Monthly Archives: May 2012

Update 600. The Olympic torch and flame on the Severn Valley Railway, 24/05/12

The Olympic flame was in Worcestershire today, reaching Bewdley in the afternoon. A special train was waiting to take the flame to Kidderminster, with a brief stop at West Midlands Safari Park, where the elephants were waiting to wave a … Continue reading

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Update 599. 31466 & 50026 through Kings Norton, also 57003 & 37608, 23/05/12

First train seen was the flask from Keyham to Crewe , hauled by 37608, running as 6Z40. An empty coal train from Rugeley ran south behind 66522 as 4V57 and after what seemed a very long wait, the convoy appeared. … Continue reading

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Update 598. Queen Victoria, portrayed by Sylvia Strange, at the Severn Valley Railway

The photos showing Queen Victoria have already been included in the updates from the previous 2 days, but I decided to include them in a separate album. As mentioned before, the event was to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the … Continue reading

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Update 597. 150th Anniversary at the Severn Valley Railway, with Queen Victoria, 20/05/12

The second day of the anniversary weekend. Some more photos of the visiting locos and of course “Queen Victoria” at Arley. Link to photos This loco is the oldest working steam loco in the country and was built in 1863 … Continue reading

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Update 596. 150th Anniversary at the Severn Valley Railway, with Queen Victoria, 19/05/12

The railway between Worcester and Shrewsbury was opened in 1862 and the event this weekend marks the 150th anniversary. Three visiting locos built in the 1870s could be seen in action at Kidderminster and “Queen Victoria” travelled the line in … Continue reading

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Update 595. 47805 & 47818 head the Cruise Saver ecs at Leamington, 17/05/12

After watching a couple of freight trains pass, 47805 & 47818 are seen heading the empty stock from Crewe to Eastleigh through Leamington Spa, with 47802 on the rear. Link to photos The locos accelerate through the station

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Update 594. 57001 47375 & 55019 at Cradley Heath, 16/05/12

The West Coast Class 57 went to Gloucester to recover the Class 47, which had failed last week, and then to Kidderminster to collect 55019. The convoy is seen passing Cradley Heath on the way to Burton. Link to photos … Continue reading

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Update 593. 4566, 42968, 43106 & D1062 at the SVR, 12/05/10

As well as the locos above, a few photos of LNER teak 7960 in the bay at Kidderminster. 55019 is also seen in the yard, and Captain Baxter is outside the Carriage Works, also a poor distant shot of Furness … Continue reading

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Update 592. 50049 to the rescue! 10/05/12

The convoy to Swanage, seen in the previous update, had to be recovered as 47375 failed. 50049 is sent to recover D821, 55019, D8188 & D8059. The failed Class47 was left at Gloucester. The locos are seen as they arrive … Continue reading

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Update 591. 47375, D821, 55019, D8188 & D8059 depart Kidderminster for Swanage, 10/05/12

Unfortunately nothing went to plan for the loco move to Swanage. D6515 had problems on the way from Swanage to Barrow Hill to collect 55019 and was replaced by 47375. After a late arrival the previous day, the convoy departed … Continue reading

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Update 590. Fletcher Jennings “Captain Baxter” No.3 arrives at Kidderminster, 10/05/12

I was at Kidderminster to see the convoy of diesels depart for Swanage and this loco was on a low-loader in the car park. The loco was built in 1877 and will be seen in action over the 150th anniversary … Continue reading

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Update 589. 5521 at Bodmin, 02/05/12

It’s so hard to get back into a routine when you have a few days away. I’m so behind with everything at the moment. Anyway, some photos taken at Bodmin last week – our train was hauled by 5521. Link … Continue reading

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