Notable Workings Week 6, 2012

Published 12th March 2012

February 6

DRS Type 3 No. 37604 propelled a Network Rail test train (1Q13) from Derby RTC to Plymouth Laira. Later No. 31106 powered a second working (3Z18) from RTC to Bristol Kingsland Road.

Class 47 No. 47501 hauled electric loco No. 90015 and DVT No. 82102 from Norwich Crown Point depot, taking the DVT to Wolverton Works and the 90 to Crewe for repairs.

Electro-diesel No. 73208 worked a de-icing train around Kent, setting off from Tonbridge in the late evening.

February 7

Two withdrawn Type 5s have been moved by road from store at Bescot to Nemesis Rail's Burton-on-Trent depot for a return to use. No. 56117 was moved yesterday, followed by 56115 today.

'Tug' No. 60099 failed while hauling a train of oil tanks from Lindsey refinery, Lincolnshire, to Westerleigh oil terminal in south Gloucestershire. It was rescued by Class 66s Nos. 66102 and 66056 - then 66102 and 60099 both worked back to Lindsey.

Class 67 No. 67001 was on crew training along the North Wales coast line, running light engine from Crewe to Holyhead and back. Classmate No. 67029 'Royal Diamond' hauled a new track machine from Dollands Moor (Kent) to Toton (Nottingham) via Kensington Olympia and the Midland main line.

February 8

Type 1s Nos. 20309 and 20308 double-headed the Crewe to Dungeness and back nuclear flask working.

DRS Class 37s Nos. 37069 and 37218 top-and-tailed a single track recording coach from Craigentinny depot (Edinburgh) to Derby RTC.

West Coast Railway's No. 47237 ran light engine from Southall depot to Long Marston, Warwickshire, and returned with a rake of coaches that had been in store there.

Recently refurbished Class 60 No. 60079 made a rare visit for the type to Hampshire, working in a freight from Hinksey Yard, Oxfordshire. It later returned to Didcot with MoD traffic from Marchwood, near Southampton.

Class 60 No. 60099, which failed yesterday on a Lindsey to Westerleigh oil tank working, today ran light engine under its own power from Immingham (Lincolnshire) to Toton depot for repair.

GBRf No. 66725 headed a convoy of five locos running light engine from Tonbridge to St Leonards depot (near Hastings) for fuelling. The other four were Nos. 57305, 57306, 66730 and 57312.

Canadian-red-liveried No. 67018 'Keith Heller' was in charge of the 08.37 Marylebone to Birmingham Moor Street and 10.55 return - normally the preserve of one of Chiltern's silver-liveried 67s.

Class 86 No. 86101 ran light engine from Preston to Carlisle in the early morning on overhead wire ice breaking duties.

February 9

Hired-in East Midlands Trains HST Power Car No. 43055 headed CrossCountry's 12.23 Plymouth to Glasgow Central via York.

The Carlisle to Barrow and Sellafield to Carlisle nuclear workers train was back in Type 3 hands, with No. 37423 providing the power.

DRS Class 47 No. 47818 was on route learning duties light engine from Crewe to Cardiff and back via Shrewsbury. Virgin Thunderbird No. 57302 'Virgil Tracy' was similarly employed between Preston and Carlisle via Settle, and DBS's No. 67002 from Gloucester to Cardiff.

Type 5 No. 67025 hauled a private charter formed of ex-Anglia Mk 2 coaches from Kensington Olympia to Newport, South Wales. The empty stock was taken to Bristol Temple Meads for stabling overnight before working back to London from Newport the next day.

Running on their small diesel engines only, electro-diesels Nos. 73107 and 73138 worked a Network Rail test train (1Z06) top-and-tail from Woking to Derby RTC via Bedford and the Midland main line.

February 10

Blue-liveried Class 31 No. 31106 powered a Network Rail test train (3Q54) into Lostwithiel in the early hours with a working from Exeter Riverside and back.

Royal Class 67 No. 67005 'Queen's Messenger' worked the Aberdeen to Edinburgh and Edinburgh to Aberdeen portions of the overnight Euston sleeper.

Virgin's Mk 3 set worked three round trips between Euston and Birmingham New Street before its regular Fridays-only 18.43 to Crewe. Freightliner Class 90 No. 90048 provided the power.

Transpennine Express DMU No, 185125 was off its beaten track stabled in the sidings at Stafford. The unit had been travelling empty from Ardwick depot, Manchester, to Wolverton Works when it suffered a broken windscreen.

Ex-GWR King Class steam loco No. 6024 'King Edward I' ran with its support coach from Yeovil steam centre to Southall, west London via the Berks & Hants main line.

February 11

Shunter No. 08483 hauled the empty stock of the Penzance to Paddington sleeper from the London terminus to Old Oak Common depot, a duty normally handled by a Class 57.

Type 3s Nos. 37510 and 37087 top-and-tailed a Network Rail snow clearing train from Derby RTC to Carlisle via Crewe and the West Coast main line. SIster loco No. 37604 powered a NR test train working from Old Oak Common to RTC via Oxford.

Virgin Thunderbird No. 57307 was in charge of today's Euston to Holyhead from Crewe, dragging Pendolino No. 390036.

A light engine convoy from Margam (South Wales) to Bescot (West Midlands) was formed of seven Class 66s Nos. 66101, 66076, 66116, 66088, 66118, 66005 and 66041. Another convoy of six ran from Doncaster to Whitemoor, Cambridgeshire: 66164, 66132, 66097, 66025, 66140 and 66085, while five ran together from Toton to Doncaster: 66059, 66148, 66012, 66086 and 66130.

The Railway Touring Company's Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express charter ran from Euston to Carlisle. The empty stock arrived behind Type 4 No. 47500, then electric No. 86259 'Les Ross' hauled the first leg to Preston from where steam loco No. 70013 'Britannia' took over for the run over the Settle & Carlisle line.

UK Railtour's Angel of Bedlam tour was worked from Paddington to Somerset by freight loco No. 59204 'Vale of Glamorgan' to visit the quarries at Whatley and Merehead plus the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore. Classmate No. 59001 'Yeoman Endeavour' was attached at Whatley to work top-and-tail as far as Merehead.

February 12

Arriva-liveried Class 57 Nos. 57313 and 57315 top-and-tailed an additional working from Holyhead to Cardiff Central in connection with the Wales versus Scotland Six Nations rugby match at the Millennium Stadium.

A Network Rail test train (2Q78) left Derby RTC for Liverpool with electro-diesel No. 73138 at the front top-and-tail with classmate No. 73107 and yellow Class 37 No. 97301. The 37 failed at Earles Siding in the Peak District and the train returned to Derby so it could be removed. A second NR test train later left RTC for Hither Green (south-east London) top-and-tailed by Nos. 37601 and 37059.

EMU No. 465160 was taken from Slade Green depot, Kent, to Wolverton for refurbishment work - unusually top-and-tailed by Nos. 66165 and 67008.

Steam Dreams' Cathedrals Express from Paddington to Bath and Bristol was powered by ex-GWR King Class No. 6024 'King Edward I'. Meanwhile ex-GWR Hall Class No. 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall' worked a circular charter from Tyseley to Leicester, Castle Donnington and Burton upon Trent.


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