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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.


2 December 2017. 57309 Pride of Crewe stands in platform 5 at MKC with an errant 390152 Virgin Knight. The Pendolino had worked the 1A39 1355 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston the previous day and had passed through Watford Junction 5 late but was 83 late by the time she had reached Harrow & Wealdstone due to her bringing the overhead wires down. The 1A39 service being terminated at Harrow. 390152 was removed to MK by 57309.

2 December 2017. 57309 Pride of Crewe stands in platform 5 at MKC with an errant 390152 Virgin Knight. The Pendolino had worked the 1A39 1355 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston the previous day and had passed through Watford Junction 5 late but was 83 late by the time she had reached Harrow & Wealdstone due to her bringing the overhead wires down. The 1A39 service being terminated at Harrow. 390152 was removed to MK by 57309.


LATEST ADDITIONS

  • 1 January 2018. New Years Day sun as 67010 passes Castlethorpe running as the 5Z75 1111 King's Cross - Burton Wetmore Sidings ECS. The skip and stock had been used along with 90018 (which was the main tour engine) on the Stoke Travel operated, Hogmanay Special from King's Cross to Edinburgh and return.

  • 28 December 2017. 67005 Queen's Messenger stands at Bletchley with the return leg of the Pieman One, the 1Z83 1450 Old Dalby - Euston.

  • 28 December 2017. Colas 60096, the former Ben Macdui passes Millbrook bridge with the 6L44 2215 Oxwellmains - West Thurrock cement. Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in the UK, only beaten in height by Ben Nevis.

  • 28 December 2017. 67005 Queen's Messenger is caught between the shadows at Husborne Crawley on the rear of 1Z82.

  • 23 December 2017. A festively decorated 45212 complete with support coach 99035 (35322) clouds her way past Wolverton running as 5Z43 0950 Southall - Castleton ELR.

  • 28 December 2017. With frost still hanging in the shadows, maple leaf 67018 Keith Heller passes Husborne Crawley leading the Pieman One, the 1Z82 0843 Euston - Old Dalby. The Xscape building in Central Milton Keynes is visible on the horizon directly above the leading cab of 67018.

  • 22 December 2017. Looking superb in a closest approximation of her original livery that modern standards will allow, pioneer 313201 trails 313121 south through Bletchley.

  • 22 December 2017. The unusual sight of 313121 + 313201 passing through Bletchley as the 5Z32 1430 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Acton Lane. Both units later continued on to Brighton Lovers Walk depot.

  • 22 December 2017. Network Rail test unit 313121 passes through MK en route to Wolverton Centre Sidings to collect 313201 running as 5Z31 1212 ex Willesden TMD.

  • 22 December 2017. Gloomy conditions see 66560 pilot 66543 through Bletchley working the 4L46 1212 Lawley Street - Felixstowe liner.

  • 22 December 2017. Reflections of 1976 as 313201 is released from Wolverton Works in pseudo BR blue and grey livery as built. originally 313001 and later 313101 before gaining her present identity, she was the first ever second generation EMU in the UK. The release of 313201 completes the C6 program at Wolverton Works which involved all Southern Railway's nineteen 313 units.

  • 22 December 2017. Wolverton Works resident 08629 Wolverton pushes 313201 towards the dive under the WCML and into Wolverton Centre Sidings for onward movement to Brighton Lovers Walk depot.

  • 90150 passes MK on 16 June 2000 with the 4M87 1249 Ipswich Yard - Trafford Park.

  • 60058 John Howard is seen on the iron ore circuit at Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • Mainline branded 60094 Tryfan passes Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 60024, the former Elizabeth Fry, passes West through Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 60035 Florence Nightingale leads the 6B13 0536 Robeston - Westerleigh through Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 66224 pauses briefly at Newport with the 6V14 MWFo 0730 Hull - Baglan Bay.

  • A clean 66217 heads West through Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • The 6M86 1059 Margam - Dee Marsh passes Newport behind 66214 on 28 June 2000.

  • 66157 works an MGR past Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 66159 pauses at Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 66120 passes through Newport on 28 June 2000 with the 6B24 Wednesdays only 1533 Didcot Power Station - Cardiff Tidal.

  • 66137 works a loaded log train East through Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 66108 works a short freight North through MK on 9 June 2000

  • 47303 Freightliner Cleveland passes through MK on 16 June 2000 with the 4M54 1236 Purfleet - Crewe.

  • 47773 Reservist stands at Newport on 28 June 2000 with the 1B60 1914 Bristol Temple Meads - Swansea mail. She was probably better remembered as 47541 The Queen Mother https://mark-beal-tmd.smugmug.com/RetrospectiveRail/Retrospective-Class-47/i-ChJ9wxP

  • 16 December 2017. With overnight frost still lying in the foreground, 66623 Bill Bolsover heads past Husborne Crawley with driver Dave Smith at the controls working 6H10 0957 Bletchley RMC - Woodhouse Junction Sidings empty stone. DB Cargo have just lost the Bletchley stone traffic to Freightliner.

  • 15 December 2017. Rail Operation Group's 37601 Perseus passes non stop through Bletchley with Elizabeth Line branded 345019 in tow working the 5Q72 0955 Old Dalby - Wembley.

  • 15 December 2017. A closer inspection of 345019 passing through Bletchley.

  • 12 December 2017. Elizabeth Line branded 345018 heads away from camera behind 37601 Perseus at Chelmscote on the 5Q59 1141 Wembley - Old Dalby.

  • 12 December 2017. Blue is the colour as 67003 complete with BR blue and grey stock stand at MK with a Chelsea footex, the 1Z59 1252 Euston - Huddersfield running an hour down.

  • 12 December 2017. A broadside view of Arriva blue liveried 67003 passing Chelmscote on the rear of 5Z59.

  • 12 December 2017. Running just shy of two hours late, 67020 passes a snowy Chelmscote leading the 5Z59 Burton Wetmore Sidings - Euston ECS. Arriva liveried 67003 was on the rear. On arrival at Euston 67003 lead North to Huddersfield forming a Chelsea footex.

  • 11 December 2017. Au revoir London Midland and hello London NorthWestern. The first 350 to carry the new London Northwestern livery, 350373 is seen at a -2 degrees Wolverton leading out of sight 350377 Graham Taylor OBE working her last passenger working of the day in her new colours, the 2N25 1954 Euston - Northampton.

  • 10 December 2017. Let it snow as super ED's 73963 Janice + 73961 Alison pass through Wolverton on the fast working light as the 0Z73 1122 Tonbridge West Yard - Derby RTC.

  • 10 December 2017. The going away view of 73963 + 73961 heading for Derby.

  • 9 December 2017. Powerhaul liveried 66416 curves past Chelmscote leading the 4L90 0830 Lawley Street - Felixstowe

  • 9 December 2017. 66569 curves south through Chelmscote with 4L93 0821 Crewe - Felixstowe.

  • 9 December 2017. On the last full day of London Midland operation, uniquely liveried 350110 + 350245 speed past Chelmscote working the 2Y64 0954 Birmingham New Street - Euston. The following day the franchise became part of the West Midlands Rail operation under the London Northwestern banner.

  • 9 December 2017. London Midland duo 350121 + 350242 pass Chelmscote with the 2K14 1047 MKC - Euston. With the new London Northwestern franchise taking over the following day, note the first unit retains LM branding whilst the rear unit has been debranded

  • 9 December 2017. Whilst working the 5Q58 0601 Leicester LIP - Ramsgate EMU Depot conveying 375922, Rail Operations Group 37608 Andromeda failed at Bletchley which required a rescue loco in the form of 56301 being summoned from Wembley. The ensemble of 56301 + 37608 + 375922 pass the four strong gallery at Chelmscote heading for the Isle of Thanet.

  • 4 December 2017. The penultimate GWR class 387 unit 387173 stands at Bletchley having arrived rom Derby Litchurch Lane behind 66538.

  • 3 December 2017. With 350375 waiting to form the 2K62 2012 to Euston, 68016 Fearless comes to a stand at MK during a crew change with the Northern Belle ECS, the 5Z68 1725 King's Cross - Kidderminster SVR. Sister 68017 Hornet is on the rear. The train had been used earlier in the day for the 'Rose of the Shires - Christmas Special from King's Cross to Grantham and return.

  • 2 December 2017. 57309 Pride of Crewe stands in platform 5 at MKC with an errant 390152 Virgin Knight. The Pendolino had worked the 1A39 1355 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston the previous day and had passed through Watford Junction 5 late but was 83 late by the time she had reached Harrow & Wealdstone due to her bringing the overhead wires down. The 1A39 service being terminated at Harrow. 390152 was removed to MK by 57309.

  • 25 November 2017. Complete with ROG headboard, Caledonian sleeper liveried 86101 Sir William A Stanier FRS calls briefly at MK with the return leg of a Chelsea footex, the 1Z73 2040 Liverpool South Parkway - Euston.

  • 25 November 2017. Into the night as 60163 TORNADO lets off steam at MK on the return leg of the 'Christmas Chester Cracker', the 1Z95 1738 Chester - Euston.

  • 24 November 2017. With GWR 387 deliveries to Bletchley for commissioning drawing to a close, 387172 stands at Bletchley having arrived from Derby behind 66510. There are only two more units to be delivered namely 387173 and 387174.

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