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Sunday, 20 May 2012

Six Winwick; Eight Alternatives

I have received an important email from Rachel Colvil about a future memorial bench for our colleague, the late Ray Whitfield. Please support Rachel if you can. It reads as follows:-

"My name is Rachel and I am a neighbour and very close friend of Olive and the late Raymond Whitfield. I have recently been in touch with Warrington Council to arrange for a memorial bench in Raymond's honour to be placed at the green at Ladywood Road close to where Ray lived. The Council have ok'd this and we are now looking to arrange donations to help cover the costs. Olive has very kindly offered to pay the dfference so I am trying everything possible to raise the funds. I wondered if you would be kind enough to put a link on your website for paypal. I have set up a donations page."

We have another fourteen pics in today's post, 20th May 2012, mostly featuring modern traction.


To kick us off, pic number one, is Geoff Monks' shot of DBS class 60, 60091, passing Slutchers Lane after the Latchford run round. The working was a FFPS -  LBT coal empties, via Ditton. Geoff's pic is dated 16th May 2012.

Code - MAY W7

Pic number two has been sent in by Bob McClellan. Featured is a Colas class 66, 66846 on the logs working, Carlisle - Chirk, passing through Winwick on 17th May 2012.

Code - MAY W8

Pic number three features another Colas loco, class 47 47739, Robin of Templecombe, at Red Bank on 16th May 2012. The photographer was David Wood. The class 47 was moving a class 507 Merseyrail unit from Kilmarnock to Birkenhead following repair (info from Jeff Nicholls). The coach behind the loco is presumably a translator coach.

Code - MAY W9

Paul Holland's shot of treble heading DRS class 37s is up next, pic number four. The lead loco is 37604 with 37611 on the tail. The middle loco is not known. The pic is dated 18th May 2012.

 Code - MAY W10

Shot number five is from Jeff Nicholls. Shown are two EWS (DBS) locos class 60, 60045 The Permanent Way Institution and class 66, 66092. The former was on a LBT coal empties working while 66092 was waiting to leave with the Wednesday working of wagons to Springs Branch, for repair. The date was 2nd May 2012.

Code - MAY W11

The sixth and final shot in this Winwick section is from Geoff Monks. Pictured pausing at Bank Quay for a crew change is DBS 'Royal' liveried  class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, on a Burnley-Wolverton Royal Train empty coaching stock move . HM The Queen had been dropped off at Burnley earlier in the morning for a Diamond Jubilee Celebration event in the town. Latest DBS 'Royal' liveried class 67, 67026 Diamond Jubilee, was on the tail. The pic is dated 16th May 2012.

Code - MAY W12


Bob McClellan's shot of Stanier 4-6-2, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, is up first in this section, pic number seven overall. The Brunswick Green 'Pacific' was heading the 'Welsh Dragon' charter through Hargrave, on its way to Holyhead. The pic is dated 19th May 2012.

Code - MAY A4

Pic number eight is from John Smith. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66138 is shown on the tail of 'The Olive Branch' charter at Chorlton, on 14th April 2012. At the head was EWS (DBS) class 66, 66063.

A car transporter working is next, shot number nine, sent in by Ken Young. The location was Garston and the loco is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66079. Ken's shot is dated 28th March 2012.

Andy Appleton has supplied our next pic, number ten, taken at North Staffordshire Junction on 29th September 2008. The double heading EWS (DBS) locos are class 66, 66059 and class 60, 60079 (Foinaven?).

Colin Platt has sent in the following two shots, taken at the recent North Yorkshire Moors Gala. Pic number eleven depicts BR 'Standard' class '7' 4-6-2, No.70000 Britannia, standing at Grosmont Station on 4th May 2012.

 Code - MAY A5

Pic number twelve from Colin is another Grosmont shot, but of Gresley 'A4' 4-6-2, No.4464 Bittern. This pic is also dated 4th May 2012.

 Code - MAY A6

A pic from the recent 9-day Gala at Llangollen is next, pic number thirteen, from David Quayle. Ex Caledonian Railway (CR) class '812' 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.828 (57566), is pictured on a passenger working on 22nd April 2012.

Pic number fourteen, the final pic in this post, is from Matthew Chambers. Shown is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66150 on an intermodal working on 21st January 2012. The location is not named.

I have received a few votes for the 'Pic of the Month' April 2012 competition but need more. All April dated qualifying pics posted between 1st April and 6th May are highlighted in yellow. Please vote now if you have not done so already..... Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Just send  me the pic number, blog post date (not picture date) and photographer for each pic you choose - email address at the top of the blog. A person can only vote once and contributors can't vote for themselves. 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.  

Everyone who reads this blog, contributor or not, can vote.

Note - code numbers next to some pics in this and the previous post refer to the May monthly competition and will be used for all future monthly competitions, to make it far easier to vote. The April competition rules for voting are unchanged however, see above. 

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