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1313 Malvern Link to Bromsgrove on 170514. This service ended up behind units that were meant to be going via Rowley Regis, however, were now not able to. This caused a delay of around 20 minutes to this train, whilst a decision was made whether to divert the train ahead via Bromsgrove or not, it eventually was diverted.

Would it be quicker to hook a bunch of units together if they are ging in the same direction one wonders? That way you only use one path or slot or whatever the term is ....

Different stopping patterns, the diverted units were going express to New Street, the train I was on was stopping at Bromsgrove, before heading up Lickey, it's better to give diesel trains a non-stop run at Lickey where possible!


Well, I've just returned home from a rather intense period of travelling, including all four days of the GBRf 2018 "Out of the ordinary" charity railtour, on which I had booked the Full Works package. Went something like this. As on previous occasions, any services involving new routes for me are in italics.

Wednesday 19th September
0646 Rochdale to Mytholmroyd on 153359 and 158850. It all started at Rochdale station on a chilly Wednesday morning. Fortunately the train was bang on time and no issues!
0709 Mytholmroyd to Leeds on 180107, routed via Bradford Interchange. On the peak-only Northern Class 180 service into Leeds, the set being borrowed from fellow Arriva company, Grand Central. This set also does an evening peak run out of Leeds.
1045 Leeds to London Kings Cross, pushed by 91109. My first ever run down the south end of the ECML, with only a couple of short sections having been previously travelled on. Paid for First Class on this, and it was worth it! The Veggie Chilli was rather lovely!
1321 London Kings Cross to Finsbury Park on 700036.
1338 Finsbury Park to London Blackfriars on 700140. Thought I would get the new Canal Tunnels in whilst in London.
1359 London Blackfriars to London Bridge on 700139.
1417 London Bridge to East Croydon on 377702 and 377614.
1442 East Croydon to Clapham Junction on 377157 and 377436.
1513 Clapham Junction to London Waterloo on 707010.
1532 London Waterloo to London Paddington on the Bakerloo Line. Had to head to Paddington to check into my Hotel, which was near there, to allow me to drop my bag off.
1628 London Paddington to Hayes and Harlington on 387156 and 387149. Decided to head out to Hayes to watch some of the peak trains in/out of Paddington.
1817 Hayes and Harlington to London Paddington on 345007. First journey on a 345, seems to have a decent balance of seats and standing space.

Thursday 20th September (Day One)
0722 London Paddington to Queen's Park on the Bakerloo Line. Or is it Queens Park?
0735 Queen's Park to Willesden Junction on the Bakerloo Line.
0747 Willesden Junction to Clapham Junction on 378204.
0855 Clapham Junction to London Victoria on 377342, 377306 and 377122.
0939 London Victoria to Bristol Temple Meads, hauled by 66782. Ran via Tulse Hill, Woking, Salisbury, Westbury and Bath to Bristol, with 73963 and 73961 hauled on the back.
1340 Bristol Temple Meads to Pengam Receptions, hauled by 73963 and 73961. Ran via Avonmouth.
1532 Pengam Receptions to Llynfi Junction (Signal PT3028), hauled by 66766. Ran via Pontyclun (mainline). Originally, the tour was meant to go into Cardiff Celsa Steelworks, however this was changed late on due to Celsa withdrawing permission onto their site for the tour. Instead, we went up to Llynfi Junction (just beyond Bridgend) with an extra 66 thrown in to compensate. 73963 and 73961 were hauled on the back.
1628 Llynfi Junction (Signal PT3028) to Didcot West End (Signal SB924), hauled by 73963 and 73961. Ran via Pontyclun, Lydney, Gloucester, Kemble and Swindon, with a stop in the Pengam Receptions to drop 66766 back off.
2016 Didcot West End (Signal SB924) to London Paddington, hauled by 87002. The first ever AC Locomotive hauled passenger train to run down the Great Western Mainline into the Brunel's Paddington station.

Friday 21st September (Day Two and Day N)
0553 London Paddington to Euston Square on the Circle Line.
0708 London Euston to Wellingborough Up Yard, hauled by 20311 and 20132. Ran via Bletchley and Bedford, with 66728 was hauled on the back.
0939 Wellingborough Up Yard to West Hampstead Thameslink (Run-round Loop), hauled by 66728. Ran via the Wymington Deviation and the Hendon Flyover, with the two Class 20s hauled on the back.
1137 West Hampstead Thameslink to Tonbridge West Yard, hauled by 20311 and 20132. Ran via Dudding Hill, Kew East Jn, Longhedge Jn (under the London-end approached to Clapham Jn), Nunhead, Bexleyheath, Dartford and Maidstone West. 66728 was left on the back.
1532 Tonbridge West Yard to Tonbridge Signal AD168X, hauled by 73107 and 73141, which remained with us for the rest of the tour (saves me typing them 10/15 more times!). This was advertised as going to the Tonbridge Royal Mail Terminal, which we passed shortly before reversing on the main just beyond there. The two 20s were again on the back.
1548 Tonbridge Signal AD168X to Acton Lane Receptions, hauled by 20311 and 20132. Ran via Otford, Beckenham Junction and Kensington Olympia. We had originally been booked to run via Hither Green, but due to a 15/20 minute delay, we were diverted via the more direct route. At Acton Lane, we swapped for some tanking of the stock, and a loco swap, with the 20s being replaced.
1823 Acton Lane Receptions to London Waterloo International hauled by 73107 and 73141. Ran into P20, which, whilst now in use as part of (ordinary) Waterloo, I'm classing as the International station as it once was! 92033 was hauled on the rear. This marked the last move of Day 2, before the beginning of the overnighter.
1930 London Waterloo International to Blackpool North, hauled by 92033. Ran via Kensington Olympia, Northampton, the Crewe Independent Lines and Preston. First time for me going around the Independent Lines at Crewe, which was rather neat! This was also the first visit of an AC Locomotive to Blackpool North.

Saturday 22nd September (Day N and Day 3)
0120 Blackpool North to Preston, hauled by 73107 and 73141.
0159 Preston to Motherwell, hauled by 92033 via the WCML. This marked the last move of Day N (the overnighter).
0454 Motherwell to Mossend Up Yard, hauled by 92033. During the stop in Mossend, the Class 92 was detached, a Class 73 was ran-around and a Class 56 attached.
0533 Mossend Up Yard to Fort William Jn, hauled by 56113 and 73141. Ran via Glasgow Queen Street Low Level and Anniesland. The Class 56 was detached at Fort William Jn to allow it to be able to get onto the other end of the train for the return. I believe this was also the first arrival of a Class 56 on a passenger train to Fort William.
1055 Fort William Jn to Fort William, hauled by 73141 on it's own. Only a short run into the station. When in the station, 2 and a half carriages, and the rear 73 did not fit onto the platform. The 73 and two carriages were detached, and shunted into the siding to allow 2 Scotrail services to use the other platform. The 56 was also attached during this time.
1257 Fort William to Mossend Up Yard hauled by 56113 and 73107. Ran via Anniesland, Glasgow Central Low Level and Hamilton Central. Again, at Mossend the Class 73 was ran around.
1910 Mossend Up Yard to Rosyth Goods Loop hauled by 56113. This ran via Cumbernauld, Falkirk Grahamston and Dalmeny Jn. Rather cool to have a Class 56 over the Forth Bridge!
2117 Rosyth Goods Loop to Edinburgh Waverley, hauled by 73141 and 73107. 56113 remained on the rear, being hauled.
2219 Edinburgh Waverley to Glasgow Central hauled by 90041, which had been seen a couple times previous in the trip, and became an obvious candidate for the move. Ran via Cumbernauld, Coatbridge Central and Carmyle.

Sunday 23rd September (Day 4)
0810 Glasgow Central to Paisley St. James, hauled by 73107 and 73141, with 47749 being hauled on the rear. Originally, we had been scheduled to visit Paisley Canal, however, due to difficulties in arranging an Isolation for the line, our routing was changed to Paisley St. James instead.
0827 Paisley St. James to Polmadie Down Holding Sidings, hauled by 47749. Ran via the usually freight-only route from Shields Jn to Terminus Jn.
0925 Polmadie Down Holding Sidings to Glasgow Central, hauled by 73107 and 73141. The Class 47 remained on the rear for this.
0957 Glasgow Central to Carlisle, hauled by 47749. Ran via Mount Florida, Uddingston and the WCML. We had originally been due to go via the G&SW route, however, this was amended to go via the WCML instead due to issues with the G&SW route.
1212 Carlisle to Crewe, hauled by 86637 and 86639.
1500 Crewe to Hanwell Bridge Goods Loop, hauled by 50007 and 50049 (in disguise as 50011 and 50006 (I think those are the right way around)). Ran via Shrewsbury, Bescot, Aston, Coventry, Banbury, High Wycombe and Castle Bar Park. Decent run, the long way around! Crewe was rather chaotic with all the enthusiasts trying to take pictures of the train.
2010 Hanwell Bridge Goods Loop to London Paddington, hauled by 73107 and 73141, with the 50s on the rears. And so marked the end of the tour, this time with a pair of Class 73/1s on the blocks at Paddington.

A couple of words about the tour. It was a brilliant experience, if somewhat tiring. The on-board staff, were absolutely brilliant with us, and 4 of them stayed with us for each day of the tour, so fair play to those four! The food provided was brilliant so top marks to the Chef too! Whilst there was a couple of issues, nothing major happened (having not long passed Abington before the Wires came down on Saturday morning!). We had left London Victoria on Day one 4 minutes late, and arrived at Paddington on Day four just 5 minutes late, so to only lose 1 minute throughout the entire tour isn't bad!

Monday 24th September
0829 London Paddington to Ealing Broadway on 387166 and 387156.
0855 Ealing Broadway to West Ealing on 345013.
0927 West Ealing to Greenford on 165133.
0940 Greenford to South Ruislip on the Central Line.
1057 South Ruislip to North Acton on 165019. Was trying to do the once-daily train between South Ruislip and London Paddington, to get in that line, however, just beyond North Acton (on the adjacent Tube line), the train developed a fault with it's AWS in the leading end, and so we could not proceed. We were instead able to return to South Ruislip, as the rear end was still working.
1131 North Acton to South Ruislip on 165019.
1209 South Ruislip to Oxford Circus on the Central Line.
1244 Oxford Circus to Kings Cross St Pancras on the Victoria Line.
1403 London Kings Cross to Leeds, hauled by 91104. Again, in First Class, where I had the (Gourmet) Sausage Roll, which was rather lovely. The First Class on this service was rather busy, with no free seats in my carriage.
1620 Leeds to Rochdale on 150120 and 150106, running via Mirfield and Brighouse.

All in all, I estimate I travelled a total of 2,500 to 3,000 miles, over 2,000 miles on the railtour itself, with 22 (provided I can count) different classes of trains travelled on or hauled by.

Also, apologies for the Wall of Text :lol:

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So, October is almost over, and I don't think I'll be doing anymore travelling this month, so here's my travel report for October! I did do a little bit of travel on the 30th September, but nothing too interesting, just the Penistone and Ilkley lines in Yorkshire.

Saturday 6th October
0726 Manchester Piccadilly to Glasgow Central on 350405. The first reasonably timed Glasgow train from Manchester in a morning (you'll see what I mean later). A nice comfortable journey on a 350, up in First Class on a cheap advanced ticket found on the Thursday (70p cheaper to go First Class than get a standard class off-peak return on the day!).
1115 Glasgow Central to Cathcart, via Maxwell Park, on 318258.
1147 Cathcart to Neilston on 314211 and 314202. One of the reasons I went up to Scotland was to travel on a 314, as I'd never travelled on one before, and they are due to be withdrawn soon. Also my first run up to Neilston, having not done a previous railtour I was on up the route.
1228 Neilston to Glasgow Central on 314202 and 314211.
1308 Glasgow Central Low Level to Milngavie on 320301. My first run to Milngavie.
1340 Milngavie to Glasgow Central Low Level on 320301 and 320307. On arrival at Milngavie, we coupled up to 320307.
1418 Glasgow Central to Ardrossan Harbour on 380020. My first run on a 380, and my first journey on the Ardrossan Harbour line. The 380s seem rather pleasant trains, with comfortable enough seating. My main problem is the weird half table things they have.
1536 Ardrossan Harbour to Glasgow Central on 380020.
1648 Glasgow Central to East Kilbride on 156503 and 156507. Another new route on the trip.
1728 East Kilbride to Glasgow Central on 156507 and 156503.
1847 Glasgow Central to Manchester Piccadilly on 350405 (again - my most travelled 350 now!). Another journey in First Class, on the cheap advanced deal I found. This train took me by surprise when I noticed we were going via Holytown, as I hadn't looked at the schedule beforehand, turned out it was the normal WTT routing. Further down the WCML, we were put into Abington Up Loop due to our early running, to allow a delayed Virgin service from Edinburgh to pass us. This worked out well for a group that got on at Carlisle, as they would have missed their connection otherwise!

Saturday 13th October
0755 Manchester Piccadilly to Stafford on 390103. Due to a person being hit by a train between Wilmslow and Crewe, this train was diverted from it's usual route via Crewe to run via Stoke instead, calling additionally at Stafford. As I was trying to get to Crewe at the time, this was the best alternative I had to get there.
0910 Stafford to Crewe on 350266.
0940 Crewe to Llandudno, The North Wales Coast Class Forty railtour, hauled by 40013 (running as D213). I made my connection to the railtour with just 6 minutes to spare, so was quite fortunate there! I was rather thankful I had decided to get into Manchester early on the day as a result. The railtour was never supposed to go to Llandudno, instead meant to go to Blaenau Ffestiniog, however, due to flooding on the route, we were unable to proceed with the original plan, so a move to Llandudno was the alternative. 47853 (running as 1733) was on the rear.
1415 Llandudno to Llandudno Junction, hauled by 47853.
1430 Llandudno Junction to Holyhead, hauled by 40013. My first run beyond Llandudno Junction on the North Wales Coast, on what was an awful day weather wise. Upon Arrival on Holyhead we had a 1 hour 45 minute break, so I explored what was at Holyhead. The answer....? Nothing! Just the port, where the next sailing was over 6 hours away.
1715 Holyhead to Crewe, hauled by 40013. The 40 performed very well throughout the tour, and we got some good high speed running during the return.
2012 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 390119, running via Stockport.

Friday 19th October
1552 Manchester Piccadilly to Warrington Bank Quay on 175009. A very busy 2-car train.
1728 Warrington Bank Quay to Chester, hauled by 67020. A less busy 4-car loco-hauled service, was able to get a seat on this one.
2005 Chester to Rhyl, hauled by 67014. The second loco-hauled diagram that Transport for Wales operate, this being the Cardiff to Holyhead service. This was very quiet by comparison to the earlier two trains.
2055 Rhyl to Chester on 221110.
2201 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly, via Altrincham, on 142011. This was the main reason for the run out,as two 142s that I needed for travel were allocated to this. However, we left Chester without the second unit, so it was slightly disappointing!

Monday 22nd October
1725 Newton Heath and Moston to Manchester Victoria on M5000 trams 3084 and 3119. Having gotten a bus to Newton Heath, I was hoping to get to Victoria in time for the Class 142 that I had missed the previous Friday. Unfortunately, as the bus prior didn't turn up, and the one before that ran early, meaning I missed it, I was too late to make it!
1742 Manchester Victoria to Manchester Piccadilly on M5000 tram 3008.
1801 Manchester Piccadilly to Salford Crescent on 185132 and 185133. 2 of the 4 185s that are sub-leased to Northern on a daily basis to do services to places like Barrow-in-Furness. Sat in the declassified First Class on this, with the refurbished First Class looking rather lovely.
1836 Salford Crescent to Manchester Piccadilly on 150276 and 142007.
1919 Manchester Piccadilly to Marple on 142091 and 142038.
2008 Marple to Manchester Piccadilly on 150127 and 142009.

Saturday 27th October
0454 Manchester Piccadilly to Motherwell on 350409 and 350407. 350407 was dropped off at Preston to then run ECS to Lancaster and start at Manchester bound service from there. This was the less reasonably timed Glasgow service I mentioned earlier! Again, in First Class on this train with a cheap advanced single booked the Thursday before again!
0817 Motherwell to Lanark, via Shieldmuir and Wishaw, on 318268. My first time on the Lanark route.
0853 Lanark to Glasgow Central, via Wishaw, Shieldmuir, Motherwell and Bellshill, on 318268. Got me a curve that I hadn't travelled on before in.
1006 Glasgow Central to Patterton on 314211. Another couple of 314s were had for travel!
1034 Patterton to Cathcart on 314207 and 314210.
1047 Cathcart to Patterton on 314209 and 314208.
1104 Patterton to Glasgow Central on 314211.
1145 Glasgow Central to Newton, via Maxwell Park, on 320414. Ran via the final side of the triangle at Cathcart that I hadn't travelled on before.
1223 Newton to Argyle Street on 320305 and 318261.
I had intended on getting the 1300 from Glasgow Queen Street to Croy, in order to meet a pair of Class 385s. However, this was cancelled, so instead, I decided to waste time until the 1400.
1256 Buchanan Street to Hillhead on the Glasgow Underground Inner Circle. The set was formed of 125, 203 and 106.
1304 Hillhead to Partick on the Glasgow Underground Inner Circle. The set was formed of 129, 204 and 113.
1311 Partick to Bellgrove on 334021 and 334033.
1338 Bellgrove to Glasgow Queen Street Low Level on 334018.
1400 Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh Waverley on 385104 and 385009. My first ever run on a 385, they seem to be decent trains, fairly okay ride wise (I was sat above the bogie). The seats are standard DfT spec seats that are currently about so rather awful. The main issue I had with them is squeaky brakes!
1515 Edinburgh Waverley to Falkirk High on 385016 and 385103. The only other pair of 385s out on the day.
1557 Falkirk High to Glasgow Queen Street on 365509 and 365513. A pair of lost "Happy Trains", they seem to be doing a rather decent job in Scotland. I'm sure Geo Ghost may have driven these a couple of times!
1635 Glasgow Central to Paisley Gilmour Street on 314215.
1652 Paisley Gilmour Street to Glasgow Central on 380105.
1712 Glasgow Central to Paisley Canal on 314203.
1735 Paisley Canal to Glasgow Central on 314203. The final 314 journey of the day, and the final "new to travel" 314 of the trip, with 7 out of 16 of them travelled on the trip.
1826 Glasgow Central to Greenock Central on 380016. The last trip of the day.

Sunday 28th October
0800 Greenock West to Gourock on 314210 and 314207. Despite Greenock Central being the closest station to where I was staying, it's ticket office didn't open until 0930, whist Greenock West's opened at 0755, so it was a nice chilled walk to the station. On arrival at Gourock, I had some beautiful views over the Clyde towards Helensburgh, Dunoon, etc.
0823 Gourock to Paisley Gilmour Street on 314207 and 314210.
0910 Paisley Gilmour Street to Kilwinning on 380114. On arrival at Kilwinning, I was able to see one of the MPVs I occasionally plan during the Weedspray season.
0935 Kilwinning to Paisley Gilmour Street on 380102.
1002 Paisley Gilmour Street to Wemyss Bay on 380105. My first time on the line to Wemyss Bay. On arrival at Wemyss Bay I was desperate for a cup of tea, so went to the station cafe for one. Wish I hadn't bothered, one of the worst I have ever had!
1055 Wemyss Bay to Glasgow Central on 380105.
1220 Glasgow Queen Street to Dumbarton Central on 156496, 156478 and 156453. A triple 156 set, with the train heading to Oban and Mallaig (splitting at Crianlarich). Was able to get a far better cup of tea on this train, the WHL 156s must be one of the few to regularly have a trolley service on them.
1252 Dumbarton Central to Dalreoch on 318267 and 320318.
1301 Dalreoch to Helensburgh Central on 334018 and 334007.
1355 Helensburgh Central to Dumbarton Central on 334012 and 334024.
1418 Dumbarton Central to Hyndland, via Yoker, on 318266 and 320413.
1454 Hyndland to Dalmuir, via Yoker, on 318256 and 320411.
1520 Dalmuir to Partick, via Anniesland, on 320412 and 320303.
1548 Partick to Motherwell, via Glasgow Central Low Level and Carmyle, on 318253 and 320305.
1643 Motherwell to Glasgow Central, via Belshill, on 318255.
1738 Glasgow Central to Wigan North Western on 390154. Paid £15 for the First Class upgrade on this train. On the trip south, we were delayed at Beattock due to a signal fault, and further delayed between Lancaster and Preston due to running behind an on-time Northern service operated by a Class 158. Fortunately, my connection at Wigan North Western had been held at Balshaw Lane Junction to let us pass, and thus we arrived at Wigan first and I was able to make my connection.
2026 Wigan North Western to Manchester Piccadilly on 319378.

Just the 2,000 miles this month then! :D

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So, October is almost over, and I don't think I'll be doing anymore travelling this month, so here's my travel report for October! I did do a little bit of travel on the 30th September, but nothing too interesting, just the Penistone and Ilkley lines in Yorkshire ………..
……….Just the 2,000 miles this month then! :D

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