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					Railways Illustrated diary

The Railways Illustrated diary is published each issue and aims to be a ‘one stop shop’ detailing what is coming up in
the next two/three months, plus advance warning of some of the bigger events later in the year.
It details all planned main line railtours for diesel, steam and electric traction aimed at enthusiasts as well diesel
galas, steam galas and diesel running dates. Narrow gauge lines are excluded.
It will allow you to plan ahead to keep you up to date with what is happening around the country, so you never miss
any of the action!

Charters

For charters, the promoter and the train operator are listed, along with the booked, or expected, traction. The steam
list details the leg worked by steam and where unusual diesel traction is expected to be involved, this is listed
separately in the diesel column.
Please note the following:
       47x2 usually means top-and-tail operation with just one locomotive working at any time.
       West Coast Railways operations are assumed to be 47-hauled but could be worked by other traction,
            especially 57601.
       DB Schenker jobs listed as 90s could equally be 67s and some 67-hauled trains may be pairs or top-and-
            tailed 67s or 66/67 combinations.
       BP denotes British Pullman, but VSOE, Northern Belle, Royal Scotsman and other Pullman/Luxury or private
            trains are not listed because of space constraints unless hauled by heritage traction.
       Train operators are occasionally subject to change.
       VB denotes the train is expected to be vacuum-braked, which precludes some Class 47s and 57 power.

Heritage railways

For many railways, steam is the main traction, and running dates as such are not listed – just the main steam galas.
Diesel running during the main timetable may be on a limited basis – please check before travelling. However, any
known, planned use, of a diesel is listed and any information known at the time of going to press is also added – such
as how many trips are planned.
Please note the following:
      SH indicates the locomotive should be steam heating
      DMUs appearing at galas are not listed.
      For diesel and mixed traction galas, check PLEG site for timetables and rosters nearer the time for full
          information

N As usual, all information is in good faith, but please check the correct locomotive(s) are working as planned and on
what diagrams before travelling or booking – and don’t blame RI if things do not turn out as planned! This is intended
as a guide to help you plan your days out – or even tempt you to get out and about and enjoy and support the
railways and their events.

N If you are involved in a railway or a locomotive owning group and wish to add a listing to the RI diary – please do
so – just send an e-mail with the details to pip.dunn@eastfieldmedia.com and we’ll add it.




Main line diesel charters May-Jul 09
Date route                           promoter              operator expected traction        notes

May
2       Mossley Hill-Cardiff                     CT        DBS       37x2
2       Hull-Carlisle                            RT        WCR       47x2
2       Eastleigh-Llandudno                      UKR       DBS       67
4       Salisbury-Blaenau Ffestiniog             PF        DBS       66x2
4       Huddersfield-Bath                        RR        WCR       56x2
9       Bristol-Aberystwyth                      NRB       WCR       50, 97/3
9       Glenrothes-Mallaig                       SRPS      DBS       37x2
9       Chester-Cambridge                        MCRUA     DBS       67
16      Crewe-Parkindillack                      PF        DBS       37x2
23      Shrewsbury-Edinburgh                     CT        DBS       40145
23      Doncaster-Canterbury                     RT        WCR       47x2
23      Crewe-Weymouth                           SF        WCR       37x2
23      Wolverhampton-Carlisle                   WCR       WCR       47x2
25      Holyhead-York/Harrogate                  CT        DBS       40145
25      Barrow Hill-Eastleigh                    BH        DRS       20x2
25      Newcastle-Fort William                   NER       WCR       47x2
30      Norwich-Newcastle                        NT        WCR       47x2
30      Skegness-Cardiff                         RT        WCR       47x2
30      Dunbar-Kyle of Lochalsh                  SRPS      WCR       47x2
June
6       Preston-Paignton                     CT        DBS      37x2
6       Crewe-Ayr                            NC        DBS      86101, 87002
6       Euston-Long Marston                  UKR       DBS      66, 90
13      Whitby-Carlisle                      WCR       WCR      47x2
13      Glenrothes-Harrogate                 SRPS      WCR      47x2
13      Birmingham International-Carlisle    SR        DBS      67
13      Rawtenstall-Aberystwyth              CFPS      DBS      40145
13      Paddington-Carmarthen                UKR       DBS      59, 66
19      Bristol-Inverness                    PF        DBS      D1015
20      Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh           PF        DBS      D1015
20      Paddington-Cwm Bargoed               UKR       DBS      66x2
20      Carlisle-York                        CT        DBS      37x2
21      Inverness-Bristol                    PF        DBS      D1015
21      Crewe-Carlisle                       CT        DBS      37x2
23      Euston-Aberystwyth                   UKR       DBS      66, 90
23      Sheffield-Salisbury                  GP        WCR      47x2
24      King’s Cross-Durham                  UKR       DBS      90
25      Leeds-Aberystwyth                    GP        WCR      47x2
27      Portsmouth Harbour-Penzance          PF        DBS      37x2
27      Paddington-Penzance                  UKR       DBS      67
27      Crewe-Penzance                       SF        WCR      37x2
27      Preston-Inverness                    BT        DBS      67x2, 90
30      King’s Cross-Newcastle               UKR       DBS      90


July
3       Saltburn-Bath +                      SRT       WCR      47x2
4       Barrow Hill-Whitby                   FT        WCR      37x2
6       Bath-Saltburn +                      SRT       WCR      47x2
11      Barrow-Blaenau Ffestiniog            RT        WCR      47x2
11      Birmingham Int-Ayr                   SR        WCR      87
11      Enthusiast tour tba                  PF        DBS      tba
17      Crewe-Aviemore                       CT        tba      47x2
17      Preston-Mallaig-Fort William         SF        WCR      20/37
18      Fort William-Oban-Preston            SF        WCR      20/37
18      Nuneaton-Carlisle                    CT        tba      47x2
19      Crewe-Welbeck                        BLS       DBS      47, 66
23/24   Norwich-Lowestoft                    NXEA      NXEA     47x2
25      Doncaster-Brighton                   FT        WCR      73x2, 86101
25      Norwich-Liverpool                    NT        WCR      47x2
25      King’s Cross-Bridlington             UKR       DBS      66, 92


Pic 1
It’s welcome back to the main line fleet for Royal 47798 Prince William, which
is being used by West Coast Railways for charter trains. It passes Keighley
with the 5Z33 Carnforth-Spondon ECS on April 4 for the Green Express
Spondon-Carlisle railtour the next day. Richard Burrows.

Diesel galas and running dates, May-Jul 09

May
2       NVR                      47270                 three return trips
2-4     NNR                      tba                   two return trips
2-4     KESR   gala              D2023, 33052
3/4     CR     gala              26001/014, 37097
8-10    SR     gala              20107, 26007, 31108, 33103/111, 45060, 55022, 667xx, 73119
9       LR                       47449                 four return trips
9/10    SVR                      20188
16/17   GCRN   gala              20007/154, 25279, 47292, 56097, 73110
16/17   LR     DMU gala          DMUs
16/17   SVR                      37906
23      NVR                      47270                 three return trips
23      BWR                      tba
23      SVR                      D10xx
24      SVR                      37906
25      SVR                      50xxx
26-28   NNR                      tba                   two return trips
29-31   MHR    gala              08032/288, 12049, 33053/208, 37905, 56098, 73107/201
30      LR                       37240                 four return trips
30      MNR                      50019                 five return trips
30      SVR                      20188, 73005
30/31   BWR    1960s gala        tba

June
5-7     KWVR   gala               20031, 25059, 31466, 37142/602, 50042
6       NVR                       47270
6       BWR                       tba
6       SVR                       D10xx
6/7     MR     gala               D2578
6/7     PBR    little engine gala tba
12-14   WSR    mixed traffic gala D9520/26, 25173, 33048, D7017, D832, 47840, D1010/1062
13      SVR                       37906
13      BWR                       tba
13/14   SDR    gala               20110/118, 25262, 33002, 37037, other guests
13/14   DFR    mixed traffic gala 08238, D9521/55, 27066, 31466, 73001
13/14   FR     gala               tba
20      BWR                       tba
20      SVR                       50xxx
27      BWR                       tba
27      DFR    gala               08238, 9521/55, 27066, 31466, 73001
27      LR                        37240                 four return trips
27/28   PBR    gala               31203, 37216, 73128
27/28   CPRR   gala               08011, 31163, 37116/219

July
3-5     ELR    gala              20087, 24054, 33109, 7076, 37109/418/901, 40135/145, 47402, 50015, 55022
4       BWR                      tba
10      GWR    shunter gala      HNRC 02, 03069/182, 08927, DBS 09, 11230
11      DFR                      tba
11      BWR                      tba
11      SVR                      D10xx
11/12   GWR    gala              20137, 24081, 26043, 31162, 37215/324, 47105/376, 73129
13      SpVR                     37254
18      BWR                      tba
18      SVR                      50xxx
20-31   NNR                      tba                   two return trips
25      BWR                      tba
25      WSR                      tba
25      SVR                      D10xx
25/26   PBR    gala              31203, 37216, 73128
25/26   EBAR   gala              D2203, 08054/773, D9513, 31119/435, 37294, 47004

Pic 2
After two years laid up for repairs, 50019 Ramillies has returned to traffic and
on May 30 has a running day with five return trips planned between Dereham
and Wymondham, offering over 100 miles of haulage. With an appropriate
rake of blue and grey Mk 2s, 50019 stands in Wymondham loop with the 1045
to Dereham. Richard Hargreaves.
advance diesel gala dates 2009

August
1      CR                           26001/014, 37097
1      AFRPS                        02003
2      CPRR                         08011, 31163, 37116/219
7-9    SpVR                         33063, 37254, 73140
8/9    BH                           D1015, 55009/019
15     CR                           26001/014
28-30 BKR                           20020, 25235, 26010/024, 27001, 37025/175, 47643, other guests
29-31 SDR       rails and ales      tba
29-31 MRB       works open day      47401

September
12/13 GCR                           25035, 27056, 31463, 33116, 37314, 45125, 47117/714
18-20 NYMR                          D2207, 24061, 25278, 37119, 50027, D1023 other guests
18-20 BL                            25067, 31101/130, 33019, 37227/905, 47640, 56086/098, 73114
19/20 EVR                           03084/158, 20001, 31414
19/20 SpVR                          33063, 37254, 73140
25-27 WR                            20166, 47715
25-27 MNR                           08631, 20069, 31235/438, 37003, 47596, 50019, 73210, DRS guest
26/27 BWR                           33110, 37142, 47306, 50042
26/27 PBR       Southern gala       73128
26/27 PR       shunter gala         03099, D2139/99, D2284, D2337, D2587, 06003, D2854/68, D2953, 08016,
D9525, 97654

October
1-4    WSR     mixed traffic gala   tba
2-4    NVR                          D9516/20/23, 31271, 37518, 40106, 47270, 56313
3/4    EVR     DMU gala             DMUs
3/4    RSR                          03189, D2595, D9539
8-10   SVR                          20188, 37906, 821, 50026/044, 1013/62, 73005
10/11 GCRN                          20007/154, 25279, 37009, 47292, 56097, 73110
17/18 ELR                           20087, 24054, 33109, 7076, 37109/418/901, 40135/145, 832, 45135, 47402,
50015, 55022
17/18 CPRR                          08011, 31163, 37116/219
24/25 GWR                           20137, 24081, 26043, 31162, 37215/324, 47105/376, 73129
24/25 EVR      DMU gala             DMUs
24/25 WSR                           25173, 33048, D7017, 47840, D1010

November
6/7   SDR                           20110/118, 25262, 33002, 37037
7     ELR                           24054, 33109, 37418, 40135, 832, 45135, 47402, 50015, 55022
14/15 LHR                           03072/117, 20214, 26001

December
27   GWR                            20137, 24081, 26043, 37215/324, 47105/376, 73129



Steam Galas May-Jul 2009

Date        Railway        Event                                 Locos
May
1-4         NYMR           Spring Steam Gala                     60163, tbc
2-4         KESR           Gala Weekend                          3, 65, 662, 32678, tbc
2-4         MRB            Victorian Gala                        tbc
2-4         TSR            150th Anniversary Gala                2945
3/4         KWVR           Vintage Trains                        957
3/4         MSLR           1940s Wartime Weekend                 tbc
8-10        NYMR           Spring Steam Gala                     60163
9/10        GCR            40th Anniversary of closure           tbc
9/10        BR             Southern at War                       tbc
9/10        MRB            Steam and Diesel Weekend              53809, 73129, 92214; others tbc
9           CPRR           Railway Open Day                      All serviceable fleet
16/17       KESR           1940s Weekend                         tbc
16/17       LHR            Mixed Traction Weekend                42073
16/17       SpVR           Steam Gala                            All home fleet + visitor tbc
23-25       DRC            Broad Gauge Steam Day                 Fire Fly
23-25       BL             Anything Goes                         Assortment of traction tbc
23-25       ELR            1940s Wartime Weekend                 tbc
23-25       SCR            Steam Gala                            tbc
23-26       GWR            Cotswold Festival of Steam            Cadbury No. 1
24/25       KWVR           Vintage Trains                        957
24/25       SDR            Branch Line Weekend                   tbc

June
6-7         KESR           Ashford Weekend                       tbc
6/7         MRB            1940s Weekend                         tbc
6/7         PBR            Little Engines Weekend                Home steam fleet
6/7         MSLR           Vintage Freight                       tbc
7           DFR            Gala Weekend                          tbc
13/14       GCR            Wartime Weekend                       tbc
13/14       MHR            War on the Line                       tbc
13/14       NVR            Rail Mail 2009                        tbc
13/14     FR         Wartime Weekend          tbc
20/21     RSR        Classic Cars & Bikes     John Howe, Walkden
20/21     KWVR       Steam Gala               80002, 85, 41241, 957, 47279,
90733 + tbc
26/28     DRC        Broad Gauge Steam day    Fire Fly

July
4/5         IoWSR    1940s Experience         tbc
4/5         KWVR     Vintage Trains           957
5           NNR      Quad-Art Week            tbc
4-12        SDR      1940s Weekend            tbc
11/12       FR       Steam Gala               tbc
18/19       GCR      Summer Steam gala        tbc
25/26       DRC      Broad gauge Steamdays    Fire Fly
25/26, 29   NVR      1950s Weekend            tbc

Main Line steam tours May-Jul 2009

Date          Itinerary            Promoter   Operator     Loco
May

2     Exeter-Par-Taunton                      RTC    WCR 6024 Cancelled
2     Victoria-Swanage                        PTR    WCR 34067
2     Crewe-Blaenau Ffestiniog (rtn)          RTC    WCR 45231, 45407
4     Newcastle-Carlisle (rtn)                NLPG   WCR 62005
4     Swanage-Waterloo                        PTR    DBS  34067
9     London-Manchester                       SD     WCR 70013
9     Gloucester-Holyhead (rtn)               PMR    WCR 6233
9     Preston-Carlisle (rtn)                  VT     WCR 46115
9     Doncaster-Carlisle                      RTC    WCR 6201
16    King’s Cross-Edinburgh (rtn)            SD     WCR 60019, 60007
16    Manchester Victoria-Blackburn (rtn)     PTR    WCR 45407, 76079
      Postponed from March 21
16    Norwich-Liverpool St (rtn)              RTC    WCR     70013
16    Shrewsbury-Gloucester-Tyseley           VT     WCR     5029 + 5043
17    Edinburgh-Dundee (rtn)                  SD     WCR     60007/009
17    Tyseley-Rugeley (rtn)                   VT     WCR     9600
17    Hellifield-Carlisle (rtn)               HFR    WCR     5690
18    Edinburgh - King’s Cross                SD     DBS     60009, 60163
23    King’s Cross-York (rtn)                 SD     DBS     60163, 60007
23    Victoria-Eastleigh (rtn)                UKR    DBS     35028
23    Norwich-Poole (rtn)                     RTC    WCR     70013
30    Crewe-Carlisle (rtn)                    PMR    WCR     6233
30    Birmingham NS-Ravenglass (rtn)          VT     WCR     48151
30    Minehead-Paddington                     PTR    WCR     6024
30    Poole-Bristol                           RTC    WCR     70013
30    Gloucester-Cardiff-Bristol              PF     DBS     60163
30    Bristol TM-Minehead                     PF     DBS     60163

June
6    Banbury-Chester (rtn)                    SD     WCR     6024
6    Tyseley-Llandudno Jcn (rtn)              VT     WCR     5043
6    Bristol-Shrewsbury (rtn)                 PTR    WCR     70013
6    Mill Hill-York                           RTC    WCR     45407, 5690
13 Sheffield-Holyhead (rtn)                       PMR    WCR      6233
13 Paddington-Kidderminster-Oxford                PTR    WCR      6024
13 Westbury-Kingswear-Bristol TM                  RTC    WCR      70013
14 Victoria-Canterbury (rtn)                      SD     WCR      34067
18 Victoria-Minehead (rtn)                        SD     DBS      60163
20 Crewe-Carlisle (rtn)                           VT     WCR      5043
20 Bristol-Plymouth (rtn)                         RTC    WCR      70013
21 Manchester Victoria-Bristol                    PTR    WCR      44871, 45407,
76079
21 Victoria-Winchester (rtn)                      SD     DBS      60163
27 London-Lincoln                                 SD     WCR      tbc
27 Solihull-Gloucester-Tyseley                    VT     WCR      4936
27 Peterborough-Edinburgh                         RTC    WCR      60009
28 Bristol-Pembroke Dock                          RTC    WCR      70013

July
4    King’s Cross-York (rtn)                      RTC    WCR      60019
4    Liverpool-Scarborough (rtn)                  RTC    WCR      6100, 6201
4    Perth-Inverness (rtn)                        SRPS   WCR      60009
5    London-Exeter (rtn)                          SD     WCR      34067
5    Bristol-Kingswear (rtn)                      PTR    DBS      34067
5    Birmingham SH-Stratford-on-Avon              VT     WCR      tbc
9    London-Weymouth (rtn)                        WCR    WCR      34067
10 Victoria-Guildford                             VSOE   DBS      35028
11 Bristol-Plymouth (rtn)                         PTR    DBS      60163
12 Bristol-Kingswear (rtn)                        PTR    DBS      60163, 5029 6024
12 Manchester-Buxton (rtn)                        PTR    WCR      44871, 45407,
76079
12 Birmingham SH-Stratford-on-Avon (rtn)          VT     WCR      tbc
16 London-Worcester (rtn)                         SD     WCR      70013
18 Manchester Victoria-Blackburn (rtn)            PTR    WCR      44871, 45407,
76079
18 Crewe-Carlisle (rtn)                           RTC    WCR      60007
19 Bristol-Kingswear (rtn)                        PTR    DBS      60163, 5029,
6024
19 Birmingham SH-Stratford-on-Avon (rtn)          VT     WCR      tbc
23 London-Canterbury (rtn)                        SD     WCR      70013
25 Bristol-Camarthen (rtn)                        PF     DBS      60163
26 Bristol-Kingswear (rtn)                        PTR    DBS      60163
26 Birmingham SH-Stratford-on-Avon (rtn)          VT     WCR      tbc
29 Lancaster-Carlisle (rtn)                       SR     WCR      5690, 46115,
48151
30 London-Chichester (rtn)                        SD     WCR      70013
31 Crewe-Scarborough (rtn)                        RTC    WCR      6201, 6233,
60009


Plus: ‘The Jacobite’ - Fort William-Mallaig May 18-22/25-29, June 1-5/8-12/15-19/22-
28, July 4-31, August 1-31; ‘Cambrian Coast Express Machynlleth-
Porthmadog/Pwllheli July 27-31, August 3-7/10-14/17-21/24-28; ‘Scarborough Spa
Express’ York-Scarborough July 21-23/28-30, August 4-6/11-13/18-20/25-27.

Pic 3
Steam-era railway preservation does not get much better than this! To mark
the anniversary of the closure of the M&GN 50 years ago, a photo charter was
organised using ‘4F’ 44422 on March 9. It enters Weybourne on the North
Norfolk Railway with the loco numbered 43954, a classmate that operated on
the M&GN. Ed Hurst.

				
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