Notable Workings Week 31, 2012

Published 19th August 2012

Notable Workings Week 31, 2012

UK - A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the Network for July 30 to August 5.

July 30

An empty scrap metal working from Cardiff Tidal to Stockton was headed by DCR Type 2 No. 31601 with Type 5 No. 56311 dead in tow. The 31 was taken off at Derby.

DBS freight loco No. 66006 was a rare sight ahead of three royal coaches running empty from their Wolverton base to Toton via Northampton.

No less than six Class 73 electro-diesels sandwiched one Class 66 in a light engine move from Eastleigh to Tonbridge. They were Nos. 73213, 73208, 66743, 73205, 73206, 73119 and 73212.

A Class 325 mail unit failed soon after leaving Warrington mail terminal and was taken forward to Wembley PRDC by No. 67008.

July 31

Intercity-liveried Type 3 No. 37518 ran light engine from the East Lancashire Railway to Carnforth, with Nos. 47854 and 47786 'Roy Castle OBE', as a main line test run.

Colas Rail No. 47739 'Robin of Templecombe' hauled four former Motorail vans from Eastleigh to Cardiff Canton. The 47 then ran light engine to Birmingham Washwood Heath.

The afternoon mail working from Wembley PDRC to Shieldmuir (Glasgow) comprised Scotrail-liveried electric No. 90019 hauling three Class 325 mail units.

Long-stored No. 90050 was dragged from Crewe Electric depot to Crewe LNWR by No. 67008 - either to donate parts to sister loco No. 90042 or vice-versa.

Extra services to Weymouth for the Olympics sailing competition saw Voyagers Nos. 220019 and 221125 arrive from Birmingham and Manchester respectively.

Black 5 No. 44932 took over Scarborough Spa Express duties this week from No. 46115 'Scots Guardsman' after the latter developed a fault. The Black 5 arrived at York from Carnforth yesterday.

August 1

Yellow Type 2 No. 31602 ran light engine from Washwood Heath to Crewe to collect Fertis-liveried No. 56103 from storage at the former diesel depot. The two then returned light engine to Washwood Heath.

DBS No. 66023 hauled three royal coaches back from Toton to their base at Wolverton.

The 07.15 Leeds to King's Cross had two 91s at the rear, Nos. 91129 and 91122.

Black 5 No. 44932 developed a hot box while working the return Scarborough Spa Express. It was removed at York and replaced by Diesel No. 37676 'Loch Rannoch' for the final loop via Wakefield back to York.

August 2

Class 59s Nos. 59202 and 59204 were sandwiched between Nos. 92037 and 92011 on a light engine move from Crewe to Bescot.

Royal-liveried No. 67006 'Queen's Messenger' worked the VSOE from Victoria to Bath Spa via Salisbury.

Type 5 No. 67026 and a rake of Mk 2 stock was on standby at Cardiff Central to form an additional 01.00 to Paddington after an Olympic football match at the Millennium Stadium. However it was not required and ran back empty to Wembley instead. A second rake of empty stock powered by Nos. 67020 and 67016 only it made it as far as Bristol Parkway before being turned back to Wembley as not required.

Electric No. 92027 hauled diesel No. 66067 dead in tow at the head of a Garston to Dagenham empty car train working (6L48).

Network Rail DMU No. 950001 worked a test train (2Q08) along the Heart of Wales line from Llandrindod to Manchester Longsight depot.

Royal Scot No. 46115 'Scots Guardsman' was back in charge of today's Scarborough Spa Express after No. 44932's problems yesterday.

August 3

Network Rail yellow-liveried No. 31285 powered a test train (3Q40) from Derby RTC to Didcot via Leamington Spa.

Intercity-liveried No. 37518 hauled Black 5 No. 44871 and support coach from Carnforth to Fort William for the Jacobite services.

Type 3 No. 37676 'Loch Rannoch' hauled the empty Scarborough Spa Express set from York NRM to Leeds Neville Hill for its weekly run through the washer (5Z44).

DRS Class 47s Nos. 47853 and 47841 double-headed the Southampton to Edinburgh Cruise Saver Express (1Z82) via Oxford and Derby.

DBS-liveried Type 5 No. 60019 'Port of Grimsby & Immingham' made a rare foray into East Anglia hauling an engineers' train from Toton to Whitemoor yard near March.

Grand Central Adelante No. 180105 ran empty from London Bounds Green depot to Newcastle Heaton for tyre turning.

August 4

Class 56 Nos. 56303, 56312 and 56311 ran light engine from Washwood Heath to Derby Chaddesden sidings (0Z56). They then headed a rake of ballast wagons to Barrow Hill and back (6Z56/57) as a test run for 56303.

Freightliner No. 90043 and the Virgin Mk 3 set formed an additional 08.13 (1T20) and 15.25 (1T22) Euston to Manchester Piccadilly (1T20) in connection with Olympic football at Old Trafford. They returned at 12.00 (1T21) and 19.15 (1T23) respectively.

For Olympic football at the Millennium Stadium, Class 67s Nos. 67002 and 67003 top-and-tailed the 08.05 Holyhead to Cardiff Central (1V41) and 21.21 return (1W71). Later No. 67029 'Royal Diamond' left Paddington with and additonal 13.15 (1Z15) to Cardiff Central.

August 5

The North Wales Coast Express from Crewe to Holyhead was due to be steam hauled by A4 No. 60009 'Union of South Africa' but it failed before departure. Instead, the train was top-and-tailed by Type 4 diesels Nos. 47580 'County of Essex' and 47798 'Prince William'.

Today's Royal Duchy charter from Bristol Temple Meads to Par was hauled by No. 70013 'Oliver Cromwell', followed shortly after by No. 71000 'Duke of Gloucester' with the Torbay Express to Kingswear.

Network Rail DMU No. 950001 worked a series of test trains (2Q08) in the Valley Lines north of Cardiff.

Pendolino No. 390125 was the latest to be released from Longsight after going through the overhaul and lengthening programme.


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