Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Type 5s (2) : Grid

"Grid" 56 303 at Derby.

Monday, 24 April 2017

Type 5s (1) : Deltic

A week of photos of the most powerful type of diesel locomotives, the Types 5s which had over 3, 000 hp to play with...

Starting with Deltic 55 019 at Bridgnorth.

Friday, 21 April 2017

HST (5) : New Measurement Train

Returning to Derby to show 43 013, one of the HST power cars now in Network Rail service. Here it leads the New Measurement Train through the station.

Thursday, 20 April 2017

HST (4) : Kings Cross

As with Paddington London Kings Cross has been another stronghold for the HST since inception. 43 296 seen here in current Virgin Trains East Coast livery.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

HST (3) : Leicester

East Midlands Trains are another heavy user of HSTs, 43 054 seen here at Leicester.

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

HST (2) : Paddington

Paddington is still the home of the HST as it has been since their introduction into service. 43 002 has been repainted by GWR into the original BR livery. This scene looks straight out of the late 70s though was taken at the end of 2016.

Monday, 17 April 2017

HST (1) : Derby

This week's photographs will celebrate the iconic High Speed Train, arguably the train that saved British Rail in the late 1970s... Their career will begin winding down soon though will still be around on the network for a good few years to come.

Starting with Cross Country 43 378 at the tail end of a formation at Derby.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Choppers (3) : Idridgehay

In original British Railways green D8098 at Idridgehay on the EVR.

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

Choppers (2) : Derby

In the original "Railfreight" sector livery, 20 132 is one of 4 Class 20s which have bought an LU S Stock train up to Derby for modifications.

Monday, 10 April 2017

Choppers (1) : Tyseley

The Class 20, known as "Choppers" to enthusiasts, is 60 years old this year... so here is a week of photos to celebrate these popular locomotives which can still be seen on the network. Starting with a cab side view of 20 205 at Tyseley.

Friday, 7 April 2017

SWT (5) : Guildford

Front end comparison Class 455 (left) and 456 (right).

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Monday, 3 April 2017

SWT (1) : Vauxhall

Southwest Trains will lose the franchise for rail services into South West London in the Summer, so here is a week showing them still in action. Starting with 455 712 departing Vauxhall bound for Waterloo.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Tanks (5) : Lord Phil

Another ex-industrial locomotive, seen at Rowsley South on the Peak Rail.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Tanks (4) : W11

Entering Havenstreet on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway is Southern W11.

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Tanks (3) : Henry Ellison

Henry Ellison is an ex-industrial locomotive now preserved on the EVR at Wirksworth.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

Tanks (2) : L94

London Underground operated a small fleet of ex-GWR pannier tank locos on engineering trains, they even outlasted steam on the mainline by a couple of years. L94 is seen preserved at Tyseley.

Monday, 27 March 2017

Tanks (1) : 813

A series of photos of steam tank engines, they didn't get the attention and headlines of the big engines but were just as vital. Starting with GWR 813 seen at Kidderminster on the SVR.

Friday, 24 March 2017

End of the Line (5) : Stourbridge Town

At the end of the short branch from Stourbridge Junction is the tiny Stourbridge Town, with the tiny 139 002 standing at it in this view.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

End of the Line (4) : Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon used to be a through station but is the end of the line now, Chiltern 165 015 is shown in this view.

Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

End of the Line (2) : New Brighton

Merseyrail 507 021 stands at New Brighton, next stop (for some passengers) the sea?

Monday, 20 March 2017

End of the Line (1) : Matlock

A series of branch line termini, though in the case of Matlock you can go further by train - just not by National Rail. EMT 153 319 heads into the station.

Friday, 17 March 2017

Shunters (5) : IOWSR

Two preserved shunters at Havenstreet on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway. Former MOD shunter 235 and Class 03 D2059.

Thursday, 16 March 2017

Shunters (4) : D3022

Another preserved Class 08, this one on the SVR seen at Kidderminster.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Shunters (3) : RTU2

RTU2 is one of two Clayton built shunters used by the Royal Navy at Devonport, however here it is seen at Wirksworth in Derbyshire for some post overhaul testing.

Tuesday, 14 March 2017

Shunters (2) : Hauling a CEP

The Class 08 was the most numerous type of shunter built by British Railways, and a good number are still in National Rail service though 08 825 is one of the many preserved examples. Seen here at Chinnor on the CPRR hauling a Class 411 4-CEP.

Monday, 13 March 2017

Shunters (1) : Class 02

A week of photographs of the humble shunter, starting with Class 02 D2868 at the Heritage Shunters Trust.

Friday, 10 March 2017

Thursday, 9 March 2017

Monday, 6 March 2017

Southeastern (1) : Victoria

This week's theme is Southeastern Trains in and around the capital. Starting with 375 603 at London Victoria.

Friday, 3 March 2017

Cross-City North (5) : Aston

As the Sun goes down 323 213 departs Aston, just 1 stop more (Duddeston) before arriving at Birmingham New Street.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Cross-City North (4) : Erdington

The author's local station, on Sundays Cross-Country trains (in the shape of a HST here lead by 43 207) go down the Cross-City line for route knowledge as it is a diversion route.

Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Cross-City North (3) : Wylde Green

Wylde Green serves... er Wylde Green though 323 210 is about to head to the next station Chester Road which is better for the shopping centre.

Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Cross-City North (2) : Four Oaks

Four Oaks is sometimes as far as Cross-City Line trains go though most now continue up to Lichfield. Here 323 210 prepares to head that way.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Cross-City North (1) : Lichfield Trent Valley

This week's theme will be the Northern half of the Cross-City from Lichfield to Birmingham New Street. Starting at the Northern terminus at Lichfield Trent Valley where 323 220 prepares to head back down the line.

Friday, 24 February 2017

Type 3s (5) : Test train

Class 37s can often be seen with Network Rail test trains, 37 421 for example seen here at Derby.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

Type 3s (4) : Bagpipes

Another preserved Class 33, this one is 33 103 seen at Wirksworth. From the 33/1 sub-class which, due to the control pipes situated on the cab front, were known as Bagpipes by enthusiasts.

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Type 3s (3) : Hymek

The diesel-hydraulic Class 35 is one Type 3 that has long left mainline service though a few have survived scrapping like D7076 seen here at Kidderminster.

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Type 3s (2) : Crompton

Once the mainstay of Southern Region now only a handful are in main line use though many Class 33s, known as Cromptons, have been preserved. Such as 33 035 seen here at Kidderminster.

Monday, 20 February 2017

Type 3s (1) : Tractor

A week of photos of the Type 3 diesel locomotives (which had engines rated between 1,500 and 1,999hp) that have served with British Rail. The Class 37, known as Tractors by some enthusiasts, was the most successful Type 3 and a good number still serve on national rails today. DRS 37 601 is seen here at Crewe with some newer motive power.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Island Line (5) : Shanklin

Shanklin is the terminus of the line, 483 007 again which will soon be heading back up to Ryde Pier Head.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Island Line (4) : Smallbrook Junction

Smallbrook Junction is where the island's two railways - the Island Line and Isle of Wight Steam Railway meet. Here is 483 007 again.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Island Line (3) : Ryde St Johns Road

Ryde St Johns Road is the headquarters of the Island Line and home of the line's depot.