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Friday, 30 November 2012

A Tale of Two 'Tugs'

Todays's post, 30th November 2012, features a picture-story of two DBS 'Tugs', in Arpley Yard.


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Pics one and two are from Bob McClellan. The first was taken at Arpley on 27th November 2012 and shows DBS class 60, 60040 The Territorial Army Centenary, (at the rear) parked up with a loaded coal train. It was very close, too close in fact to a junction, and when DBS 'Tug' 60019 Port of Grimsby and Immingham arrived to get onto the adjacent track, 'Tug' 40 had to be reversed a little to allow its classmate through. 

Code - November W15


Pic number two of Bob's shows 'Tug' 40 leaving Arpley (for FFPS) after the event. Same date obviously, 27th November 2012.

Code - November W16






DBS 'Tug' 60019 Port of Grimsby and Immingham is shown next in pic number three from Jeff Nicholls.The loco is pictured on the north bank of the River Mersey on 28th November 2012.

Code - November W17




Pic number four is from Ieuan Wood and features yet another tug on our patch, 60079, on a coal working at Winwick. Ieuan's pic is dated 21st November 2012.

Code - November W18




EWS (DBS) class 66, 66199, is up next in shot number five from David Wood. The loco is heading a gypsum working through Winwick on 15th November 2012.

 Code - November W19





The early morning 'Tesco Express' is featured next, pic number six from Jeff Nicholls. Now in the hands of DRS, the working was headed by double heading class 66s, 66303 and 66431 . The pic was taken at Red Bank on 12th November 2012.

Code - November W20



The next very special pic has been sent in by Rachel Colvil. When our dear friend and colleague Ray Whitfield passed away in March, a fund was set up to provide a bench in his honour. Rachel has emailed me with two pics of the completed bench which I have montaged into a single shot for the blog.  The location for Ray's bench is Ladywood Green, Westbrook, Warrington. Ray's wife Olive sends her heartfelt thanks to everyone who donated.





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




Pics eight and nine are both from Matthew Chambers. Pic eight shows class 09 diesel shunter 09019 in Mainline Freight Company's 'aircraft blue' livery. The shot was taken at Burton on 10th November 2012.

Code - November A8





Also taken at Burton was pic number nine featuring five class 56s standing in a line. They were 56051, 56007, 56081, 56065 and 56060. All are in Fertis grey livery. All are in private ownership (Ed Stevenson) I think. Matthew's pic is dated 10th November 2012.
Code - November A9




The final pic is from David Quayle. Depicted are ex SR 'T9' class 4-4-0 No. 30120 and ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0 31806. The location was Bewdley on the SVR and the date, 21st September 2012.








Voting ends tonight at 24.00hrs for the 'Pic of the Month', October 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow October 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 October dated pics posted between October 10th and November 4th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone reading this post, contributor or not,  is eligible to vote; please do so if you haven't already. 

REMEMBER : October was a huge month for the 'Alternative Pics' section with so many Gala shots covered. With this in mind I will use the top two pictures for 'Pic of the Year', Alternatives 2012 from the monthly October competition. This means that at the end of the year thirteen pics will qualify for the Alternatives title rather than twelve.




Monday, 26 November 2012

Steam, Diesels and Electrics

NOTE: The retro post from mid November 2012 has disappeared from the blog. This is a mystery which I am trying to sort out with Google/Blogger. The pics are still aavailable in the PICASA slide show section however if you wish to see them.

A mixture of locomotive traction is on offer today, 26th November 2012. Twelve pics are used from nine contributors.


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First up is a pic from Bob McClellan showing a double heading pair of Freightliner class 86s, 86622 and 86612 on a Coatbridge - Basford Hall intermodal. The location was Winwick and the date, 24th November 2012.

Code - November W8





Next, pic number two, is a shot sent in by Colin Platt. The Stanier 'Pacific' No.6201 Princess Elizabeth passed through Winwick, with support coach, on 16th November 2012. The working was Tyseley - Carnforth. Colin took his pic at Red Bank.

Code - November W9





Jeff Nicholls has supplied shot number three, taken at Winwick on 10th November 2012. DBS 'Tug' 60011 is shown on the 'The Pennine Panorama No.2' railtour.

Code - November W10




Pic number four is from Ieuan Wood. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66041, is pictured at Winwick (with wagons off repair?) on 21st November 2012.

 Code - November W11






Ieuan has also sent in pic number five of EWS (DBS) class 66, 66130, on a gypsum working through Winwick on the same day, 21st November 2012.

Code - November W12





Our next two pics, six and seven, show an interesting event that takes place at Latchford sidings every day. A Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70015, is pictured running round an Ellesmere Port - FFPS coal train, a movement which has been described previously on our blog. The photographer was Bevan Price and the date, 14th November 2011.

Code - November W13                                                                            Code - November W14  



The final pic in this section, number eight, is from James Paterson. Two unidentifed DRS class 37s are pictured at Bank Quay with a spent nuclear fuels flask working on 18th September 2012.








ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



David Quayle has provided pics numbered nine and ten, part of his excellent collection of Gala shots taken earlier this year. Pic number nine shows the ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0, No.1638, on the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park. The pic is dated 20th June 2012.








Pic number ten from David shows two locos on the Severn Valley Railway at Bewdley, taken on 22nd September 2012. Depicted are ex GWR 0-6-0PT No.3650 and Bulleid 'Light Pacific' (BOB) No.34053 Sir Keith Park. The loco just visible on the right is a BR(WR) 0-6-0PT No 1501.





Pic number eleven is from David Wood. Taken at Rainhill on 2nd November 2012, DBS class 60, 60015 is featured on a coal working.

Code - November  A7  






Our twelfth and final pic has been sent in by Matthew Chambers. Taken at Carlisle on 15th September 2012, DRS class 66, 66425, is pictured on an intermodal working at the station.









Voting continues to be sluggish for the 'Pic of the Month', October 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow October 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 October dated pics posted between October 10th and November 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. Voting ends 24.00hrs 30th November 2012.

REMEMBER : October was a huge month for the 'Alternative Pics' section with so many Gala shots covered. With this in mind I will use the top two pictures for 'Pic of the Year', Alternatives 2012 from the monthly October competition. This means that at the end of the year thirteen pics will qualify for the Alternatives title rather than twelve.

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

The 'Princess' and the 'Tugs'

In this post, 21st November 2012, five of fourteen pics show 'Tugs' and another features the famous Stanier 'Pacific' 6201.



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Up first is Andy Parkinson's pic of DBS class 60, 60011, taken at Newton-le-Willows on 10th November 2012. The railtour was 'The Pennine Panorama No.2' working Euston - Sheffield.

Code - November W2





Pic number two is of the same railtour but taken at Winwick on the same day by John Smith. John adds that the working was via Copy Pit.

Code - November W3




Another 'Tug' is up next, pic number three, this one from Jim Paterson. This is Jim's first pic on the blog even though he is a regular at Winwick. Pictured is DBS class 60, 60054, at Bank Quay on 18th September 2012. The working was coal. Keep them coming in, Jim.





Pic number four is from David Quayle. The Stanier 4-6-2, No.6201 Princess Elizabeth, was on our patch last Friday/Saturday and David was on hand to photograph it. The location was Winwick, the working was Tyseley - Carnforth (loco + support coach) and the date, 16th November 2012.

Code - November W4



 Up next, pic number five, is a Network Rail HST Measurement Train working to Derby. The locos were 43062 John Armitt and 43014, the photographer was Jeff Nicholls and the location, Winwick. The pic is dated 14th November 2012.

Code - November W5




Another class 60, the TATA steel liveried 60099 is next, pic number six. The shot is from Bob McClellan. The working is shown leaving Walton MSC sidings heading for Latchford. Bob's pic is dated 14th November 2012.

Code - November W6




The final pic in this section, number seven, is from Geoff Monks. The pic is another of DBS 'Tug' 60011 on the 'The Pennine Panorama No.2' railtour. The location was Newton-le-Willows.

Code - November W7






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



First up in this section, number eight overall, is Jeff Nicholls' pic of dmu 143603, in  Exeter St Davids Station on 22nd October 2012. The unit had reversed into the station and was on an Exmouth - Paignton working.











Pic number nine is one of my own taken on the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway (GWR) at Winchcombe. The loco heading into the station to pull a passenger service is ex GWR 0-6-0PT No.5542. The pic is dated 25th October 2012. The working was Winchcombe - Cheltenham Racecourse.










Pic number ten is from David Quayle. Pictured is BR Ivatt class '4', No.43106, on a freight working at Keighley on the K&WVR. The pic is dated 14th October 2012.








Colin Platt has sent in the next pic, number eleven. Pictured is ex LNER Thompson class 'B1' 4-6-0, No.61306, Mayflower. The location was Rawtenstall on the ELR and the date, 21st October 2012.






Pic number twelve is from Bob McClellan. A 'leaf busting' working is featured at Macclesfield  with 'top n tail' class 66s in charge. The locos are EWS (DBS)  66040 and 66232. The pic is dated 14th November 2012.

Code - November A5





Next up, pic number thirteen, is from David Wood. A track cleaning service with DR98903 at the head, is shown at Rainhill on 2nd November 2012.

Code - November A6






Our final pic, number fourteen, has been sent in by John Smith. Pictured at Tupton, near Chesterfield, is DRS class 66, 66304, on a Ditton - Tees Dock working. The pic is dated 21st August 2012.








Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month', October 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow October 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 October dated pics posted between October 10th and November 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. 

REMEMBER : October was a huge month for the 'Alternative Pics' section with so many Gala shots covered. With this in mind I will use the top two pictures for 'Pic of the Year', Alternatives 2012 from the monthly October competition. This means that at the end of the year thirteen pics will qualify for the Alternatives title rather than twelve.

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ten from Seven.

This post, 8th November 2012,  comprises as the title suggests, ten pics sent in by seven contributors You may be interested to know that 2,092 pics have been used on the blog to date and this is post number 420. We began in January 2010 and the blog has received over 70,000 hits; the rate of hits is increasing. Following the UK, the countries with the most hits on our blog are USA, Germany, Russia, France, Australia, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Canada and Ukraine.


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First up is a pic from Jeff Nicholls. Network Rail 'Sprinter' 950001, a track recording train, was pictured at Twelve Arches on 26th October 2012.











Pic number two is from Geoff Monks. 'Royal' liveried class 67, 67006 Royal Sovereign, is shown at Winwick heading mostly Anglian stock on an Inverness - Crewe ECS working. The pic is dated 5th November 2012.

 Code - November W1





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'U' class 2-6-0, No.31806 is up next, pic number three from Colin Platt. The shot is from his visit to the Severn Valley Railway on 22nd September 2012.












David Wood has sent in pic number four taken at Rainhill on 7th November 2012. Featured are Northern Rail class 150, 150147 and DBS class 60, 60040, on a coal working.

Code - November A2





Pic number five is from Bob McClellan. Bob travelled to the Lydgate Viaduct on the Copy Pit route to photograph EWS (DBS) class 60, 60071 Ribblehead Viaduct ,heading empty tanks on a Preston - Lindsey working. The pic is dated 5th November 2012.

 Code - November A3





David Quayle has sent in pic number six, taken at the K&WVR Gala on 14th October 2012. Featured is BR 'Standard' class 4MT 2-6-4T tank loco No.80002. The vertical format adds considerable impact to the shot.












Another Geoff Monks' shot is up next, pic number seven. TATA steel liveried class 60, 60099 is shown heading a LBT-FFPS coal working at Rainhill. Geoff's shot was taken from the new footbridge recently added prior to electrification of the line. The pic is dated 5th November 2012.

 Code - November A4





Pic number eight is a second from Colin Platt. 'Modified Hall' class 4-6-0, No. 6969 Raveningham Hall, is pictured on a passenger service at the WSR Gala on 5th October 2012.








Our penultimate pic is a second from David Quayle. Taken at the SVR Gala on 21st September 2012, the shot features  class '15' pannier tank 0-6-0, No.1501, receiving some 'tlc' at Bewdley, with Stanier 'Mogul' (2-6-0) No.42960 passing on an adjacent line.







The final pic, number ten, is from Matthew Chambers. Taken at Carlisle on 15th September 2012, the pic shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66076 on a coal working passing through the station.








Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', October 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow October 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 October dated pics posted between October 10th and November 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.

NOTE : October was a huge month for the 'Alternative Pics' section with so many Gala shots covered. With this in mind I will use the top two pictures for 'Pic of the Year', Alternatives 2012 from the monthly October competition. This means that at the end of the year thirteen pics will qualify for the Alternatives title rather than twelve.

Saturday, 3 November 2012

The end of the 2012 Galas?

This post, 3rd November 2012, comprises more pics taken at the recent October Galas. It is important to post them as the final chance to qualify for the ' Pic of the Month', October competition. The latter will close with this post.



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Two from Geoff Monks begin this post. Pic number one shows the TATA steel class 60, 60099, at Monks Siding with a coal working LBT - FFPS. The pic is dated 27th October 2012.

Code - October W16





Geoff's second pic is another from Monks Siding, this one depicting DBS red class 60, 60040, with a return FFPS - LBT empty coal working, via Ditton. Date is 27th October 2012 again.

Code - October W17






Pic number three is from Jeff Nicholls. WCRC class 33, 337207 Jim Martin, is pictured at Winwick with an empty stock working. The date was 10th October 2012.


Code - October W18







The fourth pic has been sent in by David Wood. Northern Rail class 156, 156426, is shown on the slow line at Winwick on 17th October 2012.

 Code - October W19








ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pics numbered five and six are from Colin Platt. Pic five shows 'Hall' class 4-6-0, No.4936 Kinlet Hall, double heading with 'Modified Hall' class 4-6-0, No. 6960 Raveningham Hall leaving Dunster with a passenger service on the WSR. The pic is dated 6th October 2012.

Code - October  A28




Pic number six from Colin features No.4636 Kinlet Hall, this time heading another service out of Watchet on the WSR on 4th October 2012.


Code - October A29







A class 185 is up next on a re-routed Trans Pennine Express service, pic number seven. 185118 is pictured leaving Rainhill on 2nd November 2012. This is the first shot to qualify for the November competition. The photographer was David Wood.

Code - November A1



Next, pic number eight, features a HST class 43, 43150, taken at Exeter St Davids by Jeff Nicholls.The service was 'The Royal Duchy' and the date, 22nd October 2012.


Code - October A30






The next three shots are all from David Quayle. Pic number nine shows the well travelled ex L&NWR class 'G2' 0-8-0, No.49395, at Bury on the ELR. The pic is dated 20th October 2012.

Code - October  A31






Pic number ten, from David, features three locos - ex LMS 0-6-2T 'Coal Tank' No. (2)7799. (L&NWR No.1054; BR No. 58926), ex L&YR class '27' 0-6-0, No.1300 and ex LMS class '4F' 0-6-0 tender locomotive (built 1920) No.43924 on the K&WVR at Haworth on 14th October 2012.

Code - October A32





David shows us three locos again in pic number eleven taken on the SVR on 21st September 2012. Locos pictured are - ex SR 'T9' class 4-4-0 No.30120, ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0, No.31806 and ex GWR '2800' class 2-8-0, no.2857.









The final shot in this post, number twelve, is from Matthew Chambers. Freightliner class 66, 66520, is shown passing through Carlisle Station on 15th September 2012.








Voting can now begin for the 'Pic of the Month', October 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow October 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 October dated pics posted between October 10th and November 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.

NOTE : October has been a huge month for the 'Alternative Pics' section with so many Gala shots covered. With this in mind I will use the top two pictures for 'Pic of the Year', 2012 from the monthly October competition. This means that at the end of the year thirteen pics will qualify for the title rather than twelve.