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Monday, 24 November 2014

Steam, Diesel and Electric Traction.

Sorry for the delay in posting but I have been experiencing problems with my computer and 'Blogger' lately. This post, 24th November 2014, features 'Black Fives', a 'Streak', 'sheds', a 'skip' and other examples of traction.


First up are a couple of shots from John Smith taken at Winwick on 16th November 2014. This one shows Arriva DVT 82307 on a Holyhead - Longsight test run. 'Skip' (class 67) 67013 is on the tail, pushing.

John's second pic shows the same train from the reverse direction.

The following two shots are from Geoff Monks. His first was taken at Hargrave on 22nd November 2014 and features 'A4' class 4-6-2 No.4464 Bittern on the 'Cathedrals Express' running Euston - Chester.

Geoff's second pic features double heading 'Black Fives' 4-6-0s Nos 44871 and 54507 also taken at Hargrave on the same date. The working was Bristol - Crewe.

Next are four shots from Ieuan Wood. His first shows a Castleton - Bristol working with the same two 'Black Fives' at the head, as above. The shot was taken at Newton on 21st November 2014.

Ieuan's second shot is of the 'Streak' again, No.4464 Bittern, taken at Chorlton on the same date as in Geoff's shot above, 22nd November 2014.

Number three from Ieuan is EWS (DBS) class 66 ('shed') 66084, on a Trafford Park- Bescot  intermodal. The location was Chorlton and the date, 22nd November 2014.

Ieuan's fourth and final pic features Freightliner class 90, 90048 at Chorlton again, on 22nd November 2014. The working was Crewe - Ipswick intermodal.

 Now, two shots from Jeff Nicholls both of class 57s and both at Crewe. The first depicts 57304 Pride of Cheshire in sparkling DRS livery on the evening of 18th November 2014.

Next is WCRC class 57 57001, on a Tyseley - Carnforth empty stock move. WCRC class 47, 47832 was dead in tow behind the class 57. Jeff adds that the 47 had recently been repainted in WCRC colours following acquisition from DRS; date as above, 18th November 2014.

Two more from Jeff, both taken at Earlestown on 12th November 2014. First up is a rare sight at Earlestown - a class 390 Pendolino - diverted via the Earlestown - Newton - Parkside Junction route.

Next is EWS (DBS) class 66 (shed) 66301, on a Carlisle - Crewe route learning exercise.

Next are four pics from David Wood. First is a shot from Acton Bridge taken on 3rd November 2014. Pictured is Norther Rail class 319, 319380.

David's second shot shows GBRf class 66, 66742 ABP Port of Immingham Centenary 1912-2012, on a biomass working at Earlestown on 18th November 2014.

Huyton Quarry was the location for David's third shot taken on 19th November 2014. Pictured is First Trans Pennine class 185, 185101.

David's final shot shows Freighliner (leased from DRS) class 66, 66419,  at Folly Lane Runcorn on 3rd November 2014.

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Scots Guardsman - Past and Present

In today's post, 11th November 2014, the Fowler/Stanier 4-6-0 steam locomotive, No.46115, is featured in two eras - the 1960's and in modern preservation. 


First up in this post is a pic from Alan Rigby. DBS 'tug' 60020 is shown with FFPS-LBT coal empties, at Huyton Quarry, on 11th November 2014.

Next are four pics sent in by Ieuan Wood. The first two show the 'Northern Belle' Pullman train at Parkside Junction. This one features class 57, 57305 Northern Princess, at the head of the train.  

Ieuan's second shot shows the train from the tail with class 57, 57312 Solway Princess to the fore. Both pics are dated 9th November 2014. 

A track cleaning machine is pictured next, in Ieuan's third shot. DR98904 is shown at Newton-le-Willows on 9th November 2014.

The fourth shot from Ieuan features class 60, 60099, on a Tunstead - Lostock stone working at Newton-le-Willows, on 9th November 2014.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the next three pics. A Stone-Crewe engineers working passed through Winwick and went on to Springs Branch to turn round. This pic shows the north-bound working with Freightliner class 66, 66591 on the tail. Jeff took this shot at a remarkable iso setting of 4000.

Jeff's second shot taken from the rear again shows the south-bound working with Freightliner class 66, 66513 on the tail. Both shots were taken on 29th October 2014. This was taken at a mere iso 800.

A third pic from Jeff features double-heading DBS 'tugs' 60062 Stainless Pioneer and 60020. The former had failed at LBT and 60020 was sent out to the rescue. The working was coal for FFPS and the date, 15th October 2014.

The following four pics are described briefly in our blog title. The ex LMS 'Royal Scot' class '6P' (BR '7P) 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman was one of a class of 70 built from 1927 by Henry Fowler (rebuilt by William Stanier). This pic was taken at Winwick on 7th November 2014 when the loco and support coach passed through in driving rain. The locomotive is owned, in preservation, by the WCRC and operates on the main line.

David's second pic is a close up of the same Carnforth - Southall working, on the same date. 

Pic three from David features Carlisle Kingmoor shed on 30th January 1966 ('Scots' were withdrawn from service between 1962 and 1965). A rusting, forlorn No.46115, Scots Guardsman, is in the centre. To the left is BR 'Britannia' class 4-6-2 No.70042 Lord Roberts with rebuilt 'Patriot' class 4-6-0, No.45530 Sir Frank Ree, to the right.

David's fourth shot shows Scots Guardsman at Perth on 9th July 1965.

The next three pics are also from David Quayle and depict more of his recent trip to the ELR Gala. Taken at Bury on 18th October 2014, Gresley 'Streak' No.60009 Union of South Africa is shown on a passenger service. 

The same locomotive 60009, is pictured on a Parcels Charter on 15th October 2014, at Irwell Vale.

Double-heading locos 12322 (52322) and 13065 (42765) are pictured at Ramsbottom on 18th October 2014. The former is ex L&YR class '27', 0-6-0 tender locomotive, of John Aspinall. The latter is an ex LMS Hughes/Fowler 'Crab' 2-6-0.  

The final 2 shots in this post are from David Wood. Up first is GBRf class 66, 66760 on a biomass working, at Whiston on 20th October 2014.

The last, but not least pic from David features First Trans Pennine class 185, 185133, at Whiston on 10th November 2014.


Two pics, taken on 5th November 2014, by Jeff Nicholls are added (12th November) after the post was completed. Both are monochrome interpretations representing past times. The first shows EWS/DBS class 66, 66060 inside Crosfields with an empty gypsum working.

The second shot features EWS/DBS class 92, 92041, passing Wades scrap yard at Winwick with the Tesco intermodal.