Copy Pit Cliviger Burnley 17th December 2020

Southern rebuilt West Country pacific 34046 Braunton has just breasted the southbound gradient at Copy Pit summit and the driver has shut-off. This is the Pennine Moor Christmas Explorer, Locomotive Services 1Z87, the 14.37 Blackburn to Birmingham International special. Copy Pit signal box used to stand to the right of the engine by the brick wall beyond which the Todmorden to Burnley road parallels the railway on the far right.

South Wigston Leicestershire 9th February 2021

A train in the snow. DRS Class 66 diesel 66427 passes through the 1986-vintage South Wigston station with a Crewe Basford Hall to Mountsorrel Sidings freight. HFF to everyone & have a great weekend. Stay safe.

Great Central Railway Quorn Leicestershire 28th January 1996

Super power for the Loughborough to Leicester train as Great Western Railway Hall 4-6-0 6990 Witherslack Hall pilots LMS Duchess pacific 46229 Duchess of Hamilton out of Quorn & Woodhouse station at the snowy Winter Gala. HFF and have a great weekend.

Manchester Newton Heath Lancashire 21st June 1968

It's near the end for Newton Heath steam shed in Manchester. Stanier 8F 2-8-0 48529 catches the light streaming through the holes in the roof into the gloom of the shed interior. This image was used on the cover of "Steam's Last Apprentice" by Victor Penketh published by Wibble Publishing in 2013. An excellent read about Victor's life on the railway from 1959 to the end of steam in 1968 .

Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 11th December 2016

Back in the UK and after putting our loco - 45305 - to bed I was on my way out when this view of Ivatt 2MT 2-6-0 46521 illuminated by the setting sun caught my eye.

Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 11th December 2016

I was asked "..Is your loco as highly polished?". Here's the answer! Stanier Black 5 4-6-0 45305 is coming round on shed. We had signed on to prepare Black 5 45305 for its one trip of the day on the 13.20 diner so had plenty of time.

Wernigerode Saxony-Anhalt Germany 18th May 2016

Harzer Schmalspurbahnen. A visit to Wernigerode shed in the late evening after dinner and amongst the stabled & simmering 2-10-2T tanks used on the Brocken and Nordhausen services I found Mallet 0-4-4-0T 99 5902 (Arnold Jung, 1898) also in steam. HFF & have a GWE to everyone.

Nottingham 19th February 2021

On a grey pandemic Friday afternoon Nottingham city centre was unsurprisingly deserted. The trams were still running and I captured NET Alstom Citadis type 302 tram number 229 at the Old Market Square (Slab Square) stop. Nottingham's impressive Portland Stone Council House opened in 1929 forms the backdrop.

Great Central Railway Loughborough Leicestershire 27th January 2012

The stage was set for another great Winter Gala Saturday. This is the yard north of Loughborough station with 3 of the stars being prepared this evening. Far right is King Arthur 4-6-0 30777 Sir Lamiel, centre is Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 46521 in its sparkling British Railways black livery & left is LMS Stanier 8F 2-8-0 48624.
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