Notable Workings Week 34

A summary of notable workings for week 34 (22 - 28 August).

August 22

  • Class 37s Nos. 37603 and 37604 worked the Dungeness nuclear flask train from Crewe.

August 23

  • DBS Type 5 No. 60096 worked 6B33 Theale (Berkshire) to Robertson (Pembrokeshire) oil tanks.

August 24

  • Type 3s Nos. 37602 and 37607 worked to Dungeness from Crewe with a nuclear flask train.
  • Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47832 double-headed a rake of empty Northern Belle coaches from Eastleigh to Crewe.
  • The 7C77 Acton to Merehead stone train was usually triple-headed by Nos. 59101, 66094, 59002.

August 25

  • DRS locos No. 20303 and No. 37059 were in charge of a nuclear flask train from Crewe to Sizewell in Suffolk.
  • DRS Class 37s Nos. 37602 and 37607 worked the Crewe to Bridgwater nuclear flask train.
  • DBS Type 5 No. 67008 was used to haul stored Type 3s Nos. 37411, 37416 and 37417 from Eastleigh to the DRS depot at Carlisle Kingmoor, running with the headcode 6Z37.
  • Sister Type 5 Nos. 67002 and 67028 top-and-tailed the VSOE from Victoria to Folkestone and back.
  • Electro-diesels Nos. 73138 and 73201 were top-and-tail on a test train (1Q58) from Grove Park, Kent, to Selhurst.
  • Privately owned electric No. 86259 'Les Ross' hauled a Steam Dreams' Cathedrals Express charter from Euston to Preston. Steam loco No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' took the train forward to Carlisle via the Settle & Carlisle line, returning direct via the West Coast main line.

August 26

  • DRS Type 1s Nos. 20308 and 20309 were paired up to haul Pathfinder's Torbay Flyer railtour from Crewe to Kingswear on the Dartmouth Steam Railway. Meanwhile sister loco No. 20303 remained paired up with No. 37059 to work the Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask train.
  • DRS Class 47s Nos. 47790 'Galloway Princess' and 47832 'Solway Princess' top-and-tailed a Northern Belle excursion from Birmingham International to Paignton
  • Network Rail's NMT HST test train worked from Plymouth to Paddington with Power Cars Nos. 43014 and 43062. They then worked from Paddington to Derby RTC.

August 27

  • First Great Western ran a Footex for Cardiff fans returning from the match against Portsmouth. The train was formed of a HST set with Power Cars Nos. 43124 and 43148.
  • Class 47s Nos. 47760 and 47804 top-and-tailed a Statesman Rail charter from Crewe to Kingswear on the Dartmouth Steam Railway.
  • DBS Type 5 No. 66006 hauled UK Railtours' charter from Paddington to Llandrindod Wells, out via Cardiff and back via Shrewsbury.
  • GBRf No. 66723 hauled EMUs Nos. 466038 and 466003 from Slade Green depot in Kent to Doncaster Works.
  • As part of the 4E32 Dollands Moor to Scunthorpe freight working, DBS No. 92012 hauled three Class 66s returning from use on the continent. Nos. 66128, 66218, 66022 were making their way back to Toton depot.
  • First Great Western DMU No. 150130 was an unusual visitor to the South Devon Railway between Totnes and Buckfastleigh. It was taking part in the heritage line's Rails & Ales weekend.

August 28

  • DRS Class 37s Nos. 37602 and 37601 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train (1Q13) from Derby to Norwich.
  • Three morning departures from Euston were dragged for part of their journey due to engineering works in the London area. No. 57312 ‘The Hood’ was on 1F11/09.00 to Liverpool as far as Crewe, 57304 ‘Gordon Tracy’ was on 1H03/09.05 to Manchester Piccadilly as far as Milton Keynes, and 57309 ‘Brains’ was on 1G04/09.10 to Wolverhampton throughout.

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