20181011 – Class 230: Clean & Green

The class 230 D-Train, manufactured by Vivarail ran a series of public demonstrations between recently on the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway.

The basis of a class 230 is upcycled former London Underground D78 stock, originally built by Metro Cammell around 1980. The rebuild by Vivarail retains the original aluminium bodyshells, frames & bogies with refurbished interiors, which include a USB charging socket at every seat.

When the D78 stock was withdrawn from London underground, Vivarail purchased 150 power cars and around 300 carriages for conversion into class 230 D-Trains.

The concept of the class 230 is simple, but ingenious. The third rail pickup gear and associated electrics are removed from a D78 set, which is then completely refurbished, inside and out before adding the relevant power supply to meet the customers needs.

Hover mouse over the gallery below to pause and view details about a particular photo. Click the photo once to open a standalone galley viewer.

Vivarail currently offer the class 230 in four different variants:

  • DMU: as a diesel multiple unit.
  • BEMU: as a battery electric multiple unit, which contains the latest rechargeable batteries. Vivarail is at the forefront of rechargeable battery technology.
  • EMU: as an electric multiple unit.
  • HYBRID: a diesel multiple unit capable of charging on board batteries and switching to battery electric mode when required.
Some video taken on my mobile phone of 230002 in action.

The unit on which was demonstrated at Bo’ness was BEMU 230002, which is the rechargeable battery variant. On the run from Bo’ness to Manuel, the unit climbed the steep hill between Kinneil Halt and Birkhill without any problem at all and showed very impressive acceleration capability.

Both inside and out, the unit is very quiet and Vivarail have made an excellent job of the external and internal refurbishments, which are to a very high standard, making the class 230 look like a brand new train, which, in effect it actually is.

Whilst battery electric trains are not a new concept; indeed, a battery electric multiple unit was introduced on the Deeside line in Aberdeenshire in March 1958; there is a world of difference between the batteries of then and now and the technology of rechargeable batteries has developed in leaps and bounds. The batteries in 230002 are in removable packs and can be easily removed for maintenance or upgraded as the technology develops. 

My opinion, for what it’s worth, is that the class 230 in battery electric form, is ideal for a short branch lines and could possibly be their saviour. It’s quiet, clean and green, and, in these days where environmental solutions are at the forefront of peoples minds, this innovative concept might just be the cost effective solution to removing older polluting diesel traction.

You can find out more at  http://www.vivarail.co.uk

20181006 – Chasing Class 314s

It’s almost the end of the line for the Scotrail class 314 emus’. With several already withdrawn, it was time to catch up with these old friends, which I’ve known all of my rail enthusiast days.

Here is a list of the multiple-units seen:

Blantyre:
318270 320307

Coatbridge FLT:
86609 86627

Cumbernauld:
158740 320308 320313 320322

DRS Motherwell TMD:
68006 68016

Glasgow Central:
156430 156431 156432 156435 156436
156437 156442 156447 156450 156465
156467 156485 156495 156501 156502
156503 156504 156507 156510 156511
156514 158713 158786 221102 221107
221112 221137 314201 314202 314203
314204 314206 314210 314211 314214
314215 314216 318258 318261 318266
318269 320305 320306 320309 320319
320412 320417 350406 380001 380006
380007 380008 380009 380012 380013
380014 380015 380016 380017 380018
380020 380021 380022 380102 380105
380106 380108 380109 380110 380112
380114 390002 390009 390045 390130
390151

Greenfaulds:
158782 318256

Mossend Yard:

66031 86605 86608 86638 90028
325007 325008

Motherwell:
320314 320320

Mount Florida:
314202 314203 314204 314206 314210
314211 314215 320309

Muirhouse Jn:
156435 156447 156467 156503 156504
156506 156507

Newton (Lanarks):
318261 320305 320306

Paisley Gilmour Street:
314201 314214 380001 380003 380005
380008 380013 380016 380019 380021
380102 380103 380109 380110 380116

Partick:
318255 318264 318265 318270 320308
320312 320317 320413 320416 334004
334005 334007 334015 334020 334030

Pollockshields East:
314203 314204 314206 314210 314215
318258 320309 320412 320417

Queens Park (Glasgow):
314202 314203 314204 314206 314210
314211 314215 318258

Shettleston:
78217 ADB968500 ADB968501 DR80215

Animals by the line side: this wee fella had a sprint across the line at Mount Florida, just prior to the departure of 314204 from the station. Lucky guy!!  😛

20180929 – Carlisle Overnighter & EMCL Diversions

I did an overnighter at Carlisle on 28/29th September, 2018. From 07:00 there were East Coast Main Line diversions, due to engineering work at Grantshouse and, in addition to plenty of freight, there was celebrity electric loco, 86259 ‘Les Ross’; steam locomotive 45699 ‘Galatea’ & Deltic 55009 ‘Alycidon’ on railtours. What a day!! I met up with my mate Ken Browne, who arrived on the Saturday morning to video the diversions.

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Here is an excellent video of the days events, made by my good friend Ken Browne and posted with his permission. Please visit Kens Youtube website to see some excellent rail-related videos.

Here is a list of the locomotives & multiple-units seen:

45699 37059 37069 37116 37175 37800 43061 43075
43208 43238 43239 43251 43257 43272 43290 43296
43299 43300 43302 43306 43307 43308 43309 43310
43311 43313 43314 43315 43317 43318 43319 43367
55009 57307 66006 66011 66546 66562 66563 66736
67010 68001 68004 68023 70805 70811 86259 86604
86614 86622 86628 88007 90019 90035 90039 90041
90042 90043 90045 90046 90049 91121 91122 91125
92028 92033

142018 142050 142060 153324 156426 156463 156469 156481
156486 156495 156502 156503 156509 158855 158907 185128
221102 221111 221112 221114 221143 325009 325012 350402
350404 350406 350407 350408 350410 390008 390016 390042
390045 390046 390047 390049 390050 390114 390118 390123
390124 390126 390127 390128 390131 390132 390134 390135
390136 390138 390151 390153 390157

Here is a list of locomotive hauled workings seen:

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Addit Locos

Pass

01:05

1S55

1

Pass

01:06

Mail

Warrington-Shieldmuir

325009

325012

 

 

01:26

3Q93

A

 

02:30

PLPR

Newcastle-Carlisle

37175

 

 

Pass

01:38

3J11

3

Pass

00:42

RHTT

Kingmoor TMD-Kingmoor TMD

37059

37069

 

01:44

01:49

1M11

4

01:44

01:49

Sleeper

Glasgow Central-London Euston

90046

 

 

01:50

01:52

6X77

1

Pass

00:31

Intermodal

Dagenham Dock-Mossend Euroterminal

90035

 

 

02:21

02:23

1S25

3

02:12

02:13

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness

92033

 

 

02:36

02:38

4M49

4

02:06

02:10

Intermodal

Coatbridge FLT-Daventry

90042

90049

 

02:49

02:54

6M34

1

Pass

01:54

Oil (L)

Grangemouth-Dalston

70805

 

 

Pass

03:07

1M16

4

Pass

03:58

Sleeper

Inverness-London Euston

92028

 

 

03:09

03:13

4S49

3

02:37

02:41

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66006

 

 

Pass

03:49

6C37

1

Pass

03:07

Timber (E)

Chirk-Carlisle Yard

70811

 

 

03:53

03:59

4S83

3

03:23

03:23

Intermodal

London Gateway-Coatbridge FLT

86628

86604

 

04:03

04:05

4S88

1

03:28

03:30

Intermodal

Felixtowe North FLT-Coatbridge FLT

86622

86614

 

Pass

04:14

6C32

1

Pass

03:00

Oil (E)

Dalston-Carlisle Yard

70805

 

 

05:12

05:17

1S26

3

05:07

05:10

Sleeper

London Euston-Glasgow Central

90043

 

 

Pass

05:16

6C33

1

Pass

05:10

Oil (L)

Carlisle Yard-Dalston

70805

 

 

Pass

06:34

0K66

1

06:51

06:54

Lt. Locos

Leeds Balm Road-Millerhill Yard

66563

66546

 

Pass

07:07

6C34

1

Pass

06:44

Oil (E)

Dalston-Carlisle Yard

70805

 

 

07:27

07:30

1E03

4

07:30

07:33

LH Pass

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

43306

43296

 

Pass

07:37

0C02

1

Pass

06:01

Engineers

Crewe Basford Hall-Carlisle Yard

68001

68023

 

Pass

08:00

6C35

A

Pass

07:35

Oil (L)

Carlisle Yard-Dalston

70805

 

 

Pass

08:11

4M27

4

Pass

08:14

Intermodal

Coatbridge FLT-Daventry

90045

90041

 

08:11

08:31

1S01

3

08:11

08:31

HST

Newcastle-Edinburgh

67010

91122

 

08:33

08:37

1E05

4

08:35

08:38

HST

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

43315

43272

 

09:00

09:05

1S02

3

09:03

09:06

HST

Doncaster-Aberdeen

43061

43075

 

Pass

09:19

6S36

1

Pass

08:50

Oil (E)

Dalston-Carlisle Yard

70805

 

 

10:02

10:04

6S45

B

Pass

09:57

Alumina (L)

North Blyth-Fort William

66736

 

 

10:02

10:22

1E06

4

10:02

10:22

LH Pass

Glasgow Central-London Kings Cross

91125

67010

 

10:11

10:14

1S03

3

10:11

10:14

HST

Leeds-Edinburgh

43314 

43239

11:05

11:08

1E09

4

11:05

11:08

HST

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

43307

43367

 

Pass

11:19

 

4

Pass

11:19

Intermodal

Mossend Euroterminal-Daventry

90039

90019

 

11:28

11:31

1S05

4

11:23

11:31

HST

London-Kings Cross-Edinburgh

43300

43310

 

Pass

11:40

4S43

3

11:31

11:35

Intermodal

Daventry-Mossend Euroterminal (Tesco)

88007

 

 

Pass

11:56

6Y31

B

Pass

11:56

Engineers

Pegswood-Carlisle Yard

66562

 

 

12:02

12:08

1E11

4

12:08

12:14

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43251

43357

 

12:14

 

1Z86

3

12:20

 

Railtour

London Euston–Carlisle

86259

 

 

12:26

12:29

1S07

3

12:26

12:29

HST

London Kings Cross-Aberdeen

43290

43317

 

13:07

13:09

1E13

4

13:07

13:09

HST

Inverness-London Kings Cross

43299

43319

 

13:08

 

5Z87

3

13:08

 

ECS

Carnforth-Carlisle

45699

 

 

Pass

13:17

6V38

4

13:19

13:21

Timber (L)

Carlisle Yard-Chirk

70811

 

 

13:30

13:51

1S09

1

13:31

13:35

HST

London Kings Cross-Edinburgh

43309

43313

 

 

13:32

1Z87

3

 

13:34

Railtour

Carlisle-London Euston

45699

 

 

14:02

14:06

1E15

4

14:02

14:06

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43238

43208

 

14:15

 

1Z44

3

14:14

 

Railtour

Willington-Carlisle

55009

68004

 

 

14:26

5Z44

3

 

14:27

ECS

Carlisle-Kingmoor TMD

55009

68004

 

14:42

14:44

1E17

4

14:39

14:42

HST

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

43239

43314

 

14:39

14:52

1S11

3

14:39

14:52

HST

London Kings Cross-Inverness

43302

43318

 

 

15:15

0Z89

A

 

14:59

Lt. Loco

Carlisle-Carnforth

86259

 

 

15:36

16:06

1S13

3

15:36

16:06

LH Pass

London Kings Cross-Edinburgh

67010

91121

 

15:53

15:55

4M30

4

15:55

15:58

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66006

 

 

16:15

 

5Z45

3

16:19

 

ECS

Kingmoor TMD-Carlisle

55009

68004

 

 

16:28

1Z45

3

 

16:30

Railtour

Carlisle-Willington

55009

68004

 

16:54

17:04

1S16

3

17:02

17:05

HST

London Kings Cross-Aberdeen

43308

43311

 

17:04

17:24

1E21

4

17:04

17:24

HST

Edinburgh-London Kings Cross

91122

67010

 

17:27

17:29

1S18

3

17:16

17:25

HST

London Kings Cross-Edinburgh

43296

43306

 

17:31

17:33

4S49

1

17:22

17:31

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66011

 

 

17:37

17:39

4S44

1

17:31

17:37

Intermodal

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

90049

90042

 

18:13

18:32

1S20

3

18:09

18:32

HST

London Kings Cross-Edinburgh

43272

43315

 

19:01

19:02

0M02

1

Pass

16:45

Lt. Loco

Glasgow Works-Carlisle Wapping Sdg

37800

 

 

19:04

19:06

1E25

4

19:12

19:16

HST

Aberdeen-London Kings Cross

43075

43061

 

Many thanks to Michael Wright; Ken Browne & Aaron Roscoe for assistance with some of the overnight workings.

20180928 – Carlisle Overnighter

An overnighter at Carlisle, prior to recording the East Coast Main Line diversions on 29th September 2018.

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The following locomotives & multiple-units were seen:

37175 57307 66011 66304 66517 66544 66622
66709 66951 86604 86609 86613 86614 86622
86627 86628 86639 88007 90019 90028 90039
90041 90045

142050 153324 156426 156439 156441 156442 156448
156469 156486 156509 158855 185128 221111 221143
325001 325003 325014 350402 350405 350406 350407
390020 390123 390127 390131 390138

Here is a list of locomotive hauled services seen:

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Addit Locos

20:34

20:36

4M11

4

20:37

20:39

Intermodal

Coatbridge FLT-Crewe Basford Hall

86604

86628

 

Pass

20:47

6K11

B

Pass

22:41

Engineers

Carlisle Yard-Grantshouse

66517

 

 

20:54

20:56

4M48

4

20:42

20:46

Intermodal

Mossend Euroterminal-Daventry (Tesco)

88007

 

 

 

21:19

3Q93

A

 

21:11

PLPR

Carlisle-Newcastle

37175

 

 

Pass

21:19

0C11

3

21:10

21:14

Lt. Locos

Leeds Balm Road-Carlisle Yard

66517

66622

66956

Pass

21:34

1S96

1

Pass

21:40

Mail

Willesden-Shieldmuir

325014

325001

325004

Pass

21:47

4L81

4

Pass

21:47

Intermodal

Coatbridge FLT-London Gateway

86622

86614

 

Pass

22:11

6M35

4

Pass

22:07

Cars (E)

Mossend Yard-Dagenham Dock

90028

 

 

Pass

22:26

6K12

B

Pass

23:57

Engineers

Carlisle Yard-Reston

66304

66544

 

22:59

23:01

4M30

4

23:14

23:17

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66011

 

 

23:04

23:06

6E02

4

22:43

22:45

MGR (L)

Killoch-Drax

66709

 

 

23:26

23:27

4S56

3

23:29

23:33

Intermodal

Crewe Basford Hall-Coatbridge FLT

86609

86613

 

23:34

23:39

4S45

3

23:37

23:39

Intermodal

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

90041

90039

 

23:56

23:58

4L89

4

23:51

23:53

Intermodal

Coatbridge FLT-Felixtowe North FLT

86627

86639

 

23:59

00:02

4S47

3

Pass

23:48

Intermodal

Daventry-Mossend Euroterminal

90019

90039

 

20180915 – Cumbernauld

DBS class 66 locomotive, 66080 approaches Cumbernauld on 15th September 2018 with the 4M30 Grangemouth-Daventry intermodal working.

Locomotives & Multiple-Units Seen:

66080 70805 156495 156508 170411 318251 318259 318260 318269 320310
320314 320411 320412 334020

Locomotive hauled workings seen:

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Pass

11:25

4M30

1

Pass

11:24

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

66080

 

Pass

12:27

6S36

2

Pass

12:27

Oil (E)

Dalston-Grangemouth

70805

 

20180902 – Croy

GBRf class 66 locomotive 66746 heads the 1H85 Edinburgh-Spean Bridge ‘Royal Scotsman’ luxury train through Croy on 2nd September 2018, running around fifty-six minutes late. GBRf class 66 locomotive, 66749 was on the rear of the train.

Locomotives & Multiple-Units Seen:

Croy:

66077 66746 66749 158714 158723 170401 170403 170411 170419 170423
170426 170432 170434 170451 365509 365521 365523 365533 380012 380013
380107 380109

Locomotive Hauled Workings Seen:

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Croy

Pass

14:56

1H85

1

Pass

15:50

Railtour

Edinburgh-Spean Bridge

66746

66749

Croy

Pass

15:13

0N30

1

Pass

14:44

Lt. Loco

Mossend Yard-Grangemouth

66077

 

20180902 – Changes to the Railreports Blog

Freightliner class 66 locomotives, 66550 & 66545 pass Carlisle on 1st Septeember 2018 with the 0M99 Leeds Balm Road-Carlisle Yard light locomotive movement.

Railreports is primarily a ‘one man band’, i.e. me, and, although I do have contributions from like minded friends, I still have to do all the writing, collating, photo editing and web page editing. Because of this, and particularly when several trips or sessions are close together, it is often difficult to write a blog for each one to the standard of past posts.

With this in mind, I have decided to streamline the blog reports, so that they might be posted nearer to the time in which they actually happen, (ideally within two to five days of the event).

Blog listings will now be more akin to actual reports as oppose to the ‘story telling’ model used in the past and textual posts will only be posted when there is news or as part of a larger general article or opinion piece.

The full list of changes (in relation to site visits), are:

  1. Textual story-type pieces about site visits will disappear.
  2. A full listing of locomotives and multiple-units will remain.
  3. A full listing of loco hauled sightings & headcodes will remain.
  4. If only one photo is available, it will be shown as a header photo, however, if several photos are available, they will be shown in a slideshow (as at present). The process of editing and captioning of photos, which I do to photo journalistic standard, is a very time consuming process and because of this, some slideshows may be updated at a later date. If a slideshow is updated, I will notify readers of this by means of an appended comment to the relevant post in the Railreports Facebook page. For people who do not have a Facebook account, or are not connected to the websites’ Facebook page, I may add a ‘recent events’ page to the website detailing photo updates etc., but this is still very much in the planning stage.
  5. Travel details will no longer feature as part of a general blog, although I will still maintain rail travel records and have plans to present this information in a slightly different format at a later date.

 

20180901 – Normal Service will be Resumed on the Twelfth of Never

Network Rail class 43 power cars, 43014 ‘Railway Observer’ & 43062 ‘John Armitt’ pause at Carlisle on 1st September 2018 with the New Measurement Train whilst working the Burton on Trent-Heaton TMD service.

I decided to go to Carlisle today. It wan’t really planned, but last night, after a fairly heavy week at work, I booked tickets online and headed this morning for the border city.

I left my car at Stirling, and before departing, I saw the northbound Caledonian Sleeper, which ran about thirty-five minutes late, and which was quickly followed by 4H47, the Mossend Yard-Inverness ‘Tesco’ intermodal.

The journey down to Carlisle was pretty uneventful except for the observation that many passengers don’t seem to understand how the seat reservation system works. They just pile onto the train and try to push people out of their seats, only to find they are in the wrong carriage, or at the wrong end of the train. It’s not rocket science…. I’d hate to see these people try to complete a tax return …  😛

Fifteen minutes into the journey, from Glasgow, people were still arriving in my carriage, having been at the wrong end of the train, (a Transpennine Express class 350 emu). The carriages were clearly marked with seat reservation tickets placed in the correct locations. I had an Advance Single (and therefore a mandatory seat reservation), and found my seat around ten seconds after boarding.

At Carlisle, I noticed that the footbridge between platforms three and four has had a makeover with new high visibility handrails and new tread underfoot, no doubt to comply with disability legislation.

There was a steady stream of freight in the early to mid-morning period, as is usual for Carlisle and there was a railtour from Norwich, which was top and tailed with DRS class 68’s. Unfortunately a few selfish individuals hogged the front of the leading loco, much to the disdain of the waiting photographers, (myself included), and in the end, they had to be  ‘persuaded’ to move.

I spent most of the afternoon in the company of a chap who had arrived on the tour and we had a very pleasant and interesting conversation on subjects wide and varied.


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Northern Rail were on strike again today, so there were no loco hauled Cumbrian Coast services. There was a very limited Newcastle service and a couple of return Leeds workings, but nothing at all to Whitehaven or Barrow-in-Furness.

This brings me to the biggest annoyance of the day. Not so much the strike itself. Everyone has their own opinion about that, including me, but my major concern was people who intended to catch connection services to Barrow, Whitehaven and stations on that line.

A bus service had been laid on for patrons of that line, but people still arrived dutifully at platform two, (the departure point for these trains), and waited for their train. If I had a pound for the number of people I re-directed back to the main concourse for a bus….

I understand that there may be political implications in asking the station staff (who work for Virgin West Coast) to re-direct Northern passengers, but why didn’t Northern have a manager, or at the very least, adequate signage to help their already beleaguered passengers to complete their journey, albeit by bus. It’s almost as if they want to lose the custom….

Look after your passengers Northern, or soon you won’t have any.

Locomotives & Multiple Units Seen:

Carlisle:
37425 43014 43062 56090 56113 57307 66023 66421 66545 66550
68016 68018 68034 70014 88003 88007 90019 90040 90043 90044
142019 142094 153315 156433 156436 156467 156472 156475 156480 156484
156491 156506 156511 158792 158796 158816 158850 158871 170472 185143
221106 221107 350401 350402 350403 350404 350405 350406 350407 350408
390002 390020 390042 390045 390050 390103 390104 390121 390126 390128
390129 390132 390138 390141 390151 390157

Carlisle Yard:
66063 66067 66533 66545 66550 66712 90035

DRS KIngmoor TMD:
37401 37403 57303 66302 66424 68007 68018 68033 88003

Glasgow Central:
156430 156465 156476 156477 156500 156511 158741 221106 221107 314202
314207 314210 318262 320305 320311 320322 350402 380007 380017 380018
380021 380108

Glasgow Queen Street:
156435 156445 156496 158738 170405 365513 365537 385003 385104

Polmadie TMD:
08954 73971 86401 390045 390050

Quintinshill:
66006

Shettleston:
ADB78217 DR73932 DR73933 DR80215

Stirling:
66422 67013 158722 158724 158736 158738 158789 170420 170428 170451

Location

Sch Arr

Sch Dep

Headcode

Plat

Act Arr

Act Dep

Type

Route

Loco 1

Loco 2

Stirling

04:52

04:54

1S25

2

05:16

05:19

Sleeper

London Euston-Inverness

67016

 

Stirling

Pass

05:45

4H47

2

Pass

05:25

Intermodal

Mossend Yard-Inverness (Tesco)

66422

 

Carlisle

Pass

09:19

6S36

1

Pass

09:29

Oil (E)

Dalston-Grangemouth

70014

 

Carlisle

Pass

10:13

4Z41

4

Pass

09:28

Intermodal

Kingmoor TMD-Daventry

88003

66421

Carlisle

 

10:13

5C48

A

 

11:10

ECS

Carlisle-Barrow in Furness

37425

 

Carlisle

Pass

11:40

4S43

3

Pass

11:41

Intermodal

Daventry-Mossend Euroterminal (Tesco)

88007

 

Carlisle

Pass

12:16

0M99

3

Pass

12:12

Lt. Loco

Leeds Balm Road-Carlisle Yard

66550

66545

Carlisle

Pass

13:17

6V38

4

Pass

12:56

Timber (L)

Carlisle Yard-Chirk

56090

56113

Carlisle

13:55

 

1Z72

3

13:51

 

Railtour

Norwich-Carlisle

68034

68018

Carlisle

 

14:05

5Z72

3

 

14:07

ECS

Carlisle-Kingmoor Sdg

68034

68018

Carlisle

14:30

15:23

????

B

14:15

15:00

NMT

Burton-Heaton TMD

43062

43014

Carlisle

15:55

15:57

4M30

4

15:30

15:42

Intermodal

Grangemouth-Daventry

90019

90040

Carlisle

17:15

 

5Z73

4

17:15

 

ECS

Kingmoor Sdg-Carlisle

68016

68024

Carlisle

 

17:25

1Z73

4

 

17:26

Railtour

Carlisle-Norwich

68016

68024

Carlisle

17:31

17:33

4S49

3

17:33

17:35

Intermodal

Daventry-Grangemouth

66023

 

Carlisle

17:37

17:39

4S44

3

17:37

17:39

Intermodal

Daventry-Coatbridge FLT

90044

90043

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