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'Diesel Weekend in October 2004'
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Class 31 108 at Orton Mere in 2004
Class 31 108 at Orton Mere station on the Nene Valley railway in 2004

 Class 31 108 at Orton Mere station on the Nene Valley railway in 2004


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When it became clear that steam was to be finished in 1968 all the focus was on saving steam engines. When all the steam engines had been saved from being cut up (some are still in the state that they were saved in) It also became clear that you also needed wagons and carriages as well to run a railway.

All the thousands of short wheel base and un fitted wagons have now gone from the mainline railway, of these just a small number have been saved.

A lot of the first generation diesels have now gone as well. Some of these have also now needed to be saved. A lot of the younger generation have not seen steam, apart from on lines like the Nene Valley, and on the odd, Mainline steam train.

With so many Diesels locomotives on lines up and down the Uk, the Diesel only day started to let the "Diesel Buff", have their own day, with no steam engines or (Kettle's as they call them).

The first Diesel days (weekends) were put at the very start and end of the year and numbers of people who went to them was poor.

The Heritage railways were for steam. You could still ride on the main line in mark ones, on ever day trains, behind engines like class 47s till the early 2000s. Today (2010) you can count on one hand, every day passenger trains with class 47s and the like.

But then as visiting engines were added to Diesel Days from other heritage railways and BR, the numbers of people going got more. With todays all new railway, the mixture as got even wider. The trains are often now full and are bringing in a far younger train buff who can only reminder back to BR Blue with Large Arrows.

With Central WAGN MML Virgin Cross Country and GNER all now gone, the young school children of today, will soon be repainting HSTs in GNER colours, in years to come, to run on the NVR!

 Class 31 108  comes into Orton Mere in 2004 with the Mark ones.

 Class 31 108  comes into Orton Mere in 2004 with the Mark ones.

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Nene Valley  Diesel Weekend October 2004


Class 31 108 at Orton Mere station  This page


GBRf Class 66709 at Orton Mere


EW&S Class 56057 at Orton Mere


This part of the website has a mixture of some of the various engines that ran in the Diesel Weekend in October 2004 on the Nene Valley Railway

The Nene Valley Railway now (2014) runs from Peterborough to Wansford railway station and then on to Yarwell junction. Wansford Station is on part of the old A1 at Stibbingson and is about 2 miles from the village of Wansford itself. The line is about 7 1/2 miles long. It now has the Fletton Branch which is about another mile and a bit.

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This website is Ukrailways1970tilltoday.me.uk  it is a webe site on railways, but it is not just on trains, but all things railways, with photos, which I have taken from the 1970s till now. I take photos of all things railways, steam diesel and electric trains,  and signal boxes any thing that is on the National Rail network, which was BR when I started taken photos ot heritage railways.

Today EWS, East Coast, Central trains and EWS are just some of the names on the trains. The name on the train does not mean, thats whos train it is these days. These names keep changing, but that means I have to keep taking photos. I also take photos of preserved railways with steam diesel and electric trains.There is lots more to add and I keep taking More!