Notable Workings Week 52

A summary of notable workings for week 52 (December 26-January 1).

December 26

Boxing Day saw most parts of the network closed down and only a limited passenger service running in selected areas, such as south London.

A few freight and engineers' trains were running, notably including Nos. 60007 and 60024 top-and-tailing a stone train from Tunstead (Peak District) to Oakleigh sidings near Northwich, Cheshire. The train was top-and-tailed as it was diverted because of engineering works and had to reverse at Buxton. The same formation was used all week until December 30.

December 27

Class 60 No. 60071 working a Theale (Berkshire) to Robeston (Pembrokeshire) petroleum train was diverted via Newbury and Westbury due to engineering works.

Relaying of platform 6 at Milton Keynes saw DBS No. 66144 on hand with an engineers' train of new ballast and track.

A convoy of five electric locos ran light engine from Crewe to Wembley, with No. 92003 leading 92042, 92031, 90019 and 90020.

December 28

DRS Type 3 No. 37423 headed a rake of four empty coaches from Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle via the Cumbrian coast line in preparation for the start of workers' trains from Carlisle to the Sellafield nuclear facility.

A Network Rail ultrasonic test train ran from Derby RTC to HIther Green depot south-east London via the Midland main line with Class 31s Nos. 31465 and 31106 top-and-tail. A second NR test train ran from Peterborough to Cambridge with No. 31285 in charge.

Hired-in Adelante DMU No. 180102 worked Grand Central's 08.42 Sunderland to King's Cross.

December 29

Class 20 No. 20227 was an unusual sight running light engine and nose-first from Bescot in the West Midlands to London Underground's West Ruislip depot via Leamington Spa.

Type 2 No. 31285 worked a Network Rail test train (1Q06) from Cambridge to Derby RTC, while in the opposite direction NR Class 37 No. 97304 powered a test train from Derby RTC to Colchester via Peterborough and Ipswich.

More new Class 70s are on their way to the UK. No. 70017 has been dispatched from the US and is heading for the docks at Liverpool rather than Newport, while 70018 has been as being readied for shipping.

December 30

Type 5 No. 67002 worked an engineers' train from Bescot to Toton to get it in place for a repaint into Arriva-blue livery.

The last Scotrail sleepers of the year were hauled south from Inverness, Aberdeen and Fort William behind Nos. 67004, 67024 and 67011 respectively. They joined at Edinburgh and went forward behind No. 90019 to Euston. The southbound Glasgow sleeper was hauled by No. 90028.

Freightliner's No. 90041 worked the 18.43 Euston to Crewe via Birmingham using the Virgin Mk 3 coaching set.

The honour of hauling the final steam tour of the year went to No. 60163 'Tornado' with the William Shakespeare from Paddington to Stratford-upon-Avon. The tour went via Leamington Spa in both directions, but took an usual detour via Nuneaton on the return.

December 31

GBRf Class 66 No. 66714 headed up a convoy from Tonbridge (Kent) to Eastleigh with classmate No. 66738, a GLV vehicle and electro-diesel No. 73141.

The traditional New Year's Eve run of the VSOE luxury train was top-and-tailed by Nos. 67019 and 67025 from Victoria to Whitchuch (Hampshire) and back. The Northern Belle also ran from Crewe to Carnforth with Type 4s Nos. 47790 and 47832 providing the power.

Pendolino No. 390012 worked the Saturdays-only Euston to Holyhead turn and was dragged along the non-electrified section north of Crewe by Virgin Thunderbird No. 57309 'Lady Penelope'.

January 1

The New Year kicked off with an usual move of HST Power Cars when Nos. 43056 and 43159 ran on their own, back to back, from Plymouth Laira depot to Totnes and back.

New Class 70s Nos. 70014 and 70015 ran light engine with 66519 from Leeds Midland Road depot to Crewe via Manchester Victoria.


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