Notable Workings Week 33

A summary of notable workings for week 33 (15 - 21 August).

August 15

  • Type 1 No. 20302 and Type 3 No. 37610 were in charge of the Crewe to Bridgwater nuclear flask train today, while Nos. 37059 and 37603 worked the Dungeness flask train. Sister DRS locos Nos. 57009 and 37409 'Lord Hinton' top-and-tailed two support coaches from Crewe to Plymouth – returning to Crewe on August 17.
  • An unusual combination of Nos. 97301 (ex-37100) and 73138 were the top-and-tail power for a test train (3Z03) from Derby RTC to Hither Green.
  • Nos. 67026 and 66058 were seen sandwiching a single VSOE coach around the Kingston loop, Surrey, at lunchtime.
  • EMU No. 321421 returned under its own power from Doncaster Works to Ilford depot via the East Coast main line.

August 16

  • DRS Type 3s Nos. 37601 and 37610 were in charge of today's Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask train.
  • Electric No. 90046 worked the 14.43 Euston to Birmingham New Street, 16.30 return and 18.43 Euston to Crewe.
  • Today's steam-hauled Dorset Coast Express was in the hands of No. 60019 (as 4492 'Dominion of New Zealand') on the outbound leg from Victoria to Weymouth, with No. 34067 'Tangmere' working the return.

August 17

  • Another delivery of S-stock for London Underground was top-and-tailed from Old Dalby to Amersham by Type 1s Nos. 20305 and 20301.
  • DRS Type 3 No. 37510 was used to haul DVT No. 82133 from Doncaster Works to Norwich Crown Point depot. Meanwhile Nos. 37602 and 37607 were the top-and-tail power for a Derby to Ferme Park, North London, test train (1Q13).
  • Electro-diesels Nos. 73138 and 73201 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train (1Q84) from Woking to Eastleigh.
  • Class 92 No. 92009 was named 'Marco Polo' in a ceremony at Dollands Moor to mark the introduction of freight over the HS1 high-speed line to the Channel Tunnel.
  • Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, along with his wife Angelina Jolie, their six children and various film company personnel, chartered a Virgin Trains’ Pendolino to take them from London to Glasgow where the actor is shooting scenes for a new film. Set No. 390041 ran as 1T95/09.37 from Euston to Glasgow Central, making one stop en route at Preston
  • The 1Z90/08.45 Cathedrals Express charter from Victoria to Weymouth was hauled by steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado', but it was topped by diesel No. 67002 as far as Eastleigh for crewing purposes.
  • Despite some last minute technical hitches to the loco that almost stopped the job, Class 7 steam loco No. 70000 'Britannia' was in charge of today's 08.05 Bath Spa Express from Poole to Bristol. However, the return leg was halted at Warminster low on water, and the train had to be rescued by diesel No. 59203 from Westbury.

August 18

  • The stock for the overnight 23.45 Paddington to Penzance sleeper was brought in by Old Oak Common shunter No. 08483 due to the unavailability of a booked Class 57.
  • DRS Class 37s Nos. 37603 and 37604 were in charge of the Crewe to Bridgwater nuclear flask train.
  • A shortage of Pendolinos saw Virgin's Mk 3 set in action, with No. 90046 providing the power for the 13.03 Euston to Birmingham New Street, 14.50 return and 18.43 back to New Street.
  • Extra trains were put on for visitors to the Dawlish airshow, with units Nos. 150219 and 150266 and Nos. 150232 and 150126 shuttling between Exeter St Davids and Newton Abbot. In previous years these trains have been formed of loco-hauled stock.

August 19

  • Shunter No. 08483 was used for the second night running to bring in the stock for the 23.45 Paddington to Penzance sleeper.
  • The Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask train ran today with Nos. 37603 and 37604 in charge.
  • GBRf No. 66723 was used to haul EMUs Nos. 508210 and 508201 from storage at Donnington near Telford to Eastleigh Works.
  • A convoy of five GBRf locos was moved from St Leonards depot near Hastings to Hoo in Kent: Nos. 66715, 73212, 73213, 73207 and 66708. Meanwhile electro-diesels Nos. 73201 and 73138 were also in the Hastings area, arriving top-and-tail from Ashford with a test train (1Q55).
  • DBS No. 67008 hauled a VSOE excursion from Victoria to Chichester and back.
  • The 05.24/2N02 Bristol Temple Meads to Plymouth was formed of single car units Nos. 153333, 153370 and 153368.
  • Waterloo station was closed and evacuated for an hour in the afternoon following a fire alert, which proved to be a false alarm.

August 20

  • Deltic No. 55022 'Royal Scots Grey' headed a charter for GBRf staff and families from Peterborough to Weston-super-Mare and back.
  • Six Class 66s formed a single 'light' engine movement from Peterborough to Whitemoor near March. They were Nos. 66162, 66077, 66079, 66142, 66230 and 66076.
  • Doncaster Thunderbird No. 67026 was called upon to haul No. 91110 and a Mk 4 coaching set south to Bounds Green depot in London in the afternoon. Sister loco No. 67025 was sent north from King's Cross as replacement Thunderbird.
  • UK Railtours' Limestone Cowboy tour was worked by No. 92042 from Euston to Crewe, then top-and-tailed by Nos. 66121 and 66122 for the trip to Buxton, Hindlow and back with No. 92016 hauling the final leg from Crewe to Euston.

August 21

  • GBRf No. 66710 hauled a rake of empty coaching stock from Peterborough to Eastleigh depot via the North London line.
  • Steam loco No. 70000 'Britannia' hauled a charter from King's Cross to Norwich and back, running as 1Z42/10.35 from the capital.
  • The Torbay Express special from Bristol to Kingswear was hauled by steam loco No. 71000 'Duke of Gloucester'. However, following its failure on its previous outing on June 12, diesel No. 47815 was tucked in behind the loco in case anything went wrong.

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