Devon and Cornwall Railways

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56312 working a train of scrap metal

Devon and Cornwall Railways (DCR) is a British freight operating company, active from 2011. It was a subsidiary of British American Railway Services,[1] itself owned by Iowa Pacific Holdings (IPH)[2] which had also purchased the Dartmoor Railway and Weardale Railway in 2008.[3] It is presently owned and operated by Cappagh.

Operations[edit]

DCR planned to operate passenger services between Okehampton and Exeter St Davids from May 2010 purchasing Mark 2 carriages and Driving Brake Standard Opens, but this did not happen.[4][5][6]

In 2010 the business of Hanson Traction was purchased, with six locomotives.[7][8] The Office of Rail Regulation granted the company a freight licence in December 2010[9] and in May 2011, DCR commenced operating freight services.[10][11]

Operations came under new ownership from November 2017, and with the Washwood Heath depot needing to be vacated for High Speed 2 construction works, RMS who now owned the entire fleet of 12 locomotives put them up for sale.[12] Operations are continuing with hired-in resources. It is reported that 56091 and 56103 have been purchased by DC Rail with 50008 also being operated by them.

Fleet[edit]

As at November 2017, the RMS fleet comprised:[12]

  • Class 31: 31190, 31452, 31454, 31468, 31601, 31602
  • Class 56: 56091, 56103, 56128, 56303, 56311, 56312

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Devon and Cornwall Railways Limited". RMS Locotec.
  2. ^ Iowa Pacific Holdings. "About us".
  3. ^ "About". Dartmoor Railway. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  4. ^ Joint, Laura (29 March 2010). "Okehampton to Exeter railway line back on track". BBC News.
  5. ^ "DCR Applies for Oakhampton-Exeter service" Today's Railways UK issue 101 May 2010 page 13
  6. ^ "BARS acquires five DBSOs" Rail Express issue 185 October 2011 page 63
  7. ^ "BARS acquires Hanson Traction to boost UK portfolio" Rail Magazine issue 655 20 October 2010 page 22
  8. ^ "British American takes over Hanson Traction" The Railway Magazine issue 1316 December 2010 page 6
  9. ^ "European Freight Licence" (PDF). Office of Rail Regulation. 24 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Main line freight licence for Devon & Cornwall Railways" The Railway Magazine issue 1319 March 2011 page 10
  11. ^ "Devon & Cornwall operates first trains" Today's Railways UK issue 115 July 2011 page 60
  12. ^ a b "DC Rail Sale" Railways Illustrated issue 179 January 2018 page 16

External links[edit]

Media related to Devon and Cornwall Railways at Wikimedia Commons