A little bit of Scotland comes to Lancashire

The East Lancs Railway held their Summer diesel gala over the first weekend of July featuring visitors from the SRPS stable of engines. 20020, 26038, 37025 and 47643 featured alongside resident and long term loan visitors. The Sunday of the gala was changeable weather wise, starting off cloudy before the sun broke through and then ended with a monsoon in the afternoon.

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Starting off at Irwell Vale, 37109 waits departure for Rawtenstall. Looking quite weatherbeaten now, the exhauster seems to be burning oil – hence the blue smoke coming from the exhaust outlet behind the buffer beam.

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On to Springside Farm before the weather closed in; 47643, 31466 and 40145 all dodging clouds.

Nene Valley Gala 2015

Nene Valley Railway held their annual diesel gala over the weekend of the 11th and 12th April 2015. Reduced from a twice yearly event to yearly due to financial issues, a number of visiting locos were rostered. Particularly appealing were a Class 56 from UKRL and a Class 60 from DB Schenker (as was 37190 before it was pulled from the lineup). DBS locos are making something of a comeback on the gala circuit…

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50008 shares shed spare with 31271, 31601 and 60001 at Wansford.

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56104 came from the UK Rail Leasing stable at Leicester. Seen here leaving Peterborough station for Wansford.

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60001 also leaving Peterborough for Wansford.

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50015 came from the East Lancs Railway seen arriving at Orton Mere, plough end leading.

The Dog

In light of the return of 31459 ‘Cerberus’ to working order, here are a couple of shots of it at Manchester Piccadilly and Stockport in 2009 working 1Q18 Longsight to Longsight via the world.

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02/12/09

Serco men were route learning round the Blyth and Tyne route which necessitated a trip (nearly) up to the Alcan import terminal at North Blyth. 31454 was the traction of choice and it is seen here at the NR limit at North Blyth – denoted by the small sign at track level). In the distance you can see the floodlights of the newly built Battleship Wharf coal import terminal. 18/09/08

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