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Thursday, 7 December 2017

Retro' and Current Photographs

This post, 7 December 2017, comprises 22 pics from three contributors and includes some splendid shots from the last century.


The first seven shots are from Geoff Monks and all were taken between 1976 and 1986 on the Severn Valley Railway. Jeff adds that none of the locos are in current service.

The first is of 'Manor' class 4-6-0 of Charles Collett, No.7819 Hinton Manor. The loco is heading a passenger service out of Bridgnorth towards Kidderminster, on 14 April 1985.

Next, is ex GWR 'Castle' class 4-6-0, also of Collett, No.5051 Earl Bathurst. The visiting loco was photographed soon after leaving Bridgnorth with a passenger service on 15 June 1986.

Ex GWR, small 'Prairie' tank 2-6-2, No.4566 of G.J.Churchward,  is pictured on Victoria Bridge near Arley, on 8 May 1976. The passenger service was rostered Bewdley to Bridgnorth, as the Bewdley to Kidderminster section hadn't opened then, to regular services.

The same loco is pictured again on a 'Santa Special' at Foley Park (between Kidderminster and Bewdley) on 6 December 1986.

Ex BR, class '4MT' 4-6-0,  No.75069, is up next pictured passing the former junction of the Wyre Forest line near Bewdley, on 6 December 1986. The working was a 'Santa Special'.

Ex LMS, Black '8' 2-8-0, No.8233 (48773) of William Stanier, is pictured next on another 'Santa Special, on 7 December 1985. The location was Foley Park.

The same loco is pictured at Foley Park on another 'Santa Special', on the same date, 7 December 1985.


Geoff Monks has also sent in this picture taken more recently, on 4 November 2017. Ex GWR, Churchward '2800' class 2-8-0, No.2807, is pictured approaching Carrog on a Llangollen - Corwen service. The loco was visiting from the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway.

Next are nine shots from Jeff Nicholls. The first two, below, are of Colas Rail class 56, 56105 - (left) at Warrington (taken from Barnard Street Bridge) and (right) at Crosfields Works, Warrington. The 'Special' was 'The Fiddlers Five' which visited Fiddlers Ferry P.S. on 28 October 2017. DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66183, is out of sight on the tail of the train.

Next are T & T Colas class 56s, 56113 and 56096, at Chester on the Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT) working Shrewsbury-Shrewsbury overnight, covering hundreds of miles, mainly in Wales. The pic is dated 9 November 2017.

In this shot, from Jeff, the Carlisle - Chirk logs working is stopped at Bank Quay for a crew change. The Colas class 56s were 56087 and 56105, and the pic is dated 19 October 2017.

Pic five from Jeff shows Freightliner class 66, 66537, at Fiddlers Ferry Marina with empty coal wagons bound for Eat Usk Junction Yard. The pic is dated 27 October 2017.

Freightliner class 6, 66564, is pictured near Burtonwood Road bridge with an early morning Daventry - Mossend Intermodal, on 18 October 2017.

Next are three shots taken at the East Lancashire Railway's 'Scenic Railcar Weekend'.

First up is a Cravens Unit, E56171 and E50410, about to leave Ramsbottom on 4 November 2107.

Next is a class 104 unit, M50455 and M50517, crossing Brooksbottom Viaduct at Summerseat with a Heywood - Rawtenstall service on 4 November 2017.

Jeff's final shot was taken at the same location as above, but in the opposite direction - a class 109 unit, Sc51485 and E56121 was pictured on the same date.

The last five shots in this post are from Bevan Price. His first shows Ex LMS, Stanier 'Black V' No.45231, The Sherwood Forester, on a test run at Langho, working Crewe- Carnforth - Hellifield - Preston - Crewe, on 15 November 2017. Class 37, 37516 was on the rear.

The same loco and working, is pictured at Preston on the same day.

On the rear of the above working was WCRC class 37, 37516.

With part of the Humber Bridge in the background, DRS class 20s, 20303 and 20305 are depicted with a RHTT at Hessle, on 11 November 2017.

Also at Hessle on the same date, was GBRf class 66, 66746 with a Dairycoates - Rylstone hoppers working.

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