Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Thirteen shots from Three Contributors

Thirteen pics for this post, 28th March 2017, sent in by just three contributors.


First five are from Jeff Nicholls.  To start with, this shot of Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman, was taken at Winwick on 22nd March 2017. The working was Preston - Shrewsbury on a 'Special' that originated at Dumfries.

Next is Class 47, 47815, working Derby-Carlisle through Winwick, on 22nd march 2017. Note the two barrier coaches.

Jeff's third pic features a GBRf double header of class 66, 66728 Institution of Railway Operators and class 92, 92032 IMechE Railway Division,  at Winwick on 22nd March 2017. The working was the 'silver bullets' (china clay). Jeff adds that the 66 takes over from the 92 at Carlisle.

Both pics 4 and 5 pic from Jeff were taken on the L&MR on 16th March 2017. The first shows Stanier 'Black Five' No.45407 working from the ELR to Southall and passing Huskisson's memorial at Parkside.

Jeff's fifth and final shot is of the Huskisson Memorial, as it is seen today.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next four pics, the first two taken at Heck Ings, on the Knottingley - Goole line. His first shows DB class 66, 66030 with a Humber International - Drax P.S. coal working, on 9th March 2017.

Geoff's second is of GBRf class 66, 66765 with a Tyne Coal Terminal - Drax P.S. working on the same date.

Double heading DB class 90s, 90024 and 90040 are featured next, with a Mossend - Daventry intermodal taken at Acton Bridge, on 15th March 2017.

Also taken at Acton Bridge on the same date, was class 47, 47815, taking ex-Thameslink 319s, 219 and 218 from  Allerton to Long Marston, for storage.

The final four pics are from Bevan Price. His first was taken at the GCR on 28th January 2017. Pictured are double heading locos - ex SR 'Q' class 0-6-0 tender loco, No.30541 and ex SR 'King Arthur' class  4-6-0, No.30777 Sir Lamiel - approaching Ropley.

Bevan's second pic was taken at Mossley Hill on 15th March 2017. Featured is class 47, 47815 again, towing the class 319s as seen above, from Allerton to Long Marston.

Pic number three shows a new DRS class 88, 88002, at Thatto Heath on a probable driver training exercise, today, 28th Mrach 2017.

Bevan's fourth pic was taken on the Ribble Steam Railway on 25th March 2017. The Diesel Gala featured Colas class 60, 60047 at Riverside Walk, with class 03, D3148, at the rear.

Friday, 10 March 2017

A Steam Double

Today's post, 10th March 2017, comprises eleven pics from three contributors, with two ex LMS 4-6-0 steam locomotives to the fore.


The first two pics are from Mark Tombs. Mark was in Germany recently and visited Bremen where he took the following shots. Pic number one shows Bombardier-built class 185 electric loco No. 185 553 owned by Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE Dispolok). The working is a car transporter of around 250 Audi cars running north through Bremen Hauptbahnhoff, on 4th February 2017.

Mark's second shot features an Alstom Coradia LINT 41 diesel unit, No.VT648 373, operated by Nordwest Bahn. The route through Bremen and the date, are the same as above.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the following seven shots.The first three locos were all taken at the recent East Lancs Diesel Gala . The first pic shows class 40 40145 on 18th February 2017 at Ewood Bridge.

Number two from Jeff features class 73, 73001 at Ramsbottom on the same date.

Class 47, D1501 is depicted next in Jeff's third pic, taken on the same date at Ramsbottom.

Ex LMS, Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0 No. 45699 Galatea is featured next, in two shots from Jeff. The first was taken at Winwick working southbound with support coach to Crewe, to pick up a train bound for Holyhead.

The second shot of the 'Jub' was taken at the same location but of a northbound working, three hours later, because the 'Special' had not even left Euston. The date for both shots was 1st March 2017.

The sixth shot from Jeff shows DB class 66, 60066, at Culcheth on the Fridays-only, Seaforth Docks-Tinsley empty wagons working. The pic is dated 24th February 2017.

Last from Jeff is DRS class 68, 68024, on a Rugby Special from Carmarthen to Edinburgh, taking supporters to the Scotland - Wales International match. This pic is dated 24th February 2017.

The final two pics have been sent in by David Wood. His first features Stanier 'Black Five' class 4-6-0, No.45212, working from the K&WVR (Keighley) to Castleton Hopwood, through Parkside Junction on 6th March 2017.

The last pic in this post is again from David Wood. Ex LMS 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea, is pictured passing through Winwick on a Carnforth - Crewe working, to pick up and head 'The Cathedrals Express' (Euston - Holyhead). The pic is dated 1st March 2017. The electric locomotive meant to head the Euston - Crewe leg, failed at Euston; as a result, the 'Special' was cancelled. See Jeff' Nicholls' pictures above of the same working.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Six from Two

Two contributors have sent in six pics for today's post, 21st February 2017.


First up are a couple of pics from Alan Rigby. This one features GBRf class 66, 66748 West Burton 50, on a Liverpool Bulk Terminal - Drax P.S. working through Winwick, on 31st January 2017.

Next from Alan is Freightliner class 66, 66551 on a Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal (3 hrs late). The location was Winwick and the date, 31st January 2017.

Four pics now follow from Jeff Nicholls. His first shows double heading DRS class 66s, 66302 and 66304,  on the "Tesco Express" approaching Springs Branch Jnc. The date was 15th February 2017.

Pic number 2 shows Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70015 passing Springs Branch depot with the a.m. Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal.The pic is dated 15th February 2017.

DB class 92, 92044 Couperin is up next, taken at Bamfurlong on the same date, 15th February 2017. The working was Irvine - Dollands Moor china clay.

The fourth and final shot from Jeff was taken beside the old fuelling point at Springs Branch depot on 15th February 2017. The two MPV's in the shot are DR 98912 and DR9890X

Monday, 23 January 2017

Back to Normal

Well, that's it for another year.  Turkey, sprouts, Christmas pudding, alcohol - what ever your particular persuasion - the festive period is over; and even though we may be a few pounds heavier it's back to normal for us all. This post, 23rd January 2017, the first of the new year, has only two contributors (those extra pounds again?), but ten photographs.

We begin with five shots from Jeff Nicholls. Jeff tracked the 'Mersey Weaver II' Special on 14th January 2017 as it travelled through our region.

The following pics read left to right, top to bottom; he describes them as follows - the tour was top and tailed by two DB class 66s, 66182 and 66056 and passed through Arpley Yard underneath the WCML via 'The Hole', (Jeff adds that he had never seen a passenger train do this before) and against the light. Then through Bank Quay to Earlestown where it reversed and passed the Royal Mail Terminal at Dallam. Then on to Frodsham where Jeff pictured it crossing the River Weaver and finally, in the dark, passing through Crosfields. The latter was shot at 6400 iso and converted to mono for better effect.    




Ieuan Wood has sent in this pic of DB class 66, 66058 Derek Clark, passing through St Helens Central on 11th January 2017. The working was Ravenhead - Arpley empty sand wagons. 

The final four pics are also from Jeff Nichols. Up first are two shots, below, of Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70006, on the same working, on consecutive days. The first (left) was taken at Bank Quay on 20th January 2017 and the second, at Winwick Quay, on the following day. The working was Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal. 

Jeff's final two shots in this post are as follows. This one shows Freightliner class 66, 66519 on the same working as 70006 above but on 4th January 2016.

This last shot features GBRf class 92, 92032 IMechE Railway Division, on the weekly china clay working through Winwick, on 4th January 2017. GBRf have recently taken of the china clay working.

Friday, 23 December 2016

Frodsham & Dutton Viaducts to the Fore.

This post, the last one for this year, 23rd December 2016, features eighteen photographs from three contributors.


First up are five shots from Alan Rigby. His first shows DBS class 67, 67010 at Winwick on 29th November 2016. The working was Manchester Piccadilly - Holyhead.

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66107 is next, in Alan's second shot. The location was Winwick, the date was 29th November 2016 and the working was Knowsley Freight Terminal - Wilton EFW.

Next are double heading DBS class 90s - 90040 and 90035 - on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal, through Winwick, on the same date as above.

Pic number four from Alan features a Rail Head Treatment Train, DR98904, working Wigan LIP - Wigan LIP through St Helens Junction. The pic is dated 2nd December 2016.

Alan's last shot of DBS class 60, 60100 was taken at St Helens Junction on 2nd December 2016. The working was Seaforth - Tinsley empty steel wagons.

The following fours shots are from Bevan Price. First up are double heading Stanier 'Black Fives', 4-6-0s, Nos 44871 and 45407 at Roodee Junction, Chester. They were heading a tour from Bristol on 18th November 2016.

Next is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66165, pictured at Wigan Wallgate with a Knowsley - Wilton 'binliner'  - taken on 8th November 2016.

Pic three from Bevan features Stanier 'Princess' class 4-6-2, No. (4)6201 Princess Elizabeth. In the picture she is arriving at Worcester Shrub Hill with a tour from Rainham (Kent) on 29th October 2016.

Bevan's fourth and final shot was of the same working at the opposite end of the station. Note the superb signals.

Nine shots from Jeff Nicholls conclude this post. A Network Rail class 150 unit, 150 001, was working through Winwick on 7th December 2016. The working was Blackpool - Derby.

The Royal Mail 325 set was photographed on Dutton Viaduct on 29th November 2016. It was an empty working, from Crewe to Warrington Mail Centre.

Frodsham Viaduct was the setting for Jeff's third pic taken on 10th December 2016. DBS class 60, 60044 Dowlow, was heading the 'Marches and Moors' rail-tour from Euston to Derby.

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66034 was on the low level line at Bank Quay, working light engine from Arpley to Halewood. The pic is dated 1st December 2016.

Jeff's fifth shot features Freightliner class 66, 66620 in Crosfields on a Ferrybridge - Fiddlers Ferry working. The pic is dated 29th November 2016.

GBRf class 66, 66701 was photographed on 29th November 2016 at it crossed Dutton Viaduct with Liverpool - Drax biomass working.

Next from Jeff is GBRf class 66, 66742 ABP Port of Immingham Centenary 1912-2012,  taken at Acton Bridge Station on 10th December 2016. The working was Drax - Seaforth biomass empties.

Pic number eight from Jeff shows DBS class 67, 67010, on a Manchester - Holyhead service, with Crosfields Works providing the exhaust steam effect. The pic is dated 29th November 2016.

The final shot from Jeff and for 2016, was taken on 29th November 2016 and features Freightliner class 86, 86608, at Acton Bridge. The working was a Garston - Crewe intermodal.