Lightening The Load
The working involved with 6F02 and 6F05 limestone trains is more complicated than most, Peak Forest kicks out a loco (booked class 60, heavy train!) which runs light to Tunstead to collect 30 hoppers (JNA's?) of fresh Buxton lime, weighing in at 3000 tons. It then runs back via Peak Forest, drops the shunter off at the depot, restarts the train on the steep incline to and through Dove Holes tunnel, then via Chinley, New Mills, Disley, bypassing Stockport to Northenden Junction, Altrincham and Knutsford, into Northwich station and reversing to the Brunner Mond works. It then drops around half of the stone and departs back out through Northwich to Greenbank Junction and into Oakleigh sidings where the remaining lime is discharged after a loco run round and a push back to position.
60054 sits patiently whilst another hopper is emptied behind at Oakleigh, 17 March 2012. This was taken before the site floodlighting burst into life, unlike the previous phot. Don't look too close, it's hideously grainy, I've put it up as I'm taken by the atmosphere the scene conveys.