Created 15-Jun-11
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Route learning? To Bishop Auckland? Hardly seems plausible but 47749 “Damelza” was used by Colas as the precursor to the start of trials and regular freight traffic back to the Bishop Auckland branch and Weardale railway. The 47 was seen on a few occasions at various points, one being Bishop Auckland, were the box at Shildon had allowed permissive working and two trains (the other being the service unit) into the station platform. The 47 worked from Bishop Auckland so that Colas drivers could then learn the route from there to Scunthorpe on the main network. Other arrangements were made to learn the Weardale railways line to Wolsingham where the coal will be loaded.

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