Friday, 19 April 2013

Success and Failure

Last weekend's failure was on Friday afternoon with an attempt to film Ian Riley's black 5's on a positioning move through Wakefield Kirkgate. This turned out to be  unsuccessful as we heard the Black 5's whistles, as they went through Wakefield one hour early, whilst we were walking towards the station.

Our second visit of the weekend was on Saturday to catch 60163 Tornado hauling the Cathedrals Express from London Kings Cross to York.
60163 Tornado was just a few minutes down as it powered through Ryther in North Yorkshire. We also tried a video using both old and new cameras which I think came out quite well.

Finishing off a busy weekend we made a trip into Derbyshire on Sunday to visit The Peak Line Heritage Railway which was hosting a visit of 34067 Tangmere with The Peak Forester charter train.

Our first view of 34067 Tangmere was at Whatstandwell just outside Matlock still on the National rail network.
After lunch we moved on to Rowsley, the hub of Peak Rail, to see if we could capture some more pictures of 34067 Tangmere. At Rowsley Tangmere got the steam train version of a quick pit stop ready for the return journey to London. The site at Rowsley was packed with enthusiasts all looking for the perfect picture.
We were too late to see the locomotive on the turntable but as you can see we did capture it filling up with fuel, a tender full of coal, before being reunited with its coaches.

There were some good opportunities to watch Tangmere perform a few manoeuvring operations as it moved from the coal yard to the station to head up the train.

As a bonus whilst watching Tangmere take on coal and carry out a little bit of manoeuvering we saw Lord Phil arrive with one of Peak Rail's own services from Matlock.
The video below covers the visit of 34067 Tangmere to Peak Rail on a rather windy and damp Sunday afternoon. I'm sure Peak Rail will be pleased with the numbers of people who turned out to see this tour on their heritage line.

To finish is a short clip of Lord Phil one of Peak Rail's locomotives arriving and departing Rowsley with a Matlock service.

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Specials in the North This Weekend

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An early start to some steam locomotives this weekend with Ian Riley's Black 5's 44871 and 45407 making a positional move from Grosmont-Shrewsbury. The provisional timings for this move are given here on the UKsteam website.
44871 and 45407 with The Tin Bath at Stocksmoor station 17 03 2013
On Saturday 60163 Tornado hauls The Cathedrals Express from London to Durham presumably by the East Coast Main Line but no details are on the web site at the moment.
60163 Tornado approaches Sherburn In Elmet with The Cathedrals Express on 30 06 2012
Then for good measure a real rarity as on Sunday 14 April 2013 Battle of Britain Class 4-6-2 No 34067 Tangmere is scheduled to bring The Peak Forester from London Kings Cross to Matlock and Rowsley via the Peak Rail heritage railway. It's not very often we have the chance to see  one of these locomotives hauling charter trains on the main line this far north

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Thursday, 4 April 2013


The Yorkshire Coast Express ran from Crewe to Scarborough passing through Milford on its way to York and the coast. The train was hauled by 8F 48151 throughout.  It was our intention to photograph the train just before it arrived at Milford loop for a water stop and then to move on to Sherburn in Elmet to capture it pulling away after taking on water.
On a lovely sunny, but bitterly cold, day 48151 cruises into its stop at Milford Loop. Disappointingly no smoke but I suppose as it was going to stop for water a mile or so up the line this was to be expected. It was a nice change to be taking pictures in sunshine rather than the dull gloomy weather of our last few excursions.
Once the train was out of sight at this location we quickly packed up cameras and tripods and headed for the station at Sherburn in Elmet. It's only a few minutes up the road giving us plenty of time to set up on the station platform to capture 48151 pulling away from its water stop.
In the end we had plenty of time to get set up before The Yorkshire Coast Express came through on its way to Scarborough. The pictures were a little more difficult to shoot due to a group of photographers standing at the end of the platform and blocking everybody else's view of the approaching express. Some people are just not very thoughtful.

I travelled to Woodlesford Station on Wednesday evening as 48151 was due to pass through on the return journey to Crewe at around 18:20. However, by 18:30 48151 hadn't shown up and on Realtime Trains it still appeared to be in York. I decided I might as well head home. I later found out that 48151 had been failed at York suspected of causing lineside fires on its run from Scarborough to York so no pictures at Woodlesford.

Our video at these two locations is shown below.

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