© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2011 There was no particular purpose to this trip - just a day out in the north-west, around Manchester. We started at Greenfield, on the line to Diggle and Standedge Tunnel. No Peaks around now - but a couple of 47s, including none other than 47 401 "North Eastern", the original D1500 - plus a couple of 37s on a freight and the by now ubiquitous 150/2s. We moved over to Castleton, on the L&Y main line to Yorkshire. We weren't expecting anything special, so, after a picture of a 150/2 arriving, we moved on. The Bury electrics, the unique 1200v DC side-contact electrics, were in their last years. Soon they would be withdrawn and the route converted to "Metro". "We'd better get a few photos". The bridge just along from Hagside level crossing proved ideal. Just three or four miles away, we found a spot beside the Manchester - Bolton line, near Kearsley, up above the power station there. Just the one loco-hauled working passed through - plus the usual array of multiple units, in this case with some variety of type. Heading south-westwards now, we called at Trafford Park to see if anything was doing on the internal railway system. It wasn't - we had to content ourselves with a couple of pictures of the system's Hudswell Clarke diesel locos, stabled and awaiting duty. Lastly, we called at Irlam viaduct, where the former CLC route crosses the Manchester Ship Canal. As ever, the light was all wrong... A few snaps of passing trains - as ever, the ones with locos were going the wrong way. Time for home. 150 204 on a Chester-bound working, Greenfield Cl 47 heads westbound oil tanks, Greenfield 150 276 eastbound at Greenfield 47 401 "North Eastern" heads for Manchester, Greenfield Sprinting Sprinter - panned at Greenfield A pair of 37s on Ford containers, eastbound at Greenfield 150 216 at Castleton Cl 504 M77173 at Hagside PTE liveried 504 M77171, Hagside ...and another - 504 unit heads for Manchester, Hagside 150 203 heads north near Kearsley Manchester-bound 47, Kearsley Cl 104 rattles along towards Blackpool North, Kearsley Cl 108 DMU heads for Manchester Victoria, Kearsley D2 & D6 HCs 1187 & 1191 of 1960, Trafford Park 4002 HC D1076 of 1959, Trafford Park DMU crosses Irlam viaduct 31 on a passenger working, Irlam viaduct