Three for three

The month of June has commenced and with a day off to play with I decided to go for broke on my wish list of wagons.  Certain wagons have been missing from my galleries which have been niggling at me to deal with.  After a bit of planning utilising the Freightmaster forum (thanks to Mark Rawlinson & Stuart) I had a plan in my head.  The only uncertainty I had was where to go for the BVAs on the Fridays only 6E14 16:10 Seaforth to Tinsley.  I decided to deal with issue later in the day depending how tired I felt seeing as I had been at work late on the Thursday.  Friday dawned and I was up early to catch the 06:45 service to Preston to then wait for 6E32 08:55 Preston Docks to Lindsey Oil Refinery.  At 09:05 the train duly appeared rising from the docks line, heading the service was 60 007, the first of three class 60s I would see in action which was an added bonus.

ICA 35 70 7790 026-8 rises from the Preston Docks line in the consist of 6E32 08:55 Preston Docks to Lindsey Oil Refinery on the 1st of June 2012

ICA 35 70 7790 026-8 rises from the Preston Docks line in the consist of 6E32 08:55 Preston Docks to Lindsey Oil Refinery on the 1st of June 2012

Thankfully it arrived a few minutes early which allowed me to catch the 09:10 departure across to Deansgate for my next train.  The only downside was having a train crossing in front me spoiling the shot on a couple of wagons.  From Deansgate it was my first trip on the Manchester Metro down to Navigation Road.  I had chosen Navigation Road as the line speed looked slow and there is a very useful level crossing at the end of the platform to give plenty of warning of approaching trains and a decent view of the wagons.  The train in question was 6H03 10:47 Oakleigh Sidings to Tunstead Quarry which has a habit of running an hour early.  Normally this train would be timed an hour earlier but thankfully this week it wasn’t which gave me decent chance of catching it at Navigation Road.  What was in the consist of this train?  My dreaded nemesis, the JEA BM, also known as the Brunner Monds.  After what seemed like a lot of clock watching the train duly turned up, headed by 60 059.

60 059 crosses over the level crossing at Navigation Road station at the head of 6H03 10:47 Oakleigh Sidings to Tunstead Quarry on the 1st of June 2012

60 059 crosses over the level crossing at Navigation Road station at the head of 6H03 10:47 Oakleigh Sidings to Tunstead Quarry on the 1st of June 2012

At last, the wagons which have evaded me every time were mine.  Of course it couldn’t go to plan perfectly, as the train slowly made its way over the level crossing it was overtaken by a northbound tram, which then slowed for the station, doh. (note the tram approaching in the photo below)

JEA BM 19715 in the consist of 6H03 10:47 Oakleigh Sidings to Tunstead Quarry as it passes over the level crossing at Navigation Road station on the 1st June 2012

JEA BM 19715 in the consist of 6H03 10:47 Oakleigh Sidings to Tunstead Quarry as it passes over the level crossing at Navigation Road station on the 1st June 2012

It was then time to decide where to go for the BVAs later in the day, and where to kill some time inbetween.  By now I was feeling hungry and I could tell I wasn’t going to last if I went to Doncaster for the crew change.  Well I could have stayed the night in Doncaster but for domestic bliss I figured getting back earlier rather later so I decided to stay in the area.  Eccles was an option as it was booked to lay over in the loop there for 30 minutes but as I had never really set eyes on the station I decided to go for a safer option of Earlestown.  This gave me the chance to pop over to Warrington to get some shots round the outside of Arpley Yard and to then kill some time on Warrington Bank Quay station.  After a couple of hours I made my way over to Earlestown and just before 17:00, 60 015 came round the curve to complete the collection for the day.

60 015 heads from the direction of the sun at Earlestown station leading the Fridays only 6E14 16:10 Seaforth to Tinsley empties on the 1st of June 2012

60 015 heads from the direction of the sun at Earlestown station leading the Fridays only 6E14 16:10 Seaforth to Tinsley empties on the 1st of June 2012

After taking a shot into the sun it was a quick alteration of the camera settings and a spin round to get ready for the BVAs.  The camera decided to blip on me for a couple of wagons but again I wasn’t too bothered as I got enough shots to make me a very happy enthusiast.

BVA 952028 passes through Earlestown station in the consist of the Fridays only 6E14 16:10 Seaforth to Tinsley on the 1st of June 2012

BVA 952028 passes through Earlestown station in the consist of the Fridays only 6E14 16:10 Seaforth to Tinsley on the 1st of June 2012

 

Advertisements

~ by gingespotting on June 2, 2012.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

 
%d bloggers like this: