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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Class 20's on a Railtour

As the title describes this post, 5th October 2013, features an unusual railtour, headed or topped and tailed by two class 20 locos, touring England and Scotland. This post also includes the final few September dated pics to qualify for the Pic of the Month - September 2013. Voting can start for the September competition on 8th October 2013.


First up are four pics from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number one shows DRS top and tail class 37s, 37612 and 37038 on a Crewe-Wigan-Warrington-Liverpool Lime Street-Manchester Victoria-Ince Moss Network Rail Test Train. The train is passing through Winwick on 2nd October 2013.

Code - October W1

Jeff's second shot is of the same working on the same day at the same location but as the pic suggests on a different line, after the tractors got stuck into the field.

Code - October W2

Jeff's third pic is of the restored Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea. Jeff says the this was the first time for over fifty years that he had seen this loco and how superb does Galatea look in gleaming LMS red. The location was Golborne and the date 28th September 2013. The railtour was the 'Lune Rivers Trust Special'.
Code - September W11

Pic number four, also from Jeff, shows a Freightliner class 66, 66516, dragging two Freightliner class 86s, 86605 and 86632, (at least one must have failed) through Winwick with a Coatbridge - Crewe intermodal working. This pic is dated 2nd October 2013.
Code - October W3

David Wood has sent in pics five and six. Pic five shows a WCRC class 47 heading Pullman carriages on a Fort William - Euston railtour through Winwick on 29th September 2013. The special was the 'West Highland and Jacobite Statesman' and it was top and tailed by WCRC class 47, 47826 and WCRC class 57, 57314.   Code - September W12

Pic number six shows First Great Western class 57, 57605 Totnes Castle and two carraiges, on a Carlisle - Old Oak Common working. The pic is dated 25th Spetember 2013 and the location was Winwick. Pic is a second from David Wood.
Code - September W13

The Stanier 'Jubilee' 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea is up next, pic number seven from Ieuan Wood. The special was the same as in pic three above. The date was the same also, 28th September 2013 but the location was Winwick.

Code - September W14

Pic number eight is also from Ieuan. Pictured is a NR Test Train  passing through Winwick on 25th September 2013.

Code - September W15

Geoff Monks has sent in pic number nine. Freightliner class 66, 66566 is depicted on a Penrith - Crewe Basford Hall engineers working. The location was Winwick and the date, 29th September 2013. Just visible on the tail is Freightliner class 66, 66620.

Code - September W16

Ieuan Wood has sent a fourth pic, number ten of a  DBS class 92, 92042 heading not very 'silver bullets' tanks through Winwick on 25th September 2013.    Code - September W17


Pics eleven and twelve are both from John Smith. Pic eleven shows topping and tailing class 37s the same as those in pic number one, above. The difference - just the date, a day earlier, 1st October 2013.

Code - October A1

DBS class 60, 60062 Stainless Pioneer, is depicted in pic twelve, another from John. The location was St Helens Junction and the working, a Liverpool - Tinsley empty steel. The pic is dated 27th September 2013.   

Code - September A10

Matthew Chambers has sent in two pics of the 'Autumn Highlander', a 4-day tour of England and Scotland hauled by DRS class 20s - 20308 and 20309. The location of pic thirteen was Anniesland on day 3 of the tour. The date was 29th September 2013 - 20308 to the fore.

Code - September A11

The same railtour is shown in pic fourteen also from Matthew, this one taken a day earlier,  28th September 2013 at Fort William, with DRS class 20, 20309 to the fore.

Code - September A12

Voting ends for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2013 competition at 2400hrs 7th October 2013. 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. Please vote.

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