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Tuesday 10th July 2018
Strathclyde

Our annual visits to Glasgow are always popular so it was no surprise when 12 Members attended the fixture. The party initially headed for East Kilbride aboard 156431 [2J32 11.17 departure] returning to Glasgow Central on the same unit. We then transferred to the Low Level Platforms before 318259 + 320305 formed 2L04 12.18 Dalmuir – Larkhall. Travelling aboard the Class 318 we discovered the toilet was not working. With that in mind we changed into the Class 320 from Larkhall only to discover that the toilet was not operational on that unit! Enroute to East Kilbride we had passed Crossmyloof and we now found ourselves in,”crossmylegs” territory! Fortunately help was at hand courtesy of toilets at Hamilton Central. From Hamilton 320311 took the party to Motherwell [2C36 13.11 ex Milngavie] At Motherwell 318258 + 320308 took us to Lanark [2B82 13.50 Glasgow Central – Lanark] Returning to Motherwell we travelled to Cumbernauld and then to Glasgow Queen St on 158708 [2J73 16.25 ex Falkirk Grahamston] We then spent an enjoyable hour on Queen St before walking to Glasgow Central and returning South aboard 390154.

CREWE 390114 1S37 05.31 EUSTON – GLASGOW CENTRAL [T] ARPLEY YARD 92015 ARPLEY STAB POINT 66074 WIGAN NORTH WESTERN 142056 150204 PRESTON 150108 LANCASTER 350402 1M91 06.14 EDINBURGH – MAN AIRPORT CARLISLE UPPERBY DR98912 DR98962 CARLISLE DR73111 DR77903 57309 STABLED KM 37423 57312 66303 66430 68007 88009 88010 CARLISLE YARD 56087 66067 70812 60047 6S36 08.32 DALSTON - GRANGEMOUTH POLMADIE 92038 GLASGOW CENTRAL 390009 1M11 10.40 TO EUSTON 156431 2J32 11.17 TO EAST KILBRIDE & 2J11 11.57 RETURN [T] CROSSMYLOOF 156507 2J09 10.57 EAST KILBRIDE – GLASGOW CENTRAL CLARKSTON 156433 1L76 12.13 GLASGOW CENTRAL - CARLISLE CROSSMYLOOF 156435 2J22 12.17 GLASGOW CENTRAL – EAST KILBRIDE GLASGOW CENTRAL 390115 1M13 12.40 TO EUSTON 390020 1S39 07.16 EX BIRMINGHAM NEW ST GLASGOW CENTRAL LOW LEVEL 320307 320311 2L01 12.03 LARKHALL – MILNGAVIE 318259 320305 2L04 12.18 DALMUIR – LARKHALL [T – 77925] RUTHERGLEN CCE 78217 WITHDRAWN NEWTON 390132 9S47 07.43 EUSTON – GLASGOW CENTRAL 318250 LARKHALL 318259 320305 2L07 TO MILNGAVIEW [T – 77249] HAMILTON CENTRAL 320311 2C36 13.11 MILNGAVIE – MOTHERWELL [T] MOTHERWELL 320316 318270 2B79 13.53 LANARK – GLASGOW CENTRAL 318258 320308 2B82 13.50 GLASGOW CENTRAL – LANARK [T-63028] CARLUKE 320301 2B81 14.23 LANARK – GLASGOW CENTRAL LANARK 320308 2B83 14.53 TO GLASGOW CENTRAL LAW JNC 66710 4M01 14.05 MOSSEND YARD – CARLISLE YARD MOTHERWELL 320310 318260 2S01 15.20 MOTHERWELL - DALMUIR 318270 320316 1B86 14.50 GLASGOW CENTRAL - LANARK 350405 1M90 15.09 GLASGOW CENT – MAN AIRPORT 320307 ? 1F01 15.21 CUMBERNAULD - DALMUIR 318259 320305 2C02 14.39 MILNGAVIE – CUMBERNAULD [T – 77925] ML 88005 MOSSEND YARD 66013 66101 DALZELL WORKS – MOSSEND YARD 90035 CUMBERNAULD 318252 1V58 15.11 DALMUIR – CUMBERNAULD/2V51 16.29 TO SPRINGBURN [CANC BEYOND] 56302 6N47 13.27 PRESTWICK - GRANGEMOUTH 158708 2J73 16.25 FALKIRK GRAHAMSTON – QUEEN ST [T] 320303 2V60 15.26 DUMBARTON CENT - CUMBERNAULD SPRINGBURN 320304 2V62 15.56 DUMBARTON CENT - CUMBERNAULD GLASGOW QUEEN ST 170418 170474 170470 1R96 17.15 - EDINBURGH 158740 158701 1L21 17.11 - CARNOUSTIE 158723 158712 2N67 17.18 - ALLOA 170426 2J76 17.23 - FALKIRK GRAHAMSTON 156476 2W68 16.55 EX ANNIESLAND/2W71 17.26 - ANNIESLAND 170409 1T32 14.39 EX ABERDEEN/1N79 17.33 - MARKINCH 170414 170452 1R89 16.30 EX EDINBURGH /1R02 17.30 - EDINBURGH 170429 5A83 16.46 EX STIRLING ECS 156514 2N56 A6.41 EX ALLOA 170429 158708 1A83 17.40 - ABERDEEN 156450 2W70 17.21 EX ANNIESLAND 156477 1Y26 14.41 EX OBAN 170434 170433 1R91 16.45 EX EDINBURGH/1R04 17.45 - EDINBURGH 380111 380011 1R93 17.00 EX EDINBURGH 156450 156514 2N51 17.52 - DUNBLANE 170420 2J75 17.17 EX FALKIRK GRAHAMSTON GLASGOW CENTRAL 158733 2Y42 18.17 – EDINBURGH [VIA SHOTTS] 390154 1S69 13.30 EX EUSTON/1M19 18.40 – EUSTON [T] PO 08764 08887 08954 POLMADIE 92014 ABINGTON 86627/86608 4M11 18.14 COATBRIDGE – BASFORD HALL CARLISLE YD 66115 66710 KM 37403 37425 66424 68017 CARLISLE 156437 2L13 18.41 EX DUMFRIES 156483 1N73 18.10 EX NEWCASTLE LANCASTER 158844 1Y91 19.43 BARROW – MAN AIRPORT DR73921 PRESTON 390137 1S95 18.30 EUSTON – GLASGOW CENT [27’ LATE] 142051 150149 WIGAN NORTH WESTERN 319448 2C31 21.21 - HUYTON SP 08703 GLASGOW CENTRAL [VARIOUS VISITS DURING DAY]

156431/32/42/65/94/503/04/09/11 158727/29 221124/34 314201/03/04/06/11/13/14/16 320301/13/16/21/412 350409 380013/14/15/16/17/21 380101/05/06/12

Tuesday 12th June 2018
Thames Valley Branches Day Ranger - Part 2

Six Members attended with the party travelling from Birmingham Snow Hill aboard 168109 on 1H35 [11.12 to Marylebone] Following a quick Tube ride to Paddington we travelled on 387142 which with 387136 formed 2R40 13.42 to Reading. Alighting at Maidenhead, 165137 formed 2B36 14.39 to Marlow & Bourne End. Returning to Maidenhead387144 [+387171] took the party to Twyford [2N40 14.57 Paddington – Didcot Parkway]. A return journey to Henley on Thames was then undertaken aboard 165104 before 387136 took the party to Reading where we observed the many peak hour movements in the company of two Humberside Branch Members. CREWE L.N.W.R 08868 68020 BASFORD HALL JNC 66428 6U76 08.59 BASFORD HALL - MOUNTSORREL SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE 172339 2D16 09.27 STOURBRIDGE JNC – STARTFORD UPON AVON [T] BIRMINGHAM MOOR ST 68015 1R15 08.37 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 10.49 172219/172215 2W72 10.03 STARTFORD UPON AVON – STOURBRIDGE JNC [172219 [T] BIRMINGHAM SNOW HILL 11.14 168109 1H35 11.12 SNOW HILL – MARYLEBONE [T] SMALLHEATH 66620 6M67 05.00 TUNSTEAD – SMALLHEATH & 6E82 16.11 SMALLHEATH - TUNSTEAD WARWICK 66068 6M31 10.28 BANBURY - MOUNTSORREL LEAMINGTON SPA 11.54 66558/66502 4M55 09.02 SOUTHAMPTON – LAWLEY ST PRINCES RISBOROUGH D3018 977992 EX W51375 WEMBLEY DEPOT 68014/82301 68010/82309 68008 PADDINGTON 387136/387142 2R40 13.42 PADDINGTON – READING [T- 387142] NORTH POLE 800036 800303 802009 ACTON YARD 59102/59206 59202/59204 66057 66197 SOUTHALL 37668 STABLED HAYES & HARLINGTON [TARMAC SDGS] 66186 6V86 12.54 ACTON YD – HAYES & HARLINGTON TARMAC SDGS WEST DRAYTON 66416 0V03 08.06 GRAIN – COLNBROOK/14.04 COLNBROOK – HOO JNC SLOUGH 14.10 80008 1P29 12.00 WORCESTER FOREGATE ST - PADDINGTON DR73924 MAIDENHEAD 14.22 43144/43097 1C54 14.03 PADDINGTON - TAUNTON 14.27 66172 6M20 10.37 WHATLEY QUARRY – ST PANCRAS 14.30 800035/800020 1B42 14.15 PADDINGTON - CARDIFF 14.33 43053/43002 1A83 12.32 TIVERTON PARKWAY - PADDINGTON 14.37 165137 2B36 14.39 MAIDENHEAD – MARLOW [T] MARLOW 15.05 165137 2B37 15.05 MARLOW – MAIDENHEAD [T] MAIDENHEAD 15.29 59103 6V18 11.25 ALLINGTON – WHATLEY QUARRY 15.35 800028 1Z45 14.43 DIDCOT PARKWAY - PADDINGTON 15.34 43002/43053 1B48 15.15 PADDINGTON - CARDIFF 15.37 387144/387171 2N40 14.57 PADDINGTON – DIDCOT PARKWAY [T- 387144] TWYFORD 15.55 43071/43154 1A85 09.55 PENZANCE - PADDINGTON 15.59 800010/800021 1L65 13.56 CARDIFF - PADDINGTON 16.02 43087/43139 1A87 14.23 TAUNTON - PADDINGTON 16.08 165104 2H46 16.08 TWYFORD – HENLEY ON THAMES [T] HENLEY ON THAMES 16.23 165104 2H47 16.23 HENLEY ON THAMES – TWYFORD [T] TWYFORD 16.34 43034/43133 1C58 16.03 PADDINGTON - TAUNTON 16.35 800005/800034 1A22 15.00 BRISTOL - PADDINGTON 16.39 800013/800027 1L68 14.56 CARDIFF - PADDINGTON 16.40 43161/43025 1B55 16.15 PADDINGTON - SWANSEA 16.43 387136 2N42 15.57 PADDINGTON – DIDCOT PARKWAY [T] READING 16.52 43004/43186 5L67 15.46 SWINDON – PADDINGTON ECS 16.54/16.57 800021/800010 1C22 16.30 PADDINGTON - TAUNTON 16.56/16.58 43042/43091 1P36 15.22 WORCESTER SHRUB HILL – PADDINGTON 16.57/17.02 43154/43071 1C90 16.33 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE 17.00/17.04 800009 1L71 14.29 SWANSEA - PADDINGTON 17.04 800306 5Z31 17.50 SWINDON – NORTH POLE [148’ EARLY] 17.07/17.11 43029/43185 1A24 16.00 BRISTOL - PADDINGTON 17.17/17.19 800024 1B59 16.45 PADDINGTON - SWANSEA 17.22/17.28 43150/43024 1P37 15.51 WORCESTER FOREGATE ST – PADDINGTON 17.28/17.31 43155/43192 1C23 17.00 PADDINGTON - BRISTOL 17.34/17.37 800030 1L74 15.56 CARDIFF - PADDINGTON 17.38/17.40 43139/43087 1C60 17.03 PADDINGTON – TIVERTON PARKWAY 17.42/17.45 43018/43015 1A90 15.50 TIVERTON PARKWAY - PADDINGTON 17.44/17.47 800034/800005 1B63 17.15 PADDINGTON - CARMARTHEN 17.45/17.47 800031/800032 1A25 16.30 BRISTOL - PADDINGTON 17.46/17.50 43175/43196 1J91 17.07 PADDINGTON - FROME 17.49/17.51 43097/43144 1A91 16.30 TAUNTON - PADDINGTON 17.50/17.53 43180/43194 1W02 17.22 PADDINGTON - HEREFORD 17.54/17.56 43158/43017 1P39 15.14 HEREFORD - PADDINGTON 17.59/18.02 800029 1L76 15.29 SWANSEA - PADDINGTON 18.00/18.03 800027/800013 1C24 17.30 PADDINGTON - TAUNTON 18.00/18.08 43174/43023 1C92 17.33 PADDINGTON - PENZANCE 18.03/18.05 43164/43069 1A88 12.04 PENZANCE – PADDINGTON [48’LATE] 18.06/18.09 43147/43070 1L80 16.20 CHELTENHAM SPA - PADDINGTON 18.08 43186/43004 1G60 17.42 PADDINGTON – CHELTENHAM SPA 18.11/18.15 800012/800017 1B69 17.45 PADDINGTON - SWANSEA 18.15/18.17 800025/800015 1A26 17.00 BRISTOL - PADDINGTON 18.19/18.22 43091/43042 1W36 17.52 PADDINGTON – WORCESTER FOREGATE ST 18.31 66739 6M41 15.32 WHATLEY QUARRY - WELLINGBOROUGH 18.32/18.34 800009 1C25 18.00 PADDINGTON - BRISTOL 18.33/18.40 800020/800035 1L82 16.56 CARDIFF - PADDINGTON 18.36/18.39 43159/43020 1C62 18.03 PADDINGTON - TAUNTON 18.37/18.38 43009/43182 1P40 17.38 MORETON IN MARSH - PADDINGTON 18.38 66543 4L30 16.25 BRISTOL FLT – LONDON GATEWAY 18.42/18.51 220019 1E68 17.46 SOUTHAMPTON – YORK [T] 18.46/18.49 43024/43150 1J93 18.07 PADDINGTON - FROME READING WEST JNC 18.56 43185/43029 1B76 18,14 PADDINGTON - SWANSEA GORING & STREATLEY 19.03 66070 4M66 15.53 SOUTHAMPTON – BIRCH COPPICE ALSO SEEN;

153365/66 165002/05/11/13/17/23/26/31/36 165101-03/06/11/13/21/22/24/25/27/30/35-37 166218/21 168001/03 168108 168326/29 172102/03 172211-13/17/18/21 172331-36/38/41/44 220009/18/29/32 221125/26 345017 387130/31/33-39/41/42/44-49/51/52/54-56/58/60-64/67-69/71/73/74 458507/14

Tuesday 8th May 2018
South Wales

Eleven Members attended this fixture. We initially gathered at Newport before travelling to Cardiff, Bridgend, Port Talbot Parkway before returning to Cardiff for the journey north.

The majority of the Party travelled South with 67018 on “the Wag”. Other Members followed aboard 175011 on 1V35 07.30 Man Pic – Carmarthen. The unit failed near Cwmbran due to “dragging brakes” arriving at Newport 57 minutes late. The following 1V38 09.30 Man Pic – Carmarthen with 175116 coupled to the rear of 1V35 and both units departed ECS to Canton, both trains having terminated at Newport.

The party sampled both HST’s and Class 800 IEP units and found the Class 43’s by far the more comfortable!

We returned North aboard “The Wag” and were delighted to note that 67020 had replaced 67018. NEWPORT 09.43 800009 800010 1L42 07.22 Carmarthen – Paddington 09.47 800023 800029 1B10 07.45 Paddington – Swansea 09.51 158958 1F09 09.25 Cardiff – Portsmouth Harbour 09.52 175111 2L49 08.55 Gloucester – Maesteg 09.57 60040 6B13 05.00 Robeston – Westerleigh 10.00 170112 1M60 09.42 Cardiff – Nottingham 10.06 800033 800027 1B12 08.15 Paddington – Cardiff 10.08 800006 800025 1L46 09.47 Cardiff – Paddington 10.12 170520 170111 1V04 07.04 Nottingham – Cardiff 10.13 175104 1W12 07.07 Milford Haven – Manchester Piccadilly 10.16 66023 66013 6H46 10.08 East Usk Yard – Margam 10.17 70006 4O70 10.04 Wentloog – Southampton 10.24 66558 0C40 09.34 Barry Island – East Usk Yard 10.30 158821 2G56 09.16 Maesteg – Gloucester 10.30 43035 43018 1B15 08.45 Paddington – Swansea 10.37 66009 6B43 10.20 Llanwern – Cardiff Tidal 10.38 800032 1L48 09.21 Swansea – Paddington 10.40 158954 1F08 07.05 Portsmouth Harbour – Cardiff 10.42 158950 1F11 10.25 Cardiff – Portsmouth Harbour 10.45 66547 0O57 10.16 Stoke Gifford – Wentloog 10.54 66051 6H25 09.23 Margam – Llanwern 11.00 DR98909/98959 3Z10 08.36 Salisbury West End - Margam 11.01 170111 170520 1M94 10.42 Cardiff – Nottingham 11.04 175114 1W56 07.50 Fishguard Harbour – Manchester Piccadilly 11.11 800027 800033 1L51 10.51 Cardiff – Paddington 11.11 170109 1V05 08.12 Nottingham – Cardiff 11.20 175011 1V35 07.30 Manchester Piccadilly – Carmarthen Caped at Newport 57’ late 11.34 175116 Coupled to rear of 175011 & dept down ecs 12.16 11.35 800035 1L52 10.23 Swansea - Paddington 11.43 43197 43160 1B20 09.45 Paddington - Swansea 11.56 66587 6M86 10.29 Margam – Dee Marsh 11.59 66192 0M41 11.52 Margam – Round Oak 12.11 43180 43194 1L54 11.51 Cardiff - Paddington 12.18 800022 800016 1B22 10.15 Paddington - Cardiff Ride 800022 [814022] CARDIFF CENTRAL 12.51 66558 4C41 12.27 East Usk Yard – Barry Island 12.51 800016 800022 1L60 12.50 Cardiff - Paddington 13.17 43018 43035 1l62 12.23 Swansea - Paddington 13.19 800015 1B25 10.45 Paddington - Swansea Ride [813015] CF CANTON 60096 67020 70808 70816 BRIDGEND 150213 2A36 13.42 Bridgend - Aberdare 13.54 143623 2L55 13.19 Cardiff - Maesteg 13.59 153362 2B38 12.45Llanelli - Cardiff 14.03 43160 43197 1L66 13.21 Swansea - Paddington [T] ride 42558 CARDIFF CENTRAL 14.36 800010 800009 1B31 12.15 Paddington - Cardiff 14.54 66076 6H27 13.57 Margam - Llanwern 14.54 43025 43189 1B35 12.45 Paddington - Swansea [T] ride 42518 15.03 66552 4Z49 13.53 Barry Docks Dow Chemicals - Wentloog CF CANTON 08499 70814 PORT TALBOT PARKWAY 150229 1Z18 15.10 Swansea - Cardiff 15.40 800020/800021 1L76 15.23 Swansea - Paddington Ride 800021[813021] STORMY GOODS LOOP 15.49 66063 6E30 15.29 Margam – Hartlepool Steel Works CARDIFF CENTRAL 16.35 43191 43131 1B42 Paddington – Cardiff/ 1L82 16.51 Cardiff - Paddington 16.43 66044 6V92 10.22 Corby - Margam 16.51 800023 800029 1B46 14.45 Paddington - Swansea 16.59 66009 0F85 16.52 Alexandra Dock Junction – Margam 17.04 60091 6B33 13.00 Theale – Robeston 17.15 43189 1L86 16.21 Swansea - Paddington 17.16 82306 67020 1W96 17.16 Cardiff – Holyhead [T] ride 12176 ALEXANDRA DOCK JNC 66013 Stabled NEWPORT 17.33 800031 800017 1B51 15.45 Paddington – Swansea MAINDEE WEST JNC 17.38 43014/43013 1Q15 06.41 Derby RTC – Landore TMD

Monday 16th April 2018
'Railway Roundabout'
Brian Arman, RCTS President

On 16th April the Rev. Canon Brian Arman, Society President, presented “Railway Roundabout” to the 28 persons who attended the Chester meeting in the Queen Hotel, because the usual Town Crier venue was being refurbished. His presentation started at Gloucester Eastgate, where his first spotting days began and then via Bristol, Bath, the S&DJR, SR main line, various London termini, to Birmingham New St. and back to Gloucester. We saw a variety of motive power from each of the ‘big four’ in addition to standard locomotives, diesel, electric and units, with some colour photographs which he had accumulated that dated as far back as the 1930s. The standard of photography was superb, as was his commentary on the subjects shown, which included one of the Leader class, the pioneer LMS and SR main line diesels, the gas turbine locomotive which became E1000 and an interesting shot of Eastleigh shed during the strike of 1955. We hope it will not be too long before he visits the Branch again.

Tuesday 10th April 2018
Thames Valley Branches Day Ranger - Part 1

The Branch’s fixture on 10th April was to travel to London and then use a “Thames Day Ranger” ticket. It attracted five members on what was a pleasant day, although the party split and never managed to meet. One group travelled from Crewe to London Marylebone via Birmingham Moor St. and then travelled to sample the Greenford and Windsor & Eton branches before spending a very busy two hours at Reading. This group returned via CrossCountry to Birmingham New St. and on to Crewe. The other group decided to go direct Liverpool-London and took the chance to journey on Cl.800s, or with HSTs whilst there was still a chance. They again returned direct from Euston. Despite ‘never the twain shall meet’ occurring both groups had an enjoyable day. Perhaps we will be more fortunate in June when part 2 of the fixture will be to cover the remaining Thames branches. PADDINGTON 43088/43137 1C82 13.03 PAD - PLYMOUTH 13.01 800021/800026 1L51 10.56 CARDIFF - PAD 13.03 43153/43198 1P26 12.01 OXFORD - PAD OLD OAK COMMON 800011 ACTON YARD 66030 6V12 10.54 CHELMSFORD – ACTON YD 66085 7V50 11.08 CRAWLEY – ACTON YD 59201 EX 7V57 09.49 HARLOW MILL – ACTON YD 59203 EX 6V60 09.25 ARDINGLY – ACTON YD EALING BROADWAY 13.22 43188/43093 1B37 13.15 PAD - CARDIFF 13.23 800017/800010 1L52 10.29 SWANSEA - PAD 13.28 43170/43031 1A16 12.00 BRISTOL - PAD 13.29 59201 7A18 13.24 ACTON YD - BRENTFORD 13.29 43130/43034 1W27 13.22.PAD - WORCESTER SHRUB HILL 13.36 66221 6M20 10.37 WHATLEY QUARRY – ST PANCRAS 13.36 43198/43153 1C16 13.30 PAD - CHELTENHAM 13.43 43161/43186 1G38 13.36 PAD - CHELTENHAM 13.51 800026/800021 1B40 13.45 PAD - SWANSEA 13.53 43193/43027 1A82 09.00 PENZANCE - PAD 13.53 59101 6V18 11.20 ALLINGTON – WHATLEY QUARRY WEST EALING 14.27 802002/802001 5X30 13.47 NORTH POLE - SWINDON EALING BROADWAY 14.37 43192/43063 1A18 13.00 BRISTOL - PAD 14.38 43131/43041 1C18 14.30 PAD – WESTON SUPER MARE 14.39 43078/43174 1L58 12.36 CHELTENHAM - PAD 14.45 59203 6C76 14.39 ACTON YD – WHATLEY QUARRY HANWELL 14.53 43017/43071 1B46 14.45 PAD - SWANSEA SOUTHALL 47746/47804 STABLED HAYES & HARLINGTON [TARMAC SDGS] 66088 6V86 12.54 ACTON YD – HAYES & HARLINGTON TARMAC SDGS 15.00 43158/43003 1A19 13.01 WESTON SUPER MARE - PAD SLOUGH 15.12 43005/43139 1P31 12.09 HEREFORD - PAD 15.16 43181/43018 1L62 12.29 SWANSEA - PAD 15.22 43022/43180 1A20 14.00 BRISTOL - PAD 15.46 800025/800006 1L65 13.56 CARDIFF - PAD 15.50 43015/43079 1G47 15.36 PAD - CHELTENHAM 15.54 59103 7C64 15.24 ACTON YD - MEREHEAD READING 16.22/16.24 43003/43158 1W32 15.52 PAD – MORETON IN MARSH 16.25/16.26 800031/800016 1B51 15.45 PAD - SWANSEA 16.30/16.32 43018/43181 1C21 16.00 PAD - BRISTOL 16.33/16.34 43125/43020 1C88 16.03 PAD - PENZANCE 16.42/16.44 43180/43022 1B55 16.15 PAD - SWANSEA 16.43/16.45 43138/43128 1L68 14.56 CARDIFF - PAD 16.44 59104 6L21 13.30 WHATLEY QUARRY - DAGENHAM 16.48/16.50 800018/800034 1A30 15.30 BRISTOL - PAD 16.50/16.53 800030 1W33 16.22 GREAT MALVERN - PAD 16.50/16.55 43029/43162 1A88 12.04 PENZANCE - PAD 16.54/16.57 800006/800025 1C22 16.30 PAD - TAUNTON 16.57/17.02 43197/43009 1C89 16.33 PAD – EXETER ST D 17.01/17.03 43094/43087 1P36 15.22 WORCESTER SHRUB HILL - PAD 17.12/17.14 43153/43198 1A24 16.00 BRISTOL - PAD 17.13/17.15 800029/800027 1B59 16.45 PAD - SWANSEA 17.17/17.19 43175/43191 1A89 15.33 TAUNTON - PAD 17.24/17.27 800008/800022 1L71 14.29 SWANSEA – PAD [22’ LATE] 17.25/17.27 43002/43142 1C23 17.00 PAD - BRISTOL 17.27/17.29 43034/43130 1P37 15.51 WORCESTER FORE ST - PAD 17.32/17.36 43093/43188 1L74 15.56 CARDIFF - PAD 17.35/17.54 43176/43070 1C90 17.03 PAD – PENZANCE [DEPART 23’LATE, ARRIVED PENZANCE 43’] – FITTERS ATTENTION AT READING 17.36/17.39 43025/43023 1A90 14.54 PAIGNTON - PAD 17.40/17.42 800032/800013 1B63 17.15 PAD - CARMARTHEN 17.48/17.51 43151/43147 1J91 17.07 PAD - FROME 17.49/17.51 800017/800010 1A25 16.30 BRISTOL - PAD 17.52/17.54 43136/43164 1W02 17.22 PAD - HEREFORD 17.54/17.56 43053/43155 1A91 15.00 PLYMOUTH - PAD 17.56/17.58 43124/43194 1P39 15.14 HEREFORD - PAD 17.59/18.01 43128/43138 1D35 17.18 PAD - OXFORD 18.01/18.08 43186/43161 1L80 16.20 CHELTENHAM - PAD 18.10/18.12 800034/800018 1B69 17.45 PAD - SWANSEA 18.18/18.20 43192/43063 1A26 17.00 BRISTOL - PAD 18.29/18.31 43158/43003 1P40 17.38 MORETON IN MARSH - PAD 18.31/18.33 43162/43029 1C92 18.03 PAD - PENZANCE 18.35 66185 4L40 16.42 COWLEY - PURFLEET 18.36/18.39 800022/800008 1C25 18.00 PAD - BRISTOL CANC - 1J93 18.07 PAD - FROME 18.44 66562 4L30 16.25 BRISTOL FLT – LONDON GATEWAY ALSO SEEN;

165101-03/05/08/09/11/12/18/20-22/26/27/31/32-34/37 166201/18/21 220002/08/10/21/34 221119/37 332003/04/08/11-13 345020 360202-05 387132-39/41/42/44-46/48-59/61/62/65-70/72-74 458503/06/10-14/16/18/28

Wednesday 4th April 2018
'The Railways of St. Helens'
Alan Moore

Alan Moore gave an audience of 27 a very interesting presentation at Liverpool on 4th April entitled “The Lost Stations of St. Helens”. He covered the whole area within about a 10 miles radius starting within the town area of St. Helens, where it was fascinating to hear how many stations existed before the current one at Shaw St. (now Central) became the final siting. He did cover the original Central station on the line through Haydock to Lowton and those on the lines radiating out to Rainford and Widnes. The presentation was accompanied by numerous excellent photographs spanning over the whole period from inception to present day.

Tuesday 27th March 2018
Heart of Wales Round Robin

Seven members participated in this fixture meeting at Cardiff Central. Most travelled aboard 175116 from Crewe [1V37 08.30 Man Pic – Milford Haven] which arrived at Cardiff only 1 minute late. Our planned connection to Swansea was on 175104 [1V38 09.30 Man Pic – Carmarthen] which arrived 23 minutes late at 13.00, thus Swansea was not reached until 13.54, only 5 minutes late courtesy of the usual recovery time.

Following refreshments we boarded 153353 [2M10 14.35 to Crewe] the unit was very full until Llandovery after which it was quite empty. An on time arrival at Crewe completed a most enjoyable day

GRESTY BRIDGE

37059/69, 57007/307/12, 66421/32, 88004

ALEXANDRA DOCK JUNCTION YARD

66053/115

CARDIFF CENTRAL

43198/43153 1B20 09.45 PADDINGTON – SWANSEA 43188/43129 1L54 11.56 CARDIFF – PADDINGTON 43034/43130 1L55 11.29 SWANSEA – PADDINGTON 800022/800011 1B22 10.15 PADDINGTON – CARDIFF & 1L60 12.56 CARDIFF - PADDINGTON 66114 6M41 11.52 MARGAM – ROUND OAK

CF CANTON

67020

MARGAM YARD

60001

LE LANDORE

08645

SWANSEA

800012/800034 1B28 11.45 PADDINGTON – SWANSEA & 14.31 RTN

Tuesday 13th March 2018
Observation at Doncaster

The weather was much improved for our first Doncaster visit in 2018 and the arrival of spring heralded a superb variation of Classes covering the period 1968 to the present.

  
   153319 forming 2K37 at Doncaster 13.01 to Lincoln on 13th March 2018 and on which some of the party travelled to Gainsborough Lea Rd   Alan Turton
In advance of the day we decided to have a return trip to Gainsborough Lea Rd the idea being that it would “break up” the 6 hours on Doncaster Station and also we would see many locomotives at the Yards South of Doncaster.
  
   66737 hauling 6F71 08.45 Immingham Cottam Power Station   Alan Turton

The difference between theory and practice are so often different as the former worked but the later didn’t as only 2 additional locomotives were seen!
Timekeeping was generally good although one Hull trains working was cancelled due to stock shortages.

Eight Members attended.

Tuesday 27th February 2018
West Yorks Day Ranger

The weather for the outdoor fixtures this Winter has been challenging to say the least. Once again the forecast for the day was poor with snow predicted. We were however lucky in the context of the weather during the following days. We did have snow showers but apart from the intense cold we coped.

We met at Manchester Piccadilly travelling on the 09.41 to Hull as far as Huddersfield where we connected into the 10.31 to Wakefield Westgate. At Kirkgate we joined the 10.50 Sheffield – Leeds in order to log what was to be seen at Midland Road. From Leeds we travelled to Bradford Forster Square, Ilkley and Shipley before returning to Leeds for a period of observation. The attendance was 7 due to illness, holidays and a cancelled train! MANCHESTER PICCADILLY 82308/67015 1H82 07.38 CHESTER - MAN PIC 185149 1K08 09.41 – HULL 53149 RIDE 142001/05/14/37/41/42/61 150111/40 150204/14/28 156454 175104 185102/13/24/27/39/50 220027 221133 323226/28-30/33-35/39 319365/71 350401 390005/114/35 AK [ARDWICK] 185135 GUIDE BRIDGE DR73109 DR73909 DR73942 DR80213 STALYBRIDGE 156440/185151 HUDDERSFIELD 144001 2O67 10.31 – WAKEFIELD WESTGATE 55801 RIDE 142048, 144019, 185109/11/23/43 WAKEFIELD WESTGATE 82204/90039 1A25 11.45 LEEDS – KINGS CROSS WAKEFIELD KIRKGATE 158784 1L80 10.50 SHEFFIELD - LEEDS 52784 RIDE DR97507 142047/70, 144008, 158849/907 180106 LEEDS FLT 66556 TO WORK 4O31 17.47 - SOUTHAMPTON LD [MIDLAND ROAD] 66550/97/952 70001/5/7/9/13/16/18/19 HOLBECK 156483 LEEDS 333013 2P42 12.10 – BRADFORD FORSTER SQUARE 78476 RIDE A 11.58 91113 1D08 09.35 KINGS CROSS - LEEDS 142092/93 144012/14/21 153359 155342 158855 185119 321901 322485 333006/07/10 BRADFORD F S 333001 2D54 12.46 – ILKLEY 78452 RIDE 321903 CROSSLEY EVANS SCRAPYARD, SHIPLEY 01507 “VENOM” RH459519 [EX ARMY 425] BEN RYHDDING 333003 ILKLEY 333001 2D57 13.21 – BRADFORD F S 78451 RIDE BEN RHYDDING 333002 SHIPLEY 13.59 66718 6D72 11.32 HULL DAIRYCOATES - RYLSTONE 14.08 333001 2P49 14.00 BRADFORD F S- LEEDS 74461 RIDE 333008 LEEDS 43367/43290 1A36 14.45 – KINGS CROSS A 15.14 91112/82219 1D15 13.05 KINGS CROSS - LEEDS 91120 1A37 15.15 – KINGS CROSS 15.36 185131 1K19 14.38 HULL – MAN PIC 53131 RIDE 142036/52/69 144016/20 150114 150207/10/26 153301 155345/46 158752/55/93/842/50/60/905 185112/14/34/38/44/45 321902 333009/12/14 HUDDERSFIELD 142022 ASHBURYS 60015 6H53 19.37 – DOWLOW BRIGGS SDGS MAN PIC 150141 156441/88 158847/57 175107/11 185106/17/41/46 220006 390117/34/57

Monday 19th February 2018
'Steam and Diesel in the Northern Fells'
Ian Pilkington

The meeting at Chester on 19th February resulted in 28 members and visitors seeing a presentation by Ian Pilkington entitled “Steam and Diesel in the Northern Fells”. Ian produced a comprehensive array of steam specials and diesel workings which worked in the area during the period 2010-2016 over both the West Coast main line and the Settle & Carlisle routes, but he also included traffic on the Cumbrian Coast route. When we talk of the two main routes ‘over the fells’ we immediately think of the handful of regular photographic locations around Shap and Ais Gill, but Ian covered numerous locations in the area in weather conditions ranging from brilliant sunshine to raw winter days and, nothing depicts the beauty of these lines than witnessing the hills following a period of snow. We are all familiar with the excellent standard of Ian’s photography from shots which have appeared in issues of the RO during the years, and this was no exception. We also witnessed a shot taken on that notable day when, for the only occasion since the end of steam, two steam locomotives, Galatea and Britannia, were seen making a simultaneous climb to Shap summit.

Tuesday 13th February 2018
Observation at Nuneaton

The “regulars” decided they simply could not face another cold day on Nuneaton Station thus the fixture was changed to a West Midlands Day Ranger. Beginning at Crewe we travelled to Birmingham Moor St, Leamington Spa, Walsall, Nuneaton & Rugby. We managed 2 hours at Nuneaton which was preferable to the planned 5 hours!

The 9 Members enjoyed the usual banter and a good time was had by all. CREWE 221115 9M48 05.49 GLASGOW CENTRAL - EUSTON RIDE [60365] 92014/92038 STABLED BASFORD HALL JNC 09.05 66428 6U76 08.59 BASFORD HALL - MOUNTSORREL WHITMORE 09.11 DR73914 6T43 08.30 GRESTY LANE - RUGBY STAFFORD 09.19 66570 4M45 02.50 FELIXSTOWE - DITTON WOLVERHAMPTON 323216 2A15 09.50 WOLVERHAMTON – WALSALL RIDE [72216] SMETHWICK GALTON BRIDGE 10.17/10.18 172343 2S24 09.57 STOURBRIDGE JNC – STRATFORD UPON AVON RIDE [56343] BIRMINGHAM MOOR ST 10.43 68010/82309 1R15 08.37 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 10.55 82309/68010 1H33 10.55 MOOR ST - MARYLEBONE PUSH [12615] LEAMINGTON SPA 11.25 68012/82304 1R21 10.10 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 11.51 70004 4O49 09.22 BASFORD HALL - SOUTHAMPTON 11.52/11.54 220016 1E36 09.46 SOUTHAMPTON - NEWCASTLE RIDE [60316] BIRMINGHAM NEW ST 12.15/12.28 350120 2A23 11.50 WOLVERHAMPTON - WALSALL RIDE [66880] BESCOT YARD 60019/66041/66112 STABLED WALSALL DR73929 STABLED 350120 2W30 13.01 WALSALL – WOLVERHAMPTON RIDE [63730] BIRMINGHAM NEW ST 170101 1K17 13.52 NEW ST - LEICESTER RIDE [55101] LAWLEY ST 66520/66552 4O17 15.48 LAWLEY ST - SOUTHAMPTON 66501 4M55 09.02 SOUTHAMPTON – LAWLEY ST WASHWOOD HEATH 08484 HAMS HALL 66419 4L75 11.55 BIRCH COPPICE - FELIXSTOWE 66766 4L22 14.35 HAMS HALL - FELIXSTOWE NUNEATON DR73947 STABLED 14.33 70816 6M50 07.55 WESTBURY – BESCOT 14.40 66550 4M63 09.12 FELIXSTOWE - DITTON 14.52 DR73936 6J02 14.51 NUNEATON CCE – WHITACRE JNC 14.59 66766 4L22 14.35 HAMS HALL - FELIXSTOWE 15.32 66419 4L75 11.55 BIRCH COPPICE - FELIXSTOWE 15.43 70003 4M58 09.25 SOUTHAMPTON - GARSTON 15.49 66758 4M23 10.46 FELIXSTOWE – HAMS HALL 15.58 66185 4L56 13.17 TRAFFORD PARK – LONDON GATEWAY 16.27 66955 4M61 13.00 SOUTHAMPTON – TRAFFORD PARK 16.29 66740 4M29 10.29 FELIXSTOWE NORTH – BIRCH COPPICE 16.34 66520/66552 4O17 15.48 LAWLEY ST - SOUTHAMPTON 16.34/16.36 350116 1U36 15.02 CREWE – EUSTON RIDE [63776] RUGBY 86259 STABLED 16.50 66555 4M87 11.13 FELIXSTOWE – TRAFFORD PARK 17.04 66570 4L92 14.03 DITTON - FELIXSTOWE 17.09 66712 4L18 14.18 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE 17.21/17.23 221105 1P21 16.33 EUSTON - PRESTON RIDE [60755]

ALSO SEEN

153320/65 158824/25/26/32/35 165028 168004/113 170107/09/15/397/508/634/35/38 172212/13/18-21/332/40/42 175010/114 220001/07/10/14 221102/04/09/14/21-23/35/43 319012/220 323207/43 350101/05-07/14/19 350235/36/38/44/47 350371/73/74/77 390005/20/44/45/49/50 390103/25/26/31

Wednesday 7th February 2018
'Rail Reflections in Merseyside'
Doug Birmingham

An attendance of 26 at Liverpool on 7th February saw a presentation by Doug Birmingham entitled “Rail Reflections in Merseyside” which looked at the railway scene in the area from 1982, when he took his first railway photograph, up to 1986. The presentation covered the routes from Lime St. to St. Helens and Allerton but also included the Merseyrail electrified lines and around Birkenhead. It reminded us of how the railway scene in the area has changed over the last 30-40 years, but also of the different classes of locomotives and units which visited the area in those days. It was pleasing to see again, what is difficult nowadays to remember, that during the 1980s we had regularly such things as Cls.31, 37, 40, 45, 47, 85, 86, 87 and 90 on passenger workings and other classes on freight, including Cls.20, 25, and 56s. Even Lime St. itself has changed and is still in the throes of doing so as the station is increased in size and Doug’s presentation gave us views with as many as half a dozen locomotives in the station and not a unit in sight made it most interesting and enjoyable to see.

Tuesday 23rd January 2018
Cheshire Day Ranger

An excellent attendance of 11 Members supported this fixture. The party met at Manchester Oxford Road in order to travel over the recently opened Ordsall curve. We travelled aboard 158849 forming 2E07 10.38 to Leeds. The intention was to travel to Manchester Victoria and return immediately on 2M02 07.41 Selby – Oxford Road. A four minute late departure from Oxford Road and a further delay en route resulted in our arriving at Victoria after 2M02 had departed. In order to regain our planned itinerary we travelled by Tram to Piccadilly. 142047 then took the Party to Rose Hill Marple. We alighted at Romiley and then joined 142034 to New Mills Central. Fortunately the rain had ceased for the walk to New Mills Newtown where we then joined 150114 [+150210] to Buxton. Returning on the 14.29 departure to Manchester Piccadilly the day ended quite early compared to many outdoor fixtures undertaken by the Branch.

Monday 15th January 2018
Chester AGM
John Cowlishaw

22 members attended the Branch’s 65th AGM in Chester on 15th January at which the existing Committee was re-elected en-bloc. Following the meeting a tribute was read for Edgar Richards, who died on 9th December 2017, then John Cowlishaw gave a presentation entitled “The End of the Line, Part 1” in which he showed various shots of termini during the last 50 years or so. He started at his home town of Wrexham before visiting North Wales, Merseyside, Manchester and East Lancashire, then heading up the WCML on his way into Scotland, reaching the south Clyde coast and as far as Stranraer. It was extremely interesting to be reminded of some of the termini in the area which have now disappeared and to compare those still in existence with what we can see nowadays, both in terms of architecture and locomotives/units. John intends to cover the whole country, so we are no doubt going to enjoy a number of other parts on this subject.

Tuesday 9th January 2018
Observation at Stafford

On 9th January the Branch held another visit to Stafford, where the weather was only marginally less cold than four weeks previous. However, because it was damp and overcast it felt just as cold and it was by far the worst day of the week weather-wise. The fixture produced an attendance of nine with one member arriving at 07.00 and some staying until 16.00. Cross Country services to/from the south west were disrupted due to a cable theft at Filton near Bristol and freight movements were slightly down compared to the December fixture. Unfortunately, one of our less successful outdoor fixtures! 07.20 66066 6R51 04.55 WATFORD SOUTH JNC – BASFORD HALL 07.26 88008 4S43 06.16 DAVENTRY - MOSSEND 07.57 66957 4O14 05.36 GARSTON - SOUTHAMPTON 08.09 70008 4M95 03.44 SOUTHAMPTON – TRAFFORD PARK 09.18 66599 4L97 05.01 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE 09.20 66206 4M83 01.24 LONDON GATEWAY – TRAFFORD PARK 09.23 66503 4M45 02.50 FELIXSTOWE - DITTON 09.37 68012 6U76 08.59 BASFORD HALL - MOUNTSORREL 09.40 66712 4M21 03.10 FELIXSTOWE – TRAFFORD PARK 10.30 66054 6M13 01.06 DOLLANDS MOOR - DITTON 10.32 66529 4O49 09.22 BASFORD HALL – SOUTHAMPTON 10.56 66069 4O21 09.15 TRAFFORD PARK – SOUTHAMPTON 11.13 90043/90048 4M27 05.25 COATBRIDGE – DAVENTRY 13.04 86627/86638 4L90 12.32 BASFORD HALL - FELIXSTOWE 13.13 90039/90040 4M25 06.06 MOSSEND - DAVENTRY 13.19 90047/90046 4S44 12.13 DAVENTRY - COATBRIDGE 13.32 66182 6O42 11.31 HALEWOOD – SOUTHAMPTON E DOCKS 14.17 66561 4M81 08.01 FELIXSTOWE – BASFORD HALL 15.14 66955 4M63 09.12 FELIXSTOWE -DITTON 15.37 68012 6U77 13.42 MOUNSORREL – BASFORD HALL 15.51 66206 4L56 13.17 TRAFFORD PARK – LONDON GATEWAY 16.05 66543 4L92 14.03 DITTON - FELIXSTOWE 16.09 66712 4L18 14.18 TRAFFORD PARK - FELIXSTOWE

ALSO SEEN

220003/10/17/28 22102/03/06-16/18/19/21/24/25/36/40/42 350103/08/12/14/17/21/24/25 350232/33/35/38/40 350371/74/76/77 390006/09/10/13/16/20/39/40/42-46/50 390107/15/17/18/19/21/22/25/26/28/30/34-37/41/52/54/56/57

Monday 18th December 2017
'The Lynton and Barnstaple Railway'
Bob Barnard

On 18th December at Chester Bob Barnard gave a presentation to 22 attendees entitled “The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway”. Unlike the Vale of Rheidol and Welshpool & Llanfair lines which saw BR ownership, the L&B was less familiar to people in this part of the country, especially as it closed in 1935. Bob initially went through the history of the line with some photographs dating back to the days when it was open and traced its route, together with the proposed route of the preserved line which, through necessity, will have to divert in places.

It was interesting to hear how the preserved railway association has bought land and then, following fencing off of the required section for the railway, resold the remainder to fund purchase of succeeding sections of line. However, the process is not necessarily easy as some of the route passes through Exmoor National Park Authority land, for which its permission is required before building upon it.

It was a thoroughly entertaining and informative evening.

Tuesday 12th December 2017
Observation at Stafford

Billy Ocean sang, “When the going gets tough, the tough gets going” and that was how the 5 members felt at the pre-Christmas Stafford fixture when the lowest recorded temperature was minus 7 degrees centigrade whilst we were on the Station!

Fortunately with the exception of one Member who did not wear enough socks, full protection had been taken against the elements. The 6 hours passed quite quickly particularly since 18 freights/light engine movements were seen.

There were several passenger cancellations due to “stock shortages”.

4M45 [02.50 Felixstowe – Ditton passed 347 minutes late with 66526 in front of a failed 70015 [failed near Milton Keynes] 0720 66066 6R51 07.26 88008 4S43 07.57 66957 4O14 08.09 70008 4M95 09.18 66599 4L97 09.20 66206 4M83 09.23 66503 4M45 09.37 68012 6U76 09.40 66712 4M21 03.10 FELIXSTOWE – TRAFFORD PARK 10.30 66054 6M13 01.06 DOLLANDS MOOR - DITTON 10.32 66529 4O49 09.22 BASFORD HALL – SOUTHAMPTON 10.56 66069 4O21 09.15 TRAFFORD PARK – SOUTHAMPTON 11.13 90043/90048 4M27 05.25 COATBRIDGE – DAVENTRY 13.04 86627/86638 4L90 12.32 BASFORD HALL - FELIXSTOWE 13.13 90039/90040 4M25 06.06 MOSSEND - DAVENTRY 13.19 90047/90046 4S44 12.13 DAVENTRY - COATBRIDGE 13.32 66182 6O42 11.31 HALEWOOD – SOUTHAMPTON E DOCKS 14.17 66561 4M81 08.01 FELIXSTOWE – BASFORD HALL 15.14 66955 4M63 15.37 68012 6U77 15.51 66206 4L56 13.17 TRAFFORD PARK – LONDON GATEWAY 16.05 66543 4L92 16.09 66712 4L18 ALSO SEEN 220003/10/17/28 22102/03/06-16/18/19/21/24/25/36/40/42 350103/08/12/14/17/21/24/25 350232/33/35/38/40 350371/74/76/77 390006/09/10/13/16/20/39/40/42-46/50 390107/15/17/18/19/21/22/25/26/28/30/34-37/41/52/54/56/57

Wednesday 6th December 2017
"Welsh Railways in the 1980's"
Geoff Morris

Following illness in the family of the booked speaker, Geoff Morris kindly deputised at Liverpool on 6th December with a presentation entitled “Welsh Railways in the 1980s”, at which 32 persons attended.

Geoff started at Fishguard and headed east via all the various routes and lines through the ‘Valleys’, with many branch lines having now disappeared. He then headed north via the ‘Marches’ and ‘Central Wales’ routes before covering the Cambrian and the North Wales coast.

We were entertained to a programme of excellent photographs, together with a detailed explanation of how the locations and traffic have changed over the last 30-40 years. We forget just how much freight ran in Wales then, mainly coal but also steel and oil, and that we had a host of diesel hauled passenger workings, which included Cl.37s and Cl.33s to the north west.

Some interesting examples shown were an InterCity HST at Wrexham, a Cl.40 at Newport, pairs of Cl.37s on freight before the heavy freight ones were modified and a rare Cl.150/1 on the Central Wales route.

Geoff also showed comparisons of standard and cut down shunters and included views of the preserved lines and steam specials which ran during that period.

Monday 20th November 2017
'UK Railways – Beyond the Blue'
John Day

John Day gave 25 attendees at the Chester meeting on 20th November 2017 a most interesting and enjoyable presentation entitled “UK Railways – Beyond the Blue”.

As the title suggests John covered the various liveries which have graced locomotives and units on our railways throughout the country since BR shelved its drab policy of ‘we will have any colour you wish, as long as it is blue’, which was reminiscent of Henry Ford when he had a similar policy with black cars!

It is difficult to remember just how many different liveries have existed since that time - with the introduction of InterCity, Regional Railways, Network South East and various PTEs, to name but a few, on passenger trains and the many sectorised ones for freight locomotives, through to those of the various TOCs which have existed up to present day.

However, John succeeded in reminding us of what has been, and likely to continue to be, an ever-changing scene, especially as franchises are invariably moving from one company to another – many of which are deciding to use white as their base colour nowadays. It is just rather unfortunate that most are owned by companies and other railways from foreign countries.

Tuesday 14th November 2017
Observation at Leamington Spa

It was 14 months since our previous visit to Leamington Spa. On that occasion the temperature reached 29c. By way of contrast the temperature today reached 10c with a distinctly cool wind.

It is always encouraging when a fixture is well supported thus we were all delighted with a double figure attendance with our “ever smiling” ex Branch Chairman Richard Neale present.

Leamington is not the busiest Station and after several hours some of the party travelled to Nuneaton which was much busier for freight.

Recordings during the day were somewhat predictable but the company more than made up for that! 07.24/07.25 82301/68014 1H15 06.09 KIDDERMINSTER - MARYLEBONE 08.23/08.25 82309/68015 1H22 07.05 KIDDERMINSTER - MARYLEBONE 08.32 66167 4O43 06.43 BIRCH COPPICE – SOUTHAMPTON 08.48 66599 4O15 07.21 LAWLEY ST – SOUTHAMPTON 08.55 66519 4O14 05.36 GARSTON - SOUTHAMPTON 10.02/10.03 68013/82304 1R15 08.37 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 10.51 70004 4O90 06.12 LEEDS - SOUTAHMPTON 11.22/11.23 82304/68013 1H33 10.55 MOOR ST - MARYLEBONE 11.25/11.26 68015/82309 1R21 10.10 MARYLEBONE – MOOR ST 11.56 66773 6M26 08.50 EASTLEIGH VQ - MOUNTSORREL 12.06/12.08 68014/82301 1G23 10.40 MARYLEBONE – SNOW HILL 12.34 66532 4M55 09.02 SOUTHAMPTON – LAWLEY ST 58 MINS LATE 12.52 66143 4O21 09.15 TRAFFORD PARK - SOUTHAMPTON 13.18 66585 + 70019 [DIT] 4O49 09.22 BASFORD HALL – SOUTHAMPTON 88 MINS LATE 13.38 70812 6M50 07.55 WESTBURY VQ – BESCOT VQ 13.46/13.48 82301/68014 1H47 13.11 SNOW HILL - MARYLEBONE 13.51/14.02 DR98958/98908 08.49 KINGS NORTON – KINGS NORTON 14.36 66128 6M48 10.32 SOUTHAMPTON E DOCKS - HALEWOOD 14.42 66775 6M40 11.56 WESTBURY VQ – STUD FARM COVENTRY DR73930/DR73936 STABLED 14.45 66066 6O42 11.31 HALEWOOD - SOUTHAMPTON NUNEATON 15.05 66705+66735 4L22 14.35 HAMS HALL - FELIXSTOWE 15.44 66115 4L56 13.17 TRAFFORD PARK – LONDON GATEWAY 15.54 66092 + 66185 3J01 10.50 BECOT TMD-MACCLESFIELD-EUSTON 15.57 66531 4M63 09.12 FELIXSTOWE - DITTON 16.06 70017 4M58 09.25 SOUTHAMPTON - GARSTON 16.17 66762 4M23 10.46 FELIXSTOWE – HAMS HALL 16.18 66747 4M29 10.29 FELIXSTOWE – BIRCH COPPICE 16.27 70003 4M61 13.00 SOUTHAMPTON – TRAFFORD PARK RUGBY 37421 STABLED 57311 STABLED 86259 STABLED 16.54 66522+86628/86639 [BOTH DIT] 4M88 09.32 FELIXSTOWE – BASFORD HALL

ALSO SEEN AT LEAMINGTON SPA

165010/28 168001/04 168106/10/11 168321/27 172103 220003/09/10/16/20/24/30/33/34 221130/32/34/40

Monday 16th October 2017
'55 Years of Railway Photography, Part 1'
Les Nixon

Dr Les Nixon was the speaker at the Chester meeting on 16th October, when he presented “55 Year of Railway Photography, Part 1” to an attendance of 34. His presentation not only covered all parts of Britain, starting with the first railway photograph he took in 1949, but also shots from a variety of countries across the globe, including some from the now war torn ‘no go’ areas of the Khyber Pass and Beirut. Les, in his photographs, does not always just concentrate on the locomotive or train as being the focal point, but seems to also be able to make taking such subjects into an art form, with also concentration on the background – be it industrial or rural – and even brings in such items as footbridges, a few passengers wandering down a platform, water columns, signal gantries etc., subjects which most of us other photographers ignore. In fact on such occasions it is the train or locomotive which becomes the background and it almost results in the photograph becoming a work of art, as was commented on by some of those present. We certainly look forward to Les returning soon for another lesson in the art of railway photography.

Tuesday 10th October 2017
Observation at Doncaster

The Branch has been making at least one visit annually to Doncaster for 12 years and whilst Doncaster is a shadow of its former self visits invariably produce something of interest.

Booked to pass on the up fast at 09.18, 1E03 05.26 Stirling – Kings Cross rolled into Platform 3 some 22 minutes late and was promptly terminated, departing ECS to Neville Hill 19 minutes after arrival. It transpired the service had actually started from Newcastle due to a fatality North of Newcastle.

Within minutes 180105 passed at 09.47 on 5F69, 07.53 Heaton – Roberts Road returning later heading back to Heaton.

Timekeeping was generally good although a Leeds – Kings Cross and return were cancelled due to a defective train.

More locomotives [excluding Class 143] were seen than in March [24 compared to 21] however in March 2017 there were more freight workings whereas there were rather more light engine workings to be seen on this visit.

09.40 43238/43315 1E03 05.26 STIRLING – KINGS CROSS [STARTED AT NEWCASTLE & TERMINATED DONCASTER] 09.40 66134 6X75 08.45 SCUNTHORPE - DECOY 09.49 66568 4L87 08.47 LEEDS - FELIXSTOWE 09.56/09.58 82222/91119 1A19 EX LEEDS 09.59 43315/43238 5E03 10.00 DONCASTER – NEVILLE HILL ECS 10.01/10.04 82203/91113 1E04 EX EDINBURGH 10.10/10.12 91112/82219 1N08 TO NEWCASTLE 10.15/10.18 91102/82228 1D06 TO LEEDS 10.17 66735 4R79 10.09 DECOY - IMMINGHAM 10.18/10.21 82200/91125 1A20 EX LEEDS 10.20 43314/43295 1E05 EX EDINBURGH 10.28/10.30 82205/91108 1Y82 EX YORK 10.32 66129 4L45 09.36 WAKEFIELD EUROPORT - FELIXSTOWE 10.32 91130/82202 1S09 TO EDINBURGH 10.41/10.43 91111/82210 1D07 TO LEEDS 10.46 66161 0E23 08.40 TOTON TMD - BELMONT 10.48 43480/43484 1A61 EX SUNDERLAND 10.51/10.53 82208/91114 1A22 EX LEEDS 10.56/10.59 82206/91124 1E06 EX GLASGOW CENTRAL 11.02/11.06 43272/43208 1N81 TO YORK 11.07/11.11 91116/82207 1S10 TO EDINBURGH 11.15/11.18 91104/82223 1D08 TO LEEDS 1A25 EX LEEDS - CANCELLED 11.19 43251/43274 1E07 EX EDINBURGH 11.20 66766 DOWN CURVE LIGHT 11.29 43302/43239 1S11 TO ABERDEEN 11.34 66709 4N80 11.30 DECOY – NORTH BLYTH 11.40/11.49 43206/43308 1D09 TO LEEDS 11.55 DR97807/DR97507 6U87 11.47 ROBERTS RD – WAKEFIELD KIRKGATE 11.56/11.58 82228/91102 1A26 EX LEEDS 11.58/12.01 82230/91101 1E08 EX EDINBURGH 12.13/12.16 91131/82226 1S12 TO EDINBURGH 12.14/12.18 82210/91111 1A28 EX LEEDS 12.19/12.20 91106/82220 1D10 TO LEEDS 12.24 43290/43309 1E09 EX EDINBURGH 12.24 950001 06.04 WEST YARD – WEST YARD 12.27/12.30 43208/43272 1Y84 EX YORK 12.30 91117/82201 1S13 TO EDINBURGH 12.31 66134 0L08 12.33 BELMONT – WAKEFIELD EUROPORT 12.31 66725 4Z81 11.45 ROTHERHAM - FELIXSTOWE 12.41/12.42 43043/43061 1D11 TO LEEDS 12.48/12.52 82213/91104 1A29 EX LEEDS 12.55 66571/66572 4E22 05.50 FELIXSTOWE - LEEDS 12.54/12.57 82209/91103 1E10 EX EDINBURGH 13.04/13.07 91105/82229 1N83 TO YORK 13.10/13.11 91122//82225 ` 1S15 TO EDINBURGH 13.16/13.17 91112/82214 1D12 TO LEEDS 13.18/13.20 43308/43206 1A30 EX LEEDS 13.24 43257/43299 1E11 EX ABERDEEN 13.30 43277/43317 1S16 TO INVERNESS 13.34 66432 6Z50 11.45 YORK WORKS - DECOY 13.36 66221 06.08 12.35 WAKEFIELD EUROPORT – BELMONT 13.38 66510 6E50 09.14 IPSWICH YARD - LINDSEY 13.40/13.43 91119/82222 1D13 TO LEEDS 13.47/13.49 82220/91106 1A31 EX LEEDS 13.52/13.54 82219/91132 1Y32 EX NEWCASTLE 14.10 66432 0Z50 13.58 DECOY – YORK PARCELS SIDING 14.16/14.19 91113/82203 1N17 TO NEWCASTLE 14.17/14.19 43061/43043 1A33 EX LEEDS 14.22/14.24 91125/82200 1D14 TO LEEDS 14.28 43316/43296 1E13 EX INVERNESS 14.28 43484/43480 1N93 TO SUNDERLAND 14.31/14.33 82229/91105 1Y86 EX YORK 43468/43465 1A65 EX SUNDERLAND 91126/82211 1S18 TO EDINBURGH 14.39 66050 6N70 13.40 BELMONT YD – TYNE YD 14.48 66764 6E89 10.20 WELLINGBOROUGH - RYLSTONE 14.50 66133 6E51 12.17 PEAK FOREST - SELBY 14.47/14.30 82214/91112 1A34 EX LEEDS 14.54/14.56 82216/91127 1E14 EX EDINBURGH 1D15 TO LEEDS - CANCELLED 14.54 66768 6E84 08.20 MIDDLETON TOWERS – MONK BRETTON 15.02/15.05 43295/43314 1N85 TO YORK 15.05 73967/73970 0Z73 11.13 LOUGHBOROUGH BRUSH - CRAIGENTINNY 15.08/15.11 91108/82205 1S19 TO EDINBURGH 15.13/15.14 91124/82206 1D16 TO LEEDS 15.15/15.18 43318/43315 1A36 EX LEEDS 15.19 66138 4E26 08.10 DOLLANDS MOOR - SCUNTHORPE 15.20 43305/43311 1E15 EX ABERDEEN 15.31 43274/43251 1S20 TO ABERDEEN 15.45/15.46 90036/82231 1D17 TO LEEDS 16.44 66705 6F64 11.32 NORTH BLYTH – COTTAM P.S ALSO SEEN; ROBERTS RD 66703/66753 HEXTHORPE YARD 66701/66742 WEST YARD 67028 STATION 142016/19/26/28/35/94 144001/02/05/08/10 150141 153355/57 158791/92/842/45/906/09 180101/05-07/10/11/14 185110/23/24/28/29/35/48 220003/07/11/21-24/27 221140/41 322484/85

Wednesday 4th October 2017
'Had Bike will Travel 1961 - 1963'
Barry Shore

The first Liverpool meeting of the season on 4th October saw Barry Shore present “Had Bike Did Travel 1961-63” which mainly covered his biking holidays in those years in the North East, Yorkshire and the East Midlands and on the Southern Region and in South Wales respectively, although the north west scene for the period in question was well covered. Barry’s presentation was, as usual, accompanied by thorough detailed information of the locomotives and classes shown by him with especially the apple green J72 on pilot duties at Newcastle looking resplendent. Although approximately 30 attendees arrived, which was a good response considering it was during the first week of the Lime St. closure when trains from Wigan and Earlestown were terminating at St. Helens, an administrative error on the part of the venue staff meant that entrance to the premises was over 45 minutes late and unfortunately only 18 stayed to see what was another exciting presentation. Barry is to be commended for his stamina in presenting his talk without a break despite matters beyond his and our control trying to wreck the occasion. We will welcome him back shortly for more of his cycle meanderings.

last updated: 27/07/18