Monty goes travelling, Part IV

Another day, another update.  The Thursday of the holiday saw me cramming in some train time whilst getting into position for the rest of the days plans.  A pleasant drive from the camp site found us parked up on Edale Road in Hope ready for a quick (sub 5 minutes) walk to a location I wanted to check out for photographs.  From Edale Road, Hope it’s a quick walk down Bowden Lane and passing under the railway line to find some access steps leading upwards.  On coming to the top there is a gate (which I did not go through) which leads to Earles Sidings Signal Box.  There is plenty of room to take images from this location and it gives a cracking view of traffic being shunted out of Hope Cement Works and then into Earles Sidings proper.

20 168 brings a small rake of HTAs out of Hope Cement Works and onto the headshunt ready for movement back into Earles Sidings on the 10th of May 2012

20 168 brings a small rake of HTAs out of Hope Cement Works and onto the headshunt ready for movement back into Earles Sidings on the 10th of May 2012

The speed limit for coming out of Hope Cement Works is a very pleasant 5 mph which makes it very easy to line up shots and take images of wagons, lovely. The rake duly went past just to the left of shot then reversed back into Earles Sidings.

20 168 sits in Earles Sidings with a rake of HTAs on the 10th of May 2012

20 168 sits in Earles Sidings with a rake of HTAs on the 10th of May 2012

I was fully expecting 20 168 to detach itself upon placing the rake in the sidings but no, it came past again.  I was so focussed on the photography side of things I never noticed anything amiss with the rake.  Typically the other half who tolerates my sadness noticed something amiss, and so it seems did the shunter.

A broken HTA 310042 at Earles Sidings on the 10th of May 2012

A broken HTA 310042 at Earles Sidings on the 10th of May 2012

See anything amiss? No? Don’t worry worry I didn’t either.  To put you out of your misery the centre chute locking mechanism is showing ‘unlocked’.  If you look at the larger sized image you will see the white arrow at solebar level pointing in the down and unlocked position.  Suffice to say this rake got shunted back into Hope Cement Works.  The shunter on duty was a friendly member of staff who came over and had a chat as we discussed the previous nights derailment at Aberdeen of some PCA Cement wagons.  He was most bemused by the other half being with me.  He also confirmed the rake of PCAs in the sidings would be forming 6L87 12:37 Earles Sidings to West Thurrock.  A pleading look from myself to the other half checking we could stay for the departure as we had a lunch appointment down the road in Grindleford at 13:00 hours.  Permission was duly granted so I carried on with the photography.

66 620 sits at the head of 6L87 12:37 Earles Sidings to West Thurrock on the 10th of May 2012

66 620 sits at the head of 6L87 12:37 Earles Sidings to West Thurrock on the 10th of May 2012

Bang on time the train slowly departed Earles Sidings, again the departure speed was perfect for photographing the wagons with a very nice mixed rake of PCA BCC variants.

PCA BCC 10749 departs Earles Sidings in the consist of 6L87 12:37 Earles to West Thurrock on the 10th of May 2012

PCA BCC 10749 departs Earles Sidings in the consist of 6L87 12:37 Earles to West Thurrock on the 10th of May 2012

After the train departed we made our way to Grindleford station. If you ever find yourself in the area check out the station cafe at the top of the station access ramps. Chip butties the size of a dinner plate and the tea/coffee sold in either half pint or full pint mugs. Well worth it.

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~ by gingespotting on May 16, 2012.

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