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.

5 July 2018. 50008 Thunderer hoovers up the ground passing Castlethorpe whilst working light as the 0L28 1651 Wembley - Leicester LIP. She had ventured up from Willesden to Claydon Junction and back earlier in the day.

5 July 2018. 50008 Thunderer hoovers up the ground passing Castlethorpe whilst working light as the 0L28 1651 Wembley - Leicester LIP. She had ventured up from Willesden to Claydon Junction and back earlier in the day.


  • 11 August 2018. Having earlier deposited 92028 at Wembley, 50008 Thunderer returned to Brush with 92010. The pair are seen passing through Bow Brickhill with 0Z82 1353 Wembley - Loughborough Brush. With 92010 entering Brush for her CAF/Dellner mods only 92043 of the active fleet remains in service awaiting the call to Brush.

  • 11 August 2018. Marston vale madness ! 50008 Thunderer has GBRf 92028 for company passing Fenny Stratford level crossing with 0Z81 from Loughborough Brush to Wembley.

  • 11 August 2018. 50008 Thunderer tows GBRf 92028 through Fenny Stratford whilst working the 0Z81 0936 Loughborough Brush - Wembley. 92028 is the fifth GB 92 to have received CAF mods and Dellner couplers (as seen here) to be able to work with the new Mark 5 sleeper stock.

  • 11 August 2018. 66770 approaches Bow Brickhill on the first few miles of her journey working the 4H03 1027 Bletchley Cemex - Peak Forest stone empties.

  • 11 August 2018. 37884 Cepheus has 455814 for company passing through MKC with the 5O88 0855 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Stewarts Lane T&RSMD.

  • 11 August 2018. 66541 passes MKC working 4L97 0457 Trafford Park - Felixstowe.

  • 11 August 2018. With 66060 leading out of sight, a smart 66135 brings up the rear of the 'Walsall Concerto', the 1Z33 0727 Euston - Birch Coppice passing Wolverton.

  • 11 August 2018. 86259 Peter Pan stands at MK with 1Z86 0710 Euston - Carlisle, the Cumbrian Mountain Express - The 50th Anniversary of the End of Steam.

  • 11 August 2018. A hint of Autumnal colours as 92033 heads south leading the Highland sleeper, the 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston.

  • 11 August 2018. Having worked previously in Poland, Germany and the Netherlands before being acquired by GBRf in 2013, 66751 Inspiration Delivered Hitachi Rail Europe passes Three Arches, Castlethorpe working 4M21 0315 Felixstowe - Trafford Park.

  • 10 August 2018. Unfortunately having lost the sun only minutes earlier but still shining on the hills in the background, a record at least of 90028 + 92019 Wagner + 59202 Alan Meddows Taylor MD Mendip Rail Limited + 90024 pass Ledburn with the 0K06 1946 Wembley - Crewe Electric Depot.

  • 10 August 2018. EMT 43052 passes Oakley leading the 1B53 1445 Nottingham - St Pancras International.

  • 10 August 2018. All the 7's as 66777 Annette passes the bare catenary masts at Oakley with the 6M79 1201 Angerstein - Bardon Hill.

  • 10 August 2018. Making a change from the usual diet of a DRS 66, 68002 Intrepid hums through Wolverton leading the 4L48 1406 Daventry - Purfleet. Dedicated to my nephew Charlie Roberts on the occasion of his 16th birthday.

  • 10 August 2018 A grey scene as 66172 PAUL MELLENEY pilots 60009 UNION OF SOUTH AFRICA through Wolverton running just over an hour late with the 1019 Southall -Crewe HS.

  • 5 August 2018. 50049 Defiance + 50007 Hercules arrive into Banbury loop to allow passage of a XC passenger working from BNS - Reading whilst working the Dub & Grub, the 1Z52 1835 Birmingham International - Basingstoke.

  • 5 August 2018. Having failed earlier in the day, 47727 Caisteal Dhun Eideann leaves Banbury on the rear of the Dub and Grub charter, the 1Z52 1835 Birmingham International - Basingstoke. 50049 Defiance + 50007 Hercules led the train which was originally due to feature the aforementioned 47727 and 47749.

  • 5 August 2018. The highest numbered member of the class, 315861 is seen off lease inside Wolverton Works. 319008 Cheriton and 315850 are also visible in the background.

  • 4 August 2018. GBRf have taken over operation of the Bletchley stone traffic from Peak Forest from the beginning of August. Recently renumbered from 66238, new GBRf acquisition 66788 passes Husborne Crawley with the 4H03 1016 Bletchley Cemex - Peak Forest empties.

  • 4 August 2018. 66152 Derek Holmes Railway Operator curves through Wolverton leading 6O67 1405 Daventry - Dollands Moor.

  • 3 August 2018. DB red 66150 heads south at Castlethorpe leading the 1506 Daventry - Dollands Moor.

  • 3 August 2018. 90036 Driver Jack Mills saunters through Wolverton on 0A06 1335 Crewe Electric Depot Wembley.

  • 31 July 2018. The end of the day and the month as 67024 + 92036 Bertolt Brecht + 92015 pass Hanslope Junction working 0K06 1946 Wembley - Crewe Electric Depot.

  • 28 July 2018. 50049 Defiance masquerading as 50011 Centurion at Quainton Road. Note the branch on the roof which was acquired on the jaunt from Quainton to Claydon and back.

  • 28 July 2018. 50007 Hercules masquerading as long lost sister 50006 Neptune at Quainton Road.

  • 28 July 2018. With her central headlight removed pre refurbishment, 50035 Ark Royal stands at Quainton Road.

  • 28 July 2018. Carrying the remains of her former Fertis livery whilst on hire to work in France, 56103 stands at Calvert reversing before shutting down for the day.

  • 28 July 2018. Three 50's on the wedding guest list !! 50007 masquerading as 50006 Neptune + 50035 Ark Royal + 50049 masquerading as 50011 Centurion stand at Quainton Road having just returned from Claydon Junction working the 0Z50 0725 Kidderminster SVR - Quainton Road. A wedding was taking place at the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre with the groom being GWR MD Mark Hopwood. Unbeknown to Mr Hopwood who has a passion for class 50's, his fiancé Tanya had arranged for the three hoovers to be on site as a present to her husband to be. Mr Hopwood had the pleasure of a cab ride from Quainton to Claydon and back.

  • 28 July 2018. A sparkling 37407 crosses Denbigh South Junction on the approach to Bletchley working 0A68 0650 Crewe Gresty Bridge - Wembley.

  • 28 July 2018. The only 350 to carry LNWR livery now also sports additional branding in the form of #Pride 2018 on the bodysides of the end vehicles. 350373 is seen working the 1U20 0718 Crewe - Euston passing Denbigh South Junction.

  • 28 July 2018. Powerhaul 66528 Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015 partners 66555 across Denbigh South Junction with the diverted 4O14 0738 Lawley Street - Southampton.

  • 26 July 2018. 66775 HMS Argyll crosses Three Arches, Castlethorpe working 0Z65 0458 Bescot Engineers Sidings - Wembley. The GB shed later returned with Mark 3A sleeping car 10506, taking her to Long Marston.

  • 24 July 2018. Aggregate Industries liveried 66711 Sence catches the evening sun passing Wolverton leading the 6L48 1549 Garston - Dagenham.

  • 22 July 2018. DRS 66422 curves through Wolverton with the 4L48 1309 Daventry - Purfleet.

  • 21 July 2018. With 68016 Fearless leading, 88005 Minerva brings up the rear of the return leg of the Crewe Open Day Special, the 1Z19 1535 Crewe - Euston at MKC

  • 21 July 2018. 66540 Ruby passes MK on the rear of the 6Y55 1446 Crewe Basford Hall - Wembley Central engineers.

  • 21 July 2018. 90033 looks a sorry sight dumped at Crewe Electric Depot. She has been stored now for over thirteen years having been stood down from active service in April 2005.

  • 21 July 2018. Slowly being reclaimed by nature. What a criminal waste. 90025 and 60055 are seen disappearing from view at Crewe Electric Depot. 90025 has now been inactive for over fourteen and a half years whilst the tug has been silent for three months short of a decade.

  • 21 July 2018. Trying to her best to hide and blend in with the foliage, a green looking 90022 Freightconnection has seen better days having been taken from service in September 2006 when she required a C exam which was not authorised.

  • 21 July 2018. The former Rail express systems, 90017 stands forlornly behind a bush at Crewe Electric Depot. She had been removed from traffic in November 2006 with an electrical fault.

  • 21 July 2018. With the scar on her bodyside where her Crewe Locomotive Works nameplates once hung, 90030 sits silently having been silent since January 2006 when she was removed from service.

  • 21 July 2018. Her external condition gives a false account of her recent activity as 90032 stands stored at Crewe Electric Depot. She has been out of active use since February 2004 with defective wheelsets. Sister loco 90030 is on her left whilst on the right, 90038 is just visible.

  • 21 July 2018. 66421 was named Gresty Bridge TMD at the event.

  • 21 July 2018. 37606 stands next to TPE liveried 68019 Brutus. The 68 along with 68021 have been in the Czech Republic on test with new TPE mark 5 stock and both the 68's had only returned to the UK the day before.

  • 21 July 2018. 37407 at Gresty Bridge. She is another loco rescued from a delerict condition from the Churnet Valley Railway.

  • 21 July 2018. 57007 was named at the event, John Scott 12.5.45 - 22.5.12

  • 21 July 2018. 88002 Prometheus at Gresty Bridge.

  • 21 July 2018. The superb work stained 37403 Isle of Mull. She is another loco to have carried three names. 37403 was originally Isle of Mull before becoming Glendarroch and later Ben Cruachan. After almost rotting away in a derelict state at Margam in South Wales, salvation came and on completion of a return to traffic, she regained her original name.

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