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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  December 2018. Shades of orange on a gloomy day. 66783 The Flying Dustman stands with her train, the 6H11 1133 Bletchley CEMEX - Wellingborough Yard underneath Bletchley flyover having reversed out of the stone terminal. Note the additional front light and drawgear from her previous Lickey Banker duties when numbered 66058.

1 December 2018. Shades of orange on a gloomy day. 66783 The Flying Dustman stands with her train, the 6H11 1133 Bletchley CEMEX - Wellingborough Yard underneath Bletchley flyover having reversed out of the stone terminal. Note the additional front light and drawgear from her previous Lickey Banker duties when numbered 66058.


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  • 27 December 2018. The afternoon sun catches 66556 on the rear of an engineers at Wolverton.

  • 26 December 2018. With 66537 sitting in platform 5, 66617 passes slowly along the relaid platform 6 with a ballast drop. She had arrived from the North on Christmas Eve with the 6Y62 1639 Crewe Basford Hall - Bletchley Relief 2.

  • 26 December 2018. 66537 sits with her ballast working at MK. She had arrived on Christmas Eve having worked the 6Y58 Wembley - Bletchley.

  • 26 December 2018. 66528 Madge Eliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015 stands under Stratford Road bridge at Wolverton with 66538 and 66543 in the background.

  • 26 December 2018. The engineering trains involved in the MK works over Christmas were in the main stabled at Denbigh to the South of MK before entering the works site. Equally those trains that left the works site then stabled around Bradwell/Wolverton/Castlethorpe before heading back to Crewe Basford Hall. With the former Royal train shed behind her, 66519 stands at Wolverton with another engineers headed by 66571 ahead. 66519 had travelled South on 23 December as the 6Y52 1601 Crewe Basford Hall - Denbigh Hall North Junction.

  • 25 December 2018. 66528 Madge Elliot MBE Borders Railway Opening 2015 is seen shut down for the Christmas period at Wolverton having exited the MK works possession.

  • 24 December 2018. Diverted from her usual MML route, 66618 Railways Illustrated Annual Photographic Awards Alan Barnes passes Wolverton with the 6L45 Earles - Dagenham cement working.

  • 24 December 2018. Reliveried 350232 leads sisters 350250 + 350242 into Wolverton on the 2Y32 1054 BNS - Euston.

  • 24 December 2018. The light at the end of the tunnel. Major engineering works took place at MK over the Christmas period resulting in the removal of all rail, sleepers and ballast through platform 6. A number of engineering trains were used in the works involving 66519/528/529/537/538/543/556/562/563/571/594/602 and 66617. One of these locos, 66543 is seen parked up near Granby, North of Bletchley awaiting entrance to the works site.

  • 24 December 2018. With the fast lines shut in connection with the MK Christmas engineering works, 390124 Virgin Venturer passes Wolverton with the 1A24 1035 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston.

  • 22 December 2018. WCRC 37516 Loch Laidon pilots 44871 past Wolverton with the 5Z21 0944 Southall - Carnforth ECS.

  • 15 December 2018. More December gloom at Bletchley as 66761 Wensleydale Railway Association 25 Years 1990-2015 starts out on the stone empties heading for Wellingborough Yard.

  • 11 December 2018. The beauty that is 37025 Inverness TMD stands at MK having arrived with the 3Q68 Derby RTC - Rugby via MK.

  • 1 December 2018. Shades of orange on a gloomy day. 66783 The Flying Dustman stands with her train, the 6H11 1133 Bletchley CEMEX - Wellingborough Yard underneath Bletchley flyover having reversed out of the stone terminal. Note the additional front light and drawgear from her previous Lickey Banker duties when numbered 66058.

  • 27 November 2018. 37884 Cepheus + 365505 are held by a red in platform 2 at MK whilst working the 5Q42 2348 Ilford EMU Depot - Crewe South Yard.

  • 3 November 2018. 323217 is seen being towed along McConnell Drive in Wolverton by works resident 08629 Wolverton. The 323 had arrived as the 0857 Soho LMD - Wolverton Centre Sidings.

  • 2 November 2018. The Autumn sunshine shadows just hold to witness the passage of 90029 + 67016 through Wolverton with the 0A06 1335 Crewe IEMD -Wembley.

  • 27 October 2018. With 1733 having run round, the former XP64 loco double heads with D1924 (47810) Crewe Diesel Depot at MK with the Lord of the Isles charter, the 1Z22 0525 MK - Inverness. Arrival into the Highland capital was not to be until 2006, a mere fourteen and three quarters of an hour later.

  • 27 October 2018. 66738 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN comes to a stand at Bletchley whilst working the 6B11 0106 Peak Forest - Bletchley Cemex

  • 27 October 2018. Heritage livery companions as D1924 and 1733 stand together at MK before the off to the Highland capital of Inverness.

  • 27 October 2018. With her exhaust puncturing the night time air, D1924 (47810) Crewe Diesel Depot stands at MK having arrived on the rear of the 5Z22 0155 Crewe Holding Sidings - MK.

  • 27 October 2018. D1924 Crewe Diesel Depot stands in the crisp night time air at MK having arrived on the rear of 5Z22. This loco has now carried four different names having previously been named Porterbrook, Captain Sensible and Peter Bath MBE 1927-2006 before gaining her latest plates.

  • 27 October 2018. Rail blue 1733 (47853) stands at MK having arrived with the Locomotive Services Limited operated 5Z22 0155 Crewe Holding Sidings - MK. This ECS working was used for the Lord of the Isles charter to Inverness.

  • 27 October 2018. 1733 is seen at MK having detached from 5Z22 and is about to run round the Statesman stock to double head with stablemate D1924 (47810)

  • 26 October 2018. Revisiting old haunts sees 90008 The East Anglian pass light through Wolverton heading back to Anglian metals on the 0Z90 1033 Crewe Electric Depot - Norwich Crown Point.

  • 26 October 2018. Carrying the revised Voyager livery, 221101 101 Squadron forms the rear of the ten car 1D93 1910 Euston - Holyhead at MK with 221142. The repainted Voyager was detached at Chester whilst 221142 continued to Holyhead alone.

  • 24 October 2018. With 710266 out on test the previous night, it is the turn of 710261 to visit MK on 5Q10 from Willesden TMD.

  • 23 October 2018. Testing continues of the new class 710 London Overground units. 710266 stands in the bay platform at MK having arrived on the 5Q10 ex 2146 from Willesden TMD. She returned south on the 5Q11 2335 to London.

  • 12 October 2018. DB hire in, DRS 66425 stands at Bletchley leading the 2136 Bescot - Sharnbrook Junction engineers with 66061 out of sight on the rear.

  • 12 October 2018. With her EWS branding removed, 66139 prepares to head across the Bedford branch from Bletchley leading the 2026 Bescot - Sharnbrook Junction.

  • 12 October 2018. DB red 66009 stands at Bletchley during a reversal leading the 2026 Bescot - Sharnbrook Junction engineers.

  • 9 October 2018. A close up view of the cab end of 710265 at MK with not a hint of yellow in sight !

  • 9 October 2018. New London Overground unit 710265 is looped and held on a red signal at MK on test whilst working 5Q10 2032 Willesden TMD - Crewe. She was looped to allow passage of GBRf 66759 which was working 4M02.

  • 9 October 2018. And so it begins. Testing of the 'new' traction for the Marston Vale line has commenced. Vivarail 230003 comprises former London Underground vehicles 7069 now numbered 300003 and 7127 now numbered 300103. Carrying Marston Vale branding, 230003 stands at Bletchley on test working 5Q35 2035 Bedford -Bletchley TMD.

  • 9 October 2018. 150105 'Bernie' awaits the off at Bletchley working the 2S31 2101 to Bedford.

  • 9 October 2018. With 150 and 153 units to be replaced by class 230 stock in December, a view of 150109 at Bletchley with the 2S29 2001 to Bedford.

  • 9 October 2018. The 'new' old order as 230003 stands at Bletchley on test with the 5Q33 1853 ex Bedford.

  • 5 October 2018. 37884 Cepheus has 319450 for company passing through Wolverton on the start of their journey with the 5Q99 1630 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Loughborough Brush.

  • 29 September 2018. With a rear 'dusted' cab, 66610 rumbles past Soulbury with the 6E84 1321 Stewarts Lane - Barrow Hill.

  • 29 September 2018. Repainted and now denamed 390112 heads South at Soulbury with the 1A44 1415 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston.

  • 29 September 2018. With over 100 years of service between them, 86608 + 86612 pass Wolverton leading the 4L96 1232 Crewe Basford Hall - Ipswich. 86608 was formerly numbered 86501 between 2000 and 2016 when she was regeared before reverting to her present number.

  • 29 September 2018. 37884 Cepheus growls past Soulbury with Southern 455830 in tow working the 5Q70 1202 Stewarts Lane T&RSMD - Wolverton Centre Sidings.

  • 28 September 2018. First introduced in 1987, the pioneer class 156, 156401 passes through the unfamiliar haunts of Wolverton heading North having just started her journey working as the 5Z56 1230 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Derby Etches Park

  • 28 September 2018. Colas beast 37219 Jonty Jarvis 8-12-1998 to 18-3-2005 passes light through Wolverton running as 0Z37 1355 Crewe Basford Hall - Hither Green.

  • 25 September 2018. Pioneer 168, 168001 descends at Bicester South Junction with the 1T46 1618 Marylebone - Oxford.

  • 25 September 2018. With 165028 + 165015 being held on the incline at Bicester South Junction whilst working the 1Y62 1638 Oxford - Marylebone, 68010 Oxford Flyer blasts North with the 1K45 1615 Marylebone - Kidderminster.

  • 25 September 2018. 165028 + 165015 climb at Bicester South Junction working the 1Y62 1638 Oxford - Marylebone.

  • 25 September 2018. 168109 + 168218 run down the incline at Bicester South Junction whilst working the 1T45 1600 Marylebone - Oxford.

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