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SET UP JANUARY 2010. PLEASE SEND ANY PHOTOGRAPHS/INFORMATION ETC., TO DAVE, AT THE FOLLOWING EMAIL ADDRESS david.precology@virginmedia.com (NEW CONTRIBUTORS ALWAYS WELCOME). Click on any pic and all of them appear to view.

Sunday, 27 January 2013

More ELR Gala Pics

January has seen the usual early start to the Steam Gala season with the ELR Gala proving popular once again. I have included four pics from this Gala in today's post, 27th Jnauary 2013, with plenty more to follow. Photographers were rewarded with snow this winter but the light levels were against them. The GCR Gala follows in quick succession.


WINWICK


First up today is Jeff Nicholls' pic of DRS class 47, 47810, on a stock movement through Winwick on 11th January 2013. The working was Crewe-Carlisle.

Code - January W9







Next pic, number two, is from John Smith. John was at Lea Green on the 16th January 2013 to photograph DRS class 47, 47853 on the rear of the Crewe -Stoke -Liverpool driver training working, covered recently on our blog. DRS class 47, 47501 Crafstsman, was at the head and this reverse shot of John's was shown in our previous post.

Code - January W10



Pic number three is another from Jeff Nicholls. It's an unusual shot on Parkside West Curve of a  Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT) DR98953. It was taken on 11th January 2013.

 Code - January W11







Bob McClellan has sent in pic number four, taken near the Fiddlers Ferry Marina on 23rd January 2013. The working is coal to FFPS and the loco at the head is DBS class 60, 60010.

Code - January W12






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic number five is from John Smith. Taken at Sandforth Lane near Knottingley, the pic shows a Tyne Dock - Drax Power Station working headed by GBRf class 66, 66709, in MSC (Mediterranean Shipping Company) livery. The pic is dated 9th January 2013.

Code - January A7




Ieuan Wood's shot, number six, of Stanier 'Black 5' 4-6-0, No.45407, is our first shot (second if you count Jeff Nicholl's shot in the previous post) from the recent ELR Gala. Taken on 20th January 2013 the loco is shown departing Bury Bolton Street Station.
Code - January A8





Three more ELR Gala shots follow from David Quayle. The first, number seven, shows Bulleid 'West Country' class 4-6-2, No.34046 Braunton, at Irwell Vale on 19th January 2013.

Code - January A9







Pic number eight is a second from David. The same loco is shown at Bury on the same date.

Code - January A10







Pic number nine of David's shows BR 'Standard' class '4', 2-6-4T, No.80080, leaving Irwell Vale for Rawtenstall on the same date.

 Code - January A11






Our tenth pic has been sent in by Matthew Chambers. Taken at Doncaster on 19th January 2013, the pic shows DBS class 60, 60092 dragging DBS class 60, 60011 (dead in tow) with EWS (DBS) class 66, 66184 on the rear.

Code - January A12





Also taken at Doncaster, by Matthew, and on the same date, was EWS (DBS) class 66, 66078 on an engineers working.

Code - January A13







The final shot in this post is from Bob McClellan. Taken at Northwich DBS class 60, 60020, is pictured with Tunstead Quarry empty hoppers on 23rd January 2013.

Code - January A14






Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', December 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow December 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 December dated pics posted between December 6th and January 3rd are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog.
This is the final month for the '2012 Pic of the Month Competitions' and it is important that we receive as many votes as possible. Please vote, particularly those of you who just like to browse our blog.

Monday, 21 January 2013

DRS Training

Today's post, 21st January 2013, features the recent DRS 'Rail Express' driver training runs through our area. Including these, I have used ten pics in the three sections below.


WINWICK


First up is John Smith's shot of this working which had class 47s topping and tailing. John's shot was taken  as the train was entering Lea Green Station on a foggy day, 9th January 2013. DRS class 47, 47501 Craftsman was at the head, with 47853 on the tail. The working was Crewe - Stoke via Liverpool.

Code - January W5



Next, pic number two, of the same working but on a later date, 16th January 2013, is from Jeff Nicholls. The working, with 47853 on the rear and 47501, Craftsman, at the head was taken at Sankey Viaduct, Newton-le-Willows.
Code - January W6





Pic number three was sent in by  Bob McClellan.  The same working was taken at Parkside Junction on 18th January 2013.

Code - January W7







The fourth and final pic in this section is another from Jeff Nicholls. Jeff's shot of the 'Tesco Express' was taken at sunrise on 16th January 2013 - maybe we should title this one the 'Tesco Sunrise Express'. The location was Winwick. The locos were DRS class 66s - 66424 and 66427
 Code - January W8





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS




Pics five, six and seven are part of a  series of 'different' pics taken at Carnforth by Matthew Chambers.  The date was 12th January 2013. Pic five shows ex EW&S class 37, 37668, which appears to be available for repair or spares.
Code - January A3






Pic number six shows the Load Haul class 37, 37710, which appears to be heading for scrap or perhaps is being cannibalised for spares.
Code - January A4







Pic number seven features the Fragonset class 47, 47355, which may be heading for scrap.
Code - January A5







Pic number eight is from Jeff Nicholl's recent trip to the ELR Gala. He returned with a unique shot taken in the snow at Ramsbottom Station on 19th January 2013. In Jeff's pic 'Jinty' 0-6-0 tank, No. 47324, renumbered as 47584, is standing in the station as the fireman lives up to his name and attends a brazier thus preventing the water column from freezing.
Code - January A6



 RETRO PICS (pre 2000)



David Quayle has sent in pics nine and ten. Pic nine shows Stanier Black Five 4-6-0 at Milnthorpe with a freight working on 11th July 1966.









Taken four days earlier is David's panoramic shot of Sunderland Shed - how many classes can you spot. This is pc number ten.








The final shot in this post, number eleven, is from Bevan Price. Taken at Tuam in Ireland his pic shows locomotives B170 and B175 on a CIE (Córas Iompair Éireann) service at Tuam. Bevan's pic was taken on 12th June 1977. CIE is responsible for the majority of public transport in Ireland.






Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', December 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow December 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 December dated pics posted between December 6th and January 3rd 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. 

Saturday, 12 January 2013

Ten for 2013

In this post, 12th January 2013, I am using ten pics from seven contributors covering three sections, Winwick area, Alternative UK areas and 'Retro' pics (pre 2000). To make the Winwick area more inclusive I am extending the 'area' along the L&M line to Rainhill, which includes Lea Green  and St Helens Junction.

WINWICK


First up is the blue 'tug', No.60074 Teenage Spirit, pic no.1 from Jeff Nicholls. The loco is on an empty coal working from Arpley Yard to Walton sidings to 'run round'. Jeff's pic is dated 2nd January 2013.

Code - January W1


Pic number two is another from Jeff. DRS class 47, 47813, is pictured approaching Newton-le-Willows on a DRS driver training working, Crewe - Stoke via Liverpool Lime Street, Manchester Victoria and Stockport. The working runs Monday to Thursday until 24th January 2013.
Code - January W2




Bob McClellan has sent in our third pic showing the same working.  Bob took his pic at Earlestown on the same date, 9th January 2013. DRS class 47, 47501, was on the tail.

Code - January W3






David Wood has sent in pic number four taken at Rainhill on 7th January 2013. The working was LBT-FFPS coal headed by the blue class 60, 60074 Teenage Spirit.
Code - January W4



  
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


TATA Steel class 60, 60099, is pictured next on a LBT-FFPS coal working at Whiston on 2nd January 2013. The pic, number five, is from Ieuan Wood.

Code - January A1






GBRf class 66, 66733, is up next in John Smith's pic, number six, taken on 9th January 2013. The location was Sandforth Lane east of Knottingley; the working was Eggborough Power Station - Immingham.
Code - January A2



'RETRO' PICS (Pre 2000)



Pic number seven has been sent in by David Quayle. Gresley 'Streak' 4-6-2, No.60027 Merlin, is pictured at Carlisle on 7th August 1965.








David has also sent in pic number eight taken at Carlisle Kingmoor shed on 1st April 1967. The loco is Stanier class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48683.








Harry Tranter's pic taken at Doncaster Works is up next, pic number nine. Gresley 'A3' class 4-6-2, No.60048 Doncaster, is pictured on 18th August 1961.







Pic number ten is from Jeff Nicholls. Taken with a Brownie 44B 127 camera on 3rd January 1967, the loco is BR 'Standard' class '3' 2-6-2T,  No.82003, standing at Patricroft.







Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', December 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow December 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 December dated pics posted between December 6th and January 3rd 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.

Thursday, 3 January 2013

Pics of the Month, November 2012 - RESULTS

Here are the results for the 'November Pic of the Month' competition. Congratulations to winners Andy Parkinson, Ieuan Wood and Bob McClellan. Also included in this post, 3rd January 2012, are the final two pics to qualify for the December 2012 Pic of the Month competition.


WINWICK


1st = November W2  by Andy Parkinson. Posted 21st November 2012.


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







 1st =  November W18  by Ieuan Wood. Posted 30th November 2012.


DBS tug 60079, is pictured on a coal working at Winwick. Ieuan's pic is dated 21st November 2012.






3rd =  November W3  by John Smith. Posted 21st November 2012.



 John's pic shows the 'The Pennine Panorama No.2' again but his pic was taken at Winwick.  He adds that the working was via Copy Pit.







3rd = November W20  by Jeff Nicholls. Posted 30th November 2012.



The early morning 'Tesco Express' is featured in Jeff's pic. 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.
 
 
 

ALTERNATIVE UK & WORLD PICS

 



1st  November A3  by Bob McClellan. Posted 8th November 2012.

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.







 2nd  November A7  by David Wood. Posted 26th November 2012.


David's shot was taken at Rainhill on 2nd November 2012; DBS class 60, 60015, is featured on a coal working.








 3rd = November A5  by Bob McClellan. Posted 21st November 2012.


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







 3rd = November A2  by David Wood. Posted 21st November 2012.



This pic was taken at Rainhill on 7th November 2012. Featured are Northern Rail class 150, 150147 and DBS class 60, 60040, on a coal working.






The final two pics to qualify for the December 2012 'Pic of the Month' Competition are both from Bob McClellan.



The first shows ex SR 'U' class 2-6-0, No.31806, arriving at Alresford Station on the Mid Hants Railway, on 30th December 2012.


Code - December A11






The second pic features ex SR 'Schools' class 4-4-0, No.925 Cheltenham, leaving Ropley destined for  Alresford. The location once again was the Mid Hants Railway and the pic is dated 30th December 2012.

Code - December A12





Voting can now begin for the 'Pic of the Month', December 2012 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow December 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 December dated pics posted between December 6th and today, January 3rd, 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. Because of the poor weather in December the number of contributions is low, so voting is easy - get cracking please.