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AROUND WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2014. : UPDATED 21st SEPTEMBER 2014.

AROUND WESTON-SUPER-MARE 2014.

Transportmedia

UPDATED 21st SEPTEMBER 2014.

Updated: Sep 21, 2014 3:22am PST

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2014

Julian

Updated: Sep 20, 2014 3:13pm PST

Cornwall Main Line : Plymouth to Penzance

Cornwall Main Line

Glen

Plymouth to Penzance

Updated: Sep 19, 2014 10:02am PST

Swedish steam survivors : Photos of 23 Swedish standard gauge locos, including two in England and four in the Netherlands, four 60cm gauge imports, five photos of a Cowans Sheldon 50 ton breakdown crane at work and finally one of the Whitehaven-built steel sailing ship Af Chapman.

Swedish steam survivors

andrewstransport

Photos of 23 Swedish standard gauge locos, including two in England an ...

Updated: Sep 19, 2014 4:57am PST

Recent Depot Photos : Gallery of railroad depots and other structures used in railroad operations.

Recent Depot Photos

Brian

Gallery of railroad depots and other structures used in railroad opera ...

Updated: Sep 18, 2014 1:29pm PST

Britain's Favourite Diesel : Like them or loathe them, the EMD JT42CWR, better known as the class 66 or, thanks to that peaked roof, Shed has become a ubiquitous feature of the British railway scene, and is set to remain so for years to come. There can be few places on the national network which haven't seen a Shed at some time since their introduction in 1998. <br />
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Although built in Canada they originate from the US mid-west, from McCook in the Chicago suburbs, where the Electro-Motive Division of General Motors had their locomotive building plant, and where the prime mover for the 66 is still manufactured. The engine in the 66, a 12N-710-G3B-EC is a linear descendant of the first two stroke diesel developed specifically for rail use by the Winton Engine Company and Electromotive Corporation in 1938, the 567. The two companies, Winton &amp; EMC, had been bought by GM in 1929, they were merged in 1941 to form the Electromotive Division. <br />
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The 567 was succeeded by the 645 series in 1966 which in turn was superseded by the 710 in 1984. The numbers incidentally refer to the cubic capacity (in cu inches) of each cylinder. Two stroke technology was adopted by Winton in the early 1930s on the back of research money from the US government into improved submarine engine designs. It offered the promise of greater power for a given weight of engine block than could be obtained from contemporary four stroke engines. Although less fuel efficient than four strokes, EMD have stuck with their two stroke designs now for over 70 years, each succeeding type being more powerful, and more efficient whilst emitting fewer pollutants, than its predecessor. In the North American market EMD had, by 1969, seen off almost all their competitors; Fairbanks-Morse, Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton and Alco. Only GE remained and it is GE which in the past 20 years has overtaken EMD in the locomotive sales stakes. But here, for the moment, and elsewhere in Europe the 66 remains the best selling diesel of recent years, although with the advent of GE's Powerhaul product (aka Ugly Betty) that may change.<br />
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GM sold EMD to two private equity groups in 2005, who in June 2010 sold it to Caterpillar Inc.  EMD and their predecessors have been in the rail internal combustion engine market almost from the beginning (EMC was originally founded in 1922), I for one hope they survive and prosper in the 21st Century. <br />
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Here is a selection of shed pictures, from other galleries on the site for those of you who can't get enough of Britain's Favourite Diesel :-)

Britain's Favourite Diesel

nick86235

Like them or loathe them, the EMD JT42CWR, better known as the class 6 ...

Updated: Sep 18, 2014 3:08am PST

North London Line : As I've lived in London continuously since 1977, and specifically North London since 1994, I've probably taken more pictures on the NLL than on any other line within London, with the possible exception of Gospel Oak to Barking. <br><br>
Over the years the NLL's fortunes have risen, fallen and risen agin, the nadir coming in the late 1970s and early 1980s when closure was hinted at. <br><br>
But then came a renaissance; firstly the restoration of passenger service east of Dalston Junction in 1980, then came electrification from Dalston to Stratford and North Woolwich, albeit tempered by the closure of the line into Broad Street and the use of very elderly ex-Southern 2EPBs in place of the 501s. Electrification of the freight lines at 25kV and the rebuilding of the line between Willesden and Camden Road (for North of London Eurostar service, which never happened) plus the transfer of responsibility for operations to TfL set the scene for the final act; the complete modernisation of the route, end to end re-signalling, new longer trains and, on 28th Febnruary 2011 the extension of East London service, partially over the old line from Dalston to Broad Street, and for the first time connecting Highbury &amp; Islington with Crystal Palace and  Croydon. The final act in the renaissance came in December 2012 with the completion of the orbital route from Canada Water to Queens Road Peckham and the introduction of a Highbury &amp; Islington to Clapham Junction via Whtechapel service.

In 2015 longer trains will be introduced, the 378s being extended (for the second time) from four to five cars, a reflection on the line's success.

North London Line

nick86235

As I've lived in London continuously since 1977, and specifically Nort ...

Updated: Sep 18, 2014 3:08am PST

Goblin : My first encounter with the Gospel Oak to Barking Line was in the late 1960s when with the son of a neighbour we caught the train, a DMU of course, to Barking from Kentish Town. I don't remember much else to be truthful. Over the years its fortunes have waxed and waned, I recall that in the 1980s, when I was living in Forest Gate in East London, there was very little freight traffic over the route owing to weight restrictions on some parts of the line. Today it is enjoying a renaissance thanks to the injection of upgrade funds from Transport for London and Network Rail, although it no longer hosts boat trains from St Pancras to Tilbury as it did in years gone by.<br />
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The line's history is quite complicated, what we know today as a single integrated route was in fact two railways. The oldest was the Tottenham and Hampstead Junction which opened in 1868. Originally owned by the Great Eastern (who promoted it) it later fell into the hands of the Midland and, later still, became a joint Midland &amp; GER operation. East of what is now South Tottenham is the route of the Tottenham and Forest Gate which opened in 1894 and was a Midland and London Tilbury &amp; Southend undertaking. Today the 'join' between the two lines at South Tottenham is still quite evident by the track geometry!<br />
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Being non-electrified there are a number of decent shots from overbridges and stations, the bridge shots often needing steps foir a decent view. Until 2009 the line boasted a mechanical signal box at Harringay Park and a slew of both motor worked and manual semaphores. Now it's LED colour lights, which control both a busy freight scene and also LOROL's 15 minute interval passenger service with new class 172 Turbostars.

Goblin

nick86235

My first encounter with the Gospel Oak to Barking Line was in the late ...

Updated: Sep 18, 2014 3:08am PST

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway - Tuesday 16th September 2014 : A photo charter at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway organised by Simon Hopkins. Locos in action were three Andrew Barclay built 0-4-0's, No.2088 'Sir Thomas Royden', No.2168 'Edmundsons' and No.1385 'Rosyth No.1'.

Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway - Tuesd...

Paul Gildersleve

A photo charter at the Pontypool & Blaenavon Railway organised by Simo ...

Updated: Sep 17, 2014 7:04am PST

North West trains, 2014 : My 2014 photos from the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and other lines in north west England

North West trains, 2014

andrewstransport

My 2014 photos from the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and other lines in ...

Updated: Sep 15, 2014 11:47am PST

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