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Saturday, 30 June 2018

Poland re-visited

Today's post, 30 June 2018, includes pics from Jeff Nicholls' recent visit to Poland and another six from closer to home, from Geoff Monks.


First up are 12  pics from Jeff Nicholls, taken in Poland. This pic shows EP07 383 on station pilot duties at Poznan. Pic is dated 26 June 2018.

Eu07 238 is similarly based on the above, but with different gearing. The pic was taken at a Railway Day in a town called Miedzyrzecz. Pic is dated 23 June 2018.

MR4080 is an Arriva Trains DMU.  Strange to see the familiar livery in Poland.  Pic is dated 23 June 2018.

OL49 59 is in steam in Wolsztyn depot on 25 June 2018, in readiness for the following day.

The two OL49s were doing a parallel run with empty stock and loads of smoke on 22 June 2018.

The pic shows the same OL49 locos as in the pic above, idle in Wolsztyn Station.  The loco on the extreme right is derelict but has a few oily rags lit up in the smoke box. Pic is dated 22 June 2018.

OL49 69 leaves Stefanowo with a steam special on 24 June 2018.

OL49 69 again on the main line between Nowy Tomsyl and Zbaszyn photographed from another steam special running in parallel with it.  Pic dated 24 June 2018.

This modern unit was pictured at Gorzow Wielkopolska with an empty stock working passing a signal box of superb design. Pic is dated 23 June 2018.

Diesels SM42 1093 (l) and SM42 1293 (r) were photographed in PKP Cargo livery inside the old steam warehouse at Leszno, on 21 and 23 June respectively.

The 2-8-2 tank, Tk48 143, was pictured at Wolsztyn depot on 22 June 2018, where it is preserved, but not in working order.

The final six images are from Geoff Monks. DRS class 66, 66303, was working a Mountsorrel - Crewe ballast train at Millmeece, on 22 May 2018.

DB class 66, 66027, was heading a 'fresh air' intermodal from Trafford Park to London Gateway on 23 May 2018. The location was Hatton Mill.

GBRf class 66, 66779 Evening Star, is shown on the Norton Bridge avoiding line, on 23 May 2018. The working was a Toton - Crewe departmental.

Freightliner class 86s - 86608 and 86639 - are depicted on a Felixstow to Trafford Park intermodal; at the  same location as above and on the same date.

GBRf class 66, 66750 Bristol Panel Signal Box,  is featured on a Gloucester - Clitheroe (Castle Cement) working at Winwick, on 28 May 2018. ** Note the 4-wheel wagons.

GBRf class 66, 66766,  is pictured on a late-running Clitheroe Castle Cement) - Avonmouth (Hanson's Siding) working at Winwick on 11th June 2018.

And now, a very sad but important announcement. Because the number of contributors is just a small fraction of the 50+ that regularly sent in pics to me in the past, (we have been blogging together since January 2010) I must admit that the blog, in its present form, has run its course. Therefore,  I will no longer be accepting contributions for AWL but will leave the blog as you find  it today; I will not close it down. I hope that one or more of our contributors, past or present, will take over. If so, please get in touch and arrange a meeting. Thank you to everyone who has supported AWL by contributing or viewing, or championing us far and wide.   

Sunday, 3 June 2018

Twenty-eight images

There are 28 images in today's post, 3 June 2018, sent in by just three contributors.


The first ten pics are from Geoff Monks. First up is Pendolino 390 010, Cumbrian Spirit, in new Virgin livery, on a Euston-Glasgow train at Winwick on 13 May 2018.

Number two features double heading Freightliner class 90s, 90041 and 90043, on a Daventry - Coatbridge intermodal at Winwick, on 13 May 2018.

Location was Millmeece for pic number three, with Freightliner class 70, 70015 on a Felixstowe-Ditton intermodal. The pic was taken between Stafford and Crewe on 14 May 2018.

DB Class 66, 66017, is up next on a Southampton - Garston vehicle working, on 14th May. The location was Millmeece again.

Chiltern Railways class 68, 68011, is shown at Birmingham MS (Moor Street) on a train to Marylebone (loco propelling) on 16th May 2018.

Freightliner class 70, 70003 is up next pictured approaching Leamington Spa Station with a Crewe - Southampton intermodal. The pic is dated 16 May 2018.

Chiltern Railways class 68, 68013, is shown at Leamington Spa Station on 16th May 2018.  The train was working Marylebone - Birmingham MS (a 'stitched' shot to produce a panorama).

DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66112 is pictured at Leamington Spa on the same date, 16 May 2018. The working was a Trafford Park - Southampton 'fresh air' intermodal.

Same place, same date for DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66080 on a Southampton - Birch Coppice intermodal.

Last but not least from Geoff is DR class 68, 68005 Defiant, heading a Birmingham MS - Marylebone  train. Leamington Spa on 16 May 2018 again.

The next five pics are from Jeff Nicholls all taken at the recent SVR Diesel Gala. His first features class 33, 33108 (D6521) at Highley. on a Kidderminster - Bridgnorth  passenger service. the pic is dated 17 May 2018.

Next is diesel class 5,  55019 '(D9019) Royal Highland Fusilier smoking' nicely at Highley on a Bridgnorth - Kidderminster service. Same date as above.

Same date and place for DRS class 88, 88010 and class 20, 20189 (D8189) on a Kidderminster - Bridgnorth service.

Two noisy 'Warship' class diesel hydraulics are up next, D821 Greyhound and D832 Onslaught. Both were at Highley on 17 May 2018 with a Bridgnorth - Kidderminster service.

Pic five from Jeff depicts a Ruston and Hornsby 0-4-0 diesel shunter D2961, which worked for Patent Shaft Steel at the Wednesbury factory. Two others D2957 and D2958 worked for BR.

Bevan Price has sent in the next four pics. His first was taken at Annan on 21 May 2018. Freightliner class 66, 66516 is pictured with a Killoch - Port Talbot MGR.

Next is Colas Rail class 60, 60002 taken near Ramsgreave on 23 May 2018.  The class is hauling a Carlisle - Chirk logs working.

The next two pics were taken at Sowerby Bridge on 23 May 2018. Colas Rail 60087 CLIC Sergent is pictured with a Preston - Lyndsey tanks working.

Freightliner class 66, 66525 is shown with a Redcar - Fiddlers Ferry MGR.

The next nine pics are all from Jeff Nicholls. His first shows a brace of class 150 dmu's at Culcheth on a Manchester Piccadilly - Southport service. The second one is a debranded ex Great Western set.

Colas Rail class 60, 60085 is next, hauling the Carlisle - Chirk logs working  at Carlisle, on 08 May 2018.

DRS class 66, 66426 is depicted on a Carlisle - Crewe engineers train. The location was Carlisle and the date, 08 May 2018.

DB (EWS livery) class 90, 90039 is pictured at Leeds on 08 May 2018, on the rear of a Leeds - Kings Cross service. The 90 was helping out with a shortage of 91s.

This next shot from Jeff shows an interesting signal box bridging the tracks. The main DMU 142 086, is departing Hexham for Nunthorpe via Newcastle, Sunderland and Middlesbrough on 26 April 2018.

The pair of Colas Rail class 56s - 56302 and 56113 - are shown leaving Preston Docks with empty tar tankers for Lyndsey Oil Terminal on 02 May 2018.

Freightliner class 66, 66603 is pictured passing Church Fenton with a Redcar - Fiddlers Ferry P.S. coal working. The pic is dated 26 April 2018.

DB (EWS livery) class 67, 67008 is at Winwick Junction on 25 April 2018. The working was an early morning Chester - Manchester passenger service.

The final shot from Jeff and for this post was taken at Preston on 02 May 2018. Top and Tailing DRS class 68s - 68003 Astute and 68004 Rapid - were leaving with a service for Barrow. Lots of noise, smoke and phenomenal acceleration.

Saturday, 28 April 2018

Pics from the Barnetby Area

Barnetby is a popular location for railway photography and in today's post, 28th April 2018, we have six contributions from the area. The village is featured several times on the blog so just input Barnetby in the search box to the right, for further previous pics. According to WIKIpedia "Barnetby railway station serves the village of Barnetby-le-Wold in North Lincolnshire, England. It is operated by TransPennine Express, with East Midlands Trains and Northern also serving the station. Barnetby.... is unstaffed and popular with railway enthusiasts for the freight which passes through". New Barnetby is roughly 2 miles to the east.
The complete post comprises 24 images from 4 contributors.


The first six pics are from Geoff Monks, all taken in the aforementioned area. The date for all was 5th April 2018. 

His first was taken at New Barnetby and features DB class 60, 60019 Port of Grimsby & immingham, on a Kingsbury (Birmingham) - Lindsey Oil Refinery empty oil working.

Pic number two shows Freightliner class 66, 66560 at Knabb's Bridge (between Barnetby and New Barnetby), on a Scunthorpe - Immingham empty iron ore working.

Geoff's third shot depicts Freightliner class 66, 66616 at Knabb's Bridge, on an Immingham - Scunthorpe loaded iron ore working.

Next is DB class 60, 60017 on a Humber Oil Refinery - Kinsbury loaded oil working, also taken at Knabb's bridge.

Knabb's Bridge is again the location for the next shot showing GBRf class 66, 66704 Colchester Power Signal Box, working a loaded coal train, from Immingham to Cottam Power Station.

Colas Rail class 67, 67027 (67023 Stella on the tail) is featured next on a Derby-based NRTT entering Barnetby Station from Cleethorpes, whilst covering lines in North Lincolnshire and Yorkshire on the same day.

The following four shots have been sent in by Bevan Price. Pic number one was taken at Hebden Bridge on 5th April 2018. Two Colas Rail class 56 locos, 56078 and 56113 are pictured with a Preston Docks - Linsey tanks working.

Next is DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66167, heading a Wilton - Knowsley empty 'binliner' working, on 5th April 2018. The location was Hall Royd Junction (Todmorden).

The third shot from Bevan was taken at the same location, on the same date as 66167, above. Depicted is GBRf class 66, 66711 Sence, in Aggregate Industries livery, with a LBT - Drax P.S. biomass working.

Bevan's fourth and final shot was taken at Winsford on14th April 2018. Featured is DB (EWS livery) class 67, 67021, heading empty Pullman stock from Runcorn to Crewe Carriage Sidings. DB class 67, 67024, is just visible on the tail. The stock had previously worked a Grand National Special from  London Victoria to Runcorn.

Next up are six pics from Jeff Nicholls. His first features a 156 unit approaching Grosmont on the NYMR, on 19th April  2018. the service was Whitby - Middlesborough. Also in the picture is ' ex BR 'Standard' class 4MT 2-6-0, No.76079, known as 'Pocket Rocket'. The loco was preparing to work a morning service from Grosmont to Whitby.

Jeff's second and third pics above show Ex LNER 'A3' class 4-6-2, No.60103 Flying Scotsman, (for loco details just use the search bar above) heading the Great Britain XI railtour. The first day schedule was Kings Cross-Scarborough (left) followed by Scarborough - York on day 2 (right). Both shots were taken at Kirkham Abbey on 19th and 20th April 2018.

A pair of electro-diesels of class 73, Nos 73966 and 73967, are pictured next having worked a Caledonian Sleeper train into Fort William. The pic is date 7th April 2018.

Pics five and six from Jeff feature the same working. This pic was taken at Levisham on 19th April 2018. Ex BR 'Standard' class '4', 2-6-4 tank No.80136, was working the passenger service from Grosmont to Pickering.

In this shot No.80136 was working in the opposite direction at Beck Hole on the same date.

The final six shots in this post are from Colin Platt, taken at the SVR gala in March. First up is a shot of the outside cylinder, class '1500' 0-6-0 pannier tank, No.1501. The class of ten were built at Swindon in 1949, for the BR Western Region. The loco is working light engine, Bewdley - Bridgnorth, on 16th April 2018.

Next is 'King' class 4-6-0, No.6023 King Edward II, in BR blue livery, working into Bewdley from Kidderminster on 16th April 2018.

The same loco is pictured again, in the snow at Eardington on 18th April 2018.

Shot number four from Colin was taken at Bewdley on 18th April 2018. Featured are three locos Nos.1501 and 6023 again, but also a loco of local interest. Built at Haydock Foundry in 1874, the 0-6-0WT Bellerophon was withdrawn from NCB service in 1964 and moved on to the K&WVR in the ownership of the Vintage Carriages Trust. She is currently running on the Foxfield Railway, often heading that railway's restored North Staffordshire Railway coaches.

Colin's fifth shot features a S.D. Holden 4-6-0 loco, No.8572, - ex GER ('S69' class) and ex LNER ('B12'  class). The location was the approach to Highley and the date, 17th April 2018. The class was built between 1911 and 1921 with the later examples being improved. The passing of the token from the single line is about to take place.

Last but not least is No.1501 again standing in a snowstorm with ex GWR Collett '14xx' class 0-4-2T locomotive No.1450 (originally No.4850) at Kidderminster on 17th April 2018.

Don't forget that my changed email address for contributions is detailed above, as reported in several previous posts.