Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Silver Milk Churns On Severn Valley Railway

Railway Night Photography


Night photo of milk churns on a railway station barrow at the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster
Photo: Charles Moorhen



Drinka Pinta Milka Day!


Milk churns such as these - photographed recently at night on a platform of the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster - were once a common sight at railway stations throughout Britain's rail network.



The churns were collected from farms or dairies and delivered to the local station.  

To identify the owner of the churn either a metal nameplate was attached to the container or the farm/dairy name was stamped into the metalwork.  In addition to this a label was attached to the handle stating whether or not the milk churn was full or empty.

This system of transporting milk survived for decades until a modern system was introduced whereby milk was collected directly from farms by motorized tanker vehicles.  The milk was subsequently transferred to specially-built milk tank wagons operated by the railway.

The system ceased completely in the 1970's

In the early 1920's around 282,000,000 gallons (339,000,000 litres) of milk was transported by the four national railway companies.


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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Class 57307 Locomotive 'Lady Penelope' at Rugby

Class 57 Locomotives at Night


Night photo of diesel locomotive Class 57307 'Lady Penelope' stable for the night on sidings at Rugby station 2016
Photo: Charles Moorhen


Railway Homage To 'Thunderbirds' Television Show Character



A night photo of Class 57307 DRS Diesel Locomotive 'Lady Penelope', named after the popular UK Thunderbirds TV series, standing in a former bay platform looking bright and clean after a sudden downpour at Rugby railway station on the 25th August 2016.

The locomotive was built on the 20 September 1965 by Brush Traction at Loughborough.

It originally carried the number D1901, later to be renumbered 47225.

Apart from its 'Lady Penelope' name, it has also carried the name, 'Cable Thieves: We're Watching You'.



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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Class 350 250 EMU at Wolverton

Class 350 EMU Train at Night


Long exposure night photo of london midland trains class 350 250 waiting at wolverton station en route to london
Photo: Charles Moorhen

Strangely enough, this night photo of London Midland Trains Class 350 250 standing in Wolverton station on its way to Euston station, London, came about following the change of a set of spark plugs in my car earlier in the day...and an infuriating lapse of memory.

In my eagerness to ensure that I had set the plug gaps to the correct size I decided to drive the 16 miles to Wolverton railway station, a station I've visited a number of times in the past, to test how the car was performing and do a spot of night photography while I was there.

Arriving at Wolverton station I opened the boot only to find that I had left behind a vital piece of equipment - my tripod!  

Now I was left with two options.  Drive back home and collect the tripod, or take my chances hand-holding the camera and hoping for the best.  

Well, the first option was totally out of the question as it would have meant a total driving mileage for the evening of around 64 miles. And it was only meant to be a quick trip!

So, it was the latter option or a complete waste of time and petrol.

After a couple of blurred, out of focus failures I managed to produce a small number of half decent hand-held photos, this one probably being the best of the bunch.   

The moral of this little tale - if there is one - is, even if the odds are pretty much stacked against you have a go anyway.  You may be pleasantly surprised!

Oh yes! I nearly forgot.  The spark plugs worked fine.


A few historical facts about Wolverton railway station:
  • The first station was built on the canal embankment above Wolverton Park and opened on the 17th Sept. 1838
  • In 1840 a newer, more permanent station was built close by.
  • The waiting room of the newer structure, which surprisingly had a full-time staff of 29, was lavishly redecorated for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1824.
  • In 1881 yet another station was constructed replacing all previous buildings.
  • The wooden station buildings built on the road bridge over the tracks stood for 100 years until British Rail demolished them in 1991.
  • A modern brick station building, close to the car park and platforms, was opened on the 21st June 2012.
  • Wolverton station has four platforms although only two are used for 'stopping' trains; the other two being reserved for fast 'through' expresses.

Other 'London Midland Trains' blog posts you may wish to see:

London Midland Class 153 364 DMU at Bedford



Class 350 Trains Video Filmed at Wolverton

Silverlink Class 350 EMU's at Wolverton Station Video










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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Southern Trains Class 377 701/706 EMU Through Northampton


Class 377 EMU Railway Video


New Class 377 701/706 filmed passing through Northampton railway station while on test prior to entering service on 'Southern Trains'.


The Class 377 train was filmed in 2014.  A classic example of being in the right place at the right time!

                        



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More railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video

Monday, 23 May 2016

UK Railways - Pensioner Railway Enthusiast Photographed Every Railway Station in Britain

Railway enthusiast pensioner David Brewer, 68, has recently achieved a personal ambition to photograph every railway station within the UK




Railway Enthusiast Clicked At Every Station He Visited


Former railway worker and railway enthusiast, pensioner David Brewer, 68, has recently completed a personal ambition that has taken him to the four corners of mainland Britain to photograph every railway station in the UK.

His target was reached when he snapped the 15.52 train from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street passing through the tiny station of Manea, Cambridgeshire, on the 9th May 2016, served by Abellio Greater Anglia.

Speaking about his eight-year hobby, Mr. Brewer said that Redcar British Steel was probably the most difficult to reach.  The station, used solely by the steel works employees, has only two services a day and special permission had to be obtained to photograph on the site.




So, is this the end of David Brewer's photographic travels?  Apparently not.  He is now photographing every station on the London Underground system.


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A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video


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Saturday, 21 May 2016

Rare Heritage Railway 'Thumper' DEMU Destroyed By Fire

Heritage Railway News


A rare former Southern Railway diesel multiple unit, valued at around £100,000, was attacked by vandals and destroyed by fire in May 2016.



Mindless Vandals Consign 'Thumper' To History



A vintage 'Thumper' DEMU train, owned by the Swindon and Cricklade Railway and valued at around £100,000, was completely destroyed by fire in May 2016.

 The 2-car 'Thumper', (so nicknamed by railway enthusiasts due to the noise the diesel engine made while running) DEMU, believed to be one of only three working units in preservation after withdrawal from Southern Railway service with British Railways, was parked up near the Hayes Knoll end of the line when the fire was discovered.

Dave Peacey, a trustee of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, said: "It is completely beyond repair.  We are all devastated to say the least".




Three box wagons parked nearby containing electrical equipment were also destroyed.  It appears that the fire may have started in one of these and spread to the train.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


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A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video

Huddersfield Station Celebrity Cat Has Over 60,000 Facebook Fans

UK Railway Station News


Celebrity black and white cat, Felix, who's home is Huddersfield railway station, has recently reached sixty thousand Facebook fans and has a book written about it


Favourite Feline Finds 60,000 Facebook Fans



Felix, the Huddersfield railway station cat, celebrated a recent birthday with not only a smart new hat, but more importantly - 60,000 Facebook fans.



 The cat, who was promoted to 'Senior Pest Controller' at Huddersfield station in 2016, has received birthday wishes from countries across the world such as, Paraguay, America, Germany, Malaysia, Italy, Pakistan, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Felix said: "Just because it's my birthday, I will still be working hard to ensure the people of Huddersfield have a train station free from rats and pigeons".

Well, she would have said that if she could speak.  Puuurrrrrr-fick!

Felix the cat has recently had a book written about her by Kate Moore and is published by Penguin Books.  Royalties from the sale of the book will go to the charity, Prostate Cancer UK.



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 A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video

Friday, 20 May 2016

London's Lea Bridge Station Reopens After 30 Years

UK Railway Station News


Since lying disused since 1985, Lea Bridge railway station reopened for business once again on the 16 May 2016.  Now passengers travelling to Stratford or Tottenham Hale can reach their destination in five minutes


After lying disused since 1985, Lea Bridge railway station in East London has reopened (16 May 2016) enabling passengers to reach either Stratford or Tottenham Hale in five minutes, with northbound services continuing on to Bishops Stortford.


 
The newly-opened railway station will provide passengers short travel times, compared to the journeys currently undertaken by bus which takes around 40 minutes.

Abellio Greater Anglia, who operate a number of train services across London and the South-East, will run the services at Lea Bridge station.

The original station was opened on the 15th September 1840 by the Northern and Eastern Railway as Lea Bridge Road and constructed in the Italianate style designed by Sancton Wood.

The station originally featured a bell turret complete with bell that rang out when a train was due.

The station building was demolished around 1976 when the station became an unstaffed halt.  The last train was formed of a two-car Craven Class 105 DMU.




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A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video




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