Railway action if the U.K North west

kevsmith Jun 16, 2019

  1. kevsmith

    kevsmith TrainBoard Member

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    Thanks Hank

    The only vac brakes left are on preserved railways. Mainline stock is airbraked now which is why some of the steam locos have had compressors fitted.

    Kev
     
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  2. BoxcabE50

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    Trying to recall, but this might be the first time I have seen such CWR equipment as shown here.
     
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  3. kevsmith

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    Brooklyns video footage as promised



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    Latest video uploaaded to youtube tonight called Cumbrian rail in Winter

    Lots of class 68 and 88 action with rare footage of a freight move down the Ramsden Dock branch in Barrow

    Steam action was Flying Scotsman in awful weather before Christmas on the Settle and Carlisle
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    And a big suprise. The 'Winter Cumbrian Mountain express' was double headed with Jubilee 45690 Leander piloting Southern railway (Not that one!) 34067 Tangmere on its first main line outing since restoration. as an unrebuilt Battle of Britain 4-6-2 it still has its Bulleid streamlined casing the design of which earned them the nickname 'Spam Cans'

    Brooklyn's picture taken at Scouts green on the ascent to Shap Summit. Too many OHL Stanchions in the way on the approach shots sadly

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    It was fairly obvious the Jubilee was doing all the work and they were babying Tangmere

    Brooklyn is getting better with his EOS 450D

    'Butt ugly martian' Class 70 at Lancaster before Christmas. Not one of G.Es finest designs



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    00.00 Green Road 156 481 2C50 Carlisle-Barrow in Furness 02/12/2021

    00.39 Green Road 688 009 'Diana' and 68 003 'Astute' 6C51 Sellafield-Heysham P.S 02/12/2021

    01.44 Askam in Furness 68 005 'Defiant' and 88 009 'Diana' 6K73 Sellafield-Crewe CLS 11/12/2021

    02.19 Furness Abbey Tunnel 68 005 'Defiant' and 88 009 'Diana' 6K73 Sellafield-Crewe CLS 11/12/2021

    02.55 Park South 68 003 'Astute' and 68 006 'Daring' 0C68 Sellafield-Heysham P.S15/12/2021

    03.24 Hellifield 37 676 'Loch Rannoch' Liverpool Lime Street-Carlisle 18/12/2021

    03.51 Hellifield 60103 'Flying Scotsman' Liverpool Lime Street-Carlisle 18/12/2021

    06.45 Hellifield 47 815 Liverpool Lime Street-Carlisle 18/12/2021

    06.51 Askam in Furness 68 003 'Astute' and 68 006 'Daring' 0C51 Sellafield-Heysham P.S23/12/2021

    07.12 Askam in Furness 68 007 'Valiant' and 68 016 'Fearless' Sellafield-Barrow 20/01/2022

    07.51 Barrow ABP 68 007 'Valiant' and 68 016 'Fearless' Sellafield-Barrow 20/01/2022

    10.54 Salthouse junction 68 007 'Valiant' and 68 016 'Fearless' Barrow-Sellafield 20/01/2022

    12.54 Sowerby Lodge 156 480 'R.A.F 100' 2C48 Carlisle-Lancaster 20/01/2022

    13.13 Sowerby Lodge 68 016 'Fearless' and 68 007 'Valiant' Barrow-Sellafield 20/121/2022

    13.40 Furness Abbey UWC 156 480 'R.A.F 100' 2C43 Lancaster-Barrow in Furness 22/01/2022

    13.52 Furness Abbey UWC 68 001 'Evolution' and 68 002 'Intrepid' 6C53 Crewe CLS-Sellafield 22/01/2022

    14.28 Thwaites Flats 'Evolution' and 68 002 'Intrepid' 6C53 Crewe CLS-Sellafield 22/01/2022

    15.25 Lindal in Furness DR 73909 'Saturn' Sellafield-Guide Bridge 28/01/2022

    15.55 Scout Green 88 008 'Ariadne' Daventry-Mossend Tesco train

    then 390 154 1M10 Glasgow-London Euston 29/01/2022

    17.20 Scout Green 88 007 'Electra' Tilbury-Coatbridge 29/01/2022

    18.10 Scout Green 45690 'Leander' and 34 067 'Tangmere' 1Z86 London Euston-Carlisle 29/01/2022

    19.27 Appleby 45690 'Leander' and 34 067 'Tangmere' 1Z86 Carlisle-London Euston 29/01/2022


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  5. Kurt Moose

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    Beautiful seeing a steam double header!

    Excellent!(y)(y)(y)
     
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    "Spam cans" in homage to my home town's product.

    :D

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    " For three months of the year up here it is Cold, Wet and Windy, The rest of the time it is Winter!"

    So I'm starting this update with a picture of one of my old gauge1 models that used to run on my Mardy Colliery exhibition layout back in the day 'Pocohontas' was as 15" Hunslet 0-6-0ST that was one of the most reliable locos on the layout.

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    For Brooklyns 10th Birthday treat it was hard to find many attractions open in the depths of winter but the Embsay and Bolton Abbey in North Yorkshire was running so long as you booked in andvance

    The weather was appalling with torrential rain and surface water but it ended up being quite a good day in the end and an old friend was in charge of the train

    Beatrice was the actual loco I based the gauge 1 model on although in a a lot cleaner condition

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    Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0ST Monckton No 10 built in 1953 waits for restoration at Bolton Abbey

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    Ignoring the weather, the star attraction for me was this immaculate Southern Bulleid deigned 3rd class coach in the classic British rail 'Blood and Custard' colour scheme

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    More soon

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    Yours truly.

    Getting battered by the wind on Shap yesterday. Brooklyn took this

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    We were chasing LMS Jubilee 45562 Sierra Leone AKA Galatea renamed and renumbered for a while

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    I like this picture, Brooklyn has caught some human interest in the shot

    You could hear the wind whipping through the OHL wires as Bi-mode (Diesel and 25Kv AC) 88 006 Juno blasted up to Shap with the Daventry to Mossend 'Tesco' train at Scout Green

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    So we have had Wet then Windy and now Wet, very wet, again.

    These was an engineering possession on at Foxfield the other weekend about 6 miles from my house. We went to get the Tamper coming in to watch it crossover at Askam and go wrong line down to the work area.

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    It started 'Siling Down' ( A South Yorkshire expression that needs no explanation) as it went through Askam and we then decided to go to Foxfield to have a look

    Way,way too wet!

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    Finished up with every camera and lens stood on the central heating radiators to dry out when we got home

    More soon

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  9. kevsmith

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    Video



    Hopefully the weather picks up soon

    Kev
     
  10. Hytec

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    Kev, magnificent video and photos as always. Thanks.
    Where is(are) Beatrice's cylinder(s)? I'm guessing forward of or near the front axle based on steam leakage and what appeared to be a bit of crank action.
     
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  11. kevsmith

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    Hi Hank

    Two 15" Inside cylinders between the frames in front of the leading axle. Slide valves in the middle driven by Stephenson Link valve gear off the middle axle. My four Gauge 1 Austerity 0-6-0ST locos had either working or dummy inside motion driven off eccentrics on the middle axle. Apart from the awful access for the train crew to lubricate it the design was simple and robust.

    Kev
     
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  12. Hytec

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    Thanks. Understand efficient simplicity despised by maintenance yet loved by drivers and stokers. :rolleyes:
     
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    Bulleid cavalcade

    When steam disappeared from British Railways in 1967/68 no-one, and I mean No-one, would have envisaged that fifty odd years later we would be seeing what we saw yesterday on Shap

    Two steam specials, one following directly behind the other, blasted up the grade in fine form. More exciting, both were Bulleid designed Southern railway (not that one!) pacifics, one from each class

    First up was West Country Class 4-6-2 34046 Braunton, owned by LSL and hauling a Rugby to Carlisle and return special, resplemdant in British Rail green

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    Next up was West Coast Rails Merchant Navy 4-6-2 (the heavier of the two deisgns) 35018 British India Line. The sanders were in full use as it passed me on a London Euston to Carlisle and return train

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    At Carlisle the two trains took different routes. 35018 went back down the Settle and Carlisle whilst 34046 came down the Cumbrian Coast

    on the 25mph curve at Kirkby in Furness just before opening the throttle for the runto Askam

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    Now the train is pathed through Barrow in Furness which gives you time to head over the hills and catch it again

    Ulverston, Birthplace of Stan Laurel of 'Laurel and Hardy' fame

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    The station was rammed with people!

    of course I shot HD video of it all, expect that in my next youtube video

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  14. Doug Gosha

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    Beautiful!

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    Every now and then something comes along that is just so rare.

    Tuesday we went down to Askam station to see Leander hauling the Carlisle to Grange over Sands leg of the 'Great Britain' railtour. I picked up Brooklyn from school and as expected the station was packed as it had been all over facebook

    Brooklyn got the EOS 700D out of the bag and excelled himself this time

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    So I was talking to the local MOM who was in the signalbox (MOMs are Network Rail mobile operation managers) and he said "are you back tomorrow morning ?" "Its is coming back". Now that threw me as it was slated to do Grange over Sands to Chester. Turns out to get the empty stock into Grange on the Up line to pick up the passengers it had to come all the way to Askam to use the crossover

    So I delayed going to work to see what was going off. Double headed Jubilees! 45596 Bahamas with its Double chimney and 45690 Leander again. A class 47 hauled them past the crossover. Now we have numerous debated over the last couple of days on when a steam loco last used this crossover and to be honest it must have back in British Railways steam days pre- 1967

    Both locos were immaculate

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    So the latest video is all steam, Bulleid pacifics, Jubilees, Industrials seen around the county over the last few weeks finishing with the Jubilees at Askam

    13/03/2022 Park South 45690 'Leander' 1Z87 Carlisle-London Euston
    13/03/2022 Lindal in Furness 45690 'Leander' 1Z87 Carlisle-London Euston
    02/04/2022 Carnforth 34067 Tangmere 5Z71 Canforth WCR-Carnforth North Junction
    09/04/2022 Scout Green 34046 Braunton 16E Rugby-Carlisle
    09/04/2022 Scout Green 35018 British India Line 165E London Euston-carlisle
    09/04/2022 Kirkby in Furness 34046 Braunton 163E Carlisle-Rugby
    09/04/2022 Ulverston 34046 Braunton 163E Carlisle-Rugby
    15/04/2022 Preston HL 3931 of 1937 SL no 21 Ribble Steam railway
    17/04/2022 Backbarrow WB 2682 of 1942 Princess Lakeside & Haverthwaite
    26/04/2022 Askam in Furness 45690 'Leander' 1Z36 Carlisle-Grange over Sands
    27/04/2022 Askam in Furness 45596 Bahamas and 45690 Leander 5Z39 Carnforth WCR-Grange over Sands



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  16. Doug Gosha

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    Brilliant, as usual!

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    Because there was enough to do a wholy steam video I split the interesting Diesel and Electric footage into a separate one



    more soon

    Kev
     
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    So with the weather deteriorating, daylight hours getting shorter and shorter there is still plenty of train worth recording. The video opens at Scout Green on the climb to Shap where the rain got worse and worse on the 4th of October


    88004 Pandora is seen first with the Mossend to Daventry


    when the Freightliner Class 90s came up on the Crewe Basford Hall to Coatbridge it was getting rough I think they were 90 003 and 90 010 but it was difficult to tell These are in the Genesee and Wyoming colour scheme some of the 66s now carry


    Next up was 88 009 Diana on the Daventry DRS to Mossend. It was already struggling for traction as it passed me and crawled up to Shap Summit with an Avanti Pendolino stuck behind it


    In much better weather, Sunny but crisp and cold, 68 009 Titan and 68 018 Vigilant top and tailed a Sellafield to Barrow MY Flask working on the 13th of October. The following day 68 003 Astute and 68 016 are seen at Sandscale, light engine, on their way to collect the empty KXA-C wagons from the Dock

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    Back at Askam the PLPR test train is now in the hands of HST power cars. 43 257 and 43 272 are seen on the Derby RTC to Carlisle on the 25th

    These are ex East Midland railway ones where all Colas appears to have done is put sticke on each side

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    Still at Askam on the 30th we see DRS class 66 427 on an engineers train going south but heading for Carlisle. These trains ran for three weeks from a possession north of Dalston


    The HSTs came back on the 1Q82 Carlisle to Blackpool North working which involves the nightime reverse and cross-over at Askam 43 257 and 272 again.


    Steam haulage is obviously a bit limited but 10th of November Black 5 45212 came through on a excursion in light levels that were dropping like a stone, seen at Sowerby Lodge and Lindal


    66 421 was on the engineering train on the 13th in the pitch black night


    Next a rarity, I have never seen a triple headed Class 156 DMUs anywhere but Realtimetrains showed 156 451, 465 and 491 all on the same working at Dalton on the 24th and sure enough there they were

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    One of the Tampers headed south back to Guide Bridge on the 25th. DR 73909 Saturn is a familiar around these parts


    On the 27th two engineers train were showing on TRUST Freightliner 66 554 came through first just after the once a week Class 195 Barrow to Millom headed North. The weather was appalling and as the 66 approached I could see the spray coming off the wagons and knew I was going to get soaked. The weather cleared enough for the two Colas Class 70s when they came through on the second Ballast and rail train. 809 leading and 815 on the rear


    And lastly 1Q82 seen with the HSTs again on the 1st of December



    Taking the Kids to the Ribble Steam railway at Preston on Saturday for the steam hauled Santa Specials and then Sunday Brooklyn and I are going to a toy fair at Crag Bank where we have a 'Want List' for 00 scale rolling stock to convert to Nuclear coaches and wagons

    More soon

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