02-01-2018: A Bit of a Busy Day

An early kick off this morning. I left the house just after 04:00hrs and drove in treacherously icy conditions; (where were the gritters?); to Cumbernauld.

I was at Cumbernauld from 04:30-12:15 hrs to catch the Newbridge Jn engineers trains and also the regular timetabled freight. There has been a lot of work taking place over the New Year period between Edinburgh Park and Newbridge Jn, requiring no less than eleven engineers trains, all of which returned to or arrived from either Carlisle Yard or Millerhill Yard by way of Cumbernauld. 

Everything ran mainly to time apart from a small problem around 05:40hrs when there was a power cut for a few minutes, causing the station lights to go off and all the local signals to revert to danger.

I monitored the movements of the various services from the warmth and comfort of my car as the speed of the trains that were passing through the station in the dark was such that photography would’ve been impossible. It actually stayed very dark until around 09:00hrs. 

My Traksy screen at around 05:45 on 2nd January 2018. Note, three freight or engineers trains in the section between Garnqueen North Jn & Cumbernauld. This was just after the power failure and trains were stacking up.

I used my tablet; mobile broadband and the excellent (& free) Traksy programme to watch the movements and get early warning of their approach on a mimic signal box diagram in real time. Rail Enthusiasm for the 21st century.

By breakfast time, the icy conditions had given way to torrential rain, meaning that I was only out of the car once to take photos and they weren’t very good, so they ended up in the bin.

There were fifteen loco hauled movements there this morning. Just have a look at the loco list for Cumbernauld (below)! I’d be hard pressed to get a haul like that over a full day at Carlisle 🙂

At lunch time, I drove to Falkirk Grahamston and saw several more freight movements there before finally ending up at Larbert, where I saw the 4D47 Inverness-Mossend Yard (Tesco) intermodal before heading for home.

Locomotives & multiple-units seen were as follows:

Cumbernauld:
60056 60076 60096 66014 66104 66301 66303 66305
66414 66428 66736 66737 66585 66956 67007

Falkirk Grahamston:
60047 66112 66423
156499 156514 158738 170472

Larbert:
66301
156453 156500 156514 170456 170457 170461 170472

Here is a list of the locomotive-hauled services seen (courtesy of Railreports Live):

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Addit Locos

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:41

6K01

1

Pass

04:59

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Carlisle Yard

60056

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

06:09

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66301

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:51

6K02

1

Pass

05:03

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Carlisle Yard

66414

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

06:11

6K03

1

Pass

05:09

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

66305

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

06:16

6K04

1

Pass

06:01

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

66736

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

06:47

4S49

2

Pass

06:14

Intermodal 

Daventry-Grangemouth 

66014

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

06:46

6K05

1

Pass

06:35

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

60096

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

07:26

6K10

1

Pass

07:07

Engineers

Carlisle Yard- Newbridge Jn 

66585

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

07:16

6K06

1

Pass

06:41

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

66956

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

08:44

6K07

1

Pass

07:06

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

66303

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

09:16

6K08

1

Pass

08:39

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

66737

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

09:42

6K09

1

Pass

09:31

Engineers

Newbridge Jn-Millerhill Yard

60076

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

12:06

5Z16

1

Pass

11:59

Sleeper ECS

Polmadie TMD-Inverness 

67007

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

12:00

6K11

2

Pass

10:57

Engineers

Carlisle Yard-Newbridge Jn 

66428

 

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

12:00

4D51

1

Pass

11:59

Intermodal 

Grangemouth-Mossend 

66104

 

 

Falkirk Grahamston 

Pass

13:14

6S36

1

Pass

13:06

Oil (E)

Dalston-Grangemouth 

60047

 

 

Falkirk Grahamston

Pass

13:49

0M80

1

Pass

13:37

Lt. Loco 

Mossend Yard-Grangemouth 

66112

 

 

Falkirk Grahamston 

Pass

14:24

4A13

2

Pass

14:20

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches 

66423

 

 

Falkirk Grahamston

Pass

16:32

6M80

2

Pass

16:28

Aviation Fuel (L)

Grangemouth-Sinfin

66112

 

 

Larbert

Pass

17:23

4D47

1

Pass

17:23

Intermodal

Inverness-Mossend Yard (Tesco)

66301