Notable Workings Week 29, 2012

Published 30th July 2012

July 16

West Coast Railway's Type 3 No. 37676 'Loch Rannoch' hauled a set of empty coaches from Carnforth to York in readiness for the start of the summer's Scarborough Spa Express.

Class 47 No. 47739 dragged a tamper track machine from Whittlesford (Cambridgeshire) to Rugby via Peterborough.

DBS Type 5 No. 60049 made a rare appearance east of London, possibly the first this year for the class, when it worked a rake of hopper wagons from Acton to Dagenham.

Freightliner's No. 66595 hauled Class 70 No. 70001 light engine from Crewe Basford Hall to Leeds Midland Road depot.

Four Class 92s - Nos. 92025, 92027, 92011 and 92019 - ran light engine from Crewe to Carlisle, returning in the late afternoon to Warrington Arpley with low sided ballast wagons.

July 17

Type 3 No. 33207 'Jim Martin' ran light engine from York NRM to the East Lancashire Railway via Wakefield to collect Deltic No. 55002 'The King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry' and take it to Barrow Hill (near Chesterfield).

First Great Western power cars Nos. 43158 and 43027 'Glorious Devon' worked light engine back-to-back from Plymouth Laira to Old Oak Common.

Grand Central used its 10.48 King's Cross to Bradford Interchange and 15.22 return as a gauging trial for a HST set formed with power cars Nos. 43465 and 43467. The company's Bradford trains are normally Class 180 Adelantes, with the HSTs dedicated to the Sunderland route. It is believed to be the first visit of a HST to Bradford Interchange in passenger service since BR switched its through London trains to Bradford Forster Square in the early 1990s.

Class 56s Nos. 56312 and 56311 double-headed a rake of stone wagons from Chaddesden (Derby) to Peak Forest for the start of a new traffic flow to Attercliffe (Sheffield).

Virgin's Mk 3 set was in action, working at least the 16.50 Birmingham New Street to Euston with No. 90048 powering at the rear.

The Scarborough Spa Express season got under way with Royal Scot No. 46115 'Scots Guardsman' hauling the first round trip from York to Wakefield and then on to Scarborough.

July 18

DRS No. 57007 with 57008 in tow headed an afternoon Tees Dock to Ditton (Merseyside) intermodal freight.

First Great Western Class 57 No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' hauled HST power cars Nos. 43037 and 43144 from Old Oak Common to Plymouth Laira via the Berks & Hants line.

All three Arriva blue-liveried Class 67s were in Cardiff today. No. 67001 worked light engine to Crewe, 67002 did the training run to Gloucester and back with DVT No. 82306, and 67003 hauled the 16.15 "WAG" service to Holyhead.

Today's regular Fellsman steam working from Lancaster to Carlisle via Preston and Settle had ex-LMS 8F No. 48151 'Gauge O Guild' in charge.

Merchant Navy Class No. 35028 'Clan Line' hauled the VSOE from Victoria to Bath and Bristol Temple Meads via Reading and Newbury.

July 19

Devon & Cornwall Railway's Type 2 No. 31602 ran light engine from Washwood Heath (Birmingham) to Eastleigh to collect Type 5 No. 56303.

A Network Rail test train (2Q88) visited Scarborough in the morning, arriving from York top-and-tail with Nos. 37612 and 37606.

Preserved but mainline-registered Class 50 No. 50044 'Exeter' ran light engine from the Severn Valley railway to Cardiff in readiness to work a tour at the weekend.

Silver-liveried Class 67 No. 67015 hauled refurbished DVT No. 82303 from Brush Loughborough to Chiltern Railway's Wembley depot.

A morning freightliner from Trafford Park to Crewe was unusually headed by diesel No. 70005 with electric No. 90041 in tow.

Adelante No. 180102 ran from Kilmarnock Works to Old Oak Common after refurbishment and repainting into FGW livery.

July 20

DRS No. 37229 was used to haul Greater Anglia DVT No. 82139 back from Wolverton Works to Norwich Crown Point via the West Coast and Great Eastern main lines.

A rake of new coaches for the Pendolino lengthening programme was hauled from Dollands Moor Yard (near the Channel Tunnel) to Manchester Longsight by Colas Type 4 No. 47739.

The Northern Belle ran from Euston to Blackpool with Type 4s Nos. 47790 and 47805 top-and-tail.

DRS Nos. 47818 and 47802 double-headed a Cruise Saver Express from Edinburgh Waverley to Southampton Central via Newcastle and Oxford.

An oil tank working from Robeston (near Milford Haven) to Westerleigh (near Bristol) was diverted away from its normal route in the Swansea area. As a result train loco No. 60040 was banked by sister loco 60063.

Freightliner No. 90048 and Virgin's Mk 3 set worked the 15.03 Euston to Birmingham New Street and 16.50 return as well as the regular Friday working of the 18.43 to Preston.

Ex-LMS No. 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' hauled the Scarborough Flyer special from Crewe to the Yorkshire coast via Manchester, Hebden Bridge and Wakefield.

July 21

DCR No. 31601 and two barrier vehicles transferred two Mk 3 coaches from Kilmarnock Works to Old Oak Common after conversion from restaurant/buffet cars to seated vehicles.

Ex-royal loco No. 47798 'Prince William' and No. 47580 'County of Essex' top-and-tailed a Nenta excursion from Sheringham to Canterbury West via Cambridge and the North London line. It then formed an extra mini-tour around Kent via Dover.

Preserved No. 50044 'Exeter' top-and-tailed a private charter for GBRf with No. 66720 'Rainbow Warrior' from Cardiff to Paignton and back. In the lay-over, the train formed a mini-railtour from Paignton to Plymouth that was open to the public. Unfortunately the 50 ran into difficulties on the final leg and was assisted back to Cardiff by the 66.

DRS Nos. 66303, 20305 and 37688 formed an unusual triple light engine move from Sellafield to Crewe.

Royal-liveried No. 67006 'Queen's Messenger' and barrier vehicles returned overhauled and repainted Heathrow Express unit No. 332004 from Wolverton Works to Old Oak Common.

Battle of Britain class No. 34067 'Tangmere' hauled the West Somerset Steam Express from Paddington to Minehead via Newbury. Meanwhile No. 46233 'Duchess of Sutherland' headed the Cumbrian Mountain Express from Crewe to Carlisle via Manchester and Settle.

July 22

GBRf Type 5s Nos. 66713 and 66706 top-and-tailed a rake of gypsum wagons on a triangular move around Doncaster to turn them.

The latest Pendolino released from overhaul and lengthening to 11-cars was No. 390148, which ran from Manchester Longsight to Liverpool Edge Hill via Crewe for dynamic testing.

This week's steam-hauled Torbay Express and Weymouth Seaside Express were respectively hauled by Britannia class locos No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell' and 70000 'Britannia'.

In the north of England, No. 46115 'Scots Guardsman' was in charge of the Waverley charter from York to Carlisle via Settle, and A4 No. 60009 'Union of South Africa' hauled the North Wales Coast Express from Crewe to Holyhead via Manchester.


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