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20180420 – Twenty Miles from Nowhere

After a very long early shift I drove nearly 60 miles to Beattock Summit in order to see the Great Britain XI railtour.

LMS Jubilee class 4-6-0 locomotives 45690 ‘Leander’ & 45699 ‘Galatea’ pass Beattock Summit on 20th April 2018 with the 1Z67 Carlisle-Edinburgh, part of the Great Britain XI tour.

The Great Britain tour is as the name suggests a tour of the entire country where all the constituent legs of the journey are hauled entirely steam locomotives. It spends around four of its nine days in Scotland

There is a loop on either side of the West Coast Main Line at Beattock Summit and trains can pass at over seventy miles an hour. Due to its location it can be very awkward to photograph trains on this part of the line coupled with the fact that electrification masts are present. It’s also twenty miles from nowhere. No shops, no toilets and very little in the way of parking.

On arrival I had a look around for the best photographic locations and I thought that I had a good location picked right by the lineside until I found out that the ground there was very soft and I was in danger of being swallowed up!

After speaking to a fellow enthusiast who was also looking for good photographic locations I decided to move over to the other side of the line and crossed by a convenient bridge around a mile north of my original location. It turned out to be a good choice because I was able to park my car on that side of the line and from there to a convenient point at the bottom of a field was a walking distance over around quarter of a mile.

As is usual with rail tours I stood by myself for a very long time then, with around ten minutes until the tour was due people and cars suddenly sprang from nowhere. Thankfully no one came near me and I was on my own in the field and in a perfect position in relation to the sunlight to get an excellent shot of the tour.

I thought this was all going to be to no avail as for around an hour before the tour was due to pass heavy cloud had totally obscured the sun and I thought I was going to end up with a dark picture. Thankfully with steam smoke on the horizon the clouds parted and the sun shone exactly where I wanted it.

The locomotives passed me working hard to climb the summit. They were both LMS Jubilee class locomotives 4-6-0, 45690 Leander and 45699 Galatea.

Locomotives and multiple units seen:

45690 45699 (Both steam)
66427 68007 86605 86614 90035 90041 90042
185111 185133 221102 221106 221107 221108 221114 350409 325002 325004 325005 325007 325009 350406
350407 350408 390011 390016 390049 390103 390118 390124 390136

Here’s a list of the loco hauled workings:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Addit Locos

Beattock Summit

Pass

16:46

1M44

UM

Pass

16:46

Mail

Shieldmuir-Warrington 

325002

325004

325009

Beattock Summit

17:11

17:18

0S78

DPL

17:11

17:15

Lt. Locos

Kingmoor TMD-Motherwell TMD

68007

66427

 

Beattock Summit

18:25

18:49

4S44

DPL

Pass

18:04

Intermodal

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

90041

90042

 

Beattock Summit

Pass

18:16

1M03

UM

Pass

18:16

Mail

Shieldmuir-Warrington

325005

325007

 

Beattock Summit

Pass

18:45

6V15

UM

Pass

13:35

Cars  (E)

Mossend Yard-Didcot

90035

 

 

Beattock Summit

19:12

19:49

1Z67

DM

Pass

19:49

Railtour

Carlisle-Edinburgh (GB XI)

45460

45699

 

Beattock Summit

Pass

19:24

4M11

UM

Pass

19:03

Intermodal

Coatbridge FLT-Crewe Basford Hall

86605

86614

 

20180414 – It’s No’ a Bridie; It’s a Stoater

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Another early start today with a 4 a.m. rise to drive to Cumbernauld. I planned to see  two freight workings here, namely the 4H47 Mossend Yard to Inverness Tesco intermodal and also the 4S49  Daventry to Grangemouth intermodal working. The Daventry passed around four minutes late at 0534, however the Inverness working was around 15 minutes late.

I caught a train from Cumbernauld to Motherwell and on the way I passed Coatbridge freightliner terminal.  

On board Class 314 emu, 314203 en route to Gourock on 14/04/2018.

In the loop outside the terminal another intermodal was sitting. This was the 4S88 Felixstowe North freightliner Terminal to  Coatbridge freightliner terminal working. The locos were Freightliner liveried class 86 electric locomotives, 86608 & 86604.

At Motherwell I photographed the 1S26  London Euston to Glasgow Central Caledonian Sleeper which  paused there for a crew change. The locomotive was class 92, 92044 ‘Couperin’. I then caught the next train into Glasgow. Due to engineering works,  this ran via Newton and Maxwell Park on the Cathcart circle.

On arrival at Glasgow Central, I again caught up with the Caledonian Sleeper. I walked up to the top of platform one to see which locomotive was going to take the empty stock back to Polmadie. I got talking to the driver who had recognised me from Motherwell and he told me that due to the engineering works at Rutherglen, the train now classified as 5S26,  was going to be run around the Hamilton circle so that the correct locomotive, 92044, would be at the front of the train for the return journey to London. He said that after running around the Hamilton circle, the train would arrive back in to Glasgow Central, before heading back to Polmadie. He also told me that the empty coaching stock from the Edinburgh portion of the sleeper would also  be arriving shortly at Glasgow Central and from there it would also head to Polmadie.

Once 5S25 had initially left, I had planned to travel on the Paisley canal branch in order to photograph some more class 314 operations, however with the advent of this new information, I decided to hang on at Glasgow Central for a while and try to make up as much time as I could in my plan later on in the day. I knew I had some slack time and so could afford to hang on at the Central in order to see these extra workings.

First to arrive back was 5S26, after it’s run around the Hamilton circle.It had no sooner left for polmadie, when 5B26 arrived with Caledonian Sleeper liveried class 92  electric locomotive, 92018 leading, and with freightliner livery class 90 electric locomotive, 90043 on the rear. once it had left, I resumed my plan to travel along the Paisley canal branch albeit with revised timings.

In the sportlight with Class 314, 314215 at Gourock on 14/04/2018

I first travelled directly from Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal Station. After a quick photograph of the class 314 emu I got back on board and headed back as far as Corkerhill. I  waited at corkerhill station for the next train to Paisley canal which arrived within five minutes. Covering the line in this way meant that I was able to travel on both of the class 314 emu that we’re covering the line that day. On arrival  back at Paisley canal I photographed the second class 314 before walking along to Paisley Gilmour Street station.

It had been the initial plan to spend a bit of time at Paisley Gilmour Street before heading by train to Gourock where I was aiming to photograph some more class 314 emus. Most of these units have now been cascaded to run to either Gourock or Wemyss Bay. As I had lost some time waiting at Glasgow Central to see the additional sleeper empty coaching stock workings it meant that on arrival at Gilmour Street I almost immediately had to catch a train to Gourock in order to get my timings back on track. this was almost successful as I managed to arrive at Gourock just after midday and I was able to have lunch there before carrying out all of my planned photography.

As a wee aside, I popped up into the town to get some lunch and was kind of forced to choose Aulds the bakers for my lunchtime fayre. I’m not fond of Aulds stuff. Anyway, I wanted a couple of hot steak bridies and here’s how the conversation went:

ME: Have you any steak bridies?

SHOP LASSIE: Yes we have bridies

ME: Are they steak bridies?

SHOP LASSIE: No, we only have mince bridies.

ME: (Pointing to something that’s obviously a steak bridie), What’s that then?  Is that not a steak bridie?

SHOP LASSIE: That’s no’ a bridie, it’s a stoater………..   (oyyyyy)!!!

I bought two; they WERE steak bridies. It appears that Aulds call them steak stoaters. (For my English friends, a “stoater” would be a ‘premium’ item – lol). 

I departed from Gourock and made my way to my next photography job at Gartcosh station. My timings for this portion of the journey  were very tight and involved a journey on the Glasgow underground, where I was delayed for a time due to a large ticket queue which was unforeseen. I caught the underground from St Enoch station to Partick where I was due to catch my train to Gartcosh. I made it with around three minutes to spare.The journey from Partick to Gartcosh was somewhat uncomfortable as the toilet was out of order as seems to be the case quite often on ScotRail electric units. Full marks though to the conductor who at least tried to help by opening up the toilet to see if he could clear the fault for me, unfortunately the toilet was very badly blocked and could not be used.

At Gartcosh, I arrived with minutes to spare and on stepping out of the train I could see my next photographic subject sitting in the distance at Garnqueen South Junction loop, the 6S45 North Blyth-Fort William loaded alumina tanks.As the train approached gartcosh station I could see that the locomotive was GBRf liveried class 66 locomotive, 66733 ‘Cambridge PSB’ and I got a wave from the driver as the train passed.

Once the alumina thanks had passed, I crossed the platform to await my next train my plan had been to catch a train from here direct me to Dumbarton Central but while waiting I happened to be looking at the ScotRail journey check app and I noticed that the train that I had planned to catch back from Dumbarton Central had been cancelled due to signalling faults further down the line so yet again for the second time that day I had to do some on-the-spot re timing and re planning. Instead of heading to Dumbarton, I only travelled on the train as far as Partick where I changed and carried on to Glasgow Central. at Glasgow Central I made my way back to Paisley Gilmour Street to spend a bit of time photographing more class 314 emus.

After spending some time at Paisley Gilmour Street, I caught another train back to Glasgow Central and from there took the underground from St Enoch to Buchanan Street. At Buchanan Street I made the short walk to Queen Street station and was lucky enough to almost immediately catch a train back to Cumbernauld where my car was parked. I had something to eat at Cumbernauld, however as there were no further freight trains schedule to run until 11:30 that evening I decided to call it a day and head for home.

Here’s a list of locomotives & multiple units seen:

Braidhurst Loop:
318266 320414
Cartsdyke:
314216
Charing Cross (Glasgow):
334023 334030
Coatbridge FLT:
86604 86608
Corkerhill :
314202
Corkerhill TMD:
156431 156502 380105
Cumbernauld:
66143 66431 156499 158721 318259 318260 320318 334021 334040
Dumbreck:
314202
Fort Matilda:
314201 314204
Gartcosh:
66733 318260 334021 334040
Glasgow Central:
90043 92018 92023 92044 156434 156435 156437 156442 156446 156457
156462 156467 156495 156503 156504 156505 156506 156509 156511 185110
314201 314202 314203 314204 314205 314206 314207 314208 314209 314210
314211 314212 314213 314214 314215 314216 318251 318254 318257 318259
318262 318266 318267 320307 320308 320314 320317 320319 320320 320321
320413 320414 320415 380001 380004 380005 380006 380007 380009 380011
380012 380014 380015 380016 380106 380107 380110 380111 380112 380114
380116 390103 390115
Glasgow Queen Street:
156499 156510 158712 170416 170434 170453
Glasgow Queen Street (L/L):
320306
Gourock:
314203 314215 380007 380015 380016 380111
Hillington West:
380007
Mossend Yard:
37219 37421 66149 86610 86639 90028 90035 325010
Motherwell:
92044 220023 318254 318259 318262 318267 320307 390136
Motherwell TMD:
68001 68006
Paisley Canal:
314202 314205
Paisley Gilmour Street:
314203 314211 314215 380003 380006 380007 380010 380011 380012 380015
380018 380107 380108 380111
Partick:
318255 318258 318260 318261 318265 320322 320417
Shields Road ETMD:
318268 318270 320303 320305 320310 380018 380102 380108 380115
Springburn:
320318
St Enoch (U):
125 126 132 133

Here’s a list of locomotive hauled workings:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:24

4H47

2

Pass

05:47

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66431

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:30

4S49

2

Pass

05:34

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66143

 

Coatbridge FLT

06:22

 

4S88

n/a

06:23

 

Intermodal

Felixtowe North FLT-Coatbridge FLT

86608

86604

Motherwell

06:55

06:57

1S26

2

 

 

Sleeper

London Euston-Glasgow Central

92044

 

Glasgow Central

 

08:15

5S26

1

 

08:08

ECS

Glasgow Central-Polmadie TMD

92023

92044

Glasgow Central

09:12

09:17

5S26

1

09:21

09:33

ECS

Glasgow Central-Polmadie TMD

92044

92033

Glasgow Central

09:33

09:55

5B26

1

09:37

09:51

ECS

Edinburgh-Polmadie TMD

92018

90043

Gartcosh

Pass

15:18

6S45

1

Pass

15:15

Alumina (L)

North Blyth-Fort William

66733

 

And finally, here’s the travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Cumbernauld

06:12

06:14

Motherwell

06:34

06:45

318259

2Z05

11

60

Motherwell

07:16

07:21

Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park

07:50

07:55

318262

2B75

12

69

Glasgow Central

10:12

10:12

Paisley Canal

10:30

10:30

314205

2D17

07

47

Paisley Canal

10:35

10:35

Corkerhill

10:45

10:45

314205

2D18

03

69

Corkerhill

10:50

10:50

Paisley Canal

11:00

11:00

314202

2D19

03

69

Paisley Gilmour Street

11:24

11:24

Gourock

11:59

11:58

314203

2G59

18

75

Gourock

13:24

13:24

Paisley Gilmour Street

13:51

13:51

380013

1G46

18

75

Paisley Gilmour Street

13:52

13:52

Glasgow Central  

14:03

14:04

380013

1G46

08

64

St. Enoch (U)

14:12

14:12

Partick (U)

14:23

14:23

133/125

SPTU

02

56

Partick

14:28

14:30

Gartcosh

15:04

15:05

318260

2V54

10

53

Gartcosh

15:37

15:37

Partick

16:12

16:12

318260

2V47

10

53

Partick

16:25

16:25

Glasgow Central (L/L)

16:31

16:33

318261

2C08

02

12

Glasgow Central

16:55

16:55

Paisley Gilmour Street

17:07

17:05

314204

1G35

08

64

Paisley Gilmour Street

17:43

17:43

Glasgow Central

17:59

17:59

314215

2G68

08

64

St. Enoch (U)

18:13

18:13

Buchanan Street (U)

18:15

18:15

133/125

SPTU

00

26

Glasgow Queen Street

18:24

18:24

Cumbernauld

18:51

18:51

156499

2J78

14

04

 

20180401 – Bridge of Allan

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I spent a bit of Sunday morning and lunchtime at Bridge of Allan, primarily to see 4A13 Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches intermodal working and the 1E13 Inverness-London Kings Cross HST.

Locomotive & multiple-units seen:

43296   43317   66426   158703 158729 158868 170394 170413 170423 170453

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Bridge of Allan

Pass

12:30

1E17

1

Pass

12:39

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross

43317

43296

Bridge of Allan

Pass

12:45

4A13

2

Pass

12:46

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches 

66426

 

 

 

20180331 – Diversions Over the G&SW

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Over the Easter period (Saturday 31st March, Sunday 1st April & Monday 2nd April); several freight services were diverted to run over the Glasgow & South Western line via Barassie and on to Carlisle, either via Kilmarnock; which required a reversal at either Barassie Yard or Falkland Yard in Ayr; or via Annbank.

A couple of the workings were running overnight, however, both were going to Grangemouth, so I caught them at Falkirk Grahamston.

I then travelled down on the Saturday morning to join my friend Ken Browne to photograph the rest of the diversions at Barassie. A list of all the loco-hauled workings are shown below. Ken has made an excellent video of the event which you can see below.

(Posted with permission. Video copyright Ⓒ 2018 Ken Browne). You can see more of Kens excellent videos on his Youtube channel.

Here is a list of all the locomotives & multiple units seen during the course of the day:

Barassie:
60026 66149 66564 66566 68025 68030
156431 156442 156447 156467 156509 380001 380002 380003 380004 380005
380006 380012 380013 380014 380016 380019 380021 380022 380101 380103
380106 380107 380108 380109 380110 380111 380114
Falkirk Grahamston:
66149 66564 66566 67007
156432 158733 158739 158789 158867 170395 170396 170433

Here are a list of the locomotive hauled workings that were seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Falkirk Grahamston

Pass

04:17

4S45

1

Pass

05:26

Intermodal 

Daventry-Grangemouth 

66566

66564

Falkirk Grahamston

Pass

04:39

1S26

2

Pass

04:41

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness 

67007

 

Falkirk Grahamston

Pass

05:51

4S49

1

Pass

05:39

Intermodal 

Daventry-Grangemouth 

66149

 

Barassie Jn

Pass

11:28

4M30

2

Pass

12:54

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry via Falkland Yard

66149

 

Barassie Jn

Pass

12:27

6S36

1

Pass

12:57

Oil (E)

Dalston-Grangemouth 

60026

 

Barassie Jn

Pass

12:53

4M30

n/a

Pass

14:06

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry via Kilmarnock 

66149

 

Barassie Jn

Pass

14:23

4Z27

2

Pass

14:39

Intermodal 

Grangemouth-Daventry via Barassie Yard

66566

66564

Barassie Jn

Pass

15:11

4Z27

n/a

Pass

15:14

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry via Kilmarnock 

66564

 

Barassie Jn

Pass

16:44

4S43

1

Pass

16:40

Intermodal 

Daventry-Mossend Euro terminal  (Tesco)

68030

68025

20180325 – Green Machines and Don Diverts

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I paid a visit to Bridge of Allan today as there were a few East Coast Main Line (EMCL) diverts on, due to some engineering work being carried on at Inverkeithing. I was also attracted by the 1Z56 Kingussie-Crewe private charter, which was to be double headed by green liveried class 47 locomotives, 47805 (running as D1935) & 47501 ‘Craftsman’ (running as D1944).

After spending a bit of time in the station, I decided to scout out a different location, so I walked up the valley from Bridge of Allan towards Dunblane and found a superb over bridge around a mile or so along a very muddy track. I was quite glad that I managed to capture some photos here unhindered, as the view will soon be lost forever, due to the installation of electric caternary, which is to be installed as part of the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). Indeed, the bases for the masts are already in place as you will be able to see in some of the above photos.

The tour passed at full speed and right on time, with both class 47s’ showing a high degree of polish in the sunlight. Several forest walkers had seen me on the bridge and also gathered to see the charter passing.

I had seen 4A13, the Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches intermodal pass, prior to the arrival of the charter and the intermodal has DRS class 66 locomotive, 66304.

I waited for a time after the passing of the charter as the 6K50 Aberdeen-Millerhill Yard engineer was also due to pass, but when it was about fifteen minutes over time, I decided to walk back towards Bridge of Allan station, only for the engineer to pass when I was at the top of the embankment with a lot of trees in the way and no chance of getting a photo. Freightliner class 66 locomotives, 66507 & 66549, top & tailing the engineers were the offending locos.

Once back at the station, I photographed the 1E19 diverted Aberdeen-London Kings Cross HST passing through the station before heading for home.

I would like to return to this location again before the catenary is installed and maybe spend an afternoon exploring the lineside as well.

A list of all locomotives and multiple units seen is shown below:

43290 43296 43317 43318 43319 43367 47501 47805 66304 66507
66549 158705 158716 158721 158726 170406 170407 170414 170415 170427
170430

Here is a list of locomotive hauled workings:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Bridge of Allan

Pass

11:49

1E15

1

Pass

11:47

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43317

43296

Bridge of Allan

Pass

12:30

1E17

1

Pass

12:38

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross

43310

43316

Bridge of Allan

Pass

12:45

4A13

2

Pass

12:38

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches 

66304

 

Bridge of Allan

Pass

12:54

1Z56

1

Pass

12:54

Railtour

Kingussie-Crewe

47805

47501

Bridge of Allan

Pass

13:15

6K50

1

Pass

13:29

Engineers

Aberdeen-Millerhill Yard

66507

66549

Bridge of Allan

Pass

13:54

1E19

1

Pass

13:52

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43290

43367

20180324 – City Linking, Smart Thinking

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I drove to Cumbernauld, where I saw both the 4S49 Daventry-Grangemouth & 4H47 Mossend Yard intermodal workings before boarding a train to Motherwell. I normally change trains for Glasgow Central at Whifflet, but on this occasion, the Whifflet-Glasgow Central line was closed due to engineering works.

Travelling to Motherwell did work out to my advantage though as it was possible

WCRC class 47 locomotive, 47826 approaches Slateford, in the Edinburgh suburbs on 24th March 2018 with the 1Z43 Peterborough-Edinburgh ‘Settle & Carlisle Scotsman’ railtour. WCRC class 57 locomotive, 57313 was on the rear of the train.

to photograph the 1S26 London Euston-Glasgow Central ‘Caledonian Sleeper’ during its’ short stop at Motherwell. After it departed, I caught a Motherwell-Glasgow Central service, which, interestingly ran via Maxwell Park and the Cathcart Circle; and I caught up with the Caledonian Sleeper in time to see GBRf class 92 electric locomotive, 92038 couple on to work the empty coaching stock as the 5S26 Glasgow Central-Polmadie ECS.

I had planned to travel from Glasgow Central to Glasgow Queen Street by way of Partick in order to catch an electric service to Edinburgh, however, my outgoing service to Partick was thrown ‘out the window’ as it was cancelled due to problems in the Rutherglen area, so I had to make a hasty dash to the SPT Subway station at St. Enoch and catch an underground train to Buchanan Street in order to be at Queen Street in time to catch my train to Edinburgh.

I was going to Edinburgh to photograph a railtour later on at Slateford, but I also wanted to check out the Glasgow-Edinburgh direct and limited stop electric service, which on this occasion was a three car class 380 electric multiple unit, 380006.

I alighted at Haymarket after a comfortable journey, however, I’ve got to say the ScotRail, despite heavily promoting smartcards; (a bit like Oystercards in London); don’t seem to have geared up Ticket Examiners to inspect them. They either don’t have the software to read the card or don’t have a signal to send the data. Every Inspector I’ve handed my smartcard to has told me that they are thoroughly disliked. I usually offer to read the card via my mobile phone as it has an NFC chip and the Scotrail app on it, but of course, the card can’t be endorsed by the Ticket Examiner in this way and most decline my offer of assistance.

After a pleasant morning of spotting and photography at Haymarket, I boarded a train for the three minute journey to Slateford, in the Edinburgh suburbs from where I intended to photograph the ‘Settle & Carlisle Scotsman’ railtour, the 1Z43 Peterborough-Edinburgh.

The tour arrived around ten minutes early and was hauled by WCRC class 47, 47826, with WCRC class 57, 57313 on the rear. After the tour passed, I caught a train back from Slateford and eventually arrived a bit later at Edinburgh Waverley, where I took some more photos and watched the railtour eventually depart as the 1Z45 Edinburgh-Peterborough.

After the tour had left, I headed back to Glasgow, but this time I travelled via Bathgate and Airdrie and stayed on as far as Partick in order to connect with a service to Glasgow Central.

At Glasgow Central, I spent around an hour spotting before boarding a train to Motherwell, which, again ran via the Cathcart Circle & Maxwell Park and on arrival at Motherwell, I didn’t even need to leave the train as it formed my final service of the day back to Cumbernauld.

It was a very enjoyable days travelling, photography and spotting and probably the first time I’ve did lengthy stints of spotting in Edinburgh and Glasgow in the same day.

Locomotive & Multiple-Units Seen:

Airdrie:
318266 320414
Anderston:
320314
Bathgate:
334012 334034
Bathgate Stabling Point:
334012
Coatbridge FLT:
86607 86639
Coatdyke:
334027
Cumbernauld:
66002 66192 66302
156511 158711 158720 158729 318257 318258 318259 318260 318269
318270 320302 320307 320309
Edinburgh-Haymarket:
43206 43277 43295 43299 43306 43314 43316 43318
156433 156445 156495 156501 156503 158702 158707 158710 158726
158728 158730 158734 158741 158782 158786 158867 170393 170394
170395 170402 170403 170416 170417 170419 170420 170426 170430
170453 170454 170456 170458 170460 170471 170472 170473 170474
220006 220013 220030 221123 334001 334002 334003 334007 334008
334010 334013 334014 334019 334021 334022 334023 334024 334025
334027 334028 334029 334033 334034 334037 334040 350404 350406
350409 380006 380101 380105 380108 380116 390016 390107
Edinburgh-Waverley:
43290 43367 47826 57313 91103 91130 92018
156495 156501 156503 158702 158704 158718 158726 158735 158782
170394 170405 170452 170456 170460 170470 170473 170474 220017
334001 334003 334007 334010 334013 334014 334024 334025 334028
334033 334040 350410 380109 380116 390152
Glasgow Central:
90047 92038
156430 156431 156432 156442 156450 156456 156467 156477 156478
156492 156494 156506 156507 156512 314203 314204 314208 314209
314213 318256 318259 320304 320312 320313 320318 320321 320411
380001 380003 380004 380007 380010 380011 380012 380014 380016
380022 380105 380107 380108 380110 380113 390104 390153 390154
Glasgow Queen Street:
156462 156470 158720 158727 170407 170408 170417 380006
Glasgow Queen Street (L/L):
320303 320315
Haymarket (T):
253 255 259 262 263 266 271 275
Haymarket TMD:
43033 43148
158711 158728 158731 158735 158782 170414 170434 170450 170458
Hight Street (Glasgow):
334010 334024
Kings Park:
320309 380106
Mossend Yard:
66149 66170 67030 86605 86607 86610 86612 86627 86639 90024 90028
90036 90037 90041 90048 325006
Motherwell:
90047
318254 318259 318265 320312 320313 320318 320411 390114
Motherwell TMD:
66424 68006 68007 88004 318254 320312
Partick:
318255 318260 318266 318270 320316 320414 334015 334028
Princes Street Gardens:
334038
Slateford:
47826 57313 156501 156503 380106 390107
St Enoch (U):
103 105 106 119 125

(U) – Underground Station (SPTE Subway)

Here is a list of the locomotive-hauled services seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Larbert

Pass

04:46

1S25

2

Pass

04:40

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness

67007

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:24

4H47

2

Pass

05:46

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66302

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:30

4S49

2

Pass

05:31

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66192

 

Coatbridge Central

Pass

06:26

4S88

1

Pass

06:21

Intermodal

Felixtowe North FLT-Coatbridge FLT

86607

86639

Motherwell

06:55

06:57

1S26

2

06:52

06:57

Sleeper

London Euston-Glasgow Central

90047

 

Glasgow Central

07:24

 

1S26

1

07:52

 

Sleeper

London Euston-Glasgow Central

90047

 

Glasgow Central

07:32

 

0S26

1

07:55

 

Lt. Loco

Polmadie TMD-Glasgow Central

92038

 

Glasgow Central

 

08:15

5S26

1

 

08:15

ECS

Glasgow Central-Polmadie TMD

92038

90047

Haymarket

10:21

10:23

1E11

1

10:25

10:28

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43314

43306

Haymarket

10:31

10:33

1S03

2

10:33

10:38

HST

Leeds-Aberdeen

43277

43206

Haymarket

11:11

11:13

1E13

3

11:12

11:16

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross

43318

43295

Haymarket

12:25

12:27

1E15

1

12:28

12:31

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43316

43299

Slateford

Pass

13:07

1Z43

2

Pass

12:58

Railtour

Peterborough-Edinburgh

47826

57313

Edinburgh

14:11

 

1S10

11

 

 

LH Pass

London Kings Cross-Edinburgh

91130

 

Edinburgh

14:25

14:29

1S11

19

14:26

14:32

HST

London Kings Cross-Aberdeen

43367

43290

Edinburgh

14:50

 

5E21

19

14:52

 

ECS

Craigintinny TMD-Edinburgh

91103

 

Edinburgh

 

15:00

1E20

11

 

15:00

LH Pass

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

91130

 

Edinburgh

15:18

 

5Z45

11

15:20

 

ECS

Craigintinny TMD-Edinburgh

57311

47826

Edinburgh

 

15:30

1E21

19

 

15:30

LH Pass

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

91103

 

Edinburgh

 

15:38

1Z45

11

 

15:40

Railtour

Edinburgh-Peterborough

47826

57311

Cumbernauld

Pass

21:29

4S49

2

Pass

21:32

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66002

 

And here’s the travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Cumbernauld

06:12

06:12

Motherwell

06:34

06:32

318259

2Z05

11

60

Motherwell

07:00

07:00

Glasgow Central (via Maxwell Park)

07:52

07:52

320312/ 318254

2M75

18

33

St Enoch (U)

08:36

08:36

Partick

08:38

08:38

106/ 103

SPTU

00

27

Glasgow Queen Street

09:00

09:00

Haymarket

09:45

09:45

380006

1R30

46

02

Haymarket

12:30

12:30

Slateford

12:34

12:34

156445

2Y41

02

75

Slateford

13:39

13:39

Haymarket

13:42

13:42

156501

2Y42

02

75

Haymarket

14:10

14:10

Edinburgh-Waverley

14:14

14:16

334024/ 334010

2H34

01

19

Edinburgh

15:52

15:52

Glasgow Queen Street (L\L)

16:59

16:59

334013/ 334033

2H55

44

11

Glasgow Queen Street (L\L)

17:01

17:01

Partick

17:08

17:08

334013/ 334033

2H55

02

38

Partick

17:20

17:22

Glasgow Central (L\L)

17:26

17:31

320316

2R10

02

38

Glasgow Central  

18:45

18:45

Motherwell (via Maxwell Park)

19:36

19:36

320304

2M74

18

33

Motherwell

19:45

19:49

Cumbernauld

20:03

20:03

320304

2Z18

11

60

20180317 – Carlisle & the Cumbrian Coast

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It was the usual early start, getting up around 04:00 hrs and arriving at Stirling around 04:30 hrs in time to see the 1S25 London Euston-Inverness Caledonian Sleeper, hauled by DBS class 67 locomotive, 67007. After the sleeper passed, it was possible to have a short sleep before the arrival of the 4D47 Mossend Yard-Inverness ‘Tesco’ intermodal working at 05:44 hrs, hauled by DRS class 66, 66424. Around 05:40hrs, I headed for the platform in order to catch my first train of the day, the 1T02 to Glasgow Queen Street. I am a recent convert to the Scotrail smartcard ticketing system, and while not all journeys can be made using the smartcard, I do try to use it now whenever I can. The train to Glasgow was around ten minutes late, due to a signalling fault just north of Gleneagles, and, although this made my next connection from Glasgow Central a bit tight, I managed it with time to spare.

The trip from Glasgow Central to Carlisle was uneventful and I managed to catch up on a bit of sleep during this time.

At Carlisle it was a quick walk over the footbridge to platform one, where my train to Barrow in Furness was waiting. It wasn’t the expected DRS class 37 & DBSO, however, but top & tail class 68’s; 68018 ‘Vigilant’ leading, with 68017 ‘Hornet’ on the rear. DRS class 37 locomotive, 37403 ‘Isle of Mull’ ran the corresponding service and it was passed at St. Bees. The journey down to Barrow was quiet and I got chatting to a fellow Enthusiast from Manchester. I noticed at Sellafield station sidings, a rake of twenty, and a further rake of three GBRf open wagons, similar to iron ore tipplers; they looked brand new and freshly painted. Does anybody have any ideas why they were in the siding at Sellafield and what is the planned use for these wagons. (if you happen to know, please send an email to info@railreports.co.uk or send an instant message via the Railreports Facebook page).

When I arrived back at Carlisle, I thought I was going to miss the 1Z87 Carlisle-London Euston

Your intrepid author takes a quick selfie at Barrow-in-Furness.

steam working, however, it was running forty-five minutes late, due to a late arrival at Carlisle. The steam locomotive was LMS\Stanier Jubilee class 4-6-0, 45699 ‘Galatea’. In addition to this the 6V38 Carlisle-Chirk ran in a later path, so I saw this as well, and if that wasn’t enough, the 4S43 Daventry-Mossend Euroterminal Tesco intermodal failed in the Wigan area with DRS class 88, 88010 ‘Aurora’ in charge and class 66 locomotives 66430 & 66432 were sent to rescue the train, which eventually passed Carlisle around four hours late, so, in reality, I saw an additional three locomotive hauled workings that should’ve left Carlisle before I got back from Barrow.

On arrival back at Stirling, I watched two freight and two engineers workings (see table below), from the warmth and comfort of my car before heading for home.

Locomotives & multiple-units seen:

Barrow-in-Furness:
158870
Carlisle:
57311 60085 66127 66134 66430 66432 66569 68017 68018 88010
142015 153307 156443 156462 156463 156486 156492 156502 156503 156511
158798 158815 185131 185138 350402 350403 350404 350408 350409 350410
390005 390009 390040 390115 390121 390129 390148 390151 390153 390154
390155 390156 45699
Carlisle Wapping Sidings:
DR73914 DR73915
Carlisle Yard:
60085 66067 66068 66120 66733
DRS Kingmoor TMD:
37409 37423 66423 68004 88009
Flimby:
153363 156427 156484
Glasgow Central :
220027 314206 314212 318259 350403
380108 390151
Glasgow Queen Street:
156493 156507 158715 158729 170409 170451
Lockerbie:
DR73116 DR79100
Parton:
37403
Polmadie TMD:
73968 92038 221127 390119 73123 (Engineers crane)
Ravenglass :
156444
Sellafield:
66426 66433 68002 68005 68023
68026
Shettleston:
78217(Engineers Crane) ADB96500 ADB96501 DR73932 DR80215
Silecroft :
153363 156427
St Bees:
37403
Stirling:
60047 60076 66198 66302 66424 67007
156446 158714 158716 158724 158726 158729 158731 158741
158782 158789 170406 170419 170427 170432 170434 170450
170456 170459 170473
Wigton:
156444

Here’s is a list of loco hauled services seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Addit Locos

Stirling

4:52

4:55

1S25

2

04:38

04:43

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness

67007

 

 

Stirling

Pass

5:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:45

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66424

 

 

Carlisle

8:33

 

2C33

1

08:30

 

LH Pass

Barrow in Furness-Carlisle

68017

68018

 

Carlisle

 

8:42

2C40

1

 

08:42

LH Pass

Carlisle-Barrow in Furness

68018

68017

 

Carlisle

Pass

11:40

4S43

3

Pass

15:41

Intermodal 

Daventry-Mossend Yard (Tesco)

66430

66432

88010

St. Bees

10:04

10:08

2C41

1

10:07

10:09

LH Pass

Barrow in Furness-Carlisle

37403

 

 

Barrow in Furness

 

11:38

2C45

3

 

11:38

LH Pass

Barrow in Furness-Carlisle

68018

68017

 

Parton

 

14:36

2C48

n/a

 

14:36

LH Pass

Carlisle-Lancaster

68017

68018

 

Carlisle

Pass

13:19

6V38

4

Pass

14:31

Timber (L)

Carlisle-Chirk

60085

 

 

Carlisle

 

14:25

1Z87

3

 

14:52

Railtour

Carlisle-London Euston

45699

 

 

Carlisle

15:55

15:57

4M30

4

16:04

16:06

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66127

 

 

Carlisle

17:28

17:30

4S49

3

17:28

17:30

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66134

 

 

Carlisle

17:35

17:37

4S44

3

18:26

18:28

Intermodal

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

66569

 

 

Stirling

Pass

23:11

6K01

2

Pass

23:07

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Leuchars

60076

 

 

Stirling

Pass

22:31

6D84

3

Pass

22:20

China Clay (E)

Aberdeen Waterloo-Mossend Yard

66198

 

 

Stirling

Pass

22:39

4N83

3

Pass

22:41

Intermodal

Aberdeen Craiginches-Grangemouth

66302

 

 

Stirling

Pass

23:49

6K02

2

Pass

23:45

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Leuchars

60047

 

 

And here’s my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Stirling

05:54

06:04

Glasgow Queen Street

06:35

06:44

170419/ 170450

1T02

29

46

Glasgow Central

07:10

07:10

Carlisle

08:30

08:30

350403

1M92

102

27

Carlisle

08:42

08:42

Barrow in Furness

11:30

11:30

68018/ 68017

2C40

85

56

Barrow in Furness

11:38

11:38

Carlisle

14:24

14:24

68017/ 68018

2C45

85

56

Carlisle

18:47

19:03

Glasgow Central

19:59

20:20

390148

1S78

102

27

Glasgow Queen Street

20:41

20:41

Stirling

21:07

21:07

170407

1A91

29

46

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

 

20180224 – ModelRail and the Glasgow Suburbs


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An early start this morning as I intended to get to Stirling in time to see the 1S25 London Euston-Inverness Caledonian Sleeper. I did arrive in time and happened to catch it arriving on my cars dash-cam. The sleeper had DBS class 67, 67007 in charge. Another early arrival was the 4H47 Mossend Yard-Inverness ‘Tesco’ intermodal which passed around thirty-seven minutes early at around 05:08 and hauled by DRS class 66 locomotive, 66424.

The early arrival of the ‘Tesco’, meant that I could have twenty minutes or so stretched out in the car, (with the heater on), before I had to catch my train into Glasgow Queen Street for the next part of the days’ proceedings.

The journey to and from Glasgow served as a ‘first’ for me today in the sense that I forsook paper tickets and opted to use my Scotrail smart card for the first time. I have had a smart card for a couple of years, as it is incorporated into a discount railcard that I use but this was my first use of it today.

On arrival at Glasgow Queen Street, I did have to purchase a paper ticket though, in the form of an SPT Roundabout ticket.

My first journey was via the Glasgow Subway to St. Enoch, a single stop away and not far from Glasgow Central, which was where I headed in order to see the 1S26 London Euston-Glasgow Central Caledonian Sleeper, hauled by GBRf class 92 electric locomotive, 92043; and it’s associated ECS movement, 5S26 Glasgow Central-Polmadie TMD, hauled by Colas Rail class 47, 47749. My! That took me back a bit!

There were plenty of Enthusiasts about as today is the middle of three days of Modelrail Scotland, at the Exhibition Centre, Finnieston, in Glasgow, and it was to there that I headed after 5S26 departed, pausing only for a quick

Ken gets busy with the video camera as Scotrail class 314, 314214 gets ready to depart from Corkerhill station on 24th February 2018 with a service for Glasgow Central.

cup of tea and to get some more shots of the Scotrail class 314, which are soon to be withdrawn.

I met up with my mate Ken at the Exhibition Centre and we spent a couple of hours walking around the various layouts. Whilst I am not a railway modeller, I really appreciate the time and effort that the various clubs and individuals go to in order to produce their layouts. The detail is superb, and, I notice that computer control is becoming more prominent on layouts now.

After our visit to Modelrail, Ken and I headed back to Glasgow Central,

where the rest of the day was to be spent ‘chasing’ class 314s’, on their various routes.

Our first port of call, (after a cup of tea), was the Paisley Canal line, where we took photos at Paisley Canal and Corkerhill stations, and where we had a nice chat with the Ticket Examiner on the way back to Glasgow.

Next, it was back to Paisley, but by a different route, boarding a Gourock bound class 314, we alighted at Paisley Gilmour Street and spent around an hour there, before heading back to Glasgow Central, (in a class 380 I’m afraid 🙁 ); before boarding another class class 314 and completing a circuit of the Cathcart Circle.

On arrival back at Glasgow Central, Ken headed for home and, after a bite to eat, I headed back to Stirling to catch two late night freights before also heading for home.

On the whole, a very enjoyable day.  🙂


Locomotives & Multiple-Units seen over the course of the day:

Buchanan Street (U):
125 133
Corkerhill TMD:
156509 314201
Exhibition Centre:
318250 318254 318263 320303 320411
Glasgow Central:
47749 92043 156435 156462 156465 156478 156494 156495 156499 156501
156502 156505 156506 156510 156511 156512 156514 158730 158786 185118
220015 221118 221119 314202 314203 314204 314205 314206 314209 314210
314211 314212 314214 314216 318259 318264 318267 320306 320307 320309
320313 320415 350404 380001 380002 380003 380004 380006 380007 380008
380011 380015 380018 380104 380105 380106 380107 380111 380112 380114
380115 390020 390117 390131 390138
Glasgow Central (L\L):
320303 320319 320413 334036
Glasgow Queen Street:
156474 156503 158728 170393 170426 170428 170461 380103
Hillington East:
314212
Paisley Gilmour Street:
314202 314210 314212 320309 380001
380003 380004 380006 380008 380009 380012 380016 380020 380108 380109
380114 DR73932 DR73941
Partick:
318268 318269 318270 320311 320320 320321 334016 334030 334032
Queens Park:
314211
Shields Road ETMD:
314207 314208 320417 334036 380017 380019 380108
Stirling:
66068 66302 66424 67010 156430 156467 156505 158706 158711 158726
158728 158735 158741 158782 158786 158869 170410 170413 170415 170419
170426 170428 170450 170453 170457 170471 170472 170474 170478


Here are a list of the locomotive-hauled workings seen during the day:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Stirling

04:52

04:55

1S25

2

04:42

04:46

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness 

67007

 

Stirling 

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:08

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness  (Tesco)

66424

 

Glasgow Central 

07:18

 

1S26

1

07:18

 

Sleeper

London Euston-Glasgow Central 

92043

 

Glasgow Central 

07:32

 

0S26

1

07:34

 

Lt. Loco 

Polmadie TMD-Glasgow Central 

47749

 

Glasgow Central 

 

08:11

5S26

1

 

08:11

ECS

Glasgow Central-Polmadie TMD

47749

92043

Stirling 

Pass

22:31

6D84

3

22:22

22:24

China Clay (E)

Aberdeen Waterloo-Mossend 

66068

 

Stirling 

Pass

22:39

4N83

3

Pass

22:28

Intermodal 

Aberdeen Craiginches-Grangemouth 

66302

 


And here is the travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Stirling

05:57

05:55

Glasgow Queen Street

06:35

06:34

170426/ 170428

1T02

29

46

Buchanan Street (U)

06:41

06:41

St Enoch (U)

06:43

06:43

133/125

STPU

00

27

Glasgow Central (L/L)

08:52

08:52

Exhibition Centre

08:55

08:56

318263/ 320414

2F11

00

75

Exhibition Centre 

13:40

13:42

Glasgow Central (L/L)

13:43

13:45

320303

2L08

00

75

Glasgow Central  

14:42

14:42

Paisley Canal

15:00

14:59

314213

2D35

07

47

Paisley Canal

15:05

15:05

Corkerhill

15:14

15:14

314213

2D36

03

69

Corkerhill

15:20

15:21

Paisley Canal

15:30

15:31

314216

2D37

03

69

Paisley Canal

15:35

15:35

Glasgow Central

15:54

15:55

314216

2D38

07

47

Glasgow Central

16:06

16:06

Paisley Gilmour Street

16:21

16:20

314206

2G39

07

16

Paisley Gilmour Street

17:14

17:14

Glasgow Central

17:31

17:31

380003

2G66

07

16

Glasgow Central

17:51

17:51

Cathcart via Crosshill

18:04

18:04

314211

2O34

03

40

Cathcart 

18:04

18:04

Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park

18:21

18:23

314211

2O34

04

36

Glasgow Central (L/L)

19:24

19:24

Partick

19:32

19:35

320319/ 320412

2F13

02

11

Partick

19:45

19:46

Glasgow Queen Street (L/L)

19:51

19:52

320311/ 318270

2E56

02

58

Glasgow Queen Street

20:18

20:18

Stirling

21:00

21:00

158728

2N61

29

46

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