By Phil Marsh

Schenker Class 58 locomotives and a 1946 Ruston diesel put up for sale

Published: 5th October 2015

Network Rail offers Signal Gantries for sale

DB Schenker (DBS) has offered by competitive tender the following Class 58 locomotives for sale:

Number 58008 at Eastleigh (but this may be relocated) and 58012 and 58023 at Toton near Nottingham plus 58022 and 58048 at Crewe. They are offered for sale in the usual DBS way, sold as seen and as and where lying. The successful bidder(s) will be required to remove the Locomotives at their own expense and you can only bid after registering your interest in accordance with the “Guide to making an offer for a Locomotive.”

Expressions of interest should be e-mailed to or posted to:

Stella Horrocks quoting ref SH/Oct 15/Class 58

DB Schenker Rail (UK) Ltd.

Toton TMD

Toton Sidings



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You MUST register your interest by noon on Friday 16th October 2015 and tender documents will be issued shortly after the deadline. The locomotives are subject to competitive open tender in accordance with the DBSR “Code of Practice for the identification, Sale and/or Disposal of Surplus Locomotives”. And a reserve price has been set against each locomotive.

It will be possible to inspect the locomotives but only by prior arrangement and no spot visits will be allowed. DBS says that the locomotives shall be disposed of in a manner which is fair and non-discriminatory and which complies with safety and environmental considerations.

When the winning bids have been decided by the vendor, they will issue a sale contract to the Tenderer(s) with the highest present value offered over the set reserve price. In addition, speed of sale/site clearance and payment terms may be taken into account.

Once the contract is agreed then compliance to the Conditions will be rigidly enforced and should these be breached then DBSR may either impose stabling charges or cancel of the sale. The full conditions are set out in the Code of Practice and Standard Conditions of Sale which will be issued with the Tender documents to each prospective bidder.

Finally, DBS reserves the right to withdraw any / all of these locomotives from sale at any point in the proceedings.

70 year old dual braked full working order diesel comes on the market at Chinnor

The Chinnor Railway based 1946 built 0-4-0 Diesel Mechanical locomotive No 242868 built by Ruston in Lincoln is being offered for sale. The engine worked from 1946 to 1963 at Southall Gasworks, then found its way to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway at Havenstreet where it was used on Works trains. It was then sold to a private owner and went to the Northampton Ironstone Railway at Hunsbury, Northampton.

It was sold a few years ago to its current owner and is now based at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway and is in full working order. The historic Ruston has been put up for sale by its owner Brian Stabler and the engine is a ‘88DS’, Works Number 242868 and has several similarities to industrial steam engines of that time so far as the frames and cab design are concerned.

The new owner fitted the engine with vacuum brakes and restored the engine to full working order as a dual braked engine with new lights and now starts with a donkey engine.

The owner will be delighted to show the locomotive to a potential buyer but by prior appointment as the engine is on a working railway.

How to contact the owner

If you are interested in a historic working locomotive, then contact:

Brian Stabler on 07592 817768 or by emailing

Network Rail is offering some surplus signal gantries for sale!

Network Rail has several signal gantries on offer by auction and the deadline is 4pm on October 12. Site visits are not allowed in conjunction with this tender. These gantries have been used and are not new.

Network Rail says that the purchaser agrees to indemnify Network Rail against all actions, claims, costs, expenses, losses, damages and other liability arising from the use of the Materials by the Purchaser or any other person, including , without limitation, use at work. The winning bidder will have to wait until 16th November to collect them though.

Network Rail gives no warranties to the Purchaser as to the quality of the Materials or their suitability for any purpose and all such warranties, whether express or implied (either by common law or by statute) are hereby excluded.

What’s on offer?

Three redundant gantry structures, including main boom, 2 legs, cages and ladders

Gantry 1 with signals VC647 and VC645 attached. Gantry 2 has signals VC646 and VC648 attached and Gantry 3 has signals VC652 and VC654.

Whop might buy these is a debating point but the company is under serious funding pressures and as the price of scrap metal has halved in the last year, this may be a better way of Network Rail raising some money.

To bid, contact

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