Notable Workings Week 36, 2012

Published 1st October 2012

A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the Network for September 3 to 9

UK Wide

September 3

West Coast Railway's Type 3s Nos. 37516 and 33029 double-headed an empty stock move (5Z00) from Southall to Carnforth via the Northampton loop.

Day 2 of the Africa Express - carrying African musical artists to a series of concerts around Britain - ran from Leeds to Middlesbrough top-and-tailed by Nos. 47805 and 47810 (1Z61). The train went forward empty to Heaton depot, Newcastle, for servicing.

Today's Glasgow to Southampton Docks Cruise Saver Express (1Z83) ran via the West Coast main line, Stockport and Oxford with Nos. 47802 and 47841 in charge.

Silver Type 5 No. 67015 hauled DVT No. 82303 from Chiltern's Wembley depot to Doncaster Works via the Midland main line (5Z66).

East Coast Thunderbird No. 67028 hauled a failed HST set, with power cars Nos. 43320 and 43316, from Stevenage to Edinburgh Craigentinny ((5F62).

September 4

DCR Class 31s Nos. 31602 and 31601 double-headed an empty scrap wagon working (6Z69) from Cardiff Tidal sidings to Chaddesden, Derby.

Type 3 No. 37419 hauled inspection saloon No. 975025 'Caroline' from Carlisle to York via Settle (2Z02).

Today's leg of the Africa Express (1Z63) took it from Middlesbrough to Glasgow Central via Sunderland and Carlisle with Nos. 47805 and 47810 in charge.

DRS Class 47s Nos. 47841 and 47802 double-headed just two coaches on an empty stock working (5Z83) from Eastleigh to Crewe via Oxford.

Last night's Euston to Glasgow Central sleeper (1S26) got into trouble in the Preston area, and train loco No. 90021 had to be assisted forward by Thunderbird No. 57311 'Parker'. However the 57 was removed at Carlisle and the 90 went forward on its own, arriving at Glasgow over two hours late.

Grand Central Adelante No. 180101 was unusually seen at Old Oak Common depot, west London. The unit is on hire to Hull Trains, which sends 180s to Old Oak for any maintenance beyond routine servicing.

September 5

The Africa Express ran from Glasgow Central to Carlisle and on to Manchester Victoria today, still with Nos. 47805 and 47810 top-and-tail.

Class 67s Nos. 67026 and 67016 double-headed the Dagenham Docks to Garston car working (6X41) as far as Wembley Yard.

Silver-liveried No. 67029 'Royal Diamond' powered the DBS company train on a short run from Toton to Leicester and back.

BR Standard No. 70000 'Britannia' hauled the Bath Spa Express from Poole to Bath via Salisbury.

September 6

Day five of the Africa Express took it from Manchester Victoria to Cardiff Central via Warrington, Crewe and Shrewsbury.

Class 20s Nos. 20303 and 20304 top-and-tailed a nuclear flask working from Sellafield to Heysham and back (6C51/6C52).

DRS No. 57004 hauled 57002, 20315 and two DRS support coaches from Crewe to Carlisle Kingmoor. It is believed the Class 20 is being repaired ahead of this autumn's railhead treatment trains (RHTTs).

DRS No. 57302 was used for a route learning trip from Carlisle to Carlisle via Settle and Blackburn (0Z20).

Penultimate Class 60 No. 60099 ran through the Calder Valley route via Hebden Bridge hauling the Preston Docks to Lindsey empty bitumen tanks (6E32).

September 7

DRS Type 3s Nos. 37688, 37419, 37609 and 37608 ran in convoy from Derby RTC to Crewe Gresty Bridge (0Z37).

Compass Tours' North Wales Scotsman (1Z65) ran from Holyhead to Glasgow Central top-and-tailed by Nos. 47804 and 47854.

The Penultimate day of the Africa Express was a short hop from Cardiff Central to Bristol Temple Meads (1Z71).

GBRf No. 66716 pulled just two spoil wagons from Cardiff Tidal to Tonbridge (6O27). Meanwhile sister loco No. 66737 'Lesia' ran light engine from Peterborough to the Midland Railway Centre at Butterley to collect inspection saloon No. 6320 and take it empty to Bristol Temple Meads (5V01).

A4 steam loco No. 60009 'Union of South Africa' hauled the weekly Scarborough Flyer charter from Crewe to the Yorkshire coast via Stockport, Hebden Bridge and Wakefield Kirkgate.

September 8

A Network Rail test train from Derby RTC to Hither Green (London) ran top-and-tail with Nos. 37229 and 73138 (1Z32).

Statesman Rail's Cumbrian Mountain & Coast tour (1Z42) ran from Aberystwyth to Carlisle behind Network Rail Class 37s Nos. 97303 and 97302. Type 4 No. 47580 'County of Essex' was at the rear, and the 37s were replaced at Crewe by No. 57006.

The seventh and final day of the Africa Express tour saw Nos. 47802 and 47810, top-and-tailed with 47805, power the train from Bristol Temple Meads to King's Cross via Acton and a reversal at Hornsey.

A Felixstowe to Leeds intermodal (4E22) was hauled by Freightliner No. 66538 with Nos. 66420 and 66537 dead in tow.

GBRf No. 66737 'Lesia' and inspection saloon No. 6320 ran from Bristol Parkway to Bishops Lydeard on the West Somerset Railway (2Z01). It returned in the afternoon (2Z02) and then ran empty to the Midland Railway Centre, Butterley, after which the loco went light engine to Leicester.

No. 66744 arrived at Slade Green depot (Kent) with refurbished EMU No. 466010 from Doncaster Works (5X47). It later returned back to Doncaster taking Nos. 466004 and 466031 (5X89).

The Lune Rivers Trust Special from Carnforth to Scarborough (1Z20) was hauled by Royal Scot No. 46115 'Scots Guardsman'. However the loco failed at Hellifield with a hot box and was replaced by diesel No. 37516.

September 9

The final night of the Paralympic Games saw the last additional trains run after the closing ceremony. These included Nos. 43189/43170 with the 01.00 Paddington to Cardiff Central, 43097/43092 the 01.20 Paddington to Exeter St Davids, 91127 the 00.45 King's Cross to Leeds, 91129 the 01.04 King's Cross to Newcastle, 43060/43044 the 00.01 St Pancras to Leicester, and Pendolinos Nos. 390039, 390038, 390128 and 390049 from Euston with the 00.30 to Manchester, 01.00 to Liverpool Lime Street, 01.10 to Wolverhampton and 01.30 to Manchester respectively.

Light Pacific No. 34067 'Tangmere' hauled the Royal Duchy special from Bristol Temple Meads to Par (Cornwall) and back. The Torbay Express was cancelled this week due to industrial action at DBS. Other steam tours saw Black 5 No. 45305 power The Waverley from York to Carlisle via Settle and No. 5043 'Earl of Mount Edgcumbe' the Shakespeare Express from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stratford-on-Avon.


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