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Personal blog of Steam Galas & Mainline Steam running from around the North of England. Pictures copyright of Author!!

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2017


02/01/2017 - Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" on the 09.30 steam service from Bury to Rawtenstall at Ewood Bridge on the East Lancashire Railway

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2016


03/01/2016 - East Lancshire Railway. In lousy rainy weather, LMS Hughes Fowler 2-6-0 Crab - 13065 on the 11.50 from Bury heading towards Summerseat.
23/01/2016 - LMS Black 5`s 44871 piloting 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" on the Winter CME at the Spread Eagle at Barrow and also Selside heading for Carlisle.
27/01/2016 - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" on its way to Carnforth on 5Z72 at Flag Lane, Farington Curve Junction
04/02/2016 - 60103 "Flying Scotsman" light test run 5Z50 caught at Giggleswick station and Hellifield plus loaded test run 5M50 at Hellifield and Hellifield Green
06/02/2016 - 60163 "Flying Scotsman" working the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express to Carlisle in dreadful conditions at Scout Green and returning at Whalley station.
13/02/2016 - 45699 "Galatea " and 44871 working 5Z43 & 5Z44 to Blackburn for the following days "Tin Bath" excursion pictured at Houghton, Pleasington and Blackburn station.
14/02/2016 - 45699 "Galatea " and 44871 on "The Tin Bath" south of Farington curve junction and Copy pit on the return.
From 18/02/2016 to 22/03/2016 - NO mainline steam in this area due to operational restrictions placed by O.R.R. on W.C.R.C.
02/04/2016 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" heading back to Crewe in full flight with a late running Cumbrian Mountain Express" at Bilsborrow north of Preston.
09/04/2016 - 46100 "Royal Scot" on the Cumbrian Coast Express northbound on the WCML at Docker
14/04/2016 - 45690 "Leander" & 8f 48151 at Hellifield on 5M51 - Carnforth - Hellifield - Carnforth test run
17/04/2016 - Ribble Steam Railway - Spring Steam Gala - last hour of the Gala with 0-4-0 "Teddy" & No.6
22/04/2016 - 45690 "Leander" on "The Salopian Express" from Dumfries - Shrewsbury, south of Farington curve junction passing Flag lane.
14/06/2016 - 46100 "Royal Scot" on a private charter 1Z46 from Crewe to York crossing Huncoat Level Crossing.
23/07/2016 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" returning south of Preston near Farington Curve Junction with a Cumbrian Mountain Express
26/07/2016 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" returning with the Welsh Mountaineer from Blaenau Ffestiniog to Preston at Balshaw Lane in the late evening light
30/07/2016 - LMS Jubilee - 45690 "Leander" rushing home through Huncoat station on 5Z74 after coming off the returning Coast to Coast Express at Milford.
06/08/2016 - Jubilee - 45690 "Leander" heads north from Preston at Bilsborrow with the "Cumbrian Mountain Express" to Carlisle and return.
20/08/2016 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" heading northbound at Brock with the Cumbrian Mountain Express
03/09/2016 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" heading north on the Cumbrian Mountain Express at Bilsborrow in heavy rain
20/09/2016 - 76084 - 5M50 - Loaded test run of BR Std 4 - around the Carnforth - Hellifield - Blackburn - Carnforth circuit captured at Long Preston, Hellifield & Billington.
01/10/2016 - LMS Jubilee - 45690 "Leander" on "The Lune Rivers Trust" excursion from Carnforth to Chester via Hellifield approaching Wilpshire Tunnel and returning at Whalley
05/11/2016 - Black 5`s 44871 piloting 45407 on 5Z43, a position move from Carnforth to Blackburn in preparation for Sunday`s "Tin Bath" rail tour from Preston pictured approaching Houghton Bottoms.
15/11/2015 - LMS Jubilee Class 4-6-0 45699 "Galatea" running on 5M50 around the Carnforth - Hellifield - Blackburn - Carnforth loop on driver training approaching Wilpshire tunnel.
16/11/2016 - LMS Jubilee 4-6-0 45699 "Galatea" on 5M50 Driver training approaching Barrow foot crossing heading towards Blackburn
18/11/2016 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" on 5M50 driver training storming up Whalley Banks at Langho station.
24/12/2016 - LMS Black 5 - 45305 approaching Woodthorpe Bridge at the Great Central Railway on a Santa Special running to Leicester from Loughborough.
31/12/2016 - LMS Black 5`s - 44871 piloting 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" on 5Z38 from Carnforth to the East Lancahire Railway via Copy Pit crossing Accrington Viaduct.

The closure of the S & C north of Appleby due to an embankment slip and the consequent cancellations of the "Fellsman","Dalesman" and the "CME" via the S & C means a lack of mainline steam specials.

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ELR - 60103 "Flying Scotman" Autumn Steam Gala - 2016


13/10/2016 -Thursday - First of four running days of 60103 "Flying Scotsman" on the East Lancashire Railway. The first service started at 8:40 with Flying Scotsman and stopping at the newly built Burrs Country Park Halt being the first locomotive to stop here and also for the Mayor to unveil a plaque and officially open the Halt although not being used until the 2017 timetable starts . A two hourly service was then run by Flying Scotsman with 34093 "City of Wells" and L & Y 0-6-0 12322 running in between plus a DMU service from Ramsbottom to Heywood.
The first service had a few empty seats but the rest of 60103`s 8 coaches were packed for the run down the line.
Pleasant day out... and took my two little dogs with me who seemed to enjoy the day in the country also.
14/10/2016 - Friday - Had to pick family up from Manchester so I timed it so to catch 60103 at Ewood Bridge again and at Ramsbottom 2 hours later when returning home with 34093 "City of Wells" and 12322 running.
15/10/2016 - Saturday - A late afternoon visit to catch the last two runs of 60103 "Flying Scotsman" at Summerseat and Burrs Country Park and 34093 being replaced by the BR Std Tank - 80080.

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GCR Autumn Steam Gala - 2016


09/10/2016 - Sunday - Arriving at Woodthorpe quite late for me after sleeping in and over a two hour drive.
The Gala was in full swing with sunny weather and plenty of action along the double tracks.
Locomotives running - Guest Engine - GWR Pairie Tank - 2-6-2T - 4566
Newly restored - BR Class 2 2-6-0 - 78018
BR Pacific - 70013 "Oliver Cromwell" (facing north)
BR 9F 2-10- 0 92214
GWR 4-6-0 - 6990 - Witherslack Hall
SR 4-6-0 No. 777 "Sir Lamiel"
LMS Black 5 - 4-6-0 - 45305
LMS 8F - 2-8-0 - 48624
LMS Ivatt Class 2 - 46521
LMS 0-6-0 Jinty - 47406
The weather went slowly cloudy during the course of the day and eventually started raining around 16:30 when I decide to head for home - Up to its usual high standard and an enjoyable day out.

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2016


K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2016 - A three day event starting on Friday 7th October.
A drive past on the Thursday afternoon before the event shows the Steam locomotives in light steam getting prepared for the start the next day.
I came back for a few hours on Saturday morning until mid afternoon catching alot of the action along the line.
Guest engines for the gala include SR Battle of Britain class 4-6-2 - 34053 "Sir Keith Park" and GWR 2-6-0 7822 "Foxcote Manor" plus newly restored LMS Black 5 - 45212
Other engines running included BR STD 4MT - 75078,
USA US ATC S160 "Big Jim"- 5828
LNWR Webb Coal Tank 0-6-2 -1054
Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T No. 85
"Sir Keith Park" misbehaved on Friday struggling on slippy wet rails and was double headed today up the line, altering the planned timetable and consequently WD 90733 &"Nunlow" plus 43924 where not used as planned.
Although the time table slipped by about 30 minutes by the time I left, it was a great afternoon out and they still had half a fleet of engines in reserve that wasnt used. Excellent!

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Middleton Railway - Victorian Gala - 2016


Friday 15th July and a prequel to the Victorian Gala on Saturday and Sunday which I was unable to attend for work reasons.
"Bellerophon" operated mixed trains at 2pm, 2.45pm, & 3.30pm After the last train there was an opportunity to photograph all three VCT locos 'on shed' at Moor Road - these being
Haydock Foundry 6 "Bellerophon"
HC 402 "Lord Mayor", a static exhibit.
Manning Waring 1210 "Sir Berkeley"
Engines in steam for the gala -
NER Class H 1310;
MW 1601 "Matthew Murray"
MW 1210 "Sir Berkeley" (which belongs to the Vintage Carriages Trust but is based here).
Haydock Foundry 6 "Bellerophon"
A guards van ride up the line to Park Halt on the first service and a walk back to Moor Lane talking photographs followed and a look around the museum took up most of the afternoon. A quick photoshoot around the museum entrance with the guest engines and It was time to go home for tea.
A nice afternoon out - pity about the weather.

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ELR Summer Diesel Gala - 2016


A 3 day event from Friday 8th July to Sunday 10th July.
I managed to make it Friday afternoon for an afternoon at Burrs country park in breezy cloudy conditions. Saturday had other plans for me but the weather was horrible anyway with lots of rain.
Sundays forecast was not much better so a trip along the line from Rawtenstall to Bury and return, stopping off at Ramsbottom returning followed. Then a little more linesiding at Rawtenstall, Ewood Bridge and Irewell Vale in between the rain showers.
A large collection of vintage diesels had been assembled for the event which included the following guest engines and home fleet.
2 x class 56 Diesels - 56098 & 56006
2 x Peak Class - D182 & 45108
3 x Class 40`s - D345, 40135 & 40106
Class 37109 - (not seen)
2 x Class 14 D9531 "Eric" & D9537 "Ernest" (not seen)
2 x Class 31 - 5580 & 31466
Class 42 - Warship Class D832 "Onslaught"
Class 35 - Hymec D7076
Class 28 Metrovick Co-Bo - D5705
Dare I say that I enjoyed my trip to the dark side. Well I must have to have gone back and a ride along the line.

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GCR - "Railways at Work Gala" - 2016


21/05/2016 - Just a Saturday morning at Woodthorpe in the dull and light drizzle to catch the action on the double tracks. Building work at this location is now starting to encrouch on the side of the shots and these views wont be available for long now.
Guest engine - S & D 7F 2-8-0 - 53808 with GCR Home fleet - Ivatt 2 - 46521 in new Brunswick Green, Green 9F 92214, LMS Black 5 - 45305 & LMS 8F - 48624, LMS Jinty 47324, 6990 "Witherslack Hall" plus a DMU.
GWR 42xx Class 2-8-0t No. 4247 did not feature at the Gala after arriving at GCR and being certified as unfit to run but on show at Loughborough sheds.
The intention was to return in the afternoon but the family dragged me away for a long pub lunch.

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ELR - Small Engine Weekend - 2016


16/04/2016 - Small Engines Weekend on the East Lancashire Railway and always a variety of traction employed on this Gala.
Steam included 0-6-0 "Beatrice" from the Embsay and Bolton Abbey Railway.
L & Y 0-6-0 12322
MSC No32 Gothenberg
Diesels / Electrics - Class 73 -73001
Clayton Class 17`s - D9531 "Ernest" & D9537 "Eric" failed on saturday
MSC Shunter - 4002 * failed on saturday
03 Shunters D2084 & D2062
08 Shunter 08721
09 Shunter 09024
A very interesting event and something different to photograph. Just two gripps - cancellation of the 11.45 shuttle with MSC 4002 which failed and the Clayton double header didnt happen with a failure of D9537. Other than that, I had a lovely day out and went home just before the heavy hail showers mid afternoon cold but happy.
17/04/2016 - Returned to Burrs country park for an hour hoping to see the Clayton double header and MSC4002 but found out about the failures then left for the Ribble Steam Railway Gala for their final runnings (- see notable workings)

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NYMR - Flying Scotsman Runnings


15/03/2016 - Tuesday, cold, dull, misty and light drizzle were the order of the day and a week after trying to see 60103 "Flying Scotsman" at the National Railway Museum . I arrived at Moorgates with minutes to spare after traffic hold ups on my 3 hour journey. A move onto Darnhome to catch the steam / diesel - top and tail service and the first returning Scotsman service. A walk round to Water Ark to catch the 2nd Scotsman service and returning light engined banker - BR Std 4 - 76079. A drive then to Levisham Station to catch the 3rd running, but stopped off just in time to catch the returning steam / diesel service at Moorgates again. LMS Black 5 - 45428 "Eric Treacy" and Diesel type 37 - 37264 pulling this top and tail service. Late runnings started to occur with the last service 30 minutes late and a cancellation of the last DMU running. Enjoyable day out but tired with the journey

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ELR Spring Steam Gala - 2016


11/03/2016 (Friday) and first day of a 3 day event on the East Lancashire Railway. An early start at Burrs Country Park to photograph the first service to Rawtenstall stopping on the railway till the end of services and then onto the evening photo shoot at Buckley Well engine shed.
Engines running included - SR Bullied pacific - 4-6-2 - 34092 "City of Wells"
LMS Crab - 2-6-0 - 13065
LMS Black 5 - 4-6-0 - 44871
BR Std tank - 80080
MSC 0-6-0 Tank - N0.32 "Gottenburg"
The weather started off fairly misty in the morning and by lunch, the sun had broke through and turned into a nice sunnny day and staying fine for the evening photo shoot.
Its a pity that 46229 "Duchess of Sutherland" couldn`t get there due to movement problems - but still a great gala and very enjoyable day out.
Big thank you to Jonathan Valentine for organising an excellent evening photo shoot at Buckley Wells.

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Trip to the National Railway Musuem


08/03/2016 - Tuesday - A day out for me to the NRM to see 60103 "Flying Scotsman" before it moved to the NYMR for their Gala. What a disappointment to find that it had been moved outside and mostly hidden away, being prepared for its journey in two days time.
If fact, the whole experience was a bit of a let down compared with visits in the past with alot of the exhibits having been moved out to Shildon or in other places or Heritage lines. and parts of the Great Hall looking like a large Cafe.
Probably the last visit for a while until things improve ... or when Scotsman returns and its easy to see it. Looks like a visit to the NYMR next week.

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K&WV Railway - Winter Steam Gala - 2016


Saturday - 27/02/2016 - Only a couple of hours free for me to visit in the afternoon due to other commitments.
Only 5 engines in steam for this Gala due to failures, let downs and generally bad luck! It was worth going just to see the coal tanks 1054 and No.85 double heading up the line.
Engines running - USA US ATC S160 "Big Jim"- 5828
LNWR Webb Coal Tank 0-6-2 -1054
Fowler goods 0-6-0 - 43924
Newly restored and painted Taff Vale Railway Class O2 0-6-2T No. 85
plus "Nunlow"
The lack of engines didnt mean a lack of action as there was plenty going on with nearly full trains. Pity I could only attend for a couple of hours

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GCR - Winter Steam Gala - 2016


Friday 29/01/2016 - 1st day of a 3 day event and 5 engines in steam running regular passenger services and a mineral train.
Both guest engines in steam today - SR 4-6-2 Pacific - 34053 "Sir Keith Park" from the SVR and SR 2-6-0 "U" class - 31806 from the Bluebell Railway with 3 of the GCR home fleet - LMS 8F - 48624, LMS Ivatt class 2 45621 and GWR - 6990 "Witherslack Hall"
A little windy. mild for the time of the year and everything running to the timetable with well loaded trains
Saturday 30/1/2016 - The Gala really swung into action with more of the GCR fleet taking part - SR 4-6-0 -King Arthur class No.777 - "Sir Lamiel". LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 - 45305, BR 2-10-0 - 9F - 92214 in 92220 Evening Star guise and LMS 0-6-0 Jinty - 47406 plus all yesterdays engines plus the addition of a freight train and the Royal Mail postal set. Colder than Friday but not as windy and yet again, everything running to timetable
Sunday - 31/01/2016 - After the wind, then the cold, it was now time for the rain - a heavy drizzle which it did until lunch so it was a trip along the line and a visit to the sheds was called for.
Parking and starting from Quorn, a trip behind "Sir Lamiel" to Leicester North and then back to Loughborough seemed the best course of action. A few snaps at Loughborough station and around the sheds followed and then talking with friends on the station stalls past the time till after dinner when I headed back to Quorn behind a packed local service pulled by the Ivatt 2. My Intention then was to go line side again but the action was busy and I spent the rest of the afternoon photographing from the parking field, station and around by the TPO catching equipment.
I had a fab weekend - only leaving when the light failed - Well done for keeping to ( and in front slightly on the goods services) on the time tables. Fault less gala - weather excepting !!

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ELR "Flying Scotsman" Weekends January 2016


Saturday 9th January - A very wet start and over an hours delay before the first train of the day ran. Black 5 45407 failed and Class 31 Diesel 31466 was replaced behind 60103 "Flying Scotsman" for air braking assistance. A first stop off at Summerseat foot crossing started the day off to capture 60103 "Flying Scotsman" tender first and the next service featuring LMS Crab 10365 then travelling up to Spring Side farm crossing to catch 60103 returning and 34092 "City of Wells" on the third turn. A trip to Burrs then followed for 60103 on its 2nd run and the returning Crab before continuing onto Ramsbottom for 60103 southbound and the departing Crab again to Rawtenstall. By this time, I threw the timetable away as it was about 90 mins down by 14.30 and went home.By the end of the day,I believe services were down by over two hours and the last service cancelled.
Sunday 10/01/2016.- Another wet start at Rawtenstall after overnight sleet, hail and rain. This stopped as 60103 arrived with Black 5 - 45407 repaired and back in action for air brake support, 30 minutes late. A visit to Townsend Fold followed with plans to walk along the river bank for more photos, but the bank and footpath had been washed away with the recent floods and I returned and went to Ewood Bridge. A visit then to Irewell Vale was curtailed by LCC tarmacing the road and was impossible to park nearby. So I headed along the old railway track via Stubbins and Lumb for Viaduct shots and on towards Irewell Vale for 60103 before back tracking and returning home. Trains by this time were 45 minutes down and a pleasant day out.
Saturday 16/01/2016 - A total contrast in weather with a frosty start at Burrs Country park to capture the first few run pasts which were all running to timetable, before returning home for a shift at work in the afternoon.
This time 60103 was on its own on the outward journey with 31466 for carriage heating at the back. (pity it was inside on its return.) 34092 "City of Wells" was next down this side of the track and then 60103 returned boiler first with 31466 tucked inside. 13065 was on the next turn down the line and then time to leave before the snow started in the mid afternoon.
Sunday - 17/01/2016 - Snowing overnight and also working in the morning meant it was after lunch before I arrived at Roch Viaduct to catch 60103 crossing. Late running meant I caught 45407 on a service train returning from Heywood first before 60103 came along 20 minutes late. Onto Ramsbottom after to catch 13065 on a dining train and 34092 returning to Bury from Rawtenstall. Onward then to Irewell vale to catch 60103 both ways and by the end, an hour late and with fast fading light I then returned home.
Ive had a couple of great weeks - thanks Ian Riley & Co. NRM and the ELR.

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60103 "Flying Scotsman" Test run to Heywood from Bury


08/01/2016 -An excellent first display of 60103 "Flying Scotsman" on a testing run from Bury-Bolton Street to Heywood with LMS Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" tucked inside. Most pictures show the two engines turning around at Heywood station and setting off back to Bury.
A failure of a air pump on "Flying Scotsman" meant that Black 5 45407 was needed for brake support of the coaching stock. Hopefully this will be fixed very soon.

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