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Monday, 22 June 2015

SVR re-visited and two 'Contre jour' Specials..

Today's post, 22nd June 2015, comprises fifteen photographs from four contributors. Unfortunately the number of contributors has fallen in 2015- if you or your friends have any railway photographs you would like to see on the blog please send them to me with an appropriate description.  Everyone who has sent in pics for the blog over our 5.5 years existence has had at least one shot posted. Don't hesitate, just send them to me at the email address at the top of the blog.


First up today are six March shots from Colin Platt - better late than never - taken on the SVR.  Pic number one features a superb double heading duo of Collett '14xx' class 0-4-2 tank No.1450 and ex London Transport 0-6-0 pannier tank No.L92 on a passenger service from Bewdley. The '57xx' class pannier tanks of Charles Collett lasted longer than most on the GWR; No.5786 was one of several sold to London Transport. She survived, working engineers' trains around the LT system until steam ended at Neasden shed on the Metropolitan Line, in 1971. The loco was re-numbered L.92 and painted in LT livery of lined maroon. The pic is dated 21st March 2015.

Next is Colin's shot of  Churchward '2800' class 2-8-0 No.2857 at Eardington on 21st March 2015 on another passenger service.

Number three from Colin shows Churchward 'prairie' tank '4500' class 2-6-2, No.4566, with an ex GWR autocoach at Bridgnorth.

Ex WD 'Austerity' 2-8-0 No. 90733 of Robert Riddles is up next in Colin's fourth pic. The K&WVR loco was working a passenger service near Highley on the SVR, on 20th March 2015.

Number five from Colin, another from the SVR, depicts Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Parke on a passenger service on 20th March 2015.

Colin's final shot shows the same loco. No 34053 pictured through a gap between a box van and a locomotive. The nameplate is highlighted in this way. The pic is dated 19th March 2015.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next two pics of the Northern Rail class 37 loco-hauled trains in Cumbria on 11th June 2015. The first shows DRS class 37 No.37402 Stephen Middlemore 23.12.1954 - 8.6.2013, on a Carlisle -Barrow working between St Bees and Nethertown.  St Bees South Head is prominent.

The second shot from Geoff  depicts DRS class 37, 37609 between Braystones and Nethertown on a Barrow - Carlisle working.

Ieuan Wood has sent in the next shot of the Northern Belle railtour, taken on 21st June 2015. The working was Liverpool Lime St - Chester - Barrow and  return. Pictured is DRS class 57, 57306 at St Helens Junction.

The final six shots are from Jeff Nicholls. First up is a shot of a 'skip' -  EWS (DRS) class 67, 67022 - passing the historic Chat Moss Hotel at Glazebury on a Manchester - Holyhead working. The ticket office for the station was once located on the upper floor of the building. The pic is dated 9th June 2015.

Next is Jeff's shot of GBRf class 66, 66729 at Winwick Junction on 5th June 2015. The working was empty biomass.

Number three from Jeff is EWS (DRS) class 66, 66169 on a Clitheroe-Bescot cement train photographed from Vulcan Recreation Ground. The date was 28th May 2015.

EWS (DBS) class 90, 90029 is up next from Jeff  on the Euston - Carnforth leg of the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express'.  The train was to be taken over at Carnforth by' Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman. The pic is dated 6th June 2015.

The final two shots from Jeff are both backlit or contre jour examples of artistic merit. . The first was taken at Winwick Junction on 5th June 2015 and shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66036 on a Doncaster - Arpley working.

Pic six from Jeff, and sixteen overall, was taken on 25th March 2015. Pictured is signal WN154 which protects Winwick Junction - another 'different' shot.

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