Notes and News from June 4-8th.
The 07.36 Paddington to Newquay HST failed on the Cornish branch trying to climb Luxulyan bank. The train reversed to Par and was cancelled.
The Great Yarmouth ‘drags’ from Norwich didn’t happen today as the hauled coaching set was required elsewhere. A Class 170 DMU filled in instead.
Because of a lineside fire risk, the Birmingham to Plymouth ‘Devonian’ railtour hauled by ‘King’ Class steam loco No. 6024 ‘King Edward I’ had to be topped by diesel loco No. 57601 from Taunton.
A4 steam loco No. 60019 ‘Bittern’ (running as 4492 Dominion of New Zealand) worked a railtour from King’s Cross to York, top-and-tailed with diesel No. 37516.
Class 47s Nos. 47712 and 47501 double-headed a boat train charter from Edinburgh to Southampton for cruise ship passengers.
Class 67 No. 67027 was called to assist the 15.30 King’s Cross to Edinburgh after power cars Nos. 43238 and 43312 got into trouble.
‘Pacer’ No. 142080 made an unexpected run along the East Coast main line overnight, running from Cardiff Canton depot to Doncaster
‘Dyson’ No. 92026 hauled two new Class 380 EMUs, Nos. 380115 and 380022, from Dollands Moor in Kent to Wembley en route to Polmadie near Glasgow.
Scotrail EMU No. 320314 worked back to the north after Works attention, running as the 15.36 Doncaster to Glasgow Shields depot.
A lineside fire near Doncaster disrupted the evening service on the East Coast main line, with some services heavily delayed and others cancelled.
The Royal train ran from Cardiff to Windsor & Eton Riverside in the afternoon, with Nos. 67005 and 67006 providing the usual power, having worked in overnight.
Class 67 No. 67017 hauled a failed HST set with power car Nos. 43238 and 43312 from King’s Cross to Craigentinny depot, Edinburgh.
DMU No. 175001 caught fire at Rhyl while working the 10.44 Llandudno to Manchester and had to be put out by the fire brigade.
Type 1 No. 20308 and Type 3 No. 37423 worked an inspection saloon in top-and-tail mode from York to Leeds and around the Harrogate loop.
West Coast Railways’ ‘Crompton’ No. 33207 was out on the main line hauling a couple of Mk 1 coaches from Carnforth to Southall, west London.
The Dungeness nuclear flask train ran behind DRS ‘37s’ Nos. 37608 and 37611.
Type 3s Nos. 37610 and 37601 top-and-tailed the Mentor test train (1Q18) around the northwest from Crewe.
Grand Central HST power cars Nos. 43423 and 43480 with four coaches returned to Heaton depot from overhaul at Kilmarnock.
The serviceable Class 60 fleet was down to six locos today, Nos. 60011, 60024, 60040, 60049, 60071 and 60074.
A1 steam loco No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ began a move south from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway to Didcot by heading north to Tyne Yard and Carlisle. As part of the move it hauled a rake of Mk 2 coaches along the Tyne Valley line.