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The Jacobite

by on Oct.07, 2017, under Photo News

Thompson/Peppercorn Class K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 passes Polnish Chapel in pouring rain with the 2Y61 10:15 Fort William to Mallaig 'Jacobite' service. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Thompson/Peppercorn Class K1 2-6-0 No. 62005 passes Polnish Chapel in pouring rain with the 2Y61 10:15 Fort William to Mallaig ‘Jacobite’ steam train service. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Insomniac

by on Sep.30, 2017, under Photo News

GBRf Class73/9 No. 73971 stands forlornly at Fort William after failing with rail adhesion problems with the previous evening's 1B01 19:50 Fort William to London Euston Caledonian Sleeper service. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

GBRf Class73/9 No. 73971 stands forlornly at Fort William after failing with rail adhesion problems on the previous evening’s 1B01 19:50 Fort William to London Euston Caledonian Sleeper service. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Ribblehead Viaduct

by on Sep.29, 2017, under Photo News

GBRf Class 66/7 No. 66701 crosses Ribblehead Viaduct with the 6M37 11:25 Arcow Quarry-Pendleton stone. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

GBRf Class 66/7 No. 66701 crosses Ribblehead Viaduct with the 6M37 11:25 Arcow Quarry-Pendleton stone. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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The Royal Duchy

by on Aug.06, 2017, under Photo News

LMS Rebuilt Royal Scot Class 4-6-0 No. 46100 ‘Royal Scot’ was in charge of the The Railway Touring Company’s ‘The Royal Duchy’ from Taunton to Par and as far as Exeter St. Davids (where it ran out of coal!) on the return.

All images by Mark Simpson

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Heritage liveried HSTs

by on Aug.06, 2017, under Photo News

GWR HST 43002 ‘SIR KENNETH GRANGE’ & 43185 ‘GREAT WESTERN’ on the 1A94 15:50 Penzance to London Paddington at Par. Old Oak Common staff ‘playing trains’ saw the pair of heritage liveried HST power cars on the same set (after working different sets the day before) and also stopping at Par just as the passengers for ‘The Royal Duchy’ steam special were arriving back at the station!

43002 'SIR KENNETH GRANGE' on the 1A94 15:50 Penzance to London Paddington arriving at Par

43002 ‘SIR KENNETH GRANGE’ on the 1A94 15:50 Penzance to London Paddington arriving at Par.

40 years of High Speed Trains - 43002 'SIR KENNETH GRANGE' on the 1A94 15:50 Penzance to London Paddington at Par.

40 years of High Speed Trains – 43002 ‘SIR KENNETH GRANGE’ on the 1A94 15:50 Penzance to London Paddington at Par.

 

Images and ‘wobblevision’ video by Mark Simpson

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Totnes Castle

by on Aug.05, 2017, under Photo News

GWR Class 57/6 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' crosses Coombe by Saltash Viaduct with the summer Saturdays only 2P70 10:28 St Erth to Plymouth. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

GWR Class 57/6 No. 57605 ‘Totnes Castle’ crosses Coombe by Saltash Viaduct with the summer Saturdays only 2P70 10:28 St Erth to Plymouth. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

GWR Class 57/6 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' comes off Brunel's Royal Albert Bridge with the summer Saturdays only 2P70 10:28 St Erth to Plymouth. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

GWR Class 57/6 No. 57605 ‘Totnes Castle’ comes off Brunel’s Royal Albert Bridge with the summer Saturdays only 2P70 10:28 St Erth to Plymouth. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Flying Banana

by on Jul.28, 2017, under Photo News

Class 43 No. 43062 'John Armitt' heads Network Rail's New Measurement High Speed Train towards St Germans with the 1Q18 05:25 Old Oak Common H.S.T.D. to Paignton via Penzance. 43013 was on the rear of the train. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Class 43 No. 43062 ‘John Armitt’ heads Network Rail’s New Measurement High Speed Train towards St Germans with the 1Q18 05:25 Old Oak Common H.S.T.D. to Paignton via Penzance. 43013 was on the rear of the train. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Bodmin Bagpipe

by on Jul.22, 2017, under Photo News

Class 33 Crompton No. 33110 (the former D6527) was working on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway today in place of the rostered Class 37 No. 37142.

Built at the Birmingham Railway Carriage and Wagon Company’s Smethwick works D6527 entered traffic in October 1960 allocated to Hither Green depot on the Southern Region of BR. The Push-Pull equipment, enabling working with the 4TC trailer cars over the then unelectrified line to Weymouth, was fitted at Eastleigh Works in April 1967, the additional air pipes under the cab windows earned the Class 33/1 sub-class the nickname ‘Bagpipes’. The Crompton’s were one of the locomotive classes where the ‘TOPS’ renumbering did not run in sequence and thus 6527 became 33110 in February 1974. Final withdrawal came in September 1992 after nearly 3 years of restricted Engineers Departmental use and 33110 arrived on the Bodmin & Wenford Railway in December 1993, it worked its first train on the line in March 2000 after a long overhaul. The current faded and flaking Engineer’s Grey Livery made its debut in September 2009 and is an authentic view of how 33110 would have looked in its final BR years.

All images by Mark Simpson

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Cement Empties

by on Jul.13, 2017, under Photo News

Colas Rail Class 70 No. 70805 at Liskeard with the 6C36 1138 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement working. Photo credit - Mark Simpson

Colas Rail Class 70 No. 70805 at Liskeard with the 6C36 1138 Moorswater to Aberthaw empty cement working. Photo credit – Mark Simpson

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Dartmoor Thunderer

by on Jul.07, 2017, under Photo News

English Electric Class 50 50008 ‘Thunderer’ in Laira blue visited the Dartmoor Railway to collect Network Rail’s new Loram Rail Grinder that had been on the line for a week.

All images by Mark Simpson

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