Saturday, November 14, 2015

'The London Explorer' with 46233

46233 Duchess of Sutherland heads along the up Grand Junction line this morning, bang on time with a Leicester to Euston charter express.
47832 brought up the rear of the train.

Saturday, August 22, 2015

The Bournemouth Flyer

This morning's charter train from Chester to Bournemouth blasts past Charlemont Farm bang on time at 0802. Lead loco's were 37401 & 37405, while 57307 brought up the rear.

Friday, August 07, 2015

The Statesman Railtour

1Z55 'The Windsor Statesman' charter is seen shortly after leaving Tame Bridge on Saturday 1st August 2015 and heading out on the up Grand Jn line towards Newton Road. The express was running from Crewe to Windsor top-and-tailed by WCRC loco's 57315 and 47802.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A Rare Sight

Wednesday 12th March 2014 saw the reason for the influx of extra Colas 70's over the previous two days. 70803 and 70805 worked top and tail on an engineering train from Bescot to the long disused Walsall to Wednesbury line which, over many months,  has seen work to create a run round loop for Freightliner coal trains to save them having to run into Bescot to run round. This work has been ongoing for a ages suffering various problems along the way. It appeared as if this train and associated track machines were just clearing debris from along the line.

Colas City

Later on Monday 10th March 2014 another Colas 70 arrived at Bescot in the shape of 70803 on 6M50 Westbury to Bescot joining the already arrived 70802. 
Seen here passing the assembled crowd of photographers
that had descended on the area during the day.
Bescot Station doesn't normally see that amount of people waiting for the Walsall service 

 after dropping the wagons off, 70803 ran onto the depot for fuel
 every one assumed that 70803 would top 70802 on the balancing working back to Westbury later that evening but it was entrusted to 70802 alone with 70803 remaining at Bescot to await 70805 which arrived on the following day. They were to work an engineering train on the Wednesday.

Brand New

After the influx of new Colas Class 70's on 6M50 the previous week, a new week dawned with another new example approaching the area. This time it was 70802 which was straight out of the box, running as 0Z70 Seaforth Docks to Bescot DG on Monday 10th March 2014.

First Visit

Colas Class 70 70804 was used for the first time on 
6M50 Westbury to Bescot on Monday 3rd March 2014.
seen here crawling through Bescot Staduim station heading for the up engineers sidings.

Bescot Jocko's

 Two of Bescot's former class 08's
have been dumped behind the station for a few weeks now.
08580 and 08709 are both missing parts and presumably are destined for the scrap man.

 in contrast, 08907 has received a coat of DB red and gained a large Bescot depot sticker.

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Clay Box Class 37s

DRS loco 37409 leads a Pathfinder tour known as 'The Clay Box' through Bescot station at 1040 on Saturday 22nd March. 37609 brought up the rear of the train. The charter was running from Crewe via Shrewsbury to Daventry, and then back to Crewe via the Trent Valley lines.

Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Demise of the Down Tower

Seen from the train on 21st February 2014, Bescot Down Tower signal box begins to meet it's end. On the other side of the yard the unused Upside Points Box still stands, but for how long ? The former Bescot Steam Shed was demolished in January this year after standing derelict (apart from occasionally housing the breakdown crane or the odd shunt loco) since 1966.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Bescot Loco's

Two Class 97's and two Class 60's sit in Bescot Upside Engineers Yard on the afternoon of Sunday 16th February 2014. 97304 + 97304 had worked a Cambrian ballast train into the yard and 60019+60035 had brought in an engineers train from Castle Bromwich during the morning. The Birmingham - Derby lines between Castle Bromwich and Landor Street are closed this week for upgrades and replacements of track and points etc, and a few engineers trains are working there which originate and return to Bescot.

Monday, April 08, 2013

Diamond Class 47

47854 'Diamond Jubilee' is seen near Charlemont Farm at the head of 5Z60, a stock move to Carnforth on Sunday 3rd March 2013. 47826 brought up the rear of the train.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

121020 Passes Bescot

Chiltern Rail 'bubblecar' 121020 passing Bescot Stadium station today on a driver's route learner. The Class 121 has been running daily for the last week to Crewe ftom Tyseley and back.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Black on black

Thursday 13th December 2012 saw Black 5 44871
hurry through a freezing cold and very dark Bescot Stadium
working 5Z78 09.50 Heywood ELR to Kidderminster SVR loco move.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Just like the old days

Friday 7th December 2012 saw the old days return to Bescot
with the appearance of 4 Class 20's travelling through the station.
Running as 0Z24 12.28 Kidderminster SVR to Washwood Heath
the convoy consisted of :-
20227 in Red Stripe Railfreight livery
20142 in BR Blue 
20059 (D8059) in BR Green 
20188 (D8188) in LNWR Black

Monday, December 10, 2012

6W70 with 97303 + 97302

"The next train at platform two does not stop here..." A grubby pair of Network Rail Class 97's enliven a Sunday afternoon at Bescot Stadium as they depart northwards with a Cambrian ballast working. 1455 9th December 2012.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

The Galloway Princess (again)

DRS Northern Belle locomotive 47790 'Galloway Princess' clatters over the points at Bescot Jnc on Saturday afternoon, 21st July, with 1Z60 Milton Keynes - Chester. Blue-liveried 47805 was at the rear of the train.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Splash of Colour at Bescot

Large-logo 47580 coupled with 57601 passes through Bescot on Sunday 22nd April with the returning 'Cornish Riviera Statesman Express', a long journey from Penzance to Lancaster. The following Monday evening one of the yellow departmental ex-Class 37s, 97303, headed a Cambrian-bound set of autoballasters from the engineers sidings through the station.

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Bescot Belle

Although the train is hidden from view in this angle, here we have 47832 double-headed with 47790 working the Northern Belle exclusive train back to Birmingham International through Bescot early this evening. With the camera facing west the sun came through just when it wasn't needed....
Quite a few Class 66s were also littering the yard and depot, probably off weekend engineers trains.

"Eddies Yard" truck, Ray Hall Lane