Friday, 25 August 2017

Pot pouree of traction

Today's post, 25th August 2017, features 24 pics sent in by four contributors. Many types of rail traction are described, therein.


First up are six pics from Geoff Monks. Number one shows Freightliner class 66, 66567, on the new deviation at Norton Bridge. The working was a Southampton - Garston intermodal on 15 August 2017.

Next is GBRf class 66, 66745 Modern Railways, The First 50 Years, at the same location, on a Toton - Crewe engineers' working on 15 August 2017.

A Berkeley - Crewe nuclear working (single flask) is up next from Geoff taken at the same location on the same date. DRS class 57s, 57306 Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate 175 and 57302 Chad Varah are double heading.

Next is the ex L&YR class 27, 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.52322 bringing in empty stock to Bury Station for a Heywood service. The pic is dated 19 August 2017.

The above loco is featured again, on the same date, in the next two shots from Geoff.  In this shot No.52322 is pictured taking on water at Rawtenstall.

In this shot the same loco is shown leaving Bury with a service to Rawtenstall.

Four photographs now follow from Bevan Price. First up is Colas Rail Freight class 60, 60026, at Horton-in-Ribblesdale, on 26 June 2017. The working was the Carlisle - Chirk logs.

Next is a Dumfries shot taken on 28 June 2017. Depicted is GBRf class 66,66728 Institute of Railway Operators, with a Dollands Moor - Irvine china clay tanks working.

Pic three from Bevan features two separate workings headed by class 37s. The left working headed by DRS class 37, 37425 Sir Robert McAlpine/Concrete Bob is a Carlisle - Barrow service out of the station. This service is passing Colas Rail class 37, 37421 on a test train, in the siding. The pic is dated 30 June 2017.

Bevan's fourth and final pic shows Class 43, 43162, leading a HST at Moreton - in - Marsh on 8 July 2017. The service was Hereford - Paddington (rear power car unidentified).

The next eight shots are from Jeff Nicholls.  The first three, below, were all taken at the DRS Open Day in Carlisle on 22 July 2017. The line-up of class 68s featured an example in each DRS livery.
Depicted are class 37, 37259 (L) - class 88, 88008 (R) - class 68s, 68026, 68001, 68012 and 68006 (C).

 Pic 4, below, from Jeff depicts Stanier, ex LMS 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45690, Leander, heading the 'North Wales Coast Express' over the Sankey Viaduct, on 23 July 2017.

The next three shots were taken on the narrow gauge, Welshpool and Llanfair Railway.  The first shot above, was taken at Castle Careinon on 30 July 2017. The second shot was taken just outside Welshpool on 1 August 2017. The 0-6-0T loco No.823, in both shots, was heading the 'Vintage Train' in the pic on the left. No.823 is actually No.2, The Countess, but currently liveried in 1930's GWR livery.

The third W&LR shot, taken on 30 July  2017, was also at Castle Careinon. The 0-6-0T loco No.822 (ex No.1) The Earl, in black livery,  is to the fore.
Both locos No.1 and No.2 (GWR/BR No's 822 and 823) were built in 1902 by Beyer Peacock.

Jeff's final shot was taken at Llangollen on 1 August 2017. Featured is outside cylinder pannier tank No.1501, a visitor from the SVR.

The last six shots in this post are from Mark Tombs - all taken on 5 August 2017. Taken at or near  Blackpool and Preston, Mark describes the area as "multiple unit heaven". His first two (below) are from Preston - this one (L) shows a Manchester airport service - a 'Pennine Desiro' DMU class 185, 185 119. His second (R) features a Northern Rail 'Pacer' DMU, 142 class - 142 001 - with a service to Colne.

Pic number three at Preston shows EMU class 319, 319 361 with a Preston - Liverpool South Parkway service.

This fourth shot from Mark was taken at Blackpool South. Depicted is a Northern Rail 'Sprinter' class 150 - 150 203 - from Colne.

Mark's penultimate shot shows a Northern Rail 'Express Sprinter' class 158 - 158 757 passing Poulton No.3 signal box with a Blackpool North - York service.

Completing this post is another NR class 150 - 150 270 - leaving Kirkham & Wesham with a Colne - Blackpool South service.

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Bluebell in focus

Today's post, 30th July 2017, begins with the three shots that should have ended the previous post, but due to a major malfunction had to be postponed until now. Nine shots are featured from two contributors.


The three 'missing' pics are all from Jeff Nicholls. First up is GBRf class 66, 66711 Sence, with a Liverpool - Drax P.S. biomass working at Earlestown, on 5th July 2017.

Next is GBRf class 66, 66714 Cromer Lifeboat, also taken at Earlestown on the same date. The working was the reverse of the above, a Drax P.S. - Liverpool biomass empties, via Chat Moss.

Jeff's final shot was of DRS class 88, 88006 Daring, heading the 'Tesco Express' through Winwick on 5th July 2017.

Next are six new shots taken on three Preserved Railways by David Quayle. First up is a Beamish Museum' shot of the Elephant locomotive. It is a replica of a Wallsend wagonway engine built on site, in 2002. The pic is dated 25th May 2017.

This one was taken on the ELR at Rawtenstall on 21st June 2017. Pictured is ex GWR Hawksworth 'Modified Hall' 4-6-0, No.6990 Witherslack Hall, at the water tower.

Next are four shots taken on the Bluebell Railway. Ex SR Maunsell 'Q' class, 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.30541, is pictured at Sheffield Park on 26th June 2017.

Ex LB&SCR class 'E4'  0-6-2, No.473 Birch Grove, is shown in the shed at Sheffield Park, on 26th June 2017.

Ex BR 'Standard' class 2-10-0, No.92240, is up next, taken on 28th June 2017 at the same location.

Finally, three locos are depicted at Sheffield Park on 26th June 2017. EX SER 'O1' class 0-6-0 tender loco No.65, is pictured beside ex BR 'Standard' class '5MT' 4-6-0, No.73082 Camelot. Directly behind No.65, is ex SE&CR 'H' class 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.263.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

A Mix of Motive Power

Today's post, 23rd July 2017, comprises nineteen pics - covering steam, diesel and electric motive power -  sent in by three contributors.


Bevan Price is up first with three shots. The first shows GBRf (Aggregate Industries livery) class 66, 66711 Sence at Summit Tunnel West (Littleborough) on 12th July 2017. The working is a Liverpool - Drax P.S. biomass.

Also taken at the same location on the same date was DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66142 on a Wilton - Knowsley empty 'binliner' working.

Bevan's third pic was taken at Pemberton on 3rd July 2017. pictured is DB class 66, 66019 with another 'binliner' working.

The following six shots are from Jeff Nicholls.

Up first are two shots of class 57s taken at Paddington Station on 6th July 2017. The working was the GWR 'Night Riviera' sleeper service to Penzance. 57603, Tintagel Castle, (left) had brought in empty stock and 57605, Totnes Castle, (right) would head the train out of the station.

Pic three shows a Heathrow Express, Siemens/CAF unit, 332005, also at Paddington on the same date.

Ex BR 'Merchant Navy' class 4-6-2 is up next, No.35028 Clan Line, photographed in Battersea Loop on  7th July 2017. The loco had just backed its support coach onto a Belmond Pullman service which would then head for Victoria Station with a diesel up front.

Next from Jeff is a 4-car Docklands Railway service depicted at Canary Wharf on a Lewisham-bound service. The pic is dated 7th July 2017.

Pic six takes us back to Winwick on 11th July 2017, with a class 40, 40145 taking a couple of class 47s, 47712 Lady Diana Spencer and 47192 to Crewe, from Bury, where they had featured in the recent Diesel Gala.

The following six pics are courtesy of Geoff Monks. His first shows ex GWR Modified Hall class 4-6-0 No.6990 Witherslack Hall bringing in empty stock for a working to Rawtenstall, into Bury, on the ELR on 17th June 2017.

The same loco is pictured awaiting departure from Bury with a train to Rawtenstall on the same date.

No.6990 is again to the fore in Geoff's third shot after leaving Ramsbottom on a Bury - Rawtenstall service on 18th June 2017.

Freightliner class 66, 66418 Patriot, is up next on a Crewe - Stalybridge (via Copy Pit) engineers' working on 18th June 2017.

Winwick is the location for Geoff's fifth shot. Pictured are double heading Freightliner class 90s - 90044 and 90048 - heading a Daventry - Coatbridge intermodal working on 25th June 2017.
The same working was pictured on 18th June at Winwick, with double heading Freightliner class 90s at the head again. They were 90049 and 90048. 
Four more pics from Jeff Nicholls now follow. DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66090 was taken at Vulcan Village on the daily Knowsley - Wilton 'binliner' working on 5th July 2017.
Unfortunately  a major error has occurred and I must terminate this post. Jeff's other three pics will be displayed in a short post, very shortly.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

The Liverpool Docker

Today's post, 25th June 2017, includes a couple of shots of a special rail tour: the post fully comprises eighteen shots from just three contributors.


The first five pics are courtesy of Jeff Nicholls. This one shows large prairie tank, 2-6-2 No.5526, arriving at Buckfastleigh with a service from Totnes, on the South Devon Railway. The date was 8th June 2017.

HST 43172 Harry Patch was photographed at Exeter St Davids with a London-bound train on 8th June 2017. It is named after the last survivor of the WWI trenches.

HST 43187 The Welshman was pictured at the same location as above, on the same date. 43187 was on the rear of  'The Cornishman' from Paddington - Penzance. Apart from the leading car, 43178 Pride of Laira, the entire train was in GWR livery.

The fourth shot from Jeff, features two class '08' shunters at Wigan Springs Branch depot on 24th May 2017. The foreground loco is 08703, the red engine in the background is called Wigan 2.

Pic five from Jeff shows a WCRC class 47/class 37 combination, 47245  and 37518, Fort William / An Gearasdan, at Winwick on a Carnforth - Crewe working, consisting of two Statesman coaches. The pic is dated 31st May 2017.

The following three shots are from Geoff Monks. His first features Freightliner class 66, 66549 at Winwick on 3rd June 2017. The engineers train was working Crewe - Garstang,

Class 40, 40145 was pictured at Winwick on 9th June 2017 with a Carnforth - Bury loco + stock positioning move, which ran as a railtour via Shrewsbury (40145 worked the main railtour on the following day).

Beattie well tank No.30587 from the Bodmin & Wenford Railway (but owned by the NRM) is depicted at the MOSI in Manchester, on 15th June 2017. The loco alongside is a battery example from the former Bolton Power Station.

Bevan Price has sent in the following three pics. His first was taken at Prescot on 15th June 2017. Depicted is DRS class 68, 68026 with a BLS railtour (class 66, 66432 was on the rear).

Next from Bevan, is GBRf class 66, 66715 Valour, with a Drax - LBT biomass empties working, taken at Clegg Hall Road, Rochdale, on 20th June 2017.

Bevan's third pic shows DB class 66, 66017, with 'binliner' empties at Rainford Junc, on 22nd June 2017.

The final seven shots are all from Jeff Nicholls. First up are two shots of the 'Liverpool Docker' railtour  on 24th June 2017. The first was passing through Crosfields  with DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66177 to the fore.

The next shot was taken from the reverse end at Arpley Junction and features DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66100.

Pic three from Jeff shows the same Beattie well tank as seen in pic 8, from Geoff Monks above - No.30587 at the MOSI in Manchester. This pic is dated 22nd June 2017.

Jeff's fourth shot features DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66014 working a Wilton-Knowsley empty 'binliner' train at Culcheth on 26th May 2107.

Next is DB (EWS liveried) class 66, 66175, working through Totnes with a Burngullow - Exeter Riverside short freight service on 8th June 2017.

The class 92/class 67 combination was photographed at Bamfurlong on 24th May 2017. The working was china clay. The GBRf locos were 92032 IMechE Railway Division and 66740 Sarah.

The final shot in this post, also from Jeff, features shunter D4106 (ex 09018) taken on the Bluebell Railway at Sheffield Park. The pic is dated 20th May 2017.