May Notes and News

Notes and News from May

May 31st

Use of ‘Deltic’ No. 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ on GBRf freight turns continues, and today saw it on a contender for working of the year when it hauled an Alcan tank train from Fort William to Mossend near Glasgow, having worked in light engine the night before.

Silver Tata-liveried ‘Tug’ No. 60099 hauled the Theale (Berkshire) to Robeston (southwest Wales) empty oil tanks along the Great Western main line.

The loco-hauled trains in Fife have been reduced to one ‘half circle’ trip in the morning and one ‘full circle’ in the evening from the start of the summer timetable. No. 67009 was in charge for the 07:29 Glenrothes to Edinburgh today.

New EMUs Nos. 379025 and 379004 ran south from Rugby to Ilford depot in east London.

Pacer DMU No. 142009 travelled empty from St Philips Marsh deport in Bristol all the way to Heaton in Newcastle.

May 30th

Nos. 33207 ‘Jim Martin’ and 37229 ‘Jonty Jarvis’ took the empty stock from Saturday’s Birmingham to Newcastle tour back to Carnforth today.

No-heat Class 47 No. 47270 ‘Swift’ top-and-tailed with No. 47760 worked the ‘Borders & Bridges Scotsman’ railtour from Skipton to Aberdeen.

Arriva-liveried ‘Bodysnatcher’ No. 57314 took two carriages from ‘Voyager’ No. 221144 from Central Rivers depot (near Burton upon Trent) to Crewe via Manchester.

Blue-liveried ‘60’ No. 60074 ‘Teenage Spirit’ hauled the Lindsey to Jarrow oil tankers, working it in two portions forward from Tyne Yard.

29th May

Unusual for a Sunday, Virgin ‘Thunderbird’ No. 57304 ‘Gordon Tracy’ dragged ‘Pendolino’ No. 390035 along the North Wales coast line, forming the 10.42 from Crewe to Holyhead and 13.55 return.

The Scotrail sleepers were diverted via the East Coast main line tonight, with No. 90024 hauling the ‘Highland’ overnighter to London.

Class 92 No. 92009 has been repainted in DB Schenker bright red livery.

Engineering works at Grove Park, southeast London, saw passenger trains being diverted over the rarely used New Beckenham to Beckenham Junction chord.

May 28th

Type 1 locos Nos. 31601 and 31190 hauled a railtour from Leeds to Southend via Stoke, working top-and-tail with No. 67029.

A rare outing for West Coast Railway’s Class 33 No. 33207 ‘Jim Martin’ saw it work top-and-tail with No. 37229 ‘Jonty Jarvis’ on Spitfire’s 'Salopian Viking' railtour from Birmingham International to Newcastle.

HST Power Car Nos. 43043 and 43044, leaving Derby at 07.53 and Skegness at 18.26, worked an additional return service from Derby to Skegness for the Bank Holiday.

The first Saturday of the summer timetable saw the return of through Intercity trains to Newquay. The 11.14 to Paddington was handled by HST Power Cars Nos. 43141 and 43024, while the 11.36 from Paddington had Nos. 43171 and 43041. The 06.32 CrossCountry service from Dundee was worked by Nos. 43378 and 43303.

DRS No. 47802 was due to work the first 10.40 Great Yarmouth to Liverpool Street ‘drag’ of the season, but failed at Norwich before departure and the working cancelled.

No. 57601 made what’s believed to be the first appearance of a Class 57 at Aberystwyth after arriving top-and-tail with No. 47826 on the ‘Welsh Mountain Statesman’ railtour from Hull. Network Rail’s yellow-liveried Type 3s Nos. 97303 and 97304 hauled the entire ensemble from Crewe over the Cambrian section.

Two ‘footex’ trains were run from Waterloo to Wembley for the Champions’ League football final Between Manchester United and Barcelona. One train was worked top-and-tail by Nos. 67002 and 67022, the other by Nos. 67008 and 67019.

May 27th

DRS Types 3s Nos. 37423 and 37069 worked a nuclear flask train from Willesden to Dungeness.

Type 5 No. 67002 took new EMU No. 379004 from Derby to Crewe.

Electric No. 90048 was used with the ‘Pretendolino’ Mk 3 coaching set again, making a return trip from Euston to Birmingham New Street in the morning.

Chiltern’s refurbished Class 121 diesel ‘Bubblecar’ No. 121034 arrived at Didcot Railway Centre for display over the weekend.

May 25th

No. 31106 hauled a Network Rail test train (1Q12) from Bristol Barton Hill to Gloucester via Machen and Pengam in South Wales.

West Coast Railway’s Nos. 37518 and 47500 hauled a special train from Southall depot in West London to Waterloo International, formed of steam loco Stirling ‘Single’ No. 1, Class 08 shunters Nos. 08911 and 08927, and various coaches. The vehicles are to be used in a production of ‘The Railway Children’ play, which is returned to Waterloo International for the summer.

DRS Nos. 37682 and 37688 hauled a scrap metal train from Hitchen to Sheerness via Kensington Olympia.

On hire ex-Fastline ‘Shed’ No. 66303 hauled a Freightliner train from Felixstowe to Birmingham Lawley Street.

DBS Nos. 67004, 67009, 67011 worked the three portions of the Highland Sleeper train from Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William respectively.

Nos. 67018 ‘Keith Heller’ and 67022 top-and-tailed the VSOE Pullman train on a trip from Bournemouth to Basingstoke and back.

Electro-diesels Nos 73107 and 73138 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train from Selhurst depot, south London, to Portsmouth Harbour (1Q82) and back (1Q24).

First of the new 11-car ‘Pendolino’ trains, No. 390054, did a test run from Liverpool Edge Hill to Edinburgh via Crewe and the West Coast main line.

Chiltern Railway’s newly refurbished green-liveried ‘bubble’ car No. 121034 did the Aylesbury to Princes Risborough shuttles, its first day in service.

May 24th

No. 37409 took inspection saloon ‘Caroline’ from York to Skegness via Sheffield and Retford.

DRS Nos. 37607 and 37603 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train around East Anglia, running as 1Q13 from Norwich to Sheringham, Liverpool Street and Southend Victoria.

GBRf 66724 ‘Drax Power Station’ hauled EMU No. 455867 from Wimbledon to Ilford as part of an ongoing bogie repair programme.

Nos. 67008 and 67019 provided superpower for an engineer’s ballast train from Sunderland to Carlisle.

Cable theft on the Northallerton to Eaglescliffe route meant services were cancelled or diverted via Darlington.


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