Well, after all of those 'Tugs' (ten in the last four posts) it is necessary to change the subject. In this post (15th October 2010) we revert to steam - from the present day and the 1930's. The pic from the latter decade has been forwarded by David Hey, whose nostalgic website (the best on the web) is linked to the right of our blog. The pic is by E.R. Morten, a superb photographer of yesteryear. Two of the other pics are from regular contributors whilst a third is from another new contributor.
The 1939 pic is of a Hughes/Fowler 'Crab', 2-6-0 No.2892 taken at Winwick Junction, showing the superb signal box, in 1939. This is the oldest pic to be included in our blog.
In contrast the second pic was taken today (15th) at Winwick and is the most current pic on our blog. One of Charles Collett's finest passed through heading a support coach on its way north to Carnforth - 'Castle' class 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. The 'Castle' is heading a charter tomorrow (Saturday 16th) - the 'Pride of Swindon' - from Hellifield to Carlisle. The pic is by regular contributor Jeff Nicholls.
The third pic is of a similar consist but including the 'Black Duchess'. Stanier 'Pacific' 4-6-2 Duchess of Sutherland was heading south through Winwick on 8th October 2010. The pic is by another regular, John Smith.
The final pic is by new contributor (No.27) David Quayle. David shot the 'Severn Valley Limited' steam charter on October 2nd headed by 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0 Leander. The train was photographed, northbound, at Winwick as it stormed past two WCRC diesel locomotives which were held at signals on the slow line. The two were class 37, 37685 and class 47, 47760.