Notable Workings July 11-17

A summary of notable workings from week 27 (July 11-17).

July 11

Type 1s Nos. 20308 and 20309 worked the Bridgwater (Somerset) nuclear flask train.

Electro-diesels Nos. 73138 and 73201 top-and-tailed a Network rail test train (1Q33) from Grove Park depot into London Canon Street.

Pacer DMU No. 142029 ran empty all the way from Newton heath depot in Manchester to Exeter this afternoon.

July 12

DRS Class 37 No. 37409 went north to Inverness for a few days training on RETB signalling on the Highland lines.

Devon and Cornwall Railways’ Class 56 No. 56311 hauled a scrap metal train from Grimsby Town to Cardiff Tidal via Derby and Chepstow.

‘Skip’ No. 67030 made a rare appearance on the Scotrail sleeper train portion from Edinburgh to Fort William, which normally uses one of the other four RETB-fitted 67s as these have specially adapted brake-blocks for the line whereas 67030 does not.

Steam loco No. 34067 ‘Tangmere’ hauled the Dorset Coast Express from Victoria to Weymouth. No. 70000 ‘Britannia’ worked the return with 34067 banking out of Weymouth as far as Dorchester South.

July 13

Colas Class 47s Nos. 47749 and 47727 took Class 92s Nos. 92033, 92006 and 92018 from Crewe Electric depot to Dollands Moor in top-and-tail formation.

‘Shed’ No. 66238 worked the fuel tank train from St Blazey depot near Par to Penzance Long Rock.

Royal-liveried Type 5s Nos. 67005 and 67006 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train (1Q18) from Doncaster to King’s Cross and back in the early afternoon.

July 14

A mixed pairing of Nos. 37229 and 57009 hauled the Bridgwater (Somerset) nuclear flask today.

Type 5s Nos. 59002 and 59104 hauled 12 box wagons from Tavistock Junction near Plymouth to Exeter Riverside Yard in the early hours of the morning.

Privately owned electric locos Nos. 86701, 86702 and 87002 ran light engine along the West Coast main line from Willesden depot to Northampton and back.

Standard Class 7 steam loco No. 70000 ‘Britannia’ hauled a Cathedrals Express railtour from Lewes to Ely.

July 15

Class 37s Nos. 37516 and 37685 worked Spitfire Railtours’ R’n’B 1 charter overnight, visiting Lymington Pier, Henley-on-Thames and Bourne End – No. 37685 having worked down light engine from Newcastle earlier in the day.

DRS Type 3s Nos. 37604 and 37194 were the power for today’s Dungeness (Kent) nuclear flask train.

Class 47s Nos. 47804 and 47760 top-and-tailed an excursion from Saltburn to Fort William, returning on July 18.

Electro-diesels Nos. 73138 and 73201 were at either end of a Network rail test train (1Z15) from Selhurst depot, south London to Dollands Moors in Kent.

July 16

Class 37s Nos. 37510 and 37087 worked Spitfire Railtours ‘Cambrian Coast Express’ charter from Euston Shrewsbury, where Network Rail locos Nos. 97303 and 97304 ‘John Tiley’ took over to Aberystwyth.

DRS Type 4s Nos. 47832 and 47712 hauled a railtour from Eastleigh to Carlisle in connection with the company’s open day at Kingmoor depot.

Virgin ‘Thunderbird’ No. 57311 ‘Parker’ hauled Pendolino No. 390031 from Crewe to Holyhead and back with the Saturday through-working from Euston.

Gatex EMU No. 460002 was soldiering on with a diagram of Gatwick Express services most of the day.

July 17

Type 3s Nos. 37510 and 37087 (DRS) and 37706 (West Coast Railways) were all at the head of Spitfire Railtours’ stock positioning from Euston to Preston via Oxford.

DBS Class 67s Nos. 67019 and 67028 worked an excursion from London Victoria to Sandwich in Kent for the final day of the Open Golf tournament. No. 67011 also worked there with the VSOE set.

Former GWR steam loco No. 5029 ‘Nunney Castle’ hauled the summer’s first Weymouth Seaside Express charter from Bristol Temple Meads. Further workings are planned every Sunday until September 11...

... Meanwhile new-build A1 No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ headed the Torbay Express charter from Bristol to Kingswear.


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