Railshots by Peter Slater

The lull before the storm. In just over 20 minutes' time, Class 56 No 56302, idling at a red light north of Shotlock Hill Tunnel, near Ais Gill, on September 10, 2013, on the 10.07 Carlisle Yard-Chirk Kronospan timber service, will erupt into life and accelerate rapidly towards the camera, spewing black smoke over the fells. The 56 has been halted for 5 hours because of wagon problems with the preceding 05.49 Hunterston-Fiddlers Ferry Power Station coal train, hauled by Class 66 No 66551, which has been stopped by an alert signalman south of Garsdale. On resuming its journey, the timber will get as far as Hellifield before it will be brought to a standstill again as it is now too late for it to get to Chirk. It will eventually reach the plant the following day. In the background is the looming presence of Wild Boar Fell.

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Welcome to http://www.railshotsuk.com. This site is likely to remain a work in progress because I have railway photographs dating back to 1963 to scan and upload, hopefully over the next couple of years, and am constantly adding to my collection. Meantime, have an enjoyable and interesting visit. I can be contacted on peterrslater@hotmail.co.uk. Pete Slater, Devon, December 2010.
PS: Look out for a new book Bristol photographer Dave Gower and I have published through Blurb. It's called Sixties along the Severn and Wye and it can be found in the online Blurb Bookstore. It contains pictures of all 100 Class 60s at work on the scenic stretch of line hugging the Severn and Wye estuaries between Gloucester and Severn Tunnel Junction.
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