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Thursday, 25 July 2013

A Dozen for July

Twelve July dated pics from six contributors comprise today's post - 25th July 2013.
 

WINWICK
 

First up is a pic from Geoff Monks featuring Colas Rail class 56s, 56105 and 56087, double heading the Carlisle - Chirk logs working. The location was the old Cheshire Lines bridge adjacent to Froghall Lane; the date was 11th July 2013.
 
Code - July W7
 
 
 
 
Next, pic number two, shows Aviva liveried class 57, 57303 guiding the rebuilt Bullied 'Light Pacific' ('WC' class) No. 34046 Braunton, through Winwick on the steam loco's route, Carnforth - Southall. The pic is from John Smith and the date was 23rd July 2013.
Code - July W8
 
 
 
The Colas Rail class 56, 56105 is again the focus in pic number three, from John Smith. The working is the logs again, Carlisle - Chirk, and the location was Winwick. The pic is dated 23rd July 2013.

Code - July W9
 
 
 
 
The fourth pic is also from John Smith. DRS class 37s are featured, double heading an intermodal through Winwick, on 23rd July 2013. The locos were 37606 and 37602.

Code - July W10
 
 
 
 
The fifth and final pic in this section is from yours truly, just to prove that I do take railway shots occasionally. The location was Newton-le-Willows station and the date, today, 25th July 2013. The loco is ex BR 'Standard' class '7' 4-6-2, No.70013 Oliver Cromwell on a Southall - Crewe - Castleton Hopwood GF working. On the Southall - Crewe leg 70013 was accompanied by Bullied 'BoB' class 4-6-2, No.34067 Tangmere. Both locos had diesel support (in connection with lineside fires?). 70013 was 'pushed' by WCRC class 47, 47245, from Crewe.   Code - July W11




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
 
 
 
Shot number six, the first in this section, has been sent in by Geoff Monks. Pictured is Colas Rail class 66, 66849 at Ashley (on the border of Cheshire / Greater Manchester), diverted because of the WCML engineering works between Winwick and Euxton Junctions. The pic is dated 18th July 2013.
 
Code - July A12
 
 
 
Jeff Nicholls has sent in the next two pics, seven and eight. Pic seven shows the Colas Rail class 66, 66849 at Blackrod, with the diverted logs working, Carlisle - Chirk. Jeff's pic is dated 17th July 2013.
 
Code - July A13
 
 
 
 
 
Freightliner class 66, 66549 is pictured at Springs Branch in Jeffs next pic, number eight. The working is a ballast drop and the date, 17th July 2013.
 
Code - July A14
 
 
 
 
 
 
The Great Little Trains of Wales are featured next in pics nine and ten, from John Smith. Pic nine features 0-6-0ST loco, St Haulwen at Danycoed, montaged with its works plate.  The location was the Gwilli Railway and the date, 9th July 2013.
 
Code - July A15
 
 
 
 
 
The Bala Lake Railway is represented next, in pic number ten. The loco in focus is 0-4-0ST, Alice. The location was Llanuwchllyn and the date, 6th July 2013.

 Code - July A16


 
 
 
 
David Hennessey has sent in pic number eleven. Diesel class 50, 50026 Indomitable, is pictured at the Summer Diesel Gala held at the ELR recently. David's pic is dated 5th July 2013.
 
Code - July A17
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pic number twelve, last but not least in this post, is the work of David Quayle. David's shot shows one of the six Gresley 'Streaks' featured in The Great Gathering at the NRM in York, celebrating Mallard's world speed record -  Canadian representative, No.4489 Domininion of Canada. The pic is dated 8th July 2013.
Code - July A18
 
 
 
 
 
Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month', June 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow June 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 June dated pics posted between 6th June and 5th July, are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.
 

 

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

'The Great Gathering'

You must have been living on Mars if you haven't heard of the 'Streak' extravaganza taking place at the NRM. 'The Great Gathering' has brought together the six surviving Gresley 'A4s' from the UK, America and Canada. This post, 16th May 2013, includes several shots of this event celebrating the 75th Anniversary of Mallard's world record of 126mph - 'Mallard 75'. Other shots are also included giving us a total of eighteen pics from seven contributors.


WINWICK


First up is a shot from Geoff Monks. Pictured are double heading Colas Rail class 56s, 56105 and 56087 on the Carlisle - Chirk logs working. The location was Winwick and the date, 9th July 2013.

Code - July W1





The following three pics have been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. Pic number two shows an empty gypsum working, Newbiggin - FFPS, at Arpley.  GBRf class 66, 66746 is at the head. The pic is dated 10th July 2013.

Code - July W2





Double heading DRS class 66s are up next, in pic number three. Jeff's shot shows the pair heading the Tesco express intermodal through Winwick on 10th July 2013. The locos were 66429 and Malcolm liveried, 66434.

Code - July W3





Jeff's next pic, number four features three locos - two DRS  class 57s and a Freightliner class 66. The 57s are dragging the failed 66 on a Hunterston - FFPS coal  working. The 57s later 'top and tailed' the train to the power station. The locos were 57011, 57007 and 66596.

Code - July W4




Ieuan Wood has sent in pics five and six. Pic number five shows Colas Rail class 66, 66850, with a tanks working through Winwick on 1st July 2013.

Code - July W5






Ieuan's second shot, number six overall, features ex LMS  Stanier 'Black Five', No.44932, with support coach. The location was Winwick and the date, 1st July 2013.

Code - July W6






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


David Hennessey has sent in pics seven, eight and nine all taken at the recent ELR Diesel Gala. First up, pic number seven is a shot of class 47, D1501 Gateshead, at Bury Bolton Street. Beside the 47 is Deltic class 55, 55022 Royal Scots Grey. The pic is dated 5th July 2013.

Code - July A1





The novel pic, number eight, shows class 40, D335 pictured through a carriage keyhole at Rawtenstall on the same date, 5th July 2013.


Code - July A2










Ramsbottom was the location for David's next  shot, number nine. Class 47, 47596 Aldeburgh Festival is the focus. The date is the same - 5th July 2013.

Code - July A3







The next four pics were all taken at the NRM 'Mallard 75' event, by David Quayle. David was one of 50 people allowed in before the event opened on 8th July 2013. The first pic, number ten overall, is a 'joiner' with several pics pasted together to form a panorama. The locos L to R are No.60007 Sir Nigel Gresley, 60008 Dwight D. Eisenhower, 60009 Union of South Africa,  4464 Bittern, 4468 Mallard and 4489 Dominion of Canada.

Code - July A4



Pic eleven features John Cameron's privately owned 'Streak,' No.60009 Union of South Africa.

Code - July A5








Pic twelve showcases Jeremy Hosking's privately owned 'A4', No. 4464 Bittern.


Code - July A6







Nos 4464, 4468 and 4489 are shown together in pic number thirteen.

Code - July A7








David Wood has supplied the next two pics. Pic fourteen features Colas Rail class 56, 56105 on a logs working at Runcorn East, with Norton Signal Box prominent in the pic. David's pic is dated 9th July 2013.     Code - July A8





David's next pic, number fifteen, shows Aviva class 158 dmu, 158 832, also at Runcorn East on the same date, 9th July 2013.

Code - July A9







Bevan Price has sent in pic number sixteen. GBRf class 66, 66728 is pictured at Pontefract Monkhill with empty biomass stock, on 25th May 2013.








Pic seventeen is from Geoff Monks. DBS 'tug' 60079 is pictured on a Toton - Crewe Departmental working at Millmeece, between Stafford and Crewe, on 8th July 2013.

Code - July A10






The final shot in this post, number eighteen, has been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. Freightliner class 66, 66524 is pictured heading ballast empties at Wigan Springs Branch on 15th July 2013.


 Code - July A11







Voting continues for the 'Pic of the Month',  June 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow June 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 June dated pics posted between 6th June and 5th July, are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Friday, 5 July 2013

Final June-dated Pics

As described in the previous post, the final qualifying June-dated pics are included today, 5th July 2013. Also as described, because I was inundated with such pics not all of them have been shown, but everyone has been represented.

In the 'Pic of the Year' competitions last year, when the Winwick and Alternative monthly sections were large (25 entries or more), the winners and second placed pics from each month went forward for the 'Best' awards at the end of the year. This procedure will be repeated in 2013. To the present date the following monthly sections comprised 25 entries or more - Feb (A), April (A), May (W) and (A), June (W) and (A). Only the winning entry will go forward from the other sections.  


WINWICK


Pic number one is from Ieuan Wood. GBRf class 66, 66701, is pictured at Rainhill with an Ironbridge - Liverpool biomass working on 29th June 2013.

Code - June W28







Our second and third pics are from Matthew Chambers. Pic number two shows DBS 'tug' 60039 at Walton with a coal working. The pic is dated 29th June 2013.

Code - June W29







Matthew's second shot, number three overall, features the same loco at Arpley, on the same date.

Code - June W30







John Smith has sent in pics four, five and six. Pic number four shows DBS 'tug' 60062 Stainless Pioneer, passing through St Helens Junction with a LBT-Tinsley empty steel working. The pic is dated 21st June 2013.


Code - June W31






Pic number five features Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No.44932, with support coach on a Carnforth - Southall move. The location was Winwick Junction and the date, 28th June 2013.

Code - June W32






John's third pic, number six overall, shows double heading DRS class 57s, 57011 and 57007 on a Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal at Winwick Junction on 28th June 2013.

Code - June W33







David Wood has supplied the final pic in this section, number seven. Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70002 is shown at Winwick  on a coal working on 11th June 2013.

Code - June W34




ALTERNATIVE UK PICS



First up is a pic from Alan Rigby, pic number eight overall. Deltic class 55, 55022 Royal Scots Grey, is pictured on a solo run, Glasgow Works - ELR. The location was Moston and the date, 30th June 2013.

Code - June A22







The next two pics are also from Alan. Pic nine shows Colas Rail class 56, 56087 at Rowell with a logs working. The pic is dated 7th June 2013.

Code - June A23







Pic ten is of DBS class 60, 60092 at Bamber Bridge with empty tanks, working Preston Docks - Lyndsey Oil Refinery. The pic is dated  26th June 2013 and is from Alan, again.

Code - June A24







Next up is a pic (number eleven) from David Wood. Taken at Helwith Bridge on 26th June 2013, David's pic shows Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0 No.46115 Scots Guardsman, on 'The Fellsman' railtour.
Code - June A25






Bevan Price has sent in the final two pics in this post. First, number twelve, depicts Freightliner class 86, 86614 approaching Winsford with a Ditton - Felixestowe intermodal on 19th June 2013.

Code - June A26







Pic thirteen from Bevan features double heading DRS class 57s, 57008 and 57010 (emitting lots of exhaust) at Hartford on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal. The pic is dated 19th June 2013.

Code - June A27






Voting can now begin for the 'Pic of the Month',  June 2013 competition. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow Juney 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 June dated pics posted between 6th June and today, 5th July, are eligible and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote.

Wednesday, 3 July 2013

'Pics of the Month, May 2013'. RESULTS

Congratulations to David Wood and Andy Parkinson, the winners of our competitions for May. Today's post, 3rd July 2013, shows the leading entries for May.

I will follow this post with another in the next couple of days and show the final June pics to qualify for the June competitions.  Apologies if some of your June pics are overlooked but I cannot show all entries - I have been inundated with pics lately.


WINWICK

1st May W3  by David Wood


A Network Rail train is shown at Winwick with DRS class 37s in charge. They were 37602 (Top) and 37610 (Tail). The date was 8th May 2013.





2nd May W18  by Jeff Nicholls


Same as above. Two DRS class 37s are featured which were regulars on our patch at the beginning of May. In this pic three Network Rail measurement coaches are sandwiched between DRS class 37, 37602 (top) and DRS class 37, 37610 T.S. Cassady (tail). The pic is dated 8th May 2013 and the location was Winwick



3rd May W2  by Jeff Nicholls


Two class 37s and a class 66 are shown about to pass at Winwick on 1st May 2013. The two DRS class 37s were 37611 (Top) and 37603 (Tail) with a Network Rail train; the DRS class 66 was 66433, on an intermodal working.






ALTERNATIVE UK & WORLD PICS

1st  May A1  by Andy Parkinson


Andy's pic shows the Thompson 'B1' class 4-6-0, No.60103 Mayflower at Bamfurlong. The loco and support coach were on a Washwood Heath - Carnforth run on 1st May 2013.





2nd  May A6  by Matthew Chambers


Class 20, 20227, in London Underground livery is featured with class 20, 20189. The location was Swanage and the date, 11th May 2013.







3rd  May A7  by Jeff Nicholls


This is a shot from Toton taken on 10th May 2013. In the picture are EWS (DBS) class 60s, 60051, 60022 and 60052 (behind) all in store, and class 08, 08994 with its cut down cab from when it worked in South Wales on the ex Burry Port and Gwyndraeth Railway.