Thursday, February 22, 2007
Loco 31233 stands at Saltley on a test train from Derby.
In the second pic loco 57012 prepares to depart Lawley St terminal on freightliner service 4L73 last night. Again, not a Sutton Park line location but i thought it might be of interest as it's fairly close ! In the background can be seen the now-disused Saltley loco shed (left), and the mountain of scrap at Dunns Metal Processing plant (centre).
This locomotive was converted to a "57" from Brush class 47 47204 (D1854) in 2000 at Loughborough Falcon Works, and named "Freightliner Envoy".
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Ben Cruachan sent me this amazing photo-cutting showing "Bone" loco 58041 having "difficulties" at Water Orton in September 2000 !! The loco was working 6M40 Bescot - Chaddesden spoil. Two red light aspects on the down lines can just be made out through the smoke at left.
Many thanks for this great pic. The loco went to Spain on hire in 2003, presumably in a better state of repair...
Monday, February 19, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
...on Pathfinder's tour from Bristol to Birch Coppice yesterday. Agreed, this location isn't on the 'Park line, but the train did pass through Water Orton shortly afterwards ! The loco's were re-instated for this tour after standing unused for months, and are 37425 (Large-logo blue) and 37411 (BR green).
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Type 3 "Tractor" 37401 made a surprise run over the 'Park yesterday, to fetch some loaded concrete sleeper wagons from Washwood Heath to Bescot. The light-loco move was photographed during a downpour, the return journey captured at Streetly when almost dark !
Friday, February 16, 2007
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Friday, February 2, 2007
Gary sent me this April 2005 pic of Nottingham-bound semi-fast DMU 158858 at Water Orton station, with the comment that the station buildings are shortly to be demolished and replaced, and that nearby Coleshill Parkway station is nearing completion. Cheers Gaz...
Thursday, February 1, 2007
Although this old colliery line was disconnected from the national system in the late 1960s, it goes from strength to strength as a "Heritage" railway, and has a good collection of steam and diesel industrial locomotives, and 3 ex-BR mainline loco's on it's fleet. One of these, Co-Co Type 3 Class 37, 37219, was out and about on Saturday last, boasting a new coat of paint, but as yet un-numbered !