Wednesday, 30 June 2010
Monday, 28 June 2010
The first is from Andy Appleton, taken on 6th August 2007. Class 31, 31459 Cerberus is shown, southbound, at Winwick. This locomotive has been described and photographed in previous posts, (9th February and 21st March) topping or tailing NR test trains.
Jeff Nicholls' pic of class 47, 47851/D1648 Traction Magazine was taken at Bank Quay Station on 3rd September 2005. This locomotive has also been included in a previous post - 4th March.
The third and final pic is one taken by myself on 26th March 2010. The class 70, 70006, was travelling northbound through Winwick. This locomotive, and others in the class, have been seen quite regularly this year in the general Winwick area; 70006 was featured in 24th May and 21st February posts and described in the 8th March post.
Sunday, 27 June 2010
The second pic is from Alan Rigby taken in the evening, working south through Winwick.
Friday, 25 June 2010
The new-build stormed through Winwick twice yesterday, 24th June 2010, at the head of 'The Border Raider' railtour which ran Euston - Crewe- Carlisle and return. The Euston - Crewe leg and return were diesel hauled with A. H. Peppercorn's 4-6-2 given the job of conquering Shap on the Crewe-Carlisle leg, and an easier return over the S&C. It was on the latter stage that the train got held up by up to 90minutes.
I have already received a few pics of yesterday's railtour; two are shown here, others are 'banked' for future use. The first is the evening shot, through Winwick, from Geoff Monks showing the train in 'glinting' style.
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Andy Appleton contributed the class 50 pic showing locomotive 50031, (ex D431) Hood, on the tail of Virgin passenger stock, northbound, through Winwick on 19th September 2006. At the head and just in view is class 50, 50049 - look out for this loco in a future post. A cracking shot of historical interest, Andy. The 50, class 50 locomotives were constructed just down the road from Winwick, as English Electric Type 4s at the Vulcan Foundry, Earlestown, between 1967-68. They were originally numbered D400-449 and were built to haul, often double-headed, passenger traffic from Crewe to Glasgow / Edinburgh prior to electrification of this section of the WCML in 1973. In February 1974, D431 was renumbered 50031 and in 1978 the locomotive was named Hood - she was withdrawn for service in August 1991 and is now preserved.
Andy's second shot is of double-heading DRS class 37s, 37038 and 37069, working acid (?) tanks, northbound, through Winwick on the same day, 19th September 2006, about 40minutes after the class 50 had passed through.
Monday, 21 June 2010
The class 31 Brush Type 2 diesels were built at Loughborough by Brush Traction with the prototype D5500 outshopped in October 1957. By 1959 the British Railways' first production batch of locomotives had been completed. Under the numerical classification the locomotives with original engines were placed in class 30 with re-engined examples in class 31. A total of 263 locos had entered service by 1962.
John Smith's light engine version of class 31 31190/D5613 (top) was taken at Winwick (BR green; route learner) on 8th June 2007.
Andy Appleton's example, (pic number two), of 31190, also taken at Winwick, but in maroon livery and named Gryphon, is shown heading a yellow Test Train - this pic was taken on 21st August 2006.
The class 92 pics (from Winwick) are from Geoff Monks and myself and show the only two, EWS (DBS) liveried locomotives in this class. 92001, Victor Hugo, is from Geoff; the loco is heading an intermodal container working on 17th June 2010.
The same working but with a different locomotive - 92031, The Institute of Logistics and Transport - is the subject of my pic. This pic was taken on 26th May 2010. Of particular note are the empty wagons on both trains and the different ambient lighting conditions which have resulted in contrasting photographs.
Saturday, 19 June 2010
To this end the four pics today (19th June 2010) were taken at Red Bank, Bank Quay and Arpley Yard, all close to Winwick
Thursday, 17 June 2010
Bob's pic is of class 45, 45112 Royal Army Ordnance Corps, at Winwick, hauling an engineer's saloon around the northwest on 7th September 2004. The locomotive was built at Crewe in 1962 and withdrawn from service on 7th May 1987. She is preserved at the Barrow Hill Roundhouse.
The pic showing class 55, 55022 Royal Scots Grey, was taken on 24th May 2010 at Winwick; the locomotive was travelling south from the East Lancs Railway to Arpley Yard to pick up some passenger coaches.
Tuesday, 15 June 2010
Both of Alan's pics are of the same train. The first shows the leading locomotive - a class 47, 47714, in Anglia livery - heading a DVT, a First Great Western liveried coach followed by unbranded Virgin livery stock. On the tail, and the subject of Alan's second shot, is class 47, 47818, in One livery from East Anglia. One livery was changed in 2007 to National Express East Anglia. What an interesting train, which was photographed on 29th April 2006.
Jeffs pic is the first vignetted example on the blog but I don't know the details of how it was taken. EWS (DBS) class 37, 37401, is pictured heading cargo vans northbound. The pic is dated 5th August 2009 and it was taken from the Hospital side of the line before the balustrade fencing was erected.
Sunday, 13 June 2010
Pic number one was taken by Chris Sutcliffe on a filthy day at Bank Quay Station on 23rd March 2010. An Arriva liveried class 57, 57316 is heading two chocolate & cream, translator* coaches and some Royal Mail class 325 emus.
The second pic is from Alan Rigby and shows the Bank Quay low level line - this pic is dated 13th June 2008. EWS class 60, 60018 is featured heading a loaded coal train for Fiddlers Ferry Power Station.
The same line was the location for Ken Young's photograph (number three) of EWS (DBS) class 66, 66161, on the 'cartic' (car transporter) working. Ken's pic was taken towards the end of May 2010.
The final pic is from Jeff Nicholls and features another EWS (DBS)class 60, 60029, on a Liverpool Docks - Fiddlers Ferry coal working, heading towards Walton Yard to loop round. The pic is dated 28th February 2008.
* Translator coaches are used to allow rolling stock of different coupling types to couple up; often locomotives and dmus/emus.
Friday, 11 June 2010
Some people love them, others hate them, but 'glinters' always provide subjects for friendly banter. These pics are normally taken in winter, when conditions are favourable - a low sun reflecting from the side of a locomotive/train, overhead wires and track. The result is a gleaming subject, often monochromatic, set against strongly highlighted areas and a darker background.
I have been amazed at the sheer numbers and quality of contributions to the blog, to date. However, I am equally surprised about the lack of 'glinters' - maybe this indicates that few of the Winwick faithful are interested in them. Comments please in the box below.
I have taken a few 'glinters' over the past year or so; the two on show here were both taken along the southbound track, between Old Alder Lane Bridge and Winwick Quay. The first features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66097, on a Blackburn - Arpley cargo vans working, on 22nd December 2009.
Pic number two was taken on 11th February 2010 and shows a Pendolino unit - Voyagers and Pendolinos are excellent subjects for this genre of railway photography.
Thursday, 10 June 2010
The locomotive was part of a class of 36 built between 1973 and 1975 by BREL (British Rail Engineering Ltd) for use on the newly electrified WCML. From 1978-2005 the locomotive was named Sir Winston Churchill before acquiring the above ACoRP name until 2006. The locomotive was exported as 87019-6 to Bulgaria (with 87012 as 87012-1) in December 2006. In Alan's pic the locomotive is heading three, class 325 Royal Mail units, each of 4-cars. The first unit is 325 002, Royal Mail North West. The sixteen, class 325 emu's were built in 1995-96 and numbered 325 001 - 325 017.
Alan's pic is dated 29th April 2006, therefore this working must have been one of the last for 87019 in the UK.
Wednesday, 9 June 2010
Monday, 7 June 2010
Pic number one, taken by Geoff Monks, features the railtour taken from a unique position at Froghall Lane, close to Bank Quay Station. The famous local skyline is also a feature.
The second pic is from John Smith who preferred the more rural Golborne location, just up the main line from Winwick.
Sunday, 6 June 2010
Pic number two features Cotswold Rail class 47, 47817 John Peel, heading passenger stock of, mainly, Virgin origin. The pic is dated 17th March 2006.
The final pic from Alan shows a class 158 dmu, 158842, taken on 29th April 2006; the advertising vinyls for 'The Western Mail' show up well along the side. This is the first pic of a dmu on our blog (I think) and few 158s are seen at Winwick these days.
Friday, 4 June 2010
Cory Wilcock took the first pic at Red Bank showing the charter headed by three class 37s, 37685 and 37706 of the WCRC and 37218 of DRS.
Cory's dad, Chris Wilcock took the second shot, a nightshot, taken at Bank Quay of the same returning charter - 37706 leading. This is the first night shot on the blog and one to savour.
Thursday, 3 June 2010
Alan's pic shows EWS class 37, 37422 Cardiff Canton heading a mixed freight working comprising china clay tanks at the head of cargo vans. The china clay tanks are affectionately known as 'silver bullets' to railway enthusiasts. The pic was taken on 16th July 2008.
The pic from Jeff shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66103, working a northbound freight (acid tanks?) train on the down slow line. It is common to see dmu's on this line travelling north but not so for a freight train. The pic was taken on 7th May 2010.
The third pic, from David, features a Freightliner class 66, 66511, heading coal hoppers, southbound, on 26th May 2010.
Tomorrow's post will feature our first night shot on the blog.... don't miss it. And don't miss the 'Black Duchess' (Crewe - Blackpool - Derby) through Winwick again on Saturday - check for times in the UK steam info link at the right hand side of the blog.