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Monday, 7 April 2014

Two' Black Fives'

Fourteen pics are used in today's post, 7th April 2014, sent in by six contributors. They feature several steam locomotives taken locally, at Llangollen and on the SVR.


First up are a couple of pics from Jeff Nicholls. The first shows the ex GWR '2800' class 2-8-0, No.3802 taken from a high viewpoint, at Carrog on the Llangollen Railway. Jeff's shot is dated 6th April 2014.

Jeff's second pic, a montage, features two 0-6-0  pannier tanks of the same class; the pics were taken 48 years apart. The mono pic was taken at Wrexham in 1966 while the colour equivalent was taken at Carrog on 6th April 2014. The Llangollen event was the Croes Newydd Weekend featuring locos that either worked, or possibly worked, from the Wrexham Depot. The mono shot shows No.1628 and the colour shot, No.1638.

Pics numbered three, four, five and six are all from David Quayle. Double heading 'Black Five' 4-6-0s ('Mickies' to some of us) feature in this pic. No's 44871 and 45407 Lancashire Fusilier are pictured at Winwick on the' South Wales Explorer' on 5th April 2014. David adds that the train was held up for an hour at Manchester Victoria, then when it reached Bank Quay, the train was held up for another hour.

David's second pic shows the same train, on the same date, at the same location.

Both of David's next shots were taken at the recent SVR Gala. This one was taken  at Bewdley on 21st March 2014 and shows ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0 No.7828 Odney Manor.

This pic features ex GWR 0-4-2T, No.1450, at Highley on 31st March 2014.

David Hennessey has sent in the following three shots, all taken at Runcorn on 5th April 2014. David's first shows DBS class 67, 67026 Diamond Jubilee on a Ditton - Crewe VSOE empty stock move.

Another 'skip', DBS 67024, is pictured with the Victoria - Runcorn VSOE excursion for the Grand National.

David's third shot features DRS class 47, 47823 on the tail of the Liverpool - Crewe 'Northern Belle' empty stock move.

Barry Rigby's shot taken at Ealing Broadway on 13th March 2014  is up next. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66037 is pictured on an empty Theale - Acton Yard working.

Tamworth is the next location and Jeff Nicholls the photographer. Pictured is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66303, on a Crewe - Mountsorrel engineers working on 14th March 2014.

David Wood's two pics are next, the first one taken at Eccleston Park on 10th March 2014. A Network Rail Test Train (NRTT) is depicted headed by Driving Trailer Coach No.9701, with DRS class 37, 37604 on the tail.

Another loco from the NRTT fleet is up next, again from David. The loco in the picture, taken at St Helens Junction on 29th January 2014, is class 57, 57306 (ex of Virgin's' Thunderbirds'?).

Finally, John Smith has sent in pic number fourteen, taken at Collins Green on 26th February 2014 .EWS (DBS) class 60, 60035 is depicted with an empty FFPS-LBT working.

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