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Our website contains the full details of our locomotives as well as an overview of our other items of rolling stock. There is also a latest news page containing information on group activities as well as a link to our Fotopics site containing photographs of both our locomotives.

The D2578 Locomotive Group was formed in 2001 when a small group of friends who'd been involved with the former Bulmers Steam Centre in Hereford were offered the chance to purchase the disused diesel shunter #2 "Cider Queen" from Bulmers (who wished to clear the area where the loco stood).

After raising the necessary funds we formally purchased "Cider Queen" in May 2001 with the intention of fully restoring it back to its former identity as D2578. After some preparation work, the loco was successfully started in June 2001 and further good news was on the way as we were able to reach an agreement with Greatwest Investments Limited that would see us move D2578 to their new Moreton Business Park near Hereford.

I must stress at this point that Moreton Business Park is a private industrial site and as such there is no regular access to the D2578 Locomotive Group so please do not turn up at the gatehouse expecting to contact us. Instead, you can e-mail me if you wish to find out more about group activities.

If you are interested in the development and potential of the Moreton Business Park site then you might like to take a look at the article about them that was featured on page 11 of the March 2005 RFG News which includes contact details for Greatwest Investments Limited.

Not wanting to cause problems for ourselves or the site owners if D2578 failed, we decided to look around for a second loco, so Monday 6th August 2001 saw not only D2578 but also 03145 arrive at Moreton Park for their new life. Being a small group, restoration of both locomotives has been slow as we are only able to get out to Moreton on an irregular basis but since August 2001 we have restored both locomotives to working order in the final version of BR livery that they carried, as well as purchasing 4 wagons and carrying out track/building work for our new home.

In addition to this, we have been active in promoting the Moreton Business Park rail system as well as assisting with general site activities so it was a memorable occasion on 16th June 2004 when 66121 departed with the first revenue earning train of stone chippings being operated by EWS on behalf of Tarmac Western Limited. Since then, Freightliner has also run some stone trains from Moreton Park on an occasional basis.

I'd love to see some traffic in the main part of the site serving the warehousing and industrial units - offers anyone??

Some of the old MOD track has been renewed and some lifted since the site was taken over by Greatwest Investments Limited. This has partly been due to the reconstruction of the Southern part of the site by Greatwest into an industrial park and the conversion of the Northern part by Tarmac for gravel extraction as well as stone loading. The map below shows the original track layout (dashed lines) together with the current remaining track (solid lines).

In the last few years, courtesy of the Branch Line Society, we have been able to host occasional visits to see our locomotives in action and provide rides around the site. 03145 held the fort while D2578 was undergoing restoration but since 2007 when we hosted a joint PLEG / BLS visit, both locomotives have been in service. Hopefully, similar visits can be arranged in the future so watch this space!

Since November 2011 we've also been home to privately owned D2302 which is maintained under the stewardship of the D2578 Locomotive Group. Work on this locomotive is continuing and it is expected to enter service in 2014 after a successful start up in April.

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