On St Andrew’s Day – The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

A small selection of photos taken during my only visit (so far) to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (B&KR) back in 2018.

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Bo’ness, 2 November 2018

27001 (the former D5347) was first allocated to Thornton Junction shed (62A) in June 1961 but was almost immediately reallocated to Glasgow Eastfield (65A, later ED), spending the rest of its working life allocated to either Eastfield or Edinburgh Haymarket sheds (64B, later HA).

I don’t think I ever saw a ‘McRat’ (as the class 27s were known) in BR days but would have loved to have seen them on their regular stomping ground of the West Highland Line.

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Bo’ness, 2 November 2018

No.419 was built at the Caledonian Railway’s St. Rollox Works in 1907 and remained in service (first with the London Midland & Scottish Railway, then British Railways) until December 1962 when it was withdrawn from Carstairs shed (66E).

The beautifully restored flagship of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) fleet had spent nine years undergoing overhaul and had only returned to traffic the month prior to my visit.

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Bo’ness, 2 November 2018

You can’t have a collection of Scottish locomotives without a ‘Wee Pug’ and this Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co Ltd 0-4-0ST (works no.2043 of 1937) fits the bill perfectly!

Built for United Collieries Ltd (as their No.4) it worked at various locations before ending up at Kinneil Colliery in the late 1970s from where it entered preservation, initially at the Prestongrange Mining Museum. Owned by East Lothian Council it is currently awaiting overhaul.

Spotted Yesterday – 66715 VALOUR – IN MEMORY OF ALL RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY

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Alrewas, 22 November 2021

Spotted yesterday, GB Railfreight’s 66715 VALOUR – IN MEMORY OF ALL RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY approaching Alrewas level crossing with train 4F62, the 12.58 intermodal service from East Midlands Gateway to Seaforth Container Terminal.

The locomotive’s name is rather appropriate as the National Memorial Arboretum is only a few hundred yards east of where I was standing…

On This Day… The Great Gathering

Eight years ago today I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the National Railway Museum (NRM) photographing all six preserved London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class A4 locomotives at ‘The Great Gathering

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National Railway Museum, 11 November 2013

Gathering all six A4s together was no mean feat, although four of the locos were located in the United Kingdom, 60008 DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER was housed in the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin and 4489 DOMINION OF CANADA was in the Canadian Railway Museum in Montreal!

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National Railway Museum, 11 November 2013

I did manage to get all six locos in one image (just) but the distortion caused by the wide-angle lens used makes 60007 and 4489 look twice as wide as the others so you’ll have to make do with two separate pics!

Spotted Yesterday – 43274 and 43102

Spotted yesterday at Nottingham Station, having arrived with train 1D48, the 15.34 (SSuX) East Midlands Railway service from London St Pancras International…

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Nottingham, 30 April 2021

and…

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Nottingham, 30 April 2021

EMR’s High Speed Trains are due for withdrawal in the next couple of weeks so I couldn’t resist the opportunity to photograph the two ‘celebrity-liveried’ power cars on the same train.

43274 (the former 43074, b.1977) is the only power car to wear EMR’s purple livery whilst 43102 (actually 43302, b.1978) has been repainted into the British Rail InterCity ‘Swallow’ livery it carried when it set the world speed record for a diesel train of 148.5mph on 1 November 1987.

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Nottingham, 30 April 2021

43102 and 43274 returned to St Pancras with train 1B69, the 17.45 SSuX service, departing Nottingham to a chorus of camera shutters firing!

Spotted Today – 37116

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Breaston, 3 April 2021

Spotted today, 37116 (the former D6816, built in 1963 by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows) passing Breaston (between Long Eaton and Spondon stations) with train 3M03, the 10.52 Colas Rail/Network Rail test train from Dollands Moor Sidings to Derby R.T.C.

The five coach train was made up of Brake Force Runner 96604, Generator Van 6262, Brake Coach 9810, Ultrasonic Test Coach 999606 and Driving Trailer Coach 9702 and was (at this point) running 42 minutes early in spite of having departed Dollands Moor 40 minutes late!

From the Archives – In Dublin’s Fair City…

It being St Patrick’s Day today I thought I’d raid my archives and post a few pics taken during a trip to Dublin that Dad and I took way back in 2004.

An early flight and a quick bus journey got us to Dublin Connolly station/Stáisiún Uí Chonghaile by mid-morning and we spent some time photographing the Irish Rail/Iarnród Éireann diesel locos that were pottering about…

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Dublin Connolly station/Stáisiún Uí Chonghaile, 30 June 2004

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Then a tip-off from a member of station staff led us around the corner to see this…

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No.4, a Class WT 2-6-4T, was built at Derby in 1947 for the London Midland & Scottish Railway’s Northern Counties Committee. Preserved by the Railway Preservation Society of Ireland No.4 was (and still is) regularly in use on special trains on the main line.

A less friendly member of staff then told us to ‘clear off!’ so we had a ride down the coast to Greystones station/Stáisiún na Clocha Liatha on a class 2800 DMU (returning on the Dublin Area Rapid Transit unit seen below).

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A dash back across Dublin gave us enough time to take a few photos at Heuston station/Stáisiún Heuston (and enjoy a pint of Guinness!) before our flight home.

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Dublin Hueston station/Stáisiún Heuston, 30 June 2004

Sláinte!

On St. David’s Day – The Great Little Trains of Wales (Trenau Bach Arbennig Cymru)

Or two of them at least!

2013 saw me pay visits to the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway (W&LLR) and the Talyllyn Railway (TR), two of the eleven ‘Great Little Trains of Wales’.

Opened in 1903 the 2ft 6in gauge W&LLR has its headquarters at Llanfair Caereinion in Powys and still operates services with the original locomotives built by Beyer, Peacock & Co Ltd in 1902.

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Llanfair Caereinion, W&LLR, 20 July 2013

Great Western Railway-liveried No.823 COUNTESS is seen taking on coal at Llanfair Caereinion, in the background are the three replica R.Y. Pickering & Co Ltd carriages built by the Ffestiniog Railway‘s Boston Lodge works between 2004 and 2010, the original W&LLR carriages having been scrapped in 1931.

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Sylfaen Halt, W&LLR, 20 July 2013

no.822 THE EARL is seen approaching Sylfaen Halt with a Welshpool Raven Square-Llanfair Caereinion service. The locomotives were named in honour of The Earl and Countess of Powys as the Earl supported the building of the railway. THE COUNTESS had its name shortened to just COUNTESS by the Great Western Railway (GWR) who absorbed the W&LLR in 1923.


The 2ft 3in gauge Talyllyn Railway was opened in 1865 to carry slate from the quarries at Bryn Eglwys to Tywyn on the coast and despite becoming incredibly run-down was never closed, becoming the first heritage railway in the world in 1951.

The TR also uses its original locomotives (amongst others) and on the day I visited No.1 TALYLLYN (built by Fletcher Jennings & Co in 1865) was photographed running round the 12:45 service to Tywyn Wharf at Nant Gwernol at the eastern end of the line.

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Nant Gwernol, TR, 16 August 2013

Also in operation was Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co Ltd 0-4-0WT No.6 DOUGLAS (works no.1431 of 1918). The ‘Modified E Class’ locomotive was built for the railway serving RAF Calshot in Hampshire. The locomotive was donated to the Talyllyn Railway in 1953, regauged from 2ft gauge and named after Douglas Abelson, who donated it.

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Tywyn, TR, 16 August 2013

Both railways are on my ‘to be revisited’ list and both are accepting donations to help them survive COVID-19 enforced shut-downs, please support them if you can…

Spotted Today – 66789 British Rail 1948-1997

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Alfreton Tunnel, 26 February 2021

Spotted today, during my daily exercise… 66789 British Rail 1948-1997 exiting Alfreton Tunnel with train 0O01, the 10.50 light engine move from Doncaster Down Decoy Yard to Eastleigh East Yard.

Previously numbered 66250, the loco was one of a batch sold by DB Cargo UK to GB Railfreight (GBRf) in 2017 and now carries British Rail’s ‘large logo’ blue livery.

The 840 yard long Alfreton (New) Tunnel was completed in 1901 by the Midland Railway (MR) when the line here was quadrupled, the new tunnel being used for the fast lines with the old tunnel being relegated to freight traffic on the slow lines.

Spotted Yesterday – In 15 minutes on the Erewash Valley Line

A 15-minute pause during a stroll in the Erewash Valley (near the site of the Former Shipley Gate station) yesterday produced the following…

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Erewash Valley Line, 4 January 2021

Freightliner’s 66514 heading 6M73, the 10.50 departmental service from Doncaster Up Decoy to Toton North Yard.

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Erewash Valley Line, 4 January 2021

195009, working 1Y15, the 11.09 Sundays excepted (SuX) Northern service from Leeds to Nottingham.

The class 195s seem to have finally taken over from class 158s on this route, I’ve seen a few but this is the first time I’ve photographed one.

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Erewash Valley Line, 4 January 2021

DB Cargo UK’s 60010 and 66207 passing with 0F54, the 12.05 light engine move from Belmont Down Yard to Toton T.M.D.

I didn’t hang about any longer, the leaden sky soon produced rain…

On This Day… 47540

13 years ago today I was driving up to Bedale in North Yorkshire (if memory serves I was going to collect a model railway baseboard from White Rose Modelworks) and I decided to stop off en route to have a better look at something I’d spotted when driving down the A1 a few months earlier…

What I’d spotted was a number of railway carriages seemingly dumped in a field.

What I’d thought was a field turned out to be the remnants of Sinderby railway station, on the former Harrogate to Northallerton line opened by the Leeds Northern Railway in 1852.

The station had closed to passengers in 1962, to goods in 1963 and the line had closed completely in 1967 with the station site being taken over by Seward Agricultural Supplies.

In 2002 the site also became home to a number of British Rail Mk.2 carriages pending restoration, and a little later, this…

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The former Sinderby Station, December 2007

47540 The Institution of Civil Engineers was withdrawn in November 2002 and had arrived at Sinderby the following September and was now looking very much the worse for wear.

47540 was built at Brush Traction in Loughborough and entered service in March 1964 as D1723 at Bristol Bath Road Depot (82A). Renumbering under the TOPS scheme followed in October 1974 and again (to 47975) in August 1990. 47975 was named The Institution of Civil Engineers without ceremony at Crewe Diesel Depot (CD) on 2 September 1991 and the name was retained when the loco was renumbered back to 47540 in December 1995.

The site was partially cleared in 2009, prior to the widening of the A1 road and the six carriages I recorded (and possibly others) were moved to Dalton Industrial Estate near Thirsk for storage. Most were later scrapped.

47540 had a brief period of storage at Heanor Haulage’s site in Langley Mill before moving back to Yorkshire, taking up residence at the Wensleydale Railway where its condition deteriorated further until it was sent for scrap at T.J.Thomson of Stockton in March 2016.

In the image below (dating from 2010) 47540 is just visible (in the centre), dumped at the end of a siding at Leeming Bar station.

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Leeming Bar Station, 9 September 2010