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Friday, 28 September 2012

A Mix of Old and New


REMINDER : The proposed closure of Old Alder Lane by Warrington Borough Council with respect to vehicles, except those accessing buildings in the lane, will affect all Winwick enthusiasts profoundly. Please send your objections, with reasons, to the name and address below:-

Jo Nugent,

Senior Legal Assistant,
Quattro Building,
New Town House,
Buttermarket Street,
Warrington,
WA1 2NH.

Quote NET/119 when writing.

The closing date for objections is October 4th, so get cracking....

It appears that the threatened closure may be related to the proliferation of litter which, of course, has nothing to do with us; make sure you let them know. The litter problem may be linked to the anti-social behaviour that we witness from time to time, although most is carried out when we are not present i.e. in the late evening.

Today's post, 28th September 2012, comprises fourteen pics from eight contributors; they cover many locations from Winwick  to Germany, and three decades (80's, 90's and the present one).


WINWICK


First up is a pic from Bob McClellan  - a scan of a 1983 slide.The 'Peak' class 45 shown is 45148 heading the first Trans-Pennine Express to North Wales. The location was Earlestown (Platform 6) and the date, 16th May 1983.








Next, pic number two, has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. In the post of 10th September 2012, a pic from Jeff features the 'The Africa Express'. Pic number two, here, shows the tail of the same train with DRS class 47, 47805, banking. The full details of the working are in the 10th September post. The pic is dated 6th September 2012.

Code - September W12




John Smith has supplied pic number three showing Colas class 56, 56094, on an empty logs working, Chirk - Carlisle. The location was Winwick and the date, 21st September 2012.

Code - September W13





Pic number four is from John Smith. The psychedelic liveried GBRf class 66, 66720, is pictured on a FFPS - Newbiggin gypsum working passing through Golborne on 4th September 2012.

Code - September W14




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



David Quayle has sent in pic number five, one of his shots from a recent trip to the Ribble Steam Railway at Preston. Ex L&YR class 27 (built 1896) 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No. 1300 (52322), is shown heading at least one passenger coach. David's pic is dated 15th September 2012.

Code - September A17





Another older pic is next, pic number six, from David Wood. Two class 20 diesel shunters are shown hard at work at Point of Ayr colliery in 1991. They were 20154 and 20186; the exact date was 8th May 1991. The colliery closed five years later.







Pic number seven is another old one from David Wood, this one taken at Western Docks, Dover, on 11th March 1989. Pictured standing together are class 33s, 33205 and 33206.









Pics eight and nine are both from Matthew Chambers and feature the recent Diesel Gala at the East Lancs Railway. Pictured is Deltic class 55, 55022 (D9000) Royal Scots Grey, at Burrs Country Park on a passenger working. The date was 22nd September 2012.

Code - September A18





The same loco (although Matthew has other class 55s for another post) is shown at Summerseat Bridge in pic number nine. The date was the same, 22nd September 2012.

Code - September A19







Our tenth pic has been sent in by Geoff Monks.  Shown is Colas class 56, 56094, with a Carlisle - Chirk logs working on 22nd September 2012. The location was Dunham-on-the-Hill.


 Code - September A20





Pic number eleven features a DBS class 60, 60017, approaching Plumley Station with a Northwich - Tunstead Quarry stone hopper working. Bob McClellan is the photographer and his pic is dated 17th September 2012.


Code - September A21





Our twelth pic is another from David Quayle's Preston experience.  In this shot, Hunslet 0-6-0 saddle tank Walkden is shown ready for work. The loco was originally built for the war effort in France and numbered WD75105. David's shot is dated 15th September 2012.

Code - September A22





ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS



Pic number thirteen is the first in this section, from Bob McClellan. Bad Doberan is the location, and class 99, 99-231, is the loco. The line is the narrow gauge 'Mollie'  which runs from Bad Doberan to Kuhlungsborn in the former East Germany.







The last pic in today's post, number fourteen, is from David Quayle, David's summer holiday on the cruise ship Silver Cloud took him along the Kiel Canal in Germany, and this pic is one that he took on that trip. The pic is dated 21st July 2012.






You have until 2400hrs on 30th September to send in your votes  for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (combined UK and World). All August dated pics posted between August 13th and September 4th 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.  The response so far is disappointing - please vote if you haven't already done so.

Monday, 24 September 2012

Proposed Closure of Old Alder Lane

This post, 24th September 2012, is probably the most important post to date. The proposed closure of Old Alder Lane by Warrington Borough Council with respect to vehicles, except those accessing buildings in the lane, will affect all Winwick enthusiasts profoundly. Please send your objections, with reasons, to the name and address below:-

Jo Nugent,
Senior Legal Assistant,
Quattro Building,
New Town House,
Buttermarket Street,
Warrington,
WA1 2NH.

Quote NET/119 when writing.

The closing date for objections is October 4th, so get cracking....

Friday, 21 September 2012

UK, Brazil and Denmark

Today's post, 21st September 2012, reflects the number of contributions I am receiving  - 15 pics from nine enthusiasts. And the locations couldn't be more varied either, Winwick, Ribble Steam Railway, Chasewater Railway, Brazil and Denmark among others.


WINWICK


First up is a pic from Ken Young taken 31st July 2012 at Bank Quay. Featured is Stanier '8F' 2-8-0 No.48151 heading The Welsh Mountaineer railtour.










Pic number two is from Bob McClellan. Colas class 56, 56094, is pictured on a Chirk - Carlisle empty logs working at Winwick on 21st September 2012.

Code - September W9







Pic number three is one of my own. DRS class 66, 66432, is shown on the 'Malcolm' container working through Winwick on 22nd August 2012.








Alan Rigby's shot of GBRf class 66, 66720, was taken on 4th September 2012 at Winwick. The working was gypsum. Alan's shot is pic number four.

 Code - September W10







 Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70010 is shown next, pic number six, on the regular early morning Crewe - Carlisle engineers working. The location was Winwick and the date, 19th September 2012. The shot is from Jeff Nicholls.

Code - September W11








The final pic in this section is very important to Winwick enthusiasts. The pic by Jeff Nicholls shows a recent notice posted by Warrington Borough Council. Both Jeff and David Walklett have supplied the following information. WBC are planning to close Old Alder Lane to traffic except for purposes of access to the buildings in the lane. The notice also appeared in the Warrington Guardian on 13th September. Objections to the proposal must be sent to Jo Nugent in Legal Services at WBC by noon on 4th October 2012.  We must act quickly on this and send in our objections - perhaps someone could set up a petition for signature, to present to the Council. Any offers?




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Our seventh pic features the famous Olive Mount Cutting in Liverpool. DRS class 37, 37194, is shown heading a NR engineers train through the cutting on 17th September 2012. DRS class 37, 37667, was on the tail. The pic is from Bob McClellan.

Code - September A10






Pic number eight is from Matthew Chambers. East Coast HST Class 43 power car, 43257, is shown at Carlisle on 15th September 2012.



Code - September A11





Another HST is shown in pic number nine, from Matthew Chambers. East Coast class 43, power car 43239, is to the fore on 15th September 2012.

Code - September A12







John Smith has sent in pic number ten taken at the Chasewater Railway on 8th September 2012. Ex NCB 0-6-0ST No.3, Holly Bank, is shown at Chasewater Heath.

 Code - September A13







The Ribble Steam Railway is featured in the next two pics, both from David Quayle. In pic number eleven ex L&YR class 27 (built 1896) 0-6-0 tender locomotive No. 1300 (52322) is shown heading at least one passenger coach. David's pic is dated 15th September 2012.

Code - September A14






David's second pic, number twelve, shows Andrew Barclay 0-4-0ST,  John Howe, at the Ribble Steam Railway on the same date, 15th September 2012. The loco was heading three small passenger coaches.

Code - September A15








Two Freightliner class 86s are featured next in a shot from Geoff Monks, pic number thirteen. Nos 86605 and 86607 are pictured passing Millmeece between Stafford and Crewe with a Tilbury - Crewe Basford Hall container working on 6th September 2012.

 Code - September A16




ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS




Pic number fourteen is from Bob McClellan. Taken on his holidays, Danish Henschel Class ME No 1525 is pictured at Copenhagen on 30th August 2012.










Our final shot, number fifteen has been sent in by Geoff Monks. One of Geoff's slides has scanned superbly - the shot is of  metre gauge Baldwin 2-10-4 No307 of 1940 on the Dona Teresa Cristina  coal railway, Brazil. The working was an empty coal train and the location, Morro Grande. Geoff's scanned pic is dated 27th June 1984.






Send in your votes for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (combined UK and World). All August dated pics posted between August 13th and September 4th 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. 


Sunday, 16 September 2012

Ten Pics from Far and Wide

Our contributors travel far and wide for their photography and today, 16th September 2012, is no exception. Winwick, Colton Junction and Turku (Finland) are just three of the locations in today's post. The ten pics are from seven photographers.


WINWICK


Our first pic is from Alan Rigby. The ever-present blue class 60, 60074 Teenage Spirit, is shown at the Ferry Inn with LBT - FFPS loaded coal hoppers. The date was 5th September 2012.

Code - September W6





John Smith has sent in pic number two featuring GBRf class 66, 66730 Whitemoor, with a Carlisle - Whitemoor Yard loaded spoil working. The location was Winwick and John's pic is dated 4th September 2012.

Code - September W7





Pic number three shows a double heading pair of electric locos standing at Bank Quay (south bay) on 14th September 2012. The locos were First ScotRail liveried class 90, 90021 and EWS (DBS) class 92, 92003 Beethoven.

 Code - September W8





Ken Young has provided an older pic to close this Winwick area section, pic number four. The 'Deltic' D9009 Alycidon is shown at Bank Quay, light engine, on 26th July 2012.









 ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



David Wood has provided the first pic in this section, pic number five overall. Featured again (its been around for a couple of weeks now) is the blue class 60, 60074 Teenage Spirit with LBT - FFPS coal working on 5th September 2012. The location was Whiston.


Code - September A5







The next pic, number six, is from Bob McClellan. The TATA Steel liveried class 60, 60099 is shown on the Copy Pit line between Blackburn and Todmorden; the working was Preston - Lindsey empty tanks and the date, 6th September 2012.

Code - September A6




Pic number seven is from Geoff Monks. Taken at Colton Junction on 3rd September 2012 the Kings Cross - Edinburgh train shown is headed by Nationalised East Coast class 91, 91130.


 Code - September A7




Pic number eight features a class 08 diesel shunter D3429. The pic, from John Smith, was taken at the Chasewater Railway on 8th September 2012. The goods working is shown approaching Brownhills.

Code - September A8





Geoff Monks has supplied a second pic, number nine, to end this section. Pictured is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66171, on a Scunthorpe - Lackenby steel working on 3rd September 2012. The location was Colton Junction.

Code - September A9





ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS



Bob McClellan has sent in pic number ten to open this section. Pictured is Finnish class Sr1 No.3036, at Turku, the former capital of Finland. Bob's shot is dated 28th August 2012.







Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (combined UK and World). All August dated pics posted between August 13th and September 4th 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, 10 September 2012

Locos from England, Wales and Germany

As the title describes, today's post 10th September 2012, comprises pictures of  locomotives from many localities in England, from Holyhead in Wales (Anglesey) and from Warnemunde in Germany. Eleven pics are used from nine contributors.



 WINWICK


First up is a special railtour photographed by Jeff Nicholls on 6th September 2012. Jeff explains that 'The Africa Express' ran for a week and was chartered by Damon Albarn of Blur. Eighty African musicians were transported around the country to promote African music. The DRS class 47 locos were 47810 (front) and 47805 (rear). The location was Parkside curve.
Code - September W2




Next pic, number two, is from Ken Young. DBS class 60, 60091, is featured passing Arpley with coal for FFPS. Ken's pic is dated 12th June 2012.








John Smith has provided pic number three showing the psychedelic livery of GBRf class 66, 66720. The location was Golborne, the working was FFPS - Newbiggin gypsum, and the date was 4th September 2012.

Code - September W3





Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70013 is featured next, in pic number four from Alan Rigby. The working was FFPS- Ellesmere Port coal empties and the location was Monks Siding. The pic is dated 5th September 2012.

Code - September W4





Pic number five is another from Jeff Nicholls. The location for EWS (DBS) class 92, 92036, was Bank Quay and the date, 1st September 2012. Jeff was attracted by the loco carrying a set of BR arrows some 18 years after Privatisation, and a set of depot plaques. The three pics make up into an interesting montage.

Code - September W5



ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Bob McClellan is up first in this section, pic number six. He visited the Chasewater Railway Industrial Gala on 8th September 2012 and took this shot of two 0-4-0ST locos belching out exhaust for the watching gallery. The first loco was No.3 Colin McAndrew and the second, ex NCB loco Linda.

Code - September A1




Ieuan Wood has sent in pic number seven showing the Royal liveried class 47, 47798 Prince William. The location was Holyhead and the date, 29th July 2012.






Matthew Chambers has provided pics numbered eight and nine, of the same working at Waterorton on 1st September 2012. Number eight shows Colas class 56, 56094 in front, with Electric Traction Limited's red and grey class 86, 86701 Orion, behind.

Code - September A2




Pic number nine shows the same duo from the opposite end.



Code - September A3







Geoff Monks has supplied pic number ten of GBRf 'Metronet' liveried class 66, 66719 METRO-LAND. The location was Colton Junction, the working was coal from Tyne Dock to West Burton Power Station and the date, 3rd September 2012.

Code - September A4




ALTERNATIVE WORLD PICS




Pic number eleven is from David Quayle's summer holiday showing a German rail scene. The location is Warnemunde which is a stop off point for cruise ships (an example can be seen in the background) enabling passengers to access Berlin. David's shot is dated 30th July 2012.







Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World). All August dated pics posted between August 13th and September 4th 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.