Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Signalling at Whitehaven, 17th October 2016

Workington Bransty (originally Bransty No. 2) is a LNWR Type 4+ signalbox, erected in 1899, with 60 levers. Its control area also now includes colour light operations at Parton. Diagrams: one two.

Facing Parton and Carlisle, with 37402 in the background, starter signals BY53 and BY55.

Signal BY55.

Advanced starter signal BY57 in down direction heading towards Parton.

Monday, 24 October 2016

Cumbrian Coast Class 37s, 18th October 2016

37402 arrives at Carlisle from the Maryport line with 2C49 11:38 Barrow - Carlisle. 37116 (new as D6816 in March 1963) is parked to the right with a test train.

37402 in the turnaround at Carlisle. The locomotive was new as D6974 in April 1965, later 37274 and rebuilt to 37402 at Crewe in October 1984 - July 1985.

On hire from the SRPS Diesel Group, 37403 Isle of Mull is arriving at Workington with 2C41 14:37 Barrow - Carlisle.

37403 was new as D6607 in October 1965, later being renumbered to 37308 and rebuilt to 37403 between October 1984 and June 1985.

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Signalling at Workington, October 2016

The signalboxes are of LNWR origin, which followed the acquisition of the Cockermouth and Workington Railway and Whitehaven Junction Railway in 1866. Signalling between Whitehaven and Wigton is absolute block.

These pictures were taken between 16th and 18th October 2016.

Workington Main No. 2 stands to the south of the station. It is an LNWR Type 4 box, built in 1886, now with 58 levers. This signalbox controls a mixture of semaphore and colour light signals, the sempahore signals on the right (WM2 8) being for the reception siding at the yard (or what remains of it, as the British Steel facility is being demolished) at the back of the station. There was once an adjacent engine shed, of which the base can still be seen, after the structure was removed to storage at Swithland on the Great Central Railway. The up starter signal at station platform end is a colour light (WM2 5). Opening hours are 05:30 - 00:00 Mon - Sat and 12:00 - 23:40 Sun. Diagram.

Workington Main No. 3 is open 07:00-23:00 Mon-Fri and 07:00-15:00 Sat, otherwise is switched out - both boxes can be switched out. This box is a LNWR Type 4+ built in 1886, and now has 25 levers, at one time having 55. On the Maryport side, it controls access to the ground frame to the docks and industrial sidings.

The middle sidings are disconnected and partially lifted, yet the disc signals remain.

Main No. 3's down starter (signal WM3 23). Diagram.

Starter for exit from the reception sidings, looking towards Maryport (signal WM3 21).

Down home signal WM3 24 to protect the docks branch.

Home signal with distant signal is released by Workington No 2. (signal WM3 42) with subsidiary arm to enter the reception siding (signal WM3 41).

Compendium of Signal Box Opening Times.xls (Network Rail, all of UK)

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Cumbrian Coast Class 37s, 17th October 2016

37402 Stephen Middlemore - 23/12/1954 - 8/6/2013 enters the tunnel at Whitehaven Bransty, running with 2C40 08:42 Carlisle - Barrow.

37409 Lord Hinton arriving at Harrington with 2C49 11:38 Barrow - Carlisle (appears to have swapped diagrams at Barrrow).
37409 ready to depart from Harrington.

37409 now on 2C34 14:35 Carlisle - Barrow, seen at Workington ....

.... and then departing.

37402 returns north with 2C41 14:37 Barrow - Carlisle.

17th - 22nd October 2016

60039 at Redbridge, 17th October. Image by Ian Knight.

Monday 17th October: 60039 6O41 10:14 Westbury - Eastleigh, 6V41 14:47 Westbury - Eastleigh one two
Tuesday 18th October: 37884 +442418 + 442420 5O86 07:52 Ely - Eastleigh one two three four five; 66302 0Z68 10:21 Eastleigh - Stowmarket one two three four
Wednesday 19th October: 
Thursday 20th October: 56098 (from Leicester) + 31452 0Z31 10:25 Derby - Eastleigh one two three; 66760 5Z81 14:15 Wembley - Eastleigh (Royal Scotsman stock) one
Friday 21st October: 56098 + 37884 0Z56 10:31 Eastleigh - Leicester one two 31452 + 442405 5L46 12:33 Eastleigh - Ely one two three
Saturday 22nd October:

GB Railfreight is being sold by Eurotunnel, with a private equity funded bid received from EQT Infrastructure II of Sweden, who are invested in Hector Rail.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Signalling at Carnforth, 16th October 2016

Carnforth Station Junction is the surviving signalbox in use, and interfaces with Preston Panel. Built to a Furness Railway design, completed in 1903.

Fixed stop signal on the up line.

West Coast Railway Company, Carnforth, 16th October 2016

All pictures taken from public locations.

Ex-DRS 33030 in deep storage. New as D6548 in April 1961, and a late survivor with EWS. Acquired from DRS in September 2005.

47237 (new as D1914 in November 1965).

57001 (47356, new as D1875 in July 1965) currently out of use, two unidentified Class 37s, one Class 47, 47854 (new as D1972 in November 1965, later 47271, 47604 & 47674), and 37669 (new as D6829 in March 1963, later 37129).

47787 Windsor Castle (new as D1757 in September 1964, later 47163, 47610, and 47823). Out of traffic for some years with engine problems.

37712 which suffered a fire in 2008 after only a few months of usage.

4973 a Mk 1 TSO completed at Wolverton in 1962 to Lot 30690

6179 was converted at Eastleigh with these hopper windows, believed while in use as office accommodation. Now seen in storage.

45699 Galatea was in steam, being used for crew training turns each day in the week.