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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Four from Winwick; Ten Alternatives

Today, 28th October 2012, we have just passed 70,000 hits for our blog and are now averaging over 3,000 hits per month; not bad going considering we began less than three years ago. Congratulations to everyone who has contributed and especially to our readers/viewers. In today's post I am using another fourteen pics contributed by eight photographers; once again, text is kept to a minimum to save on space.

Unfortunately, I have to wait again for a convenient gap in our posts to continue with our 'retro' pre-2000 theme, but these pics are safe in a  separate 'bank' and some will be used soon. Please be patient if you have contributed.



WINWICK





First up is a Network Rail 'Sprinter', track recording dmu, from Jeff Nicholls. 950 001 is pictured at Twelve Arches on 26th October 2012.

Code - October W12









Our second shot is also from Jeff and features a new diesel shunter at Arpley. Class 09, 09106, is pictured at the yard on 26th October 2012.

Code - October W13







Pic number three is another from Jeff, taken at Twelve Arches also. DBS class 40, The Territorial Army Centenary is shown heading Runcorn Folly Lane - Arpley tanks on 26th October 2012.

Code - October W14





The same loco, 60040, was photographed by Bob McClellan  a day earlier, at Golborne (25th October 2012) heading a gypsum working.

Code - October W15






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




David Quayle has provided the following two pics both taken on his recent trip to the ELR Gala. Pic number five was taken at Burrs Country Park on 20th October 2012. 0-6-0 loco, No.1744, has featured in several previous posts and details can be found from the search bar.

Code - October A19






Pic number six from David was taken on the same date and features ex LNER class 'B1', No.60103 Mayflower, described in the previous post. Also in the pic, just,  is 'Jinty' 0-6-0 tank, 47324, also described in previous posts ( use the search bar for details).

Code - October A20






Jeff Nicholls has sent in pic number seven showing two dmus at Exeter Maintenance Depot on 22nd October 2012. They were FGW two car,150125 and single car, 153330.

Code - October A21








Ieuan Wood's pic of Stanier 'Black Five' 44806 is up next, taken at Llangollen on 22nd October 2012. This is pic number eight.


Code - October A22






Out ninth pic has been sent in by Andy Parkinson and is a first for our blog. Ex Turkish Railways class 70, 70099, was pictured at Crewe Basford Hall on 20th October 2012 after being dragged from Newport. The loco was then dragged by Freightliner class 66, 66504 on 23rd October 2012, to Loughborough for tests.

 Code - October A23




Pics numbered ten and eleven are from Colin Platt, taken on his recent trip to the WSR Gala on 5th October 2012. First up is class '9F' 2-10-0 No.92203 Black Prince, owned by wildlife artist David Shepherd.

Code - October A24







Colin's second pic, number eleven overall, features Ivatt 2-6-0 loco, No.43106, standing at Minehead and described in the previous post. The date was as above.

Code - October A25









Our twelfth shot is another from David Quayle, this one taken at the K&WVR Gala on 14th October 2012. In David's panoramic shot taken at Haworth, are locos numbered 957, 41241, 80002 and 43106 - descriptions for all can be found from the search bar.

Code - October A26





Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70011 is up next, pic number thirteen from John Smith. The working was Crewe - LBT empty hoppers, the date was 8th August 2012 and the location was Acton Bridge.









Our final shot, number fourteen, is from David Hennessey. 0-6-0 loco No.1744, is once again the focal point in this shot taken at Irwell Vale on the ELR, on 20th October 2012.

Code - October A27






Just THREE days left to vote in the 'Pic of the Month', September 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow September code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All September dated pics posted between September 4th and October 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. I need your votes, please vote now, if you haven't already done so.  Closing time/date - 2400hrs 31st October 2012.


 

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

A Score of Pics

This is the largest post I have put together since we began this blog in January 2010. Today, 23rd October 2012, I am using twenty ( a 'score') pics from nine contributors. Some of the latter have sent in many pics, mainly from recent Galas, so they are well represented. Because of the huge number of pics the text will be kept to a minimum. If more info is required about any loco pictured, please use the search bar at the top of the blog for previous picture legends.

Many thanks to those who have sent in pre-2000 pics for our 'retro' features - there will be more totally 'retro' posts as soon as I have suitable gaps between normal posts.



WINWICK



First up is John Smith's shot of Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, pictured at Winwick with support coach, on 8th October 2012.

Code - October W7






Pic number two features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66174, on a gypsum working through Winwick on 17th October 2012.

Code - October W8







Our third pic is from Jeff Nicholls. EWS (DBS) class 67, 67021, is shown light engine at Winwick on 17th October 2012.

Code - October W9







Pic number four is a second from John Smith.  EWS (DBS) class 67, 67021, is shown heading wagons for repair on an Arpley - Wigan working, on 10th October 2012.

Code - October W10







The fifth shot is another from Jeff Nicholls. DBS class 92, 92042, is pictured on the china clay working through Winwick on 3rd October 2012.

Code - October W11







ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



David Hennessey has sent in the first pic in this section, number six overall.  An Irwell Vale to Rawtenstall service at the recent ELR Gala is the subject, headed by ex LNER 'B1' class 4-6-0, No.61306 Mayflower.  David's pic is dated 20th October 2012.

Code - October A9






David Quayle attended the same Gala and has sent in shot number seven. Double-heading pair, ex LMS (Fowler) 'Jinty' 0-6-0 tank, No.47324, and 0-6-0 saddle tank No.132 Sapper are pictured at Burrs Country Park on 20th October 2012.

Code - October A10







Matthew Chambers has sent in another of his Doncaster pics from 29th September 2012. Pic number eight shows East Coast class 91, 91120, attached to class 08 diesel shunter, 08853.







Pic number nine is from Colin Platt. Depicted are ex GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.9351, and  Ivatt class '4' 2-6-0, No. 43106 standing at Minehead Station on 5th October 2012. The occasion was the WSR Gala.

Code - October A11






Pic number ten features the ex GWR 2-6-0 'Mogul' No.9351 again, crossing Ker Moor on the WSR with a passenger service. The pic is from Colin Platt and it is dated 6th October 2012.

Code - October A12





The class 'B1' 4-6-0 is featured again in the next shot, number eleven. No. 61306 Mayflower is pictured by David Quayle at Burrs Country Park at the ELR gala on 20th October 2012.


Code - October A13






Again on the ELR but photographed at Bury, this David Quayle shot, number twelve, features ex GNR class 'N2' 0-6-2T, No.1744 (69523) standing by the signal box. This pic is dated 20th October 2012.

Code - October A14








David Hennessey's second shot, number thirteen overall, was taken at Irwell Vale.  The ex L&NWR class 'G2' 0-8-0, No.49395, is pictured heading a passenger service to Rawtenstall. The pic is dated 20th October 2012.

Code - October A15






Pic number fourteen is a fourth one from David Quayle, taken on the K&WVR at Keighley. Pictured are ex L&YR class '27' 0-6-0, No.1300, and ex L&YR class '25' 0-6-0, No.957, on 14th October 2012.

Code - October A16





Alan Rigby has sent in pic number fifteen. Featured is class 56, 56312, approaching Tamworth High Level Station on 26th September 2012. The loco was working Washwood Heath - Chadderton.








Pic number sixteen is another from Colin Platt. Featured are Ivatt class '4' 2-6-0, No. 43106, and Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0, No. 45379, double heading a passenger service between Watchet and Washford. The pic is dated 6th October 2012.

 Code - October A17





 Ken Young has sent in pic number seventeen taken on 23rd May 2012. The vista of Hereford Station includes EWS (DBS) class 66 No.66172, and an unknown FGW HST.






Next up, pic number eighteen, is from Alan Rigby. GBRf class 66, 66705 Golden Jubilee, is pictured at Manchester Piccadilly with a Felixstowe - Barton Dock intermodal on 18th October 2012.

Code - October A18






The penultimate shot is a fourth from Colin Platt. Shown is ex SR 'U' class 4-6-0, No. 31806, on the SVR on 22nd September 2012. The loco had just left Hampton Loade.












The final pic has been sent in by Matthew Chambers. GBRf class 66, 66720, is depicted at Doncaster on 29th September 2012.








Just eight days left to vote in the 'Pic of the Month', September 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow September code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All September dated pics posted between September 4th and October 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 voting is slow at the moment so please vote, if you haven't already done so.

Friday, 19 October 2012

Five Heritage Railway Galas

The SVR, K&WVR, WSR, ELR and GCR are five preserved  railways covered by our post today, 19th October 2012. Reflecting the number of pics in the 'bank' at the moment, I am using fourteen shots in this post from eight contributors.


WINWICK


The first pic is from Jeff Nicholls. A double set of Arriva 158s are featured, led by 158833. The early morning service was shot at Winwick on 17th October 2012.

Code - October W2







Up next is is a WCRC class 33, 33207 Jim Martin, working southbound through Winwick on an empty stock move. The date was 10th October 2012. The photographer was John Smith

Code - October W3






The third pic has been sent in by David Wood. Pictured is DRS class 66, 66430, on an intermodal working at Winwick on 16th October 2012.

 Code - October W4







Our fourth shot shows 'Royal' liveried class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, on a Cruise Liner Special running Glasgow - Southampton Docks. The pic is from Jeff Nichols; it was taken at Winwick on 13th October 2012.

 Code - October W5






The fifth shot in this section, and the last, is another from David Wood. Depicted is EWS (DBS) class 67, 67021, on an Arpley - Wigan working through Winwick, on  10th October 2012.

Code - October W6





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



First up in this section is a shot from David Quayle taken at the recent Gala at the K&WVR. Pictured are ex LMS class '4F' 0-6-0 tender locomotive (built 1920) No.43924 and 2-6-0, No.43106 at Keighley on 14th October 2012. The latter loco, a BR, Ivatt class '4', (built 1951) is the only one of its class in preservation.

Code - October  A2




Next, pic number seven overall, is another of David's from the same K&WVR gala. Three locos are shown, Nos.41241, 43106 and 80002. No.41241 is a BR Ivatt class '2', 2-6-2T, built in 1949; No.43106 is described previously and No.80002 is a BR 'Standard' class 4MT 2-6-4T tank loco built in 1952.  The pic is dated 14th October 2012.
Code - October A3





Colin Platt's visit to the WSR resulted in the following pic, number eight. Pictured is 'Hall' class 4-6-0 No.4936 Kinlet Hall passing stationary wagons travelling from Dunster to Minehead. Behind, double heading but not in the picture, is 'Modified Hall' class 4-6-0 No.6960 Raveningham Hall - they were heading a passenger service. The pic is dated 6th October 2012.
 Code - October A4




Bob McClellan has sent in pic number nine. Class 09 diesel shunter, 09002, is pictured on a Felixstowe - Barton Dock intemodal working near Trafford Park on 13th October 2012.

 Code - October A5







Pic number ten is from Geoff Monks. His trip to the GCR gala on 8th October 2012 resulted in this pic of a mail working, from Loughborough. The train is passing Woodthorpe Lane headed by ex GWR 0-6-0PT, No.9466

 Code - October A6






Colin Platt has supplied pic number eleven, taken at the WSR gala on 6th October 2012. Pictured is Ivatt class '4' 2-6-0, No.43106, (built 1951) heading a passenger service over Ker Moor towards Blue Anchor.

 Code - October A7






Next up, pic number twelve, is another from David Quayle. This is a third pic from his recent trip to the K&WVR. Featured is  ex LMS 0-6-2T 'Coal Tank' No. (2)7799. (L&NWR No.1054; BR No. 58926). The loco was built for the L&NWR by F.W. Webb in 1888. The pic is dated 14th October 2012.

 Code - October A8









Matthew Chambers has sent in pic number thirteen taken at the ELR gala on 22nd September 2012. The Deltic class 55, 55022 Royal Scots Grey is pictured at Burrs heading a passenger service.









Finally, pic number fourteen, is a third one from Colin Platt. Taken on 23rd September 2012, the pic features ex GWR small 'Prairie' tank 2-6-2, No. 4566, on the SVR.










Voting  continues for the 'Pic of the Month', September 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow September code numbers of the three pics you have chosen as 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each section, Winwick and Alternatives (UK and World combined). All September dated pics posted between September 4th and October 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 voting is slow at the moment so please vote, if you haven't already done so.


Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Old Alder Lane Update

Posted 17th October 2012. Many of us have received a  letter and related map from Warrington Borough Council re the 'access only' prohibition for Old Alder Lane. The Council, in trying to reach an amicable solution, have intimated that they may be willing to amend the initial proposal.

There would be no prohibition on 'our patch' i.e. from Watery Lane/Mill Lane  to the access to Sankey Valley Park at the first bend  - the restriction would apply to the remaining section of Old Alder Lane towards The Fiddle in' Bag pub. A positive reply to the proposal would satisfy our photographic requirements even though I cannot possibly see how the problems of anti-social behaviour and fly tipping would be overcome.  Also, according to the letter received, the recipient's positive reply would negate his/her  formal objection to the initial prohibition.

The final date for receipt of the formal reply, in a pre-paid envelope, is October 31st. Initial reactions only,  indicate a positive response.


Sunday, 14 October 2012

20th Century Snapshots

Today's post, 14th October 2012, is a little different. Following my request in the previous post for 'retro' pics, pre-1990, I have received many examples. Therefore, this is the very first post totally dedicated to pics taken in the 20th century;  also, I will use December 31st 1999 as the cut off point from now on. All the pics are the results of digital scans or digital copying.
 
 
 
RETROSPECTIVE UK PICS
 
 
 
First up are a couple of pics from Geoff Monks, who won the 'Photograph of the Year' competition last year. The first shows IOM Railway No.12, Hutchinson, at Oakhill near the top of the long climb out of Douglas. The loco in the pic, a 2-4-0T, was built by Beyer Peacock  in 1908. The passenger train was photographed on Kodachrome 25 on 25th April 1984 and the slide was scanned. The coal quality looks a bit suspect.
 
 
 
 
 
Geoff's second pic, also produced in a similar way, features ex GWR 2-6-2T 'Prairie' tank, No.4566, emerging from Foley Park tunnel on the Severn Valley Railway. The service was a Christmas 'Santa Special' from Kidderminster. The pic is dated 6th December 1986. 
 
 
 
 

 
 
The third pic has been sent in by David Wood. Taken on 29th July 1976 two mainline diesels are pictured at Shrewsbury Station. They are BR class 37, 37158 and BR class 25, 25041.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff Nicholls has supplied the next couple of pics. Two class 56s are shown in the first, 56131 and 56018 (which resided at Arpley until recently). The location was Culcheth, the working was Stanlow - Jarrow 'hot oil' tanks and the date, 18th May 1984.







 
Jeff's second shot depicts two class 37s on a Widnes- Earles Siding, cement empties working. The location was the Bank Quay low level line and the date, 26th April 1983. The BR locos were 37134 and 37139. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
The following two pics are part of my own BR, WR collection of monochrome prints taken around Wolverhampton, Birmingham Snow Hill and Shrewsbury in 1962. The camera was a Halina 35mm compact and the film, FP3. The prints were digitally copied last year. I didn't realise it at the time but I was photographing lines of locos awaiting the dreaded 'cutter's torch'. The first pic depicts a double chimney 'Castle' class 4-6-0, No. 7014 Caerhays Castle, standing in Wolverhampton Oxford Road shed.
 
 


 
My second pic, taken in the same year, shows 'King' class 4-6-0 No.6001 King Edward VII, standing at Wolverhampton Low Level Station by the signal box. Both of these locos were designed by Charles Collett but greatly influenced by his predecessor, G. J. Churchward.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The final four pics are part of a huge batch sent in by David Quayle. The first shows BR, (ER) Gresley class 'A4' No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, the 100th 'Pacific (4-6-2) designed by the great man. It was built in 1937, for the LNER. The other loco in the pic, taken at Carlisle Kingmoor shed on 1st April 1967, (I'm not kidding), is BR class '9F', 2-10-0, No.92056. This class was designed by Robert Riddles.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Next, from David, is an ex GWR 'Warship' class diesel hydraulic loco, D867 Zenith. The maroon loco was photographed at Paddington Station on 8th July 1967.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
David's third pic is of BR (MR) Stanier 4-6-0 'Jubilee' class loco, No.45697 Achilles. The location was Carlisle and the date, 4th December 1965. This loco was built for the LMS in 1936.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Finally, pic number eleven is the fourth from David. BR class EM2, of  1.5kV DC, co-co electric locomotives, was built by Metropolitan-Vickers in 1953-54 for use on the Manchester - Sheffield line, through the famous Woodhead Tunnel. Pictured is one of the class, No.27005 Minerva, at Guide Bridge (Tameside, Greater Manchester). The pic is dated 13th July 1967.





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