Notable Workings Week 49

A summary of notable workings for week 49 (December 5-11).

Loco List

This was the final week for this year's autumn railhead treatment trains (RHTTs). Locos involved this week included:

Nos. 66022 and 66029 (Broxbourne, Hertfordshire)

Nos. 57008 and 57011; 66301 and 66430 (Carlisle)

Nos. 66071 and 67028 (Peterborough)

Nos. 66061 and 66139 (St Blazey, Cornwall)

Nos. 37603 and 37610; 37087 and 37667; 37069 and 37510; 57003 and 57004 (Stowmarket, Suffolk)

Nos. 66001 and 66019 (Willesden, London)

Nos. 20096 and 20905 (York)

December 5

Northampton had a rare visit from an electro-diesel when No. 73138 worked through top-and-tail with No. 31465 on a Derby to Grove Park (south-east London) test train working.

Freightliner electric loco No. 90043 was taken by low-loader from Ipswich to Crewe Electric depot. The loco failed at Ipswich some time ago, but it is understood to have had bogie problems that prevented it being moved by rail.

New DMU No. 172331 was on test, running from Derby to Gloucester and back.

December 6

Type 3 No. 37688 hauled electric No. 90006 from Norwich Crown Point depot to Crewe Electric for repairs. It travelled via the Great Eastern and West Coast main lines.

DRS locos Nos. 66421 and 57010 were an unusual pair to work one nuclear flask wagon from Sellafield to Crewe.

Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47832 top-and-tailed the Northern Belle train, running empty from Crewe to Coventry for a circular tour to Chester and back. The VSOE set was also out, running from Victoria to Canterbury West with No. 67019 in charge.

The 06.14 BIrmingham Moor Street to Marylebone was terminated at Gerard's Cross when train loco No. 67013 ran out of fuel. Rescue came two hours later when sister loco 67015 arrived to take the then empty train forward to the capital.

The Garston (Liverpool) to Dagenham empty car train was headed by No. 90024 with Nos. 92001 and 90039 dead in tow.

December 7

Type 2 No. 31285 powered a Network Rail test train (1Q06) on a circular route from Eastleigh to Eastleigh via London Waterloo.

The Boston to Washwood Heath (Birmingham) loaded steel train ran with Colas locos Nos. 47739 and 47727 in charge.

Chiltern Type 5 No. 67013, now topped up with fuel after yesterday's failure, ran light engine from Wembley to Brush Loughborough to collect a refurbished DVT vehicle.

December 8

Type 4s Nos. 47790 and 47832 powered another outing for the Northern Belle, this time running from Cardiff Central to Southampton.

There was a rare outing for a Class 47 on a nuclear flask train when No. 47828 worked with 66421 from Valley (Anglesey) to Crewe.

Electro-diesels Nos. 73138 and 73107 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train (1Q62) from Grove Park to Selhurst (both in south London) via various lines in Kent.

The 19.03 Euston to Birmingham New Street was headed by Freightliner electric loco No. 90047 hauling Virgin's Mk 3 set, believed pressed into service because of weather-related disruption.

Ex-LNER A4 steam loco No. 60019 'Bittern' (running as 4492 'Dominon of New Zealand') worked light engine with its support coach from Eastleigh to Southall depot (west London).

BR Standard Class 7 steam loco No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' was in charge of a Steam Dreams Cathedrals Express tour from Ely to Oxford via the North London line.

December 9

DRS Class 37s Nos. 37038 and 37228 top-and-tailed four nuclear flask wagons on a working from Sellafield (Cumbria) to Heysham (near Morecambe).

Type 3 No. 37676 hauled the empty stock from yesterday's Steam Dreams tour back from Ely to West Coast Railway's Southall depot, west London, via Stevenage and the North London line.

Virgin Trains' Thunderbird No. 57307 'Lady Penelope' hauled the Mk 3 set empty from Crewe back to Wembley after Freightliner No. 90047 worked it in with the 18.43 from Euston via Birmingham New Street (1K39).

DBS red-liveried No. 92009 headed a freight train of intermodal wagons along the HS1 high-speed line from the Channel Tunnel to Dagenham, east London.

The Shieldmuir (Glasgow) to Warrington mail working, formed of mail units Nos. 325013, 325003 and 325007, was unusually topped by diesel No. 67003.

December 10

The Bath & Bristol Christmas Statesman charter from Preston was top-and-tailed by West Coast Railway's Class 57s Nos. 57001 and 57601. Meanwhile travelling in the opposite direction was Cheshire Cat Railtours excursion from Cardiff Central to York and Durham, headed by DBS Type 5 No. 67022. A third diesel tour ran from Bridlington to Edinburgh via Selby with Nos. 47851 and 47786 'Roy Castle OBE' at either end.

Virgin Thunderbird No. 57308 'Brains' hauled Pendolino No. 390032 from Crewe to Holyhead and back with the Euston through-service.

Powerful Type 5 No. 60099 was unusually rostered for an engineer's train from Doncaster Belmont Yard to a track possession on the Doncaster avoiding line to the north of the town. The train ran outwards via Mexborough and reversed just north of Sheffield, returning to Belmont the following morning after going forward to reverse at Hatfield & Stainforth on the Goole line.

Arriva-blue-liveried Class 67 No. 67003 again hauled mail units Nos. 325017, 325003 and 325013 up the West Coast main line from Shieldmuir (Glasgow) to Willesden (London).

A number of steam tours were running today. No. 70000 'Britannia' worked a Steam Dreams tour from Southend to Winchester, while classmate No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' replaced unavailable No. 60019 'Bittern' on the Christmas White Rose from Cambridge to York. South of London, Battle of Britain class No. 34067 'Tangmere' hauled the Bath Christmas Market special from Three Bridges via Chichester, while Merchant Navy class No. 35028 'Clan Line' (as 35017 'Belgian Marine') worked on a circular route from Victoria via Canterbury, Dover and Redhill.

December 11

DRS Class 37 No. 37606 ran light engine all the way from Derby RTC to Ashford, Kent. It was then booked to go to Grove Park depot (south-east London) to collect a test train plus electro-diesel No. 73138 and work them both back to Derby on December 12.

West Coast Railway's No. 47760 was at the head of an empty coaching stock move from Hitchin (Hertfordshire) to the company's Carnforth headquarters.

DRS Class 66 No. 66411, the former Stobart-liveried celebrity loco 'Eddie the Engine', as been shipped abroad to work in Poland. It left by ship from Immingham docks.

Ex-LMS Princess Royal class steam loco No. 6201 'Princess Elizabeth' hauled the York Yuletide Express charter from Liverpool Lime Street to York via Manchester Victoria, Rochdale and Wakefield Kirkgate.


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