Tornado at Holme in 2009
The Talisman on the 7th February 2009 the level crossing at Holme village on the ECML
There were lots of people at Holme to see this fine new engine. It looks very good. It was unnamed on this trip but it was named at York by Prince Charles in York station on 19th February 2009 that year.
Snow and sun is what you want in February and we got them both. This new engine was still to clean, but looks the part. it is as it would have been as new. It had British Railways in full on the tender and no lip on the chimney
As the years have gone on we have had BR green with the lion on the wheel then the next BR logo and the early British Railways steam blue.
I don't think they (the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust) will ever let it get as dirty and run down as these A1s were, at the end of steam, on the ECML, in British Railways days.
Thanks to all who of those Helped and gave towards bringing this fine Peppercorn Class A1 locomotive back to the ECML.
LNER Peppercorn Class A1 60163 Tornado
This LNER Peppercorn Class A1 number 60163 Tornado was a new build locomotive in 2008. It was built by the A1 Steam Locomotive Trust at Darlington and completed in 2008 at a cost of about three millon pounds which was paid for by the members of the trust.
All of the 49 Peppercorn locomotives were scrapped before any could be saved.
The A1 Steam Locomotive Trust members decided to make this the 50th A1. They then gave it the next number of 60163 and gave it the name of the Tornado jet aircraft. It is painted in the colours it would have had, if it had been built in 1949, with the full British Railways name on its tender. It has now been painted (May 2011) in BR dark green with the Loin on the wheel, British Railways logo on the tender, as this was its next colour an A1 would have been painted in.
It has been built as new build, with all the paper work that now required to meet the modern safety and certification standards, that all new trains that run on the main line network require today.
Hull Trains 222 at Holme level crossing in 2009
This part of the UK had been getting little snow and in 2009 we had got lots during the week.
Hull trains were in 2009 changing over to Class 180 Adelante's and this might have been the last photo in snow of a Hull Trains 222 on the ECML at Holme I was going to get.
National Express East Coast up train at Holme level crossing in 2009
Western Champion at Holme Fen in 2009
Pathfinder Tours - Irish Traction Group (DBS)
"The Western Rose"
Western at Holme level crossing 5th December 2009 on the Pathfinder Tours - Irish Traction Group (DBS) "The Western Rose".
A Western on the East Coast Main Line is a very strange site and well worth getting up for. This Western was number D1015 'Western Champion', I think the last time a Western came along the ECML with passengers was just before the end of the Westerns in service on the Western Main line in 1977.
D1015 was realty moving as it came though Holme crossing on this Saturday around 9am in December 2009 on its way to York.
A4 60009 Bittern at Holme on the 3th December in 2009
A4 60009 Bittern at Holme on the 3th of December 2009.
Railways at Holme
Holme is a small village next to the ECML between Peterborough and Huntingdon and it is spelt with a L. Holme village is in the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire.
Holme had its own railway station and a branch line to Ramsey. Both the station and the branch line are now closed. Yaxley village and Peterborough are to the north and Connington crossing is to the south (about a mile from the village).
The land in fens around Holme is black fen peat and is some of the lowest and best farming land in England. The track was laid on reed and wooden rafts and has not sunk like the land around.
The ECML is now on a embankment. It was level with the land when it was built. They may have kept adding soil and or ballast to kept the track level over the years.
The level crossing in the Holme village has a gate box that was a replacement when the old signal boxe went. Holme vilage is to on the west of this crossing.
Conington Airfield or as it is now called Peterborough Business Airport is between Holme vilage and Conington.
To the south of Holme village is a level crossing at Conington. Most mainline steam heading north stop on the down slow between Holme and Conington crossings to top up with water from a water tanker, as there are now no water cranes now on the ECML
To the north is a level crossing at Holme fen which is about a 3/4 of a mile north towards Peterborough and is on a very minor road
Class 365541 on the up fast at Holme Crossing 5th December 2009
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