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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Five More 'Retros'

First of all may I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year with better weather than we have experienced in 2012. I am using just seven pics in today's post, 30th December 2012, as the continued poor weather of late has seriously affected the number of contributions. Five of the seven are also in the 'retro', pre 2000 category.


WINWICK


Pic number one is from Matthew Chambers. DBS class 60, 60019 Port of Grimsby and Immingham, is shown on a coal working at Arpley Junction. The pic is dated 15th December 2012.

Code - December W7




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Next up, shot number two, is from Bevan Price. EWS class 60, 60097, is shown on a Roxby- Northenden empty 'binliner' working at  Moorgate Crossing (Uppermill) before the contract passed to Freightliner. The pic, dated 31st May 2006 is from Bevan Price.





'RETRO' PICS - PRE 2000



Pic number three overall is from David Quayle. Class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48281, is pictured on a goods working at Carlisle on 7th August 1965.









Our fourth pic is another from David Quayle. This is a view of Workington Shed on 14th November 1965 - how many loco classes can you recognise?








Yours truly has sent in pic number five taken on my trips to Wolverhampton Stafford Road shed in the early 1960's. My trusty Halina compact camera and FP3 film gave great service during that year when many GWR locos were lined up for scrap in Stafford Road. Outside of the 'scrap line' was double chimney 'Castle' class 4-6-0, No.5036 Lyonshall Castle, ready for service. The pic is dated 1962.




Harry Tranter has provided the next pic, number six, taken at a North East shed, possibly Heaton or Consett, in 1960. Pictured is a 'B16' class 4-6-0 of Vincent Raven (originally NER class 'S3') No.61429.







The seventh shot has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. It depicts Stanier 'Black Five' No. 45095 on a goods working at Patricroft Station on 3rd January 1967. Jeff took this on a Brownie 44B 127 camera and he recalls that 1/60th, 1/30th and B were the only settings. Good job it was a fine day eh...









Last chance to vote for the 'Pic of the Month', November 2012 competition; voting closes at 2400hrs Tuesday 1st January 2013. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All eligible November dated pics, posted between November 8th and December 6th, have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not. Voting is poor so far so please vote if you haven't done so already.

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Winwick, UK and 'Retros'

This post, 19th December 2012 is a mix of local Winwick area pics, alternatives from other UK locations and more pre 2000 'retro' pics. Seven contributors are represented.

May I also take this opportunity to wish all our contributors, readers/viewers and supporters a very Merry Christmas and a Prosperous 2013.


WINWICK


First up is Matthew Chambers' shot of double heading Freightliner class 86s - 86628 and 86639 - dragging a Freightliner class 66 (dead in tow), 66589. The working was an intermodal, the location was Bank Quay and the date, 15th December 2012.

Code - December W4




Another shot from Matthew, pic number two, features DBS 'Tug' 17 (a regular on this blog at the present time). 60017 is pictured at Arpley Junction with a coal working on 15th December 2012.

Code - December W5





60017 is depicted again in pic number three taken at Arpley on the same date, 15th December 2012. Matthew Chambers is the photographer again and the working is coal.


Code - December W6




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Bob McClellan's shot of EWS (DBS) class 60, 60071 Ribblehead Viaduct is up next, pic number four. Taken at Plumley on 18th December 2012, the loco is shown heading back to Peak Forest with the Oakleigh empty hoppers.

Code - December A9




The next pic, number five, has been sent in by David Wood. Pictured is DBS class 60, 60019, on a LBT-FFPS working through Rainhill on 5th December 2012.

Code - December A10




'RETRO' PICS - PRE 2000



Two pics from Geoff Monks begin this section. The first, pic number number six overall, shows steam loco No.35007 Aberdeen Commonwealth in Weymouth shed on 10th July 1966. The loco is a SR  'Merchant Navy' class 4-6-2, designed by Oliver Bulleid and introduced in 1941.






Pic number seven, from Geoff, features the front end of a SR Merchant Navy 4-6-2 and a BR 'Standard' class 5. They are standing in Nine Elms shed on 19th February 1967.








Pics eight and nine are from David Quayle. Pic number eight is a close up of Leeds Holbeck shed on 10th July 1966. Pictured are LMS Ivatt class '4F' 2-6-0, No. 43130, LMS Fowler class '4P' 2-6-4T, No.42394, and diesel shunter class '04' 0-6-0, D2272. Holbeck was one of Britain's favourite sheds for railway photographers and artists.






Shot number nine, from David, features a huge BR class '9F' 2-10-0, No. 92130, in rust and grime livery, typical of the time. The loco is pictured at Carlisle on 23rd October 1965.









Harry Tranter has supplied pic number ten from his photo library. BR Standard class '4MT' 2-6-0, No.76020, is pictured at Winwick Quay on a goods working in September 1961. Harry adds that the slide film used was Agfachrome CT18.






Pic eleven is from Bevan Price. Taken at Saalfeld in Germany the loco, No.95 0044 8 was photographed on 29th August 1970.








Harry Tranter's second pic, pic number twelve overall, is of a Gresley LNER 'B12' class loco, No.61572, standing in Stratford Works in 1962. The film was Agfachrome.







Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month', November 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All November dated pics posted between November 8th and December 6th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not. Please vote if you haven't done so already. 

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Dragged 'Silver Bullets'

Today's post comprises six pics from four contributors. As the number of contributions decreases as we approach the end of 2012, in the next post I will use the 'retro' pics stored in the 'bank' for another 20th century post.


WINWICK


Both pics in this section are from Jeff Nicholls and they also show the same working. First up is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66162, dragging a stricken EWS (DBS) class 92, 92036 Bertel Brecht, on the china clay working ('silver bullets') of 12th December 2012. The location was Twelve Arches. The class 92 had failed further south.

Code - December W2



Pic number two shows the same working from the rear. The 66 came off at Arpley Yard and the 92 set off on its own again (recovered).

Code - December W3






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic numbers three and four are from Matthew Chambers, both taken in the evening at Wigan stations. Pic number three was taken at Wallgate on 8th December 2012 and features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66043.

Code - December A5





Pic number four was taken at North Western on the same date, 8th December 2012, and shows WCRC class 57, 57601.

Code - December A6







Pic number five has been sent in by David Wood and is another of his Rainhill shots. Pictured is DBS class 60, 60017, on a LBT-FFPS coal working on 5th December 2012.


Code - December A7






The final pic in this post was taken today, 13th December 2012, by Andy Parkinson. The location was Astley and the temperature, sub zero, but the Stanier 'Black Five' looks superb set against frost and blue sky. The loco is No.44871 with support coach working Castleton Hopwood Groundframe (ELR) - Kidderminster (SVR) to help out with the Santa Specials.

Code - December A8



Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', November 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All November dated pics posted between November 8th and December 6th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not. 

Thursday, 6 December 2012

More steam, diesels and electrics

The number of pics in this post, 6th December 2012, reflects the downturn in numbers being received for inclusion on the blog. I am using nine pics from five contributors.


WINWICK


First up is a pic from Jeff Nicholls. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66018, is pictured at Bank Quay with an empty limestone hopper working, Margam - Hardendale Quarry. Jeff's pic is dated 28th November 2012.

Code - November W21






Next, pic number two, has been sent in by Ieuan Wood. DRS class 66, 66428, is shown in close up heading an intermodal working through Winwick on 21st November 2012.

Code - November W22




Pic number three shows double heading Freightliner class 86s, 86612 and 86632, on a Coatbridge - Basford Hall intermodal at Winwick, on 5th December 2012. The pic is from Bob McClellan.

Code - December W1




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic number four is from David Wood. The giant ex LMS Stanier 'Pacific', No. 6201 Princess Elizabeth, is pictured heading the Slough - Chester 'Cathedrals Express', near Beeston on 4th December 2012.
Code - December A1





Our fifth pic has been sent in by David Quayle. One of David's autumn Gala shots depicts ex LMS (Fowler) 'Jinty' 0-6-0 tank, No. 47324. The location was Bury on the ELR and the date, 20th October 2012.









DBS class 60, 60017 is up next, pic number six, from David Wood. The coal working was taken at Rainhill on 5th December 2012.


Code - December A2






Bob McClellana's shot of DBS 'Tug', 60019 Port of Grimsby and Immingham is next, pic number seven. The loco is pictured heading a Liverpool - FFPS coal working at Rainhill on 5th December 2012.

Code - December A3






A 'Skip' is next, pic number eight from David Wood. David's pic shows the rear end of the 'Cathedrals Express' railtour described above. DBS class 67, 67016 is the banker, and the date, was 4th December 2012.

Code - December A4







Finally, pic number nine has been sent in by Colin Platt. Another of his WSR shots from an Autumn Gala, the loco in focus is class '9F' 2-10-0, No.92203 Black Prince, owned (and currently for sale) by wildlife artist David Shepherd. The passenger service is pictured on Ker Moor approaching Blue Anchor; the date was 4th October 2012.









Voting can now begin for the 'Pic of the Month', November 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All November dated pics posted between November 8th and today, December 6th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not. 



Monday, 3 December 2012

Pics of the Month, October 2012 - RESULTS

Congratulations to Bob McClellan, Jeff Nicholls (joint) and Colin Platt, winners of the October competition.


WINWICK

1st =  October W15  by Bob McClellan. Posted 28th October 2012


 DBS class 60, 60040, The Territorial Army Centenary was photographed by Bob McClellan on 25th October 2012, at Golborne, heading a gypsum working.







1st = October W12  by Jeff Nicholls. Posted 28th October 2012


 The Network Rail 'Sprinter', track recording dmu, is from Jeff Nicholls. 950 001 is pictured at Twelve Arches on 26th October 2012.











3rd = October W1 by John Smith. Posted 10th October 2012


The green 'Duchess' was pictured at Winwick on 8th October 2012 by John Smith. The giant Stanier 'Pacific', No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, and support coach, were travelling south.






3rd = October W14  by Jeff Nicholls. Posted 28th October 2012


This pic is another from Jeff Nicholls, taken at Twelve Arches. DBS class 40, The Territorial Army Centenary is shown heading Runcorn Folly Lane - Arpley tanks, on 26th October 2012.







ALTERNATIVE UK & WORLD PICS


1st  October A24   by Colin Platt. Posted 28th October 2012


Colin took this pic during his trip to the WSR Gala on 5th October 2012. Class '9F' 2-10-0 No.92203 Black Prince, is featured on a passenger service. The loco is owned by wildlife artist David Shepherd and is currently up for sale.







2nd =  October A10    by David Quayle. Posted 23rd October 2012


David visited one of the ELR Galas for this shot. Double-heading pair, class '3F' 0-6-0 tender locomotive No. 47324, and 0-6-0 saddle tank No.132 Sapper are pictured at Burrs Country Park on 20th October 2012.







2nd=  October A7  by Colin Platt. Posted 19th October 2012


Colin's pic was taken at the WSR gala on 6th October 2012. Pictured is Ivatt class '4' 2-6-0, No.43106, (built 1951) heading a passenger service over Ker Moor towards Blue Anchor.







Friday, 30 November 2012

A Tale of Two 'Tugs'

Todays's post, 30th November 2012, features a picture-story of two DBS 'Tugs', in Arpley Yard.


WINWICK


Pics one and two are from Bob McClellan. The first was taken at Arpley on 27th November 2012 and shows DBS class 60, 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, (at the rear) parked up with a loaded coal train. It was very close, too close in fact to a junction, and when DBS 'Tug' 60019 Port of Grimsby and Immingham arrived to get onto the adjacent track, 'Tug' 40 had to be reversed a little to allow its classmate through. 

Code - November W15


Pic number two of Bob's shows 'Tug' 40 leaving Arpley (for FFPS) after the event. Same date obviously, 27th November 2012.

Code - November W16






DBS 'Tug' 60019 Port of Grimsby and Immingham is shown next in pic number three from Jeff Nicholls.The loco is pictured on the north bank of the River Mersey on 28th November 2012.

Code - November W17




Pic number four is from Ieuan Wood and features yet another tug on our patch, 60079, on a coal working at Winwick. Ieuan's pic is dated 21st November 2012.

Code - November W18




EWS (DBS) class 66, 66199, is up next in shot number five from David Wood. The loco is heading a gypsum working through Winwick on 15th November 2012.

 Code - November W19





The early morning 'Tesco Express' is featured next, pic number six from Jeff Nicholls. Now in the hands of DRS, the working was headed by double heading class 66s, 66303 and 66431 . The pic was taken at Red Bank on 12th November 2012.

Code - November W20



The next very special pic has been sent in by Rachel Colvil. When our dear friend and colleague Ray Whitfield passed away in March, a fund was set up to provide a bench in his honour. Rachel has emailed me with two pics of the completed bench which I have montaged into a single shot for the blog.  The location for Ray's bench is Ladywood Green, Westbrook, Warrington. Ray's wife Olive sends her heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated.





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




Pics eight and nine are both from Matthew Chambers. Pic eight shows class 09 diesel shunter 09019 in Mainline Freight Company's 'aircraft blue' livery. The shot was taken at Burton on 10th November 2012.

Code - November A8





Also taken at Burton was pic number nine featuring five class 56s standing in a line. They were 56051, 56007, 56081, 56065 and 56060. All are in Fertis grey livery. All are in private ownership (Ed Stevenson) I think. Matthew's pic is dated 10th November 2012.
Code - November A9




The final pic is from David Quayle. Depicted are ex SR 'T9' class 4-4-0 No. 30120 and ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0 31806. The location was Bewdley on the SVR and the date, 21st September 2012.








Voting ends tonight at 24.00hrs for the 'Pic of the Month', October 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow October code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All October dated pics posted between October 10th and November 4th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post, contributor or not,  is eligible to vote; please do so if you haven't already. 

REMEMBER : October was a huge month for the 'Alternative Pics' section with so many Gala shots covered. With this in mind I will use the top two pictures for 'Pic of the Year', Alternatives 2012 from the monthly October competition. This means that at the end of the year thirteen pics will qualify for the Alternatives title rather than twelve.