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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 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..
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..
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 Stole-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 onnearly matching ARS 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.
..4 april 2008..
45231 with 34028 'Eddystone' produce a fairly good representation of the Pines Express that used to run down over the S&D to Bournemouth although maroon coaching stock instead of WR Choc-n-Cream would have been preferred.Here seen starting away from Washford on the West Somerset Railway with the train from Bishops-Lydeard to Minehead.
..29 march 2009..
Hymek D7017 looking very early 1960's gets away from Dunster working the 13:00 from Bishops-Lydeard to Minehead service.I used to travel everyday from Warminster to Salisbury and back in 1964/1965 practically every weekday for the Technical College there before starting work behind various D7000's.The coaches then were mainly GWR Hawksworth stock unlike this motley rake of BR-Mk-1's.
..10 june 2011..
Warship D832 'Onslaught' in a rather apt Battleship Grey colour scheme which is in reality a coat of temporary undercoat approaches Dunster with the 14:00 service from Minehead to Bishops-Lydeard during a very enjoyable Diesel Gala being held that weekend.
..10 june 2011..
47484-Isambard Kingdom Brunel works '4C13' from Calvert to Bath and Bristol-Barrow Road,the empty 'Binliner' through Shrivenham going west.A good day here today with this working and several Class-47 hauled excursions going to Cheltenham for the Gold Cup Meeting.This loco is currently in preservation but oddly stranded in the Lorry Yard at Wishaw off tracks sheeted over as it has been now for many years slowly decaying.However some restoration has been carried out so at least this loco is not forgotten!
..19 march 1998..
86256 Pebble Mill' sweeps round the curve at Heimes Farm just north of Norton-Bridge on the WCML heading south.Less than 3 months later this loco was consigned to the dustbin of history,although it wasn't until March-2006 that is was finally cut up by Ron Hull in Rotherham.
..13 november 2001..
Ex-NBR Reid 0-6-0 64620 looking as though it has recently returned from a works overhaul is seen in the sun on 62B Dundee Tay Bridge Sheds.Behind it is 60532 'Blue Peter' that went on to become preserved when steam ended a few years later.This loco wasn't so lucky,none of this class survived into preservation-a pity!
The Ex-LNER J38's lasted a lot longer than their larger wheeled J39 counterparts.At this time in 1964 the class was pretty much still intact but all were gone within 18 months or so.Here is 65934 sat at its home depot of Dunfermline just north of the Forth Bridge in Bonnie Scotland. In those days Spotting was the name of the game with a few photos using a Brownie 127 box camera.This was one of the results.A single meniscus lens with no edge definition whatsoever.The only control on it was the single speed shutter button..Happy days!
7920 'Coney Hall' stands in the yard at Bristol Barrow Road Depot.By this time Saint Phillips Marsh,the WR Shed was closed and all its remaining WR allocation were moved here.Behind is the concrete coaling tower that was a feature of this LMS-Depot. 53 years later this site is a large storage depot and any hope of identifying surviving landmarks is now quite impossible!
This unmodified 'Hall' class 4-6-0 fitted with a straight sided hawksworth tender was standing outside the single road repair shop on Westbury Depot with its pistons and connecting rods removed.Whether it was repaired at such a late date is unknown but probably not.Behind the engine can be seen the pair of parallel type stationery boilers with their long extended stovepipe chimneys that provided all the steam used on the depot for heating and various washout type requirements.
Still doing the odd Class-1 service the D1000's were in the twilight of their career when this rather 'iffy' shot was taken of 1053 'Western Patriarch' emerging at full speed from under the Clink Road Junction roadbridge to speed up the Frome avoiding line.Note the 'D' has been painted out on the cast alloy numberplate as per all diesels after steam was eliminated back in 1968.Since there was no more steam the 'D' was deemed unneccessary!
The Maple-Leaf liveried 67018 name 'Keith Heller' partnered with 67003 speeds down over Sedgemoor at Kenmoorgate with '2C85' the 17:00 from Cardiff-Central to Taunton.
..3 june 2010..
D1015 was still in front line service at this time.Here it is speeding under the long gone original Clink Road Bridge in Frome heading for Plymouth (Probably).At this time the road here was a little used country lane unlike now when it is the main exit from the Town out to the bypass.Also in those days I was right opposite the Clink Road Signal Box.No animated shouting or hi-viz aggression in those days.Just a friendly wave and information about 'whats' next!
Odd combination liveries are nothing new on First Group operated HST's.Here is an original Inter-City liveried 43181 hauling a set of the then new Great Western Green/Cream sets.I have to say a much more pleasing look than the current incarnation of plain dark Olive-Green!The working is going west obviously from Paddington but destination not known.Now in 2017 a single Power-car has been repainted in this style as a homage to the class before being replaced by IEP's(Whatever they are).Also this location is now inaccessible, being well fenced off with the dreaded 8ft high spiky palisade fencing!
..19 september 1998..
Plenty of work going on here in Crewe Works 20 years ago.General overhauls were still going on,on Class-37's.Some were even being refurbished with alternators and ETH!.The front loco was 37032 having its final works overhaul.Upon withdrawal it found itself in preservation and is still active today on the North Norfolk Railway restored to BR-Green.
..4 july 1987..
Here is a shot of the ill fated 66402 whilst it was working on the Cardiff/Bristol to Taunton LCHS diagrams during the summer of 2010.This loco was used due to the appalling reliability of the Class 57/3's that were the booked traction.Here it is passing Malago Vale in the western outskirts of Bristol working '2D04' from Taunton to Bristol-Parkway.One of the 57's,57309 in Virgin-Thunderbird livery being on the rear.At this point the ex-DRS engine had been de-decaled.Not long afterwards it went to GBRf and got renumbered as 66734 and repainted in Europorte colours.Almost exactly 2 years later on 28 june 2012 it was derailed beside Loch Trieg nr Tulloch in Scotland.Due to the almost impossible task of recovery the largely undamaged engine was cut up on site.However that is not the end of the story.The engine from this loco has now been rebuilt and fitted to 66779 'Evening Star',nominally the final Class-66 ever to be built.Life goes on-as they say!
..25 june 2010..
This was a pretty memorable day! The final LCHS of the 2009 season from Bristol-TM to Weymouth '2O72' 09:00 off passes Bathampton with 37670 in its coat of Schenker-Red partnered with 37401.This loco didn't last very long despite the shiny coat of paint.Within a fortnight it was taken out of service by DBS.Today in 2017 it is still intact stored at Leicester awaiting developments!
..5 september 2009..
'King Edward 1' 6024 speeds through the site of the long removed station at Corsham just east of the entrance to Box Tunnel.It was working '1Z29' the 09:34 from Bristol-Temple Meads to Paddington.As seen the working was named 'The Bristolian'. Way back in steam days Kings were never used on this famous train,it was the sole domain of the slightly smaller Castle-Class.
..28 august 2010..
'Scunthorpe Ironmaster' 60006 in its original British Steel-Blue thuds slowly up past Aberbeeg at Cwm Road with a loaded steel working from Margam going up to the then still extant Ebbw vale Steel-Works.At this time this line was just freight only for trains to and from that Steel-Works.Fast forward to 2017 and the Steel-Works is long gone and the entire site cleared,60006 now lies dumped at Toton fit only for spares and has done so since Nov-2004 and this Line now has a thriving passenger service serving Cardiff.No freight now whatsover! Life goes on (apparantly!)
..4 april 1998..
On this particular day '6V62' the 10:44 from Fawley Refinery to Tavistock Junction had an unexpected addition in the form of a fully loaded SeaCow ballast wagon along with the regular Bitumen and Fuel Oil.Here it is viewed passing Berkley Marsh nnr Frome being hauled by one of the now long gone Class-58's 58045 in Mainline Grey. Strangely 'Taunton Trains/6V62 listed this as 58033 but as my records for this period were quite meticulous that is incorrect!
..16 july 1999..
After the well known flow of 'Rocks' from Merehead to the West Somerset Railway ended a short contract took place (2 weeks) taking similar large stones to Southampton Docks for movement to the Isle of Wight for use is sea defence work there. Here is 58029 coming over Fairwood Junction with one of these workings from Merehead to Southampton-Docks.This particular loco was exported to Spain in 2004 and has remained there ever since,although it has been stored since 2011.The entire class is of course extinct on the mainline in the UK which was a pity.Good old EWS!
..22 september 1998..
Filthy grey Mainline liveried 58006 c/w its 'finger' written name 'The Norm' rumble slowly up the branch from Merehead Quarry to the mainline at East Somerset Junction.Time was about 13:45 in the afternoon but the working is unknown to me! Just a short set of hoppers so could be Eastleigh or Wootton Bassett--You tell me! Location is Wanstrow,my favourite location for taking my lunch break and picturing a couple of stones which at this time included the 'Minehead-Rocks'!