Llangollen diesel highs and lows

A1A Locomotives’ Class 31 No. 31271 Stratford 1840-2001 made a successful debut on the Llangollen Railway (LR) on June 16. 

This follows its eviction from the Nene Valley Railway and May 4-6 gala appearance on the Churnet Valley Railway (RM March, p91).

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Class 31 No. 31271 Stratford 1840-2001 is on an extended visit to the Llangollen Railway, providing something different to see on the Welsh railway. It is proving popular with crews and most visitors, but it is not to everyone’s taste! It is seen at Carrog on its first day in traffic, on June 16. TEZ PICKTHALL

The Brush Type 2 is due to stay on the LR for at least two seasons. The A1A Locos team, based at the Midland Railway-Butterley, Derbyshire, has provided crew training so Llangollen Diesel Group (LDG) members can operate and maintain the loco as required.

Just two days before No. 31271 entered traffic on the LR resident Brush Type 4 No. 1566 failed when called on to cover the day’s steam service. 

Read more in the August 2019 issue of The RM – on sale now!

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