A1A Locomotives Ltd "Keeping Brush Type 2 Traction Alive"

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We are very pleased to welcome you to the A1A Locomotives Ltd website. We hope it will provide an interesting read as well as a bank of factual information about what we are and what we do.. All photographs used are from the ' A1A archive ' unless otherwise credited.


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We delighted to announce that planning permission has been obtained for our proposed shed at Swanwick, MRB.

The land has been cleared and stored wagons and bogies have been moved which enabled four 40 foot track panels to be removed. The land has built up and levelled and piling is being carried out this week.

The erection of the steel structure is planned to commence in November.

It is anticipated that if all goes to plan, we will have our 2 track shed which is large enough to store 4 class 31s by June 2015.



Following its successful visit to the Mid Hants Railway, 31271 was moved to East Midlands Trains' depot at Etches Park Derby and took part in their open day on Sat 13th Sept.

31271 was 'opened up' for the public and with our sales stand nearby, a steady flow of visitors were eager to have a look in no 1 end cab. It was an excellent event and we hope plenty of money was raised for the Railway Children's Charity.

Whilst at Derby, tyre turning was carried out to 2 wheelsets. Many thanks to EMT for this.

Following this, 31271 moved to Ruddington at the Great Central Railway where it took part in a running day along with 31162 on Sunday 21st Sept.

31271 was then transported by 56312 on Thursday 25th Sept to the Nene Valley Railway to take part in the diesel gala and for an extended stay, replacing 31108 which was returned to MR-B on Monday 29th Sept.



Recent work on 31418 has seen 12 overhauled fuel Injectors fitted along with relevant pipework.  Work to the wheelsets has also been undertaken.

Work has started on renewing the steel above the handrail recesses at no 2 end with the corroded areas cut out ready for renewal. Door frames and cab doors are being 'adjusted' to fit....

31418 is presently stored in the PRCLT West Shed until our own shed is built... hopefully towards the middle of 2015. It is then hoped to complete work to its restoration.








Introducing A1A Locomotives Ltd

We are dedicated to actively preserving & operating class 31 diesel locos and membership is open to anyone supporting these aims. The company was formed in Autumn 1995 taking over the operations from the former A1A Group, which was itself formed at an inaugural meeting of committed class 31 followers on the 'Wensleydale Wanderer' railtour of 27/05/1990. All locomotive maintainence is carried out by A1A Locos Ltd as is the operation of all our fleet.

The Fleet

Our operational fleet consists of unrefurbished 31162 together with refurbished 31108 and 31271. One-time unique 'Skinhead' Class 31/4 and oldest surviving 'production series' class 31 no 31418 , is currently under long-term overhaul from 'as withdrawn' condition.

31123 was purchased for spares in 2005.


We are proud to have achieved a reputation for quality restoration work and reliable service at a wide variety of preservation centres and diesel events, some of which have brought the first ever visit of the class to a particular location.


Funds are raised by selling shares on a non-profit making basis, in the same way as several other successful preservation schemes. With over 200 shareholders in membership, we are committed to active preservation and every share sold will help us in the restoration, upkeep and operation of our fleet of four locos.

Your support will therefore be most welcome.


A1A Locomotives Ltd is registered in England & Wales.   Company Number 3101954.

Registered Office:   50 Thrunscoe Road
                             NE Lincolnshire
                             DN35 8TA

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