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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.

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