Tuesday, 11 June 2013
On 4th June the sunshine coincided with one of the few 'interesting' class 66's turning up to work in my local area. 66522 in the distinctive half line green of Shanks was entrusted to work the Freightliner train from Wool to Neasden. This locomotive was painted some years ago now to mark the partnership of Freightliner and Shanks waste group in running 'Binliner' trains from London to landfill sites out of the city thus removing thousands of lorries from the roads. The train is pictured leaving the South West Mainline near to Byfleet as it makes its way to Neasden- well worth staying out after work for!
Tuesday, 4 June 2013
|Re-capturing scenes from yesteryear L150 hauls the 15:15 Harrow-on-the-Hill|
to Amersham towards Chorleywood on Saturday 25th May 2013
The three locomotives in use were:
Metropolitan Railway Locomotive No.1
These E-class tanks were built for the Met lines out of Baker St, this example being built at Neasden in 1898. Unfortunately Met No.1 only worked one passenger train during the weekend due to suffering a 'big end failure'.
Some 54 years younger than it's Metropolitan companion. Locomotives of this type saw use on London Underground engineering trains in their latter days and 9466 has visited the Metropolitan line on numerous previous occasions.
GWR Prairie No.5521
While having no genuine LU pedigree the GWR Prarie has been painted out in lined Metropolitan colours and re-numbered as Met 150 to commemorate the occasion.
|The morning locomotive movement from Ruislip to Amersham passes|
Eastcote with 20227, 20142 the pannier tank and Met No.1
Three steam hauled passenger trains ran each day from Harrow to Amersham which a class 20 diesel (two of these were also specially painted for the 150 celebrations) working the return 'downhill' train. The trains also included vintage Metropolitan Railway electric locomotive No.12 'Sarah Siddons' and were formed of a former BR 4-TC set supplemented by the beautifully restored 4 wheel first class coach No.353. Combined the trains composed of eight vehicles and were powered by Steam, Electric and Diesel simultaneously!
|The empty stock passes Eastcote with 20189 leading.|
L150 was on the rear of the train.
|20189 has it's '150' headcode reflected in the mirror at |
Amersham. Any excuse to spread the 150 spirit!
Two trains of stock ran each day to and from Ruislip depot providing an additional opportunity for photographers.
Once again London Underground and the London Transport Museum must be commended for putting on such a good event (and writing a very good guide to accompany tickets). Lets hope it doesn't take another 12 years before we see steam on the Met once more!