It's made the main news lately on TV, radio and in the press, and in this post 19th January 2016, Flying Scotsman takes the headline again. Several years after gracing the main line, following extensive repairs and massive expense, fostering hostile opposition, it graces the main line again. The post comprises 24 shots from seven contributors.The snow is also a pleasing addition to many of the shots.
WINWICK & BEYOND
The first seven pics are from Alan Rigby. Number one features double heading DBS class 90s working Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay tanks. The locos were 90020 Collingwood and 90039, the location was Winwick and the date, 6th January 2016.
Next from Alan is EWS (DBS) class 66, 66112 on a Dowlow - Brigg Sidings working, taken at Lostock Gralam on 11th January 2016.
Alan's third shot shows Freightliner class 66, 66514 at Greenbank on 11th January 2016. The working was a Runcorn Folly Lane - Brindle Heath empty 'binliner'.
Next is GBRf class 66, 66717 Good Old Boy working LBT- Drax PS biomass. The location was Winwick and the date, 6th January 2016.
EWS (DBS) 'skip' 67008 is pictured at Winwick on a Wakefield - Wigan Wallgate route learner, in Alan's fifth shot. The location was again Winwick, on the same date, 6th January 2016.
The same loco is pictured at Wigan Wallgate in Alan's next pic. 67008 is shown leaving the station for Wakefield Kirkgate on 8th January 2016.
Alan's seventh and final pic features GBRf double headers class 59, 59003 Yeoman Highlander and class 66, 66714 Cromer Lifeboat, The pair are working Tuebrook - Crewe through Winwick on 6th January 2016.
David Quayle has sent in the following four pics and account. The first two above, were taken at Heywood on 16th January 2016. They both show ex LNER, class 'A1'/'A3' 4-6-2 Flying Scotsman of Nigel Gresley, sporting wartime black livery and three of her historic numbers, 502, 103, and 60103. The German-style smoke deflectors however, David adds, would not have been fitted in wartime, but in 1961. The loco is also fitted with the headboard "The Flying Scotsman" - the name of the prestigious LNER express often headed by the loco of the same name.
David's third shot, a retrospective example, features the locomotive at Carlisle in 1966, liveried in LNER 'Apple Green' and numbered 4472. Her 'blinkers' had been removed by Alan Peglar three years previously and the nameplate is clearly visible.
The final shot from David was taken at the NRM, York on 9th January 2016. Pictured are two very famous front ends of an 'A4' and a 'Duchess'.
The 'Flying Scotsman' theme continues from Jeff Nicholls and his son James - the latter's first contribution (of many, I hope) to the blog. First up is a shot of the loco at Heywood on 10th January 2016, from Jeff.
Jeff's second shot shows Flying Scotsman double heading with Stanier 'Black V' 4-6-0, No. 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier, heading a passenger service at Irwell Vale, on the same date.
Ieuan Wood has sent in the next four shots. His first depicts GBRf class 66, 66765 with a Liverpool biomass terminal - Drax PS working at Whiston on 15th January 2016.
Ieuan's second shot shows GBRf class 66, 66717 Good Old Boy on a Liverpool biomass terminal - Drax working, at the end of the station at Lostock Gralam on 11th January 2016.
Taken at Acton Bridge on 11th January 2016, pic number three from Ieuan shows DBS class 92, 92044 Couperin on a Dagenham - Garston car transporter working.
GBRf class 59, 59003 Yeoman Highlander is the subject of Ieuan's fourth shot taken at Whiston on 15th January 2016. The working was LBT - Bank Quay driver training.
The next four shots are from David Wood. First up is Flying Scotsman again, this one taken at Burrs with a passenger service on 17th January 2016. Class 31 diesel, 31466, is behind No.60103.
David's next shot is of the ex LMS Hughes/Fowler 2-6-0 'Crab' No.13065 (BR No.42765) at Burrs on the same date, 17th January 2016.
Number three from David is the ex SR 'West Country' class 4-6-2 of Oliver Bullied, No.34092 Wells, running as City of Wells. The location was Bury and the date, 17th January 2016.
David's fourth pic shows Freightliner class 66, 66555 on a Folly Lane - Brindle Heath working at Lostock Gralam. The pic is dated 11th January 2016.
Fittingly, No 502, 103 or 60103, Flying Scotsman completes our post, with the icon photographed at Ramsbottom on 17th January 2016; a second shot from Bevan. The diesel behind 60103, in EWS livery is class 31, 31466.
ADDENDUM - TOP TEN VIEWING COUNTRIES
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United States; Germany; Russia; France; Poland; Ukraine; Iran; Australia; Canada.