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First trains of the year About time too, I hear some say.  Well, up till now the weather hasn't been great this year, and there's always real life which conspires to get in the way of running tra

Mick, You're very welcome.  That is just to say a big Thank You on behalf of all the contributors and visitors to this superb website which you have diligently maintained over so many years to pr

Thank you for that Andrew. It gives me a great deal of pleasure and satisfaction to see some of our 'pioneering' layouts continuing after all this time and it's good to see how our layouts have develo

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Only one train today, and no sunshine to brighten up the photos. 

At first I thought it might be the Thames-Clyde Express, but research shows it can't be, as that had a restaurant car in the 1950s.  So this is just an anonymous express with no refreshment facilities, pulled by a very clean Jubilee.  Here it's seen passing Black Ghyll cavern, and then beyond.










There seems to have been a lineside fire on Foxdale Bank, presumbly caused by the proverbial stray spark from a locomotive.



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Just a few pics from today's 1950s running session


Nothing too unusual in the locomotive department: this Black 5 on Foxdale Bank




and here on Bamboo Curtain Straight




And a couple of shots of the 9F on a coal train at Throstlebeck





I've just noticed one of those junction signals is facing the wrong way.  Wonder how that happened!





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   I've been requested to ask what the foilage is on the side of Foxdale Bank with the signal. The small, short leaved stuff (I use the word "stuff" as the wife has the fingers whilst I have no clue what so ever!!)




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Hello, Noel,

it's this:

Mind-your-own-business or baby’s tears, Soleirolia soleirolii (syn. Helxine soleirolii) is a creeping perennial with tiny rounded leaves. Despite looking pretty in cracks in paving, it re-grows from the smallest stem sections and can soon get out of control. It is especially difficult to control in the lawn.


But I may have let it get too dried out (or a spark from a passing train may have started a fire, as you can see if you scroll up).


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Great Western delight

What a pleasure to have the first visiting locos of the year, especially Julian's finely wrought models.  And some visiting lower quadrant signals too.


King William IV enjoying the sunshine:




Earl of Mount Edgcumbe pauses near a shunting signal:




Details of the Earl's cab and tender:




A small Prairie drifts down Bamboo Curtain Straight:




and Resolven Grange heads home with a coal train




with a glimpse of the driver, eager for supper:




The end:


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Piling on the coal again


Here's the BR Standard 4MT waiting at Throstlebeck for departure with a coal train, alongside one of the recently arrived and very elegant ground signals which really improve the general appearance.




and later caught (from a drone) passing Black Ghyll:






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Goodness!  More than a month with no pictures.  So it was jolly good that Geoff and Josh came over yesterday for a suitably distanced running session and brought lots of exciting rolling stock to add new liveries to the normal DGR diet of steam age British Railways.  The photos will be posted in installments, starting with "Lady Penelope".

Lady P. is number 57307, re-engined from a Class 47 and, at the time shown, owned by Virgin Trains primarily as a rescue engine for Pendolino electric units and other trains in trouble, such rescue locos commonly being known as thunderbirds.

First we see her setting out from Throstlebeck inland port with her intermodal train:







Crossing the Northern Viaduct




On across Foxdale Bank




and then, later the same day on a different working, passing Black Ghyll




Grasshopper watching the trains go by







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South West Trains

These Siemens Desiro Class 450 units have been a mainstay of medium distance suburban services on the third rail electrified routes out of Waterloo since 2003 and are familiar to thousands of people who in days gone by were commuters.  The livery started to change after SWT lost the operating franchise in 2017.


This one is on an Up Waterloo service:




Rear view on Foxdale Bank




Rural Hampshire perhaps




Still heading for Waterloo




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Virgin Trains

When Virgin Trains used Pendolino electric units for their West Coast Main Line franchise they also had a full rake of MK3 coaches  including DVT as a standby set (known as WB64).  In 2011 Virgin Trains started hauling this set with Class 90 locomotives hired in from Freightliner, and this arrangement lasted until the operations ceased in late 2014.  More details here: http://www.class90electriclocogroup.co.uk/virgin_trains.html


This is what it looked like (you have to imagine the OHL equipment):










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