Notable Workings Week 31

A summary of notable workings for week 31 (1 - 7 August).

August 1

  • DRS Type 3s Nos. 37409 and 37602 worked the Bridgwater to Crewe nuclear flask train today.
  • West Coast Railways' No. 37516 hauled a rake of empty charter stock from Bristol Temple Meads to Southall via Didcot, running as 5Z94 and departing at 09.18. It was followed a couple of hours later by steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado' and support coach running as headcode 5Z64 along the same route.
  • The 11.06 Paignton to Paddington HST was stopped near Westbury when Power Car No. 43185 failed. The set was dragged into the station by No. 59103 and later taken to Old Oak Common by No. 57603 from Old Oak Common. However the 57 was also booked to work the down Penzance sleeper, which therefore departed more than two hours late from Paddington.

August 2

  • A4 steam loco No. 60019 (running as 4492 'Dominion of New Zealand') worked today's 08.45 Victoria to Weymouth Dorset Coast Express charter. The return was in the hands of No. 34067 'Tangmere'.
  • DRS 47s Nos. 47818 and 47790 hauled today's 1Z57/05.50 Cruise Saver Express charter from Edinburgh to Southampton Docks, arriving mid-afternoon.
  • Type 5 No. 60074 'Teenage Cancer Trust' was in action on the 6B33 oil tanks from Theale (Berkshire) to Robeston (Pembrokeshire).

August 3

  • Blue-liveried Type 2 No. 31106 worked a late evening test train from Bristol to Derby RTC via Reading.
  • Steam loco No. 70000 'Britannia' was in charge of the 08.05/1Z87 Bath Spa Express charter from Poole to Bath and Bristol via Salisbury with 11 coaches in tow. It was followed into Bristol a few hours later by No. 35028 'Clan Line' hauling the VSOE set as 1Z91 from Victoria.

August 4

  • Virgin Thunderbird No. 57309 'Brains' made a rare appearance on the 1C99/23.45 Paddington to Penzance sleeper service, deputising for one of First Great Western's own Class 57/6s.
  • DRS No. 66305 and Freightliner No. 66589 made an unusual pairing at the front of the 4M55 Southampton to Birmingham Lawley Street freightliner train.
  • GBRf No. 66723 'Chinook' was a surprise visitor to the Mid-Hants Railway. It was on its way to an event at RAF Odiham, being transported by road on a low-loader from Alresford.
  • A1 steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado' was in action again, this time hauling the 1Z66/07.44 Ely to Bristol charter and 1Z67/17.04 return.

August 5

  • Virgin Thunderbird No. 57309 'Brains' returned to London on tonight's 1A40/21.45 Penzance to Paddington sleeper. Meanwhile the 23.45 down sleeper from Paddington was heavily delayed when train loco No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' was found to be defective before departure. The entire train was taken to Old Oak Common depot by shunter No. 08483 for a loco swap, eventually leaving Paddington at 02.45 behind No. 57605 'Totnes Castle'.

August 6

  • Type 4s Nos. 47826 and 47804 top-and-tailed the 1Z88 Nenta charter from Norwich to Minehead.

August 7

  • Preserved Thumper DEMU No. 1001 had an outing on the main line, working the 1Z91/07.00 Hastings to Poole charter via Reading.
  • Virgin's No. 57309 'Brains' was again in use with First Great Western, hauling tonight's 23.49 sleeper from Paddington to Penzance. No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' was on the up service from Penzance.
  • Ex-GWR steam loco No. 5029 'Nunney Castle' hauled the Weymouth Seaside Express from Bristol Temple Meads to the Dorest town. Meanwhile King Class No. 6024 'King Edward I' worked the 1Z27 Torbay Express from Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear.
 
 

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