Devon & Cornwall puts 12-loco fleet up for sale

IN a surprise move, Devon & Cornwall Railways (DCR) has put its entire 12-loco fleet up for sale.

The tender for the sale was announced on November 10 by BARS (British American Railway Services) via the RMS Locotec arm of the operation, and is for six Class 31 and six Class 56 locos.

Devon & Cornwall Railway’s No. 56303 leads 56301 (not in the sale) on working 6Z17, the 12.28 Foxton-Wembley empty spoil wagons past Shepreth on November 6. JOHN PINK

The sole operational loco, No. 56303, was at Derby, while the stored locos are in two locations – the Weardale Railway (Nos. 31190/468/602) and Washwood Heath (31454/601, 56091/103/128/311/312). Also operational was No 31452 which moved to the Dartmoor Railway on November 27, possibly for good, making it the last of the class to run on Network Rail. Some locos are fit only for component recovery.

Such was the timescale of the tender, bids for locos had to be returned by November 16, with the locos based at Washwood Heath having to be removed from the site by November 28.

Read more in December’s issue of The RM – on sale now!

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