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Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Six Winwick; Five Alternatives

Eleven pics in today's post, 27th March 2012, sent in by eight contributors. I really must compliment  everyone who contributes to the blog as the photography is of an excellent standard, all round.

I need more voters for the 'Pic of the Month, February 2012' and there are just four days left. All qualifying pics between 1st February and March 6th are highlighted in yellow. Email me your choices - Winwick 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd please. 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; the lower slide show is the one to view. Not many people have voted yet so please do so. Remember, anyone can vote, contributors, viewers/readers etc., but once only. My email address is at the top of the blog.


First up, pic number one, is Dave Harris's pic of DRS class 37s, 37069 and 37611 with two spent nuclear fuel flasks behind them. The location was Red Bank and the date, 24th March 2012.

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

Next, pic number two, has been sent in by Bob McClellan. Taken at Earlestown on 25th October 2011 class 60, 60010, is shown heading empty coal hoppers (to LBT?).

Shot number three is from Colin Platt.  Class 57 of WCRC, 57601, is shown on the tail of  a 'Statesman Rail' Special on 16th April 2011. WCRC class 47, 47826, was at the head. The headboard read 'The Statesman' and it ran Gloucester - Carlisle and return. The location was Red Bank.

David Wood has sent in pic number four, 'hot off the press', taken today 27th March 2012. Depicted is TATA steel liveried class 60, 60099, heading a coal run near Monks Crossing on the Fiddlers Ferry line.

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

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66082, is featured next in shot number five, from Jeff Nicholls. The location is Monks Siding and the light engine was heading towards Warrington. This pic is dated 29th February 2012.

The sixth and final shot in this Winwick area section is from Bob McClellan. Bob rightly describes the class 150, 150113 in his shot, as "a hand-me-down foisted on the Northern franchise". We seem to get a lot of left-overs from other rail companies. The unit up front is a class 142 'Pacer' ('nodding donkey'). The pic is date 23rd March 2012.

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


 Pic number seven, first up in this section, is from Matthew Chambers. Pictured at Stafford on 24th February 2012, is GBRf class 66, 66716 Locomotive and Carriage Institution Centenary 1911 - 2011, on an intermodal working.

Pic number eight is from David Quayle, a regular visitor to the UK's heritage railways. David was at the Severn Valley Railway's Gala  over the last weekend and has sent in some of his shots; here are two of them. This one is of ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No.7812 Erlestoke Manor, working in the fog on 24th March 2012. The location was Bewdley.

** This pic qualifies for Alternatives  'Pic if the Month, March 2012'

David's next shot, number nine, is  a close up of ex LNER 'A4' class 4-6-2, No 60019/4464 Bittern. This was also taken at Bewdley but two days earlier, 22nd March 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Alternatives 'Pic if the Month, March 2012'

Oakenshaw, Wakefield is the location for shot number ten, from John Smith. EWS (DBS) class 60, 60027, is pictured heading fuel oil tanks on a Doncaster-Leeds working, on 4th April 2007.

The eleventh and final shot has been sent in by Matthew Chambers. In his shot two locos are standing side by side, Freightliner class 66, 66955 and EWS (DBS) class 92, 92003 Beethoven. The location was Stafford and the date, 24th February 2012.

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