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Sunday, 26 June 2016

Pics from England and Wales, Spain, Portugal and Switzerland.

Today's post, 26th  June 2016, is a monster as several contributors have sent in over thirty pics during the last couple of weeks or so. I can't use them all but here are thirty of them..... representing the largest post by far on this blog.


The first set of pics are from Jeff Nicholls. His first was taken at Toddington on the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR) Pictured is 'Modified Hall' class 4-6-0 of Frederick Hawksworth, No.7903 Foremarke Hall, departing for Cheltenham Spa Racecourse. The pic is dated, 8th June 2016.

Jeff's second shot was also taken at Toddington on 8th June 2016. Featured is  'Rebuilt Merchant Navy' class 4-6-2 of Oliver Bulleid, No.35006 Peninsular and Oriental S.N. Co. on a similar service to the Racecourse Station.

Jeff's third shot shows Virgin class 91, 91101 Flying Scotsman ready to depart Kings Cross for Leeds on 7th June 2016.

Also taken at Kings Cross on the same date was Virgin HST Power Car 43274 City of Sunderland.

The ELR at Ramsbottom on 11th June 2016, is the location for Jeff's fifth shot. Pictured is ex BR class 14 diesel-hydraulic D9531 (also known as Ernest) on a Rawtenstall - Heywood train.

Number six from Jeff was taken at Banbury on 7th June 2016. Freightliner class 66, 66594 is shown on a Southampton - Leeds train - Jeff adds that the semaphore signals will disappear soon as modernisation takes place.

DRS class 68, 68010 in Chiltern Mainline livery  is pictured next from Jeff, The location was Kings Sutton (near Banbury) and the working was Marylebone - Kidderminster. The  Adtranz 'Clubman' class 168 unit, 168003, was on a Stratford -on - Avon to Marylebone service.

Jeff's final shot, his eighth, was taken at St Pancras on 7th July 2016 and features unidentified Eurostar units

Next are nine pics taken by Alan Rigby on a recent trip to Switzerland. First up is the unit 3507 on the sharp curve into Alp Grum Station.

Next is loco 649 waiting at St Moritz to work a train to Chur.

Alan's third pic features loco 622 at Chur waiting to depart to Brig with the Glacier Express.

Pic number four was taken at Visp Station. Pictured is loco 1293 waiting in the loop with a freight working.

Next is loco 232 103 shunting at Visp Station.

Our final Swiss shot from Alan was taken at Montreaux  and shows a MTGN Railway loco sporting some fine graphics.

Alan's seventh shot was taken at Dukes Lane Crossing, Crawford on 21st June 2016. Pictured is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66181 working Knowsley Freight Terminal - Wilton EFW Terminal.

Following an announcement in an earlier post this next picture shows the present work on the bridge, on our patch at Old Alder Lane. Alan took this pic on 21st June 2016.

Double heading DRS class 68s are the subject of Alan's ninth shot taken at Winwick on 21st June 2016. The locos were 68021 and 68005 Defiant.The working was Motherwell - Daventry.

Welcome to new contributor Alan Spencer - I hope this is the first of many posts including his pics. Featured are Royal Mail class 325 units  (12 car set) led by 325002. The location was the Winwick area and the working was Warrington Royal Mail (DBS) - Willesden (Prdc).

The next two shots are from David Wood and feature Flying Scotsman. The first was taken at Bangor Station on 15th June 2016 and shows No.60103 on the Euston - Holyhead Special.

David's second shot of Scotsman was taken as the train approached Badorgan Station.

The following shot is from Ieuan Wood. Depicted is GBRf class 66, 66712 Peterborough Power Signalbox on Liverpool Biomass Tml - Drax working on 22nd June 2016. The location was Rainhill.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next three pics. The first shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66009 at Millmeece on a Southhampton - Garston,  vehicle transporter working. The pic is dated 6th June 2016.

Geoff's second shot features Freightliner class 90, 90041 approaching Searchlight Lane Junc' on the recently opened Norton Bridge deviation route. The working was Felixstowe - Crewe and the date, 6th June 2016.

The third pic from Geoff was taken at the same place on the same date. The double heading Freightliner class 86's were- 86608 and 866638 and the working was a Felixstowe - Trafford Park intermodal.

The final six pics are from David Quayle's recent visits to Spain and Portugal.  The first two are from Bilbao's Abando Indalecio Prieto Station. This one shows the interior with platform five hosting a passenger. train.

David's second shot focuses on the magnificent window at the station.

David's next three shots were all taken in Portugal's capital city of Lisbon.The first was taken at Santa Apolonia Station.

Santa Apolonia Station was again, the scene for this shot.

This vertical shot was taken at Oriente Station.

David's sixth and final shot is of a preserved steam locomotive in the port building at Leixoes, the seaport for Porto.  No.251 was built in 1884.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Chinnor and Princes Risborough Railway

Is this a first for the blog - pics from the C&PRR? The four pics in today's post, 6th June 2016, comprise part of a larger post of nineteen, from five contributors.


First up are nine pics from Jeff Nicholls. His first four were taken at the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway on 5th June 2016.

Pic number one shows 55023, on a short run along part of the line on the outskirts of Chinnor, and smoking like a steam loco.

Next is DBS class 66, 66185 on loan for the weekend pictured near Chinnor hauling a 3-coach 4CEP unit.

Shot number three features London Transport 0-6-0 Pannier tank No.L92 pictured at Horsenden Lane Crossing.

Jeff's fourth pic from the C&PRR shows Diesel shunter D8568, the only surviving example of a Clayton Type 1 - 117 were built.

This next shot from Jeff was taken on 30th May 2016 at Goswick, just south of Berwick-on-Tweed. Depicted is East Coast Trains class 91, 91115 Blaydon Races working Edinburgh - Kings Cross.

Next up is WCRC class 37, 37706 towing preserved class 40, 40106 (D306) from Carnforth to the ELR, where it will join two other class members. Jeff dates this shot 20th May 2016.

Top and tailing class 70s are the subject of these seventh and eighth shots from Jeff which I have montaged, to highlight the T&T effect. They were 73963 Janice and 73962 Dick Mabbutt. The working was a Crewe - Derby via Merseyside test train, passing through Winwick at 7am.

The final shot, number nine, from Jeff features DRS, class 57s, 57306 Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate, and 57305 Northern Princess. They were T&T working Coventry - Windermere on the 'Northern Belle' Pullman service,  The location was Red Bank and the date, 14th May 2016.

Next up is a shot from Ieuan Wood taken on 20th May 2016. The 'Northern Belle' is featured again, this time T&T by two DRS class 68s - 68016 Fearless and 68017 Hornet. The working was Manchester Victoria - Liverpool LS and return and the location was Eccleston Park.

David Wood has sent in the following four shots. First is an old example of a monochrome taken by his late father Ken in the 1980's. The loco is BR 'Standard' class '7' 4-6-2, No.70000 Britannia, at Bangor where he was on duty (signal box?).

Next up from David are two shots from the same spot, Malltreath Viaduct, Anglesey, on 23rd May 2016. This one shows Aviva class 67, 67002.

Pic three from David features a Virgin class 221 'Voyager 'diesel / electric set at the same spot, same day, working Holyhead - Euston.

David's fourth shot is of a Virgin 'Pendolino' set, on diversion through Whiston, on 25th April 2016.

Its up to the National Museum at Shildon for the next two shots, taken on 13th May 2016, and sent in by David Quayle. The first features 4 locos, - ex LMS class '7F' (L&NWR class 'G2') 0-8-0, No.49395; ex SR 'BoB' class  4-6-2, No.34051 Winston Churchill; ex LNER 'V2' class 2-6-2, No.4771 (60800) Green Arrow and ex L&NWR 'Improved Precedent' class 2-4-0, No.790 Hardwicke.

David's second shot shows a replica of Sans Pareil one of the locos at the 1829 Rainhill Trials. In the foreground is ex LMS 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No.45000.

Finally, Bevan Price  has sent in three shots taken at three different but local spots. His first was taken at Ravenhead Works in St Helens and shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66109.The 'grab' is transferring sand from the rail wagon to a road vehicle on 9th May 2016.

Featured in Bevan's second pic are double heading DBC (Cargo) class 90s - 90019 and 90029. The working was a Mossend - Daventry intermodal on 24th May 2016. The location was Worthington (near Standish).

The final shot in this post, from Bevan, was taken at Astley (site of the former station) on 29th May 2016. The loco was Freightliner class 66, 66617 on an engineering train, working from Acton Grange Junc' to Basford Hall.