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Photos and Video, 50007 and 50049, Stourbridge 22/03/20

I didn’t know they were running to Reading in the morning, was actually out walking the dog as they passed by not very far away – didn’t hear them though. Fortunately they returned at a convenient time for me to see them. Running as 5Z50 Reading to Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway.

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Photos and Video, 47805 and 47810, Cradley Heath 18/03/20

I was expecting it to be the 37 which ran the previous day but was pleased it was the 47s instead. I wasn’t sure which platform to film from, as had been bowled many times before. The downhill train was due to depart 3 minutes after the uphill train and if the 47s were close behind that train my view might’ve been blocked. I did cross over the bridge then the doors were closing on the downhill train and I went back over the bridge and was just starting to film as the 47s appeared, obviously checked by signals, then – just watch the video!!!

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Photo and Video, 37521, Cradley Heath 17/03/20

A nice little bonus down the Dark Side running as 0Z73 from Crewe to Worcester. It actually terminated at Droitwich and ran back via the Lickey an hour earlier than planned. My original plan would’ve been to see it again at Smethwick – but I’m avoiding public transport at the moment.

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Photos and Video, 66116, 47813, 68015, 66715 Dorridge 13/03/20

Only made the journey to see the 47, the other 3 locos were a bonus and fortunately rain didn’t stop play. A Voyager and 165005 are also seen. I think it was the first time I have seen a container train run into that loop, last week it sped through on the main.

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Photos and Video, 68033 and 68005, Cradley Heath 12/03/20

The 6M56 Berkeley to Crewe was running today, the sun was shining so a good excuse for a walk to the station. I managed to get a shot of 153371 departing as I walked across the footbridge. It was going to be close, the northbound train departed about 3 minutes before the southbound train was due away, and if the 68s were close behind I might be bowled. It worked out well though, a clear view of the 68s. 172338 also seen.

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Photos and Video, 57301, 56091 and units, Droitwich 10/03/20

Only managed to post the video link yesterday, but today I have the photos to add as well. Droitwich is a good station for photos with semaphore signals adding interest to what is usually mostly units. 57301 is first seen passing through Lye, then a brief glimpse of it in Droitwich loop in the video. After I got off the train in Droitwich it wasn’t many minutes before the 57 was out of the loop and heading towards the station. Then a few of the usual units before 56091 appeared from the Bromsgrove direction.

57301 was working 0V94 Crewe (supposed to be Warrington) to Long Marston and 56091 with a Railvac was on 6×56 Bescot to Long Marston.

Units seen were 170517, 170633, 172345, 172006, 172212, 172217, 170632 and 172220.

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Photos and Video, 33029 and 47746, Birmingham International 07/03/20

Don’t often see a Class 33 on a railtour these days so made the effort to see this one. It was The Fenny Crompton, run by the Branch Line Society – 1Z36 Lancaster to Paddington. Running very late earlier in the day it was back on time by the time I saw it. Some other trains also seen – 390136, 158826, 158823 and 350377

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Photos and Video, 57301 and 66725, Dorridge 06/03/20

57301 was running from Eastleigh to Leicester, seemed a good excuse for a little outing. There were 2 other freights due around the same time along with with a 68 on a passenger working. 66150 and 68014 were the other 2 locos seen, along with 165022.

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Photos and Video, 47773, Lye 03/03/20

With a headcode of 0Z47 it stood a chance of being the 47!! Ran from Tyseley to the SVR.

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Photos, just units, Stafford part 2 04/12/19 (old event)

Just realised I haven’t edited the videos that go with these photos yet, so busy with other things last week!! A lot of “new numbers” to add to my list, which was started a few months ago. There will be more unit photos to add to another post from this date, as time permits.

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Photos and Video, 37403, Rowley Regis 26/02/20

37403 back again the following day, had to try another location and went to Rowley Regis. I was pleased to see it stop briefly at the station, looked like a staff shuffle around between Caroline and the loco, then of course the nice sound of it pulling away.

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