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The end of PLEG

23:59:59 Tuesday 31st December 2019

Friends, I am writing to inform you that PLEG will cease to exist at midnight on New Year’s Eve 2019. Formed in 2003, PLEG has over 1,000 members and the website gets over 1,000 hits a day. We created PLEG to provide opportunities for our members to ride behind rare locos and to give publicity to diesel galas at preserved railways. However things have moved on since 2003; railways now tend to use their full fleet of locos at diesel galas, including shunters, which was not the norm back in 2003 and the Branch Line Society (BLS) has changed its committee and they now actively seek to organise events that are attractive to haulage as well as track enthusiasts. For events the BLS holds the relevant insurances, it has its own passenger carrying vehicle and it has financial reserves. PLEG, charging no membership fee, has none of these things. Given the excellent BLS committee and the fantastic relationship we have with them, we believe that events which are attractive to haulage enthusiasts will continue after PLEG. Regarding the PLEG website and the advertising of diesel galas; the BLS have kindly agreed to allocate a page of the BLS website to diesel galas so the page that gets the vast majority of hits at PLEG will continue, just in a different location. We did consider discontinuing the gala page because a lot of gala organisers, who used to send their Gen to PLEG, just tend to post it directly on social media nowadays anyway. However we have decided to continue with the diesel gala page for now. Please note that you will not need to join the BLS to view the diesel gala page, they will kindly make that free to view for all, but we would certainly encourage you to join because if you only do one of their events you effectively get your money back and that is in addition to all the other great benefits being a member brings. https://www.branchline.uk/home.php We are hopeful that our soon to be ex-members will still be able to get all they need from the BLS in 2019 and beyond and the changes will allow PLEG to retire our website and its associated costs. We are really proud of what PLEG achieved, it created numerous opportunities for rare haulages whilst generating thousands of pounds, all of which was donated to the railways, loco owners and good causes. But all good things come to end and its time to move on. Thank you to all our members for your kind and generous support over the years. I will write to you again regarding the next steps in the coming weeks. Ian Loveday PLEG Group Leader


Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway

Saturday 28th December 2019

A diesel day is planned for this date.

26038, 37703, 47643 and some mainline visitors yet to be announced are expected to feature


East Lancs Railway

Friday 7th - Saturday 8th February 2020

Somerset & Dorset Railway

Saturday 7th - Sunday 8th March 2020

03901 and 26043 are expected to visit


Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2020

08825, 97205, 37227 and visitor 33201. No less than 3 more visitors are expected to be announced in due course

For the track bashers it is planned that 08825 will do brake van rides at Princes Risborough going up the long sidings, subject to having enough crew available.

More details later


Mid Norfolk Railway

Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th April 2020

37240 and 50050 are the first visitors announced


Weardale Railway

Friday 17th - Sunday 19th April 2020


Epping & Ongar Railway

Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th April 2020


Swanage Railway

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th April 2020


Great Central Railway

Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd May 2020


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 14th - Saturday 16th May 2020


North Yorkshire Moors Railway

Thursday 4th - Saturday 6th June 2020


West Somerset Railway

Thursday 4th - Sunday 7th June 2020


North Norfolk Railway

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th June 2020


Bo'ness Railway

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th June 2020


Wensleydale Railway

Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th June 2020


Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway

Friday 24th - Sunday 26th July 2020


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 7th - Sunday 9th August 2020


Great Central Railway

Friday 4th - Sunday 6th September 2020


Dean Forest Railway

Friday 11th - Sunday 13th September 2020


Epping & Ongar Railway

Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th September 2020


Great Central Railway (Nottingham)

Saturday 19th - Sunday 20th September 2020


Severn Valley Railway

Thursday 1st - Sunday 4th October 2020


Spa Valley Railway

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th October 2020