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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

SVR and WSR Spring Galas

The early galas at two of our Heritage Railways are the focus of today's post, 29th March 2016. Thirtenn pics are used from four contributors.


The first three pics are from Colin Platt's visit to the March, Severn Valley Railway (SVR) Gala. Up first is ex GWR '64xx' class, 0-6-0 pannier tank No.6412, double heading with ex GWR 2-6-2, '4500' class small 'Prairie tank', No.4566, approaching Bewdley on 16th March 2016.

Next is ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No.7812 Erlestoke Manor nearing Bewdley, on 18th March 2016.

Colin's third pic shows the recently overhauled, ex SR Bulleid 'West Country' class 4-6-2, No.34027 Taw Valley, at Eardington Halt on 19th March 2016.

The following four shots from Colin are from the recent West Somerset Railway Gala. This one features the ex Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway class '7F' 2-8-0, No.53808, working over Ker Moor towards Blue Anchor.

Shot number five, overall, from Colin, shows the double heading ex SR Bulleid 'Light Pacifics', No.34070 Manston (BoB class) and re-built, No.34053 Sir Keith Park. (BoB class). The pic is dated 6th March 2016.

Next is a shot of four locos all standing at Minehead. They are No.34070 again, No.34098, rebuilt BoB class 4-6-2 No.34053 masquerading as No. 34098 Templecombe, ex LMS, Stanier 'Black Eight' 2-8-0, No.48624, and ex GWR, Hawksworth, 'Modified Hall' class 4-6-0, No.6960 Raveningham Hall. The pic is dated 8th March 2016.

Shot seven from Colin shows ex LMS, Fowler class '4F' 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.44422, working hard in fantastic light on 10th March 2016. The location was Ker Moor and the date, 11th March 2016.

The next two shots are from Alan Rigby and David Wood. The first from Alan shows a shot by Rainford Junction signal box (first for the blog?) taken on 22nd March 2016. Pictured is DBS class 67, 67018 Keith Heller, working Knowsley Freight Terminal - Wakefield K Whitams Cobra - return working Route Learner. 

David's shot is of the same loco at Rainford Junction Station on the same day, 22nd March 2016.

The final four shots are from Jeff Nicholls. First up is a class 57/37 combination at Red Bank on 23rd March 2016. Pictured are class 57, 57312 and class 37, 37062 on a Crewe - Sellafield nuclear flask working.

Next is double heading class 90's at Winwick with a foreground showing seed planting in the adjacent field. The locos are DBS class 90s, 90039 and 90035 on a Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay slurry working. The 90's failed subsequently further north and had to be rescued. The pic is dated 23rd March 2016.

Jeff's third shot features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66145 at Culcheth with a Tees Yard - Arpley Yard working of bogie flats destined for a new flow of rubbish, from Knowsley to Teeside. The pic is dated 21st March 2016.

The 'Royal' class 67s are pictured in the final shot in this post, from Jeff.  He has no info to add to this post as the working appeared without warning. The locos were 67006 (Royal Sovereign)T and 67005 (Royal Messenger)T; the location was Winwick; the date was 23rd March 2016. 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Eight from Five

Today's post, 19th March 2016, features just eight pics from five contributors. As the SVR Gala is on this weekend,  there will certainly be more pics in the next post.


Jeff Nicholls is up first today with three local pics taken at Red Bank. This one features double heading DRS class 66s, 66301 and 66302 on the Tesco intermodal, taken on a very frosty morning, 24th February 2016.

Pic number 2 from Jeff shows Freightliner PowerHaul class 70, 70005, on the early Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal, a service that has been transferred from DRS to Freightliner.  The pic is dated 24th February 2016.

Also from Jeff is pic number 3, showing double heading DBS class 90s, 90029 and 90036 Driver  Jack Mills, on the lunchtime Mossend - Daventry intermodal. The date was the same, 24th February 2016. 

David Wood has sent in pic number four. Pictured is GBRf class 66, 66718, at Whiston on 16th March 2016. The following info is gleaned from the Internet ( -  "The London Underground celebrates its 150th anniversary and GBRf has given two of its Class 66 a brand new livery for the occasion. Locos 66718 and 66721 were presented during a ceremony at London Victoria station. There, 66718 was  officially named "Sir Peter Hendy CBE". The date was 5th November 2013.

Ieuan Wood is up next with this shot of Freightliner PowerHaul class 70, 70004 The Coal Industry Society, on the Daventry - Coatbridge intermodal on 25th February 2016 at Winwick.

Next is a duo from Geoff Monks. First up is GBRf class 66, 66763 on a Drax - Liverpool BT empty biomass working taken at Ashley on 7th March 2016.

Geoff's second shot depicts GBRf class 66, 66718, in London Underground map livery (details above),between Hale and Ashley, on a Drax-Liverpool empty biomass working on 16th March 2016.

Finally this one is from yours truly - yes I do get out now and again. It is an evening shot of a double unit class 319, 319362 at the front, passing over Carr Mill Viaduct on 16th March 2016.