Current Status: Major Restoration Project
Current Livery: BR Green with Yellow warning panels
Running Number: D5705
Built: 1958 Metropolitan-Vickers
Power Unit: Crossley HST V8
Electrical Equipment: Metropolitan-Vickers
Power Output: 1,200 HP Weight: 97 Tons
Maximum Speed: 75 MPH Length: 56' 7½"
Train Brakes: Vacuum Only Height: 12' 1½"
Train Heating: Steam Heat (Isolated) Width: 8' 6"
Probably the most exciting restoration project in modern diesel traction, D5705 is the sole survivor of the 20 'Co-Bo' Class 28 locomotives and is one of two unique survivor projects based at Bury (the other being Class 15, D8233).

The Metro-Vic Class 28s were different to everything in many respects, not least the wheel arrangement from which the 'Co-Bo' or 'Bo-Co' name is derived, having a 'Bo' (two axled) bogie at one end and a 'Co' (three axled) bogie at the other. All five axles are powered via traction motors.

D5705 was withdrawn in 1968 and the whole class by 1969. D5705 survived only due to being used by the BR Research Division and later being converted into a Carriage Heating Unit as TDB 968006. The loco was secured for preservation in 1980 and, prior to arrival at the ELR, spent many years at Matlock.

In May 2016, with work on both bogies complete, D5705 was lifted back on to it's wheels having spent a few of years on stands. Both the CO and BO bogies have been completely stripped down and, following traction motor repairs off-site, refurbished and rebuilt.

D5705 was displayed in the bay platform at Bury during the 2016 Summer Diesel Gala event, Friday 8th to Sunday 10th of July. This allowed visitors to have a look onboard and get the latest information from the team of volunteers on hand and was very successful!

A dedicated team are progressing with the restoration. Please visit the Class 15 Preservation Society website or search for D5705 on Facebook for more detailed information on the project.

If you would like to donate to this unique and very worthwhile project helping us to restore the locomotive to operational condition please read on for details. You can also help by getting involved as a volunteer working on this and other projects within the diesel department.

Cheque or PO: COBO Locomotive Group
C/O Diesel Department
East Lancashire Railway
Bolton Street Station
Bolton Street
Bury, BL9 0EY

Please make payable to:
COBO Locomotive Group

Please Note: This is not a locomotive ownership, membership or operating profit
share scheme and you will not incur any liabilities for future operation of the locomotive.

See the Class 15 Preservation Society website
Restoring unique locos D8233 and D5705
A small selection of photographs of D5705
Click on any thumnail to view the gallery

With such a large fleet of different locomotives it can be easy for those which are out of service undergoing restoration or essential repairs to get 'lost' or forgotten about. The following is a selection of links to individual locomotive group appeal pages. If you have a little to spare towards a favourite cause they will be extremely happy to hear from you.