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Friday, 27 July 2012

Pics of the Month, June 2012 - RESULTS

Here are the winning entries from the June competition. Congratulations to all concerned and thank you to the people who voted.




WINWICK



1st  JUNE W3  by Dave Harris. Posted 11th June 2012


Pictured is preserved class 47, 47580 County of Essex, (now with the union flag on the side, a feature of Stratford-based locos) on the tail of a Crewe - Carnforth empty coaching stock working. Up front was WCRC class 47, 47854, recently named Diamond Jubilee. Dave's pic is dated 4th June 2012.







2nd  JUNE W4  by Colin Platt. Posted 11th June 2012


The Brunswick Green 'Duchess' is featured in this pic.The PMR railtour, 'The Royal Scot', was working Milton Keynes - Carlisle and return with the 'Duchess' on the Crewe - Carlisle - Crewe legs. The location was Red Bank and the date was 9th June 2012.








3rd  JUNE W13 by Bob McClellan. Posted 30th June 2012


DBS class 60, 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, is shown heading coal empties at the Ferry Inn near the Marina. The pic is dated 25th June 2012.










ALTERNATIVE PICS (UK AND WORLD)




1st  JUNE A14 by David Quayle. Posted 30th June 2012



David often sends in impressive shots from his regular trips around Britain's Heritage Railways. This one was taken at Sheffield Park on the Bluebell Railway on 20th June 2012. Pictured is ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0, No.1638, one of a pair running on the 'Bluebell'.








2nd  JUNE A4 by Barry Rigby. Posted 11th June 2012



Barry's pic was taken at Horton-in-Ribblesdale on 2nd June 2012, another  featuring the 'Brunswick Green' Stanier 4-6-2, No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland.









3rd =  JUNE A8 by Geoff Monks.. Posted 21st June 2012





This pic features Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70014, northbound through Chorlton with five ex Railtrack wagons. The pic dated 20th June 2012.










3rd = JUNE A6 by Geoff Monks.. Posted 16th June 2012




This pic was taken Daresbury on 14th June 2012. Preserved electric class 86, 86259 Les Ross, is pictured on the Euston - Carnforth leg of a railtour to Carlisle. Steam loco, Duchess of Sutherland, was booked for the Carnforth - Carlisle - Carnforth legs

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Eleven from Seven

Eleven pics pack today's post, 26th July 2012, sent in by seven contributors. This is also the final day for voting in the June competition; as previously explained, the closing date has been brought forward. You have until 12pm tonight to vote, if you havn't already done so. All of you, contributors or non-contributors, can vote. I will post the winners on, Friday 27th. The voting for the July competition will start on July 28th.



WINWICK



First up is a pic from Jeff Nicholls. It is an unusual but very effective shot showing the popular 'silver bullets' (china clay) working as we don't normally see it. The loco at the head is DBS class 92, 92031. The date was 6th June 2012 and the location, Bank Quay.






Pic number two is from Bob McClellan. EWS (DBS) class 60, 60045 Spirit of Jaguar is shown on the Winwick bi-directional up slow line, on an empty coal hoppers working, back to LBT. Bob's pic is dated 23rd March 2012.






David Wood has sent in pic number three taken at Winwick on 20th June 2012. Arriva class 57, 57315, is pictured travelling north, light engine.







Pic number four features The Deltic Preservation Society's D9009 (55009) Alycidon, in an up-to-the-minute shot from John Smith. Taken today, 26th July 2012 at Newton-le-Willows (off the viaduct).

Code - July  W19








ALTERNATIVE UK PICS





First up in this section, pic number five, is from David Quayle. Pictured at Sheffield Park, on the Bluebell Railway, are 2-6-4T tank engine No.80064, Bulleid small 'Pacific' 21C23 Blackmoor Vale and ex LB&SCR 0-6-0 'Terrier' tank, 672 Fenchurch. The pic is dated 20th June 2012. Congratulations to David for passing the 100 mark with his contributions.





Our sixth pic is from Colin Platt. Taken at Grosmont on the ELR, the loco shown is ex NER class 'T2'/'Q6' 0-8-0,  No.63395. The pic is dated 1st October 2011.











Pic number seven is from Alan Rigby. Stanier class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48151, is pictured at Horton - in - Ribblesdale with 'The Fellsman' railtour. The date was 18th July 2012.


Code - July A16





Pic number eight is from Bob McClellan. EWS (DBS) class 92s, 92019/027/025 are shown on a Carlisle - Euxton test train,. The pic was taken at Euxton on 18th July 2012.


 Code - July A17





John Cameron's 'Streak', 60009 Union of South Africa is up next, pic number nine, taken at Flint on 22nd July 2012. The pic is from Jeff Nicholls.


Code - July A18





DBS class 60, 60079, is shown in pic number ten from Alan Rigby. The working was Preston Docks- Lyndsey empty tanks and the location was Hoghton. The pic is dated 18th July 2012.


 Code - July A19




The final shot in this post, number eleven, was taken by Bob McClellan. Stanier 'Black 8' or class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48151, is shown heading 'The Fellsman' railtour  at Hoghton on 18th July 2012.


 Code - July A20

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

More of 60009

The 'Streak' Union of South Africa features strongly in today's post 24th July 2012. We have another ten pics on view from eight contributors including three of the 'A4'.



WINWICK



Our first pic is from Jeff Nicholls. 'The North Wales Coast Express' passed the Leigh Golf Club at Culcheth on 22nd July 2012 with class 47, 47270 Swift, on the tail.The train is shrouded in exhaust fom the 'A4' at the head (see next pic).

Code - July W15





Jeff's second pic shows the same railtour taken from the front with Gresley 'A4' 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa, at the head. The location was Chat Moss and the date, as above.

Code - July W16





The same 'A4' is featured in pic number three from Chris Sutcliffe. Chris hasn't posted for ages so welcome back Chris. The location was Winwick and the date, 22nd July 2012.


Code - July W17




Pic number four is from Matthew Chambers. Colas class 47, 47739 Robin of Templecombe, is pictured at Wigan NW with two translator coaches sandwiching a DIT class 507 unit. The pic is dated 16th May 2012.







The fifth pic in this Winwick area section has been sent in by Geoff Monks. Freightliner class 90, 90048, is depicted northbound, at Winwick, with the 'Pretendolino'. The working was an empty stock move from Wembley to Preston in order to work a Preston -  Euston service the same evening. The pic is dated 22nd July 2012.

Code - July W18





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




David Quayle has provided the first two pics in this section from his visits to Heritage Railways throughout the country. First up, pic number six, shows the ex GWR 2-8-0 No.3850 and the ex Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway class '7F' 2-8-0, No.88 on the West Somerset Railway at Minehead. The pic is dated 14th June 2012.




David's second shot, pic number seven, is from the same location but on 11th June 2011. Pictured is ex GWR Manor class 4-6-0 No.7828 Norton Manor  (previously named Odney Manor)  awaiting maintenance.







Pic number eight is from Alan Rigby and again features John Cameron's 'A4' which he has owned since 1966. No.60009 Union of South Africa is pictured leaving Hellifield heading for Carnforth on 18th July 2012.

 Code - July A14




Our ninth pic has been provided by Bob McClellan. Colas class 66, 66848, is shown on the Carlisle - Chirk logs working on 18th July 2012. The location was Helwith Bridge on the S&C.

Code - July A15






The tenth and final pic in this post is from John Smith. The Bala Lake Railway in North Wales was the location for John's shot of 0-4-0ST Maid Marion, dated 30th June 2012.









Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', June 2012 competition. Details in the 18th July 2012 post. Due to other commitments I need to end the on-going July competition early, on July 27th. So, get your July dated pics in before then, to qualify; no voting until the 28th, though. For the same reason the June competition voting will also end early, on July 26th, so that I can post the results on the 27th July. You have just 3 days to vote. Please vote now if you havn't already done so, and thank you to all of you who vote - your efforts are very much appreciated.

Saturday, 21 July 2012

Lucky Thirteen

Another thirteen pics are posted today, 21st July 2012, representing seven enthusiasts. Several of the pics were taken on the same day, 18th July 2012.


WINWICK


Jeff Nicholls' shot of the Northern Belle (NB) is up first taken on the WCML near Arpley on 20th July 2012. The loco in NB livery is 47790, Galloway Princess, running Euston - Blackpool.

Code - July W11






Next, pic number two, is a shot from Bob McClellan taken at Winwick on 16th July 2012. DRS class 66, 66302, is shown with a Springs Branch - Daventry repaired wagon move.

Code - July W12






Pic number three is from Alan Rigby. Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70002, is pictured passing through Winwick with a LBT - Rugeley Power Station coal working on 4th July 2012.

 Code - July W13








David Wood's shot is next, pic number four. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70011, is shown at Twelve Arches with a coal working on 30th April 2012.








The fifth and final shot in this local section has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. Featured are double heading EWS (DBS) class 92s, 92027 and 92025 (DIT) on the daily Arpley - Carlisle test working of 4-wheeled, engineers wagons.

Code - July W14





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



First up in this section, pic number six, is from Colin Platt's last visit to the Severn Valley Railway. Taken at Kidderminster on 24th March 2012, ex GNR class 'N2' 0-6-2T, No.1744 (69523), is shown at the station.











Next, pic number seven, is from Bob McClellan. Class 37, 37109, is pictured entering Ramsbottom Station on the ELR on 14th July 2012.

Code - July A8







EX LMS, Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No.45379, is shown in David Quayle's shot, number eight, taken at Ropley on the MHR on 18th June 2012.








Bob McClellan's third shot in this post, number nine, was taken at Horton - Ribblesdale on 18th July 2012. Featured is Ex LMS, Stanier 'Black Eight' or class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48151, working hard on 'The Fellsman' railtour.

Code - July A9





David Wood has sent in pic number ten, taken Hellifield on 18th July 2012. Ex LNER, Gresley class 'A4' 4-6-2 ('Streak'), No.60009 Union of South Africa, is pictured standing at Hellifield after taking on water. The working was a Carnforth - Hellifield - Carnforth test run.
Code - July A10




The same locomotive and working was pictured leaving Hellifield by Alan Rigby on the same date, 18th July 2012. This is pic is number eleven.

Code - July A11









Our twelfth pic has been sent in by Geoff Monks. GBRF class 66, 67709, sporting its recent livery advertising the MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company), is depicted passing Manchester Oxford Road with a Trafford Park - Felixstowe intermodal on 18th July 2012.

Code - July A12





The final pic in this post, number thirteen, is from Alan Rigby. Featured are three EWS (DBS) class 92s, 92019/027/025 on a Carlisle Yard - Arpley test run. Alan's pic is dated 18th July 2012 and the location was Euxton.

Code - July A13






Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', June 2012 competition.  Details in the previous post.
Due to other commitments I need to end the on-going July competition early, on July 27th. So,  get your July dated pics in before then, to qualify; no voting until the 28th, though. For the same reason the June competition voting will also end early, on July 26th, so that I can post the results on the 27th July. You have just 5 days to vote. Please vote now if you havn't already done so, and thank you to all of you who vote - your efforts are very much appreciated.

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Winwick, UK and The World

Today, 18th July 2012, I am using eleven pics showing railway subjects taken around Winwick, in other UK locations and in Switzerland.


WINWICK



First up is a pic from Jeff Nicholls. Two DRS class 20s, 20308 and 20309, are shown passing northbound, through Winwick, with a motley collection of passenger stock on a Stratford-on-Avon - Carlisle railtour. The pic is dated 7th July 2012.

 Code - July W6





Next, pic number two, has been sent in by Geoff Monks. DRS class 47, 47805 (47790 on the rear) is pictured heading north, through Winwick, with the Northern Belle 'special'. It was running Liverpool Lime Street - Bank Quay (pick up) - Alnmouth. The pic is dated 14th July 2012.

 Code - July W7




Alan Rigby has sent in pic number three, taken at Monks Siding on 4th July 2012. The working was a FFPS - Ellesmere Port coal empties, hauled by Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70015.


Code - July W8




EWS (DBS) class 90, 90028, is up next in pic number four from John Smith.  John thinks that this working was a sleeper 'positioning ' move through Winwick on 11th July 2012.

 Code - July W9





The fifth shot in this section is from Jeff Nicholls. Three EWS (DBS) class 92s - 92025, 92027 and 92011 - are depicted on a trial coal run through Winwick on 11th July 2012.

 Code - July W10






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



A second shot from John Smith is up first in this section, pic number six, overall. The Teifi Railway is featured for the first time on our blog (I think?). 0-6-2T loco Sgt Murphy is  pictured at Henllan. The Teifi railway is a narrow-guage railway located at Henllan, around four miles to the east of Newcastle Emlyn on the Carmarthen and Ceredigion borders.

 Code - July A4




Class 08 diesel shunter 08444 is next up in a shot from Paul Holland, pic number seven. The shunter was photographed at Bodmin General on 1st July 2012.


Code - July A5





Pic number eight is a second from Geoff Monks. Colas class 66, 66848, is pictured on the Carlisle - Chirk logs working on 11th July 2012. The location was Helsby.


Code - July A6






Alan Rigby has sent in pic number nine, taken at Euxton on 4th July 2012. EWS (DBS) class 92, 92003 Beethoven, is shown on the Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay working ('not so silver bullets').


 Code - July A7





Ex SE&CR 0-6-0 class 'P', No.323 Bluebell is featured next, pic number ten, from David Quayle. The engine was photographed at Sheffield Park on 20th June 2012.








ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS





Pic number eleven, the first for quite a while in this Alternative World Pics section, is from David Wood. It was taken on the Brienz Rothorn Bahn in Switzerland on 20th August 2009. Two short trains are shown in a  particularly pictorial, mountain setting. The rack railroad driven by steam engines climbs over a height difference of 1,678 feet and takes about one hour.

 




Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', June 2012 competition. The voting system is simpler than ever - just send me the yellow code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World). All June dated pics posted between June1st - July 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. Following my continued pleas for voters the situation is improving slightly. However, it is noticeable that some contributors who are not voting are doing well in the competitions. 

Due to other commitments the on-going July competition will be ended on July 27th so get your July dated pics in before then. No voting until the 28th, though. For the same reason the June competition voting will also end early, on July 26th, so that I can post the results on the 27th July.