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Monday, 11 June 2012

Duchess x Four

It's all in the title. Today's post, 11th June 2012, comprises twelve pics, four of which depict the 'Duchess' steam loco, No.46233. Eleven contributors are represented.


First up is Jeff Nicholls' shot of the Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233, Duchess of Sutherland, passing northbound through Winwick in the pouring rain, on 9th June 2012.  The PMR railtour, 'The Royal Scot', was working Milton Keynes - Carlisle and return with the 'Duchess' on the Crewe - Carlisle - Crewe legs.

Code - June W1

Pic number two, featuring the same railtour, is from Geoff Monks. The location and date were the same as above.

Code - June W2

The third pic is from Alan Rigby. Featured is a NRTT (Network Rail Test Train) passing southbound through Winwick, on 2nd May 2012. The lead loco is class 43, 43013 with 43062 on the tail.

Pic number four is from Dave Harris. Depicted is preserved class 47 diesel, 47580 County of Essex, (now with the union flag on the side, a feature of Stratford-based locos) on the tail of Crewe - Carnforth empty coaching stock working. Up front was WCRC class 47, 47854, recently named Diamond Jubilee. Dave's pic is date 4th June 2012.

Code - June W3

The Brunswick Green 'Duchess' is again featured in pic number five, this one from Colin Platt. It is the same working as the previous two pics, but in reverse. The location was Red Bank and the date was the same, 9th June 2012.

Code - June W4


The sixth shot is from Paul Holland and is another of his 'retro look' shots. Pictured is the Fairburn 2-6-4 tank loco, No.42085, leaving Lakeside Station on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway, near Ulverston, pulling an observation coach(?). Paul's pic is dated 4th June 2012.

Code - June  A1

Pic number seven is the first of two sent in by Barry Rigby. BR 'Standard' class '4', 2-6-4 tank loco No.80080, is shown at Bury on the ELR. The date was 4th June 2012.

Code - June A2

Ieuan Wood has sent in shot number eight, taken at Holyhead on 3rd June 2012. The loco is Arriva liveried class 67, 67001.

Code - June A3

Barry Rigby's second shot, pic number nine, was taken at Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 2nd June 2012. This is our fourth shot featuring the Stanier 4-6-2, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland.

Code - June A4

Matthew Chambers has sent in pic number ten showing three DRS class 37s, 37604, 37606 with dead in tow, 37611. The location was Bamfurlong and the date, 18th May 2012.

Pic number eleven features a class 40 diesel, D335 and a class 37 diesel, 37901 Mirrlees Pioneer, standing at Bury on the East Lancs Railway. The pic is dated 3rd March 2012 and the photographer was Ken Young.

The final pic, number twelve, is from Paul Boyland. It is another of his father's shots taken in the early 1960s at Acton Bridge. Pictured is Stanier class '8F' 2-8-0 No.48569 on a goods train. Paul is one of the trainspotters in the group on the platform.  No.8569 was one of a group built by the North British Locomotive Co for the War Department between 1940-42.

Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', May 2012 competition. The voting system is simpler than ever -  just send me the yellow code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World). All May dated pics posted between May1st - June 6th have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not.

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