© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011
A day with with a pair of diesel-oriented friends...
We started at Peak Forest, where we could usually
rely on some action. A train of ICI hoppers arrived
behind a pair of 37s; a Sentinel diesel stood in the
We moved on to Edale, taking a few shots at the
station, then at an overbridge a little to the east. It
would be an ideal location for a long stone train - which
meant none appeared. We moved on again...
Our next spot would be an overbridge just to the west
of Earles Siding. As well as the main line traffic, we
were able to see the cement works locomotive "Blue
John", a substantial B-B diesel-hydraulic built by
Hunslet - Andrew Barclay in 1990. Blue John shunted for
a while, before heading back to the cement works with
a lengthy train
Time for another move - this time away from the Peak District
and down to the Midland main line at Clay Cross junction - a
much busier spot than our previous locations. We didn't need to
stay long to be rewarded with three freights and countless HSTs.
A productive day.
Dave Homer Video
Dave specialises in fairground video, but also offers some
DVDs of railway action in the Buxton area - and a cab ride
video from an ICI stone train recorded in Feb 1990
Stone and cement - and a couple of
passenger workings - on the Hope Valley
line. Classes 60 and 59 - and "Blue John".