Trip to Scotland - January 2020
Trip to Scotland - January 2020
A two day trip to Scotland, primarily to travel on train 1W22 from Edinburgh to Stirling - which should be a Class 91 electric loco working from London. That did not work as will be seen. For Friday 03/01/2020 I had advance tickets booked on the 10:34 Trans Pennine Express service from Manchester Piccadilly to Newcastle, which should have been a class 802 service but was cancelled "due to no driver". Fortunately I had left plenty of time so caught the next available interesting working (with class 68 haulage as far as York) then a 185 DMU to Newcastle. 91122 worked my booked train from Newcastle to Edinburgh. Before taking 1W22 I caught one of the "Fife Circle" class 68-hauled workings. Hotel in Stirling.
Next day 04/01/2020 was planned around covering the newly electrified routes to Alloa, Dunblane and Edinburgh - Glasgow via Shotts. Home from Glasgow was a 350 unit, not worth photographing.....
Trip to France and Spain - January & February 2020
Trip to France and Spain - January & February 2020
First overseas trip of 2020 was planned with the dual purpose of travelling on the PTG "Alco Holic 5" 4-day railtour starting from Madrid, and visiting my sister who lives near Huelva. As I needed a fair few new sections of line in France and Spain I thought I would also travel overland both ways. That didn't quite go to plan..... the route description is given on each day's summary page.
Each album below corresponds to one day's travel except for the visit to Pont du Gard which gets its own album.
West Timperley - March 2020
West Timperley - March 2020
Glazebrook East Jn to Skelton Jn, 13 & 20/03/2020.
Only a mile or two from home, but a disused railway I haven't really explored previously. Having said that, I did travel over it throughout on a railtour on 06/03/1982, then later as far as Partington works on a railtour on 29/02/1992.
The line from Glazebrook East Jn to Skelton Jn was built by the Cheshire Lines Committee and opened for freight traffic in March 1873, and September 1873 for passenger traffic. Local passenger train services ceased in 1964 and the line last carried through passenger services in 1966. The costs of maintaining the bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal at Cadishead were cited as the reason for final closure as a through route in 1984. A single track was retained from Skelton Jn to serve the chemical works at Partington, but this closed in 1993. The line is still owned by Network Rail, and still appears as Line of Route code NW3025, but is officially out of use from the bridge over the Bridgewater Canal, being in use that far as a siding. The course is fenced off at the A56 overbridge and at the Bridgewater Canal. As can be seen, the line alternates between "intact but heavily overgrown" to "completely lifted". For photos of the same route but further west, please see my other gallery here.
In the captions, numbers in square brackets refer to the miles & chains from the line's official zero point at Liverpool Central Station.
Partington & Carrington - March 2020
Partington & Carrington - March 2020
Partington and Carrington, 21/03/2020.
Another bike ride, just a few miles from home, exploring some of the disused railways around Partington and Carrington.
The first section is the former Glazebrook East Jn to Skelton Jn line, which was built by the Cheshire Lines Committee and opened for freight traffic in March 1873, and September 1873 for passenger traffic. The western end of the line was deviated to the south in 1893 when the Manchester Ship Canal was built. Local passenger train services ceased in 1964 and the line last carried through passenger services in 1966. The costs of maintaining the bridge over the Ship Canal at Cadishead were cited as the reason for final closure as a through route in 1984. I travelled over the route throughout on a railtour on 06/03/1982, then later from the Skelton Jn end as far as Partington works on a railtour on 29/02/1992, so I have previously travelled over most of what I have photographed today. For photos of the same route but further east please see my other gallery here.
For overall maps of the area see Google Maps or National Library of Scotland maps.