Thursday, June 30, 2011

A stranger on the patch.

59205 L. Keith McNair, making an unusual sight around these parts, at Pleck Jcn on June 30th, running light from Bescot Down Yard to Crewe.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Track Machines

Two Plasser and Theurer Track Machines parked up at the new Network Rail training centre just off Corporation Street West, Walsall. This has been built opposite Walsall Cement Terminal. 24.06.11.

DRS convoy and 70005

What was later found to be an 0Z30 light move was a lucky catch at Sutton Park on Friday 24th June. The DRS convoy comprised 47810 + 47501 + 57004.

Passing the three engines was 70005 with what I expect was 6F16 Bescot - Mountsorrel / Stud Farm empty stone hoppers.

The blue livery of the DRS Class 37 and 47 fleet has been spoiled a little by the large branding down the side of the locomotives....

Friday, June 24, 2011

Blue 66402

Another light engine seen running through the area on Wednesday 22nd June was 66402, on her way to Crewe I believe.

Colas 66843

Everyone likes a Colas so here's 66843 looking resplendent in what I assume was a new coat of paint ? 0Z66 Eastleigh - Carlisle 17th June.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Colas and Crane

Colas-owned Class 47 47739 'Robin of Templecombe' (!) hammers through Sutton Park with a crane for Bescot on the morning of 22nd June. The loco later returned light engine to the trains origin point, Rugby.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Green and Grey Choppers

Great to see some variety on the Park as 20189 + 20227 pass through on the afternoon of the longest day of the year. The Type 1's had been stabled at Bescot overnight and were continuing on their way to the Midland Railway - Butterley. Evidently some infrastructure problems meant that the Class 20s were running around forty minutes late by this point, but they were able to make up time further into the journey.

Friday, June 17, 2011

DRS 37510 with an ECS move

37510 runs through the 'Park with 5Z57, a train of inter-city stock heading to Willesden from Barrow Hill. Friday 17th June.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Class 97s with 1Q09

97304 'John Tiley' and 97303 top-and-tail a test coach across Sutton Park on 16th June. 1Q09 was heading for Machynlleth out of it's Derby base.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Burnet Bonus

One of the Five-spot Burnet moths that can be seen in clover grassland alongside the railway, especially at Aldridge and in the New Hall Valley.

Monday, June 13, 2011

97304 'John Tiley'

Passing through Streetly Crossing Monday 13th June.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

6M67 With Two Class 57s

Here come the 57s ! 57008 + 57009 are seen working the Bridgwater - Crewe flasks past East View Rd on 26th May. Also snapped by Richard on 20th April was 950001, the Derby test unit (ex Class 150).

Photo's copyright R.Coghlan.

Friday, June 10, 2011

92042 Turns Red

DBS electric loco 92042 (formerly named Honegger) is towed to Bescot behind 66108 on engineers train 6G45. The engine now sports the new DBS garish bright red livery.

Royal Sovereign

The Royal engines often plod through the Park on their way to various destinations such as Toton, Wembley or Wolverton etc. Here's 67006 'Royal Sovereign' passing through on the up early in June 2011.

Thursday, June 9, 2011


This Network Rail stoneblower was seen passing through Hardwick Wood on 6th June.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Hardwick Transfer

A 'going-away' shot of the 56311 + 56312 'Artemis' + 50008 'Thunderer' trio as posted by Josh below, seen coursing through the Hardwick / Roundabout Woods on 6th June en route Washwood Heath.

Monday, June 6, 2011

Hoover Transfer

56311 + 56312 Artemis + 50008 Thunderer are seen at Streetly Gate working 0Z57 Heywood to Washwood Heath.