the mainline after 25 years. The tour is here running as the 1Z46 06:28 Crewe to Paddington. Typically the sun vanished at the critical moment, but at least it was out for the 'Western'!

D182 Heap Bridge 3 July 2011

D182 slogs up the gradient at Heap Bridge on 3 July 2011 with the 2H60 09:06 Bury to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Bury can be seen spread out over the hillside in the background. This was the only train of the day that started from Bury, rather than either Rawtenstall or Ramsbottom.

D182 Eardington 19 May 2016

The sheep take no notice, as D182 does its bit for the environment, as it climbs Eardington Bank on 19 May 2016 with the 12:59 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. D182 (46045) has been painted in the early version of BR's corporate blue livery, with a slightly different shade (chromatic blue), and a small yellow panel.

97651 Gloucester 17 September 1989

Ruston & Hornsby departmental Class 97/6 97651 resides in its normal position outside Gloucester Horton Road shed on 17 September 1989. Originally numbered PWM651 (Permanent Way Machine 651), it was introduced in 1959, and spent most of its working life at Radyr, before moving to Gloucester in 1984. It later returned to Radyr and was finally withdrawn in 1996, before finally finding a home at the Northampton & Lamport Railway.

3 Pitstone 8 September 1982

A scene which is now part of history. On 8 September 1982 Tunnel Cement Sentinel 0-4-0 No.3 shunts cement tanks in the exchange sidings next to the West Coast Mainline at the Pitstone Cement Works, near Tring. This large cement works which dominated the area since the 1930s finally closed in 1991, and all trace of it has now been obliterated, with a large industrial complex built on the site. The tracks seen here have also been lifted and the only point of reference today is the WCML visible in the background.

273 & 265 Knightcote 28 March 1992

Army locos 273 Edge Hill & 265 have a very unusual load to haul as they traverse the MoD line from Fenny Compton to Kineton on 28 March 1992. They are passing Knightcote with the Branch Line Society 'Kineton Pullman' railtour. The tour had started from Manchester Piccadilly behind 47597, with 58013 added later for working top'n'tail up various branches. Ironically I had visited this location a month previously and had taken a picture of a more normal sort of train you would expect to see at this location.

273 & 265 Kineton 28 March 1992

In miserable light, Army locos 273 Edge Hill & 265 head back towards Fenny Compton with the Branch Line Society 'Kineton Pullman' railtour on 28 March 1992, after doing a tour of Kineton Army Depot (in the background). The tour had arrived at Fenny Compton behind 47597 & 58013 working top'n'tail.

273 & 265 Fenny Compton 28 March 1992

Army locos 273 Edge Hill & 265 arrive back towards Fenny Compton on 28 March 1992 with the Branch Line Society 'Kineton Pullman' railtour. The train had just done a complete circuit of the MoD depot. The Birmingham to Oxford mainline can be seen on the right.

273 & 274 Northend 13 March 1994

Army locos 273 Edge Hill & 274 Waggoner (built by Thomas Hill in 1987) head towards Kineton on the MoD branch from Fenny Compton exchange sidings with the Hertfordshire Railtours 1Z16 09:35 Paddington to Kineton 'Edgehill' railtour on 13 March 1994. They are pictured approximately half way along the branch, near Northend. The tour had traveled from Paddington behind 47811, and would soon be moving around the Army depot via a complicated set of reversals, which involved another Army loco (278 Coppice) on the rear.

277 Knightcote 24 February 1992

Army loco 277 trundles along the Army's Fenny Compton to Kineton line near Knightcote on 24 February 1992 with three immaculate VGA wagons of military stores. The wagons had been tripped up to Fenny Compton on the 6M19 07:45 Didcot to Fenny Compton, behind 47309.

278 Kineton 12 March 1995

Army loco 278 Coppice (built by Thomas Hill in 1988) heads towards MoD Kineton on 12 March 1995 after taking ex-works Mk1 coach 21274 for a run along the MoD Kineton to Fenny Compton line. It is pictured on its way back from Fenny Compton and has just crossed over the M40 motorway (note the lorry just behind the coach). The rebuilding required when the motorway was built a few years previously has given this stretch of track a very modern appearance for a freight line with deep ballast and continuously welded rails.

421 Ashchurch 17 April 1991

Ruston Army locomotive 421 performs a bit of shunting at Ashchurch on a very gloomy 17 April 1991, in readiness to attach wagons to the 6B53 Worcester to Gloucester Speedlink trip working. This location is vastly different nowadays, with the reinstated Ashchurch station now occupying the area directly above the locomotive.

615 Alnwick Lionheart 28 August 2018

Former National Coal Board Andrew Barclay 0-6-0 615 stands at Alnwick Lionheart station on 28 August 2018. This 1977 built Rolls Royce engined diesel hydraulic was the last surface locomotive to work for the NCB. The loco is privately owned, but on long term loan to the Aln Valley Railway.

D1171 Long Marston 22 January 2008

Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 D1171 is pictured in a dilapidated state at Long Marston on 22 January 2008. This 1959 built shunter was formerly owned by the Port of Bristol Authority, and then was latterly employed by Western Fuels Ltd, who used it on the Whapping Wharf line in Bristol. At some point it acquired the name Western Pride, although judging by the state of it here, nobody has much pride in it anymore.

D1230 Llynclys 4 June 2012

English Electric 0-6-0DH D1230 Kimberley stands in the sunshine at Llynclys at the Cambrian Heritage Railway on 4 June 2012. Built at the Vulcan Works in 1969, this locomotive had previously seen use with the National Coal Bard, and latterly Tibbett & Britten. Behind it can be seen Class 08 D3019.

01547 Long Marston 10 July 2017

1978 built Thomas Hill 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic 01547 shunts two TEA bogie oil tanks at Long Marston on 10 July 2017. Luckily this move corresponded with one of the intermittent sunny spells. Note the shear volume and variety of stock in store at this location.

01547 Long Marston 18 September 2018

Thomas Hill 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic 01547 shunts four container flats at Long Marston on 18 September 2018. This makes an interesting comparison with the same loco shunting a couple of tanks the previous year. Obviously a lot of shunting has taken place during that time, as all the stock in the background is either different, or has been moved around.

01552 Long Marston 29 October 2009

1966 built Thomas Hill 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic 01552 (originally numbered 167V and built for ICI Billingham) moves slowly forward in the Motorail Logistics depot at Long Marston on 29 October 2009. It is moving the Mk 3 HST Network Rail New Measurement Train coach and barrier vehicles that had just been brought in by 31454 as the 1Z06 09:00 Derby RTC to Long Marston. Note the amount of stock stored in the yard, with various Class 20s, 31s, & 37s visible in the background. The severe speed restriction is a wise move given the very poor state of some of the track.

01552 Long Marston 20 September 2013

At Long Marston on 20 September 2013, Thomas Hill 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic 01552 prepares to add a single wagon to the four that 56312 Jeremiah Dixon Son Of County Durham Surveyor Of The Mason-Dixon Line USA has just brought in from Washwood Heath. The newly painted 56 had arrived a few minutes earlier with the 6Z56 08:50 Washwood Heath to Long Marston, and would depart after a stay of just over half an hour, with the 6Z56 12:50 (10:58 in reality) Long Marston to Totton Yard.

2145 Norchard 18 August 1978

Hunslet 0-4-0 2145 is pictured in the company of ex an ex GWR autocoach at Parkend, on the embryonic Dean Forest Railway, on 18 August 1978. This loco was built in 1940, and after a career that included working for Standard Telephone & Cables, Newport, it entered preservation at the Dean Forest Railway in the early 1970s. Already by 1978 it appears to be out of use, judging by the rather permanent looking corrugated iron 'door'. Latterly it was dumped at the end of a siding at Lydney, becoming progressively more overgrown. It has since been restored once more, repainted green, and moved to the Tanat Valley Railway.

11230 Hailes 10 July 2009

Former Willington Power Station 1956 built Drewry Class 04 look-alike 2574 has been repainted into 1950s BR black and given the fictitious number 11230. In this guise it seen here plodding along between Hailes and Winchcombe at little more than 10mph with the 11:40 Toddington to Winchcombe service on 10 July 2009, during the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's 'Shunterfest' Diesel Gala.

4208 Rolvenden 27 May 1991

Hunslet Engine Co. 4208 is pictured at Rolvenden, on the Kent & East Sussex Railway on 27 May 1991. Despite appearances, this is not an 0-4-0 loco with a very wide wheelbase, but an 0-6-0 with a missing centre pair of wheels! Note the connecting rod lying next to the engine room doors. Built in 1948, its last working location was the Pitstone Cement Works. This side view clearly shows both the current number (42) and the previous and rather crudely painted out number (28). If you think the loco looks in a bad way here, it got considerably worse, and was eventually sent for scrap in 2001.

5576 Fimber 21 July 2019

What the Yorkshire Wolds Railway presently lacks in track and rolling stock, it makes up for in floral displays! Complete with 'Malton Dodger' headboard (the local nickname for the Malton to Driffield line), the line's GEC Traction 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic 5576 Sir Tatton Sykes runs up and down the short demonstration line at Fimber on 21 July 2019.

5576 Fimber 21 July 2019

The Yorkshire Wolds Railway's GEC Traction 0-4-0 diesel hydraulic 5576 Sir Tatton Sykes, pictured at Fimber on 21 July 2019. The loco was built in 1979 for Shotton steelworks. Only three of this particular type of loco were built. One has been scrapped, and the other survivor is at the Docklands Light Railway. Although on the site of a former siding, the new Fimber Halt is a little to the south, and on the other side of the road, from the original Sledmere and Fimber station.

P6687 Bo'ness 14 September 2019

Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 P6687 stands in front of the engine shed at Bo'ness on 14 September 2019. This 1951 built loco spent its working life at Babcock & Wilcox at Renfrew. Hiding in the shed is the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway's version of Thomas the Tank Engine - Neilson Reid 0-6-0T No.1 Lord Roberts.

7401 Butterley 23 July 1994

Hunslet 0-4-0 7401 in action at Butterley on 23 July 1994, during the Midland Railway Centre's Diesel Gala. Unfortunately this historically important loco suffered a major engine failure during the event, and was out of action for some time. Built in 1932, the loco was used first of all by the LMS, later the War Department, and entered preservation with the Middleton Railway in 1960.

8199 Alnwick Lionheart 28 August 2018

Drewry 0-6-0 8199 stands at Alnwick Lionheart station on 28 August 2018, after having just given us a ride up the short Aln Valley Railway in the attached brake van. It obviously was not a very busy day, as we were the only passengers, and the following train didn't run, because nobody else turned up! This loco is an industrial version of the BR Class 04, and this particular one spent its working life in Wales, at Aberthaw Power Station. It was then moved to Barlow Royal Ordnance Depot, where it was put on static display, and named Drax.

21442 Blunsdon 9 May 1981

In the very early days of the Swindon & Cricklade Railway, 1936 built John Fowler 0-4-0 No.21442 shunts an engineers train at Blunsdon on 9 May 1981. The loco is still in its unrestored condition, in the original livery of W.D & H.O Wills, in whose Swindon factory it had worked for fifty years. It has since been restored and appropriately in view of its links with the tobacco industry been named Woodbine. Note also the very basic nature of the Blunsdon site at this time, with the general impression in this view from the roadbridge being of a single track line running through a field!

97088 Murton 29 June 2008

1962 built Ruston Hornsby 0-4-0 97088 (works number 466630) in slightly optimistic Loadhaul livery is seen at work on the Derwent Valley Railway on 29 June 2008. The line is only a few hundreds yard long, and a round trip only takes a few minutes! 97088 is pictured approaching the public footpath crossing between the A64 road bridge (seen in the background) and the station at Murton. There are no round facilities, and Andrew Barclay steam loco No. 8 can just be seen on the rear of the train.

304469 Wansford 6 October 1990

Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 304469 stands in front of the Nene Valley Railway's shed at Wansford on 6 October 1990 in the company of Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T 1800 Thomas and BR 5MT 4-6-0 73050. The Ruston was built in 1951 and was moved to the Nene Valley Railway for preservation from the nearby British Sugar Corporation works at Peterborough.

458957 Bridge of Dun 21 April 2003

1961 built Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 458957 Dewar Highlander stands in the drizzle at Bridge of Dun on the Caledonian Railway on 21 April 2003. The Caledonian Railway gets slightly overlooked, as it is situated a little off the main tourist routes. It runs from Brechin to Bridge of Dunn, in the gently rolling hills between Forfar and Montrose.

459515 Thame Junction 17 October 1999

1961 built Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0 459515 Iris approaches Thame Junction on the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway with the 09:30 freight (all brake van and no freight!) from Chinnor on 17 October 1999. This was running as part of the line's Diesel Gala. The train is just approaching a crew operated level crossing over Horsenden Lane, at which point the line starts to curve to the right after traveling roughly in a straight line all the way from Chinnor.

459515 Wainhill 17 October 1999

Ruston & Hornsby 0-6-0 459515 Iris approaches Wainhill on 17 October 1999, en-route from Thame Junction to Chinnor, during the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway's Diesel Gala. The loco was formerly WD8214, of MoD Donnington, in Shropshire.

4210130 Gretton 14 April 1990

Fowler 0-4-0 4210130 is pictured here on engineering duties at Gretton on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 14 April 1990. Gretton had just become the temporary terminus of the line, although no passengers facilities were provided. The 1957 built 4210130 was later repainted into green livery.

4240016 Toddington 10 October 1992

1964 built John Fowler 0-6-0 4240016 stands in the autumn sunshine in Toddington Yard on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 10 October 1992. This loco which is referred to as number 19 by the GWR permanent way department is a little fickle with regard to liveries. Here we see it in its original green livery. Shortly after this picture was taken it was repainted into all over maroon. It has now reverted to green once more.

4240016 & 47105 Toddington 2 January 1995

John Fowler 0-6-0 4240016 catches the last rays of the setting sun, as it stands next to the Brush Type 4 Fund's 47105 in a snow covered Toddington Yard, on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway on 2 January 1995. The striking red livery was applied after the loco arrived on the railway, its former colour scheme being two different shades of green.

DL83 Wansford 19 March 2000

Former London Transport Sentinel 0-6-0 DL83 does a bit of shunting at Wansford on 19 March 2000, during the Nene Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. This Rolls Royce engined loco was built in 1967, and used at LT's Neasden and Lillie Bridge depots, before entering preservation in 1993.

L2 Alnwick Lionheart 28 August 2018

Standing on its own short section of track, in the car park of Alnwick Lionheart station, on the Aln Valley Railway, is Ruston and Hornsby 0-4-0 L2, pictured here on 28 August 2018. This 155hp diesel electric locomotive spent most of its working life at the Castle Cement works in Middlesbrough.

RH398616 Ongar 24 September 2017

A loco behind bars! 1956 built Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 RH398616 is pictured on its own little section of track, next to the entrance to Ongar station, on the Epping Ongar Railway, on 24 September 2017. This seems to be acting as a 'gate guardian', rather in the manner of preserved aircraft at certain RAF bases.

077 Inchicore 23 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann 071 Class diesel electric Co-Co loco 077, pictured outside Inchicore Works on 23 May 2018. 077 was built by General Motors EMD at London, Ontario, Canada in 1976. Apologies for the poor quality of this image, but it was taken from inside a fast moving train, through a not very clean window. Numerous reflections have had to be removed in Photoshop.

207 Belfast Central 23 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann 201 Class 207 River Boyne / Abhainn na Bóinne stands at Belfast Central station on 23 May 2018, after having just arrived with the 07:35 Dublin Connolly to Belfast cross border 'Enterprise' service. Six locos of the class of 34 carry this livery, and in theory are dedicated to the trains operating between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.

215 Newbridge 22 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) 201 Class 215 River Avonmore / An Abhainn Mhor approaches Newbridge station on 22 May 2018 with the 09:35 Dublin North Wall to Ballina liner. The track on the right leads to Newbridge's bay platform, where trains from Dublin Connolly terminate.

218 Portlaoise 22 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann 201 Class 218 River Garavogue / Abhainn na Garbhoige arrives at Portlaoise station on 22 May 2018 with the 11:00 Dublin Heuston to Cork service. The train had run non-stop up until this point, as Portlaoise is well served by stopping trains to and from Dublin, which reverse at the nearby DMU depot.

222 Roseberry 25 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann 201 Class 222 River Dargle / Abhainn na Dargaile passes Roseberry (near Newbridge) on 25 May 2018 with the 11:00 Dublin Heuston to Cork service. This 34 strong class of locomotives was built by General Motors in Canada, and introduced in 1994.

223 Newbridge 23 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann 201 Class 223 Abhainn Na Hainnire / River Anner approaches Newbridge station at speed in lovely evening light on 23 May 2018 with the 19:00 Dublin Heuston to Cork service. The Cork trains have utilised sets of Mk4 coaches since 2006, with a CAF built DVT at the north end of the formation.

234 Newbridge 21 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) 201 Class 234 passes through Newbridge station on 21 May 2018 with the 09:35 Dublin North Wall to Ballina liner. The fact that the station lights are still on at 10:35 gives some idea as to how dull it was!

234 Roseberry 25 May 2018

Iarnród Éireann 201 Class 234 passes Roseberry (near Newbridge) on 25 May 2018 with the 09:35 Dublin North Wall to Ballina liner. Just visible on the trackside towards the rear of the train is a vintage stone milepost. The Dublin to Cork line retains these old posts, which are neatly painted black and white. This is in marked contrast to the UK, as Network Rail do not know what paint is. They do not maintain any old infrastructure, but merely replace it when it becomes illegible, rusts away, disintegrates or gets lost in the undergrowth!