brianaw

16 May 2012 135 views
 
supporter of
atom rss 1.0 rss 2.0
web browser google del.icio.us digg technorati
| lost password
birth date
cancel
photoblog image GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 3/7

GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 3/7

Ex LMS Class 3F “Jinty” No.47406 heads north to Loughborough with the “Windcutter” rake of mineral wagons.  

 In British Railways days there were unfitted mineral trains run at express freight speed, locally known as "the Annesley Cutters" or "Windcutters". These ran from Annesley, a collection yard for the collieries of Nottinghamshire served by the ex Great Central Railway to Woodford Halse and then to major destinations across England. Those days have been recreated on the preserved Great Central Railway using over 30 of these wagons purchased in 1992 by readers of Steam Railway magazine.

 

Photographed at Quorn on the Great Central Railway, 28th.January, 2012.


GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 3/7

Ex LMS Class 3F “Jinty” No.47406 heads north to Loughborough with the “Windcutter” rake of mineral wagons.  

 In British Railways days there were unfitted mineral trains run at express freight speed, locally known as "the Annesley Cutters" or "Windcutters". These ran from Annesley, a collection yard for the collieries of Nottinghamshire served by the ex Great Central Railway to Woodford Halse and then to major destinations across England. Those days have been recreated on the preserved Great Central Railway using over 30 of these wagons purchased in 1992 by readers of Steam Railway magazine.

 

Photographed at Quorn on the Great Central Railway, 28th.January, 2012.


comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 16 May 2012, 01:18
What's that red carriage behind the loco, Brian...it looks more like a guards-van than a tender?
Brian Walbey: Yes it is a Guards Van, the loco has a small bunker for the coal in that small area behind the cab, they weren't designed to do long journeys and require lots of coal.
These have all been terrific train photos Brian!
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Elizabeth.
Another fine capture Brian... the engine and the ore cars... i am enjoying this series very much....petersmile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Peter. We call them mineral wagons and you call them ore cars, isn't it funny how we both speak a common language but also different in places.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2012, 07:11
Great series again on the trains. Amazing how many people are putting in there spare time to restore the trains and 'keep them alive'.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Astrid. Yes a lot of people give their time to look after all these heritage railways we have in the U.K.but already there is concern about the long term future because anybody under the age of 44 wouldn't even have been around when we had steam railway services and most of them are not interested therefore.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2012, 07:28
Am I right in thinking that "unfitted" means no automatic brakes (so not vacuum and not air)? That must have taken some stopping when loaded with coal. It;s good that the wagons have been preserved; all too easy for the money to go into locos and coaches. I like the signal just poking out of the top of the smoke.
Brian Walbey: You are correct in your thinking Alan about "unfitted" wagons. One problem was holding rakes of wagons on inclines and I believe it was quite a skill for engine crews to stop wagons having accidents, the Guard was the only other person with a brake on these sort of trains.
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 16 May 2012, 07:48
By the looks of it, Brian, you have more of these trains in England than in the rest of the world put together!
Brian Walbey: We certainly have quite a few Ginnie, if I live to be a 100 I will never manage to get to them all, Les Auld might though, he is always off somewhere or other.
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 16 May 2012, 07:57
We have a train museum here in Brisbane I must go one weekend,good photo Brian
Brian Walbey: Give it a try vintage, even when the trains aren't running there are still lots of good detail shots to be had.
A fine series so far
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Chantal.
Very much enjoying this series Brian
Brian Walbey: I'm pleased to hear that Fred.
  • Richard Trim
  • I am in Surrey for a few days
  • 16 May 2012, 10:31
Wonderful wonderful ... and as I have already said in similar images ... that guard's van is so evocative ... hells bells it's all evocative.
Brian Walbey: Calm down Richard, at this rate I might find you at Quorn one day. Seriously the Guards vans were very cold and dismal to travel in I believe, more of a functional vehicle than a comfortable one.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 May 2012, 13:15
A classic Brian, beautifully photographed.
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Mike.
Another superb shot in this series Brian!
Reminds me of the wagons that used to pass by my childhood home and the sound they made; they could go on for ages, it seemed smile
Brian Walbey: Thanks Martin. I believe these mineral trains were quite long in terms of the number of wagons, and of course made lots of "clanky" noises.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 16 May 2012, 16:29
Have you any idea how many train photos you have, Brian?
Brian Walbey: Not really Lisl, several hundred I suppose, but not as many as I have of 2 and 4 wheeled motor sport from the 60's to the 80's, I haven't started on them yet!
47406 is a beauty Brian!
Fine capture.
Brian Walbey: Yes she is Richard, a few of these have been saved and restored and are always very popular.
Another fine working engine Brian
Brian Walbey: Great little thing isn't she, where I grew up we didn't get these so it is good to see one on a more regular basis.
a wonderful old train .... !
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Dennis, it is good to see old girls like this one still at work.

Leave a comment

must fill in
[stop comment form]
show
for this photo I'm in a any and all comments icon ShMood©
camera Olympus E-450
exposure mode program mode
shutterspeed 1/250s
aperture f/9.0
sensitivity ISO200
focal length 42.0mm
Coming Up In 2020 -  1 of ..........Coming Up In 202...
GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 4/7GCR Winter Gala ...
GCR Winter Gala - January, 2012 2/7GCR Winter Gala ...

Warning