class number 5690 "Leander", waiting
at Crewe with the Holyhead bound "Irish Mail". Clearly
this engine has one keen admirer! 20/5/2006
Sir William certainly
had something about him and the engine is a wonderful epitaph
to its late owner. 20/5/2006
started without hesitation and, despite the wet rails, there
wasn't a single slip (shame) and the three cylinder beat was
clearly to be heard. 20/5/2006
headed for North Wales, another Stanier miracle was resting in
the LNWR yard - 6233. 20/5/2006
Do WCRC still own
this locomotive? 20/5/2006
I was just leaving
the station when 57008 shot into the South end platforms so a
hurried distance shot only. 20/5/2006
Crewe station and
67028 waits to head North while a couple of Thunderbirds wait
for business - could the Pendolino drag have a double header
today? Platform 12 modifications continue and the access bridge
across the bay is being reinstated so still no use for the bay
A quick move to
the South end of 12 because there was a class 20 waiting to leave
the LNWR sheds. However, before the 20 left class 47 number 47805 (at one time named "Pride
of Toton") appeared from the Shrewsbury line (ex
Basford Hall sidings) on a rake of ballast wagons. 47841 was
on the coast the day before so was this also heading West? 17/5/2006
As the 47 disappeared
the 20 started to move and it became clear that it was not alone.
There were engines which turned out to be 20312, 20310 and 37259.
You win some, you lose some and today we seemed to be winning.
The cavalcade moved into
bay platform 8......
.......with all three
locomotives under power!
It was so good to see
a 37 again.......
........so good we see
it twice. 17/5/2006
86639 arrived from the
IEMD to run South. 17/5/2006
Meanwhile, back at the
North end, the 47 was still waiting to leave while the two Thunderbirds
waited and the Pendolino arrived from London. 17/5/2006
47805 left for
the coast. 17/5/2006
While 57305 "John
Tracy" reversed onto the Pendolino (alone) for the
journey to Holyhead, the other Thunderbird, 57011 "Parker"
was left in the siding. 17/5/2006
It didn't take
long to connect the 57 up and very soon it was away with 390044
"Virgin Lionheart" in tow. 17/5/2006
66003 romped South
with 21 HTA's in tow. 17/5/2006
was on shuttle duty in "Isambard" livery. Looks a bit