Friday, 12 May 2017

Belgian Traction.

Today's post, 12 May 2017, comprises eleven pics sent in by two contributors.


The first four pics are from Geoff Monks.  His first was taken at Swanick Junction and features a passenger service for Butterley (at the Midland Railway Centre, Derbyshire), headed by ex GWR 0-6-2T steam loco,  No.5619. The pic is dated 23 April 2017.

The next three shots from Geoff were all taken at Millmeece, between Stafford and Crewe, on 4th May 2017. This one shows Chiltern liveried class 68, 68014 on a Mountsorrel- Crewe ballast working.

Double heading DRS class 37s are up next  - pic three from Geoff. Nos 37218 and 37059 are pictured on a Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks' working. 

Last but not least from Geoff is GBRf class 66, 66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers, on a Toton - Crewe engineers' working. 

Up next are seven shots from Jeff Nicholls. First is Northern Rail class 319, 319 368, leaving Newton-le-Willows on a Lime Street - Manchester Airport service on 21st April 2017.

Next is a shot of two unliveried class 319s - 319 450 and 319 363 - taken at Lime Street on 21 April 2017.

The remainder of the pics were all taken in Belgium. No.1837 was taken leaving Bruges station with and express for Antwerp, on 13 April 2017.

Pic number 4 from Jeff shows a TRAXX loco, no.2807, which works with four different voltage systems. It was heading an Amsterdam-bound service composed of Dutch Railways' stock on 15 April 2017. The location was Brussels Midi station.

Brussels Midi Station was also the location for the next three shots from Jeff. This one shows a THALYS high speed unit, no.4345, bound for Paris Nord. Behind is a SNCF TGV no.4511. Pic is dated 15 April 2017.

Nos 5511 and 5512 are older GM diesels now used as a Belgian equivalent of our class 57 'Thunderbirds'.  This pic is also dated 15 April 2017. 

No.7793 is also an older diesel being used here on an engineers' train for Infrabel, the Belgian equivalent of our own Network Rail. This pic is also dated 15 April 2017. 

Friday, 21 April 2017

Trains from South America

Today's post, 21st April 2017 is back to normal in terms of numbers, with 27 pics from 4 contributors.


The first thirteen shots are from David Quayle, all taken on his recent trip to South America.

First up are the two shots above, showing the locomotives or 'mules' that haul the ships through Panama Canal locks on a 5ft gauge railway. 'Mules' are electric powered using a third rail laid below the surface on the land side of the locks. Each 'mule' has a powerful winch which the driver operates to control two cables attached to ships, which can be hauled in a controlled manner.  Four 'mules' are used per ship, two on each side. The new Panama Canal, for larger ships, employs tugs rather than locomotives. the pics are dated 21st January 2017.

The next six shots were taken on 12th February 2017 near Ushuaia in Argentina, on the island of Tierra del Fuego. The railway is Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino or 'Train of the End of the World'.  The first shows a 2-6-2T steam locomotive Camila, designed and built by Winson Engineering of the UK, in 1995.

David's next pic features Ing L D Porta built in Argentina in 1994.

Next is a narrow gauge, Beyer Garratt 0-4-0 + 0-4-0 locomotive, Ing H R Zubietta introduced to the railway in 2006. This  engine was built in South Africa.

Pic number six from David shows Camila again.

Double heading diesels are heading this train. At the head is a loco named Tierrra del Fuego.

An unidentified red locomotive (although numbered 15) is shown here, with Camila in the background.

A small 0-4-0 steam loco is the subject of pic number nine from David taken at the Patagonian Institute Museum at Punta Arenas, Chile on 10th February 2017.

Another shot from Chile depicts a steam loco on static display at Arica - a 1924, German-built, rack and pinion loco for working to Bolivia. The pic is dated 31st January 2017.

A third shot from Chile was taken at Valparaiso. Pictured is an electric unit passing the harbour on 3rd February 2017.

Pics twelve and thirteen from David, of steam engines on display, were taken in Peru. The first was taken at Salaverry on 25th January 2017, and features an 0-6-0 tank engine.

This one was taken on 30th January 2017, at Mollendo. The 0-4-0 tank engine is named Mollendina.

The next four shots are from Geoff Monks. His first, left,t features 'T9' class 4-4-0, No.30120, awaiting departure from Shackerstone (Battlefield Line, Leicestershire) with a passenger service, on 25th March 2017. His second shot shows the same service departing Shackerstone on the same date.

DB class 67, 67005 (with 67006 trailing) is the subject of pic number three from Geoff. The train is approaching Hartford Junction taking empty stock of the 'Orient Express' from Runcorn to Crewe for stabling, on 8th April 2017. The loaded train had, earlier, run from London Victoria to Runcorn in connection with the Grand National.

Double heading DRS class 37s are up next from Geoff, approaching Hartford Junction with a Sellafield - Crewe spent nuclear fuels flasks on 8th April. They were 37218 and 37609.

Jeff Nicholls now follows with nine shots. His first shows double heading DRS class 37s at Stafford on 29th March 2017. The working was 'Northern Belle' empty stock - the locos were 37716 and 37038.

Pic two from Jeff shows DRS class 57, 57002 taking a DBSO car  (Driving Brake Standard Open) from Derby to Carlisle on 4th April 2017. The location was Acton Bridge. A DBSO is a coach which has been converted to include, among other things, driver cab and signal tansmission/receiving equipment.

DB (EWS) class 66, 66094 is pictured at Winwick on 30th March 2017 on cement empties, working Avonmouth - Clitheroe.

The next two shots feature both ends of a Network Rail train at Stafford on 29th March 2017. Left is Colas Rail class 67, 67023 at the head, and right is CR 67027, on the tail. The working ran Crewe-Crewe via other locations.

Pics six and seven  from Jeff feature the same working - double heading DRS locos class 88, 88002 Prometheus and class 68, 68025 at Dutton Viaduct(left,) and at Acton Bridge (right), on 4th April 2017. The working was a Carlisle - Crewe and return, test train.

DRS class 88. 88002 Prometheus  is pictured working light engine at Earlestown on a crew training run,  Carlisle - Crewe, on 30th March 2017.

Network Rail class 97, 97302 is depicted in Platform 8 at Crewe on 6th April 2017 in Jeff's ninth shot.

The final pic in this post is from myself and features Gresley class 'A1/A3' 4-6-2, No.60103 Flying Scotsman with support coach, at Red Bank on 8th April 2017.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Thirteen shots from Three Contributors

Thirteen pics for this post, 28th March 2017, sent in by just three contributors.


First five are from Jeff Nicholls.  To start with, this shot of Fowler/Stanier 'Royal Scot' class 4-6-0, No.46115 Scots Guardsman, was taken at Winwick on 22nd March 2017. The working was Preston - Shrewsbury on a 'Special' that originated at Dumfries.

Next is Class 47, 47815, working Derby-Carlisle through Winwick, on 22nd march 2017. Note the two barrier coaches.

Jeff's third pic features a GBRf double header of class 66, 66728 Institution of Railway Operators and class 92, 92032 IMechE Railway Division,  at Winwick on 22nd March 2017. The working was the 'silver bullets' (china clay). Jeff adds that the 66 takes over from the 92 at Carlisle.

Both pics 4 and 5 pic from Jeff were taken on the L&MR on 16th March 2017. The first shows Stanier 'Black Five' No.45407 working from the ELR to Southall and passing Huskisson's memorial at Parkside.

Jeff's fifth and final shot is of the Huskisson Memorial, as it is seen today.

Geoff Monks has sent in the next four pics, the first two taken at Heck Ings, on the Knottingley - Goole line. His first shows DB class 66, 66030 with a Humber International - Drax P.S. coal working, on 9th March 2017.

Geoff's second is of GBRf class 66, 66765 with a Tyne Coal Terminal - Drax P.S. working on the same date.

Double heading DB class 90s, 90024 and 90040 are featured next, with a Mossend - Daventry intermodal taken at Acton Bridge, on 15th March 2017.

Also taken at Acton Bridge on the same date, was class 47, 47815, taking ex-Thameslink 319s, 219 and 218 from  Allerton to Long Marston, for storage.

The final four pics are from Bevan Price. His first was taken at the GCR on 28th January 2017. Pictured are double heading locos - ex SR 'Q' class 0-6-0 tender loco, No.30541 and ex SR 'King Arthur' class  4-6-0, No.30777 Sir Lamiel - approaching Ropley.

Bevan's second pic was taken at Mossley Hill on 15th March 2017. Featured is class 47, 47815 again, towing the class 319s as seen above, from Allerton to Long Marston.

Pic number three shows a new DRS class 88, 88002, at Thatto Heath on a probable driver training exercise, today, 28th Mrach 2017.

Bevan's fourth pic was taken on the Ribble Steam Railway on 25th March 2017. The Diesel Gala featured Colas class 60, 60047 at Riverside Walk, with class 03, D3148, at the rear.