Published 2nd March 2012
A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the UK rail network for January 30 to February 5.
A delivery of S-Stock for London Underground left Old Dalby, Leicestershire, powered by Class 20s Nos. 20301 and 20305 top-and-tail with Nos. 20302 and 20304.
DRS Type 3 No. 37409 worked with inspection saloon No. 975025 'Caroline' from Derby to Cardiff Canton depot.
A coal working from Liverpool Docks to Ratcliffe Power Station (6M58) featured two Class 60s Nos. 60007 and 60099 as far as Toton (Nottinghamshire) where the latter was removed. No. 60007 then worked back as far as Warrington Arpley.
Privately-owned Class 86 No. 86101 'Sir William A Stanier FRS' ran light engine from London Willesden to Carlisle via Northampton and the West Coast main line.
DRS Nos. 20303 and 37423 top-and-tailed a nuclear flask working from Sellafield, Cumbria, to Heysham in Lancashire.
Type 2 No. 31106 powered a Network Rail test train from Derby RTC to Leicester via Coalville and back, and then later went to Stoke and back.
The Sellafield worker's train to Carlisle was worked by Type 4 No. 47810.
Network Rail Class 57s Nos. 57305 and 57306 top-and-tailed an ice-busting train from Tonbridge to Hastings.
East Coast Class 91 No. 91129 and its Mk 4 set failed in Edinburgh before working to King's Cross, and was dragged empty all the way to Bounds Green depot, north London, by Thunderbird No. 67027.
First generation diesel railcar No. 121032 was doing the shuttle service between Cardiff Queen Street and Cardiff Bay.
A second delivery this week of S-Stock left Old Dalby, Leicestershire, for London with Class 20s Nos. 20304 and 20302, 20301 and 20305 again providing the top-and-tail power.
Two more Class 20s, Nos. 20308 and 20309, double-headed the Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask working.
Class 31 No. 31285 hauled the Network Rail structure gauging train around South Wales from Landore depot, Swansea. Its route included a rare visit of a loco to the Cardiff Bay branch around midnight.
Virgin Thunderbird No. 57307 worked a light engine router learning trip from Preston to Carlisle and back via the Settle & Carlisle line.
Colas Class 47 No. 47749 'Demelza' hauled electric No. 86259 'Les Ross' from Washwood Heath, Birmingham, to London Willesden via Nuneaton. The 47 later returned on its own to Washwood Heath.
West Coast Railway's Type 4s Nos. 47245 and 47500 double-headed a rake of empty stock from Carnforth, Lancashire, to Southall, west London, via Northampton. Later stablemate No. 47237 hauled a rake of ex-Virgin Mk 2 coaches from store at Kineton MOD depot in Warwickshire to Southall.
A lineside fire north of Ipswich closed the main line between Norwich and London. As a result DRS Type 4 No. 47501 hauled an additional working formed of Mk 3 coaches from Norwich to Cambridge and back to connect with alternative London services.
Newly refurbished Class 60 No. 60079 was out on test with a train of ballast wagons from Toton depot, Nottingham, to Peterborough and back.
Type 5 No. 67022 made an appearance on the Land Rover car train from Halewood, Merseyside, to Southampton.
Network Rail Type 3 No. 97304 hauled a tamper track machine from Welshpool (Powys), on the Cambrian main line, to Sutton Bridge near Shrewsbury.
Class 57s Nos. 57008 and 57011 top-and-tailed a nuclear flask working from Sellafield, Cumbria, to Heysham in Lancashire.
Type 5 No. 60024 worked into East Anglia with an engineering train from Toton, Nottinghamshire, to Whitemoor Yard near March in Cambridgeshire.
Freightliner Class 90 No. 90046 was derailed at Bletchley in the early hours of the morning while crossing from the up slow to up fast line. The accident completely blocked the West Coast main line, with the slow lines closed until the afternoon and the fast lines until February 6.
As a result of the blockage, the two overnight sleeper trains from Scotland were terminated at Preston (1M16 from Inverness/Aberdeen/Fort William) and Crewe (1M11 from Glasgow/Edinburgh). The empty stock from 1M11 was later dragged to London via Leamington Spa by diesel No. 67017, while that from 1M16 went back north behind No. 90021.
Type 3s Nos. 37676 and 37685 double-headed Spitfire Railtours' two-day charter from Birmingham International to Fort William via the West Coast main line. The train was delayed by 90 minutes at Alsager, near Stoke-on-Trent, after being held behind a failed Class 350 EMU.
Virgin Thunderbird No. 57307 'Lady Penelope' dragged Pendolino No. 390009 from Crewe to Holyhead and back with the through working from Euston.
Type 5 No. 66737 hauled EMU No. 466019 from Doncaster Wabtec to Tonbridge yesterday, stabling overnight and going forward to Slade Green depot, Kent, today. It then took No. 466037 from there back to Doncaster.
Electric No. 86259 'Les Ross' hauled RTC's Cumbrian Mountain Express from Euston to Preston from where Black 5 steam loco No. 45305 took over to Carlisle, going out via Settle and back via Penrith. The 86 took over again at Carnforth for the return to Euston.
A light engine convoy (0X12) from Alexandra Dock Junction (Newport, South Wales) to Westbury, Wiltshire, comprised seven locos: Nos. 66054, 66087, 66141, 66051, 66136, 66112 and 66174.
Today saw a number of light engine movements, including Nos. 66230, 66181, 66118, 66102 from Whitemoor (Cambridgeshire) to Wembley, Nos. 66415, 66550 and 66957 from Carlisle to Leeds Midland Road, Nos. 66520 and 66545 from Leeds Midland Road to Carlisle, and Nos. 66007, 66170, 66066 and 66160 from Carlisle to Buxton.
Type 5 Nos. 67011 and 67020 ran light engine from Warrington Arpley to Euston. They later hauled the overnight sleeper to Glasgow and Edinburgh via High Wycombe and the Chiltern main line to Banbury then on to Coventry to pick up its usual route. No. 67017 was also on the rear throughout.