This is Colin’s other main interest, railways.

66092 Hindley track works 28.1.2024
Sunday the 28th January finds DB Cargo 66092 on the rear of an engineer’s train at Hindley in Greater Manchester. The train it is on the back of came down from Carlisle overnight the previous night loaded with new ballast ready for the work through Hindley station. This view was taken from the Deep Pit footbridge over the railway to the west of Hindley station. The recently raised and rebuilt road bridge at the station can be seen in the back ground, The bridge had to be raised as part of the electrification of the line from Wigan to Bolton. The date is 28.1.2024
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A couple of images, a bit different, from Chesterfield just before Christmas 2023

Hoping to get on the train, Chesterfield 9.12.2023
At Chesterfield station on a Saturday before Christmas folk are wanting to take the train into Nottingham. It’s a two-car train, that has come from Leeds and is already packed with passengers standing. People are trying to get on for an afternoon and into an evening out in the city but it looks like they may have to wait for the next service, or go by bus or taxi. The train is a Northern one, unit no 195 002 while in the back ground a East Midlands train departs on a service from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street. Photo image Cw 8571 Copyright Colin Wareing
Christmas jumpers waiting for the train Chesterfield 9.12.2023.
At Chesterfield station on a damp Saturday before Christmas the lads have gathered for a trip into Sheffield or Leeds with some of them sporting their Christmas jumpers. The beers are out though the rest of the folk on the platform seem to prefer a cup of coffee.
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A couple of hours at Balshaw Lane again on the 19th of December 2023

DB Cargo 66001 4S38 Balshaw Lane 19.12.2023.
DB Cargo diesel locomotive no 66001 comes off the fast lines onto the slow lines at Balshaw Lane Junction on the West Coast Main Line in Lancashire. The train is an intermodal one and is on the way to Mossend near Glasgow having started its journey from the docks at Seaforth in Liverpool The train is running under the head code of 6S38 and left Seaforth at 14.16 hrs. The date is 19.12.2023 Image Cw 8543 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
Colas HST 43277 1Q47 Balshaw Lane 19.12.2023.
Colas HST diesel power car no 43277 comes off fast lines onto the slow lines at Balshaw Lane Junction working a test train from Derby to Carlisle under headcode 1Q47. A friendly wave from the driver as he carries on up the West Coast Main Line to Carnforth and then he is off along the Cumdrian coast around the Barrow loop. The date is 19.12.2023 Image Cw 8541 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
68031 6K05 Balshaw Lane 19.12.2023
DRS diesel locomotive no 68031 comes off the slow lines at Balshaw Lane Junction hauling the 12.29 engineers train from Carlisle to Basford Hall near Crewe under headcode 6K05. The locomotive is in the livery of TransPennine Express though it shows evidence of use on the recent Rail Head Treatment trains. The date is 19.12.2023 Image Cw 8540 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

A couple from 6th December 2023 from The line into and out of the Seaforth Docks, Liverpool

60062 6M36 from Drax at Bootle under L and L 6.12.2023
GBRF diesel locomotive 60026 emerges from under the Leeds and Liverpool canal in Bootle on Merseyside on Tuesday the 6th of December 2023. The train service it is working is the 09.54 empty biomass freight train returning to Seaforth docks near Liverpool to be reloaded with imported wood chips, or Biomass to be transported to the Drax power station in Yorkshire for burning to produce electricity. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 6M36 The loco carries the name “Helvellyn” Photo image Cw 8528 Copyright Colin Wareing
66115 6S38 from Seaforth leaves the docks 6.12.2023.
DB Cargo diesel locomotive no 66115 is leaving the docks at Seaforth in Liverpool. The train is an intermodal one and is on the way to Mossend near Glasgow. The train is running under the head code of 6S38 and left Seaforth at 14.16 hrs. The date is 6.12.2023 Image Cw 8529 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations Cw 8529 Colin Wareing

Updated 22.11.2023 with three pics from Scunthorpe while we where there for the football game of Scunthorpe v Southport, which Southport lost 1-0.

150268 reverses at Scunthorpe 2P05 to 2P06 21.11.2023.
On a dull winter’s morning Northern diesel train, no 150268 waits to cross from one line to another at Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. The train it formed was the 08.43 departure from Doncaster to Scunthorpe which ran under head code 2P05 which arrived into Platform 1 here at Scunthorpe. It is now going to cross over to enter platform 2 to form the 09.48 departure back to Doncaster running under headcode 2P06. The picture was taken from the Rowland Road footbridge which is also known as the Frodingham footbridge. The date is 21.11.2023 Image Cw 8508 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
185145 nears Scunthorpe 1B73 21.11.2023
On a dull winter’s morning TransPennine Express diesel train, no 185145, approaches Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. The train it is forming is the 09.26 departure from Cleethorpes to Liverpool Lime Street running under head code 1B73. The picture was taken from the Rowland Road footbridge which is also known as the Frodingham footbridge. Beyond the train is a relatively new housing complex called “The Sidings” The date is 21.11.2023 Image Cw 8507 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
66100 passing Scunthorpe 4R49 21.11.2023
On a dull winter’s morning D B Cargo’s diesel locomotive, no 66100, passes through Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. The train it is hauling is the 08.15 departure from the power station at Drax to the docks at the port of Immingham. The train is empty bio mass wagons on the way back to port for refilling running under head code 4R49. The picture was taken from the Rowland Road footbridge which is also known as the Frodingham footbridge. The locomotive carries the name “Armistice 100 1918-2018” The date is 21.11.2023 Image Cw 8506 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
66749 4E04 Morpeth North 15.9.2023.
Through the mizzle GBRF diesel locomotive 66749 approaches Morpeth on the East Cost Main Line in Northumberland on Friday the 15.9. 2023. The train service it is working is the 11.06 intermodal freight train from Mossend near Glasgow to the Doncaster I Port running under headcode or train reporting number 4E04. The loco carries the name “Christoper Hopcroft”.
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150 142 at Bridge 41 L and L 12.9.2023.
Northern trains DMU passes bridge 41 on the Leeds and Liverpool canal in the Douglas valley of Lancashire to the west of Wigan. The unit is number 150142 and is working the 08.52 from Stalybridge to Southport.
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DR98961 and DR98911 Rufford 10.7.2023 3Z19.
A multi-purpose vehicle train crosses the river Douglas at Rufford on the evening of the 10.7.2023 The train had been fitted on this occasion to spray weed killer along the railway lines. The service had left Wigan Springs Branch depot at 19.10hrs, travelled the line form Wigan to Preston. It then made this trip down the branch line to Ormskirk and return before travelling to Oxenholme and then returning to Wigan. The line runs between Preston and Ormskirk and at one time was a mainline route from Liverpool to Scotland. The track now is a single line branch with a single passing loop at Rufford, where the driver of this train has to collect the single line token to allow him to safely travel to Ormskirk and back. The train has two carriages or cars to it with the front one being numbered DB98961, and this one at the rear is DB98911 and the time is 21.00hrs.
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Modern Manchester in the sun.
A Trans Pennine Express train stands in platform 4 below one of the newish skyscrapers at Manchester Oxford Road station on a sunny July afternoon in 2023
 The train is unit 185123 with the 14.19 train from Liverpool Lime Street to Grimsby Town, with 185121 as the front unit making a six coach train.
The date is 7.7.2023
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Yellow and pink in Manchester.
A Northern train stands in platform 5 where it’s yellow front contrasts with the pink scaffolding covering of a nearby building at Manchester Oxford Road station on a sunny July afternoon in 2023 The train is unit 156459 which has arrived from Southport and will now form the 15.27 hrs departure back to Southport. The train is formed of four carriages, with 156459 being the first two with sister unit 156452 being the rear two. The date is 7.7.2023 Image Cw 8371 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
68034 trails 68033 6C52 off Heysham Nuclear Power station 19.6.2023.
DRS diesel locomotive 68034 trails a nuclear fuel train away from the power station at Heysham in Lancashire on Monday 19.6.2023 The train it is on the rear of is the 16.19 hrs departure Heysham to the Sellafield in Cumbria which departed 37 minutes earlier than it’s booked departure time. The train has a locomotive at either end, with 68033 providing the power on the front. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 6C52 Image Cw 8333 Colin Wareing copyright Colin Wareing
DRS 68034 and 68033 6C51 Clay Lane, Heysham Moss 19.6.2023.
DRS diesel locomotive 68034 is about to pass under Clay Lane bridge on Heysham Moss near Morecambe in Lancashire 19.6.2023 The train it is hauling is the 12.47 hrs departure from Sellafield in Cumbria to the nuclear power station at Heysham near Morecambe in Lancashire. The train is carrying nuclear fuel containers. The train has a locomotive at either end, with 68033 on the rear. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 6C51 Monday 19.6.2023
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333006 2S28 Cemetery Lane Royd Street Utley 19.4.2023.
To the west of Keighley in the Arie valley is a small village of Utley where there is a foot bridge over the railway that runs from Skipton and from Carlisle and Morecombe through Skipton to Leeds. The footbridge crosses the railway from Cemetery Lane and the view towards Keighley is as the train runs alongside Royd Street. This train is a Northern service from Bradford Foster Square to Skipton, having left Bradford at 13.11 hrs. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 2S28
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66775 6D37 Cemetery Lane Utley 19.4.2023.
To the west of Keighley in the Arie valley is a small village of Utley where there is a foot bridge over the railway that runs from Skipton and from Carlisle and Morecombe through Skipton to Leeds. The footbridge crosses the railway from Cemetery Lane. This train is hauled by GBRF locomotive no 66775 and is carrying stone from Rylstone quarry to Hunslet, having left Rylstone near Grassington at 12.20 hrs. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 6D37
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GBRF 66727 at Clitheroe cement works to work 6C00 19.4.2023
GBRF locomotive 66727 is being refuelled at the Castle cement works in Clitheroe before hauling the 17.15 departing train of loaded cement tankers to Carlisle on 19.4.2023. The locomotive carries the name ”Maritime One” and the train will be running under headcode or train reporting number 6C00.
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FL 66601 arrives Great Rocks Jct 6H66 15.2.2023.
Freightliner locomotive no 66601 nears the end of its journey from Leyland in Lancashire as it approaches at Great Rocks Junction in the Derbyshire peak district. The train it is working is the 06.35 hrs departure empty stone train from the recently reactivated sidings at the former British Leyland trucks site. The train is running under the train reporting number or headcode 6H66. Great Rocks junction is near Tunstead, not far from Buxton in the Derbyshire quarry area where the wagons will be reloaded ready for the next delivery into the aggregates supply chain. 15.2.2023
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Cw 8173 GBRF 66799 at Briggs Ground Frame with 4H61 15.2.2023.
GBRF locomotive no 66799 is running around its train at Briggs Ground Frame near the Hindlow quarries in the Derbyshire peak district. The train it has brought in was the 10.35 hrs departure empty stone train from Small Heath in Birmingham. The locomotive has now run around its train of wagons and is now going to reverse onto the train and propel it back into the loading point off the quarry to be reloaded. The Briggs ground frame refers to the leavers that are used to change the points on this section of railway, rather than having a full signal box for just one or two sets of points. This locomotive was imported from Europe in August 2021 and now carries the name “Modern Railways” named after the monthly magazine of that title. This picture was taken from the adjacent public footpath that runs alongside the line here. 15.2.2023
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47712 Balshaw Lane 8.2.2023 5P55 Test run.
Locomotive services limited locomotive no 47712 “Lady Diana Spencer” passes Balshaw Lane Junction on the West Coast Main Line on 8.2.2023. The train it is pushing is a short rake passenger carriages that have been repainted in a old Scot Rail livery. At the front of the train is a carriage that has been adapted with a driving cab at one end, from which the driver is controlling the train and the locomotive. The train is on a trail run from Crewe to Preston and return, having come straight up the West Coast Main Line and will return down the WCML leaving it at Warrington to go back to Crewe through Chester. The locomotive will be pushing for most of the way as once the train got to Preston it was turned on the triangle of tracks at Farrington Curve junction. The train left Crewe at 13.05hrs, this being the 2nd trip of the day, the first being a Crewe to Preston trip in the morning. It arrived back at Crewe on this trip at 16.49 hrs running under head code or train reporting number 5P55. Balshaw Lane junction is between Wigan and Preston and is where the slow lines through Euxton Balshaw Lane station leave the fast lines. 8.2.2023 Image Cw 8164 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations www.colinandcarolescreations.co.uk E-mail colinandcarolescreations@yahoo.co.uk Phone no 07931 356204
Running for the train, 777049 at Kirkby 23.1.23
The first use in passenger carrying service of the new trains for Merseyrail happened on Monday the 23rd of January 2023. The train left Liverpool Central as the 10.50 hrs service to Kirkby and then formed the 11.14hrs service from Kirkby back to Liverpool Central. Here the train is just about to start its journey back to Liverpool as a lady makes a dash along the platform to get aboard. The new trains are initially been brought into use on the Kirkby line as it is the shortest route they will use and is near the maintaince depot at Kirkdale so if there are any teething problems they should be able to be sorted out quickly. The plan is then to start using them on the Ormskirk line, before going on to the Southport and Wirral lines. This first unit was number 777049 and this train service was running under head code or train reporting number 2G78 Photo image Cw 8188 Copyright Colin Wareing
777049 arrives at Kirkby 23.1.2023
The first use in passenger carrying service of one of the new trains for Merseyrail happened on Monday the 23rd of January 2023. The train left Liverpool Central as the 10.50 hrs service to Kirkby. Here the train is just arriving at its destination at 11.10hrs. There where a good lot of passengers on board. Lots of people had been looking forwards to this day, the new trains have been coming for the last 4 years, to replace the 40 year old ones. The new trains are initially been brought into use on the Kirkby line as it is the shortest route they will use and is near the maintaince depot at Kirkdale so if there are any teething problems they should be able to be sorted out quickly. The plan is then to start using them on the Ormskirk line, before going on to the Southport and Wirral lines. This first unit was number 777049 and the train service was running under head code or train reporting number 2K17. Photo image Cw 8189 Copyright Colin Wareing
66568 North Stafford junction 17.7.19
Freightliner locomotive no 66568 travelling from Burton on Trent is about to pass the North Staffordshire junction near Willington in Derbyshire. The train is a colourful array of retaining post on wagons of sleepers that are on the way from Fairwater Yard near Taunton to Doncaster Wood Yard running under headcode or train reporting number 4E18. The train left Fairwater at 09.42, 14 minutes early of its booked time of 09.56hrs. 17.7.19 Image Cw 6812 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations Available to licence from Alamy ref W4W0ER

195132 1U94 195113 1C52 at Wigan NW 3.9.2022.
Two Northern DMU trains call at Wigan North Western on Saturday the 3rd of September 2022. On the left is 195 132 which is working service 1U94, the 08.49hrs from Barrow in Furness to Manchester Airport while on the right 195 113 is working the 09.28hrs service from Manchester Airport to Barrow in Furness. The time is 10.23hrs Photo image Cw 9042 Copyright Colin Wareing
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DB Cargo’s diesel locomotive departing from the signal box at Rainford Jct signal box on 10th May 2016 on the line between Wigan and Kirkby.

The locomotive is about to enter the single track section of line that runs from here past the sidings to Kirkby.

The locomotive was on a driver road learning trip from Wakefield to the Potter Group sidings at Knowsley near Kirkby. These training runs are in preparation for a freight service to start running in the future that will carry containerised non recyclable rubbish from the Liverpool area to Teesside to burn in a energy plant.

The train was running under the head code of 0Z70

The date is 10.5.2016

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DRS 37 194 at the head of a track testing train passes 156475 at Burscough Bridge in West Lancashire.
37 667 is on the rear of the train which was running under the head code of 1Q14, from Crewe to Crewe. The Northern dmu is 156475 working the 10.46 from Manchester Victoria to Southport. this image is available to buy from Alamy, ref D38GM5
68013 leaves Banbury 1R32 3.9.2022.
68013 leaves Banbury station in Oxfordshire on Saturday afternoon the 3rd of September 2022. The train the locomotive is pulling is the 13.00hrs Chiltern railways service from London Marylebone to Birmingham New Street working under headcode or train reporting no 1R32. Photo image Cw 9055 Copyright Colin Wareing
66009 passes New Lane 0Z76 29.8.2022
On the late summer bank holiday Monday August DB Cargo diesel locomotive 66009 passes New Lane station on the Southport to Wigan line on Monday the 29th of August 2022. The locomotive is working a driver route learner or refresher service that started from Knottingley in West Yorkshire and has been to Southport and now is on its way back. Here it passes New Lane at 13.03 hrs. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 0Z76 Photo image Cw 9029 Copyright Colin Wareing
66009 passes St Lukes Southport 0Z76 31.8.2022.
DB Cargo diesel locomotive 66009 has just passed under Ash Street, the A5267, as it leaves Southport on the Southport to Wigan line on Wednesday the 31th of August 2022. The locomotive is working a driver route learner or refresher service that started from Knottingley in West Yorkshire and has been to Southport and now is on its way back. The locomotive is running under headcode or train reporting number 0Z76. Between the two tracks here used to be a passenger station, called Southport St Lukes, which was closed in September 1968 and there is not a lot of evidence left of it now. The station had access steps down from the Ash Street road bridge. Photo image Cw 9032 Copyright Colin Wareing Available to licence through Alamy, ref 2M222KT
DB 66009 0Z76 Burscough Moss 1.9.2022
Under the wide blue skies of West Lancashire DB Cargo diesel locomotive 66009 approaches a foot crossing between New Lane station and Crabtree Lane level crossing on the Southport to Wigan line on Thursday the 1st of September 2022. The locomotive is working a driver route learner or refresher service that started from Knottingley in West Yorkshire and has been to Southport and now is on its way back. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 0Z76 Photo image Cw 9040 Copyright Colin Wareing This image is available to licence from Alamy Ref 2K22363 

60074 DB Cargo leaving Millford Tunnel 6E08 22.8.2022
In a summer downpour DB Cargo diesel locomotive 60074 has passed through Millford tunnel between Duffield and Belper on Monday the 22nd of August 2022. The train service it is working is the 10.06 empty steel train from Wolverhampton steel terminal to Immingham for another load of imported steel. The train is running under headcode or train reporting number 6E08. Photo image Cw 9017 Copyright Colin Wareing

The above picture was featured in this weeks “Reader Photo Round up” for Rail Express magazine here

Start made on Headbolt lane station 17.8.2022.
A new railway station is being built at Headbolt Lane in Kirkby on Merseyside. It will be on this line from Kirkby to Wigan Wallgate to the east of the existing Kirkby station that at present is the end of the Merseyrail electrified line from the centre of Liverpool. The Wigan service starts from here at using diesel trains. Beyond the station site a bridge over county road is being replaced, so there are no tracks in place and the railway has been closed from the 18th July 2022 to the 29th August 2022, with buses replacing Northern trains between Kirkby and Rainford. The station is planned to be opened in 2023. The track running to the buffers on the left hand side of this image is the head shunt siding for the rubbish trains that carries some of Liverpool’s domestic rubbish to Teesside for incinerating. In the distance at the cranes of the port of Seaforth. Photo image Cw 9016 Copyright Colin Wareing
150114 near Rufford 2F48 9.8.2022
One of Northern’s diesel trains approaches Rufford in West Lancashire on Tuesday the 9.8.2022. The service the train is working is the 14.26 departure from Preston to Ormskirk running under head code 2F48 and here is near Rufford at 14.45 hrs Photo image Cw 9009 Copyright Colin Wareing
70812 Holme Chapel 14.6.2022 6M32
Colas diesel locomotive no 70812 passes Holme Chapel to the south east of Burnley with the bitumen trail from Lindsay Oil refinery in Lincolnshire to the former docks at Preston. The train left Lindsay at 02.51 hrs and arrived in Preston at 07.50 hrs. The train is here coming down the gradient after breasting the summit of the line between Todmorden and Burnley at Copy Pit. Holme Chapel is a small village in East Lancashire that is strung out along the A646 road that travels from Burnley to Todmorden. It is within the parish of Cliviger to the southeast of Burnley. The village of Holme Chapel along with other villages along the road are within a valley of the River Calder with Thieveley Scout being on one side of the valley and Long Causeway below Worsthorne and Strperden Moors and is overlooked by the Coal Clough Wind farm. This image was taken from the Pennine Bridal way. Photo image Cw 8026 Copyright Colin Wareing
GBRF 66703 passing Cracoe 6D37 25.5.2022
GBRF diesel locomotive no 66703 passing Cracoe. Cracoe is a Yorkshire Dales village on the freight only railway that runs from Skipton to Rylstone near Grassington that is used to bring stone out from the dales quarries. The train is the 12.20 hrs departure from Rylstone that is taking the loaded stone hoppers to Hunslet near Leeds for the construction industry. The train is running under head code or train reporting no 6D37 The date is 25.5.2022 Image Cw 8017 Colin Wareing copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
66778 Long Preston 4N00 25.5.2022
GBRF diesel locomotive no 66778 approaches Long Preston station with a train of empty cement tankers. Long Preston is a Yorkshire Dales village on the railway that runs to and from Leeds to Carlisle or Lancaster and Morecambe. The train is the 09.25 hrs departure from Carlisle New Yard that is taking the tankers back to the Castle Cement factory at Clitheroe in Lancashire for refilling before retuning north and onto Scotland later in the day. The train is running under head code or train reporting no 4CN00 The date is 25.5.2022 Image
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60026 6F67 Bryn 15.3.2022.
GBRF Class 60 locomotive no 60026 breasts the top of the gradient as it approaches Bryn between St Helens and Wigan. The train it is hauling consist of loaded stone box wagons that have come from the quarries at Shap in Cumbria on an overnight service that has been to Tuebrook sidings near Liverpool and are then tripped from there to Ashton in Makerfield. The train left Tuebrook at 09.10 hrs and is passing Bryn ay 09.30 The train ran under the headcode or train reporting number 6F67 15.3.22 Image Cw 7923 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
66075 6M82 at Love Lane 25.3.2022.
D B Cargo’s diesel locomotive no 66075 lays down some claggy exhaust fumes as it rounds the curves between Alfreton and Clay Cross at Love Lane bridge near Morton in Derbyshire on Friday afternoon the 25.3.2022. The train it is heading is the 12.43 from Walsall to Dowlow in the Derbyshire Peak district that is empty box wagons to be reloaded with stone. Photo image Cw 7934 Copyright Colin Wareing
08 375 with steel train coming off Boston docks 11.2.2022.
Shunter 08 375 bringing loaded steel wagons from Boston Docks to the exchange sidings at Sleaford sidings on Friday the 11.2.2022. The train is crossing the London Road level crossing. The wagons have been loaded in Boston docks and this trip working has just crossed the swing bridge across the River Witham and will form the 20.23hrs train from Sleaford sidings to the Wolverhampton Steel terminal operated by DB Cargo with locomotive 60 039. The shunter is a former British railways one now owned by the Port of Boston. It is not often nowadays you will see the shunter man riding on the locomotive steps. 08 375 with steel train coming off Boston docks 11.2.2022 11.2.2022 Image Cw 7898 by Colin Wareing copyright Colin Wareing
DCRail 60055 6Z47 Cossington 10.2.2022
DCrail diesel locomotive’s 60055 hauls a train of empty stone wagons along the Midland main line approaching Humble Lane bridge near Cossington in Leicestershire of 10.2.22 This train running under head code, or train reporting no 6Z57 had started from Burton on Trent west yard sidings in Derbyshire and was on its way to yard at Wembley in north London. DC Rail 60055 6Z47 Cossington 10.2.2022 10.2.2022 Image Cw 7897 by Colin Wareing copyright Colin Wareing
56091 arrives at Kirkdale 0Z56 16.11.2021
DC Rail’s diesel locomotive no 56091 arrives at the Kirkdale maintaince depot on Merseyside on Tuesday the 16.11.2021. The locomotive carries the name “Driver Wayne Gaskell” This was a light engine move from Warrington Bank Quay to Kirkdale and then returned from Kirkdale to Chaddesden sidings near Derby. It is thought that this trip was a driver route learner exercise, perhaps in readiness for the removal of the soon to be withdrawn class 507 and 508 Merseyrail emu’s, or electric multiple units that will be replaced by the new class 777’s The date is 24.10.2021 Image Cw 7804 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
56049 and 56113 at Castle Donington junction 24.10.2021
Colas diesel locomotive’s no’s 56049 and 56113 pass Castle Donington junction on the freight only between Stenson junction near Willington and Sheet stores junction near long Eaton. This was a light engine move from Crewe Basford Hall yard to Toton North yard. The date is 24.10.2021 Image Cw 7781 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
769 442 passes Burscough Bridge 13.2.2020
One of Northern’s “new” flexi units passes Burscough Bridge on 13.2.2020. This is believed to be the first time this type of train has been out on the Southport to Wigan line. These are electric multiple units that have been moved up from the south of the country and been reengineered with a diesel engine added to the electrical capability of the train. The plans are to use them along this line, running on the diesel engines until they get to Wigan or Bolton where they will be able to be powered from the overhead electric cables to run onto Manchester The service had left Wigan Springs Branch depot and travelled to Southport and is now on its return journey to Wigan. The train had left Springs Branch at 10.08, arrived in Southport at 10.57 and passed Burscough Bridge at 11.10. It ran under headcode or train reporting no 3Z51. Photo image Cw 7042 Copyright Colin Wareing
Published in Rail Express November 2021 issue on page 84
66793 6S94 at Hoghton Bottoms 13.10.2021.
GBRF diesel locomotive no 66793 makes its way to the top of the hill on a gloomy autumn morning at Hoghton Bottoms pulling its load of aviation fuel towards Scotland. The train is the 04.28 hrs departure from the yard at Wembley in London to the B P oil terminal in Prestwick in Scotland. Hoghton Bottoms is behind Hoghton Tower in Lancashire and the train will continue its journey north on the Settle and Carlisle railway. The service is running under headcode or train reporting number 6S94 and in the path of what is usually the china clay train to the paper mills of Irvine. The locomotive is carrying a retro livery of the B R Railfreight construction sector The date is 13.10.2021 Image Cw 7773 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
66149 leaves Springs Branch with 6F47 6.8.2021
DBS diesel locomotive no 66149 has just left the former Springs Branch locomotive shed near Wigan. The engine has been to the part of the site which is now a wagon repair depot and has collected two box wagons that have been repaired. To access the West Coast Main Line again to return the wagons to the yard at Arpley at Warrington for the wagons to again start earning money the train has run up onto the relatively new reversing sidings that where constructed as part of the up grade of the shed to accommodate and service northern trains passenger units and has reversed out onto the main line and is now setting off back to Warrington. The train runs on a Fridays only under headcode 6F47 and is timetabled to leave here at 12.03hrs but today it ran a bit early departing at 10.29 hrs.
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390 006 passes Astley signal box 1S48 2.4.2021. Avanti West coast Pendolino passes Astley signal box on Good Friday 2021. The train service it is working is the 08.24 hrs departure from London Euston to Glasgow Central, running under headcode 1S48. The train was diverted via Manchester and across Chat Moss to pass Astley due to engineering works on the West Coast Main Line. The date is 2.4.21 Image Cw 7535 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations Available through Alamy, Ref 2G61E1P
37423, 37038 and 57002 pass Balshaw Lane 30.6.2021.
Three of DRS, Direct Rail services, locomotives travel northwards along the West Coast Main Line beyond at Balshaw Lane junction The front locomotive is number 37 423 which carries the name “Spirit of the Lakes”, the 22nd unnamed one is 37038 and the rear one is no 57002, named “Rail Express”. They are on a “light” engine move from the company’s depot at Crewe Gresty Bridge to its main maintaince facility at Kingmoor near Carlisle. Balshaw Lane junction is between Preston and Wigan and is where the slow lines through Euxton Balshaw Lane station rejoin the fast lines. The date is 30.6.2021 Image Cw 7668 copyright Colin Wareing
Logs at Ribble head 66305 21.6.2021
DRS diesel locomotive no 66305 crosses the Ribblehead viaduct on the Settle and Carlisle on 21.6.202. The train it is pulling is the 12.58 hrs departure from Carlisle Yard to Chirk loaded with logs for the Kronospan chipboard factory at Chirk. This train is normally pulled by a locomotive from the Colas fleet but on this occasion came from the Direct Rail Services fleet. The train was about 80 minutes late from its planned times so may be there had been a problem with the Colas loco that was planned to originally power it?
The date is 21.6.2021 Image Cw 7663 copyright Colin Wareing
769 458 arrives Southport 26.4.2021
Northern’s “new” flexi units arrives in a sunny Southport on 26.4.2021 The testing of these trains has restarted on the Southport to Wigan line. These are electric multiple units that have been moved up from the south of the country and been reengineered with a diesel engine added to the electrical capability of the train. The service had left Wigan Springs Branch depot at 09.48 and worked to Southport, then to Stalybridge, and back to Southport before returning to Springs Branch in Wigan. The unit is arriving in the sea side town of Southport with the Mersey travel electric units using the platforms to the left of the station. This arrival in Southport was at 10.53 Photo image Cw 7565 Copyright Colin Wareing Published in Rail Express Magazine June 2021 issue 301 on page 31
769434 2K81 at Burscough Bridge 17.5.2021
After long delays Northern’s “new” flexi trains have entered passenger carrying service on the line from and to Southport from the Manchester area. This was the first retinue earning service, the 06.17 hrs departure from Southport to Alderley Edge seen here calling at Burscough Bridge at 06.30hrs on a misty May morning. According to Real Times Trains the service arrived 29 minutes late at Alderley Edge. These are electric multiple units that have been moved up from the south of the country and been reengineered with a diesel engine added to the electrical capability of the train. Photo image Cw 7604 Copyright Colin Wareing
66710 6E24 passes 66746 on 4F62 at Lister Lane Bridge in Liverpool 7.5.21.
GBRF diesel locomotive no 66710 has left the docks at Seaforth in Liverpool as GBRF 66746 is on its way into the docks. The picture was taken from Lister Drive bridge in the east of the city on the freight only line between Edge Lane Junction and the docks at about 17.25hrs 66710 is at the head of the 17.17 train carrying bio mass wood pellets to Drax power station, running under head code 6E24. 66746 heading into the docks had come from the East Midlands gateway freight near Derby with a train of intermodal containers. The train left at 12.54hrs running under the head code of 4F62. The date is 7.5.2021 Image Cw 7590 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations

769 458 arrives Southport 26.4.2021 One of Northern’s “new” flexi units arrives in Southport on 26.4.2021
The testing of the trains and the driver training has restarted on the Southport to Wigan line. These are electric multiple units that have been moved up from the south of the country and been reengineered with a diesel engine added to the electrical capability of the train. The service had left Wigan Springs Branch depot at 09.48 and worked to Southport, then to Stalybridge, and back to Southport before returning to Springs Branch in Wigan. The unit is passing the retail park that is built on the site of the former steam shed and parcels depot. This arrival in Southport was at 10.53 Photo image Cw 7564 Copyright Colin Wareing
66102 leaves Liverpool docks 20.4.2021
4S38 DB Cargo diesel locomotive no 66102 is leaving the docks at Seaforth in Liverpool. The train is an intermodal one and is on the way to Mossend near Glasgow. The train is running under the head code of 4S35 and left Seaforth at 14.24. The locomotive is still in the livery of English, Welsh and Scottish railways, EWS. The date is 20.4.2021 Image Cw 7555 copyright Colin Wareing of Colin and Carole’s Creations
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