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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

More ELR pics

Today's post, 30th October 2013, comprises eleven pics from just three contributors. The ELR is well represented with five pics in the Alternatives section. 
 
 
WINWICK
 
 
First up are four pics from Jeff Nicholls Pic number one shows an engineers working, Crewe-Carlisle headed by Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70006 with Freightliner class 66, 66551 dead-in-tow behind. The location was Winwick and the date, 9th October 2013.                                 Code - October W16
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff's second shot depicts EWS (DBS) class 66, 66150 on a rather dirty 'silver bullets', china clay working through Winwick on 23rd October 2013.
 
 Code - October W17
 
 
 
 
 
DBS class 92, 92015 is up next, pic number three, again from Jeff. The working was the 'Tesco Express', the location was Winwick and the date was 30th October 2013.
 
 Code - October W18
 
 
 
 
 
Jeff's fourth shot features double heading DRS class 66s, 66427 and 66432, on a Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal at Winwick. The date, 16th October 2013.
 
 
Code - October W19 
 
 
 
 
 
Ieuan Wood has sent in pics five and six. Pic five shows Freightliner 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70013 with a Hartford C.L. Jn - Crewe  Basford Hall working at Winwick on 26th October 2013.
 
 Code - October W20
 
 
 
 
 
Ieuan's second shot, number six overall, depicts EWS (DBS) class 66, 66141 on  an Avonmouth - Clitheroe, Castle Cement working. The location was Winwick and the date, 26th October 2013. 
 
 Code - October W21




 
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
 
 
 David Quayle has supplied four pics for this post, all taken at the recent ELR Gala. Pic number seven overall shows ex Hunslet 'Austerity'  0-6-0ST No.132 Sapper at Bury on 19th October 2013. 
 
Code - October A14
 
 
 
 
 
 
Pic number eight from David 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 also dated 19th October 2013. The location was Bury.
 
 Code - October A15
 
 
 
 
BR Western Region, class '15', 0-6-0 pannier tank, No.1501 is pictured at Rawtenstall with men fixing a chain to the cog on a small water tower.The date was 19th October 2013.
 
 Code - October A16
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David's fourth shot depicts Gresley 'K4' class 2-6-0, No.61994 The Great Marquess  at Bury on the same date, 19th October 2013.
 
 
 Code - October A17
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233, Duchess of Sutherland is up next, in Jeff Nicholl's shot also taken on the ELR. The passenger service was taken at Irwell Vale on the approach to Rawtenstall. The pic is dated  19th October 2013. 
 
 Code - October A18



 
 
 
Voting will finish for the 'Pic of the Month', September 2013 competition at 2400hrs on 1st November 2013. Please vote if you have not done so. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow September 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 September dated pics posted between 6th September and 5th October are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote. The voting for the October competition can then commence.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013

ELR and MHR re-visited

Today's post, 22nd October 2013, comprises a bumper  twenty pics from seven contributors; several pics are from recent East Lancs and Mid Hants Railways' visits.
 
 
WINWICK
 
 
First up is a foursome from Jeff Nicholls. Pic one shows Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland at Culcheth  on an ELR - Tyseley working, with support. The date was 21st October 2013.
 
 Code - October W10
 
 
 

 
 
Jeff's second pic features a double heading light engine move through Winwick. The locos were DRS class 57, 57308 County of  Staffordshire and DRS class 66, 66423. The pic is dated 15th October 2013.
 
Code - October W11









WCRC class 47, 47314 is up next in pic number three from Jeff. The loco is heading a Statesman Rail, Newport - Inverness 'special'. This pic is dated 5th October 2013. 
 
 Code - October W12
 
 
 

 
 
In Jeff's fourth shot preserved class 86, 86259 Les Ross, is in charge of the 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' as it passes northbound, through Winwick on 16th October 2013. Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman, was to take over at Carnforth.
 
Code - October W13 
 
 

 
 
Pics five and six are from David Wood. Pic five features WCRC class 47, 47826 on a Carnforth - Crewe working with class 47786 Roy Castle OBE on the tail.The pic is dated 17th October 2013.
 
Code - October W14 
 
 
 
 
 
The final pic, number six, in this section is also from David. Gresley 'K4' class 2-6-0, No.61994 The Great Marquess, is pictured passing through Winwick on 17th October 2013.
 
Code - October W15




 
 ALTERNATIVE UK PICS

 
 
First up in this section are a couple of pics from Alan Rigby. Pic number seven, overall, features a Network Rail, Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT) with class 97s front and rear. The locos were 97302 and 97303. The location was Hargrave and the date 17th October 2013.
 
Code - October A6 
 
 
 
 
GBRf class 66, 66743 is featured next in shot number eight, again from Alan. The working was Ellesmere Port - Ironbridge biomass, the location was Acton Bridge and the date, 17th October 2013.
 
 Code - October A7 
 
 
 
 



David Quayle has sent in the following three pics all taken during a September visit to the Mid Hants Railway, otherwise known as 'The Watercress Line'. Pic number nine shows a fine line up of locomotive power headed by class 37s - 37901 (D6850) and D6836; behind are class 50 -50027 Lion (D427), class 08 - D3358 (08288), Ivatt class' 2MT' No.41312, bits of class 30s - 30828 and 30506 and ex SR 'N' class 2-6-0 No.1874 (31874), ex SR Bulleid 'WC' class No.34016 Bodmin and ex SR Maunsell 'U' class No.31625. The location was Ropley and the date, 11th September 2013.   
 

   
Pic ten shows Bullied small Pacific, 'WC' class No.34007 Wadebridge at Ropley on the same date, 11th September 2013. the locos in shot number nine can be seen in the background.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
David's third pic, number eleven overall, features Maunsell 'Schools' class 4-4-0, No.925 Cheltenham, taken at Ropley on the same date.




 

 
 
A Geoff Monks' due follow next; the first is a scan from his superb Kodachrome 25 slides. Pic number twelve features Collett 'Castle' class 4-6-0 No.5051 Drysllwyn Castle double heading with Collett 'Hall' class 4-6-0 No. 4930 Hagley Hall. The Paddington - Plymouth railtour is shown exiting Bristol Temple Meads station on 7th July 1985 (diesel hauled Paddington - Bristol). The locos stalled on Dainton Bank and the train was diesel hauled back to Paddington.  Bristol Bath Road diesel depot,  top right, includes a class 45/46 'Peak. 
 

Fowler class 3F 0-6-0T, No.47406 or 'Jinty,' is pictured in Geoff's next shot, number thirteen, at Woodthorpe Lane on a Loughborough - Swithland goods working. The occasion was the GCR Gala and the date, 6th October 2013.
 
Code - October A8





Two more now from Jeff Nicholls. Resident 'Super D' (ex LNWR class G2)  0-8-0, No.49395 is up next  in pic number fourteen. The loco is shown at the recent ELR Gala crossing the River Irwell on 19th October 2013.
 
Code - October A9






Pic fifteen from Jeff shows another 'Jinty', 0-6-0T No.47584 at Ramsbottom, at the same ELR Gala on 19th October 2013.
 


Code - October A10









The next two pics are from Matthew Chambers. Pic sixteen features TATA Steel liveried class 60, 60099 on an engineers working at Doncaster on 19th October 2013.

Code - October A11


 




Another two 'tugs' are pictured light engine, double heading through Doncaster on 19th October 2013 in Matthew's next pic, number seventeen overall. The locos were 60039 and 60045 The Permanent Way Institution.
 
Code - October A12






Bevan Price has sent in pics eighteen and nineteen. Pic eighteen features GBRf class 66, 66718 Gwyneth Dunwoody on an Ellesmere Port - Ironbridge biomass working on 10th September 2013. 
 







Pic nineteen shows an empty biomass working, Drax Power Station - Tyne Dock, taken at Knottingly on 7th September 2013. Pictured is GBRf class 66, 66747.


 
 





The last but certainly not least pic in this section, and post, is from John Smith. This working has been covered in several previous posts but this pic was taken at Garswood on 1st October 2013. Featured are class 37s, 37612 and 37038 on a Crewe - Crewe NR working,  via Liverpool, Wigan and Manchester. 

Code - October A13
 

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

Tuesday, 15 October 2013

'Semi', 'Jub' and 'Spam Can'.

Add a BR 'Standard' class '5' to the list in the post title and you have a superb selection of steam locos in today's post, 15th October 2013. Plenty of diesel traction also among the eleven pics from four contributors.

 
WINWICK

  
First up are three shots from Ieuan Wood. Pic number one shows Stanier 'Pacific' No.46233 Duchess of Sutherland on a Butterley - Hellifield move, with support. the location was Winwick and the date, 11th October 2013.
 
 Code - October W4
 
 


 
 
Ieuan's next 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.

Code - October W5




Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea is next, pic number three, again from Ieuan. The 'special' was for  the Lune Rivers Trust, the date was 28th September 2013, and the location was Winwick.  
 
 
 

 
 
The following four pics are all from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number four overall shows DRS class 66, 66422 on a Coatbridge - Daventry intermodal. The pic was taken from beneath the M62 bridge at Winwick on 5th October 2013.
 
 Code - October W6
 
 
 

 
Jeff's second shot, number five overall, features a Cleethorpes - Shrewsbury railtour headed by WCRC class 37, 37706. The loco was to be replaced by a steam double header of Galatea and The Great Marquess at Crewe. The location was Winwick and the date, 5th October 2013. 
Code - October W7
 
 
 
  
A freightliner double is shown in pic number six, again from Jeff. 'PowerHaul' class 70, 70006 is pictured dragging class 66, 66551, in this naturally framed shot taken at Winwick on 9th October 2013.
 
 
Code - October W8
 
 
 
 
 
 For interest Jeff has written an eight page article on 'Warrington in the 1980's ' for the current Traction magazine, using his own pics. Great to see one of our own contributors taking on such work.
 
 
The final pic in this section, number seven, is the fourth from Jeff Nicholls. A Network Rail Test Train (NWTT) is pictured at Winwick on 2nd October 2013. Three yellow coaches are sandwiched between DRS class 37s - 37612T & T37038.
 
 Code - October W9
 
 
 
 
ALTERNATIVE UK PICS
 

 
Another John Smith pic, number eight, is up first featuring the same NRTT working as in pic seven above. This pic was taken on the Fiddlers Ferry line near the Ferry Inn on 4th October 2013.
 

Code - October A2





The next three pics are all the work of Geoff Monks. Pic nine shows ex BR 'Standard' class '5' 4-6-0, No.73129, on a southbound local service at the GCR Gala on 6th October 2013.
 
Code - October A3





At the same Gala Geoff photographed the ex SR small 'Pacific' of Oliver Bulleid, No.34070 Manston, from the 'WC'/'BoB' classes. The location was Woodthorpe Lane and the working, a buffet car service to Leicester North. The pic is date 6th October 2013.
 
Code - October A4




Finally Geoff's third shot features the ex BR class '5', No.73129 again. The location was Woodthorpe Lane the working was a Royal Mail service and the date, 6th October 2013.

Code - October A5






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

Thursday, 10 October 2013

'Pics of the Month, August 2013' - RESULTS

Geoff Monks and Alan Rigby are the winners of the Winwick and Alternative UK competitions for August - congratulations to both of you. Today's post, 10th October 2013, is dedicated to the winners' shots and those of runners up.

WINWICK


1st August W11  Geoff Monks

The winning pic features  EWS (DBS) class 66, 66011 leaving Latchford north side loop on a Garston-Arpley working of empty car transporter wagons. This pic is dated 16th August 2013.





2nd August W14 Jeff Nicholls

Double heading DRS locos are shown in Jeff's shot. Class 37, 37425 is paired with class 57, 57004 on an empty, spent nuclear fuel working from Sellafield. The destination was Crewe, the location was Winwick and the date was 24th August 2013.





ALTERNATIVE UK PICS

1st August A3 Alan Rigby


Alan's shot shows the first leg of the  IT57 'special', taken at Widnes at 11th August 2013. Stanier 'Black Five' 4-6-0, No.45305, was at the head for the Liverpool - Manchester leg.





2nd August A10  Colin Platt



Colin's pic features Thompson 'B1' class 4-6-0 No. 61264 masquerading as No.61002 Impala. The shot was taken at Grosmont on the NYMR on 14th August 2013.







There were too many qualifiers in third place in both sections above to use in this post.

September voting has started. Get voting

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Class 20's on a Railtour

As the title describes this post, 5th October 2013, features an unusual railtour, headed or topped and tailed by two class 20 locos, touring England and Scotland. This post also includes the final few September dated pics to qualify for the Pic of the Month - September 2013. Voting can start for the September competition on 8th October 2013.


WINWICK


First up are four pics from Jeff Nicholls. Pic number one shows DRS top and tail class 37s, 37612 and 37038 on a Crewe-Wigan-Warrington-Liverpool Lime Street-Manchester Victoria-Ince Moss Network Rail Test Train. The train is passing through Winwick on 2nd October 2013.

Code - October W1









Jeff's second shot is of the same working on the same day at the same location but as the pic suggests on a different line, after the tractors got stuck into the field.

Code - October W2







Jeff's third pic is of the restored Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea. Jeff says the this was the first time for over fifty years that he had seen this loco and how superb does Galatea look in gleaming LMS red. The location was Golborne and the date 28th September 2013. The railtour was the 'Lune Rivers Trust Special'.
Code - September W11



Pic number four, also from Jeff, shows a Freightliner class 66, 66516, dragging two Freightliner class 86s, 86605 and 86632, (at least one must have failed) through Winwick with a Coatbridge - Crewe intermodal working. This pic is dated 2nd October 2013.
Code - October W3




David Wood has sent in pics five and six. Pic five shows a WCRC class 47 heading Pullman carriages on a Fort William - Euston railtour through Winwick on 29th September 2013. The special was the 'West Highland and Jacobite Statesman' and it was top and tailed by WCRC class 47, 47826 and WCRC class 57, 57314.   Code - September W12




Pic number six shows First Great Western class 57, 57605 Totnes Castle and two carraiges, on a Carlisle - Old Oak Common working. The pic is dated 25th Spetember 2013 and the location was Winwick. Pic is a second from David Wood.
Code - September W13




The Stanier 'Jubilee' 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea is up next, pic number seven from Ieuan Wood. The special was the same as in pic three above. The date was the same also, 28th September 2013 but the location was Winwick.

Code - September W14







Pic number eight is also from Ieuan. Pictured is a NR Test Train  passing through Winwick on 25th September 2013.

Code - September W15







Geoff Monks has sent in pic number nine. Freightliner class 66, 66566 is depicted on a Penrith - Crewe Basford Hall engineers working. The location was Winwick and the date, 29th September 2013. Just visible on the tail is Freightliner class 66, 66620.

Code - September W16




Ieuan Wood has sent a fourth pic, number ten of a  DBS class 92, 92042 heading not very 'silver bullets' tanks through Winwick on 25th September 2013.    Code - September W17






ALTERNATIVE UK PICS


Pics eleven and twelve are both from John Smith. Pic eleven shows topping and tailing class 37s the same as those in pic number one, above. The difference - just the date, a day earlier, 1st October 2013.

Code - October A1





DBS class 60, 60062 Stainless Pioneer, is depicted in pic twelve, another from John. The location was St Helens Junction and the working, a Liverpool - Tinsley empty steel. The pic is dated 27th September 2013.   

Code - September A10



Matthew Chambers has sent in two pics of the 'Autumn Highlander', a 4-day tour of England and Scotland hauled by DRS class 20s - 20308 and 20309. The location of pic thirteen was Anniesland on day 3 of the tour. The date was 29th September 2013 - 20308 to the fore.

Code - September A11




The same railtour is shown in pic fourteen also from Matthew, this one taken a day earlier,  28th September 2013 at Fort William, with DRS class 20, 20309 to the fore.

Code - September A12






Voting ends for the 'Pic of the Month', August 2013 competition at 2400hrs 7th October 2013. The voting system is simple - just send me the yellow August 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 August dated pics posted between 15th August and 6th September are eligible, and have code numbers. My email address is at the top of the blog. Everyone, contributors or not, can vote. Please vote.