Monthly Archives: April 2011

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Update 452. 4566, 7812, 42968 & 46443, 25/04/11

Bewdley to Arley & back on the train for us and 4 locos seen in action. Over the last few months I haven’t taken many SVR photos, mainly because the line had been closed, but also I have taken most of the possible shots so many times before. As usual, I’m lagging behind with uploading photos, there seem to be so many other things taking up my time these days – or I’m just getting slower?

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46443 at Bewdley

Update 450. 5029 Nunney Castle at Shrewsbury on the Great Britain IV tour, 22/04/11

A trip to Shrewsbury to see Nunney Castle on the GBIV tour. My original plan was to go to Hereford, but a railtour heading north with Class 47s made me change my plans. Unfortunately a problem with the stock for the diesel tour caused major delays & I couldn’t wait to see that train. Should have gone to Hereford & I would have seen both trains.

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5029 Nunney Castle departing from Shrewsbury

Update 445. 5Z34 WCRC Carnforth to Gloucester with 57601 & 47826, 15/04/11

This empty stock working was running via Walsall & Kings Norton. A check on the timetable showed it was possible to see it at Walsall, then catch the train to Kings Norton. It was a few minutes late when we first saw it, but there was still time to catch the Birmingham train to Aston & change to one for the Longbridge line. We were briefly held outside Kings Norton, fortunately it was only for a Voyager off the Camp Hill line, and within a few minutes of arriving the ecs was seen approaching – we only just made it in time, it was a few minutes early!

Other locos seen at Walsall were 66550, 66953 & 70006. At Kings Norton we also saw the NMT with 43013 & 43062, an HST with 43207 at the rear & finally 60015, 66050, 66092, & 66953.

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47826 seen at the rear of the ecs

47826 at Walsall on 5Z34 to Gloucester

Update 444. Night photography at Birmingham Moor Street with 67012, 06/04/11

After photographing the 20s at Dorridge, I returned to Moor Street & had about 20 minutes to wait for my train. 67012 and former WSMR set was stabled in one of the new platforms and with no people to get in the way it seemed a good time to try some night photography. Using image stabiliser & 1/30th second exposure the photos have come out very well.

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67012 at Birmingham Moor Street

Update 443. 20301, 20302, 20304 & 20305 on 8X09 tube stock at Small Heath, 06/04/11

I should have been in Wales, but Arriva Trains failed to get me to where I was heading – I didn’t want to be hours late & also have to tolerate a long bus ride in place of the train and headed back home! So, the opportunity to see 8X09, and in sunlight. It was due to pass Small Heath soon after 7pm and then head for Dorridge loop. I wasn’t sure if I could see this train twice, but after seeing it at Small Heath, I headed for Dorridge. I was surprised the train was still in the loop, last time I tried something like this – it was “Tangmere” & it ran straight through! Anyway, by now it was after 8pm and it was getting dark, so final photos very poor.

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The complete train at Small Heath:-

20301, 20302, 20304 & 20305 at Small Heath on 8X09