Saturday, 25 November 2017

North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 15th May 1982

My second, and still most recent, visit to the Moors Line. A limited number of photos were taken given the student finances (indeed post-student, as we had wrapped up the previous day), but some liberty was taken given the number of loco types, both steam and diesel, which I had not seen before. The line was already noted for a liberal attitude towards the usage of diesel traction.

D5032 Helen Turner awaits the off at Grosmont, soon after our arival. New in July 1959 from BR Crewe, stored in May 1976, and withdrawn that July, after which it was hired from TJ Thomson's Stockton scrapyard to the railway from 21st August in the long hot summer of that year. Repainted in this scheme in April 1977. Currently under overhaul at Grosmont.
Images while working in preservation.

NER 'T2' 2238 (later LNER 'Q6' 3395 and BR 63395) is an 0-8-0 locomotive completed at Darlington in December 1918, and allocated to Blaydon. Withdrawn from BR service on 9th September 1967 from Sunderland. Under the care of NELPG since 1st April 1968, following storage at Tyne Dock. Here seen running around at Grosmont, in a view now blocked by the more recent construction of a signal box. The dining train it would haul is on the left, a Metro-Cammell Pullman being visible, this all being too grand for a group of students, who would have to wait for another train.

4 coach Gloucester RCW Class 100 unit descends into Grosmont. After service on the NYMR, these went to the Swanage Railway briefly in 1985, and then to the West Somerset. 

50341 in poor condition, cut up at Mayer Parry, Snailwell in 1991
51118 worked on WSR, now in ownership of Llangollen Railcar Group, and under overhaul at Butterley
56097 has similar history to 51118
56099 has similar history to 50341, under overhaul at Butterley

The locomotives in the distance are 3180 Antwerp (WD 75130), now at Hope Farm, Sellindge and Lambton No. 29.

63395 climbs past the loco shed at Grosmont with "Le Moors Line Rapide" dining train. The locomotive was withdrawn from NYMR use later in 1982, and stored until overhauled and returned to traffic in 2007, recently being withdrawn again for a further overhaul.

 D821 Greyhound, built by BR Swindon in May 1960 and withdrawn in December 1972, being preserved by the Diesel Traction Group. After an overhaul at Swindon between 1977 and 1981, the locomotive was based at the NYMR from 1981 - 1991. Now located at the Severn Valley Railway.

Class 04 D2207 was new as 11108 in February 1953 from Vulcan Foundry to the Drewry Car Co. design, first allocated to 30F Parkeston Quay. Sent to Crewe Works from Newton Heath in September 1966, and withdrawn in December 1967. Worked in industry from 1968 to 1973, then to the NYMR. Currently under overhaul with a new Gardner engine being sourced.

D9529 was new from BR Swindon in January 1965, allocated to Cardiff Canton. The WR, not knowing what to do with the locomotives in the wake of the Beeching Axe, sent this one to Hull on the ER in May 1967, but it was quickly stored that month, and was withdrawn in April 1968. It went into industrial use with Stewart & Lloyds Minerals, firstly in Lincolnshire. Ownership changed to the nationalised British Steel, and the loco was moved to the Corby area. With a reduction in activity at Corby, this locomotive and D9520 were moved to the NYMR by rail in March 1981. After several further moves it went back to work on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link  Now owned by the Iron and Steel Traction Group, located at the Nene Valley Railway.

BR 4MT 4-6-0 75014 was completed at BR Swindon in November 1951, and was withdrawn in December 1966 from Shrewsbury, going to Barry scrapyard. Removed from the scrapyard in 1981 and restored to mainline use in 1994, following sale in 2002, it now works at the Dartmouth Steam Railway as BRAVEHEART, being overhauled between 2005 and 2017. A NER B16 tender is stored between the locomotive and a more suitable BR tender.

BR 9F 92134 was completed at BR Crewe in June 1957 and withdrawn in December 1966 from Birkenhead, also sent to Barry scrapyard, from where it was removed in December 1980. After several moves, it is on the final stages of restoration at the East Lancashire Railway - follow this on Twitter and Facebook.

Moors Line 59, as purchased during this visit. I had purchased my first copy of this magazine at WH Smith in York station in 1977, and was always impressed by the editorial standard of Murray Brown, who went on to edit Rail Enthusiast / Rail and then co-founded Rail Express.