45407 by Phil Marsh

July enthusiast rail events at preserved railways

Published 17 July 2013

Branch Line Society arranges unique chance to ride Anglian railway byways

Joem to visit Derwent Valley centenary celebration

The Derwent Valley Light Railway will celebrate the line’s centenary over July 20-21 with appropriate visiting motive power. Steam will be provided by NELPG’s J72 No. 69023 Joem, the locomotive which worked steam specials over the original route in the late 1970s prior to closure in 1981 by the line’s owners, the DVR never being nationalised so did not become part of BR.

Also visiting are ex-BR Class 04 D2245 from the Battlefield Line (a loco also once associated with the DVLR) and a replica Ford Model T railbus which is similar to vehicles used on DVLR passenger services up to 1926.

There has not been operational steam for a while on the preserved section of the Derwent Valley Light Railway adjacent to the Yorkshire Museum of Farming, although there is a resident, currently non-operational, steam loco.

It was forty five years ago today…

The East Lancashire Railway will mark the 45th anniversary of the end of main line BR steam with a July 27-28 gala. The star should be NRM-owned 7P ‘Britannia’ No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, the loco which worked the Manchester-Carlisle leg of the 315 mile ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ 1T57 tour run on August 11 1968 which is taken as the final swansong of BR main line steam.

‘Black Five’ No. 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier will also be running during the gala and seems likely to adopt the role of ‘being’ one of the ‘Black Fives’ which also worked the ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’. A further appropriate visiting loco is also likely to be announced.

Central to the ELR’s plan to re-enact as far as possible this end of main line steam special is the presence of the only two surviving coaches from the 1968 1T57 train at the railway, TSOs M4933 and M4939. They are to be repainted from their current maroon into blue and grey as they were in 1968, enabling assembly of as authentic a train as possible comprising three maroon and seven blue/grey Mk. 1 coaches.

Other legs of the 1968 ‘Fifteen Guinea Special’ tour were worked by ‘Black Five’ No. 45110 (Liverpool-Manchester), ‘Black Five’ Nos. 44781 and 44871 (Carlisle-Manchester) and No. 45110 again (Manchester-Liverpool). No. 44781 did not survive into preservation but No. 45110 did, but is currently out of ticket.

No. 44871 also entered preservation and is still operational on the main line, but not available for the gala being committed to Jacobite operations on the West Highland line.

Branch Line Society’s East Anglia Heritage Railway Rambles - Saturday 20th July 2013

The Branch Line Society (BLS) has announced a very rare chance to join one of their events as they are normally oversubscribed by their membership. However, they have arranged a short notice East Anglia tour of preserved railways on July 20 and there are a few spare places on offer.

The BLS charters trains to traverse tracks that are not normally used by passenger trains and these lines will be covered at the Colne Valley Railway (CVR), Castle Hedingham and the East Anglia Railway Museum (EARM), Chapel & Wakes Colne, between 09:45 at CVR and 1715hrs at the EARM.

Colne Valley Railway

Our special charter will use Cl. 121 “bubble car” W55033 top ‘n tail with a Class 03 diesel shunter to travel over all available parts of their system. This will include various sidings/loops, ends of line and the branch towards the loco shed, none of which are otherwise available.

Breakfast included

There is also a special train on their Miniature Railway, covering lines not available on normal operating days. A hot breakfast bap and drink is included in the fare at the start of the visit.

East Anglian Railway Museum

The BLS operation will use a Drewry 0-4-0 diesel shunter and their Wisbech and Upwell replica coach to travel over normally out of bounds to passengers, sections of the railway not available. As with the CVR, the train will run over and up to the ends of various lines, loops and shed branch (not all suited to the heavier Cl. 04). We will also cover as much of the ordinary route as possible but this will be used to store the vehicles specially moved out to allow us to access the sections normally holding these.

Again, their miniature railway will also operate allowing passengers to cover all available sections. The party will be split into two, with one on standard gauge whilst other on miniature and vice-versa.

How much?

Fares for BLS members are £45 per head for both visits, £50 non-members (no child reductions). Bookings can be taken for individual railways (members £30 and £15; non-members £33 and £17 respectively).

How to book

To book your place, please post a cheque made payable to the "Branch Line Society" for the appropriate amount, or a completed credit Card Payment Authority at http://www.branchlineorg.uk/card_payments.php to:

Mr T Wallis, 10 Sandringham Road, Stoke Gifford, South Gloucestershire, BS34 8NP.

Please include names of all those included in your booking. Transport between sites will be by car Please include details with your booking if you require assistance and particularly of any spaces you anticipate having available to assist other members.

Where possible, include an e-mail contact point as this will be used to send acknowledgment of booking, final timings etc. Otherwise, send a first class SAE, at least 7" x 5", plus a second if you wish a booking acknowledgment, to the above address.

Any queries can be e-mailed to tim.wallis@branchline.org.uk

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