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New photos added on Friday 5th February 2021. More oldies...
33007 stands in platform 8 at a damp Birmingham New St. This shot was taken in early 1983, but I don't have further details
(possibly 1E22 Portsmouth - Leeds on Friday 25th February?). The Crompton hasn't long arrived from the south, and the driver
is winding the blinds to red before I've managed to grab the phot.
08147 and 08170 are stabled at Sunderland South Dock in this photo from early 1982. Three vacuum-only Gateshead shunters stabled
here over the weekend, along with a half-a-dozen Class 37s. The short trip out from Newcastle, and subsequent walk from the station
down to South Dock, was a good value excursion. En-route you'd normally see a Class 03 at Tyneside CFT and another at Sunderland station,
plus a further Class 08 at Monkwearmouth.
New photo added on Saturday 23rd January 2021...
47813 passes Bescot at 13:51 on Friday 22nd January 2021. It was running light engine from Worcester to Derby.
New photos added on Tuesday 19th January 2021. Oldies...
31178 waits for the road in the down platform at Bescot. A shot from the mid 1980s I believe, when the booking office was open
and the waste bins were solid and hid the rubbish.
It's hard to read the on the grimy bodyside, but I'm fairly sure the loco here is 25235, arriving at Elgin with grain hoppers from the
east. There was another Class 25 on the end of the oil tanks in the yard, although it's been cropped out as it misbalanced the image.
This shot was taken in the early summer of 1979.
New photo added on Saturday 31st October 2020. The Badger in Brum...
89001 stands outside Soho depot on the afternoon of Saturday 31st October 2020. It had arrived from Barrow Hill on
Tuesday 27th October to facilitate various electrical tests. This shot was taken through the depot perimeter fence, which currently
requires a bunfight with the vegetation to reach from the canal towpath.
New photos added on Sunday 25th October 2020. 6G16 again, and an oldie...
66789 leads 6G16 from Stud Farm into Bescot. 66705 was trailing on the rear of this train, and the same pair had worked the
outbound 6F16 earlier in the day, namely Thursday 22nd October 2020. Top-and-tailing of this train is very unusual, but it must
have been intentional as the same pair had evidently worked the train on Wednesday 21st. It didn't run on the other three days
of that week.
The nameplate of 66705, on the rear of 6G16. An interesting exercise in weathering for anyone with a model of a 66. The streaking
is presumably from a trip under the loader.
An impressively clean 84002 was stabled in Bescot Down Storage Sidings when this pic was taken, sometime in the late 1970s I think.
It's been many years since electric locos stabled in the yards at Bescot, and they no longer can as the downside yards were dewired
around the turn of the 2019/2020 calendar year. Only the masts and gantries remain, all the wiring and arms have been removed.
New photos added on Wednesday 30th September 2020...
66755 trundles into Bescot with 6G16 from Stud Farm. MRAs with disabled generators are the regular wagons used on this flow, although
this train also had some JNAs on the rear. These MRAs can no longer tip their contents, which is unloaded by a grab like any other box
wagons. This shot was taken at 13:59 on Tuesday 29th September 2020.
The nameplate of 66755. RFG is the Rail Freight Group, a lobbying organisation for the railfreight industry.
New photos added on Sunday 27th September 2020. Chasewater gronks...
08939 approaches Norton Lakeside at 11:23 on Saturday 26th September 2020. 08359 is trailing on the rear of this BLS charter. This was
the first of six return trips, due off Brownhills at 10:30, so running very late here. I'd been waiting near Chasewater Heaths, but had
given up due to the late running, and the fact that the security gates were still closed. Fortunately on my walk back to Brownhills to
see what was going on I'd just reached Norton Lakeside halt when the train finally appeared, although this ended up being a grab shot as
The return run was photographed passing Norton Lakeside at 11:43. 08359 leading and 08939 now on the rear.
It was originally intended to use RSS-owned 08730, which had been at Chasewater for several weeks. However 730 left Chasewater for Wolverton
on Thursday 24th, to replace an ailing 08752. Fortunately RSS-owned 08939 was also at Brownhills, so this was co-opted to work the BLS trains
instead. A cloudless morning had evaporated very quickly just after noon, and I only paused to see this departure as it was due away 15 minutes
after I'd walked back to Brownhills station. As the sky suggests I was lucky to catch the 13:30 service departing in a very brief burst of sun.
New photos added on Tuesday 15th September 2020. Tram livery variations...
Tram 19 runs down the Bilston Road at 13:54 on Monday 14th September 2020. It's heading south, and about to pass under the Stour
Valley railway line. Number 19 lost its "20 years of the Metro" advert in August, when it was replaced by an ad for Marks Electrical,
a white goods firm based in Leicester. However it retained its hybrid white and blue livery, so remains the only one that isn't in
the standard blue.
Tram 25 comes off the Bilston Road and onto the dedicated railway line at Priestfield. This shot was taken at 14:13 on Monday 14th
September 2020, and 25 was the second blue tram I'd seen with white battery boxes on the roof. 32 was the other one.
New photos added on Thursday 10th September 2020...
Two very different types of shunting loco in this shot, taken at Brownhills on the afternoon of Wednesday 9th September
2020. My aim was to get a photo of 08730, an RSS loco recently painted into ABP (Associated British Ports) livery, evidently
destined for use at ABP's Hams Hall container terminal. 08730 was at Brownhills earlier in 2020, but returned to Wishaw where
it was re-painted before returning to Brownhills in August. Obstructing the view are Chasewater's two Simplex locos, built by
Motor Rail at Bedford. These were used in industry and carry BR black livery and running numbers to mimic similar LNER/BR
Class Y11 locos. There were three Y11s (15097-15099), although none survive. The loco blocking the view of 08730 was built in
1919; it carries the number 15097 and is named "Ubique". The one to the left is numbered 15099; it dates from 1920 and is
Tram 27 was heading south from Wednesbury, and about to cross the Tame Valley canal, when photographed at 15:51 on Wednesday
9th September 2020.
New photos added on Tuesday 11th August 2020. More G80 test shots...
Tram 27 was heading south between Soho and the Jewellery Quarter when photographed at 14:53 on Tuesday 11th August 2020. The trams are
considerably less interesting now than they were last year. Apart from 19 it's only those carrying adverts that provide any variety.
I didn't see all those in traffic on this afternoon, but of the nine or ten I did see only 18 and 27 weren't all blue.
This is a spot I've not used before. It's All Saints St, situated half-way between Soho Benson Road and the Jewellery Quarter. A nice
sweeping curve, with the bridge parapet being high enough to need the milk crate, although I might have just managed on tip-toes. The
north-facing shot (above) is do-able, but rather spoilt by the adjacent Lodge Road bridge. The better shot is this south-facing view,
with the BT Tower visible to the right (0.93 miles away as the crow flies). Unfortunately trees on the right mean that it's only useful
for trams, and not main-line trains. Tram 18 heads north at 15:23 on Tuesday 11th August 2020.