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Monday, 20 April 2015

Mixed traction and Narrow Gauge

Today's post, 19th April 2015, is another huge one as the contributions continue to fly in at pace (all at once unfortunately, rather than more spaced out). Twenty-three pics from 5 contributors are used.


The first three shots are from Ieuan Wood. Number one features two DRS class 37s, 37607 and 37218, heading the 'Easter Chieftain', running Eastleigh - Inverness. The location was Winwick.

Pic two from Ieuan shows Arriva (blue livery) class 67,  67001 at Llanfair P.G. on a Manchester - Holyhead working on 6th April 2015.

DBS class 60, 60011 is up next from Ieuan. Taken at Rainhill on 18th April 2015, it is probably "one of the last coal workings from Liverpool" according to Ieuan.

Up next are seven shots from Alan Rigby. His first two were taken at Earlestown on 13th April 2015. Class 31, 31601 is pictured (far right) working Nene Valley Railway - ELR with class 50s, 50008 Thunderer and 50015 Valiant behind and class 33, 33109 Captain Bill Smith RNR on the tail.

The next picture shows the previous consist from the front with class 33, 33109 and class 50s, 50015 and 50008 in view.

Next is a shot of 50008 Thunderer at Earlestown on 14th April. The loco is being dragged by class 31, 31601 from the ELR to Washwood Heath.

The Bure Valley narrow gauge railway is featured next with two more shots from Alan. First up is red loco Mark Timothy running round its train to go onto the turntable. The location was Aylsham and the date, 11th April 2015.

Next is the blue coloured loco Wroxham Broad leaving Aylsham for Wroxham on the same date, 11th April 2015.

The sixth shot from Alan was taken at Norwich Station on 8th April 2015. Pictured is Abellio Greater Anglia class 90, 90008 The East Anglian awaiting departure to London Liverpool Street.

Alan's seventh pic was taken at York on 1st April 2015. Featured is class 91, 91105 in the new Virgin livery, working Edinburgh - Kings Cross.

Jeff Nicholls is next with four shots. His first, of DBS class 67, 67026 Diamond Jubilee, was taken at Acton Bridge on 11th April 2015; the loco was heading to Crewe from Runcorn, The loco needed servicing and had just worked to Runcorn with the VSOE stock for the Grand National - DBS class 67, 67005 Queen's Messenger was on the tail.

Second shot from Jeff depicts GBRf class 66, 66761 passing Leigh Golf club, Culcheth on 5th April 2015. The working was Northwich - LBT empty biomass.

Jeff's 'arty' third shot was taken through palisade fencing in the south bay at Bank Quay on 31st March 2015. The loco, EWS (DBS) 90037 Spirit of Dagenham, was booked to work a freight to Mossend Yard later in the day.

 Jeff's fourth shot is another of his Llangollen examples from 6th April 2015. Pictured are ex GWR '14xx' class 0-4-2T, No.1450 and ex GWR 2-6-2 large Prairie tank, No.5199 double heading a passenger service from Llangollen Station.

Three shots now, courtesy of Bevan Price. His first was taken at Althorpe on 12th March 2015. Pictured is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66017 with a MGR from Immingham to Eggborough Power Station, passing class First Trans Pennine Express class 185, 185106 on a Manchester Airport - Cleethorpes service.

Bevan's second shot shows GBRf class 66, 66721 Harry Beck (detailed in earlier posts) with an Ironbridge - LBT empty biomass working at Helsby on 4th April 2015.

Shot three from Bevan was taken at Manchester Oxford Road on 4th April 2015. Pictured are double heading locos DBS class 66 66031 and DBS class 60, 60044 with Pendleton - Tunstead empty hoppers diverted due to engineering work.

Next are three shots each from Beamish Living Museum and the NRM (Locomotion Museum) at Shildon all taken by David Quayle. The first three were taken on 10th April 2015 at Beamish. 
Pic one shows ex Inland Waterways & Docks, grey liveried loco No.34, aka Bristol Harbour-based 0-6-0ST Portbury - built in 1877.

Next is 0-4-0ST loco No.18 built in 1877 which was in service at Seaham Harbour until 1969.

David's third shot shows Head Wrightson, 1871 built 0-4-0VBGT locomotive, Coffee Pot No.1, an ex colliery locomotive restored with the help of National Lottery funding.

David's next three pics were taken at NRM Shildon on 11th April 2015. First up is a group shot of Stirling 'Single' No.1, ex LNER 'V2' class 2-6-2 No.4771 (60800) Green Arrow, ex L&NWR 'Super D', No.49395 and ex GNR (Ivatt) 4-4-2 No.251.

Next is ex NER 'J21' class 0-6-0 tender loco, No.65033, of T.W.Worsdell.

David's third shot features ex Taff Vale Railway 'O1' class 0-6-2T, No.28, built in 1894.

NOTE: David has sent in some excellent notes about locos No.28 and 65033 - if of interest, let me know and, with David's permission I will send them on.

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