Old Pictures of the Day - October 2011


Picture of the Day 1 October 2011

Digbeth dusk: The reign of the London Midland Class 150 units will soon be over as more Class 172s enter service. It is expected that the final Class 150 service will be in November 2011. On the evening of Friday 30 September 2011, No. 150122 runs above Digbeth High Street in Birmingham city centre with the 17.55 Stourbridge Junction to Stratford-upon-Avon service. The unit is now running in its original 2-car Class 150/1 formation having donated its middle car (DMS No. 52214) to reform Class 150/2 unit No. 150214.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 2 October 2011

The 11.44 St Albans to Sutton Thameslink train calls at Kentish Town on 29 September 2011. The front unit, No. 319364 carries a striking multi-coloured livery promoting the Thameslink Programme upgrade website.
Andrew Royle http://aroyle.smugmug.com


Picture of the Day 4 October 2011

Thetford in Norfolk is one of the few locations to retain co-acting semaphore signals. The upper arm allows a train driver to see the signal from a distance, while the lower arm is visible from trains standing in the station. The signal along with the 1883 signal box are due to replaced in the next few years by a new modular signalling system being developed by Signalling Solutions for the Ely to Norwich line. With the signal in the ‘off’ position to allow a Norwich to Cambridge service to pass, Euro Cargo Rail Class 66/0 No. 66245 passes the scene on Monday 3 October 2011, with the 09.25 (6L39) Mountsorrel to Norwich Trowse loaded stone hoppers.


Picture of the Day 5 October 2011

The Rail Head Treatment Trains (RHTT) have now commenced operation for the 2011 season, hopefully keeping rail heads clean and allowing trains to run to time. Two Class 20/9s (20901/905) operated by British American Railway are being used this year on one of the Yorkshire/Humberside routes. On 3 October 2011 after working a service from Wakefield to Grimsby Town, No. 20901 is seen leading the train through Scunthorpe Station with RHTT train 3S14 to Malton.
Steve Thompson


Picture of the Day 6 October 2011

The latest livery to be applied to the Class 67s is Arriva Trains Wales blue. Onto this Arriva branding will be applied. Three locos, Nos. 67001, 67002 and 67003 will operate on Arriva services from the end of the year replacing Class 57s. Here No. 67001 is seen in Doncaster West yard on 6 October 2011.
Derek Porter


Picture of the Day 7 October 2011

On the afternoon of Thursday 6 October 2011, South West Trains Class 159 units Nos. 159005 and 159106 arrive at Andover station in Hampshire with the 16.00 Salisbury to London Waterloo service. The freight yard on the left is due to replaced soon by a new 150 space car park. The £1million cost for this project and also the refurbishment of the station buildings is expected to be raised by the sale of land in the area.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 8 October 2011

A train which is not often photographed is the Network Rail switch and crossing transporter set, especially when loaded with track sections. Ready for weekend engineering work, this was the view recorded of DBS Class 66/0 No. 66182 forming train 6X26, the 10.19 Hinksey Yard (Oxford) to Eastleigh Yard at South Moreton on 7 October 2011. The train is formed of eight tilting body crossing carriers, support vehicles and a crane.
Mark V. Pike


Picture of the Day 10 October 2011

On 9 October 2011 the Great Deltic Gathering “The Magnificent Seven” featuring for the first time ever all six preserved Class 55 Deltics together with the prototype Deltic were brought together at the National Railway Museum Locomotion display at Shildon. Locomotives pictured are left to right:- D9015 Tulyar owned by the Deltic Preservation Society undergoing major overhaul at Barrow Hill in two tone green. Prototype Deltic in original blue livery based at Shildon. D9016 Gordon Highlander owned by Beaver Sports (Yorkshire Ltd) in working order and based at the East Lancashire Railway in two tone green, D9009 Alycidon owned by the DPS in full working order and based at Barrow Hill in two tone green. 55022 Royal Scots Grey Owned by Beaver Sports (Yorkshire Ltd) in full working order and the only Deltic main line registered based at the ELR, BR blue 55002 The Kings Own Yorkshire Light Infantry part of the National Collection based at York and recently returned to traffic, and BR blue 55019 Royal Highland Fusilier owned by the DPS in full working order and based at The Deltic Depot Barrow Hill.
Peter Marsh


Picture of the Day 11 October 2011

Swing bridges carrying roads across the Stainforth and Keadby Canal and signal boxes controlling manually operated level crossing gates are a feature of the railway between Thorne and Scunthorpe in North Lincolnshire. One of the most picturesque examples is at Godnow Bridge near Crowle, where the railway and canal are just a few feet apart from each other. On Monday 10 October 2011, Freightliner Class 66/5 No. 66548 passes the scene with the 10.35 (4R16) Drax Power Station to Immingham empty coal hoppers.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 12 October 2011

Following on from out picture of the Deltic line up at Shildon earlier in the week, today we can show this remarkable and unique working which took place on the 11 October 2011, when a convoy of five 'Deltic' Class 55s operated along the main line from Shildon to Bury and the East Lancashire Railway where this coming weekend a Diesel Gala is being held with all five 'Deltics' in action. For this move, power was provided by No. 55022 Royal Scots Grey and is seen on a dismal and wet morning arriving in the loop at Horbury where a stop was made pending clearance onwards to Huddersfield and the Standedge route. From the front the train was formed Nos. 55022, 55002, 55019, 55009 and 55016.
Peter Marsh


Picture of the Day 13 October 2011

Off to Belgium for todays POD, the view shows SNCB Class 23 No. 2370 pulling into Aarshot on 7 October 2011 with a service from Antwerp.
Tim Blazey


Picture of the Day 14 October 2011

Arriva Trains Wales-liveried Class 67 No. 67003 is seen passing Eastleigh on 14 October 2011 powering special 1Z91, the 10.40 Winchester to Southampton Airport charter former of the VSOE 'British Pullman' train.
'Gorgeous Gordon'



Picture of the Day 16 October 2011

With a fleet of 16 brand new Bombardier Flexity 2 trams being introduced for Blackpool, it is worth celebrating a classic Blackpool tram design from a previous era. Thirteen open top trams were built by English Electric in 1934. To allow them to operate in the Winter, they were enclosed in 1940. Due to their round shape and air hissing from their air brakes the trams were known as ‘balloon cars’. The trams became a prominent feature along the Blackpool tramway system for many years. No. 249 in the 1930s green and cream livery has been preserved by the National Tramway Museum at Crich in Derbyshire, where is is seen on static display on Thursday 13 October 2011.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 17 October 2011

In a view reminiscent of those seaside excursions to Brighton from places like Watford in the late 1950s early 1960s, preserved EE Type 1 No. D8098 passes Kinchley Lane on the Great Central Railway on 16 October 2011 forming the 12.15 Loughborough to Leicester North.
Michael J. Collins


Picture of the Day 18 October 2011

The first 11-car Class 390 ‘Pendolino’ No. 390054 is now in service with Virgin Trains. However, until major infrastructure modifications to stations and depots has been completed, the unit has been reduced to a 9-car formation. On Monday 17 October 2011, No. 390054 complete with ‘Alstom Pendolino’ branding stands at Manchester Piccadilly with the 17.55 express to London Euston.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 19 October 2011

These days the Felixstowe to Barton Dock, Manchester (Trafford Park) is now a regular runner for GBRf so our photographer thought he would find it on the Manchester Ship Canal Railway. The '66' is taken off at Trafford Park exchange sidings and one of the GBRf Class 09s based at Barton Dock trips the wagons through the Trafford Park industrial estate. Here, recently introduced No. 09002 trips 4M29 across Barton Dock Road on Friday 14 October 2011, about .25 mile from its final destination which is opposite The Trafford Centre. This '09' was previously preserved on the South Devon Railway - note the new head and tail lights on the nose end.
Tim Blazey


Picture of the Day 20 October 2011

One of the best train and rainbow pictures the editor has seen in years. Taken on 19 October 2011, it shows DBS Class 66/0 No. 66160 heading east near Cholsey on the Great Western main line after a 'shower'. The loco is powering train 4O23, the 11.40 Hams Hall to Southampton Western Docks.
Nathan Williamson


Picture of the Day 21 October 2011

This years Chiltern Railways RHTT comprises of DBS Class 66/0s Nos. 66001 and 66017, seen here about to enter 4 rail territory just north of Amersham at Mantles Wood. The Class 66's have been modified to travel on TfL tracks and cope with their signals using trip cock systems. The loco can be seen about to pass its first TfL signal on its way to London Marylebone on 19 October 2011.
Colin Cooke


Picture of the Day 22 October 2011

Colas Class 66 No. 66849 Wylam Dilly painted in the latest Colas Rail Freight livery, passes Bolton Percy to south of York on East Coast Mail Line on Saturday 22 October 2011 powering train 6Z50 from Wolsingham (on Weardale preserved railway) to Scunthorpe loaded coal train.
Robin Patrick


Picture of the Day 23 October 2011

St Werburgh's Road station in Chorlton on the Manchester Metrolink (South Manchester Line) opened on 7 July 2011. Construction of the Phase 3A route started in April 2006 and runs along the trackbed of the former Cheshire Lines Committee line from Old Trafford which closed in 1967. The line will soon continue to East Didsbury (Phase 3B) with funding coming from both national and local government. The line enjoys a 12 minute service to Manchester Victoria from Monday to Saturday, increased to 15 minutes on Sunday. On Friday 21 Octobe 2011r, Bombardier M5000 Flexity Swift tram No. 3010 departs from the island platform with a Victoria service. The tram had arrived on the South (East Didsbury) bound track before running forward to use the cross over (just visible on the left of the photograph) to depart along the North (Manchester) bound track.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 24 October 2011

The 2011 Winter leaf fall timetable on the Birmingham Cross City line commenced on Monday 24 October. One stretch of poor adhesion is along the area known as The Vale in Edgbaston, where the railway runs alongside the Worcester and Birmingham Canal between University and Five Ways stations. The new timetable features four trains (Monday to Saturday) terminating / starting at Blake Street. On the inaugural day of operation, the leaves on the trees are starting to turn yellow as the first of these services, the 08.57 from Redditch, formed of London Midland Class 323 units Nos. 323209 and 323242 pass through The Vale.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 25 October 2011

West Coast Railway Class 37 No. 37685 (with No. 37706 on the rear) is seen here arriving at Hamworthy Quay on 20 October 2011 with the Spitfire Railtours 'Routes & Branches 3', charter, the 07.09 London Paddington to Portsmouth Harbour (via Hamworthy Quay). This is believed to be the first passenger train to use this freight only branch since 2004.
Mark V. Pike


Picture of the Day 26 October 2011

For the first time in more than 20 years, a Class 59 was used today (26 October 2011) to power the Fawley to Tavistock Junction/St Blazey fuel service. The train which should have operated west on 25 October 2011 was cancelled at Westbury due to a body being found on the line near Bridgwater. To get fuel west to St Blazey, the train was rearranged to operate on 26 October as 6Z62, 10.15 Westbury to St Blazey. As no Class 66 was available Class 59/2 No. 59204 was deployed and is seen between Dawlish station and Kennaway Tunnel.
Colin J. Marsden


Picture of the Day 27 October 2011

One important freight flow along the North Wales coast line for many years has been granite from the quarry at Penmaenmawr for use in the rail industry. Freightliner Heavy Haul currently operate the services which run to civil engineers sidings at Guide Bridge in Manchester which are managed by the company. On Wednesday 26 October 2011, Class 66/9 No. 66953 passes Bagillt, near Flint with the 13.47 (6H45) loaded box wagons from the quarry. The present timetable sees the 6D44 outbound empty working departing from Guide Bridge at 07.20, and the trains operate on an as required basis on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 28 October 2011

The great DMU shuffle has started! Here ex-Northern Rail Class 156 No. 156498, newly transferred to East Midlands Trains, and an East Midlands Trains Class 153 approach Longport, Stoke-on-Trent, with the 16.07 Crewe to Derby on 28 October 2011. No.156498 carries Northern livery with East Midlands Trains branding.

Cliff Beeton


Picture of the Day 29 October 2011

The five original Stansted Express Class 322s, which after displacement from their intended route then operated in the North West, then on the Great Eastern routes and eventually by First ScotRail, have now transferred to Northern Rail at Leeds Neville Hill. The units are to work alongside the Class 321/9s on the Leeds - Doncaster route. On 29 October 2011, unbranded set No. 322483 is seen departing from the Leeds bay at Doncaster.
Derek Porter


Picture of the Day 30 October 2011

The Hitachi Class 395 ‘Javelin’ dual-voltage electric units introduced in 2009 are operated by Southeastern and run along the High Speed 1 (HS1) route from London St. Pancras International to Ashford and then onwards to Dover and Margate (via Canterbury West). The trains operate some of the fastest domestic rail services in the UK, with speeds of 140mph being reached along the the HS1 line and 100mph on the classic mainlines. On Saturday 29 October 2011, No. 395014 draws into Broadstairs with the 15.53 Margate to London St. Pancras International service.
John Binch


Picture of the Day 31 October 2011

East Coast have hired an HST set from First Great Western for one week (commencing on Monday 31 October 2011) to cover for a Class 91 which is being used for testing purposes.  The FGW set is seen heading north at Doncaster on 31 October on its first working for East Coast, the 08.30 from London King's Cross to Newcastle.  The power cars used are No. 43163 Exeter Panel Signal Box 21st Anniversary 2009 (leading) and No. 43041 Meningitis Trust Support for Life (rear).
David Carr


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