Wagon hunting – Part 1

Being a southerner, Peak Forest / Great Rocks has always held an appeal to me being one of those places that I just could never get to unless I could persuade someone with a car that it was a good idea.  Recently the brain engaged and figured now I live further north there must be a way to get to Peak Forest without involving a car.  After much viewing of Google Maps and the National Rail website I worked out I could get to Peak Forest via train with some walking involved.  I caught the train to Dove Holes and then walked down the road to Peak Forest.  I had a couple of wagon types I wanted to photograph on this trip.  Suffice to say nothing ever goes to plan.

66 181 at Peak Forest  on the 10th January 2012 preparing 6E81 12:26 Peak Forest - Selby

66 181 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012 preparing 6E81 12:26 Peak Forest - Selby

Target number one for the day was to be the JEA BM bogie hoppers in the number range 19701 – 19731 working 6H03 09:47 Northwich – Tunstead.  After a little wait I contacted work to be told it had ran 144 early!  No shot there then.  The good news was during the phone call I ascertained target number two was running, if a little late.

Without much warning another train arrived from the Great Rocks direction, stopping before the signal box.  A quick move to the top of the embankment running along side the Signal Box sidings produced some new wagons for me.  JGA VTG / BLI 19200 – 19219.  As far as I know this train was 6H22 11:08 Tunstead – Hindlow, having pulled up towards Peak Forest to then run round.

JGA VTG 19206 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012

JGA VTG 19206 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012

Next up was the train I had been waiting for, 6F67 09:40 Dowlow – Warrington Arpley Yard.  The sun by now was in a swine of a position, shining directly into my face when looking towards the signal box from the road bridge.  I figured I would wait for the train to pass me to get the shots of the wagons on board.  After a wait the train then reversed!  Every seen a middle aged man run up the embankment at Peak Forest, you would have that day.  As I ran along the top I fired off some shots just in case the wagons were blocked by the stored collection in the sidings.  I’m glad I did because yes you guessed it, the wagons got blocked.  Enquiries later confirmed the train was cancelled at Peak Forest due to late running. (only 30 minutes late).

JAA VTG 13514 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012 in the consist of 6F67 09:40 Dowlow-Warrington Arpley Yard

JAA VTG 13514 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012 in the consist of 6F67 09:40 Dowlow-Warrington Arpley Yard

Another required wagon in the consist was international registered JIA 9382 series.

JIA 33 70 9382 004-7 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012 in the consist of 6F67 09:40 Dowlow-Warrington Arpley Yard

JIA 33 70 9382 004-7 at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012 in the consist of 6F67 09:40 Dowlow-Warrington Arpley Yard

Also updated is the class 60 gallery.  Some shots from 2007 and the visit last week

60 007 arrives at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012

60 007 arrives at Peak Forest on the 10th January 2012

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~ by gingespotting on January 16, 2012.

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