Notable Workings Week 38

A summary of notable workings for week 38 (19 - 25 September).

September 19

  • Class 37 No. 37087 hauled a rake of RHTT (railhead treatment train) wagons from York Works to Carlisle.
  • A Cruise Saver Express working from Southampton Docks to Glasgow Central was doubled-headed by Class 47s Nos. 47802 and 47841.
  • Network Rail Class 37 No. 97301 worked top-and-tail with electro-diesel No. 73138 with a test train (3Z03) from Derby RTC to Selhurst depot in south London.

September 20

  • Preserved Class 33 No. 33012 ran light engine with No. 73136 from Barrow Hill, Derbyshire, to Stewarts Lane depot in south London. Both were returning from the diesel gala weekend at the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.
  • Class 47s Nos. 47501 and 47810 were top-and-tail on today's DMU replacement diagram between Norwich and Great Yarmouth.
  • Electro-diesel No. 73138 worked a Network Rail test train (1Q84) from Grove Park sidings, south-east London, to Woking via Staines.

September 21

  • Class 20s Nos. 20302 and 20305 were at either end of a delivery of new London Underground S-Stock from Old Dalby, Nottinghamshire, to Amersham.
  • Power Cars Nos. 43013 and 43062 were in charge of the New Measurement Train (NMT) working from Derby RTC to Paddington, running as 1Q16.
  • Compass Railtours' Lakes & Northumbrian Explorer ran from York to Carlisle top-and-tail with Class 47s Nos. 47237 and 47826. The train ran via Manchester Victoria, Wigan and the Cumbrian Coast, then back via the Tyne Valley and East Coast main line to York before heading on to Manchester and Wigan again to set down.
  • DRS Type 5 No. 66431 hauled a RHTT (railhead treatment train) set from York Wagon Works to Stowmarket, Suffolk, in readiness for the autumn leaf-fall season.
  • A1 steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado' hauled a charter from Crewe to Glasgow Central via the West Coast main line and the climbs of Shap and Beattock.

September 22

  • Type 2 No. 31285 provided the power for a test train (1Q06) from Ipswich to Colchester, Clacton and back.
  • Class 37 No. 37413 was spotted on the back of a low loader heading south down the M6 motorway, making for the Nemesis Rail depot at Burton-on-Trent.
  • DRS's No. 37610 was in use on route learning trips between Carlisle Kingmoor depot and Sellafield on the Cumbrain coast with a train of two coaches.
  • Class 47 No. 47500 hauled a rake of 12 empty coaches from Eastleigh to Southall depot in the late evening.
  • Royal-liveried class 67s Nos. 67005 'Queen's Messenger' and 67006 'Royal Sovereign' were employed on the Inverness and Aberdeen portions respectively of the Highland sleeper train to Euston.
  • A1 steam loco No. 60163 'Tornado' ran with its support coach from Crewe to Kidderminster for the Severn Valley Railway's weekend steam gala.

September 23

  • Class 20s Nos. 20301 and 20304 ran light engine from Derby to Carlisle Kingmoor depot.
  • Network Rail's New Measurement Train (NMT) was working from Paddington to Derby RTC via Oxford, with Nos. 43013 and 43062 providing the power. It had earlier worked in from Plymouth.
  • Preserved Deltic No. 55022 'Royal Scots Grey' was on hire to GBRf again, working trains in the north-east between Blyth and Lynemouth.
  • The first leg of UK Railtours' three-day West Highlander charter ran from Euston to Penrith and then on to Dumbarton Central behind Class 67 No. 67002. Meanwhile West Coast Railway's Nos. 57601 and 47826 provided the power for the West Highland Statesman charter from Exeter St Davids to Fort William.
  • GBRf ran a convoy of six locos light engine from Tonbridge Yard to St Leonards via Hastings station: Nos. 73141, 73206, 73208, 73212, 73213 and 66724.

September 24

  • A diesel gala weekend at the Mid-Norfolk Railway featured guest locos Nos. 59001, 59101, and 66431 as well as the home fleet of 31235, 31438, 37003, 37219, and 50019.
  • The Northern Belle ran a charter from Crewe to Hereford via Manchester Victoria, with Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47832 providing the power.
  • Newly overhauled, and reliveried in DBS red, Class 60 No. 60007 was seen working a train of empty oil tanks from Theale in Berkshire to Margam, South Wales.
  • Members' day at the Mid-Hants Railway saw preserved Cass 205 DEMU No. 1125 in action making three return trips between Alton and Alresford. Steam loco No. 73906 was on its last weekend before withdrawal, being used on the line's demonstartion goods train.

September 25

  • The Northern Belle ran from Blackpool to Wakefield Kirkgate with Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47832 in top-and-tail formation, out via Burnley and back via Manchester Victoria. The locos and coaching stock had earlier worked in from Crewe.
  • VSOE's other luxury train, the British Pullman, ran from Victoria to Folkestone West via Catford with Class 67s Nos. 67016 and 67030 at top-and-tail.
  • A GBRf convoy of locos saw Nos. 73212, 73213, 66720 and 66731 run light engine from Eastleigh to Hoo Jct, Kent. Meanwhile electro-diesels Nos. 73206 and 73208 were on engineering train duties at Chatham.
  • The NRM ran two return shuttle trains between its York and Shildon museum sites. The morning train was top-and-tailed by diesel No. 37706 and Black 5 steam No. 45305, the afternoon one with steam locos Nos. 5972 'Olton Hall' and 45305 again.

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