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Friday, 12 February 2016

Loughborough Re-visited

In today's post, 12th February 2016, we are visiting the GCR and Shildon (Locomotion), and following Flying Scotsman on her recent travels. This is a record post with 26 pics sent in by just 5 contributors.


We begin with eight shots from David Quayle. The first six are from his visit to the GCR at Loughborough followed by a couple from Locomotion at Shildon. First is a shot of ex LMS 'Jinty', class '3F' 0-6-0, No.47406 and ex SR 'King Arthur' class 4-6-0, No.777 (30777) Sir Lamiel, at Loughborough on 6th February 2016.

Next is this shot of ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0, No.31806, also at Loughborough on the same date. 

Pic number three shows ex BR class '9F' 2-10-0, No.92214, masquerading as No.92220 Evening Star, at Loughborough on the same date.

No.777 (30777) is up again next, being given a little tlc at Loughborough shed on the same date, 6th February 2016. 

Pic five from Loughborough features ex SR Light Pacific, 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park.

David's final pic from his 6th February Loughborough trip shows No.34053 together with No.92214 (masquerading as 92220 Evening Star). 

An Ivatt, ex GNR large-boilered 'Atlantic' 4-4-2, No.251, is shown next in David's first Shildon pic, taken on 22nd January 2016.

David's second Shildon shot features ex LNER, Gresley 'V2' class 2-6-0, No.4771 (60800) Green Arrow. The loco is unlikely to steam again as it requires very expensive replacement cylinders. David has sent extensive notes about Green Arrow - if you would like copies, email me, and I will forward them to you.

Alan Rigby now follows with a further eight pics. His first shows ex LNER 'A1/A3' class 4-6-2, No.60103 Flying Scotsman, on her loaded test run through Clitheroe, on 4th February 2016.

Alan's second shot is from Winwick on 5th February 2016. Depicted is a 4-loco consist of DRS class 68, 68003 Astute, class 47, 47805, class 20, 20312 and class 47, 47790. Alan adds that the class 47s have been sold and the class 20 is heading to Barrow Hill for storage.

Next from Alan is the Europheonix liveried class 37, 37884, The pic is dated 2nd February 2016 and the location was Winwick.

Pic number four shows Freightliner class 66, 66544 at Acton Bridge on 25th January 2016. The working was Runcorn Folly Lane - Pendleton empty 'bin liners'.

Next is DBS class 67, 67013 passing Greenbank signal box on 25th January 2016. The working was Wigan Wallgate - Wakefield route learning.

DRS class 57, 57307 Lady Penelope is pictured next in Alan's sixth shot taken at Winwick on 29th January 2016. Pictured in DRS 20th Anniversary livery, the loco was working Shrewsbury - Preston.

Ex LMS Stanier 'Pacific' class '8P', No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland is shown next, at Winwick on 29th January 2016. The engine was working with support coach.

Alan's final shot features DBS class 90s, 90040 The Railway Mission and 90039, on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal on 11th February 2016. The location was Broughton.

Ieuan Wood is up next with three shots. His first is of Flying Scotsman taking on water at Hellifield on 4th February 2016 during her loaded test run.

Ieuan's second pic shows GBRf class 66, 66723 Chinook, on a Drax PS - Liverpool BT working on 2nd February 2016. The location was Broad Green.

Pic three from Ieuan features GBRf class 66, 66718 at Edge Hill on 2nd February 2016. It had worked the loaded biomass wagons out of the docks.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next three shots, taken at the GCR on 30th January 2016. His first shows No.777 Sir Lamiel and No.47406 (see above for details of both these locos)  surrounded by boilers at Loughborough shed.

Ex SR Light Pacific, 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park is featured in Geoff's second shot taken on the same date. The working was a Loughborough Central - Leicester North service  taken at Kinchley Lane, between Quorn and Rothley.

An ex GWR Hawksworth 'Modified Hall' class 4-6-0, No.6990 Witherslack Hall, is up next, from Geoff, on a Loughborough Central - Leicester North train at Kinchley Lane. The date was 30th January 2016, again.

The final four shots are from Jeff Nicholls. His first depicts WCRC class 47, 47746 towing No.60103 Flying Scotsman, (in steam) from Bury to Carnforth, in preparation for a loaded test run.  The location was Culcheth and the date, 27th January 2016.

Pic number two from Jeff shows Arpley's class '08' diesel shunter, 08428, doing its job in the yard, on 19th January 2016.

EWS (DBS) class 66, 66132 is up next, taken at Arpley Junction on 19th January 2016. The working was empty gypsum wagons from Milford West Sidings to FFPS.

The fourth shot from Jeff was taken at Culcheth on 7th February 2016.  Pictured is Freightliner class 66, 66514 on an Ordsall Lane Junc - Crewe Basford Hall engineers' working.

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