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New photo added on Wednesday 15th September 2021...

37424 at Bescot 37424 trundles into Bescot at 15:12 on Wednesday 15th September 2021. 6G94 had shown no sign of leaving Basford Hall around its booked time, even though the light engine from Gresty Bridge had run. When I checked again around 13:20 it was showing as cancelled ("by the train operator") on RTT. It looked like game over, which was annoying because the weather was brightening up very nicely, and the occasional recent appearances of 37s on this train had all been under grim skies. I'm not sure why I looked again, but at 13:50 the cancellation had disappeared and the train was showing on maps waiting to leave Basford Hall. It eventually reached Bescot 96 late, with the ever improving weather making a sunlit shot more likely than it would have been had the train run to time. Slightly backlit, but a nice result in the end. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photo added on Wednesday 8th September 2021...

66747 near Tame Bridge Carrying its unique "Newell & Wright" livery 66747 takes 4L68 Birch Coppice - London Gateway over the River Tame, just south of Bescot. This shot was taken at 15:10 on Wednesday 8th September 2021. The loco on this diagram tends to stick for the whole week, the return being 01:47 from the London end. 747 had done it only a couple of weeks earlier when the weather was crap, but the week starting Monday 6th was much better. I'd had a go on the Monday but it ran 30 mins late so the sun had gone off the nose a bit, and I fired a bit late as well. Not an unusable shot by any means, but I knew I'd have a second chance if I wanted it. On Tuesday it was 36 mins late, so I didn't bother. But on the 8th it ran to time and all was well. The joys of the same loco and same weather persisting over multiple days, not a combination that occurs often. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photo added on Monday 6th September 2021...

08649 at Dudley The shell of 08649 stands on what was once the connection into Dudley Freightliner Depot on the morning of Sunday 5th September 2021. This is now part of the VLR test track. The building in the top left corner, partially obscured by trees, is the Hippodrome theatre, under threat of imminent demolition at this time. An art deco building dating from 1938 it hosted all the big names of the post-war era. Reportedly the last star to perform there was, of all people, Roy Orbison in August 1974. It had a number of uses thereafter, and was latterly a bingo hall until closure in 2009. Beyond the building is the hill on which the castle and zoo stand. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photo added on Sunday 18th July 2021...

37425 at Bescot 37425 had just four MXAs in tow when arriving at Bescot with 6G94 from Crewe, although the following 6D95 to Toton had a bit more weight to it. Class 37s have always been uncommon on this diagram, but when they do appear it's most often a pair. Single 37s are pretty rare. This shot was taken at 13:30 on Wednesday 25th August 2021, another summer's day with zero prospect of decent light. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photo added on Sunday 18th July 2021...

66716 and 69002 at Walsall 66716 and 69002 take the up fast through Walsall, running as 0M69 Tonbridge - Bescot. 66780 was also part of the consist, but was detached at Wembley. This shot was taken at 19:54 on Sunday 18th July 2021. The 69 had been named at Waterloo on Sat 10th, but the plate on the nearside was still under cover here. It was due to go forward at 07:25 the next day as 0G69 Bescot - Longport. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photo added on Thursday 1st July 2021...

40013 at Walsall D213 worked a Bangor - Bristol charter on Thursday 1st July 2021. The return train was hauled by steam locos 46100 and 45231, with D213 returning light engine and shadowing the charter. It preceded the charter into Bromsgrove, pausing there in case it was needed as a bank engine (it wasn't), It then followed the charter to Castle Bromwich, overtaking it there and preceding it to Crewe, where it was due to relieve the steam locos and work the charter forward to Bangor. The afternoon sunshine disappeared about 30 minutes before the 40 passed Walsall at 19:28. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photos added on Thursday 24th June 2021...

New photo added on Wednesday 23rd June 2021...

37884 at Tame Bridge 37884 hauls 323221 through Tame Bridge at 14:48 on Wednesday 23rd June 2021. It was running as 5Q65 Doncaster - Soho, and thrashing sufficiently that it could be heard passing Bescot station, well before it came into view. Note the dropped down coupler on the loco, eliminating the need for translator vehicles. Helpfully for me 2A31 New St - Walsall (due here 14:47) was cancelled, so had no chance to get in the way. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photos added on Wednesday 9th June 2021. Back in the 90s...

New photos added on Monday 24th May 2021. Under dark skies...

New photos added on Friday 5th February 2021. More oldies...

New photo added on Saturday 23rd January 2021...

47813 at Bescot 47813 passes Bescot at 13:51 on Friday 22nd January 2021. It was running light engine from Worcester to Derby. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photos added on Tuesday 19th January 2021. Oldies...

New photo added on Saturday 31st October 2020. The Badger in Brum...

89001 at Soho EMU Depot 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. Original image taken on Panasonic G80

New photos added on Sunday 25th October 2020. 6G16 again, and an oldie...

New photos added on Wednesday 30th September 2020...

New photos added on Sunday 27th September 2020. Chasewater gronks...

New photos added on Tuesday 15th September 2020. Tram livery variations...

New photos added on Thursday 10th September 2020...

New photos added on Tuesday 11th August 2020. More G80 test shots...