Class 70 locomotives
- 70002 rounds the curve at Walcot between Shrewsbury and Wellington. This shot was taken at 12:08 on Thursday 10th December 2009, and the train is 6M55 Portbury - Rugeley. Class 70s had only started to enter traffic earlier that same month, hence the still pristine loco.
- 70003 passes the disused Washwood Heath yard at 11:10 on Monday 15th March 2010. This diagram originated at Portbury or Avonmouth, and the loaded 6Z70 working reached Rugeley via Worcester, Stourbridge and Bescot. This is the 4Z70 Rugeley - Stoke Gifford return empties, which ran-round at Bescot before proceeding via Sutton Park and Birmingham. Running loaded trains via Stourbridge, even with Class 70s at the helm, was evidently deemed unsuccessful after a couple of incidents with Class 70s getting into trouble on 6Z70 in the Stourbridge area. FLHH trains from the Bristol area to Rugeley soon reverted to the established route via Hereford and Shrewsbury, irrespective of what was hauling them.
- 70003 again, this time heading 6M55 Portbury - Rugeley through Walsall station at 13:06 on Friday 26th March 2010. 6M55 is routed via Newport, Hereford and Shrewsbury, and when running normally follows the 12:39 New St - Rugeley TV which departs from Walsall at 13:00.
- 70004 worked 6Z96 Crewe - Toton on Tuesday 15th January 2013, and is seen on the approach to Bescot at 13:38. It had been waiting at the signal for over 30 minutes, and eventually went into the downside. It subsequently left for Toton at 15:15, with the same train consisting of JZA rail carrying wagons. This train calls at Bescot for traffic reasons, and normally the wagons brought from Crewe and those taken forward to Toton are at least partly different, so this was unusual. This remained a fairly reliable Class 70 job, despite the loads being typically moderate in weight, until DRS took over the working on Monday 20th January 2014.
- 70006 passes Bloxwich at the head of 4V61, the 16:55 Rugeley - Stoke Gifford coal empties. This shot was taken at 17:20 on Friday 11th June 2010. Like most empty trains on this route this train runs to Bescot, where the loco runs-round before the train proceeds via Sutton Park, Camp Hill and Bromsgrove. From August 2013 such trains should have been able to reverse in a specially provided run-round facility just south of Pleck Jct, rather than go into Bescot. In practise trains didn't start using that facility until autumn 2014, and even then only sporadically.
- The sky was clear early on Saturday 14th May 2011. So against my better judgement I got up hoping to photograph two specials due within a few minutes of each other at Dunston, north of Penkridge. I hoped the weather forecast was going to be wrong, but sadly not and the cloud was tumbling in before I'd even left the house. Arriving early to cover 70006 on 6U76 Crewe - Mountsorrel I got lucky when this train passed by at 08:33 under a big hole in the cloud. No such luck with the specials though.
- 70009 trundles through a dark and damp Walsall at 07:53 on Saturday 13th June 2015. The train is 4O27, a Garston - Southampton liner. I'd gone out for 60047 on 7D99 Bescot - Toton, the station offering a photo opportunity while sheltering from the rain. But my conventional shot of the 60 from the platform didn't really work in the awful light. This opportunistic effort taken while I was waiting for 7D99 is better. It's darker than it might look, ISO1000 was required with the lens wide open.
- 70805 crawls into Bescot Down Reception sidings at 16:15 on Thursday 12th June 2014. The train is 6M50 from Westbury, which on this day ran via Coventry, Birmingham International and Aston rather than the booked route via Coventry, Nuneaton and Water Orton. Two items of interest in this shot apart from the train: the unusual OLE wiring in the foreground; and the yellow "Molex" Drain Train, stored in the Local Sidings. The Drain Train was formed of three wagons, two four-wheel tanks and a converted bogie flat carrying the mechanical equipment. It had been in store at Bescot for a very long time, over 20 years I think, until it was disposed of in late October/early November 2016.