THE Nene Valley held a major event on October 13-15 to commemorate the entry into service of the first Brush Type 2 No. D5500 (31018), on October 13, 1957.
This loco is now part of the National Collection on static display at York, and the only surviving Class 31/0.
To mark the occasion, the gala fielded no fewer than eight members of Classes 31/1 and 31/4.
Three were from the A1A Locomotives collection: Railfreight-liveried No. 31108, BR blue No. 5580 (31162) from the MR-B, and NVR resident and two-tone grey Railfreight-liveried No. 31271 Stratford 1840-2001. The Dean Forest Diesel Association sent along its EWS red and gold-liveried No. 31466.
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