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Monday, 29 April 2013

RECORD POST

As the title describes, this post - 29th April 2013- comprises a record number of pics. Eighteen pics (and one of those is a composite of two pics) are used from eight contributors.


WINWICK


First up is a shot of the AC Locomotive Group's class 87, 87002 Royal Sovereign being dragged by WCRC class 47, 47245 on a Carlisle - Willesden working. The location was Winwick and the date, 11th April 2013.

Code - April W12





Next, pic number two, is a pic of Deltic class 55, 55009 (D9009) Alycidon travelling light engine through Winwick on 8th April 2013. Note the smashed headcode glass. The pic is from Jeff Nicholls.

Code - April W13










Pic number three is also from Jeff. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70006, is pictured at Red Bank with an engineers working on 4th April 2013. Jeff used a polarising filter to darken the blue sky.

Code - April W14





The fourth pic has been sent in by Ieuan Wood. The popular gypsum working is featured headed by GBRf class 66, 66708 Jayne, passing through Winwick on 16th April 2013.

Code - April W15




Alan Rigby has sent in pic number five. Class 57s, 57316 and 57313 are pictured topping and tailing an empty stock move, Hereford - Carlisle, on 7th April 2013.

Code - April W16







GBRf class 66, 66847 is up next, in a third pic from Jeff Nicholls. The working was Sinfin (Derby) - Grangemouth comprising aviation fuel (kerosene) tanks . Winwick was the location and the date was 10th April 2013.

Code - April W17






The seventh and final shot in this section is from Jeff Nicholls again. EWS (DBS) class 66, 66002 is shown dragging the failed DBS class 60, 66059 Swinden Dalesman, on a LBT-Radcliffe PS coal working through Winwick, on 24th April 2013.

 Code - April W18




 
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



Pic number eight is from Bob McClellan. Two DRS class 66s are shown about to pass at Norton Cross near Runcorn on 24th April 2013. They were, left 66431 and right, 66433.

Code - April A14





Bob has sent in pic number nine also. GBRf class 66, 66711 is pictured on an Ellesmere Port - Ironbridge bio-mass working, through Daresbury on 24th April 2013.

Code - April A15






Ieuan Wood's shot of double heading 'Black Fives' is up next, pic number ten. The Stanier 4-6-0 locomotives were 44871 and 45407 and the 'Special' was the 'Great Britain VI'. The location was Wigan North Western on 22nd April 2013.

Code - April A16





Pic number eleven has been sent in by David Hennessy. Ex BR 'Standard' class '4' 2-6-4T No.80072 is pictured at Glyndyfrdwy on 20th April 2013.

Code - April A17







David has also sent in pics twelve and thirteen. Pic twelve features Colas class 56, 56105 heading the Carlisle - Chirk logs working. The location was Chester and the date, 20th April 2013.

Code - April A18







Pic thirteen shows another of David's shots from the recent Llangollen Railway Gala. Taken at Berwyn on 20th April 2013 the shot features pannier tank 0-6-0, No.6430.


Code - April A19








Ieuan Wood's shot of GBRf class 66, 66746 is up next, shot number fourteen. The gypsum working is pictured Wigan North Western on 22nd April 2013.


Code - April A20





 Paul Holland has sent in two pics showing historically unique locomotives (or a replica in one case). Stephensons Locomotion No.1 and Rocket were part of the Stockton & Darlington Railway  and Liverpool and Manchester Railway Opening Ceremonies in 1825 and 1830 respectively. I have montaged Paul's shots as pic number fifteen to save space in this huge post. The pics are dated 16th April 2013 and were taken in North East Museums.   Code - April A21



Collett 4-6-0 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No.7822 Foxcote Manor, is featured in the next two pics from David Quayle. Pic sixteen shows the 'Manor' leaving Glyndyfrdwy for Carrog on 20th April 2013.

 Code - April A22






Pic seventeen shows the same service at Glyndyfrdwy on the same date, 20th April 2013.

Code - April A23








David Wood has sent in our final pic, number eighteen. New Peppercorn class 'A1' 4-6-2, No.60163 Tornado is pictured at Bodorgan, Anglesey on 20th April 2013.

Code - April A24





Voting is poor for the 'Pic of the Month', March 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow March 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 March dated pics posted between March 21st and April 4th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote. VOTE NOW if you haven't already done so - closing date, 2400hrs Wednesday 1st May 2013.






Thursday, 25 April 2013

Pictorial Stories (1)

In the previous post I wrote the I would include in this, the next post, 25th April 2013, David Quayle's  short pictorial story about the restored railmotor No.93 and Jeff Nicholl's equivalent about the Wednesday  'Wigan Wagons' (repair?). If you have any similar short stories suitable for the blog, send them in.

RAILMOTOR No.93 & AUTOTRAILOR No.92

Code - April W11



David travelled on this special pairing last Saturday (20th April 2013) and described the ride as interesting and comfortable but not fast. As coal cannot be put onto the fire whilst the vehicle is moving some time was spent in stations topping up the fire.  The coal bunker inside the cab was topped up by carrying baskets of coal and tipping into the bunker. Storage for water is also limited.
 
 
 
Railmotor No.93 was built in 1908 at Swindon but in November 1934 was withdrawn from service. Following  removal of the power unit, the carriage portion was converted to an autotrailer and re-numbered No.212.  The trailer was itself condemned in 1956 but purchased by the Great Western Society (GWS) in 1970 and moved to their base at the Didcot Railway Centre. Restoration started in 1998 and included work at Didcot, Tyseley and Llangollen. The project was completed in 2011. The autotrailer was built in 1912 and ran until being condemned in January 1957. It was acquired by the GWS and restored at Llangollen by January 2013.

David's pics show the railmotor/autotrailer pairing, inside the driver's cab, a replenished coal bunker and the passenger interior of the railmotor.


WIGAN WAGONS


This story is about wagons sent to Wigan Springs Branch TMD. On Wednesday 17th April 2013 newly painted DBS class 66, 66001 was in charge of the 'Wigan Wagons'. Part of the manoeuvring takes the train onto the truncated stub of the old Bickershaw Branch. Pics show the train arriving from Warrington on the Down Goods line, the train on the branch about to reverse into the Depot and the train leaving on the Up Goods line, a section of track that only sees one or two trains a week. 




Don't forget the voting for the March competition. See previous posts for details
 

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Llangollen Revisited

For this post, 23rd April 2013, I am using 15 pics sent in by eight contributors. Two shots feature the steam railmotor 93 recently restored and the autotrailer 92 running together for the photographic faithful. In the next post I will divert from normal practise and publish a picture story of this unique pair put together by David Quayle, and another picture story of the Wednesday only 'Wigan Wagons', journey around Springs Branch, from Jeff Nicholls.
 
 
WINWICK

 
First up are two shots from Ieuan Wood. Pic one shows GBRf class 66, 66709 on the gypsum working through Winwick on 16th April 2013.
 
Code - April W6






Ieuan's second shot features another GBRf class 66, 66850 on the logs working through Winwick on the same date, 16th April 2012.
 
Code - April W7




Jeff Nicholls has sent in pics three and four. Pic three shows the 'Deltic' class 55, (D9009) 55009 Alycidon at Culcheth early on the morning of 6th April 2013.
 
Code - April W8







Pic number four from Jeff features DBS class 60, 60015 under test at Arpley on 3rd April 2013.
 
Code - April W9






David Wood has sent in pic number five. Ex Virgin class 57, 57311 is pictured light engine at Winwick on 9th April 2013.
 
 Code - April W10




 
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
 


 
Pic number six is from David Quayle. Ex GWR 0-6-0 pannier tank, No.6430, is shown near Glyndyfrdwy (towards Carrog) on the Llangollen Railway with a passenger service. David's pic is dated 20th April 2013. 
 
Code - April A4





David Hennessey was also at the same gala and took the next shot, number seven, of ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No.7822 Foxcote Manor, at Berwyn on 19th April 2013.
 

Code - April A5









Jeff Nicholl's shot of WCRC class 47, 47245 is up next. The shot, number eight overall, was taken at Acton Bridge and shows a Carnforth - Southall empty stock working on 19th April 2013.
 
Code - April A6







New build (getting on a bit now...) Peppercorn class 'A1' 4-6-2, No. 60163 Tornado, is up next, pic number nine. It was taken on Anglesey from the Valley direction on 20th April 2013 by David Wood.
 
Code - April A7




Pic number ten is from from Bob McClellan and features Tornado once more. The loco is photographed at Beeston (before it broke down) on 20th April 2013.


 Code - April A8




 
A second shot from Bob, number eleven overall, features EWS (DBS) class 66, 66129 on a working of empty cement tanks, Willesden - Tunstead. The location was Northwich South Junction and the date, 16th April 2013.
 
Code - April A9





 Pic number twelve was sent in by David Quayle. The steam railmotor No.93 is shown with the autotrailer No.92 on the Llangollen Railway near Glyndyfrdwy on 20th April 2013. The picturesque River Dee is to the fore.
 

Code - April A10






David Hennessey has also sent in a pic of a similar service, west of Glyndyfrdwy, but taken a day earlier on 19th April 2013. The shuttle service is heading towards Bonwm on the Corwen extension towards Carrog.
 

Code - April A11






Geoff Monks was also at Llangollen and took pic number fourteen as ex BR 'Standard' class '4' 2-6-4T No.80072 was leaving Glydyfrdwy on a goods working on 20th April 2013. 
 
Code - April A12






The final pic, number fifteen, is from Alan Rigby. Taken on his recent trip to the Swanage Railway (you really get about you guys...) his shot features ex BR 'Standard' class '4' 2-6-4T No.80104, at Swanage running round its carriages. Alan's pic is date 3rd April 2013.

Code - April A13




Voting is slow for the 'Pic of the Month', March 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow March 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 March dated pics posted between March 21st and April 4th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Monday, 15 April 2013

Mixed Traction

Today's post, 15th April 2013, is a large one as spare time has been alien to me recently. Fifteen pics are used from seven contributors.


WINWICK



First up are a couple of shots from Jeff Nicholls. Number one features the class 55 'Deltic' 55009 (D9009)  Alycidon on a Pathfinder Tours 'Special' passing through Culcheth. The working was Crewe - Edinburgh and the date, 6th April 2013.

Code - April  W1





Number two from Jeff shows EWS (DBS) class 66, 66023 on a Carlisle - Margam freight working at Bank Quay on the same date, 6th April 2013.

Code - April W2





Pic number three is from Alan Rigby. Pictured is DRS class 57 57313 on the rear of of an empty stock move Hereford-Carnforth on 7th April 2013. DRS class 57 57316 was up front.


Code - April W3



Another pic from Alan, number four overall, shows WCRC class 47, 47425 dragging The AC Locomotive Group's class 87, 87002 Royal Sovereign through Winwick, on 11th April 2013. The working was Carlisle - Willesden.

Code - April W4




Pic number five is another from Jeff Nicholls. Depicted is DBS class 60, 60092 on coal empties at Hall Nook Crossing on the FFPS line.The working was to LBT via Latchford on 2nd April 2013.

Code - April W5




Picture number six has been sent in by Ieuan Wood. A Northern Belle empty stock move is pictured at Earlestown on 9th March 2013. DRS class 47, 47828 is at the head with Northern Belle liveried class 47 (of DRS) 47832 Solway Princess, just behind.





 ALTERNATIVE PICS



Ieuan Wood has sent in another Northern Belle pic, number seven overall, taken at Larch Lane on 10th March 2013. DRS (in N.B. livery) 47832 Solway Princess is at the head of this 'Special' from Liverpool Lime Street.






Pic number eight is from Alan Rigby. Ex SR Bulleid 'Pacific' No.34028 Eddystone is shown at Norden on the Swanage Railway. The date was 3rd April 2013.

Code - April  A1





GBRf class 66, 66727 Andrew Scott CBE is shown on a gypsum working at Acton Bridge on 10th April 2013. The pic, number nine, is from Jeff Nicholls.

Code - April  A2




Ex GWR Churchward/Collett class '2884' 2-8-0, No.3850, built at Swindon in 1942, is shown next in pic number ten. The location was Stogumba Station (opened 1862,  re-opened 1978 on the WSR) and the date, 9th March 2013. This pic is from Paul Holland.






The AC Locomotive Group's class 87, 87002 Royal Sovereign is up next, in pic number eleven from Matthew Chambers. The loco is seen standing at Carlisle on 23rd March 2013.







Ex GWR Churchward class '2800' 2-8-0, No.2857 is featured next in this shot, number twelve, from David Quayle. David kept his camera out in the snow on 23rd March 2013 at Bewdley on the SVR, and was rewarded for his effort.






Also at Bewdley on 21st March 2013 David took this shot, number thirteen, of a trio of locos. Lining up were ex GWR 2-6-2 Prairie tank No.5164, ex GWR 2-6-2 'Prairie' tankNo.4566 and ex BR 'Standard' class '4' 2-6-4T, No.80072.







DBS class 60, 60059 Swinden Dalesman is pictured heading tanks through Tamworth on 29th March 2013. The photographer was Matthew Chambers.







Finally, pic number fifteen, has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. Double heading Freightliner class 86s, 86628 and 86607 are shown at Acton Bridge on a Crewe - Garston working, on 10th April 2013.

Code - April  A3






Voting has started for the 'Pic of the Month', March 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow March 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 March dated pics posted between March 21st and April 4th are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.