"The MOD Rod" Charter

Rolling stock:

Locos used

01530, 01545 & 03144

Stock used

5364 "Robynne" & 5378 "Sarah"

Route:

Loco(s)

From

To

Via

Mileage #

03144

Leeming Bar

Castle Hills (WR/NR boundary)

"main" side of Castle Hills Loop

5.37

01545

Castle Hills (WR/NR boundary)

West of Castle Hills Loop

"main" side of Castle Hills Loop

0.40

03144

West of Castle Hills Loop

Castle Hills Loop East end ^

"loop" side of Castle Hills Loop

0.38

01545

Castle Hills Loop East end ^

East of Leeming Bar LC

"loop" side of Castle Hills Loop

5.25

01530

East of Leeming Bar LC

Leeming Bar North stock siding*

Leeming Bar Loop (non-platform line)

0.21

03144

Leeming Bar North stock siding*

East of Leeming Bar LC

Leeming Bar Loop (non-platform line)

0.19

01530

East of Leeming Bar LC

Leeming Bar (first set down)

0.09

01530

Leeming Bar

Leeming Bar West end Limit of Shunt

Running Line

0.27

03144

Leeming Bar West end Limit of Shunt

Leeming Bar **

Running line

0.21

01530

Leeming Bar **

Leeming Bar North stock siding*

West end crossover to North stock siding

0.04

03144

Leeming Bar North stock siding*

Leeming Bar

West end crossover to North stock siding

0.11

* To extent of unoccupied track - east end coach on crossover points with siding (trailing on arrival, facing on departure).

^ Centre of train on loop east end points.

** East end loco in platform, West end of train clear of points with crossover to North stock siding.

# The mileages were computed by Mark Sutton [Member 0321] using a GPS device. Thanks go to Mark for computing those mileages.

In warm sunny weather, 69 PLEG members made their way to the delightful Wensleydale Railway at Leeming Bar, with many having enjoyed the earlier morning visit to the Aln Valley Railway. On arrival the buffet located in ex-EMU trailer did a roaring trade, with ice creams proving popular! Once a passenger check was complete the charter got underway heading out to Castle Hills and the Network Rail boundary behind 03144 with 01545 on the rear. En route, a brief photo stop was arranged at Scruton station which has recently been refurbished to an excellent standard. Once at the boundary, passengers were de-trained for a photo stop and the obligatory seminar shot.

To provide some operational interest and as part of the excellent spirit of co-operation and co-ordination between PLEG and the The Branch Line Society some very rare track was then completed by completing the loop side of Castle Hills by way of a west end reversal, this being essential due to the short distance between the east end points and the Network Rail boundary.

Now it was time to head back for Leeming Bar behind 01545, where further track interest we delivered but not before swapping 01545 for 01530 outside the station. Track-wise the Leeming Bar station loop was completed as far as possible including both the western and eastern end crossovers, and a short trip on the main to the western station limits marker to allow enthusiasts to observe the locomotives and rolling stock on the storage siding.

An on-board change collection was arranged to assist towards the costs of the Akebar landslide repair works. http://www.wensleydalerail.com/akebar-landslide

Huge thanks to Dave and Miggy for arranging the visit and to all the volunteers at Wensleydale Railway that made the event happen.

Below is a stock list (provided by Steve Best of UKLocos) showing rolling stock items observed.

word Wensleydale Railway Stock List