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Thursday, 17 December 2015

Storm Desmond Terminations and Diversions.

This post, 17th December 2015, comprises pics taken in the UK and Burma, fourteen in all from 4 contributors. The aftermath of Storm Desmond - early terminations and diversions -  is featured in the final three pics.


We begin at Winwick with five shots from Alan Rigby. The first shows the Christmas-liveried 'Penguilino', 390013, working from Preston to Euston on 8th December 2015. The design includes Chrismas penguins, hence the nickname.

Next is double heading class 56s - 56301 (Hanson Traction) and 56098 (non-TOC) working Hotchley Hill - Kilmarnock on 11th December 2015.

Alan's third pic features DBS class 90, 90024 (still in First ScotRail livery) working Warrington Royal Mail Terminal - Glasgow Shieldmuir on the same date, 11th December 2015.

The next two shots from Alan were both taken on 16th December 2015. The first shows double heading DBS class 90s - 90018 and 90020 Collingwood heading a late Dollands Moor - Irvine China Clay Tanks working.

(Freightliner stored) class 66, 66415 is the subject of Alan's last pic, working Lockerbie - Daventry.

The following five shots have been sent in by David Quayle. His first was taken on the ELR at Bury. David took this shot from a dmu after travelling from Bury to Heywood. The train pictured, had the Hughes / Fowler 'Crab'  2-6-0 No.13065 on one end and class 31 diesel 31466 (pictured) on the other. The pic is dated 28th November 2015.

David's next four shots were all taken on a recent visit to the Far East which included Myonmar (formerly Burma) and the city of Yangon (formerly Rangoon). He peeked over the wall at the Railway Station, camera in hand, and the results now follow. This shot shows diesel loco DF 1251 at Yangon Railway Station.

This third shot from David features diesel DF1251 again but also  shunter DD930.

Shunter DD930 is featured again here, in the distance, with the station as the backdrop.

The fifth and final shot from David shows the external station approach. As can be clearly seen and appreciated, it is a grand old colonial building but is in urgent need of repair.

John Smith has sent in the following shot taken at Lea Green on 11th December 2015. Pictured is a possible first for the location, a Freightliner class 66 hauling empty scrap boxes, Liverpool - Crewe. The loco is Freightliner/Shanks liveried class 66, 66522.

The final trio of pics are from Jeff Nicholls, taken when Storm Desmond had caused panic and destruction on the WCML. His first shows top and tailing DRS class 57s on a 'Northern Belle' trip working Manchester - Carlisle. The storm meant that the trip terminated at Preston. The pic is dated 5th December 2015; the location was Golborne Junction, coming off Lowton Curve. The locos were 57301(T) Goliath and 57305(T) Northern Princess.

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66077 Benjamin Gilbert GC, is pictured next from Jeff taken at Culcheth on 8th December 2015 working a Shieldmuir - Dallam Christmas extra mail working. The train was diverted via the ECML because of Storm Desmond.

The final shot in this post is of electric class 86, 86259 Les Ross at Red Bank on 5th December 2015. The working was Euston - Appleby, stopping at Carnforth for steam to be attached..... And that's as far as it got.


Monday, 30 November 2015

More UK Steam

This post, 30th November 2015, features several steam shots mixed with other examples of diesel and electric traction. Nineteen pics are featured from six contributors.


First up are four shots from Bevan Price. The first two are from the Tyseley Open Day on 24th October 2015. This one shows ex GWR, Collett/Hawksworth class '57' 0-6-0PT, No.9600, on the passenger 'shuttle' within the depot.

The second shot features two ex GWR stalwarts of Charles Collett - 'King' class 4-6-0 No.6000 King George V and 'Castle' class 4-6-0 No. 5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. They are pictured on the turntable with ex BR 'Standard' class '8' 4-6-2,  No.71000 Duke of Gloucester, partly visible on the right.

Bevan's third shot shows ex LMS Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea, departing the Carnforth Loop with a Euston - Carlisle charter on 17th October 2015.

DBS class 60, 60024 Clitheroe Castle is pictured in pic number four from Bevan. The location was Higher Buxton, the working was Tunstead - Briggs Sidings service and the date was 20th October 2015.

David Wood has sent in the following four shots. His first features GBRf class 66, 66709 Sorrento at Whiston, framed superbly by a well lit bridge. The pic is dated 10th November 2015.

Next from David is a Winwick shot featuring two DRS class 37s 37610 T.S. (Ted) Cassady 14.5.61 - 6-4-08 and 37302, sandwiching a NR test coach. The pic is dated 16th November 2015.

A Tuebrook - Drax P.S. working is next from David, taken at Winwick on 16th November 2015. At the head is GBRf class 66, 66749.

David's fourth and final shot was also taken at Winwick on 16th November 2015. Pictured is DBS class 67 in Arriva livery, 67001, with matching passenger stock.

The following three pics are from Jeff Nicholls. First up is DRS class 37, 37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2013, waiting at Preston to haul the 10.04 Preston - Barrow service, on 4th November 2015.

Jeff's second shot shows ex LMS Stanier 'Black V' 4-6-0, No.45407 The Lancashire Fusilier, at Winwick on 25th November 2015. The loco was heading to Bristol from the ELR as a last minute substitute for Tangmere.

Two class 92s, are up next in pic number three from Jeff. 92033 is hauling 92010 Moliere (dead in tow), both in Caledonian Sleeper livery. The location was Winwick and the date, 25th November 2015. The destination was Carlisle.

Two shots now follow from Ieuan Wood. The first shows GBRf class 66, 66709 Sorrento again, running light engine on a Tuebrook - Crewe Basford Hall working. The location was St Helens Junction and the date, 19th November 2015.

Next from Ieuan is GBRf class 66, 66749 on a Liverpool Biomass Terminal - Drax P.S. working at Whiston on 19th November 2015.

Colin Platt has sent in the next four shots, all taken at the October, SVR Diesel Gala. First up are a couple of shots of Oliver Bulleid 'Light Pacifics'. In Colin's first pic, ex SR re-built 'West Country' class 4-6-2, No.34027 Taw Valley, is pictured leaving Hampton Loade with a passenger service on 4th October 2015.

Next is the ex SR re-built 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park on a passenger service on the same date, 4th October 2015.

Ex LMS Ivatt class '4' 2-6-0, No.43106, is featured next approaching Hampton Loade  while No. 34027 Taw Valley waits to depart, on 4th October 2015.

The Ivatt class '4' is pictured again in Colin's fourth shot, ready to accept the token for right of way at Hampton Loade, on 4th October 2015.

The final two shots in this post have been sent in by Alan Rigby. The first shows the Daventry - Mossend intermodal through Winwick on 27th November 2015. At the head are double heading class 90s - EWS (DBS) class 90, 90039 and DBS class 90, 90029.

Also photographed by Alan was GBRf class 66, 66757 West Somerset Railway  at Winwick, on the same date, 27th November 2015. The working was LBT - Drax P.S.

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

More from the SVR Diesel Gala

Today's post, 11th October 2015, comprises twenty one photographs from five contributors, and the recent Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala features strongly.


The first six shots are from Colin Platt, all taken at the Diesel Gala described above. First up however is a steam locomotive  - a shot of Oliver Bulleid's 'West Country' class 4-6-2, No.34027 Taw Valley. The locomotive is standing by the water tower at Bewdley. The pic is dated 3rd October 2015.

The next five shots are all of diesels. This one features the ELR's class '35' 'Hymek', D7076, heading a rake of Gresley teaks on 2nd October 2015. The location was the approach to Highley.

Colin's third pic shows class 50, 50035 Ark Royal, leaving Highley on 2nd October 2015.

Another class 50, 50049 Defiance is the subject of Colin's fourth shot, taken at Kidderminster on 2nd October 2015.

Colin's fifth shot features Clayton Type 1 (BR class '17', ) D8568, departing from Bewdley, on 3rd October 2015. Built in 1963, it is the only survivor from a class of 117. 

The sixth and final shot from Colin features class 20, D8059 approaching Highley on a passenger service, on 3rd October 2015.

The next two shots have been sent in by Aidan Fort. First is a retro shot from 31st May 2011 depicting EWS (DBS) class 92, 92005 Mozart, standing outside the non-electrified line at Arpley.

An EWS (DBS) class 59, 59202 Vale of the White Horse is the subject of Aidan's second retro pic, taken on the same date, 31st May 2011. The working was coal, Liverpool BT -FFPS.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the following five pics. The first three were taken at the recent ELR  'Western Wheels' weekend - the location was Irwell Vale. Up first is a pannier tank 0-6-0, No.6430 sandwiched between two auto coaches. The pic is dated 24th October 2015.

Next is 'Hymek', class 35, D7076 fronting a passenger service on the same date.

Jeff's third pic shows the loco on rear of the same train; class 33, 33109

Jeff's fourth shot was also taken at the ELR but on 1st November 2015. Pictured is a BR 'Standard' class '4' of Robert Riddles, No.80080, crossing the River Irwell near Stubbins, with a Heywood-Rawtenstall service.

The fifth and final shot from Jeff was taken at Winwick Junction on 23rd October 2015. The empty coal hoppers were headed by EWS (DBS) class 66, 66143. The working was Doncaster Belmont Yard - Arpley Sidings.

Another five shots now follow from David Wood. His first and second both show the same pair of locos, The first one is a side on shot of DRS (Nuclear Traffic) class 37s, 37218 and 37607 at Valley Nuclear Electric sidings.

The second shot shows the locos from a different viewpoint. The date for both shots was 26th October 2015.

Next from David is GBRf class 66, 66706 Nene Valley, working Tuebrook - Drax PS at St Helens Junction on 3rd November 2015. 

David's fourth pic features GBRf  class 66, 66749, at Whiston on 2nd November 2015. David proves that a superb shot is out there, even if it's foggy.

Another GBRf class 66, 66709 Sorrento, in Mediterranean Shipping Company livery,  is pictured at Winwick on 9th November 2015 with a Tuebrook - Drax working..

Geoff Monks completes today's line up with three pictures taken locally. His first depicts Freightliner PowerHaul class 66, 66528 Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015, crossing the Mersey bridge at Latchford, with an Immingham - FFPS coal working. The pic is dated 14th October 2015.

Number two from Geoff, shows Pendolino 390 151 in 'Business is Great' livery, on a Euston - Glasgow service. The location was Winwick and the date, 27th October 2105.

EWS (DBS) class 90s, 90020 Collingwood and 90039 are pictured in this third and final contribution from Geoff. The locos were double-heading a Mossend - Daventry intermodal on 27th October 2015.