A brief outing to see 75069, got there just in time to see 7714 heading for Bewdley and it wasn’t long before the steam from 75069 could be seen in the distance. Having a double chimney the exhaust is probably not as loud as other locos on this climb but it was certainly running well
2857 is seen departing, the next arrival is of 75069 working its first service train since a major overhaul after being taken out of service in 1994. 7714 and 813 were double heading the third service train.
This was one of the days I had planned to see a train at Small Heath. It was 57603 and running on time from Reading, so rushing round at home to get ready in time I made my way to the station just before 950001 was due, then after filming it I checked on the 57 and it was already through Tyseley!! It had missed out a couple of booked stops in loops, so I headed back home and didn’t travel on a train that day.
I had missed several trains on this route earlier in the month – they were either cancelled or ran early, but I was luckier today. 47815 was the loco I wanted to see, 59003 was a bonus, although I had seen it a few times recently.
45596 had a test run to Stratford and back in the morning, then a loaded test run to Leicester and back later in the day. The first clip shows it approaching Tyseley with support coach then on the loaded test run passing Small Heath with 47773 on the rear.
45231 was on a loaded test run from Crewe, running via Telford, and that was where I filmed it. I had planned to go to Albrighton but signalling problems meant all the trains from Birmingham were delayed – so Telford it had to be.
An hour at Kidderminster from 2.45 to 3.45 was long enough to see both Santa Sleigh Express trains on Christmas Eve. 33108 departed for Highley with 43106 on the rear at 2.45 then at 3.15 2857 arrived with 50044 on the rear. Not long after, the 50 headed back to the depot, just as the miniature Warship passed by. Finally as I headed back for my train home, 2857 was ready to propel the stock to the carriage shed and I just had time to film that before walking to “the other” station just as my train arrived.
This second post has a link to the video and 6 more photos of the locos seen. At this moment in time I won’t be adding photos of all the units as there were quite a lot of them, but they can be seen in the video.