Monthly Archives: May 2011

Update 463. 37603 & 37667 on 6M67 at Old Hill, 18/05/11

After not seeing this train for several weeks due to it running up the Lickey, or beating me to the station as it did last week – it had a more leisurely run from Worcester today & I was there in plenty of time. It’s not easy getting “different” photos here, as a “down” train is due at around the same time this working passes through & I’m always close to the footbridge in case I have to take a photo from above to avoid the DMU passing through.

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Even some sunlight in this shot, unusual for Old Hill

37603 & 37667 on 6M67 at Old Hill

Update 460. 45407 & 44871 on the Severn Valley Railway, 14/05/11

The locos are seen at Kidderminster as they cross onto the Severn Valley Railway. Also running today were D8059, 50031, 7812, 5164 & 46443 on Footplate Experience. There should only have been 1 diesel running, but with the shortage of available steam locos a 2nd diesel had to be used. One of the Black 5s should be working the Limited on Sunday.

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In this shot, 45407 is being uncoupled & will couple to the rear of the support coaches before running to Bridgnorth. This helps to spread the load as they cross Victoria Bridge.

Update 459. 45407 & 44871 on The Cathedrals Explorer at Shrewsbury, 12/05/11

Rushing across from Small Heath after seeing the A4 we were in plenty of time to see the Black 5s arrive from Carnforth with  the railtour to Carmarthen. The train was about 20 minutes late arriving and was away in less than 5 minutes, so there were only seconds to spare after a mad dash up to the castle wall to see the train departing. Thanks to the person from the museum, who allowed us a couple of minutes to see the train depart – as it was locking-up time!

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It’s a great view from the castle wall:-

45407 & 44871 at Shrewsbury

Update 458. 4492 Dominion of New Zealand (60019) at Small Heath, 12/05/11

The William Shakespeare, hauled by 4492, ran from York to Stratford-upon-Avon & return. As far as I know, this is the only appearance of the loco in the West Midlands this year, but at least I managed plenty of photos of it. 60019/4492 now looks very smart in garter blue livery, with full streamling, and was running with the second tender.

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Sun & smoke, can’t be bad!!

60019 as 4492 Dominion of New Zealand