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, along 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, which then owned the entire fleet of 12 locomotives, put them up for sale.[12] Operations are continuing with hired resources.

Fleet[edit]

In November 2017, the RMS locotec fleet, owned by DCR's parent company, comprised[12]

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

All locomotives were put up for sale in 2017 and 56091 plus 56103 were obtained by DCR from RMS. The remaining class 56 locomotives (56128, 311 and 312) are now owned by GB Railfreight for the Class 69 re-engineering programme.

In March 2019 DCR acquired four locomotives from DB Cargo UK: 60028, 029, 046 and 055. These were to undergo 'Super 60' refurbishment by DB Cargo at Toton prior to commencing operations. 60046, reunited with its original name, 'William Wilberforce', entered revenue service with DCR on 14 November 2019, followed by 60055 'Thomas Barnardo' on 6 December 2019.

Fleet summary[edit]

Class Image Type Introduced Fleet Size Wheel Arr Details
Class 56 56104 at Wansford.jpg Diesel locomotive 1976-84 3 Co-Co 56091 and 56103. 56303 is stored at Wembley Yard.
Class 60 Diesel locomotive 1989 4 Co-Co 60028, 029, 046 and 055
Total 7



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