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Hi Appollo,

A great set of now historical photos. One question does spring to mind. On the first photo was the corridor connection door open to get that angle? As the centre of the tracks are in the centre of the frame.

More photos please.

Regards

Vin

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Vin, if I remember correctly yes the door was open with a shunter ready to close / lock it. I was lucky to get this shot. I will post some more trips as I find and scan the negs. I did this day out first as there are many Woodhead fans (self included) on this site.

 

Brit15

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I'm pretty sure I did the last day over Woodhead as well, no pictures though I'm afraid, remember it being very cold! I reckon some liberties were taken with the speedo down from Woodhead towards Manchester, ex LMS stock if I recall and a pretty lively ride. Should really dig out my notebook from the time.

Lovely set of piccies.

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Absolutely superb photos!

Love the woodhead stuff, and the tommies going through their multiple working overhauls at crewe, dont think ive ever seen pics of them having the work done before.

 

keep em coming!

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Brilliant material Apollo. The Woodhead trip brought back memories as I did something similiar a few weeks earlier and the weather was pretty dire then too.

 

Many thanks for sharing this.

 

Peter

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The AL5 was the one involved in the Willesden derailment in July 1969, as discussed in the Bachmann class 85 thread.

 

You've inspired me to dig out my old photos, although they're more recent than your collection.

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Enjoying all the photographs APOLLO, especially the Wigan area ones. Had one of my first firing turns shunting the 'bridgehole' and up towards Central wagon works.

Thanks for the memories.

 

Tom

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Lovely photos, lots of atmosphere, lots of history.

 

Like an idiot, I lost interest in railways for quite a while after the demise of steam, and was too young to have gone to see any of the final days.

Thus I ALSO missed out on trips over the Woodhead, the S&D, the GCR etc etc.

 

One point: the A4 at Crewe is 60026 "Miles Beevor". It was used as a donor when they were overhauling Sir Nigel. It was later cut up there.

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JeffP - Thanks for that. many years ago. I've not found all my old trainspotting logs, and those I have found are hard to de-cipher these days !!

 

Here is a photo that explains what you said, taken around 1967/8 . Sir Nigel Gresley having been overhauled at Crewe was run in on parcels trains up to Carlisle. Here she is Wigan North Western's platform 1 hauling a southbound parcels train. No date I'm afraid, and my dad took the photo (that's why it's a good un - he was a press photographer !!).

 

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Still scanning & having fun - more to add soon.

 

Brit15

 

 

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Now I may have the tale a little wrong about the above picture. Sir Nigel has one lamp, indicating a stopping passenger train. The book I was reading this afternoon - Foxline scenes from the past 52 - Wigan to Preston the Northern Union line remembered has a little more info, page 49. (pix of 4498  1 April1967 at Boars Head on Crewe Carlisle A4 Locomotive preservation society special)

 

Sir Nigel had been purchased privately in May 1966 and overhauled at Crewe 66/67. It states amongst her running in turns was the 3P07 - 23.45 Crewe to Preston and the 2K52 - 05.30 Preston to Crewe local passenger. (No dates). Given the direction of the train (southbound), headcode and darkness, and it looks like passenger coaches rather than parcels vans behind her, I think this train is the 2K52. Though I never remember my dad getting up early, he probably did so ! - we did live only a mile from Wigan NW back then !!

 

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Really great photos - if I was you I'd be copyrighting them as they are scenes that can never be repeated.

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Really great photos - if I was you I'd be copyrighting them as they are scenes that can never be repeated.

Since Apollo took the photos, he already holds the copyright.

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I think the Oakwood press did a book on the Garstang and Knott End railway though the no longer appear to list it. Contained plans of some of the buildings iirc.

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Just found your thread this evening.

 

What a wonderful selection of photographs and memories.

 

Thanks "Apollo" for posting them and please keep 'em coming.

 

All the very best,

 

John.

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Super stuff - in the Crewe shots that looks rather like D5037 is wearing 2 tone green.

 

Kind regards

 

Phil

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In one of the photos of Garstang & Catterall, there is an EE4 with all 3 of  its lower headcode discs open; what's going on? I did have a look to see if the top one was open, too, with all its connotations, but it wasn't.

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Love the Clan - were they common on WCML freights?

 

David

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I remember Clans were seen occasionaly through Wigan (and Garstang further north) back in the early 60's as some were (I think) allocated to Kingmoor then. They were also regularly used on the daily Manchester Exchange to Glasgow afternoon express, which ran via Tyldesley & Wigan North Western.

 

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