We travel all over the place in today's post, 31st March 2015, with pics from Winwick, Bank Quay, Red Bank, Preston, Barrow Hill Roundhouse, SVR and Rome, yes Rome. A record 23 pics are included reflecting on the numbers flying in at the present time. Keep them coming but please slow down a little bit.
WINWICK & ELSEWHERE
Ieuan Wood takes the lead today with the 'Salopian Express' railtour photographed at Bank Quay on 28th March 2015. A the head was Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0 No.45690 Leander. The train ran Preston - Shrewsbury and return.
Ieuan's second shot features DRS class 68, 68009 Titan hauling new ScotRail stock from Willesden through Bank Quay on the same date.
Six shots now follow from Jeff Nicholls. 'The Salopian' steam express is featured again in his first pic but at Preston, on the same date, 28th March 2015 - 45690 at the head.
Chiltern Railways liveried class 68, 68011 is up next, from Jeff, double heading with WCRC class 47, 47746 at Preston, on 28th March 2015. The train was heading for Carnforth where 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman was waiting to take over 'The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express'.
Double heading class 47s are up next - WCRC 47245 and privately owned (Stratford 47 Group) 47580 County of Essex. The location was Red Bank and the date, 25th March 2015. The working was Kidderminster - Carlisle with Stanier 4-6-0 No. 45699 Galatea booked to take part.
Jeff's fourth pic shows Colas Rail Freight class 56, 56113 with a rake of 4-wheeled tank wagons passing through Winwick on 25th March 2015. The working was Grangemouth - Long Marston (for storage).
The fifth and sixth shots from Jeff were both taken at the recent SVR Gala on 21st March 2015. Bewdley was the setting for his first featuring ex GWR 2-6-2 'Prairie' tank, No.4566.
His final pic was taken at Highley and shows the '1500' class 0-6-0 pannier tank, No.1501 - the class was built for the Western Region of British Railways after 1948.
Geoff Monks has sent in the following pair of shots. His first shows Colas Rail Freight class 60, 60002 at Hall Royd Junction, Todmorden with the Preston - Lyndsey tanks on 25th March 2015.
Geoff's second shot features the unique GBRf class 66, 66721 Harry Beck. The latter famously designed the London Tube map in 1933 and a portion is shown on one side of the white liveried loco. On the other side is the current version of the map from 2013. The working was empty biomass tanks Ironbridge Power Station - Tuebrook, on 26th March 2015. The location was Winwick.
Four shots now follow from Alan Rigby, all taken in Rome. His first, at Rome termini station, shows Leonardo Express working to the airport. The pic is dated 9th March 2015.
The same location was chosen for TRENITALIA 464 169 on 11th March 2015.
notice written in English.
Alan's fourth shot is of a Rome double tram unit No.7051, pictured near the termini station. The pic is dated 11th March 2015.
A record nine shots are next, the work of David Quayle. David has been very busy lately on a photo/literary project which necessitates many trips to Heritage Railways. Barrow Hill Roundhouse (BHR) is on his itinery and five shots are up next all taken at BHR 14th March 2015. His first shows two locos from the National Collection - ex GCR 'Improved Director' class 4-4-0, No.506 (62660) Butler Henderson and ex MR 'Compound' 4-4-0, No.1000 (41000).
Next is is a shot of Peppercorn 'A2' class 4-6-2, No.60532 Blue Peter, the sole surviving class member.
David's third shot from BHR features five locomotives gathered around the turntable. They are No's.41708, 1000, 506, 2491 and 8217. No's 1000 and 506 are described above and the other three are - ex MR 0-6-0 No.1708 (BR 41708), Hawthorn Leslie 0-4-0ST No.2491 Henry and ex GER 'J17' class 0-6-0, No.8217 (GER No.1217).
The next four shots from David were taken at the recent SVR Gala. Bewdley was the location and 21st March 2015, the date.. His first shows ex London Transport 0-6-0 pannier tank L92 (5786), ex GWR '1400' class 0-4-2T No.1450 and ex GWR 2-6-2 'Prairie' tank No. 4566. No.5786 is an interesting loco - the ex LT locomotive (retired to preservation in 1971) returned to service in March 2013 in the maroon livery of London Transport to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the opening of London's Underground, in 1863.
Next is 'large Prairie' class 2-8-0T No.4270 owned by Jeremy Hosking and resident at the GWR (Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway).