Today’s the last in the week where I’m based at home. It’s been a fruitful few days despite the awful weather. Staying indoors has given me time to write and to scan another hundred-odd slides from the 1990s, which has been in interesting look back in time. The pictures I’m scanning at the moment are from an open day at the old Tinsley locomotive depot in Sheffield in 1996. In those day the depot and adjacent marshalling yard were a shadow of their former selves. The depot was used by one of the BR freight sectors (Railfreight Distribution) to service their ageing Class 47 locomotives. Much of the place was taken up with stored or withdrawn examples awaiting scrapping. When RfD was bought by Wisconsin in 1995 they decided the place was surplus to requirements so the depot finally closed its doors in 1998.
Here’s a few shots from the day. You can find a dedicated gallery to the event on my Zenfolio website here. Just be aware that I’ve a lot more pictures to add to it next week!
My thanks to the very useful website http://www.class47.co.uk/ for the historical information on the individual locomotives.
Tomorrow I’m back on the rails heading for the NEC in Birmingham as I’m a guest at the annual Railstaff awards. I’ve not been for a couple of years, the last time I was there was to present a prize. This time I’m completely off-duty. As I’ll be staying in Birmingham tomorrow night I’ll be exploring the railways somewhere, depending on the weather – although it’s looking good for the Midlands these next couple of days, so I’ll almost certainly have a look at the Hs2 work in the city whilst I’m there. Watch out for the rolling blogs appearing.