A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the Network for January 16-22.
Network Rail Type 3 No. 97301 powered a test train (3Z68) from Derby RTC to Euston. It was followed by No. 31465 with a train (3Z15) for Eastleigh via Oxford. Then in the afternoon No. 31285 left with a third working (1Q06) for Old Oak Common, London.
Arriva-blue No. 67003 hauled a rake of National Power coal hoppers from Stoke Marcroft to Toton. Silver-liveried classmate No. 67015 hauled DVT No. 82302 from Wembley to Brush Loughborough, returning later light engine.
Newcastle Thunderbird No. 67016 dragged 91130 and a Mk 4 set south from Heaton (Newcastle) to Bounds Green, London. King's Cross Thunderbird No. 67019 went north light engine to replace it.
Class 70 No. 70005 was on route learning duties between Carlisle and Lancaster via the West Coast main line.
ScotRail liveried Class 90 No. 90024, normally used for hauling anglo-scottish sleeper trains, was in action on National Express East Anglia services between Liverpool Street and Norwich.
Grand Central Adelante DMU No. 180101 was on hire with Hull Trains, working the 08.25 from Hull to King's Cross.
The Crewe to Bridgwater nuclear flask working was double-headed by Type 3 No. 37606 and Type 1 No. 20309 with three wagons in tow.
HST Power Cars Nos. 43013 and 43014 worked the New Measurement Train on a trip from Crewe to Glasgow and back via the West Coast main line (1Q26).
Track work in the Bridlington area saw a rare loco movement along the line from Hull as No. 66065 arrived with a engineering train in the late evening.
Class 67s Nos. 67019 and 67025 were both in Dollands Moor yard, Kent - reportedly for scheduled A-exams ahead of VSOE duties at the end of the week.
Arriva Trains Wales-liveried Class 57 No. 57315 was on route learning duties light engine between Preston and Carlisle via Settle.
GBRf Type 5 No. 66711 was used to haul London Underground's 4-TC coaching set from West Ruislip in London to Eastleigh. The 4-TC should eventually go forward to the Swanage Railway to work in push-pull formation with the heritage line's diesel No. 33108 - just as they would have done in British Rail days.
Classmate No. 66734 was inside the National Railway Museum in York for a naming ceremony. It was named 'Eco Express' by ten year old Sophie English, the winner of a local competition to chose a name.
Crash damaged DMU vehicle No. 52417 from set 156417 was returned to Norwich Crown Point depot after repairs. It was transported by road to Dereham on the Mid-Norfolk Railway and towed from there by diesel rail-car No. 153335.
The High Output Ballast Cleaner (HOBC) track maintenance train was moved from Crewe to Preston by Nos. 70013 and 70015 top-and-tail.
New Class 70 No. 70017 was released into traffic, working an overnight freightliner from Leeds Midland Road to Crewe Basford Hall, then light engine to Manchester Trafford Park to head a second one to Ipswich.
Class 20s Nos. 20905, 20901 and 20142, 20227 top-and-tailed a delivery of S-Stock from Derby to London Underground's West Ruislip depot.
The Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask train was unusually loaded to six vehicles instead of the normal one or two, and was double-headed by Type 3s Nos. 37218 and 37038.
HST Power Cars Nos. 43004 and 43190 ran back to back from Plymouth Laira depot to Newton Abbot and return as a test run for the former.
A convoy of seven locos ran light engine from Newport Alexandra Junction (South Wales) to Westbury (Wiltshire). It comprised Nos. 66087, 66096, 66004, 66092, 66169, 66074 and 66114.
Another new Class 70 arrived in the country from the USA as No. 70018 was unloaded at Liverpool Docks.
Privately-owned electric locos Nos. 86101 and 86701 ran light engine from Carlisle to Willesden depot, London, via the West Coast main line. Meanwhile No. 87002 'Royal Sovereign' went north to replace them on standby for ice-busting duties. The two workings crossed at Carnforth.
DRS Type 3s Nos. 37610 and 37612 double-headed a long rake of ballast wagons from Whitemoor Yard (near March, Cambridgeshire) to Ipswich via Ely. They were followed by Nos. 57007 and 57008 with another and two more were worked in separately by Nos. 57004 and 66302.
UK Railtours' Concrete Cow charter ran from Paddington to the Wolverton dive-under and Bletchley flyover. It was top-and-tailed by Class 66s Nos. 66085 and 66213, and visited Brentford Goods, then ran via Willesden to Haversham Bank (near the entrance to Wolverton Works), Swanbourne Siding (Bletchley) and back to Euston.
Class 66 No. 66155 hauled EMU No. 465045 back from Wolverton Works to Slade Green depot, Kent, after receiving refurbishment work.
The VSOE ran from Victoria to Bath via Swindon with Type 5 No. 67017 in charge.
Aged Type 2 No. 31190 worked a route learning trip for DB Schenker light engine from Washwood Heath to Warrington via Lichfield Trent Valley. It made similar runs from Warrington to Washwood Heath and back everyday until January 27 inclusive.
Virgin Thunderbird No. 57302 'Virgil Tracy' hauled Pendolino No. 390030 from Oxley depot, Wolverhampton, to Euston via Birmingham New Street and Nuneaton.