Sunday, 30 July 2017

Bluebell in focus

Today's post, 30th July 2017, begins with the three shots that should have ended the previous post, but due to a major malfunction had to be postponed until now. Nine shots are featured from two contributors.


The three 'missing' pics are all from Jeff Nicholls. First up is GBRf class 66, 66711 Sence, with a Liverpool - Drax P.S. biomass working at Earlestown, on 5th July 2017.

Next is GBRf class 66, 66714 Cromer Lifeboat, also taken at Earlestown on the same date. The working was the reverse of the above, a Drax P.S. - Liverpool biomass empties, via Chat Moss.

Jeff's final shot was of DRS class 88, 88006 Daring, heading the 'Tesco Express' through Winwick on 5th July 2017.

Next are six new shots taken on three Preserved Railways by David Quayle. First up is a Beamish Museum' shot of the Elephant locomotive. It is a replica of a Wallsend wagonway engine built on site, in 2002. The pic is dated 25th May 2017.

This one was taken on the ELR at Rawtenstall on 21st June 2017. Pictured is ex GWR Hawksworth 'Modified Hall' 4-6-0, No.6990 Witherslack Hall, at the water tower.

Next are four shots taken on the Bluebell Railway. Ex SR Maunsell 'Q' class, 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.30541, is pictured at Sheffield Park on 26th June 2017.

Ex LB&SCR class 'E4'  0-6-2, No.473 Birch Grove, is shown in the shed at Sheffield Park, on 26th June 2017.

Ex BR 'Standard' class 2-10-0, No.92240, is up next, taken on 28th June 2017 at the same location.

Finally, three locos are depicted at Sheffield Park on 26th June 2017. EX SER 'O1' class 0-6-0 tender loco No.65, is pictured beside ex BR 'Standard' class '5MT' 4-6-0, No.73082 Camelot. Directly behind No.65, is ex SE&CR 'H' class 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.263.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Mix of Motive Power

Today's post, 23rd July 2017, comprises nineteen pics - covering steam, diesel and electric motive power -  sent in by three contributors.


Bevan Price is up first with three shots. The first shows GBRf (Aggregate Industries livery) class 66, 66711 Sence at Summit Tunnel West (Littleborough) on 12th July 2017. The working is a Liverpool - Drax P.S. biomass.

Also taken at the same location on the same date was DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66142 on a Wilton - Knowsley empty 'binliner' working.

Bevan's third pic was taken at Pemberton on 3rd July 2017. pictured is DB class 66, 66019 with another 'binliner' working.

The following six shots are from Jeff Nicholls.

Up first are two shots of class 57s taken at Paddington Station on 6th July 2017. The working was the GWR 'Night Riviera' sleeper service to Penzance. 57603, Tintagel Castle, (left) had brought in empty stock and 57605, Totnes Castle, (right) would head the train out of the station.

Pic three shows a Heathrow Express, Siemens/CAF unit, 332005, also at Paddington on the same date.

Ex BR 'Merchant Navy' class 4-6-2 is up next, No.35028 Clan Line, photographed in Battersea Loop on  7th July 2017. The loco had just backed its support coach onto a Belmond Pullman service which would then head for Victoria Station with a diesel up front.

Next from Jeff is a 4-car Docklands Railway service depicted at Canary Wharf on a Lewisham-bound service. The pic is dated 7th July 2017.

Pic six takes us back to Winwick on 11th July 2017, with a class 40, 40145 taking a couple of class 47s, 47712 Lady Diana Spencer and 47192 to Crewe, from Bury, where they had featured in the recent Diesel Gala.

The following six pics are courtesy of Geoff Monks. His first shows ex GWR Modified Hall class 4-6-0 No.6990 Witherslack Hall bringing in empty stock for a working to Rawtenstall, into Bury, on the ELR on 17th June 2017.

The same loco is pictured awaiting departure from Bury with a train to Rawtenstall on the same date.

No.6990 is again to the fore in Geoff's third shot after leaving Ramsbottom on a Bury - Rawtenstall service on 18th June 2017.

Freightliner class 66, 66418 Patriot, is up next on a Crewe - Stalybridge (via Copy Pit) engineers' working on 18th June 2017.

Winwick is the location for Geoff's fifth shot. Pictured are double heading Freightliner class 90s - 90044 and 90048 - heading a Daventry - Coatbridge intermodal working on 25th June 2017.
The same working was pictured on 18th June at Winwick, with double heading Freightliner class 90s at the head again. They were 90049 and 90048. 
Four more pics from Jeff Nicholls now follow. DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66090 was taken at Vulcan Village on the daily Knowsley - Wilton 'binliner' working on 5th July 2017.
Unfortunately  a major error has occurred and I must terminate this post. Jeff's other three pics will be displayed in a short post, very shortly.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Liverpool Docker

Today's post, 25th June 2017, includes a couple of shots of a special rail tour: the post fully comprises eighteen shots from just three contributors.


The first five pics are courtesy of Jeff Nicholls. This one shows large prairie tank, 2-6-2 No.5526, arriving at Buckfastleigh with a service from Totnes, on the South Devon Railway. The date was 8th June 2017.

HST 43172 Harry Patch was photographed at Exeter St Davids with a London-bound train on 8th June 2017. It is named after the last survivor of the WWI trenches.

HST 43187 The Welshman was pictured at the same location as above, on the same date. 43187 was on the rear of  'The Cornishman' from Paddington - Penzance. Apart from the leading car, 43178 Pride of Laira, the entire train was in GWR livery.

The fourth shot from Jeff, features two class '08' shunters at Wigan Springs Branch depot on 24th May 2017. The foreground loco is 08703, the red engine in the background is called Wigan 2.

Pic five from Jeff shows a WCRC class 47/class 37 combination, 47245  and 37518, Fort William / An Gearasdan, at Winwick on a Carnforth - Crewe working, consisting of two Statesman coaches. The pic is dated 31st May 2017.

The following three shots are from Geoff Monks. His first features Freightliner class 66, 66549 at Winwick on 3rd June 2017. The engineers train was working Crewe - Garstang,

Class 40, 40145 was pictured at Winwick on 9th June 2017 with a Carnforth - Bury loco + stock positioning move, which ran as a railtour via Shrewsbury (40145 worked the main railtour on the following day).

Beattie well tank No.30587 from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway (but owned by the NRM) is depicted at the MOSI in Manchester, on 15th June 2017. The loco alongside is a battery example from the former Bolton Power Station.

Bevan Price has sent in the following three pics. His first was taken at Prescot on 15th June 2017. Depicted is DRS class 68, 68026 with a BLS railtour (class 66, 66432 was on the rear).

Next from Bevan, is GBRf class 66, 66715 Valour, with a Drax - LBT biomass empties working, taken at Clegg Hall Road, Rochdale, on 20th June 2017.

Bevan's third pic shows DB class 66, 66017, with 'binliner' empties at Rainford Junc, on 22nd June 2017.

The final seven shots are all from Jeff Nicholls. First up are two shots of the 'Liverpool Docker' railtour  on 24th June 2017. The first was passing through Crosfields  with DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66177 to the fore.

The next shot was taken from the reverse end at Arpley Junction and features DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66100.

Pic three from Jeff shows the same Beattie well tank as seen in pic 8, from Geoff Monks above - No.30587 at the MOSI in Manchester. This pic is dated 22nd June 2017.

Jeff's fourth shot features DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66014 working a Wilton-Knowsley empty 'binliner' train at Culcheth on 26th May 2107.

Next is DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66175, working through Totnes with a Burngullow - Exeter Riverside short freight service on 8th June 2017.

The class 92/class 67 combination was photographed at Bamfurlong on 24th May 2017. The working was china clay. The GBRf locos were 92032 IMechE Railway Division and 66740 Sarah.

The final shot in this post, also from Jeff, features shunter D4106 (ex 09018) taken on the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park. The pic is dated 20th May 2017.

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pics from Two, Lesser Known Heritage Railways

Today's post, 31st  May 2017, comprises 24 pics from four contributors.


David Quayle kicks of this post with two pics from the Elsecar Heritage Railway, near Barnsley. David received a steam loco driving experience present for a recent birthday and the above two pics show the loco that he drove. Pic one  features the loco -  0-4-0ST  Birkenhead - built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd., at Newcastle in 1948. The engine is believed to be based at Southall and owned by the GWR Preservation Trust.

David is actually at the controls in the second, (right), head-on pic of Birkenhead, although we can't see him. Both of David's pics were taken on 15th May 2017.

Geoff Monks is up next with four shots all taken at the Apedale Valley Railway, Staffordshire, on 13th May 2017. The event was to celebrate the centenary of the Kerr Stuart loco, Stanhope. First pic shows Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT Ashanti 9, of 1916, repatriated from Ghana; also an 0-6-0T of 1916, originally used on the Western Front in WWI and latterly at a stone quarry in Northern France.

Geoff's second shot features Kerr Stuart 0-4-0T Diana, of 1917, used during its commercial life at a slate quarry at Nantlle, North Wales.

Next is recently built 0-4-0ST Jennie (left) built at the Statfold Barn Railway in 2005 to a Kerr Stuart "Wren" class design and Kerr Stuart 0-402ST Stanhope, of 1917, latterly used at the Penrhyn Slate Quarries in North Wales.

Diana is featured again in this fourth shot from Geoff leaving the north end of the AVR on a passenger train.

Geoff has also sent in two shots taken at Acton Bridge on 26th May 2017. First up is double heading DB class 90s - 90036 Driver Jack Mills,  and 90028  (EWS livery) on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal working.

DB class 66, 66066 Geoff Spencer is next up, on a Knowsley - Wilton "binliner" working.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the next ten shots.  Here are the first four. This pair of Colas Rail class 37s were working Derby-Carlisle, with a Network Rail train. The Pendolino was stopped at signals on the main line. The tail loco was 37219 Jonty Jarvis 8-12- 1998 to 18-3-2005; 37116 was up front. The location was Winwick and the date, 9th May 2017.

Another pair of 37s, 37057 (Top) and 37025 (Tail) are up next, both preserved but on hire to Colas Rail. They were pictured on a Network Rail train passing Glazebrook East Junction  signal box on 11th May 2017.  The green class 37, 37057 up front had the as-built fairings around the buffers removed in BR days, and replaced, to regain the original appearance.

The same NR train is pictured passing through Glazebrook station with 37025 Inverness TMD on the tail, on the same date. 

DRS class 88, 88002 Prometheus, is next from Jeff depicted passing through Winwick on 9th May 2017. The loco was heading the first passenger working of the class - a VIP 'special', Crewe - Carlisle. DRS class 68, 68022 Resolution, was on the tail. The pic is dated 9th May 2017.

Eight more shots from Jeff now follow. His first shows a plaque found at Medway Viaduct  over the River Medway near Rochester, celebrating a new UK rail speed record. Pic is dated 19th May 2017.

The Eurostar was also taken at Medway Viaduct  on the same date.

The class '395' Javelin unit was pictured having emerged from beneath the River Thames slowing down to enter Ebbsleet Station with a St Pancras - Faversham service. The date is the same, 19th May 2107.

Next up is a pair of NR class 20s - 20118 Saltburn by the Sea and 20132 Barrow Hill Depot - both pictured in Tonbridge West Yard. Pic is dated 19th May 2017.

Also photographed at the same location, on the same date, is this line of GBRf class 70s. They are 73136 Mhairi, 73212 Fiona, 73213 Rhodalyn and 73219 Borough of Eastleigh.

The next steam shots were taken at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway, on 20th May 2017. This one features ex SE&CR 'H' class 0-4-4T No.263 designed by Harry Wainwright.

Next is ex BR Standard class 5MT No.73082.

Jeff's third steam shot features ex SR 4-6-0, Urie/Maunsell 'S15' class, No. 847.

The final four shots in this post have been sent in by Bevan Price.  His first was taken at Skelton Junction on 10th April 2017. Featured is Freightliner class 66, 66534 OOCL Express, with a Folly Lane - Brindle Heath "binliner" empties working.

On 28th May 2017, Bevan visited the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and photographed 0-6-0T No.7 Beatrice, approaching Embsay Station.

Two shots now follow taken at the recent SVR Diesel Gala on 20th May 2017. Pictured is DB class 60, 60100 approaching Bewdley, passing stationary class 703, 73965 waiting to depart to Bridgnorth.

The last but not least shot in the post, shows class 33, 33108 departing Highley.