A1A Locomotives Ltd "Keeping Brush Type 2 Traction Alive"

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We are pleased to announce that 31271 will be appearing at the Derby Etches Park Open Day on Saturday 13th Sept. Whilst at the East Midlands Trains depot, tyre turning will take place to a wheelset to reduce flange height. A1A will have a sales stand at the event so please pop along and say hello !

Following this event, 31271 will move to Ruddington GCR(N) and will work alongside 31162 on Sunday 21st Sept when they will work 4 return trips in top 'n' tail mode. 

31271 will then move south to NVR for the diesel gala taking place Sat 27 - Sun 28th Sept.

Full details including ticket information regarding the Derby Etches Park open day can be found at:





As a result of demand, 31271 will be doing driver experience at the Nene Valley Railway on Tuesday 7th October.

Anyone interested should please contact the NVR office at Wansford on 01780 784444.

Further details can be found here.



31162 will be working 4 trips on Saturday 23rd August at the GCR(N).



We are very pleased to announce that 31271 has been invited to attend the Mid Hants Railway Diesel Gala over the long weekend of Friday 5th - Sunday 7th 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 beginning of 2015. It is then hoped to complete work to its resoration.



Detailed plans of the A1A shed at Swanwick have been produced and these have been submitted to Derbyshire/Amber Valley Council for hopeful approval. We can then proceed with the next steps and if all goes well we can commence with the clearance of our proposed site shortly.

It is planned the shed will be built between the existing diesel shed and the narrow gauge shed at the east end of the complex and will house upto 4 locomotives.






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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