Friday, 29 April 2016

HMS Bulwark

Having set my alarm for 5am, I headed up to Renfrew on the rumour of "something exciting" heading for Glasgow in the early hours.

Looking at MarineTraffic before I left the house, I saw that HMS Bulwark was the surprise visitor. That made the trip more than worthwhile. I had read that she spent her 11th birthday in Scottish waters a few days earlier, so I knew that she was in the vicinity.

She came up the river assisted by all three local Svitzer tugs.

Bulwark is expected to leave Glasgow on Monday morning.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Exercise Joint Warrior 16-1

Time has come around again for the first of NATO's Joint Warrior exercises for 2016.

There seemed to be less naval participants than in some previous gatherings, however I was pleased to have seen vessels which I have not previously photographed.

More pictures are available in my Picasa galleries.

Spanish frigate ESPS Alvaro de Bazan passing Roseneath
RFA Wave Ruler A390 being escorted up Loch Long
C130 Hercules flying low over US supply ship Robert E Peary at entrance to Loch Striven
Three ships lying at the Roseneath anchorages
German submarine U34 enters the restricted waters of Gareloch
A spot of fishing going on perhaps? Danish support ship Absalon heading for Glasgow
German support ship FGS Donau A516 leaving Faslane after the Sunday briefing
KDM Peter Willemoes passes the Rhu spit escorted by two Svitzer tugs

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

North York Moors Railway

While the main aim of my trip to Yorkshire was to see the Flying Scotsman, I enjoyed seeing the regular traffic on the North York Moors railway.

The 18 mile heritage railway runs from Pickering to Grosmont through a beautiful scenery which I had not expected.

Along the route we stopped at Levisham and Goathland stations, the latter being famous for TV and film appearances as Aidensfield and Hogsmeade.

I look forward to visiting the area again in the future to visit locations which I did not fit into my tight schedule.

Class 37 diesel loco passing a signal near Levisham Station
Looking dead ahead
45428 steam loco "Eric Treacy" taking up the rear
Levisham Station
A happy carriage in a siding at Levisham
Firebox glowing on 76079 at Goathland Station
Please can I have some coal mister?
76079 waiting at Goathland
Back home at Grosmont and the embers have been dumped in the pit
Evening DMU ready to depart from Grosmont
A busy scene at Goathland Station
Goods wagons in one of Goathland's sidings
Not a great photograph but a reminder of where my dad spent most of his working life
Class 101 DMU
Getting 45428 ready for next day
Diesel loco 7628 "Sybilla" parked outside of Grosmont
Class 28 loco 3814 awaiting restoration

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

The Flying Scotsman

It may seem ironic that a Scotsman should travel to England to see The Flying Scotsman but I did, and had a very enjoyable visit to the North York Moors Railway.

The record breaking steam loco has just completed a ten year overhaul at a cost of £4.2 million and the public came out in their masses, both to travel on the train and also to see her along the entire length of the heritage line from Grosmont to Pickering.

The Flying Scotsman is due to come to Scotland in May and I'm sure the crowds will come out to see her when she comes north of the border.

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Steam trains

With going down to North York Moors Railway next week to see the Flying Scotsman, I've been getting in the mood by looking over my past steam photos.

This has also given me an idea of what has worked previously and what wasn't so good.

Here are some of my favourites.

Caledonian Railways No 828 approaching Broomhill Station on The Strathspey Railway
Black fives 45407 and 44871 on the West Highland Line north of Tyndrum
Steam loco 60009 Union of South Africa crossing the Forth Bridge
46233 Duchess of Sutherland at Culross coastal path
NCB No 7 in her more common War Department colours as WD75254.
She is hauling a pair of  Calledonian Railway carriages from 1921
62712 Morayshire prepares for an evening trip at Bo'ness railway station
NCB No 19 passing the signal box at Bo'ness Station
K1 class steam loco 62005 at Dumbarton Central Station
60163 Tornado at Blackford
60163 Tornado crossing Jamestown Viaduct
60009 Union of South Africa on the Borders railway line
Furness Trust No 20 steam loco at Bo'ness Steam Gala day
Double header on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway line