The shortest day of the year
and the Chester Chuffer arrived at Crewe en route for Chester.
A4 pacific 60009 "Union of South Africa"
was in charge and was stopping for water. 21/12/2002
The train length demanded
that the train pull forward to the head of platform 12, normally
watering is carried out at the foot of the southern steps but,
today, a different hydrant was used with a long (long) hose.
86205 "City of
Lancaster" was busy brewing up, presumably to attack
Shap with a Scottish express in tow. It's not often one sees
this these days! 21/12/2002
Time to go and, with several
blasts on the chime whistle, number 9 lifted the train out of
No problem for this thoroughbred
and its long train, including a buffet car and a generator car
- almost as good as the Duchess! 21/12/2002
Braving the biting cold on
Crewe Station and a warming sight as I arrived. 37797 passing
South with the Sandbach-Warrington acid train. 20/12/2002
Nearby on the Diesel Depot
scrap line was sister locomotive 37798 along with a motley bunch.
The 47 on the left was in First Great western livery but I was
unable to identify it. 20/12/2002
Catch 'em while you can - the 87's
are starting to go missing as the inevitable end draws ever closer.
This is 87022 "Lew Adams The Black Prince"
with a Euston bound service. 22/12/2002
One of the many Christmas mail
trains passing through Crewe, this time 90026 was in charge.
Another surprise as Harry
Needle's 37194 pounded through platform 6 en route North. 20/12/2002
The acid train had returned for
its journey to Arpley and waited patiently for a Liverpool train
to depart North behind 90008. 20/12/2002
37797 was soon away and is
seen here gaining access to the West Coast Main Line - somewhat
atmospheric as the mist was descending and the gloom persisted
- it was actually about 1.30 in the afternoon! As the train straightened
up the driver opened the throttle - no comment! 20/12/2002
There is currently a daily
class 67 bringing mail vans into the station where it is replaced
by AC electric power for onward journey to Warrington. Today
it was 67014 back from the dead. The 67 was detached and ran
onto the Chester line to allow the waiting 90034, in the background,
to replace it. The 67 then went onto the diesel depot. 20/12/2002