Notable Workings Week 36

A summary of notable workings for week 36 (5 - 11 September).

September 5

  • Class 20s Nos. 20308 and 20309 worked from Crewe to Sizewell, Suffolk, with a nuclear flask train.
  • Type 2 No. 31602 worked a Network Rail test train (3Q73) from Carlisle to Mossend near Glasgow having earlier worked in (as 3Z02) from Derby RTC.
  • An empty stock working between West Coast Railway's Carnforth and Southall depots had Class 47 No. 47826 in charge.

September 6

  • The empty Northern Belle coaching stock was taken north from Crewe to Carlisle by Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47832. They were replaced at DRS's Kingmoor depot by Class 37s Nos. 37069 and 37409, with 37423 at the rear, for the onward journey to Aberdeen.
  • Type 3 No. 37510 was employed to take electric No. 90003 from Bounds Green depot, north London, to Norwich Crown Point after going there for tyre turning.
  • Class 7 steam loco No. 70000 'Britannia' worked the return leg of Steam Dreams' Atlantic Coast Express from Newquay to Exeter St Davids and on to Okehampton. Diesel No. 47500 took the train back from there to London Victoria via Exeter, Yeovil Junction and Salisbury.
  • A fatality in the early morning just ouside Euston led to a disruption of services that badly affecting the morning rush hour for both main line and locoal routes.

September 7

  • West Coast Railway's Class 33 No. 33207 'Jim Martin' ran light engine from the company's Southall depot to Taunton for the West Somerset Railway. Meanwhile Type 4s Nos. 47826 and 47760 powered an empty stock working from Southall to Carnforth.
  • The 6K73 Sellafield (Cumbria) to Crewe nuclear flask working was headed by Type 3s Nos. 37611 and 37218, with Class 66s Nos. 66412, 66411 and 66413 dead in tow.
  • In the early hours of the morning, Class 37s Nos. 37607 and 37608 top-and-tailed a test train working from Derby RTC to London Liverpool Street.
  • Compass Tours' Welsh Dragon Scenic Rambler charter from Southport to Cardiff Central was worked top-and-tail by Class 47s Nos. 47804 and 47237.
  • The VSOE was worked top-and-tail from Victoria to Headcorn, near Tonbridge in Kent, then back to London via Ramsgate by Nos. 67016 and 67028.

September 8

  • West Coast Railway's Class 33 No. 33207 worked with steam loco No. 34067 'Tangmere' and support coach from the West Somerset Railway to Carnforth via Shrewsbury.
  • De-named Class 57s Nos. 57301, 57303 and 57305 travelled light engine from Wembley to Brush Loughborough via Bletchley and Bedford. The locos were previously leased by Virgin Trains but have been handed back to owners Porterbrook and will be converted for use by Network Rail on various duties in the south-east.
  • DBS red-liveried Class 60 No. 60011 was a rare choice of motive power for the tanker working from Warrington to Sinfin, near Derby, and return.
  • Network Rail departmental Class 37 No. 97301 worked an overnight test train (3Q45) around Kent from Selhurst depot in south London.

September 9

  • Network Rail's New Measurement Train (NMT) was out working from Old Oak Common, London to Derby RTC with Power Cars Nos. 43013 and 43014.
  • GBRf ran a nine-loco light engine working from St Leonards depot near Hastings to Tonbridge, comprising: Nos. 66712, 66715, 66724, 73206, 73207, 73208, 73212, 73212 and 73213.
  • DRS No. 57010 hauled a rake of new wagons from Shirebrook, Nottinghamshire, to Carlisle - running as 4Z66.
  • DBS No. 67028 hauled the VSOE set on a circular tour from Victoria to Canterbury West and back. Sister loco No. 67016 was used on the empty stock workings.
  • First Hull Trains 08.23 Hull to King's Cross was formed of hired-in Grand Central Trains unit No. 180101.
  • The final Scarborough Flyer of the season from Crewe to Scarborough via Huddersfield was hauled by LMS Princess Royal Class No. 6201 'Princess Elizabeth'.

September 10

  • First Great Western HST Power Car No. 43024 was named 'Great Western Society 1961-2011' at the Didcot Railway Centre.
  • DBS No. 67030 hauled EMU No. 465196 from overhaul at Wolverton Works to Slade Green depot in Kent.
  • Pendolino No. 390050 formed the 08.50 Euston to Holyhead and 14.38 return, with diesel Thunderbird No. 57308 'Tin Tin' in charge from Crewe along the north Wales coast.
  • Gatwick Express unit No. 460002 was in use on the circuit from Victoria to the airport in the afternoon.
  • Preserved Hastings DEMU No. 1001 ran a railtour from Hastings to Butterley, Derbyshire, for the Midland Railway Centre.
  • LMS Princess Royal Class No. 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' ran with a support coach from Crewe Heritage Centre to the National Railway Museum in York.
  • A1 Class No. 60163 'Tornado' hauled a Cathedrals Express tour from Euston to Chester via the West Coast main line.
  • Standard Class 7 No. 70000 'Britannia' was in charge of the Pompey Pacific charter from Taunton to Portsmouth Harbour via Bristol.

September 11

  • Preserved London Underground electric loco No. 12 'Sarah Siddons' was in action making several trips between Harrow-on-the-Hill and Amersham on the Metropolitan line. Diesel No. 20227 was at the rear of the train for the return workings.
  • The final run this year of the Shakespeare Express from Stratford-on-Avon to Birmingham Snow Hill was hauled by GWR Hall Class No. 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall'.
  • Meanwhile former GWR Castle Class No. 5029 'Nunney Castle' was in charge of The Pembroke Coast Express railtour from Bristol to Pembroke Dock, with diesel No. 47500 at the rear.

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