# ‘Telemon’, a Drewry / Vulcan Foundry 0-4-0 diesel mechanical shunting locomotive.
# 'Scottie', Ruston & Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel shunting locomotive.
# Plasser & Theurer GP-TRAMM (General Purpose Track Repair and Maintenance Machine) no. DR98205.
# BR standard 20 ton brake van no. DB955055.
# A JCB3CX tractor built in the late 1970s.
Formed in 2002 from a group of school boy friends, the Cambrian Diesel Group set out with the aim of preserving a mainline diesel locomotive. However, it was soon found that this would be no easy feat and with no real financial backing, perhaps not the most logical way of forwarding the group’s interests. However in late 2003 the group's first acquisition was sought. It came in the form of ‘Telemon’, an 0-4-0 diesel mechanical shunting locomotive not too dissimilar to that of the British Railway-designed class 03 locomotive.
Some of the Cambrian Diesel Group Members pose for a commemorative photo on their flagship loco 'Telemon' at Oswestry. Pictured left to right are Rob Williams, Keith Cowan [in the cab], Dave Morris and Andy Rudd.
The group's Chairman, Stuart Cowan takes up the story: "Our next purchase was in early 2005 when we took ownership of ‘Scottie’, an 0-4-0 Chain Driven Shunt loco built 1957 as works No. 412427 by Ruston and Hornsby. ‘Scottie’ is currently based and operational at the [Spa Valley] railway’s main base in Tunbridge Wells. Although only in occasional use, it is hoped to move her closer to home in the coming weeks. As part of the purchase agreement the loco has undergone a major overhaul to return her to an operational condition, including a re-conditioned gear box. Currently only air braked, it is anticipated that she will be fitted with vacuum equipment as the final part of the overhaul. Once on Cambrian metals, she will receive a repaint, the livery yet to be decided." Click here for more information.
"Last but by no means least, Rolls Royce powered GP - TRAMM [General Purpose Track Repair and Maintenance Machine] No. 98205 built in 1985 by Plasser & Theurer in Austria, is the latest addition to the Cambrian Diesel Group fleet. Being purchased from railway maintenance contractors Carrillion Rail earlier in 2006, the vehicle is similar to the design of a two car lightweight rail bus, a class 142/3. 98205 was used by British Rail and later privatised contactor companies for the collection and delivery of materials used in permanent way possessions all over the UK."
"In addition to the rail mounted fleet, under the umbrella of the Cambrian Diesel Group is a JCB3CX built in the late seventies."
Above ~ Volunteers Rob Williams and Dave Morris pose on their JCB at Llanddu on 7th July 2006. Photo - Copyright Alun Evans 2006 -
"To summarise, two thousand and six has been our busiest year yet. It is fair to say that perhaps our name, Cambrian Diesel Group, does not justify all our activities. For it is not just the diesels them selves to which we employ our time. Being a small group housed within a relatively small railway society it is all hands to the pump to complete tasks. With major projects under way such as the relaying of the Nantmawr Branch line as well as operation of the Society's Yard in Oswestry, the diesel group members have been at the forefront, providing technical information, assisting in renewals and other aspects of railway preservation as well materials salvage in all areas, permanent way, signal & telegraph and ensuring that we are constantly able to forward any undertaking."
Webmaster's Note ~ Text extracted from 'Cambrian Lines', Official Journal of the Cambrian Railways Society Ltd, Winter 2006/7 edition.