Friday 2 June 2017

Swanage Diesel Gala Focus: 45041 'Royal Tank Regiment'

New from BR Crewe as D53 on 25th June 1962 to 17A Derby. Fitted with train air brakes in August 1968, and renumbered to 45041 in May 1975. Last overhaul in August 1985 at Derby. Allocated to TO Toton, but withdrawn June 1988 at TE Thornaby following a traction motor problem.

Purchased in January 1994 by Pete Waterman, and then by The Peak Locomotive Company in February 1996. Eventually relocated to the Midland Railway Centre, where a restoration was completed in 2002.

Currently based at the Great Central Railway.

I did not see this locomotive in BR days, my first encounter was in 2012.

Leaving Swanage with 11:30 to Norden.

Returning into Swanage with 13:00 from Norden.

Between Corfe and Norden with 15:46 from Swanage.

Preparing to depart with 16:45 from Norden.