When we started this pictorial journey in January 2010, who dared think that we would be celebrating our 300th post in October 2011. Including the six pics in today's post, almost 1000 images have been used (some as montages) during this time and our blog has received nearly 35,000 hits. What an achievement, and well done to all enthusiasts who have contributed in any way.
Today, 9th October 2011, I am using six pics from five enthusiasts, including one from a new contributor. First up are four pics showing three DBS, red liveried locomotives.
Pic number one is from John Smith. Class 60, 60011 is shown at Earlestown, on a Liverpool Bulk Terminal - Fiddlers Ferry Power Station loaded coal working, on 7th October 2011.
The second pic is from Geoff Monks. Class 92, 92009 Marco Polo, is pictured passing southbound, through Winwick, on 30th September 2011. The working was the afternoon Mossend-Hams Hall containers. This loco (ex 92009 Elgar) was officially re-named Marco Polo at the DBS Channel Tunnel depot, Dollands Moor, in August 2011. The occasion was to recognise the opening of the UK to European-sized freight trains.
Ken Young has sent in pic number three. Depicted is class 66, 66097, travelling light engine across the Mersey near Arpley, on 9th August 2011.
The fourth shot features the same DBS, red liveried loco as shown in John Smith's pic. This one is from Jeff Nicholls. Class 60, 60011 is working coal hoppers, southbound, through Winwick on 13th September 2011.
As noted in the previous post GWR 'Castle' class 4-6-0. No.5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. has been on our patch lately and here are two more pics to mark the occasion. The first, pic number five, is from John Smith. The loco is shown on the tail of the 'Ticket to Ride' railtour which ran Birmingham New Street - Stafford - Liverpool Lime Street and return on 1st October 2011. Class 47, 47773, was at the head as the train was reversed at Winwick junction.
The second shot of 5043, pic number six, is from a new contributor, Colin Irwin. You are most welcome, Colin. The railtour was pictured passing the ex Vulcan Works at Earlestown on the same date.