Notes and news from the rail world
DRS Class 37s Nos. 37601 and 37611 top-and-tailed a test train from Derby to Blackpool North, making a rare visit of locomotives to the seaside town.
Class 47s Nos. 47712 Pride of Carlisle and 47501 Craftsman doubled-headed a cruise ship ‘boat train’ from Southampton docks to Glasgow Central via Oxford and the West Coast main line.
The 07.10 Leeds to Aberdeen failed at York with power cars Nos. 43316 and 43251. The train was cancelled and taken north to Craigentinny, Edinburgh, by No. 67027.
Chiltern Railways has introduced extra loco-hauled services between Birmingham Moor Street and Marylebone. There are now four hauled trains per day from Birmingham and one from Banbury, with Nos. 67012, 67013 and 67015 providing the power on this first day.
National Express East Anglia No. 90007 Sir John Betjeman failed at Marks Tey with the 09.30 Liverpool Street to Norwich. The train was cancelled and the set dragged to Norwich by ‘Thunderbird’ No. 47802 Pride of Cumbria.
East Coast electric loco No. 91101 and DVT No. 82205 have been repainted in purple livery with a thistle logo on the cab fronts to mark the introduction of the new East Coast clockface timetable. The pairing worked the inaugural four-hour schedule 05.40 Edinburgh Waverley to King’s Cross.
86101 and 73109 formed an unusual light-engine movement along the Great Eastern main line. The locos were returning to Willesden after taking part in events at the Mid-Norfolk Railway.
The overnight sleepers between London and Scotland were cancelled due to high winds north of the border, where many other lines and services also affected.