Notable Workings Week 50, 2012

Published 7th January

Rare and unusual happenings on the network for December 10 to 16.


December 10

DRS Type 3 No. 37423 propelled a Network Rail test train (3Q01) from Derby RTC to Tyseley, Leamington Spa and Coventry before heading back to Derby.

The New Measurement Train with power cars Nos. 43013 and 43062 'John Armitt' ran along the East Coast main line from Newcastle Heaton to Ferme Park London (1Q07).

West Coast Railway's No. 47804 hauled a rake of empty stock between the comany's Southall and Carnforth bases via Wembley, Northampton and Stafford (5Z70).

GBRf Type 5 No. 66744 ran light engine from Peterborough to Ferme Park where it collected two barrier vehicles and took them forward to Eastleigh Works (5O65).

Class 67 No. 67016 hauled a rake of stock and A1 No. 60163 'Tornado' from Wembley to Peterborough (5Z60) before the steam loco headed a Cathedrals Express charter to Winchester via the North London line and Woking (1Z61).

December 11

First Great Western HST power cars Nos. 43034 and 43032 ran back-to-back from Plymouth Laira depot to Old Oak Common via Castle Cary (0Z70).

DRS Type 4s Nos. 47853 and 47790 top-and-tailed the Northern Belle stock empty from Crewe to York before working to Doncaster via Sheffield (1Z25) and then empty back to Crewe.

Nos. 57003, 57004, 57008, 57009 and 47810 ran light engine from Stowmarket to Crewe (0Z45). The 57s had been used on the East Anglia RHTT workings.

An engineers train from Doncaster Yard to Toton (6M73) was top-and-tailed by Class 60 Nos. 60092 and 60099.

Type 5 No. 66432 hauled six RHTT wagons from Carlisle Kingmoor to York Thrall Works after their use in the leaf fall season (6Z11).

Class 91 No. 91106 ran light engine from Leeds Neville Hill to Doncaster Works for repainting into East Coast grey livery.

December 12

The structure gauging train visited the Buxton branch in the evening (1Q06), with motive power provided by No. 31285. It later ran to Northwich before stabling at Manchester Longsight depot.

Type 2 No. 31602 hauled a single Mk3 coach from Bristol to Wembley via Swindon (5Z24).

After the East Anglian RHTT locos left yesterday, the wagons were returned today from Stowmarket to York Thrall Works via Peterborough, Lincoln, Doncaster and Knottingley, powered top-and-tail by Nos. 57011 and 57007 (6Z35).

Type 5 No. 66740 failed just south of Walsall station while running light engine towards Bescot. It was rescued by Bescot shunter No. 08665 which hauled it into the yard.

With its railtour duties over for the year, A4 No. 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' ran with a support coach from Newcastle Heaton to its base at Grosmont on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway (5Z67).

December 13

Class 66 Nos. 66160 and 66109 top-and-tailed the High Output Ballast Cleaner (HOBC) engineer's train from Carlisle Kingmoor to Thirsk (6X95).

Freightliner Class 70 Nos. 70005 and 70010 were at the head of seven hopper wagons on a move from Hunslet to Crewe Basford Hall (4Z70).

Newly painted into DBS red livery, No. 90029 was on Scotrail sleeper duties hauling the 21.15 Euston-Inverness/Aberdeen/Fort William (1S25).

Former Gatwick Express unit No. 460006 ran from Bournemouth depot to Ashford via Clapham Junction (5Z60) for separating into separate carriages and transferring by road to Doncaster.

The York Yuletide Express charter from Norwich to York was steam hauled by A4 No, 60009 'Union of South Africa' for the entire outward leg and then back as far as Ely (1Z36/1Z37).

Black 5 No. 44871 ran with a support coach from the East Lancashire Railway to Kidderminster and the Severn Valley Railway via Tame Bridge Parkway (5Z78).

December 14

Class 20s Nos. 20227 and 20142 ran light engine from Washwood Heath to West Ruislip London Underground depot via Oxford (0Z20). Meanwhile classmates Nos. 20314 + 20311 top-and-tail with Nos. 20905 + 20901 hauled a rake of new S-Stock from Bombardier Derby to the Old Dalby test track (7X23).

Yellow-liveried Type 2 No. 31602 hauled five Mk3 coaches through Gloucester, taking them to Long Marston for storage. The loco then ran light engine to Washwood Heath via Bromsgrove (0Z78).

December 15

DRS No. 37423 worked a Network test train from Hither Green to Crewe via the Midland main line (1Q14).

Returned from Spain Nos. 37800 and 37884 were parked up in Bescot Yard. The pair are destined for parts removal and scrap.

The final Cruise Saver Express ran from Southampton to Edinburgh via Oxford, Derby, Leeds and Newcastle (1Z92) with Class 47 Nos. 47810 and 47501 top-and-tail. The trains are not expected to run in 2013.

DBS Type 5s Nos. 66021 and 66089 top-and-tailed UK Railtours' Short-Haired Bumblebee charter from Victoria to the Dungeness and Isle of Grain branches in Kent (1Z72).

East Coast Thunderbird No. 67008 dragged 91107 and the 06.30 King's Cross to Edinburgh (1S04) between Doncaster and York via Knottingley due to planned engineering works on the main line.

Three steam charters were out today. Blue-liveried No. 60163 'Tornado' powered a Cathedrals Express from Ashford to Norwich and back to Battersea where a diesel took over (1Z86/1Z87). Ex-GWR No. 4965 'Rood Ashton Hall' headed the Christmas Lunch Special from Tyseley to Leicester, out via Nuneaton and back via Castle Donnington (1Z49/1Z65). And Battle of Britain class No. 34067 'Tangmere' hauled a return trip from Bristol Temple Meads to Exeter via Bath and Castle Cary (1Z29/1Z30).

December 16

Four Class 37 Nos. 37682, 37409, 37038 and 37605 headed track inspection vehicle No. 999508 from Peak Forest to Derby RTC (5Z22).

GBRf Type 5 Nos. 66725, 66701, 66727, 66717 and 66733 ran light engine from Peterborough to Doncaster (0D80).


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