Two captures from a day out in Staffordshire earlier.


THE SECOND RETURN empty working of a several month trial, Colas Rail Class 47/7s Nos. 47739 Robin of Templecombe & 47727 Rebecca sit in the loop at Elford, Staffordshire, with the 6Z57 12.35 ThO Burton Steel Terminal to Dollands Moor on March 19th, 2009. The train had come up from Small Heath, Birmingham, the previous night for unloading.


Arriva CrossCountry’s Nos. 43285 & 43207 (both MTU-repowered) are uncharacteristically quiet as they rush through Catholme, near Barton-under-Needwood, Staffordshire, on March 19th, 2009, with the 1V31 06.08 Edinburgh-Plymouth. In the background is a colourful selection of containers stacked in Argos’ Barton distribution depot, which is supplied by rail (via a road journey from Burton-upon-Trent).