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N 50 B 759 C 17 E Nov 17, 1977 F Mar 24, 2019
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I scanned another six-frame negative strip last night and this is the first one from it - there are certainly another two and maybe three that are postable subject to a bit of work. Funny thing is I never printed anything from this strip so I reckon it's the first time the negative has been touched in over 40 years!

In this shot class 76 no. 76036 is passing Hadfield and heading into open country as she hauls a rake of Merry-Go-Round wagons over the Pennines and presumably back to the Yorkshire coalfield.

With grime-free undercarriage and an almost creamy-white roof it's evident that 76036 has had some attention recently, including a lick of paint. This state wouldn't last for long though - carbon deposits would soon darken and discolour the roof caused by the two pantographs in contact with the overhead wire.

It was unusual too to see a single class 76 in charge of a rake of MGRs - admitted the load would be relatively light seeing as the coal would have likely been discharged at Fiddlers Ferry Power Station some 40 miles to the East. Even so two locos would almost certainly have hauled the loaded train over the Woodhead (with another pair banking it up the Worsboro incline) and thus a pair normally brought the empties back, simply to balance loco movements.

From what I can make out the MGR wagon is numbered 357354. Some 10,000 such wagons were built to facilitate moving coal directly from pit-head to power station with automatic unloading, and this particular wagon was built at Shildon in 1974 as part of Lot 3815. They were certainly built to withstand a few knocks and it's perhaps no surprise that 357354, despite being only three years old, looks rather older than that just here.

To bag this shot I was stood on the mound that then passed as the out-of-use down platform, thanks to the kind permission from the signalman in the box opposite but out of shot.

Following the line's closure in the 1980s, the track has long gone from this view, but those railfans wanting to get a taste of the old Woodhead Route can still do so and ride their bikes along the old trackbed which now forms part of the National Cycle Network, C2C Route 62 - it joins the old railway line about 500 yards from this spot. If you're taking the route up to the Woodhead Tunnel, I'm pretty sure the return ride will be a bit faster!

Looks better full-screen I think.

Ilford FP4 rated at 160asa, developed in Acutol.
17th November 1977

76036v4 Hadfield 17Nov77

Tags:   Class76 76036 Merry Go Round MGR Coal Freight Hadfield Ilford FP4 Acutol Blackandwhite B&W Mono Monochrome Woodhead MSW Manchester, Sheffield and Wath Electric Derbyshire High Peak EM1 357354 Lot3815 Shildon Wagons Train Moorland Dark Peak Peak District

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The striking and colourful architecture around Manchester can make for some interesting shots - especially some of the new-builds in the Oxford Road / Deansgate area.

In this shot, Northern unit 150123 approaches Deansgate station with the 2.31pm Manchester Piccadilly - Blackpool North (2N68) while, in the distance, East Midlands Train unit 158799 is just about to draw into Manchester's Oxford Road station with the 1.52pm Liverpool Lime Street - Norwich (1L12).

Happy to report both trains were pretty well running to time on this very congested stretch of track.

2.36pm, 5th March 2019

Tags:   Class150 Class158 150123 158799 Northern East Midlands Trains EMT 1L12 2N68 Deansgate Manchester Winter 2019 Architecture Passengers Urban Cityscape Great Manchester DMU City

N 58 B 1.4K C 24 E Mar 5, 2019 F Mar 19, 2019
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Having recently put up a couple of industrial backdrop shots I thought I'd go for the hat-trick with this offering captured at Warrington Bank Quay a couple of weeks ago.

Freightliner Shed 66531 tentatively makes her way through the complex steel maze that is the Unilever plant, and even more tentatively past the Fatty Acids tank, as she heads the 9.30am Fiddlers Ferry Power Station - East Use Yard (4V22) discharged coals.

I'd just arrived from Frodsham for a day's photography with Mr Woolley and noticed this possible departure in the schedules. With a train having gone in earlier I figured there was a good possibility this working would run, but also knew it required being positioned camera-ready given the proximity of the power station. Thankfully the Fiddlers Ferry signaller updated the reporting system quickly after departure giving us 4-5 minutes notice of its arrival - in the end quite a comfortable capture.

Quite a challenge being the plumber here I should imagine.

9.41am, 5th March 2019

Tags:   Warrington Cheshire 2019 Freightliner Shed Class66 66531 4V22 Freight Cargo Coal Warrington Bank Quay Unilever Fatty Acids Industry Industrial Pipework Tanks

N 63 B 1.3K C 60 E Mar 17, 2019 F Mar 17, 2019
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Well it seems like I've been finally tempted into the publishing world with a book capturing a taste of our railways in the 1970s.

If that's your era (or even if it isn't) I hope you might be tempted to give it a whirl where you'll find an extensive collection of my favourite images from the period in this (I think) visually appealing publication.

It's due for release on Monday 15th April and can be pre-ordered from Amberley Publishing at the following link, where you'll also find more official details together with a few words.
www.amberley-books.com/coming-soon/britain-s-railways-in-...

N 66 B 1.4K C 25 E Sep 8, 1976 F Mar 17, 2019
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Hardly arty but it likely does have historical value for those with a keen interest in the 1970s North-East, majoring on the railway scene!

English Electric class 37 no. 37161, hauling a rake of flats, passes Middlesbrough station on the up freight line with a 'proceed under caution' signal. For me it's been interesting to see that most of the shots I took in the area on this day featured almost exclusively bull-head rail - flat-bottomed rail had seemingly made few inroads into this part of the world in 1976.

The house with the elegant facade on the right lies on Exchange Place, and the road continues under the railway. I say house but, judging by the numerous window fans, it's more likely to be in use as a business.

Immediately above the loco cab is a building with what looks to be J Parkin Ltd (?) painted on the gable-end just below the roofline. I've tried checking it out but without success at this point. The building lies on Bridge Street West and, further along, there's a four storey commercial building trading as 'Checkpoint' - instinct tells me it was probably a supermarket.

This is another frame from the 'strip of six', and the final two may get uploaded if I can make reasonable images from them (this one took several frustrating attempts).

Ilford FP4 rated at 90asa, developed in Acutol
Sometime before 9am, 8th September 1976

Tags:   1976 Monochrome Ilford FP4 Acutol Middlesbrough Tees-side North-East Freight Train English Electric Type3 Class37 37161 B&W Blackandwhite Semaphores Bridge Street West Exchange Place Checkpoint


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