Friday, 13 March 2015

Flamingo Land

Flamingo Land is a long established theme park in North Yorkshire, around the site is a 'miniature' railway. In winter only part of the site is open, mainly the zoo and a few smaller rides. The railway doesn't run out of season but you can see it as it winds its way around the park and at the back the trains and their strange looking single wheelers steam outline locos can be found.

The railway has quite a down at heel feel which many commercial miniature railways seem to have had. The gauge is larger than many miniature railways as it is around two foot gauge, which is very much narrow but the railway is very much miniature in character.

Thursday, 12 March 2015

Working in the Wrong Direction

Wrong Direction Move by James Wells, on Flickr

Whilst not a stand out shot in its own right, it is unusual to see photos of workings and moves like these. Northern Rail class 158, 158905, is making a wrong direction move (travelling in the Down direction along the Up Branch) towards Gilberdyke station having been marooned at Saltmarshe whilst working 2C35, Hull - Doncaster, after Goole Bridge had failed in the open position after the passage of a ship. The train worked back to Hull as 2G35 stopping at only Gilberdyke and Ferriby.

Friday, 6 March 2015

Green and Rusty!

Green and Rusty
Freightliner Class 66, 66618, passing Gilberdyke with 6F38. Visit my Flickr Photostream for the full size version.

A bit of a snatched shot! This is Freightliner Heavy Haul's class 66, 66618 passing Gilberdyke with 6F38. The external condition of the engine might surprise some enthusiasts, but the intensity with which many modern types are used it is not uncommon to see traction in this state. Although it does show the surprisingly rusty appearance of the locomotive!