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Saturday, 30 June 2012

Thirteen from Five

The title doesn't lie, there are thirteen pics in this post, 30th June 2012, but from only five contributors. This is because I have had a late influx of June dated pics. Although the final qualifying date for the 'Pic of the Month', June 2012 competition will be July 6th, there will be just one more post before that closing date. This also means that not all of them can possibly be posted. I will endeavour to get as many as I can on the blog (while not neglecting other pre-June pics): here's a start.


First up is a Jeff Nicholls' pic taken at Winwick on 14th June 2012. Depicted is is double heading pair of DRS class 37s, 37609 and 37606, heading a single spent nuclear fuel flask, southbound.

Code - June W12

Shot number two is from Bob McClellan. DBS class 60, 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, is shown heading coal empties at the Ferry Inn near the Marina. The pic is dated 25th June 2012.

Code - June W13

Our third pic has been sent in by Matthew Chambers. GBRf class 66, 66715 Valour, is pictured at Earlestown "working 6Z69 Doncaster Decoy to Liverpool Bulk Terminal via Crewe." Matthew adds "This was a trial run operating out of Liverpool on the next day with one wagon loaded with biomass; the rest of the wagons were loaded with coal to see if the loco could manage the incline out of LBT."  The pic is dated 16th June 2012.
Code - June W14

The fourth and final pic in this Winwick area section is from Jeff Nicholls. EWS (DBS) class 90, 90018, is shown crossing the Mersey at Twelve Arches on 30th May 2012. The working was Arpley - Crewe, wagons for repair. Nice reflection, Jeff.


David Quayle has sent in an impressive collection of pics from his recent trips around Britain's Heritage Railways. The first one, pic number five, was taken at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway on 20th June 2012. Pictured is ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0, No.1638, one of a pair running on the Bluebell.

Code - June A14

David's next shot, number six, was taken on the West Somerset Railway on 11th June 2012.  Shown at Minehead is ex GWR 2-6-0 loco No. 9351 on a pessenger service. Based on the GWR 4300 class 2-6-2 locomotive, 9351 was rebuilt from No. 5193 of the '5101'  'Prairie', class by the WSR.

Code - June A15

David's third shot, number seven in this section,  was taken on the Mid Hants Railway at Ropley on 18th June 2012. Ex  London Midland and Western Regions of British Railways, BR class '5' 4-6-0, No.73096, is shown alongside Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0, No.45379.

Code - June A16

Bob McClellan has sent in pic number eight, of DCR class 56, 56311 dragging class 33, 33103 Swordfish, to the Wensleydale Railway on 28th June 2012. This pic is dated 28th June 2012 and the location was Stenson Junction.

Code - June A17

Bob has also sent in pic number nine, showing DBS TATA steel liveried class 60, 60099, taken at Stenson Junction on 28th June 2012. The working was Westerleigh - Lindsey empty oil tanks.

Code - June A18

Pic number ten features DBS class 66, 66152, on a gypsum working at Wigan North Western on 9th May 2012. The pic has been sent in by Matthew Chambers.

Geoff Monks has supplied pic number eleven, taken at Chorlton on 20th June 2012. The southbound working was a Crewe Basford Hall - Thamesport intermodal and the loco was Freightliner class 66, 66556.

Code - June A19

Our penultimate pic, number twelve, is another from  Matthew Chambers. Pictured is GBRF class 66, 66715 Valour, heading a LBT-Eggborough Power Station working of loaded coal/biomass. Matthew's pic is dated 17th June 2012 and the location was Bamfurlong

Code - June A20

 The final pic, number twelve, is a fourth from David Quayle, this one taken on the Swanage Railway.  Pictured is ex SR re-built 'West Country' class 4-6-2, No.34028 Eddystone, running light engine at Swanage on 17th June 2012.  Southern Locomotives Ltd owns 34028 and also owns, restores, maintains and operates other steam locomotives.

Code - June A21

You have until 2400hrs tonight  to vote for the 'Pic of the Month', May 2012 competition. Even though the voting system has been simplified not enough of you are voting; it's the same eight or nine people every month (we have thirty-seven contributors). Please vote. 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 May 1st - June 6th have such code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. You don't have to contribute to vote - if you read the blog you qualify to vote.

NOTE : These monthly competitions are in danger of extinction because of lack on interest. As I have indicated above, only a few people bother to vote each month. If interest does not improve they will be scrapped next year.

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