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Mark Beal TMD

Welcome to Mark Beal TMD, the home 'depot' for my railway photographic collection. In time this site will display photographs spanning from the mid 1980's to the present day. Living in Milton Keynes, many shots are from the MK area but many other shots are on here from Penzance to Thurso.

My interest in the railways started around 1980 and along with living within sight of the WCML and having a father who worked in Wolverton Works, my fate was sealed.

I hope you enjoy looking at present day rail operations along with hopefully some distant happy memories of days long gone by. All images contained herein are copyrighted to myself. 

This site and its content are dedicated to my late father, Eric William Beal 1933 - 1991 and to my late mother, Ann Beal 1937 - 2015. Both forever in my thoughts.


1 October 2017. The first day of the month sees the MML shut between Bedford and Leicester for upgrade and signalling work to be carried out. On a grey day 60044 Dowlow stands between Bromham and Bedford North Junction adjacent to Bromham Nature Reserve. The tug had worked down south the previous evening with the 6B01 2054 Toton North Yard - Bedford

1 October 2017. The first day of the month sees the MML shut between Bedford and Leicester for upgrade and signalling work to be carried out. On a grey day 60044 Dowlow stands between Bromham and Bedford North Junction adjacent to Bromham Nature Reserve. The tug had worked down south the previous evening with the 6B01 2054 Toton North Yard - Bedford


LATEST ADDITIONS

  • 17 November 2017. Following a reversal, 66066 Geoff Spencer stands at Bletchley about to head across to Bedford on 3J01 1520 Bescot TMD - Euston.

  • 17 November 66092 comes to a stand at Bletchley tnt with 66066 Geoff Spencer working the RHTT 3J01 1520 Bescot TMD - Euston.

  • 15 November 2017. Sparkling 387171 stands at Bletchley before reversal into the TMD.

  • 15 November 2017. 66590 pulls into Bletchley with 387171 in tow with the 7X33 1814 ex Litchurch Lane. This delivery leaves only 387172 - 174 to arrive at Bletchley for commisioning

  • 13 November 2017. Former motorail van 96609 at MK in the formation of 3Q68.

  • 13 November 2017. Golden glow as former Inverness stalwart 37421 stands at MK during a reversal working 3Q68 2129 Rugby - Derby RTC.

  • 13 November 2017. 313201 is the final Southern 313 for attention at Wolverton Works, seen here looped at MK behind 66767. 313201 was formerly 313101 and before that, the pioneer 313, 313001. The 313's were affectionately known as 'Mickey Mouse' units in their early years due to their original livery resembling the Disney character's face.

  • 13 November 2017. Having deposited 313207 to Brighton, 66767 returns and is seen the following evening at MK with 313201 in consist of 5X33 1821 ex Brighton Lovers Walk.

  • 12 November 2017. Having worked the 5Z13 1732 Peterborough GB - Wolverton Centre Sidings, GB 66767 pauses at MK awaiting a path to Wolverton to collect 313207 for onward movement to Brighton Lovers Walk depot.

  • 12 November 2017. Arlington barrier 64707 Labezerin at MK. This vehicle was a former class 508 driving car.

  • 10 November 2017. ROG duo 47815 + 47848 pass Wolverton with the 1300 Rugby CS - Wembley. The pair later went forward to Dollands Moor to collect new arrivals 707026 + 707027.

  • 3 November 2017. The last dregs of sun capture 66169 tnt 66126 at Langford with the 3J34 1419 Harringay - Harringay RHTT working.

  • 3 November 2017. 365509 + 365504 are seen heading towards Hitchin at Langford with the 1P67 1446 Peterborough - King's Cross.

  • 3 November 2017. 43300 Craigentinny 100 YEARS 1914-2014 heads south at Langford leading the 1B85 1354 Newark North Gate - King's Cross.

  • 3 November 2017. With the sun on her last legs, 43295 leads the 1E11 0752 Aberdeen - King's Cross at Langford.

  • 3 November 2017. Two of the three named 365's are seen together as 365533 Max Appeal + 365537 Daniel Edwards (1974-2010) Cambridge Driver pass the multitude of turbines at Langford working ECS, the 5E05 1400 Peterborough Sidings - Harringay EMU Depot.

  • 3 November 2017. With the wind turbines appearing to be in sync, 91101 FLYING SCOTSMAN passes Langford leading the 1B86 1408 King's Cross - Newark North Gate.

  • 3 November 2017. Autumnal hues as 91130 Lord Mayor of Newcastle heads north at Langford working the 1D17 1405 King's Cross - Leeds.

  • 3 November 2017. 43317 heads for the capital at Hitchin with the 1A28 1145 Leeds - King's Cross.

  • 3 November 387109 + 387119 depart Hitchin on the 1T31 1154 King's Lynn - King's Cross.

  • 3 November 2017. It had to be......the sun goes in. Still a great sight to see a pair of grids working in 2017 as DCR 56303 + 56301 accelerate from a standing start at Hitchin with the 6Z17 1228 Foxton - Wembley.

  • 3 November 2017. Now over forty years old, 313051 departs Hitchin running 19 late with the 2J66 1249 Letchworth - Moorgate.

  • 3 November 2017. Buffer fitted 43465 brings up the rear of 1N93 1253 King's Cross - Sunderland at Hitchin.

  • 1 November 2017. Former HST barrier vehicle 6397 now in use on test trains at Bletchley in the formation of 3Q36.

  • 1 November 2017. Colas 37219 Jonty Jarvis 8-12-1998 to 18-3-2005 pauses at Bletchley with 3Q36 1953 Derby RTC - Reading Triangle Sidings. Having traversed down the MML to Bedford the tractor had made a reversal at MK and at Fenny Stratford along with two reversals at Swanbourne Sidngs before reaching Bletchley station. The 37 than made a reversal here at Bletchley and again at Bedford before regaining the road south down the MML towards London. Note the two dark blue vehicles behind 37219. They are HST barrier vehicles 6392 and 6397 which have recently returned to operational use having been in store at Long Marston.

  • 1 November 2017. A further view of 37219 at Bletchley before she pushes back to Bedford.

  • 30 October 2017. Another 387 delivery to Bletchley, although on this occasion the unit hauled by 66554 was routed into platform six instead of the usual platform five. 387169 awaits the push from 66554 into the TMD. Only six units remain to be delivered namely 387160 and 387170-387174.

  • 27 October 2017. 70015 takes 4M88 0932 Felixstowe - Crewe past Castlethorpe.

  • 27 October 2017. 66550 catches the Autumnal sunshine passing Castlethorpe atop the 4M58 0925 Southampton - Garston.

  • 27 October 2017. Creeping shadows as 66526 Driver Steve Dunn (George) passes Castlethorpe leading the delayed 4M94 0739 Felixstowe - Lawley Street.

  • 22 October 2017. ROG duo 37601 Perseus + 37884 pass Wolverton en route from Leicester to Wembley.

  • 22 October 2017. With sister 37116 on the rear, green 37057 leads past Castlethorpe with the 3Z98 1330 Hither Green - Derby RTC.

  • 19 October 2017. Three days after the previous GWR 387 delivery and 387168 arrives from Derby behind 66599, seen here at Bletchley.

  • 16 October 2017. GWR 387167 arrives at Bletchley via the 7X33 path from Litchurch Lane behind 66523.

  • 14 October 2017. Heading for pastures new, 319378 passes Wolverton working the 1100 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Allerton.

  • 14 October 2017. 86259 Les Ross calls at MK with the return leg of the Cumbrian Mountain Express, the 1Z87 1440 Carlisle - Euston.

  • 9 October 2017. A further shot of the three Deltics heading north from East Grinstead at Wolverton.

  • 8 October 2017. The ECS stock from the previous day's 'Caledonian' charter from Euston to Glasgow is seen passing Castlethorpe behind recent celebrity repaint 66723 Chinook working the 5Z66 1405 Wembley - Burton Wetmore Sidings.

  • 9 October 2017. Deltic triple vision as D9002 KING'S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY + 55019 ROYAL HIGHLAND FUSILIER + D9009 ALYCIDON pass a gloomy Wolverton working the 0Z55 0500 East Grinstead Sidings - York NRM. The trio had been involved in the Deltic 40th celebrations at the Bluebell Railway

  • 6 October 2017. 150243 was released from Wolverton Works in full GWR livery. Vehicle 57243 is seen on Allelys low loader awaiting reversal onto Stratford Road in Wolverton before heading back west.

  • 7 October 2017. 87002 Royal Sovereign stands at MK heading 'The Caledonian', the 1Z50 0610 Euston - Glasgow Central. The seven worked as far as Crewe from where 50007 + 50049 took over to Scotland.

  • 5 October 2017. Alas no sun, but still a fine sight as Colas 60076 Dunbar passes Chelmscote with the 6L44 2256 Oxwellmains - West Thurrock.

  • 4 October 2017. 66510 has the honour of delivering 387166 to Bletchley from Derby, seen here at Bletchley before reversal into the TMD. Delivery of 387166 leaves just nine more deliveries from Derby.

  • 1 October 2017. The first day of the month sees the MML shut between Bedford and Leicester for upgrade and signalling work to be carried out. On a grey day 60044 Dowlow stands between Bromham and Bedford North Junction adjacent to Bromham Nature Reserve. The tug had worked down south the previous evening with the 6B01 2054 Toton North Yard - Bedford

  • 28 September 2017. 59003 YEOMAN HIGHLANDER is held by a red signal at MK working the 6L48 1549 Garston - Dagenham empty cartics, seen here running 76 late. 59003 had been released from repairs at Arlington Eastleigh the previous day and had been taken north from Wembley to Crewe overnight by 92044. Luckily for me 59003 was being held at MK to allow the departure of the 2013 Southern service to Clapham Junction.

  • 30 September 2017.68004 Rapid curves past Chelmscote with the Northern Belle working the 0640 Manchester Victoria - London Victoria. Sister loco 68029 is just visible on the rear.

  • 30 September 2017. With 66135 unfit to take the Bletchley - Peak Forest empties North, 60066 was sent from Toton as the 0H03 0900 Toton - Bletchley RMC to assist. Having collected the errant working, Drax liveried 60066 pilots 66135 past Husborne Crawley on the Bletchley - Bedford branch in a lucky patch of sun with the 6H03 1227 Bletchley RMC - Toton North Yard.

  • 27 September 2017. GWR deliveries to Bletchley continue and 387165 arrives from Litchurch Lane.

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