Welcome to my website! Please settle in and look around, scroll down for newest posts or use the top and side menus to navigate – you’ll find plenty record phots from my nedding around, mainly, continental Europe. Captions are a bit variable so feel free to leave a message if further gen would be of use and I’ll do my best… Cheers, Prost or Nazdráve!

Posted March 1, 2015 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

Bulgaria September 2015

Still a top place! Most things managed to eventually fall into place nicely again for 2015’s Bulgaria trip, usual circular trip to cover the ground. Managed a dozen new BDZ locos and added a few more to the ‘active winners’ list for the next trip! Storming around behind classic Skoda electrics in fresh air compos, driven hard on single lines with little to no gen, let alone diagrams, perhaps bashing in its simplest form. Between trains ;-) managed a few phots of EA’s and also a pair of OBB Taurus which have now spread their wings this far East.

We also did the International service between Sofia-Budapest which goes over the new Danube II bridge between Vidin and Golenti. Due to Craiova airport being shut we then transitted home via Bucharest. Rumour has to this service, if it survives, will be retimed into an overnight for 2016 so perhaps good to do it in daylight.


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Obviously you’ll also want to look at the 87 phots, won’t you…?


Posted October 3, 2015 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Denmark, Euro Nedding, Romania

Bulgarian Sevens, September 2015

It was that time again – the annual pilgrimage to Bulgaria had arrived. You probably know the drill by now, so I’ll leave the photos to do most of the talking. Pirdop & Razdelna dominate as usual, plus the bonus this year of viewing (if with poor phots) all four Bulmarket machines. This included, on the penultimate day and totally unexpected, 009 at Levski, it had been a long long time since I’d seen that one.

Accounted for during the week were: 003 006 009 010 012 013 014 017 019 020 023 025 026 028 029 & 034


BZK Gen: We headed to Pirdop for the afternoon where the usual stabled locos were shunted onto the evening eastbound departures, these being tanks headed for Razdelna which seemed at usual levels but also with the usual favouritism of having a CFR 40 leading. Due to daytime engineering work on the Pirdop line however the timings just didn’t work out for phots en-route.

The Razdelna-Ruse daily mixed freight was again the phot ‘banker’ (it was 026, obviously!) with Razdelna just about being light enough to do a morning session around the yard as the service trains are running earlier again.  September is really too late in the year for this it seems.

Bulmarket: The only solid runner viewed was a afternoon Ruse-Dolno Esperovo tanks which was 87023 when crossed but then an EA the following two days when photting would have been on! We were surprised to see a triple header trip heading back up the Ruse line from Polski Trambesh (previously always a single EA) and then 009 heading for Sofia with a short set of tanks. With Bulmarket reported to be under offer by PKP Cargo changes could perhaps be afoot here anyway!

Posted September 15, 2015 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Uncategorized

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August Summer Holiday: Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Austria

Part 2: Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria

A much needed full week away! There will be a couple of parts to this as I managed to take quite a few photos, by my standards anyway, and as we did a whistlestop tour there is enough variety to (hopefully) keep it interesting.

So having crossed the Danube at Komarno – Komaron, we were in Hungary for until Monday afternoon, when the tension was mounting as a V43 whisked us east towards Hodos. The week basically hinged on this – we were looking for a possible last blast on the Citadella but with two ‘Tony’ 2016 silent junk out and about, would we be bowled? No, 664106! They even found a 363 to work forward, Thanks Very Much SZ! We then pottered around Croatia on 2044s for a couple of days before going for a three-legged 664 move on the Friday – both Citadella’s and the overnight. Once again we’d pleased the right people as all three dropped ‘biblical volume’ 664s – even got the pen out twice taking me to 11 of the 20. Don’t know if I’ll get another though with the wires well on the way now… After the (good for engines, not much sleep!) overnight we had a leisurely day around Lake Balaton then just a long way home on the Sunday, Gyor-Vienna-Brno-Stansted, just to add an extra pair of countries to the week!

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For the previous few days photos from Slovakia please click ‘ere!

Posted September 2, 2015 by redcow87015 in Austria, Croatia, Euro Nedding, Hungary, Slovenia

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August “Summer” Holiday: Slovakia

A much needed full week away! There will be a couple of parts to this as I managed to take quite a few photos, by my standards anyway, and as we did a whistlestop tour there is enough variety to (hopefully) keep it interesting.

First stop off the plan was Slovakia, where a bash was well overdue. We had Saturday afternoon through to Monday evening and the name of the game was to concentrate on the classic Laminatka “goldfish” which I really do rate, and pick up whatever else was available between them. Managed a decent haul, although the Monday peak could have gone better, a case of the wrong move (but it was all blind!) Thoroughly enjoyable storming around on the goldfish and with the number of station bars even deckcharing wasn’t exactly a chore! The weather had somewhat blown up by Monday lunchtime so our next move into Hungary was in a fast taxi rather than the planned walk over the Danube… to follow!

Posted August 27, 2015 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Slovakia

VWC 87s – the very very end, 1G21 and 1B05 Autumn 2006

Originally posted on 87015aewn:

As the nice people at fotopic have recovered some of my old phots, and the fact that I’m too lazy to re-format them, here is a selection of low-res phots of the very, very end of Virgin West Coast 87 action in the Autumn of 2006.

From the 4th September until 6th October 87006 held sway, giving way to 002 from the 10th October past rumoured demises in November and early December until the 22nd and even managed a few extra daytime runs into the bargain…

1G21 1651 Euston – Birmingham

1B05 1900 Birmingham – Euston

A frequent Rugby-New St-Cov evening move might not have been the most exciting but with a small crowd of sociable regulars, reliable (by WCML standarsds) running, tight timings and all the right noises from up front made it an enjoyable few months or so… All the more so after the rather disastrous month or…

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Posted August 7, 2015 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

Summer Saturday Rodent

Just a single phot – 25185 at Churston working the 1300 Paignton – Kingswear, let out for a couple of trips to allow the kettles to pair up. I’d forgotten quite how good these little locos are, especially on load 7 with a good bank to attack…



Posted July 19, 2015 by redcow87015 in Class 25s, UK Preservation

Citadella and Balaton Diesels

This was only a quick weekend hashed together and hopes of more 664 drag action after last year were dashed as the juice was turned back on a week or so beforehand. However we still had the Citadella 664 and MAV’s 2015 Balaton diesel gala with M61 017 joined by a M62 this year.

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Posted July 6, 2015 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Hungary, Slovenia


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