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Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Mixed Traction from Winwick to Switzerland

As the title aptly describes, this post 21st August 2013, comprises main line steam, diesel and electric traction plus some Swiss and narrow gauge locos for added interest.


The first two pics are from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number one shows the Gresley 'K4' class 2-6-0, No.61994 The Great Marquess traversing the Twelve Arches on 20th August 2013. The railtour was 'The Welsh Mountaineer' from Preston to Blaenau  Ffestiniog and the date, 20th August 2013.

Code - August W8

Jeff's second shot features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66039 on a new freight service, Avonmouth Docks - Castle Cement at Clitheroe. The date was 20th August 2013.

Code - August W9

Pic number three is from Geoff Monks. EWS (DBS) class 92, 92039 Johann Strauss, is pictured passing under the Warrington Central line at Froghall Lane with a Fridays-only Mossend - Hams Hall intermodal working. On the adjacent line is Freightliner class 66, 66615, with a Hunterston -FFPS coal working. The pic is dated 16th August 2013.

Code - August W10

The following two pics are also from Geoff.  Pic number four overall shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66011 leaving Latchford north side loop on a Garston-Arpley working of empty car transporter wagons. This pic is dated 16th August 2013.

Code - August W11

Pic number five is of double heading DRS class 37s. The corresponding email from Geoff got 'lost' in my email library and this pic should have been included last month. Sorry Geoff. The working is Daventry - Coatbridge containers, the location was Winwick and the date, 23rd July 2013.


Colin Platt has sent in pic number six featuring the Thompson 'B1' class 4-6-0 No. 61264 masquerading as No.61002 Impala. The shot was taken at Grosmont on the NYMR on 14th August 2013.

Code - August A10

The following pics in this section are all from July. Thirty pics were used last month in the Alternative UK Pics section which left no space for the following examples; but all contributors were represented.

John Smith has sent in the next three pics. Pic number seven was taken at Garswood on 27th July 2013. The Stanier 'Princess Coronation' class 4-6-2, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, is pictured heading the Liverpool - Carlisle, 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'.

John's second shot, number eight overall, shows the 0-6-0ST Haulwen at Llewyfn, on the Gwili Railway. The pic is dated 9th July 2013.

Pic number nine, John's third, features a scene from the Bala Lake Railway on 6th July 2013. 0-4-0ST Alice is pictured at Llanuwchllyn.

The 'Duchess' appears again in pic number ten from yours truly. Traversing Carr Mill viaduct on 27th July 2013, the loco was heading the same 'special' as above -  the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'.

On the tail of the 'CME' above, was the 'Stratford 47 Group''- owned class 47, 47580 County of Essex. The 'special' is captured from the tail by David Wood as it speeds through Ribblehead on the same date, 27th July 2013. This is pic number eleven.

David Hennessy has sent in the final pic in this section, number twelve. Class 73, 73210 Selhurst (E6022), is pictured on the ELR at Ramsbottom on 5th July 2013. The loco, in InterCity livery, is based at the Mid Norfolk Railway


These are the first world pics for many months. All three are courtesy of Jeff Nicholls following his holiday in Switzerland.

Pic number thirteen shows loco 460-069-7 Weissenstein, at Interlaken Ost Station on 31st July 2013. The service was Interlaken - Bern.

Jeff's next, pic number fourteen was taken at Zweisimmen on 31st July 2013. Depicted is an old (1940's) loco of the Bern - Lotschberg - Simplon Railway Company waiting to push a train to Interlaken.

The final pic in this post, number fifteen from Jeff, shows steam loco No. 15 on the Brienz - Rothorn Railway at Brienz. The pic is dated 30th July 2013.

Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month', July 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just email me the yellow July code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick, and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All July dated pics posted between 16th July and 1st August are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

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