Category Archives: Black Country

Photos and Video, D8107, D8096 & 66781. Wolverhampton 26/10/20

A visit to Wolverhampton to see the 20s, the 66 was a surprise bonus. The other train I had planned to see was one of the Class 196 on test runs, that will be in another post.

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Photos and Video, 196101, Cradley Heath 23/07/20

As far as I know, this was the first real test run in the UK for this new class, Tyseley to Hereford and return. I was surprised it actually stopped at Cradley, but it enabled me to cross over to the other platform to get a better view of it, and I wasn’t bowled!!

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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, 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, 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 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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Photos and Video, 37403 and Caroline, Cradley Heath 25/02/20

Still catching up on recent posts, This was a much better result than the one with the 56 a couple of days earlier as the speed was slower, it came out well.

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Photos and Video, 56091, Cradley Heath 23/02/20

Worth a walk down the station, but just starting to spit with rain as the train was due, and blowing into the lens. 0Z56 Bristol – Preston and it must be my shortest video!!

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Photos and Video, 68004 and 88005, Cradley Heath 20/02/20

The sun was shining and I thought I’d have a wander down the station to see the Berkeley, as it had an 88 on it. As I waited another train arrived with 153334 and 153365 on the rear, so I filmed them as well. Not brilliant as there’s not much room on that platform and the lamp posts don’t help. Tossed a coin, into the sun or from the other platform – always a gamble, but at least the unit was part way down the platform and didn’t block too much of the view.

Had though of going to Old Hill, but the stopper was cancelled – crew shortage or something like that.

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