Notable Workings Week 35

A summary of notable workings for week 35 (29August – 4 September).

August 29

  • Type 2 No. 31285 worked a test train (1Q06) from Derby RTC to Carlisle via Crewe and the West Coast main line.
  • Electro-diesels Nos. 73206 and 73208 were used to haul a Kirow crane from Hoo Jct, Kent, to Bromley South to take part in engineering works there.
  • DMU No. 143621 failed with door problems at Dawlish while working with 142030 from Exmouth to Paignton. All passengers were detrained and taken forward by the following Cardiff to Paignton, which was already full.
  • Black 5 steam loco No. 45231 failed at Hellifield while working the Crewe to Carlisle Mersey Moorlander. Diesels Nos. 47580 and 47245 took over in top-and-tail formation.

August 30

  • The NMT test train ran from Derby to Glasgow Central via the West Coast main line with Power Cars Nos. 43014 and 43062.
  • GBRf No. 66715 and translator vehicles hauled EMU No. 455854 from Wimbledon to Ilford depot.
  • Class 90 No. 90042 caught fire at Castlethrope, near Milton Keynes, while working a Crewe to Felixstowe freightliner train. The line was closed for four hours from 09.30 while the fire brigade attended, and then the train was taken away by Thunderbird No. 57304 'Gordon Tracy'.
  • Dedicated postal EMU No. 325005 worked a crew training run from Mossend, south of Glasgow, to Warrington Arpley yard.

August 31

  • A DRS light engine move from Crewe Gresty Bridge to Barrow Hill was formed of Nos. 20308, 20309 and 47805.
  • Four other Class 20s were in action with a delivery of S-Stock from Old Dalby to Amersham. Nos. 20305 and 20301 were leading heading south with Nos. 20304 and 20302 at the rear of the formation.
  • West Coast Railway's Nos. 37516 and 47270 double-headed a coaching stock move from Southall to Carnforth via the West Coast main line.
  • DRS Types 3s Nos. 37218 and 37611 worked a nuclear flask train from Sellafield to Seaton Carew on Teeside.
  • The Crewe to Bridgwater nuclear flask train was in the charge of two Class 57s, Nos. 57009 and 57010.
  • DBS No. 66086 worked the as-required fuel supply train from St Blazey, near Par, to Penzance Long Rock depot in Cornwall.
  • Black 5 steam loco travelled with a support coach from Crewe Heritage Centre to Sheringham for the North Norfolk Railway. Diesel No. 47500 was attached to the rear of the formation at Melton Mowbray.
  • Steam loco No. 70000 'Britannia' hauled a Cathedrals Express charter from Southend to Salisbury.

September 1

  • DRS Nos. 20303 and 37603 were paired together for the Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask working.
  • Type 3 No. 37423 hauled an observation saloon from York to Carlisle via the Tyne Valley line.
  • A test train (1Q83) around south-east London and Kent was top-and-tailed by electro-diesels Nos. 73201 and 73138. A second one ran from Norwich to Liverpool Street (1Q13) with diesels Nos. 37601 and 37602 providing the power.
  • Class 90 No. 90043 was in charge of Virgin's Mark 3 coaching set on the 18.43 Euston to Crewe.

September 2

  • Class 20s Nos. 20308 and 20309 worked the Sizewell nuclear flask train from Crewe.
  • Today's Glasgow to Southampton Docks Cruise Saver Express was headed by DRS Nos. 37607 and 37608 with No. 47841 at the rear.
  • A late evening test train (3Q03) from Machynlleth to Derby RTC was top-and-tailed by Network Rail's Class 37 locos Nos. 97303 and 97304.
  • West Coast Railway's Type 4 No. 47760 got into trouble at Atherstone while working a stock move from Carnforth to Southall. It was rescued by sister loco No. 47773.
  • Freightliner's Class 90 No. 90043 hauled the 18.43 Euston to Crewe formed of Virgin's Mark 3 "Pretendolino" set.
  • EMU No. 313030 was an unusual sight on the southern end of the West Coast main line as it made its way back from Wolverton Works to its home depot at Hornsey, north London.
  • Steam locos Nos. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' and 30777 'Sir Lamiel' plus support coaches left York for Southall, west London. However, 30777 was stopped at Newark Northgate after reports of it setting fire to the lineside.

September 3

  • The Saturday-only through trains between Great Yarmouth and Liverpool Street were hauled from Norwich to the coast by Class 47 No. 47818, understood to be the first time this loco has worked these trains since it was acquired by DRS.
  • Preserved, and newly back on the main line, Class 50 No. 50044 'Exeter' worked top-and-tail with Virgin Thunderbird No. 57304 'Gordon Tracy' on the outward leg of PTG Tours' Snowdon Ranger from Euston to Holyhead. The return working was via Blaenau Ffestiniog on September 4. Unusually, the coaching stock was Virgin's Mk 3 and DVT set.
  • Deltic No. 55022 'Royal Scots Grey' hauled Pathfinder Tours' Dorset Deltic Explorer from Crewe to Weymouth - out via Cheltenham and back via Oxford.
  • The Holyhead drag - the weekly through working from Euston formed of a Pendolino - was hauled from Crewe along the north Wales coast by Thunderbird No. 57307 'Lady Penelope'.
  • DBS Class 67s Nos. 67016 and 67002 were paired up to work UK Railtours' charter from Paddington to Bodmin Parkway and Par.

September 4

  • Royal-liveried No. 67005 'Queen's Messenger' was an unusual choice of power for the empty car carrier working from Eastleigh to Bescot.
  • The outward leg of Steam Dreams' Atlantic Coast Express charter was hauled from Waterloo to Taunton via Salisbury and Bristol Temple Meads by steam locos Nos. 34067 'Tangmere' and 70000 'Britannia'. No. 34067 failed at Taunton and was replaced by diesel No. 47500 for the run to Plymouth and Newquay.
  • Sister loco to 'Britannia', No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell', hauled brewer Shepherd Neame's annual Spitfire charter from Kensington Olympia to Faversham and Hop Picker from there to Dover.
  • Meanwhile unique BR Class 8 Pacific No. 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' worked the weekly Torbay Express from Bristol Temple Meads to Kingswear, Devon.

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