TRIP 417

Easter North of England

21-24/0308

DAY ONE (21/03/08)

DRS, Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot (view)  

08892, 37259/606, 57007, 66401.

Freightliner, Crewe Basford Hall Yard (view)  

47150/811/816, 66121/429/501/543/613/621/625, 86610/628. Crane; Kirow 81613. Network Rail Wagons; 29013/034/039 29062/082/090/096/103/130/164/186/200/201/202/203/303/318 29362/438/445/452/455/471/486/489/499/539/543/555. 93383/601/610/728, 503096, 979502. Passing: Track Machine; 77001.

Network Rail, Crewe Gresty Green Yard (view) 

Track Machines; 73924, 76323. Network Rail Wagons; 12947, 29355, 501024/076/084/107/190/191/192.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Ravenglass (visit)  

Preserved Steam Locos: 1ft 3 Gauge; No.9 "River Mite" - Clarkson 4669/66 (in steam), "Northern Rock" - Ravenglass 10/76 (in steam), No.3 "River Irt" - DB 3/1894 reb Ravenglass/27, "The Flower of the Forest" - Ravenglass 5/85, "Synolda" - BL 30/12, "River Esk" - DP 21104/23 (in steam), "Katie" - BD 4/1896 Dsm. Preserved Diesel Locos: 1ft 3 Gauge; 21 "Les" - LB 51721/60, "Lady Wakefield" - Ravenglass/80, "Perkins" - MH NG39A/29 reb Ravenglass/33, "Cyril" - L 4404/32 reb Ravenglass/86, (Anita) - RH 277273/49 (flail mower), I.C.L.No.11 "Douglas Ferriera" - TMA 28800/2005 (in traffic). Preserved Petrol Locos: 1ft 3 Gauge; No.1 "Blacolvesley" - BL/09 (steam outline), I.C.L.No.1 - Ravenglass/25. Preserved Battery Electric Loco: 1ft 3 Gauge; GB 2782/57.

Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway, Irton Road (visit)  

Preserved Petrol Loco: 1ft 3 Gauge; (Quarryman) - MH 2/26. 

Notes on Railway: 

1) Lister 40009/54 was said to be in a siding at Murthwaite, which was not visited. 

2) Severn Lamb "Shelagh of Eskdale" was on a Permanent Way train elsewhere down the line. 

3) What remained of the side frames from DB 2/1881 have been used in rebuilding "Shelagh of Eskdale". The remainder of the DB loco was scrapped some years before. 

4) "Scooter" (Ravenglass/71) has been scrapped. 

5) 2 car unit Ravenglass 1976+1983 was not seen. Unconfirmed reports saying that this was also scrapped were received.

Egremont Mining Co Ltd, Florence Iron Ore Mine (surface visit only)  

Preserved Battery Electric Loco: 2ft 6" Gauge; WR 6218/61 OOU. Note; WR loco C6694/63 is located underground but was not seen by the party as a surface only visit was arranged.

Haig Colliery Museum, Whitehaven (visit)  

Preserved Steam Loco; "Askham Hall" - AE 1772/17. Preserved Diesel Locos; ND3815 - HE 2389/41, JF 22971/42 reb TH 130C/63, VF 5262/45 + DC 2181/45. Preserved Battery Electric Loco: 2ft 6" Gauge; WR (5931/58??) Dsm (assumed).

Alan Lightfoot Plant Services, Wigton  

After a considerable search the party found this company's site on the old Airfield in Kirkbride. The premises was an old missen hut/hangar. The premises was locked and there was no sign of any Rail Plant equipment outside. There was a short length of test track outside, so the party were therefore confident it had found the correct site for this company.

Story Rail Ltd, Carlisle (part visit)  

Road/Rail; 319 - JCB JS160W 0718838, 320 - JCB JS160W 0718882, 396 - Leibherr A900ZW 612 10209, 572 - Komatsu D41P B40167/04. Trailers; SR313 - Rexquote 1359/00, SR314 - Rexquote 1360/00, SR585 - Philmor 2257/04, SR677 - U/I, SR811 - U/I, SR812 - U/I, SR813 - U/I, SR814 - U/I, SR815 - U/I, SR816 - U/I.

DRS, Carlisle Kingmoor Depot (view)  

20313, 37087/197/261/510/610/612/688, 66403/404/412/416/419/426/428. Coach; 3278. Passing; 66527. DMU; 185134

Carlisle Kingmoor Yard (view)  

66423. Snowplough; 965578.

DAY TWO (22/03/08)

Blennerhasset Watermill, near Aspatria (visit) 

Preserved Diesel Locos: 2ft Gauge; FH 3756/55 (in traffic), RH 273525/49 (ex p.259). Preserved Battery Electric Locos: 2ft Gauge; WR (4149/49??) reb ShepherdFG. 1ft 10" Gauge; NVR No.1 - Shepherd/c73 reb Frogley/88 (ex p.49). 

Notes; 

1) A big thank you to Mill owner Andrew Curle for arranging and hosting our visit. The visit included train rides behind FH 3756. 

2) Also present was battery powered St Austell Tramcar number 41 which was built by Peter Hallam.

Keswick Mining Museum, Keswick (visit) 

Preserved Battery Electric Loco: 2ft Gauge; 8 - WR P7624/75 Assumed.

South Tynedale Railway, Alston (visit)  

Preserved Steam Locos: 2ft Gauge; "Helen Kathryn" - Hen 28035/48, 10 "Naklo" - Chrz 3459/57, 125 "Thomas Edmondson" - Hen 16047/18, "Barber" - TG 441/08, HE 1859/37. Preserved Diesel Locos: 2ft Gauge; 9 - HE 4109/52 reb STRPS/92 (in traffic), "Helen" - HC DM1247/61 (ex p.295), 4 "Naworth" - HC DM819/52, HE 4110/53 OOU, 11 "Cumbria" - HE 6646/67, HC DM1169/60 (frame only), 20 - MR 5880/35 (frame only). Preserved Battery Electric Locos: 2ft Gauge; NG25 - BD 3704/73 reb AB 6526/87, Preserved Wickham Trolley: 2ft Gauge; DB965082 - Wkm 7597/57 (rebuilt from standard gauge). Preserved Crane: 2ft Gauge; Hoffmann Diesel Crane (base made from frame of EE 2519/58). 

Notes on Railway: 

1) JF 13355/12 has gone to Jim Rees for overhaul. 2) HC DM1366/65 has gone to Bredgar & Wormshill Light Railway.

Ayle Colliery, Ayle, Near Alston  

Industrial Battery Electric Locos: 2ft 6" Gauge; 15/19 - CE 5097/66, CE 5074/65, WR 6297/60, 6/46 - WR 6593/62 (Frame only, assumed), 6/44 - WR C6710/63 (Frame only, assumed), 6/41 - WR 6133/59 (Frame only, assumed), 6/44 - WR 6595/62 (Frame only, assumed). 2ft Gauge; CE 5667/69, CE 5667/69, CE 5667/69 Dsm. 1ft 7" Gauge; WR D6754/64 Dsm (assumed). 1ft 6" Gauge; 4 77 - CE 5712/69, CE B3132B/84 (assumed). 

Notes; Also present was an unidentified dismantled 4wBE loco, believed to be 2ft gauge.

Tanfield Railway, Marley Hill (visit)  

Preserved Steam Locos: 4ft 8" Gauge; "Wellington" - BH 266/1873 (ex p.81), AB 1015/04, No.6 - AB 1193/10, No.17 - AB1338/13, 32 - AB 1659/20, "City of Aberdeen" - BH 912/81887 (ex p.273), EB 37/1898, "Renishaw Ironworks No.6" - HC 1366/19, (Irwell) - HC 1672/37, 38 - HC 1823/49, HL 2711/07 reb DL/56, No.2 - HL 2859/11, "Stagshaw" - HL 3513/27, "Coal Products No.3" - HL 3575/23, 13 - HL 3732/28, HL 3746/29, No.3 - RS 2730/1891, RSHN 7007/40, RSHD 7035/40, 49 - RSHN 7098/43, "Progress" - RSHN 7298/46, "Sir Cecil A Cochrane" - RSHN 7409/48, No.44 - RSHN 7760/53, No.38 - RSHN 7763/54, 21 - RSHN 7796/54, RSHN 7800/54, No.16 - RSHN 7944/57, No.3 - RWH 2009/1884, S 9559/53, 20 "Tanfield" - WB 2779/45. 3ft 6" Gauge; RSHD 7430/51. 600mm Gauge; "Escucha" - BH 748/1883. Preserved Diesel Locos: 4ft 8" Gauge; AB 552/1968, No.2 - AW D22/33 (in traffic), Bg 3565/62, FH 3716/55, 211-125 - HE 6612/65, JF 4240010/60, "T.I.C No.35" - RH 418600/58, RSHN 7697/53, RSHN 6980/40, RSHN 7746/54, RSHN 7901/58. 2 ft Gauge; HC DM1067/59, HC DM1119/58, HC DM1170/60, HE 7332/74 Dsm, LB 53162/62, LB 54781/65, RH 244487/46, RH 323587/52. Preserved Battery Electric Locos: 2ft 6" Gauge; CE B1886B/80. 2ft Gauge; CE B3141B/84, EE 2848/62 + RSHN 8201/60, U/I WR built 1972, U/I WR. Preserved Electric Locos: 4ft 8" Gauge; 9 - AEG 1565/13, No.3 - RSHN 7078/44, Siemens 862/13, GB 2508/55 Dsm, GB 2509/55 Dsm. Preserved Wickham Trollies: 4ft 8" Gauge; DB965079 - Wkm 7594/57, DB965097 - Wkm 7612/57. Preserved Ballast Packer; 74022 (BP029). Preserved Cranes; Smiths 24065, Booth & Rodley 5966/54, Smiths 18773/48. Preserved Carriages: G.W.R; 2740 - FVY (Body Only, U/Frame used under GNR 836 of 1888. Freight Stock; 28899/Balcony Sal TR No.1 - Mink D. S.R; 1210 - PMVY, 1291 - PMVY (U/Frame Only used under body of NER 256 built 1865), 1314 - PMVY (Body Only, U/Frame Used Under GCR 1509), 1323 - PMVY (U/Frame Only under body of NER 853), 1462 - PMVY (Body Only, U/Frame Used Under GNR 6032), 1562 - PMVY (U/Frame Only under either NER 1593, MSLR 888, TR9, NER 256 or U/I NER 2 Cmpt BT of 1895), 2129 - PMVY (Body Only, U/Frame Used Under either NER 1593, MSLR 888, TR9, NER 256 or U/I NER 2 Cmpt BT of 1895), 2207 - PMVY (U/Frame Only used under GNR 1441), 2208 - PMVY, 2225 - PMVY (Body Only in 2 halves located separately, U/Frame used under either NER 1593, MSLR 888, TR9, NER 256 or U/I NER 2 Cmpt BT of 1895), 2227 - PMVY (U/Frame only, used under either NER 1593, MSLR 888, TR9, NER 256 or U/I NER 2 Cmpt BT of 1895), 2400 - CCTY, 2527 - CCTY (U/Frame only used under one of the NER 2Cmpt Brake 3rd built 1895), U/I PMVY (U/Frame Only used under either NER 1593, MSLR 888, TR9, NER 256 or U/I NER 2 Cmpt BT of 1895). L.M.S; 3826 - IMVZ (extended U/Frame Only awaiting use), 37224 - CCTY (U/Frame Only used under Body of NER 100), 37306 - CCTY (Body Only, U/Frame used under NER 1056), 37308 - CCTY (Body Only, U/Frame used under NER 831). G.C.R; 1509/A.H.&.C.E.R No.1 - 4whl Family Sal - 1899 (Body Only on U/F of SR1314). G.N.R; 6032/TR No.5 - 4whl 5Cmpt 3rd - 1888 (Body on U/F of SR1462), 1441/TR No.6 - 4whl 5Cmpt 3rd - 1885 (Body Only on U/F of SR2207), 836 - 6whl 5Cmpt Comp Built 1890, U/I 4whl 5Cmpt Brake Composite Built 1895 (Body Only on closed Station Platform), 836 - 4whl Passenger Brake Built 1888 (Body Only on U/F of GWR2740). M.S.L.R; 888/TR No.8 - 4whl 4Cmpt Brake 3rd - 1885 (Body Only on U/F of U/I SR PMVY). N.B.R; U/I 4whl 4Cmpt 1st built 1872 (Body Only on wagon underframe 041326). N.E.R; 41 - 6whl Insp Sal - 1896, 70 - 4 whl Family Sal - 1870 (Body Only on U/F of BR87937), 100 - 6whl 1st Sal - 1885 (Body Only on U/F of LMS37224), 154 - 2Cmpt Brake 3rd Built 1895 (Body Only on U/Frame of U/I SR PMVY/CCTY poss 2527), 161 - 6whl Full Brake Van - 1919 (U/F Only, used under NER 456), 192/DE320855 - 6whl Full Brake Van - 1919 (U/f only used as Crane Runner), 256 - 4whl 5Cmpt 3rd - built 1865 (Body only on U/Frame of SR1291), 456 - 6whl 4Cmpt Comp - 1890 (Body Only on U/Frame of NER 161), 795 - 4whl 5Cmpt 3rd - 1881 (Body Only in Yard), 818 - 3rd - 1903 (Clerestory), 831 - 4whl 3Cmpt Brake 3rd (Body Only on U/Frame of LMS37308), 853/TR No.7 - 1st Sal - 1875 (Body Only on U/F of SR1323), 1056 - 4whl 5Cmpt 3rd (Body Only on U/Frame of LMS37306), 1173 - 4whl Insp Sal - 1870, 1593 - Officers Sal - 1896 (Body Only on U/Frame of U/I SR PMVY), 1972 - 8Cmpt 3rd - 1911, 2061 - 6whl 5Cmpt 3rd (Body Only, not confirmed), 3071 - Clerestory Luggage Comp - 1903 (on loan from Beamish), 92188 - 6whl Tool Van - 1899, U/I 2Cmpt Brake 3rd Built 1895 (Body Only on U/Frame of U/I SR PMVY/CCTY, poss 2527), TR No.9 - U/I 4whl 5Cmpt 3rd built 1878 (Carries number 256!!, Body Only on U/F of U/I SR PMVY). B.R; 87937 - FVY (Body Only, U/Frame Used under NER 70), 92034/TR No.2 - PMVY, 92060 - PMVY (Body Only, U/Frame awaiting use). Dorman, Long & Co; U/I 4whl Sal Built 1880 (Glass Carriage). Replica Coaches; TR No.3 - 4whl Brake - 1982 (Body on wagon U/F of 306308), TR No.4 - 4whl Brake - 1982 (Body on wagon U/F of 301560).

 Notes on Railway: 

1) 2ft 6" Gauge HE 2577 + 2607 were housed in a wagon and were not seen by the whole party. 

2) AB 615/77 has gone to the Ribble Steam Railway. 

3) RH 312989/52 has gone to Longhoughton. 

4) It has now been confirmed by the Railway that the NER 8 Compartment 3rd present is actually 1972 and not 118. The latter being the one located at Beamish.

DAY THREE (23/03/08)

Redesdale Military Railway, Otterburn (visit)  

Wickham Target Trolleys: 2ft 6" Gauge; Wkm 3245/43 OOU (assumed), Wkm 11686/90*, Wkm 11687/90*, Wkm 11688/90*, Wkm 11689/90*. 

Notes: 

1) A big thank you to Dave Morrison for arranging and hosting the visit. 

2) * = Builders details confirmed by plates carried.

Nexus, Tyne & Wear Metro Depot, South Gosforth (part visit) Industrial Electric Loco; BL3 - HE 9176/89. Metro Units; 4004/007/013/014/017/020/022/023/025/035/036/043/048/047 4051/052/063/072/077/083/086. Road/Rail; NK54 SDY - Schweerbau, NK54 SDZ - Schweerbau, D640 JWW - Unimog U1250 126899, NA52 JNN - Unimog U400 200083, NK05 VRE - Mercedes 2644, T597 OKK - Leyland Daf 45. 

Note: There was also one other Hunslet Loco present. It was not known whether it was 9174 or 9175.

Tyne & Wear Metro, South Gosforth Station (c 1 hour)  

Metro Units; 4003/008/009/016/024/029/031/037/038/039/044 4049/050/051/054/055/057/058/059/065/066/068/070/075/076 4078/082/085/087/088/089.

Bowes Railway, Springwell (visit)  

Preserved Steam Locos; No.22 - AB 2274/49, "W.S.T." - AB 2361/54. Preserved Diesel Locos: 4ft 8" Gauge; MSC DH26 - RR 10229/65 (ex p.152), HE 6263/64, 101 - FH 3922/59. 2ft 6" Gauge; B03 - HE 8515/81 + AB 651/81. 2ft Gauge; HC DM842/54. Preserved Battery Electric Locos: 3ft Gauge; No.1 - CE 5921/72, 20-270 No.2 - CE B3060/83. 2ft 6" Gauge; 8 - CE B1840/78 (ex p.197). 2ft Gauge; 2207/456 - EE 2476/58 + RSHN 7980/58. 

Notes on Railway: 

1) AB 613/77 has now gone to Barrow Hill. 

2) HE 6614/65 has now gone to Long Marston. 

3) CE 5920/72 has now gone to the North Bay Railway, Scarborough.

Washington F Pit Museum (view) 

Preserved Diesel Loco: 2ft Gauge; RH 392157/56 (assumed, outside).

Broadwood Flourspar Processing Plant, Frosterley  

Preserved Diesel Loco: 3ft Gauge; CE B0190/74 reb CE B2293/83 OOU. Industrial Battery Electric Loco: 2ft Gauge; 3 - U/I WR 4wBE OOU. 

Note: The party searched high and low for a third loco, but without success.

DAY FOUR (24/03/08)

T.J.Thomson Ltd, Port of Tyne, South Shields (visit)  

Industrial Diesel Loco; 9 - TH 287V/80. Passing; 66711. 

Notes: 

1) Please note that a visit was arranged to the Port and the loco was viewed from the Port outside of the Scrapyard. 

2) The BR Fish Van that was at this site was scrapped around April 2007.

Tavistock Italia Bar Cafe, South Shields  

Preserved Carriages: LMS; 11937. BR; 3743, 4751. 

Note: This location used to be called "Marsden Rattler Restaurant".

Pullman Lodge Hotel & Restaurant, Seaburn  

Preserved Carriages: Pullman; 43 "Sapphire", 99 "Padua", 102 "Rosalind". BR; 4328 "Christina".

Port of Sunderland Authority, Sunderland South Dock (visit)  

Industrial Diesel Locos; 21 - RH 395294/56, RH 416210/57. 

Note; A big thank you goes to Ian Duncan and Neil Mearns for arranging this visit.

Darlington Railway Preservation Society, Hopetown (view)  

Preserved Steam Loco; P 2142/53. Preserved Diesel Locos; RH 312988/52, RH 279591/49 (all 3 assumed).

Lightwater Valley Leisure Ltd, Near Ripon (visit)  

Preserved Diesel Locos: 1ft 3" Gauge; 278 "Rio Grande" - SL 1/84 (Red, in traffic), 278 "Rio Grande" - SL 17/6/79 (Blue, in shed awaiting restoration).

Ripon & District Light Railway, Canalside 

Preserved Diesel Locos: 1ft 11" Gauge; R&D3 - L 7954/36, R&D1 - L 50191/57, StanhopeT/c77 (ex p.115). 

Note; A huge thank you to Neill Clayton for arranging and hosting an excellent visit, which included driving a one of the Listers.

Freightliner, Leeds Midland Road Depot (view)  

66512/523/524/525/528/532/538/544/551/554/555/559/564/566 66574/582/585/619/623/951. Passing; 66558.