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

 

20180424 – Supposed to be a Day Off

After the intensity of the last few days, today was supposed to be a day off. 

WCRC class 57 locomotive, 57601 leads the 1Z80 Edinburgh-Blair Atholl ‘Northern Belle’ through Bridge of Allan on 24th April 2018. WCRC class 57, 57313 was on the rear of the train.

However after doing a few domestic jobs I couldn’t resist a mid-morning run up to

Bridge of Allan station to see the 1Z80 Edinburgh to Blair Atholl Northern Belle .

The train passed me around five minutes early and was hauled  by West Coast class 57 locomotives, 57601 on the front and 57313  on the rear.

 

Locomotives and multiple units seen:

43257 43307 57313 57601 158733 170407 170409 170416 170417 170430 170451

And here is a list of the loco hauled workings seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Bridge of Allan

Pass

10:25

1E13

1

Pass

10:33

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross 

43307

43257

Bridge of Allan

Pass

11:28

1Z80

2

Pass

11:20

Railtour

Edinburgh-Blair Atholl

57601

57313

20180423 – The Circus is Leaving Town

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Yet another early start this morning as I headed to Dunblane to spend the day photographing the various freight and passenger services that passed through the station as well as the return journey of the Great Britain XI which was travelling from Inverness to Oxenholme.

Dunblane on a wet Monday morning was not really the place I wanted to be when I would have been happier spending a bit of extra time in bed. The weather wasn’t too great and most of the day was punctuated with either sunny intervals or torrential showers .

I wasn’t there very long before I saw my first loco hauled train of the day. It was the 4H47 Mossend Yard to Inverness Tesco intermodal.

There was an engineer’s working and some HST action and a lot of multiple unit workings before the main event of the day finally arrived in the shape of 45690 ‘Leander’ on the 1Z70 Inverness to Oxenholme working, part of the Great Britain XI railtour. After an entire days waiting, the train seemed to pass in seconds, and once again the circus has left town for another year.

Among the enthusiasts  photographing Leander, was a friend from the Falkirk area. He told me that the LNER\Thompson B1 Steam locomotive which had originally taken the tour to Inverness was running as the 5Z69 from Perth to Bo’ness Exchange Siding. I made my way to Polmont to see this move and right on time the B1, number 1264, its support coach and WCRC class 47 locomotive, 47237 passed en route Bo’ness.

The B1 was apparently being taken from Bo’ness to its home line, on a road transporter due to gauging issues.

This movement marked the end of what seemed to be a very long weekend chasing steam locomotives.

Locomotives and multiple units seen:
Dunblane:
43310 43319 47760 66426 66431 158704 158715 158722 158729 158730
158740 158741 158786 158867 170393 170395 170403 170404 170406 170409
170410 170415 170416 170418 170419 170426 170427 170428 170429 170432
170434 170450 170455 170457 170458 170470 170471 170473 170474 45699

Polmont:
47237 158702 158724 170393 170401 170451 170461 380020 380113 1264

And here is a list of the loco hauled workings:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Dunblane

Pass

05:51

4H47

2

Pass

05:36

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66426

 

Dunblane

Pass

10:23

1E13

1

Pass

10:25

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross 

43310

43319

Dunblane

Pass

11:51

6J51

3

Pass

11:46

Tamper

Rutherglen-Dundee West

DR73941

 

Dunblane

Pass

15:23

1Z70

1

Pass

15:27

Railtour

Inverness-Oxenholme (GB XI)

45699

47760

Forteviot LC

Pass

14:49

4A13

2

Pass

14:46

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Aberdeen Craiginches

66431

 

Dunblane

Pass

17:05

4D47

1

Pass

17:10

Intermodal

Inverness-Mossend Yard (Tesco)

66426

 

Polmont

Pass

18:44

5Z71

1

Pass

18:44

Lt. Loco 

Perth-Bo’ness Exchange Siding

1264

47237

20180421 – Kettlelicious

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You would think after yesterday’s trip to Beattock Summit, that i may be forgiven for having a lie-in today, however unfortunately that was not the case. I had a very busy day ahead photographing several steam locomotive movements among others. The Great Britain XI railtour was running from Edinburgh to Inverness and the SRPS where running the Forth Circle railtour, both of which involved steam locomotive haulage.

My first location of the day was Inverkeithing in Fife, where I arrived early enough to see the 1A25 London Euston-Aberdeen ‘Caledonian Sleeper’, hauled by GBRf class 73, 73969. There was also a steam locomotive movement at this location and this was the 5Z58 Joppa Straight to Inverness weight locomotive movement with 45699 ‘Galatea’ in charge. This locomotive what’s going to join up with the main Great Britain tour at Perth, where the tour would run double headed to Inverness.

As soon as Galatea passed, I had a quick drive to Linlithgow some twelve miles away in order to see the Great Britain main tour empty coaching stock working, the 5Z58 working from Bo’ness Exchange Sidings to Edinburgh what another steam locomotive in charge, the former LNER class B1, number 1264.

After another dash up the Fife coast, I arrived at Dalgety Bay, where the first train to pass was 1Z60 Edinburgh to Inverness. This was the empty coaching stock working that I previously saw at Linlithgow, now running as the Great Britain XI railtour.

While awaiting Forth Circle railtour, a couple of interesting workings passed at Dalgety Bay. The 2W22 Dundee to Haymarket ScotRail HST working which was for the purposes of driver training and it’s return working the 2W23 from Haymarket to Dundee.

Next came the main event of the day. The first of two circular tours taking in a route comprising of Linlithgow, the Fife Circle, the Longannet branch, Stirling, Alloa and eventually returning to Linlithgow. The head coach for the first circuit was 1Z29 And the locomotive was LMS jubilee number, 45690 Leander. I had seen this locomotive at Beattock Summit the previous evening.and she sounded in great voice as she passed me at Dalgety Bay. On the first circuit I also saw her at Cowdenbeath, Cambus Level Crossing & St Ninian’s Crossing near Stirling.

LMS Jubilee class locomotive, 45690 ‘Leander’ passes St. Ninians Crossing, south of Stirling on the 21st April 2018 with the 1Z29 SRPS Forth Circle railtour (first circuit).

I then headed to Burntisland to be ready for the second circuit however I had some trouble parking at Burntisland so I moved up the coast to Kinghorn. Leander now running as 1Z30, passed me there around 15:30, and from there I made a quick dash to Dunfermline Town station to catch her before she turned onto the Longannet branch. At Dunfermline Town station the station official mentioned that there had been a trespass incident in the Cowdenbeath area and that this was causing a slight delay to the train. There are always a few people especially when steam locomotives are running who seem to spoil it for the rest with their selfishness .Thankfully the train was not delayed for long.

I next made my way to Powiswood near Larbert, Which has a nice straight and where a good shot can be taken of the approaching train. This view however is soon to disappear under the new EGIP electrification scheme.

I then travelled to Polmont where I had a long time to wait before the empty coaching stock working for the tour was due to pass. This was the 5Z30 Dalmeny to Bo’ness Exchange Sidings working and was due to past Polmont on two occasions. The first time with a WCRC class 47 locomotive on the front where it headed to Grangemouth Junction to cross over onto the correct side of the line in order to access Bo’ness Exchange Siding. It passed Polmont station again very soon after this, this time with Leander in charge. A short video of Leander working through Polmont station is available on this page (below):

 

I finished off an excellent day by heading to Larbert to watch some late night freight and engineers workings.

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

Cambus LC:
158730 158732 170433 45690
Cowdenbeath:
158729 45690
Dalgety Bay:
43143 43146 43274 43285 43357 43367 47760 158705 158715 158726
158729 158731 158732 158733 158736 158739 158740 158782 158789 158868
158869 170404 170405 170406 170425 170431 170452 170454 170455 170460
170471 170472 220022 1264 45690
Dunfermline Town:
158724 158740 158782 45690
Inverkeithing:
73969 45699
Kinghorn:
43272 43306 158701 158736 158869 170431 170461 45690
Larbert:
60076 66002 66431 66548 158717 158731 170394 170407 170410 170419
170423 170434 170455 170457
Linlithgow:
47760 158714 158740 170394 170418 170459 380113 1264
Polmont:
47237 158722 158735 158869 170395 170403 170412 170417 170418 170432
170459 170461 380013 380102 380112 380113 45690
Powiswood:
156434 156512 158704 158730 158732 170393 170395 170417 170419 170430
170432 170433 170451 170474 45690
St Ninians Crossing:
45690 170470

And 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

Inverkeithing 

04:51

04:53

1A25

2

04:48

04:51

Sleeper

Edinburgh-Aberdeen

73969

 

Dalmeny

Pass

05:26

5Z58

2

Pass

05:31

ECS

Joppa Straight-Perth

45699

 

Linlithgow

Pass

06:36

5Z59

1

Pass

06:37

ECS

Bo’ness Exchange Siding-Edinburgh

1264

47760

Dalgety Bay

Pass

07:35

1V54

1

Pass

07:35

HST

Dundee-Plymouth

43285

43367

Dalgety Bay

Pass

08:16

1Z60

2

Pass

08:16

Railtour

Edinburgh-Inverness (GB XI)

1264

47760

Dalgety Bay

Pass

08:25

2W22

1

Pass

08:24

Driver Training

Dundee-Haymarket

43146

43143

Dalgety Bay

Pass

09:55

2W23

2

Pass

09:52

Driver Training

Haymarket-Dundee

43143

43146

Dalgety Bay

Pass

09:57

1E11

1

Pass

10:01

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43274

43367

Dalgety Bay

Pass

10:28

1Z29

2

Pass

10:35

Railtour

Linlithgow-Linlithgow

45690

 

Cowdenbeath

Pass

11:28

1Z29

1

Pass

11:34

Railtour

Linlithgow-Linlithgow

45690

 

Cambus LC

Pass

13:11

1Z29

n/a

Pass

13:21

Railtour

Linlithgow-Linlithgow

45690

 

St Ninians Foot Crossing

Pass

13:51

1Z29

n/a

Pass

13:53

Railtour

Linlithgow-Linlithgow

45690

 

Kinghorn

Pass

15:01

1S11

n/a

Pass

15:17

HST

London Kings Cross-Aberdeen

43306

43272

Kinghorn

Pass

15:36

1Z30

n/a

Pass

15:39

Railtour

Linlithgow-Inverkeithing

45690

 

Dunfermline Town

Pass

16:38

1Z30

1

Pass

16:42

Railtour

Linlithgow-Inverkeithing

45690

 

Powiswood

Pass

18:31

1Z30

n/a

Pass

18:29

Railtour

Linlithgow-Inverkeithing

45690

 

Polmont

Pass

21:18

5Z30

2

Pass

21:09

ECS

Inverkeithing-Bo’ness Exchange Siding

47237

45690

Polmont

Pass

21:41

5Z30

1

Pass

21:40

ECS

Inverkeithing-Bo’ness Exchange Siding

45690

47237

Larbert

Pass

22:46

6D84

1

Pass

22:52

China Clay (E)

Aberdeen Waterloo-Mossend Yard

66002

 

Larbert

Pass

22:51

4N83

1

Pass

23:00

Intermodal

Aberdeen Craiginches-Grangemouth

66431

 

Larbert

Pass

22:57

6K12

n/a

Pass

23:42

Engineers

Millerhill Yard-Stirling Middle

66548

60076

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