Three clips, in reverse order – the first clip is of 60096 on 6M51 Baglan Bay – Chirk log train, running rather late – much to the annoyance of Mrs. S who was at home anxious to get her beauty sleep! Next is the Tesco 4M36 Wentloog – Daventry with 66301, and finally seen much earlier in the day a training run using 153365 on 5T01 Tyseley – Kidderminster – Snow Hill.
After a mad rush to the station to see the 88 which ran early the previous day, I had to take it easy to see 66726 and 47712 returning to Crewe – so ambled out of the house before their booked departure time from Kidderminster. Unfortunately they didn’t run! I had been told they were on the exchange siding with 88010 on Sunday, but the working was obviously cancelled. All I filmed was 153365, which was a very unusual sight – don’t think I’ve ever seen a 153 unit run this way on its own. It was showing as 5T10 Tyseley – Snow Hill.
I know I posted a couple of photos a couple of days ago, but here is a link to the video. I don’t know if 88s will ever work a Berkeley flask run so this might be a rare clip of an 88 round this way. The working was 0Z79 Kidderminster – Crewe, following an appearance at the SVR Diesel Gala.
Checking a TOPS list I noticed 66213 was on a steel train to Round Oak, and I didn’t have a video of that Class 66 – so, a trip down the Junction to film it. I didn’t have time to wait for the southbound train, but that didn’t matter as I had filmed it before.
Following on from the previous update, the second video of this Pullman train is at Stourbridge. The timings at Tyseley were perfect, a local train followed the special which was booked into Rowley loop for a few minutes and so I was able to get to Stourbridge ahead of it. The opposite platform was rather busy with passengers & photographers, I didn’t want to get “bowled” so stayed where I was. At least I managed an approaching & going away video, which would have been impossible on the other platform as a DMU passed by. The people on my platform did get in the way a bit, but didn’t really spoil it. There will be more to come……..
The Golden Jubilee Pullman ran from London Victoria to Bridgnorth on the Severn Valley Railway. I filmed it several times & thought it would be better to have individual updates instead of one playlist. My first sighting of it was at Tyseley, it caught me by surprise when I was filming a Class 172 – but with a bit of a wobble I soon managed to zoom in on the distant Class 55. This is the first video, there are more to follow!!
A few hours at Northampton and my first Class 90 in the new Freightliner livery. Amongst the Class 66s seen were a pair on a “leaf buster” train, and mustn’t forget the Class 31 on a test train. From here our next stop was Tamworth, as 71000 Duke of Gloucester was due to head south & 47500 north to Carnforth. Also seen was a Class 86 in the new Freightliner livery and the RHTT as it returned south. Pleased to say the sun was shining as well.
I’m way behind with uploading photos of main line trains, but I’ll have a go at them later.
Went across to Dorridge to see this train, as I have done over the past few weeks. My train was delayed just outside Dorridge, as were the next 2 departures towards Birmingham. Seems there was a problem with the level crossing gates. I was worried that the Shakespeare might have returned via Shirley, but a whistle in the distance confirmed it was on the way. After the train had passed I caught the next Chiltern train to Moor Street, this was running nearly 20 minutes late, but I arrived in time to see the empty stock returning to Tyseley. Must try & get the photos sorted!!
On Friday, 37218 was used to move 4 Class 20s from Eastleigh to Crewe, the numbers were 20309, 20310, 20311 & 20312. I think they were destined for storage at Carnforth. They were booked to stop in the loop at Dorridge to let a Voyager, so that is where I went to photograph them. Quite a backlog of photos now, when will I get round to sorting them!!!