Notable Workings Week 51

A summary of notable workings for week 51 (December 19-25).

December 19

Type 2 No. 31105 powered a Network Rail test train (1Q13) from Derby RTC to Old Oak Common (west London) via Leamington Spa.

Two Colas Class 47s Nos. 47739 and 47749 double-headed an unusual working from Eastleigh works comprising 12 Mk 3 buffet cars sandwiched between two barrier vehicles. The train was heading to Carlisle for forwarding to Kilmarnock where they will be converted into seating coaches.

One of the original Sprinter DMUs No. 150002 was a very rare sight on the Great Western main line as it ran empty from St Philips Marsh depot in Bristol to Reading. The unit has been transferred from duties in the West Midlands to work shuttles between Reading and Basingstoke.

New Turbostar DMU No. 172222 was on a mileage accumulation run from Derby to Gloucester and back.

The 09.10 Milford Haven to Manchester Piccadilly formed of unit No. 175002 collided with a lorry on a level crossing near Whitland, Camarthenshire. The train was not derailed but the front end was badly damaged. Three of the estimated 60 passengers on board were injured although non seriously. The cause of the accident is being investigated

December 20

The Sellafield to Heysham nuclear working had Type 1s Nos. 20303 and 20308 top-and-tailing one flask wagon.

The New Measurement Train (1Q27) ran from Crewe to Euston and back then on to Derby RTC with Power Cars Nos. 43062 and 43013 in charge.

DRS Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47802 top-and-tailed the empty Northern Belle set from Crewe to Coventry via Nuneaton in readiness for a circular lunchtime tour.

A trial working for a new freight flow from Rugby Intermodal to Wembley was hauled by DBS No. 66017.

Class 92 No. 92031 was a very rare sight through non-electrified Didcot when it was dead-in-tow behind 66019 with a car train from Dagenham. It left later behind No. 60024 with the onwards working to Mossend as far as Crewe where it was heading for repairs.

Meanwhile the Scunthorpe to Dollands Moor (Kent) steel train was headed from Doncaster by Nos. 92037 and 92026. No. 92026 was dead-in-tow and heading to Dollands Moor for repairs.

The first five of ten class Di8 Bo-Bo locos acquired by GBRf from CargoNet in Norway arrived by ship on Teeside. The locos, Nos. 712, 716, 717, 719 and 720, will be used as part of a contract at the Lackenby steelworks.

December 21

Type 1s No. 20305, 20302, 20304, 20301 ran light engine from Crewe to DRS's Kingmoor depot, Carlisle.

Network Rail Type 3 No. 97303 powered a test train (3Z35) in the early hours from Bristol Temple Meads to Crewe via Birmingham New Street and Derby. Later DRS Nos. 37038 and 37607 left Derby RTC with another test train (2Q78) to Bletchley, out via the West Coast main line and back via Bedford.

West Coast Railway's No. 47760 hauled an empty stock train from Carnforth depot to Bo'ness near Falkirk.

Withdrawn former royal locomotive No. 47799 was taken by lorry from Crewe to the Eden Valley Railway near Appleby in Cumbria.

DBS Type 5 No. 60065 'Spirit of Jaguar' worked a coal train from Liverpool docks to Fiddlers Ferry power station near Widnes, Cheshire.

December 22

Type 2 No. 31602 worked an early morning Network Rail test train (3Q52) from Blackpool North to Crewe via Preston, Keighley and Derby.

BARS (British Amercian Railway Services) Type 5 No. 56311 worked a train of six refurbished container flat wagons from Stoke Marcroft to Mossend near Glasgow - making a very rare appearance for this type of loco both on the West Coast main line and in Scotland. It then returned light engine to Washwood Heath, Birmingham.

Type 5 No. 66622 was charged with hauling the four new Freightliner Class 70s - Nos. 70013 to 70016 - from Newport Docks to Crewe.

DBS No. 67029 'Royal Diamond' hauled four Class 66s from Toton depot (Nottinghamshire) to Dollands Moor in Kent. The four locos, Nos. 66064, 66022, 66029 and 66245, were on their way via the Channel Tunnel to work in France.

Electric loco No. 90024 hauled the 'Sky Go Movies Express' charter from Euston to Birmingham New Street and back for Sky TV.

The last steam tour before Christmas was hauled by ex-Southern Battle of Britain Class No. 34067 'Tangmere' as the 'White Cliffs Luncheon Express' from Victoria to Folkestone and back. Diesel No. 37685 was at the rear of the train.

December 23

DRS Class 37s Nos. 37601 and 37194 double-headed an engineers train from Whitemoor Yard (March, Cambridgeshire) to Carlisle via Nuneaton.

DBS No. 67019 hauled refurbished EMU No. 465043 south along the West Coast main line from Wolverton Works back to its home depot at Slade Green (Kent). The loco returned taking No. 465045 to the works.

Three of the four new Class 70s, Nos. 70014, 70015 and 70016, were taken from Crewe to Freightliner's Leeds Midland Road depot by sister loco No. 70005. The fourth new loco No. 70013 stayed behind at Crewe.

Class 86 No. 86701 ran light engine from Willesden depot (north London) to Carlisle to take up position for overhead live wire ice-busting duties during the winter. It swapped places with No. 87002 which had been stabled at Carlisle for some weeks. The two locos crossed at Carnforth to swap crews.

Today's 18.43 Euston to Crewe via Birmingham was worked by Freightliner No. 90041 and the usual Virgin Mk 3 set.

December 24

New Class 70 No. 70013 worked its first revenue-earning trains, taking a container service from Crewe to Felixstowe in the early hours and returning mid-morning with another from Felixstowe. The return ran cross-country via Peterborough rather than the usual West Coast main line due to engineering works at Stratford.

Passenger services finished early because of Christmas, with last trains running from the early evening and all were finished before midnight.

December 25

Christmas Day meant that no passenger trains ran anywhere in the UK - although Gatwick Express ran a service using buses between Victoria and Gatwick airport.


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