Today's post, 16th April 2011, is all about two steam locomotives, one of LNER extraction and the other from the GWR. Nigel Gresley and Charles Collett, repectively, were the locomotive engineers reponsible for the pair, a 2-6-0 'K4' and a 4-6-0 'Castle'
Pic number one is from Glenn Oakley. 'K4' No.61994 The Great Marquess is featured with support coach at Golborne on 6th April 2011. The working was Crewe - Thornton (Scotland).
The same loco is shown in the next shot, in monochrome, from Jeff Nicholls. The loco is double heading with Gresley 'A4' 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa, working northbound with support coach at Golborne, on 19th December 2007.
Pic number three is of 'Castle' class 4-6-0, No.5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe, originally named Banbury Castle in 1936 but changed to its present name a year later. The pic is from John Smith, the location, Newton-le-Willows Station and the date, today, April 16th 2011.
The same loco is depicted in pic number four by Jeff Nicholls. The shot was taken at Winwick on the same day, 16th April 2011, with the loco working southbound. The railtour, comprising authentic GWR chocolate and cream carriages, was 'The Red Rose' and it ran Tyseley - Crewe - Manchester Victoria - Huddersfield - Blackburn - Crewe - Tyseley.
To change the subject from steam, the last shot in this post is a shot from 1992 by Richard Jones. Class 90, 90147, is shown on an intermodal working, through Winwick on 18th May 1992. Note the 'nodding donkies', class 142 on the adjacent track - can anyone inform me about the liveries involved?
I am indebted to Jeff Nicholls for pointing out the following - the first 'Pacers' (142s) are in Provincial livery with the others in Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive livery; otherwise known as 'Jaffa Cake' livery. Thanks Jeff.