Class 46

46023 Toton 16 October 1986

Sandwiched between 25080 and a line of derelict Class 45s, 46023 waits its fate in Toton Yard on 16 October 1986. After a further two years it was towed to Leicester, and then Crewe, where after component recovery, it was finally cut up in 1994. Even amid all the other withdrawn locos at Toton, it has noticeably faded paintwork.

46026 Stormy 15 June 1983

The only Class 46 to acquire a name whilst in BR service, 46026 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry, passes Stormy on 15 June 1983 with an eastbound freight train. Vintage vacuum braked hoppers and a brake van on the rear were even in 1983 becoming a less common sight, as the air braked revolution was by then in full swing.

46026 Micheldever 17 June 1984

One of the few decent pictures I managed to get of a Class 46 in service was on the slightly premature farewell railtour! 46026 Leicestershire and Derbyshire Yeomanry (or Lady as she was known) passes Micheldever at speed with the Pleasure Rail 'Class 46 Tribute' railtour on 17 June 1984. This loco, the only named member of the class, managed to survive until the remainder of the class were withdrawn in November 1984, being broken up at Doncaster the following year.

97403 Basingstoke 27 September 1987

97403 Ixion stands next to Class 44 D4 Great Gable at the Basingstoke Rail Show on 27 September 1987. Most Class 46s led a fairly mundane life, which usually ending with an appointment with the scrapman in the late 1980s. 46035 however not only was preserved, but also went on to become the first preserved diesel loco to be allowed back onto the mainline. Prior to that however, it could be seen in this guise, as a departmental locomotive, based at the Derby Railway Technical Centre.

D172 Blackwell 27 May 1995

D172 Ixion tops the Lickey Incline at Blackwell on 27 May 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 07:09 Bristol Temple Meads to Newcastle 'Severn Tyne Express' railtour. The veteran Brush was having some assistance to climb the 1 in 37 bank, with 47765 giving a shove at the rear.

D172 Cullompton 23 September 1995

D172 Ixion passes the site of Cullompton station on 23 September 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 05:30 Coventry to Penzance 'Cornishman' railtour. At the time the old down platform was an ideal spot to photograph southbound trains. However, this picture would be impossible to recreate today, as the whole station site has now be redeveloped as a motorway service station.

D172 Coombe 23 September 1995

D172 Ixion rounds the curve at Coombe (near St Austell) on 23 September 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 05:30 Coventry to Penzance 'Cornishman' railtour. One of the unmistakable Cornish china clay waste tips can been seen in the background.

D172 Lowgill 16 December 1995

D172 Ixion rounds the curve at Lowgill on 16 December 1995 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z27 05:00 Cardiff Central to Carlisle 'Festive Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour. Although presumably a lot of passengers travelled on this train for the then quite novel main line use of a preserved diesel loco, probably a lot more were interested in the return working, which saw the unique BR Standard 8P 4-6-2 71000 Duke of Gloucester haul the train over the Settle & Carlisle line.

D172 Aisgill 20 July 1996

D172 Ixion passes Aisgill with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z91 13:15 Carlisle to Salisbury 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour on 20 July 1996. A ban on steam haulage on the Settle & Carlisle line resulted in the 'Peak' substituting for LMS 4-6-2 46229 'Duchess of Hamilton'. Although a little hazy in the distance, I shouldn't really complain, as most of my visits to the S&C usually involve rain or snow, and not the bright sunshine seen here!

D172 Rhyl 26 August 1996

D172 Ixion pulls out of Rhyl station on 26 August 1996 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z46 07:10 Swindon to Holyhead 'North Wales Coast Explorer' railtour. If you think the clouds in the background herald a change in the weather, you are dead right! Within ten minutes the sun had gone and the rain had arrived. Despite this, I stayed on to see 37417 pass in a monsoon!

D172 Fairburn 5 July 1997

Viewed from high above Fairburn Tunnel, D172 Ixion heads east along the Castleford to Milford Junction freight line with the Past Time Rail 1Z54 07:28 Euston to Scarborough 'Napier & Sulzer Pioneer' railtour on 5 July 1997. Unfortunately the small patch of very weak sun has just managed to miss the locomotive! The lakes in the background form part of the Fairburn Ings RSPB nature reserve, an important winter refuge for numerous species of wildfowl.

D172 Cwmbran 26 June 1999

In connection with the inaugural rugby match at the new Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Sunday 26 June 1999, the 1V77 08:33 Manchester Piccadilly to Cardiff Central service was due to be worked by preserved Class 37 37029 instead of the normal Sprinter unit. In the event 37029 only worked as far as Crewe, where it was removed after suffering low power. D172 Ixion then worked the train on towards Cardiff and is seen here passing Cwmbran. I doubt if many of the rugby fans appreciated their train having two different heritage locos at the front!

D172 Frodsham 10 July 2009

D172 Ixion crosses the River Weaver at Frodsham with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z63 02:24 Cardiff Central to Edinburgh Waverley 'Royal Edinburgh' railtour on 10 July 1999. Not quite the perfect reflection I was hoping for, principally caused by someone in a power boat going up and down the river at intervals!

D172 Gargrave 4 August 2001

D172 Ixion races through Gargrave station on 4 August 2001 with the Pathfinder Tours 1Z85 15:47 Keighley to Cardiff Central (via Carnforth) 'Worth While' railtour. The station has managed to retain its original 1849 built stone shelters on both platforms.

46035 Oxford (Walton Well Road) 23 February 2002

46035 passes Walton Well Road, Oxford, on 23 February 2002 with the Pathfinder Tours 'Western Pathfinder' railtour. Ordinarily a blue 'Peak' would be the highlight of any tour, but as the tour's name suggests, something even better was to work the next leg of the tour - a Class 52 'Western', making a return to the mainline after 25 years. The tour is here running as the 1Z46 06:28 Crewe to Paddington. Typically the sun vanished at the critical moment, but at least it was out for the 'Western'!

D182 Heap Bridge 3 July 2011

D182 slogs up the gradient at Heap Bridge on 3 July 2011 with the 2H60 09:06 Bury to Heywood service, during the East Lancashire Railway's Diesel Gala. Bury can be seen spread out over the hillside in the background. This was the only train of the day that started from Bury, rather than either Rawtenstall or Ramsbottom.

D182 Eardington 19 May 2016

The sheep take no notice, as D182 does its bit for the environment, as it climbs Eardington Bank on 19 May 2016 with the 12:59 Kidderminster to Bridgnorth service, during the Severn Valley Railway's Diesel Gala. D182 (46045) has been painted in the early version of BR's corporate blue livery, with a slightly different shade (chromatic blue), and a small yellow panel.