20180304 – Stirling

My view of a rather snowy Stirling, seen from the comfort (& warmth) of my car 😛

Out on the railway system for the first time in over a week. Some of the worst snowfalls in my lifetime crippled the Scottish railway system for four days, with a meteorological red alert (risk to life), being called last Wednesday.

As things started to get back to normal, Stirling was quite busy, and there have also been some diverted Aberdeen-London Kings Cross HST’s as well.

I had went to Stirling with the intention of travelling a bit further afield, maybe to Glasgow or Edinburgh, but a points failure at Greenhill Junction, resulting in the late arrival by thirty-nine minutes of the 1A81 Glasgow Queen Street-Aberdeen service reawakened my fears of getting stranded at the wrong end of the system, so I decided just to stay in the car, in the station car park and watch things from there.

As stated above, a few HST services, which normally run via the Fife coast were diverted to run through Stirling and the did so without stopping, ( though at low speed).
The affected services (in the time I was there were):
1A55 Edinburgh-Aberdeen
1E15 Aberdeen-London Kings Cross and
1S11 London Kings Cross-Aberdeen.
See table at the bottom of the page for details.

It also appeared that Scotrail class 158 dmu, 158738 had failed in platform eight with flat batteries and was given a jump start by class 170 dmu, 170402, which drew alongside in bay platform seven, while jump leads were attached.


Locomotives & multiple-units see were as follows:

37602 43050 43257 43272 43274 43295 43299 43316 43367 66305 66424
158703 158705 158718 158722 158727 158729 158733 158734 158735
158736 158740 158782 158789 158868 170396 170402 170404 170406
170411 170412 170415 170426 170428 170432 170433 170452 170454
170455 170456 170473


Loco-hauled services seen:

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Pass

09:50

1A55

2

Pass

09:52

HST

Edinburgh-Aberdeen 

43274

43257

Pass

11:19

0Zxx

3

Pass

11:19

Lt. Loco 

Unknown, southbound

37602

 

Pass

11:52

1E15

3

Pass

12:06

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross 

43272

43295

Pass

15:19

1S11

2

Pass

15:52

HST

London Kings Cross-Aberdeen 

43050

43367

Pass

16:26

4Z47

3

17:19

17:21

Intermodal 

Inverness-Mossend Yard  (Tesco)

66424

 

17:19

17:22

1S16

2

17:40

17:43

HST

London Kings Cross-Inverness 

43299

43316

Pass

17:51

1Z99

2

Pass

17:51

Lt. Loco 

Unknown northbound

66305