The pics in today's post (30th November 2010) comprise a scan from an old slide or pic, and a photographic copy of an older image. The quality in each has suffered a little as a result, but the content is excellent.
The first shot is dated 5th August 1985; it has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. Two class 20 locomotives, in BR large logo livery, are shown double-heading a train of HAA coal wagons. The locos are 20010 and 20132, and the location is close to Bank Quay.
The second shot is from Ken Young. Although slightly degraded by the copying process the picture is a first for our blog. Rail grinding is an essential maintenance task carried out by contractors working for Network Rail. Rail grinders are used to extend the life of railway lines by grinding away irregularities in rails and re-profiling them. Fatigue is, thus, minimised. The task is normally performed at night, accompanied by masses of sparks. The photo shows a Harsco RGH20C Switch & Crossing Rail Grinder at Winwick on 23rd October 2006. The first one entered service in 2003 and four more had followed by the end of 2004.