Isle of Man - July 2019
Isle of Man - July 2019
These photographs were taken during a business trip to the Isle of Man in July 2019.
Derwent Valley Reservoirs - August 2019
Derwent Valley Reservoirs - August 2019
Very pleasant bike ride today. By train to Bamford, then on the bike around the three Derwent Valley reservoirs, then by train from Hathersage back to Manchester. Total about 43 km.
Isle of Man - September 2019
Isle of Man - September 2019
These photographs were taken during a business trip to the Isle of Man in September 2019.
Romania - September 2019
Romania - September 2019
Passing through Romania on the way to the PTG "Clear Moldova" tour - see trip report.
Moldova - September 2019
Moldova - September 2019
Photos of Moldova, mostly taken from the excellent PTG "Clear Moldova" railtour - see trip report.
Ukraine - September 2019
Ukraine - September 2019
Photos taken during or immediately after the PTG "Clear Moldova" tour - see trip report.
Poland - September 2019
Poland - September 2019
Photos taken on the way home from the PTG "Clear Moldova" tour - see trip report.
Germany - October 2019
Germany - October 2019
Four days in Germany, mainly to take part in the two days of IBSE railtours around Osnabrück. Two nights in Osnabrück and one night in Düsseldorf.
My flight from Manchester on the Friday morning 25th was delayed by a defective radio on the plane, so my plans for that day came to nothing. On the Monday I used train ICE818 to travel over the curve at Caltex, west of Frankfurt, which leads onto the Köln - Frankfurt Schnellfahrstrecke so can only be done by high speed trains - engineering works is diverting some trains away from Frankfurt am Main Flughafen Fernbahnhof. I finished off Monday by travelling from Stolberg (Rheinland) Hbf to Alsdorf-Annapark, a comparatively recent opening.
Great Rocks - November 2019
Great Rocks - November 2019
A quick visit to Great Rocks Jn near Buxton this afternoon. I've visited the nearby Peak Forest several times but never Great Rocks. It controls the access into the huge Tunstead limestone quarries. The main line here opened to passengers in 1867 as an extension of the Manchester, Buxton, Matlock and Midland Junction Railway, in practice a connecting line from a triangular junction at Millers Dale to a triangular junction at Chinley, and so it became part of the Midland Railway's main route between London and Manchester.
The route closed to passengers in 1968 but remains open between Chinley and Buxton to serve the quarries at Dove Holes Dale, Great Rocks Dale and Dowlow and Hindlow south east of Buxton.
I need to come back some time to have a look further south, a footpath leads nearer the quarries but it was just too muddy today, even with walking boots on!
All photos taken from public roads or paths.
TPE Nova 2 First Day - 30 November 2019
TPE Nova 2 First Day - 30 November 2019
Some photos taken during the first day of passenger operation of the new "Nova 2" Transpennine Express (TPE) trains built by CAF, 397007 doing the honours. There are some non-Nova 2 photos included taken on the same day.