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156419 Reedham Swing Bridge 26 May 2017

156419 crosses Reedham Swing Bridge on 26 May 2017 with the 2J65 07:35 Lowestoft to Norwich Greater Anglia service. Coincidentally, just eight minutes later it was followed by another 419, this time the much more interesting 37419, working the 2J67 07:47 Lowestoft to Norwich.

37419 Reedham Swing Bridge 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 crosses the River Yare at Reedham Swing Bridge on 26 May 2017 with the 2J67 07:47 Lowestoft to Norwich Greater Anglia service. 37405 is on the rear. A perfect start to a splendid day's photography, with not a cloud to be seen all day!

68022 Acle 26 May 2017

68022 Resolution approaches Acle on 26 May 2017 with the 2P10 08:09 Norwich to Great Yarmouth Greater Anglia service. 68003 Astute is on the rear. 7,600hp to move three coaches does seem a bit over the top! The single track section extends from here to the line's junction with the Lowestoft route at Brundall.

153322 Acle 26 May 2017

The signals are off, and 153322 gets ready to join the single track section at Acle, as it proceeds on its journey with the 2P09 08:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service on 26 May 2017. The fenced area on the right was formerly Acle station's goods yard.

37405 Acle 26 May 2017

37405 approaches Acle on 26 May 2017 with the 2P12 08:36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth Greater Anglia service. On the right is the original Great Eastern Railway goods shed, now slightly lost amid the modern clutter than now occupies the old yard.

68003 Acle 26 May 2017

A quiet country station in Norfolk, yet even in 2017 it is possible to see a pair of loco hauled trains passing each other! There are four locos in view in this picture. 68003 Astute gets underway with the 2P11 08:46 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service, with 68022 Resolution on the rear. In the other platform, 37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 brings up the rear of the 2P12 08:36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth, which is being led by 37405.

Acle Signal Box 26 May 2017 Acle Signal Box, pictured on 26 May 2017. This 20 lever Great Eastern Railway signal box was built in 1883, although it has been heavily modified, in particular the windows. Note the grey weather sealing that has been applied all over the roof tiles.
37419 Acle 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 arrives at Acle station, to pick up a single passenger, as it works the 2P13 09:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service on 26 May 2017. 37405 is on the rear of the train.

37405 Acle 26 May 2017

37405 brings up the rear of the 2P13 09:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service at Acle on 26 May 2017. 37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 passes underneath the road bridge, as it works the train towards the next stop, Lingwood. The weed choked platform is not actually in use, the active part of the platform only starting next to the footbridge I am stood upon.

68022 Reedham 26 May 2017

68022 Resolution passes the superb bracket signal at Reedham on 26 May 2017, as it pulls away from the station in the background with the 2J70 10:05 Norwich to Lowestoft Greater Anglia service. Just visible in the far distance, to the left of the station building, is the Hardley Drainage Mill, over a mile away, next to the River Yare.

37405 Acle 26 May 2017

37405 arrives at Acle station on 26 May 2017 with the 2P18 10:36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth Greater Anglia service, with 37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 on the rear. To be standing on a quaint country station platform, complete with ornate footbridge a period buildings, on a completely sunny day, and to be photographing a Class 37 with the sun on the nose takes some beating. What was the real surprise however, was that I was the only person in the vicinity!

37419 Beighton (Norfolk) 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 passes Beighton (Norfolk) on 26 May 2017 with the 2P17 1117 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service. Mk2 DBSO 9705 is coupled directly behind the loco, although clearly it just being used as a conventional coach here.

37405 Stracey Arms 26 May 2017

The hawthorn blossom is just starting to fade, as 37405 passes Stracey Arms on 26 May 2017 with the 2P20 12:36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth Greater Anglia service. The train is travelling across the flat expanse of Tunstall Marshes. All the way between Acle and Great Yarmouth, the A47 road parallels the railway, keeping exactly the same distance away, despite a change in direction at this point. The traffic on the road can just be seen on the right.

37419 Stracey Arms 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 rounds the sharp curve at Stracey Arms on 26 May 2017 with the 2P21 13:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service. The long disused, and sailless, Kerrison's Level drainage Mill can be seen in the background, with the buildings of Great Yarmouth just visible through the heat haze in the distance.

156402 Reedham 26 May 2017

156402 arrives at Reedham on 26 May 2017 with the 2J79 13:48 Lowestoft to Norwich Greater Anglia service. The Lowestoft line turns sharply right underneath the bridge in the background, while the route to Great Yarmouth diverges to the left.

153309 Reedham 26 May 2017

153309 calls at Reedham station on 26 May 2017 with the 2J78 14:05 Norwich to Lowestoft Greater Anglia service. White is not the most practical colour for railway vehicles, but Greater Anglia have done a good job in keeping it clean. Well, apart from the roof, that is!

37405 Reedham 26 May 2017

37405 slowly pulls away from Reedham station on 26 May 2017 with the 2J80 14:55 Norwich to Lowestoft Greater Anglia service. 37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 is on the rear of the train. Who would have thought a few years ago that Class 37s would be back on the main line operating regular daily passenger trains again!

37419 Reedham 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 brings up the rear of the 2J80 14:55 Norwich to Lowestoft Greater Anglia service at Reedham on 26 May 2017. Lead locomotive 37405 is negotiating the pointwork to take the train across onto the Lowestoft line.

156402 Reedham 26 May 2017

There is plenty of vintage railway infrastructure visible in this view of 156402 arriving at Reedham on 26 May 207, even down to the long disused loading gauge on the right of the picture. The train is the 2C23 15:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service.

Reedham Station Building 26 May 2017

Reedham station in Norfolk opened by the Great Eastern Railway in 1904, replacing the earlier 1844 station, which was situated a little further to the east. The elaborate brick built station building (Now a private residence) is pictured on 26 May 2017.

37419 Reedham 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 arrives at Reedham station on 26 May 2017 with the 2J83 15:48 Lowestoft to Norwich Greater Anglia service. The impressive station building is no longer in railway use, and while the main part of the building is now a private residence, the extensions seen here present a ramshackle appearance when viewed from the platform.

68022 & 68003 Stracey Arms 26 May 2017

The 2P28 16:38 Norwich to Great Yarmouth Greater Anglia service crosses Tunstall Marshes, near Stracey Arms on 26 May 2017. 68022 Resolution (right) leads, and 68003 Astute (left) brings up the rear. As the conventional viewpoint would be very backlit, I opted for this side view, which would also include a large patch of the reads, that are so typical of the Norfolk area. Unfortunately, I had no accurate way of judging if I had left a large enough gap for the train. As this is the full frame, you can see that I only just got it right!

68003 Stracey Arms 26 May 2017

68003 Astute passes Stracey Arms on 26 May 2017 with the 2P29 17:17 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service. The 1883 built Stracey Arms Drainage Mill seems to have lost most of its sails since I was last here 25 years ago!

37405 Brundall 26 May 2017

37405 pulls away from Brundall station on 26 May 2017 with the 2P32 17:36 Norwich to Great Yarmouth Greater Anglia service. Brundall's platforms are staggered either side of the level crossing in the foreground.

156416 Buckenham 26 May 2017

156416 passes the remote Buckenham station on 26 May 2017 with the 2C31 17:47 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service. This request stop's platforms are widely separated, with the Great Yarmouth bound platform behind my viewpoint here, and the Norwich platform right at the end of the path on the right, underneath the trees.

153322 Buckenham 26 May 2017

153322 passes Buckenham station in superb evening light on 26 May 2017 with the 2J87 17:48 Lowestoft to Norwich Greater Anglia service. This little Norfolk station is one of the least used in the country, with only around 100 passengers journeys per year. The station building is now a private house.

68003 Buckenham 26 May 2017

68003 Astute passes Buckenham on 26 May 2017 with the 2C35 18:47 Great Yarmouth to Norwich Greater Anglia service. Just four minutes later the 2J88 19:02 Norwich to Lowestoft passed by in the opposite direction. led by 37405, and with 37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 bringing up the rear.

37419 Buckenham 26 May 2017

37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 brings up the rear of the 2J88 19:02 Norwich to Lowestoft Greater Anglia service at Buckenham on 26 May 2017. 37405 is the lead locomotive. The diminutive Buckenham station can be seen in the background. Just four minutes earlier 68003 Astute had passed by in the opposite direction with the 2C35 18:47 Great Yarmouth to Norwich service.

156407 Buckenham 26 May 2017

Late evening at Buckenham, near the River Yare in Norfolk. 156407 passes the little used platform of Buckenham station on 26 May 2017 with the 2J89 18:48 Lowestoft to Norwich Greater Anglia service. The meadows on the right form part of the RSPB Buckenham Marshes nature reserve, most famous as one of the few regular wintering grounds of the Bean Goose.

43185 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 25 May 2017

43185 Great Western heads swiftly towards London at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 25 May 2017 with the 1A09 07:13 Taunton to Paddington GWR service. This new viewpoint (for me) has been used because not only is the view from the bridge in the background now ruined by the overhead wires, but more to the point on this occasion, the footpath a little further east was not suitable due to works taking place in the vicinity.

70801 & 70806 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 25 May 2017

70801 & 70806 run slowly along the up relief line at Circourt Bridge, Denchworth, on 25 May 2017 with the 6M50 07:55 Westbury to Bescot engineers train, which in the event only got as far as Hinksey Yard. It usually recesses there for an hour and a half to either pick up or drop off wagons.

66013 Denchworth (Circourt Bridge) 25 May 2017

Running over four hours late, and therefore providing a rare daylight picture in the Denchworth area, 66013 passes underneath Circourt Bridge on 25 May 2017 with the 6A35 02:03 Moreton-on-Lugg to Hayes & Harlington stone hoppers. This had actually started a few minutes early, with the delay occurring later, in the Bristol area. Note the huge rusty patch on the relatively new bridge in the background. As Network Rail do not understand what paint is for, that will probably now be permanent!

66420 Denchworth 25 May 2017

66420 passes Denchworth on 25 May 2017 with the late running 4L31 09:03 Bristol to Felixstowe North freightliner. Note the partially completed electfrication, with three out of the four tracks wired. Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

50044 Chilson 19 April 1987

50044 Exeter passes Chilson on 19 April 1987 with the 1B16 09:40 Paddington to Worcester Shrub Hill Network SouthEast service. This is the last time that I saw Exeter on the mainline in BR days, which is odd considering it wasn't withdrawn for another 2 years 8 months. As I was spending every available opportunity photographing the class in the late 1980s and early 1990s, it is strange that it eluded me for all that time!

54285 & 55024 Hinksey 3 March 1984

Driving Trailer Second 54285 (L285) is pushed by Driving Motor Brake Second 55024 (L124) on 3 March 1984, as they work the Saturdays only 2V90 13:46 Banbury to Didcot service, which on this occasion was running 15 minutes late. The location is Hinksey Yard, just to the south of Oxford, which in the early 1980s was not yet enveloped in trees. The lack of vegetation is because BR were still maintaining the lineside, although the absence of anything green in the field on the right is because the ground was contaminated due to the former presence of the Oxford gasworks!

P468 Gunstone Mill 22 April 1988

P468 (51325 & 51310) passes Gunstone Mill (near Crediton) on 22 April 1988 with the 12:45 Exmouth to Barnstaple service. The unit's centre trailer (59471) had been withdrawn the previous month, and immediately cut up at Vic Berry's, Leicester. P468 would survive as a two car unit for just over another year.

180106 Lyneham 22 May 2017

180106 races past Lyneham on 22 May 2017 with the late running 1W31 15:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. The two constant items in this picture over the last three decades appear to be the trackside box in front of the second coach, and the electricity pole on the left. Certainly none of the trees in the background were there when I photographed Class 119 DMU L572 passing this spot in 1985.

43010 Lyneham 22 May 2017

43010 leads the 1P65 15:14 Hereford to Paddington GWR service past Lyneham on 22 May 2017. With no chance of a conventional picture due to various trackside bushes, I opted for this 'train in the landscape' picture, with the gate as a bold foreground object. After over 30 years of use on the Cotswold Line, the era of HSTs on the route will soon end, to be replaced by Hitachi built Class 800 bi-mode units.

43009 Lyneham 22 May 2017

43009 passes Lyneham on 22 May 2017 with the 1W32 15:49 Paddington to Moreton-in-Marsh GWR service. Coincidentally, just 15 minutes earlier, consecutively numbered 43010 passed by in the opposite direction with the 1P65 15:14 Hereford to Paddington service.

180104 Ascott-under-Wychwood 22 May 2017

180104 arrives at Ascott-under-Wychwood station on 22 May 2017 with the 1W33 16:22 Paddington to Great Malvern GWR service. This is the only down train of the day to call at the station. Although there is some cloud in the background of this view, that is nothing compared with the large mass of cloud that was creeping up on the sun behind me. The sun disappeared and reappeared several times as the train approached at what seemed an agonisingly slow speed. Luckily it came to a stop just before the sun vanished for the last time. Although it did reappear sporadically as I was driving home, it was nothing like the full sun evening that the Met Office had predicted!

165026 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

165026 passes the recently remodeled Oxford North Junction shortly after sunrise on 20 May 2017 with the 5Y02 05:51 Banbury Depot Reception to Oxford Chiltern Railways ECS. The track visible above the unit is the recently reinstated down relief line. Work on this has been temporarily abandoned, and in fact further to the north the newly laid track has been lifted again!

165034 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

A busy moment at Oxford North Junction on 20 May 2017. 165034 gets into its stride with the first Chiltern Railways train of the day to London, the 1Y01 06:12 Oxford to Marylebone service. In the background, 70007 waits on the down relief line with the early running 4M62 04:31 Southampton Maritime to Lawley Street freightliner, while visible underneath Walton Well Road bridge is 165026, working the 5Y02 05:51 Banbury Depot Reception to Oxford Chiltern Railways ECS.

70007 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

After waiting at the signal by the bridge in the background for 45 minutes, 70007 slowly gets back underway again with the 4M62 04:31 Southampton Maritime to Lawley Street freightliner on 20 May 2017. The location is Oxford North Junction. Note the truncated remains of pointwork left over after the recent remodeling of the tracks in the area.

68027 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

Brand new 68027 slowly approaches Oxford North Junction on 20 May 2017 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z39 06:35 Didcot Parkway to Appleby 'Settle & Carlisle Pioneer' railtour. This was running a few minutes behind time, and so too was 70007 with the 4M62 04:31 Southampton Maritime to Lawley Street freightliner, which, after being sat at the signal in the background of this picture for 45 minutes, was let out (also a few minutes late) directly in front of the railtour.

165027 Oxford North Junction 20 May 2017

165027 passes Oxford North Junction on 20 May 2017 with the 1T05 05:57 Marylebone to Oxford Chiltern Railways service. In the foreground is the site of the recently closed footpath crossing to the Trap Ground allotments. The allotments, which can be seen in the background, now have to be accessed via the new footbridge.

55020 & 55034 Monks Risborough 19 May 2017

55020 (121020) & 55034 (121034) pass Monks Risborough (the diminutive station can just be seen in the background) with the 2Z97 16:39 Aylesbury to Princes Risborough Chiltern Railways service on 19 May 2017. This was one of a number a additional trains run on the line to mark the final day of first generation DMU operation on the national network. This train was unusual in that it did not call at either of the line's intermediate stations: Little Kimble and Monks Risborough.

55034 & 55020 Monks Risborough 19 May 2017

55034 (121034) & 55020 (121020) approach Monks Risborough 19 May 2017 with the 2A46 17:00 Princes Risborough to Aylesbury Chiltern Railways service. This was on the final day of Class 121 operation on the line, which explains the highly unusual use of both of Chiltern's single car units. The displayed destination seems a bit optimistic! Photo taken from a public footpath crossing.

55020 & 55034 Princes Risborough 19 May 2017

55020 (121020) & 55034 (121034) approach Princes Risborough is superb (and slightly unexpected) light on 19 May 2017 with the 2P65 17:26 Aylesbury to Princes Risborough Chiltern Railways service. This was the final day of bubble car operation on the line, and therefore the final working of vacuum braked first generation units on the entire network. With over 56 years of sterling service behind them, these vintage Pressed Steel units must rank as one of the best buys of any rolling stock ever to run in this country.

55034 & 55020 Princes Risborough 19 May 2017

Dramatic lighting at Princes Risborough on 19 May 2017, as 55034 (121034) & 55020 (121020) start their journey along the single track line to Aylesbury with the 2A50 18:06 Princes Risborough to Aylesbury Chiltern Railways service. This was on the final day of Class 121 operation with Chiltern Railways, which explains the use of both of their units. Throughout the day 55034's destination blind had been turned to various comedy locations. It would be a very long journey from here to Machynlleth!

55020 & 55034 Askett 19 May 2017

The penultimate first generation DMU service on the national network. 55020 (121020) & 55034 (121034) pass Askett on 19 May 2017 with the 2P70 18:28 Aylesbury to Princes Risborough Chiltern Railways service. Unfortunately the earlier sunshine had now disappeared, and it was becoming very dark, with rain threatening.

55034 & 55020 Southcourt 19 May 2017

Friday 19 May 2017 was a significant date in UK railway history, with the last run of a first generation DMU on the national network. In near darkness, and pouring rain, 55034 (121034) & 55020 (121020) pass Southcourt (on the southern edge of Aylesbury) with the very last working, the 2A55 19:30 Princes Risborough to Aylesbury Chiltern Railways service. There is just over a mile to go before the train arrives at Aylesbury station, bringing to an end over half a century of vacuum braked multiple unit working.

43002 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

43002 Sir Kenneth Grange passes Compton Beauchamp on 13 May 2017 with the GWR 1Z67 15:55 Bishops Lydeard to Paddington 'Somerset Explorer' railtour. Newly repainted 43093 is on the rear of the train. Originally the train was booked to travel along the West Somerset Railway to Minehead, but gauging issues resulting in tour participants travelling to the town behind D1010 Western Campaigner insead. Normally I would I have travelled to Somerset to photograph this, but I had only just returned from the Isle of Man, so this backlit local picture will have to suffice.

43093 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

With the electrification masts still only on one side of the line, recently repainted 43093 brings up the rear of the GWR 1Z67 15:55 Bishops Lydeard to Paddington 'Somerset Explorer' railtour at Compton Beauchamp on 13 May 2017. 43002 Sir Kenneth Grange is the lead power car.

66129 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

Running a staggering 140 minutes late (not bad considering it left 2 minutes early!), 66129 passes Compton Beauchamp on 13 May 2017 with the 6W07 14:00 Leckwith North Junction to Bescot DBS engineers train.

43005 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

A final look at the classic view from the bridge at Compton Beauchamp, before the wires go up and ruin the location forever. The hawthorn is in full blossom, as 43005 speeds westwards on 13 May 2017 with the 1C24 17:30 Paddington to Weston-super-Mare GWR service. Note the two concrete filled steel piles in the foreground, and the masts surely only days away from spoiling the view.

43138 Compton Beauchamp 13 May 2017

43138 passes underneath the old bridge at Compton Beauchamp in superb evening light on 13 May 2017 with the 1G60 18:15 Paddington to Cheltenham Spa GWR service. The arch on the left formerly played host to the up relief line, which ran between Shrivenham and Knighton Crossing. Although it looks like it was a completely sunny evening, there was in fact a large bank of cloud approaching from the west (as forecast), and it wouldn't be long before the lights went out.

13 Ballaquiggin 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack passes Ballaquiggin (between Port Soderick and Santon) with the 09:50 Douglas to Port Erin service on 12 May 2017. Presumably it would have taken less time to raise steam on this occasion, as the loco was used the previous evening for a 'Pie and Mash' special, arriving back at Douglas after 22:40.

12 Hutchinson Nameplate 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's locomotive No.12 was named Hutchinson after the original company director William Hutchinson. The loco's nameplate is pictured at Castletown on 12 May 2017. Both the plate and the surrounding bodywork could do with a repaint!

12 Hutchinson 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson waits at Castletown station on 12 May 2017 with the 10:00 Port Erin to Douglas. Already 15 minutes late, it would have to wait for a further seven minutes, as the 09:50 train from Douglas, hauled by No.13 Kissack, with which it was due to cross, was now running 22 minutes behind time.

13 Castletown 12 May 2017

Running over 20 minutes late, the Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack arrives at Castletown station on 12 May 2017 with the 09:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. The track in the foreground formerly served the station's goods shed.

8 Port Soderick 12 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.8 Fenella arrives at Port Soderick station on 12 May 2017 with the 11:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. The train stopped briefly, but no passengers either joined or alighted. In fact apart from us two photographers, there seemed to be nobody in the vicinity at all. Fenella is now the only working loco of the original smaller engines.

8 Fenella Nameplate 12 May 2017

The nameplate of the Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T steam locomotive No.8 Fenella, pictured during a very brief station stop at Port Soderick on 12 May 2017. Fenella is a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel Peveril of the Peak.

20 & 47 Douglas Derby Castle 11 May 2017

A bus load of passengers board Manx Electric Railway car 20 and trailer 47 at Douglas Derby Castle on 11 May 2017. This was the first tram of the day, the 09:40 departure for Ramsey. Such a sudden influx of passengers meant that by the time I got in the queue it was full, and I had to wait for a hastily arranged relief service!

20 & 47 Douglas Derby Castle 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 20 and trailer 47 stand at Douglas Derby Castle on 11 May 2017, prior to working the 09:40 service to Ramsey. Motor car 20 was built by G.F. Milnes & Co. in 1899, with trailer 47 being delivered a year earlier.

45 Douglas Derby Castle 11 May 2017

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway car 45 receives some attention at Douglas Derby Castle station on 11 May 2017. Unfortunately the tramway was closed due to a respiratory infection amongst the horses. Therefore I had to settle for a picture of one of the tramcars being repainted!

21 & 44 Douglas Derby Castle 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 21 and trailer 44 stand at Douglas Derby Castle station on 11 May 2017, prior to working the 10:00 relief service to Laxey. This was a last minute addition, after the previous tram was severely oversubscribed. It was such a rush job that the driver didn't actually know whether he would be going through to Ramsey or not, until he arrived at Laxey!

2 Laxey 11 May 2017

The Snaefell Mountain Railway's car No.2 stands at Laxey station on 11 May 2017, prior to working a specially chartered service up to the top of the mountain. Even in mid May it was difficult to get a picture at Laxey without crowds of people wandering about in the foreground!

22, 46 & 44 Laxey 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 22 and trailer 46 pass trailer car 44 at Laxey on 11 May 2017, as they approach Laxey station with an additional Ramsey to Douglas service. On the left is the steeply graded Snaefell Mountain Railway, with the third centre rail of the Fell braking system clearly visible.

21 Laxey 11 May 2017

The guard of Manx Electric Railway car 21 moves the overhead pickup, so that the driver can complete the run round of trailer 44 at Laxey on 11 May 2017. The pair had just arrived with the 10:00 relief service from Douglas. The Snaefell Mountain Railway can be seen in the background.

21 & 44 Laxey 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 21 and trailer 44 cross the A2 road at Laxey on 11 May 2017. The pair had just worked the 10:00 relief service from Douglas, and after running round, were heading back to the station, where they would shunt into the siding.

44 Douglas Derby Castle 11 May 2017

Douglas Bay Horse Tramway car 44, pictured at Douglas Derby Castle station on 11 May 2017. As the tramway was closed due to illness amongst the horses, I had to be content with this picture of one of the horse tramcars sans horse!

46 & 22 Douglas Derby Castle 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway 'toastrack' trailer 46 is about to be pushed back into Douglas Derby Castle station by car 22 on 11 May 2017, prior to working the 15:10 service to Ramsey. 22 had just run round, after arriving with the 13:40 from Ramsey.

20 & 47 Port Jack 11 May 2017

With the highly distinctive Skandia House dominating the background, Manx Electric Railway car 20 and trailer 47 pass Port Jack on 11 May 2017 with the 14:40 Ramsey to Douglas service. This is one of the many sharp bends, as the tramway follows the course of King Edward Road, as it traverses the shoreline between Onchan and Douglas.

20 & 47 Baldromma 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 20 and trailer 47 pass Baldromma on 11 May 2017 with the 16:10 Douglas to Laxey service. The tram has just crossed over the A11 road (behind the sign), and will shortly be crossing over the much busier A2, seen on the right.

21 & 44 Baldromma 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 21 and trailer 44 cross over the A2 Douglas to Laxey road near Baldromma on 11 May 2017 with the 15:40 Ramsey to Douglas service. Although it appears that the crossing is not working, it was in fact operating correctly. By pure chance the camera has caught the lights during the 'off' part of their flashing cycle, and the white light on the right has also be caught in mid strobe. On this trip I was not driving my Honda Accord, but was instead using my girlfriend's Peugeot 106, which I have inadvertently managed to include in the background!

21 & 44 Port Jack 11 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 21 and trailer 44 pass the excellent Port Jack Chippy & Diner on 11 May 2017, as they near journey's end with the 15:40 Ramsey to Douglas service. King Edward Road is in the foreground. This parallels the tramway all the way from the line's terminus at Douglas, to Baldromma, where it joins the A2.

13 Douglas 11 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack stands at Douglas station on 11 May 2017, prior to working the unadvertised additional 19:00 'Pie and Mash' dining special to Port Erin. The weak low evening sunshine certainly highlights the red brickwork of the station building in the background.

9 Laxey 10 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 9 crosses Mines Road, at Laxey, on 10 May 2017, as it runs round trailer 44. On the right is the statue commemorating the miners of the nearby Great Laxey Mine. The monument, which was carved in Bali, was unveiled in May 2015.

9 & 44 Laxey 10 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 9 and trailer 44 prepare to cross the A2 road at Laxey on 10 May 2017. They were working a relief shuttle service between Laxey and Douglas. No.9 dates from 1894, and the 'toastrack' trailer 44 from 1903.

1 Snaefell 10 May 2017

The Snaefell Mountain Railway's 1895 built car No.1 stands at Snaefell Summit, after arriving with the 12:15 service from Laxey on 10 May 2017. Note the rheostatic braking equipment on the roof, which now provides most of the braking force when travelling down the mountain, resulting in the original Fell third rail braking system now being for emergency use only. So much power is dissipated in the roof mounted equipment that a noticeable heat haze can be seen coming off the resistors when the car arrives at Laxey station.

2 & 1 Snaefell 10 May 2017

Snaefell Mountain Railway cars No.2 & 1 stand at Snaefell Summit station on 10 May 2017. Car No.2, with its temporary plastic front end addition, waits to head back down the mountain with a relief service, while No.1 has just arrived with the 12:15 service from Laxey.

21 & 47 Douglas Derby Castle 10 May 2017

The sign on the hillside says it all! Manx Electric Railway car 21 and trailer 47 stand at Douglas Derby Castle station on 10 May 2017, having just arrived with the 13:40 service from Ramsey. The line is energised at 550v DC, and each tramcar has four traction motors, each rated at 25hp.

47 Douglas Derby Castle 10 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway trailer 47 stands at Douglas Derby Castle station on 10 May 2017, while motor car 21 runs round, after the pair had arrived with the 13:40 service from Ramsey. They would shortly be heading back to Ramsey, as the 15:10 from Douglas.

22 & 46 Onchan 10 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 22 and trailer 46 cross Harbour Road, Onchan, on 10 May 2017 with the 14:40 Ramsey to Douglas service. At this point the tram was running wrong line, due to major track renewals requiring single line working south of Groudle Glen.

19 & 40 Groudle Glen 10 May 2017

Manx Electric Railway car 19 and trailer 40 approach Groudle Glen on 10 May 2017 with the 15:40 Ramsey to Douglas service. There would be a slight delay once the tram reached Groudle station, as it would have to cross over to the other line, as single line working was in force due to engineering works.

21 & 47 Onchan 10 May 2017

Running wrong line, due to major engineering works, Manx Electric Railway car 21 and trailer 47 pass Onchan on 10 May 2017 with the last train of the day, the 16:40 Ramsey to Douglas. The train is crossing Howe Road. Although there is no visible evidence here, this is one of the railway's minor stopping places, known as Boncompte's. There are lots of these small halts, in fact the next one, known as Majestic (complete with the luxury of a shelter!) can be seen in the background, just above the trailer car.

18 Douglas 9 May 2017

Isle of Man Steam Railway 0-4-0 diesel locomotive No.18 Ailsa stands at the head of a rake of coaching stock in Douglas station on the morning of 9 May 2017. Ailsa was built by the Hunslet Engine Co. in 1994 for use during the construction of the Channel Tunnel. However, it wasn't used, and instead was regauged, and used on the Jubilee Line extension of the London Underground. It then reverted to its original gauge and moved to the Isle of Man. The original intended use of the loco is reflected in its reduced height, which slightly restricts the driver's view. This explains the addition of cameras on arms attached to the corners of the loco.

13 Kissack Nameplate 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's Beyer, Peacock & Co. locomotive No.13 was named Kissack after the original company director Edward Thomas Kissack, who was also a Manx MP. The loco's immaculate nameplate is pictured at Douglas station on 9 May 2017.

13 Port Erin 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack stands next to the water tank at Port Erin, after arriving with the 09:50 service from Douglas on 9 May 2017. Kissack was the island's penultimate steam loco, arriving in 1910.

6 Port Erin Museum 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.6 Peveril, pictured inside the Port Erin Museum on 9 May 2017. She was built in 1875 by Beyer Peacock & Co, and worked on the line until 1960. There is still a possibility that one day it will be restored to working order, despite being out of use for over half a century.

16 Port Erin Museum 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's newest steam locomotive, 2-4-0T No.16 Mannin, pictured inside the Port Erin Museum on 9 May 2017. The loco was built in 1926, and was a more powerful version of the line's other 2-4-0s. She was withdrawn in 1964.

6 Peveril Nameplate 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 1975 built Beyer, Peacock & Co. 2-4-0T locomotive No.6 was named Peveril after a character in Sir Walter Scott's novel Peveril of the Peak. The nameplate is pictured on 9 May 2017, in the Port Erin Museum.

16 Mannin Nameplate 9 May 2017

The nameplate of Isle of Man Steam Railway 2-4-0T locomotive 16 Mannin, picture inside the Port Erin Museum on 9 May 2017. Mannin was the last steam locomotive to be delivered to the island, arriving in 1926. Mannin is the Manx name for the Isle of Man.

12 Castletown 9 May 2017

A pair of Isle of Man Steam Railway trains cross at Castletown on 9 May 2017. 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson arrives with the 11:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. The picture is taken from the 12:00 Port Erin to Douglas service, led by No.13 Kissack.

13 Douglas 9 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.13 Kissack stands at Douglas station on 9 May 2017, having just backed onto the stock that will form the 13:50 service to Port Erin. The dark Brunswick green livery is non-standard on the island.

12 Douglas 8 May 2017

The Isle of Man Steam Railway's 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson, pictured at Douglas station on 8 May 2017, after arriving with the 14:00 service from Port Erin. The loco was built by Beyer, Peacock & Co, and was delivered to the island in 1908.

12 Santon 8 May 2017

Late spring on the Isle of Man Steam Railway, and the fresh green foliage contrasts nicely with the loco's 'Indian Red' livery, as well as the red and cream of the coaches. 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson whistles as it approaches Santon on 8 May 2017 with the 15:50 Douglas to Port Erin service.

12 Ballabeg 8 May 2017

Ballabeg is one of the Isle of Man Steam Railway's smaller stations, and is little used. Being a request stop, trains often pass straight through, as is the case here, as Beyer, Peacock & Co. 2-4-0T No.12 Hutchinson steams through on 8 May 2017 with the 15:50 Douglas to Port Erin service. This station building is not the original, but was formerly a permanent way hut, with a canopy added in 1982. The station is in open countryside, some distance from the village of Ballabeg, on the A28 towards Castletown.

D9009 Goole 6 May 2017

D9009 Alycidon passes through Goole on 6 May 2017 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z11 06:00 Willington to Kings Cross 'Hull and Leeds Executive' railtour. 68022 Resolution had worked the train to Hull, and is now on the rear of the train, hidden by the trees.

68022 Goole 6 May 2017

68022 Resolution brings up the rear of the Pathfinder Tours 1Z11 06:00 Willington to Kings Cross 'Hull and Leeds Executive' railtour at Goole on 6 May 2017. The blue smoke at the front of the train betrays the presence of Deltic D9009 Alycidon.