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Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Four Trains, Eight Locomotives

Today's post, 29th June 2011, comprises four pics from three contributors, but involving eight locomotives.

Pic number one is from Jeff Nicholls. Depicted is a light engine, treble heading consist of EWS (DBS) class 92, 92026 Britten, EWS (DBS) class 67, 67007 and EWS (DBS) class 66, 66144. The location is 12 Arches and the date, 28th June 2011.

The second shot is also from Jeff. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70006, is shown crossing the Mersey at Bridge Foot with the lunchtime Ellesmere Port - Fiddlers Ferry coal working. The pic is dated 21st June 2011.

Double heading class 57s are featured in John Smith's pic, up next. DRS class 57s, 57003 and 57007 are heading a single, spent nuclear fuel flask on a Crewe - Sellafield working. This pic is dated 28th June 2011.

The fourth and final shot is from myself. Featured is 'Black Five' No.45407 The Lancashire Fusilier and 'Black Five' No.44871 double heading  'The Cathedrals Explorer' railtour on 12th May 2011. The location was Red Bank.

Pics are already coming in for 'open season' starting this weekend. Look out for some super shots in the near future and carry on sending in your pics taken anywhere in the UK or abroad.

Monday, 27 June 2011

One Train, Three Locomotives

Today's post, 27th June 2011, comprises two, extraordinary pics from Alan Rigby.

Pic number one shows the front of an empty stock move, Gloucester - Carnforth, with WCRC class 57, 57601 at the head.

If you weren't expecting it a surprise appeared on the tail of the same working. Two DRS class 20s, 20308 and 20309, were on the rear. The shots were both, of course,  taken at Winwick on 26th June 2011.

From July 1st 2011, I will open the blog to pics taken anywhere in the the UK or the world, repeating the popular changes made in December 2010. Send me those 'gems'. In the meantime I have several 'Winwick' pics banked and will use some of these in the next two posts. Please be patient if you have banked pics; 790 have been used to date, over 90%  of all pics contributed.

Saturday, 25 June 2011

One each from Classes 57, 59 and 92

In today's post, 25th June 2011, we welcome back another contributor who has been 'absent' for a while, David Wood.

His first pic shows 'Bart the Spark' EWS (DBS) class 92, 92017 Bart the Engine in the famous Stobart livery. The loco was on the Tesco intermodal working through Winwick on 21st June 2011.

David's second shot depicts light engine class 57, 57309 Thunderbirds BRAINS, in Virgin livery, at Earlestown on  21st June 2011.

The third shot in this set is another pictorial effort from Jeff Nicholls. Captured close to 12 Arches is EWS (DBS) class 59, 59202 Vale of White Horse on a Liverpool Bulk Terminal - Fiddlers Ferry Power Station working on 14th June 2011.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Three Class 47s, a Class 60 and a Class 92.

Today, 22nd June 2011, four different photographers are featured and three locations.

Pic number one is another from Daniel Irwin. Shown is Colas class 47, 47739 Robin of Templecombe, heading south through Winwick with track machine DR73909 in tow. The working was Penrith - Rugby and the date, 31st May 2011.

Next up is a pic from Alan Rigby. The location is Golborne and the working, Mossend - Hams Hall. Featured is EWS (DBS) class 92, 92019 Wagner, on intermodal duty  although the front wagons are obviously empty. The pic is another dated 31st May 2011.

The next two pics are from the most regular contributors to our blog. John Smith's shot depicts two West Coast Railway Company (WCRC) class 47s on an empty stock move through Winwick on 3rd June 2011. At the head is the advertising-laden 47804; 47826 is on the tail.

The final shot is from Jeff Nicholls, taken from a rather clever location at Arpley, using the approach road bridge as a frame. The loco is EWS (DBS) class 60, 60015, Bow Fell.

Monday, 13 June 2011

Three Classes

Today's post, 13th June 2011, comprises three pics from a young man, Daniel Irwin, who hasn't posted for a while because of his Hull University commitments.

Daniel's first pic features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66121 on a ballast working at Dallam on 23rd April 2011. The line was closed for the day.

Pic number two shows the EWS (DBS) class 67, 67006  Royal Sovereign, heading 'Royal' passenger stock through through Winwick, northbound, on 27th April 2011. Daniel thinks that the working was to Edinburgh to pick up Prince Charles - the Royal wedding was two days later.

Daniel's final pic is of Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70011, on a coal working exiting Fiddlers Ferry Power Station. The pic is dated 7th June 2011.

There will be no more posts until the weekend as I am away until then. Please keep sending in your contributions and I will deal with them when I get back.

Saturday, 11 June 2011

Four from Two

This post (11th June 2011) features four pics from two workers, two from each.

Pic number one depicts the 'new look'  Peppercorn 'A1'  and is from John Smith. Showing off her 'Brunswick Green' livery the new build 'A1' 4-6-2 loco, 60163 'Tornado', heads empty stock through Winwick on 8th June 2011. The working was Grosmont - Carlisle - Crewe.

The second pic from John shows the tail locomotive on the same empty stock move. The 'Royal Purple' class 67, 67005 Queens Messenger, is the locomotive.

Pic number three is from Jeff Nicholls and is another of his scans from old slides. Two class 25s are shown heading a sand train towards St Helens (Pilkingtons). The locos are 25906 and 25908 double heading the sand wagons through Winwick on 24th July 1986. The starting point was Oakamoor in Staffordshire.

Jeff's second shot is a Royal Mail working through Winwick on 31st May 2011. The demu class 325, 325002, is shown in pictorial, evening lighting.

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Class 50

We havn't had many pics of class 50 locos on the blog but we have one in this post, 8th June 2011.

Pic number one shows class 50, 50008 Thunderer, in BR 'Laira Blue' livery treble heading, light engine with class 56, 56312 ARTEMIS and class 56, 56311. The shot was taken at Winwick Junction on  6th June 2011 by John Smith. 50008 was one of fifty, class 50 locos built by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry (just down the road from Winwick) in 1967-68. 50008 is currently based on the East Lancashire Railway.

The second pic is also from John and features Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70011, on a Hunterston - Fiddlers Ferry Power Station (FFPS) coal working. The location was Golborne and the date, 31st May 2011.

The third pic is from Alan Rigby. 70011 is again featured on another coal run. The working was Killock- FFPS and the pic is dated 20th April 2011.The train was pictured by Arpley Yard.

Sunday, 5 June 2011

Three 'Tugs'

This post, 5th June 2011, comprises three pics of class 60 locomotives from three different photographers. The 100, class 60 locomotives were introduced onto BR metals between 1989 and 1993, built by Brush Traction of Loughborough. They were built initially for BR, but taken over by EWS (English, Welsh and Scottish Railway) in 1996, followed by D. B. Schenker in 2007.

First up is Ken Young's shot of EWS (DBS) class 60, 60049, on Fiddlers Ferry Power Station coal duty, through Winwick, on 8th April 2011.

The second pic is from Paul Holland. Featured is EWS (DBS) class 60, 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, heading another coal working. The location is the low level line at Slutchers Lane and the date, 3rd June 2011.

Tug 85, MINI Pride of Oxford, is shown next in a shot by yours truly. This was a steel working, Arpley - Liverpool Steel Terminal, taken on 7th April 2010. The location was Winwick.

Note the similarity with the class 92 body shell, and that none of these 'tugs' are liveried in DBS colours.

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Two 'Belles' and Five Flasks

This post June 2nd 2011 comprises 5 pics from 4 workers showing eight locos and a stone blower.

Pic number one is from Ken Young. The 'Northern Belle' Pullman railtour is depicted crossing the Mersey Bridge heading its luxury rake - another loco, although hidden and probably a second DRS class 47, is on the tail. The pic is dated 15th April 2011.

I featured a John Smith pic of a 'Northern Belle' empty stock move in the 28th May post and here is a pic, number two, showing the main loco in close up - DRS class 47, 47790 Northern Belle, in the 'Belle's' new livery. Location was Winwick.

Pic number three is another from Ken Young. Treble heading DRS class 37s, 37607, 37602 and 37603, are shown heading a single spent nuclear fuel flask through Bank Quay on 20th April 2011.

The fourth pic is from Jeff Nicholls. Another flasks working is featured with 4 flasks (making five altogether in this post) being hauled by two DRS class 20s, 20309 and 20303. The location was Winwick, the date, 31st May 2011.

The fifth and final shot is from Alan Bailey. Colas Rail liveried class 47, 47739 Robin of Templecombe, is depicted with a stone blower track machine, DR73909, on 31st May 2011 at Golborne.