The Rail-Net Media Archive
|My father and I have been photographing our travels around Britain's railway system for over 35 years. From our first rail tour (that's me in the cab of 47559 opposite!) to the present day.|
This website is now over 15 years old and represents a collection that is ever expanding in both range and technical scope.I hope you enjoy this view of the three and a half decades of our Railway photography.
Marcus Dawson October 2013
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A random selection of 20 images from the Rail-net archive
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|Turning right at Belle Isle|
The first day of Thameslink/Great Northern services using the Canal Tunnel.....
|Monday, 26th February, 2018|
|The new sleeping order|
The new MkV Sleepers are delivered.....
|Tuesday, 16th January, 2018|
|Some old Scans|
A few from the archives....
|Saturday, 30th December, 2017|
A view over the old blue bridge in Stevenage of a passing Azuma move....
|Tuesday, 04th July, 2017|
70804 with 6O36 - 70815 70816 in consist. Whitemoor to Hoo Junction Engineers working.....
|Monday, 26th June, 2017|
|Trucks on wheels!|
Modern wagon technology on display at RailLive 2017....
|Wednesday, 21st June, 2017|
|A foggy night on the ECML|
A collection of moves early in the morning on the East Coast Main Line....
|Thursday, 27th October, 2016|
|A Ped and Pig|
31452 hauls a 442 for storage at Ely.....
|Thursday, 20th October, 2016|
|A 700 in the GN Wildlands - part 2|
First run of a 700 to Cambridge....
|Monday, 17th October, 2016|
|A 700 in the GN Wildlands|
The trials of the class 700 on the Watton-at-Stone test track.....
|Wednesday, 27th April, 2016|
|A few moments at Welwyn Garden City|
Another IEP move with the bonus of the NMT.....
|Monday, 18th April, 2016|
|A few moments at Welwyn North|
Out for an IEP move that I failed technicall but still managed a shot of 66724....
|Monday, 21st March, 2016|
|5x79 The Azuma pre launch move|
Virgin Trains launched it's own IEP train, branded Azuma, these exclusive shots show the ECS working before it reached Kings Cross.....
|Friday, 18th March, 2016|
|First* run of the IEP|
Intercity Express Programme unit 800101 operated for the first* time on the southern ECML.
*First time not being dragged.....
|Friday, 11th March, 2016|
|Flying Scotsman Returns|
Flying Scotsman returns to the main line, as seen from a flying point of view.....
|Thursday, 25th February, 2016|
|Bash to Bill|
My tribute to Bill....
|Sunday, 24th January, 2016|
|A few moments at Knebworth - 1983 style|
A set of images taken in July 1983 showing the wide range of traction one could often expect on the southern ECML. People often complain about the lack of variety in the modern traction environment. But before the class 66 there was the class 47.....
|Monday, 04th January, 2016|
|The Duchess Returns|
The Duchess of Sutherland passes Knebworth with a charter to Lincoln.....
|Saturday, 05th December, 2015|
|Santa Claus 91|
Virgin Trains New Santa Claus 91 and DVT on their first outing.....
|Tuesday, 01st December, 2015|
|Pinza's Last run|
The last southbound journey on the ECML for 55007 Pinza....
|Thursday, 26th November, 2015|
|A MkIV Dumping|
After failing with 1S05 07:00 Kings Cross to Edinburgh in the Knebworth area 91117 had to be removed from the train and dumped in Langley Redlands sidings. This required the Kings Cross Thunderbird to attach to the south end of the train and haul the....
|Wednesday, 18th November, 2015|
The Duchess crosses Digswell Viaduct on a charter to York.....
|Saturday, 31st October, 2015|
|Some Felixstowe Shots|
Just a couple of videos on the Felixstowe Branch whilst checking locations for Trainspots updates....
|Monday, 12th October, 2015|
|An afternoon at Cambridge, back in 1988|
A trip up to Cambridge station to see the new wires going up and catch some of, what was then, mundane goings on. ....
|Thursday, 03rd September, 2015|
|First Cat on the Southern ECML.|
The first run of a DRS Class 68 saw 68008 power a Kings Cross to the far north land cruise. The train returned Monday eveining.....
|Saturday, 08th August, 2015|
|Church of Napier; Stevenge Sermon|
55009 Alycidon with UK Railtours 'The White Rose' trip to York.....
|Tuesday, 07th July, 2015|
|Second run of the Barrington Freight.|
Another look at the Barrington Freight; this time a video of the arrival and shunting.....
|Thursday, 02nd July, 2015|
|First run of the Barrington Freight.|
After the closure of the Cement factory the line between Barrington and Foxton has been mothballed. But now a new flow delivering 'materials' to the former works has begun with the first loaded train, and indeed the first loco to work off the Roysto....
|Tuesday, 30th June, 2015|
|First Daylight Steam over the DCF and Poppy Bank|
Today saw the second working of a steam train over the Down Cambridge Flyover and Poppy Bank with RTC's 'The Easterling' to Norwich and the East Suffolk line. The tour would later go on to be the first steam working over the Bacon curve in Ipswich.....
|Sunday, 08th March, 2015|
|Virgin Trains East Coast Launch|
Whilst technically the second day of the new franchise it was the first week day and Monday 2nd March 2015 was the official launch for the new Virgin Trains East Coast service. First off the blocks in the new livery was 91124 with 1S13 to Edinburgh.....
|Monday, 02nd March, 2015|
313121 then and now....
|Saturday, 17th January, 2015|
|Early morning Hitchin Grid|
56312 arrives at Hitchin with 6Z34 from Chaddesden ....
|Tuesday, 13th January, 2015|
|Cambridge Diversion Weekends|
With 4 weeks of engineering in the St Neots area usual East Coast workings have been diverted via Cambridge. Starting on the Saturday evening and finishing late on the Sunday morning we see a few of the workings taking the Hitchin to Cambridge line.....
|Tuesday, 13th January, 2015|
|Farewell to Bittern|
4464 'Bittern' runs to Lincoln with a charter. This is to be the final main line run for the locomotive for some time as it is now due for a boiler overhaul to retain it's 'main line ticket'. For more information about Bitterns overhaul see the
|Tuesday, 30th December, 2014|
|First Steam working over the Down Cambridge Flyover|
Although the Down Cambridge Flyover has been open since the 25th of June 2013 this is the first Steam locomotive to work over the track. There have been a number of steam workings up the branch but these have all taken the 'Old Road' and avoided Popp....
|Thursday, 18th December, 2014|
|Bittern through Welwyn||With Bittern wrapping up the year before a maintence break a number of charters are scheduled.....||Saturday, 13th December, 2014|
|57313 with an A4||West Coast Railways 57313 drags an ECS move from Norwich to Southall through Stevenage station with A4 Pacific 60009 on the rear.....||Friday, 12th December, 2014|
|The New Measurement Train and Shepreth Branch Junction||Network Rail's 'New' Measurement Train joins the Cambridge main line at Shepreth Branch Junction with a test working from Derby to Cambridge via Kings Cross. This view was taken from the new footbridge at the location.....||Monday, 08th December, 2014|
|First passenger working of a Cat 68 up the Lickey.||With the new class 68 locomotives coming into passenger service 68014 became the first member of the class to work up the famous Lickey Incline, which is handled with no problem what so ever.....||Saturday, 06th December, 2014|
|Moving a square wheel||After having failed in service with a defective wheel 82207 and the accompanying MkIV set is moved back to Bounds Green using a wheel skate. The train was formed of: 91131, 12207, 12417, 12415, 12414, 12307, 10307, 11298, 11301, 11401, and 82207 ....||Thursday, 04th December, 2014|
|Some aerial views||A general collection of aerial views shot using DJI Equipment DJI Phantom, F450, F550 and a Go Pro camera.|
Updated 26th October 2014
|Sunday, 26th October, 2014|
|GW Railmotor on the Brentford Branch||On the weekend of 18/19th October, the Great Western Society’s Steam Railmotor No. 93 took part in the First Great Western Heritage Weekend running on th....||Sunday, 19th October, 2014|
|The Barrington Cement works branch visit||A visit to see the state of the soon to be unmothballed branchline to the Barrington Cemenet works off the Cambridge to Hitchin branch line.....||Wednesday, 15th October, 2014|
|Shoeboxes through the Old Town||A trio of 73s on a test train routed via the ECML.....||Saturday, 06th September, 2014|
|The Drax 40 Tour||UK Railtours Drax 40 tour took 66001 and 60079 on a tour of South Yorkshire visiting York, Drax Power Station, Monk Bretton and the New Doncaster North Tour.....||Saturday, 30th August, 2014|
|DCF NMT||The New Measurement Train over the Down Cambridge Flyover and Poppy bank. Here we see newly named 43014 'The Railway Observer' with 43062 'John Armitt'. This was the first run of train over the Grade Separated Junction, previous runs have either bee....||Monday, 23rd June, 2014|
|Double 70s on Poppy Bank||Colas 70s 807 and 808 (Dead in tow) come off the Down Cambridge Flyover (DCF) and along Poppy Bank with 6L37 Hoo Junction to Whitemoor engineers train. http://www.trainspots.co.uk/locpage.php?ts_number=1239....||Tuesday, 27th May, 2014|
|First Capital Connects new clothes||365517 shows off the new colours of First Capital Connect.....||Friday, 17th January, 2014|
|The Deviationer||Pathfinder Tours 'The Deviationer' captured on the Midland Main Line and on the Down Cambridge flyover and Poppy bank. Thiis was the first time class 20s had used the Hitchin Grade Separation.....||Saturday, 11th January, 2014|
|A few moments at Hitchin||....||Thursday, 19th December, 2013|
|The Maybach Meanderer||Pathfinder Tours The Maybach Meanderer from Crewe to Crewe via Quainton Road. Using the Diesel Traction Groups D1015 Weste....||Saturday, 14th December, 2013|
|Some GN Steam||Some shots of the Steam heritage traction to grace the lower Great Northern in autumn 2013....||Wednesday, 27th November, 2013|
|Chelsea footexs||Chelsea fans are taken to Newcastle in style. Hauled by 86259 with the Virgin Trains Pretendolino set WB64.....||Saturday, 02nd November, 2013|
|Bardons ove the Viaduct||A view of the Ferme Park to Bardon Hill empties crossing the Digswell Viaduct....||Friday, 27th September, 2013|
|GN Drags, how they should be done.||Taken in April 1987 this shows how a railway can be run when Electric Multiple Units couple to locomotives, without the need for adaptor couplings, and life goes on pretty much as usual.....||Monday, 23rd April, 2012|
|30 Years on||30 Years ago the last class 55 working, in BR service, headed from London Kings Cross to Edinburgh and back. And then they were done.....||Sunday, 02nd January, 2011|
|50s to the far north||The Orcadian - 50s to the Far North|
4 Days of chasing 50049 and 50031 round the far north of Scotland. Plenty of thrash and chase shots.
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|Saturday, 16th June, 2007|
|NVR - Grid and Crompton Charter||Back to the Nene Valley Railway for another Photo charter organised by the EMRPS. This time with 56098 and 33065. 33063 was to have been used during the shoot but unfortunately expired on the Spa Valley Railway with two blow traction motors. The ....||Saturday, 24th February, 2007|
|The Buffer Puffer 4.0||Pathfinder Tours London branch line bash.....||Saturday, 20th January, 2007|
|The Son of Christmas Cracker||40145 heads south to Salisbury with Pathfinder Tours 'Son of Christmas Cracker' tour.....||Saturday, 25th November, 2006|
|The Sandblower||Pathfinder tours Spin and Win round the Anglia region. We followed the tour on it's Kings Lynn leg and out to Middleton Towers.....||Saturday, 21st October, 2006|
|The grid returns||The new Jarvis 56 refurb hits the tracks of west London....||Wednesday, 10th May, 2006|
|The 2006 North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Gala||3 days of fun, sun and clag in the moors.....||Thursday, 04th May, 2006|
|Maratime Moment||Was passing so it would be rude not to peak over the bridge parapit!....||Tuesday, 02nd May, 2006|
|Another EMRPS Grid Charter||grid....||Friday, 28th April, 2006|
|The Easter Highlander||More Blue Pullman'age... this time about as northerly as you can get.....||Friday, 14th April, 2006|
|The Class 56 back on heavy freight||With an expansion planned at the western end of the line the Nene Valley Railway got in some Ballast from La Farge Aggregates to assist with the track bed. And why bother to use one of the main line locos when you have a heavy hauling freight loco o....||Saturday, 18th March, 2006|
|EMRPS NVR Night Shoot||More night shoot capers witht the boys from the East Midlands Railway Photographic Soceity. This time with 40106 on the lines steam breakdown crane and 56057 on a set ....||Sunday, 26th February, 2006|
|Even MORE Blue Pullmans||Seemingly the only thing of interest I can get out to at the moment... It's a good job it makes quite a nice photograph! So with a trip into third rail land, visiting Folkestone and Dungeness a wee jaunt out to the marshes was planned|
|Saturday, 04th February, 2006|
|More Blue Pull-persons!||Round 2 with the Nankin train. This time the tour started at Letchworth Garden City and headed for Portsmouth.|
For more information on the trains - Hertforsdhire Railtours - Saturday, 28th January, 2006
|A Nanking good show||The first offical outing of the new Nanking Blue Pullman train was a circular tour round Cambridgeshire, we caught up with the stock in the Fens....||Thursday, 12th January, 2006|
|The 2005 Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway Diesel Gala||The best way to do cold turkey, go to a Diesel Gala. And the G&WR do the right thing and put one on just after Christmas....||Tuesday, 27th December, 2005|
|Preparing for the Cab it weekend||The National Railway Museum in York held a 'Cab it' event over the weekend of the 12/13th of November. A large numer of old and modern exhibits were taken to the show including a couple of surprise repaints.....||Thursday, 10th November, 2005|
|The Capital Cursader||A brief look at the Pathfinder Capital Crusader tour on the Bedford to Bletchley line.....||Saturday, 05th November, 2005|
|Acorp Weekender||The Association of Community Rail Partnerships or ACoRP held it's first ever 'Community Railfest Event' between Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th of September 2005 in Norfolk. With special loco hauled trains to Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth as well as dis....||Saturday, 24th September, 2005|
|The 2005 Nene Valley Diesel Gala||The Nene Valley Railway annual diesel gala was held from Friday 16th to Sunday 18th September 2005. A number of locos from the home fleet were out to play along with some visitors from GB Rail freight and Freightliner.||Saturday, 17th September, 2005|
|Rail-net Euro Tour 2005||After and offer I couldn't refuse... 'Wanna come grid bashing in France?' plans were made and hotels booked and warning triangles purchased, maps consulted...|
Many thanks must go to the following for providing help and information to Brian and....
|Sunday, 21st August, 2005|
|MacCookie Tour 2005 - II||Missing the rolling scenery of Scotland, oh and a bunch of crank tours in the area a trip to the West Highlands was planned. The usual suspect of MacBuddy Ewan 'you really need to learn to drive'....||Saturday, 06th August, 2005|
|Last flight of the EDs||After many years of sterling service on the Gatwick Express workings from London it was finally time to retire the class 73s from daily duties. Having been replaced by the Class 460||Thursday, 28th July, 2005|
|DRS Mega Mix||A loco repositioning move sees the rare use of a DRS 47 in the south of England....||Tuesday, 26th July, 2005|
|Duchess at Welwyn||Another Kettle tour on the ECML, though I thinnk this one should have been on the WCML, oh well it's under wires!....||Saturday, 23rd July, 2005|
|EMRPS Grid Charter||In order to catch the grid on something other than a rake of continental coaches the and also helping to raise some money for the railway and locomotive. The EMRPS organised a ....||Friday, 22nd July, 2005|
|Chasing the DRS Serco Vol 1 and 2||With a the appearence of proper traction on the Serco test train the opportunity couldn't be missed. Even if it meant a 150 mile round trip in the middle of the night. But it was worth it just to hear the 37s wake up High Wycombe at 00:30 in the mor....||Wednesday, 13th July, 2005|
|London eve||More summer sun, this time in north west London....||Tuesday, 12th July, 2005|
|Another Summer eve on the ECML||A bit of fresh air one summers eve watching the passings on the East Coast Main line at Biggleswade....||Monday, 11th July, 2005|
|The Church of Napier heads south||The Deltic Preservation Society's second main line outing. This time to coincide with the 2005 festival of the sea at Portsmouth and celebrate the Napier engines naval heritage. This time I deci....||Saturday, 02nd July, 2005|
|Off for a sleep||Since the rumours started that the class 37s were due to be replaced with class 67s first surfaced in 2004 I felt it was time to actually ride on the sleeper, never having done it before. The West Highland line is one of the more scenic journeys in ....||Thursday, 16th June, 2005|
|V-O-G Tractors||A visit to Wales to see the Barry Festival of Transport....||Sunday, 12th June, 2005|
|Lickey Charters||40 up the Lickey, couldn't really miss that!|
The Class 40 Preservation Society in association with Pathfinder Tours ra....
|Saturday, 04th June, 2005|
|Tractors in the South East||With European Passenger Services running driver training / refresher runs using class 37s hauling Eurostar sets on the cards a trip to Kent was made. Sadly the planned traction was 3 locos for the day but one of the 37s multiple working equipment wa....||Wednesday, 01st June, 2005|
|Bank Holiday interest||With a spare day a trip to the Lickey was planned to suss out the location for the next weekends class 40 tour, and whilst I was out why not got the Bag 'O Spanners on tour too....||Saturday, 28th May, 2005|
|An evening on the ECML||With the first revenue earning service of the new Hull Trains Pioneer unit to Kings Cross a trip to the local line was in order.....||Monday, 23rd May, 2005|
|The 2005 North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Gala||With the clash of two very rateable galas over this weekend a toss of the coin chose the destination. The North Yorkshire Moors Railway won. Pictures of the Mid Hants can be found on Jimbo’s....||Thursday, 12th May, 2005|
|Euston||With the Scooby skip on its way south to Euston and a bit of time I thought I'd pop over and get some shots.....||Tuesday, 03rd May, 2005|
|Grid bashing on the NVR||With the release back into traffic of 56057 British Fuels I decided to pay a return visit to the Nene Valley Railway and get some shots of the beastie in action, oh and have a ride too.....||Monday, 02nd May, 2005|
|Spalding||The annual flower festival at Spalding isn't what it used to be. The last time I visited I was hauled to Spalding from Stevenage by a class 46 and there were about a dozen specials visiting the Lincolnshire town. Today, just the one.....||Saturday, 30th April, 2005|
|Suffolk Ramblings||After the previous days trip to south London the 33 and Saloon visited Norfolk and Suffolk, so I had to get a shot of it on the Anglia branch....||Friday, 29th April, 2005|
|Two hours at Wandsworth Road||With a Crompton and former Hastings car doing the rounds on the Southern I couldn't decide where to fot it tho. Never having been there before a trip to Wandsworth Road||Thursday, 28th April, 2005|
|The return of Napier||After many months absence the Deltic Preservation Society's 55019 finally made it back to the main line. With a little jolly from London to Edinburgh and back on the Saturday the loco was run lig....||Saturday, 23rd April, 2005|
|Fenland Spoonery||Some class 47 hauled tours across the fens of Cambridgshire. One to Norwich, one to York....||Saturday, 16th April, 2005|
|The Solent Syphons||A look at the Pathfinder trip to the south!....||Saturday, 09th April, 2005|
|The Wedding Belle||The DRS powered wedding special on a Crewe to Crewe circular tour.....||Saturday, 02nd April, 2005|
|Crewe Drags||Due to the weekly upgrading of the West Coast Main line to 1980s standards the power gets switched off in various places between Crewe and Preston. As a result the electric services tend to get dragged or grind to a halt about a mile after the juice....||Saturday, 02nd April, 2005|
|Basford Hall Night Stuffed Tiger Shoot||During our last visit to Basford Hall it was decided that a night shoot would be jolly nice. So it was arranged!|
Many thanks to the Friday, 01st April, 2005
|Hull Trains Drag||One of the new Hull Trains Pioneer units dragged north through Stevenage in the consist of a freight.|
Big up to Mr Howe for the 06:45 gen alarm call :o) ....
|Tuesday, 29th March, 2005|
|Another Suffolk jaunt||A bit of a location scout on the Felixstowe Branch and a trip to a new location.....||Friday, 25th March, 2005|
|Out for a trip in Wales||Out and about with a 33 and inspection salon in Wales. Sorry about the lack of catptions, I wasn't there and even if I was I probably couldn't spell where it was!|
The 33 was out on a network rail special to Pwllheli....
|Tuesday, 15th March, 2005|
|The Ped day trip in Suffolk||Off for a bit of road learning in Suffolk. The staff of FM rail toook 31190 on a jaunt to Sizewell, all it needed was a caravan.....||Saturday, 12th March, 2005|
|The MacCookie tour to Hooversville||Pathfinder tours little jaunt around the West Highlands, would have been rude to ignore that!....||Friday, 04th March, 2005|
|Back the Bid 2012||Following a poll amongst readers of Rail Magazine two class 87 are to be repainted. 87012 was chosen to be repainted into the colours of Network South East.|
Big up to Uncle Phiwwi....
|Friday, 25th February, 2005|
|Scooby to Euston||The EWS Mystery Tour train arrives at Euston, ready to take some digantaries to Litchfield....||Wednesday, 23rd February, 2005|
|The Buffer Puffer Vol III||Chasing another Pathfinder tours crankex - The Buffer Puffer III from London to the sticky out bits of Essex and Hertfordshire....||Saturday, 19th February, 2005|
|The East Ender||Chasing Pathfinder tours - East Ender traction fest from Crewe to Southend....||Saturday, 05th February, 2005|
|The CFPS Silver Jubilee||Celebrating 25 years the Class 40 Preservation Society ran a 3 day tour from London to London via London.|
Being a little bit more specific......
|Friday, 21st January, 2005|
|Unit Drags||Whilst waiting for the Class 40 Silver Jubilee tour the Freightliner unit drag appeared at Hornsey....||Friday, 21st January, 2005|
|Chasing the Bag o' Spanners||Back on the main line after gearbox troubles D1015 was out for a test run to Stoke Gifford, near Bristol.....||Monday, 17th January, 2005|
|Full Dull in Nuneaton||A bit of a disastrously dull day trip to Nuneaton to get some shots of 37s on works trains.....||Saturday, 15th January, 2005|
|The Scooby Skip and the Mystery Train||The EWS Mystery tour train is being used around the network to train drivers. On December the 30th it was Temple Mills Bound.....||Thursday, 30th December, 2004|
|CTRL 2 Exploration||A cold turkey explore of the area around the Channel Tunnel Rail Link part 2....||Tuesday, 28th December, 2004|
|GWR Diesel Gala||A trip over to Cheltenham to catch the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway's diesel gala.....||Monday, 27th December, 2004|
|Dog||Returning from Ely into London Kings Cross the Duke of Gloucester pauses at Watton at Stone to take on water. This is the departure.......||Tuesday, 21st December, 2004|
|Rugby Morning||A early morning visit to Rugby to see what happened....||Saturday, 18th December, 2004|
|FGW Farewell||First Great Western will shortly be replacing its last class 47 locomotive. The class has been a mainstay of the region for over thirty years and as a tribute, on Saturday December 11, First Great Western ran a special London Paddington - Penzance re....||Saturday, 11th December, 2004|
|A Night Stop at Rugby||With the apparent appearance of the EWS Scooby Skip and Mystery train at Rugby an impromptu trip was made. The train never showed up.. But some shots were had.....||Friday, 10th December, 2004|
|Xmas shopping in Lincoln||A short spell in Stevenage Old Town to catch the Christmas shopping specials to Lincoln....||Saturday, 04th December, 2004|
|London in the Snow||When the snow comes down the hour long drive turns into a 5-6 hour nightmare, the roads grind to a halt in grid lock....||Tuesday, 30th November, 2004|
|Archive video||Some old videos from days gone by....||Tuesday, 30th November, 2004|
|Trip to Basford Hall||With a trip to Crewe Basford Hall being organised by James Mayl and a couple ....||Saturday, 06th November, 2004|
|The Class 86 farewell||The 'one' organised railtour 'The Anglian Class 86 Farewell' took a top and tail pair of Class 86s on a tour of the region. Although the 86s will continue in service probably until the end of 2004 (indeed the train worked back to Norwich in service!....||Saturday, 30th October, 2004|
|More Steam Dreams||Quite a dull and windy morning, to be expected towards the end of October, greated the Standard 5 as it headed towards Cambridge and on to Norwich with a Steam Dreams day excursion.....||Saturday, 23rd October, 2004|
|The Alton Observer||Pathfinder Tours Alton Observer making its way south along former Midland routes.....||Saturday, 09th October, 2004|
|The New Measurement Train||Roaming the length and breadth of the country the Chief Engineers New Measurement train has a fortnightly timetable to cover the main lines, with the exception of the southern region. Formed of former HST power cars and a number of test coaches the ....||Monday, 04th October, 2004|
|The 2004 Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala||The Severn Valley Railway held it's annual Diesel Gala from Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd of October. We visited on the Saturday to see what was going on. The weather was pretty awful, with a couple of ....||Saturday, 02nd October, 2004|
|Camden Freight||90041 Passes Camden Road....||Monday, 27th September, 2004|
|Logs to Lynn||A couple of shots of the late running ECS to Kings Lynn top and tailed by 2 Class 50s....||Friday, 24th September, 2004|
|The Freight Liner||Freightliner's Class 66, No.66 503 has recently been named `The Railway Magazine' and in conjunction with Britain's longest running railway periodical, Hertfordshire Railtours ran a special ex....||Saturday, 11th September, 2004|
|Scrap Ice||With some redundant de-icing units going for scrap at Immingham, an afternoon off work and a bit of sun (shame it was behind us, not a lot of options for a northbound afternoon move) a little trip to Welwyn Garden City Station to catch the ensemble.....||Thursday, 09th September, 2004|
|The Getting Wet Round Britian tour||With a week off I planned to head to the north to catch a railtour taking Class 40s to places they really do go very often. But there were four days before that. So a tour was put together to get me north. For some reason the rain seemed to follow....||Monday, 23rd August, 2004|
|Cotswolds on the move||Cotswold Rail 47s 316 and 200 returning back to base.....||Monday, 16th August, 2004|
|Thunderbirds are go...||57301 arrives at Euston....||Saturday, 14th August, 2004|
|West Coast Anglian||Hired in Anglian MkIIs on the WCML....||Friday, 06th August, 2004|
|Early days for the Badger||Testing and entry into service for 89001....||Wednesday, 04th August, 2004|
|East Anglian Day Out||With a spare day and some sun a trip to Anglia land was planned. In the company of James Mayl and Michael The Sprog....||Thursday, 29th July, 2004|
|MML Cromptons||Returning from their Thameslink thunderbird duties 33202 Metor and 33103 Swordfish head back to West Hampstead. Seen here passing East Hyde.....||Tuesday, 27th July, 2004|
|East Midlands Ramblings||With a Saturday to spare a trip up to Nuneaton to see the Virgin drags before they finished and then some exploration in the general area.....||Saturday, 24th July, 2004|
|Sunset at Biggleswade||Having lived by the ECML for many years I realised how little I had photographed the current scene. So with the nice summer sun setting I thougth I'd best put this right.....||Friday, 23rd July, 2004|
|Kettles and Spoons||A few steam specials all in one place made a weekend that couldn't really be missed. Firstly, a visit to Hampshire to catch some Southern steam and then up north for some LMS Steam, quite a day with some proper traction thrown in too! For some m....||Friday, 09th July, 2004|
|Chasing the 38 Tube stock||To celebrate the Uxbridge centenary the restored 1938 tube unit was running a special service. These views show the "Uxbridge Centenarian - Metropolitan Line" tour.....||Sunday, 04th July, 2004|
|A quicky at St Pancras Interim||A quick trip down to St Pancras to catch the New Measurement Train... That never pitched.....||Friday, 02nd July, 2004|
|An evening in West London||Waiting for a top and tail class 47 working from Glastonbury I decided to visit the Grand Union Canal towpath alongside the Great Western Main line and see what sort of shots could be had. Hoping the ECS move would traverse the flyover I set up posi....||Monday, 28th June, 2004|
|A few moments at Ingatestone||A 45 minutes stint at Ingatestone waiting for the last class 312 working. Unfortunately the east London traffic prevented me from getting the actual passenger working so I had to make do with the ECS working back to Ilford.....||Friday, 25th June, 2004|
|The Keighley and Worth Valley Railway Diesel Gala - 2004||Over the weekend of the 19th and 20th of June diesels took over the short, but hilly, Keighley and Worth Valley railway between Keighley and Oxenhope. With current visitors from||Saturday, 19th June, 2004|
|A few moments at Knebworth||Waiting for the returning Pendolino form the York Railfest. A small surprise to boot!....||Wednesday, 09th June, 2004|
|The New Look for Midland Main Line||Midland Main Line's new fleet of trains, the Meridians, have begun to enter passenger service on a daily basis. These views show 222011 waiting to depart with the 12:30 to Derby.....||Thursday, 03rd June, 2004|
|A few moments at Worting Junction||With a day off, a bit of sun and the launch of South West Trains relivered 4-VEP a trip down to Worting Junction was on the cards. After battling the demons that occupy the M25 for an hour or two I made it just in time to see the working off of Basin....||Wednesday, 02nd June, 2004|
|Railfest 2004||York Railfest 2004....||Friday, 28th May, 2004|
|West London Ramblings||With a bit of advanced gen in the bag an afternoon trip to Kensington Olympia [TS192] was on the cards. Hop on the North London Line to Willesden and then a connectio....||Tuesday, 25th May, 2004|
|The Mid Hants Diesel Gala - 2004||The annual Trainspotters Ball was held over the three days, 21st-23rd, on the Mid Hants Railway in Hampshire. Plenty of movement to keep the enthusiasts and a few unexpected changes to the....||Saturday, 22nd May, 2004|
|Another Eurostar rescue||The 1X39 17.05 Leeds to Kings Cross, worked by GNER livered Eurostar 373301/2 was declared a failure at Langford, between Biggleswade and Arlesey at 19.00. 67016 was dispatched from Kings Cross to assist the train forward to Stevenage and then forwa....||Tuesday, 04th May, 2004|
|The 2004 North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Gala||Between Friday 23rd and Sunday 25th of April the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Pickering and Grosmont hosted a gala event running only diesel traction. Due to problems obtaining air braked coaching stock only heritage traction was runni....||Friday, 23rd April, 2004|
|Peaks back on the Midland||To mark the temporary closure of the Barlow Train shed at St. Pancras Midland Main Line organised a special Peak hauled working from St. Pancras to Leicester. Because of the lack of run round facilities the train was top and tailed by 47355.....||Thursday, 08th April, 2004|
|The final days of the Class 56||EWS' new chief executive decided on a massive rationalisation of it's locomotive fleet in the beginning of 2003. This has meant the end of many of the older classes of locomotive. As of 31st March 2004 all Class 56s are to be turned off. This p....||Saturday, 27th March, 2004|
|The Mid Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala||The Mid Norfolk railway held their third annual Diesel Gala on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st March 2004. We managed to visit on the Sunday. A day of very changeable weather. A quite dif....||Sunday, 21st March, 2004|
|The Buffer Puffer||Pathfinder Tours "Buffer Puffer" Took 37047 and 37203 on an eccentric tour of some London Branch Lines.....||Saturday, 20th March, 2004|
|A few hours at Ely||Having a day off and some advance gen on a stock move I decided to check out some trainspots. In this case [TS10....||Friday, 27th February, 2004|
|The Twilight of the Spoons||EWS Railway is culling its fleet of locomotives. By then end of the financial year (31st March 2004) EWS is expected to have withdrawn its class 47, 37/0 and 56 fleet. So the days for these once common place locomotives is coming to an end.... p....||Wednesday, 11th February, 2004|
|The East Lancashire Railways English Electric Gala 2004||The East Lancashire Railway to the north of Manchester hosted on of its regular diesel extravaganzas playing host it a large fleet of English Electric engines.|
Thanks must go out to Andy Sl....
|Saturday, 17th January, 2004|
|Last night of the TPOs||January 10th 2004 saw and end of an era - the runs of the last travelling post office trains. So to capture the moment we visited Rugby on the West Coast Main Line.......||Saturday, 10th January, 2004|
|GBRf by Night||After receiving a bit of Gen on the Freightmaster interactive list.|
~ TUESDAY NIGHT ~
WORKSITE: STEVENAGE - HITCHIN
6T72 21.40 Peterbo....
|Wednesday, 03rd December, 2003|
|33s on the ECML||Christmas shopping in York, With Cromptons providing the motive power....||Sunday, 30th November, 2003|
|La Farge Stone||The weekly Sundays only Mountsorrel to Langley stone working is normally the reserve of EWS class 66's. Occasionally class 60's deputise for a 66 and on this occasion the unique Corus Steel livered 60 006 "Scunthorpe Ironmaster" provided the power.....||Sunday, 16th November, 2003|
|The Cumbrian Mountains Express||Class 50s up the ECML....||Saturday, 18th October, 2003|
|GN Water Canons 2003 vs 2004||The autum leaf fall season starts and the 'wrong kind of leaves' must be removed. Top and tail 37s and some high pressure water jets should do the trick.|
The page begins with the good old days of 37s in daylight.
At the Saturday, 18th October, 2003
|Stevenson||87001 was prepared by the staff at Willesden for it's re-dedication to the Stevenson Locomotive society on 14-10-2003|
These views show the 0N07 Willesden to Heaton Light Engine Move. Thanks as ever to Rail-nets roving driver/photographer some of ....
|Tuesday, 14th October, 2003|
|St Austell||A Few moments at St Austell....||Sunday, 05th October, 2003|
|West Coast Wind Down||Virgin is putting its class 86s and 87s into storage or terminating their leases at the end of the 2003 summer timetable. Pendolinos will replace these loco in front line services, leaving only class 90s for Loco haulage. These shots show the locos....||Tuesday, 16th September, 2003|
|The Spinnin State XIII||Past times Spinnin State XIII....||Saturday, 13th September, 2003|
|D9016's last purple voyage||D9016 Gordon Highlanders repaint into Porterbook colours provoked "much debate and conjecture within railway circles. But now it is consigned to history. These views show 0Z55 working from Alton to Toton|
|Thursday, 11th September, 2003|
|The Capital Whistler||40145 heads north through Old Stevenage on Pathfinder Tours Capital Whistler....||Saturday, 06th September, 2003|
|Steam Dreams - Banned!||37197 and 33202 take over the Steam Dreams charter from Liverpool Street to Ely during a network rail steam ban....||Monday, 25th August, 2003|
|Sleeping down the East Coast||With on going engineering work on the West coast Main line, sleepers have once again become an occasional part of the East Coast main line.....||Saturday, 23rd August, 2003|
|The Rail-Net tour 2003||With a week to spare I set off to visit a friend in Scotland. Such a long journey requires breaks for rest and relaxation, so plenty were taken. Also the trip provided the opportunity to put some faces to names and meet some new people. So after a....||Monday, 11th August, 2003|
|Doncaster Works 150th Celebrations||2003 is the 150th anniversary of the Great Northern Railway works at Doncaster. People flocked to the site to view the large number of engines old and new on display ranging from with east coast main line motive power ranging from A4 Pacifics throug....||Friday, 25th July, 2003|
|Bringing down the wires - Eurostarstyle!||After reading a piece of rail-gen this morning regarding a problem at Stevenage I decided to investigate. After a lot of driving round the area, I finally found the proble....||Thursday, 17th July, 2003|
|The Pennine Fellsman||Pathfinder Railtours Class 40 excursion from Birmingham to Carlisle via Crewe, Liverpool and Settle....||Sunday, 13th July, 2003|
|The Scarborough Flyer - A4 Style||The Scarborough Flyer Steam tour from London Kings Cross to Scarborough and back on this day had A4 60009 Union of South Africa at the head. The loco was due to be replace at Doncaster on the return leg so it could be at the Doncaster 150 Celebratio....||Saturday, 12th July, 2003|
|CTRL Over Speed Testing||Overspeed testing prior to the launch of services on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link....||Tuesday, 08th July, 2003|
|The Medway viaduct||After a visit to the Kent coast for a bit of sun, sea, sand and sunburn on the way home I thought it would be worth a look at the new Medway Viaduct for the Channel Tunnel Rail lin....||Saturday, 21st June, 2003|
|Riveria ECS Move||47853 and 47839 haul the Old Oak-Craigentinny and return ecs movements for Riveria Trains....||Tuesday, 17th June, 2003|
|West Coast Mornings||West Coast Mornings....||Saturday, 14th June, 2003|
|DPS Charter||On Saturday 7th June the Deltic Preservation Society ran a charter service from Newcastle to London Kings Cross, although the train was due to be hauled by D9009 Alycidon this loco was unavailable....||Saturday, 07th June, 2003|
|2003 Crewe Works Photographic Evening||On May 31st and June 1st Bombardier Transportation of Crewe opened its doors to 10's of thousands of enthusiasts, Its Return of the Legends weekend proved to be a big success with advanced ticket sales for the Saturday along nearing 20,000. Th....||Friday, 30th May, 2003|
|Beauty and the Beast||Which one is the Beast I'll leave up to you!....||Tuesday, 20th May, 2003|
|The 2003 North Yorkshire Moors Diesel Gala||Between Friday 11th and Sunday 13th of April the North Yorkshire Moors Railway between Pickering and Grosmont hosted a gala event running only diesel traction. Some heritage, some current.|
Locos running were D345, D5061, D7628, 37038, 37197, ....
|Friday, 11th April, 2003|
|The Nene Valley Rambler||The following clips and pictures were taken as I observed the Watercress line "Nene Valley Rambler" rail tour around Hertfordshire.....||Sunday, 06th April, 2003|
|GNER Thunderbirds, the next generation||The GM Class 67's re due to take over "Thunderbird" duties from class 47's shortly. This loco was seen a few hours later heading north hauling a MkIV+91 set|
Many thanks to GM-Gen (Ray in Huntingdon) for the information.....
|Saturday, 15th March, 2003|
|The Spinnin State IV||intro....||Saturday, 01st March, 2003|
|Ixon and the Badger||intro....||Wednesday, 12th February, 2003|
|91 in the snow||91119 blasting through the winters dusting of snow....||Friday, 31st January, 2003|
|The Spin Doctor - West Midlands Chase||The following clips and pictures were taken as I chased the Hertfordshire Railtours "Spin Doctor" rail tour around the West Midlands. The chance of seeing two class 37's powering up the Licke....||Saturday, 04th January, 2003|
|The Pendolinos enter service||The beginning of the end for West Coast Main Line loco hauled traction.....||Monday, 16th December, 2002|
|Thunderbirds are go....||The first passenger working of a 57 into Euston.....||Monday, 09th December, 2002|
|The Royal Train||Many thanks must go to EWS personnel and British Transport Police without their help these taking pictures would not have been possible.....||Friday, 27th September, 2002|
|D9000 on the move||D9000 returns to Hornsey after working a special.....||Monday, 23rd September, 2002|
|The Green Welly Specials||Some football special passing through Stevenage.....||Sunday, 22nd September, 2002|
|The Bone Idol - Farwell to the Class 58||I was on the first so I had to be on the last..|
The last Class 58 railtour form Kings Cross to Skegness and back.....
|Sunday, 01st September, 2002|
|A few moments at ...... Hitchin||A trip to Hitchin to catch a 67 hauled NENTA railtour booked to stop....||Saturday, 31st August, 2002|
|A few moments at ...... Horley||Whilst on an airport run to Gatwick I took the opportunity to spend some time at Horley. Firstly a neat over bridge just to the north of the station then on to the station itself. On both my arrival and departure I missed some XC Virgin Voyagers whi....||Friday, 30th August, 2002|
|A few moments at ...... Derby||Don't know why I was in Derby, and why I only had 10 minutes! But still had a few things to see in such a short time.....||Friday, 30th August, 2002|
|D9000 visits Ipswich||D9000 hauls an extra Anglia service between London Liverpool Street and Norwich....||Sunday, 11th August, 2002|
|The Midlander||Many, many years ago my family and I decided to go out for the day. The railway enthusiasts society organised a day trip from London to the open days at Derby and Crewe. Being over 20 years ago my memory of the day is a little hazy so the accompany....||Wednesday, 31st July, 2002|
|Rail-net Yorkshire tour 2002||On Monday 29-07-2002 I decided to do a little whistle stop photographic trip around some bits of the UK....||Tuesday, 30th July, 2002|
|Profile of the Class 66s||Some general shed shots.....||Saturday, 27th July, 2002|
|Knebworth Station demolition||Many years ago Knebworth station had some beautiful LNER wooden waiting rooms and toilet facilities. These delightful building were ripped down to make way for ultra modern plastic waiting facilities.|
Nowadays the demolition is carried out on a w....
|Sunday, 07th July, 2002|
|Rail Grinders||Rail Grinders....||Sunday, 30th June, 2002|
|Beechbrook Farm||Work on the Channel Tunnel Rail link continues apace now. Most of the ballast work is being hauled by Freightliner owned 66/5's working from the holding are at Beech Brook Farm just outside of Ashford.|
The locomotives can be viewed from the roadw....
|Sunday, 30th June, 2002|
|The Potters Bar Rail Disaster||Once again the safety of our railways is brought into disrepute.|
The 12:45 WAGN Kings Cross to Kings Lynn Service derailed at Potters Bar Station with fatal results.
8 People lost their lives in this tragic incident.....
|Monday, 13th May, 2002|
|Profile of multiple units||Some general shots of multiple units from over the years....||Saturday, 30th March, 2002|
|Suffolk Visit||A trip over to Suffolk prompted a visit to a couple of old haunts. Firstly Felixstowe docks and Station....and then Ipswich Station.....||Monday, 25th March, 2002|
|Virgin Voyagers at Three Bridges||The changing face of travel sees the demise of the class 47 in favour of more modern and more reliable traction.|
EWS has been given the job of daily maintenance of the Virgin Voyager (220) fleet on cross-country services. These views show 220005 a....
|Sunday, 19th August, 2001|
|Arsenal vs Tottenham||Three charter trains ran from Finsbury Park to Manchester (1Z90, 1Z91, 1Z92) these views show 1Z91 behind 67026 and 1Z92 behind 90026 passing through Stevenage Old Town at 08:22 and 08:50 respectively on there way to Arsenal's Victory / defeat (delet....||Sunday, 08th April, 2001|
|The Hatfield Rail Disaster||Let us not forget that 4 people lost there lives in this tragic accident.|
This shot shows one of the many sets of flowers around the crash site.
|Saturday, 28th October, 2000|
|The Spanish Inqusition||On the 1st of July Hertfordshire Railtours ran the "Spanish Inquisition" railtour from Finsbury Park to Plymouth Friary and Carne Point in Devon. Traction for the tour was 67014 from Finsbury Park to Westbury, where 67010 was attached.|
The pair m....
|Sunday, 02nd July, 2000|
|The Deltic Fenmans||Deltics to the Anglian fens.....||Thursday, 22nd June, 2000|
|Shunters R Us||Shots of shunters from over the years....||Wednesday, 07th June, 2000|
|Class 31 Profile||Some general shots of the Class 31s from over the years....||Wednesday, 07th June, 2000|
|Profile of the class 37s||Some general shots of class 37s....||Wednesday, 07th June, 2000|
|66 Freight reversal||Whilst working the 6M97 12.42 Wakefield Euro to Wembley yard 66150 had halted at Woolmer Green. Because of Gauge restrictions in the Welwyn North and Hadley Wood tunnels the train was unable to proceed any further. So after waiting for a clear line ....||Monday, 15th May, 2000|
|GNER Eurostar||On a very wet Thursday afternoon. I was at Stevenage station hoping to catch the passing 14:30 to York test run of the regional Eurostar. Fortunately it stopped.........||Thursday, 20th April, 2000|
|The Ayr Restorer||Hertfordhire Railtours Ayr Restorer seen here at Ayr.....||Wednesday, 05th April, 2000|
|The Bluebirds are here||The (then) latest order of class 66's have arrived at Willesden TMD in North London. These three views show 66701/3/4/5/6 having moved from Newport docks the previous day. GBRf have now increased their fleet to 17 with another 10 on order.....||Wednesday, 15th March, 2000|
|The Royal Scot||The Royal Scott seen here pasing Camden Sidings....||Friday, 04th February, 2000|
|Grice Deltics||On the 8th of November 1997 D9019 pulled the Hertfordshire Railtours West Coast Deltic Pioneer departing from Euston.....||Saturday, 08th March, 1997|
|The Deltic Deliverance||On the 30th of November 1996 D9000 pulled the Hertfordshire Railtours Deltic Deliverance departing from Edinburgh.|
This is a short video I made of that day.....
|Saturday, 30th November, 1996|
|The first run of a 91 and MK IVs||At the start of the Winter timetable in October 1989 the first public service run of a 91 + Mk IV set. The 05:40(?) Leeds - Kings Cross service had been selected as the launch pad for these now ubiquitous ECML trains.....||Monday, 02nd October, 1989|
|Does BR stock fit on the underground??|
Yes it does!
|The London Regional Transport 'Battery Rover' saw two LUL battery locos, usually used for engineering trains, haul a 5 coach Gatwick Express unit on a route starting at Wimbledon to Strawberry Hill, Richmond, Paddington, Barking, Aldgate East, Earls....||Saturday, 01st October, 1988|
|Blackpool Illuminations||Many years ago British rail used to run "Merrymaker" Specials from London to Blackpool to see the illuminations.|
As can bee seen here the station provided some illuminations of its own with the exhaust and steam heat from the stock.
|Wednesday, 05th November, 1980|