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Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Along Other Lines (20) - Golborne and Warrington

Three pictures comprise this post (25th May 2010) which follows on rapidly from yesterday's post because of the high volume of contributions - fantastic.

The first two pics are from Glenn Oakley and both were taken on the same day at Golborne, just up the WCML from Winwick. The date was 22nd May 2010. The third pic is from Jeff Nicholls taken on 24th May 2010 south of Bank Quay over the Mersey.

Colas (ex Hanson Traction) Class 56, 56312 Artemis is shown double-heading a southbound Pathfinder Tour, 'The Scenic Settler' with EWS (DBS) class 66, 66148. The tour started at Bristol Temple Meads headed by 66148 to Birmingham New Street where 56312 was added for the journey to Carlisle. The same locos were used for the return journies. The passenger stock was named as DBS.
The class 56 is an interesting class of BR co-co diesel locomotives constructed between 1976 and 1983. The first sixty were built by Brush Traction with half being assembled (rather poorly) from imported parts at the company's Romanian subsidiary. The final seventy-five were constructed by BREL in Doncaster and Crewe.

Stanier 'Pacific' 6233 Duchess of Sutherland was photographed an hour or so later at the same location heading the northbound 'Royal Scot' railtour from Crewe to Carlisle. WCRC class 47, 47245 was on the tail. Several people have forwarded photographs of the 'Scenic Settler' and 'Royal Scot' railtours - I will use them in the near future but please be patient.

The third and final pic in this post features the East Lancashire Railway's 'Deltic' class 55, 55022 Royal Scots Grey. The locomotive is shown heading south to Barrow Hill after picking up a rake of blue and grey Mk II coaches from Arpley Yard. The locomotive is booked for the Retro Railtours 'Deltic Retro Scot 2' railtour of 31st May 2010, working from Stockport to Edinburgh and return.

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