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Sunday, 29 April 2012

Winwick, Bury and Llangollen

In today's post, 29th April 2012, I am using twelve pics, from our extensive 'bank', covering many different classes of steam, diesel and electric locomotives. Ten contributors are represented.



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Pic number one is from Andy Appleton and is dated 18th December 2007. Class 325 Royal Mail emus 325007/005/008 are pictured being dragged by class 87, 87028 Lord President, on a Shieldmiur - Willesden working.







I have several shots of 46233 in the 'bank', this one is from John Smith. John's pic, number two, was taken at Winwick on 27th April 2012. The engine plus support coach are pictured.

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





Bob McClellan's shot of EWS (DBS) class 60, 60065 Spirit of Jaguar is up next, pic number three. The LBT - FFPS coal working is shown approaching Latchford for the 'run round'. Bob's pic is dated 11th April 2012.

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





The TATA Steel class 60, 60099 is shown in pic number four from Matthew Chambers. This loco has been around our patch for a while now and this pic shows it at Bank Quay (driver change?) on a coal working. The pic is dated 3rd April 2012.

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





Pic number five is from Colin Platt. Taken at Red Bank on 27th April 2012, BR 'Standard' class '7 ' 4-6-2, No. 70013 Oliver Cromwell, is pictured heading the 'Great Britain V', a 9-day rail tour of the UK.

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





Pic number six has been sent in by David Quayle. Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' class 'Pacific' No.34067 Tangmere, is pictured in pouring rain passing through Winwick on 26th April 2012. It was worth getting soaked for this one David, we can see the rain in your pic.

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





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




First up in this section, pic number seven, is the DBS red liveried class 60, 60091, taken at Wigan North Western by Matthew Chambers. The engineers working was photographed on 24th April 2012.

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




The eighth pic is from David Quayle. The new build Peppercorn 'A1' class 'Pacific', No.60163 Tornado, is depicted at Llangollen on 22nd April 2012.

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





Pic number nine features a class 40 diesel, D335 and a class 37 diesel, 37901 Mirrlees Pioneer, standing at Bury on the East Lancs Railway. The pic is dated 3rd March 2012 and the photographer was Ken Young.







A pic of my own, number ten, is included next as it shows a location with two signals, side by side, for different diverging lines. It was taken at Sutton Weaver showing the bridge over the Weaver Canal. The loco is Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70004, on an Ellesmere Port - FFPS coal working. The pic is dated 17th April 2012.

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






Finally, pic number eleven  has been sent in by David Wood. It is a pic taken at the recent Llangollen Railway Gala on 23rd April 2012. The loco is the ex Caledonian Railway 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.828, designed by John McIntosh and built in 1899.

** This pic qualifies for Alternatives 'Pic of the Month', April2012.





Alan Rigby has sent in pic number twelve, taken at Acton Bridge on 25th April 2012. Ex LMS 4-6-2 No.46233, Duchess of Sutherland, has been around twice in three days and the photo opportunities have not been missed.

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




FINAL REMINDER   Tomorrow (30th) is the closing date  to vote for the 'Pic of the Month' March 2012 competition. You have until 24.00hrs.  So please vote now if you havn't done so. See the previous post for details.
Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not.

The deadline for posted, April dated pics to qualify for the monthly April competiton, is May 6th.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

The 'Green Duchess'

What lousy weather we are having at present just when some Heritage Steam locos are rostered for passage through Winwick. Today's post, 26th April 2012, features one such loco liveried in 'Brunswick Green', as voted by enthusiasts. I continue to receive a mountain of contributions and it is impossible to post them all - but everyone who sends in pictures will be represented on the blog. Keep sending them in.


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Jeff Nicholls is up first with his pic, number one, of the ex LMS Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233, Duchess of Sutherland, sporting her latest livery of 'Brunswick Green'. (According to the Internet she carried this livery from 1952/early 1953 - can anyone clarify?) The loco with support coach is pictured at Bank Quay where it was scheduled to stop but passed slowly through platform 4 without stopping. The pic is dated 25th April 2012.

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



The second shot is of the same loco, on the same date, taken at Winwick by David Quayle. Adding further interest is a class 175 dmu in the near distance.

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








Pic number three is also a repeat of the same working but taken by David Wood. The loco and support coach were travelling north, through Winwick.

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






The fourth pic is from Ken Young. Featured is TATA Steel liveried class 60, 60099, standing at Bank Quay in late evening on 16th January 2012. The working was coal.








Andy Parkinson has supplied pic number five. DBS class 67, 67005 Queen's Messenger is shown leaving the low level line heading for a crew change at Bank Quay. The headboard reads 'The Waverley Express' and the working was Shrewsbury - Edinburgh. The pic is dated 21st April 2012.

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




The same working is up next, pic number six, from Dave Harris. In Dave's pic the tail loco, 67027 Rising Star is clearly visible as the train passes through Red Bank on the same date, 21st April 2012; 67005 is up front.

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




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic number seven, the first in this section, is from Colin Platt. He took it on his recent visit to the Severn Valley Railway, at Highley. The loco is Gresley 'A4' class 4-6-2, No.4464 Bittern, and it is heading Gresley teak coaches out of the station. This pic is dated 26th March 2012.





David Wood has sent in pic number eight taken at the current 9 day 'Steel, Steam and Stars III' spectacular, at the Llangollen Railway.The loco is Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0. No. 44806 (running as scrapped sister loco 44801), pictured leaving Berwyn on 23rd April 2012.

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




A Network Rail Test Train (NRTT) is up next, pic number nine, from Andy Appleton. Andy hasn't posted for a while so welcome back. The former InterCity Instruction Coach DB977868 is pictured sandwiched between class 43, 43014 and class 31, 31285; class 47, 47145 Myrrdin Emrys, in BR blue livery with Railfreight decals, is at the head. Andy's pic is dated 1st June 2005. Unfortunately, 47145 was 'cut up' in 2009.



The latest 'Royal' class 67, 67026 Diamond Jubilee, is shown next, pic number ten, on the tail of the Euston - Runcorn 'Grand National Special'. The pic is dated 14th April 2012; class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, was at the head.

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





Shot number eleven is from David Quayle. Ex Caledonian Railway (CR) '812' class 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.828 (BR 57566), is pictured at Llangollen (same Gala as described for pic number eight, above) on 22nd April 2012.

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






David Quayle has also sent in pic number twelve taken at the same Llangollen Gala. Depicted are two locos side by side - ex GWR large 'Prairie' 2-6-2, No.5199 and ex GNR class 'N2' 0-6-2 tank locomotive, No.1744. The location was Llangollen and the date, 22nd April 2012.  

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




ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS



Pic number thirteen, the first and only pic in this section, is from Jeff Nicholls. The familiar DB red  livery is shown on loco No.115 112 4 at Berlin Osbahnhof, heading a push-n-pull service of double-decker carriages bound for Berlin Schonefeld Airport.  The pic is dated 4th June 2006.








Only four days left to vote for the 'Pic of the Month' March 2012 competition. All March dated qualifying pics posted between 1st March and 6th April, are highlighted in yellow. Please look through these posts and vote now if you have not done so already..... Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd. My email address is at the top of the blog. Just send me the pic number, blog post date (not picture date) and photographer for each pic you choose. If you wish to view the pics at better resolution use the first set of instructions in slide show options to the right of the blog. 
Everyone reading this post is eligible to vote, contributor or not. 

Monday, 23 April 2012

From Winwick to Blea Moor to Tamworth

Today's post, 23rd April 2012,  takes us to several locations within our defined blog areas, those in the post title, and more.



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First up is a pic from Jeff Nicholls. Two WCRC class 47s are shown 47804 at the head with 47237 on the tail of a Carnforth - Derby empty coaching stock move. The route was an unusual one according to Jeff - the lower route south out of Bank Quay and past Arpley, because workmen were busy on the high level tracks. Jeff adds "Note also the steam era '10A' shed plate on the front of the loco". Jeff's pic is dated 20th April 2012.

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



Next up is a pic from Andy Parkinson, Andy hasn't posted for a while so welcome back. The TATA Steel liveried class 60, 60099, is featured leaving Latchford sidings on 22nd April 2012. The working was Liverpool BT - FFPS coal.

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




Pic number three has been sent in by Bevan Price. Taken at Littons Mill, Warrington, EWS (DBS) class 66, 66106, is shown heading a FFPS - Newbiggin gypsum working on 20th March 2012.






The fourth shot is from Andy Parkinson again. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70013, is pictured at Bank Quay with a Liverpool BT - Ratcliffe Power Station coal working on 22nd April 2012.

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





Pic number five, the last in this section, is from David Wood. DBS red liveried class 92, 92031, is depicted passing south through Winwick on 16th April 2012 with an intermodal working.

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




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Ex LMS Fowler class '3F', 0-6-0 'Jinty' tank, No.47406 is up next, pic number six, taken by David Quayle at Highley, on the Severn Valley Railway. This pic is dated 23rd March 2012.







Several people have sent in shots of the recent 'Olive Branch No.2' tour. Two pics are shown, the first from John Smith. The lead loco is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66063, taken at Chorlton on 14th April 2012. The tour, from Woking, took in the Royal Seaforth Docks and went on to the Ribble Steam Railway in Preston. This is pic number seven, taken on 14th April 2012.

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



The tail loco on 'The Olive Branch No.2', EWS (DBS) class 66, 66138 is next, pic number eight, from David Hennessey. This was taken at Huyton on the same day, 14th April 2012.

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








Jeff Nicholl's shot, number nine, of two DRS class 66s on a RHTT (Rail Head Treatment Train) was taken at Blea Moor on the S&C line on 16th October 2010. The locos were top 66415 and tail 66424.







Ken Young visited Tamworth on 5th March 2012 and has sent in the next shot, number ten, of Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70017, taken at the low level station. The working was an intermodal.







Ex Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Sapper (WD132) is up next, pic number eleven, from Paul Holland. Shown in retro style the loco is taking on water at Heywood on the ELR.  This pic is date 7th April 2012.

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










I have received a few votes for the 'Pic of the Month' March 2012 competition but need more. All March dated qualifying pics posted between 1st March and 6th April, are highlighted in yellow. Please vote now if you have not done so already..... Winwick Area 1st, 2nd and 3rd and Alternatives (UK and World) 1st, 2nd and 3rd. Just give me the pic number, blog post date (not picture date) and photographer for each pic you choose. If you wish to view the pics at better resolution use the first set of instructions in slide show options to the right of the blog.



Thursday, 19 April 2012

Fourteen Pics from Ten Contributors

Today's post, 19th April 2012, is another 'monster' with a record fourteen shots on view covering steam, electrics and diesels. This reflects the huge number of pics in the 'bank' at the moment.



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Pic number one is from Matthew Chambers. Depicted are class 43s, 43467 and 43484, in Grand Central livery at Bank Quay on 3rd April 2012.

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






The second pic, from Bob McClellan, shows DBS red liveried class 66, 66097, on a FFPS-Newbiggin gypsum working on its way to Walton to 'run round'. Bob's pic is dated 11th April 2012.

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





John Smith has sent in pic number three showing Colas liveried class 66, 66850, on the logs working at Warrington Road, Golborne on 26th March 2012.






Shot number four of BR 'Standard' class '7', No.70013 Oliver Cromwell with support coach, is from Ken Young. The location was the Winwick Quay Postal Depot and the date, 1st March 2012.






Preserved class 86, 86259 Les Ross, is shown next  travelling north, light engine, in David Woods' pic taken at Winwick on 16th April 2012.

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




The sixth and final shot in this section is from Dave Harris. The oilseed rape field, lineside at Winwick, provides a pictorial foreground for Dave's shot of a Pendolino 390xxx. The shot is dated 16th April 2012.

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




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




First up, pic number seven overall, is this shot from Colin Platt. Taken at the recent Severn Valley Railway Gala, ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No.7812 Erlestoke Manor, is pictured approaching Highley (from Kidderminster) on 24th March 2012.







The next three shots have been sent in by new contributor David Hennessey; you are very welcome David. They are of the same 'special' working taken at Runcorn Station on 14th April 2012. The working was a London - Runcorn VSOE  Pullman Excursion for passengers destined to attend the Grand National at Aintree. Pic number eight shows the lead loco, DBS 'Royal Purple' liveried class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign.

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




The next pic, number nine, shows the tail loco - the latest Royal loco liveried in silver with an elongated Union Flag and the Diamond Jubilee logo both emblazoned on the side. It was 67026, Diamond Jubilee.

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





David has also included a pic, number ten, of one of the elegant Pullman coaches included in the rake, named Zena.

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





Another BR 'Standard' class '7' is featured next, pic number eleven from Bob McClellan. The loco, No.70000 Britannia, is heading a railtour to Chester and is pictured at Hargrave. The pic is dated 14th April 2012.

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





Alan Rigby has supplied shot number twelve, taken at Stenson Junction's freight only line, on 18th January 2012. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70016, is shown with a Ratcliffe - Basford Hall working of coal empties.





A Freightliner class 90, 90041, is up next in a pic from John Smith. The location was Chorlton, the date was 14th April 2012 and the working was Felixstowe - Ditton containers.

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





The final shot, pic number fourteen, is from David Quayle. It is a 'retro' shot of a class 23, 'Baby Deltic' D5907, shown at Kings Cross on 8th July 1967.







Congratulations to Bob McClellan who becomes the sixth person to have 100 pics posted on the blog. He follows John Smith, Jeff Nicholls, (200+ each), Geoff Monks, Alan Rigby and Ken Young.