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Recent Additions (Very Mixed) from prior to March-2011(When this Website was set-up).Random Dates in this section.
Please forgive the mediocre state of some of the older pictures mainly due to negative degradation and age (Some now well over 50 years old) and poor quality film stock because I didn't know better all those years ago!
This section devoted to random pictures from the vaults dating from 2011 back to 1963.These will be transferred to appropriate Galleries dedicated to individual Classes eventually.
This is the first time this shot has been published since I recorded it over 54 years ago on 'then' very expensive Ilford reversal film! It shows a LNER J27 No-65846 parked up in York-North MPD along with an extreemly old clerestory wooden coach that was almost certainly in departmant service.It was still officially on the stock books at this time and lasted a further 4 months before its inevitable withdrawal after 57 years of service.
..17 august 1965..
Here is long gone 58024 at Chaddeston Tip in Derby having just arrived from possibly Bescot to dump a load of spoil-etc for reprocessing.The loco lasted a further 2 years in service in the UK before it was exported to Spain in May-2004.15 years later it still resides over there although it hasn't seen any use now fo quite some time.Apparantly it has been sold whilst there so any chances of this one coming home ever are quite minimal!.
..2 february 2002..
When this shot was taken the then brand new Class-70's seemed to be set for a bright future.Fast forward to 2019 (9 years later) most of the Freightliner owned loco's are languishing in store with just a few in regular servce Here is an almost new 70004 passing Bristol-West Junction with '6M61; the 08:25 from Portbury Coal Terminal with a train heading for Rugeley-PS.How times have changed.No more coal trains now from Portbury.Rugeley-PS is closed and this loco is stored OOS. What can I say?
..23 june 2010..
This is how it was in 1966! The Health and Safety Executive would have an almighty fit if this sort of thing went on today in the OTT 21sr century. The station was fully open to train traffic,yet upwards of over 100 trespassers were just wandering around doing their photographs and nobody was too bothered.I was actually up a signal gantry for this shot.Try that now and it would be a prison sentence!.The locomotive crew were clambering around on the tender doing the water and coal.For sure that is now a total no-no as well.The Railtour was a RCTS Commemorative trip for the LNER A2 Class using 60532 from Waterloo to Exeter and return.70004 was also used after this engine failed at Exeter.
..14 august 1966..
This a an extreemly rare event.Red-Stripe 56019 worked a scheduled passenger service between Birmingham New Street and Bournemouth.The train being the 10:38 SO from Edinburgh.It is seen passing through Moreton Cutting just east of Didcot.A lovely location this.You could sit in the car and see both directions easily.Nipping out as and when.Very useful on a freezing cold winters day.Now over 20 years later its all crappy OHLE and the bridge parapets are 6ft high...There goes another classic location!!
..20 june 1998..
This is 47711 'County of Hertfordshire' running into Westerleigh Waste Disposal Terminal with the 11:21 working from Calvert Landfill Site via Bath,Bristol-Barrow Road,back to Bath again then to here collecting household waste before setting off back to Calvert to unload its train.This part of this multiple duty being '4B05' the 17:47 from Bath-Oldfield park Bin Depot to Westerleigh.47711,shortly after this spell in the Immingham Class-47 pool ended its career as a Virgin XC loco reliveried in V-Red before finally ending its days being scapped at Toton in September 2004 by the HNRC Company.
..11 august 1998..
This scanned slide was taken as the sun was nearly set at Shallowford on the WCML quite near to Norton Bridge. We called in here (Myself and MF) just for the last hour or so before sunset.No RTT or OTT in those days so it was mainly 'wait and see whats running?'. Anyway here is the now long gone 58020 'Doncaster Works BRE' with a Crewe to Bescot late afternoon engineering working believed to '6G74'.This loco is still around having been withdrawn by EWS in May-2004 and sent to Spain on contract work.It was subsequently purchased by 'Tranfesa' but since July 2011 has not been in service but simply stored.At least in the hot & dry climate down there it hasn't just rotted away,assuming the local spanish 'copper-fairies' havn't attempted 'grand theft loco' on it
..13 november 2001..
Whilst I was having a rummage around in my old failed Photopic website files I came upon this interesting old scanned transparency.It shows the long scrapped 47555 'The Commonwealth Spirit' which was withdrawn just 7 months later in Jan-99 being escorted by 37407 'Blackpool Tower' passing through Trowbridge at Ladydown on the once regular Swindon to Westbury 'target' infrastucture working that happened most weekday afternoons.I knew 47555 had gone to Swindon but wasn't expecting the 37 as well.I was doing a 'Fewy' and sciving like mad to be sure of getting this return train.No RTT or OTT in those days.I think I had to wait well over 2 hours before it appeared.Not much work got done that afternoon!
..29 may 1998..
Can it really be well over nine years since these Freightliner GE Powerhaul locomotives first entered the country?? Pictured is 70002 fresh off the boat at Newport-Gwent from the Eire-Pennsylvania USA and still to turn a wheel in UK service.Here seen gleaming in the sunshine at Stoke Gifford Yard awaiting commisioning.Nearly 10 years on and a fairly high proportion of this FL owned Class seem to be regularly 'oos'. Perhaps they are deemed to be not quite what FL were looking for? However the later batch of 17 brought in by Colas appear to be working well and almost always in service!
..16 november 2009..
An unidentified Class-390 Pendolino speeds south at Hanch nr Litchfied whilst work goes on converting this section of the WCML from two to four tracks.Now in 2019 to look at this location you would think it has always been four tracks nature having healed all the construction scars!
..21 march 2007..
This was almost certainly the first time a pair of maroon 'Westerns' worked a passenger train in preservation.D1010,a resident of the West Somerset Railway double headed a returning railtour from Minehead bound for Paddington as far as Bishops Lydeard.The train engine D1013 behind tucked inside.It is seen powering through Crowcombe heathfield non-stop,hence the wrong line working.
..16 june 2007..
With a heavy load of ballast in 'JNA-s' 66124 toils slowly up the bank towards Warminster with '6O41' from Westbury going to Eastleigh.
..7 january 2010..
60082 hauls '7A17' the then regular 10:33 from Merehead to Acton-TC away from Westbury passing the then operational Cement Works there.A year later this loco was stored and still is up at Crewe-EMD.The bridge I as stood on has been demolished,as has the Cement Works including its iconic tall-tall chimney.EWS is now DB and most of these FY hoppers are totally vandalized with scribbled grafitti.Such is life in the 2nd decade of the 21st century!
..19 october 2007..
Cotswold Rail Class-47 47828 'Joe Strummer' hauls four redundant Class-87's into Long Marston for storage and eventual refurbishnent for re-use in Bulgaria-Eastern Europe where over ten years later they continue to give reliable meaningful service.From back to front they were 87007/87008/87006 and 87026. The 47 is no longer mainline registered in the UK and is now preserved,currently at Meldon in Devon.
..3 july 2007..
This january day dawned bright and clear so despite the appaling road conditions i ventyred out to Battledown nr Basingstok for a few snowy shots of diverted Freightliners.Here is '4O29' the 08:14 from Crewe-Basford Hall going to Southampton-MCT via Andover pictured just after coming under the famous Battledown-Flyover.Even though the sun was shining weakly it was bitterly cold although it was only just before 14:00 in the afternoon.I left shortly after this working had passed as hypothermia was rapidly setting in------------It was that cold!
..9 january 2010..
This was how it was for many years for the 'Gatwick Express' services between London-Victoria and Gatwick-Airport Station.73208 with six mk-2 coaches speeds southwards towards Gatwick through Coulsdon. Note how the Buddleia-davida, to give it its latin name which is viewed by 'DEFRA' as an invasive non-native species has totally invaded the area between the running lines at this location.God knows what its like in 2018 now over 20 years later? This loco continues to work over 20 years later though now renumbered as 73965 having had a comprehensive rebuild and upgrade by its now owner GBRf.
..16 september 1997..
The former 'Loadhaul' 60038 looking quite smart c/w an unpronoucable name 'Avesta Polarit' approaches Great Rocks in Peakdale with '6M82' bringing empty cement tanks back from Walsall to Tunstead.Sadly within 2 years this perfectly servicable loco was culled by EWS and stored at Crewe-EMD and has remained there ever since (10 years in 2018 and counting).At least it is under cover there so it won't be in too bad a state if it ever gets chosen to be revived!
..29 march 2006..
This is a shot now gone forever! Pilning Station Island platform and footbridge are now closed and the bridge removed.The dreaded electrification masts now ruin the vista anyway.LCHS from Cardiff to Taunton ceased years ago almost certainly never to return. This train is '2C79' the 14:00 from Cardiff-Central going down to Taunton.67016 was leading with 67018 'The Maple Leaf-Kieth Heller' on the rear.A nice location this for a nice quiet change.Such a pity it is now defunct!
..26 july 2010..
With the newly opened Batheaston Bypass in the background this Parc-Slip to Westbury Cement Works coal train powers past Bathampton just prior to taking the Limpley Stoke Valley route towards Westbury.37802 leads with helper 37887 tucked inside. No RTT or Yahoo Groups in those days so a hours wait here on the way home 'just in case' on the off chance after a mornings work in Bath telephone exchange produced this working.More often than no these 'waits' produced nothing.
..27 july 1996..
This is '6M19' from Barnham going to Dowlow.Here seen passing Dove-Holes Quarry at Peak Dale.66555 was dragging a completely uniform set of Freightliner-HH Hoppers in watery weak sun.Any sun up here is acceptable given the slow rate of traffic nowadays.
..25 april 2007..
When the now long closed Westbury Cement Works was actually manufacturing Cement one of the added ingredients was flyash which was brought down quite regularly in a short block train from Longannet-PS in Scotland.Here is that working nearly at journeys end at Heywood Junction less than 1/2 a mile from the Cement Works.Loco on the duty today was heavyweight 37712 in the then current EWS colours.It lasted in capital stock until 2008 and is still actually extant albeit stored at Carnforth owned by WC-Rlys,never a good sign!
..19 may 1998..
This was a bit of a power overkill simpy for moving 4 coaches on an ECS from Crewe down to Eastleigh as '5Z72'.The quite unique combination is seen climbing the Upton Scudamore Incline with 47843 'Vulcan' leading 47853 'Express' on the front with 47769 'Resolve bringing up the rear.Thankfully the weather played along that day so I was able to record this colourful combo in nice early spring sunshine!
..19 march 2009..
Gone but not forgotten is '6V62' the once regular Fuel /Bituman train from Fawley that served both Bristol-SFM and Plymouth (Both Bituman and Diesel).Here is 66047 in a rather picturesque scene at Arn Hill nr Warminster with the 'tanks'from Fawley.The Bitumen Depot in Plymouth closed and the Fuel Oil slowly dwindled until FGW decided to supply both Bristol and Laira by road. What a way to run a railway! Its final run was on 29th october 2013.
..21 october 2010..
3440 'City of Truro' made a solo trip to Plymouth from Bristol (10:15 off) as '1Z40'.The lightweight load of just five coaches being a consideration so it could attack to Devon banks quite easily unassisted.Here seen at Stonycombe going full blast as it climbs to Dainton.Although the weather conditions were quite dire a shot of this one-off trip was not to be missed or so my driver for the day Graham Roose said!
..27 november 2004..
This is the controversial preservation reconstruction into a GWR-Mogul type 2-6-0 9351 from the Barry Island derelict 2-6-2T 5193. It certainly looks quite authentic seen here as it gets away from Minehead with a departure heading for Bishops-Lydeard on a superb early spring day.
..29 march 2009..
'Bow Fell' 60015 c/w its large yellow EWS-logo heads northwards working '6E41' the morning empty fuel tanks from Westerleigh going to Lindsey.Here seen crossing the River Avon at Eckington nr Pershore-Worcs. This particular 'Tug' built in 1993 continues in service in 2018 having been refurbished a few years ago by D B Schenker in whose livery it still operates.
..31 january 2011..
Looking completely immaculate having just received a repaint into Mainline-Blue is 58046 still with the name 'Ashfordby Mine' affixed.Here seen working through Chippenham with '4C13' the 11:22 from Calvert taking empty rubbish containers to both Bath and Bristol for refilling and then back to Calvert for the contents to go to landfill.The loco ended up in France on contract work after being deemed surplus to the then owner EWS's requirements. It is still there dumped at Alizay Depot nr Rouen in Northern France with little or no chance of ever doing useful work again.
..27 october 1995..
Here is one from over 40 years ago taken with my old 35mm Asahi-Pentax SP500 on Kodachrome-25.A sadly unidentified Rail-Blue Class-31 is seen at Clink Road Junction with a train of flat wagons that had just had repair work done at Marcroft Engineering at Radstock.I knew this because the friendly signalman told me it was coming just as I was leaving.Note how tidy and well manicured the embankments were in those days,also that the junction was still double tracked,not the single line slip arrangement as it is today!
37429 'Eisteddfod Genedlaethol' gets away from Holyhead bound for Crewe with a 17:20 in the evening departure.Note the mess to the left of the railway.This was to become the North Wales Expressway A55 leading straight into the heart of Holyhead Town.Those were the days 300 miles to Holyhead and 300 miles back all in one day.Stamina was the name of the game then!
..6 may 2000...
This a surprise appearance.The fairly longtime stored then re-instated Inter-City 37431 runs into Frome with '2O87' the Sunday-only 10:00 from Bristol-TM to Weymouth.Sadly after a few days doing this duty from Bristol and then some work out of Cardiff its career ended just 4 weeks later.Being a rather unreliable machine which kept failing EWS lost patience and the loco was culled and sent to Wigan-CRDC for component recover.It languised there being slowly stripped until august 2000 by which time it finally disappeared. Sad.
..31 may 1998..
NSE-liveried 'Holyrood' 47707 gets away from Gillingham in Dorset with a mid-morning express from Waterloo going to Exeter.This was the final few weeks for this loco on these duties as by March-93 it was transferred to Crewe for RES duties.It met its end in Feb-2010 at CF Booth's in Rotherham.
Loco hauled trains still went to Weymouth on summer saturdays as late as 2009.Here are EWS-pairing 67016/67017,Seen shortly after the Frome station stop at West Woodlands working '2O72' the 09:09 from Bristol-Temple Meads to Weymouth on a lovely cloudless day. Remember those??
..30 may 2009..
At this time this was the only Class-86 that worked 'solo' on freightliner workings due to having been modified for low speed haulage with regeared bogies.After a period in this guise which lasted from 2000 to 2016 it was rebuilt as a standard 86/6 (86608) and has worked as a pair on the ECML ever since. So here it is as 86501 heading north through Grendon with '4M87' the 11:13 from Felixstowe going toTrafford Park.
..21 march 2007..
One of only three Class-60's to gain Mainline-Blue as a livery 60044 the former 'Aisla Craig' runs past Arn Hill north of Warminster working '6V07' from Chichester taking empty aggregate boxes back to Torre-Merehead.This loco in 2018 (over 10 years later) continues to find employment but now in Schenker-Red colours along with a replacement nameplate 'Dowlow'.
..18 december 2011..
60078 that once carried the unpronouncable name of 'Stac Pollaidh' crests the summit of the Upton Scudamore Bank prior to dropping down to Westbury with '6V41' from Eastleigh.Todays load on this regular engineering working being a CWR-Train.Sadly within 3 months of this shot being recorded this loco was taken out of use and has resided stores at Toton yard ever since.That's over 10 years of waste for an asset that deserved far better!
..12 april 2007..
37427 'Highland Enterprise' in the Scotrail version of Regional Railways Livery approaches Westbury at Fairwood with the 08:39 from Weymouth to Bristol-Temple Meads '2V70'.For some reason during this period an additional 'RES' van was included in the formation.Not extra seating so I presume it was for brake-force purposes possibly because of the icy conditions albeit very clear and bright or just accomodation for the guard?
..8 february 1996..
This is probably quite a unique photograph.It depicts 59101 minus its nameplates returning to Whatley straight after receiving a full repaint into an experimental 'ARC' livery.The styling was perpetuated but not this particular colour ever again.I think it was done by Marcroft at Stoke-on-Trent.As it passed you could smell the fresh paint 'cooking'--it was that recent.Here viewed at Boundry Lane in Frome with a set of nearly matching ARC bogie hoppers.
..11 june 1998..
0-6-0 DM Shunter 08947 sits in the sunshine at Whatley Quarry now once again a fully operating loco.It was withdrawn from capital stock at Westbury just over a year ago simply because it had a broken spring on one wheel and a flat battery.No doubt MRL got it for scrap value.Anyway within a week of arrival from that location on a low-loader it was once again happily at work.Note the faded original BR-Blue paint job which in 2017 has long been repainted but still in this livery style.
..17 march 2008..
This is Whatley Quarries USA type 'Switcher' Hanson-120 used to prepare and shunt the many aggregate trains that leave this location daily.Here it is pushing a full rake of hoppers back under to loaders to receive the load.Once it is fully loaded it will re-pass this point into the departure sidings ready for a mainline loco to take it out to its destination.
..27 june 2007..
Virgin-Thunderbird 57311 'Parker' exits Holyhead working the SO '1A55' 14:38 from there to Euston.The '57' would come off at Crewe and the Pendolino then continued onward to the Capital on its own.This turn I believe was inserted into the schedules just to give train crews experience on coupling and uncoupling 57-Thunderbirds to Pendolino's via the dellner-type couplings in the event of a WCML failure that required a rescue.
..15 may 2010..
34093 'Saunton' catches the light from the open shed doors on Salisbury Depot '72B'.At this time it was still active and clinging on to life and actually survived to be withdrawn on the final day in July 1967.
..14 august 1966..
Here is a blast from the recent past!.56101 in fully restored Large-Logo livery leads 33111 on a Swanage to Norden service during the 2010 Diesel Gala on the Swanage Railway.This loco no longer resides in the Uk as it was sold to Europheonix to be exported for further mainline use in Hungary.Its running number over ther is 0659-001-5.This happened back in June-2012.As far as is known it is still active.
..7 may 2010..
'Mary Queen of Scots' 37401 long before it became a DRS-machine is seen here working '2O87' the 09:00 from Bristol-Temple Meads to Weymouth.Viewed passing the natives at Standerwick between Westbury and Frome wearing the then current EWS livery.
..25 august 1998..
A favourite pastime of mine around this period was doing a 200 mile round trip on my then current motorcycle (A Honda VFR750FV) to picture the evening commuter LCHS workings from Cardiff up the Rhymney Valley.Many times I was thwarted by errant clouds but this was one of the luckier days.EWS-liveried 37401 'Mary Queen of Scots' is seen just after departing Pontlottyn with'2R38' the 16:55 from Cardiff-Central to Rhymney.This location being barely a mile from journeys end for this duty.
..30 may 2000..
The former 47825 here working as the rebuild-57601 (Purple-Ronnie) runs over Fairwood Junction on the approach to Westbury working '1A34' the 07:30 from Plymouth to Paddington.15 years later in 2017 the locomotive is still around but now regretfully in the dull and unimaginative West Coast Rly's Garb----A pity!
..28 june 2002..
37717 'Barwick Middle School' with just four bitumen tanks in tow approaches Blatchbridge -Junction in Frome having been looped on the station line to allow an HST to pass it.The train is of course '6V62' the well known flow from Fawley to Tavistock-Junction.Its departure time from the south coast refinery being 10:44.Sadly on 21 october 2013 this service finished completely.The Bitumen depot that it served had closed and FGW decided to use road tankers to supply its fuel to the Devon and Cornwall Depots.The privatised companies certainly know how to shoot themselves in the foot,that is for sure just to save a couple of quid whilst the railways die around them!
..7 august 1998..
After over 36 years of reliable service but regretfully just a few weeks away from withdrawal 37371 in Mainline colours pauses at Bargoed with '2F37' the 14:15 from Rhymney to Cardiff-Central.Summer Saturdays on this short 23 mile branchline up the Rhymney Valley was a superb way to pass the time back then with all the trains being Class-37 hauled.Totally gone now of course but very entertaining while it lasted! 37371 was removed from service a few weeks later and consigned to the infamous dump at Wigan.There it was wilfully destroyed for no reason but pure spite to prevent anybody else deemed a competitor by EWS obtaining working locomotives with years of life left in them!
..21 august 1999..
This is a working sadly missing now from the daily lists through Bath.It is (or was) '4V60' the daily weekday bins/rubbish service from Calvert to Bath and Bristol.Here is the train after departing Bath going to Bristol Barrow Road with empty containers for refilling with those cities detritus.Freightliners 66559 doing to duty today.The final working was at the end of march 2011 ending 15 years of rubbish collection using this mode of removal.
..9 july 2010..
Test-Train '1Q86' the 04:30 from Selhurst-RSMD to Eastleigh via Exeter and Salisbury powers through Millbrook in Southampton with 37038 leading with 37610 on the rear.
..15 march 2010..
Freightliner's 5-door 66953 brings a set of steel carriers through the Wylye Valley as '6Z21' going to Eastleigh probably for storage. from Llanwern (08:46 off).Seeing this type of wagon passing through here is rather rare albeit not in revenue earning use.
..20 january 2011..
This is the view from the bridge overlooking Westbury way back when people though the 'Internet' was something to do with fishing!.Being a Sunday this little depot was chock full of locomotives that during the week were gainfully employed working mainly ou of the Mendip-Quarries.Class-59's were still over 10 years into the future.Sorry about the state of the transparancy,well it is over 40 year old!
Former WCML stalwart 87032 'Kenilworth' stands in line along with many other Class-87's awaiting assessement for sale,refurbishment and re-use out in Bulgaria.Although seemingly in good shape bodywise something was obviously amiss as it wasn't selected and eventually went for scrap at Kingsbury just over a 2 years later in September 2010.The ex-Anglia loco next to it 86242 was more lucky and is currently working quite happily in Hungary after a refurbishment and re-sale.Location of all this activity is Long Marston.
..8 june 2008..
37898 in an incredibly rough edition of 'Transrail' livery sits next to a similarly doomed 56011 in the sidings at Long Marston basically waiting for the call to a scrapyard.This came 3 years later in September-2011 going to Kingsbury in the East Midlands..An amazing 12 years after its formal withdrawal.
..8 june 2008..
Loadhaul liveried Romanian built 56021 sits in the storage/scrap lines at Long Marston.Withdrawn in 1999 it was destined to never run again under its own power.It left here the following year and went to T J Thompsons at Rotherham where by July-2009 was reduced to scrap.
..8 june 2008..
EWS-67019 and Royal-67005 head this working '1Z70' a football excursion from Plymouth to Finsbury Park in North-London.Plymouth-Argyle were playing Arsenal in the FA-Cup but lost 3-1.Arsenal were finally knocked out by Chelsea in the semi-final. This shot was captured at Great Cheverell on the B&H on a rather cold and fairly frosty winters morning.
..3 january 2009..
Todays '6O41' hauled by 66030 from Westbury to Eastleigh-East Yard included 59103/59206 and 59001 all bound for display at the coming weekends Eastleigh Works Open Day.Seen passing Little Langford in the Wylye Valley.A rare chance for a quadruple header on this regular working!
..22 may 2009..
DRS operated 'James the Engine' 66414 runs down through Easenhall on the WCML with '4M44' from Mossend bound for Daventry.This livery is now but a historic memory and the loco sports the latest 'Powerhaul' styling having transferred to Freightliner a few years ago (Note added in 2017)
..13 august 2009..
This view at Meadow Farm in Bathampton was only really available for just one summer.Within a year or so the recently removed shrubs and bushes were well established again so that makes this view looking east quite unusual. Here is the National-Collection owned Pacific-70013 'Oliver Cromwell' heading '1Z82' the 08:30 from Poole to Bath& Bristol operated by the 'Railway Touring Company'.Listed as 'The Bath & Bristol Express'.
..30 may 2009..
47635 'Lass O Ballochmyle' with Steam 76079 on the rear works '1Z35' the trip from Bristol-Temple Meads to Severn Beach as part of the Avon Branch Explorer set of mini-tours that day.Behind it is Barton Hill Depot choc full of preserved steam engines,a Black-5 and a Bullied Pacific+ a few EWS engines as well.
..14 september 2003..
D1054 'Western Governer' sits in the 'Up' sidings at Westbury having just brought a loaded train of stone up from one of the Mendip Quarries.Headcode being '6O83' whatever that is.Note the staff milling around in standard issue BR uniforms.Not a hi-viz or safety helmet to be seen anywhere.Within a year or so this loco ended up in the Swindon loco-dump and by May-77 was no more.
D1051 'Western Ambassador' sits at Clink Road with an engineers working on a Sunday sometime in Spring 1976.This area in 2017 (41 years later) is completely changed.The bridge I am standing on was once a narrow skew bridge with barely enough room for one car at a time.That has long gone.It is now the main road into Frome Town off the By-pass which of coarse did not exist then.The loco,wagons,telegraph poles and all signals were gone in just a few years.The fields to the left are now the inevitable housing development and the cutting sides are once again badly overgrown despite being cleared completely about 8 years ago.Life goes on.Soon the HST's that have dominated this route now for many many years since the demise of LCHS will also be history to be replaced by those sad IEP's with barely enough fuel to get to Plymouth and back from London...It's called Progress (Oxford definition is 'Movement to an improved or more developed state). Somehow it doesn't seem that way?
Mainline liveried 60011 stands in Yate waiting for this northbound NMT to pass and clear the junction so it can then ladder over to take the single line down to the Westerleigh Oil Terminal.The train being '6B13' from Robeston.
..9 november 2009..
This is a piece of history! The very recently repainted into Schenker-Red 59206 rounds one of the many curves in the Limpley Stoke Valley nr Freshford with '6C83' from Machen going to Westbury.At this time this was the sole loco in the entire country wearing this very striking colour scheme.Regretfully in 2017 this location and view is now once again lost to the rampant undergrowth and fast growing trees which is a bit of a pity.
..7 april 2009..
D1023 'Western Fusilier' sits on Westbury Diesel Depot on a Sunday taking a deserved break from working Stone trains out of the Mendip Quarries.It lasted until February-1977 and was one of the final five to be removed from service.It was selected for preservation in the National Railway Museum in York and continues to reside there in 2017,over 40 years later.
D1051 'Western Ambassador' stands at Clink nr Frome with a Sunday engineering train.It was parked up whilst stores were being unloaded.As can be seen quite a bit of work was taking place at that time at this location. Note the 'up' line was still in use as a London bound working was passing. Also the BR worker in the cess...no hi-viz or helmets in those days!
V2 60963 sits in the scrap lines at york MPD.Its working life now ended.Within a couple of weeks it was dragged away for cutting and before the end of september was but a memory.Of note was this particular loco was one fitted in the early 60's with a BR-type double chimney to inprove its efficiency.A bit of a pointless exercise given its life was cut short shortly afterwards.
..17 august 1965..
Gresley V2 2-6-2 60828 sits amongst a group of mainly Ex-LNER Pacifics and V2's on the scrap line at York Shed 50A.Although it wouldn't be officially withdrawn until early October it would never steam again beyond this date of mid August/65. As can be seen it was obviously in full working order just now deemed as surplus to needs.It had been modified just 7 years ago at great expense having its worn out monoblock 3-cylinder casting replaced with 3 seperate one's that also included external steam pipes which were the giveaway that this mod had been done.The original casting lasted 27 years so obviously plenty of life left in this engine. It finally went to Cashmores at Guide Bridge in October-65 and within a few weeks was no more.
..17 august 1965..
73131 brings up the rear of the TPO from Willesden to Dover service led by 73133.This verybusiness like looking train is seen passing through the heart of London at Kensington-Olympia.Certainly adding a bright addition to the then current rail scene through this station.Sadly thisTPO operation ended a few months after this shot was taken and throughout the UK by 2004 bringing the curtain down on a long history of co-operation between the Post-Office and the Railways.
..25 april 2002..
This is quite a unique shot!.59001 only arrived back at Merehead the previous day from Eastleigh where it became the first 59/0 to get the new 'AI' livery.However this particular shade of green for the central band was in fact too 'turquise' looking and within a fortnight was sent back to Eastleigh for the correct 'shade' to be applied.So not too many shots exist of it in this particular state.Here it is sidelined in Woodborough Loops with '7A17' the 10:33 from Merehead going up to Acton.The wagons were the now long gone Freightliner stone hoppers that were then on hire to the 'MRL' fleet.Overtaking it was '6M20' the 10:37 from Whatley-Q going to St Pancras with 59206 in charge,then still in EWS-Red. A scene that will never be repeated,that is for certain---well in these liveries anyway!
..29 july 2008..
Advenza's 47237 works '6Z37' from eastleigh to Gloucester Yard.Seen here in nice early evening light passing arn Hill nr Warminster.Amnazingly after several norrow escapes this engine is still operational.Currently working fairly regularly with West Coast Railways!
..2 april 2009..
Rebuilt Bullied West Country-Class 34046 'Braunton' accelerates from Minehead on a superb spring day in Somerset making a spirited getaway.It was heading the 14:05 from Minehead to Bishops-Lydeard.The hillside overlooking the town of Minehead forming the background.