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Monday, 26 February 2018

Traction from NW, NE and London

Today's post, 26 February 2018, features sixteen pics from three contributors.


The first eight pics are from Jeff Nicholls.  The pacer, 142 050, in his first shot is depicted at Shildon Station, on a Bishop Auckland - Saltburn service. A superb winter scene taken on 18 January 2018.

Jeff's second shot shows class 47, 47749 in Colas livery, but now owned possibly by GBRf (?), at Culcheth on 22 January 2018.It is hauling an ex LMS Inspection Saloon from the ELR to Mossend Yard.

Next is Colas class 56, 56087, towing a bogie Tarmac wagon and a 'dead' Colas class 60, 60056. The working was Carlisle - Metro Cammell, Washwood Heath. The pic is dated 25 January 2018; the location was Winwick.

A DB Class 66, 66113, still sporting EWS livery is pictured next passing through Crosfields Works on 4 January 2018. The working was Ditton - Arpley Yard.

Pic five from Jeff shows DB class 66, 66133, on an Avonmouth - Clitheroe empty cement tanks working, nearing Bank Quay on 11 January 2018.

Freightliner class 66, 66595 is up next, taken in superb lighting at Latchford Sidings, on 11 January 2018. The empty coal working was FFPS - Newport.

Taken at Frodsham Viaduct on 24 January 2018, Jeff's seventh pic features DB class 67, 67015 heading a Holyhead - Manchester passenger service.

The final pic from Jeff shows class 91 91106, entering Darlington Station on a cold, snowy day on 18 January 2018. The passenger service was Kings Cross-Edinburgh Waverley.

The next five shots are from Geoff  Monks. His first depicts Freightliner class 66, 66536, just north of Hartford Junction on a Runcorn - Brindle Heath empty 'binliner' working. The pic is dated 2 February 2018.

Next is DB class 66, 66001, photographed a short distance north of the previous picture, on the same date, heading a Halewood (Jaguar) - Southampton vehicles transporter working.

Double heading Freightliner class 86 electrics, 86627 and 86604 are up next heading a Garston - Crewe container working. The date and  location are the same as immediately above.

Pic number four from Geoff shows a class 66, in Royal Scotsman livery, on a Liverpool Biomass Terminal - Drax PS working on 2 February 2018.

Geoff's final shot was taken at Winwick on 2 February 2018. Pictured is Freightliner class 66, 66610 on a Hardendale - Tunstead working.

Mark Tombs has sent in our final three shots. His first features a Kings Cross scene from 21 February 2018. Pictured is a Virgin Trains line up of classes 43, 90 and 91.

Next, above, are two pics taken at Regents Canal, Kings Cross district, on the same date, 21 February 2018. On the left is class 395 'Javelin' 395 009 and on the right, another 'Javelin', 395 028.

Monday, 29 January 2018

Mixed Traction from England and Scotland

Today's post is later than usual as submissions have been low this month. However, today,  29 Jan 2018, we have a mixed traction bag of 12 pics, sent in by two contributors. Don't forget the new email address, for contributions, above.


Jeff Nicholls has sent in the first eight pics.  His first shows double heading class 68s on a Crewe - Sellafield, nuclear flask service. They are DRS Nos 68033 and 68034; the location was Winwick and the date, 20 Dec 2017.

Jeff's next three shots below are of a special train. 'The Jolly Grid' ran around Manchester and into Trafford Park Container Terminal. All three shots were taken at Deansgate/Castlefield Junction. DB class 60, 60017 is working light engine to take over the train in pic 1. In pic 2,  60017 is returning at the head of the train; Colas class 56, 56094 is pictured on the tail in pic 3. The pics are dated 16 Dec 2017.

Jeff's next shot was taken at Winwick on 20 Dec 2017 and depicts a Virgin Pendolino heading north at dawn.

His sixth shot was taken at Fort William on 27 Nov 2017. Pictured is class 73, 73967, stationary in a siding after arriving with the overnight sleeper train. Eleven of the class owned by GBRf, were rebuilt from 2014 and designated class 73/9. Six, including 73967 are used to operate the Caledonian sleeper trains from Edinburgh, to the north.

Jeff's final two shots were taken at York on 7 December 2017. Pictured  is ex LMS, Fowler/Stanier re-built 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46100 Royal Scot, at York waiting to leave for Peterborough with 'The York Yuletide Express'. The loco is owned by 'The Royal Scot Locomotive and General Trust'.

Ex LNER, Gresley 'A4' class 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa - privately owned by Scotsman John Cameron - is pictured uncoupling from the same train, before heading to the NRM to stable up.

The next four pics have been sent in by Bevan Price. The first features 'Deltic' class 55, 55009 (D9009) Alycidon,  at Prescot on 30 Dec 2017. The service was a Willington/York - Liverpool tour. The loco is owned by 'The Deltic Preservation Society'.

Bevan's next two shots above, feature the Liverpool/Newton circular tour. The first (left) shows  DRS class 68, 68031, at St Helens Junction on the same date, 30 Dec 2017.  The second shot of the same train (right) shows class 55, 55009 Alycidon, on the rear.

Bevan's final shot depicts GBRf class 66, 66746, at Edge Hill Tuebrook Sidings, on 1 Jan 2018. The wagons were waiting for their next working, on biomass duties.

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Nine from NYM and SVR Railways

Today's post, 20 December 2017,  is the last before Christmas and comprises nine pics from a single contributor. Don't forget my new email address for contributions is detailed above, as reported in the previous post.

Colin Platt has sent them in and they cover two of his 2017 trips from March of this year - to the North Yorkshire  Moors Railway and the the Severn Valley Railway.

His first five shots are from the Spring NYMR Gala.  The first pair, above, show Ex LMS Stanier 4-6-0 'Royal Scot' class No.46100, Royal Scot, on passenger services at Beck Hole (left), and nearing Levisham (right). The pics are dated 25 March 2017.

Another Stanier 4-6-0 is up next in the following two pics - 'Black V' No 45212. The loco is heading a passenger service approaching Levisham (left) and passing the Levisham signal box. The date was the same, 25 March 2017.

Colin's final shot on this date was of another Stanier 'Black V', No.44806, near Levisham on a passenger service.

The next four shots were taken at the SVR Gala, held  just before the NYMR equivalent. The first three shots were taken at Bewdley on 17th March 2017. The first pair below were taken at or near the water towers and featured Ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0 No.7802 Bradley Manor of Charles Collett in both pics, and ex SR, 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34081 92 Squadron (without name plate), of Oliver Bulleid (right).

'BoB' class 4-6-2, No.34081, is featured again but at Eardington on 19th March 2017.

Colin's final shot is of another ex SR 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park, leaving Bewdley on 17 March 2017, with a passenger service.

May I take this opportunity to thank all of our contributors from 2017, and wish everyone, including our viewers/supporters, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Email for Contributions

This post, 13 December 2017, is simply to let you know that the new email address for contributors is in the title bar at the top of this post.

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.