Special Traffic at Knaresborough

Photo: P Graham

Engineering work took place over the last weekend at Leeds, and some special traffic worked from Doncaster to Leeds via York and Harrogate to get the equipment in the right place. Phil Graham took this shot of 6C81, the 1350 Doncaster Up Decoy to Horsforth, passing Knaresborough at 1616 on Saturday 23 May. The train was 4 minutes late, with loco 70 809 at the head and conveying 2 empty Lobster wagons, 8 loaded Lobsters with ballast, 5 loaded side-tipper wagons and 2 Kirow rail-mounted cranes, each with their support wagons. Phil also provided a shot of the cranes but they are not as colourful as the Colas Rail Freight loco seen here.

 

Did You Know?

The NER freight line from Shildon, Co. Durham, to Newport (near Middlesbrough) was electrified in 1915-16 using overhead wires. The system reverted to steam traction in 1935.