Notable Workings Week 49, 2012

Published 17th Dcember 2012

Rare and unusual happenings on the network for December 3 to 9.


December 3

With the RHTT season almost over for another year, Class 20 Nos. 20303 and 20305 top-and-tailed one of the last few turns in Yorkshire with the 11.13 Grimsby Town to Malton (3S14), while Nos. 20302 and 20308 worked from Gilberdyke to Todmorden Hall Royd Junction (3S22).

DRS No. 37218 hauled classmate No. 37259 plus seven Network Rail test vehicles and yellow-liveried No. 31465 from Hither Green to Derby RTC (1Z13). However a problem with 37218 saw the formation turn back at Kew and return to Hither Green.

A Grand Central HST set with power cars Nos. 43480 and 43467 was away from its usual East Coast stamping ground running empty from Heaton depot, Newcastle, to Crewe via Carlisle (5Z43).

Type 5 No. 56312 failed at Claydon, north of Aylesbury, while working an empty flyash train from nearby Calvert to Didcot (6Z91). It was later rescued by classmate No. 56301 which dragged the whole train through to its destination.

Extra mail trains have started running in the lead up to Christmas. Class 325 units Nos. 325006, 3250003 and 325008 formed the 09.14 Willesden to Shieldmuir (1S07) while Nos. 325011, 325002 and 325007 worked the 09.34 Shieldmuir to Willesden (1M23).

December 4

The very last Yorkshire RHTT for 2012 was formed of Nos. 20302 and 20308 top-and-tailing from Knaresborough to York Thrall works (3S26). Meanwhile in East Anglia, Nos. 57312 and 57301 worked an RHTT to Shenfield along the Great Eastern main line (3S60).

Released from their RHTT duties, Class 20s Nos. 20312, 20302, 20303 and 20305 ran in convoy from York Thrall Works to Carlisle Kingmoor (0Z20).

Type 2 No. 31601 ran light engine from Washwood Heath to Didcot to collect No. 56312, which failed yesterday, and return it to Washwood Heath (0Z57).

DRS Class 37 No. 37423 powered a Network Rail test train from Derby RTC to Bristol Temple Meads (5Z18).

Yellow-liveried Type 3s Nos. 97303 and 97302 hauled a rake of bogie ballast wagons from Bescot Yard to Dovey Junction near Machynlleth (6W70).

A Cathedrals Express charter ran from Slough to Chester via Banbury, Nuneaton and Crewe (1Z70) behind ex-LMS Princess class No. 6201 ‘Princess Elizabeth’. The return was diesel-hauled by No. 67016, while 6201 ran with a support coach to Tyseley.

December 5

Class 20s Nos. 20901+20905 top-and-tailed with 20314+20311 delivered a set of London Underground S7 Stock (Nos. 21339 and 21340) from Derby to the Old Dalby test track (7X23).

Type 2 No. 31285 made a rare appearance for a locomotive at Rock Ferry on the Wirral working a Network Rail test train from Derby RTC (1Q06).

The Festive Settle Scotsman charter from Blackpool to Edinburgh via Blackburn and Carlisle (1Z75) was top-and-tailed by West Coast Railway’s Class 47s Nos. 47786 ‘Roy Castle OBE’ and 47760. Meanwhile the The Edinburgh Christmas Statesman worked from Leicester to Edinburgh via York (1Z52) top-and-tailed by West Coast Railway’s Nos. 47854 and 57601.

DRS Type 4 No. 47818 hauled electric No. 90008 from repair at Crewe to Norwich Crown point via the West Coast and Great Eastern main lines (0Z90).

Privately owned electric locos Nos. 86101 ‘Sir William A Stanier FRS’ and 87002 ‘Royal Sovereign’ ram light engine from Willesden, London, to Carlisle (0T87) to take up position for overhead wire ice breaking duties this winter.

December 6

Deltic No. 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ ran light engine from Bury on the East Lancashire Railway to West Coast Railway’s base at Carnforth. Here it coupled to a rake of stock and was dragged to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway near Falkirk by Type 4 No. 47851 ahead of railtour use on December 7.

Class 57s Nos. 57002 and 57307 ran light engine from Crewe Gresty Bridge to Eastleigh Works via Willesden. The DRS locos were going for overhaul and repainting.

The Settle & Carlisle RHTT ran top-and-tail with Nos. 66425 and 66429 (3J11).

Class 90 No. 90013 developed a fault near Chelmsford while working the 07.10 Norwich to Liverpool Street (07.10). The train terminated at Shenfield and the empty stock dragged by to Norwich by Thunderbird No. 47818.

December 7

Types 1 Nos. 20142+20227 ran to the Severn Valley Railway at Kidderminster where they collected preserved classmates Nos. D8059 (20059) and D8188 (20188) and hauled them to Washwood Heath (0Z24).

An SRPS railtour from Linlithgow to Lincoln for the christmas market was headed by preserved Type 5 No. 55022 ‘Royal Scots Grey’ (1Z18). Additional public services also ran to Lincoln from Nottingham formed of a HST with power cars Nos. 43043 and 43081 (1Z26).

The final booked working of Virgin’s Mk3 set, the 18.43 Euston to Crewe (1K39), was hauled by Freightliner green-liveried No. 90044.

Former Gatwick Express unit No. 460001 ran empty from Stewarts Lane depot in London to Ashford via Orpington (5Z60).

December 8

The final Euston to Holyhead booked for a Class 57 and Pendolino did not run. Instead the train (1D83) was worked by Voyagers Nos. 221118 and 221106.

FGW No. 57602 ‘Restormel Castle’ hauled the empty sleeper stock from Penzance Long Rock to Plymouth Laira ahead of an engineering block on December 9.

DBS Type 5 No. 66148 led Nos. 66197, 66121, 66204, 66144 and 66168 in a convoy from Margam to Eastleigh (0X12).

Hull Trains 17.48 King’s Cross to Hull was formed of First Great Western liveried Adelante No. 180102.

A number of pre-Christmas steam specials were out today. Steam Dreams’ Cathedrals Express ran from Southend to Oxford via Acton with blue A1 No. 60163 ‘Tornado’ in charge (1Z72). Ex-GWR No. 4965 ‘Rood Ashton Hall’ powered a charter from Tyseley to Lincoln via Leicester for the christmas market (1Z60). Also visiting Lincoln was A4 No. 60009 ‘Union of South Africa’ with the Lindum Fayre special from King’s Cross, out via Spalding and back via Newark (1Z45/46). And Battle of Britain Class No. 34067 ‘Tangmere’ headed the Bath Christmas Market charter from Three Bridges to Bristol Temple Meads via Chichester (1Z84).

Diesel-hauled charters today included the Northern Belle from Liverpool Lime Street to Kensington Olympia top-and-tailed by Type 4s Nos. 47853 and 47790 (1Z48), and a Bangor (North Wales) to Edinburgh Statesman train worked top-and-tail by Nos. 57601 and 47826 (1Z55). However, No. 47826 failed and was swapped for 47245 at Carnforth.

December 9

Today was the first day of the new winter timetable, and the start of a new London Overground service between Clapham Junction and Highbury & Islington via Peckham Rye.

Class 66s Nos. 66183, 006, 090, 175, 051, 197 and 148 ran in convoy from Eastleigh to Margam via Westbury (0X14).

Network Rails’ DMU test train No. 950001 was in the South Wales Valleys, including a visit to Machen Quarry on the line from Newport (2Q88).


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