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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Thirteen shots from Three Contributors

Thirteen pics for this post, 28th March 2017, sent in by just three contributors.


First five are from Jeff Nicholls.  To start with, this shot of Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman, was taken at Winwick on 22nd March 2017. The working was Preston - Shrewsbury on a 'Special' that originated at Dumfries.

Next is Class 47, 47815, working Derby-Carlisle through Winwick, on 22nd march 2017. Note the two barrier coaches.

Jeff's third pic features a GBRf double header of class 66, 66728 Institution of Railway Operators and class 92, 92032 IMechE Railway Division,  at Winwick on 22nd March 2017. The working was the 'silver bullets' (china clay). Jeff adds that the 66 takes over from the 92 at Carlisle.

Both pics 4 and 5 pic from Jeff were taken on the L&MR on 16th March 2017. The first shows Stanier 'Black Five' No.45407 working from the ELR to Southall and passing Huskisson's memorial at Parkside.

Jeff's fifth and final shot is of the Huskisson Memorial, as it is seen today.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next four pics, the first two taken at Heck Ings, on the Knottingley - Goole line. His first shows DB class 66, 66030 with a Humber International - Drax P.S. coal working, on 9th March 2017.

Geoff's second is of GBRf class 66, 66765 with a Tyne Coal Terminal - Drax P.S. working on the same date.

Double heading DB class 90s, 90024 and 90040 are featured next, with a Mossend - Daventry intermodal taken at Acton Bridge, on 15th March 2017.

Also taken at Acton Bridge on the same date, was class 47, 47815, taking ex-Thameslink 319s, 219 and 218 from  Allerton to Long Marston, for storage.

The final four pics are from Bevan Price. His first was taken at the GCR on 28th January 2017. Pictured are double heading locos - ex SR 'Q' class 0-6-0 tender loco, No.30541 and ex SR 'King Arthur' class  4-6-0, No.30777 Sir Lamiel - approaching Ropley.

Bevan's second pic was taken at Mossley Hill on 15th March 2017. Featured is class 47, 47815 again, towing the class 319s as seen above, from Allerton to Long Marston.

Pic number three shows a new DRS class 88, 88002, at Thatto Heath on a probable driver training exercise, today, 28th Mrach 2017.

Bevan's fourth pic was taken on the Ribble Steam Railway on 25th March 2017. The Diesel Gala featured Colas class 60, 60047 at Riverside Walk, with class 03, D3148, at the rear.

Friday, 10 March 2017

A Steam Double

Today's post, 10th March 2017, comprises eleven pics from three contributors, with two ex LMS 4-6-0 steam locomotives to the fore.


The first two pics are from Mark Tombs. Mark was in Germany recently and visited Bremen where he took the following shots. Pic number one shows Bombardier-built class 185 electric loco No. 185 553 owned by Mitsui Rail Capital Europe (MRCE Dispolok). The working is a car transporter of around 250 Audi cars running north through Bremen Hauptbahnhoff, on 4th February 2017.

Mark's second shot features an Alstom Coradia LINT 41 diesel unit, No.VT648 373, operated by Nordwest Bahn. The route through Bremen and the date, are the same as above.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the following seven shots.The first three locos were all taken at the recent East Lancs Diesel Gala . The first pic shows class 40 40145 on 18th February 2017 at Ewood Bridge.

Number two from Jeff features class 73, 73001 at Ramsbottom on the same date.

Class 47, D1501 is depicted next in Jeff's third pic, taken on the same date at Ramsbottom.

Ex LMS, Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0 No. 45699 Galatea is featured next, in two shots from Jeff. The first was taken at Winwick working southbound with support coach to Crewe, to pick up a train bound for Holyhead.

The second shot of the 'Jub' was taken at the same location but of a northbound working, three hours later, because the 'Special' had not even left Euston. The date for both shots was 1st March 2017.

The sixth shot from Jeff shows DB class 66, 60066, at Culcheth on the Fridays-only, Seaforth Docks-Tinsley empty wagons working. The pic is dated 24th February 2017.

Last from Jeff is DRS class 68, 68024, on a Rugby Special from Carmarthen to Edinburgh, taking supporters to the Scotland - Wales International match. This pic is dated 24th February 2017.

The final two pics have been sent in by David Wood. His first features Stanier 'Black Five' class 4-6-0, No.45212, working from the K&WVR (Keighley) to Castleton Hopwood, through Parkside Junction on 6th March 2017.

The last pic in this post is again from David Wood. Ex LMS 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea, is pictured passing through Winwick on a Carnforth - Crewe working, to pick up and head 'The Cathedrals Express' (Euston - Holyhead). The pic is dated 1st March 2017. The electric locomotive meant to head the Euston - Crewe leg, failed at Euston; as a result, the 'Special' was cancelled. See Jeff' Nicholls' pictures above of the same working.