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Personal blog of Steam Galas & Mainline Steam running from around the North of England. Pictures copyright of Author!!

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2021


A three day steam event on the East Lancashire Railway.
Friday started in full sunshine, at Irewell Vale slowly clouding over in the afternoon at Summereat foot crossing and then Ramsbottom Station stopping off at Ewood Bridge on the way home.
Saturday was cloudy and a few hours spent at Burrs Country Park.
Sundays visit was at Summerseat Mid afternoon and then onto Ramsbottom before returning home.
With the failure of 60009 "Union of South Africa" ( on display at Bury) a couple of guest engines where rushed in to supplement the Gala.
Guest engine running - GWR 4-6-0 - 7822 "Dinmore Manor"
LMS Ivatt 2-6-2 Tank - 41312
and also recently restored LMS 0-6-0 "Jinty" Tank - 47298 which unfortunately failed on Friday
SR Battle of Britain Class Pacific - 34092 "City of Wells
BR Std 2-6-4 Tank - 80097
GWR 0-6-2T - 5643
L & Y Railway 0-6-0ST - 752 (51456)
L & Y 0-6-0 - 52322
Sentinal "May" was also running around Bury station shunting wagons.
WoW ! What a Steam Gala - ELR turned this one around with the failure of 60009 into one of the best I have attended here.

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NYMR Autumn Steam Gala - 2021


25/09/2021 - Saturday - A return trip back to the NYMR Steam gala after a 5 year absence when Flying Scotsman was their guest Engine. (Thought it was shorter than that period of time). It started off with a cloudy start at Moorgates, just missing Tornado as I was driving down the road, but stayed catching the Std Tank returning from Pickering and The double header from Grosmont. With the single track and length of line, it gave me plenty of time to move to my next location at Water Arc as the sun came out, so I thought - missing the outward goods. I stayed here an hour or so catching the returning Tornado, plus the goods and 2999 outward to Pickering before moving on to Grosmont for a few hours and a walk around to the sheds and watch the Whitby shuttle arrive. Moving off later in the direction of home stopping at Levisham for the beer tent. and picture "No.8" on a goods.
Guest Engines running - LNER A1 4-6-2 - 60163 "Tornado"
GWR Saint Class 4-6-0 2999 "Lady of Legend"
LMS 8F 2-8-0 - 48305 from the GCR
Plus BR STd Tank - 80135
BR 2-10-0 - 92134
LMS Stanier Black 4 - 5428 "Eric Tracey"
LNER 0-6-0 - J27 - 65894
Class 20 Diesel - 20142 "Sir John Betjaman"
BR Std 4 -76079 & Repton were in the sheds not being used on the day
LNER Q6 - 0-8-0 63395 in shed yard - out of action - awaiting repairs
Lucie type IV Cockerill Vertical boiler locomotive.

Rather an interesting visit and quite a good gala !!

Epilogue - Its quite a run for me to get to this gala, so I like to take the scenic route via Bubberhouses - Ripon - Thirsk - Sutton Bank - Pickering and avoiding Harrogate & going around York. - I took a wrong turning onto the A1M and a 20mile round run to get back to right turn off. I get to Thirst to find Sutton bank is closed and to follow direction. This turned out to be all the way to York Bypass, another way off course diversion for me and added another 30 miles to the run and an extra 90 minutes travelling time overall resulting in missing some of the first runs along the line. Needless to say - I came home via York & Harrogate.
Part 2 - I met a classmate from school who I hadnt seen in over 50 years on Grosmont Station - Nice to meet you again Tony.

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K&WV Railway - Mixed Traffic Gala - 2021


12/09/2019 - Sunday - A cloudy dull but mild day and a few hours spent along the line. Time table seemed to be throne away due to breakdowns and late runnings, but still plenty of action with the traction left and running in a similar form to the original timetable.
Starting on Keighley Banks for an hour or so then moving on to Top field for another hour via Haworth sheds before returning home.
Engines running whilst I was there -
USA 2-8-0 S160 - 5820 "Big Jim"
BR Std 2 4-6-0 - 78022
LMS 4F 0-6-0 - 43924
L & Y 0-6-0 - 957 as the "Green Dragon" in the Railway Children novel.
LMS -Ivatt 2-6-0 - 41241 outside Haworth Sheds
Class 27 Diesel - 27001
Class 26 Diesel - 26007
Class 20 Diesel - 20031 outside Haworth Sheds
Still, the management kept the show running in fine form and an enjoyable few hours spent watching the action plus just got home in time on the bike before the rain started at home.

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Middleton Railway - First & Last Chance Event. - 2021


04/09/2021 - I always enjoy visiting this little railway and its friendly staff and missed visiting for a couple of years due to covid and health issues.
This Gala weekend was held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th September 2021, and provided:
a first chance to see the newly-overhauled HL 3860 "No. 6", in service for the first time in 45+ years; and
a last chance to see NER 1310 before it retires from service.
With passenger services up to Park Halt and being a Gala, down the hardly used Balm road extension in the other direction plus freight train rides in the guards van where also operating along the line.
Other locos being used on Saturday - HC D1373 "MD&HB No. 45" - ( Mersey Docks and Harbour Board )
HC D631 "Carroll".
LNER Y1 Sentinal - 68153 in steam and light running in the sheds line.
An enjoyable afternoon visit and a reasonable ride there on the motor bike.

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60009 "Union of South Africa" + 60103 Flying Scotsman running weeks on the ELR 2021


30/05/2021 - A Week of LNER Gresley A4 Pacific - 4-6-2 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" running over May Bank holiday and on the midweek steam services with 3 runs per day and just between Bury and Rawtenstall on midweek runs in lovely weather.
31/05/2021 - Not all went as planned for me as a failed Diesel service threw the time table away on Bank Holiday Monday and 60009 was turned at Ramsbottom instead of going on to Rawtenstall and went back to Bury and after waiting at Ewood Bridge for over 90 minutes, i went home.
02/06/2021 -I made another journey to the Railway and also a ride between Rawtenstall & Bury on the midweek services on Wednesday
The usual late running to time tables was frustrating also on other days but was worth the wait. One late running caused by staff sickness on the locomotive footplate and needed a replacement crew.
04/06/2021 - I managed to call by Ramsbottom Station in time to catch the last run on Friday , whilst I was heading down south, which was on time
13/08/2021 - Finally I manage to get to the ELR again as 60009 has been running over the half term holidays and I managed to chase it around and catch it at various locations whilst doing a run of the line on 3 midweek services per day.
30/08/2021 - Both 60009 & 60103 were running on the same day, so a trip to Burrs County park was my destination. With 60103 facing south, and the vegatition growing quite large, I decided the best option was to use the drone and take pictures with that.
05/09/2021 - A quick visit to Irwell Vale to catch LNER A3 4-6-2- pacific - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" leaving Irwell Vale Halt behind on a non stop service from Rawtenstall to Bury

05/10/2021 - It was announced today that 60009 "Union of South Africa" was to be retired early due to the state of its boiler, and now will not be running at the ELR Steam Gala and other events --- It will be on static display at Bury Station on 15, 16, 17 Oct (Steam Gala), -

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Fathers Day 2021


20/06/2021 - I was at a loose end, so I thought of a short trip east along the A59 to the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway.
Two Austerity 0-6-0 Tanks in steam - "Beatrice" on the "Dales Diner" & "Welsh Fusilier" on the Vintage set. Both engines and stock turned out nicely and running on time.
Now its story time - For me to get to Embsay I used to travel east along the A59 around Skipton, turn right, and round under the A59 road to Embsay. Now you have to travel on to the roundabout where the A59/A65 separate and come back on yourself on the same road and turn left onto the Embsay road adding a mile or so extra to the journey. Now at this roundabout, its faster and easier to carry on along the A59 to Bolton Abbey Station instead to get to the railway at the other end, which I did.
I arrived at Bolton Abbey Station as "Beatrice" was running around the Dining train and was told I could not get on that service as it was diners only service. So I went for brew and a cake (very nice) until the vintage train arrived.
When it arrived I went to get a ticket to travel and was then told I could only get a ticket if I travelled from Embsay end only because of Covid 19 cleaning systems on the services. I had wasted over an hour by now and I had not time to travel by car to Embsay, get a ticket and do a round trip from there ... and if I stopped I would need a platform ticket, which was rubbing it in I thought. So I decided to leave. So I stopped off on the way to photograph the trains from the road, calling at Embsay for a few more pictures, then left for home. Another day of misfortune for me at the Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway.

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The "First Hurrah" GCR - 2021


5/6 June 2021 - The first Steam Gala on the GCR this year after the loosening of Covid 19 restrictions
Only 4 engines of the home fleet in steam with a railcar and a diesel running a freight service each day.
Only 4 round trip services per day but with engine change at various stations along the line, done this way to help with social distancing on the trains and stations.
I was visiting family locally so could only spend a short time due to other commitments and therefore drove to Kinchley Lane. Expecting a long delay between services, I was presently surprised with the amount of movements whilst there.
Locomotives in steam -
GWR 4-6-0 - 6990 "Witherslack Hall"
LMS Ivatt 2-6-0 - 46521
BR Std 5 4-6-0 - 73156
LMS Stanier 2-8-0 8F - 48305
DMU Unit.
Peak Class 45 - D123 on Saturday on the freight
Class 25 Diesel - D5185 on Sunday on the freight
(Black 5 - 45305 was replaced after finding a birds nest in the cab - conservation in practise.)
Lovely weather on Saturday and Partly cloudy on Sunday with heavy showers in the afternoon. Lots of organising went into the event to make it happen with the Covid 19 restrictions but it was a very low key event - but I am glad that the Locomotives are back and well done the to management for being brave and putting it on !

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ELR - 30 Years since Ramsbottom to Rawtenstall section opened


May bank Holiday and it was the 30th anniversary of the length of line between Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall being opened and the first time the railway was being opened up to the public since covid 19 restrictions where partially relaxed.
Alas all did not go as planned, severe weight restrictions on the track around Irewell Vale meant no heavy services could run over that stretch of line until the problem is fixed and so it was left to a light weight DMU Bubble car to run a shuttle between Ramsbottom and Rawtenstall.
If that was not enough - the planned engine was 34092 City of Wells failed and was replaced by BR Std Tank 80097.
But. it put on a excellent show at Burrs country park with its load which alone was well worth the visit track side.
Also running on the diesel path was Class 24 D5054 "Phil Southern" which was also well turned out.
A low key event, probably due to the problems above , but nice to get trains running again on my local heritage line.

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Severn Valley Railway - Spring Steam Up - 2021


17/04/2021 - First Steam Gala of the year for me due to Covid 19 restrictions and a beautiful first day of a 4 day event on the Severn Valley Railway starting on a Thursday. Lots of restrictions present for traveling on the trains but as I went lineside, they presented no problems to myself. I dont know the line that well for photographic locations so I decided to head for Eardington and managed to find a parking spot on the nature reserve opposite this location.
Guest engine was the new build GWR 4-6-0 "Saint Class " 2999 "Lady of Legend" plus other engines running -
GWR 4-6-0 "Hall" class - 6960 "Raveningham Hall"
GWR 2-8-0 goods engine 28xx Class - 2857
GWR Pannier Tank - 0-6-0 - 7714
GWR 0-6-0 Saddle Tank 813
SR Pacific - 34027 "Taw Valley"
LMS Ivatt 2-6-0 Mogel 43106
A really enjoyable Gala in nice spring weather and worth the 250 mile round trip.
(2999 failed late Saturday and was being replaced by 75014)

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2020


18/01/2020 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" on the 14.50 service off Bury, leaving Ramsbottom at Great Eaves Road.
25/01/2020 - 35018 "British India Line" pulls the first steam rail tour of the year on a "Winter Cumbrian" Mountain Express from Manchester to Carlisle via S & C, approaching Langho station.
04/02/2020 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" captured on 5M50,- a loaded test run at Wennington, Settle Junction & Hellifield on a Carnforth circuit
08/02/2020 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" rushes across Whalley Arches with a returning Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express
12/02/2020 - LMS Jubilee "Galatea" now in BR Green guise as 45562 "Alberta" at Hellifield and Langcliffe on a running of "The Pendle Dalesman from Carnforth via Hellifield to Carlisle.
15/02/2020 - 46100 Royal Scot" with the "Pennine Peaks & Valleys Explorer" from Crewe to Carnforth and around the Little North Western route to Hellifield and onto Blackburn and back to Crewe.
22/02/2020 - LMS Jubilee - 45596 "Bahamas"at Gargrave, Hellifield & Settle Juct. on a society special along the K&WVR from Oxenhope and then continuing up the S & C to Carlisle and return.
29/02/2020 - LMS Stanier Jubilee - 45699 "Galatea" in 45562 "Alberta" guise runs into Huncoat Station on a running of "The Cotton Mills Express"
07/03/2020 - Probably its last main line run for quite a while, Gresley A4 Class pacific - 60009 "Union of South Africa" coasting through Barrow upon Soar station on the down slow line with a running of "The Yorkshireman" from Ealing to York.
09/03/2020 - LMS Stanier Black 5 - 45212 with support coach running from Carnforth to Southall on 5Z59 on the up fast at Flag lane, south of Preston running on time.
14/03/2020 - LMS Stanier jubilee - Galatea in 45562 "Alberta" guise crosses Denthead Viaduct on a diverted Cumbrian Coast express - now Cumbrian Mountain express at Denthead. Hellifield and Langho.
15/07/2020 - BR Pacific - 70000 "Britannia" with a running of "The Fellsman" captured at Billington and Helwith Bridge and returning at Wilpshire & Ramsgreave Station.
24/07/2020 - LNER Class A1 60163 "Tornado" rolling through Hellifield Station and to a halt past the end of the station running on 5Z63 York to Carnforth movement.
29/07/2020 - "Galberta" - LMS Jubilee 45699 Galatea in 45562 "Alberta" guise running through Gargrave Station, Hellifield & Gargrave on 5Z20 - Carnforth to York movement for SSE tours.
04/08/2020 - 35018 "British India Line" on a "Dalesman" (Diesal) from York heading for Carlisle at waiting at Hellifield and also running past at Stainforth
08/08/2020 - Stanier Royal Scot class 4-6-0 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" coasting downhill towards Horton-in-Ribblesdale at Railway Cottages, Selside and leaving Hellifield with a running of the Cumbian Mountain Express
11/08/2020 - 34018 "British India Lines" joined its Dalesman load at Preston due to Flooding at Wennington and seen arriving at Hellifield 44 mins late and also running through Long Preston Station.
15/08/2020 - 46100 "Royal Scot" racing north near Fowler Lane with "The Lakelander" heading for Carlisle & returning late evening crossing the River Kent at Arnside.
18/08/2020 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in the up goods loop at Hellifield taking on water and heading north at Helwith Bridge with a running of The Dalesman to Carlisle.
19/08/2020 - 70000 "Britannia" heads over the top out of Blackburn and down the Banks to Whalley heading into Wilpshire and Ramsgreave station with a running of the Fellsman to Carlisle from Crewe
22/08/2020 - 46100 "Royal Scot" at Hall Royd Junction, Todmorden on "The White Rose" returning from York and heading for Crewe
23/08/2020 - Stanier Jubilee 45699"Galitea" as 45562 "Alberta" leaving Bell Busk heading for Hellifield and onto Carlisle with a running of "The Waverley" and also at Langcliffe
26/08/2020 - 46100 "Royal Scot" heading for Carlisle via S & C from Crewe with a running of the Fellsman captured coming off Whalley Arches into the station and returning at Barrow foot crossing.
29/08/2020 - LMS Stanier Black 5 - 45231 "Sherwood Forester" heads north along the WCML heading for Carlisle with "The Lakelander" tour taken from the footbridge at Brock
02/09/2020 - 46100 "Royal Scot" on a running of "The Fellsman" heading towards Hellifield and onto Carlisle coasting past Billington foot crossing & returning in the rain at Langho station.
Sorry no additions for a couple of 2 months - It was either put up with the lousy weather and covid 19 or two months in Spain - No contest - The Costa del Sol won easily
29/10/2020 - LMS Jubilee - 45562 "Alberta" on "The Pendle Dalesman" at Hellifield and running through Long Preston station heading for Carlisle.
Almost all of the steam excursion in November where cancelled due to Covid 19 and lockdown caused through it..
16/12/2020 - LMS Stanier Black 5 - 45212 & support coach - runs through Hellifield Station on 5M51 returning home to the K & WVR from Carnforth
17/12/2020 - SR West Country Class 34046, "Braunton," runs fast past German Lane approaching Euxton and also through Rishton Station with "The Pennine Moors Explorer"

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Steam on the Settle to Carlisle Line 1962 /1963 /1964


A collection of Black and White photographs taken in the early 1960`s of steam traffic on the Settle to Carlisle line mainly between Hellifield ( Slightly of topic ) and Ais Gill Summit.
It started with him taking me and my brother train spotting to Hellifield were he would leave us and go line siding towards Long Preston for an hour or so with his line side pass and camera photographic, hence the number of pictures around this area. He eventually got a car and travelled further up the line to places such as Settle, Horton in Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent, Garsdale and Ais Gill.
I can remember as a kid, a youth hostelling expedition up the S & C starting at Garsdale (Lunds / Shaws) in the middle of nowhere, and spending a couple of days in that area spotting trains, walking then to Kirby Steven and then catching the train to Carlisle, shed bashing there, and coming down the WCML to Penrith, then onto Keswick, back to Shap and then back home in a week - great times ...and sore feet with the walking.,, but the weather was excellent

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Steam Locomotives at Hellifield Station in the period 1961 / 1962 / 1963


A collection of Black and White photographs taken around Hellifield Station around 1961 to 1963 by my late father Geoffrey, who sadly passed away in 2019 aged 92. They show clearly what a busy junction it was and how it has changed to what we see their now. Sheds, Turn table, Coaling plant and Watering Columns all gone, but mainly, the amount of siding that was once there - all gone except a couple of goods loops at the station. The Two central platforms are now filled in with rubble and the south sidings on the Blackburn branch is now an housing estate. Still left though are the Midland architecture of the Station canopies, but the trains do not stop under these, but further down on the south side of the station platform. The waiting rooms and buildings are now in use as nice cafe (24H) to stop off and have a meal if you are passing by,
My father had a railway permit issued to him by British Railways - LMS Region, which allowed him to go lineside to take pictures, and would leave me for a couple of hours whilst he went to other locations near by. He left a multitude of other pictures of these near by locations and other places which I will upload eventually.
Train spotting at Hellifield was our weekly treat, I would be around 10 / 11 years old, catching the local train from Whalley around 12,40 and arriving just in time some times to catch the UP Waverley which left about the time we arrived. We only ever bought a one way tickets from the guard - usually they never asked to see our tickets on the return and we did that journey for free sometimes.
Surprised to find a lack of BR 9F`s on Long Meg mineral trains, but as it was a weekend day out, they probably never ran those days. You can take the familiar for granted - A lack of pictures of the trains that brought you there, the BR Std Tanks and BR Std 4 2-6-0. - hardly any recorded here, something to think about with modern transport of today !
The worst bit for me was the coming home, dirty from the steam and soot - father would get his hanky out and spit on it to wipe the soot off so we went home clean . ugh !! - Why couldn`t I just wash my hands and face when I got home !! - happy memories,

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Late 1980s, early 1990s Colour Photo scans - mainly of the "Cumbrian Mountain Express"


A series of scanned colour photos mainly of the "Cumbrian Mountain Express" taken mainly locally for me at Whalley Station, Billington foot crossing & Langho station in the early 1990`s taken by my father Geoffrey who sadly passed away in 2019 aged 92,
Locomotives include
LMS Stanier Pacific - 6201 Princess Elizabeth
LMS Stanier Pacific - 46203 Pricess Margaret Rose
LMS Stanier Pacific - 46229 Duchess of Hamilton
BR 3 Cyl Pacific -71000 Duke of Gloucester
BR Std Pacific - 70000, Britannia
LNER Gresley A4 Pacific 60009 Union of South Africa
LNER Gresley A4 Pacific 60007 Sir Nigel Gresley
LNER Gresley A4 Pacific 60019 Bittern
LNER Peppercorn A2 - 60532 Blue Peter
LNER Gresley A3 60103 Flying Scotsman
plus others.
I think I have the dates and locations right - but any errors, please let me know

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ELR Spring Steam Gala - 2020


08/03/2020 - Only a Sunday morning for me this year at this three day event due to being away visiting Family.
I spent the morning at the foot crossing at Summerseat and then at Ramsbottom station before having to return home for an appointment in the afternoon.
Visiting guest engine this year was a GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank - 6412 - appearing with special thanks to the South Devon Railway
with the home fleet of newly restored Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway 0-6-0 ST 752 running as BR 51456
and BR Std Tank 2-6-4 - 80097
plus LMS Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 - 44871
MSC 0-6-0 No.32 "Gothenberg" in Thomas the Tank guise,
L & Y "A" class Aspinal 0-6-0 - 52322 running as 52345
and to confuse everyone - Rebuilt Hunslet - 2890 0-6-0 Austerity with tender (Douglas) - but numbered 52322 !
I had a nice morning out, but seemed a little like the small engine galas held previously and a definitely L & Y feel also.

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Churnet Valley Railway - Super Power Weekend - take 2


01/02/2020 - THREE USATC S160s operating together for the first time in the UK since 1944, and for only the second time within preservation globally!
Resident American Sisters nos. 5197 and 6046 joined being by no. 2253 "Omaha", making a flying visit courtesy of Peter Best and Dartmouth Steam Railway.
Take 1 - was washed out at the end of 2019 - with the CVR having to spend £60,000 in track repairs for take 2 to go ahead
Four non-stop return journeys, all commencing from Froghall and departing non stop to Ipstones and back offered 20-miles of S160 haulage. Each return journey being operated by a different pairing of S160s
An enjoyable day out with great displays of steam and smoke and plenty of time to change locations during the wait between services.
Parking at Froghall seemed to be a problem - car parks being full and a lengthy walk was needed by myself after finding a place to park up the car, with trains being very full of passengers to the delight of the Railway.
A Great Gala with a differance!!

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2019


05/01/2019 - GWR 2-8-0 Tank - 4270 leaving Irwell Vale halt for Rawtenstall and at Rawtenstall on the 11.55 services from Bury.
06/01/2019 - GWR 2-8-0 Tank - 4270 approaching Ewood Bridge heading for Rawtenstall on the 11.55 service from Bury.
13/01/2019 - LMS Stanier Black 5 - 44871 at Rawtenstall Station & Ramsbottom with the 15.45 service to Heywood.
19/01/2019 - BR Std tank - 80097 pulls its first revenue train in over 50 years with the 13.00 service out of Rawtenstall on the ELR.
05/02/2019 - LMS Jubilee - 45596 "Bahamas" heading home to the K&WVR, exiting Bingley tunnel into the station on 5Z45 from Tyseley to Keighley.
09/02/2019 - LMS Stanier Jubilee - 45596 "Bahamas" heading north up the Settle & Carlisle railway at Hellifield and approaching Selside with a railtour from K&WVR to Carlisle & return
16/02/2019 - LMS Stanier Jubilee - 45596 "Bahamas" heading north up the Settle & Carlisle railway at Hellifield and approaching Arcow Quarry with a 2nd railtour from K&WVR to Carlisle & return
02/03/2019 - LMS Stanier 8F - 48151 on "The Settle Carlisle Thunderer I " at Hellifield & Langcliffe
04/03/2019 - LNER B1 - 61306 "Mayflower" heading south at German Lane Footbridge, near Balshaw Lane on 5Z44 from Carnforth to Southall WCR
05/03/2018 - Stanier LMS 8F - 48151 on the northbound "Settle Carlisle Thunderer II " crossing the River Ribble on Sherriffs Brow Viaduct heading for Carlisle.
27/03/2019 - LMS Stanier 8F - 48151 racing up the fast line at German Lane, south of Balshaw Lane station with a running of the "Salopian Express" from Barrow to Shrewsbury.
28/03/2019 - LMS Stanier Pacific 4-6-2 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on a light loaded test run on the Carnforth Hellifield Blackburn circuit - photographed coming off Whalley Arches at Billington foot crossing.
06/04/2019 - Stanier 8F - 48151 piloting Merchant Navy 35018 "British India Line" on "The Wensleydale Express" at Eldroth, Long Preston, Hellifield & Gargrave
13/04/2019 - LMS Stanier Black 5s - 44871 & 45407 on "The Citadel" crossing Whalley Arches and at Docker on the WCML.
13/04/2019 - LNER A1 - 60163 "Tornado" on the "Border Raider" at Barrow, Long Preston and Langcliffe.
13/04/2019 - LMS Stanier Jubilee - 45690 "Leander" on "The Pennine Blackpool Express" at Billington foot crossing.
17/04/2019 - LMS Stanier 8F - 48151 on "The SalopianII"about to run through the the old Brock station and also south of Flag Lane, Farington Curve Junction heading south.
19/04/2019 - LNER A4 60009 "Union of South Africa" moving to York from the ELR via Carnforth on 5Z48 captured passing Leyland Trucks near Fowler Lane.
27/04/2019 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" on the "Steam on the Settle and Carlisle" special leaving Hellifield and at Helwith Bridge,
29/04/2019 - LMS Stanier Pacific - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" on the "Great Briton XII" approaching Flag Lane at Farington curve Junction heading into Preston
30/04/2019 - Gresley A4 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" piloting LMS Black 5 - 44871 racing north past Barton and also Docker on the way to Carlisle on the "Great Briton XII" rail tour
30/04/2019 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" heads north from Shotlock hill tunnel towards Carlisle on a running of the Dalesman
03/05/2019 - 35018 "British India Line" between Selside and Horton-in Ribblesdale running downhill and also at Gargrave station on the GB XII rail tour.
11/05/2019 - LNER A1 - 60163 "Tornado" running through Rishton Station on "The Mad Hatter" rail tour from Darlington to Chester.
14/05/2019 - LMS Stanier 8F - 48151 on the "Dalesman" at Hellifield and leaving Long Preston,heading for Carlisle.
17/05/2019 - LNER B1 - 61306 "Mayflower" racing south on the WCML at Brock with day 9 of the "Highlands and Islands" steam tour
18/05/2019 - LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee 45690 'Leander' approaching Wilpshire tunnel off Vicarage Lane returning with a "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
22/05/2019 - LNER Gresley A4 - 60009 "Union of South Africa " with support coach heading from Carnforth to the ELR on 5Z60 captured at Brock.
25/05/2019 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" at Hellifield and passing Langcliffe on The Pennine Limited heading for Carlisle & 5Z26 returning to Carnforth at Langho.
28/05/2019 - LMS 8F - 48151 on the steam leg of "The Dalesman" from Hellifield to Carlisle at Hellifield and Langcliffe.
29/05/2019 - 70000 "Britannia" running past the foot crossing at the back of the Eagle @ Barrow, leaving Whalley behind on a running of "The Fellsman" from Crewe to Carlisle
07/07/2019 - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" heading north with "The Waverley" from York to Carlisle arriving at Hellifield and at Selside on the S & C
10/07/2019 - BR Pacific - 70000 "Britannia"on a Saphos "Fellsman" from Crewe to Carlisle and return via S & C at Billington, Hellifield and Wilpshire.
13/07/2019 - LMS Jubilee class - 45690 "Leander" returning with a "Cumbrian Mountain Express from Carlisle to Preston (and onto Euston) via Settle & Carlisle Railway photographed here at Billington foot crossing
16/07/2019 - LMS Stanier 8F - 48151 returning with "The Dalesman" approaching Langho Station.
17/07/2019 - BR Pacific - 70000 "Britannia" coasts across Whalley Arches with a running of the Fellmans from Crewe to Carlisle.
03/08/2019 - SR Merchant Navy class - 35018 "British India Lines" approaching Helwith Bridge with a returning "Cumbrian Mountain Express" from Carlisle and at Hellifield.
10/08/2019 - LMS Princess class 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" powers its way up Whalley Banks approaching Langho station with a returning "Cumbrian Mountain express"
15/08/2019 - Loaded test run (5M50) with 46115 "Scots Guardsman" coming off Whalley Arches at Billington foot crossing running a couple of minutes early
18/08/2019 - LMS Jubilee Class - 45596 "Bahamas" on the Waverley from York to Carlisle at Hellifield Station, Langcliffe and Helwith Bridge on the return.
24/08/2019 - BR Pacific - 70000 "Britannia" on the level crossing entering Huncoat Station on a running of "The Palatine" - steam hauled from Crewe, Blackburn, Manchester and back to Crewe
03/09/2019 - LMS Stanier Jubilee - 45699 "Galatea" returning from Carlisle with "The Dalesman" at Helwith Bridge and Hellifield.
14/09/2019 - LMS Jubilee 45690 "Leander" on a Steam Dreams excursion from London to Carlisle and return via S & C pictured at Ribblehead and leaving Hellifield.
14/09/2019 - 34046 "Braunton" returning in the near dark conditions at Eastwood running 45 minutes late with the Yorkshireman tour from Crewe to York and return
21/09/2019 - LMS Stanier Jubilee - 45690 "Leander" leaving Clitheroe and at Salwick on "The Pennine Blackpool
12/10/2019 - LMS Stanier Princess class - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" coasting into Long Preston and also leaving Hellifield on a Cumbria mountain Express heading towards Blackburn.
02/11/2019 - LNER A1 - 60163 "Tornado" with the "Illuminati" rail tour from Birmingham to Blackpool approaching Flag Lane at Farington Curve junction heading towards Preston
03/11/2019 - LMS Stanier Black 5`s 44871 & 45407 on "The South Yorkshireman", ECS working at Billington and tour leaving Blackburn for Wakefield
09/11/2019 - LMS Stanier Black 5`s - 44871 & 45407 crossing Whalley Arches and at Newsholme with "The Citadel" running from Manchester to Carlisle via the S & C.
04/12/2019 - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" on the Christmas Dalesman heading towards Clitheroe pictured at the foot crossing at"The Eagle" at Barrow and also at Selside on the S & C.
07/12/2019 - LMS 4-6-0 - 46100 "Royal Scot" at Houghton Foot crossing and about to run through Rishton Station on the "Pennine Moors Christmas Explorer"
14/12/2019 - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" running through Langho station on a running of the "Christmas Dalesman" from Liverpool to Carlisle.
15/12/2019 - LMS Royal Scot Class - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" approaching Wilpshire Tunnel on a WCRC running of a Santa Special from Lancaster around the Carnforth, Hellifield Blackburn circle route.
18/12/2019 - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" taking on water and leaving in the dark and rain at Hellifield on the returning Christmas Dalesman to Manchester.
27/12/2019 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" on the 10.20 service off Bury approaching Ewood Bridge heading for Rawtenstall on the East Lancs Railway.

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2019


A three day steam event running from Friday 18/10/2019 to Sunday 20/10/2019.
2 guest engines in steam - LNER A4 60009 "Union of South Africa"
& SR 4-4-0 Schools Class 926 "Repton"
with most of the home fleet running at the East Lancs Railway.
Ex-Southern Railway Bullied Light Pacific No. 34092 “City of Wells”,
LMS Stanier 4-6-0 Black 5 - 44871
BR Std 4 2-6-0 Tanks 80097 & 80080
0-6-0 tender engine - 2890
L & Y Aspinal A Class 0-6-0 - 52322
Friday was spent at various locations taking photographs of the various locomotives and combinations
Sunday and a return visit with a full length journey along the line in the afternoon behind a top and tailed running between 60009 "Union of South Africa and 34092 "City of wells"
Wednesday - 23/10/2019 - Mid week running day. - SR 4-4-0 Schools Class 926 "Repton" running 3 rounds trips from Bury to Rawtenstall- with the added load of the Dining set on the middle run.
A very nice weekend which ran to plan and some nice photographic shots taken - well done !
Wednesday, a nice day for chasing Repton around on the bike !

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GCR - Autumn Steam Gala - 2019


A four day steam event stretching from Thursday 3/10/2019 to Sunday 06/10/2019 with the usual extensive timetable and various freights / goods and Post office sets running on Saturday and Sunday.
2 guest engines - Both southern region -
LSWR 4-4-0 - Drummond T9 - 30120
Schools Class 4-4-0 926 "Repton"
and made up with the GCR Home fleet of
LMS 0-6-0 3F Jinty - 47406
LMS Ivatt 2-6-0 - 46521
BR Class 2 - 2-6-0 - 78018
BR 9F - 2-10-0 - 92214 "Leicester City"
LMS Stanier 2-8-0 8F - 48305
GWR 4-6-0 - 6990 "Witherslack Hall"
BR Std 5 4-6-0 - 73156
DMU Unit.
Saturday.... and away from my usual starting point at Woodthorpe, now spoiled with buildings and road closures and stroppy home owners and went to Kinchley Lane to find a large gallery already present. After spending a couple of hours avoiding heads popping up when the trains came, I moved on back to Woodthorpe and to a farm track bridge closer to Quorn and on into the fields taking photos from the edge of the unfenced fields at the top of the embankments until lunch. After lunch was spent near Loughborough station watching and arrivals and departures before moving on to Quorn station till the end of the day... Then back to the beer festival in Quorn.
Sunday .. and Granddaughters 2nd birthday and a late start and back home for 14.00 for the party, so after looking at the previous days pictures it was back to Saturdays location between Woodthorpe and Quorn. Alas, whilst there. most of the runnings seemed to be tender first ... just my luck but still a gala not to forget.

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ELR West Country Weekend - 2019


August Bank Holiday Weekend - 2019 - A SR Bullied "West Country" themed event with two of their Bullied Pacifics running on the ELR.
Ex-Southern Railway Bullied Light Pacific No. 34092 “City of Wells”, along with special guest, and sister engine, Southern Railway West Country class 4-6-2 Pacific No. 34046 “Braunton” plus third path diesel power by either Class 50 - 50015 "Valiant" running Friday & Saturday and Class 42 - Warship class D832 "Onslaught"running on Sunday & Monday.
23/08/2019 - Friday - A stop at the foot crossing near Summerseat then onto Ramsbottom for some lunch and the rest of the afternoon at Irwell Vale.
24/08/2019 - Saturday - Starting off at Ramsbottom Sidings before moving onto the disused station at Stubbins, then onto Ewood Bridge - leaving to catch 70000 on the mainline.
Unable to return on Sunday & Monday due to work but very warm and enjoyable couple of days whilst there and great weather for riding on the motorbike for a change.

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Hundested to Graested in Denmark - 2019


Sunday - 09/06/2019 - My son booked me with him on this trip whilst visiting him in Denmark where he lives and I came out mainly to visit him, his family and my new Grandson - Lucas!
Hoping for a steam trip in old veteran stock, it turned out to be a run behind Diesel - DSB - MY 1126 and two DBS vintage coaches. I was not disappointed though - but i did expect a full train. It set off on time from Hundested with only about a dozen passengers. Perhaps there are a lack of train enthusiasts in Denmark. The train set off at a pace, racing to stations on the single track to allow services to pass using stations as a passing loop. We travelled through some of the most scenic sights in North & East Zealand and arrived after an hour or so at Graested to the Vintage fair - a mixture of a 1940`s weekend, fun fair, cars, bikes, wagons & tractor and car boot stalls. Even motor bike scrambling and tractor pulling. After checking out the fair and Train Museum (Sheds) we returned doing the return trip after 16.00 - a really full entertaining day out.

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