Stalybridge Tameside Greater Manchester 28th June 2020
An unidentified TransPennine Class 185 emu heads towards Stalybridge station with the first eastbound train of this Sunday morning - 1K11 the 08.32 Manchester Piccadilly to Hull service. The Pennine mountains fill the horizon.
The two large cotton mill buildings, Clarence Mill to the left & Whitelands Twist Mill on the right, have been put to other use but it is good to see them still standing.
HFF and have a good weekend from lockdown Leicester!
09 Jul 2003
Paris Austerlitz France 24th May 1987
SNCF 9200 class Bo-Bo 1.5kV DC electrics BB-9272 and BB-9266 stand at the head of their trains in the Gare d’Austerlitz in Paris.
12 Oct 2012
Villepreux Les Yvelines France 25th October 1986
L'Etat pacific 231G558 races through the darkness of Villepreux station southwest of Paris with the returning Rouen - Paris Austerlitz steam special.
24 Jun 2020
Great Oxendon Northamptonshire 24th June 2020
Is this the light at the end of the tunnel that we keep being told about?
Great Oxendon tunnel (414m) is on the closed ex-LNWR Northampton to Market Harborough line & today the Brampton Valley Way foot/cyclepath passes through one of the 2 single line bores. This is the northern portal and another candidate for HFF!
The line was opened in 1859 by the LNWR and closed to passenger services in 1960 although sleeper services from St Pancras passed this way until 1973 and freight until full closure in 1981.
30 Jun 2014
Buenos Aires Argentina 30th June 2014
Opened as a theatre called Teatro Gran Splendid in May 1919 and converted into a cinema in 1928, today this beautiful building is the most impressive book shop I have ever been in!
HFF to everyone. Enjoy the weekend.
08 Aug 2014
Fort William Scotland 8th August 2014
It's midnight on shed at Fort William and under starry skies Thompson K1 2-6-0 62005 is gently smoking away in preparation for working the Jacobite to Mallaig the following day.
04 Aug 2018
Great Central Railway Rothley Leicestershire 4th August 2018
In August 2018 it was 50 years since the end of regular BR steam but here are two British Railways Standards passing on a double track main line today! Who would have thought?
Pacific 70013 Oliver Cromwell seen storming up the bank out of Rothley was running on that day in 1968 although our engine, 2MT 2-6-0 78018, was languishing in Woodham's scrapyard in Barry at the time.
The train reporting number 1L50 was an RCTS special hauled by 70013 on August 4th 1968 from Lostock Hall - Euxton Jn - Chorley - Bolton - Salford - Manchester Victoria - Miles Platting - Reddish South - to Stockport Edgeley.
18 Jan 1981
Sibayak Berastagi Sumatra Indonesia 18th January 1981
We climbed Mount Sibayak a fairly dormant volcano near Berastagi south of Medan. It is more than 100 years since it last erupted - very recently in geological time - but the Barisan Mountains are definitely still active. Mt Sinabung a few kilometres from here did erupt in 2010. Steam from the fumeroles can be seen on the mountain.
The walk starts in these rice padi fields but climbs quite steeply through forest and then onto open rock. The crest is at 2,212 m (7,257 ft) and in the clouds it gets chilly when you're wearing shorts!.
15 Jun 2020
Stalybridge Tameside Greater Manchester 15th June 2020
Stalybridge station Greater Manchester.
HFF and have a great weekend everyone.