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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Fourteen from Six

Fourteen shots from six contributors comprise today's post, 27th July 2014.


First up are two shots from David Quayle, both taken in north-west Russia. The first shows a passenger train in the port city of Murmansk taken from a cruise ship Silver Cloud.

David's second shot was also taken at the same time and shows a goods service. The date for both shots was 9th July 2014.

The next two pics are from John Smith, His first shows a Hereford - Dundee charter passing through Winwick with 57316 and 57314 top and tail. The pic is dated 23rd July 2014.

John's second pic features GBRf class 66, 66730 Whitemoor on a Seaforth - Ironbridge biomass container working. The electrification gantries are clearly visible at St Helens Junction on 23rd July 2014.

Ieuan Wood has forwarded the next three shots. His first depicts John Cameron's 'Streak', No.60009 Union of South Africa, travelling with support coach through Winwick, from Farrington to Crewe, on 19th July 2014.

Ieuan's next pic shows the blue class 86, 86259 Les Ross, in charge of the Cumbrian Mountain Express at Winwick, on 19th July 2014.

Pic three from Ieuan is a shot of DBS class 66, 66118 on a scrap metal working bound for Arpley. The date was 19th July 2014.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next pic. Pictured is Freightliner class 66, 66515 passing through Hale with a Tunstead - Westbury Lafarge stone train; the date was 20th July 2014.

Bevan  Price has sent in the following two pics. Up first is a Harrogate - Leeds 'special' carrying 'Tour de France' supporters. The locos were DRS class 47, 47810 Peter Bath MBE 1927 - 2006 (Top) and DRS class 57, 57308 County of Staffordshire (Tail). Bevan's shot is dated 5th July 2014.

Bevan's next shot is of a GBRf consist of six class 66s. They are 66737 Lesia  towing the new locos 66752,753,754,756 and 755. They were working Newport Docks - Doncaster Roberts Road; the date was 12th July 2014.

Colin Scollick has sent in the final four shots in this post, two of historical significance. The background to the first two shots is the Great Train Robbery of 1963. The bridge at the scene was the Bridego Bridge, Ledburn in Buckinghamshire and Colin's shots show the bridge and engineering works sign as they are at present. The Royal Mail train was heading from Glasgow to London and 15 train robbers altered the signal system to stop the train at the bridge. A 16th man, a retired engine driver, was also involved in taking the £2.6million in cash. The famous Leatherslade Farm was the hiding place where the police found much of the evidence that led to the arrests of most of the gang. Ronnie Biggs was the most famous robber who escaped from prison in 1965 and lived as a fugitive, abroad, for the next 36 years. He returned to Britain in 2001 and died in 2009, three years after his release from prison on medical/compassionate grounds.

Colins third shot shows a Freightliner class 66 at Rossett (Wrexham) on a recent engineering working.

Finally, another of Colin's recent shots, this one of a bridge in Camden Town displaying a picture of double heading 'Castle' class 4-6-0s.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Ten from Three

Today's post, 14th July 2014, comprises ten pics from just three contributors.


First up are four shots from Ieuan Wood. Gresley 'A4' No.60009 Union of South Africa is the subject of the first pic taken at Long Preston on 12 July 2014. The railtour was the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'.

Ieuan's second shot was also taken at the same location and on the same date. Pictured is GBRf class 66, 66847 on the Carlisle-Chirk logs working.

Back to the Harry Potter theme again (see previous post) in this shot taken at Shipley on 12th July 2014. The railtour was the 'Wizard's Express' and the locomotive, No.5972 Olton Hall, masquerading as Hogwarts Castle.

Ieuan's final shot was taken at Winwick on 10th July 2014. Colas Rail class 70, 70802, is pictured dragging Colas Rail class 66, 666847 on the Carlisle - Chirk logs working. The class 70 was removed at Warrington Bank Quay and the working continued with the 66 at the head.

The same working, a loaded test run, is pictured next by Geoff Monks. Same place - Winwick, same date -10th July 2014.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in five shots. The first shows  DRS class 57s, 57010 Top and Tail 57002, at Bamfurlong on 9th July 2014. The working was a Carlisle - Derby delivery of new nuclear flask wagons.

Jeff's second shot features double heading DRS class 37s on the slow line at Bamfurlong on a railtour. The 'Trans Pennine Explorer' ran from Taunton to Carlisle. The locos were 37402 and 37603 and the date was 9th July 2014.

A third shot from Jeff features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66162 delivering the Bescot breakdown crane set to Springs Branch as part of the legendary 'Wigan Wagon' working. The pic is dated 9th July 2014.

Jeffs next shot was photographed on the western curve of Ince Moss Junction on a St Helens - Crewe Basford Hall empty engineers working. The date was 9th July 2014.

Jeff brings down the curtain on this post with his shot of DRS class 47, 47841, working Liverpool - Scarborough, at Warrington Central on 5th July 2014.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Hogwarts Re-visited

Todays post, 9th July 2014, comprises sixteen pics including three from a new contributor.


Up first are three shots from John Smith. The first two show the Collett 'Hall' class 4-6-0, No.5972 Olton Hall, masquerading as the more famous Hogwarts Castle from the Harry Potter films. The working was Tyseley - Carnforth, the date was 7th july 2014 and the location, was Winwick

John's second shot of No.5972 was also taken at Winwick but two days previously, on 5th July 2014; the working was the reverse, Carnforth - Tyseley.

A third pic from John features two workings from Earlestown on 13th June 2014. Pictured are EWS (DBS) class 60, 60035, on an empty steel Liverpool - Tinsley working, and GBRf class 66, 66731 interhub GB, on an Ironbridge Power Station - Tuebrook Sidings empty biomass working.

A trio from Ieuan Wood now follows. His first shows WCRC class 47s, 47786 and 47245 with empty coaching stock being moved Southall - Carnforth on 1st July 2014. The location wasWinwick.

Ieuan's second shot features EWS (DBS) class 92, 92030 Ashford, heading the 'Tesco Express' intermodal through Wigan North Western on 1st July 2014.

GBRf class 66, 66723 Chinook is pictured in this shot from Ieuan, taken on 21st June 2014 at Winwick. The working was LBT - Ironbridge biomass.

A rare shot from yours truly is up next, taken at Red Bank on 5th July 2014. New-build, Peppercorn 'A1' class 4-6-2, No.60163 Tornado, is pictured hauling 'The Border Raider' railtour Euston- Carlisle - Euston on the Crewe-Carlisle leg.

Geoff Monks is up next with his shot of GBRf class 66, 66724 Drax Power Station, passing beneath the Warrington Central line at Froghall Lane, with a LBT-Ironbridge PS biomass working on 20th June 2014.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the following four shots, the first two with a strong connection and displayed together. The first shows a class 47, 47597 at Birchwood taken 19th January 1991. 

The second also shows a class 47 (actually two of them) at the same spot, 23 years later. Pictured are DRS class 47s, 47853T and 47841T on a Liverpool - Scarborough railtour on 5th July 2014.

Jeff's third shot shows the same pair of 47s as above with 47841T and 47853T passing over the Sankey Viaduct on5th July 2014.

The same pair are featured again in Jeff's fourth shot, this time as 47853T and 47841T at Warrington Central on the same date.

GBRf class 66, 66723 Chinook, is up next in this shot from Alan Rigby. The location was Winwick and the working Tuebrook Sidings - Ironbridge PS biomass. The pic is dated 21st June 2014.

New contributor Colin Scollick has sent in three pics all taken at Leamington Spa at the end of June, 2014. Welcome Colin your contributions are much appreciated. His first shot depicts First Scot Rail class 90, 90019.

Colin's second shot features class 67, 67014 Thomas Telford, in Chiltern Mainline livery at Leamington Spa.

The final shot from Colin shows a Chiltern Railways DVT, 82301, at Leamington Spa.The view appears to be through a screen of some kind (?).