The "Shropshire Union" Railtour, Sat January 10th 2015
Euston - M.Keynes - Northampton - Rugby - Coventtry - Bescot - Wolves -
Cosford - Madely Jn - Ironbridge
Ironbridge - Cosford - Oxley Chord - Stafford(break))- Crewe Gresty Lane -
Shrewsbury avoider - Wellington - Donnington FT - Wellington - Wolves
Bescot - Walsall- Sutton Park - Nuneaton flyoverr - Rugby - Northampton-
M.Keynes - Euston
67026 - Euston- Bescot-Ironbridge, Donnington--Wellington, Bescot-Euston
60079 - Ironbridge - Stafford - Crewe - Salop -- Donnington - Wellington
Wolves - Bescot
A leisurely UK Railtour with 13 well filled coaches. The stormy weather had cleared by Bescot where the old diesel depot had been demolished.
The 6 mile Ironbridge branch was very scenic, the 60 found load 13 and dead "skip" easy work. Crewe Basford Hall and Gresty Lane saw a variety lot of power stabled with class 20, 37,47,57,60,66,68,70,86,90 viewed.
The Donnington branch was just a group of empty sidings whilst 67026 was in lively form on the return WCML run.
"Shropshire Union" Phot spot, 100115
The cooling towers of Ironbridge power station loom over the stock. Regular "biomass" traffic serves the power station indeed we were delayed at Madeley Jn waiting for a biomass train to clear the branch. It seems likely that closure of the power station will occur later this year with the branch equally threatened.