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.

37099 MKC 2 April 2019

37099 MKC 2 April 2019

Split box 37099 MERL EVANS 1947-2016 comes to a stand on platform 4 at MK to allow the passage on platform 5 of 390156 Stockport 170 which was running late on the 1M18 1730 Glasgow Central - Euston. The Colas beast, formerly named Clydebridge was working the 3Q69 2124 Rugby Depot - Rugby Depot via Euston and MK.


  • 56103 + 56091 Castlethorpe 12 May 2019.

    With the sun having broke through minutes earlier, DCR pair 56103 + 56091 pass Castlethorpe with the 6Z56 1435 Willesden DCR Sidings - Chaddesden Sidings. The duo had worked down from Leicester to London earlier in the morning.

  • 66731 Wolverton 12 May 2019.

    GBRf 66731 interhub GB heads north through Wolverton on the rear of the 6G50 1200 Euston - Crewe Basford Hall. Sister 66710 led the way north.

  • 66710 Wolverton 12 May 2019.

    66710 Phil Packer BRIT leads the 6G50 1200 Euston - Crewe Basford Hall engineers north past Wolverton.

  • 56091 + 56103 Wolverton 12 May 2019.

    Growling grids as DCR duo 56091 + 56103 pass light through Wolverton with the 0Z56 1108 Leicester LIP - Willesden DCR Sidings.

  • 230004 + 230005 Bletchley 11 May 2019

    230004 is seen unusually alongside sister 230005 at Bletchley awaiting time with the 2S17 1401 to Bedford. Disgraced 230005 had earlier worked the 2S02 0629 Bedford - Bletchley but failed at Millbrook with a blown control fuse. She managed to limp to platform 6 at Bletchley and was unable to move any further. She was parked in the platform for over six hours before finally returning to the TMD.

  • 66725 Bletchley 11 May 2019.

    Complete with her football scarf adornment, 66725 SUNDERLAND reverses out of Bletchley CEMEX Terminal before setting out with the 4H04 1229 to Peak Forest via the WCML.

  • D1924 (47810) + 47614 MKC 11 May 2019.

    D1924 (47810) Crewe Diesel Depot + 47614 arrive at MK with the Canterbury & White Cliffs Statesman, the 1Z85 0636 Shrewsbury - Canterbury West.

  • 66773 Castlethorpe 10 May 2019

    66773 passes Castlethorpe working the 4M46 1155 London Gateway - Hams Hall.

  • 66007 Wolverton 6 May 2019

    An elevated view from half way up the platform stairs sees 66007 on the fast at Wolverton on the 6R02 1400 Kings Langley - Bescot.

  • 66544 Wolverton 6 May 2019

    66544 passes Wolverton on the fast with the 7Y61 0952 Kings Langley - Crewe Basford Hall engineers.

  • 66572 Wolverton 6 May 2019

    Path painted on her nose, 66572 leads the 6Y63 1052 Kings Langley - Crewe Basford Hall through Wolverton.

  • 66711 Husborne Crawley 4 May 2019

    AI liveried 66711 Sence dances with the shadows passing Husborne Crawley with the 4H04 0920 Bletchley CEMEX - Wellingborough Yard.

  • 66021 Wolverton 26 April 2019

    DB red curves north through Wolverton atop the 6X77 1358 Dagenham - Mossend.

  • 62934 (319444) Stratford Road, Wolverton Works 26 April 2019

    Vehicle 62934 from unit 319444 City of St Albans is seen arriving into Wolverton Works just before 2pm.

  • 230004 Bletchley 26 April 2019

    Four months late into service, 230004 appropriately had the honour of being the first 230 to finally enter service on the Marston Vale route when she worked the 2S01 0516 Bletchley - Bedford on 22 April. She is seen here four days later arriving into Bletchley on the 2S18 1454 Bedford - Bletchley.

  • 37601 + 350403 Wolverton 24 April 2019

    On the last few hundred metres of her journey, 37601 Perseus hauls TPE but fully debranded 350403 through Wolverton on the 5N70 0441 Ardwick TMD - Wolverton Centre Sidings. 350403 was en route to Wolverton Works for collision repairs. The Desiro was working the 0610 Manchester Airport - Edinburgh on 7 November 2018 when it hit two horses on the line between Gretna Junction and Mossbank Junction near Gretna on the WCML.

  • 37601 + 350403 Wolverton 24 April 2019

    With collision damage evident on the lower right hand side of the end of the unit, 350403 passes through Wolverton behind 37601. Note with the absence of any unit numerals, the unit number is carried on a piece of paper inside the left can window.

  • 66714 Long Rock Open Day 13 April 2019

    In connection with the naming of 802008 after the lifeboat Solomon Browne, GBRf sympathetically sent 66714 Cromer Lifeboat as a guest. A considerably long way from North Norfolk, 66714 basks in the Cornish sun.

  • ALFRED Long Rock Open day 13 April 2019

    Prerserved at the Bodmin & Wenford Railway and formerly used by English China Clay at the Port of Par, ALFRED was originally due to be named Punch but was named after Alfred Truscott, in honour of his retirement as a harbour master.

  • 08645 Long Rock Open Day 13 April 2019

    08645 resplendent in Kernow flag livery of black with a white cross and named St. Piran. The shunter was previously named Mike Baggott and was in use at Swansea Landore before that depot closed.

  • 08410 Long Rock Open Day 13 April 2019

    Resident Long Rock shunter 08410 carrying a small Kernow sticker above her bufferbeam number.

  • 802008 Long Rock Open Day 13 April 2019

    The Penlee Lifeboat, Solomon Browne disaster happened on 19 December 1981. The Solomon Browne went to the aid of the MV Union Star whose engines had failed in turbulent seas. The MV Union Star had only been launched in Denmark days before the incident and was on her maiden cargo carrying voyage heading from Holland to Ireland. The Solomon Browne was repeatedly drawn alongside the Union Star enabling four crew from the coaster to be rescued before all contact was lost. It was eventually found all hands from both the coaster and lifeboat were lost along with both the Union Star and the Solomon Browne.

  • 802008 Long Rock Open Day 13 April 2019

    Rick Rescorla was born in Hayle in Cornwall and became a citizen of the US in the 1960's. He was decorated for bravery during the Vietnam conflict and later became head of security for Morgan Stanley in the south tower of the World Trade Centre. He was instrumental in helping evacuating many people during the terrorist attacks. After helping many souls out he returned inside to the south tower but the 62 year old was one of the 2500 + people who lost their lives. His body was never recovered. The reference 'Kernow bys vyken' is Cornish for Cornwall Forever .

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