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Thursday, 20 May 2010

'The East Lancs Crusader'

The three pics today (20th May 2010) are from regular contributors, John Smith, Andy Appleton and Glenn Oakley.

John's pic is of the 2009 Rawtenstall - Aberystwyth - Rawtenstall railtour headed by class 40, 40145 East Lancashire Railway (resident at the ELR). The railtour was named 'The East Lancs Crusader' and was composed of virgin stock with a single 'blood and custard' carriage at the tail. The locomotive was built at the Vulcan Foundry and came into service on 17th May 1961 as D345. She was withdrawn from service, after suffering accidental damage, in June 1983 and purchased by the ELR at Bury in February 1984. Winwick Junction was the location, 13th June 2009, the date.

A second classic diesel is shown next. D1015 Western Champion was photographed light engine through Winwick on 25th June 2007 by Andy Appleton. This diesel-hydraulic locomotive was built at Swindon in 1963 and emerged in golden ochre livery. She remained in this livery until November 1965 when a maroon livery was applied. In November 1968 she changed livery again, this time to BR blue and was withdrawn from service in December 1976. She is owned by the Diesel Traction Group.

Glenn's pic features two DRS class 57s, 57004 and 57xxx travelling double-headed, light engine through Winwick, northbound, on 9th April 2010. An EWS (DBS) class 60, 60xxx is pictured on the slow line behind.

The black 'Duchess' is through Winwick again on Saturday - check the times in the steam rail info link beside the blog, right-hand side.

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