David A Flitcroft
Railway Photography
The 1970s



Images added November 24, 2005

5th March 40 016 at Moses gate with repaired wagons from Horwich Works.

9th March. On this and the following Sunday WCML services were Diverted north of Preston via Blackburn, Hellifield and the S&C to Carlisle. The following shots were taken at Hoghton between Preston and Blackburn.

. Here 47 450 climbing towards the summit at Hoghton with northbound vans.

It's 11.20. This is 50 022 working hard to heave it's train (Liverpool/Manchester to Glasgow/Edinburgh) over the top.

12.25. 50 006 nears the top with the 10.05 Birmingham to Glasgow. This shot was taken from the overbridge visible in the previous picture.

50 017 heading south, roughly, with the 09.00 Glasgow to London Euston.

Immaculate 47 224 heads the 09.15 Euston to Glasgow.

50 008 had the 10.00 Glasgow to Liverpool.

A 'Cravens' 2-car set forms a Preston to Colne service.

47 454 runs off the viaduct with the 10.40 Glasgow to Birmingham

An unidentified '50' on the 11.30 Glasgow to Birmingham

Oldham 15th March

A Train from Manchester Victoria approaching Oldham Mumps. The site of Central station which was on this line would be about halfway to the Clegg Street overbridge in the background. Clegg Street Station on the OA&GB was roughly behind the corner of Clegg St. Goods on the left. The line of the OA&GB was roughly where the row of vans are seen.Beyond the overbridge in the background the line passes through two tunnels (opened 1847) to Werneth Station which was the original terminus of the line from the Manchester and Leeds at Middleton Junction.

And this is the portal of the tunnel taken from the platform at Werneth. Note the coat of arms

16th March. Back to Hoghton. The trains followed a similar sequence to the previous week

50 040 on the10.05 Birmingham to Glasgow, the 400mm lens exaggerates the gradient change

and allows a quick change of camera to get the same combination in colour.

This week 47 539 heads the 09.15 Euston to Glasgow.

An unidentified '47' puts the power on with the the 10.00 Glasgow to Liverpool.

The Preston to Colne dmu was a 'Cravens' unit again. The embankment vegetation had recently been on fire and was still smouldering

and a similar unit worked a Colne to Preston train

50 010 had the10.40 Glasgow to Birmingham.

23rd March. Steamtown, Carnforth Open day

LNWR No. 790 Hardwicke

GWR 'Castle' class 4-6-0 4079 Pendennis Castle

And a couple of shots of LNER 2-6-2 No 4771 Green Arrow

Poetry in Motion

27th March

37 024 by the Rochdale Canal near Slattocks on the climb up to Castleton.

E51546 leads the 09.10 Leeds to Manchester Victoria just about to cross the canal.

On the Yorkshire side side of Summit Tunnel a blizzard was in full spate as the 11.15 Manchester Victoria to Leeds emerged from the tunnel.

Heading back into Lancashire and rather better weather I photographed the 12.15 Manchester Victoria to Leeds climbing towards Summit tunnel.

The 12.50 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria via Oldham leaving New Hey. M50796 + M50763

On Saddleworth Viaduct at Uppermill, the 13.10 Liverpool to Hull Trans-Pennine unit approaching the former Saddleworth station.My last shot in March.