DFR Diesel Day 9th July 2005
(Page rebuilt May/12. All photos by B.Thomas)
In July 2005, DFR trains were still only running as far as Whitecroft, and there wasn't a platform there, either. The station is due to re-open on the weekend of 25/26 May 2012.
DFR service trains commenced running to Parkend in late March 2006, being officially declared open on 19/5/06 by HRH Princess Anne the Princess Royal.
On this particular Gala day (9/7/05), D9555 (the last loco built at Swindon) was running in company with 27066, 73101 The Royal Alex and 08238 (in its 'all black' 13308 guise). 31466 was not on the scene at this time.
NOTE: The pictures are not necessarily in chronological order.
|Whitecroft : with the incoming train secured on the running line, 27066 is released from the south end sdg. before dropping onto the stock. The now rear loco would be shunt released and put in the sdg. to await the next train at Whitecroft.|
|27066 attaching to the stock, Whitecroft crossing is beyond the rear of the train.|
|With the token, 27066 has drawn forward to allow the rear loco to be released into the siding and then get locked in.|
|Riding in the cab of 27066 now for a few shots. Here passing the site of Tufts Jcn..|
|North of Norchard.|
|Approaching Norchard High Level.|
|Norchard High Level|
|73101 has just come down from Whitecroft and is about to get away from Norchard H.L. platform.|
|101 at Lydney Jcn.. The loco was still sporting the Pullman livery as applied when running on the Southern until 2002. A full 'Pullman' repaint would take place at the Severn Valley Rly in early 2008 after assisting with their 'disaster recovery' trains in 2007.|
|13308 (08238) prepares to take out a Lydney - Norchard L.L. Shuttle service. Named 'Charlie', the handy Gronk would keep the black livery until Spring 2010 when it went 'in the shed' for some TLC and a repaint into B.R. Blue and TOPS numbering.|
|D9555 starts away from Norchard H.L. bound for Whitecroft. This particular class 14 has been out of traffic for sometime, D9521 having taken on the mantle of forest-friendly 'teddy bear'.|