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The Luca Pezzulo Express - 20th July 2019

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Mileage Table<br>[&copy; Jim Sellens 2019]

Route Description<br>[© Paul Stewart with thanks to Martyn Brailsford; 2019]

Wrenthorpe West Siding (note electrification) looking south towards Wakefield Westgate; the main line to Leeds is far left. All pictures (unless otherwise specified) by Geoff Plumb, our official Society Photographer https://plumbloco.smugmug.com/ or by authorised staff on his behalf.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Historical Route Map 1<br>[&copy; Dave Cromarty 2019]

Historical Route Map 2<br>[&copy; Dave Cromarty 2019]

The Stocksbridge Railway on a 1961 One-inch OS map. Deepcar station (closed to passengers 15 Jun 1959) is bottom right on the Sheffield (off bottom right) to Penistone line. [See later for 1985 pictures of the Stocksbridge Railway and more text.]

Aerial view of Kellingley Colliery site, the closed Eggborough Power station is in the background with Drax (coal fired side) to its left further away.<br>[&copy; Chris Davis 2019]

The impressive 1 mile 1,125yd Summit Tunnel.in May 1977 - doesn't it look like a picture of a model railway, and you might say that it's not very realistic as a railway would never look like that in real life...<br>[&copy; Ian Mortimer 1977]

Wrenthorpe looking north to Leeds, our tour is in the west siding with EMU 331108 right.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2019]

Our Branch line Society Chairman, John Williamson, with Chris Verney from Martin House.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2019]

Once it would have been impossible to show the whole of Tinsley yard in one photograph but here it is in 2019. The east end of Road 4 looking west towards Shepcote Lane.<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2019]

Once it would have been impossible to show the whole of Tinsley yard in one photograph but here it is in 2019. The east end of Road 4 looking west towards Shepcote Lane.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

A small section of Tinsley Yard in Feb 1975 with a Class 13 hump shunting.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 2019]

Healey Mills Departure Line 'A' with the tour waiting to ..... depart.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

On the Stocksbridge Railway at the end of Ellen Cliff Loop looking towards the works, taken by a NR representative while both trains were stopped. 37669, right, is on our tour.<br>[© Kev Adlam 2019]

The Stocksbridge Railway, some pictures from our riding visit on Mon 15 Jul 1985 using the internal brakevan.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 1985]

The Stocksbridge Railway, some pictures from our riding visit on Mon 15 Jul 1985 using the internal brakevan.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 1985]

The Stocksbridge Railway, some pictures from our riding visit on Mon 15 Jul 1985 using the internal brakevan.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 1985]

A most interesting picture of the arrangements at Deepcar in Jul 1985, looking south towards Sheffield (formerly Victoria station). The line right foreground is from Stocksbridge Steel Works (behind the photographer). The Woodhead line closed in Jul 1981 and Sheffield - Penistone (to Huddersfield) DMU services were diverted via Barnsley in May 1983. By Jul 1985 the overhead wires had been removed (don't the supports look odd without them) but the then 'branch' to Deepcar from (Sheffield) Nunnery Jn was still double track. Deepcar station (CP 15 Jun 1959), signal box and trailing crossover can be seen right of centre. Unlike now there was no direct connection between the main line and the Stocksbridge Railway - which also continued on a lengthy branch to a tip with poor track over rough terrain seen behind Deepcar station (off right). Needless to say our tour covered it.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 1985]

The Stocksbridge Railway, some pictures from our riding visit on Mon 15 Jul 1985 using the internal brakevan.<br>[© Ian Mortimer 1985]

Back to the future and Ellen Cliff Loop again during our 2019 tour.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

The BLS Real Ale Team (left Neil Bentley and right Andrew Rawlins) dispensed Luca's Aid (4.3% ABV) - hand pumped these days using our Society's own equipment. Once costs were covered, all profits went to Martin House Children's Hospice.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Not a 'Guess the Location'.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Hull P7, our loco is adding new meaning to the expression 'Stand behind the yellow line'.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Meanwhile at the London end of Hull P7 (which was actually P4 prior to 1984)....<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

The London end of the lengthy Hull Station/Carriage Siding 'E' formerly P14.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

The 'keen' end of the train from the buffer stops; the ex-ScotRail DMU (right) is on Line 'B'.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Drax Coal Unloading Line 'C'; there are six cooling towers for the coal plants and six for the biomass plants.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

The other end of the train here with the coal-fired plant behind.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

The cheque presentation team at Drax, Kev is fourth from the right.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

A First Class invasion; Luca's family are presented the second headboard made for the tour.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Luca's sister Kitty and mother Charlotte.<br>[© Geoff Plumb 2019]

Luca's grandparents<br>[&copy; Geoff Plumb 2019]