Welcome to the monthly Traction and Rolling Stock update!
Eagle – No.08757
BR Class 08 Shunter (Gronk), 0-6-0DE
New batteries were delivered and we wasted no time fitting them onto the loco. For the last 12 months, every time we have wanted to use the loco, it would have needed to go on charge several hours before so we were very happy once the new ones arrived.
Hector – No. VL6
Ruston & Hornsby, 88DS, 0-4-0DM (Privately Owned)
Powered Coaching Stock:
Class 142004 DMU
Vehicles No. 55545 & 55595 (Privately Owned)
Arrived on site 22/04 and expected to be staying with us for the foreseeable future. As it is privately owned we currently don't know what the plans are for the unit.
Class 142058 DMU
Vehicles No. 55754 & 55708
Arrived on site 15/04 and purchased by the trust. and there are currently no plans for the unit.
Carriage & Wagon:
The coach has been selected as one of the coaches we will use when re-opening.
This coach has also been selected as one of the coaches we will use when re-opening.
CRC 2 Brake Van
National Coal Board (Privately Owned)
Telford Steam Railway are pleased to announce their recent purchase of 'Pacer' unit 142058 from Angel Trains and arrival of unit 142004.
The Pacers arrived at our site over the last 2 weeks and will be joining our other unit 144013 on services. Hopefully these units, fitted with disabled accessibility and low fuel consumption, will become a life-line for the railway once our aspirations of 'Steaming to Ironbridge' are achieved. Enabling us to run a more frequent and accessible service at a lower cost than other vehicles.
142058 underwent overhaul in 2017 at Holbeck Depot and was in service until 2019 when itself, 142004 and many others were removed due to not being PRM (Passengers with Reduced Mobility) compliant.
Both units were re-introduced into service in 2020, along with several others, to help with social distancing measures imposed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and operated with the BR Class 15x series of DMUs which are compliant with PRM measures.
Both unit were withdrawn towards the end of 2020 with '004' being the last of the 142s that were in passengers service, running the final Northern service between Kirkby and Manchester Victoria on the 27th October 2020.
142058 is in much better condition than was first to be expected by our volunteers and is fitted with a digital display headboard as well as being fitted with Dot Matrix Indicators internally.
Unit 142004 has been purchased by a group of private individuals and will be staying on our line for the foreseeable future. We are sure the group will share more with the public once plans come around for the unit.
Keep an eye out for our 'Inside the Old Loco Shed' blog post for monthly updates of work that happens to all of our rolling stock, including the Pacers!
Many Thanks to Jacob Porrett & Oli Kirrage for the photos used in this article.