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Saturday, 27 September 2014

More from the Heritage Lines

ELR, NYMR and SVR are all represented in today's post, 27th September 2014. The fourteen pics have been sent in by four contributors.


First up are three shots from Ieuan Wood. This one was taken at Rainhill on 29th August 2014 and features DRS class 57, 57007 dragging three new class 68s - 68012/13/14.

Ieuan's second shot shows WCRC owned class 57s, 57316 & 57313 on an empty coaching stock move, Old Oak Common - Kilmarnock. The location was Winwick and the date, 30th August 2014.

The familiar logs working is pictured next, again from Ieuan. The locos are Colas Rail Freight class 56s, 56096 and 56105. The location was Bank Quay and the date, 13th September 2014.

David Quayle has sent in the following four shots from his recent visits to the ELR and SVR.  First up is the recently restored No.13065 (42765). Designed by George Hughes for the LMS the class of 245, 2-6-0 ‘Crabs’ was built between 1926-1931 under CME, Sir Henry Fowler. The latter had replaced Hughes following his retirement. Restored and based at the ELR, the loco looks resplendent in its LMS 'Crimson Lake' livery. The location was Bury and the date, 21st September 2014.

David's second shot features the ex S&DJR, blue-liveried class '7F' 2-8-0, No.88 (53808). The location was Bewdley on the SVR and the date, 18th September 2014.

Up next is another SVR shot, this one taken at Highley on 19th September 2014. Pictured are Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park and Drummond 'M7' class 0-4-4 tank, No.30053.

David's fourth shot focuses on the Victoria Bridge over the River Severn. Taken on 19th September 2014 on the SVR, the loco heading passenger stock is the 'M7' class 0-4-4T No.30053.

The next three shots are from Jeff Nicholls. First up is EWS (DBS) class 92, 92037 Sullivan, heading the northbound Tesco Express through Winwick on 24th September 2014. 

Jeff's second shot shows WCRC class 57, 57313 heading a former LMS Inspection Saloon on a Carnforth - Crewe working. The pic is dated 24th September 2014.

GBRf class 66, 66703 Doncaster PSB 1981-2002 is pictured next on a route learning working passing the 'Pink Eye' landmark, Warrington, on 13th August 2014.

The next four shots are from myself. My wife and I were in North Yorkshire for a few days recently and I took the following shots on the NYMR. Up first is the 100th Gresley-designed 'Pacific', named in his honour - 'A4' class No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley. The location was shot just before the road crossing, outside the Grosmont signal box. The date was 22nd September 2014.

My next shot features Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No.44806, approaching Goathland with a passenger service from Grosmont; plenty of 'clag' in the exhaust. In the foreground, held in the station, is a passenger service to Whitby headed by class 25, D7628 (25278) Sybilla (light grey roof). The shot is dated 24th September 2014. The pic was taken from the footbridge.

The same loco is shown again in my third shot, taken at Grosmont on 22nd September 2014. No.44806 is pictured moving empty passenger stock, under the signal gantry, into the station for a Pickering service.

A scene from Grosmont shed is my fourth shot and the last one in this post. Taken on 22nd September 2014 the pic shows class 37, 37264 in BR 'large logo' blue livery - the 'fog' is wind blown exhaust from steam loco No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Ten Pics; Fourteen Locos

Today's post, 20th September 2014, comprises ten shots of steam locos and diesel traction, from five contributors.


First up is a shot from David Wood. Pictured are two of the latest class 68s - 68012 and 68013 - at Red Bank on 15th September 2014.

Ieuan Wood has sent in the next two pics, both taken at Winwick. His first shows Stanier 'Pacific' No 46233 Duchess of Sutherland on a move, with support coach, from Bo'ness to Crewe. The pic us dated 15th September 2014.

Ieuan's second shot features the logs working, Carlisle - Chirk. At the head are two Colas Rail Freight class 56s - 56096 and 56105. the pic is dated 14th September 2014.

The next couple of shots are from Alan Rigby. Pictured first is the 'Natterjack Railtour' which ran Euston - Southport, on 18th September 2014. Top and tail are EWS (DBS) class 60, 60065 Spirit of JAGUAR and EWS (DBS) class 67, 67017. the location was Winwick.

Alan's second shot shows the same railtour in reverse. The class 67 and class 60 were attached to the train at Warrington after a class 92 had headed th carriages from Euston.

The Stanier 'Pacific' is up again in this next shot from David Quayle. The 'special' ran from Polmont (near Falkirk) to Crewe and return - note the two 'English' flags on the buffer beam and 'The Caledonian' headboard with both English and Scottish flags. The shot is dated 12th September 2014 and the location is Winwick.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the next four shots. His first is of the same 'special' as in David Quayle's shot immediately above. The working was in reverse: Crewe - Polmont. The date - 12th September 2014.

Jeff's second shot shows a triple header, light engine at Winwick on 10th September 2014. Pictured are class 86, 86259 Les Ross, WCRC class 57, 57315 and EWS (DBS) class 31, 31466. 'Les' was being towed by 57315, with 31466 between. The working was Crewe - ELR. 

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66188 is up next, from Jeff. The light engine working was Arpley - Carlisle on 10th September 2014. Note the DBS sticker on the loco.

Finally, Jeff's fourth pic is from 9th August 2014 and shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66080 with a cement tanks working, north of Golborne. The working was Avonmouth Docks - Clitheroe.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

More 68s

As the heading refers to, this post 9th September 2014, includes three more pics of the latest class 68 arrivals through Liverpool Docks, plus a further mix of steam, diesel and electric. Fourteen shots in total from five contributors.


Paul Holland has sent in the first two pics for this post. The first was taken at Totnes (Littlehemston) Station, the southern most terminus on the South Devon Railway and features a Collett 'Goods' 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.3205. The loco was built by the GWR in Swindon in 1946 and is the sole surviving member of the 120-strong 2251 class of locomotives designed by Charles Collett.

Paul's second shot was taken on the Dart Valley Railway at Kingswear and shows the large 'Prairie' class 2-6-2 locomotive, No.4277 Hercules. The G. J. Churchward loco was built in December 1920 at Swindon Works and withdrawn from British Railways in 1964. It has suvived in preservation since 1986. Note the superb observation coach. 

Next up are five shots from Ieuan Wood. His first depicts DCR class 56, 56303 at Springs Branch where it awaits recovery, by another DCR class 56, 56312. 56303 had blown a turbo near Wigan heading a ballast working on 2nd September 2014, the date of Ieuan's shot. It was sheduled to be moved on the following day.

Ieuan's second pic features a close up of one of the latest class 68s, 68012, one of three being dragged through Lea Green from Liverpool. The shot is dated 29th August 2014.

Double heading class 90s are pictured next in the third shot from Ieuan. Dated 30th August 2014, the pic shows Freightliner class 90s, 90049 and 90045, on a Coatbridge - Crewe intermodal passing through Winwick.

Ieuan's fourth shot was taken at Frodsham on 6th September 2014. Colas Rail (Freight) loco 56105, is pictured on the logs Carlisle-Chirk working.

The same working with the same loco is up next taken at Winwick on 30th August 2014.

The following four shots are from Jeff Nicholls. First is a shot of DRS class 57, 57007 dragging the latest three class 68s - 68013,014 and 015 - from Liverpool Docks to DRS Carlisle, on 29th August 2014. The location was Earlestown.

Next is the same working in reverse, also at Earlestown on the same date.

Jeff's third shot features top and tail class 67s on a Mossend - Derby NWTT. The locos are 67003T and T67020 and the location was Winwick. The pic is dated 27th August 2014.

The fourth and final shot from Jeff shows a 'Northern Belle' stock move, Crewe-Leeds, on 29th August 2014. The location was near Vulcan Village and the DRS locos in charge were 47828T and T47805.

The next two pics are from John Smith. The first was taken at Garswood on 3rd September 2014 (afternoon). Featured is a NW Driving Trailer Coach No.9701 at the head of a test train. A DRS class 37 is on the tail,

John's second shot shows the same NWTT at St Helens Junction on the same date (evening) with DRS class 37, 37409 Lord Hinton at the head.

The final shot in this post is from Alan Rigby. Pictured at Brundall on 2nd August 2014, is DRS class 47, 47501 Craftsman heading a Great Yarmouth - London Liverpool Street service.