Old Dalby

Some pictures of trains at Old Dalby over the years - photography today at the Old Dalby Control centre site is extremely difficult except with permission

Click on the picture for a bigger image - all photos are as credited

1956

In the summer of 1956 a freight train is being shunted into the sidings at Old Dalby as a local Melton - Nottingham draws into the station. John Oxley

Melton local train

Fairburn 2-6-4T No: 42185 arrives at Old Dalby with the 12.30 Nottingham to Melton stopper on August 22nd 1959. Those were the days! T G Hepburn, Rail Archive Stephenson

London express

A Jubilee-hauled London-bound express passes through Old Dalby on a summer's afternoon in 1956. John Oxley

Northbound A class 25 pictured just north of the station with a Melton-Nottingham local

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

Nottingham express Looking south towards the northern portal of Grimston tunnel on 5th March 1966, a Nottingham express heads north. The photo is taken from opposite the signal box

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

Class 25 On 5th March 1966 a class 25 approaches the station from the south with 7D52 1225 Wellingborough-Linby empties. Note the goods shed on the left and the roof of the signal box in right background

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

London bound On 5th March 1966 a London express heads south through Old Dalby station

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

Local On the same day a class 25 D7594 pauses at Old Dalby with the Melton-Nottingham local

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

Sad tale Looking north as D7594 is about to depart. The difference in height of the balustrades of the underbridge is evident in this shot. An explanation for this can be found on the 'Trip down the line' page.

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

London express An Up Manchester service hauled by an unidentified 'Peak' thunders through the station en route to St Pancras.

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

Northbound A northbound express passes the exchange sidings - note the signal box roof above the train

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

Embankment A 'Peak' approaches Old Dalby from the north on 19th March 1966 - photo taken from Station Lane looking west

Courtney Haydon Collection R.C.T.S.

First visit APT-E outside the Control Centre in September 1973

BR Official

Old Dalby Seen through the workshop at Old Dalby APT-E heads north in the early 1970s

Kit Spackman

E-Train APT-E heads south past the control centre in the early 1970s

Kit Spackman

Tribometer train

The Tribometer adhesion testing train stands outside the compound at Old Dalby in the mid 1970's. with the Research Division's Class 24 loco 97201 propelling.

Colin Marsden

Trib train The Research Division's Class 24 loco 97201 is the motive power.

Colin Marsden

 Trib train A closer view of the Control vehicle RDB999900

 Colin Marsden

Class 37

A class 37 pictured outside the compound at Old Dalby during two-pantograph testing in summer 1982

Author

Brough A Brough road-railer undergoes trials inside the compound at Old Dalby sometime during the 1980's

Author's collection

Road-railer

Here it is packed up and ready to drive off - see Research page for a picture of the unit on the rails

Author's collection

60001

60001 stands inside the compound at Old Dalby during its acceptance testing on 26th March 1990

Adrian Tibble

Steadfast Another view of 60001 inside the compound at Old Dalby coupled to Test Car 6 on 26th March 1990

Adrian Tibble

International coaches In October 1991 Class 47 No 47493 stands outside the compound with three BREL international coaches and R&DD's LAB 15  This was in connection with the testing of active lateral suspension fitted to one of the Internationals

Steve Andrews

RDB998901

The Drewry car RDB998901 is seen here on 1st August 1997 round the back of the Old Dalby compound wearing the later R&DD livery of beige and red

Ian Dobson

RDB998900 Also photographed on 1st August 1997 was its sister unit ostensibly RDB998900 but I don't think it ever wore its running number.

Apart from the engineers from the EM2 group inspecting the vehicle note the Wickham Car (Lab 20) in the background. After the closure of the Mickleover test track some of the vehicles from there were moved to Old Dalby

Ian Dobson

MPV

The first Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) No:DR 98901 in the compound at Old Dalby in February 1999

Author

Compact Tamper

An Amey Railways tamper DR 73911, which was undergoing braking trials, stands outside the compound whilst the test team take stock and have a brew in 1999.

Author

Class 47 Class 47 with test train inside the Compound in 1999 seen from the south end

Author

Class 47 Class 47 with test train inside the Compound in 1999

Author

Class 175

Coradia unit 175002 inside the compound at Old Dalby after having arrived from the Severn Valley Railway on 22nd  November 1999 in connection with the driver training programme.

Author

Class 180

Six months later, Adelante unit 180101 waits in the compound for the commencement of its commissioning running - note the raised coupler door

Author

Heading north

In April 2000, Adelante unit 180101 heads north over the B676 from Old Dalby to Nether Broughton. The former stationmaster's house is just out of shot on the left. Note the high parapet on this side of the bridge - an explanation for this can be found on the 'Trip down the line' page.

Author

Class 180

Another view of the Class 180 unit inside the compound after arrival. The nose of the Class 47 loco used in connection with some of the tests is visible on the right

Jeff Keenan

NMT

The New Measurement Train (NMT) is pictured just to the south of the original Control Centre at Old Dalby on 7th April 2005 whilst undertaking trials of a new monitoring vehicle.

Andrew Royle

Tube

An 'S Stock' set sits on the B676 road bridge to the north of the control centre whilst the crew have a lunch break on 12th March 2010

Author

'S Stock' An 'S Stock' set crosses the B676 road bridge to the north of the Control Centre on 12th March 2010

Author

Class 31 31454 heads past the site of the bank slip on 17th May 2010

Neil Booton

Stored 'S Stock' stored in the army sidings headshunt on 20th June 2011

Neil Booton

   

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