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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2014


10/01/2014 - LNER B1 61264 on a loaded test run captured at Billington
25/01/2014 - LNER - B1 - 61264 pilots Black 5 - 45407 approaching Fowler Lane on the "Winter Cumbrian Mountain" Express -
05/02/2014 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on 5Z50 loaded test run at Houghton.
15/02/2014 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on the Cumbrian Mountain Express north of Carnforth.
05/03/2014 - 45699 "Galatea" on a Cathedrals Express - steam from Hellifield to Carlisle captured at Helwith Bridge
08/03/2014 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on the CME approaching Long Preston and also at Hellifield Green
15/03/2014 - LNER A4 "Bittern" as 4464 on the Cumbrian Ranger caught returning from Carlisle to Crewe leaving Langho
29/03/2014 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" leaving Settle with a running of "The Hadrian"
09/05/2014 - Black 5`s 44871 leads 45407 at Barrow on "The Highlands & Islands Explorer" day 1 heading for Appleby
07/06/2014 - 5972 "Hogwarts Castle" on the Wizards Express from Manchester to York via Carnforth.
18/06/2014 - LMS Jubilee - 45699 "Galatea" coasting downhill towards Langho and returning at Billington on "The Fellsman"
25/06/2014 - 8F 48151 on "The Fellsman" coasting through Langho Station heading towards Hellifield.
02/07/2014 - LMS Jubilee - 45699 "Galatea" roaring uphill towards Blackburn, leaving Langho behind on "The Fellsman
05/07/2014 - 60163 "Tornado" racing north at Bilsborrow on the WCML with the "Border Raider" heading towards Carlisle
09/07/2014 - 48151 returning with "The Fellsman" climbing past Langho.
16/07/2014 - LMS 8F at Wilpshire station on "The Fellsman" heading towards Hellifield.
19/07/2014 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" racing up Whalley Banks with a returning "Cumbrian Mountain Express."
23/07/2014 - LMS 8F - 48151 returning with "The Fellsman" at Barrow footcrossing
26/07/2014 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" passing Barrow with an outward CME heading towards Hellifield
30/07/2014 - LMS 8F 48151 at Clitheroe on "The Fellsman" heading towards Hellifield plus returning at Clitheroe, Whalley Arches and Langho
13/08/2014 - Black 5 45231 "Sherwood Forester" on a steam only return leg "Fellsman" at Billington foot crossing
27/08/2014 - Black 5 45231 "Sherwood Forester" on the last of "The Fellsman" service photographed at Clitheroe outward and leaving Langho on the return
30/08/2014 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" on the Cumbrian Mountain Express leavng Whalley behind at Barrow footcrossing and Flag lane, Lostock Hall.
28/09/2014 - 45699 "Galatea" with 5Z50 returning from Crewe to Carnforth with support coaches at Flag Lane.
16/10/2014 - 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" dragging two support coaches and 61994 "The Great Marquess" from Carnforth to Bury on 5Z69 at Bilsborrow
16/10/2014 - 45690 "Leander" on a test run from Carnforth to Hellifield and return at Hellifield
21/10/2014 - 45690 "Leander"on a loaded test run comes off Whalley Arches at Billington footcrossing.

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ELR - East Coast Theme Day 2014


12/10/2014 - Visiting steam engine, Gresley A4 Pacific, ‘Union of South Africa’, allowed the opportunity to compare notes with its direct replacement; Deltic diesel locomotive D9009 ‘Alycidon’.
These locomotives were built to haul the heavy Anglo-Scottish expresses along the famous London and North Eastern Railway (LNER) from London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley. Also featured the Standard Tank 80080, adding into the mix the kind of steam locomotive that was used for smaller passenger trains in Scotland as well as further afield.
I spent a lovely 90 minutes in the warm Autumn sunshine at Irewell Vale Halt for nice relaxing afternoon out.

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2014


11/10/2014 - A lovely sunny morning trip to the K & WVR for their autumn steam gala.
I arrived at "top field," between Haworth and Qxenhope in time to catch the vintage train, pulled by the Coal tank - 1054. In fact it was running 15 minutes late and I managed to see the returning train from Oxenhope pulled by the WD 90733 & piloted by "Big Jim" USA 2-8-0 5820. After WD 90733 passed on the 11.00 late service I headed for Keighley banks to find the passageway full of spectators and photographers.
Things seemed to have gone wrong with a missing freight and 34092 "City of Wells" taking out the late 11.25 by itself. Black 5 - 45305 had been failed and I didnt see the Fowler 4F at all. Probably I was just unlucky on this occasion. The coal tank pulled hard out of Keighley and nearly stalled until Nunlow on the back decided to give it a shove. I then returned to top field to capture the run pasts of City of Wells, "Big Jim" and the vintage train and then returned home mid afternoon.
Still a good gala, but it didn`t run like clockwork - wind the punctuality up please for next year.

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Ribble Steam Railway Autumn Gala - 2014


13th & 14th September 2014 - A trip to Preston Docks for The Ribble Steam Autumn steam Gala.
This years Gala featured 0-4-0 Saddle tank "Vulcan" plus LYR 0-6-0 Aspinall No 12322 with Barclay No.6 and "Courageous"
With lovely sunny weather on a Saturday, the usual friendly faces at this gathering, it was a good day for photography, looking around the museum and workshops plus a bacon butty and a trip along the line. I had to leave mid afternoon due to other commitments but returned mid afternoon on Sunday for an hour, the weather now being cloudy. A good couple of days out and up to the usual standards.

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Graested to Gronnehave Again


17/08/2014 - A return visit for another steam trip along the north coast of Zealand in Denmark from Graested to Gronnehave.
This time, it was the last running of the summer season on a Sunday morning for this excursion.
The train is mainly pulled by steam locomotive 4-4-0 DSB K 582, made in 1900, pulling vintage coaches of all sorts and styles.
If you are acquainted with the efficiency of the Danish Train system, then this service does not hang around, running along the single track. With services running in the opposite direction, it is a dash to the next station at speeds estimated over 50mph for a passing place for a service trains to pass. It is also turn up and pay on the train, so turning up early is advised, although the train was only partially full on my visit and for 120kr (about £14) it is great value for an hour run in each direction.
It started to rain on the way back, which cleared the open carriage next to the engine of passengers who moved down the train to the enclosed coaches.
Still my favorite steam run !!
more information here -

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ELR 1940`s Weekend - 2014


Sunday 25/05/2014. A trip along the line from Rawtenstall to Bury and stopping off on the way back at Ramsbottom for the ELR 1940`s Weekend - " Sing as we go."
"Katie Mustang" was in full voice as I arrived at Rawtenstall for the 10.55 service which was pulled by Austerity 0-6-0 "Sapper".
Passing 61994 "The Great Marquess" at Ramsbottom, I arrived at Bury to see Std tank 80080 leaving for Rawtenstall. 0-4-0 Peckett "May" was running around the station with a military freight, leaving newly restored LMS Crab 13065 in crimson livery ( aka 42965) in platform 1. More ENSA singing by "Jane Francis" and other interesting sights to see here before returning, stopping at Ramsbottom to see the spitfire display, military parade and more Ensa entertainment by Paul Harper plus 13065 in the sidings now with a troop train.
I then carried on behind 61994 to Rawtenstall for a very interesting and enjoyable day spoiled only by the damp weather.

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Branchline weekend 2014


03/05/2014 - Saturday and a lovely sunny morning to start off this 3 day event. I went for a trip along the line the previous Sunday and added some pictures from my camera phone.
Today four engines in steam plus a diesel taking turns on a variety of stock - long goods, Parcels Set, Mark 1 coaching stock and the Stately coaching stock.
Engines running - L&Y A-Class 12322 - in (LMS livery), "Norman" 68005 - (RSH Austerity), "Beatrice" - (Hunslet 16") and Samuel Fox & Co. 20 - Hudswell Clarke plus D.5600 - BR Class 31 diesel on a 30 minute time table meaning that an engine was passing approximately every 15 minutes.
They kept the timetable running on time in the morning but returning after some lunch it had slipped to 30 minutes late but without cancellations when I left for home at 15.45.
Probably the best event I have been to all year for the weather and action.
Excellent day out... but I think I have got sun burnt !!

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NYMR Spring Steam Gala - 2014


26/04/2014 - Saturday and day 2 of the spring steam gala. Weather was very cloudy with light rain which started to brightening up slightly in the mid afternoon.
Engines employed today included 3 Black 5`s - 44806 and Ian Riley`s pair 45407 & 44871. BR Std 4 75029 "Green Knight" on the Whitby run. LNER Gresley A4 4464 "Bittern" and Lampton tank No29 plus LNER B1 - 61264 disguised as 61034 "Chiru" was a nice touch.
Gresley K4 - 62005 and LMS Jinty 47406 disgraced themselves and did not run causing the cancellation of shuttles between Grosmont and Goathland and the BR Std 5 75029 being used on the Whitby line.
Again, another gala which turned out to be more of an extended timetable due to failed engines than the advertised event with all the missing services and changes.
Still an enjoyable day out but a long way to travel.

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Llangollen spring gala - 2014- -"Croes Newydd 84J"


06/04/2013 - Sunday and a 90 mile each way journey to catch the smell of steam. I arrived in time to catch the BR Std Tank - 80096 taking to the main line for a later morning train and then carried on towards Carrog to photograph the first service leaving there, GWR Pannier Tank 1638 and then the first service from Llangollen and then travel back along the line.
At this point, things went wrong for me when the clouds opened and the expected double header wasnt. Just GWR Goods 28XX - 3802 captured running through rainbows heading away towards Carrog.
At Carrog, I found out that guest engine - GWR mogel 5322 had failed and would not run, also, no trip further along the new stretch of line towards Corwen and that the freight was also cancelled.
A lovely scenic journey along the line back to Llangollen followed with a quick tour along the sheds before I returned. Did things get worse - Yes - The ales in the real ale bar were not that exciting either and I settled for a bottle of local Banks beer which was OK .
At this point, I had had enough and decided to return home at 12.30 disappointed - More of a extended timetable than a Gala. One good point - I now qualify for Senior tickets! - Is that good?

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K&WV Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2014


08/03/2014 - Saturday and day 2 of a 3 day festival of steam on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway. The weather started cloudy but improved as the day continued where upon I left around 16.00, after visiting as many locations I could fit in between services and then catching 46115 on the CME at long Preston and Hellifield green.
Guest engine for the festival was 61994 "The Great Marquess" with newly restored US ATC S160 No. 5820 running as BR 95820 "Big Jim" plus WD 90733, 4F 43924, 0-6-0 Coal Tank 1054 and 0-6-0 1701 "Nunlow" making up the numbers with "City of Wells" in Haworth Yard under restoration on display
09/03/2014 - Sunday - Back for a trip along the line after lunch from Oxenhope to Keighley and returning after an hour stop over.
Seemed strange to find no BR Std Tank, Ivatt or L&Y running which have been the main stay of the railway for the past few years. Hope they are back in service soon .
Very well organised Gala and practically everything running to timetable as well. Wish all galas were run as well as this. Excellent weekend!.

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ELR February Steam Weekend - 2014


22/02/2014 - Early start to the Churnet Valley Steam Gala but stopping off at Burrs Country Park on the ELR first to catch the early Photo charter with guest engines - Black 5 - 45379 and BR std 4 - 76084 which was banking a long freight for about 6 run pasts.
23/02/2014 - A trip along the line to capture some action at Bury station and run arounds at Heywood and Rawtenstall. Engines running included above plus LMS Black 5 44871, Br Std Tank 80080, LMS Jinty 47324 still in 47584 guise, 0-6-0 Austerity"Sapper" and Peckett 1270 0-4-0 "May"

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Churnet Valley Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2014


22/02/2014 - Saturday. A gala where the timetable was thrown in the bin in the first hour. Guest engine 34007 "Wadebridge" fire grate collasped on the first trip on the Cauldon Lowe branch dropping its fire into the ash pan and nearly stranding the train.This lead to lond delays throughout the day.
USATC S160 No. 6046 & GER N7 No 69621 had to double head as the air pump on the S160 had not been repaired in time for the gala.
Ex GWR Steam Railmotor No. 93 from Didcot made for an interesting addition to the gala with Industrial saddle tank - Beyer Peacock No. 1827 running around Cheddleton station giving £5-00 a drive lessons on a siding. 34007 "Wadebridge" was repaired and was back in service mid afternoon taking over from a replacement diesel.
All in all, a very enjoyable gala in you were not stuck on a train. Well done CVR for keeping it going !

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Ribble Steam Railway - Winter Steam Gala 2014


15/02/2014 - I arrived at lunchtime after a trip up the WCML to see 46115 on the CME, just in time to get a Ribble steam breakfast in the canteen - excellent value !
4 engines in steam - Bagnall 2680/1942 in the guise of Preston Dock loco 'Courageous'
Andrew Barclay 2261/1949 'No. 6' - which returned to steam in 2013,
Hunslet 3155/1944 'Walkden' and 0-4-0 Barclay 'John Howe'
John Howe had already done in shifts and was idling in front of the sheds leaving the other 3 engines running in various forms during the afternoon.
The final run was a demonstration goods in the last of the daylight pulled by "Courageous" before an evening photo shed shoot which I was unable to attend.
All services ran exactly to time and an excellent visit plus also a chance to see some new exhibits in the museum including the Deltic prototype from the NRM.

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ELR Winter Steam Gala - 2014


17/01/2014 - Starting Friday night at Buckley Wells with a Photo shoot featuring two of the guest engines - Thomson B1 - 61264 & Br Standard Class 4 - 76084 + Super D 49395.
18/01/2014 - Saturday - I decided to miss the early morning photocharter at Burrs due to bad weather but arrived later to catch the action once the rain had stopped with the above 3 locos running plus BR Std tank 80080 and LMS Blackfive - 45407
19/01/2014 - Sunday - Overnight the Super D had been failed with leaking small tubes and would probably not run again for a considerably long time. This meant a rewriting of the timetables and cancellations of the freight trains except the photo shoot at Burrs.
The conditions at Burrs for the photo shoot was very dull with drizzle with B1 61264 pulling the freight.
Following the fright shoot I made a trip to Irewell Vale for more pictures with a ramble towards Ramsbottom for more pictures before returning back and a return home for a late lunch.

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2013


First journey to the mainline this year for steam for me due to clashes with work / other galas / and bad train timings due to dark weather.
16/02/2013 - LMS Black 5 - 44932 on "The Lancastrian" running the Carnforth - Hellifield -Blackburn - Carnforth loop captured on time at Billington leaving Whalley Viaduct.
02/03/2013 - 70000 "Britannia" with "The Cumbrian Guardsman" at Selside
02/03/2013 - 60009 "Union of South Africa with a returning Winter CME in failing light crossing Whalley Viaduct.
09/03/2013 - Last of the Winter CME`s - 60009 "Union of South Africa" climbing Whalley Banks approaching Langho Station in dull, drizzley conditions.
17/03/2013 - LMS Black 5`s - 44871 leads 45407 at Copy Pit on a running of "The Tin Bath" from Manchester to Sheffield on a round route returning via Blackburn.
22/04/2013 - LMS Black 5`s - 44871 & 45407 on the "Great Britain VI" heading for Preston
02/05/2013 - LNER B1 -61306 "Mayflower" on a loaded test run around the Carnforth - Hellifield - Blackburn - Carnforth circuit captured between Clitheroe and Whalley at Barrow footcrossing
23/05/2013 - LMS Black 5 - 44932 on "The Flyde Coast Express" at Billington heading for Blackpool via S&C from Kilmarnock.
12/06/2013 - 61994 "The Great Marquess" on the first running of the summer season of "The Fellsman"
19/06/2013 - A late running Marquess stops & starts from a red signal at Barrow on the returning 2nd Fellsman
03/07/2013 - Black 5 - 45231 running "The Fellsman" in drizzly conditions at Langho
04/07/2013 - LMS 8F 48151 on a loaded test run around the Carnforth - Hellifield - Blackburn circuit.
10/07/2013 - LMS 8F 48151 takes a turn on this weeks Fellsman pictured approaching Langho station.
17/07/2013 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" takes a turn on the Fellsman captured at Barrow on the return.
24/07/2013 - 61994 "The Great Marquess" takes a turn again on "The Fellsman" at Whalley station and returning approaching Langho
27/07/2013 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" at Whalley on an outbound "CME" to Carlisle and returning on the WCML near Farington Junction.
31/07/2013 - Black 5 - 45321 "Sherwood Forester" on this weeks Fellsman at Wilphire and returning atWhalley
07/08/2013 - "The 15 Guineas Fellsman"- Double headed Black 5`s - 44932 piloting 45321" Sherwood Forester" at Barrow and returning at Langho and Bilsborrow.
11/08/2013 - IT57 returning over Whalley Viaduct with Black 5`s 45321 and 44932
14/08/2013 - 61994 "The Great Marquess" again on "The Fellsman" approaching Whalley on its return.
17/08/2013 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" - A series of pictures at Langho, Gisburn, Hellifield and Horton -in-Ribblesdale whilst running on a CME.
21/08/2013 - 45321 "Sherwood Forester" takes another turn on this weeks Fellsman caught at Little Harwood & Whalley Arches returning
28/08/2013 - 61994 "The Great Marquess" outward bound crossing Whalley Arches on "The Fellsman"
31/08/2013 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" on the "Cumbrian Mountain Express" at Newsholme and Selside
14/09/2013 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" races off Whalley Arches on a running of the C.M.E
28/09/2013 - 45699 "Galatea" on "The Lune Rivers Trust" annual special heading for Chester at Billington.
16/10/2013 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on a returning Midweek CME at Whalley station in heavy rain.
23/10/2013 - 45699 "Galatea" on a late running midweek CME on Whalley Arches in the evening gloom.

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The Great Gathering - York NRM 2013


3-17 July 2013 - "Mallard 75" at the National Railway Museum - On 3 July 1938, A4 class locomotive Mallard raced down Stoke Bank at 126mph to set a new steam locomotive world speed record
In 2013, mark the 75th anniversary of Mallard’s achievement with a gathering of all six surviving A4s at York.
4468 (60022) "Mallard"
4498 (60007) "Sir Nigel Gresley"
4488 (60009) "Union of South Africa"
4464 (60019) "Bittern"
4496 (60008) "Dwight D Eisenhower"
4489 (60010) "Dominion of Canada"
I went along mid week on Tuesday 9th July hoping it would be fairly quiet compared to the weekend. Alas, arriving around 11am to a 20 minute wait and thousands already inside the Great Hall.
The NRM did a fanastic job of getting these locomotives all together, but unfortunately nearly impossible to get great photographs of the line up due to the crowds of people attending
Well worth the visit to see this line up of locomotives even if my pictures fell short of their usual standards.

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Denmark - Graested to Gronnehave


Every Summer since 1968, Nordsjaellands Veterantog ( The North Zealand Heritage Railway) has on Sundays operated steam locomotives and original rolling stock from Graested to Gronnehave.
Sunday 30/06/2013 was the first service on the year running two trips each way.
Turning up 30 minutes early to pay on the train, the carriages where already nearly full with locals in period dress ready for the occasion. Myself and party finished up in an open carriage - better for photography but cold on this dull day when the engine was running at speed.
The engine on the front was DSB K 582 4-4-0 made by Ernesto Breda in 1900 which gave a spirited run through the Danish countryside giving over an hour long run in each direction, stopping at stations in between on the single track to let service trains pass from the other direction.
One of the best steam journeys I have been on !!

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Test run of LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea"


16/04/2013 - LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee 45699 "Galatea"on a test run from Carnforth around the loop to Blackburn, Preston and back to Carnforth.
Pictures at Hellifield Station, Hellifield Green and climbing Whalley Banks at Langho station.

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K&WV Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2013


Starting on Friday 1st March until Sunday 3rd March, I managed to call in on Saturday whilst returning from the S & C watching "Britannia" for an hour or so at Keighley and Haworth before heading for home. I returned on Sunday for a return trip along the line from Oxenhope to Keighley visiting the Museum at Oxenhope on my return.
Guest engines running - BR Std class 2 - 78019 from the GCR and L&Y 0-6-0 No.1300 plus engines from the home fleet - BR Std Tank 80080. 4F 0-6-0 43924, 0-6-0 Side tank "Nunlow" and WD Austerity 90733
Slightly different visit for me this time, having to fit my visits around work and would have liked to stop alot longer. Very enjoyable days out with everything running to timetable.

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ELR February Steam fest - Saturday Freight Runpast


Saturday February 24/02/2013 - The only time available all weekend due to work and only time to fit in the Photographers run past at Burrs Country Park at 7.45am until 9-00am
The engine chosen for this runpast was the LNWR 0-8-0 Super D 49395 with a LMS Jinty attached at the rear acting as a banking engine.

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