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Tuesday, 27 March 2018

Fifteen shots from Three Contributors

Today's post, 27 March 2018, features fifteen shots taken from throughout the north west, including Winwick.

NOTE Some contributors are still using my old email address. I cannot respond to this address anymore nor download photographs. Please resend your pics to the above address which has been repeatedly emphasized in recent posts.


Bevan Price has sent in the first 6 pics. His first was shot at Bamber Bridge and shows DRS class 37s - 37069 and 37259 - with a railtour to Carlisle. The pic is dated 17 February 2018.

His next was shot at Rainford Junction on 8 March 2018. Depicted is DB class 66, 66114 with a Knowsley - Wilton 'binliner' working.

Next, the location was Ingrow (K&WVR) and the date, 13 March 2018. Pictured is Webb 'Coal Tank' No.1054 with a demonstration freight train.

The same Heritage Railway on the same date, but a different loco, is next. Ex BR 'Standard' class '7' 4-6-2, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, is pictured approaching Oxenhope Station.

Taken on 20 March 2018, Bevan's fifth shot was taken locally at Winwick. Colas Rail class 60, 60095, is shown on an empty tanks working from Preston Docks to Long Marston.

Ex SR Bulleid 'Merchant Navy' class 4-6-2 , No.35018 British India Line, is pictured on 21 March 2018 at Winwick, with the 'Salopian Express'. The 'Special' was working Barrow-Shrewsbury. WCRC class 66, 66760, was on the rear.

Geoff Monks has sent in a similar shot from the same location, on the same date. Geoff adds that 35018 worked the Carnforth - Shrewsbury - Carnforth legs.

The following eight pics are from Jeff Nicholls. His first shows ex SR, Bulleid 'WC' class 4-6-2, No.34092 City of Wells, leaving Ramsbottom on the ELR. The passenger service was to Rawtenstall during the Spring Steam Gala.  Jeff adds that the loco lived up to its 'Volcano' nickname. The pic is dated 3 March 2018.

Next from Jeff, is the same 'Salopian Express' working, as pictured above. This one was taken at Twelve Arches, climbing out of Bank Quay. Is it the first 'MN' for Warrington?

Ex LMS Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea is up next, climbing Miles Platting Bank out of Manchester, with 'The Pennine Limited'. The pic is dated 3 March 2018.

The East Lancs Steam Gala was again the location for Jeff's fourth shot, taken at Summerseat on 3 March 2018. Ex LNER 'A4' class 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa, is pictured on a passenger service to Heywood.

Frodsham Viaduct was the location for Jeff's fifth shot, taken on 7 February 2018. Pictured is DB class 66, 66096 with an empty sand working from Ince and Elton to Arpley Yard.

 GBRf (in MSC livery) class 66, 66709 Sorrento, is pictured on 20 March 2018 at Culcheth, with a Drax - Liverpool empty biomass working.

Freightliner class 86, 86605 is pictured at Bank Quay on 7 February 2018, in Jeff's seventh shot. The loco is in the Down Goods Loop, having failed. The vertical format suits the picture admirably.

Jeff's last, but not least shot was taken at Newcastle Station on 15 February 2018. Depicted is East Coast Trains class 91, 91111, just arrived from Kings Cross. The loco is in a 'For the Fallen' livery reskin.

Jeff has recently sent in a 'golden oldie' taken at Winwick c1999. It is Rebuilt 'Merchant Navy' class No.35005 Canadian Pacific, in BR blue passenger livery.  Pic added to the blog on 1 April 2018.

Monday, 26 February 2018

Traction from NW, NE and London

Today's post, 26 February 2018, features sixteen pics from three contributors.
Some contributors are sending emails to my old email address. The new email address is at the top of the blog and has been there for quite a while. It is I cannot respond if you use the old one.


The first eight pics are from Jeff Nicholls.  The pacer, 142 050, in his first shot is depicted at Shildon Station, on a Bishop Auckland - Saltburn service. A superb winter scene taken on 18 January 2018.

Jeff's second shot shows class 47, 47749 in Colas livery, but now owned possibly by GBRf (?), at Culcheth on 22 January 2018.It is hauling an ex LMS Inspection Saloon from the ELR to Mossend Yard.

Next is Colas class 56, 56087, towing a bogie Tarmac wagon and a 'dead' Colas class 60, 60056. The working was Carlisle - Metro Cammell, Washwood Heath. The pic is dated 25 January 2018; the location was Winwick.

A DB Class 66, 66113, still sporting EWS livery is pictured next passing through Crosfields Works on 4 January 2018. The working was Ditton - Arpley Yard.

Pic five from Jeff shows DB class 66, 66133, on an Avonmouth - Clitheroe empty cement tanks working, nearing Bank Quay on 11 January 2018.

Freightliner class 66, 66595 is up next, taken in superb lighting at Latchford Sidings, on 11 January 2018. The empty coal working was FFPS - Newport.

Taken at Frodsham Viaduct on 24 January 2018, Jeff's seventh pic features DB class 67, 67015 heading a Holyhead - Manchester passenger service.

The final pic from Jeff shows class 91 91106, entering Darlington Station on a cold, snowy day on 18 January 2018. The passenger service was Kings Cross-Edinburgh Waverley.

The next five shots are from Geoff  Monks. His first depicts Freightliner class 66, 66536, just north of Hartford Junction on a Runcorn - Brindle Heath empty 'binliner' working. The pic is dated 2 February 2018.

Next is DB class 66, 66001, photographed a short distance north of the previous picture, on the same date, heading a Halewood (Jaguar) - Southampton vehicles transporter working.

Double heading Freightliner class 86 electrics, 86627 and 86604 are up next heading a Garston - Crewe container working. The date and  location are the same as immediately above.

Pic number four from Geoff shows a class 66, in Royal Scotsman livery, on a Liverpool Biomass Terminal - Drax PS working on 2 February 2018.

Geoff's final shot was taken at Winwick on 2 February 2018. Pictured is Freightliner class 66, 66610 on a Hardendale - Tunstead working.

Mark Tombs has sent in our final three shots. His first features a Kings Cross scene from 21 February 2018. Pictured is a Virgin Trains line up of classes 43, 90 and 91.

Next, above, are two pics taken at Regents Canal, Kings Cross district, on the same date, 21 February 2018. On the left is class 395 'Javelin' 395 009 and on the right, another 'Javelin', 395 028.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Mixed Traction from England and Scotland

Today's post is later than usual as submissions have been low this month. However, today,  29 Jan 2018, we have a mixed traction bag of 12 pics, sent in by two contributors. Don't forget the new email address, for contributions, above.


Jeff Nicholls has sent in the first eight pics.  His first shows double heading class 68s on a Crewe - Sellafield, nuclear flask service. They are DRS Nos 68033 and 68034; the location was Winwick and the date, 20 Dec 2017.

Jeff's next three shots below are of a special train. 'The Jolly Grid' ran around Manchester and into Trafford Park Container Terminal. All three shots were taken at Deansgate/Castlefield Junction. DB class 60, 60017 is working light engine to take over the train in pic 1. In pic 2,  60017 is returning at the head of the train; Colas class 56, 56094 is pictured on the tail in pic 3. The pics are dated 16 Dec 2017.

Jeff's next shot was taken at Winwick on 20 Dec 2017 and depicts a Virgin Pendolino heading north at dawn.

His sixth shot was taken at Fort William on 27 Nov 2017. Pictured is class 73, 73967, stationary in a siding after arriving with the overnight sleeper train. Eleven of the class owned by GBRf, were rebuilt from 2014 and designated class 73/9. Six, including 73967 are used to operate the Caledonian sleeper trains from Edinburgh, to the north.

Jeff's final two shots were taken at York on 7 December 2017. Pictured  is ex LMS, Fowler/Stanier re-built 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46100 Royal Scot, at York waiting to leave for Peterborough with 'The York Yuletide Express'. The loco is owned by 'The Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust'.

Ex LNER, Gresley 'A4' class 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa - privately owned by Scotsman John Cameron - is pictured uncoupling from the same train, before heading to the NRM to stable up.

The next four pics have been sent in by Bevan Price. The first features 'Deltic' class 55, 55009 (D9009) Alycidon,  at Prescot on 30 Dec 2017. The service was a Willington/York - Liverpool tour. The loco is owned by 'The Deltic Preservation Society'.

Bevan's next two shots above, feature the Liverpool/Newton circular tour. The first (left) shows  DRS class 68, 68031, at St Helens Junction on the same date, 30 Dec 2017.  The second shot of the same train (right) shows class 55, 55009 Alycidon, on the rear.

Bevan's final shot depicts GBRf class 66, 66746, at Edge Hill Tuebrook Sidings, on 1 Jan 2018. The wagons were waiting for their next working, on biomass duties.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Nine from NYM and SVR Railways

Today's post, 20 December 2017,  is the last before Christmas and comprises nine pics from a single contributor. Don't forget my new email address for contributions is detailed above, as reported in the previous post.

Colin Platt has sent them in and they cover two of his 2017 trips from March of this year - to the North Yorkshire  Moors Railway and the the Severn Valley Railway.

His first five shots are from the Spring NYMR Gala.  The first pair, above, show Ex LMS Stanier 4-6-0 'Royal Scot' class No.46100, Royal Scot, on passenger services at Beck Hole (left), and nearing Levisham (right). The pics are dated 25 March 2017.

Another Stanier 4-6-0 is up next in the following two pics - 'Black V' No 45212. The loco is heading a passenger service approaching Levisham (left) and passing the Levisham signal box. The date was the same, 25 March 2017.

Colin's final shot on this date was of another Stanier 'Black V', No.44806, near Levisham on a passenger service.

The next four shots were taken at the SVR Gala, held  just before the NYMR equivalent. The first three shots were taken at Bewdley on 17th March 2017. The first pair below were taken at or near the water towers and featured Ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0 No.7802 Bradley Manor of Charles Collett in both pics, and ex SR, 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34081 92 Squadron (without name plate), of Oliver Bulleid (right).

'BoB' class 4-6-2, No.34081, is featured again but at Eardington on 19th March 2017.

Colin's final shot is of another ex SR 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park, leaving Bewdley on 17 March 2017, with a passenger service.

May I take this opportunity to thank all of our contributors from 2017, and wish everyone, including our viewers/supporters, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.