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Western Champion now has BOTH power units in place!
We are pleased to report that D1015 Western Champion has had her second power unit lowered back into place after fitting of the long awaited new parts from Germany.
We look forward to hearing news that both her engines have been powered-up and that testing has commenced.
Then after further testing on the SVR, it will be time for Western Champion to stretch her legs on the national network in order to be certified fit for service. We wish all the hard working volunteers at The Diesel Traction Group every success and we look forward to bringing you updates on progress.
We like to take trains to interesting parts of the rail network
To date, our railtours have visited docks, warehouses and heritage lines. It's been a real slog and we are still learning, but with a great deal of help from our volunteers and the tremendous support of train companies, port owners and logistics companies, here is what we have done so far.
April 15th 2018
In aid of Macmillan Cancer Support
Our train visited the seldom-used Sizewell branch, Ipswich Griffin Wharf and Harwich Town.
Sum raised: £8850
The Four Triangles
May 9th 2015
In aid of ADRA
A 0400 start from Crewe meant a mammoth day for the volunteers on the day, but months before we were clearing vegetation away from the privately owned track at Eccles Road and arranging for inspections and maintenance to take place.
Sum raised: £5967.30
The Great Eastern Freighter
August 10th 2013
In aid of Alzheimers Society
This was the first passenger train to traverse the privately owned "cross-docks" line at Felixstowe and the first ever passenger train to visit Ipswich Griffin Wharf - and that required a LOT of shunting!
Sum raised: £7965
Please do get in touch and let us know what places you would like to visit by special train, what locomotives you like and what worthy causes you would like to support.
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