Photos taken during the Rail Blue Charters "West Coast Premier II" special train from Watford Junction to Edinburgh on 6th May 2011. I was performing a technical support role for locomotive 86101; all photos were taken from a position of safety.
This annual charity challenge for rail staff runs from London Euston via Crewe to Bangor (for Snowdon), Ravenglass (for Scafell Pike) and Fort William (for Ben Nevis). This year it was 86101's turn to haul the train from Euston to Crewe on Thursday evening 23rd June 2011, and back from Mossend to Euston on Saturday evening 25th June 2011. Former Wrexham & Shropshire loco 67013 did the honours on the other sections.
A brief visit to Finland, to "tick off" a new country and to provide an unusual route into the following week's PTG trip to Estonia. I flew from Manchester to Helsinki, and got two buses to the end of the suburban branch at Vantaankoski. I was staying at the Holiday Inn at Ruoholahti West, so used the metro to get there. Later I did some tram routes and had a wander around. Next morning I caught the ferry to Tallinn.
Metrolink's South Manchester Line finally opened to the public early on 7th July 2011. I briefly visited the line early in the morning of the first day of operation, and again in a more leisurely manner two days later.
The Rio Tinto Company built a 1067 mm gauge railway in 1873-1875 to connect the mining area to the port at Huelva 84 km away. Copper, iron and sulphur were extracted here. Photos taken on visits to the area on 28 & 30 December 2011.