Nene Valley celebrates Class 31 60th anniversary

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.

Attending the NVR’s Class 31 60th anniversary gala was No. 31466 from the Dean Forest Railway, to where it had recently returned following an extended visit to the East Lancashire Railway. It approaches Orton Mere with 2E46, the 10.42 Wansford-Peterborough on October 15. JAMIE SQUIBBS

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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