04-03-2017: The Club 50 March Continues…

I was out on another Scotrail Club 50 special ticket today. This time travelling from Glasgow Queen

Your intrepid correspondent on board the Inverness-Aberdeen service on 4th March 2017.

Street to Inverness, from there to Aberdeen then back to Glasgow. En route, I noticed some work being carried out around Forres. What’s happening here? It looks like the line is being doubled. If you know for sure what is being done, please drop me a line in the comments section below.
On arrival back at Glasgow, I bought an SPT Roundabout ticket and did the Paisley Canal branch as it affords good views of both Shields Road & Corkerhill depots. I then travelled to Cumbernauld, where I had my tea before heading back to Glasgow Central, where I spent an hour or so spotting before heading for home.

I’m expecting to do one more Club 50 special before the offer runs out and I have my eye on…..Wick.   

Here’s a list of the locomotives and multiple units seen:
Aberdeen:
43306 43313 170434

Anderston:
318269

Argyle Street:
318266 320315

Aviemore Speyside
08490 26002 26025 260576 (Industrial) 265618 (Industrial)

Blantyre:
320307 320320

Corkerhill TMD:
156511 314216 380003 380013 380014 380020 380101

Cumbernauld:
334008 334026

Dumbreck:
314207

Dunblane:
170457 170459 170461

Dundee:
68022 170456

Dunkeld:
170395

Dyce:
158713 158782

Eastfield Stabling Point:
156445 156446 156447 156465 156476 156477 170414 170451 170455 170475

Elgin:
170409

Glasgow Central:
156442 156446 156462 156467 156474 156492 156495 156496 156500 156506 156510 158732
221105 221106 221123 314201 314203 314204 314206 314207 314208 314209 314210 314211
314212 314213 314215 318254 320305 320320 320411 320413 320415 320417 350401 380007
380008 380010 380011 380013 380015 380102 380104 380109 380110 380115 380116 390148

Glasgow Central (L/L):
318264 318267 318269 334008

Glasgow Queen Street:
156432 156447 156456 156457 156506 156507 156508 156513 158709 158734 158867 170405
170413 170414 170415 170416 170428 170450 170453 170460 170475

Glasgow Queen Street (L/L):
334003 334013

Inverness:
67013 158704 158712 158714 158715 158718 158721 158723 158728 158730 158789 158870
170428

Kingussie:
170433

Larbert Jn:
170410 170419

Milburn Jn:
66099

Motherwell:
318252

Partick:
318267 318270 320302 320309 320321 334001 334019

Perth:
158710 158734

Rutherglen:
318267

Shields Road ETMD:
170406 314213 318255 318260 318268 334038 334040 380103 380106 380114

Stirling:
66423 67013 68022 156432 158702 158709 158726 158732 158733 170460 170474 170477
DR73932

Here are a list of loco hauled trains seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Aberdeen

13:07

1S03

3

13:07

HST

Leeds-Aberdeen

43313

43306

Dundee

Pass

14:43

4A13

DTL

Pass

14:47

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches

68022

Inverness

10:21

11:31

6D66

n/a

10:21

11:31

Oil (E)

Lairg-Mossend Yard

66099

Inverness

09:19

10:45

5S25

1

09:19

10:45

Sleeper ECS

Inverness-Inverness TMD

67013

Stirling

04:53

04:55

1S25

2

04:51

04:54

Sleeper  

London Euston-Inverness

67013

Stirling

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:29

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness

66423

Stirling

Pass

22:39

4N83

3

Pass

22:23

Intermodal

Aberdeen Craiginches-Grangemouth

68022

And also my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Stirling 

05:53

05:53

Glasgow Queen Street

06:34

06:34

170460/ 158709

1T02

29

24

Glasgow Queen Street 

07:10

07:10

Inverness

10:27

10:27

170428

1H05

180

34

Inverness 

10:57

10:57

Elgin

11:38

11:38

170428/ 158714

1A50

36

75

Elgin

11:41

11:41

Aberdeen 

13:13

13:13

170428/ 158714

1A50

71

26

Aberdeen 

13:38

13:38

Glasgow Queen Street

16:15

16:13

170434

1T26

154

23

Glasgow Queen Street  (L/L)

16:28

16:30

Partick

16:38

16:41

334012/ 334003

2H53

02

38

Partick

16:47

16:48

Glasgow Central (L/L)

16:54

16:54

318267

2R08

02

12

Glasgow Central 

17:12

17:12

Paisley Canal

17:30

17:30

314211

2D45

07

47

Paisley Canal 

17:35

17:35

Glasgow Central 

17:54

17;54

314211

2D46

07

47

Glasgow Central 

18:03

18:04

Cumbernauld

19:04

19:04

334008

2C14

17

23

Cumbernauld 

19:22

19:22

Glasgow Central  (L/L)

20:23

20:23

334008

2F17

17

23

Glasgow Queen Street 

21:48

21:48

Stirling 

22:32

22:32

170416

2N47

29

24

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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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11-02-2017: Westering Home….

Another trek to the Far North this week, this time to Kyle of Lochalsh, courtesy of a Club 50 special ticket,

Scotrail class 158 dmu. 158702 stands at Kyle of Lochalsh on 11th February 2017 with a service for Inverness.

which allows travel between any two stations on the Scotrail network for £17.00 return.

I had an early kick off, arriving at Stirling just in time to see DBS class 67, 67013 on the 1S25 London Euston-Inverness sleeper, followed closely be DRS class 66, 66424 on the 4H47 Mossend Yard-Inverness ‘Tesco’ liner.

From Stirling, I headed to Glasgow, which was where I’d intended to buy my ticket to Kyle, and thereby boosting my rail mileage as well. There was also the advantage of just walking onto the train in Glasgow and choosing my seat, instead of the usual scramble for a decent seat when it arrives in Stirling.

The trip to Inverness, (where I had to change trains), was uneventful, and on arrival, I decided to buy some supplies for the trip to Kyle. I went to the M & S close to the station. I won’t be making that mistake again. Talk about expensive!!

I felt justified in getting something though as I was only on the Kyle train five minutes when it was announced that there would be no trolley.

The trip up to Kyle of Lochalsh was lovely in the winters’ sun, though on arrival, i didn’t have time to spare, with only an eleven minute turn around, so it was out onto the platform to take the necessary photos and back on the train as soon as possible.

The trip back was, again, mostly in sunshine and proved to be an enjoyable and relaxing afternoon.

Here is a list of the locomotives and multiple units seen:
Achnasheen:
158706

Aviemore (Speyside):
08490 26002 26025
260576 (Industrial) 265618 (Industrial)

Bishopbriggs:
156478

Carrbridge:
158703

Dalnacardoch:
43314 43318

Dunblane:
170477

Dunkeld:
170426 170433

Glasgow Queen Street:
156434 156445 156511 156512 158704 158728 170404 170407 170411 170417 170424 170431
170434 170451 170455 170473 170475 170476 170478

Inverness:
158702 158712 158716 158720 158721 158722 158724 158725 170407 170455

Kingussie:
170417

Kyle of Lochalsh:
158702

Millburn Jn:
08523 37606 66424 67013

Muir of Ord:
158717

Stirling:
66177 66424 67013 68006 DR98008
156478 158704 158705 158708 158709 158718 158725 158728 158731 158733 158738 170396
170411 170417 170430 170434 170455 170470 170473 170474 170478

Strathcarron:
158717

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

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Stirling 

04:53

04:55

1S25

2

04:46

04:53

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness 

67013

Stirling 

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:23

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness 

66422

Stirling 

Pass

22:31

6D84

3

Pass

22:31

China Clay  (E)

Aberdeen Waterloo-Mossend Yard

66177

Stirling 

Pass

22:39

4N83

3

Pass

22:42

Intermodal 

Aberdeen Craiginches-Grangemouth

68006

Dalnacardoch

Pass

09:06

1E13

n/a

Pass

09:10

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross 

43314

43318

Inverness TMD

09:19

10:45

5S25

n/a

09:19

10:45

Sleeper ECS

Inverness-Inverness

67013

08523

And here’s my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Stirling 

05:54

05:54

Glasgow Queen Street 

06:34

06:33

170478/ 158704

1T02

29

24

Glasgow Queen Street 

07:10

07:14

Inverness

10:27

10:29

170455

1H05

180

34

Inverness

11:00

11:00

Kyle of Lochalsh 

13:35

13:35

158702

2H83

82

40

Kyle of Lochalsh 

13:46

13:46

Inverness 

16:23

16:23

158702

2H84

82

40

Inverness 

17:30

17:30

Glasgow Queen Street 

20:45

20:45

170407

1T62

180

34

Glasgow Queen Street 

21:19

21:19

Stirling 

21:59

22:01

170476

2N63

29

24

 

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04-02-2017: Tea, Scones and a Day at Inverness…

If you’d told me I would be out photographing train at four o’ clock in the morning and still

Scotrail class 158, 158709 awaits it’s next turn of duty at Inverness on 4th February 2017.

be out a one o’ clock the NEXT morning in February, I would’ve laughed, however, that’s just what happened today.
I had planned to travel up to Inverness to spend the day there, knocking off some of my remaining Scottish units for this year, but got up at 04:00hrs in order to go to Stirling station to see the 1S25 London Euston-Inverness ‘Caledonian Sleeper’, then do a bit of spotting from the warmth and comfort of my car until my train for Inverness was due at 07:36.
Arriving at Stirling, the first thing I discovered was that I could’ve had an extra bit of time in my bed as the sleeper was around twenty minutes late. When it did arrive, it was not hauled by a GBRf class 66/73 combination, but instead by a DBS class 67, 67013 with a consist of: 9802, 6708, 10723, 10527, 10542, 10580 & 10502. It was followed closely by the 4H47 Mossend Yard-Inverness ‘Tesco’ intermodal, hauled by DRS class 66, 66422; which was running early until it was delayed in the Larbert area by the late running sleeper.
I spent a bit of time watching the early morning ECS and passenger workings at Stirling before heading for my train to Inverness, on this occasion, haauled by Scotrail class 170, 170407, currently adorned with BTP advertising vinyls.
The journey up to Inverness was uneventful and the train was quiet. Just the way I like it. A nice cup of tea from the trolley, a wee sleep and nobodys earphone squeaking in the background.
On arrival at Inverness there was a flurry of activity before I’d even got off the train in the form of DBS class 66, 66106 with the 6H66 Lairg to Mossend Yard oil empties, awaiting the road south as well as 66422 and 67013, both shunting the trains seen earlier at Stirling. Also present were class 08 shunter 08526 and stabled DRS class 37, 37606.
Inverness isn’t the easiest pace to trake photos, the freight activity all takes place at the Aberdeen end of the layout around the Millburn Jn area and it’s a good ten minute walk from there to Millburn. There is a gap in the fence, close to a supermarket thought, and it was here that I found a fellow Enthusiast, (who identified the class 37). We spoke for a bit then I headed to Millburn, however there is an unusually large wall that prevents much from being seen without steps. I fell off this wall in the mid-1980’s, trying to get a photo of the old Welsh’s Bridge signal box. (I got the photo and a rather large bump on the head as well)!!
Most of the rest of the day was either spent spotting, taking photos or walking around the greater station area, looking for other places to take photos from. One of the best being Debenhams cafe’ in the Eastgate Centre, from where spotting and photography can be carried out accompanied by a nice cup of tea and a buttered scone, provided the correct window is chosen!! 🙂
On the way home, the train was empty for most of the way, though I was a couple of minutes late back at Stirling. I headed back to the car, cranked up the heater and watched the unit disposals and ECS workings until the end of service, just after 01:00hrs.
To quote a Gulf war correspondent, “I counted them all out, and I counted them all back in again”.
Here’s a list of what was seen from 04:00-00:00 on 04-02 2017:
Aviemore:
170453
Bridge of Allan:
66543 66602
Dunblane:
158707 158725 170459
Dunkeld:
170460
Inverness:
08526 37606 43367 66106 66422 67013
158701 158702 158704 158705 158706 158709 158714 158715 158716 158717 158721 158724
158727 158729 158789 158867 158871 170407 170409 170412 170413 170414 170415 170420
170432 170455
Perth:
158728 158735 158741 170477
Stirling:
66422 67013 156447 156514 158707 158723
158725 158728 158735 158871 170394 170395 170404 170407 170415 170454 170456 170458
170459 170472 170473 170474
And also a list of what was seen from 00:01-01:10 on 05-02-2017:
Stirling:
156430 156514 158710 158735 158736 170394 170409

Here’s a list of the loco hauled services seen today:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Stirling

04:53

04:55

1S25

2

05:15

05:17

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness

67013

Stirling

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:32

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness

66422

Inverness TC

10:19

11:35

6H66

n/a

10:19

11:35

Oil (E)

Lairg-Mossend Yard

66106

Inverness Freight Sidings

13:19

4D47

n/a

13:19

Intermodal

Inverness-Mossend Yard

66422

Inverness

20:06

1S16

5

20:10

HST

London Kings Cross-Inverness

43367

?

Bridge of Allan

Pass

23:12

6K18

n/a

Pass

23:08

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Montrose

66543

66602

And here’s my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Stirling

07:36

07:36

Inverness

10:27

10:26

170407

1H05

151

10

Inverness

20:15

20:15

Stirling

23:09

23:11

170415

1T56

151

10

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26-01-2017: Bitterly Cold on the Fife Circle

I went out to Inverkeithing this evening in the never ending quest of trying to get a decent Fife Circle

DRS class 68, 68022 ‘Resolution’ stands at Inverkeithing on 26th January 2017 with the 2G13 Edinburgh-Glenrothes with Thornton Scotrail service

loco hauled night shot. Sorry to say I failed miserably (see photo below). It look ok, but it’s heavily edited and I think I know now what I’m doing wrong.

Photographic ability (or lack of it) aside, it was a clear but bitterly cold night. Perfect for night photography as there was no cloud and no orange sky.

DRS class 68, 68022 ‘Resolution’ headed the 2G13 Edinburgh- Glenrothes with Thornton service and it’s 2K14 return, while 68007 ‘Valiant’ was the 2L69 Edinburgh-Cardenden, which returned as the 5L70 Cardenden-Mossend Yard ECS.

Virgin Trains East Coast class 43’s 43208 & 43308 ‘Highland Chieftain’ were on the 1S20 London Kings Cross-Aberdeen service.

Here is a list of all locomotives and multiple units seen:

43208 43308 68007 68022
158708 158710 158724 158728 158729 158733 158738 158868 158870 170395 170408 170409
170413 170414 170430 170450 170451 170460 170461 170475 221124

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

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Inverkeithing

17:28

17:28

2G13

2

17:31

17:32

LH Passenger

Edinburgh-Glenrothes with Thornton

68022

Inverkeithing

17:45

17:45

2L69

2

17:47

17:48

LH Passenger

Edinburgh-Cardenden

68007

Inverkeithing

18:52

18:53

2K14

1

18:53

18:55

LH Passenger

Glenrothes with Thornton-Edinburgh

68022

Inverkeithing

18:53

18:55

1S20

2

18:55

18:58

HST

London Kings Cross-Aberdeen

43208

43308

Inverkeithing

Pass

19:16

5L70

1

Pass

19:15

ECS

Cardenden-Mossend Yard

68007

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Video Highlights form Carlisle

Here is a short video taken last Saturday at Carlisle. It primarily features the Winter Cumbrian Mountain Express, the first one of the 2017 season.

 

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21-01-2017: ‘Leander’, Carlisle and a Grand Day Out

A very early start this morning with a four a.m. rise for a trip to Carlisle to see the first Winter Cumbrian

LMS Jubilee class 4-6-0, 45690 ‘Leander’ stands at Carlisle on 21st January 2017 with the 1Z45 Manchester Victoria-Carlisle ‘Cumbrian Mountain Express’ railtour.

Mountain Express of the 2017 season, the 1Z45 Manchester Victoria-Crewe, hauled by LMS Jubilee class 4-6-0, 45690 ‘Leander’.

But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I arrived at Stirling around 04:35hrs in time to see the 1S25 London Euston-Inverness Caledonian Sleeper, hauled by GBRf class 66, 66743 (in Royal Scotsman livery) & class 73, 73971. The coaching consist was as follows: 9800, 6703, 10650, 10562, 10675, 10613, 10553 & 10551. This was closely followed by DRS class 66, 66421 on the 4H47 Mossend Yard-Inverness’Tesco’ intermodal.

I then travelled from Stirling to Glasgow Queen Street and then from Glasgow Central to Carlisle, arriving at Carlisle around 08:30hrs.
The early part of the day was quiet as far as freight was concerned, but the arrival of ‘Leander’ on the railtour, soon lifted interest. As well as the tour, there were a couple of ECS movements associated with turning the steam locomotive, so that it would be facing the correct way for the return journey. This was done on the triangle of lines to the south of Carlisle station. There was also an ‘insurance’ diesel locomotive on the end of the formation in the form of WCRC class 37, 37706. The coaching consist, which included three Pullman dining cars was: M17025, 3093 ‘Florence’, 99121 ‘Julia’,99712, 99350 ‘Car 350 Tanzanite’, 99351 ‘Car 351 Sapphire’, 99348 ‘Car 348 Topaz’, 99128 ‘Pamela’, 99318, 4905 & 99304.

West Coast class 37, 37706 stands at Carlisle on 21st January, 2017 with the 5Z46 Carlisle-Petteril Bridge Jn Loop ECS.

In the latter part of the afternoon and early evening, there were a few movements, including three intermodals and a triple light locomotive movement. (See the loco hauled list below for details).

In the evening, I travelled back to Stirling, arriving back just afte 21:00hrs, but I remained at the station until after midnight as there were a couple of freights and engineers trains. For the latter part, I retired to the warmth of my car to watch the interesting moves associated with the last multiple units of the night stabling and the ECS movements involved with that.
By the time I got home and into bed, it was after 01:00hrs, meaning I’d had a twenty-one hour day…and not a bad one at that.

 

 

 

The locomotives & multiple units seen were as follows:

Carlisle:
37402 37403 37706 66002 66014 66068 66075 66104 66110 66140 66533 66547
66620 68002 68018 70015 45690(Steam)
142087 142092 153331 156431 156443 156445 156448 156454 156462 156475 156480 156481
156486 156489 156501 156502 156507 156511 156514 185131 221101 350401 350402 350403
350404 350405 350406 350407 350408 350410 390001 390002 390007 390010 390013 390016
390040 390042 390043 390044 390046 390049 390050 390107 390119 390124 390126 390127
390129 390148 390152 390155 390156
DRS Kingmoor TMD:
37401 37602 37608 66304 66432
Glasgow Central:
91107
156430 156445 156501 156508 156510 314204 314215 314216 320307 320318 350401 380013
380106 390124
Glasgow Queen Street:
156457 170403 170411 170414 170419 170433
170455
Kingmoor Yard:
60076 66001 66095
Polmadie TMD:
08954 86401 92032
Stirling:
66421 66424 66426 66743 68004 73971
156513 158703 158709 158715 158726 158731 158732 158736 158738 158786 158789 158867
158868 170401 170413 170419 170434 170452 170459 170461 170471 170473 170476 170478

Here’s 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

Addit Locos

Stirling

04:53

04:55

1S25

2

04:53

04:56

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness

66743

73971

Stirling

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:16

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness

66421

Kingmoor Yard

06:59

09:58

6S36

n/a

08:28

Oil (E)

Dalston-Grangemouth

60076

Carlisle

08:36

2C33

1

00:00

LH Pass

Barrow in Furness-Carlisle

37403

Carlisle

Pass

08:40

0???

B

Pass

08:42

Lt. Loco

Tees Yard-Carlisle Yard

66002

66075

66014, 66068, 66110

Carlisle

08:42

2C40

1

08:42

LH Pass

Carlisle-Barrow in Furness

37403

Carlisle

11:37

2C41

1

11:36

LH Pass

Barrow in Furness-Carlisle

37402

Carlisle

Pass

11:39

4S43

3

Pass

11:31

Intermodal

Daventry-Mossend Euroterminal

68002

68019

Carlisle

11:56

2C48

1

11:56

LH Pass

Carlisle-Lancaster

37402

Carlisle

12:30

1Z45

3

12:30

Railtour

Manchester Victoria-Carlisle

45690

37706

Carlisle

Pass

13:11

5Z45

C

13:18

ECS

Carlisle-Petteril Bridge Loop

37706

46560

Carlisle

14:26

2C45

1

14:23

LH Pass

Barrow in Furness-Carlisle

37403

Carlisle

14:34

2C34

1

14:34

LH Pass

Carlisle-Barrow in Furness

37403

Carlisle

15:34

15:37

5Z46

3

15:35

ECS

Petteril Bridge Loop-Carlisle

37706

45690

Carlisle

15:52

1Z46

3

15:53

Railtour

Carlisle-Manchester Victoria

45690

37706

Carlisle

15:55

15:57

4M30

4

15:58

16:01

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66104

Carlisle

Pass

17:19

0C20

3

Pass

17:19

Lt. Locos

Tyne Yard-Carlisle Yard

66620

66547

66533

Carlisle

17:28

17:30

4S49

3

17:24

17:25

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66140

Carlisle

17:34

17:36

4S44

3

17:35

17:38

Intermodal 

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

70015

Stirling

Pass

21:21

6K18

2

Pass

21:20

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Montrose

66424

Stirling

Pass

21:51

6K17

2

Pass

21:52

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Montrose

66426

Stirling

Pass

22:39

4N83

3

Pass

22:35

Intermodal

Aberdeen Craiginches-Grangemouth

68004

And here’s my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Stirling

05:54

05:54

Glasgow Queen Street

06:34

06:34

170459/ 158732

1T02

29

24

Glasgow Central

07:09

07:09

Carlisle

08:31

08:26

350401

1M92

102

26

Carlisle

18:47

18:47

Glasgow Central

20:01

20:01

390050

1S78

102

26

Glasgow Queen Street

20:41

20:41

Stirling

21:07

21:07

170414

1A91

29

24

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18-01-2017: Back to the Future

I had a run out to Gourock today to have a look at the new class 385 Hitatchi AT-200, number 385102,

Hitachi AT-200 emu, 385102 stabled at Gourock on 18th January 2017.

which has been doing overnight testing on the Gourock branch and which has been stabled in platform two at Gourock station during the day.

The unit currently has temporary connections on each end for testing purposes and many of the windows are still covered. The driving cars have the ScotRail saltire livery, however, the two centre cars (it’s a 4 car unit) are currently in base blue with no vinyls. Internally, the unit is just a shell with only test equipment contained in one of the centre cars. Also of note, from a spotters point of view is that the set number is on the side, not the front of the train. I think it’s quite a nice looking unit, but the driver doesn’t seem to have a very good field of vision, still, I suppose the class 380’s are already like that.
Later, I travelled to Glasgow Central and spend a bit of time there knocking off units, before heading to Partick to do the same, then out to Cumbernauld, where I saw a couple of freight services and two Tamper moves.
All in all, a good day, and I’m happy that I’ve now had a look at an AT-200. There’s every chance that these things will be here for the rest of my life!!

Here’s a list of what was seen today:

Corkerhill TMD:
156467 380103

Cumbernauld:
60076 66002 66104 68024 DR73933 DR73941
156436 156456 158735 158740 170407 170454 318259 318264 318265 318270 320302 320318
320322 334016 334028 334034

Dumbreck:
314213

Gartcosh:
320302

Glasgow Central:
156430 156433 156439 156458 156476 156494 156495 156499 156500 156502 156504 156505
156513 156514 158716 158721 221124 314202 314204 314205 314206 314207 314208 314209
314210 314211 314213 314215 314216 320304 320308 320310 320317 320321 320412 350401
350408 380001 380002 380003 380004 380006 380010 380012 380013 380014 380016 380017
380019 380020 380022 380102 380104 380105 380106 380107 380108 380109 380112 390002
390006 390011 390103 390130 390157

Glasgow Central (L/L):
318250 320303 320315

Glasgow Queen Street (L/L):
320318

Gourock:
314201 314215 314216 380002 380020 380106 385102

Greenfaulds:
318264 318266

Greenock Central:
380012

Hillington West:
380002

Paisley Gilmour Street:
380014

Partick:
318250 318251 318252 318256 318257 318258 318259 318260 318261 318262 318263 318264
318265 318267 320301 320302 320306 320309 320312 320313 320314 320315 320316 320319
320322 320414 320415 320417 334001 334002 334007 334008 334009 334010 334013 334014
334016 334017 334019 334022 334025 334026 334027 334028 334030 334034 334035 334036
334039

Port Glasgow:
380106

Shields Road ETMD:
314212 320301 320307 320412 380009 380010 380015 380101 380110

Smithy Lye:
380002

Springburn:
318258 318259

Here 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

Cumbernauld 

Pass

18:51

6D84

1

Pass

18:45

China Clay (E)

Aberdeen Waterloo-Mossend Yard

66104

Cumbernauld 

Pass

18:57

6J51

2

Pass

18:58

Tamper 

Rutherglen- Aberdeen Craiginches 

DR73941

Cumbernauld 

Pass

19:12

6M34

1

Pass

19:08

Oil (L)

Grangemouth-Dalston 

60076

Cumbernauld 

Pass

20:09

5L70

1

Pass

20:04

ECS

Cardenden-Mossend Yard

68024

Cumbernauld 

Pass

20:31

4M30

1

Pass

20:40

Intermodal 

Grangemouth-Daventry 

66002

Cumbernauld 

Pass

22:04

6T47

1

Pass

21:54

Tamper 

Aviemore-Rutherglen

DR73933

And also today’s’ travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Cumbernauld

09:58

10:01

Partick (via Queen Street)

10:42

10:45

334038

2V49

18

03

Partick

10:49

10:49

Glasgow Central (L/L)

10:55

10:57

320309

2R24

02

12

Glasgow Central

11:14

11:14

Paisley Canal

11:30

11:30

314206

2D21

07

47

Paisley Gilmour Street

11:51

11:51

Gourock

12:27

12:26

380014

2G65

18

75

Gourock

13:38

13:38

Glasgow Central  

14:29

14:28

380020

2G48

25

62

Glasgow Central (L/L)

16:22

16:28

Partick  

16:29

16:34

318250/ 320315

2F01

02

12

Partick (via Queen Street)

17:58

18:01

Cumbernauld

18:43

18:43

334034

2V68

18

03

 

 

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15-01-2017: Larbert and Stirling

I spent a bit of time at Larbert today watching units. Even I’m amazed at how quickly I’ve seen most of the Scottish based multiple units.
You can see how well I’m doing by visiting my “Scottish Units, Have I seen them all?” on this site.
This evening, I headed to Stirling to, hopefully get a shot of 5Z16 Polmadie Car MD-Dundee Caledonian Sleeper ESC, which was supposed to stop in the station for a couple of minutes. Unfortunately, it hammered right through, so no photo. Some you win, some you lose.      

Here is a list of what was seen today:

Larbert:
43305 43313 DR73932
158708 158726 158728 158730 158733 158736
158739 158741 158786 158789 170407 170418
170419 170434 170457 170460 170474 170478
Stirling:
66736 73968
156447 156510 158736 158741 158786 158789
170406 170419 170460

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

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Larbert

Pass

12:26

6T46

1

Pass

12:31

Tamper

Dunkeld-Kilwinning

DR73932

Larbert

Pass

12:41

1E17

1

Pass

12:24

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross

43305

43313

Stirling

20:20

20:22

5Z16

2

Pass

20:24

ECS

Polmadie TMD-Dundee

73968

66736

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14-01-2017: Haymarket, Waverley & a Visit to Edinburgh Gateway

I traveled to Edinburgh with the aim of knocking off as many Scottish units in as short a time as possible, (see post for 07-01-2017).

DBS class 67, 67029 ‘Royal Diamond’ stabled at Edinburgh Waverley on 14th January 2017.
Apologies for the poor photo quality, the photo was taken on my phone.

I spent a few hours in both Haymarket and Edinburgh Waverley stations and I also took a tram out to the new Edinburgh Gateway station for a wee nose around and found that a road leads from the new station right down to the Gogarburn Tram Depot, so I was able to knock off plenty of trams as well

Here is a list of what was seen:

Alloa:
170474

Balgreen:
334008 334013 334026 334040

Edinburgh Haymarket:

43295 43307 43312 43314
158707 158708 158716 158721 158723 158727 158730 158731 158733 158734 158735 158736
158738 158869 170394 170403 170405 170406 170408 170409 170416 170418 170420 170425
170426 170427 170428 170432 170433 170434 170450 170451 170454 170456 170458 170459
170470 170471 170472 170473 170476 170477 170478 185104 185126 221119 221127 221131
334002 334003 334004 334005 334006 334008 334009 334012 334015 334016 334018 334019
334020 334021 334022 334023 334029 334031 334032 334034 334035 334036 334037 334038
334039 334040 380020 380102 380109 390124 390127 390134

Edinburgh Park:
170451 170476 334004 334006

Edinburgh Waverley:
43061 43064 43305 43313 67029 90048
91113 91129
158707 158708 158711 158714 158724 158728 158738 158867 158868 158870 158871 170403
170406 170414 170416 170425 170434 170451 170456 170457 170472 170476 170477 170478
185137 221127 221131 334008 334018 334019 334020 334023 334031 334034 334035 334036
334037 334038 334040 380020 390006

Falkirk Grahamston:
156513

Haymarket TMD:
156431 156465 156501 156510 158715 158731 158740 170393 170395 170409

Stirling:
156447 156510 158734 170473

And a list of the trams:

Balgreen (T):
257 266 270 277

Edinburgh Gateway (T):
251 265 271 275

Edinburgh Park (T):
271

Gogarburn Depot (T):
253 254 255 258 260 261 262 263 268 275 276 277

Gyle Centre (T):
270

Haymarket (T):
251 252 254 257 265 266 267 269 270 271 272 273 275

Princes Street (T):
252

Saughton (T):
267

West End (T):
272

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

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Edinburgh Haymarket 

11:12

11:14

1E13

1

11:12

11:14

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross

43307

43295

Edinburgh Haymarket 

12:20

12:22

1E15

1

12:19

12:21

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43314

43312

Edinburgh Waverley

16:08

1F03

11

16:10

LH Pass

Newcastle-Edinburgh

91129

Edinburgh Waverley

16:24

16:32

1S13

19

16:25

16:32

HST

London Kings Cross-Inverness 

43313

43305

Edinburgh Waverley

17:00

1E24

11

17:00

LH Pass

Edinburgh-Newcastle

91129

Edinburgh Waverley

17:10

1F04

11

17:29

LH Pass

Newcastle-Edinburgh

91113

Edinburgh Waverley

17:26

17:30

1E25

1

17:26

17:31

HST

Aberdeen-Doncaster

43064

43061

And here is my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Alloa

09:42

09:42

Stirling 

09:52

09:52

170474

2N54

06

62

Stirling 

10:07

10:07

Edinburgh Haymarket

10:59

158734

2P80

35

20

Haymarket (T)

14:18

14:18

Edinburgh Gateway (T)

14:35

14:35

251

TRAM

04

45

Edinburgh Gateway (T)

14:57

14:57

Gyle Centre (T)

14:59

14:59

275

TRAM

00

68

Gyle Centre (T)

15:27

15:27

Princes Street (T)

15:50

15:50

269

TRAM

05

25

Edinburgh Waverley

17:34

17:34

Alloa

18:42

18:42

158734

2P61

42

02

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