ROG charter takes in Peak Rail and Moreton-on-Lugg

RAIL Operations Group (ROG) operated a special charter train from Derby to Moreton-on-Lugg on October 8, writes Keith Fender, taking an indirect route, which included a visit to Peak Rail at Rowsley.

ROG’s Nos. 37884 and 47848 were in charge, with the ‘Lickey Incliner II’ running to the Tarmac loading sidings at Moreton-on-Lugg, near Hereford. It is believed to be the first passenger train into the Moreton site since 1971.

ROG Class 37/7 No. 37884 and its train of Mk2 charter stock make an unusual sight at Peak Rail’s Rowsley station during the ‘Lickey Incliner II’ tour on October 8. KEITH FENDER

The train was organised by well-known Derby railwayman Alan Spencer, who is still working on the main line railway at the age of 70. Alan’s railway career started in February 1963 at Bromsgrove depot as a locomotive cleaner and then a fireman on the famous Lickey Incline.

After graduating to be a driver he worked at many BR depots, including Bescot, Stratford and Wimbledon, and after Privatisation, with South West Trains and private freight companies. He is now a control manager for ROG.

In his spare time he has found time to operate a railtour company offering enthusiast charter trains in Switzerland. He is also a senior member of the Locomotive & Carriage Institution.

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