Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Class 67s 'Royal Sovereign' and 'Diamond Jubilee' Locos Northampton

During the reconstruction of Northampton's railway station in 2014, I decided to take a trip there on the 24th June to see how things were progressing and if there was any traffic coming through that would be worth photographing.  


As it turned out it was well worth the time and energy consumed that afternoon.

In addition to the usual Class 350 EMU's, a number of Class 66's and Freightliner Class 70017, I was lucky to photograph a couple of Class 67 diesel locomotives; Royal Train locomotive Class 67006 'Royal Sovereign', and, Class 67026 'Diamond Jubilee', coupled together and running light.

A good 'cop' for me and a pleasant afternoon's spotting.



Royal Train Class 67006 Diesel Locomotive 'Royal Sovereign' Stands In Northampton Railway Station
Royal Train Loco Class 67006
Charles Moorhen




By Appointment to Her Majesty The Queen Plaque on the side of Class 67 locomotive 'Royal Sovereign'
'By Appointment' Plaque on 'Royal Sovereign' Side Panel
Charles Moorhen


Class 67026 Diesel Locomotive 'Diamond Jubilee' Stands in Northampton Railway Station
Class 67026 'Diamond Jubilee' Locomotive
Charles Moorhen

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Class 09018 D4106 Shunter Lives On In Another Guise at the Bluebell Railway

Black and White Photo of Class 09018 Diesel Shunter Locomotive Stands On Sidings Close To Dover Marine Station in the 1990's
Class 09018 Shunter at Dover              Photo: Charles Moorhen

Diesel Electric Shunter Locomotive 0-6-0 Class 09018 - original number D4106 - one of a class of 26, photographed as the sun is about to set on sidings close to Dover Marine Station (now a cruise liner terminal).  


Little shunters such as this, a variant of the Class 08, were built between 1959 and 1962 at the British Railways' Darlington Works.

The locomotive above was used for general shunting duties in the Dover area during the years of Channel Tunnel Construction.

The angle of the photograph is a bit odd as I had to get between the 09 and another train which was directly behind me, thereby severely restricting how I used the camera. Nowadays, Health and Safety would have had a fit if they'd seen me getting this photograph.

Unlike many ex-British Railways locomotives, 09018 escaped the scrapyard cutting torch.  

After a number of years it was eventually purchased by the Harry Needle Railroad Company who, in 2012, sold it to the Bluebell Railway in Sussex where it now resides working on the heritage railway.





D4106 (09018) on sidings at the Bluebell Railway

Friday, 30 June 2017

Messerschmitt ME 109 Bullet Marks in Truro Station Footbridge

German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt ME 109 Bullet Marks in bridge panel of Truro railway station footbridge


                        Bullet indentations on exterior footbridge panel (Ringed in red)      Photo: Charles Moorhen



At around 7:30 on the evening of Thursday the 6th August 1942, Truro railway station, Cornwall, came under attack from a lone German Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter aircraft - better known as the Messerschmitt ME 109.


The physical results of this terrifying incident can still be seen in one of the east-facing side panels of the platform footbridge spanning the tracks where two bullets slammed against the bridge metal; one almost penetrating it.



Bullet indentations on interior of footbridge panel   Photo: Charles Moorhen



Truro Railway Station footbridge across platforms 1 and 2 containing World War Two German bullet marks

                      Bullet marks on panel just above roof gutter      Photo: Charles Moorhen


At the time of the attack the mail train from Penzance to London was standing in the station, and it is widely believed that it was the presence of the train which momentarily distracted the attention of the German pilot away from his main target - the city of Truro itself.

As the ME 109 flew on towards Truro, to join the raid which killed 14 people and resulted in the injury of another 100, it left behind two fatalities and a number of wounded.



Messerschmitt ME 109



Those who died were railway worker, Mr. P. Williams, 52, and postman, Mr. E. Pentecost, 41.


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While on the subject of Cornish railways and WW2, it is worth noting that many children were evacuated by train to Cornwall at some point during the years of hostilities.

Two give just two examples:

On Friday the 1st September 1939, 544 evacuee children and their teachers arrived at St. Austell station, Cornwall, on the 6:30 from Paddington, London, on Evacuation Train No.103.
On the 3rd September 1939 a train with the identification number 116 painted across the front of the engine boiler brought 230 children and mothers to Truro station from Acton, London, to be billetted in Truro and the surrounding area.




Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Class 450 108 EMU Stands In Brookwood Station En Route To Waterloo

South West Trains Class 450 108 EMU stands in Brookwood railway station, Surrey, before continuing on to Waterloo station
Class 450 108 at Brookwood      Photo: Charles Moorhen


South West Trains Class 450 108 third-rail electric multiple unit, is seen at Brookwood station operating a stopping service to London Waterloo on the afternoon of Sunday the 29th June 2014.


Although it was a Sunday I saw a fair amount of EMU activity on the line - but no freight.  It was my first trip to Brookwood station, although I passed through it as a boy in the 1950's behind a variety of steam locomotives on my way to Basingstoke.  
And apart from the absence of smoke-stained Southern Railway green paint, not to mention equally smoke-stained railway staff, it seemed as though it had hardly changed a bit.

Brookwood station features elsewhere on this blog under the title, Brookwood Cemetery Station and the London Necropolis Funeral Railway.  
The blog post makes for interesting reading if you are partial to a bit of unique railway history.


Variety of Trains at Basingstoke, 2013 Video - Includes Class 450 Footage

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Class 172 344 DMU at Leamington Spa Station 2016.

Night Photo of London Midland Trains Class 172 344 DMU parked up for the night in a bay platform at Leamington Spa railway station in 2016
Class 172 344 Leamington Spa       Photo: Charles Moorhen


London Midland Trains Class 172 344 DMU parked up for the night at bay platform 1, Leamington Spa station, on the 23rd August 2016.

An ideal warm summer's night for train photography.

Class 153 366 DMU at Bletchley 2015

Photo of London Midland City Train Class 153 366 DMU stands on Bletchley station sidings in 2015
Class 153 366 DMU, Bletchley          Photo: Charles Moorhen


London Midland Trains one-car Class 153 366 diesel multiple unit photographed on the carriage sidings at Bletchley in 2015.


It was hit and miss as to whether I would be able to get this shot at all.  The sun had almost set when I spotted the dmu as I drove past the sidings.  Added to that I needed to weave between trees while stumbling through a mass of undergrowth strewn with brambles.

Although not my best railway photo by a long chalk, I did at least manage a half decent record of Class 153 366 which I hadn't seen before.

Other Class 153 DMU's: 
 London Midland Class 153 364 DMU Night Photo at Bedford

Monday, 26 June 2017

GWR Class 153 370 Super Sprinter Entering Truro

Photo of Great Western Railway Class 153 370 DMU Super Sprinter enters Truro railway station, Cornwall, 2017
Class 153 370 DMU              Photo: Charles Moorhen


Class 153 370 Super Sprinter DMU, in GWR green livery, enters Truro railway station, Cornwall, operating a late afternoon service in mid-June 2017.


A 'grab-shot' that very nearly didn't happen!


Other Class 153 DMU's:
Class 153 366 DMU at Bletchley 2015
London Midland Class 153 364 DMU Night Photo at Bedford

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Eurostar Trains Waiting at Ashford International 2013

Black and white photo of Eurostar Train 3001 at Ashford International Station in 2013
Eurostar Train 3001             Photo: Charles Moorhen



Close up black and white photo of Eurostar train 3230 at Ashford International Station in 2013
Eurostar Train 3230                Photo: Charles Moorhen



Two Eurostar trains, 3001 and 3230, pause at Ashford International Station before proceeding east to the Channel on the afternoon of the 9th June 2013.


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Friday, 23 June 2017

HNRail Class 20311 Pauses at Banbury Station 11/4/17 - Plus Loco DMU Video

Night Photo of HN Rail Class 20311 Diesel Locomotive standing at Banbury railway station while on a service delivering new London Underground rolling stock
Photo: Charles Moorhen


HNRail Class 20311 locomotive, at the rear of a train delivering new London Underground rolling stock, pauses a while at Banbury on the evening of the 11th April 2017.  

Other locomotives used in the train were Class 20107, 20096 and 20314.

The train to the far right of the picture is Chiltern Railways DMU Class 165 015 about to leave with a service to Marylebone station, London.





 Variety of Locos and DMU's at Banbury Video



Thursday, 22 June 2017

Great Western Railway 'Speed To The West' Poster at Leamington Spa

Black and White photo of the Great Western Railway iconic poster 'Speed To The West' on display at Leamington Spa railway station
Photo: Charles Moorhen

An appealing and iconic Great Western Railway poster extolling the benefits of travelling with the GWR to Wales and the West of England, in the great days of steam; fixed on a wall above a staircase leading to platform 1 at Leamington Spa station.

Thousands of posters advertising the virtues of major railway companies of the time, and the destinations they were promoting, were printed and distributed to railway stations big and small throughout Britain's railway network.

Many notable artists such as, Terence Cuneo, Reginald Lander, Frank Mason and Claude Buckle and Jack Merriott and Frank Sherwin were involved in the production of railway posters that have now become very collectable.


An excellent source to view the beauty of these works of art is to visit www.RailwayPosters.co.uk  or click the artists' links above.

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Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Three Class 45 'Peak' Locomotives at Whitemoor Yard 1980's

Evening photo of three Class 45 'Peak' diesel locomotives on Whitemoor Yard sidings in the 1980's awaiting disposal
Photo: Charles Moorhen



Three unidentified 'Peak' diesel locomotives, in the twilight of their lives, stabled on sidings at Whitemoor Yard, March, Cambridgeshire, in the late 1980's.





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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Unidentified Class 47 at Oxford Station

An unidentified Class 47 diesel locomotive in Network South East livery enters Oxford railway station in the late 1980's
Photo: Charles Moorhen


Unidentified Class 47 diesel locomotive, in Network South East livery, passes through Oxford station in the late 1980's.




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Monday, 19 June 2017

Class 33 Locomotive Cab Front at Night Basingstoke Photo

Night Photo of the cab front of a Crompton Class 33 locomotive on sidings at Basingstoke station
Photo: Charles Moorhen


Cab front of an unidentified Class 33 diesel locomotive stabled for the night on a siding at Basingstoke station in the late 1980's.


The Class 33 stands close to where one of Basingstoke's signal boxes once stood.

As a young boy I was lucky enough, with a friend of mine, to be able to visit the signal box in question and watch for a while the steam-hauled trains going back and forth.  It was a treat that I will never forget.




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Friday, 12 May 2017

'Cross Country Trains' Photo Class 220 006 DMU at Truro


Class 220 DMU Trains

220 006 Stands in Truro station   Photo: Charles Moorhen


Photo of a 'Cross Country Trains' Class 220 006 DMU passes old GWR signal box on entering Truro station
220 006 Approaches Truro station   Photo: Charles Moorhen




'Cross Country Trains', Class 220 006 diesel multiple unit, pauses at Truro railway station while operating the 20:18 service to Penzance, Cornwall, on Wednesday the 10th May 2017.


The signal box in the background dates back to the days of the old Great Western Railway.


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Saturday, 22 April 2017

London Midland Class 153 364 DMU Night Photo at Bedford


Class 153 DMU Trains


Night photo of London Midland City Train Class 153 364 DMU standing in a bay platform at Bedford railway station in 2015
Class 153 364       Photo: Charles Moorhen


This London Midland 'city' DMU, Class 153 364, was lucky to make it onto my camera's memory card on one particular visit to Bedford railwaystation in 2015.


On that particular day I had been photographing a small variety of trains when, during a quiet spell just as the evening was beginning to draw in, Class 153 364 slid into the station following a run from Bletchley.

I hadn't seen an example of this class of diesel multiple unit up until then and I was eager to photograph it. However, there was a problem that immediately raised its head. I had no tripod with me, which I really could have done with for a longer than usual exposure time.

Looking around for something stable on which to place the camera, it quickly became apparent that nothing was usable within the area that would make the picture work. So, if I wanted to record the image, there was nothing for it but to hold the camera in the usual way and hope for the best.

Setting the camera to a four second exposure I planted my feet shoulder width apart, tucked my elbows into my sides, framed the shot, held my breath, pressed the shutter button...and prayed that I would not cough, sneeze or feel the need to scratch my nose.

After what felt like four minutes, rather than four seconds, the shutter clicked closed and my breath came out in one loud whoomph!

Tentatively I looked at the rear screen, dreading that the whole exercise had been a complete waste of time.

However, my anxiety turned to delight when I saw, apart from a little softness to the picture that, in the end, all things considered, things had worked out quite well in the end.

Though I would not want to repeat the same process too many times.



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

Class 350 250 EMU at Wolverton Station 


Other Class 153 DMU's:
Class 153 366 DMU at Bletchley 2015
GWR Class 153 370 Super Sprinter Entering Truro



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Friday, 21 April 2017

Railway Track Machines 73919 and DR73925 Night Photos at Ely

Railway Track Machines



Colas Rail Track machine 73919 and Plasser & Theurer Track machine, DR73925 'Europa' photographed on a siding at Ely railway station, Cambridgeshire, on the 22nd of June 2014.




Night photo of Colas Rail track machine 73919 on sidings at Ely railway station
Colas Rail 73919      Photo: Charles Moorhen


Photo of railway track machine DR73925 'Europa' on sidings at Ely railway station
DR73925 'Europa'     Photo: Charles Moorhen



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Saturday, 15 April 2017

End of The Line for Chiltern Railway's Class 121 'Bubble Car' DMU's

Class 121 DMU Trains


Photo of a collection of older generation Chiltern Railways bubble car diesel multiple units on sidings at Aylesbury depot
Photo: Charles Moorhen


Over 50 Years Of Railway Service To Comes To An End



Chiltern Railways are to withdraw its two Class 121 DMU 'Bubble Cars' on the 19th May 2017, due to their old age and the increasing cost of ongoing maintenance.



Currently in use by Chiltern Railways on the route between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough, the diesel trains were introduced in 1960.


Black and white photo of Class 121 020 Chiltern Railways bubble car DMU on the sidings at Aylesbury depot soon to be taken out of service


Chiltern Railways Engineering Director, Matthew Prior, said: "We will be sad to see these trains go as they are part of railway history and some customers even made special journeys to travel on them".

CR say a small farewell will be held on their last day in traffic.

After the 19th May the service between Aylesbury and Princes Risborough will be operated by Chiltern Railways Class 165 diesel multiple units.



A night photo of a Chiltern Railways Class 159 DMU at Leamington Spa station.  This class of dmu will take over from the Class 121 bubble cars
Chiltern Railways Class 165 Diesel Multiple Unit



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Friday, 14 April 2017

Class 66013 and 66502 Night Photos at Rugby Station 2016

Class 66 Locomotives at Night


Night Photo of EWS liveried Class 66013 stops at Rugby station during a rain shower in 2016
EWS Class 66013       Photo: Charles Moorhen


Photographing a Class 66 diesel locomotive, or any other class for that matter, alongside a platform at Rugby railway station at night has, since the glory days of loco-hauled passenger trains of the 1980's/90's, has always been out of reach for me.


At least that was the position prior to the 25th August 2016 when everything changed.

I was visiting Rugby station on that day photographing the station buildings on a windy, rainy night.

At one point during the evening I was sheltering beneath the platform canopy waiting while a shower of rain to pass by before venturing out into the open once more.

Glancing towards the southern end of the platform I saw Class 66013 diesel locomotive coming slowly into the station, stopping about 25 yards from where I was standing; my camera on its tripod stood close by and ready for action.

As I jotted down the number I noticed someone jump from the cab and walk towards one of the nearby station buildings.  Was it the driver?

I didn't wait to find out.  Grabbing camera and tripod I ran as fast as was safely possible towards EWS liveried locomotive.  At the instant the tripod feet settled on the platform surface I saw a man - the driver or new driver? - leaving the same building.  Would I have time to grab a shot?

Knowing I would need around twenty seconds exposure for a photograph I framed, focused as fast as I could, prayed, and hit the shutter button.

The seconds crawled by and I willed them to move quicker towards the magic 20 seconds.  I was certain that Class 66013 would begin to move before the time was up.

Finally exposure time was up and the shutter closed with a satisfying click.  I'd done it!

But this was not the end of capturing a diesel locomotive on my camera that night.


Night photo of Freightliner diesel locomotive Class 66502 standing in Rugby railway station in 2016
Freightliner Class 66502         Photo: Charles Moorhen


A short while later, after photographing Virgin Trains Class 390 128, I was amazed to be going through the whole nerve-shredding process again.  I could hardly believe my luck.

The second time the diesel locomotive in question was Freightliner liveried Class 66502 'Basford Hall Centenary 2001'.


As I headed home that night, damp and happy, a random thought kept running through my mind - 'photograph one, get one free'.



Other Class 66 locomotive blog posts you may wish to see:
Class 66136 Through Northampton To Form Silk Road Train

EWS Class 66005 Locomotive at Wellingborough

Class 66761 Locomotive Named In Ceremony at Wensleydale Railway

Freightliner Diesel Locomotive 66528 Named After 86 Year-Old Veteran Railway Campaigner Madge Elliot MBE



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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Class 20's Delivering New London Underground Stock Train

Night Photo of Class 20314 diesel locomotive in HN Rail livery pauses at Banbury railway station while operating a London Underground rolling stock service
HNRail Class 20314, Banbury            Photo: Charles Moorhen
Class 20 Diesel Locomotives at Night, Banbury


Night photo of Class 20107 and 20096 diesel locomotives in British Rail livery heading a London Underground rolling stock train at Banbury 2017
Class 20107 and Class 20096 heading London Underground rolling stock, Banbury     Photo: Charles Moorhen


London Underground Train Takes The Night Air


Late evening, on the 11th April 2017, a Derby to London train of new London Underground rolling stock paused for around forty-five minutes at Banbury railway station.

Motive power for the train were four classic Class 20 diesel locomotives.  Heading the train were Class 20107, built in December 1961, and Class 20096 built in October 1961, both in BR standard livery.

At the rear of the train, in Harry Needle Railroad Company livery, were Class 20314, built in February 1962, and Class 20311, built in December 1961.




Class 20311 standing next to Chiltern Railways DMU 165 015, Banbury         Photo: Charles Moorhen     


The new London Underground stock, sandwiched between the four ageing diesel locomotives, built by Bombardier in Derby, have air-conditioning, more space, improved accessibility and better customer information systems.

The trains have an increased passenger capacity of up to 25%, compared with their predecessors, while providing enhanced comfort.



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Class 67s 'Royal Sovereign' and 'Diamond Jubilee' Locos Northampton

During the reconstruction of Northampton's railway station in 2014, I decided to take a trip there on the 24th June to see how thing...