I havn't posted for a few days (very busy) so today, 9th March 2012, I am using no less then fifteen pics, a record for our blog, contributed by eight photographers.
Up first is pic number one from Alan Rigby. Taken at Winwick on 2nd May 2012, DBS class 60, 60091, is shown passing the rape field with a FFPS-LBT empty coal hoppers working.
Code - MAY W1.
The next pic, number two, is from Jeff Nicholls. Two class 60s are shown in this one, EWS (DBS) 60045 The Permanent Way Institution and DBS 60091. Both are waiting to approach Walton Yard to run round their loaded coal trains (LBT - FFPS) on 2nd May 2012.
Code - MAY W2.
Code - MAY W3
Pic number four is from Colin Platt. Ex LMS Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233, Duchess of Sutherland with support coach, passed through Red Bank on 27th April 2012.
A similar working is shown in David Quayle's shot, taken two days earlier on 25th April 2012. The loco is pictured held at the lights at Winwick.
The sixth shot in this section is from Ken Young. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70,70014 is pictured leaving Walton Yard, after running round the coal train. This pic is dated 1st February 2012.
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
First up in this section, pic number seven, is from John Smith. Pictured at St Helens Junction is class 43, 43061, with a Liverpool - St Pancras 'Special' . On the tail is class 43, 43044. The livery is East Midland Trains. John's pic is dated 5th May 2012.
Code - MAY A1
Bob McClellan has sent in the first of our Llangollen shots, ex L&NWR class '2F' 0-6-0T, No.58926, heading a freight special on 27th April 2012. This is pic number eight.
A second Llangollen pic, number nine, is from David Quayle. Ex GWR Small 'Prairie' 2-6-2, No.5199, is heading a freight special with ex L&NWR class 'G2' 0-8-0, No.49395, on the tail. This pic is dated 22nd April 2012.
Pic number ten is from Matthew Chambers. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66057, is depicted with an engineers working at Garswood on 21st March 2012, prior to electrification of the line.
Pictured at Chorlton on 14th April 2012, BR 'Standard' class '7' No.70000 Britannia, hauls 'The Cathedrals Express' on its way to Chester (from London). The date was 14th April 2012. This is pic number eleven.
Two Severn Valley Railway shots now follow, the first, pic number twelve, is from Colin Platt. Gresley 'A4' class 4-6-2 ('Streak' to you and me), No.4464 Bittern, is shown reversing out of Highley hauling Gresley teak coaches on 24th March 2012.
The penultimate pic in this record post, number fourteen, has been sent in by Ken Young. Depicted is the first, class 14 loco (I think) on our blog. Twenty six of these small 0-6-0 diesel-hydraulic shunters were originally ordered from Swindon in early 1963 but this was increased to fifty six by mid 1963. D9556 is a rebuild of D9531 and is pictured at its first Gala, following rebuild, on the ELR on 3rd March 2012. The class was known affectionately as 'Teddy Bears'.
The fifteenth and final pic is from Matthew Chambers. Pictured is GBRf class 66, 66711, running light engine through Doncaster on 21st January 2012.
The competition for 'Pic of the Month, April
2012' is now open. All April dated qualifying pics posted between 1st April and 6th May are
highlighted in yellow. Please look through these posts and vote ..... Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and
World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd. My email address is at the top of the blog. Just send
me the blog post date (not picture date), picture number 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.
Note the change in numbering for the May competition (no voting yet) to make it easier to vote, just a single code number will be required. Still the old way for April though.
Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote,
contributor or not.
At the end of January 2013, the individual titles for 'Best Winwick Area Pic' and 'Best Alternative (UK and World) Pic' for 2012 will be judged. I will post the twelve winning monthly pics for each section and you will be asked to choose the two individual winners. There will also be a 'Photographer of the Year' title for the contributor with the highest number of points accumulated throughout the whole year. So, three titles to be won in 2012. If anyone has any ideas for sponsorship for these titles please let me know - I can always add advertising links to our blog for a sponsor(s) - the blog hit list is very impressive.