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Friday, 14 January 2011
Four pics from 2010
For today's post (14th January 2011) I am using four pics from 2010, two of which re-visit an old subject. Three contributors are represented.
The first pic is from Jeff Nicholls who has used a natural frame of trees to his advantage. In Jeff's shot DRS class 37s, 37604 and 37610, are shown heading the nuclear flasks working through Winwick on a cold, frosty day. The pic is dated 8th December 2010.
John Smith has sent in the next pic, a 'skip' on a mail drag. EWS (DBS) class 67, 67023, is pictured dragging Royal Mail class 325 emus - which are not very reliable in severe winter weather - through Winwick snow on 23rd December 2010.
The next two pics, both from yours truly, are meant to stir the memory banks of the crowd of enthusiasts who congregated at Winwick on 22nd February 2010. This was a special day for steam fans when 'King Arthur' class 4-6-0, No.30777 Sir Lamiel, from the National collection, passed through Winwick. Sir Lamiel was known as one of the 'Scotch Arthurs' (built by the North British Locomotive Company of Glasgow), a Richard Maunsell design strongly influenced by the previous N15 class of Robert Urie. Other Maunsell N15s were built at Eastleigh and were nicknamed 'Eastleigh Arthurs'. The original Urie N15 class, later modified by Maunsell, were nicknamed 'Urie Arthurs'. The class totalled 74 by 1926. The SR locomotive is seen double heading with BR Standard class 7, 'Pacific' No.70013 Oliver Cromwell. Note the driver of 70013taking photographs as he passes through Winwick. Pic number three shows Oliver Cromwell at the head of the consist; pic four shows Sir Lamiel, swathed in exhaust, sandwiched between the 'Brit' and support coach.