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Thursday, 23 September 2010

Leander at Winwick

For today (23rd September 2010), because you are keeping me very busy, I am using four pics from four different photographers. Included is a shot of a 'Jubilee' class locomotive, the first on the blog, I think.

The 'Jubilee' class of Sir William Stanier was built at the same time as the 'Black 5s' - both have the 4-6-0 wheel configuration. The latter reflected Stanier's service on the GWR before joining the LMS. The class of 'Jubs' reached 191 between 1934 and 1936 and John Smith's picture shows a preserved example, LMS No. 5690 Leander, with support coach. The shot was taken at Winwick on 20th September 2010.

Pic number two is from Bob McClellan and features Riviera Trains liveried class 47, 47839, travelling north through Winwick heading a Holyhead-Manchester express. The pic is dated 13th September 2004. This working was for Arriva Trains Wales who hired the locomotive from RT until 2005. The loco was the first painted in the corporate (Oxford) blue livery of RT. She was named Pegasus at a special ceremony at Crewe in September 2006.

The third shot is from Jeff Nicholls. Pictured is DRS class 47, 47802 Pride of Cumbria, heading a Compass Tours charter through Winwick on 22nd September 2010.The 'Snowdon Mountain Ranger' ran Burnley - Blaenau Ffestiniog. Although it can't be seen in this shot, DRS class 47, 47712, Pride of Carlisle, was on the rear of the train.

The final pic is from Andy Appleton. Andy shot EWS class 60, 60076, light engine as it travelled southbound through Winwick. Note the 'clag'. The pic is dated 17th March 2008. The 100, class 60 locomotives were the last diesels built by BR; the first 'tug' entered service on 30th June 1989. However, the latest 'Rail' magazine gives details of twenty 'tugs' being released by DBS, for sale or scrap, and no less that 69 in storage.

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