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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2016


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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 Guardman" heading northbound at Brock with the Cumbrian Mountain Express
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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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Middleton Railway - Victorian Gala - 2016


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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


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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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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2015


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04/01/2015 - East Lancs Railway - LMS 2-6-0 Hughes Fowler "Crab" on the 14.30 from Bury to Rawtenstall at Burrs Country Park.
07/01/2015 - Gresley A4 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" on 5Z60 movement from York to Crewe via Hellifield and Carnforth
24/01/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Black 5 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" on the "Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express" pictured at Ais Gill and Hellifield Green
07/02/2015 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" on the "Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express" captured at Scout Green on the WCML and Ais Gill on the S & C.
14/02/2015 - Black 5`s 44871 & 45407 on 5Z53 - A move from Bury to Blackburn for the "Tin Bath" - caught at Fowler Lane, Leyland and Blackburn station.
15/02/2015 - Black 5`s 44871 & 45407 on "The Tin Bath" caught south of Farington curve junction passing Flag Lane and Robinwood Viaduct, Lydgate.
25/03/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" with a running of "The Pendle Dalesman." Steam from Preston to Carlisle and captured at Barrow and Helwith Bridge
28/03/2015 - 45690 "Leander" running south on the WCML at Leyland with "The Salopian"
28/03/2013 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge of the returning "Winter Cumbrian Mountain express" coming off Whalley Viaduct at the Billington foot crossing.
From 03/04/2015 to 08/05/2015 - NO mainline steam in this area due to operational restrictions by WCRC.
03/05/2015 - 2 hours on the GCR featuring Black 5 45305 & LMS 8F - 48624 plus BR Std 2 - 78019 at Woodthorpe
19/05/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45690 "Leander" in charge of the returning Dalesman at Helwith Bridge and Hellifield.
26/05/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" in charge of the Dalesman from York to Carlisle, captured on the outward journey crossing Ribblehead Viaduct.
27/05/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" at Langho station on the outward leg of the 1st "Fellsman" of the season
30/05/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" & BR Pacific 70000 "Britannia" in a procession over Shap - see separate album
03/06/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" running with "The Fellsman" at Newsholme heading for Hellifield and returning, approaching Wilpshire Tunnel.
06/06/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" powering out of Langho with a returning "Cumbrian Mountain Express"
10/06/2015 - LMS Black 5 - 45231 "Sherwood Forester" as a late replacement on "The Fellsman" returning at Wilpshire and Brock
16/06/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" running with "The Dalesman" at Hellifield and exiting Blea Moor tunnel
17/06/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45690 "Leander" on "The Fellsman" racing through Whalley station on the outward leg to Carlisle and returning at Billington.
23/06/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45690 "Leander" heads back towards Hellifield with a returning "Dalesman" caught between Selside and Horton-in-Ribblesdale.
24/06/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" approaching Clitheroe on "The Fellsman" heading for Hellifield and returning near Wilpshire Tunnel
01/07/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" returns with "The Fellsman" nearing Wilpshire.
08/07/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge of the returning "Fellsman" Wilpshire and at Barrow.
11/07/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge of a late running "Cumbria Mountain Express" at Langho station
15/07/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge of "The Fellsman" again caught heading north at the Spread Eagle crossing at Barrow.
18/07/2015 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland" dashes south along the WCML approaching Bilsborrow with a returning CME to Liverpool and Crewe.
21/07/2015 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" approaching Selside with a running of "The Dalesman"
22/07/2015 - Midweek running on the GCR - LMS Jinty - 47406 & Ivatt Class 2 - 46521 both at Woodthorpe.
25/07/2015 - Southern Pacific - 34092 "Wells" running on the East Lancs Railway courtesy of the K&WVR.
05/08/2015 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" returning with "The Fellsman" on the climb up from Houghton Bottoms.
12/08/2015 - LMS Black 5 - 45231 "Sherwood Forester" in charge of "The Fellsman" coming off Whalley Viaduct & returning at Barrow.
15/08/2015 - 46233 "Duchess of Sutherland on "The Cumbria Mountain Express" passes the foot crossing at the Spread Eagle, Barrow. heading for Clitheroe and onto Hellifield.
19/08/2015 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge of "The Fellsman" again caught in silhouette crossing Whalley Arches heading for Hellifield and returning at Wilpshire station.
23/08/2015 - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" in charge of a Sunday running - "The Waverley" steam from Hellifield to carlisle and return seen at Helwith Bridge.
26/08/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Royal Scot class - 46115 "Scots Guardsman" - returns with the last "Fellsman" of the season seen leaving Clitheroe at Standen Hey foot crossing.
18/09/2015 - GWR Castle 5043 "Earl of Mount Edgcumbe" heads north along the WCML leaving Leyland heading to Carnforth on 5Z42
30/09/2015 - 34067 "Tangmere" plus support coach on 5M43 Southall Wcr to Carnforth Steamtown approaching Flag Lane at Farington
11/10/2015 - LMS 4-6-0 Jubilee class`s 45690 "Leander" pilots 45699 "Galatea" over Copy Pit heading for Carnforth Steamtown from York on 5Z49
24/10/2015 - A very "Brief Encounter" with LMS Jubilee class 45699 "Galitea" approaching Langho station in the rain heading for Chester from Carnforth via Hellifield
30/10/2015 - LMS Jubilee 45699 "Galatea" on time with 5Z42 York N.R.M. to Carnforth Steamtown chuffing through Cononley.
31/10/2015 - 44871 pilots 45407 with 5Z43 Carnforth Steamtown to Blackburn - empty coaching stock for the "Tin Bath on 01/11/2015 at Houghton
21/12/2015 - 46100 "Royal Scot" heads north out of Leyland towards Carnforth on 5Z61 running 20 mins late
22/12/2015 - Loaded test run of LMS 4-6-0 46100 "Royal Scot" approaching Billington foot crossing plus Wilpshire and Ramsgreave station.

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2015


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18/10/2015 - Sunday and a cloudy, dull but mild sort of day. A strange sort of gathering of engines and stock for this steam gala made it quite different from others I have been too here. Guest engines and stock visiting included a Ex-GWR Pannier Tank 6430 with Autocoaches 167 and 163
SR Bullied 4-6-2 Pacific - 34092 "Wells"
Plus home fleet - Hughes Fowler 2-6-0 LMS Crab 13065
BR Class 4MT standard Steam Locomotive 2-6-4T - 80080
L & Y Aspinal 0-6-0 - No 12322
plus 0-6-0 Austerities WD132"Sapper" & WD75005"Swiftsure"
& Manchester Ship Canal 0-6-0 Short tank No32 (Gothenberg)
A very interesting timetable produced runnings of the Autotrain between Bury and Heywood & Bury and Ramsbottom, whilst the Austerities put in some sterling performances running along all parts of the line, sometimes double headed or banking, whilst the rest of the engines concentrated on the sections between Bury and Rawtenstall double heading and banking included in some of the runs.
I was passing Ewood Bridge as the first services to Rawtenstall was approaching and then carried on to Summerseat, then Burrs before leaving to catch the Autotrain on Roch Viaduct and then finishing off a busy day at Ramsbottom.
I very well put together gala, but we still got the slight delays - usual now on the ELR. I was also missing the sight of a couple of Black 5`s as well which were away in scotland but still a very enjoyable gaia and day out.

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala 2015


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09/10/2015 - Friday - A mild and cloudy day, and day one of a three day event using the home fleet of the K & W V Railway. Guest Engine - GWR 4936 "Kinlet Hall" failed to appear being deemed out of gauge by Network Rail in this area and Bullied Pacific "Wells" unable to return to home due to a bridge restriction in Keighley being to heavy to cross. So it was down to their home fleet to fill the extensive timetable set for the weekend.
Engines running - BR Std Class 5 4-6-0 - 75078
Fowler goods 0-6-0 - 43924
WD 8F -2-8-0 - 90733 as weathered WD 90711
USA US ATC S160 "Big Jim"- 5828
Taff Valley Coal Tank - 1054
Arriving around 12-00 pm, I expected a dull gala - but far from it, the extensive timetable, the loco movements around Keighley with the double heading and banking plus the friendly staff and also the rather full trains made it quite an enjoyable afternoon out. Nice to see also the turntable in use turning the Coal tank as well. Glad I turned up and just a pity I managed to miss 45699 running through Keighley heading for York

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GCR Autumn Steam Gala - 2015


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03 & 04/10/2015 - days 3 & 4 of a 4 day gala on the Great Central Railway running an extensive timetable of passenger and various freight trains.
This years gala was composed with engines from their home fleet with newly restored engine - 6990 "Witherslack Hall" being the star of the gala with visiting Peckett 0-4-0 "Teddy" from Chasewater Railway.
Plus homefleet engines included BR 2-10-0 9F - 92214
LMS 8F - 2-8-0 - 48624
LMS Black 5 - 4-6-0 - 45305
SR 4-6-0 King Arthur class 777 "Sir Lamiel"
LMS Ivatt Class 2 - 2-6-0 46521
and LMS 0-6-0 "Jinty" - 47406
plus a DMU unit and a replacement Type 25 Diesel on Saturday
Saturday 3rd was cloudy and spent linesiding at Woodthorpe in the morning and Kinchley Lane in the afternoon
Sunday 4th started at Quorn before a trip to Loughborough and a look around the engine sheds before travelling the length of the line to Leicester and then returning to Quorn for more pictures from around the station perimeter, leaving mid afternoon for family commitments.
Whilst the timetable was excellent and kept too, this gala didn`t seem to attract the crowds as with previous Galas. Maybe the lack of big name guest engines and no traveling post office trains this gala kept steam buffs away. Still, in my opinion, a must be seen gala for steam train movements and I am glad I didnt miss it !!

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