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.

Monday, 25 September 2017

More Heritage and Narrow Gauge Railways

Another 24 pics in this post, 25th September 2017, from four contributors.


The first eight pics have been sent in by Jeff Nicholls. First up is a shot from York Station of Stanier 'Jubilee' class 4-6-0, No.45699 Galatea, on the 'Scarborough Spa Express'. The pic is dated 3rd August 2017.

The next three pics from Jeff were all taken at the same location, on the same date. This one shows GBRf class 66, 66744 Crossrail, on a Drax P.S. - Blyth empty biomass working.

Next is East Coast class 91, No. 91110 Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, on an Edinburgh - Kings Cross service. The loco was unveiled at the NRM Railfest event in 2012.

Jeff's fourth York pic features another class 91, on a reverse service as the above, caught in 'tropical monsoon' conditions.

The next three pics were all taken in Norfolk. Pic five features DRS class 37, 37405 on the rear of a Great Yarmouth - Norwich service on 16th September 2017;  DRS class 37, 37419, was on the other end.

The same pairing is up next 37405 + 37419 on the same day, on another GY - Norwich service, this time at Brundall.

DRS class 68, 68005 Defiant, top and tailing with DRS class 68, 68028 are up next, in this shot taken at Reedham Swing Bridge on 14th August 2017. The service was Lowestoft - Norwich.

Jeff's eighth pic was taken at Glazebrook on 3rd August 2017. The Network Rail train was top and tailed by GBRf class 73s - 73963 Janice and 73961 Alison.

The next five shots are from Bevan Price. Castell Caereinion on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway is the location for his first pic, taken on 3rd September 2017.  Depicted, head on, is No.823, Countess, approaching the passing loop as No.822, The Earl, waits to depart for Welshpool.

The next location is Welshpool New Drive level crossing where Bevan photographed Superb, a visiting loco from the Sittingbourne & Kelmsley Light Railway and Joan. Both were double heading a service towards Llanfair.

The next three shots were taken, by Bevan, on the Kirklees Light Railway, (15" gauge on the trackbed of the former Clayton West Branch), on 9th September 2017. This first shot was taken at Shelley Station and features Hurricane (visiting from the Romney Hythe & Dymhurch Railway, Owl and Katie.

Skelmanthorpe is the venue for the last two of Bevan's KLR shots. The first shows another visiting loco from the RH&DR, Winston Churchill. 

This final one features Prince Edward of Wales and Synolda.  These two were Greenly/Basset Lowke designs,  4-4-2s from Rhyl Miniature Railway and Ravenglass Railway, respectively.

Our fourteenth shot is from Mark Tombs' recent trip to Newcastle. Pictured are a pair of Tyne  & Wear Metro Units, Nos 4047 and 4049, passing at a sunny Tynemouth Station on 27th August 2017.

The final ten shots in this post are from David Quayle. Up first are several shots taken on the North Norfolk Railway on 2nd September 2017.

The first one (left) shows ex WD class '9F' 2-10-0, No. 90775 with a passenger service at Holt.  Ex LNER 'B12' 4-6-0, No.8572 (61572), is pictured light engine (right) at Weybourne, in shot number two.

Ex GNR/LNER class 'N2'  0-6-2T, No1744,(69523), is up next (left), also taken light engine, at Weybourne.  She was fitted with condensing apparatus to save water when working on the Metropolitan Railway between Kings Cross and Moorgate. The second shot, right) was taken at Sheringham. Double heading pair Nos 76084 and 53809 are pictured heading a passenger service. No.76084 is an ex BR 'Standard' class '4MT' 2-6-0; No.53809 is an ex S&DJR class '7F' 2-8-0.

Both of the above shots were taken at Holt. The first (left) features two locos described above. Nos 1744 (69523) and 8572 (61572). The second Holt shot (right) features No.1744 again and ex GWR  0-6-0T, No.7714.

Both of the above shots were also taken at Holt. Pictured left are Nos 7714 and 8572 (background), both described previously. In the right hand pic No 7714 is again shown together with ex BR standard class '9F' 2-10-0, No.92203 Black Prince, to the fore.

The final two shots from David are pictured above. The left hand shot was taken at Sheringham and features No.7714 and No.92203 Black Prince, both described above. On the right is No.8572 (see details above) at Weyborne with a passenger service. There are a few pics remaining in my in-tray which I will try to use shortly.

David has spent a long time putting together a website describing all steam locomotives in preservation, and their history.  Go to Preserved British Steam Locomotives