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Monday, 23 December 2013

Seven for Christmas

Not much photography taking place lately so today's post, 23rd December 2013, features just seven December shots, from two contributors.
I will also take this opportunity to wish all our contributors and followers a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.


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Just two shots in this section both from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number one shows Freightliner class 90, 90041 on a Crewe Basford Hall - Coatbridge working at Winwick, on 11th December 2013.

Code - December W7




Jeff's second shot features a NRTT with Test Car Mentor sandwiched between DRS class 37, 37194 and NR class 97, 97301. The location was Parkside Junction and the date, 20th December 2013.

Code - December W8




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


The first four pics in this section are also from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number three, overall, shows DRS class 47, 47501 Craftsman, heading Northern Belle Pullman coaches at Wigan, near Springs Branch. The working was Crewe - Liverpool - Hellifield and the date, 18th December 2013.
Code - December A1



Pic number four from Jeff features Colas Rail class 56, 56094 on a Carlisle - Sinfin (nr Derby) working of aviation fuel tanks.The location was Bamfurlong and the date, 19th December 2013.

Code - December A2



Jeff's next shot, number five, was taken on 18th December 2013 at Wigan. Pictured is DBS class 60, 60059 Swinden Dalesman with a Preston Docks-Linsey Oil Refinery bitumen empties working.

Code - December A3




Pic six shows Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70002 at Bamfurlong, on a Crewe - Carlisle engineers working. The pic is dated 19th December 2012.

Code - December A4





The final pic in this section, number seven, is from Ieuan Wood. Ieuan travelled to York on 14th December 2013 and took this shot of the Collett 'Castle' class 4-6-0, No.5043 Earl of Mount Edgcumbe.

Code - December A5



Voting is underway for the 'Pic of the Month',  November 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November 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 November dated pics posted between 12th November and 3rd December are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.


Friday, 13 December 2013

90036 x 3

As the title suggests, today's post 13th December 2013, includes three pictures of the DBS class 90, 90036. Altogether nine pics are used from five contributors.

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First up are four pics from Jeff Nicholls. In pic number one, EWS (DBS) class 66, 66137, is pictured on a Preston Docks - Linsey oil refinery working of empty tanks. The location was Culcheth and the date, 4th December 2013.
Code - December W1





Jeff's second pic shows the first of our shots of DBS class 90, 90036. The extra Christmas mail working (scruffy vans) was Shieldmuir - Dallam Mail Terminal on 11th December 2013.

Code - December W2





Jeff's third shot features DBS 'tug', 60092 on the Lowton curve; the working was Preston Docks - Linsey Oil Refinery empty tanks. The date was 11th December 2013.

Code - December W3





Pic number four from Jeff shows DRS class 66, 66305, crossing twelve arches on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal working.

Code - December W4




Pic number five is from Bob McClellan. DBS class 90, 90036 is again shown on a Shieldmuir - Warrington mail train. Bob's shot was taken at Winwick Junction on 3rd December 2013.

 Code - December W5





Our third shot of DBS class 90, 90036, is from Geoff Monks, pic number six, overall. Geoff's shot is of the same Shieldmuir - Warrington Mail Terminal working but his pic is dated 9th December 2013.

Code - December W6





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic number seven is from Ieuan Wood, taken on 30th November 2013 at Beeston. The Euston - Chester steam 'Special' was headed by ex LMS Stanier 'Black Fives', Nos 44871 and 45407.





Pic eight is from David Wood, also taken at Beeston on 30th November 2013. Ex BR 'Standard' class '7', No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, is pictured on the Bristol - Crewe, 'Christmas Cheshireman' railtour.








The final pic in this post is from Ieuan Wood. Taken at Chorlton on 12th November 2013, the pic features GBRf class 66, 66713 Forest City, on an intermodal working.






Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month',  November 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November 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 November dated pics posted between 12th November and 3rd December are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

'Pics of the Month, October 2013' - RESULTS

Here are the winning entries from the October competition. Congratulations to Jeff Nicholls and Ieuan Wood.

NOTE: The last three pics to qualify for the November competition  are attached to the end of this post.


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1st=  October W6  Jeff Nicholls 


Pictured is DRS class 66, 66422 on a Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal. The pic was taken from beneath the M62 bridge at Winwick on 5th October 2013.







1st=  October W5  Ieuan Wood 

Ieuan's shot features Malcolm liveried class 66, 66434 on an engineer's working. The date was the same, 11th October 2013 and the location was Winwick.





3rd October W15  David Wood


David's pic shows Gresley 'K4' class 2-6-0, No.61994 The Great Marquess, passing light engine, through Winwick on 17th October 2013.







ALTERNATIVE UK & WORLD PICS



1st October A9  Jeff Nicholls

Resident 'Super D' (ex LNWR class G2)  0-8-0, No.49395 is pictured at the ELR Gala, crossing the River Irwell on 19th October 2013.







2nd October A15  David Quayle



David's pic shows ex LMS (Fowler) 'Jinty' 0-6-0 tank, No. 47324 masquerading as 'Jinty', 0-6-0T No.47584 with  ex L&NWR class 'G2' 0-8-0, No.49395 in the picture also. This pic is dated 19th October 2013 and the location was Bury.







3rd =  were  October A6  by Alan Rigby and A5 by Geoff Monks


ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic one was taken by David Wood at Beeston on 30th November 2013. Pictured are double heading, ex LMS Stanier 'Black Fives', Nos 44871 and 45407, heading a Euston - Chester steam special.

Code - November A10






The second pic is from Ieuan Wood and shows ex BR 'Standard' class '7', No.70013 Oliver Cromwell, at Beeston on 30th November 2013. The working was a Bristol-Crewe special.

Code - November A11




Another shot of the 'Christmas Cheshireman' special, Bristol-Crewe-Bristol is next, pic number three from Geoff Monks. The shot was taken at Hargrave (between Chester & Crewe) on the same date 30th November 2013 on the outward leg.
Code - November A12






Voting can now begin for the 'Pic of the Month',  November 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow November 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 November dated pics posted between 12th November and today, 3rd December are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Friday, 29 November 2013

Seven pics, Eleven locos

In today's post, 29th November 2013, I am using seven pics from just three contributors but featuring eleven locomotives.


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First up are two pics from Alan Rigby. Pic number one shows GBRf class 92, 92032  IMechE Railway Division, on a light engine move from Carlisle to Rugby L/E on 22nd November 2013. Shot at Winwick.

Code - November W12





Next, pic number two, taken at the same place and on the same date features double-heading DRS class 37s. The locos were 37601 and 37261 on a Daventry - Coatbridge intermodal.

Code - November W13





Pic three, one of five from Jeff Nicholls (is anyone else bothering these days?), shows the Fridays-only Mossend - Hams Hall working led by a triple header consisting of the following - EWS (DBS) class 92, 92041, DBS class 67, 67016 and EWS (DBS) class 66, 66164. The location was Winwick and the date, 22nd November 2013.             Code - November W14




Pic four, again from Jeff was taken at Highfield Moss on the Chat Moss line. Pictured are double heading Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0s, with support coaches on 26th November 2013.

Code - November W15






Jeff's third pic, number five overall, shows DRS class 37, 37218, heading a rake of PFA containers from Crewe to Drigg in Cumbria.


Code - November W16






DBS class 60, 60024 is pictured next in pic number four from Jeff, number six overall. The working was FFPS - LBT empty coal hoppers ; a southbound Pendolino is just visible in the background.


 Code - November W17





Another pic from Jeff at number seven. Bulleid 'Pacific' No.34067 Tangmere is pictured on a Carnforth - Southall move. The location was Winwick and the date, 21st November 2013.

Code - November W18




ALTERNATIVE UK PIC



The first and only pic in this section, pic number eight overall, is from Ieuan Wood - one of his pics from a Chorlton visit on 12th November 2013. The working was an intermodal and the loco, Freightliner class 90, 90016.     Code - November A9





Voting closes for the 'Pic of the Month',  October 2013 competition at 2400hrs 1st December 2013. 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 5th October and 30th October are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote; please do so as voting is poor up to now.




Thursday, 21 November 2013

From Winwick to Cumbria to Scotland

In this post, 21st November 2013, I am using a thirteen pics from four contributors. The pics cover the Winwick area, the 'Cumbrian Jubilee' special and retro shots from Scotland.


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First up are a couple of pics from Ieuan Wood. Pic number one features DBS class 60, 60024, on a loaded LBT-FFPS coal working through Winwick, on 16th November 2013.
 Code - November W7 








Ieuan's second shot shows the 'Tesco Express' intermodal headed by a DBS class 92, 92015, through Winwick on the same date, 16th November 2013.
Code - November W8  







Pics numbered three, four and five are from Jeff Nicholls. Freightliner class 66, 66551 is shown in pic number three, heading a Crewe-Carlisle engineers working over the High Level Mersey Bridge. The pic is dated 8th November 2013.
 Code - November W9 







A NRTT (Network Rail Test Train) is featured next, pic number four from Jeff. NR liveried class 97, 97301  is pictured with DRS class 37, 37194 sandwiching the test car Mentor. The location was Parkside Junction and the date, 20th November 2013.
Code - November W10  







DBS class 60, 60020, is up next in Jeff's third pic, number five overall. The working was Preston Docks - Linsey Oil Refinery empty bitumen tanks and the train is held at the signal at Parkside Junction. The pic is dated 20th November 2013.
Code - November W11  







ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pics six, seven and eight form one of our much appreciated 'picture stories'. The three shots are from Barry Rigby, his first post for a while. The shots show the 'Cumbrian Jubilee' special which ran Carnforth - Carlisle on the WCML and returned to Hellifield on the S&C.  




Pic number six shows Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea, climbing past Greenholme at about 20mph after being put in the loop at Tebay to allow a Pendolino to pass. The pic is dated 9th November 2013.
Code - November A3








The seventh pic features the 'Cumbrian Jubilee' approaching Appleby Station on 9th November 2013.
Code - November A4









Pic number eight was also taken at Appleby as Galatea took on water before leaving on 9th November 2013.
Code - November A5










Ieuan Wood has sent in the next two pics, nine and ten. Pic nine shows  double-heading track machines at Chorlton on 12th November 2013.

Code - November A6







Pic ten from Ieuan features the DRS class 57, 57308, also at Chorlton on the same day, 12th November 2013.

Code - November A7









Ieuan's third pic, number eleven overall, shows GBRf class 66, 66735 in early morning mist on a biomass working at Chorlton. The date was the same again, 12th November 2013.

Code - November A8




RETRO PICS



Bevan Price has sent in the final two pics numbered twelve and thirteen both taken in Scotland in 1986.




Pic twelve was taken at Helmsdale on 31st August 1986. A BR class 37, 37417 is pictured with an Inverness - Wick service passing Stanier 'Black Five', No.44767, waiting to return south with a railtour.








The thirteenth pic was taken at Inverkeithing on 3rd October 1986. Double heading class 20s are depicted heading a short goods working - they were 20208 and 20220.









Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month',  October 2013 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 5th October and 30th October are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote; please do so.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A Railwayman's Log

In today's post, 12th November 2013, I am using sixteen pics from five contributors. The final retro section includes a fascinating account of steam traffic, logged by a railwayman on a Welsh main line in 1961.


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A foursome from Jeff Nicholls, in the form a of a picture story, starts this section. Reading from left to right and top to bottom, the pics read like this :

(1) Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70016 on the early afternoon Ellesmere Port - FFPS loaded coal crossing the Mersey en route for the Latchford run-round (note the semaphore signal). (2) Shows the loco having detached from the train passing under the A49 bridge and pulling back to clear the signal. (3)  The loco about to move back on to its train. (4) The train at  Latchford ready to depart for FFPS. All four pics are dated 8th November 2013 and are numbered individually -
Code - November W1; W2; W3 and W4



The fifth shot is also from Jeff . Taken at Bank Quay, DBS class 60, 60059 Swinden Dalesman is featured with a coal working on 8th November 2013. The red buffers match the loco.
 Code - November W5









Pic number six has been sent in by John Smith. Pictured from a different Winwick viewpoint, the shot shows DRS class 66, 66413 on a Crewe - Carnforth departmental working on 27th September 2013.







Pic number seven is from Bob McClellan. DBS class 60, 60063 is pictured on the 'Preston tanks' over Chat Moss where the working is being diverted, following repair work at Copy Pit. This is the first diversion and was taken on 11th November 2013.
Code - November W6 
  




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Bob McClellan has sent in the first three pics in this section. Pic number eight shows GBRf 66729 Derby County at Runcorn East on a loaded biomass working, Ellesmere Port - Ironbridge on 24th October 2013.







Bob's second shot, number nine overall depicts Freightliner class 66, 66604 at Chapel en le Frith with the Ratcliffe PS - Tunstead empty hoppers on 4th November 2013.
 Code - November A1







Another DBS class 60 is up next, 60020 taken in the Hope Valley at Edale, on 7th November 2013. The working was Peak Forest - Selby loaded hoppers. Bob took this pic, number ten, from Mam Tor.
Code - November A2






The following three pics are from David Quayle taken at ELR on 19th October 2013. Pics numbered eleven and twelve both show the Stanier 'Pacific', No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland, but from different angles. Pic number eleven was at Bury








Pic number twelve, showing the 'Duchess' tender first, was at Ramsbottom.









BR 'Standard' class '4' 2-6-4T, No.80080, is up next in pic number thirteen, taken at Bury on 19th October 2013.









RETRO SHOTS


The following three pics were all taken by the late Ken Wood, father of David Wood, one of our regular contributors. They were taken in the sixties. The pics are therefore attributed to David.



Pic fourteen shows the Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46141 The North Staffordshire Regiment, taken in 1962 - the location could be Rugby.








Double heading class 25s are pictured next, pic number fifteen. They are 25912 and 25911 passing Miles Platting signal box with a working of oil tanks. The date - 26th March 1986.






The final shot, number sixteen, is a very interesting copy of Ken Wood's log from August (?) 1961 showing the times of the down line traffic at Llanfair PG. I have ringed the inclusion of No.71000 Duke of Gloucester on its way to Holyhead.







Voting is underway for the 'Pic of the Month',  October 2013 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 5th October and 30th October are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote; please do so.