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ELR Winter Steam Gala - 2012


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Saturday 21/01/2012 and a very dull start to the winter gala, which started with an evening photoshoot the previous evening in the rain at Buckley Wells shed then an early morning freight runpast with LNWR 0-8-0 Super D - 49395. at Burrs Country Park at the edge of Bury.
Slowly, it get brighter as the day progressed and a early morning failure of 71000 Duke of Gloucester plus signal problems did not spoil a great day out on the railway. 71000 did finally get a run down the line in the late afternoon after I had left for home.
Engines running - SR 850 "Lord Nelson," LNWR Super "D" - 49395. BR Std Tank 80080 and 3 Black 5`s - 45231 & Ian Rileys pair 44871 & 45407 - both facing south adding different photo opportunities plus 71000 "Duke of Gloucester in the late afternoon.
Sunday 22/01/2012 - A quick visit to the craft shop in Ramsbottom gave me a few minutes to take some more pictures
Great gala despite the early morning dull conditions and the cold weather

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2011


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Saturday 22/10/2011 - The start of a two day gala starting with a early morning photoshoot at Burrs with a freight runpast with one of the guest engines - Black 5 - 45231 "Sherwood Forester." I stopped here until lunchtime with the weather improving all the time then going home and returning later in the evening.
The star of the gala for me was Super D 49395 and other engines running included BR Std Tank - 80080 and Industrials 0-6-0 "Sapper" and No.32 Gothenburg plus Peckett 1370 "May".
71000 "Duke of Gloucester failed to turn up at the last minute due to transportation problems
The Day was rounded off with a well attended photo shoot in the late evening at Buckley Wells with 45231, 80080 & 49395
Always a good show and this was no exception.

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ELR Deltic Gathering - 2011


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Sunday 16/10/2011 - Another trip to the "Dark Side" and a dull start to the last day of a two day event starring 5 of the top line diesels of the 60`s & 70`s - "The Deltics." Five of these beasts lined up to grace the line for the weekend.
•55002 “The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry”
•55022 “Royal Scots Grey”
•55009 “Alycidon”
•55016 “Gordon Highlander”
•55019 “Royal Highland Fusilier”
plus EE Type 4 - D335
I spent most of the day on a Rover ticket and the last hour at Irewell Vale before returning home.
Pity I missed the Beerex the night before with all 5 on the front but it would have been a wasted journey for me - the fans drank it dry !
Different day out and enjoyable

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GCR "Steam Railway" Autumn Steam Gala - 2011


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08/10/2011 - A Dull saturday with fine drizzle at times after the sunny Friday on the K & WVR.
Lots of action on the double track and I decided to catch the action at Woodthorpe Bridge and the surrounding fields for some different views later in the day.
9 engines in steam which included guest engines SR pacific 34007 "Wadebridge" & S&D 2-8-0 No 88, plus 30777 "Sir Lamiel," Red LMS 8F - 8624, LMS Jinty - 47406, LNER N7 - 1744, Robinson O4-63601,GWR 4953 "Pitchford Hall" & BR Std 2 - 78019, running a extensive passenger timetable plus local services, freight trains, mineral wagons and postal services plus light engine movements to the turntable at Quorn as well.
Always one of the best galas anywhere in the country and this on was no exception.
Just the weather spoilt it a little but still a great day out.

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2011


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07/10/2011 - Friday and a lovely start to what seems to be a classic steam gala on the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway with long sunny spells and very clear conditions for great photography.
Steam engines running on the first day were GWR 2-8-0 Goods engine - 2807, LMS Black 5 - 45212, Newly restored Midland Fowler 4F 0-6-0 - 43924. 0-6-0 "Nunlow" & unseen by myself today L & Y 957
Having worked earlier in the day I could only stop a couple of hours but wouldn`t have missed it - Alas the horrid weather and work on Sunday put me off coming back for more.

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Middleton Railway Autumn Gala - 2011


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18/09/2011 - A sunday afternoon at one of my favorite little railways for their Autumn gala.
3 engines in steam - Manning Wardle 0-6-0 No.1601 "Matthew Murray" 0-6-0 MSC 67 and LNER Y7 No.1310 straight from the workshops in light steam plus two industrial shunters - Austins No1 & Thomas Hil 138C.
Had an enjoyable time on Matthew Murray in the shed shunt with " Drive an engine for a fiver" and a ride upto Park halt as well. Passenger trains ran to Park Halt whilst goods trains ran down the Balm Road stretch running a very regular service with plenty of movements around Moor Road station adding lots of interest..
Alas the weather turned foul towards the end of the afternoon and I decided to head back home.
I`ll be back again soon !

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Ribble Steam Railway - Autumn Gala 2011


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17/09/2011 - A saturday morning with heavy showers and only a couple of hours to spare to visit because of work commitments in the early afternoon - just time to take a few snaps around the swing bridge area before leaving just after noon.
3 engines in steam - Guest engine 0-4-0 Fulstow No2, plus 0-4-0 John Howe & 0-6-0 Walkden
Arriving in time at 10.30 to watch the demo goods with Fulstow and John Howe and two passenger services with Fulstow plus John Howe & Walkden in various combinations.
Alas, I would have liked to stop the day for a full visit but still a nice visit despite the horrid weather on the way home.

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The "Fellsman" & "Mersey Moorlander" 2011


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The "Fellsman" - A series of summer steam hauled midweek runnings from Carnforth to Carlisle via Blackburn, Hellifield & the Settle & Carlisle Railway and return.
Engines running are from the WCRC pool based at Carnforth.
The "Mersey Moorlander" A new series of runs over the S&C & back down the WCML, steam hauled from Preston on Mondays during August.
20/07/2011 - The first of the series this year and hauled by 46115 "Scots Guardman" captured on the return between Clitheroe & Whalley at Barrow footcrossing. - The wreath on the smokebox in memory of John Shuttleworth
27/07/2011 - 2nd running of the season and 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge again. Failing at Carlisle the tour & engine are dragged back by class 47 - 47760. Captured at Wilpshire & Whalley viaduct on the return
01/08/2011 - The first of a monday August steam trip with the "Mersey Moorlander" up the S & C pulled by LMS Black 5 - 45305 seen leaving Whalley behind at Barrow footcrossing
03/08/2011 - The 3rd running of "The Fellsman" with LMS Black 5 44932 in charge, captured at Hougton heading for Blackburn and Billington on the return.
08/08/2011 - The 2nd "Mersey Moorlander" again headed by LMS Black 5 - 45305 on Whalley Viaduct in damp & cloudy conditions and returning at Brock on the WCML
10/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 on the 4th Fellsman working the climb at Hougton & returning in dreadful conditions at Whalley station
15/08/2011 - Britannia Class - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" heads the 3rd running of the "Mersey Moorlander" caught coasting at Billington heading towards Hellifield
17/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 in charge again on the 5th "Fellsman" approaching Pleasington station
24/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 again caught at Hougton on the 6th running of the series of "The Fellsman"
31/08/2011 - 8F - 48151 again captured at Barrow and chased from Selside to Ribblehead with No.7 Fellsman
07/09/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 45231 takes a turn on "The Fellsman" seen west of Wilpshire station
14/09/2011 - The finale of the "Fellsman" with LMS Black 5 - 45231 again captured at Whalley station and exiting Wilpshire tunnel on the return journey.

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2011


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26/03/2011 - Another slow start for the year - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" shooting north on the WCML leaving Bilsborrow, this being the first steam excursion seen by me due to work commitments, other than Tangmere on a test run - (see seperate collection.)
16/04/2011 - 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" at Copy Pit & leaving Cherry Tree with a running of "The Red Rose" from Tyseley to Blackburn & return.
28/04/2011 - Black 5 45231 "Sherwood Forester" on a test run from Carnforth to Hellifield & return
12/05/2011 - Black 5`s 45407 & 44871 working around Preston on the "Cathedrals Explorer"
19/05/2011 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" heads the Cumbrian Mountain Express at Selside
21/05/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" tackling the S&C near Selside on the "Rail Tourer"
21/05/2011 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" returning south at Billington with a CME
08/06/2011 - 60163 "Tornado" on a ECS move along the WCML from Grosmont to Didcot.
25/06/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardman leaving Bilsborrow behind with a running of the CME
02/07/2011 - Black 5 - 45305 on Lobb Mill Viaduct, Todmorden with the "Coast to Coast Express"
23/07/2011 - Black 5 - 45305 on a "Cumbrian Mountain Express" @ Ribblehead, Hellifield and Langho
24/07/2011 - Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" on the "Waverley" at Bell Busk and Long Preston
30/07/2011 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on a CME on the WCML @ Fowler Lane & Bilsborrow plus returning west of Langho
30/07/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" leaving Hellifield with the returning 2nd "Waverley" of the season
13/08/2011 - LMS 8F - 48151 on a returning "Lakelander" at Arnside.
13/08/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 44932 on a returning "Waverley" at Ribblehead and also leaving Hellifield
20/08/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 45305 again on a CME at Billington
25/08/2011 - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell at the head of "The Cathedrals Express" at Barrow.
27/08/2011 - LMS Black 5 - 45305 again on a CME at Billington replacing 70013
03/09/2011 - LMS Black 5 44932 working the "Lune Rivers Trust" special at Langho
01/10/2011 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" running with "The Train of Hope" special leaving Leyland
12/11/2011 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on day 1 of "The Royal Scot" approaching Shap
11/12/2011 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" on the "York Yuletide Express" at Hall Royd Junction.

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GCR "Golden Oldies" Gala - 2011


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Sunday 29/05/2011 - This year it turned out to be a dull weekend for this years "Old timers" steam gala.
Run on similar lines to the previous years gala with "Bellerophon" & 32662 "Martello" as this years new guest engines plus "Rocket""Planet" & "Furness No20" back on the tracks again with LMS Jinty - 47406 & LNER N7 - 1744 also making up the numbers from the GCR stock.
Like last year - a very interesting gala spent mostly linesiding at Woodthorpe bridge plus a stroll to Charnwater Park for a different location and not a gala to be missed.

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NYMR 175th Anniversary Gala Spring - 2011


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Sunday 08/05/2011 and the last day of a 10 day gala promising lots of engines in steam. I arrived early at Pickering for the freight, only to find it had been cancelled and it was raining as well.
With time now to spare I decided on moving up the line to Water Ark arriving just as the shuttle went past. It did get better as some nice pictures were achieved and it did stop raining and the sun came out !. At lunch time a move was on the way towards Levisham for some food stopping off at Moorgates on the way.
Engines running which I saw included 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" Black 5 44767 "George Stevenson" SR 4-6-0 No.827, Br Std 4 - 76079. Br std Tank - 80072, GWR Tank - 6619 & 2-2-0 No.9 "Planet" and newly named 9f - 92214 "Cock o the North" - (not sure if I like it)
Other engines used in the gala included another 4 black 5`s.44871, 45212, 45407 & 45428, SR Schools Class "Repton", Replica of "Rocket" plus 63395 & 69023 "Joem" & Super D 49395
A massive line up !
enjoyable day out

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ELR - Deltic 50 Celebrations - 2011


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25/04/2011 - Last of a 4 day event over the Easter period whenThe East Lancashire Railway was celebrating the 50th anniversary of the esteemed and iconic English Electric Type 5 main line diesel locomotive. "
55 022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ and D9016 ‘Gordon Highlander’ were working services throughout each day, running either individually, some top and tailed and some double headed combinations in between two steam services on a three path rota.
A round trip from Rawtenstall to Bury & back behind D9000 outward & doubleheaded on the way back was my plan for the day.
Steam Engines running were BR Std Tank 80080 & BR Std 5 73129
A different dayout for me behind the beasts ... and sunshine as well !!

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ELR Small Engines Weekend - 2011


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09/04/2011 - Saturday And a beautiful warm sunny day for a slight twist on the normal timetable were small engines were the flavour of the day.
Newly arrived austerity 0-6-0 "Sapper" was the incentive for me to make a visit to this event. Also running full length of the line were Std Tank 80080 & Type twenty diesel 20087.
Bury Bolton Street station had push pull trains to Baron street shed gates pulled by a variety of shunters and Peckett 1370 "May"
Shunters included MSC4002 & Class 08 shunter - 08479 which did a trip to Ramsbottom as a last trip of the day plus shunters - 08700, D3232, D2062 & D2656
Something different and another good day out.

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Chasewater Railway - Spring Gala 2011


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19/03/2011 - The first day of a two day spring gala held in lovely sunshine at this small colliery line which runs in a country park in between two large reservoirs running in a lage semi circle in over a mile in length from two beautifully maintained stations, sheds & museum.
Steam Engines running 0-4-0 "Asbestos"(2780), 0-4-0 Andrew Barclay(1964). 0-4-0 WG Bagnall "Linda"(2648), 0-4-0 "Colin McAndrew"(1223) plus on display but failed 0-6-0 Nechells No4 (7684)
Diesel shunters running Br Class 08 - D3429, 0-4-0 Bass No9 & Hunslett 0-4-0 6678
Excellent gala and a great place for a family day out.

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ELR February Steam Gala - 2011


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26/02/2011 - A chilly breezy afternoon with lots of sunny periods brightened up even more by some of the locomotives running at the ELR February Steam weekend.
Working in the morning and the following day meant just a afternoon at Burrs cutting (on the right side of the fence) capturing the action.
Engines running, and a first for this railway - 2 BR Std Tank 2-6-4 locomotives - 80072 & 80080 plus BR Std 5 - 73129, 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" & Ivatt 2 MT 46443.
Enjoyable afternoon out !!

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ELR Brief Encounters


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A evening photoshoot at Bury Station on the East Lancashire Railway on saturday 19/02/2011
Different from the shed shoots I have been to in the past. This was trying to set the scene of the late 1950`s/ early 1960`s on the station with members of the Railway dressed in period dress and the use of two engines with different carriage stock.
The damp atmosphere, wet platform edges from earlier rain and lots of steam from 73129 all added to the ambiance of the night.
I would like to thank the ELR staff and volunteers who acted the parts for their time to make it a very enjoyable evening taking pictures,



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34067 "Tangmere" Test run


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08/02/2011 - It was a lovely sunny feburary day for Bullied Pacific 4-6-2 'West Country' class 34067 "Tangmere"to do a loaded test run from the workshops at Carnforth to Hellifield, Blackburn and back to Carnforth.
Pictures from Wennington, approaching Long Preston. Hellifield station, Nappa & the footcrossing at Billington plus a lovely drive out through the north lancashire countryside.
10/02/2011 - Problems with a steam injector meant another run around the circuit instead of heading south. Having waited in a field for over an hour in the morning next to the WCML to catch it passing, I knew sometghing was wrong when a WCRC Class 47 came past with the coaching stock.
Headed home to find a re- run was on and a chance to catch it again at the spot at Billington were I arrived at the last second on tuesday.
Held at Horrockford junction, it past on time but with leaking cylinders!

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K&WV Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2011


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Friday 11/02/2011 and the first of a three day steam gala on the K&WV Railway. I arrived in very dull conditions around 10.00 am and the weather slowly improvedd during the course of the day untill I had to leave mid afternoon for a shift at work.
Engines running included 2 Black 5 guest engines - 44871 & 44767"George Stevenson" plus LMS 0-6-0 Jinty - 47279 & L&Y 0-6-0 N0 957 and WD 8f 90733
Nice morning out on the railway

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Ribble Steam Railway Winter Gala 2011


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Saturday 12/02/2011 and a fine sunny day for a first day of a weekend at the feburary steam gala at the Ribble Steam Railway.
Two small industrial engines were guests for this gala - Pecket 0-4-0 No.1370 "May" from the ELR and Bagnall 0-4-0 saddle tank "Linda" from the Battlefield line plus two home industrial running - 0-4-0 "John Howe" & 0-6-0 "Walkden"
I arrived late morning to find the gala in full flight with all four engines double heading or top & tailing plus early & late freight demos
A ride along the short line by myself was followed with me taking pictures from around the swingbridge area.
Work comittments meant an early departure mid afternoon but I was not disappointed by my short visit.

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ELR Winter Steam Gala - 2011


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Saturday 22/01/2011 - A gloomy start to the day with the sun threatening to break through but never actually did.
The gala started with a very well attended photo shoot at Burrs Country park with 2-6-0 Ivatt 2mt - 46443 on a mixed freight set doing lots of run pasts to the gallery.
Other engines in steam - 71000"Duke Of Gloucester" BR Std 5 - 73129 & Black 5-44871.Black 5 - 45337 was failed at very short notice with boiler problems but it didnt detracted from a very good day out as usual.

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