Following my two weeks absence today's post, 13th August 2012, comprises thirteen pics from six contributors. The Winwick area, Isle of Man, Mid Hants Railway, Germany and Holland provide the locations.
First up is a shot from Jeff Nicholls. Featured is Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No.44871, on a Bury-Carnforth positioning move prior to departure for Fort William. The location was the public footpath at Culcheth and the date, 2nd August 2012.
Code - August
Next, pic number two, is from David Quayle. WCRC class 47, 47798 Prince William, is shown on the rear of the 'North Wales Coast Express' as it passed through Winwick on 29th July 2012. Gresley 4-6-2 'Streak', 60009 Union of South Africa, was up front.
Pic number three has been sent in by Bob McClellan. The blue liveried class 60, 60074 Teenage Spirit, is shown on a FFPS coal working close to the Ferry Inn. Bob's shot is dated 2nd August 2012.
Code - August W2
The fourth pic, of a track machine, has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. DR73108 Tiger, a Plasser & Theurer tamper, is pictured at Bank Quay on 8th August 2012.
Code - August W3
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
I am delighted to include three pics from David Hennessey of rail scenes from the Isle of Man (a first for the blog?)
The first, pic number five overall, shows a Beyer Peacock 2-4-0 tank locomotive, No.8 Fenella standing at the Port Erin water tower. She is one of six such locos in service and was built in 1903; a seventh is under restoration. The pic is dated 26th July 2012.
A second 2-4-0 tank engine of the IOMR is shown in David's second shot, pic number six. This is No.12. Hutchinson pausing at Castletown with the Port Erin bound 'Real Ale' excursion. The pic is dated 28th July 2012.
David's third pic, number seven, features a Snaefell Mountain Railway No.2 car, at the mountain summit on 27th July 2012.
Pic number eight is another of David Quayle's shots from the Mid Hants Railway. Bulleid 'Small Pacific', No.34007 Wadebridge, is shown at Ropley, awaiting maintenance, on 18th June 2012.
Bob McClellan's shot of the Gresley 'A4' 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa, is up next, pic number nine. The loco is pictured near Eldroth on a loaded test run following maintenance. The pic is dated 18th July 2012.
Pic number ten is from Alan Rigby. Colas class 66, 66848, is depicted on the Carlisle - Chirk logs working at Euxton on 18th July 2012.
ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS
The first pic in this section, pic number eleven overall, is from David Quayle. The location is Warnemunde in Germany which many cruise liners use as a stop for Berlin. The train shown is a local push and pull service to Rostock which David had just left. This pic is dated 20th July 2012.
Another shot from David's recent continental holiday is shown as pic number twelve. The location is Amsterdam (where else with those bikes?) close to the cruise terminal. The pic was taken on 24th July 2012.
The final shot in this section is from David Wood. It was taken in the Canadian 'Rockies' on 6th August 2011and shows the 'Whistler Rocky Mountaineer' train traversing a viaduct above a 1000ft drop.
As previously described, voting began for the 'Pic of the Month' - July 2012 competition on July 28th, earlier than usual because of my holiday commitments. 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 July dated pics
posted between July1st - July 26th have code numbers. My email address is at the
top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or