It’s F-F-F-F-Fridayyyyyyy

TGIF to be honest, it’s been a long week and I was hoping for a restful weekend. The best laid plans of mice and men! Sunday the wife is off to support someone in the marathon but the daughter and I are staying home … We REALLY need to sort out a couple of cupboards to house all Mum’s stuff. Saturday is at least a bit better. I have to visit our son at Uni so a little play on the 395s out of St Pancras is in order before I see him at Hatfield.

On the walk in to work this morning it was a pleasant surprise to hear a cl66 approaching and between a couple of house I spied 66183 on the late running 6y58 Cliffe Brett Marine to Purley Foster Yeoman.

66709 6K39 1206 Crawley New Yard (Gbrf) to Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf

66709 6K39 1206 Crawley New Yard (Gbrf) to Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf

66709 6K39 1206 Crawley New Yard (Gbrf) to Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf

Looking at RTT there appears to be very little in the way of freight coming through here today.

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Today is Thursday


Just missed getting a photo but 66004 was on 6V60 Ardingly to Acton TC this morning despite the fact it was 3 minutes late !

7V50 1108 Crawley Foster Yeoman to Acton T.C. 59204.

Updates when I can later.

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My Favourite Stations #2


Railway Cottage, Station Rd, Beckingham, Doncaster DN10 4PX

Originally built in 1849 the station was rebuilt into is present form in 1938. Doncaster was also the home of the large rolling stock and locomotive works (later known as British Rail Engineering Limited (BREL)). Doncaster was served by LNER in the age of stream and in later years British Rail. Today’s services are; CrossCountry, Hull Trains, TransPennine Express, Grand Central, Northern and Virgin Trains East Coast.

Why is a favourite of mine?
There are couple of reasons. Mainly you’re left alone by the staff on the station as they know why you’re there and unless you are being a nuisance or breaking the railway byelaws they won’t trouble you. It’s a good place to spot and there are always other spotters and photographers on the station, some chat and some don’t. But it’s the freight that pass through the station that’s the main attraction to many spotters and photographers (see below for some photos from various eras are Donny).

What rolling stock?
Virgin have Class 91s and HSTs and occasionally the Class 90 on loan.
Northern have DMUs (Class 143, 143), EMUs (322s).
CrossCountry use DMUs (classes 220, 221).
Grand Central have the Class 180s (used to have HSTs as well).
Hull Trains are all class 180s.

66091 at Doncaster on 4D56 Biggleswade Plamor to Heck Plasmor PS

91114 at Doncaster on 1S17 Kings Cross to Edinburgh

08529 at Doncaster Jun 2007

56094 powers through Doncaster on a MGR freight train

185114 at Doncaster Apr 2014

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Wordless Wednesday #11

RDB901601 Cyclops ex Trestrol EC

RDB901601 Cyclops ex Trestrol EC at York NRM (date unknown).

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