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Wednesday, 30 May 2012

Winwick; Crewe; ELR; NYMR and Beyond.

As the title suggests this post, 30th May 2012, comprises a huge mix (fifteen) of locomotive classes, steam and diesel, contributed by twelve photographers.

I have so many pics in at the moment (you can tell that the weather is good) that it is impossible to place them all on the blog. Everyone who sends in pics will be represented, however.



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First up in this huge, fifteen-pics post, pic number one, is one of John Smith's Red Bank shots. Featured is the Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233, Duchess of Sutherland  travelling north with 'The Citadel' charter on 26th May 2012.

Code - MAY W22






The second shot is from Bevan Price. Two class 60s are shown, EWS (DBS) 60065 and TATA steel liveried 60099, both with coal workings, empty and loaded, in Latchford Sidings. This pic is dated 12th April 2012.








Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70002, is shown next, pic number three, from Andy Parkinson. The working was coal and the location, Winwick. Andy's pic is dated 23rd May 2012.


Code - MAY W23






 'Royal Purple' liveried class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, is shown next in pic number four from Jeff Nicholls.  The working was empty flats for repair, Arpley - Springs Branch, and the date, 23rd May 2012.

Code - MAY W24






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




A class 20 diesel is up next, pic number five, from Ken Young. The location was Bury on the ELR and the date, 3rd March 2012. The logo is the BR small example.










Pic number six has been sent in by Matthew Chambers and is another example of his low lighting, photographic expertise. Two DRS class 37s, 37606 and 37603, are pictured double heading a charter at Crewe on 24th March 2012.








The seventh shot is from Alan Rigby. Colas class 56, 56094, is shown on a test run with Colas class 47, 47739 Robin of Templecombe. The working was Washwoood Heath - Washwood Heath via Crewe and Derby. The date was 23rd May 2012.

Code - MAY A18




Geoff Monks has sent in pic number eight - DBS liveried class 60, 60091is shown approaching Whiston Station with a LBT-FFPS coal working on 28th May 2012.

 Code - MAY A19







Our ninth pic is from Brian Rigby. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66161, is depicted with empty stone hoppers at Clay Cross. The working was Washwood Heath-Peak Forest and the date, 23rd May 2012.

Code - MAY A20






Alan Rigby was at Crewe on 23rd May 2012 to photograph Arriva Trains class 67, 67001, on a Crewe - Cardiff - Holyhead passenger working. This is pic number ten.

Code - MAY A21






Bob McClellan's pic of class 44 diesel, D8 Peny Ghent leaving Rowsley with a service train on 27th May 2012, is pic number eleven. Bob adds that this is probably what the scene was like in the 1960's when Manchester - St Pancras trains passed through.

Code - MAY A22





A retro shot from the 1960's is next, courtesy of David Quayle. Pictured are double heading  LMS Ivatt class 4MT, 2-6-2 locomotives, No.43011 and 43073 on a freight service (empty iron ore wagons) through Moor Row. The class was built between 1948 and 1952 and numbered 162 on completion.  The pic is dated 3rd June 1966.






Another 1960's shot is next, pic number thirteen, from new contributor Paul Boyland. The loco is an LMS 'Princess Coronation' class 4-6-2  but the name/number are not known. This pic was taken by Paul's father in the 1960's; the location was Acton Bridge. Paul owns the Penketh Model Railway Centre with a link to the right hand side of the blog - tap him up for a discount if you go.







Pic number fourteen is from Colin Platt. A class 08 0-6-0 diesel shunter is pictured at Pickering on the NYMR on 5th May 2012. The working was a mixed freight with an 'Express Dairies' milk tank behind the diesel.


Code - MAY A23





A Stanier 4-6-0 'Black Five', 44679, is pictured next in another 1960's shot from Paul Boyland. The location for this pic was Runcorn Station.










Only one day left to vote for the 'Pic of the Month', April 2012 competition - closing time is 24.00hrs, 31st May 2012. The response so far is a little disappointing. All April dated qualifying pics posted between 1st April and 6th May 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.


Sunday, 27 May 2012

A Miscellany of Pics

Today's post, 27th May 2012, comprises another mixture of pics featuring modern traction and steam from ten contributors.



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Pic number one is from Andy Parkinson. It was taken at Winwick on 23rd May 2012 and features class 31, D5513 (31190), working Arpley - Arpley via Hellifield.


 Code - MAY W18







The second pic is from Jeff Nicholls. Colas Rail class 47, 47739 Robin of Templecombe, is featured hauling a dmu via the use of two translator coaches,  Kilmarnock - Birkenhead. The location was Bank Quay. The pic is dated 16th May 2012.

 Code - MAY W19





Jeff has also sent in pic number three showing DBS class 60, 60091, on a LBT-FFPS working on the low level line at Bank Quay. The date was 16th May 2012.


 Code - MAY W20







The same loco is depicted next, in pic number four, from Dave Harris. The location was Red Bank, the working was Carlisle - Crewe and the date was 24th April 2012.










The fifth shot, sent in by yours truly, shows yesterday's (26th May 2012) 'Castle to Scotland' charter passing through Red Bank. At the head is Charles Collett's ex GWR 'Castle' class 4-6-0 loco, No.5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe. The headboard reads 'The Caledonian'. This loco was built in 1936 and originally named Barbury Castle. She was renamed  in 1937.

Code - MAY W21






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS





Pic number six is from Alan Rigby. Pictured is the GBRf class 66, 66709 Sorrento, sporting the MSC ship logo. Alan took the pic at Whittaker Junction; the working was a Hams Hall-Felixstowe intermodal and the date, 23rd May 2012.

 Code - MAY A12







The next pic, number seven, is from Colin Platt. Taken at the recent NYMR Gala, the pic shows BR 'Standard' class '4MT' 4-6-0, No.75029 The Green Knight, on 4th May 2012.


Code - MAY A13







Geoff Monks has supplied pic number eight showing DBS class 66, 66097 at Cranberry, on 23rd May 2012. The working was Southampton- Halewood empty car transporters.

 Code - MAY A14








The East Lancs Railway at Bury was the setting for David Quayle's shot, number nine, taken on 20th May 2012. Featured are 0-6-0 saddle tank No.132 Sapper, and diesel shunter class 08, D3871.

 Code - MAY A15






Bob McClellan has sent in pic number ten, taken at Chelford on 17th May 2012. GBRf class 66, 66742, is shown on a Felixstowe - Barton Dock intermodal.

Code - MAY A16








Pic eleven features a class 158 unit in East Midlands livery, 158 847, taken by John Smith. The location was Collins Green, the train was a diverted Liverpool - Norwich football special, and the date was 5th May 2012.

 Code - MAY A17





Only four days left to vote for the 'Pic of the Month' April 2012 competition. All April dated qualifying pics posted between 1st April and 6th May 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.

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Three Steam and Eight Modern Traction.

Five Winwick area pics and eight Alternative pics comprise today's post, 24th May 2012. Eight contributors are represented.

May I remind you of Rachel Colvil's request for donations towards a bench, in memory of our friend and colleague Ray Whitfield, which I described in the previous post, 20th May 2012.


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First up, pic number one, shows Colas class 47, 47739 Robin of Templecombe, heading two Arlington Fleet Services (of Eastleigh) translator carriages at Golborne on 21st May 2012. John Smith sent in this one.

Code - MAY W13





Next, pic number two, is from Paul Holland. Depicted is EWS (DBS) class 60, 60065 Spirit of Jaguar, heading a FFPS coal train past Arpley on 24th May 2012.


Code - MAY W14






Shot number three is from David Wood. The 'Royal' DBS class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, is shown at Twelve Arches heading tank wagons  on 22nd May 2012.


Code - MAY W15






Jeff Nicholls has sent in pic number four. It is an unusual shot of the Arpley stabled EWS (DBS) class 08, 08879, working 'outside'. Here it is heading a couple of bogie wagons out of Walton Yard to be attached to a later Springs Branch, 'wagons for repair' working. This pic is dated 23rd May 2012.

Code - MAY W16





Pic number five, from Geoff Monks, shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66135, approaching Latchford with a FFPS - Newbiggin gypsum working on 16th May 2012. Geoff adds that all the semaphores on the Bank Quay Low Level Line are soon to be replaced with coloured lights.

Code - MAY W17





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


Shot number six, the first in this section, is from John Smith. DBS class 60, 60091, is pictured on a FFPS-LBT coal empties working at Collins Green on 5th May 2012.

Code - MAY A7







EWS (DBS) class 66, 66207 is up next, pic number seven from Bob McClellan. The working was empty stone hoppers, Pendleton to Moreton-on-Lugg and the date, 17th May 2012. The location was Chelford.

Code - MAY A8







Three steam locos are featured next, in pic number eight, from David Quayle. The location was Llangollen and the locos - No.49395, No.58926 and No.828 - have all been described in previous posts. David's pic is dated 22nd April 2012.








A second shot from David Quayle, shot number nine, was taken on 20th May 2012 at Bury, on the ELR. Pictured is class 40 diesel D335 (40135) at Bury Bolton Street Station.

 Code - MAY A9








Colin Platt has sent in pic number ten, taken as the Gresley 'A4' No.4464 Bittern approaches Levisham Station on the NYM Railway on 5th May 2012. Behind are Gresley teak coaches.

Code - MAY A10






The same location, on the following day, 6th May 2012, hosted the BR 'Standard' class '7' loco No.70000 Britannia. The loco carries the headboard 'The  Waverley';  the contributor is Colin Platt.

 Code - MAY A11






The voting for 'Pic of the Month', April 2012 continues. but there are only seven days remaining. Please vote now if you havn't already done so. Look in previous posts, back to 9th May, for details.

Sunday, 20 May 2012

Six Winwick; Eight Alternatives

I have received an important email from Rachel Colvil about a future memorial bench for our colleague, the late Ray Whitfield. Please support Rachel if you can. It reads as follows:-


"My name is Rachel and I am a neighbour and very close friend of Olive and the late Raymond Whitfield. I have recently been in touch with Warrington Council to arrange for a memorial bench in Raymond's honour to be placed at the green at Ladywood Road close to where Ray lived. The Council have ok'd this and we are now looking to arrange donations to help cover the costs. Olive has very kindly offered to pay the dfference so I am trying everything possible to raise the funds. I wondered if you would be kind enough to put a link on your website for paypal. I have set up a donations page."

https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=GJRVTW6LG2RHJ


We have another fourteen pics in today's post, 20th May 2012, mostly featuring modern traction.




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To kick us off, pic number one, is Geoff Monks' shot of DBS class 60, 60091, passing Slutchers Lane after the Latchford run round. The working was a FFPS -  LBT coal empties, via Ditton. Geoff's pic is dated 16th May 2012.

Code - MAY W7








Pic number two has been sent in by Bob McClellan. Featured is a Colas class 66, 66846 on the logs working, Carlisle - Chirk, passing through Winwick on 17th May 2012.


Code - MAY W8







Pic number three features another Colas loco, class 47 47739, Robin of Templecombe, at Red Bank on 16th May 2012. The photographer was David Wood. The class 47 was moving a class 507 Merseyrail unit from Kilmarnock to Birkenhead following repair (info from Jeff Nicholls). The coach behind the loco is presumably a translator coach.


Code - MAY W9





Paul Holland's shot of treble heading DRS class 37s is up next, pic number four. The lead loco is 37604 with 37611 on the tail. The middle loco is not known. The pic is dated 18th May 2012.

 Code - MAY W10








Shot number five is from Jeff Nicholls. Shown are two EWS (DBS) locos class 60, 60045 The Permanent Way Institution and class 66, 66092. The former was on a LBT coal empties working while 66092 was waiting to leave with the Wednesday working of wagons to Springs Branch, for repair. The date was 2nd May 2012.

Code - MAY W11




The sixth and final shot in this Winwick section is from Geoff Monks. Pictured pausing at Bank Quay for a crew change is DBS 'Royal' liveried  class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, on a Burnley-Wolverton Royal Train empty coaching stock move . HM The Queen had been dropped off at Burnley earlier in the morning for a Diamond Jubilee Celebration event in the town. Latest DBS 'Royal' liveried class 67, 67026 Diamond Jubilee, was on the tail. The pic is dated 16th May 2012.

Code - MAY W12




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




Bob McClellan's shot of Stanier 4-6-2, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, is up first in this section, pic number seven overall. The Brunswick Green 'Pacific' was heading the 'Welsh Dragon' charter through Hargrave, on its way to Holyhead. The pic is dated 19th May 2012.

Code - MAY A4





Pic number eight is from John Smith. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66138 is shown on the tail of 'The Olive Branch' charter at Chorlton, on 14th April 2012. At the head was EWS (DBS) class 66, 66063.









A car transporter working is next, shot number nine, sent in by Ken Young. The location was Garston and the loco is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66079. Ken's shot is dated 28th March 2012.









Andy Appleton has supplied our next pic, number ten, taken at North Staffordshire Junction on 29th September 2008. The double heading EWS (DBS) locos are class 66, 66059 and class 60, 60079 (Foinaven?).










Colin Platt has sent in the following two shots, taken at the recent North Yorkshire Moors Gala. Pic number eleven depicts BR 'Standard' class '7' 4-6-2, No.70000 Britannia, standing at Grosmont Station on 4th May 2012.


 Code - MAY A5






Pic number twelve from Colin is another Grosmont shot, but of Gresley 'A4' 4-6-2, No.4464 Bittern. This pic is also dated 4th May 2012.

 Code - MAY A6









A pic from the recent 9-day Gala at Llangollen is next, pic number thirteen, from David Quayle. Ex Caledonian Railway (CR) class '812' 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.828 (57566), is pictured on a passenger working on 22nd April 2012.









Pic number fourteen, the final pic in this post, is from Matthew Chambers. Shown is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66150 on an intermodal working on 21st January 2012. The location is not named.










I have received a few votes for the 'Pic of the Month' April 2012 competition but need more. All April dated qualifying pics posted between 1st April and 6th May 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 send  me the pic number, blog post date (not picture date) and photographer for each pic you choose - email address at the top of the blog. A person can only vote once and contributors can't vote for themselves. 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 who reads this blog, contributor or not, can vote.


Note - code numbers next to some pics in this and the previous post refer to the May monthly competition and will be used for all future monthly competitions, to make it far easier to vote. The April competition rules for voting are unchanged however, see above.