Sunday, October 30, 2011
An excellent early photographic postcard portraying Streetly station as it appeared probably during the 1920s/30s, kindly supplied by Richard C. An almost busy scene !
The picture is taken from the Thornhill Road bridge looking towards Walsall. The train is at the up platform with the steamer running tender-first, and what looks like four clerestory coaches in tow.
Saturday, October 22, 2011
On the first of October 2005 there was a charity event held at Walsall Railway Club with all proceeds going to breast cancer charities. During this day 08709 was named Molly's Day, Molly being the young daughter of a Bescot driver who had sadly lost her mother to this illness.
The naming took place in Walsall Midland Yard and this photo shows the loco passing Pleck Junction while making its way to Walsall.
Monday, October 17, 2011
EWS-liveried 58050 'Toton Traction Depot', the last Class 58 in the series, is seen passing through Sutton Park in the late 1990s with an up empty MGR set, maybe bound for Daw Mill. The class were all withdrawn by 2002, a number being hired out for use in France and Spain.
Thanks to JT for the photo.
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Friday, September 2, 2011
A superb postcard full of detail, showing the neat little station at Penns (for Walmley) as it appeared around 100 years ago. The photo was taken from Penns Lane bridge looking towards Sutton Park and Walsall. A barrow crossing can be seen running across the railway nearest the camera, and bridge 22 known as the Big Span in the distance, with the New Hall Valley beyond. The last station master at Penns was Les Hollins, who served until closure in January 1965.
Today the site is shrouded by trees and all traces of the station have gone, except for some remnants of the upside (right) platform.
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Sunday, July 31, 2011
Thursday, July 21, 2011
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
97302 + 97304 open up with yet another test train passing through Sutton Park. 97304 has a red-backed nameplate 'John Tiley'.
The track recording coach DB 999508 was originally built at Swindon Works in 1960 as an inspection saloon. Converted to a recording unit the coach was then painted into the former Serco red and grey test car livery, before receiving her latest coat of Network Rail yellow paint.
1Q09 Derby - Machynlleth Monday 18th July 2011.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Friday, July 15, 2011
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Saturday, July 9, 2011
Friday, July 8, 2011
DBS red-liveried locomotive 66152 leaves the Blue Hole cutting behind as she heads towards Aldridge with the 6E08 steel empties from Wolverhampton, Wednesday 6th July.
I had gone out to photograph 5Z47 from Tyseley, a train of two coaches for Carnforth with 47786, but missed this move by two or three minutes...
Wednesday, July 6, 2011
The unusual sight of a Class 57 heading a train of empty stock with two DRS Class 20s bringing up the rear. The ECS was running from Crewe to Gloucester to form an excursion to Penzance the following day.
57601 leads the move with 20309 + 20308 at the back. This train was stopped at Walsall's WL42 signal in Aldridge due to what I think were track circuit problems, the train driver then being given authority to pass this signal at danger and proceed slowly to the next signal at Sutton Park around four miles away.
Evening of Friday 24th June 2011.