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Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Ten pics, Nine Photographers, Two sections

Before I start this post, please note the addition of a second slide show - the number of pics on the blog are now split into two. See slide show instructions.

Today's post, 28th February 2012, is a large one and features ten pics from nine photographers, including a new contributor.  A warm welcome to Ieuan Wood, our 35th contributor.


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First up is Alan Rigby's shot of EWS (DBS) class 60, 60065 Spirit of Jaguar, on an engineeers' working, southbound through Winwick, on 19th February 2012.

** This shot qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.







Next is a shot from Jeff Nicholls, pic number two. Featured is EWS (DBS) class 67, 67017, crossing the Mersey Bridge heading south, light engine, on 3rd February 2012.

** This shot qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'








Pic number three is from John Smith. Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70010, is shown heading a coal working close to the junction at Winwick, on 25th November 2011.






The fourth pic in this section has been sent in by Bevan Price. Grand Central HST (power cars 43465 and 43467) passed through Winwick, southbound, on 20th February 2012. The working was empty carriage stock from Heaton to Crewe.

** This shot qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Geoff Monks has contributed the first pic in this section, pic number five overall. Welsh Highland Railway 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 Garratt 'K1' is pictured between Snowdon Ranger and Rhyd Ddu, on 27th March 2008. Snowdon summit is to the left.






Pic number six is from Matthew Chambers. A couple of posts ago I used Matthew's shot of a Network Rail Test Train standing at Wigan Wallgate, with class 73s front and back. 73138 was in that pic and 73107 is shown here, photographed from the opposite end of the train, also at night. The pic is dated 14th February 2012.

** This shot qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'





A recent visit to a large model railway exhibition in Glasgow enabled Alan Rigby the chance to photograph some of the trains at Central Station. Pic number seven shows 'ScotRail' class 380, 380 012, standing in the station. The class 180 emus are part of the Siemens 'Desiro' UK family of designs that includes classes 185 and 350.

** This shot qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'



Pic number eight has been sent in by Barry Rigby. EWS (DBS) class 60, 60024, is depicted arriving at Peak Forest with an empty Northwich - Tunstead Quarry working, on 8th February 2012. Note the mix of snow and stone dust covering the ground.

** This shot qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'




The ninth shot features the ex L&YR class '25',  0-6-0 tender loco No.957, (BR No, 52044) built by Beyer Peacock in Manchester in 1887. It is heading some wonderful ex L&YR passenger carriages (8-wheel and 6-wheel). According to the L&YR Trust website, the carriages are appointed with 'lake' (purple brown) lower panels, 'saddle' (light brown) upper panels and 'umber' (chocolate brown) window surrounds. The picture was taken by David Quayle at Keighley on the K&WVR on 12th February 2012.

** This shot qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'





The tenth and final shot is from new contributor, Ieuan Wood. The famous ELR 'Super D' 0-8-0 tender locomotive, No. 49395, is shown at Bury (?). The ex L&NWR class G locos of Charles Bowen-Cooke were known as 'Super Ds' because many were rebuilds of George Whale's earlier class 'D' 0-8-0s. The pic is dated 21st January 2012.





The 'Pic of the Month, January 2012' competition ends tomorrow - midnight February 29th. Please vote if you haven't already. All qualifying pictures (dated January 2012) entered between 1st Jan and 8th Feb, 2012, are highlighted in yellow on each page posted between those dates, to make it easier for you. Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd, please. 

Don't vote in the February competition until after March 7th. There has been concern raised that pics taken at the end of any month are disadvantaged as there is little chance of them appearing on the blog in that month. So, I will give 1 week's 'grace' at the end of each month to allow me to try and place such pics on the blog. Qualifying pics must be dated in the appropriate month, however.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Nine Pics from Eight Contributors

We have pictures for all three sections again today, 26th February 2012, from eight contributors.


WINWICK


Geoff Monks has sent in the first picture showing DBS liveried class 60, 60054, on a Oubeck - Crewe Basford Hall working (engineers), southbound, through Winwick on 19th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012.






The second shot is from Bob McClellan. This shows a brand new loco, DRS liveried class 66, 66409, on an intermodal working southbound, through Winwick, on 24th August 2005.








ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


First up, pic number three, is from Matthew Chambers, showing the DBS class 60, 60054, on an engineers working at Bamfurlong on 19th February 2012.  This was the same working that Geoff Monks took, above, on the same day at Winwick.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012.






Next, pic number four, is from Barry Rigby. Freightliner class 66, 66550, is pictured nearing Barnetby Station with a coal working from Immingham Coal Terminal heading to Drax Power Station. The pic is dated 24th October 2011.







A visit to the NRM is up next, pic number five, from Paul Holland. Stanier 'Pacific' No.6229 Duchess of Hamilton, is displayed in her 'Crimson Lake and Gold' liveried streamlining, on 11th July 2009.









The sixth pic is courtesy of  David Quayle. Shown are steam locos No.49395, described in the previous post, 16th December 2012 and 957 (52044) , described in the previous post, 20th February 2012. The pic was taken on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway on 12th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012.






David Quayle has also supplied pic number seven. This shows BR Standard class 7, No,70013 Oliver Cromwell, surrounded with steam at Loughborough on the GCR, on 27th January 2012.









The eight pic is from John Smith. Taken not far from Murdishaw, two DRS class 37s are shown topping and tailing a Network Rail Test Train (NWTT). The loco nearest the camera is 37607. Fiddlers Ferry Power Station provides the backdrop. John's pic is dated 16th February 2011.





ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS




Jeff Nicholls supplies the pic for this section, taken in Poland on 2nd October 2008. The electric loco is EP07 1051 standing at Wroclaw station. Jeffs adds that these locos are similar in appearance to early UK 25kv electrics, and the one in the pic has been repainted into BR 'Electric Blue' and fitted with a replica  'cycling lion' crest.




The 'Pic of the Month, January 2012' competition  ends in three days time - February 29th. Please vote if you haven't already. All qualifying prints entered between 1st Jan and 8th Feb 2012 are highlighted in yellow, to make it easier for you. Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd, please.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Diesels, Electrics and Steam

Nine more pics for today's post, 23rd February 2012, covering all three sections.


WINWICK


Pic numbers one and two are from Bob McClellan and touch a subject I have covered to a small degree in previous posts. Class 60, 60007 has appeared in several guises over the years and here is an old Load Haul livery example to compare with the modern DBS equivalent. The location for both pics is the line from Walton Junction to Latchford. The first shows 60007 in Load Haul livery on 13th January 2005.



Bob's second pic shows 60007 in its latest DBS red livery. It carries the logo 'Switch on to Safety' and is named Spirit of Tom Kendell. The naming ceremony was carried out on 7th September 2011 at a private ceremony at Knottingley Depot in remembrance of the young engineer Tom Kendell, who died in a tragic accident. This pic is dated 15th February 2012.


** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.




Pic number three, taken on 19th February 2012, is from Alan Rigby. Shown is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66139, crossing the arches by the entrance to the EWS/DBS depot on Slutchers Lane. The working was engineers wagons.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.





Next is another shot of the Class 86, 86259 Les Ross, taken at Bank Quay on 11th February 2012. This loco was certainly popular with photographers as it worked the winter 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtours in February. The photographer was Matthew Chambers.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.





Pic number five is from Jeff Nicholls. A pair of EWS/DBS class 90s, 90018 and 90036, are shown crossing the Mersey with EWS/DBS class 92, 92003 Beethoven, visible in the background with a china clay working. An unusual shot with three electric locos. The shot is dated 25th January 2012



ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



First up, pic number six overall, is one of David Quayle's shots from the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway. The two main locos in the picture are 43924 and 41241. In September 1968, ex LMS class '4F' 0-6-0 of Henry Fowler, No 43924, became the first locomotive ever to be rescued from a scrapyard, the famous Woodham Bros in  Barry, South Wales. No. 43924 was overhauled and  re-entered revenue-earning passenger service on the K&WVR in July 2011. Small tank engine 41241 is a BR class '2MT', 2-6-0 which entered service in BR days, 1949, to a H.G. (George) Ivatt design. David's shot is dated 12th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.



Pic number seven is from John Smith. EWS/DBS class 60, 60022, is shown on a Leeds - Peak Forest empty stone hoppers working at Calder Bridge Junction, Wakefield. The date was 4th April 2007.






Matthew Chambers has sent in pic number eight taken on 11th February 2012. Class 73, 73138, is depicted at Wigan Wallgate on a NR measurement train at night (?).  Another class 73 taken by Matthew was on the other end, 73107; this pic will appear in a later post.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.



ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS



Pic number nine, the only shot in this section is from Jeff Nicholls. The location is Lucca in Italy. The loco on display at the side of the road is 2-8-2, No.940 1002, which is pushed back into the tunnel behind, in winter.

Monday, 20 February 2012

Winwick, Keighley and Zimbabwe

As the title suggests this post, 20th February 2012, comprises pics which cover all our three sections, Winwick, UK and the World.


WINWICK




First up is a pic from Alan Rigby dated 19th February 2012. DBS class 60, 60054, is pictured southbound through Winwick with an engineers working, Carnforth - Crewe Basford Hall.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.







The second pic is from Geoff Monks. Taken on the same day, 19th February 2012, EWS (DBS) class 60, 60065 Spirit of Jaguar, is shown on a similar working at Winwick.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.






Shot number three has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls and changes the subject. Track machine DR73921 is shown on the Mersey Bridges approach on 25th January 2012.






The fourth shot in this Winwick area section is from Bob McClellan. Bob's pic shows class 86, 86259 Les Ross,  on a Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour past Golborne on its way to Preston. The pic is dated 11th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS





First up in this section, pic number five, is a shot from Barry Rigby. Barry photographed BR 'Standard' class,7, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, climbing Houghton Bank on the Blackburn line, after leaving Preston with the Cumbrian Mountain Express, on 11th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics  'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.







The sixth shot is from John Smith. Taken at Calder Bridge Junction on 4th April 2007 John's pic shows EWS class60, 60007, in EWS branding but older Load Haul livery, on a Immingham - Arpley working. Loco 60007 has been shown on the blog recently in DBS red livery.






David Quayle has sent in pic number seven, taken at the recent Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Gala on 12th February 2012.  Pictured are ex L&NWR class '2F'  0-6-0T, No.58926 (left,) and ex L&YR class '25' 0-6-0, No.957.

** This pic qualifies for Alternative Pics  'Pic of the Month, February 2012'.






Pic number eight shows two class 50s owned by the 'Class 50 Alliance'. Matthew Chambers' pic of 8th November 2011 depicts 50044 Exeter and 50049 Defiance double heading, light engine at Boarshead, Wigan.






ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS






Pic number nine, the only one in this section, is from Geoff Monks. National Railways of Zimbabwe 15th class 4-6-4 + 4-6-4 Garratt No.371, is pictured in the Lukosi Gorge on a Thomson Junction - Bulawayo goods, on 10th July 1987.




The 'Pic of the Month, January 2012' competition is still running - ends February 29th. Please vote if you haven't already. All qualifying prints entered between 1st  Jan and 8th Feb 2012 are highlighted in yellow, to make it easier for you. Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd, please.

Friday, 17 February 2012

From Winwick to Wakefield

I can't believe it's 17th February 2012 already - Christmas seems like yesterday. Four shots in each section today, Winwick area and Alternatives.


WINWICK



First shot is from Jeff Nicholls, taken at Winwick on 1st February 2012. The HST test train is shown on a cold winter's day with part frozen  'Lake Winwick' to the fore. Locos, front and back are class 43s, 43014 and 43013.

** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'




Next, pic number two, is from Matthew Chambers. Featured is DBS class 60, 60011, on a Pathfinder Tours railtour through Earlestown on 17th December 2011.







Pic number three has been sent in by Ken Young. One of the latest Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70s, 70014 is shown on a loaded coal working for Fiddlers Ferry. The location is Slutchers Lane (low level line) and the date, 26th January 2011.





Dave Harris has sent in pic number four (I'm surprised no-one else has this one) of two class 73s en route through Winwick on 15th February 2012. Dave adds that the train was supposed to be running around the Mersey Rail Network but was recalled early to Derby. The working was a Wigan - Derby test train with (B.A.R owned) 73107 Redhill 1844-1944 at the head and (A.C.Locomtive Group owned) 73138 pushing.


** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS






Next up, pic number five, is one of Geoff Monks' NCB specials. Pictured is 0-6-0T Hudswell Clarke loco 895, built in 1909, taking loaded wagons from the NCB Bedlay Colliery near Coatbridge, to the BR exchange yard. Geoff's pic is dated 20th April 1979.






Pic number six is from David Quayle's extensive library of steam gala pics.  This one shows Charles Collett  'Hall' class 4-6-0, No.4953 Pitchford Hall, in the distance and Richard Maunsell 'King Arthur' class 4-6-0, No. 30777 Sir Lamiel,  on a passenger working at Quorn & Woodhouse on the GCR. The pic is dated 28th January 2012.




Barry Rigby has sent in the next shot, number seven, of a cold and dusty Peak Forest. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66128, is working empty stone hoppers for Tunstead Quarry on 8th February 2012.

** This pic qualifies for Alternatives 'Pic of the Month, February 2012'






The final shot in this post, number eight, is from John Smith. John's pic was taken at Calder Bridge Junction, Wakefield, on 4th April 2007. Featured is Metronet liveried class 66, 66719 METRO-LAND heading a gypsum working, Cottam Power Station - Newbiggin.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Eight Diesel, Two Steam Locos

Four pics per section comprise today's post, 15th February 2012, and eight photographers are represented.


WINWICK



First up is a pic from Jeff Nicholls taken at Winwick on 4th February 2012. The two class 37s, 37676 and 37685 were on a 'Sptfire Railtours' special from Birmingham to Fort William. Jeff adds that the first coach is a generator vehicle to supply heat to the train.



** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month 2012', February.



Pic number two is from Bob McClellan. Bob's shot shows EWS class 60, 60018, on an intermodal through Winwick  15th October 2005.








Another of Alan Rigby's Tangmere shots is next, pic number three. The Bulleid 'Pacific', No.34067, is shown with support coaches at Winwick on 26th January 2012.








Pic number four in this Winwick area section is from Dave Harris. The location was Earlestown and the date, 1st February 2012. The loco is a first use of a Gti (Refurb) class 60 on the Fiddlers Ferry coal hoppers. DBS class 60, 60007 The Spirit of Tom Kendell, is pictured leaving platform three at Earlestown, destined for Liverpool Bulk Terminal.


** This pic qualifies for Winwick Area 'Pic of the Month 2012', February.


ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


Pic number five, showing two class 66 locos, is from John Smith. Taken at Calder Bridge Junction, Wakefield,  on 6th November 2011, EWS class 66, 66040, is depicted with an intermodal working Wakefield Europort - Southampton. A Freightliner class 66 can be seen on the left.






The next pic, number six, is from Matthew Chambers. Taken at Wigan North Western on 23rd January 2012 Matthew's pic shows the DRS class 66, 66434, in its latest Malcolm livery.








Barry Rigby has sent in pic number seven, number three in this section, showing Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70007, at Acton Bridge on 17th January 2012. The working was Ditton - Felixstowe.







The last pic, number eight, is from David Quayle. Featured is BR 'Standard' class 8, No.71000 Duke of Gloucester, at Bury on the East Lancs Railway. The pic is dated 21st January 2012.