HST 40 – Bristol SPM Open Day

Great Western Railway held an open day at Bristol St Philips Marsh depot on bank holiday Monday 2nd May. It was billed as ‘HST40’ – a celebration of the High Speed Train.


The open day saw a surprise in the form of 43002 unveiled in original Inter-City 125 blue and yellow as well as being named ‘Sir Kenneth Grange’. Kenneth was the designer of the iconic nose cone of the HST.


Colas sent newly overhauled 47749 which was renamed ‘City of Truro’, seen here alongside preserved 46045 and 37884.


Each of the GWR shunters has been overhauled and repainted into a heritage livery; 08822 has regained Intercity livery.


50007 and 50050 came from Boden Rail and 50035 was provided by the Fifty Fund.


37884, 45045, 47749 and the tender from 6100 Royal Scot.


The sun came out just at the end of the day and the staff at the depot moved the access steps from the front of the powercars allowing this shot.

L-R: 43187 (GWR), 43423 (GC), 43013 (NR), 43300 (VTEC), 43048 (EMT), 43187 (GWR).

A fitting end to the day. Well done GWR and all the staff at SPM!


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.


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.

Mid Norfolk Railway December Gala

Mid Norfolk Railway held another of their excellent galas over the weekend of 27/28th December 2014 and had 68007 from DRS as a guest engine. The Sunday was the better day for photography with loads of sunshine so a couple of photos are below:


47596 arrived at Wymondham with the first train of the day from Dereham.


68007 makes its way up the bank from Dereham, at Rashes Green.


47367 and 47596 approach the level crossings on departure from Dereham. Shortly after, 47367 developed some kind of fault so the remainder of the trip saw 47596 pushing.


English Sulzer (or if you prefer, Sulzer Electric)

HNRC conducted a trial, for customer GBRf, of a Class 20 and 47 in multiple. 20’s use the Blue Star system and 47’s use Green Circle and while Blue Star is quite common (fitted to 20s, 31s, 33s, 37s and 73s) it isn’t compatible with Green Circle. With a few modifications and tweaks, the two were made to talk to each other.

This modification is so notable because the two together provide the same power as a Class 66 and therefore a solution to the acute traction shortage that GBRf are currently suffering from.

20118 and 47843 were the two locos chosen for the trial and are seen (below) at Rugeley at the head of 6K50 Toton-Crewe and (bottom) in Crewe Basford Hall Yard (with permission). Not ideal weather for either, but in view of the working, better than nothing!!



Note Basford Hall is a working location and unauthorised access is not permitted.



47805 arrives at Blackpool with a Compass Tours charter on 27/07/13. It had arrived from somewhere down South and 20312 along with 37603 did a mini tour to Yorkshire and back to Blackpool.

Duff vice!


During January 2012 DRS ran a daily commuter train from Carlisle to Sellafield (out in the morning and return in the evening). Booked for a 37/4 there was a week in late January when a duff made an unwelcome appearance and unfortunately we had a room booked in the travelodge slap bang in the middle of the week. We still got up and went for it in the hope that it had been swapped but right on cue Porterloo rolled in. Needless to say we didn’t get on…

47810 Carlisle 30/01/2012



47818 ‘Emily’ heads through Doncaster with 5Z50 Heaton-Loughborough. In tow were 43067 and 43068 which were heading for conversion to 43467 and 43468 entailing fitment with MTU engines.


Longtown-Long Marston

The start of the collection of Mk3 stock displaced from West Coast Main Line duties began in early 2006 with the movement of a rake of DVT’s from MoD Longtown in Carlisle to the former MoD site at Long Marston. 47816 was the motive power, seen here at Evesham waiting for the single line to Honeybourne Junction and onward to LM.





The Preston Docker

I don’t remember much about this day other than it was bitterly cold, foggy most of the day and a really good day out! There was also a rugby special out that day with 47s which ran ahead of the tour to Chester.


47853 was doing something or other round the station.


37416 on arrival, 60042 was being attached on the rear for reversals during the day.


On arrival back at Stafford, there was just enough time to run round for a quick photo.