Miscellaneous Photographs This section is intended to be a showcase for pictures that do not necessarily fit into the pages devoted to individual classes. The first set of pictures shows the scene at West Ealing in London on 30 November 1989. Although all the photographs were taken from the same bridge, I feel that the variety of trains give a good feel of what it was possible to see here, at the junction of the GWR man line and the loop from Greenford, without it becoming too tedious. Just for the record, I was at West Ealing from 09.50 to 15.00 and photographed 38 different trains all in sun with the exception of a Ripple Lane to Thame oil train which I took in black and white when the light dipped. I have included the time at which I took each picture but regret that some of the train IDs are unknown despite having the appropriate freight WTT with me. It is a mystery to me why I didn't photograph any HSTs except for the one running onto the Greenford Loop - maybe they were just too commonplace.

Although I haven't put everything I took onto this page there is a variety of freight, main-line and local passenger traffic and I make no apology for including a few diesel mechanical multiple units as I always had a soft spot for these. This location is now disfigured with the overhead catenary made necessary by the advent of the Heathrow Express. I have not been here in recent years as I don't think there is much that can now be achieved. On this, my last visit, it was noticeable that some unwanted (and unwarranted) hassle was becoming a feature of this footbridge and I doubt the situation has improved in the intervening years.



D1015 Western Champion at Gossington. The DTG's D1015 Western Chamption has been undergoing major engine works including a power unit replacement sourced in Germany and needed a loaded test run before working a Pathfinder charter from Gloucester to Devon on 25 September 2021. The test run was, very unusually, for the locomotive to pilot GBRf 66719 on 6M42, the 09.20 Avonmouth to Penyyffordd empty cement tanks. This just had to be photographed and I went to Gossington, not far from Slimbridge, arriving about 90 minutes before the due time to allow for early running. The Western had run early most of the way from Kidderminster SVR to Avonmouth and was a few minutes early leaving. It was soon over 40 minutes early but was put into Charfield Loop to allow 2 passenger train to pass and was still about 17 early when it passed the 20 or so photographers on the road bridge. It was good to see it in BR blue and to hear Maybachs again - not quite so loud as my video from 17 December 2002 filmed at Hatton but still very welcome. The sun hadn't been forecast but was a huge bonus...
69002 + 69001 near Moreton in Marsh. The final leg of GBRf's charter in aid of a prostate cancer charity was on Sunday 5 September 2021 was from Bescot to London Paddington and formed the first passenger train hauled by 69002 + 69001, recently converted from class 56s. It was routed along the North Cotswold Line and after looking at the BBC and Met Office weather apps it seemed that the best chance of some decent light after 5pm would be in the Moreton in Marsh area. I initially decided on the bridge by the station but the train left Bescot late and it became obvious that the shadows there would be too intrusive so a move further up the line was needed. The lateness increased a lot in the Honeybourne area when 69002 suffered fuel supply problems and it was fortunate that 69001 was able to take 1Z35 forward. A third locomotive, GBRf 66765 was on the back of the formation and the whole ensemble is shpwn here going away towards Oxford with an annoyingly out of focus bit of vegetation not noticed at the time nearly getting in the way!
69002 at Hatton The first class 69 to be converted from a class 56 and painted into its final (for now at least!) colour scheme was taken from Eastleigh to Longport on Wednesday 5 May 2021. The former 56311 looks very different from when I saw it on 15 March having a received BR large logo colour scheme. It was a bit unfortunate that operational requirements meant that it had to be sandwiched between 66704 and 66798 and with this in mind I thought that a going-away shot from the road bridge at Hatton would offer the best angle for a decent view of the filling in the sandwich.
69002 at Hatton The weather forecast for 0M69 Eastleigh to Longport conveying 69002 was for sunny periods and I hoped that one of these would coincide with the train passing Hatton. It was a vain hope and the weather was dreadful with dark skies, heavy rain and even a clap of thunder. A first shot is still a first shot though and I banged off several images as the 3 locomotives went away from me in order to get a reasonably close-up view of the former 56311.
This and the following few images are a record of one of the very few times I have visited a preserved line; not something in which I have any real interest. The occasion was the first Severn Valley Railway diesel gala which took place on 7 May 1988 and during which Foster Yeoman's 59001 made an appearance and hauled the class's first ever passenger trains. The locomotive was due to work its first train from Kidderminster on the Saturday morning and I was on the footbridge over the main lines waiting for it and took this shot of Tyseley's T325 class 116 DMMU as it worked from Worcester to Birmingham.
I can't remember when 59001 reached the SVR but assume that it must have been on the day before the gala otherwise I would have had a shot of it on the main line but this view shows it going away from Kidderminster station (SVR) on the way to collect a rake of coaches for its inaugural passenger working.
After seeing 59001 at Kidderminster some of us on the footbridge went, trackside permits in hand, to the cutting near the portal of Bewdley Tunnel which was the ideal spot for the first trains of the day, 7 May 1988. First along was 55015 working on both engines and laying an impressive if smelly smoke trail all along the track. It was clearly a completely windless morning as the exhaust is visible all around the curve from the direction of Bewdley station.
Once 55015 had reached Bridgnorth on the SVR's diesel gala day, 7 May 1988, it ran round the stock and headed back towards Kidderminster and is seen here leaving the tunnel. As I spent most of the morning near the exit from Bewdley Tunnel it is inevitable that a fair bit of repetition in my shots will be apparent but the variety of traction may make up for that.
Several main line locomotives worked on the SVR during the first diesel gala on 7 May 1988 and among them was 31413, named "Severn Valley Railway" carrying a bizarre if colourful livery. It was pictured approaching Bewdley Tunnel with the second train of the day and with a slightly cleaner exhaust than the first working of the day.
The next visitor to approach Bewdley Tunnel during the SVR's gala on 7 May 1988 was 20170 with a short set of 4 coaches. The price of an annual lineside photographic pass was 10.00 and even though I used it only twice it was good value for an occasion such as this. The location here was well-used as can be seen from the worn path down the bank towards the end of the cutting. I do recall that even with quite a few photographers being present consensus on where to stand to get a decent shot without any interloping bodies being in view was always reached in an amicable fashion; not always the case at other similar events or so I have been led to believe! The return of 20170 from Bridgnorth made for a more interesting picture as, of course, the locomotive was running bonnet first; always a more difficult formation to photograph as class 20s usually ran in pairs coupled so that the cabs were outermost.
There were 2 Western class locomotives at the SVR diesel gala on 7 May 1988 and first to operate was D1062 Western Courier. With a headcode nearly showing its number Courier is seen on the approach to Bewdley Tunnel making, I can still recall, a sound I hadn't heard for many years. My father took me on a few occasions to Hatton station to see and hear Westerns in action as they climbed Hatton Bank and in the days before the nearby M40 they could be heard from Warwick accompanied by the sound of semaphore signals being pulled off and clunking back once the train had passed.
The highlight for many haulage enthusiasts at the SVR gala on 7 May 1988 was the first ever chance to ride behind a class 59 owned and operated by Foster Yeoman. For some reason I decided to take my shot near Bewdley Tunnel in vertical format and to fit it comfortably on a web page had to make an enormous scan of the Kodachrome 64 slide and then crop it into landscape format. This explains to some extent at least the poor quality of the image. Prominent on the locomotive is the 4 tone USA air horn which was used liberally and made the typical American sound so familiar over the Atlantic. The array was switched between ends when run-rounds at either end of the line as this view shows a short while later.
Another main line locomotive visiting the SVR's diesel gala was 37427 which is seen here leaving Bewdley Tunnel on its return from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster.
Unusually for a gala day Regional Railways sent one of their units, 156404, to the Severn Valley Railway on 7 May 1988. Although probably not among the favourite for enthusiasts on the day it is the train that would have most accurately represented the sort of transport along here had the line not been closed and divorced from the national network.
The second Western class locomotive in action on 7 May 1988 was D1013 Western Ranger although the headcode suggests that it was masquerading as D1019 Western Buccaneer which was scrapped in 1974 after being withdrawn from service the previous year.
After spending the morning of 7 May 1988 near Bewdley Tunnel on the Severn Railway I had a break for lunch and then walked to the cutting just around the corner from Bewdley station. In the time it took to move the previously clear sky had clouded over and I took only a coujple of shots before calling it a day. Here is 55015 slowing for the station stop on a train from Bridgnorth.
There was, as always at diesel galas, a token steam presence for the usual punters who just turn up on the day and expect to see the usual fare in action. On 7 May 1988 2-8-0 2857 was the locomotive in steam and here it is accelerating away from Bewdley towards Bridgnorth.
Foster Yeoman's 59001 was in action throughout the day during the May 1988 SVR diesel gala and this view of it approaching Bewdley station from the Bridgnorth direction was my final shot of the day.
In 1991 I was interested in taking as many pictures of class 33s I was able so when the class started work on a short-term contract to remove heavily contaminated soil from Chatham Docks in Kent, prior to much work into turning the site into a public visitor centre, I pencilled in a trip or two. The first was on 28 March of that year and as soon as I arrived at Gillingham, where the junction of the dockyard branch was situated I saw 33029 leave the yard and go down the branch with its set of empty low sided wagons complete with tarpaulin covers. The waste being removed was hazardous being contaminated with heavy metals and therefore had to treated with care to avoind pollution of the surrounding area. The same locomotive was acquired by WCRC in 2006 and painted in their house colours in which it seen here at Honeybourne with an HST power car on wheel skates in May 2014.
The material being removed from Chatham Docks in 1991 was not only hazardous but very dense and the loaded wagons proved a real test of the class 33s power and traction. The branch also had a steep gradient as it climbed away from the River Medway and a loaded train really made the small lcomotives produce some exceptional sound effects; I wish that I had had the facilities at the time to have made some video recordings. Here is 33029 with the first of the loaded trains I saw on 28 March and there is little evidence other than a mist of exhaust smoke of the hard work being done as it comes towards the end of the branch at Gillingham Yard.
The loaded trains from Chatham Docks were taken into Gillingham Yard where, I think, 3 sets were joined together ready for a clas 56 to take to Forders Sidings on the Bedford to Bletchley line. Here, 33029 is about to be uncoupled from the set shown above on the docks line. There was a convenient staff access gate in the fence protecting the yard and as the entrance was on public land it was easy to lean on the gate and take images such as this. Just as few moments later 60002 went by on the main line with a load of ballast wagons in tow.
I had a chat to one of the staff at Gillingham on 28 March 1991 and was told that there was quite a break between trains over lunchtime. With that in mind I had a trip to Queenborough where many of the trains to and from the Allied Steel and Wire works at Sheerness were staged and marshalled in the yard. My knowledge of industrial locomotives is limited to say the least but this shot of of one such engine moving a load of steel just had to be taken even though the light was a bit tricky looking almost straight into the sun from the station platform.
In contrast to the shot above the light couldn't have been better when 08600 came in the opposite with a long rake of bogie scrap-carrying box wagons. It's a mystery to me why I didn't take a colour transparency of this train as it was about to pass the station and enter the yard.
Another trip to Gillingham was made on 3 May 1991 and the first shot was this of 33207 standing alongside 33048. Neither of these locomotives worked the trains along the branch to Chatham Docks during the day as 33051 was the one used on the the trips all day. Just for a change 56028 also worked at least one of the trains.
Before concentrating on the traffic to and from Chatham Docks there was a main line freight to photograph in the form of 56007 with an empty MGR from Sheerness Steelworks to Oxcroft opencast colliery. I took this image from the footbridge adjacent to Gillingham signal box which protected a road crossing as well as being in charge of the yard used by the docks traffic, The weather was dull in the extreme so I didn't bother with a colour shot of this train as it passed some typical 1980s cars parked alongside the line.
Just after 56007 had passed Gillingam signal box on 3 May 1991 I could hear 33051 with its heavy load of contaminated spoil from Chatham Docks working hard as it came up the gradient towards Gillingham Yard. The procedure here was for the trip freights to join the down main line when a path was available, pull forward until clear of the crossing and then propel into one of the roads within the yard. The loaded trains, 3 of them from memory, were coupled together and then taken to Forders Sidings by a class 56.
As mentioned above class 56 did work some of the trips to Chatham Docks after bringing the empty spoil wagons from Forders Sidings. This picture shows 56028 just after it was uncoupled from a loaded set and is about to cross the main line before going back into Gillingham Sidings from the up side of the yard.
The Venice-Simplon Orient Express stock, as it was then known, was scheduled to work a train through Gillingham on 3 May 1991 and its passage behind 73207 coincided with just about the darkest time of day. I had walked up to another nearby bridge to take this shot without knowing quite how tree-lined the spot was but at least the lineside building gives the view a bit of identity.
After the customary lunch break on 3 May 1991 the Chatham Docks trips started off again and here is the first of the afternoon runs with 33051 bringing the loaded wagons up the bank towards Gillingham Yard. The exhaust haze produced by the loocmotive can been seen which emphasised the work involved but the sound effects really were much more spectacular and I do wish that I had some evidence of this.
Just to complete the scene here is 56047 leaving Gillinghma Yard on 3 May 1991 with yet another trip comprising empty wagons going to Chatham Docks for loading with toxic waste to be moved to Forders Sidings for safe disposal.
Here is another shot of 33051 climbing away from Chatham Docks on 3 May 1991 and the only one taken in proper sun. I used a 210mm lens on my Mamiya 645 for this picture and although completely head-on I thought it quite striking. The blast from the exhaust was shaking the lineside trees and parting what looked like a green tunnel.
These trains were not moving very fast because of the gradient of the branch and heavy load being conveyed so there was plenty of time to put down one camera and pick up another loaded with colour film. I took this one in vertical format to remove some of the lineside vegetation and whilst this looked fine after being projected onto a screen it makes producing it for the web a bit unsatisfactory. I think it worth including here as it was the only shot in full sun that I managed of one these trips over both of my trips here.
In common with many photographers I have all too few images of class 08 and 09 shunters. The 3 shots here were taken on 16 August 1991 during a visit to Kent and show the scene at the British Oxygen Company's plant near Sheerness. They were taken from a public viewpoint but I can't recall the details of the actual location. This one shows 08216 and an unidentified sister loocmotive stabled in front of the shed just before some action was to take place.
Within a few minutes of taking the shot shown above on 16 August 1991 08216 moved away from the shed and was coupled to a large bogie pressure tank and moved it forward before propelling it back into the plant. I remember being irritated at the time that the very large metal visible to the left of the scene was too tall to be completely included in the picture without resorting to a vertical format which would have left too many of the interesting bits out of the picture.
Another pressure tanks was attached to the first vehicle and 08216 soon brought them both forward to make up the train ready for a main line locomotive to take out of BOC Sheerness on 16 August 1991. There were no more pictures available from this viewpoint so it time to move off.
As far as I can recall this is my only photograph of a class 26 and which was taken at Warcop on 10 March 1990. I went on a Pathfinder Railtour's excursion and this was my sole image, taken just before the train left Warcop, after waiting for a few minutes for the sun to appear. I seem to recall that I was the last passenger to board the train, 1Z38, being more interested in photography than either the rare track or haulage! I think that this may have been the final train over the line but it is possible that one or two MOD workings may have taken place.
West Coast Rail ran a charter from Solihull to London Marylebone on Sunday 9 February 2014 with the preserved, or am I supposed to write "heritage", class 52 Western Champion. I can just about recall seeing Westerns around Hatton and Leamington Spa when they were in service and thought that this train would make a suitable subject for my 2014 photograph of a charter. The timings were convenient with a passing time at Hatton of 10.01 and was just a minute or so after this that the unmistakeable sound was heard coming down towards Hatton North Junction. The morning had been dull but a small patch of brightness did manage to appear at just the right time. I had it in mind to go for another shot in the afternoon when the train was due to be the last along the line from Claydon LNE Junction to Oxford before it is closed for several weeks in connection with Chiltern Railways'plan to introduce direct trains to London via a new chord joining the GWR Bicester to Marylebone line but my usual inertia involving charters kicked in and I stayed in the warm.
09.50. The first photograph shows 47350 with a train of aviation fuel from Lindsey to Langley where it will be unloaded and transported by pipeline to the nearby Heathrow airport. This working travelled via Birmingham, Hatton and Oxford and ran too early for me photograph nearer home, at this time of year, at least.
10.20 This is a picture of something that was certainly an everyday scene in 1989, an Intercity branded class 47 on a matching rake of stock. Indeed, it was such a common sight that many photographers did not bother to press the shutter when confronted with such a train, meaning that when locomotive-haulage was drawing to an end, many miles were travelled in attempts to redress the balance. No such problem for me, I've always photographed everything that moves! This train is hauled by 47832 and is a morning Manchester to Paddington working. The locomotive is still extant in 2005, and is in regular use by FM Rail. Click here for a recent shot of it.   47832 at Tile Hill with ECS
10.57 The Oxford to Paddington trains were all still locomotive-hauled at this time, although the NSE 47s were beginning to break into the previous monopoly held by class 50. 47714 is seen at high speed with the 10.00 to Paddington. This loco is also still around today, currently operated by Cotswold Rail and wearing the colours of Anglia Rail. Click here to see a picture of taken in 2005.   47714 in at Hinckley in Anglia livery
10.58 Some local trains to Newbury were also loco-hauled in 1989 and this is a view of 50026 on such a working. It is quite a revelation to return to this line today when every public passenger working comprises of a multiple unit of some description. It is hardly surprising that special workings, such as the VSOE and railtours, are reported so often on the various mailing lists.
10.59 A Paddington to Reading local is seen here pulling away from the station stop at West Ealing. It is formed of a 2 car class 101 and 3 car 118.
11.01. Freightliner traffic to and from Ripple Lane is still diagrammed to use this line, although very rarely these days with class 47 power. It was exceptionally rare in 1989 to see anything other than 47s, although the odd class 33 did still work, usually as a result of a 47 failure in the South Western area. No such luck today as 47283 takes a Ripple Lane - Southampton past West Ealing on the down relief lines.
11.02. The frequency of traffic had really begun to pick up by now, as the rush hour embargo on freight receded. This is 37893 on the morning Micheldever to Ripple Lane empty oils tanks passing the Plasser & Theurer factory as an up HST screams by at high speed on the up main.
11.03. The first of 3 ECS moves I photographed during the day was this HST set. The purpose of this move was to turn the set so that the first class accomodation was correctly positioned at the town end, so that the holders of first class tickets had less far to walk at Paddington.
11.06. Following the HST shown above was a slightly more humble but possibly more interesting working. The train consists of a rake of fuel tanks hauled by 31125 and destined for Old Oak Common depot, still a major servicing location at the time.
11.15. One of highlights of the day for me was the apprearance of the Angerstein Wharf to Paddington Yard aggregate train. This was a solid class 33 turn at the time and it was good to get a pair on a heavy train on the then Western Region. 33021+33047 are seen here applying the power to get their train moving onto the Greenford Loop, from where they will turn right, head past Park Royal and enter their destination for unloading.
11.22. A clean 47540 is seen here heading East with a rake of loaded ballast wagons as a down HST recedes westward. I imagine the destination for this train was Acton Yard although this is just a guess on my part. It must be said that HSTs sounded quite impressive at West Ealing. The scream of the turbochargers so evident when they are starting away is gone and the deep "thrumming" of the exhaust as they accelerate towards top speed was most enjoyable.
11.28. Possibly the most unusual working I witnessed on the this day was 56056 heading off the Greenford Loop towards Paddington with this set of empty Intercity branded coaching stock. I can only assume that the usual motive power wasn't available and that the grid was "borrowed" at Old Oak Common.
11.45. I have already mentioned that the Plasser & Theurer factory is located at West Ealing and one of their products, DR73106 complete with Intercity wording, is seen here having come from around the back of the works. It reversed back into the factory where, presumably, it was booked for some attention.
12.05. The new order is represented here by Foster Yeoman's 59002, a member of a 4, soon to become 5-strong class of Canadian-built heavy freight locomotives. These were the first privately-owned locomotives to run on the British rail network for many years. They were, and still are, very succesful, and were in many ways the forerunner of class 66. This train is returning to Merehead Quarry from Crawley.
12.10. We have already seen a loaded oil train en-route to Langley and here is a return train of empties returning to the North East behind 47276. I think that this train was given the headcode 6E69 and I recall photographing the working further north on several occasions.
12.11. Stone traffic from the various quarries in the Mendips was, and still is, an important source of revenue for the railway. The first 4 class 59s, owned by Foster Yeoman, were in use by this time but class 56s still operated many of the trains. Large logo 56110 was pictured heading east with Bardon hoppers, probably going to Thorney Mill.
12.33. The second of the daily oil trains from Ripple Lane to Micheldever is seen here behind 37891. In 1989, a class 37 on a working like this was barely worth mentioning unlike the situation in the past few years when every turn of a 37's wheelsets have been recorded in detail. Following the publication in "Motive Power Monthly" of some of my black & white images from the day, I received a letter from a gentleman in Surrey asking if I had photographed a Petroleum sector class 37 as he wanted a detailed colour photograph of such a loco for modelling purposes. I was pleased to supply a print taken from the medium format transparency I took at the same time as this 35mm version.
12.41. Another unusual working this day was the sight of plain grey 47315 hauling a class 104 unit in NSE colours onto the Greenford Loop, presumably heading to Old Oak for repair. The 47's livery was possibly one of the most uninspiring ever devised and wasn't much mproved by the addition of yellow areas; the so-called "Dutch Livery" used by the Departmental and Infrastructure Sectors.
12.56. Another ECS move from Old Oak Common is seen here leaving the Greenford Loop behind more usual motive power, class 47 with black headcode panel, 47814.
12.59. Beating HSTs in the sound stakes was 50026 heading west on the down main. I'm not sure, but I think this train was a Paddington to Oxford express - my notes are in their usual poor state.
13.12. Diesel units were so frequent along this stretch of line that even I, a devotee of such trains, did not photograph more than a small number during the day. L413, a class 118, is seen here on a Paddington to Slough local.
13.43. Trains to and from the station at Greenford were still in the hands of single units at this time - I think the only London branch to use this type of power. L122 is shown here about to leave the branch on the way to Paddington.
13.47. Following closely behind the unit shown above and having discharged the load of diesel fuel at Old Oak Common, 31125 hauls its train of tanks back towards the main line.
14.30. After a bit of a dead spell, 33108 appeared with the afternoon Hoo Junction to Meldon Quarry empty ballast wagons. This was, unusually, on the fast line whiich did not help the photographic composition. I feel that the relief lines offer the better photographs because of the slightly better angle possible.
14.48. For a reason I cannot explain, the pair of 33s which earlier appeared on the Angerstein Wharf to Paddington aggregate train returned, but with the locomotives in reverse order. With 33047 leading 33021 the train once again turns onto the Greenford Loop. This was the final shot of the day - I was getting a bit tired by now and had just received a mouthful of abuse from a rather stoned gentleman smoking an illegal substance. Time to go...