Notable Rail Workings Weeks 7 and 8, 2012

Published 11th April 2012

Notable Workings

A summary of rare and unusual happenings on the UK Rail Network for February 13 to 26.

February 13

  • The 'Mentor' overhead wire test coach was worked from Derby RTC to Carlisle top-and-tail by Nos. 37261 and 31602.
  • Class 59 No. 59201 was hauled from Westbury to Bescot by 66061 in the consist of a freight working. The 59 was on its way to Toton for a repaint into DB Schenker livery.
  • Electro-diesels Nos. 73107 and 73138 were a rare sight stabled on Kirkdale EMU depot, Merseyside, with a Network Rail test train.
  • New Pendolino No. 390056 was hauled from Dollands Moor to Manchester Longsight depot by Colas Class 66 No. 66847. The Pendolino had arrived via the Channel Tunnel.

February 14

  • DRS Class 57s Nos. 57004 and 57007 double-headed the Crewe to Bridgwater nuclear flask working with two flask wagons. Classmates Nos. 57003 and 57008 powered another flask working from Sellafield to Crewe.
  • The Northern Belle ran an evening trip from Manchester Victoria for Valentine's Day with Class 47s Nos. 47790 and 47501 top-and-tail. Meanwhile Merchant Navy Class steam loco No. 35028 'Clan Line' hauled a VSOE special from London Victoria on a circular route via Guildford and Redhill.

February 15

  • Type 1s Nos. 20301+20305 top-and-tail with 20302 and 20304 worked a delivery of London Underground S-Stock from Old Dalby to Neasden.
  • Class 67 No. 67020 hauled four royal coaches from their Wolverton base to Crewe.
  • Adelante DMU No. 180106 was noted heading north through Rugby, well away from the type's usual haunts, on an unknown working.

February 16

  • New 11-car Pendolinos Nos. 390054 and 390055 were working Birmingham to Edinburgh and Manchester to Euston diagrams. It is reported that due to insurance issues these trains are not allowed to work on routes where they might pass each other in case they accidentally touch.
  • An unusual pairing of light engines saw yellow Class 57 No. 57303 and electro-diesel No. 73207 work from St Leonards depot (near Hastings) to Tonbridge Yard, Kent.

February 17

  • Class 20s Nos. 20308 and 20309 ran a training trip light engine from Crewe to Cardiff and back via Hereford.
  • Arriva-liveried Class 57 No. 57314 hauled Virgin's Mk 3 set empty from Crewe to Wembley depot.
  • Brand new Freightliner Class 70s Nos. 70019 and 70020 arrived at Seaforth Docks, Merseyside.

February 18

  • Virgin Thunderbird No. 57302 'Virgil Tracey' worked the weekly Euston to Holyhead Pendolino drag from Crewe.
  • A massive convoy of ten Class 66s left Doncaster depot light engine for March, Cambridgeshire. In numerical order they were Nos. 66007, 66040, 66058, 66059, 66060, 66140, 66152, 66168, 66199 and 66232. Later eight more - Nos. 66102, 66003, 66213, 66078, 66067, 66106, 66192 and 66170 - left Alexandra Dock Junction (Near Newport, South Wales) for Eastleigh (Hampshire).
  • Class 67s Nos. 67025 and 67026 top-and-tailed UK Railtours' Snowdonian Panorama trip from Euston to Bangor (North Wales). Tour passengers then went for a trip on the full length of the Welsh Highland and Ffestiniog Railways between Caernarfon and Blaenau Ffestiniog.
  • New 70s Nos. 70019 and 70020 were taken from Liverpool Docks to Crewe top-and-tail by Nos. 66556 and 66954.

February 19

  • Type 2 No. 31602 worked a Network Rail test train (3Z15) from Derby RTC to Carlisle via Crewe. Type 3s Nos. 37059 and 37601 worked another (1Z19) top-and-tail from Hither Green depot (south-east London) back to Derby.

February 20

  • Privately-owned Class 47 No. 47580 'County of Essex' ran light engine from the Mid-Norfolk Railway, near Norwich, to West Coast Railway's Carnforth depot via Peterborough and Crewe.
  • Class 60 No. 60007 was an unusual visitor to Milford sidings, West Yorkshire, from where it was booked to work an empty coal train to Liverpool Docks.
  • A rare double-heading saw electro-diesel No. 73138 paired with veteran Type 2 No. 31106 on a Network Rail test train (3Z03) from Derby RTC to Hither Green depot, south-east London. A second ED No. 73107 was at the rear.

February 21

  • A Preston to Carlisle via Settle route learning trip was formed of two Class 57s, Nos. 57307 'Lady Penelope' and 57304 'Gordon Tracy' - the latter working back on its own.
  • Yellow Class 57s Nos. 57312 and 57303 top-and-tailed two Network rail wagons from Tonbridge to Eastleigh via Clapham Junction.
  • Freightliner No. 70018 failed near Solihull, West Midlands while working from Birch Coppice to Southampton. Rescue came in the form of No. 66416 which arrived from Birmingham Lawley Street via a reversal at Leamington Spa.

February 22

  • Grand Central Power Cars Nos. 43465 and 43467 were well away from their East Coast haunts working three coaches back from Crewe to Heaton via the Carlisle avoiding line.
  • Type 5 No. 66745 hauled the infrequent log train from Teigngrace, near Newton Abbot on the Heathfield branch (Devon), to Chirk near Wrexham.
  • New Class 70s Nos. 70019 and 70020 had made it as far as Freightliner's base at York by today.

February 23

  • The coaches used during the trial period of the Sellafield workers' train were returned from Carlisle to Crewe behind DRS No. 47818.
  • Two Network Rail snow train vehicles were returned to Eastleigh from St Phillips Marsh depot after tyre turning by No. 57312 top-and-tail with 73208 - a rare visit of an electro-diesel to the Bristol area.
  • Silver-liveried No. 67029 was the standby Thunderbird at Doncaster. The loco has now lost its EWS lion, dragon and stag logo in favour of a DB one.

February 24

  • The Crewe to Dungeness nuclear flask working was double-headed by Class 20s Nos. 20308 and 20309.
  • An extremely rare working ventured down the Folkestone Harbour branch formed of electro-diesel No. 73205 and a GLV from Tonbridge. The annual trip is to keep the line in 'mothballed' rather than 'closed' status.

February 25

  • In the early hours Type 3s Nos. 37059 and 37601 worked a Network Rail test train (2Q88) from Old Oak Common (west London) to Calvert waste depot via Aylesbury, then on to Derby RTC via Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire.
  • Class 57 No. 57602 'Restormel Castle' failed between Maidenhead and Slough while working the overnight Penzance to Paddington sleeper. Sister loco No. 57604 'Pendennis Castle' ran light engine from Old Oak Common to rescue it.
  • Type 5 No. 66736 hauled EMUs Nos. 466018 and 466037 from Tonbridge to Slade Green depot, Kent, the final leg of their return trip from Doncaster Works. The loco then took Nos. 466007 and 466025 to Peterborough for onward movement to Doncaster.

February 26

  • Class 47s Nos. 47818 and 47841 top-and-tailed a football special from Liverpool Lime Street to Wembley for the Carling Cup final. Due to a derailment at Winsford, the train had to run via Middlewich and Sandbach to reach Crewe. It was followed by No. 57316 hauling the Virgin Mk 3 set as far as Crewe from where No. 90045 took over with an additional Liverpool to Euston train. And another special formed of silver No. 67013 and a Chiltern Mk 3 set ran from Birmingham Moor Street to Wembley Stadium via Leamington Spa, Coventry, the West Coast main line and Acton.

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