Monday, 25 September 2017

More Heritage and Narrow Gauge Railways

Another 24 pics in this post, 25th September 2017, from four contributors.


The first eight pics have been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. First up is a shot from York Station of Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea, on the 'Scarborough Spa Express'. The pic is dated 3rd August 2017.

The next three pics from Jeff were all taken at the same location, on the same date. This one shows GBRf class 66, 66744 Crossrail, on a Drax P.S. - Blyth empty biomass working.

Next is East Coast class 91, No. 91110 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, on an Edinburgh - Kings Cross service. The loco was unveiled at the NRM Railfest event in 2012.

Jeff's fourth York pic features another class 91, on a reverse service as the above, caught in 'tropical monsoon' conditions.

The next three pics were all taken in Norfolk. Pic five features DRS class 37, 37405 on the rear of a Great Yarmouth - Norwich service on 16th September 2017;  DRS class 37, 37419, was on the other end.

The same pairing is up next 37405 + 37419 on the same day, on another GY - Norwich service, this time at Brundall.

DRS class 68, 68005 Defiant, top and tailing with DRS class 68, 68028 are up next, in this shot taken at Reedham Swing Bridge on 14th August 2017. The service was Lowestoft - Norwich.

Jeff's eighth pic was taken at Glazebrook on 3rd August 2017. The Network Rail train was top and tailed by GBRf class 73s - 73963 Janice and 73961 Alison.

The next five shots are from Bevan Price. Castell Caereinion on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is the location for his first pic, taken on 3rd September 2017.  Depicted, head on, is No.823, Countess, approaching the passing loop as No.822, The Earl, waits to depart for Welshpool.

The next location is Welshpool New Drive level crossing where Bevan photographed Superb, a visiting loco from the Sittingbourne & Kelmsley Light Railway and Joan. Both were double heading a service towards Llanfair.

The next three shots were taken, by Bevan, on the Kirklees Light Railway, (15" gauge on the trackbed of the former Clayton West Branch), on 9th September 2017. This first shot was taken at Shelley Station and features Hurricane (visiting from the Romney Hythe & Dymhurch Railway, Owl and Katie.

Skelmanthorpe is the venue for the last two of Bevan's KLR shots. The first shows another visiting loco from the RH&DR, Winston Churchill. 

This final one features Prince Edward of Wales and Synolda.  These two were Greenly/Basset Lowke designs,  4-4-2s from Rhyl Miniature Railway and Ravenglass Railway, respectively.

Our fourteenth shot is from Mark Tombs' recent trip to Newcastle. Pictured are a pair of Tyne  & Wear Metro Units, Nos 4047 and 4049, passing at a sunny Tynemouth Station on 27th August 2017.

The final ten shots in this post are from David Quayle. Up first are several shots taken on the North Norfolk Railway on 2nd September 2017.

The first one (left) shows ex WD class '9F' 2-10-0, No. 90775 with a passenger service at Holt.  Ex LNER 'B12' 4-6-0, No.8572 (61572), is pictured light engine (right) at Weybourne, in shot number two.

Ex GNR/LNER class 'N2'  0-6-2T, No1744,(69523), is up next (left), also taken light engine, at Weybourne.  She was fitted with condensing apparatus to save water when working on the Metropolitan Railway between Kings Cross and Moorgate. The second shot, right) was taken at Sheringham. Double heading pair Nos 76084 and 53809 are pictured heading a passenger service. No.76084 is an ex BR 'Standard' class '4MT' 2-6-0; No.53809 is an ex S&DJR class '7F' 2-8-0.

Both of the above shots were taken at Holt. The first (left) features two locos described above. Nos 1744 (69523) and 8572 (61572). The second Holt shot (right) features No.1744 again and ex GWR  0-6-0T, No.7714.

Both of the above shots were also taken at Holt. Pictured left are Nos 7714 and 8572 (background), both described previously. In the right hand pic No 7714 is again shown together with ex BR standard class '9F' 2-10-0, No.92203 Black Prince, to the fore.

The final two shots from David are pictured above. The left hand shot was taken at Sheringham and features No.7714 and No.92203 Black Prince, both described above. On the right is No.8572 (see details above) at Weyborne with a passenger service. There are a few pics remaining in my in-tray which I will try to use shortly.

David has spent a long time putting together a website describing all steam locomotives in preservation, and their history.  Go to Preserved British Steam Locomotives

Friday, 25 August 2017

Pot pouree of traction

Today's post, 25th August 2017, features 24 pics sent in by four contributors. Many types of rail traction are described, therein.


First up are six pics from Geoff Monks. Number one shows Freightliner class 66, 66567, on the new deviation at Norton Bridge. The working was a Southampton - Garston intermodal on 15 August 2017.

Next is GBRf class 66, 66745 Modern Railways, The First 50 Years, at the same location, on a Toton - Crewe engineers' working on 15 August 2017.

A Berkeley - Crewe nuclear working (single flask) is up next from Geoff taken at the same location on the same date. DRS class 57s, 57306 Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate 175 and 57302 Chad Varah are double heading.

Next is the ex L&YR class 27, 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.52322 bringing in empty stock to Bury Station for a Heywood service. The pic is dated 19 August 2017.

The above loco is featured again, on the same date, in the next two shots from Geoff.  In this shot No.52322 is pictured taking on water at Rawtenstall.

In this shot the same loco is shown leaving Bury with a service to Rawtenstall.

Four photographs now follow from Bevan Price. First up is Colas Rail Freight class 60, 60026, at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on 26 June 2017. The working was the Carlisle - Chirk logs.

Next is a Dumfries shot taken on 28 June 2017. Depicted is GBRf class 66,66728 Institute of Railway Operators, with a Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay tanks working.

Pic three from Bevan features two separate workings headed by class 37s. The left working headed by DRS class 37, 37425 Sir Robert McAlpine/Concrete Bob is a Carlisle - Barrow service out of the station. This service is passing Colas Rail class 37, 37421 on a test train, in the siding. The pic is dated 30 June 2017.

Bevan's fourth and final pic shows Class 43, 43162, leading a HST at Moreton - in - Marsh on 8 July 2017. The service was Hereford - Paddington (rear power car unidentified).

The next eight shots are from Jeff Nicholls.  The first three, below, were all taken at the DRS Open Day in Carlisle on 22 July 2017. The line-up of class 68s featured an example in each DRS livery.
Depicted are class 37, 37259 (L) - class 88, 88008 (R) - class 68s, 68026, 68001, 68012 and 68006 (C).

 Pic 4, below, from Jeff depicts Stanier, ex LMS 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45690, Leander, heading the 'North Wales Coast Express' over the Sankey Viaduct, on 23 July 2017.

The next three shots were taken on the narrow gauge, Welshpool and Llanfair Railway.  The first shot above, was taken at Castle Careinon on 30 July 2017. The second shot was taken just outside Welshpool on 1 August 2017. The 0-6-0T loco No.823, in both shots, was heading the 'Vintage Train' in the pic on the left. No.823 is actually No.2, The Countess, but currently liveried in 1930's GWR livery.

The third W&LR shot, taken on 30 July  2017, was also at Castle Careinon. The 0-6-0T loco No.822 (ex No.1) The Earl, in black livery,  is to the fore.
Both locos No.1 and No.2 (GWR/BR No's 822 and 823) were built in 1902 by Beyer Peacock.

Jeff's final shot was taken at Llangollen on 1 August 2017. Featured is outside cylinder pannier tank No.1501, a visitor from the SVR.

The last six shots in this post are from Mark Tombs - all taken on 5 August 2017. Taken at or near  Blackpool and Preston, Mark describes the area as "multiple unit heaven". His first two (below) are from Preston - this one (L) shows a Manchester airport service - a 'Pennine Desiro' DMU class 185, 185 119. His second (R) features a Northern Rail 'Pacer' DMU, 142 class - 142 001 - with a service to Colne.

Pic number three at Preston shows EMU class 319, 319 361 with a Preston - Liverpool South Parkway service.

This fourth shot from Mark was taken at Blackpool South. Depicted is a Northern Rail 'Sprinter' class 150 - 150 203 - from Colne.

Mark's penultimate shot shows a Northern Rail 'Express Sprinter' class 158 - 158 757 passing Poulton No.3 signal box with a Blackpool North - York service.

Completing this post is another NR class 150 - 150 270 - leaving Kirkham & Wesham with a Colne - Blackpool South service.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Bluebell in focus

Today's post, 30th July 2017, begins with the three shots that should have ended the previous post, but due to a major malfunction had to be postponed until now. Nine shots are featured from two contributors.


The three 'missing' pics are all from Jeff Nicholls. First up is GBRf class 66, 66711 Sence, with a Liverpool - Drax P.S. biomass working at Earlestown, on 5th July 2017.

Next is GBRf class 66, 66714 Cromer Lifeboat, also taken at Earlestown on the same date. The working was the reverse of the above, a Drax P.S. - Liverpool biomass empties, via Chat Moss.

Jeff's final shot was of DRS class 88, 88006 Daring, heading the 'Tesco Express' through Winwick on 5th July 2017.

Next are six new shots taken on three Preserved Railways by David Quayle. First up is a Beamish Museum' shot of the Elephant locomotive. It is a replica of a Wallsend wagonway engine built on site, in 2002. The pic is dated 25th May 2017.

This one was taken on the ELR at Rawtenstall on 21st June 2017. Pictured is ex GWR Hawksworth 'Modified Hall' 4-6-0, No.6990 Witherslack Hall, at the water tower.

Next are four shots taken on the Bluebell Railway. Ex SR Maunsell 'Q' class, 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.30541, is pictured at Sheffield Park on 26th June 2017.

Ex LB&SCR class 'E4'  0-6-2, No.473 Birch Grove, is shown in the shed at Sheffield Park, on 26th June 2017.

Ex BR 'Standard' class 2-10-0, No.92240, is up next, taken on 28th June 2017 at the same location.

Finally, three locos are depicted at Sheffield Park on 26th June 2017. EX SER 'O1' class 0-6-0 tender loco No.65, is pictured beside ex BR 'Standard' class '5MT' 4-6-0, No.73082 Camelot. Directly behind No.65, is ex SE&CR 'H' class 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.263.