Notable Workings July 4-10, 2011

A summary of notable train workings from July 4-10.

July 4

Type 1s Nos. 20309 and 20308 worked the Dungeness nuclear flask train from Willesden and back.

A Derby to Grove Park, Kent, test train (3Z03) was top-and-tailed by Nos. 31106 and electro-diesel No. 73138.

Class 47s Nos. 47802 and 47841 worked top-and-tail with two coaches and a DVT between Norwich and Great Yarmouth with a new regular morning and evening diagram covering for a DMU shortage.

Class 47s Nos. 47832 and 47790 hauled the Northern Belle luxury train from Helensburgh Upper to Euston, although 47818 replaced 47832 at Carlisle.

The final two new Class 380s for Scotrail, Nos. 380114 and 380116, arrived through the Channel Tunnel and were taken north by No. 92041 along the West Coast main line.

‘Pacer’ DMU No. 142001 ran empty from Exeter to Newton Heath in Manchester.

Network Rail DMU No. 950001 worked test train (2Q08) from Derby RTC to Craigentinny deport, Edinburgh.

July 5

DBS No. 66137 hauled stored Class 56s Nos. 56095 and 56059 from Eastleigh to Hinksey yard near Oxford, and later forward to Bescot. The 56s were on their way to TJ Thomson’s scrapyard in Stockton.

Type 5s Nos. 67008 and 67019 were usual power for a Derby-Euston-Crewe test train (1Q27).

EMU No. 365504 hit a motor home on a level crossing just north of Littleport station on the Ely to King’s Lynn line. The couple in the road vehicle were taken to hospital but no one on the train was hurt. The line was closed for 12 hours, but the cause of the crash has not yet been established.

Steam loco No. 34067 ‘Tangmere’ hauled the Dorset Coast Express from Waterloo to Weymouth and back. Diesel No. 37516 was at the rear.

July 6

Type 1s Nos. 20308 and 20309 were on the Dungeness nuclear flask train today.

‘Javelin’ EMU No. 395010 was used on a driver route refresher from London Victoria to Ashford via Maidstone East.

Electro-diesels Nos. 73107 and 73138 top-and-tailed the 1Q85 Network Rail test train from Woking to Grove Park depot, Kent.

The seven-car Loram rail grinding unit was in action near Eastbourne overnight.

July 7

Type 3 No. 37423 worked inspection saloon No. 975025 ‘Caroline’ from Derby to Stowmarket via Oakham and Ely.

West Coast Railway sent Class 47s Nos. 47237, 47245 and 47270 on a light engine test run from Carnforth to Hellifield and back.

Meanwhile WCR’s No. 47786 ‘Roy Castle OBE’ hauled two coaches from Carnforth to Southall via the West Coast main line.

‘Royal’ Class 67s Nos. 67005 and 67006 top-and-tailed the VSOE train from London Victoria to Folkestone and back.

The Conwy Valley Explorer railtour was worked to Blaenau Ffestiniog from Lincoln by Nos. 67028 and 66031 in top-and-tail formation.

July 8

DRS Class 20s Nos. 20308 and 20309 worked the nuclear flask train along the North Wales coast to Valley on Anglesey.

The Glasgow to Southampton Western Docks cruiseliner was worked top-and-tail by Nos. 47790 and 37608.

Class 47s Nos. 47832 and 47501 worked the Northern Belle train top-and-tail from Nottingham to Kensington Olympia and back.

Electro-diesels Nos. 73201 and 73138 top-and-tailed a track recording train (1Z08) from Selhurst depot, south London, to Dollands Moor in Kent via Tonbridge.

Freightliner’s No. 90043 worked the Fridays only Euston-Crewe via Birmingham with the Virgin Mk 3 coaching set.

July 9

DRS Class 47 No. 47810 was used on the four booked drags between Great Yarmouth and Norwich.

Deltic No. 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ hauled the Devonian railtour from Doncaster to Paignton. No. 47804 was at the rear.

Virgin Thunderbird No. 57308 towed Pendolino No. 390004 from Crewe to Holyhead with the through working from Euston.

A light engine move from Westbury to Hinksey Yard, near Oxford, comprised Nos. 59002, 59004, 59101, 59106 and 66006.

DBS No. 66138 failed west of Reading while leading a Wakefield to Southampton freightliner. It was rescued by No. 66023 sent all the way from Eastleigh.

No. 66725 hauled two-car Networker EMUs Nos. 466023 and 466005 from Slade Green depot in Kent to Doncaster Wabtec, while ‘Royal’ Class 67 No. 67005 dragged four-car Networker No. 465171 from Wolverton Works back to Slade Green.

‘Javelin’ EMUs Nos. 395023 and 395004 were used for Olympic train loading trails between Ebbsfleet International and St Pancras.

Blue-liveried A4 steam loco No. 60019 ‘Bittern’ (running as No. 4492 ‘Dominion of New Zealand’) was in action hauling a charter from King’s Cross to York and back.

July 10

West Coast Railway’s No. 57001 top-and-tail with No. 37685 worked the Royal Scotsman luxury train from Dundee to Chester as part of a week-long tour of Britain taking in North Wales, Bath, Oxford, Ely and Scarborough.

8F steam loco No. 48151 and support coach worked from Yeovil Junction to Carnforth via Bath and Hereford.


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