15-02-2017: On the Rails Again …

There’s no let up in the rail travelling programme. I’m currently on nine days off; (I work continental days,

Scotrail class 156 dmu, 156495 stands at Stranraer, (formerly Stranraer Harbour) station on 15th February 2017 with the 1A71 15:00 Stranraer to Kilmarnock service.

so I get large blocks of time off); so I’m maximising my chances to use the current Scotrail Club 50 special offer of an off-peak return ticket between any two Scotrail stations for seventeen pounds. Today, it was Stranraer with a stop-off at Glasgow Central on the way back to
knock off a few more units on my ‘multiple unit challange’, (but more of that later).

Unlike my last couple of journeys, this was a weekday trip, which meant off peak restrictions, so I had a long lie-in and caught the 10:41 Alloa to Glasgow Queen Street. On the way to Queen Street
I noticed a few things:

– Work has started on clearing the site around the old Polmaise signal box, rumored to be the site of a new train cleaning depot; (can anybody confirm this)?
– The train planter at Larbert station has acquired a name, (with an official style nameplate). It’s called ‘Larry’.
– Work is proceeding apace on the Edinburgh to Glasgow Electrification Project (EGIP). Catenary posts are up as far as the east side of Greenhill Junction and wires are up westbound from the
signal box towards Glasgow.

The trip from Glasgow to Stranraer required a change of train at Ayr, where I had a short wait, then it was on to Stranraer with it’s signal boxes and token exchange equipment….bliss
The weather turned decidedly wintery after I left Ayr and didn’t really get any better for the rest of the day. I didn’t plan to spend any time at Stranraer as the station is quite far from the station and although manned, it’s a ghost station now that the Irish ferries don’t call there anymore. There has been talk of relocating Stranraer station back to the site of the former Stranraer
Town station, located much nearer the town. The current Stranraer station was formerly called Stranraer Harbour.

There is an interesting bit of signalling relating to Stranraer station. Although it contains a fully functional signal box (a lovely G & SW example) with tablet issuing equipment, the box is not
manned and both the incoming and outgoing signals set to clear, with only the line into the platform in use. All other points are clamped to prevent any other movement other than a train entering or leaving the platform line. A token is issued from the next box up the line, Dunragit and this is the authority for the train to proceed to and from Stranraer. While the train has this tablet,
no other tablets can be issued for this section. This procedure is known as ‘one engine in steam’. I can tell you a story about a railtour a couple of years ago, when they had to run a locomotive around its train and a signalling supervisor was called to work the Stranraer box. Unfortunately several of the points and clamps were rusted solid due to non-use, (it is next to the Irish Sea).
In the end, they were levering point blades over with crowbars.

I jumped off the train on arrival at Stranraer and just had some time to snap a couple of photos then it was back on the train and off towards Kilmarnock after only a six minute turnaround.

At Kilmarnock, I noticed Northern class 150, 150275 exiting the shed at Wabtec, while across the road at Brodies, London Midland class 350, 350233 was standing in the yard.

On the way back to Alloa, I stopped off for a couple of hours at Glasgow Central to try and ‘bag’ some more multiple units for my multiple unit challenge. In this, I try to see every Scottish unit as quickly as I can from the first of January each year. After today I only have to see 156446, 158713, 158719, 158782, 170402, 170410, 318255, 318269, 320413, 334011, 334015, 334024, 334033 &
380008 to have seen everything for this year. I have, of course, seen them all many times before.

If you have any information on the units I’ve yet to catch, (regular workings, in works etc.), please send me an email or contact me via the Railreports Facebook page. All help is much appreciated.

The following locomotives and multiple units were seen today:
Alloa:
158789

Ayr
156435 156495 380005 380015 380016 380103

Barassie:
380106

Barrhead:
156492

Bishopbriggs:
170478

Cowlairs Incline:
156513 170420

Croy:
170454

Eastfield Stabling Point:
156439 156496 158868

Girvan:
156442 156449

Glasgow Central:
156430 156442 156447 156449 156450 156462 156467 156474 156478 156485 156492 156493
156494 156499 156500 156502 156504 156506 156507 156508 156509 156510 156513 158733
158871 220021 221116 314201 314203 314204 314205 314206 314207 314208 314209 314210
314211 314212 314213 314215 314216 320303 320306 320307 320308 320309 320314 320411
320412 320416 350406 380002 380003 380004 380005 380006 380007 380009 380010 380012
380013 380014 380015 380016 380017 380019 380020 380022 380104 380107 380108 380110
380111 380113 380114 380116 390006 390129 390135

Glasgow Queen Street:
156439 156456 156512 156514 158734 158789 170395 170403 170406 170417 170418 170452
170455 170458

Kilmarnock:
150275 156450 156503 350233 482 (Wabtec Shunter)

Kilwinning:
DR73803 (Tamper)

Lochwinnoch:
380019

Paisley Gilmour Street:
380010

Plean Jn:
158725

Pollockshields West:
156513 314214

Prestwick Airport:
380020

Shields Road ETMD:
320413 380013 380019 380112

Stewarton:
156512

Stirling:
170471 170473 170477

Stranraer:
156495

Here’s my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Alloa

10:41

10:41

Glasgow Queen Street

11:34

11:34

158789

2N54

36

06

Glasgow Central 

12:04

12:04

Ayr

13:09

13:08

380016

2K75

39

57

Ayr

13:29

13:29

Stranraer 

14:54

14:54

156495

1A68

59

12

Stranraer 

15:00

15:00

Kilmarnock 

16:53

16:53

156495

1A71

74

52

Kilmarnock 

16:57

16:59

Glasgow Central 

17:37

17:37

156450

1S74

24

47

Glasgow Queen Street

20:18

20:18

Alloa

21:12

21:10

158789

2N63

36

06

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