Locomotive Services Limited

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Locomotive Services Limited
Founded2018
Headquarters
Area served
United Kingdom
ServicesTrain operating company
OwnerJeremy Hosking
Websitewww.lsltoc.co.uk

Locomotive Services Limited (LSL)[1] is a train operating company in England. The company operates rail tours using heritage steam and diesel locomotives with support from associated companies and trusts.

History[edit]

In August 2017, LSL was granted an operating licence by the Office of Rail & Road allowing it to operate mainline trains in the United Kingdom.[2] Based at Crewe Diesel TMD, it is owned by Jeremy Hosking, It operated its first tour from Crewe to Kingussie in March 2018.[3]

It built up a fleet of Class 08, 37, 47s mainly acquired from Direct Rail Services.[4] In December 2017 it purchased two Class 55s.[5][6]

In August 2018, preserved Class 40 40013 joined LSL on a three-year lease, while two Class 90s and an InterCity 125 set were purchased from Porterbrook and will join LSL once no longer required by Abellio Greater Anglia and First Great Western.[7]

Related companies, brands and trusts[edit]

Hosking formed Locomotive Services Ltd under RSLGT, a company dedicated to the maintenance and operation of steam locomotives owned by the trust, and also a number of other engines owned by Hosking. The company initially operated from a main base at Southall Railway Centre and also a summer outpost at Bristol Barton Hill.

LNWR Heritage Ltd[edit]

In 2013, RSLGT acquired LNWR Heritage Ltd, a company specialising in the overhaul and restoration of steam locomotives, from Pete Waterman. Subsequently merged into LSL in 2015, RSLGT came to an agreement with Network Rail to lease the former Crewe TMD close to LNWR Heritage's former base, which resultantly became LSL's main base. Having previously had locomotive overhauls undertaken by various companies across the UK, investment in Crewe TMD allows LSL to fully restore and maintain RSLGT's locomotive and coaching stock.

Locomotive Diesels Ltd[edit]

Already formed under LSL to handle operations and maintenance of RSLGT's stock of Class 47 locomotives, which were purchased to assist and move both steam locomotives and coaching stock around the UK network, the division took more prominence after Hosking agreed to acquired two Class 55 Deltic locomotives D9016 and 55022 in November 2017.[8] In January 2018, LSL announced that they had taken out a three-year loan agreement on a Class 40 locomotive D213 Andania to operate on the mainline in the later half of 2018.[9]

Locomotive Storage Ltd[edit]

After acquiring the former Hornby factory in Margate, Kent, the Trust formed Locomotive Storage Ltd, to enable safe and weather-secure storage of locomotives awaiting overhaul, away from the busy main site at Crewe. After refurbishment and the installation of seven tracks (the site is only accessible by road), the first locomotive arrived on a low-loader on 1 June 2018, former LNER Class A4 4464 Bittern.[10]

Train operating company[edit]

In August 2017, the associated company Locomotive Services (TOC) Ltd obtained the required certifications, license and agreements to become a UK train operating company (TOC) enabling the company to operate trains on the mainline network.[11] The first tour was operated from Crewe to Kingussie in March 2018.[3] It subsequently created the associated company Saphos Trains which runs tours and excursions, starting and ending mainly at present from Crewe railway station. Two Class 90s and an InterCity 125 set were purchased from Porterbrook and will join LSL once no longer required by Abellio Greater Anglia and First Great Western.[5]

Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust[edit]

The Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust owns several locomotives that are now available to be operated by LSL.

Fleet[edit]

Steam locomotives[edit]

Not all steam locomotives listed below are owned by RSLGT/LSL as some are operating with LSL under an agreement.

Number Name Class Livery Owner Tops No Mainline until Max Speed Air Brk's Location Photograph Notes
5029 Nunney Castle GWR "Castle" 4-6-0 N/A Jeremy Hosking[citation needed] 98728 - 75 mph Yes LNWR Heritage, Crewe Paignton - 5029 Nunney Castle.jpg
6024 King Edward I GWR "King" 4-6-0 N/A Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98824 - 75 mph Yes Minehead King Edward I 6024 Didcot (1).jpg Return to service anticipated for 2019.
34046 Braunton SR "West Country" 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest Jeremy Hosking[citation needed] 98746 2023 75 mph Yes LNWR Heritage, Crewe A 34046 Braunton travelling through Farncombe, Surrey (2016).jpg Currently outshopped as 34052 Lord Dowding.
35022 Holland America Line SR "Merchant Navy" 4-6-2 N/A Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98822 - 75 mph N/A LNWR Heritage, Crewe SR MN 35022 'Holland-America Line' down Bournemouth Belle, Bournemouth Central, August 1965 img084 (9969774053).jpg Awaiting restoration from scrapyard condition.
35027 Port Line SR "Merchant Navy" 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98827 - 75 mph N/A LNWR Heritage, Crewe 35027 Port line on Bluebell Railway.jpg
45231 The Sherwood Forester LMS Stanier Class 5 4-6-0 BR Black, Late Crest Jeremy Hosking 98531 2020 60 mph Yes LNWR Heritage, Crewe 45231 Rabbit Bridge.jpg
46100 Royal Scot LMS "Royal Scot" 4-6-0 BR Green, Early Emblem Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98702 2022 75 mph Yes LNWR Heritage, Crewe 46100 Royal Scot at Crewe.JPG
60007 Sir Nigel Gresley LNER A4 4-6-2 BR Blue (on completion) Sir Nigel Gresley Locomotive Trust 98898 - 75 mph No (I/H) York NRM 2011-04-24 SirNigelGresley.jpg On ten-year partnership with SNGLT.[12]
60019 Bittern LNER A4 4-6-2 LNER Garter Blue Jeremy Hosking 98819 - 75 mph Yes LSL Margate 4464 Bittern at Kidderminster (3).jpg
60532 Blue Peter LNER A2 4-6-2 N/A Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98832 - 75 mph I/H LNWR Heritage, Crewe A2 Blue Peter at speed through Durham.jpg
70000 Britannia BR Standard Class 7 4-6-2 BR Green, Late Crest Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust 98700 2020 75 mph Yes LNWR Heritage, Crewe Britannia at Severn Tunnel Junction, September 2012.jpg

Diesel locomotives[edit]

Not all diesel locomotives listed below are owned by RSLGT/LSL as some are on loan to the company for use on railtours.

Bold = Current number

Class Pre-TOPS Number TOPS Number Name Livery Image Current location Current status
Class 40
D213
40013
Andania
BR Green
D213 Andania at Crewe.jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, mainline registered. After being located at Barrow Hill Engine Shed, the engine was moved to Crewe Diesel Depot in July 2018 for fitment of AWS, TPWS, On-Train Monitoring Recorder and GSM-R.[13] On three-year loan to LSL from 2018.
Class 45
D67
45118
The Royal Artilleryman
BR Blue
Barrow Hill
Stored. Currently located at Barrow Hill awaiting an overhaul, recently acquired by RSLGT for use on railtours. Fitment of AWS, TPWS, On-Train Monitoring Recorder and GSM-R required before it can work on the mainline once again.
Class 47
D1650
47816
Freightliner green
Basford Hall, Crewe
Stored, spares donor
Class 47
D1719
47811
Freightliner green
Basford Hall, Crewe
Stored, spares donor
Class 47
D1944
47501
Craftsman
BR Green
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, mainline registered.
Class 47
D1733
47853
BR Blue
A broken 47853 being shunted into a platform.jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, mainline registered.
Class 47
D1973
47593
Galloway Princess
BR Large Logo Blue
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, tested on mainline 11/02/2019[14]
Class 47
D1935
47805
Roger Hoskings MA 1925 - 2013
BR Green
D1935 waiting to move off the waiting charter train in Crewe.jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, mainline registered.
Class 47
D1924
47810
Crewe Diesel Depot
BR Green
BR D1924 waiting to depart for Crewe Diesel Depot.jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, mainline registered. Recently acquired from Arlington who had purchased it from Direct Rail Services.
Class 47
D1635
47830
Beeching's Legacy
BR Green
47830 Mid Rd.jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Operational, mainline registered.
Class 47
D1726
47841
De-branded DRS Blue
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Stored, spares donor
Class 55
D9016
55016
Gordon Highlander
BR Green
Class 55 55016 D9016 Gordon Highlander (13989259268).jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Under Overhaul. Recently acquired from former owners alongside 55022 for use on mainline railtours.[15]
Class 55
D9000
55022
Royal Scots Grey
BR Blue
55022 Royal Scots Grey.jpg
LNWR Heritage, Crewe
Under Repair, mainline registered. Recently acquired from former owners alongside 55016 for use on mainline railtours.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Companies House extract company no 10375954 Locomotive Services (TOC) Limited
  2. ^ "Licence granted for new operator" Rail issue 835 13 September 2017 page 19
  3. ^ a b "First LS tour" Today's Railways UK issue 197 May 2018 page 68
  4. ^ "A growing fleet at Crewe Diesel Depot" Rail issue 842 20 December 2017 page 31
  5. ^ a b ""Deltics sold - and could be put to work on new railtours" Rail issue 842 20 December 2017 page 30
  6. ^ "Two Deltics sold to Locomotive Services" Today's Railways UK issue 193 January 2018 page 67
  7. ^ "Class 40 and 47/8 join Locomotive Service's ranks" Rail issue 858 1 August 2018 page 31
  8. ^ "Deltic Duo Joins the Fleet". Icons of Steam. 17 November 2017. Archived from the original on 11 January 2018. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  9. ^ http://www.iconsofsteam.com/2018/01/andania-class-40-joins-growing-diesel-fleet/ D213 Andania joins LSL mainline fleet
  10. ^ https://www.kentonline.co.uk/thanet/news/record-breaking-steam-train-arrives-in-kent-183962/
  11. ^ "Locomotive Services LTD Becomes TOC". Steam Railway. 5 August 2017. Archived from the original on 17 August 2017. Retrieved 11 January 2018.
  12. ^ https://www.railwaymagazine.co.uk/no-60007-joins-hosking-fleet-at-crewe 60007 joins Hosking fleet at Crewe
  13. ^ http://www.iconsofsteam.com/2018/01/andania-class-40-joins-growing-diesel-fleet/
  14. ^ "47593 Galloway Princess, debut run in Large Logo livery". Youtube. 12 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.(Speaker Icon.svg Page will play audio when loaded)
  15. ^ http://www.iconsofsteam.com/2017/11/deltic-duo-joins-fleet/

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