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Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Eclectic Mix of Locomotives

In today's post, 25th September 2013, I am using eleven pics from six contributors


Jeff Nicholls has sent in our first two pics. Pic number one shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66250, heading empty Avonmouth - Clitheroe cement tanks on 21st September 2013. The location was Winwick

Code - September W6

Another EWS (DBS) class 66, 66008, is featured in Jeff's second shot on the Wigan Springs Branch 'wagons for repair' working. Winwick was the location and 18th September, the date.

Code - September W7

'Western' class 52 diesel, D1015 Western Champion, was through Winwick on 21st September 2013 with a Tyseley - Carlisle 'Special' . This shot is from Ieuan Wood. Preserved class 47, 47773, was behind the 'Western'.

Code - September W8

David Wood has sent in pics four and five. DRS class 66, 66426, is shown on a northbound  intermodal service (the 'Russell') through Winwick on 18th September 2013.

Code - September W9

A similar intermodal working, the southbound 'Malcolm', is featured in pic five from David. The loco was DRS class 66, 66305, the location was Winwick and the date was 18th September 2013.

Code - September W10


Matthew Chambers is first up with two Wigan North Western pics. Pic six features double heading class 37s, 37603 and 37611 with a single bogie well wagon (plus container?) on 21st September 2013.

Code - September A7

Pic seven, from Matthew, shows a very rare photo opportunity with Grand Central class 43, 43480 passing through Wigan NW station with a Heaton-Crewe (LNWR works) move. The date was 21st September 2013.

Code - September A8

Bob McClellan has sent in the following three pics. Pic eight is of a Guinness liveried class 08 diesel shunter, 08022 Lion, taken at Wallingford on the Cholsey & Wallingford Railway. The pic is dated 31st August 2013. A giant harp is positioned on the front grill of the locomotive.

BR 'Standard' class '4' 2-6-4T, No.80104, is pictured next in Bob's second shot, number nine overall. This shot was taken from Corfe Castle on the Swanage Railway, the date - 4th September 2013.

Code - September A9

Another Cholsey & Wallingford Railway pic is next from Bob. Class 08, 08123 George Mason, is pictured heading 'The Bunk' special, part of the music, beer and dance festival (Bunkfest) held at Wallingford. The pic is dated 31st August 2013.

Our final pic is from Colin Platt. Taken at the recent Llangollen Gala, Colin's shot shows ex GWR '2884' class 2-8-0, No.3802, at Berwyn Station with a passenger service on 31st August 2012.

Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August 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 August dated pics posted between 15th August and 6th September are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Tuesday, 17 September 2013

Pics from England, Wales, Scotland and Germany

Today's post, 17th September 2013, covers shots taken many miles apart at Winwick, Swanage, Stafford, Llanfairpwyl, Loch Dubh and Asmannshausen. Eighteen pics are used from just five contributors.


First up are four shots from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number one shows the Stanier Pacific No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland on the her '75th Anniversary' Special which ran Perth - Sheffield on day 2. The pic is dated 7th September 2013 and the location was Winwick. Note the headboard which is in the style of 'The Caledonian' (ran Euston - Glasgow between 1957-1964).
Code - September W2

Next, pic number two from Jeff, features DRS class 66, 66431, on the Mossend - Daventry intermodal passing through Winwick on 4th September 2013.

Code - September W3

The Gresley 'K4' class 2-6-0, No.61994 The Great Marquess is up next, in pic number three, again from Jeff.  The railtour was 'The Welsh Mountaineer' which ran Preston - Blaenau Ffestiniog and return on 3rd September 2013.

Code - September W4

GBRf class 66, 66746 is pictured crossing Twelve Arches bridge with a Ellesmere Port - Ironbridge biomass working on 4th September 2013. Note that the bridge is being refurbished. This is pic number four, another from Jeff.

Code - September W5


Following four from Jeff Nicholls we now have the same number of pics from Bob McClellan. Pic number five shows Europorte class 92, 92032 IMechE Railway Division with an intermodal service at Peover on 12th September 2013.

Code - September A2

Ex BR 'Standard' 2-6-4T No.80104 is pictured at Swanage Station on 4th Septembert 2013. Pic number six from Bob.

Code - September A3

Pic seven features ex GWR 0-6-2T No.6695 entering Corfe Castle station on the same date, 4th September 2013.

Code - September A4

Bob's fourth pic, number eight, shows the 2-6-4T engine again, No.80104, photographed from Corfe Castle on 4th September 2013.

Code - September A5

David Wood has sent in pics nine and ten. Ex LMS Stanier 'Black Five', No.45305 is pictured at Llanfair P.G. (that's the short version) on Anglesey in pic number nine. The pic is dated 18th August 2013.

Pic ten from David features the Gresley class 'K4' 2-6-0 again, No.61994 The Great Marquess, this one taken at Runcorn East. 'The Welsh Mountaineer' was on its return journey to Preston from Blaenau Ffestiniog on 20th August 2013.

The following two shots are from Jeff Nicholls. Pic eleven shows GBRf class 66, 66731 with a Crewe - Toton engineers working at Stafford on 27th August 2013.

A Network Rail train is up next, pic number twelve, again from Jeff. Top (67016) and Tail (67026) were pictured at Acton Bridge on two Derby-Derby runs, via Liverpool Lime Street, on 4th September 2013.

Code - September A6

Pic thirteen is from Colin Platt. Pictured at the recent Llangollen Festival is double heading ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0s, No 7822 Foxcote Manor and 7812 Erlestoke Manor.  The location was Carrog and the date, 31st August 2013.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next three pics. They are all scans from Kodachrome 25 slides... how good was that film!!!!  Pic fourteen probably, says Geoff, "was the luxury train that ran round Scotland from time to time with steam from Fort William to Mallaig". It was headed by ex LNER Thompson 2-6-0 'K1' class loco, No.2005 (formerley 62005) crossing the River Lochy in a rainstorm. The pic is dated 19th August 1987.

A high level view of the  'K1' loco No.2005 passing Loch Dubh on the summer Fort William - Mallaig working. The pic is dated 17th August 1987. This is pic fifteen.

Pic sixteen features the same steam working with the same loco, No.2005 photographed on the approach to Glenfinnan Viaduct  in September 1988.


Two shots in this section, both from David Wood. Pic number seventeen shows two German locomotives side by side at Weringerode in the Hartz Mountains. They are 99 7235-7 and 99 7232-4. The pic is dated 11th August 2013.

The final pic, also from David, depicts a local emu service in the Rhine Valley at Asmannshausen on 12th August 2013. This is pic eighteen.

Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August 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 August dated pics posted between 15th August and 6th September are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Friday, 6 September 2013

Fourteen locos; Eleven Pics

Today's post, 6th September 2013, comprises eleven pictures from just five contributors covering fourteen locomotives of mixed traction and gauge.


First up are three August dated pics from Jeff Nicholls. Pic one shows double heading Freightliner electric locos of class 86, 86613 and 86612 passing through Winwick with a Coatbridge - Crewe intermodal. The pic is dated 24th August 2013.
Code - August W18

Jeff's second pic features WCRC class 57, 57316 on the rear of a Newport - Ravenglass charter. The location was Bank Quay, the date was 24th August 2013 and WCRC class 57, 57314, was at the head (can't be seen).
Code - August W19

Pic number three is a bit different from the normal Winwick shots. Two DRS class 66s, 66421 and 66304, are pictured on the northbound Tesco Express passing the local farmer harvesting his crop.This pic is dated 3rd September 2013.
Code - September W1


Two steam locos open this section, both from Jeff Nicholls again. In pic number four, ex LNER 'Mogul' (2-6-0) No.61306 heads to its base at Washwood Heath from the Mid Norfolk Railway. The location was Nuneaton and the date, 27th August 2013.
Code - August A19

Pic number five shows ex LMS Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No. 45231 The Sherwood Forester, on a Carnforth - Southall movement on 27th August 2013. The location was Nuneaton again.

Code - August A20

Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70020 is up next in pic number six, from Ieuan Wood. The working was an intermodal, the location was Chorlton and the date, 23rd August 2013.
Code - August A21


Pic seven is also from Ieuan. DRS class 57, 57304 and DRS class 47, 47xxx are pictured at Chorlton on 23rd August 2013.

Code - August A22

David Wood has sent in pics numbered eight and nine.  Pic eight shows DRS class 66, 66427 at Acton Bridge with an intermodal working on 17th August 2013.

Code - August A23

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66093 is shown in pic nine with a Castle Cement working at Acton Bridge on 17th August 2013.

Code - August A24

Geoff Monks has sent in pic number ten. It is a shot of Utrillas, imported from a Spanish coal mine arriving at Becconsall Station on the West Lancashire Light Railway. The date was 1st September 2013. The loco was built by Orenstein & Koppel of Berlin, in 1907.
Code - September A1


Following my request for Scottish railway pics Mark Tombs has sent in a couple - here is one of them, pic number twelve. Two WCRC class 37s are pictured at Kyle of Lochalsh on 12th August 2005. WCRC bought four from Ian Riley in the same year including 37197 and 37261, which may be the two in the picture. 

Voting can now begin for the 'Pic of the Month',  August 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August 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 August dated pics posted between 15th August and today, 6th September are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Tuesday, 3 September 2013

'Pics of the Month, July 2013' - RESULTS

Well done to Ieuan Wood and Colin Platt, the winners of our July monthly competition. Their pics and those of Winwick runners up are shown below in today's post, 3rd September 2013.


1st July W6  Ieuan Wood

Ieuan's shot features ex LMS  Stanier 'Black Five', No.44932, with support coach. The location was Winwick and the date, 1st July 2013.

2nd July W7  Geoff Monks

Colas Rail class 56s, 56105 and 56087, double heading the Carlisle - Chirk logs working are pictured in this shot from Geoff. The location was the old Cheshire Lines bridge adjacent to Froghall Lane, Warrington; the date was 11th July 2013.

3rd July W12  Colin Platt

Colin's pic shows ex BR 'Standard' class '7' 4-6-2, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell on a Southall - Crewe - Castleton Hopwood GF (Bury) move. On the Southall - Crewe leg 70013 was accompanied by Bullied 'BoB' class 4-6-2, No.34067 Tangmere. Both locos had diesel support; 70013 was 'pushed' by WCRC class 47, 47245, from Crewe. The location was Newton-le-Willows Station and the date, 25th July 2013.


1st July A19  Colin Platt

Colin's shot shows ex LMS Stanier 'Princess Coronation' class 4-6-2, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland heading the Liverpool - Carlisle 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'. The location was Eccleston Park, Prescot and the date, 27th July 2013.

Colin's shot was a clear winner with 8 points but eight other shots tied for second place with 3 points each, therefore none are shown.  They were A1, 8, 10, 12, 20, 21, 22 and 26. The spread of points in this section was unprecedented even though only seven persons bothered to vote. If this latter situation continues there will be no competitions next year as there are more important things I can do with my time.

I will post some remaining August dated pics in the next post. Following this voting for August can begin.