Notable Workings Week 32

A summary of notable workings for week 32 (8 - 14 August).

August 8

  • Type 2 No. 31106 worked a test train (1Q12) from Derby RTC to Didcot. Meanwhile DRS Type 3s Nos. 37069 and 37608 were top-and-tail on a second test train (1Q13) from Derby RTC to Norwich via Liverpool Street.
  • Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47818 double-headed the Northern Belle set from Inverness to King's Cross via the East Coast main line - although 47818 was removed at Perth with a fault.
  • DBS Class 90 No. 90035 was in use on National Express East Anglia services, seen at the rear of the 12.00 Liverpool Street to Norwich.

August 9

  • The VSOE ran from Victoria to Southampton Docks, leaving as 1Y93 at 09.44 with Nos. 67002 and 67028 at either end.
  • Steam loco No. 34067 'Tangmere' worked the outward section of today's 1Z94/08.45 Dorset Coast Express from Victoria to Weymouth; the return being hauled by A4 No. 60019 (running as 4492 Dominion of New Zealand).
  • Dedicated postal units Nos. 325012, 325014 and 325015 performed a triangular movement around the Willesden and North Pole area to turn them. The units normally run straight up and down the West Coast main line between the mail depots at Wembley, Warrington and Glasgow.
  • Gatex EMU no. 460002 was out on the Gatwick to Victoria circuit in the afternoon and evening.

August 10

  • Class 31 No. 31285 worked a Network Rail test train (3Q63) from Didcot to Teignmouth and Exeter in the early hours of the morning.
  • The Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask train was today worked by Nos. 37603 and 37607.
  • Due to an incident north of Exeter St Davids that blocked the line, the 10.00 Penzance to Paddington, formed of HST Power Cars Nos. 43183 and 43035, was diverted via Yeovil to Westbury.
  • GBRf No. 66722 hauled accident damaged EMU No. 365504 from Hornsey depot, North London, to Wolverton Works for repair.

August 11

  • Stock for the 23.45 Paddington to Penzance sleeper did not arrive until after midnight behind shunter No. 08483. No. 57605 'Totnes Castle' then took the train out over an hour late.
  • Class 20s Nos. 20308 and 20309 worked a nuclear flask train from WIllesden to Sizewell in Suffolk.
  • DRS Class 37s Nos. 37069 and 37608 top-and-tailed a test train from East Ham depot to Cambridge taking in locations around east, north and west London along the way.
  • West Coast Railways' Nos. 47826 and 57601 top-and-tailed 1Z35/07.44 Birmingham International to Eastbourne charter and 1Z36/17.13 return. Stablemate No. 47270 was used to haul two Mk 2 coaches between the company's Carnforth and Southall depots.
  • No. 90036, still in BR Railfreight Grey livery, hauled a UK Railtours charter from KIng's Cross to Edinburgh for the city's Military Tattoo.

August 12

  • The Crewe to Dungeness flask train ran with DRS Nos. 37667 and 37229 in charge.
  • West Coast Railway's no-heat Class 47 No. 47270 was used to haul two Mk 1 coaches from Southall to Carnforth, running as 5Z47 and departing at 08.55.
  • Virgin's No. 57311 ‘Parker’ travelled from Willesden to Dollands Moor where it will be based to train DBS crews in preparation for rescuing MPV vehicles that break down during the leaf-fall season.
  • GBRf's No.66723 'Chinook' returned to Network Rail metals today after its visit to RAF Odiham via Alresford on the Mid-Hants Railway.

August 13

  • West Coast Railways' No. 47500 hauled a rake of empty stock as 5Z92/17.10 Southall to Bristol Temple Meads for tomorrow's Weymouth Seaside Express.
  • Electro-diesels Nos. 73212 and 73141 worked an engineering train from Eastleigh to Bentley on the Alton branch in Hampshire. They were followed later by No. 66723 working top-and-tail with EDs Nos. 73207 and 73204.
  • Stobart-liveried No. 92017 travelled light engine from Daventry to Dollands Moor via Tonbridge.
  • Single car units Nos. 153333, 153368 and 153370 formed the 2P94/06.36 Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth. The first two later formed 2C51/17.53 Exeter St Davids to Penzance.
  • Gatex EMU No. 460001 was in use on the Victoria-Gatwick circuit today.
  • Steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado' hauled a Cathedrals Express charter from King's Cross to York and back, while No. 35028 'Clan Line' hauled the VSOE set from Victoria to Oxford with diesel No. 67002 at the rear.

August 14

  • DRS Class 47s Nos. 47712 and 47818 double-headed the Cruise Saver Express boat train to Edinburgh, which today started from Eastleigh rather than the usual Southampton Docks.
  • DBS diesel No. 67003 topped electric No. 91113 on the 1A15/08.05 Leeds to King's Cross.
  • Electro-diesels Nos. 73204 and 73207 were in charge of an engineering train from Farnham to Eastleigh via Aldershot.
  • Steam loco No. 5029 'Nunney Castle' was again in charge of the Weymouth Seaside Express from Bristol Temple Meads.

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