Miscellaneous Locos

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.

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.