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.
March 2020
March 2020
Photos taken in March 2020. For more details of the Glazebrook East Jn to Skelton Jn line, please see this album.
April 2020
April 2020
Photos taken in April 2020. For more details of the Glazebrook East Jn to Skelton Jn line, please see this album.
May 2020
May 2020
Photos taken in May 2020.
Chat Moss - May 2020
Chat Moss - May 2020
Exploring by bike around Chat Moss. Railway friends will know of this as the area of peat bog that was famously crossed by George Stephenson's Liverpool & Manchester Railway in 1830. Since then much of the 10 square miles of Moss has been drained and is now agricultural land; there is a criss-cross network of roads and drains. Many of these carried narrow gauge railways in the 19th and into the 20th Century for the dumping of Manchester and Salford's "night soil", and later for peat collection. There are a couple of smaller areas that are maintained as "true" moss habitats and are Sites of Special Scientific Interest. Here are a few photos; captions against each. If you look at the photos of Little Woolden Moss nature reserve, you can realise what George Stephenson and his surveyors had to contend with nearly 200 years ago. For a map of the area see Open Street Map.
Latchford area - May 2020
Latchford area - May 2020
Some photos from a bike ride around the Latchford area. Lots to see: the original course of the River Mersey before the Manchester Ship Canal was built; canals and locks that were built to make navigation of the Mersey easier before the Ship Canal was built; Latchford Locks themselves, which bizarrely carry a pedestrian right of way over the lock gates, surrounded by the deep and wide locks; and the pre- and post-Ship Canal routes of the Warrington and Altrincham Junction Railway, disused since 1985. For a map of the area see Open Street Map.
June 2020
June 2020
Photos taken in June 2020.
July 2020