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    Amerton Railway, Steam Gala. Saturday 29th June 2019.

    It was the Amerton Railway, Steam Gala and I`d not visited for a few years, the weather was forecast to be glorious and it certainly was.
    I drove into Manchester for the 05.11 Cross Country service to Bournemouth, which took me as far as Stafford, it was Saturday morning but you can usually expect a few freights through the station and I was lucky, GBRf 66772 on tanks, DRS 88006 “Juno”, on the Tesco working and DRS 68009 “Titan”, light engine.

    I took breakfast in the town, an expensive full English, £10.00, but it was worth it. The Amerton Railway had arranged a free bus service from Stafford Railway station to the site, a vintage Leyland Leopard at 10.00am, and It operated an hourly service throughout the day. I met up with another European basher friend Prar, who’s on the Czech tour with me next week. The journey took around half an hour to the Amerton Railway, and locos were already steaming up as we arrived.

    A ticket on the gate cost a ridiculously low £8 for an all-day rover, so I made sure I put a few donations in the various boxes throughout the day. For anyone who hasn’t visited the Amerton Railway yet, you really are missing out. The people are very friendly, you are allowed just about anywhere and the timings are excellent, with so much going on all the time, and you can just wonder around the fields taking photographs from some excellent locations and jump on trains as and when.

    I spent most of the day in the fields photting, taking advantage of the excellent weather, but also rode behind all the locos that were out and constantly being changed, re created freight trains were also travelling along the lines including some on shunting duties near the old drift mine. I was also given a tour of the workshops, so many locos and so much stock and to add to all this they even have the old Waterhouses signal box, which is open to visitors.

    Locos included, Visiting Baguley Cars Ltd "Rishra" from Leighton Buzzard, Resident Kerr, Stuart & Co. "Diana", Resident Bagnall "Isabel", Resident Kerr, Stuart & Co. "Lorna Doone"

    I caught the 16.30 bus back into Stafford and was just intime for a late running Cross Country Voyager back into Manchester, and after the drive home, I was in the house for 18.30, so a great day was had. A really big thank you to all the staff at the Amerton Railway for putting on such a fantastic gala again and making me feel welcome, well done guys.

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    Foxfield Railway Steam Gala. Saturday 20th July 2019.

    My first gala on UK soil for a few weeks and I was torn between events, the Foxfield Steam gala or DRS Open Day at Carlisle, Foxfield won, so I drove down from Manchester at around 07.30 am arriving at Foxfield in time for my second breakfast, first breakfast at home was porridge, honey with blueberries and a banana, Foxfield breakfast was two oat cakes with cheese, you can`t visit Staffordshire without having oak cakes for breakfast, its simply not done. My diet seems to be working, my aim being to get down to 16 stone from my present 18.

    I started off by taking a run down the line to Dilhorne Park, and as it turned out that was my only ride of the day, from Dilhorne Park I walked to the mid-way section of the incline and stopped for photographs before walking down to Foxfield colliery, after an hour or so I caught the free bus back to Blythe Bridge Caverswall Road to collect the car and then drove back to Foxfield and spent the rest of the day there. The day was largely sunny although showers did appear at times, so I took my little chair from the back of the car and an umbrella and parked myself in various spots to photograph the action, and as expected at Foxfield there was plenty.

    Another very successful event many thanks to all the staff at the Foxfield Railway for another fantastic day out. I drove back to Manchester via Electro-Motive, Longport as I usually do when travelling in that direction, see other album.

    Locomotive Line Up
    Special Guest: Andrew Barclay 1245 0-6-0 'Carron'
    Hunslet Austerity 3839 0-6-0 'Wimblebury'
    Hunslet Austerity 3694 0-6-0 'Whiston'
    Beyer Peacock 1827 0-4-0
    Dubs 4101 0-4-0 Crane Tank

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    Write out 1000 times:
    "Oatcakes are to be eaten for dinner, not for breakfast." :smile:
     
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    Hahahahaha, well I didn't know that, thanks for letting me know
     
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    :lol: Consider yourself told!

    Some great reports, I’ve caught up with what I hadn’t read, but I’m going to read the foreign stuff later after I’ve been shopping.
     
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    Haha, hope you enjoy them Mr Cowley, catch up soon mate.
     
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    Manchester Victoria, Airport and Piccadilly. Monday 29th July 2019.

    It was a nice afternoon, back to the high temperatures again, so I decided to have a look around Manchester. Parking the car at Crumpsall tram stop, my first port of call was Manchester Victoria and I was just in time for two passing freights, one with a GBRf Class 66, 764 at the head and another with a DB class 60, 092.

    I next caught a class 185 TPX from Victoria round to the Airport and was surprised to see a Scotrail liveried class 158 arriving and departing. I returned to Manchester Piccadilly and on passing Longsight I managed a few shots through the windows of a DRS class 37, 038 and TPX class 68, 021 Tireless”, before returning to Manchester Piccadilly and finding the London Midland liveried class 150 on the blocks, so quite an interesting afternoon.

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    Newcastle Central. Friday 3rd August 2019.

    I`d noticed that the Bowes Railway in the Northeast were running an open day, the last time I was up there it the site was closed, but I did manage to walk up Blackham's Hill incline and phot the hauling engine and had a walk around the old lines on top of the moor.

    I left work early on Friday evening, home and changed catching a TPX Class 185 direct to Newcastle Central, but split ticketing via York and saving around £15, the journey to York however was delayed by around 37 minutes, so I`ve just put in a delay repay for that section of the journey, it did however make most of that time up by the time it arrived in Newcastle.

    It was still light when I arrived into the City so I spent some time on the station before taking the Metro to Byker where I had booked two nights in the Budget Hostel on the main street and 5 minutes from Byker Metro station, 2 nights for £28, great clean hostel and run by Czech`s of all people, perfect for a weekend in Newcastle.

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    Bowes Railway and the North East, (Day 2). Saturday 3rd August 2019.

    Another early start, up and out of the hostel at Byker for 06.30, and just in time to catch a bus into Gateshead bus station, with another bus, a number 56, out to Springwell for the Bowes Railway. On arrival I decided to have a walk through the village and down to the A1 to pick up the Waggon Way and from there I walked up the incline to Bowes, it was a fair old slog and I covered around 3 miles in the morning light, lots of wildlife to be seen, including a large Tawny Owl that graced my path.

    There were lots of railway lines around this region back in the days of heavy industry, with steam working long after British Railways steam had ended. I got chatting to one of the locals who was walking his dog along the Waggon Way and he pointed out to me, where the lines used to be and told me how they operated in the 1960`s.

    I arrived at the Bowes Railway car park just as it was opening before 10.00am and was treated to a first class guided tour around all the shops and waggon works, a fascinating set up, but trains were not operating on this visit, the incline however may start running again towards the end of the year. The Bowes Railway is the World’s only Standard Gauge Cable Railway. The Railway has had some problems in recent years and is now turning itself around, it’s certainly worth a visit. The staff there were wonderful and I thank them for making me feel so welcome.

    http://bowesrailway.uk/

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    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yLwS8Z2e-8M

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    After an excellent visit to the Bowes Railway, I returned to Springwell village and caught another number 56 bus, but this time into Sunderland, which dropped me off at the main bus station next to Park Lane Metro station. I purchased a day Metro rover from the ticket machine £5.20 and had a ride out to South Hylton, alighting at University on the way, and then returning to Sunderland main line railway station, now covered over, a very dark and dismal place to what it was in the 1970`s on previous visits, prior to the Metro extension.

    My next move was out to St Peters, a favourite location of mine for photting the Metro cars and main line traffic. The football was on, Sunderland playing at home apparently, so it was very busy. I later caught a Metro up to Felling and later returned to Heworth and the main line connection into Newcastle Central by Pacer. The ticket machine was only giving out promise to pay tickets, however on my return to Newcastle Central all the barriers were open, so I went into the ticket office to pay for my journey, the ticket staff appeared impressed that I simply hadn’t done a runner and rewarded me with one of the limited edition Azuma key rings for my honesty, it’s a marvellous keep sake, and quite chunky too with a coloured etching of an Azuma on the front and inscribed on the back with the words, “Celebrating our first 5,000 passengers on the LNER Azuma”, very nice and thank you very much.

    Back under the train shed of Newcastle Central and I was treated to some excellent motive power which included two GBRf class 66`s, one in BR livery 66789 and 66704, and a class 57 in Pullman livery, all light engine movements.

    My next move was to go back under the tunnels and travel back on the Metro and out to North Shields. I walked down to the quayside from the station and had a trip across the River Tyne and back to South Shields, it was a lovely evening so why not and the last time I travelled on it, it was wintertime, and pouring with heavy rain. Return to the town by bus from the quayside, I had an excellent fish and chip supper in North Shields, the fish was so big I was tempted to pose with it for a photograph before eating it.

    I then returned to the Metro station and travelled back to Byker, for a warm shower and my bed for the night, it had been a long, but very satisfying day.

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    Newcastle and York (Day 3). Sunday 4th August 2019.

    I left the Hostel at Byker for the last time and decided on another day on the Metro, I`ve always had a soft spot for the Tyne and Wear Metro network and it is due to have new stock at some point in the near future, so I was down at Byker station heading for Whitley Bay and some breakfast. I next boarded a Metro to the magnificent Tynemouth station and just in time for the Sunday market which was setting up, lots of stalls selling all sorts of things, so I couldn’t resist a walk around.

    I was later back on the Coast line to Northumberland Park and then back to phot the lovely station building at Monkseaton and later onto South Gosforth, before taking the Metro to Monument and walking back through the City to Newcastle Central station for an hour on the platforms before heading south.

    I caught a TPX class 185 as far as York and caught up with an Azuma on trials in the platforms. I noted a few sets over the weekend, one set was parked up on Heaton depot, at least 4 sets were parked in Tyne Yard. The TPX class 68`s were also out in force, with 4 locomotives visible at York, two in the yard and another two stabled in the bay platforms.

    The weather had changed for the worst as I arrived at York, with hard rain at times, I spent an hour or so on the platforms before returning to Manchester Victoria via Huddersfield, where I noted 2 of the new class 195`s parked up in the sidings. I arrived home by around 18.00, a great weekend away, thanks for reading.

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    I'm glad you've had a decent time up on my home turf. I haven't actually made it to the Bowes Railway yet but once things are up and running again I'll have myself a visit.

    Glad to hear that the lovely folk at Newcastle ticket office treated you well for your honesty- they're a great bunch in there!
     
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    Yes lovely people the Geordies, I have friends from that neck of the woods, the accent has to be the best in the UK. I`m looking forward to visiting the Bowes once everything is running, so much potential, lots of lines at the top of Hill and a second platform too, love to see it all working.
     
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    Battlefield Line Railway, (Part 1). Saturday 10th August 2019.

    I`d been planning to revisit the Battlefield line for some time and on seeing that the railway were planning a 50th Anniversary gala, I pencilled it into my diary. On a previous visit I`d taken the Cross Country 05.11 service to Birmingham New Street and then changing for a service to Leicester, followed by an hours bus ride into Market Bosworth arriving my 11.00pm, a bit of a long journey from Manchester by public transport because the railway is in an isolated location really, which is probably one of the reasons they struggle to fine volunteers, the location however only adds to its charm as a rural country line. The line runs from Shackerstone via Market Bosworth to Shenton in Leicestershire and is operated by the Shackerstone Railway Society.

    I was going to take the public transport option, but as I awoke at 04.00 on a dark, wet and gloomy day, I decided to drive instead. I`m not keen on driving too far these days and by the end of the day I had driven close to 300 miles. I arrived in the car park at Shackerstone for around 08.00 after a leisurely drive down the motorways and was surprised to find only a few other cars in the car park. No timetable appeared on the website for the event so I just presumed it would start around 09.00 or a similar time, sadly however I found out that the 50th Event had been cancelled, but was still advertised on various websites, and the railway didn’t start operating until 11.00 and only one train was in service, albeit steam in the form of GWR 5542 a 4575 Class 2-6-2T "small prairie" tank engine, a lovely engine and I had an enjoyable day riding behind her.

    My first trip was to the end of the line at Shenton, although the railway has the potential to extend beyond there. Return to Market Bosworth for lunch and then picking up the next train back up to Shenton before returning to Shakerstone the main operation area. The railway has quite a collection of locomotives in various states of renovation which include no less than 3 class 58`s, class 25, 47, Peak class 45 and various BR and industrial shunting locos, so well worth a visit. Its worth keeping an eye on the railway’s website for the October steam gala too, which looks set to be a great event. Thanks to all the staff that made my visit enjoyable on the day.

    I left the railway at around 14.00 and decided to call in at the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway on the way back North, who were running a diesel gala, (see part 2).

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    Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, Diesel Gala, (Part 2). Saturday 10th August 2019.

    It took me just over an hour to drive from the Battlefield Line Railway up to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway, so I arrived just after 15.00. The last few trains were operating, but despite arriving very late, there was still lots of action.

    The Ecclesbourne Valley Railway has always been a progressive one with something new to see on each visit. I was in time to see Teddy Bear class 14, D9537 in BR Black livery arriving and class 73210 “Selhurst”, to take the train out again, next in was the pair of Cromptons, class 33102 “Sophie” and 33103 “Swordfish”, with D C Rail, Class 31601 taking the Crompton`s on a final run down the line for the day.

    It was certainly well worth calling in on the trip back. My final port of call, was Peak Forest, to see what was in the sidings, (see Part 3).

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    Peak Forest, (Part 3). Saturday 10th August 2019.

    I left the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway after the last train of the gala left Wirksworth and drove back north as far a Peak Forest, I always call in if I’m driving in that direction, you never know what you can find.

    Five locos were in the yards in all, GBRf class 66738 “Huddersfield Town”, class 66744 “Crossrail”, Class 56081 at Dove Holes Quarry and two class 66`s in Peak Forest yard that I was too lazy/tired to walk out too.

    I finally drove back to North Manchester and home having completed around 300 miles, too much driving for me these days, but I enjoyed it for a change.

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    Scarborough, North Bay Railway and Funiculars. Saturday 17th August 2019.

    I`d been planning a trip out to Scarborough to travel on the North Bay Railway, a lovely operation that goes from Peasholm Park to Scalby Mills along the North Bay. The main area of operations and loco depot is at Peasholm Park, set amidst an amusement park. I caught a TPX class 185 from Manchester Victoria at around 08.00, with a change at York, that got me into Scarborough for around 10.30. On arrival into Scarborough it was nice to find a TPX Cat class 68023 "Achilles" parked under the trainshed.

    I walked from the railway station to the North Bay Railway through Peasholm Park. I like Scarborough, my parents would take me holidaying there back in the 1950`s, as a more exotic change from the usually, Morecambe, Blackpool and Southport holidays for Mancunians. My memories recall riding behind a Black 5 from Manchester Victoria to York and then changing for a B1, with a chance of seeing a mighty Gresley A4 at York. I don`t think it’s changed that much over the years, apart from the steam trains. I found the North Bay Railway staff to be exceptionally friendly, when the guard saw that I was a photographer he allowed me to ride in the guard’s van, while the driver actually offered me a cab ride. I alighted at Scalby Mills at the end of the line and then walked back to the half way station, which doesn’t seem to be used these days except for its passing loop, it does however offer an overbridge which gives some excellent photographic opportunities.

    I was also intending to search out Scarborough’s Funicular past, in that the Town has had no less that 5 Funiculars over the years, more than any other UK town. The first one I checked out was once at Scalby Mills up the cliff to the North. The Scarborough Queen's Parade Tramway Company Limited was created on 4 March 1878, linking Queen's Parade, on the top of the North Cliff to the Promenade Pier. A cabin broke loose on 8 August 1878, the opening day, the lift closed for the rest of the year. With accidents every year, pump engine and water supply failures and a further landslip in 1887 stopped the use of the lift. I could find no sign of this one. I next walked down to the Peasholm Gap where the North Bay Cliff Lift used to be, it was built by the Medway Safety Lift Company Ltd in 1930 and closed in September 1996. The lift was part of a large Corporation development at Peasholm Gap. It has been dismantled and has now been placed in storage at Launceston, Cornwall.

    The remaining 3 Funicular Railways are all in the South Bay, I caught an open top bus to the farthest one, the South Cliff lift, Spa tramway the latter was closed due to maintenance on my visit. I then walked back to the St Nicholas cliff lift, which although closed as a funicular, has now been converted into a tea room encompassing the two former Funicular cars, with the bottom station being an Ice Cream Parlour. Just around the corner from St Nicholas is the Central Tramway, the only one of the remaining two to be still operational, in fact they even sell fridge magnet totems. I had a ride to the top station and walked back down to seafront level and treated myself to a large ice cream and caught another open top bus back to Peasholm Gap and walked back along the front to Scalby Mills and caught the North Bay railway train back to Peasholm.

    I next returned to the Central Tramway by open top bus and had a lovely fish and chip tea on the sea front, before catching the Central Tramway back up to the town and walking back to the railway station. I caught a direct TPX class 185 to Manchester, tram to Crumpsall to collect the car and I was home from around 20.00, an excellent day by the seaside.

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    I need to do more funicular railways. Only done Lynton/Lynmouth cliff railway.
     
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    Lincolnshire Wolds Railway. Saturday 24th August 2019.

    My second visit to this lovely rural railway for an “anything goes gala” weekend. The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway was once part of the line from Grimsby to Louth, the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway did however manage to purchase 9 mile of the track bed from British Rail despite the barriers British Rail put in the Society`s way, like lifting the track prior to the sale and actually giving away all the ballast before the sale went through, so the Wolds Railway have done exceptionally well with the progress they have made, while they are also a very progressive railway and presently in the process of extending south back towards Louth, with phase one already making fast progress. The potential is good which the option of extending north another 2 miles also, but like all preserved railways, especially those in rural settings, it struggles with volunteers and of course, the big one money.

    I`d arranged with a friend of mine Steve to stay over at his house on the Friday night, in the lovely village of Goxhill, on the south banks of the River Humber. A lovely enchanting part of the country with its Fens and Wolds, and rich agricultural alluvium plains. I caught a TPX class 185 direct to Barnetby where Steve was waiting to pick me up at the station. Later in the evening we went down to Goxhill railway station, on the Barton on Humber line, to phot the last train through. I slept well at Steve`s. Sadly, Steve had been called into work on the Saturday morning, but very kindly dropped me off at Habrough railway station in time for a class 153 Dog box into Cleethorpes where he had asked another of the volunteers, Ken to pick me up and drive me down to the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway.

    Ken first took me to look at the southern end of the extension at Peartree Lane where some excellent progress was being made. The Lincolnshire Wolds Railway is an unusually friendly line, on arrive at Ludborough, the main operations centre, I took breakfast in the excellent Steaming Kettle café, the diet was out of the window after I sampled a first-class Lincolnshire Sausage baps.

    I had a number of rides up and down the line between Ludborough and North Thoresby, the current north extension limit, £6 for a senior ticket and I also purchased a lineside pass that allowed me access to the shed and yards for £5.00, the weather was glorious and I had a fantastic visit, they even sold fridge magnets and in two colours, mint conditioned second hand books at £1.00 each, I couldn’t resist a few, a really friendly and historic railway which has some much potential. Norman the station master at North Thoresby, very kindly gave me a lift back up to Grimsby after the last train, from where I caught a direct TPX service back home to Manchester. A big thank you to Steve, Ken and Norman, along with all the volunteers on the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway for giving me such an excellent and privileged visit, keep up the excellent work guys.

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    Saltburn, Funicular and Miniature Railway. Saturday 31st August 2019.

    Another early start on a Saturday morning, I’ve had the Saltburn Funicular and Miniature Railway on the bucket list for a number of years now, and with no events on this weekend, I decide to visit this lovely seaside town, despite travelling the line before, I`ve never actually gone beyond the ticket barrier.

    A TPE class 185 took me to Middlesbrough with a change for Saltburn to a Pacer class 142, arriving in the Town for 08.30. It was a beautiful, bright and sunny morning, so I had a walk down to the beach, but was a little too early for any railway action, the Funicular didn’t start operating until 10.30 am and the Miniature Railway started at 13.00. It was a pleasant enough town to visit though, so I did a little window shopping and took breakfast at a beach side café, before walking back up the hill to the centre.

    I later returned to the pier, bought an ice cream and was one of the first in the queue for the Funicular as she opened. The Saltburn Clift Railway is the last water driven lift with cylinders at the top and bottom stations, an enjoyable return journey up and down the cliff was had, lovely to watch the cars fill up with water as they both ascend and descend.

    I next took a walk around to the Funicular Railway, and just in time to see the first volunteer arrive, Bob, who opened up the main depot and workshops and very kindly allowed me to visit behind the scenes. The railway is run exclusively by volunteers and has 4 locomotives, one steam “Atlantic”, diesels and hydraulics, The Atlantic however was rebuilt on site, after purchasing parts from the Windmill Farm Railway in Lancashire. Its quite an amazing piece of engineering considering the chap who put it all together, is not a time served engineer.

    I was later introduced to another volunteer, who was also called Bob, (who put the Atlantic together), two lovely and very knowledgeable chaps, who really made my visit highly enjoyable, thank you so much guys for a great day. I took a few trips up and down the line, which runs between the harbour to the gardens, café and nature centre, through parklands and a wooded area, a very pleasant route.

    The Railway is well run and certainly worth a visit, the cost of a return ticket is a mere £2,00, money well spent. I returned to the Funicular and took another ride up the cliff to take me back into the town and ultimately the main line railway station. The humble Pacer 142`s still rule the roost in this part of the country, and I had a pleasant ride to Darlington this time, with a change for York on an LNER Class 91, and another change for a TPE Class 185 back into Manchester Piccadilly, to collect the car and drive home, it had been a lovely day out, thanks again to the volunteers on the Saltburn Miniature Railway.

    Funicular Railway https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saltburn_Cliff_Lift

    Miniature Railway https://www.saltburn-miniature-railway.org.uk/

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    Peak Forest. Friday and Sunday 6th and 8th September 2019.

    I called in on my way down to visit a couple of diesel galas over the weekend at the Great Central Railway on the Saturday and Peak Rail and the Heritage Shunter Gala on the Sunday, stay in the Peak District for two nights. locos present were 66077, 56081, 56098, 66713 "Forest City" and 60007 "The Spirit of Tom Kendell".

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    I'd love too go to York. Do you spend much time there or just use it for connections.
     
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    Yes its a great city, I`ve spent a lot of time over the years on York station from about 1960 when my older cousin took me trainspotting there, in later years my son was at law college at York, so I was there quite a lot then
     
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    Great Central Railway, Diesel Gala. Saturday 7th September 2019.

    It was another Friday night start to the weekend, to save getting up early in the morning and having a long drive down to Loughborough, I booked a bed in Raventhor YHA at Millers Dale, calling in at Peak Forest to see what was in the yards on the way down and having tea at my favourite fish and chip shop in Buxton, before retiring to my hostel for the night.

    An early start saw me on the lanes for 06.30 and a pleasant early morning drive through the magnificent Derbyshire Dales and Chatsworth Hall Estate, arriving at Loughborough as the event unfolded. An early shed visit, nice to see both 8F`s out in the yard, albeit not in steam as this was the diesel gala and indeed the first GC diesel gala I had attended, I wasn’t disappointed.

    A good line up of motive power included 2 class 25`s, 7535 and D5185, class 33, D6535, peak class 45, D123, class 47, 1705, class 50, 50017, red warship class D821 “Greyhound”, Class 20 D8098, Class 37 37714 and DMU running the Mountsorrel branch. I took the first ride down the line to Leicester North and took breakfast on the train, this was behind the class 37 and it was a glorious morning, but I do wish the Great Central wouldn’t use sausages with rubbery skins. On returning to Loughborough, I decided to go for the first DMU run up the Mountsorrel Branch, as I hadn’t done this since the new signalling had been put in place, but the timetable organisers had messed up and the first train only ran into the sidings at Loughborough and didn’t pick up passengers, despite being advertised on the timetable, many had turned up for this and were very disappointed that they couldn’t board at Loughborough.

    I returned to the car and drove down the line for some trackside photography, my first location being Woodthorpe, still a reasonable location from the over bridge, but spoiled by new housing development. I later drove down to Quorn and Woodhouse station and parked up in the car park, making sure I was in time for the Mountsorrel DMU on its second trip up the branch, and it was well worth the wait, although the DMU was only running as far as Nunckley Hill, but gave visitors time to look around the new museum and yard.

    Returning to Quorn and Woodhouse, I collected the car and drove around to Kinchley Lane, a great location, and quite busy with photographers, but I always take a step ladder when I visit the Great Central, so that I can get above the bridges, (and other photographers). I later returned to Loughborough Central for my final photographs of the evening, while later taking an excellent fish and chips tea at Georges, best chippy I`ve found in Loughborough.

    I then drove back into the Derbyshire Peak District for my second night out, this time at Youlgreave YHA, arriving by 20.00, so it had been a full day, and I still had the Heritage Shunter Trust Gala to look forward to the following day. A lovely hot shower, a few beers in the lounge and an early night, I slept well. Well done to all those at the Great Central Railway for another excellent gala.

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    Nice write-up and a great selection of photos.

    I think we must have been standing within a couple of yards of each other on at least one occasion!
     
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    GCR is on the bucket list of railways to visit. Trains passing on the double line must be a truly awesome sight.
     
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    Thank you very much, what a shame, we could have had a drink together.
     
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    Its truly amazing Anthony, so much constant action, its one of my regular bashes, at least once or twice a year.
     

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