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 are delighted to announce that planning permission was obtained for our proposed shed at Swanwick, MRB a few months ago.

The land was cleared and stored wagons and bogies were moved which enabled four 40 foot track panels to be removed. The land was built up and levelled and piling has been carried out.

Work to the ground beams and pile caps is complete and the steel has been ordrered.

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

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.



All locos are now stored for the winter except 31271 which remains in 'warm store' at NVR.



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....

No 1 end cab doors have had all corroded steel cut out and replaced. Both doors are now off-site and having internal wood replaced.

31418 is presently sheeted over and stored in 'C' Bay. Unfortunately due to contract work, it has had to be moved out of the PRCLT West Shed until mid March. Due to the wet atmosphere in 'C' Bay little work will be carried out until it is moved out into a shed with a roof ! 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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