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Tuesday, 6 March 2012

From Winwick to Glasgow to West Germany.

Today's post, 6th February 2012, takes us on another journey around Europe involving England Scotland and West Germany (as known prior to unification). Eleven pics are included from seven contributors.


John Smith supplies the first two pics for this opening section. Winwick is the location for both as we are shown the head and tail of an empty passenger stock move. Pic number one depicts WCRC class 47, 47786 Roy Castle OBE, at the head of the Carnforth - Crewe working. The pic is dated 2nd March 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick 'Pic of the Month, March 2012'.

Pic number two shows WCRC class 47, 47826 adorned with advertisements, on the tail of the same working. This pic is also dated 2nd March 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick 'Pic of the Month, March 2012'.

Matthew Chambers has sent in pic number three, taken at the Bank Quay low level line on 11th February 2012. DBS class 60, 60079, is shown on a loaded coal working for FFPS.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'..

The Pendolino pic, number four, has been contributed by yours truly. It is one of the Virgin Trains/ Alstom units named after women in contention for the GB Olympics team. The companies have united to sponsor these sportswomen (for travel etc) aiming at the 2012 London Games. The Pendolino in my picture, 390 052, is named after Alison Waters, a squash player with high hopes of a medal. Other athletes sponsored in the same unique way include Jessica Varnish, cycling (390 027); Beth Tweddle, gymnastics (390 022) and Abigail Urozuru, athletics (390 008). The location for my picture was Red Bank and the date, 1st March 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick 'Pic of the Month, March 2012'.

The fifth picture is from Jeff Nicholls. Featured is BR 'Standard' class 7, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, complete with support coach . The shot was taken on 1st March 2012 at Golborne.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick 'Pic of the Month, March 2012'.


Matthew Chambers starts us off in this section, pic number six, overall. Doncaster Station is the location for Grand Central Railway class 180, 180 101, one of the Alstom 'Adelante' dmus. Matthew's pic is dated 21st January 2012.

Pic number seven is from Barry Rigby, another of his Acton Bridge shots. Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70014, is shown taking the slow line to Crewe with an engineers working on 28th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics  'Pic of the Month, February  2012'.

GBRf class 66/7 is the subject of Geoff Monks' shot of 2nd November 2011. 66734 is pictured approaching Manchester Oxford Road on the daily Barton Dock - Felixstowe container working. The Beetham Tower beyond the loco is the tallest residential building in Britain. Pic number eight.

The Keighley & Worth Valley Railway is the setting for David Quayle's shot taken on 12th February 2012. On the left is the small Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0T loco, No.1704 Nunney, and on the right is the Ivatt 2-6-2 class 2MT, No. 41241. The location is Keighley.Pic number nine.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.

Pic number ten has been sent in by Alan Rigby and is the third of his taken at Glasgow Central on 24th February 2012. Class 156 dmu, 156445, is shown standing in the station liveried in old First ScotRail colours.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.


Pic number eleven, the only one in this section, is from Geoff Monks. Geoff's pic takes us inside Hamm steam shed in West Germany, with class 44, 2-10-0s on view. The pic is dated 8th August 1969.

The competition for 'Pic of the Month, February 2012' is now open. All qualifying pics between 1st February and March 6th are highlighted in yellow. So, get cracking.... Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  Just give me the pic number, post date and photographer for each pic you choose. If you wish to view the pics at better resolution use the first set of instructions in slide show options to the right of the blog.

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