We passed the 25,000 hits mark on 22nd May 2011, and as you can see, to the right, we have just passed the 30,000 hits mark. This is a fantastic achievement considering that our blog is only around eighteen months old. Congratulations to everyone concerned, contributors and viewers.
Today's post, 31st July 2011, is the final one in our latest deviation; the next post will see us return to our patch 'in and around Winwick'. Six pics are included, once again reflecting the popularity of the alternative photographs theme.
The first pic is from John Smith. Taken at the Chasewater Railway Gala of 19th March 2011 the loco pictured is ex NCB 0-4-0 saddle tank, Linda, working hard on a short passenger train.
The next two pics are from Alan Rigby. First up is Pendolino 390054, normally the 11-car unit ('Extendolino') but reduced to a standard 9-car unit on a Euston - Manchester working on 13th July 2011.
Pic numbers four and five are both from David Quayle. First is ex GWR (ROD) 2-6-0 'Mogul', No.5322, taken at Didcot Railway Centre, where she is resident. The pic is dated 12th June 2011. This loco was one of twenty GWR 'Moguls' sent to France in 1917 to haul supply trains between Calais and railheads for front line duty in the First World War. A total of 342 were built at Swindon and they served throughout the GWR area.
David's second pic was taken on the East Lancs Railway at Heywood on 26th February 2011. Pictured are double heading BR 'Standard' class 4 locos, 80080 and 80072 on a passenger working.