Daily Archives: July 26, 2009

Update 155. 31285 on 2Z08 Exeter to Derby RTC

31285 was working an Exeter to Derby test train. It was a loco I had not seen before, so suggested to Margaret that we take KC for a walk over Bromsgrove way. She knows there is always an ulterior motive to such suggestions & was not surprised when I explained a train was due “soon after 11am”.

I stood on the bridge as “they” had a walk around the nearby field. Thunder sounded in the distance but the rain held off, they were soon back on the bridge with me. Other people walking dogs helped pass the time as we waited. It was late – a Hereford trained passed under the bridge & I was expecting the 31 to be held at Droitwich for it, but in the distance I heard the noise of a diesel loco, it was the 31, soon the yellow of the DBSO appeared in the distance with the loco propelling. It was booked to stop in the loop, but did not slow down and went speeding by towards the Lickey Incline.

Task completed, head home for lunch, then Shrewsbury in the afternoon to see 76079, but you already know about that – it was in the previous update.

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One photo here, you’ll have to click the link to see what the others are!

Update 154. 76079 and 33207 at Shrewsbury on a West Coast Railway ecs working to Machynlleth

Friday 24th July and I was heading to Shrewsbury for the WCRC ecs working to Machynlleth. 76079 was hauling the train from Crewe, with 33207 on the rear. During the summer, 76079 will be working “The Cambrian” and this move was in readiness for the first run on 27th July.

Sunshine and colourful skies made for some good photos, see for yourself:-

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As usual, a photo included here:-

SVR 26th July

KC didn’t have her walk along the river today, as it had been raining, so straight up to the station. A train was due within minutes so a slight delay in buying our sandwiches. 42968 tender first with the Venturer diner heading for Kidderminster – then time for lunch.

Next trains to cross were 7812 northbound & 46443 southbound without stopping – either a charter or footplate experience.

The other 2 we saw were 4566 on the Limited diner, crossing with 7802 on a train to Kidderminster.