Saturday, 12 August 2017

Grantham 1986


31 119

150 101

(All 4.6.1986 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

Still being paid for travelling around the country in 1986! I dropped into Grantham pre-electrification and got these shots. I'm particularly pleased with the class 31 shot.

All this was to change of course soon after as electrification of the ECML was completed.


Thursday, 10 August 2017

Doncaster 7.7.1986


56 091 Doncaster 7.7.1986

31 306 Doncaster 7.7.1986

47 228 Doncaster 7.7.1986

43 050 Doncaster 7.7.1986

E41044 Doncaster 7.7.1986

43 050 Doncaster 7.7.1986

56 091 Doncaster 7.7.1986

37 120 Doncaster 7.7.1986

(All pics 7.7.1986 copyright Steve Sainsbury/Rail Thing)

My railway comfort zone is fairly limited - southern England and Switzerland. Outside those areas my knowledge is patchy, and gets patchier the further out I go!

I was a year into my driving job when I snatched the chance to visit Doncaster station. I knew it was a busy place, but didn't know where lines went or what traffic was carried. These pictures are from a visit of about an hour, pre-electrification of course! As well as HSTs and First Generation DMUs there were class 56s on coal trains, a class 31, class 37 and class 47. Not bad at all!


Wednesday, 9 August 2017

East Somerset Railway - 6.8.2017

It's almost becoming a tradition, my birthday trip to the East Somerset Railway! This year was even better as, purely by chance, the dining train was running. This was a superb experience, great food and atmosphere and excellent service throughout. Highly recommended!!

After the meal I trekked round Cranmore station trying to get photos. I've never found this line that easy to photograph, but the shots are there if you look for them! I also got a bargain in the shop - a secondhand copy of The Longmoor Military Railway (David & Charles) at just £3.