Mark Beal TMD

Welcome to Mark Beal TMD, the home 'depot' for my railway photographic collection. In time this site will display photographs spanning from the mid 1980's to the present day. Living in Milton Keynes, many shots are from the MK area but many other shots are on here from Penzance to Thurso.

My interest in the railways started around 1980 and along with living within sight of the WCML and having a father who worked in Wolverton Works, my fate was sealed.

I hope you enjoy looking at present day rail operations along with hopefully some distant happy memories of days long gone by. All images contained herein are copyrighted to myself. 

This site and its content are dedicated to my late father, Eric William Beal 1933 - 1991 and to my late mother, Ann Beal 1937 - 2015. Both forever in my thoughts.

9 February 2018. 66035 Resourceful is seen at the Calvert Waste Terminal part way through the unloading/loading process working 6M22 0855 Cricklewood - Calvert.

9 February 2018. 66035 Resourceful is seen at the Calvert Waste Terminal part way through the unloading/loading process working 6M22 0855 Cricklewood - Calvert.


  • 9 March 2018. 319365 curves through Wolverton almost at journey's end working the 5Q70 1100 Allerton Depot - Wolverton Centre Sidings.

  • 9 March 2018. 68021 Tireless and 68019 Brutus head for Crewe behind 37608 at Wolverton.

  • 9 March 2018. 37608 Andromeda has TPE liveried 68019 Brutus and 68021 Tireless for company passing Wolverton as the 0Z68 1132 Wembley - Crewe Gresty Bridge. The 68's were due to travel through the Channel Tunnel for tests in the Czech Republic in connection with the new TPE mark 5 stock but the locos were refused transit through the tunnel and were therefore returned to Cheshire.

  • 9 March 2018. A smart recently repainted 92043 hauls a heavily delayed 6M74 1950 Irvine Caledonian Paper - Wembley 'China Clays' through Wolverton. The service was delayed in the Crewe area and is seen here running a mere 406 minutes late.

  • 5 March 2018. With the penultimate GWR class 387 delivery having taken place on 4 December last year, it has taken a further three months for the last 387 to arrive at Bletchley for commissioning. 37608 Andromeda stands at Bletchley having arrived with 387174 on the 5Q40 0330 Derby Litchurch Lane - Bletchley TMD.

  • 5 March 2018. The last built 387, namely 387174 awaiting reversal into Bletchley TMD from 37608 Andromeda.

  • 4 March 2018. 90037 Spirit of Dagenham is caught with the help of a telephoto lens on the reverse curves approaching Wolverton with a Chelsea footex, the 1Z61 1028 Euston - Manchester Piccadilly. Royal Train regular 67006 Royal Sovereign is out of sight on the rear.

  • 3 March 2018. 57303 Pride of Carlisle hauls Southern 455844 through MKC working 5Q56 1245 Stewarts Lane T&RSMD - Wolverton Centre Sidings. 57303 had earlier worked the reverse working taking 455839 from Wolverton back to the South London depot.

  • 3 March 2018. Having arrived in Wolverton centre sidings behind 57303, Southern 455844 is seen being shunted along McConnell Drive in Wolverton by Wolverton Works resident 08629 Wolverton.

  • 2 February 2018. The Beast from the East, well Felixstowe actually sees 66779 EVENING STAR creating her own snowstorm passing Wolverton atop the 4M23 1046 Felixstowe - Hams Hall.

  • 1 March 2018. A flurry of snow kicks up from 0Z68 as 68019 Brutus and 68021 Tireless head south through Wolverton behind 47813 en route to Wembley.

  • 1 March 2018. With the temperature at -3 and a windchill equating to -11, ROG 47813 is seen running through a snowy Wolverton with TPE liveried 68021 Tireless and 68019 Brutus in tow working the 0Z68 0824 Portbury Automotive Terminal - Wembley via the West Midlands. A late start from Avon resulted in a 44 late passing time at Wolverton.

  • 26 February 2018. Green machine 6677 EVENING STAR catches the sun passing Castlethorpe with the lightly loaded 4M23 1046 Felixstowe -Hams Hall.

  • 26 February 2018. With her British Steel blue days long behind her, 37601 Perseus bowls along at Husborne Crawley with 345019 in tow working the 0831 Wembley - Old Dalby. The working is seen here running 66 late due to the late arrival of 37601 into Wembley from Northampton.

  • 24 February 2018. 319441 runs ECS through Wolverton as the 5F23 1238 Northampton EMD - Watford Junction.

  • 24 February 2018. 67029 Royal Diamond curves through Wolverton with the 5Z16 1011 Burton Wetmore Sidings - Wembley ECS. The stock was used the following day for a Chelsea footex to Manchester.

  • 24 February 2018. 37608 Andromeda takes South Eastern 375826 through Wolverton with the 5Q58 0442 Chaddesden Curve - Ramsgate Depot.

  • 24 February 2018. 350369 calls at Wolverton with the 1Y34 1114 BNS - Euston.

  • 17 February 2018. 57303 Pride of Carlisle powers along the WCML at Bradwell on the last few hundred metres of her journey with Southern 455839 + 455831 in tow working the 5Q56 1140 Stewarts Lane T&RSMD - Wolverton Centre Sidings. The 455's are having door mods and other work undertaken at the Knorr Bremse site.

  • 17 February 2018. 57303 Pride of Carlisle ran light from Crewe Gresty Bridge to Wolverton Centre Sidings to collect 455816 for onward movement south. Having arrived late from Crewe, 57303 and the 455 are seen here passing Chelmscote with the 5Q55 0905 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Stewarts Lane T&RSMD running 119 minutes late.

  • 17 February 2018. BR blue 08202 is seen inside Wolverton Works shunting Northern Rail 319363 (and out of sight 319448). The pair of 319's later forming the 1010 departure from Wolverton Centre Sidings to Allerton depot.

  • 17 February 2018. 319448 and 319363 (out of sight leading) head North past Wolverton with the 1010 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Allerton TMD.

  • 15 February 2018. Formerly named Saint Saens, GBRf operated 92028 crosses Three Arches on the approach to Castlethorpe with the late running 1M16 2045 Inverness - Euston sleeper. The service was delayed around the Carnforth area due to overhead line issues and is seen here 110 late running on the slow line having crossed from the fast minutes earlier at Hanslope Junction.

  • 9 February 2018. With the shadows just playing ball 37419 Carl Haviland 1954-2012 tnt 37405 pass Castlethorpe with the 5Z37 1105 Norwich Crown Point - Crewe Gresty Bridge with three DRS mark 2 vehicles in the consist.

  • 9 February 2018. A view of DB red 66035 Resourceful in amongst the trees at Calvert with the photo taken from the public bridlepath.

  • 9 February 2018. 66035 Resourceful is seen at the Calvert Waste Terminal part way through the unloading/loading process working 6M22 0855 Cricklewood - Calvert.

  • 9 February 2018. In contrast to the filthy muddy road, a spotless 66035 Resourceful stands at Calvert during unloading of the 6M22 0855 ex Cricklewood binliner.

  • 26 January 2018. Having made her own way up from Essex as the 5M70 1155 ex Ilford Depot, 321330 makes her way into Wolverton Works along McConnell Drive behind resident 08629 Wolverton.

  • 19 January 2018. A lucky burst of sun catches 350127 slowing for her Bletchley stop working the 1Y46 1314 Birmingham New Street - Euston. Note GBRf 66707 Sir Sam Fay GREAT CENTRAL RAILWAY lurking in Bletchley loop with the Garston - Dagenham cartics.

  • 19 January 2018. ROG 37608 Andromeda waits time at Bletchley with Elizabeth Line branded 345019 working 5Q72 Old Dalby - Wembley.

  • 7 January 2018. A scene of dereliction and regeneration. Displaced by class 345 units coming on stream, stored 315840 + 315835 stand inside Wolverton Works. Behind the 315's lie condemned parts of Wolverton Works whilst in the foreground former workshops have been cleared and a new Lidl supermarket takes place where trains once were repaired. Another part of Wolverton's railway heritage disappears.

  • 7 January 2018. Off lease 315832 stands visible at the entrance to Knorr Bremse Wolverton Works.

  • 1 January 2018. New Years Day sun as 67010 passes Castlethorpe running as the 5Z75 1111 King's Cross - Burton Wetmore Sidings ECS. The skip and stock had been used along with 90018 (which was the main tour engine) on the Stoke Travel operated, Hogmanay Special from King's Cross to Edinburgh and return.

  • 28 December 2017. 67005 Queen's Messenger stands at Bletchley with the return leg of the Pieman One, the 1Z83 1450 Old Dalby - Euston.

  • 28 December 2017. Colas 60096, the former Ben Macdui passes Millbrook bridge with the 6L44 2215 Oxwellmains - West Thurrock cement. Ben Macdui is the second highest mountain in the UK, only beaten in height by Ben Nevis.

  • 28 December 2017. 67005 Queen's Messenger is caught between the shadows at Husborne Crawley on the rear of 1Z82.

  • 28 December 2017. With frost still hanging in the shadows, maple leaf 67018 Keith Heller passes Husborne Crawley leading the Pieman One, the 1Z82 0843 Euston - Old Dalby. The Xscape building in Central Milton Keynes is visible on the horizon directly above the leading cab of 67018.

  • 23 December 2017. A festively decorated 45212 complete with support coach 99035 (35322) clouds her way past Wolverton running as 5Z43 0950 Southall - Castleton ELR.

  • 22 December 2017. Looking superb in a closest approximation of her original livery that modern standards will allow, pioneer 313201 trails 313121 south through Bletchley.

  • 22 December 2017. The unusual sight of 313121 + 313201 passing through Bletchley as the 5Z32 1430 Wolverton Centre Sidings - Acton Lane. Both units later continued on to Brighton Lovers Walk depot.

  • 22 December 2017. Network Rail test unit 313121 passes through MK en route to Wolverton Centre Sidings to collect 313201 running as 5Z31 1212 ex Willesden TMD.

  • 22 December 2017. Gloomy conditions see 66560 pilot 66543 through Bletchley working the 4L46 1212 Lawley Street - Felixstowe liner.

  • 22 December 2017. Wolverton Works resident 08629 Wolverton pushes 313201 towards the dive under the WCML and into Wolverton Centre Sidings for onward movement to Brighton Lovers Walk depot.

  • 22 December 2017. Reflections of 1976 as 313201 is released from Wolverton Works in pseudo BR blue and grey livery as built. originally 313001 and later 313101 before gaining her present identity, she was the first ever second generation EMU in the UK. The release of 313201 completes the C6 program at Wolverton Works which involved all Southern Railway's nineteen 313 units.

  • 90150 passes MK on 16 June 2000 with the 4M87 1249 Ipswich Yard - Trafford Park.

  • 60058 John Howard is seen on the iron ore circuit at Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • Mainline branded 60094 Tryfan passes Newport on 28 June 2000.

  • 60035 Florence Nightingale leads the 6B13 0536 Robeston - Westerleigh through Newport on 28 June 2000.

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