Balfour Beattie “chopper” action, 18 and 19 Sep 2014


Elstow, 1809 thanks to “TC”


18091420189n142bdr.jpg 20189+20142 at Elstow, just having been given the green signal to proceed through Bedford, running as 0Z20 09.00 Willesden Euroterminal - Chaddesden Sidings. Meanwhile 150105 heads west with the 10.55 Bedford - Bletchley. 180914


Harrow (aka “Arrow”) 1809 thanks to Rich Stiles


18091420189n20142hwr.jpg The “Choppers soon returned in this night shot of 20189 & 20142 at Harrow & Wealdstone working 6Z20
15:20 Chaddesden Sidings ~ Willesden Euroterminal.


Leighton Station, 1909




19091420189n142railvacr.jpg On approach to Leighton and in top and tail mode, 20142 and 20189 with a “Railvac” track machine en route as 6Z56 Willesden to Chaddeston via the WCML to Nuneaton, hence the t nt formation.


Aylesbury Archive view from 1994


02019420118n169.jpg 20118 and 20169 were hired to Balfour Beatty to assist with resignalling and other Chiltern line improvements. The “Choppers” are seen here stabled at Aylesbury on January 2nd 1994. The print factory? in the background has long gone and flats now stand on the site of the former factory


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