Quain­ton diesels

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“We have to get the 40-some­things in,” says Quain­ton Rail­way So­ci­ety Chair­man Ben Jack­son.

“And that, to me, means that we have to do more from an en­thu­si­ast’s per­spec­tive around diesel, par­tic­u­larly the BR blue pe­riod. From the sus­tain­abil­ity of BRC as a tourism and leisure cen­tre, vis­i­tors ex­pect steam. So, we have to get a bal­ance.”

There’s only one ex-BR diesel on the site: Class 04 0-6-0DM D2298, which had a BR ca­reer of just eight years. It was used on the Der­went Val­ley Light Rail­way (one of the few rail­ways in Bri­tain that were never na­tion­alised) un­til 1982, and has been at Quain­ton Road ever since.

There are also nine ex-in­dus­tri­als on site - from Kerr Stu­art/Hun­slet K4428 (from 1929) to Rus­ton & Hornsby 0-6-0DH 459518 (from 1961).

“Our diesel col­lec­tion is eclec­tic, but it doesn’t have any big pullers-in for the en­thu­si­ast,” says Jack­son.

“We would strug­gle to home any­thing main line at the mo­ment, but I would like to think, go­ing for­ward, we could of­fer some homes to some of the work­ing main line diesels where the own­ers ac­tu­ally don’t want them thrashed or are happy to move them around.”

Jack­son fore­sees an ar­range­ment akin to Den­nis How­ells’ WR 0-6-0PT 9466. Quain­ton Road is its base, but the lo­co­mo­tive goes out on loan dur­ing the sum­mer months to other rail­ways, re­turn­ing for win­ter and spe­cial events.

“We’d cer­tainly be open to con­ver­sa­tions around that sort of ar­range­ment,” he says.

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