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The ACORP Community Railway Festival in 2005

Diesel's on Display.
Class 45112

Class 45112 at ACoRP display at Norwich Station

Class 45112 at ACoRP display at Norwich Station 23/9/2005.

Class 45 112 The Royal Army Ornance Corps in BR blue . This class 45 (or Peak as the class became known as) was built in 1960 with the number D61. The Class 45s were the main locomotive on the Midland mainline from 1962 till 1982 when the HSTs and class 47s took over a lot of the trains. This locomotive is in 2010 based at Barrow Hill Engine shed.

Class 47813.

Class 31452 Minotaur at ACoRP display at Norwich

Class 31452 Minotaur at ACoRP display at Norwich Station 23/9/2005.

This Brush type 2 had a number of D5809 when it was new. The Brush type 2s became class 31 under Tops.

This class 31 31452 had been given the name of Minotaur. This was one of  four class 31s that Fragonset Railways got from EWS in 1998. Fragonset Railways who became FM Rail then stopped trading, and this class 31 and some of the other  31s went to Mainline Rail, operated by RMS Locotec.  This class 31452 is now operated by Network Rail.

Class 55019.

Class 55019 at the ACoRP display at Norwich

Class 55019 at the ACoRP display at Norwich Station 23/9/2005.

Class 55s or Deltics were not normally seen in Norwich in as they were used on the East Coast Main line from London Kings Cross Station to Scotland on the main express trains. This Deltic at Norwich station is number 55019 Royal Highland Fuslier which as the headboad says is owned by the Deltic Preservation Society. It is painted in BR blue with full yellow ends. The headcodes have been replaced by two whie lights.

There was a prototype Deltic  called DP1 deltic which is now in the NRM. The British Rail production Deltics of which there were 22 were built between 1961 and 1962 by English Elictric. The Deltics got there name after the two 16 cylinder Napier Deltic diesel engines in them.

This Deltic  entered service in December 1961 as D9019  being named in 1965 as Royal Highland Fuslier and then became class 55019 under TOPS in 1973. It was withdrawn in 1981. It is one of six that have been saved. The Deltic Preservation Society is based at Barrow Hill shed.

Class 52 Western Fusillier

Class 52 D 1023 at the ACoRP display at Norwich Station

Class 52 D 1023 Western Fusilier at the ACoRP display at Norwich Station 23/9/2005.

Class 52s which were far better known as Westerns were not normally seen in Norwich in BR days as they ran on the Western Main Line from Paddington to the South West. The Western Regions management at Swindon liked to do things thier way. When the Modernisation planed to replace steam with diesels, Swindon had it own plans.

Diesel-hydraulic of class 22 class 41 and 42 and 35 had been built at Swindon in the late 1950s. These were still too new to tell what reliabilty was going to be like with Diesel- hydraulic, when in 1961 a order was placed for 74 diesel- hydraulic locomotives of 2,700hp. These Diesel- hydraulic locomotives were going to need two engines and transmisions to get that much more power.

Unlike today when we seem to go abroad first, to order new locomotives, in the 1950s and 1960s we did not. Germany was the main user and builder of Diesel- hydraulic locomotives, but we decided to build them at home and to our own design.

There would have been a out cry in those days if we had gone abroad to order new locomotives.

Two Maybach MD655 Diesel engines each with an Voith L630rV 3 speed hydraulic transmission were the choice for the Westerns.  An Mekydro transmision might have been fitted, but was too large for the British loading gauge.

In the early 1970s with all the Diesel- hydraulic locomotives, being non-standard and some not powerful enough, with the HST, now a far better choice, for the western region main lines, the writing was on the wall for all the hydraulic transmission locomotives. From 1974 Westerns started to be withdrawn, and by 1978 they were gone from the main line. Seven have been saved.

No Western had its Class 52 number put on on it, but they were painted in BR blue with the BR arrows. Some class 52s had the cast steel D painted out. D 1023  named Western Fusileir is at at Norwich in its BR blue state, with full yellow ends. D1023 was one of the seven Westerns that were saved and is part of the NRM collection. 

Western in Sony cutting in BR days

Unknown Western in BR blue in the Sony cutting in the 1970s on a normal passenger train.

National Community Rail Festival
The first national Community Rail Festival was backed by ACoRP, ONE and Norfolk County Council, RailFest 2005 ran from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September in 2005, in and around Norwich station and along the two Community Rail lines.
It aim was to celebrate the success in developing local railway lines across the UK.
Norfolk was chosen because of its two community rail partnerships The Bittern Line and the Wherry Lines.
The organisers put on a display of modern traction hoping to spell out the social and environmental benefits that railways can bring to the UK as a whole.
Norfolk was chosen because of its two community rail partnerships, The Bittern Line that runs between Norwich and Sheringham had in the eight years up to 2005, a 192 percent  growth in its passenger journeys. The Wherry Lines that run between Norwich and Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft had also improved.
A rail tour ran into Norwich from London using Cotswold Rail Class 87007 working with a class 87019 locomotive named after the ACoRP
Just some of the things going on when I went to Norwich station on the Saturday, were Morris dancing, stalls giving out leaflets and lots of other events held in and around the station and along the two Community Rail lines .
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