Today, 2nd February 2013, I am using twelve pics from five contributors with the Alternative UK section dominated by recent Heritage Railway Gala shots.
The next two posts will show the winning pics from the 2012 monthly competitions - you will be asked to judge for the overall Best Winwick area pic and the overall Best Alternative UK and World pic. I will also announce the winners of the Best Photographer awards in both sections - Winwick and Alternative UK and World. If anyone knows of a sponsor for our competitions I would certainly create a link from our blog for his/her use. The number of hits that we receive should impress a sponsor.
First up are a couple of shots from Jeff Nicholls. Pictured in the first is GBRf class 66, 66717 Good Old Boy, working a biomass train, Tyne Dock - Ironbridge. The location was Winwick and the date, 30th January 2012.
Code - January W13
Jeff's second pic shows WCRC class 37, 37516, heading a set of empty carriages Ardwick - Carnforth. Coaches had been to Ardwick for wheel turning. On the tail was WCRC class 47, 47245. The pic is dated 1st February 2013 and the location was Parkside East.
Code - February W1
Two pics now follow from Geoff Monks. Sunshine and snow always look good together and Geoff took advantage of the conditions on 26th January 2013. The first pic, number three overall, was taken as the coal working exited Latchford Sidings after running round. The loco pictured is Freightliner 'HeavyHaul' class 70, 70013 with loaded hoppers for FFPS.
Code - January W14
Pic number four, from Geoff, shows TATA steel branded class 60, 60099 heading towards Latchford with an empty coal working from FFPS. The date is the same, 26th January 2013.
Code - January W15
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
This section includes five pics from David Quayle following his recent trips to steam Galas. The first two are from the ELR Gala. First up, number five overall, is ex SR Bulleid 'WC' class 4-6-2, No.34046 Braunton, taken at Irwell Vale as the passenger working approached from Ramsbottom. The pic is dated 19th January 2013.
Code - January A15
Pic number six shows a double heading pair of Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0s, No.44871 and No.45407 The Lancashire Fusilier, leaving Irwell Vale for Rawtenstall. The pic is dated 19th January 2013.
Code - January A16
Another regular contributor, Matthew Chambers, has sent in the next pair of pics, both taken at Doncaster on 19th January 2013. Pic number seven shows Freightliner class 66, 66954 on an intermodal working.
Code - January A17
Matthew's second pic, number eight overall, shows GBRf class 66, 66726, heading 'Greenergy' fuel tanks. The Greenergy Company is a supplier of petrol and diesel and have developed these large volume tanks for carrying fuel by rail. The date was 19th January 2013.
David Quayle took many pics at the recent GCR Gala and here are three of them. The first, pic number nine shows the BR 'Standard' class '2' 2-6-0, No.78019 at Quorn and Woodhouse on 26th January 2013.
Code - January A19
The ex GWR blue liveried 'King' is up next, pic number ten from David, taken at Quorn and Woodhouse on the same date, 26th January 2013. The giant 4-6-0 of Charles Collett, No.6023 King Edward II, was heading a passenger working.
Code - January A20
Pic number eleven shows a double heading pair of locos at Loughborough on the same date, 26th January 2013. Pictured are ex GWR class '2884' 2-8-0, No.3803, and ex LMS class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48624, the latter in splendid LMS maroon.
The twelfth pic, of DRS class 47, 47501 Craftsman, is from David Wood, Taken at Whiston on 15th January 2013; DRS class 47, 47853, was on the tail. The working was the recent DRS driver training example covered previously on the blog.
Code - January A22
Voting has now closed for the 'Pic of the Month', December 2012 competition; Voting can now start for 'Pic of the Month' January 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow January 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 eligible January dated pics, posted between January 12th and today, February 2nd, 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 is open to everyone reading this blog, contributor or not.