23/04/2009 - Phew !! What an event... and I went on one of the quieter days!!!
Thursday and I arrived early and had time for a walk around the sheds before the first train.
It was a 4-4-0 day, the engines running - Dukedog 9017, 3440 "City of Truro", and D49 - 246 Morayshire. After a journey up and down the line with breaks at various stations to view the exhibits, it was time to visit the beer festival before going line side followed by the evening photo shoot back at the sheds.
Could have spent a week here but work spoilt my plans to be back again
Excellent is an understatement - well done Betton Grange lads!!
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04/04/2009 - Another of the ELR novel ideas for a steam event which I didnt want to miss. All the engines running down the line in BR Black.
Turned out to be a cloudy day with sunny intervals and after visiting Burrs,I went to Ramsbottom and onto Townsend fold at the Rawtenstall end of the line.
Engines running were Black 5 45407 "Lancashire Fuselier", Std Class 4 76079, Std Tank 80098 as 80086 and Jinty 47324 plus the Peckett at Bury station. Black 5 - 45231 failed to appear, being stuck due to an holdup down south which spoiled the double heading of Black 5`s but all the rest where extremely well turned out
Another enjoyable day on the ELR !
A couple of pictures added taken at Irewell Vale on 12/04/09 - Easter Sunday, the last scheluled run day of Std 4 Tank 80098 on the ELR
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Sunday 8th march and the last of a three day festival of steam on the Severn Valley Railway. The weather was not as forcast a few days earlier and the sun on the way down quickly changed to cloudy with rain showers and rather cold.
Great idea with big guest engines of 71000 "Duke of Gloucster", 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" & 5029 "Nunney Castle" plus looking spendid from the home fleet - 7812 "Erlestoke Manor", Ivatt 46443 & GWR Tank 5164.
Good day out !!
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22/02/09 - A Friday night photo shoot at Buckley Wells Engine shed & Yard on the night before the Feburary steam Event at the ELR
Engines on display include 71000 "Duke of Gloucester," 2 x Black 5`s - 45231"Sherwood Forester" & 45407 "Lancashire Fuselier" plus BR STD 4 76079 and BR STD Tank 80098, 0-6-0 Jinty 47324 & L & Y "A" Class -1300 plus Pecket 0-4-0 2173 "May" at the shed entrance.
Very well attended by photographers and a good night out!!
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14/02/2009 - A cloudy Saturday and its day 2 of a 3 day at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway Winter gala and some patches of snow still remains in places from the week before.
The usual suspects make their usual appearance for the gala (90732, 80002, 41241, 47279 & Taff Valley No.85) with special guest engine for this gala - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell"
The trains ran to their full capacity and practically on time with the usual freight trains in between the passenger trains.
Up to its great standard !!
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12/01/2008 - Br Std 4 - 76079 crosses the viaduct at Accrington on a running of the Cotton Mills Express. Picture taken from the top level of the carpark at the Arndale center.
10/02/2008 - 4771 "Green Arrow" bows out at the East Lancashire Railway with its last service train along the line.
15/03/2008 - Br Std 4 76079 reaches the top of the climb out of Blackburn at Wilpshire with a re-routed Cotton Mills Express.
15/03/2008 - BR Std 4 76079 has picked up 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" at Preston and heads down the WCML at Flag lane, Lostock Hall with a re-routed "Cotton Mills Express"
10/05/2008 - 6233 "Duchess of Sutherland" heads south down the WCMl at Farington south junction with the returning Flyde Coast Express
18/05/2008 - LMS Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" leaving Darwen for Manchester on a Cotton Mills express
24/05/2008 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" heads south at Fowler lane, Leyland on "The Citadel"
31/05/2008 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" approaches Billington footcrossing with a returning Cumbria Mountain Express.
14/06/2008 - LMS Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" working the Cotton Mills Express at Turton Tower heading towards Manchester
21/07/2008 - Jubilee 5690 "Leander" stops off at Hellifield goods loop for a watering stop and leaving on the way to York with matching empty coaching stock for the Scarborough Spa Expresses
26/07/2008 - Black 5 - 45407 works its way from Todmorden towards Copy Pit - seen here at Lydgate viewed from the top of the surrounding hillside on a running of the Cotton mills express
02/08/2008 - 6201 "Princes Elizabeth" at the top of the climb out of Blackburn at Wilpshire on a running of the "Cumbria mountain Express"
05/08/2008 - 4-6-2 Britannia class 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" leaving Hellifield behind heading towards Blackburn
16/08/2008 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on the Settle Carlisle Venturer coming off Ribblehead Viaduct.
17/08/2008 - LMS Jubilee 45690 "Leander" on the Dalesman approaching Helwith Bridge
23/08/2008 - 46201 "Princess Elizabeth" on the "Cumbrian Mountain Express passing Selside on the S & C
27/08/2008 - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell in Profile at Selside on a midweek running of the Dalesman
20/09/2008 - 45690 Leander on "The Pennine Limited" leaving Hellifield for Carlisle
27/09/2008 - LMS Jubilee 45690 "Leander" on a running of the Cotton Mills Express crossing Robinwood Viaduct, Lydgate
09/10/2008 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" with a mid week running of "The Royal Scot" from Crewe to Carlisle and return
01/11/2008 - 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley" on Ribblehead Viaduct pulling the "Cumbrian Mountain Ltd"
29/11/2008 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" on an excursion from Carnforth to Scarborough at Long Preston station
13/12/2008 - BR Std 4 76079 as 76001 on the "Cotton Mills express" at Copy Pit
14/12/2008 - LMS Black 5 - 45407 on the York Yuletide express from Liverpool crossing Gauxholme viaduct approaching Todmorden.
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23-11-2008 - A Novel excuse for a event ! - and any excuse for me to go out with my camera was all that I needed .
2 steam engines running each with 3 cylinders.
The two engines in question -71000 "Duke of Gloucester" & K4 61994 "The Great Marquess"
I was hoping for a few line side pictures but the weather had other ideas and I decided a trip along the line in a warm carriage was the better option.
Still an enjoyable dayout despite the weather
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Saturday 25th of October 2008 and if you where a duck and liked steam trains - Burrs Country park was the place to be and get wet with the constant rain. Unfortunately I didnt arrive untill mid afternoon and this made the later trains impossible to photograph in the gloom & rain of the late afternoon
Guest Engines where 61994 "The Great Marquess"
71000 "Duck of Gloucester",
BR STD 4 2-6-0 76079
L & Y 1300
LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier"back from a Cotton Mills Express.
A Night photo shoot then followed at Buckley Wells Engine shed again in constant rain but this was still very enjoyable.
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11/10/2008 - Saturday, and the rain from early morning had gone when I arrived around lunchtime and it turned into a nice afternoon.
Guest engine from the Churnet Valley Railway was S160 class - 5197 and the usual suspects made up for the rest of the gala. L&Y 957, No85 Taff Valley Tank, 2MT Ivatt 41241, WD 90733, 0-6-0 tank - Nunlow & Std Tank 80002 (which unfortunatley eluded me today in my short visit)
Upto its usual high standard!
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10-10-2008 - Friday and the first day of a three day Autumn gala and with pleasent weather as well!
5 engines in steam today with more in steam over the weekend. Today saw 4f 44422 running the goods train all day whilst GWR tank 5643 & Great Eastern N7 tank took the sub sets. Metropolitan Railway Class E tank engine No1 ran a shuttle between Carrog / Glyndyfrdwy and Pannier tank 6430 ran a full line Autotrain.
Great day out including the usual guards van ride for me
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21/09/2008 - Sunday, and another glorious day following on from yesterdays visit to Embsay and this time at the Middleton Railway celebrating 250 years in opertion as a railway.
3 engines in steam (Sir Berkley, Brookes No.1, & Matthew Murray) and nearly every diesal engine in the museum that could run must have been used in todays event.
A frequent service upto Park Halt and guardsvan / train rides down the rarely used Balm Road section added to the interest.
Plus a great photoshoot with a steam roller, steam wagon & Sir Berkley. Great value too and a great day out !!!
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20/09/2008 - A glorious sunny saturday for this years Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Harvest of Steam Weekend 2008
Guest engine LNER D49 No246 "Morayshire" looked great running on the line and was accompanied by two 0-6-0 saddle tanks, Monckton No1 and Darfield No1 + Class 31 D5600 deputising for a failed NCB140 running both an extensive timetable and a freight train
Great improvment on last years event
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17/09/2008 - Heading south for a family wedding in "Rain Bashed" Worthing on the Friday, I managed to escape shopping in Brighton on Saturday and headed swiftly with my father to the Bluebell Railway for a first time visit.
In the short time allowed, we managed a full line trip and a look around the engine sheds at Sheffield Park plus a stopover at Horsted Keynes on the way back for a look around the station before getting the next train back to Sheffield Park.
Engines running - "U" Class 1638 & SECR "O" Class No.65
Highly recommended and hope to visit again in much better weather
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16/08/2008 - A cloudy Saturday and its the "Settle - Carlisle Venturer" from York to Carlisle and 46115 "Scots Guardsman" is in charge from Hellifield to Carlisle and back.
Arriving early at Hellifield, I took a few pictures of the engine and support coaches, leaving before the train arrived to travel up the line to Ribblehead for more photographs.
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10/08/08 - Family commitments meant a weekend in Leicester and spoiled my plans to chase IT57 around the northern rails.
Being let out to play for a Sunday morning I headed for the Great Central Railway to see what was happening. A run down the line and back from Rothley and a look at Kinchley lane was all I had time for before heading back to Leicester.
Engines in steam - 63601 & 850 "Lord Nelson" + DMU unit & Class 25 diesel D5185
Quiet day I thought but enjoyable day out - as per usual !
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27/07/2008 - Sunday and a visit to Carnforth to the West Coast Railway Centre openday.
I relished this visit to see the freshly painted and finished 46115 "Scots Guardsman" & 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" - and magnificent they were !! Plus other steam engines 30777 "Sir Lamiel", 5690 "Leander" & 5972 "Olton Hall" in "Hogwarts Castle" guise.
Diesels galour to been seen and "Barry" scrapyard sights of Class 37`s and class 47`s diesels waiting to be refubished or scraped for spares .
10/10 for the restoration of "Scots Guardsman" Interesting Visit !
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