Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Pics from Two, Lesser Known Heritage Railways

Today's post, 31st  May 2017, comprises 24 pics from four contributors.


David Quayle kicks of this post with two pics from the Elsecar Heritage Railway, near Barnsley. David received a steam loco driving experience present for a recent birthday and the above two pics show the loco that he drove. Pic one  features the loco -  0-4-0ST  Birkenhead - built by Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns Ltd., at Newcastle in 1948. The engine is believed to be based at Southall and owned by the GWR Preservation Trust.

David is actually at the controls in the second, (right), head-on pic of Birkenhead, although we can't see him. Both of David's pics were taken on 15th May 2017.

Geoff Monks is up next with four shots all taken at the Apedale Valley Railway, Staffordshire, on 13th May 2017. The event was to celebrate the centenary of the Kerr Stuart loco, Stanhope. First pic shows Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT Ashanti 9, of 1916, repatriated from Ghana; also an 0-6-0T of 1916, originally used on the Western Front in WWI and latterly at a stone quarry in Northern France.

Geoff's second shot features Kerr Stuart 0-4-0T Diana, of 1917, used during its commercial life at a slate quarry at Nantlle, North Wales.

Next is recently built 0-4-0ST Jennie (left) built at the Statfold Barn Railway in 2005 to a Kerr Stuart "Wren" class design and Kerr Stuart 0-402ST Stanhope, of 1917, latterly used at the Penrhyn Slate Quarries in North Wales.

Diana is featured again in this fourth shot from Geoff leaving the north end of the AVR on a passenger train.

Geoff has also sent in two shots taken at Acton Bridge on 26th May 2017. First up is double heading DB class 90s - 90036 Driver Jack Mills,  and 90028  (EWS livery) on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal working.

DB class 66, 66066 Geoff Spencer is next up, on a Knowsley - Wilton "binliner" working.

Jeff Nicholls has sent in the next ten shots.  Here are the first four. This pair of Colas Rail class 37s were working Derby-Carlisle, with a Network Rail train. The Pendolino was stopped at signals on the main line. The tail loco was 37219 Jonty Jarvis 8-12- 1998 to 18-3-2005; 37116 was up front. The location was Winwick and the date, 9th May 2017.

Another pair of 37s, 37057 (Top) and 37025 (Tail) are up next, both preserved but on hire to Colas Rail. They were pictured on a Network Rail train passing Glazebrook East Junction  signal box on 11th May 2017.  The green class 37, 37057 up front had the as-built fairings around the buffers removed in BR days, and replaced, to regain the original appearance.

The same NR train is pictured passing through Glazebrook station with 37025 Inverness TMD on the tail, on the same date. 

DRS class 88, 88002 Prometheus, is next from Jeff depicted passing through Winwick on 9th May 2017. The loco was heading the first passenger working of the class - a VIP 'special', Crewe - Carlisle. DRS class 68, 68022 Resolution, was on the tail. The pic is dated 9th May 2017.

Eight more shots from Jeff now follow. His first shows a plaque found at Medway Viaduct  over the River Medway near Rochester, celebrating a new UK rail speed record. Pic is dated 19th May 2017.

The Eurostar was also taken at Medway Viaduct  on the same date.

The class '395' Javelin unit was pictured having emerged from beneath the River Thames slowing down to enter Ebbsleet Station with a St Pancras - Faversham service. The date is the same, 19th May 2107.

Next up is a pair of NR class 20s - 20118 Saltburn by the Sea and 20132 Barrow Hill Depot - both pictured in Tonbridge West Yard. Pic is dated 19th May 2017.

Also photographed at the same location, on the same date, is this line of GBRf class 70s. They are 73136 Mhairi, 73212 Fiona, 73213 Rhodalyn and 73219 Borough of Eastleigh.

The next steam shots were taken at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway, on 20th May 2017. This one features ex SE&CR 'H' class 0-4-4T No.263 designed by Harry Wainwright.

Next is ex BR Standard class 5MT No.73082.

Jeff's third steam shot features ex SR 4-6-0, Urie/Maunsell 'S15' class, No. 847.

The final four shots in this post have been sent in by Bevan Price.  His first was taken at Skelton Junction on 10th April 2017. Featured is Freightliner class 66, 66534 OOCL Express, with a Folly Lane - Brindle Heath "binliner" empties working.

On 28th May 2017, Bevan visited the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway and photographed 0-6-0T No.7 Beatrice, approaching Embsay Station.

Two shots now follow taken at the recent SVR Diesel Gala on 20th May 2017. Pictured is DB class 60, 60100 approaching Bewdley, passing stationary class 703, 73965 waiting to depart to Bridgnorth.

The last but not least shot in the post, shows class 33, 33108 departing Highley.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Belgian Traction.

Today's post, 12 May 2017, comprises eleven pics sent in by two contributors.


The first four pics are from Geoff Monks.  His first was taken at Swanick Junction and features a passenger service for Butterley (at the Midland Railway Centre, Derbyshire), headed by ex GWR 0-6-2T steam loco,  No.5619. The pic is dated 23 April 2017.

The next three shots from Geoff were all taken at Millmeece, between Stafford and Crewe, on 4th May 2017. This one shows Chiltern liveried class 68, 68014 on a Mountsorrel- Crewe ballast working.

Double heading DRS class 37s are up next  - pic three from Geoff. Nos 37218 and 37059 are pictured on a Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks' working. 

Last but not least from Geoff is GBRf class 66, 66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers, on a Toton - Crewe engineers' working. 

Up next are seven shots from Jeff Nicholls. First is Northern Rail class 319, 319 368, leaving Newton-le-Willows on a Lime Street - Manchester Airport service on 21st April 2017.

Next is a shot of two unliveried class 319s - 319 450 and 319 363 - taken at Lime Street on 21 April 2017.

The remainder of the pics were all taken in Belgium. No.1837 was taken leaving Bruges station with and express for Antwerp, on 13 April 2017.

Pic number 4 from Jeff shows a TRAXX loco, no.2807, which works with four different voltage systems. It was heading an Amsterdam-bound service composed of Dutch Railways' stock on 15 April 2017. The location was Brussels Midi station.

Brussels Midi Station was also the location for the next three shots from Jeff. This one shows a THALYS high speed unit, no.4345, bound for Paris Nord. Behind is a SNCF TGV no.4511. Pic is dated 15 April 2017.

Nos 5511 and 5512 are older GM diesels now used as a Belgian equivalent of our class 57 'Thunderbirds'.  This pic is also dated 15 April 2017. 

No.7793 is also an older diesel being used here on an engineers' train for Infrabel, the Belgian equivalent of our own Network Rail. This pic is also dated 15 April 2017. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Trains from South America

Today's post, 21st April 2017 is back to normal in terms of numbers, with 27 pics from 4 contributors.


The first thirteen shots are from David Quayle, all taken on his recent trip to South America.

First up are the two shots above, showing the locomotives or 'mules' that haul the ships through Panama Canal locks on a 5ft gauge railway. 'Mules' are electric powered using a third rail laid below the surface on the land side of the locks. Each 'mule' has a powerful winch which the driver operates to control two cables attached to ships, which can be hauled in a controlled manner.  Four 'mules' are used per ship, two on each side. The new Panama Canal, for larger ships, employs tugs rather than locomotives. the pics are dated 21st January 2017.

The next six shots were taken on 12th February 2017 near Ushuaia in Argentina, on the island of Tierra del Fuego. The railway is Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino or 'Train of the End of the World'.  The first shows a 2-6-2T steam locomotive Camila, designed and built by Winson Engineering of the UK, in 1995.

David's next pic features Ing L D Porta built in Argentina in 1994.

Next is a narrow gauge, Beyer Garratt 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 locomotive, Ing H R Zubietta introduced to the railway in 2006. This  engine was built in South Africa.

Pic number six from David shows Camila again.

Double heading diesels are heading this train. At the head is a loco named Tierrra del Fuego.

An unidentified red locomotive (although numbered 15) is shown here, with Camila in the background.

A small 0-4-0 steam loco is the subject of pic number nine from David taken at the Patagonian Institute Museum at Punta Arenas, Chile on 10th February 2017.

Another shot from Chile depicts a steam loco on static display at Arica - a 1924, German-built, rack and pinion loco for working to Bolivia. The pic is dated 31st January 2017.

A third shot from Chile was taken at Valparaiso. Pictured is an electric unit passing the harbour on 3rd February 2017.

Pics twelve and thirteen from David, of steam engines on display, were taken in Peru. The first was taken at Salaverry on 25th January 2017, and features an 0-6-0 tank engine.

This one was taken on 30th January 2017, at Mollendo. The 0-4-0 tank engine is named Mollendina.

The next four shots are from Geoff Monks. His first, left,t features 'T9' class 4-4-0, No.30120, awaiting departure from Shackerstone (Battlefield Line, Leicestershire) with a passenger service, on 25th March 2017. His second shot shows the same service departing Shackerstone on the same date.

DB class 67, 67005 (with 67006 trailing) is the subject of pic number three from Geoff. The train is approaching Hartford Junction taking empty stock of the 'Orient Express' from Runcorn to Crewe for stabling, on 8th April 2017. The loaded train had, earlier, run from London Victoria to Runcorn in connection with the Grand National.

Double heading DRS class 37s are up next from Geoff, approaching Hartford Junction with a Sellafield - Crewe spent nuclear fuels flasks on 8th April. They were 37218 and 37609.

Jeff Nicholls now follows with nine shots. His first shows double heading DRS class 37s at Stafford on 29th March 2017. The working was 'Northern Belle' empty stock - the locos were 37716 and 37038.

Pic two from Jeff shows DRS class 57, 57002 taking a DBSO car  (Driving Brake Standard Open) from Derby to Carlisle on 4th April 2017. The location was Acton Bridge. A DBSO is a coach which has been converted to include, among other things, driver cab and signal tansmission/receiving equipment.

DB (EWS) class 66, 66094 is pictured at Winwick on 30th March 2017 on cement empties, working Avonmouth - Clitheroe.

The next two shots feature both ends of a Network Rail train at Stafford on 29th March 2017. Left is Colas Rail class 67, 67023 at the head, and right is CR 67027, on the tail. The working ran Crewe-Crewe via other locations.

Pics six and seven  from Jeff feature the same working - double heading DRS locos class 88, 88002 Prometheus and class 68, 68025 at Dutton Viaduct(left,) and at Acton Bridge (right), on 4th April 2017. The working was a Carlisle - Crewe and return, test train.

DRS class 88. 88002 Prometheus  is pictured working light engine at Earlestown on a crew training run,  Carlisle - Crewe, on 30th March 2017.

Network Rail class 97, 97302 is depicted in Platform 8 at Crewe on 6th April 2017 in Jeff's ninth shot.

The final pic in this post is from myself and features Gresley class 'A1/A3' 4-6-2, No.60103 Flying Scotsman with support coach, at Red Bank on 8th April 2017.