A collection of privately owned conserved (not really preserved) coaches registered for use on the main line. There are several sets of such coaches working on Network Rail. Some are finished in liveries similar to those carried earlier on BR, whilst others are completely fictitious.
Many are heavily altered in comparison with when they were in use with BR.
GERS Network Rail Autoballasters were converted from Tiphook KPA originally built by Fauvet Girel c1988 (see http://paulbartlett.zenfolio.com/ferrytiphookaggregate).
An auto ballaster is a set of purpose built hopper wagons that accurately lay and distribute ballast onto a track formation. Each wagon has four hopper sections into which new, recycled or cleaned ballast is loaded from the top. Each hopper has controlled discharge doors with additional chutes to direct and regulate the flow of the ballast as it is unloaded onto the track.
New build wagons of similar design followed in 2000 & 1
32 of these flat bed wagons were built in 2001 by Kockums Industrier Malmö, Sweden to carry a sea flats cassette loaded with steel coils from Avesta Polarit Stainless. Equipped with Meridian Rails Axle Motion III bogies.
See http://www.kockumsindustrier.se/en-us/our-products/productdetail/?categoryid=1&productid=10 http://www.kockumsindustrier.se/images/leaflet/Kockums_Industrier_Sgmmns-w001.pdf
A regular steam special from York to Carlilse return, with pickups on an unusual route of Normanton, Wakefield Kirkgate and Westgate, Leeds, Keighley, Skipton. Then Hellifield to collect 46115, Appleby for water and Carlilse.
Formation 80217 (support), 21241, 4905, 5035, 99318, 99347, 99350, 3136, 3058, 99316, 3150.
Some nice film of the train https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=La3NXhvUiLk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TR_iwkneV1A
The Great Green Macaw (Ara ambiguus) also known as Buffon's macaw or the great military macaw, is subject to considerable conservation effort in Costa Rica with a breeding programme at The Ara Project in Punta Islita (from where they are released on the other Caribbean side of CR) and Manzanillo. The IUCN conservation status is endangered. Wild Macaw were observed near and over Lugana del Lagarta in the North and Manzanillo.
Kurunda Scenic Railway runs on the Queensland Railway narrow gauge (1067mm) line from Cairns to Kurunda. (33.233 km.) The line was built with considerable difficulty between 1886 and 1891. The locomotives are all 1720 Class Diesel Electric. Iintroduced to traffic in October 1966 and built by Clyde Engineering Company under licence from General Motors USA and subcontracted to Commonwealth Engineering in Brisbane. A 1000 HP is generated by the units’ diesel engine, Model 8- 645E. It is a two-stroke V8 General Motors Engine. Nos 1720 through to 1775 were finally delivered in 1969. See http://www.ksr.com.au/Pages/Default.aspx
We travelled down the railway and later stayed at a hotel near the railway at Cairns as it passes the historical graveyard.
The Puffing Billy Railway is a heritage line. Although only 2ft 6in narrow gauge considerable trains run into the Mountains from Belgrave, north west of Melbourne. Trains were only running on the lower half of the line when we visited. The surroundings are beautiful and the Lakeside Park is a lovely destination, with a simple walk back to Emerald. Two century old 2-6-2Tank locomotives hauled our train.
On the Ings near Fulford. A long stretch of the river Ouse through York is claimed to be the only location in Britain where the colourful Tansy beetle (Chrysolina graminis) is established. With fused elytra, they are unable to fly but will walk many metres. They have a conventional life cycle of overwintering in the soil, egg laying in spring, pupation during July with the adults emerging and feeding from July onwards.
Correction, Buglife in August 2014 reported another population being discovered at Woodwalton Fen, Cambs.
Every railway photo site has to have this; the Barry locomotive scrap yard 1 November 1970. Although I visited more in the 1980s I didn't waste any film on them (a GWR 2-8-2T cab made a good umbrella when the last of the Cokes had to be measured).
Unlike the wagons all of these locos still survive, many work! I should have saved my film and taken more wagon photos! Live and learn.
Photos of wagons in Barry at http://PaulBartlett.zenfolio.com/barrydock