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Tuesday, 16 December 2014

A Christmas Cracker

Yes it really is a Christmas cracker of a post today, 16th December 2014, with 21 pics to view from six contributors.


First up are five pics from Jeff Nicholls. Number one features a Pendolino unit speeding through Bamfurlong in striking morning light. The pic is dated 25th November 2014.

A second shot from Jeff shows a new loco-hauled Arriva  Trains Wales service connecting Chester - Manchester - Holyhead - Manchester - Llandudno to pass through our patch four times daily, on weekdays. Pictured is class 67, 67001 on a Manchester Picadilly - Holyhead working taken in Culcheth on 15th December 2014. DVT 82308 was at the head.

Pic three from Jeff shows one of the recent DRS class 68s, 68003, on a route learner/driver training exercise through Winwick, on 3rd December 2014.

Jeff's fourth shot of class (EWS) DBS class 92, 92039 Johann Strauss, heading a 'Tesco Express', was taken near Winwick from Burtonwood Road, on 3rd December 2014.

A Christmas Mail working through Winwick is the fifth and final shot from Jeff. At the head is DBS class 90, 90028. The working was Dallam Mail  Depot - Shieldmuir empty vans and the date, 3rd December 2014. 

Next up are five shots from Colin Platt, taken on his visits to the NYMR and the SVR, Number one features Charles Collett's 'Castle' class 4-6-0 No.5029 Nunney Castle heading a passenger service at Beck Hole on the NYMR.  The pic is dated 26th September 2014. 

Next from Colin is a pic of an Oliver Bulleid, 'Light Pacific' (BOB), No.34053 Sir Keith Park (re-built by BR).  The location was Eardington Halt on the SVR and the date, 20th September 2014.

Ex Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway class '7F' 2-8-0, No.88 of Henry Fowler, is up next in Colin's third shot. Pictured approaching Bewdley on the SVR on 18th September 2014.

Next is Colin's pic of Edward Thompson 'B1' class 4-6-0, No.61264 masquerading as class member 61034 Chiru, The location is Grosmont (opposite the shed) on the NYMR and the date, 25th September 2014.

The fifth and final shot from Colin features two locomotives -  BR 'Standard' class '5' 4-6-0, No.73129 and BR Western Region ( Frederick Hawksworth), class '15', 0-6-0 pannier tank, No.1501. The location was Bewdley and the date, 18th September 2014.

Another five shots now follow, these courtesy of Alan Rigby. His first four shots all show different views of East Coast class 91, 91110 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. His first shows the locomotive in York station on 4th December 2014.

A small part of the same side is shown in this pic - the nameplate.  Location and date the same.

Another part of the same side is pictured here, towards the back of the loco. Location and date the same.

The main decal from the opposite side of the loco is pictured here. Location and date the same.

Alan's final shot was taken as East Coast class 91, 91111 Lest We Forget was passing the National Railway Museum in York. The date was the same, 4th December 2014.

John Smith has sent in the next four shots. His first and second show the WCRC class 57s, 57316 (tail) and 57314 (head)  on an Oxley - Carnforth empty coach stock move. This one has 57316 in the foreground, on the tail.

This pic of the same working has class 57, 57314 in the foreground, at the head.

The third shot from John features DBS class 90, 90036 on a Dallam Mail Depot - Shieldmuir  working on 12th December 2014. The location was Winwick.

DRS class 66, 66427 is pictured next in John's fourth shot heading a Carlisle - Crewe empty stock move. The pic is dated 7th December 2014 and the location was Winwick.

David Quayle has sent in the next two shots. His first features the former L&YR class '27', 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.12322 (52322), of John Aspinall. Gresley 'Streaks' 60009 Union of South Africa and 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley are waiting in the background, at Bury. The pic is dated 18th October 2014.

The second pic from David, shows ex Midland Railway class '4F' 0-6-0, No 43924 of Henry Fowler; it was the first loco rescued from Barry Scrapyard in September 1968. The pic was taken at Bewdley on 9th September 2014.

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