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D832 Onslaught
Status: Operational
Livery: BR Blue
Running Number: D832
Built: 1961 BR Swindon Works
Traction Type: Diesel-Hydraulic
Transmission: 2x Mekydro K104u, 4-speed
Power Unit: 2x Maybach MD650
Power Output: 2x 1,135 HP (2,270 HP)
Max Speed: 95 MPH
Train Brakes: Vacuum Only
Train Heating: Steam Boiler (Isolated)
Weight: 78 Tons
Length: 60' 0"
Height: 12' ½"
Width: 8' 10"
D832 is one of two preserved Class 42 'Warships' from an original 38 built by British Railways at Swindon. A further 33 sister locomotives (Class 43) were built by the North British Locomotive Company in Glasgow, none of these were saved for preservation.

The Warships had a very short life in traffic, D832 was no exception seeing under 12 years service being withdrawn in December 1972 and entering preservation on the 1st of June 1979. Onslaught is one of the original diesel locos based at Bury in the very early days of the ELR. D832 is part of the Bury Hydraulic Group fleet.

D832 arrived back at Bury on the 22nd of June 2016, having enjoyed several years holiday at the West Somerset Railway where she was repainted into BR Green livery. Affectionately known as 'Beefy', Onslaught returned to ELR service at the 2016 Summer Diesel Gala.

Saturday 1st June 2019 saw D832 in traffic and celebrating 40 Years in Preservation complete with BHG headboard to mark the occasion. Here's to many more!

Bodywork repairs and full repaint was carried out during 2019/20 with 'Beefy' emerging back into traffic on 26th September 2020, running as 818 'Glory' in BR Blue. 818 was the other potential preservation candidate which, whilst not saved, donated spares allowing 821 and 832 to survive. Onslaught returned to her own identity from May 22nd 2022.

ELR Events

There are a wide range of events at the East Lancashire Railway ranging from Family and Education, Re-enactments, Sci-Fi, Transport and Collector's Fairs.

Selected events are shown below. See the ELR Website for the full event schedule.

Event Date(s)
Summer Diesel Gala
With guests 20066 courtesy of HNRC, 26007 courtesy of Kozzy Rail, 47830 courtesy of Freightliner and 57003 courtesy of LSL
Thursday 27th, Friday 28th
and Saturday 29th June
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th August
Autumn Diesel Gala Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September
Day Out with Thomas Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th October
Autumn Steam Gala Friday 11th, Saturday 12th
and Sunday 13th October
DMU Weekend Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th November

All events subject to availability
While every effort will be made to ensure events take place as advertised, rostered locos or units are available and running to the advertised timetable, the ELR reserves the right to cancel or terminate without prior notice.

ELR Website
Check out the ELR Website for the full event schedule.