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Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Nine from NYM and SVR Railways

Today's post, 20 December 2017,  is the last before Christmas and comprises nine pics from a single contributor. Don't forget my new email address for contributions is detailed above, as reported in the previous post.

Colin Platt has sent them in and they cover two of his 2017 trips from March of this year - to the North Yorkshire  Moors Railway and the the Severn Valley Railway.

His first five shots are from the Spring NYMR Gala.  The first pair, above, show Ex LMS Stanier 4-6-0 'Royal Scot' class No.46100, Royal Scot, on passenger services at Beck Hole (left), and nearing Levisham (right). The pics are dated 25 March 2017.

Another Stanier 4-6-0 is up next in the following two pics - 'Black V' No 45212. The loco is heading a passenger service approaching Levisham (left) and passing the Levisham signal box. The date was the same, 25 March 2017.

Colin's final shot on this date was of another Stanier 'Black V', No.44806, near Levisham on a passenger service.

The next four shots were taken at the SVR Gala, held  just before the NYMR equivalent. The first three shots were taken at Bewdley on 17th March 2017. The first pair below were taken at or near the water towers and featured Ex GWR 'Manor' class 4-6-0 No.7802 Bradley Manor of Charles Collett in both pics, and ex SR, 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34081 92 Squadron (without name plate), of Oliver Bulleid (right).

'BoB' class 4-6-2, No.34081, is featured again but at Eardington on 19th March 2017.

Colin's final shot is of another ex SR 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park, leaving Bewdley on 17 March 2017, with a passenger service.

May I take this opportunity to thank all of our contributors from 2017, and wish everyone, including our viewers/supporters, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year.

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Email for Contributions

This post, 13 December 2017, is simply to let you know that the new email address for contributors is in the title bar at the top of this post.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Retro' and Current Photographs

This post, 7 December 2017, comprises 22 pics from three contributors and includes some splendid shots from the last century.


The first seven shots are from Geoff Monks and all were taken between 1976 and 1986 on the Severn Valley Railway. Jeff adds that none of the locos are in current service.

The first is of 'Manor' class 4-6-0 of Charles Collett, No.7819 Hinton Manor. The loco is heading a passenger service out of Bridgnorth towards Kidderminster, on 14 April 1985.

Next, is ex GWR 'Castle' class 4-6-0, also of Collett, No.5051 Earl Bathurst. The visiting loco was photographed soon after leaving Bridgnorth with a passenger service on 15 June 1986.

Ex GWR, small 'Prairie' tank 2-6-2, No.4566 of G.J.Churchward,  is pictured on Victoria Bridge near Arley, on 8 May 1976. The passenger service was rostered Bewdley to Bridgnorth, as the Bewdley to Kidderminster section hadn't opened then, to regular services.

The same loco is pictured again on a 'Santa Special' at Foley Park (between Kidderminster and Bewdley) on 6 December 1986.

Ex BR, class '4MT' 4-6-0,  No.75069, is up next pictured passing the former junction of the Wyre Forest line near Bewdley, on 6 December 1986. The working was a 'Santa Special'.

Ex LMS, Black '8' 2-8-0, No.8233 (48773) of William Stanier, is pictured next on another 'Santa Special, on 7 December 1985. The location was Foley Park.

The same loco is pictured at Foley Park on another 'Santa Special', on the same date, 7 December 1985.


Geoff Monks has also sent in this picture taken more recently, on 4 November 2017. Ex GWR, Churchward '2800' class 2-8-0, No.2807, is pictured approaching Carrog on a Llangollen - Corwen service. The loco was visiting from the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway.

Next are nine shots from Jeff Nicholls. The first two, below, are of Colas Rail class 56, 56105 - (left) at Warrington (taken from Barnard Street Bridge) and (right) at Crosfields Works, Warrington. The 'Special' was 'The Fiddlers Five' which visited Fiddlers Ferry P.S. on 28 October 2017. DB (EWS livery) class 66, 66183, is out of sight on the tail of the train.

Next are T & T Colas class 56s, 56113 and 56096, at Chester on the Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT) working Shrewsbury-Shrewsbury overnight, covering hundreds of miles, mainly in Wales. The pic is dated 9 November 2017.

In this shot, from Jeff, the Carlisle - Chirk logs working is stopped at Bank Quay for a crew change. The Colas class 56s were 56087 and 56105, and the pic is dated 19 October 2017.

Pic five from Jeff shows Freightliner class 66, 66537, at Fiddlers Ferry Marina with empty coal wagons bound for Eat Usk Junction Yard. The pic is dated 27 October 2017.

Freightliner class 6, 66564, is pictured near Burtonwood Road bridge with an early morning Daventry - Mossend Intermodal, on 18 October 2017.

Next are three shots taken at the East Lancashire Railway's 'Scenic Railcar Weekend'.

First up is a Cravens Unit, E56171 and E50410, about to leave Ramsbottom on 4 November 2107.

Next is a class 104 unit, M50455 and M50517, crossing Brooksbottom Viaduct at Summerseat with a Heywood - Rawtenstall service on 4 November 2017.

Jeff's final shot was taken at the same location as above, but in the opposite direction - a class 109 unit, Sc51485 and E56121 was pictured on the same date.

The last five shots in this post are from Bevan Price. His first shows Ex LMS, Stanier 'Black V' No.45231, The Sherwood Forester, on a test run at Langho, working Crewe- Carnforth - Hellifield - Preston - Crewe, on 15 November 2017. Class 37, 37516 was on the rear.

The same loco and working, is pictured at Preston on the same day.

On the rear of the above working was WCRC class 37, 37516.

With part of the Humber Bridge in the background, DRS class 20s, 20303 and 20305 are depicted with a RHTT at Hessle, on 11 November 2017.

Also at Hessle on the same date, was GBRf class 66, 66746 with a Dairycoates - Rylstone hoppers working.

Wednesday, 8 November 2017


Today's post, 8 November 2017, follows on fairly quickly from the previous post because of the shear volume of pics sent in - here are 15 pics from 2 contributors.


First up are eight pics from David Quayle.  This one was taken at Burrs Country Park on the ELR on 14 October 2017. Pictured is John Cameron's famous 'A4', No. 60009 Union of South Africa, on a passenger service.

The same loco is pictured next, at Bury, on the same date.

Pics numbered three and four below show Hunslet No.2890 built at Leeds in 1943 as part of the austerity 0-6-0ST programme (including LNER class J94) built by several manufacturers during World War II. The loco was delivered to the War Department for military use as No.75041.  It was converted to a 0-6-0 tender engine at the Mid Hants Railway but is now owned by the Ribble Steam Railway. It returned to steam following its last overhaul in September this year.

On the left No.2890 is pictured double heading with No.52322 with a passenger service at Burrs; and on the right No.2890 is  shown at Ramsbottom, heading another passenger service. Both pics are dated 14 October 2017. No.52322 is a class 27 0-6-0 tender, freight locomotive designed by John Aspinall for the L&YR in 1896.

Next from David is ex SR Bulleid 'West Country' class 4-6-2, No. 34092 City of Wells, taken at speed at Burrs Country Park on the same date, 14 October 2017.

Ex LMS Hughes/Fowler 'Crab' locomotive, No.13065, is up next, a 2-6-0 'Mogul' is a mixed traffic loco built at Crewe works in 1927. Pictured at Bury on 14 October 2017.

No.52322 is featured again in David's seventh shot, taken at Bury, on 14 October 2017.

David's final shot is of the hot axle box of No.34092 City of Wells (described above), receiving TLC at Ramsbottom on the same date.

The following seven shots are from Geoff Monks. The first four were taken on the SVR on 16th September 2017.

 First up is class 50 diesel 50035, taken at Bewdley heading a Kidderminster-Bridgnorth train.

Next is Austerity 2-10-0 locomotive, No.600 Gordon, built in 1943 and now displayed in The Engine House building at Highley.

Featured in the same building is ex LMS Stanier class '8F' 2-8-0, No.48773.

Taken at Bridgnorth shed on the same date, was No.564 (64562), visiting for the following weekend's Steam Gala. Also in the picture are ex GWR pair -  Collett '5700' class 0-6-0PT, No.7714, and Collett 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No. 7802 Bradley Manor. No.564 is an ex GER Y14 class (LNER J15) 0-6-0 tender locomotive, built in 1912, designed by T.W. Worsdell.

The following shot, from Geoff, was taken at Acton Bridge on 27 October 2017. Depicted are double heading DB class 90s, 90028 and 90020 on a Mossend - Daventry intermodal working.

Double heading Freightliner class 86s are up next, also taken at Acton Bridge on 27th October 2017; 86604 and 86612 were on a Garston - Crewe working.

The final shot in this post is also from Geoff and features Freightliner class 66, 66572, on a Runcorn Folly Lane - Northenden binliner working, on the same date and at the same location.

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Local and Preservation Pics

Today's post comprises 22 pics from three contributors.


The first 9 pics are from David Quayle, all taken at Bewdley during the recent SVR Gala.

His first shows 0-6-0T locomotive No.323 Bluebell; a class 'P' design by Harry Wainwright. Outshopped in 1910 for the South Eastern & Chatham Railway, the loco is pictured light engine. The pic is dated 23 September 2017.

Next is an ex LMS, Ivatt class '4' 2-6-0, No.43106, nicknamed the 'Flying Pig', heading a passenger service, taken on the same date.

Pic number 3 from David features light engine,  class 'Y14' 0-6-0 tender locomotive, No.564, designed by T.W.Worsdell for the GER in 1912. The pic is also dated 23 September 2017.

Following on is an ex GWR class '5700', 0-6-0PT No.7714, outshopped in 1930; the pic date is the same. The loco is hauling a 'toad' van - a GWR brake van with an open veranda and a large cabin.

In this shot, both of the locos pictured immediately above are shown together i.e Nos 564 and 7714 on the same date. No.7714 is taking on water from the famous tank.

An ex SR, Bulleid 'Battle of Britain' class 4-6-2, No.34053 Sir Keith Park is up next from David, also taken light engine, at Bewdley on 23 September 2017.

No.34053 is pictured again in this pic together with ex SR 'Schools' class 4-4-0, No.30926 Repton, built in 1934 and designed by Richard Maunsell. The date was the same.

Next is ex GWR, 1938-built 'Manor' class 4-6-0, No.7802 Bradley Manor, designed by Charles Collett. The date, again, was 23 September 2017.

Next from David is an ex GWR Hudswell-Clarke 0-6-0ST, No.813,built in 1900. The loco was originally built for the Port Talbot Railway & Docks Company, later amalgamated into the GWR. Pic is dated as above.

Jeff Nicholls is up next with nine pics. His first two were taken at a Llangollen Railway's 'Along South Western Lines' gala. First up is 2-6-2 'Large Prairie' tank No.5199, approaching Carrog, light engine, on 14 October 2017. The loco was introduced in 1929, designed by Charles Collett.

Next from Jeff is is No.34053 Sir Keith Park, described above, also approaching Carrog on the same date.

Pic number 3 features ex L&YR 0-6-0T No.52322 designed by John Aspinall as part of the class '27'. The loco is pictured heading a passenger service out of Ramsbottom during the East Lancs Gala. on 15 October 2017.

John Cameron's famous 'A4' class 4-6-2, No.60009 Union of South Africa, is pictured next crossing  the River Irwell at the same ELR Gala.  The date was the same.

Next is a night shot from Jeff taken at Latchford Sidings on 13 September 2017. The working was F.F. Power Station (FFPS) - Redcar. Pictured is GBRF class 66, 66733 Cambridge PSB.

DB class 67, 67018 Keith Heller, is up next taken at Daresbury, on 12 September 2017. The passenger working was Manchester Piccadilly - Holyhead.

Freightliner class 66, 66523 is depicted next, at Daresbury, with a FFPS-East Usk Yard return working. The pic is dated 12 September 2017.

Freightliner class 66, 66561 is pictured leaving FFPS on 6 September 2017.The working was to York Holgate Yard with coal empties.

Final shot from Jeff features GBRf class 66, 66707 Sir Sam Fay Great Central Railway, from Barnard Street Bridge with a Redcar - FFPS working on 1 September 2017.

Bevan Price has sent in the last 4 shots. His first was taken at Bury Knowsley Street Station  on 14 October 2017. Depicted is Gresley 'A4' class 4-6-2, No.60009, described above.

Second pic from Bevan shows Hunslet 0-6-0 tender locomotive No.2890 converted from a 0-6-0ST. Also in the picture is No.52322 described above. The pic is dated  14 October 2017 and the location was Ramsbottom.

Next are Colas Rail Freight class 70s, 70806 and 70802, top and tailing autoballasters, during the installation of the new 4th track near Huyton Station. This pic is dated 2 October 2017.

The final pic in this post, from Bevan, was taken at Edge Hill on 9 October 2017. Freightliner class 66, 66512 is heading a relaying train whilst Freightliner class 66, 66605 waits (left) to take a ballast train into the cutting.