We have had some extensive work carried out on our main station Concourse over the past few months, and we are proud to say the have finally been completed. We have a brand new ticket and information office, new toilet facilities, new self service machines, as well as places to grab a bite or a … More Better than Ever!
Two locomotives that don’t get too much attention are the pair of Network Rail Class 37s that reside at the station. Affectionately known by enthusiasts as ‘Tractors’, these are kept on hand to help stricken stock and when the weather turns are on hand for snow clearing duties with our resident pair of snowploughs.
There is soon to be a special renaming of two East Midlands Trains Class 43 power cars. Details are to follow soon.
Now here is something special. 55001 St Paddy ran light engine through our station while on mainline testing, and looks fantastic in BR blue. We heard him long before we saw him! And to add to the whole experience, the driver really opened up and gave a spectacular display of clag.
Billingsley doesn’t just play host to steam locomotives for charter trains – the diesel enthusiast will also appreciate what we have in store later on this year for a Christmas Special – a Class 20 in BR green (running number TBA).
Our regular visitors looked particularly photogenic so here they are in full force. The eagle-eyed will also spot the Pacer hiding in the background – definitely a marmite unit!
We have been playing host to Royalty. In addition to Mallard, we have had another steam locomotive to grace us with his presence. GWR King Class no 6023 King Edward II is on charter tours and has been seen passing through. Wearing a resplendent early BR blue livery, he certainly has been turning heads as … More Return of the King
Today was a very special day, where the greatest locomotive in the world pulled majestically into our station. 4468 Mallard has been taken out of retirement and is now pulling Rail Tour trains up and down the country. She has been lovingly restored to mainline condition so if you see her running down the line, … More We have a Legend in our midst
Billingsley has a new shunter looking after the yard, ready on hand to help move a stricken loco if needed. 08938 has been liveried in experimental East Midlands Trains livery, having the red and orange ‘swoosh’ applied as per the 153s rather than the standard blue bonnet and red cab as per the rest of … More A new Shunter