It was the first day this year that the Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Steam Railway had run a two-train service. Great Western Manor 4-6-0 7820 Dinmore Manor was on the 14.40 service. We were heading back to the Midlands from Somerset and made a reservation on this train.
Here 7820 is seen at Cheltenham Racecourse station, the southern terminus, taking water while running round its train of seven coaches. It was a very enjoyable journey for us but with only 6 passengers in those 7 coaches hardly a commercial proposition for the railway!
13 Jun 2015
Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 13th June 2015
British Railways Standard 9F 2-10-0 92212 is approaching Woodthorpe in the pouring rain. This weekend was the 2013 Woodford Steam Gala and this is the first train of the first day; the 09.15 to Leicester.
HFF and have great (& not rainy!) weekend
08 Jun 2021
Seebe Alberta Canada 2nd August 1982
Dwarfed by the Rocky Mountains a Canadian Pacific freight train heading by 4 unidentified locos - probably EMD SD40s - passes Kananaskis heading east towards Calgary.
I was attending a Mobil Oil Tectonic Geology course through the mountains and should have been listening to the description of the rock outcrops here but the chance of a photo of a train in this fabulous landscape was too much of a diversion.
Mount Yamnuska, right, & Old Goat Peak, centre, are part of the Rocky Mountain Front Range and the abrupt change between the steeply dipping, folded & thrusted rocks in the west and the flat lying Interior Plains rocks to the east is dramatic. Here Middle Cambrian carbonates have overridden Cretaceous Belly River Formation along the McConnell thrust fault.
(I may not have been listening but I still have the field notes!)
30 May 2021
Waterfall Staffordshire 30th May 2021
Last weekend we did a 7 mile Bank Holiday walk around the Manifold Valley & passed New Hall in the village of Waterfall as we climbed up out of the Hamps valley. This was a short detour off our planned route to have a beer at the Red Lion in the village.
From "Staffordshire Past Track":
The village of Waterfall is situated in the Staffordshire Moorlands, north-west of the town of Ashbourne. It is a very typical Moorland village with its buildings built of stone. The place name is a descriptive one and comes from the fact that the River Hamps falls into a subterranean watercourse between the village of Waterfall and Winkhill.
HHF from the Peak District and have a great weekend.
23 May 2021
Halifax West Yorkshire 23rd May 2021
Contrasting 19th & 20th century bridge architecture spanning the Hebble Valley.
The Victorian cast & wrought-iron North Bridge was completed in 1871 and as well as the river Hebble it crossed the once extensive railway yards. In fact Halifax Corporation & the Halifax & Ovenden Railway jointly financed its construction.
Burdock Way, the modern flyover system, was opened in 1973 to take the A58 and A629 traffic over the valley leaving North Bridge in use for local traffic only.
The steps lead down to Dean Clough mill.
12 May 2021
Trevone Cornwall 12th May 2021
Sunset over Porthmissen Beach Trevone near Padstow.
30 May 2021
Manifold Valley Staffordshire 30th May 2021
Our 7.5 mile walk was pretty straightforward: down the steep-sided hills into the Manifold Valley, follow the disused trackbed of the former Leek & Manifold Light Railway, climb out of the steep-sided valley and walk back to Grindon on the top.
Anyone who knows this part of the Peak District will know that the River Manifold is a "disappearing" river. Depending on the volume of rainfall the river fluctuates from normal flow to a completely dry bed as the porous limestone soaks up the water. This bucolic view is an intermediate situation!
24 May 2021
Heaton Lodge Huddersfield West Yorkshire 24th May 2021
Heading east GB RailFreight Class 60 diesel 60056 with 6E36 the 01.45 Liverpool Tuebrook Sidings to Drax biomass train has just passed Heaton Lodge Junction north of Huddersfield on the ex-Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Calder Valley line at 06.54.
The shot was taken from the footbridge over the ex-LNWR New Line which now joins the Calder Valley line at Heaton Lodge East Junction off left. The footpath continues under the LNWR line in a very low tunnel and up the hill past the stone building.
HFF & have a great weekend.
13 May 2021
Rock Cornwall 13th May 2021
When the tide is out at Rock/Padstow the river Camel becomes an area of wide sandbars. The famous Doom Bar at the mouth of the estuary was very dangerous to shipping in the days of sail and even today boats can come to grief on it. It's a nice pint too...