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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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Test Run of 46115 Scots Guardsman


11/07/2008 - An appalling day weatherwise with constant heavy rain for a test run for 46115 "Scots Guardsman" from Carnforth to Settle and then onto Hellifield for a watering stop. From Hellifield it continued onward for Blackburn, Preston and then up the WCML back to Carnforth.
Lovely sight - Great to see it painted and finished at Carnforth open day!

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ELR July Diesel Extravaganza - 2008


Slightly off topic for me - A Diesel event on the ELR.
TUESDAY 01/07/08 on holiday and nothing better to do than watch the diesel event sitting on a deck chair at Burrs Country park in the sunshine.
Diesels running , Class 40-40145 "East Lancashire Railway,"
Class 37-37906,
Class 47-47402 "Gateshead",
Class 45-45041 "Royal Tank Regiment"
Class 50 - 50015"Valient"
FRIDAY 04/07/08 - Back for more pictures on a sunny day.
Diesels being used -
Class 33 D6525,
Class 45 - 45041,
Hymek D7076,
Class 24 - D5054,
Class 47 - 47402
SATURDAY 05/07/08 Running in very changeable weather. in addition to most of the above,
Class 20 20087,
Class 31 31108,
Class 52 - D1023 "Western Fusilier"
Class 37 - 37901"Mirrlees Pioneer"

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K&WV Railway 40th Anniversary Steam Gala


27/06/2008 - FRIDAY and the first day of a three day event at the Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 40th Anniversary Gala.
Eleven engines lined up for this event with trips on the mainline up to Settle junction and Ribblehead over the weekend behind 30777. Plus incoming steam excursions from Manchester.
LNER K4 61994 "The Great Marquess" had still to arrive and was replaced with
LMS Stanier Black 5 45212 for its trips on Friday. The other engines used on the line were the usual suspects of -
WD 2-8-0 8F - 90733 -
LMS Ivatt Class 2 tank - 41241
BR Std Tank - 80002
Taff Valley Coal Tank - No85.
"Nunlow" & "Sir Berkley" giving guards van rides at Ingrow West.
47279 & 957 were in reserve at Haworth sheds being used later in the gala.
Great day out - just a pity 30777 wasnt used on this day
SATURDAY - After a wasted journey up the S & C to see 30777 which was failed at Skipton, I made a detour home via Haworth sheds which made up for my disapointment earlier - excellent sight seeing most of the engines in the yard

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Lakeside & Haverthwaite Fairburn Weekend 2008


15/06/2008 - Fathers Day so I decided to treat myself to a trip to the Lake District to see the two Fairburn Tanks running together on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Railway. Locations for todays photographs were mainly at Newby Bridge Halt and Lakeside.
This would be the last time they run together here for a while as 42085 goes to the GCR for repairs and TLC.
Nice enjoyable dayout combined with a run around the lakes as well.

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Chasing "Tangmere" on the Tyne Valley Special


31/05/08 - 34067 "Tangmere" on the Settle & Carlisle line was a event I didn`t want to miss running on the "Tyne Valley" Special.
Calling in at Hellifield station to see if it was running , I arrived just as the Class 47`s arrived with the special. My intension was to of drive to Ribblehead Viaduct and then walking to my favorite spot on the hillside at the far end from the viaduct. but too much unexpected caravan traffic on the A65 heading for Appleby put me too far behind schedule to make it their so I stopped just before Selside.
Tangmere appeared going very slowly at Selside with its 13 coach load which enabled me to beat it to the road junction at Ribblehead and take more pictures of it on the way - an unexpected bonus.

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ELR War Weekend - 2008


Sunday 25/05/08 and after last years event, a return trip to this 3 day event was a must. Lots more cameos and military vehicles to be seen and performances and shows at the various station made this visit unmissable.
Guest engines USA S160 - No5197 from the Churnet Valley Railway
BR 2-10-0 9F - 92214
Peckett Austerity 0-6-0 - No.2000 from Barrow Hill.

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Ribble Steam Railway - 2nd Annual Steam Gala - 2008


17/05/2008 - A cloudy Saturday at the Ribble Steam Railway second annual Steam Gala.
An interesting display of three industrial engines in steam which included
0-4-0 Tank "John Howe",
0-4-0 Saddle Tank "Agecroft No.2" and
0-4-0 Sentinal 8024 "Gasbag"
which made for an interesting addition to the normal traction running.
Enjoyable dayout, a look around their museum (see earlier collections) and something unusual to see running.

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Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway - Gala of Steam 2008


03/05/2008 - A lovely Saturday and a hazy sunny day at the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway Gala of Steam narrow 15"guage railway.
Most of their home fleet was in action and guest engines from the R.H.& D.R. ("Typhoon" & "Hurricane") and the Bure Valley Railway ("Wroxham Broad") plus "Sian" made for an very interesting gala with an extended timetable being used.
A ride on the scenic route heading into the english lake district topped the event of me and made it well worth the visit.
One not to be missed next year. Excellent !

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Llangollen "Patriot" Spring Gala - 2008


20/04/2008 - A dull, cold and rainy sunday at the Llangollen "Patroit" spring steam gala. On this occasion, my wife came along also bringing the dog. We managed to do a round trip along the line which we enjoyed immensley before having to return home early.
Engines running were
LMS 4F 0-6-0 - 44422,
LMS Mogel 2-6-0 42968 as guest engines.
GWR 2-6-0 Manor Class - 7822 "Foxcote Manor",
GWR 0-2-6-4 Tank -5643,
GWR 0-6-0 Pannier Tank - 6430 with the Auto train,
LMS Stanier 4-6-0 Black 5 - 44806 and
GWR 2-8-0 goods - 3802.
An excellent gala but I was disappointed with the turnout which was a pity because you dont know what you missed! even the wife enjoyed herself and the dog seemed interested as well.

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ELR Steam Weekend - 30/03/2008


Sunday 30/03/08 - I arrived late at Burrs country park after my trip the day before to the NYMR and also forgetting about the clocks going forward.
Four engines in steam.
BR 3 Cyl 4-6-2 Pacific - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" and
GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class - 4936 "Kinlet Hall" possibly on its last outing on the ELR for a while on the passenger services and
LMS Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 - 45407 "Lancashire Fusilier" &
BR STD 4 2-6-0 - 76079 both working a goods train with 18 vehiciles on the spare path, over the full length of the line
A nice afternoon out after the wet weather the day earlier.

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NYMR - LNER Steam gala - 2008


29/03/08 and its the first Saturday of a two week LNER Festival
featuring for the first time, a line-up of 3 - A4 Pacifics ,
LNER Gresley A4 Pacific - 4-6-2 - 60007 "Sir Nigel Gresley"
LNER Gresley A4 Pacific - 4-6-2 - 60009 "Union of South Africa"
LNER Gresley A4 Pacific - 4-6-2 - 60019 "Bittern"
LNER V2 2-6-2 - 4771 "Green Arrow." Also running
LNER B1 4-6-0 - 61264,
LNER K1 - 2-6-0 62005 "Lord of the Isles"
LNER Q6 - 0-8-0 63395 and
LNER J15 - 0-6-0 65462.
The weather started out with brilliant sunshine and by lunchtime it had clouded over and followed by heavy rain an hour later for the rest of the day.
Certainly the best steam festival for me this year and well worth the late drowning

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Churnet Valley Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2008


23/02/2008 - A cloudy saturday and I`ve a limited time for this steam gala due to family celebrations and committments
I arrived early at Cheddleton station and wandered around for a few minutes taking pictures of the static exhibits and locos waiting in the shed lines. I fitted in one round trip to Kingsley & Froghall station and stopped off at Consall on the way back.
5 Engines in steam include
LNER 2-6-2 V2 -4771"Green Arrow"
BR 80098 class 4 2-6-4 STD Tank,
LMS 4F 0-6-0 44422,
L&NWR 0-8-0"Super D" 49395 &
USA S160 - No5197
A great turnout for the gala which I enjoyed immensely.
Wish I could have stopped longer.

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K&WV Railway Winter Steam Gala - 2008


16/02/2008 - Saturday, and a glorious sunny and frosty start to this years winter steam gala on the K & W V Railway.
Two guest engines this year -
LNER K1 2-6-0 62005 "Lord of the Isles"
LMS Ivatt Class 2 Tank - 2-6-0 41312 which pairs up with the K & W V Railways
LMS Ivatt Class 2 Tank - 2-6-0 41241
Taff Vale Railway Class 02 0-6-2T No. 85
BR Std 4 Tank 2-6-4T - 80002,
L & Y CLASS 25 ‘IRONCLAD’ 0-6-0 NO.957
LMS 3F 0-6-0 "Jinty" - 47279
WD 2-8-0 8F - 90733,
The weather made for some lovely photographic scenes and a large turn out made for a good day out.

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ELR Winter Steam Gala & Photoshoot - 2008


A windy Saturday the 26th January and the East Lancashire Winter Steam Gala is into its 2nd day.
Another grand roll call of engines, big and small, turn out for the event with every seat taken on the trips I travelled on.
Engines running out were
BR Pacific 4-6-2 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester",
LMS Stanier Pacific 4-6-2 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth",
LNER V2 2-6-2 4771 "Green Arrow",
GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class - 4936 "Kinlet Hall",
LMS Stanier 4-6-0 Jubilee 5690 Class "Leander"
BR STD 4 2-6-0 - 76079,
0-4-0 Peckett No.1370ST on station duties busy pleasing the crowds at Bury Bolton Street station
A first for me - Night photography and its at the ELR - Buckley Wells sheds on a very windy friday night.
In steam were the above plus BR 2-10-0 9f 92214 hidden away in the middle & Black 5 45231 both on static display.
A great experiance for me and a big thankyou to the ELR

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Ribble Steam Railway - Winter Steamings - 2008


05/01/2008 - My first visit of the year and its to the Ribble Valley Railway for its winter steaming in conjunction with the Preston model Railway Exhibition.
The traction for the event was the same as the previous year with 0-4-0ST "Agecroft No2" at one end of the train and 05 shunter D2595 at the other end in pull / push mode.
Plus Traveling to the Model Railway exhibition was by vintage bus from the station and another nice day out to start the year

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Mainline Steam & Notable Workings - 2007


17/03/2007 - 6201 passes the footbridge at Woodacre, east of Garstang on the "Lakes Express"
17/03/2007 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth" works south down the WCML at Fowler lane, Farington with a support coach.
08/04/2007 - 71000 "Duke of Gloucester" rushes towards Preston at Flag Lane, Farington on a leg of "The Great Britain" rail tour
09/06/2007 - 6201 "Princess Elizabeth"seen heading across Whalley viaduct from Whalley Nab with a northbound run of the Cumbria Mountain Express"
10/06/2007 - 8F - 48151 on Ribblehead viaduct with a running of "The Dalesman" from Hellifield to Carlisle
28/07/2008 - 60009 "Union of South Africa" climbing Whalley Banks at Langho station with a returning Cumbria Mountain Express.
20/10/2007 - 76079 pilots 45407 ending south past Leyland trucks at Fowler lane along the WCML on the Derbyshire Dalesman from Blackpool.
03/11/2007 - 45407 & 76079 race up Copy Pit with the "Cotton Mills Express"
16/12/2007 - Black 5 - 45407 pilots Br Std 4 76079 with a York Yuletide special from Liverpool to York captured with about to enter Horsefall Tunnel - east of Todmorden

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Barrow Hill LNER Steam Gala - 2007


Sunday 11/11/07 and its my first visit to Barrow Hill and its a LNER themed steam gala. A cold drizzly day was brightened up with the display of engines in steam and also on static display out side the Roundhouse. Engines in steam include
LNER V2 2-6-2 4771 "Green Arrow"
LNER 4-6-0 Class 5 B1 - 1306 "Mayflower"
LNER 4-6-0 Class 5 B1 - 61264
LNER K4 - 2-6-0 - 61994 -"The Great Marquess"
LNER K1 - 2-6-0 - 62005 "Lord of the Isles",
GER Class Y14 (LNER J15) - 65462
Peckett 0-6-0ST No. 2000
On static display were
LNER A2 Class 4-6-2 Pacific - 60532 "Blue Peter"
LMS Stannier 4-6-0 Jubilee Class -45593 "Kolhapur"
GCR Class 11F (LNER Class D11) - No. 506 "Butler-Henderson"
Midland Railways. Class 1F 0-6-0T No 41708
Good day out !

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ELR Autumn Steam Gala - 2007


Sunday 28/10/07 and its a rainy start when I arrived at Burrs country park to photograph the action and as the forecast had predicated the weather started to improve towards midday and the sun started to shine. By this time though I had decided to catch the train from Ramsbottom to Bury to catch some action there.
Engines running
GWR: Class 2800 2-8-0 - 3802
LNER V2 2-6-2 4771 "Green Arrow",
GWR 4-6-0 Hall Class - 4936 "Kinlet Hall",
LMS Stanier 4-6-0 Jubilee 5690 Class "Leander"
LMS 3F 0-6-0 "Jinty" - 47279
BR STD class 4 2-6-0 - 76079

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K&WV Railway Autumn Steam Gala - 2007


13/10/2007 - A dull and damp Saturday and I`m off to the K&WVR Autumn Steam Gala.
This years guest engine is GWR Goods 2-8-0 No.3802 from the Llangollen Railway.
Also in steam for its first gala here is WD 8F 2-8-0 - 90733 newly restored and looking great.
Also running were the usual engines -
LMS Ivatt Class 2 tank - 2-6-0 41241
BR Std 4 Tank 2-6-4T - 80002,
L & Y CLASS 25 ‘IRONCLAD’ 0-6-0 NO.957
LMS 3F 0-6-0 "Jinty" - 47279
Taff Vale Railway Class 02 0-6-2T No. 85
Another good and well organised event.

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Embsay & Bolton Abbey Railway - Harvest of Steam Weekend 2007


07/10/2007- Cancelled in all but name due to lack of steam engines. Only two engines in steam on Sunday,
NCB No.140 Hudswell clarke 0-6-0 (No.1821)
Hunslet Works No 3788 - NCB Monckton No 1 0-6-0ST
plus a class 107 DMU running - but operating a very extensive timetable.
A vintage car show at Bolton Abbey Station did not really make up for the lack of engines and no sign either of the sentinal "Ann" which was also mensioned on their website.
Disappointing for a steam gala

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