20180819 – Some You Win…

LMS Stanier class 5, 4-6-0, number 44871 passes North Queensferry, heading towards Edinburgh on the 1Z44 Linlithgow-Tweedbank SRPS ‘Forth Bridge & Borders’ railtour on the 19th of August 2018. The train was running around 162 minutes late due to a signalling failure. WCRC class 37, 37516 ‘Loch Laidon’ was on the rear of the train.

I headed for Fife this morning with the aim of traveling either to Dalmeny or North Queensferry to see the 1Z44 Linlithgow-Tweedbank SRPS ‘Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders’ railtour which travels from Linlithgow; across the Forth Bridge and around the Fife Circle, before heading back over the Forth Bridge towards Edinburgh and onward to Tweedbank in the Borders. These tours are steam hauled on the outward trip and diesel hauled on the return and run every Sunday in August. Today the steam locomotive was LMS/Stanier class five 4-6-0, 44871 and the diesel was WCRC class 37, 37516 ‘Loch Laidon’.

I had a bit of a late start and opted to go to North Queensferry, where I’d only expected to see the tour travel south, having completed the Fife Circle leg of the tour, but I was in for a big surprise. When I checked Realtime Trains at 10:44, I discovered that the empty coaching stock had not yet left Bo’ness Exchange Sidings for Linlithgow; where it had been due at 08:52; due to a signalling fault which had locked the points that connect the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (SRPS) to the main line at Manuel.

After checking Realtime Trains, I noticed that the train had finally departed for Linlithgow 156 minutes late, however, it had no sooner departed from Linlithgow when it had to stop on the Winchburgh Jn-Dalmeny Jn branch line for watering. This stop was scheduled and nineteen minutes are allowed for this in the timetable. It did lose more time though as it was 162 minutes late by the time it passed me at North Queensferry, heading towards Fife.


LMS Stanier class 5, 4-6-0, number 44871 approaches North Queensferry heading towards Inverkeithing on the 1Z44 Linlithgow-Tweedbank SRPS ‘Forth Bridge & Borders’ railtour on the 19th of August 2018. The train was running around 162 minutes late due to a signalling failure. WCRC class 37, 37516 ‘Loch Laidon’ was on the rear of the train.

I waited for the train to get around the Fife Circle and head back towards Edinburgh and the borders, by which time, it had made up around twelve minutes, though realistically, it was never going to make up enough time to get back to anywhere near it’s schedule. Full marks to the crew though for trying.

Once the tour has passed, I headed to Larbert and spent the afternoon there. I had intended to go from there to Polmont to see the ECS movements associated with the tour, but a quick check showed that the tour was some ninety minutes down, meaning a very late arrival. As I was early shift in the morning, I decided not to hang around and headed home for tea.


Locomotives & Multiple Units Seen:

North Queensferry:

158712 158716 158718 158729 158734 158868 170395 170396 170405 170407 170408 170410 170413 170418 170419 170427 170430 221111 37516 43295 43305 44871 DR73941

Larbert:

158704 158714 158718 158719 158721 158722 158724 158726 158729 158735 158738 158786 158789 170393 170394 170396 170404 170408 170416 170417 170425 170427 170428 170429 170432 170452 170454 170455 43302 43318


Here is the list of locomotive hauled services:

Location Sch Arr Sch Dep Headcode Plat Act Arr Act Dep Type Route Loco 1 Loco 2
North Queensferry Pass 09:49 1Z44 2 Pass 12:21 Railtour Linlithgow-Tweedbank 44871 37516
North Queensferry Pass 11:09 1Z44 1 Pass 13:49 Railtour Linlithgow-Tweedbank 44871 37516
North Queensferry Pass 11:41 6J51 1 Pass 11:20 Tamper Dundee West-Rutherglen DR73941  
North Queensferry Pass 12:04 1E15 1 Pass 12:05 HST Aberdeen-London Kings Cross 43305 43295
Larbert Pass 17:16 1S16 2 Pass 17:31 HST London Kings Cross-Inverness 43318 43302

20180818 – Linlithgow

Seen on a visit earlier this month, Scotrail class 385 emus’ 385104 & 385003 pass through Linlithgow at high speed on 4th August 2018 with an Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street service.

I didn’t really have any plans for railway photography today, but rather than sit in the house all day, I drove to Linlithgow to see some of the new emus on the Edinburgh-Glasgow line.

Only one pair of the new class 385 units were running, numbers 385003 & 385104, however, several of the hired in class 365 units were also running.

Multiple-units seen:

158716 170393 170396 170404 170405 170407 170419 170427 170393 365509 365513 365521 365525 365527 365529 365533 365537 380002 380007 380101 380109 380113 385003 385104

20180805 – Back in the Borders

It’s August again and the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) railtours between Linlithgow and Tweedbank have commenced. The tour runs on every Sunday in August; this year, taking place on the 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th. The outward route leaves Linlithgow and heads towards Fife by way of Dalmeny Jn and the Forth Rail Bridge, then doing a clockwise circuit of the Fife Circle before proceeding back over the Forth Rail Bridge towards Edinburgh before taking the Borders line to Tweedbank. The return journey is the reverse of the outward journey, with the only difference on the return journey being that the Fife Circle s traversed in an anti-clockwise direction.


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The outward headcode was 1Z44 and the return headcode was 1Z46 and the name of the railtour is the Forth Bridge & Scottish Borders”.

Motive power takes the form of LMS\Stanier class five 4-6-0 steam locomotive 44871 on the outward end of the train and WCRC class 37 locomotive, 37516 on the return end.

For todays outing, I caught the tour in two different locations. First of all I travelled to Rosyth in Fife for the clockwise Fife Circle and the crew of 44871 didn’t disappoint. The train hammered though the station with a full head of steam (see photos). 

I then travelled to Gorebridge in Midlothian to catch it on the Borders line section of the tour, and again, managed a pretty decent shot. After the tour passed, I waited at Gorebridge to get a shot of t the class 37 leading the tour on the return leg and was lucky enough to get a full sun shot of the tour in the classic position with the old Gorebridge station building in the background.

I really like this location and it’s one that I would consider using again for any special trains using the Borders line.


Locomotives & Multiple-Units Seen: 

Gorebridge:
37516 158704 170431 170432 44871

Rosyth:
37516 44871


Loco-Hauled Workings Seen

Location Sch Arr Sch Dep Headcode Plat Act Arr Act Dep Type Route Loco 1 Loco 2
Rosyth Pass 09:51 1Z44 2 Pass 09:51 Railtour Linlithgow-Tweedbank 44871 37516
Gorebridge Pass 11:59 1Z44 1 Pass 12:02 Railtour Linlithgow-Tweedbank 44871 37516
Gorebridge Pass 15:58 1Z46 1 Pass 15:55 Railtour Tweedbank-Linlithgow 37516 44871

20180804 – High Times

While I was away in Ireland, I missed the introduction of the new class 385 emus on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line, so today I thought that I had better catch up and spend some time photographing the activity on this line. My plan for the day go to Linlithgow however, I also ended up at Falkirk High and Larbert as well.

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I drove to Linlithgow and parked in the overflow across from the former St Magdalenes Distillery. this was the first time that I had visited since  the line was electrified and the first thing that I noticed was that the car park had gained a very high and very secure fence, which meant that it was only practical to take photos from the station platforms. I spent a bit of time at Linlithgow before travelling the short distance to Polmont, however, I couldn’t park the car there so I headed to Falkirk High.

There were several of the ‘hired’ class 365’s in use today as well as one pair of class 385’s (385003 & 385104). After a couple of hours at Falkirk High, everything was getting a bit repetitive, so I went to Larbert, where some different workings could be seen.

Earlier, while I was at Linlithgow, the class 385 pair worked through the station without stopping on the limited stop services. They definitely have a fair turn of speed about them, and at Falkirk High; where all E & G services stop; they were regularly arriving a few minutes ahead of their booked stopping times. The class 365 were also performing well, and, for fairly old units, they also have quick acceleration and a fair turn of speed.

Locomotives & Multiple-Units Seen:

Falkirk High:
170401 170470 365509 365513 365517 365521 365537 380003 380007 380104
380110 380114 385003 385104

Larbert:
43239 43367 156467 156476 158701 158709 158710 158721 158786 170393
170396 170402 170403 170404 170406 170408 170411 170416 170425 170433
170450 170451 170452

Linlithgow:
158710 158740 170395 170403 170404 170405 170450 170455 365509 365513
365517 365521 365537 380003 380007 380104 380110 380114 385003 385104

Loco-Hauled Services Seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Larbert

Pass

17:12

1S16

2

Pass

18:00

HST

London Kings Cross-Inverness

43367

43239

20180723 – Irish Trip Sightings List

Here is a list of locomotives and multiple-units seen on my recent trip to Ireland.

Irish Rail class 201 locomotive, number 233 ‘River Clare’ stands at Belfast Central on 21st July 2018 with an Enterprise service from Dublin Connolly.

Northern Ireland Railways\Translink:

111:
8112
201:
8208 8209
3000:
3001 3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011 3012 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3020 3021 3022 3023
4000:
4001 4002 4003 4004 4005 4006 4007 4008 4009 4010 4011 4012
4013 4014 4015 4016 4017 4018
4019 4020
Engineers:
5      8097 9428 DR73296

Irish Rail\ Iarnród Éireann:

071:
071 072 073 074 075 076 077 078 079 081
082 083 085 086 087 088
201:
201 202 203 204 205 206 207 210 211 212
213 214 215 216 217 218 219 220 221 222
223 224 225 226 227 228 229 230 231 232
233 234 238
22000 (Inter-City):
22125 22131 22132 22133 22134 22137 22138 22139 22140 22201
22202 22204 22205 22206 22207 22208 22209 22210 22211 22212
22213 22214 22215 22217 22218 22219 22220 22221 22222 22223
22224 22225 22226 22227 22228 22229 22230 22231 22234 22236
22237 22238 22239 22240 22241 22242 22244 22245 22246 22247
22248 22249 22250 22251 22252 22253 22254 22255 22256 22257
22258 22259 22260 22261 22262 22263 22264 22301 22302 22304
22305 22306 22307 22308 22309 22310 22311 22312 22313 22314
22315 22317 22318 22319 22320 22321 22322 22323 22324 22325
22326 22327 22328 22329 22330 22331 22332 22333 22334 22335
22336 22337 22338 22339 22340 22341 22342 22344 22345 22346
22347 22348 22349 22350 22351 22352 22353 22354 22355 22356
22357 22358 22359 22360 22361 22362 22363 22364
26/2700 (Hybrid):
2609
2600:
2601 2602 2603 2604 2605 2606 2607 2608 2610 2611
2612 2613 2614 2615
2800:
2801 2802 2803 2804 2805 2806 2807 2808 2809 2810
2811 2812 2813 2814 2817 2818 2819 2820
29000 (Commuter):
29101 29102 29103 29104 29105 29106 29107 29108 29110 29111
29112 29113 29114 29115 29116 29117 29118 29119 29121 29122
29123 29125 29126 29127 29128 29129 29401 29402 29403 29404
29405 29406 29407 29408 29410 29411 29412 29413 29414 29415
29416 29417 29418 29419 29421 29422 29423 29425 29426 29427
29428 29429
8100 (DART):
8101 8102 8105 8106 8107 8108 8109 8111 8112 8113
8114 8115 8116 8117 8118 8119 8120 8121 8122 8123
8124 8125 8126 8127 8128 8129 8130 8131 8132 8133
8134 8135 8137 8138 8139 8140 8301 8302 8305 8306
8307 8308 8309 8311 8312 8313 8314 8315 8316 8317
8319 8320 8321 8322 8323 8324 8325 8326 8327 8328
8329 8330 8331 8332 8333 8334 8335 8337 8338 8339
8340
8500 (DART):
8601 8602 8603 8604 8605 8606 8607 8608
8510 (DART):
8611 8612 8613 8614 8615 8616
8520 (DART):
8621 8622 8623 8624 8625 8626 8627 8628 8629 8630
8631 8632 8633 8634 8635 8636 8637 8638 8639 8640
Engineers:
704 722 728 741 742 743 744 781 790
900 0 005-5
Trams-Dublin (LUAS):
3002 3003 3004 3005 3006 3007 3008 3009 3010 3011
3012 3013 3014 3015 3016 3017 3018 3019 3021 3022
3023 3025 3026 3028 4001 4002 4004 4005 4006 4007
4008 4009 4010 4011 4013 4014 4016 4023 4024 4025
5001 5002 5003 5005 5006 5008 5009 5010 5012 5013
5014 5015 5016 5017 5018 5019 5020 5021 5022 5023
5024 5025 5026 5027 5028 5029 5030 5031 5032 5033
5034

20180611 – Thirty Seconds of Pleasure :-)

Colas liveried class 37 locomotive, 37521 leads the 1Q79 Inverness-Mossend PLPR train through Bridge of Allan on 11th June 2018. Colas livereid class 37, 37421 was on the rear of the train.

People who are not Rail Enthusiasts can’t always understand the pleasure of seeing a classic locomotive streak past at full speed, however, that’s how it is with me and class 37s’. 

Some of the earliest examples are now over fifty years old and this classic workhorse of the 1960’s & 1970’s still sees daily or regular use with some operators, namely DRS & Colas Rail.

I made a quick visit this evening to Bridge of Allan to see two of the Colas examples, 37421 & 37521 in action on the 1Q79 Inverness-Mossend Yard PLPR (Ultrasonic Test Train).

As soon as they appeared the camera started clicking in the hope of a decent shot as they streaked through the station. Thirty seconds later, they were nearly a mile away, ahhh… but it WAS thirty seconds of sheer pleasure.  🙂

Locomotives and Multiple-Units seen:

37421 37521 170403 170411 170452

Loco hauled Workings:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Bridge of Allan

Pass

19:56

1Q79

2

Pass

19:52

PLPR

Inverness-Mossend Yard

37521

37421

20180512 – Marathon Man

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ScotRail is having problems with the new class 385 emus, and in the meantime until the problems are fixed they are being temporarily replaced with former Southern region class 365 ‘networker’ emus.

I found out that some of these class 365 units which have already moved to Scotland we are due to be tested on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line overnight on the 12th of May. There were several overnight paths in the timetable for unit testing some of these were also loco hauled with several were scheduled to stop at Croy which isn’t too far from where I stay and so, for the first time in a long time I decided to do an overnighter; in this case at Croy station. It was possible to at least sit in the warmth of the car close to the platform and be able to view what was going on on either side of the station by use of the excellent Traksy app.

Things took a turn for the worst however when the first scheduled test train did not appear at its booked time of 01:16 hrs. At this time all the other test trains where showing as booked to run and activated on the railway system.

Over the course of the night absolutely nothing turned up. It was maybe just as well as torrential rain lashed the station for most of the night. The last of the test trains was cancelled around 04:15 hrs by which time I had at least managed to get some sleep.

It was then time to progress to my planned activities for the Saturday morning which entailed travelling from Croy down to Cumbernauld station and beginning my planned travels from there.

I was due to catch a train at 06:12 hrs to Motherwell however before that two freight services were due to pass, and on the way to Motherwell I also saw the Felixstowe North FLT to Coatbridge FLT intermodal service at Coatbridge freightliner terminal.

At Motherwell I saw the 1E03 Glasgow Central to London King’s Cross VTEC service quickly forward by the late running 1S26  London Euston to Glasgow Central sleeper.

My next port of call was at Rutherglen West Junction where I was due to see the

DRS liveried 57303 ‘Pride of Carlisle’, currently on hire to GBRf approaches Gartcosh on 12th May 2018 with the 5M57 Glasgow Works-Mossend Yard, conveying two former translator coaches ADB975864 & ADB975867.

5S26 Glasgow Central sleeper service and the 5B26 Edinburgh to Polmadie TMD services passing and heading to Polmadie with empty coaching stock.

I then headed to Glasgow Queen Street with the expectation of possibly seeing some more class 365 networker emus which were scheduled for training runs and were due to arrive at the station. Sadly, I was once again disappointed as the units did not materialise. Not even daring to sit down for one moment after an already long day I jumped on a low-level train and headed to Springburn where an empty coaching stock movement was taking place between Shields ETMD and Glasgow Works. The train passed as scheduled with class 57, 57303 ‘ Pride of Carlisle’, hauling ScotRail class 320, 320304 to Glasgow works for refurbishment.

My next planned move was to travel to Gartcosh to see two freight movements there. One of them involved the class 57 that I had just seen at Springburn and the other was the 6S45 North Blyth to Fort William loaded alumina train. The 57 arrived a couple of minutes early and was pulled up at a red signal at the end of the platform. it was held up by the other freight train that I had expected to see which was a bit slow leaving Gartcosh Junction. I just had time to run around to the opposite platform to get another shot of the 57, have a quick chat with the crew and photograph the Fort William train which was coming the other way and which passed before the 57 was able to leave allowing me to get all the wagon numbers on both services.

I then caught the next train back to Cumbernauld where my intention had been again to travel back to Croy to see another of the test trains however by the time I was back at Cumbernauld I had ascertained that the test train was not running, so I spent a bit of time at Cumbernauld before heading to Coatbridge Central in the evening to catch a late evening intermodal service. After it had passed I caught a train back to Cumbernauld where I had left my car, and after seeing one more intermodal service I decided it was time to head for home after being out and about for almost 24 hours.

While I was certainly tired by the days activities it was most definitely a very enjoyable day.

I noticed on my visit this evening to Coatbridge Central that a lot of work has recently been done in the station.

This included the resurfacing of platform two; foliage clearance from the loop line which was the old platform three; re-ballasting of the line that runs next to platform two; a new signal has been added to the south end of platform two (GMW254), and even the benches had been painted.

I saw few more animals today. First of all I saw a baby fox standing on the Craigmarloch roundabout as I drove between Croy and Cumbernauld stations early this morning and later, I also saw a deer in a field while I was travelling on the train between Stepps and Gartcosh.

Here is a list of locomotives & multiple unit seen:

Belgrove:
320417
Coatbridge Central:
90045 90049 318252 318260 320312 320413
Coatbridge FLT:
86613 86637
Cumbernauld:
66135 66140 66424 156432 156437 156449 158707 170418 318250 318251
318252 318253 318255 318258 318259 318260 318261 318266 320311 320314
320315 320319 320412 320416 334038
Gartcosh:
57303 66733 156449 158707 318266 320311 320315 320412 334038
Glasgow Queen Street:
156432 156492 158707 158724 158726 170395 170405 170410 170414 170426
170451 170456 170459 170470 380016 380103 380111
Glasgow Queen Street (Low Level):
318254 318266 320311 334010 334012 334034
Greenfaulds:
156449
Mossend Yard:
37254 37421 68006 68007 86604 90037 90040
Motherwell:
91117 92010 318259 318261 318268 320317 320414 320415 334008 390155
Motherwell TMD:
88007
Partick:
318254 318257 318266 320312 320413
Rutherglen:
318264 320305 320308 334008
Rutherglen West Jn:
73968 86101 92010 92023 156430 156462 156465 156512 185120 318268
320317 320318 320413 380101 380106 390123
Springburn:
57303 156449 158707 318250 320304 320311 320315 320412

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

05:11

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66424

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

05:30

4S49

2

Pass

05:21

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66140

 

Coatbridge FLT

06:22

 

4S88

n/a

06:21

 

Intermodal

Felixtowe North FLT-Coatbridge FLT

86637

86613

Motherwell

06:55

06:57

1S26

2

07:05

07:07

Sleeper

London Euston-Glasgow Central

92010

 

Motherwell

07:03

07:05

1E06

1

07:03

07:05

LH Pass

Glasgow Central-London KIngs Cross

91117

 

Rutherglen West Jn

Pass

09:26

5S26

n/a

Pass

09:21

ECS

Glasgow Central-Polmadie TMD

86101

92010

Rutherglen West Jn

Pass

09:38

5B26

n/a

Pass

09:42

ECS

Edinburgh-Polmadie TMD

73968

92023

Springburn

Pass

12:59

5Q07

1

Pass

13:04

ECS

Shields Road ETMD-Glasgow Works

57303

320304

Springburn

Pass

13:34

5Q07

2

Pass

13:28

ECS

Shields Road ETMD-Glasgow Works

57303

320304

Gartcosh

Pass

15:16

6S45

 

Pass

15:17

Alumina (L)

North Blyth-Fort William

66733

 

Gartcosh

Pass

15:20

5M57

 

15:09

15:18

Lt. Loco

Glasgow Works-Mossend Yard

57303

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

17:49

4H47

1

Pass

18:06

Intermodal

Inverness-Mossend Yard (Tesco)

66424

 

Coatbridge Central

Pass

20:13

4S43

1

Pass

20:14

Intermodal

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

90049

90045

Cumbernauld

Pass

21:29

4S49

2

Pass

21:27

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66135

 

And here’s my travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Cumbernauld

06:12

06:12

Motherwell

06:37

06:32

318255

2F05

11

60

Motherwell

07:15

07:15

Rutherglen

07:41

07:41

320414

2F07

09

51

Rutherglen

10:00

10:00

Partick

10:16

10:18

320305

2L15

05

02

Partick

10:28

10:29

Glasgow Queen Street (L/L)

10:37

10:36

318266

2V68

02

38

Glasgow Queen Street (L/L)

12:04

12:04

Springburn

12:17

12:17

320311

2V66

03

07

Springburn

13:54

13:54

Gartcosh

14:03

14:05

318266

2V50

04

07

Gartcosh

15:33

15:36

Cumbernauld

15:43

15:43

320311

2V56

07

30

Cumbernauld

19:21

19:21

Coatbridge Central

19:30

19:30

320319

2F17

06

36

Coatbridge Central

20:57

20:58

Cumbernauld

21:06

21:08

318260/ 318252

2C22

06

36

20180428 – Thirty-Seven, Forty-Seven-I’m in Heaven

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Off I went to this morning on the last assignment of a very busy week.  I drove to Cumbernauld and left my car there and took the train to Springburn.  The main event of the day was to see the Inverclyde First-Aider railtour which was running initially from Crewe to Eastfield Passenger Loop.  From there it was proceeding to Newton-on-Ayr before again heading south.

The tour arrived right on time at Springburn and was hauled by WCRC class 37 locomotive,  37685 ‘Loch Arkaig ‘, with class 47, 47772 ‘ Carnforth TMD’ on the rear.

I decided to wait at Springburn for the 6E45 North Blyth-Fort William loaded alumina train,  and while waiting I got a bonus in the form of Caledonian Sleeper liveried class 73, 73966, which was hauling some of the newly built sleeper coaches which had been on a trial run on the West Highland Line as far as Arrochar & Tarbet.

After 6E45 passed, I caught a train back to Cumbernauld. I spent a little time there waiting for the 4D47 Inverness to Mossend Yard ‘Tesco’ intermodal. After it has passed,  I had a bite to eat at the excellent Chinese takeaway next to the station before heading for home.

Although it was a busy week and at times I struggled with the early starts it was very enjoyable and satisfying and I achieved the majority of things I had set out to do.

Back to my ‘real’ job on Monday………..  🙁

Locomotives & multiple units seen:

Cumbernauld:
66129 66304 156494 158701 318252 318253 318255 318256 318258 318262
318264 320308 320313 320316 320318 320411 334012

Springburn:
37685 47772 66733 73966 156494 158701 170410 318252 318258 318262
320308 320411 334012

Here is a list of locomotive hauled services seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Cumbernauld

Pass

10:13

4M30

1

Pass

10:12

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66129

 

Springburn

Pass

13:09

1Z48

1

Pass

13:09

Railtour

Crewe-Eastfield Passenger Loop

37685

47772

Springburn

Pass

13:36

1Z49

2

Pass

13:33

Railtour

Eastfield Passenger Loop-Newton on Ayr

47772

37685

Springburn

Pass

15:01

5Z73

2

Pass

15:17

Sleeper Trial

Polmadie TMD-Polmadie TMD

73966

 

Springburn

Pass

15:26

6S45

1

Pass

15:26

Alumina (L)

North Blyth-Fort William

66733

 

Cumbernauld

Pass

17:39

4D47

1

Pass

17:33

Intermodal

Inverness-Mossend Yard (Tesco)

66303

 

And here is the travel log:

From

Sch DT

Act DT

To

Sch AT

Act AT

Loco \ Unit

Headcode

M

Ch

Cumbernauld

11:40

11:40

Springburn

12:02

12:02

156494

2J63

11

23

Springburn

15:30

15:30

Cumbernauld

15:50

15:53

158701

2J72

11

23

20180427 – Heavy Day at Holytown

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In a week of early starts today was the earliest start of all. My alarm went off at around 02:30 this morning and I was soon up and on my way to Holytown in Lanarkshire, arriving there around 03:40 in the morning.

Holytown is among the best places in Scotland to photograph freight due to its close proximity to Mossend Yard. It wasn’t too long before the place came to life with the first freight train passing me at around 04:08.

That was a very busy. Between 04:00. and around 08:00 when it seemed that there was a freight train every few minutes. They were probably more spaced out than that however at that time in the morning and in my state of sleepiness that’s certainly how it felt. Details of all the trains that run are specified in the table below.

Around 09:30 my friend Ken Browne arrived and he spent the biggest part of the day with me before leaving in the late afternoon. Ken’s speciality is taking very high quality video and you can see some of his excellent work on his YouTube Page.

Video: “A Day Out at Holytown”. (c)2018 Ken Browne.  (Used with permission)

After Ken departed, there was a slight lull in the proceedings and I managed to grab a half an hour’s sleep in my car which was parked next to the track side so I was ready to spring into action should anything untoward appear.

From around 17:30 it began to get quite busy again with several  freight trains passing between then and the time I decided to head for home which was around 21:00hrs.

Locomotives & Multiple Units seen:

66088 66165 66170 66548 66559 66716 66729 66733 67002 68001
68007 86607 86609 86622 86639 88005 88007 90016 90029 90035
90037 90041 90047 90049
156437 156442 156447 156457 156478 156494 156495 156501 156503 156507
156510 156513 156514 158712 158728 158730 158734 158735 158737 158786
158789 185149 221111 221112 318250 318252 318254 318256 318257 318262
318265 318267 318268 320304 320305 320306 320308 320313 320315 320316
320321 320414 320415 350408 390011 390112

Here is a list of the loco hauled workings seen:

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Pass

04:49

????

1

Pass

04:07

Cars (L)

Dagenham Dock-Mossend Yard

90037

90029

Pass

05:00

5K03

2

Pass

04:52

ECS

Mossend Yard-Edinburgh

68001

 

Pass

05:21

4S49

1

Pass

04:26

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66170

 

Pass

05:33

4S83

1

Pass

04:54

Intermodal 

London Gateway-Coatbridge FLT 

86609

86607

Pass

05:49

4M27

2

Pass

05:20

Intermodal 

Coatbridge FLT-Daventry 

90041

90042

Pass

05:55

4S88

1

Pass

05:28

Intermodal 

Felixstowe North FLT-Coatbridge FLT 

86622

86639

Pass

06:16

4M25

2

Pass

06:12

Intermodal

Mossend Euroterminal-Daventry  

90029

90037

Pass

07:09

4M00

2

Pass

07:06

Cement (L)

Mossend Yard- Clitheroe  (Castle Cement)

66165

 

Pass

07:35

6X51

1

Pass

07:35

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Carlisle Yard 

66729

 

Pass

09:53

5Z44

2

Pass

10:14

ECS

Polmadie TMD-Bishop Auckland West

66716

 

Pass

10:01

5K19

1

Pass

09:52

ECS.

Edinburgh-Motherwell TMD 

68007

 

Pass

10:30

0Z67

2

Pass

10:23

Lt Loco 

Mossend Yard-Craigentinny TMD

67002

 

Pass

10:54

6T47

2

Pass

10:49

Tamper

Rutherglen-Beattock

DR73933

 

Pass

10:56

4S99

1

Pass

10:53

Intermodal 

Tees Dock-Mossend Euro terminal

66088

 

Pass

11:21

0J69

1

Pass

11:36

Lt. Loco

Millerhill Yard-Coatbridge FLT

66548

66559

Pass

13:00

0M70

2

Pass

13:00

Lt. Loco

Coatbridge FLT-Millerhill Yard

66559

66548

Pass

13:40

4S43

1

Pass

13:02

Intermodal 

Daventry-Mossend Euroterminal (Tesco)

88007

 

Pass

15:18

4E99

2

Pass

15:11

Intermodal 

Mossend Euroterminal-Tees Dock

66170

 

Pass

15:34

6E45

2

Pass

15:27

Alumina (E)

Fort William-North Blyth

66733

 

Pass

16:10

5L69

2

Pass 

16:08

ECS

Motherwell TMD-Edinburgh 

68001

 

Pass

17:48

6L35

2

Pass

17:45

Cars (E)

Mossend Yard-Dagenham Dock Reception

90035

 

Pass

18:29

4M11

2

Pass

18:29

Intermodal 

Coatbridge FLT-Crewe Basford Hall 

86639

86622

Pass

19:08

4M48

2

Pass

19:08

Intermodal 

Mossend Euroterminal-Daventry (Tesco)

88005

 

Pass

19:57

4L81

2

Pass

19:52

Intermodal 

Coatbridge FLT-London Gateway

86607

86609

Pass

20:41

5K14

1

Pass

20:29

ECS

Edinburgh-Motherwell TMD 

68007

 

Pass

20:04

4S44

1

Pass

19:52

Intermodal 

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT 

90016

90049

Pass

20:56

4M30

2

Pass

20:54

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66088

 

20180425 – Short & Sweet at Camelon

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One of the reasons I don’t do this as a full-time job is that I actually like to spend time in my bed. This being said it was my intention to get up very early this morning and head to Falkirk Grahamston to see some freight there before heading to Camelon and then later to Inverkeithing.  Unfortunately hardly any of this materialised as I was feeling just a bit burnt out after my exertions last Friday Saturday and Monday.

I did manage to make it to Camelon, after a much later rise and I arrived there around the back of eight in the morning.

The first train to pass me that was on my target list was the 6K55 Millerhill Yard to Dyce engineer’s train. I was a bit slow getting out of the car and I felt myself rushing along the platform to try to get ahead of it to get a photo, and because of this the original photos  were a bit under exposed however with a wee bit of editing I managed to get away with it. The morning was punctuated by either bright sunlight or torrential rain showers and by around lunch time I had already decided that I would give Inverkeithing a miss and stay at Camelon.

As the 6S36  Dalston to Grangemouth oil train approached I got myself ready to take a photo only to be bowled  by a class 170 dmu coming the other way. Added to that the heavens opened and I got absolutely soaked. I thought to myself, ‘today is just not my day’, and I packed up and headed for home.

Locomotives & multiple units seen:

43308 43320 60026 66129 66548 66559 68016
156442 156446 156506 158715 158718 158730 158739
158741 158789 158867 158869 170394 170402 170405
170426 170434 170452 170458 170473

Here is a summary of the loco hauled workings:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Camelon

Pass

08:56

6K55

2

Pass

08:51

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Dyce

66659

66548

Camelon

Pass

10:36

5G02

1

Pass

10:31

ECS

Edinburgh-Motherwell TMD

68016

 

Camelon

Pass

10:40

1E13

1

Pass

10:42

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross 

43320

43308

Camelon

Pass

11:35

4D51

2

Pass

11:31

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Mossend Yard

66129

 

Camelon

Pass

13:10

6S36

1

Pass

13:09

Oil (E)

Dalston-Grangemouth

60026