This post (11th April 2011) comrises three pics. The first two show class 66 diesels on the logs and coal workings. The third pic shows a 'Black 5' on the recent 'Cheshireman' railtour with a surprise in one of the rear carriages.
Pic one is from Geoff Monks. Taken on 10th April 2011, a Colas class 66, 66845, is depicted on an empty logs working through Winwick. The engineering site, to the right, supporting the current upgrading of the Winwick tracks and junction, is still highly visible.
The second shot is from Alan Rigby, taken at the Ferry Inn crossing. An EWS (DBS) class 59, 59202 Vale of White Horse, is working empty coal hoppers from Fiddlers Ferry Power Station to Liverpool Bulk Terminal.
The paired montage, next, features two shots from John Smith taken at Earlestown Station. The date was 2nd April 2011 and the Riley 'Black 5', 44871, is shown heading 'The Cheshireman' railtour. I wrote about this tour in the 3rd April 2011 post. However, what I didn't know was that there was a Winwick celebrity lurking in one of the rear carriages. Do you know him? Answers on a postcard please.