Friday, May 30, 2008
Network Rail's 31233 is seen in Hardwick Woods returning to Derby with her test train this evening. Nice to find the loco at the front for a change !
This Type 2 locomotive was originally built at Brush Loughborough with a Mirrlees 1600hp engine, and delivered to British Rail in October 1960 (according to the allocation notes), as number D5660, where it spent 27 years on the Eastern Region based at depots such as Stratford, Finsbury Park, March, Thornaby and Immingham etc.
In 1987 it was transferred to Bescot, and was named "Severn Valley Railway" in 1993 at Crewe. Stored at Old Oak Common in 2002 it was finally rescued by Network Rail to serve on their track testing trains.
What a beast....
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
56301 comes looming up out of the dampness and fog at Sutton Park today, running around an hour late from Birch Coppice. Normally visible at the end of the straight section almost two miles away, it wasn't possible to see the approach of any train today until the loco had neared the bridge and repeater signal seen at the rear of the shot.
Monday, May 26, 2008
66040 with an up freightliner on the curves at Hardwick wood this afternoon. Showers and squalls produced very gloomy weather, and many lines in the West Midlands were affected by fallen branches and trees in the high winds. A tree had just been cleared from the Sutton Park old station area...
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Seen trundling through the rain at Walmley Ash just an hour ago is 57601 yet again, returning its stock to Carnforth after yesterdays excursion run.
The train has just accessed the Sutton Park line via Park Lane Junction, unseen behind the trees less than a mile away.
This loco started life as D1759 in 1964, and as 47590 was named "Thomas Telford" at Wellington station in 1983. It was renumbered and re-engined as 57601 on 12/04/2001.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
A good showing of mayflower blossom this year helps decorate the scene as 57601 brings charter excursion 1Z62 past Wylde Green en route Gloucester tonight at 2100.
An unavoidably grainy ("noisy") photo due to the low light levels and 1600 ISO exposure.
Here's a fairly rare event - a Cross-Country "Voyager" unit (number 221104) travelling as empty stock across the Sutton Park line on it's way from the Barton-under-Needwood (Wychnor) depot to Crewe, early this evening.
As far as is known, this is only about the fifth time such a train has used the Sutton Park freight lines.
Perhaps these units will be cascaded down to secondary services in the future, and form part of the fleet that will operate passenger services from Walsall to Birmingham via this route when stations are re-installed in who-knows-how-many years time ?
4M87 was diverted over the Sutton Park line late this afternoon, running to Crewe behind named FLHH loco 66503 "The Railway Magazine".
Normally the service would be electrically-hauled via Bescot to Crewe while work on the Trent Valley lines continues.
There are one or two old posts of this train at Newton Road on that particular blogsite...
Caught crossing the Park at Streetly Gate with a ballast train to Bescot this afternoon is EWS loco 60018.
Practically the only way to see one of these big rumbling type 5's on this line at the weekend is on engineering trains, many of which run quite haphazardly to or from worksites.
However, shortly after this train had passed I wandered away from the railway and missed getting shots of two convoys comprising NINE loco's in total, including two more Class 60s....
Friday, May 23, 2008
Confined to the leafy lush woods of Sutton Park, 57601 trundles through with a rake of mostly maroon stock this afternoon (11 coaches). The set was running from West Coast Railways HQ at Carnforth, to form a charter outing tomorrow morning from Gloucester.
Just a pity that the weather became overcast, dull and rainy for the shot, but it is after all a bank holiday weekend....
Also note the concrete sleepers along the cess, placed in readiness for some impending heavy engineering work.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
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Thursday, May 8, 2008
Following the end of EWS's express freight services to Aberdeen the terminal at Tasker Street, Walsall has seen no traffic apart from the cement trains dealt with at the adjacent Midland Yard.
Tasker Street could handle many types of freight and to see it not used seems a waste of a valuable facility. In the past it was a busy yard.
The yards can only be accessed via Walsall Station as the Connection with Pleck Junction was lost with the closure of Walsall Yard Shunt Frame in 1983.