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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Focus on Newton/Earlestown

Today's post, 29th September 2016, features 18 images from 6 contributors including a couple featuring that famous steam locomotive No.60103, which visited our locality yesterday.


First up today are five shots from Jeff Nicholls.  The first two are of DRS class 57, 57007 and D213 (40013) Andania - the former is towing the latter from Crewe to Bury for the ELR Diesel Gala where four class 40s will be on show. Te location was Newton -le-Willows and the date, 23rd September 2016.

This pic shows DRS class 57, 57307, at Earlestown on 23rd September 2016, on a crew training exercise, Crewe - Preston, via Earlestown and Newton-le-Willows. 

Pic number four from Jeff shows the same set up as in pic number 1 above, but from the reverse. 

Jeff's last pic features class 'A1/A3' 4-6-2, No.60103 Flying Scotsman leaving Newton-le-Willows having just passed under the M6. The pic is dated 28th September 2016.

The next pic is from myself, of the same locomotive No.60103, but taken just before Jeff's above, as the loco with support coach passed, slowly, through Newton-le-Willows station, on the same date.

The next four pics are from Alan Spencer's visit to the Isle of Man. The first shows Great Laxey Mine Railway narrow gauge locomotive, Bee, taken on 13th August 2016. 

Alan's second pic features Manx Electric Railway car No.2 supplied by G.F. Milnes in 1893. The picture date was the same, 13th August 2016.

Shot number three from Alan shows the Isle of Man Steam Railway 2-4-0T, No.10 G.H. Wood, built by Beyer Peacock of Manchester, in 1905 (named after the Company Director and Secretary, George Henry Wood). The pic is dated 12th August 2016. 

Alan's fourth and final pic was taken on the Snaefell Mountain Railway and shows car No.5 approaching the summit while car No.1 is descending. The pic is dated 13th August 2016.

The next three pics are from Colin Platt. His first was taken on a visit to the Kent &  East Sussex Railway and features ex SR (USA) S100 class, 0-6-0T No.30065, built for the USA Transportation Corps. The S100 class was shipped to the UK in 1943. The pic is dated 29th August 2016.

Next from Colin are two pics from the Bluebell Railway. The first one features ex SR (Urie/Maunsell) S15 class 4-6-0, No.847 (30847), at Sheffield Park on 2nd September 2016.

Colin's third pic is  a composite of two pics both showing an ex SR 0-4-4T tender locomotive, (one of Harry Wainright's 'H' class of the S.E.& C.R), No.263. The pic is also dated 2nd September 2016.

Bob McClellan  has sent in the following pic, taken at Newton-le-Willows on 28th September 2016. GBRf class 66, 66703 Doncaster PSB 1981 - 2002,  is pictured approaching the station with the lunchtime Drax PS - Liverpool empty biomass working.

David Wood winds up this latest blog with four pics. Up first is a Felixstowe -Ditton intermodal headed by Freightliner class 66, 66540 Ruby. The location was Runcorn Station and the date, 20th September 2016. 

Next from David is Freightliner class 66, 66598 with a Bredbury RTS - Folly Lane working also taken at Runcorn. This pic is also dated 20th September 2016.

David's third pic shows the above loco 66598 at Folly Lane on 20th September 2016.

The final shot in this post, also from David, was taken at Delph Lane, Rainford on 19th September 2016. Pictured is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66099 with a Knowsley FT - Wilton working.

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Friday, 16 September 2016

Diesels and Electrics Only

Today's post, 16th September 2016, comprises thirteen photos from five contributors - no steam today.


First is a  pic from Alan Rigby taken at that station on Anglesey that ends "-gogogoch" (yes, that one). Aviva class 158, 158831 is pictured at the station on 30th August 2016. The working was Holyhead - Birmingham international.

Jeff' Nicholls has sent in the following three shots all taken at Preston on 31st August 2016. This first one shows another class 158, Northern Rail 158853 sporting a vinyl that reads "WE ARE NORTHERN WE ARE FEARLESS", The working was York - Blackpool.

Next from Jeff is DRS class 37 (Cumbrian Coast),  37401 Mary Queen of Scots, leaving Preston with a service to Barrow. The pic is dated 31st August 2016.

Jeff's third shot features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66128, on a working of Mossend-Clitheroe empty cement tanks. The pic is also dated 31st August 2016. Jeff adds that this service travels via Shap as the S&C is temporarily closed.

The following three shots are also from Jeff Nicholls taken at Liverpool Lime St.  The first two feature GBRf class 87, 87002 Royal Sovereign  (in Caledonian Sleeper livery) arriving from Edinburgh on 11th September 2016 (left) and stopped at the buffers (right). The 'Railtour' was 'GBRf 15' four day tour.

The third shot from Jeff was also taken at Liverpool on the same date and shows GBRf class 59, 59003, preparing to work Liverpool - Doncaster.

The same class 87, 87002 heading the same 'Railtour', is pictured again, this one by John Smith. The location was Garswood and the date, 11th September 2016.

Two shots above from David Wood are of the same 'binliner' working headed by EWS (DBS) class 66, 66175. His first (left)was taken at Dukes Wood Crossing and the second (right) at Rainford, Tees N.Y. - Knowsley FT. Both shots dated 12th September 2016.

The final three shots in this post are from Bevan Price. The first was taken at Northenden Junction on 19th August 2016.  EWS (DBS) class 66, 66192 is depicted on a Briggs Siding - Southampton aggregates working.

Bevan's second shot was taken on 5th September at Winwick and features DRS class 68, 68004 Rapid towing Freightliner class 66, 66545. The working was Carlisle New Yard - Crewe Basford Hall departmental service.

Finally, our thirteenth shot, and Bevan's third, was taken at Huyton on 11th September 2016. That class 87, 87002 is again featured on the 'GBRf 15' Railtour (Edinburgh - Liverpool L.S.).