A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the Network for January 23-29.
Another delivery of S-Stock for London Underground was worked from Old Dalby to Neasden by hired-in Class 20s Nos. 20227 and 20142 top-and-tail with Nos. 20905 and 20901.
Network Rail Type 3 No. 97301 propelled a test train (1Q13) from Derby RTC to Tyseley, south Birmingham, via Worcester, Hereford, Gloucester, Newport and Bristol Parkway. Type 2 No. 31285 left the RTC later with a second test train (1Z06) bound for Alexandra Dock Junction, near Newport in South Wales - later working on to Swansea Landore depot (as 1Q06).
The overnight Penzance to Paddington sleeper train was hauled by No. 57602 'Restormel Castle' topped by back-to-back HST Power Cars Nos. 43131 and 43145 as far as Newton Abbot. The 57 had just had its TPWS train protection system fixed and the Power Cars were for insurance in case it failed again.
DRS No. 66302 headed a convoy of five locos working back from Whitemoor Yard, Cambridgeshire, to Carlisle Kingmoor depot. The others were Nos. 37612, 57008, 57007, 57004.
Royal locos Nos. 67005 'Queen's Messenger' and 67006 'Royal Sovereign' top-and-tailed the royal train empty from its Wolverton base to Ayr in preparation for an event tomorrow.
Newly-arrived Class 70 No. 70018 was on the move, being dragged light engine by No. 66954 from Liverpool Docks to Crewe Basford Hall.
Class 31 No. 31105 - one of the oldest main line diesels still running on the network - ran light engine from Derby RTC to St Pancras and back via the Midland main line, believed to be for crew training purposes.
Virgin-liveried Thunderbird No. 57308 'Tin Tin' was in charge of the Cardiff to Holyhead WAG (Welsh Assembly Government) train instead of one of the usual Arriva-liveried locos.
Class 60 No. 60079 was the latest to emerge from the overhaul program. Today it worked a shakedown trial run light engine from Toton depot (Nottinghamshire) to Burton-on-Trent and back.
Latest Class 70 No. 70018 moved from Crewe Basford Hall to Leeds Midland Road depot, hauled by 66605 and sandwiched between 70010 and two wagons.
A Derby RTC to Hither Green (London) test train (1Q42) ran via the Midland main line with three electro-diesels providing the power. Nos. 73107 and 73201 were at the front and 73138 at the rear.
The Royal Train had rare steam haulage as Class 7P steam loco No. 70000 'Britannia' took charge from Preston to Wakefield Kirkgate via Blackburn and Brighouse. On board was HRH Prince Charles, who performed a renaming ceremony at Wakefield to mark the completion of the loco's overhaul and repaint into BR brunswick green livery. Diesel No. 67006 'Royal Sovereign' was at the rear, and this later took the empty stock back to Wolverton while 'Britannia' went on to York for a stay at the NRM.
The New Measurement Train (1Q16) ran from Derby RTC to Old Oak Common, west London, via Oxford with Power Cars Nos. 43013 and 43014 at either end.
A nuclear flask working from Sellafield, Cumbria, to Crewe was hauled by Class 57s Nos. 57007 and 57009 with Nos. 37409, 20309 and 20308 dead-in-tow.
DBS Class 66 No. 66022 made a very rare appearance of a loco at Barton-upon-Humber, spotted there just after midnight. The station is at the end of a single line branch from Grimsby and is normally only visited by DMUs on the passenger service.
Freightliner Type 5 No. 66560 hauled Class 70s Nos. 70010 and new arrival 70018 from the company's depot at Leeds Midland Road to York.
DRS Class 37s Nos. 37059 and 37606 top-and-tailed a Network Rail test train from Ayr Falkland Yard to Derby RTC via Carlisle.
CrossCountry's 15.23 Plymouth to Leeds HST working had East Midlands Trains' Power Car No. 43052 at the rear, with XC's own No. 43285 leading.
Type 5 No. 66722 dragged EMU No. 455847 from Ilford back to its Wimbledon base after being refurbished.
Bulleid steam loco No. 34067 'Tangmere' ran with its support coach from Southall, west London, to Carnforth, Lancashire, via the West Coast main line.
Network Rail Power Cars Nos. 43013 and 43014 worked the New Measurement Train (1Q19) from Paddington to Plymouth and return in the morning, later heading back to its Derby RTC base.
EMT Power Car No. 43052's use with CrossCountry was short-lived and today it had been replaced by No. 43357 partnering 43285 on the 06.00 Leeds to Plymouth and 12.23 Plymouth to Edinburgh.
First Great Western Class 57 No. 57605 'Totnes Castle', damaged at one end when it hit a tree some time ago, ran light engine from Old Oak Common depot in London to Brush Loughborough for repairs.
Newly refurbished and DBS-liveried No. 60091 topped No. 66111 with an empty steel working from Llanwern to Margam.
Unique Class 86/5 No. 86501 was going about its everyday business working a Felixstowe freightliner from Ipswich to Crewe Basford Hall.
DRS Type 3s Nos. 37218, 37602, 37601 and 37612 worked in convoy from Carlisle Kingmoor depot to Derby RTC via the West Coast main line.
Last night's 23.50 Paddington to Penzance sleeper train was delayed by nearly an hour at Reading in the small hours because train loco No. 57603 'Tintagel Castle' had a fault with its AWS train protection system in the leading cab and had to be detached from the train so it could be turned on the triangle to west of the station.
DBS No. 66007 failed west of Stoke-on-Trent while heading an overnight coal train from Liverpool Docks to Radcliffe power station. It was rescued by DRS Type 3s Nos. 37510, 37194 and 37409, which had been running light engine from Crewe to Derby, and they took the train forward to Toton.
The second run of UK Railtours' Concrete Cow charter to Wolverton dive-under and Bletchley flyover was top-and-tailed by Class 66s Nos. 66200 and 66213, which also worked the stock from Eastleigh to Paddington.
Six DBS Class 66s ran light engine in convoy from Margam to Westbury: Nos. 66111, 66051, 66003, 66168, 66114 and 66105. They were joined later by four Freightliner locos from Bristol Parkway: Nos. 66523, 66524, 66542 and 66420.
East Coast Class 91 No. 91112 ran blunt end first at the head of an empty Mk 4 set and sister loco No. 91117 'West Riding Limited' from Neville Hill depot Leeds, to Bounds Green depot north London.
East Midlands Trains ran a football special for Stoke fans after the game at Derby, formed of a HST set with Power Cars Nos. 43059 and 43045.
The Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express railtour ran from Manchester Victoria to Carlisle behind Black 5 steam locos Nos. 44871 and 45407. It was routed outward via Preston and Penrith, returning via Settle and Blackburn.
Colas Type 4s Nos. 47727 and 47749 top-and-tailed a short train of auto-ballasters from Bescot to an engineering possession at Evesham on the Cotswolds line. No. 66745 was also in attendance, heading an engineering train of box and flat wagons to Westbury.
Class 66 No. 66076 made a now rare visit of a loco-hauled train on the Wirral when it headed a ballast train on the line from Chester to Birkenhead.