31271 Debut – Sunday 16th June

We are pleased to announce that following her arrival with us on Tuesday 7th May, 31271 is due to make her debut to traffic on the Llangollen Railway on Sunday 16th June, working the 10, 12:15 and 14:30 trains from Llangollen.

We are very much looking forward to seeing her run and would like to thank A1A Locomotives Ltd for providing their superb loco to us for the next two seasons. Please note trains are only running to Carrog at the moment due to the delayed opening of Corwen Central station. This is still under construction and awaiting connection to the running line following reinstatement of a section of missing embankment just outside the station.

31271 in Llangollen Yard, Tuesday 14th May. Photo by Tez Pickthall

1566 has performed well at our first 3 running days of the year on May 5th 6th and 11th , but unfortunately failed on Saturday 18th with a faulty compressor control contactor. This was very frustrating as we had thoroughly inspected and tested the loco on Tuesday 14th to make sure she was ready for another day in traffic. Such faults can occur at any time and are very hard to predict in such complex and aging equipment. Fortunately we hold spares of such components and the fault was repaired by the late afternoon, although sadly too late for 1566 to make her booked workings. The 12:15 and 14:30 trains were covered by the Class 126 DMU.

1566 on 18th May before unfortunate failing due to a fault with the CCR contactor. Photo by Tez Pickthall
The offending CCR contactor – amazing that such a small component can stop 117 tonnes of loco!

1566 has another busy month ahead. It will work the 2nd, 8th, 22nd & 29th B timetables and a driver experience on the 9th of June. We are also pleased to announce a new driver has joined our ranks, with group stalwart Pete Edwards passing out on Saturday May 11th – well done Pete!

Pete Edwards passes out as a driver after assessment on 1566 on May 11th. Photo by Mark Smales.
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