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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!

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


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I certainly do try to get out and about!

Well, I think I'm done for November now, so here's the travel for the month! As per some previous months, I will highlight trains with new routes for me on in italics.

Saturday 3rd November
0830 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 175005. These Northern strikes on every Saturday certainly restrict my options when travelling between Manchester and Crewe to just two trains an hour (down from 4tph, although one goes via the Airport, so isn't really an option). I must say I'd prefer a 323 or 319 to a crowded TfW 175 though!
0949 Crewe to Birmingham New Street on 350372.
1112 Birmingham New Street to Bristol Temple Meads, powered by 43384 and 43321. Due to work on quadrupling the Filton Bank on the approach to Bristol, these trains were diverted via Kemble, Swindon (reverse) and Bath Spa, which was the main reason I went out, as I'd never traveled on the direct route from Swindon to Bristol before (at least not completely).
1344 Bristol Temple Meads to Bath Spa on 166206. I had been intending on staying in Bristol an extra 30 mins or so, however, on seeing a 166 appear on this service, I decided I'd get my first ever 166 for travel in!
1443 Bath Spa to Swindon on 800310. This set arrived at Bath in reverse formation (i.e. First Class at the Country end, Standard at the London end), causing a little confusion and delay there.
1516 Swindon to Cheltenham Spa, powered by 43079 and 43009, running via Gloucester where the train reversed. Another set running in reverse formation, do GWR not like running their trains the right way around? The new bit of track was the Cheltenham bound curve from Gloucester.
1712 Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street, powered by 43357 and 43304. A couple of firsts on this for me. My first run on a sliding door HST set, which has been done rather well to be fair, though I will still prefer slam doors personally. It was also my first run up Lickey with a HST, and we seemed to take it with ease, which I was slightly surprised at.
1815 Birmingham New Street to Crewe on 390009. This train was slightly delayed on route, and we ran slow lines from Stafford to Crewe, which was rather frustrating, as it meant I saw my connection overtake us on the fasts!
2012 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 390044. After missing my connection, I stuck around to see the Empty Stock for the Branch Line Society's "Ruby Vampire" tour the next day, which was a 33 and a 47, with just 4 carriages.

Friday 9th November
1815 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston on 390040. A lot of 9-car Pendolino's are turning up on Manchester runs at the moment, which is rather surprising, as for the longest time, it was generally 11-car ones!
2038 London Euston to London Bridge on the Northern Line.
2107 London Bridge to East Croydon on 171721, 171402 and 171201. My first ever journey on 171s, and a rather weird sight seeing an 8-car train formed solely of Turbostars.
2139 East Croydon to London Bridge on 171804, 171729 and 171722. As another trio of 171s was due, I decided to take a run back into London Bridge.
2207 London Bridge to East Croydon on 171722, 171729 and 171804.

Saturday 10th November
0615 East Croydon to London Bridge on 700121.
0655 London Bridge to Blackfriars on 700142.
0709 Blackfriars to London St Pancras Thameslink on 700058.
0818 London St Pancras International to Ashford International on 395017 and 395018. The first part of the Victory Javelin railtour, to raise money for the Royal British Legion and remember the end of the First World War. As this tour was doing a lot of routes that I'd never travelled on before, so it was certainly worth the £40.
0857 Ashford International to Redhill on 395018 and 395017.
1006 Redhill to Bognor Regis on 395017 and 395018. Originally, this was advertised as running via Hayward's Heath, and then the South Coastway, but was changed to run via Horsham due to works on the Brighton Mainline which was closed south of Three Bridges. A minutes silence was also observed during this section of the tour.
1129 Bognor Regis to Barnham on 395018 and 395017.
1141 Barnham to Portsmouth Harbour on 395017 and 395018. A nice relaxing run. On arrival at Portsmouth, there was just enough time for me to sprint around to the Pumpkin Cafe to grab some food.
1248 Portsmouth Harbour to Southampton Central on 395018 and 395017.
1410 Southampton Central to Portsmouth Harbour on 395017 and 395018.
1502 Portsmouth Harbour to Redhill on 395018 and 395017. Returned to Redhill via Barnham and Tonbridge.
1711 Redhill to Ashford International on 395017 and 395018.
1826 Ashford International to London St Pancras International on 395018 and 395017. Finished off the railtour with a 140mph run back into St Pancras.
1909 Kings Cross St Pancras to London Euston on the Victoria Line.
2100 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly on 390157. I'd booked onto a later train, in order to give myself a bit of leeway should the railtour become delayed. This is the last Northbound train of the day on a Saturday, so was very busy, especially with Rugby fans. Ran on the Slow Lines from London up to Hanslope Jn (North of Milton Keynes where the Northampton "loop" goes off), and then via the Trent Valley, Crewe and Stockport.

Thursday 15th November
1035 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston on 390107. Got a cheap first class deal on this, so spent an hour in the lounge before departure, and then had a comfortable journey south.
1305 London Euston to London Bridge on the Northern Line.
1335 London Bridge to East Croydon on 700154. Hopped down to Croydon to check-in to the hotel and drop of my bags. The hotel had the room ready early too, so wasn't going to complain.
1415 East Croydon to Farringdon on 700121.
1443 Farringdon to London Liverpool Street on the Metropolitan Line.
1455 London Liverpool Street to Tottenham Hale on 379012 and 379020. My first journey on 379s, which certainly seem to be the nicest Electrostars I've been on!
1528 Tottenham Hale to Stratford on 317660 and 317883, I was rather surprised when a pair of 317s turned up on this train, wouldn't have thought it was busy enough for 8-car trains (last time I did it, 4-cars was more than enough!).
1546 Stratford to London Liverpool Street hauled by 90011. Always nice to get a Class 90 in, especially ones that are due to leave passenger service in the not too distant future, replaced by Stadler-built FLIRT trains).
1615 London Liverpool Street to Ilford on 315820 and 315827.
1638 Ilford to Romford on 345014.
1656 Romford to Gidea Park on 315842 and 315824.
1706 Gidea Park to Romford on 345008.
1714 Romford to Ilford on 315824 and 315842.
1729 Ilford to Stratford on 315852 and 315839 (Yes, I went 315 bashing!).
1746 Stratford to London Liverpool Street, hauled by 90008.
1809 London Liverpool Street to London Moorgate on the Hammersmith and City Line.
1820 London Moorgate to Finsbury Park on 313031 and 313035.
1839 Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace on 313052 and 313123.
1853 Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park on 313056 and 313025.
1908 Finsbury Park to Old Street on 313040 and 313037. A little bit of 313-bashing. I wonder if Geo was driving any of these.
1924 Old Street to London Bridge on the Northern Line.
1947 London Bridge to East Croydon on 377625 and 377705.

Friday 16th November
0634 East Croydon to Clapham Junction on 377423 and 377416.
0708 Clapham Junction to Feltham on 458527 and 458529. Despite this service going where I wanted to go, I had to get off at Feltham to tap out of the Oyster zone and buy my new ticket, which wasn't so bad as I was earlier than planned anyway.
0736 Feltham to Staines on 450548 and 450558. Having let this pair of units go at Clapham Junction (as they were going the longer route via Hounslow), I was able to pick them up at Feltham for the hop to Staines.
0807 Staines to Windsor & Eton Riverside on 458532 and 458505.
0859 Windsor & Eton Central to Slough on 165125.
0929 Slough to Hayes & Harlington on 387135.
0947 Hayes & Harlington to West Ealing on 345010.
0957 West Ealing to Greenford on 165136. This connection at West Ealing is technically 1 minute in the timetable, however, the TfL Rail service regularly arrives 2 mins early, so I had a comfortable 3 minute change over.
1009 Greenford to South Ruislip on the Central Line.
1057 South Ruislip to London Paddington on 165019. I returned to complete the daily South Ruislip to London Paddington route. Last time I attempted to do it, the unit running the service (also 165019), had suffered an AWS fault in the leading cab at North Acton and had to return to South Ruislip, so you can imagine my thoughts when I saw the exact same unit was allocated to it earlier than morning! Fortunately, the unit made it this time, finally delivering me to my destination almost 2 months late! :mrgreen:
1203 London Paddington to Reading on 802003 and 802008. First journey on 802s, although purely on Electric, so they felt no different to the other IETs.
1235 Reading to London Paddington, powered by 43098 and 43005.
1315 London Paddington to Reading on 800313.
1346 Reading to London Paddington on 800028 and 800010.
1430 London Paddington to Reading, powered by 43086 and 43069. After this run out of London, I had intended to do another express run in and back out, however, seeing how this one was already full and standing, I decided to give the further runs a miss, knowing it was only going to get worse.
1518 Reading to Twyford on 387158 and 387145.
1538 Twyford to Henley-on-Thames on 165128.
1705 Henley-on-Thames to Twyford on 165128. After some food in Henley, It was back out to Twyford.
1724 Twyford to Maidenhead on 387130 and 387151.
1743 Maidenhead to Bourne End on 165135.
1757 Bourne End to Marlow on 165134. During peak hours, the usually single unit Maidenhead - Bourne End - Marlow route becomes a pair of units, with one shuttling between Maidenhead and Bourne End, and the other working Bourne End to Marlow.
1817 Marlow to Bourne End on 165134.
1828 Bourne End to Maidenhead on 165135.
1839 Maidenhead to Reading on 387164, 387170 and 387135. I do like 12-car trains on that stretch. The first time I ever did it, it was 3-car diesels, so quite the upgrade in 11 years!
1905 Reading to London Paddington on 800026 and 800003.
2001 London Paddington to London Victoria on the Circle Line.
2025 London Victoria to East Croydon on 387217 and 387105. A pair of GatEx 387s running a Southern service.
2049 East Croydon to Clapham Junction on 387219 and 387224.
2113 Clapham Junction to East Croydon on 377135 and 377107.

Saturday 17th November
0624 East Croydon to London Bridge on 387221, 387105 and 387223. More GatEx 387s on a Southern service, on a day of no GatEx services.
0701 London Bridge to Peckham Rye on 455804 and 455836.
0740 Peckham Rye to London Victoria of 465005, 466022 and 466037.
0845 London Victoria to Grain (Old Station Site), hauled by 66151. Part of the Return of the Short Haired Bumblebee railtour. Ran via Nunhead, Charlton and Gravesend.
1115 Grain to Dungness (touching the gates of the Nuclear Waste terminal), hauled by 66177. Ran via Dartford, the Lee Spur, the Chislehurst Reversible, Tonbridge and Ashford International.
1526 Dungeness to London Victoria, hauled by 66151. Ran via Ashford International, Maidstone East, Beckenham Junction and Lewisham.
1851 London Victoria to East Croydon on 377117, 377460 and 377147. Due to engineering works between East Croydon and Balham, the train was diverted from Balham via Crystal Palace.

Sunday 18th November
0710 East Croydon to London Bridge on 700130.
0749 London Fenchurch Street to Barking on 357319. My first time ever using Fenchurch Street, what a bizarre terminus. Every time I have done the C2C network, I have boarded a train at Limehouse instead of Fenchurch Street.
0810 Barking to Shoeburyness on 357202 and 357023.
0940 Shoeburyness to Southend Central on 357211 and 357015.
1006 Southend Central to Upminster on 357210. Ran via Grays and Ockenden.
1127 Upminster to Grays on 357207.
1200 Grays to Barking on 357315. Ran via Purfleet.
1238 Barking to Gospel Oak on 172001.
1319 Gospel Oak to Willesden Junction High Level on 378204.
1352 Willesden Junction to London Euston on 378226.
1657 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly on 390050. A return in First Class where I had my "Afternoon Tea" snack box delivered to me, glad I had had some proper food at the Doric Arch beforehand. Still, when First Class was cheaper than Standard, I'm not going to complain!

Saturday 24th November
0655 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 390049.
0802 Crewe to Stoke-on-Trent on 350115.
0833 Stoke-on-Trent to Derby on 153385.
0940 Derby to Nottingham on 170398.
1023 Nottingham to Peterborough on 158862. Due to the ECML being closed between Newark and Peterborough, these were diverted via Loughborough, Syston North Curve and Melton Mowbray.
1152 Peterborough to Leicester on 170397.
1305 Leicester to Derby on 222003.
1340 Derby to Nottingham on 170107.
1419 Nottingham to Lincoln Central on 158780.
1526 Lincoln Central to Nottingham on 158780.
1641 Nottingham to Derby on 170117 and 170112.
1742 Derby to Crewe on 153311.
1912 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 390005.

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Some more travelling was done this month. As usual, trains with new track in Italics.

Saturday 1st December
0741 Manchester Piccadilly to Sheffield on 158852 and 158854. Had been planning on getting TPEs 0719 service all the way through to Doncaster, however, this service was cancelled for what sounded like an AWS fault in the leading end following the reversal.
0852 Sheffield to Doncaster on 220020.
0925 Doncaster to Peterborough, powered by 43299 and 43295. Due to the East Coast Mainline being shut between Newark North Gate and Peterborough, these services were diverted via Lincoln Central and the Sleaford Avoider.
1212 Peterborough to Doncaster, hauled by 67028 to Newark North Gate, where 91105 was then allowed to propel the train further north. Due to the need to maintain a service to/from London from Retford and Newark, occasional trains were diesel hauled to Newark via Lincoln and Collingham, before returning to electric haulage for the run north via the usual ECML route.
1538 Doncaster to Peterborough, powered by 43317 and 43311, again diverted via Lincoln.
1812 Peterborough to Leeds, hauled by 67028 to Doncaster, from where 91128 was able to haul the train under electric power to Leeds.
2106 Leeds to Manchester Victoria on 185111.

Monday 17th December
1639 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 142086 and 150204. A quick trip out to do some more 142 bashing!
1705 Manchester Victoria to Bolton on 142065 and 150225. My first time using the recently reinstated Platform 5 at Bolton.
1740 Bolton to Manchester Victoria on 142036 and 142013.
1904 Manchester Victoria to Rochdale on 150144. Due to an operational incident in the Smithy Bridge area, the 1804 I was originally meant to be catching was cancelled due to a lack of guard. Various later trains were either cancellled, or too dangerous to board due to overcrowding from the cancelled trains, so the 1904 was the first train I was able to get home! This was delayed by the 1837 departure being ahead on the same platform (I had been aboard this, until it was announced this service would be stopping at Dewsbury and Leeds only to make up time), and the 1837 eventually departed late, allowing my service to get away late, before we were then held up by the stopping train ahead.

Friday 21st December
1555 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston on 390042. The xx55 departure to London runs via Crewe, so I was able to see the first of TPEs 397s that has been delivered there.
1815 London Euston to London Waterloo on the Northern Line.
1835 London Waterloo to Southampton Central on 444002 and 444038. My first journey on 444s, and being a fan of the other Desiro's, I was frustrated to find the 444s no where near that standard ride wise. They seem to pitch in a weird manner, which I would imagine is to do with the increased length of the carriage over the 350/450s, and it was starting to make me seasick!

Saturday 22nd December
0512 Southampton Central to Eastleigh on 450074 and 450110. Despite strike action by SWR on the Saturday, they were still running a somewhat decent service, which gave me a connection to my next train.
0607 Eastleigh to Bescot Up and Down Through Siding 2, hauled by 66077. This was part of Pathfinder Tours' Festive Frolic railtour, and on this section ran via Basingstoke, Reading West Curve, Didcot Parkway, Banbury, Birmingham International and Aston.
1058 Bescot Up and Down Through Siding 2 to Wolverhampton Steel Terminal (Road 9), hauled by 66075. This was part of Pathfinder Tours' Festive Frolic railtour. When originally advertised, the tour was meant to go into Dee Marsh Sidings, however, following a BLS organised charter train derailing there the previous month, a visit to the recently renovated Wolverhampton Steel Terminal was arranged instead. 56105 was hauled dead in tow on the rear.
1250 Wolverhampton Steel Terminal (Road 9) to Chester, hauled by 56105. This was part of Pathfinder Tours' Festive Frolic railtour, and on this section ran via Bescot Stadium, Wolverhampton, Shrewsbury and Wrexham General. 66075 remained on the rear, being hauled dead in tow.
1640 Chester to Dudley Run Round Sidings, hauled by 56105. This was part of Pathfinder Tours' Festive Frolic railtour, and on this section ran via Crewe's Up Chester Independent (into Basford Hall Yard from the Chester line), and Rugeley Town. At Dudley Run Round Sidings, we got as close to the end of the line as we dare (this being the old route through Wednesbury to Stourbridge), before dropping off the Class 56. The 66 was again hauled on the rear.
1909 Dudley Run Round Sidings to Eastleigh, hauled by 66075. This was part of Pathfinder Tours' Festive Frolic railtour, and this particular section was the main reason I booked onto the tour, running via Sutton Park, the Camp Hill Lines, the Lifford Curve (this was what drew me to the tour!), Birmingham New Street, Coventry, then the outbound routing back to Eastleigh.

Sunday 23rd December
0903 Southampton Central to Brockenhurst on 444016.
0929 Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier on 450543.
0944 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst on 450543.
1017 Brockenhurst to Southampton Central on 444037 and 444038.
1056 Southampton Central to Romsey on a very clean looking 158959, running via Redbridge.
1135 Romsey to Eastleigh on 158887, running via Chandler's Ford.
1226 Eastleigh to Fareham on 444043.
1246 Fareham to Eastleigh on 444045.
1318 Eastleigh to Brockenhurst on 444015.
1417 Brockenhurst to Bournemouth on 444019 and 444044.
1540 Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly on 221121. The journey home that I'd been dreading, nearly 5 hours on a Voyager. Fortunately, as it was a 5-car set, there was a fair few spare seats most the way so there was room to spread out, although at £2.30 a cup, the tea was a bit on the steep side!

Saturday 29th December
0730 Manchester Piccadilly to Shrewsbury on 150255. This unit was the first train I traveled on this year, so I guess it's fitting that it was one of my last for the year also.
0900 Shrewsbury to Swansea on 150283, via the Heart of Wales Line. My lord that's a long drag of a route, at least the 150 meant there was plenty of spare seats until we got to Ammanford where the train started to fill up a bit.
1329 Swansea to Cardiff Central on 800014. This 800 was running slower than usual due to a technical fault, which seemed to be an engine failure, fortunately for GWR, due to works in Bristol, it only had to go as far as Newport.
1441 Cardiff Central to Cardiff Queen Street on 150229. A positioning move for some South Wales Pacer-bashing - I'm trying to travel on as many Pacer's as possible before they are withdrawn from use for scrapping at the end of 2019.
1451 Cardiff Queen Street to Grangetown on 142077.
1505 Grangetown to Penarth on 143625.
1517 Penarth to Cardiff Queen Street on 143625.
1540 Cardiff Queen Street to Radyr on 142069.
1604 Radyr to Cardiff Central on 142010. This service ran via Ninian Park.
1625 Cardiff Central to Cadoxton on 143608 and 143607.
1651 Cadoxton to Grangetown on 143614
1708 Grangetown to Cardiff Queen Street on 143604.
1730 Cardiff Queen Street to Cathays on 143607 and 143608.
1741 Cathays to Cardiff Bay on 142069. Due to works going on at Cardiff Central, one of the 3 Valley Lines platforms was unavailable, reducing capacity. To cope with this, one of the routes was diverted into Cardiff Bay, resulting in the bizarre ability to get a through train to Cardiff Bay, instead of the usual change at Cardiff Queen Street.
1754 Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street on 142069.
1806 Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Central on 142077.
1825 Cardiff Central to Newport on 800011.
1948 Newport to Shrewsbury on 175010.
2219 Shrewsbury to Manchester Piccadilly on 158841 and 158835.

2,132 miles in December concludes my travels for the year, and if you click on the Spoiler below, you can see a few stats for 2018 below.

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Total Mileage: 16,228 miles (not including Genoa Metro) - my target for the year was 12,000!
Number of different TOPS Classes traveled: 73
Highest Mileage Class for 2018: Class 390 (2,716 miles)
Most Mileage in one month: September (3,736 miles)

List of train types traveled on/hauled by
TOPS Classes: 20, 33, 37, 40, 43, 47, 50, 56, 57, 66, 67, 68, 73, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91, 92, 139, 142, 143, 144, 150, 153, 156, 158, 165, 166, 168, 170, 171, 172, 175, 180, 185, 220, 221, 222, 313, 314, 315, 317, 318, 319, 320, 323, 333, 334, 345, 350, 357, 365, 377, 378, 379, 380, 385, 387, 390, 395, 444, 450, 455, 458, 465, 466, 507, 508, 700, 707, 800, 802
A3 Pacific Steam Locomotive.
Tube: S-Stock, 1972 Stock, 1992 Stock, 1995 Stock (All London), Glasgow Subway stock.
Trams: M5000 (Manchester), Flexity 2 (Blackpool).
Non-UK: E464 Locomotive (Italy), Genoa Metro stock - both old and new (Italy), Barcelona Metro 9000 series (Spain), Prague Metro 81-71M (Czech Republic).

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Pretty sure its got something to do with working in the railway industry rofl!

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Nordic Dragon wrote:
Pretty sure its got something to do with working in the railway industry rofl!

Only by the fact it pays my bills! No free travel from the company I work for unfortunately, but it's given me enough already!

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How do you get to travel by train so much? :P

I just get a load of cheapo tickets from my 16-25 railcard, and I'm fortunate enough to earn a decent wage and have fairly low bills!

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How do you get to travel by train so much? :P

I just get a load of cheapo tickets from my 16-25 railcard, and I'm fortunate enough to earn a decent wage and have fairly low bills!


Bit unlike me with a high wage and two house upkeeps to pay for!

Still got a 16-25 card though, until July. Looking to book a 1st class ticket to Wales for the end of Jan.

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So, I'm not expecting another rail trip this month (I'm skint as of right now, and pay day is still a little while off yet!). No Railtours this month, however, if I had to give this month a name, it'd be The Month of the Diverts. You'll see what I mean hopefully! As per normal, trains with new track are in italics.

Saturday 5th January
0705 Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport on 220022. I was at Manchester a little bit earlier than planned, and saw a Voyager I'd never travelled on before, so hopped on that up to Stockport, from where I could still get my next train.
0728 Stockport to Doncaster on 185108. Relaxed journey on a 185 that I'd travelled on too many times before.
0853 Doncaster to London Kings Cross, pushed by 91116 as far as Peterborough, before 67003 (my highest mileage 67 as of now) was attached to the front, to haul us via the divert route of March, Cambridge, and Royston. This 2 hours divert between Peterborough and Kings Cross was taken at quite a sedate pace, with many bizarre moves happening compared to what was actually in the timetable, for example, a signaller letting a 7 minute early Kings Lynn - Kings Cross out in front of us at Ely, despite the fact it was due behind us. We were still on-time by Kings Cross though, so not a big problem really - remarkably, this day was also the day that LNER achieved 100% PPM! Here's the tweet from LNERs MD celebrating such
1227 London St Pancras International to Stratford International on 395002. With over an hour to kill between trains due to the reduced service, I decided to have a quick hop out on HS1.
1247 Stratford International to London St Pancras International on 395008. This train ended up about 10 minutes delayed, due to what we were told was a fault with the on-train signalling system. Where this train appeared to fail was on HS1 itself, and the signalling is in-cab, so not something you can really do without!
1346 London Kings Cross to Peterborough, powered by 43208 and 43206. Again, this service was diverted via Royston, Cambridge and March, taking the Flyover at Hitchin (I'm sure it made for a rather unusual sight). The HSTs were timed ever so slightly quicker than the drags, but even so, progress was slow as we were slotted in around the other WTT traffic.
1615 Peterborough to Doncaster, hauled by 91119. The Celebrity Class 91 was found doing Leeds to Peterborough's all day, and given my last train wasn't stopping at Doncaster, it was an ideal excuse to get a look at this locomotive, which I must say looks incredibly smart (although there are already a fair few scratches and bashes to the paint job!).
1735 Doncaster to Sheffield on 153358 and 158793, via Rotherham Central and Meadowhall. The last Northern service of the day on this route as it was a strike day. This was the first time I'd been on a Northern train on a Saturday since September.
1837 Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly on 158862 and 158799. A nice pair of East Midlands 158s on the return to Manchester.

Thursday 10th January
1015 Manchester Piccadilly to Milton Keynes Central on 390134.

Friday 11th January
1247 Milton Keynes Central to London Euston on 390119. With my meeting having finished around 1200, I quickly headed towards London so as to miss the evening peak heading out towards Anglia, where I was spending the weekend.
1332 Euston Square to London Liverpool Street on the Metropolitan Line.
1400 London Liverpool Street to Colchester, pushed by 90005. My first time beyond Gidea Park on the GEML, and always nice to get locomotives + Mk 3 carriages in.
1523 Colchester to Ipswich, pushed by 90012.
1608 Ipswich to Norwich, pushed by 90011. On the way to Norwich, given the fact I was earlier, I decided to hop the 90s, in order to get as many in for haulage as possible.
1736 Norwich to Great Yarmouth on 170273, running via Acle. This service is usually run by DRS Class 37s and Mark 2 coaches, but had been substituted for a 170 on the day.
1817 Great Yarmouth to Norwich on 170273. Again running via Acle, as the route via Berney Arms is currently closed due to ongoing engineering works.

Saturday 12th January
0715 Norwich to Sheringham on 156412.
0822 Sheringham to Norwich on 156412. A quick out and back to Norwich in order to get the line in.
1005 Norwich to Lowestoft on 153306 and 153309. A confusing operation of splitting and joining trains, and platform alterations occured at Norwich before it was eventually established the pair of 153s that had just been coupled together were the Lowestoft train.
1107 Lowestoft to Ipswich on 170208. When people who use the line regularly refer to a 3-car 170 as "a long train", it doesn't fill me with confidence as to what the usual service is!
1258 Ipswich to Felixstowe on 153335.
1328 Felixstowe to Ipswich on 153335. I hadn't checked the football fixtures for the weekend thinking "it'll be fine", oh boy was I wrong! This little 153 was very, very full.
1420 Ipswich to Cambridge on 170204.
1554 Cambridge to Cambridge North on 379005.
1613 Cambridge North to Norwich on 170205.

On arrival back at Norwich, I had intended to get the Saturday loco-hauled trains if they had been running, however, on arrival at Norwich, I was disappointed to find a Class 170 waiting to do the service instead, so I went to my hotel and grabbed some food.

Sunday 13th January
0900 Norwich to Ipswich, hauled by 90010. Due to engineering works between Shenfield and London, these trains were terminating at Shenfield, with passengers for London advised to get off at Ingatestone, from where there was a replacement bus service to Newbury Park Tube Station on the Central Line, which would then take them to Stratford and London. Because of this, most people seemed to have not bothered to travel, and the trains were rather quiet.
0955 Ipswich to Ely on 170272. A very busy 2-car Class 170, which seemed to be full of people moving house!
1057 Ely to Cambridge on 387113.
1127 Cambridge to Cambridge North on 379020.
1154 Cambridge North to Norwich on 170202.
1400 Norwich to Ipswich, hauled by 90002.
1502 Ipswich to Cambridge on 170203.
1627 Cambridge to Cambridge North on 379013.
1644 Cambridge North to Cambridge on 379013. Having travelled on the GA service up to Cambridge North a couple of times over the weekend, I can only feel that the main purpose of these moves is to get the units out the way of Cambridge station, there was no more than 4 people (myself included) on each run.
1722 Cambridge to London Kings Cross on 387121 and 387109. A very busy express train between Cambridge and London, most likely made even busier by the lack of Greater Anglia trains into London Liverpool Street from Cambridge too.
1908 London Euston to Milton Keynes Central on 221101. The repainted Voyager, being in the plain White and Red livery that is now common on the Pendolino's. I was hoping the unit had had an interior refurbishment as well, but it wasn't to be.
1951 Milton Keynes Central to Manchester Piccadilly on 390042.

Saturday 19th January
0705 Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport on 220010. I'm obviously not well, as I'm voluntarily getting on Voyagers at the moment!
0740 Stockport to Crewe on 175115.
0822 Crewe to London Euston on 390046. This set was only 4 minutes earlier than the train I was planning to get from Crewe (which was the 0755 ex-Manchester Piccadilly), however, turned out to work perfectly for me.
1005 London Euston to London Waterloo on the Northern Line. Only 1 minute after our booked arrival at Euston, I was on the tube, thankfully we'd arrived a minute or so early!
1020 London Waterloo to Baskingstoke on 159015 and 159008. Getting the train 4 minutes earlier from Crewe allowed me to make this connection, which I would have no doubt just missed had I gotten on the later train.
1111 Basingstoke to Southampton Central on 221120. This train was the 0728 from Manchester, which my train from Stockport was the 0730 from Manchester, meaning I'd gone the longer route via Crewe and London 2 minutes quicker than the more direct train had! The reason I'd wanted to get on yet another Voyager is due to engineering works between Eastleigh and St Denys, which was forcing the CrossCountry service to divert via Andover, the Laverstock Curve, Romsey and Redbridge.
1226 Southampton Central to Havant on 377425. Now being over an hour earlier than I'd originally planned, I decided I'd unit hop on the way back into London.
1338 Havant to Woking on 444017 and 444022. This was a diverted Weymouth to Waterloo service, being diverted via Fareham, Havant and Guildford, with additional passenger calls at each.
1429 Woking to Clapham Junction on 450112 and 450560. I'd decided en-route to Woking that the next train I wanted onto was a pair of Class 450s. On arrival at Woking, I was looking at the departure board to see when the next one's were likely to be, before hearing some arrive on the platform behind the train I'd just gotten off. A quick sprint over the bridge allowed me to get on them just 2 minutes after arriving.
1521 Clapham Junction to London Waterloo on 456007, 5732 and 5736. The next move I'd decided to do was a 456/455 combination, however, ever train through Clapham when I arrived seemed to be single 455s. Eventually, after letting about 7 455s go, a 456/455 combination arrived to take me into Waterloo.
1538 London Waterloo to London Euston on the Northern Line.
1613 London Euston to Milton Keynes Central on 350108 and 350114. We made use of the 350s 110mph capabilities on the fast lines before slowing for the crossover to the slow lines at Ledburn Jn, slotting in a 6 minute gap between two Southbound Expresses operated by Pendolino's.
1713 Milton Keynes Central to Crewe on 390001, running via Birmingham New Street. This Pendolino was the second one of the day that I'd never travelled on before, a rarity for me to get two in day!
1930 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 175010.

Sunday 20th January
0825 Manchester Victoria to Leeds on 185151. New track?! Between Manchester and Leeds?! For me?! What is this witchcraft! Having thought I'd done all routes between Manchester and Leeds that were possible on a passenger train, Transpennine Express and Network Rail go and throw a curve ball in. With both the Calder Valley and the route through Ashton-under-Lyne blocked to allow engineering works, TPE were not deterred, making use of their usually ECS only route knowledge in order to divert the train via the non-passenger route between Philips Park West Jn and Ashburys West Jn, running around the back of TPEs Ardwick Depot. From Ashburys West Jn, we ran via Guide Bridge to Stalybridge, before picking up the usual route from there.
0940 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, pushed by 91109.
1001 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 322483. Remarkably, my first ever Class 322 journey.
1045 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, powered by 43075 and 43061. The East Midlands Trains HST power cars running with an LNER Mk3 set (on an LNER service to London Kings Cross).
1110 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, hauled by 91112. This service was slightly interesting, having only started at Stevenage instead of the usual Kings Cross, I was hoping for a 90 to be on it with such being the case, but unfortunately not.
1148 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 142089. A 142 I hadn't travelled on since 2007!
1224 Wakefield Westgate to Sheffield, powered by 43301 and 43378. Due to engineering works taking place between Meadowhall and Sheffield, all services into Sheffield from the East were either terminating early, or diverted via Rotherham Central and Tinsley, a usually freight only line that doesn't see a lot of freight anymore! In order to send through as many trains as possible on the single line, trains were being sent through in batches of 3 in each direction. At Moorthorpe, we had also overtaken the 142 I'd just gotten off at Wakefield.
1333 Sheffield to Wakefield Westgate on 142089 (again), running via the divert route described above.
1438 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 43367 and 43309.
1516 Leeds to Castleford on 144022.
1542 Castleford to Leeds on 142040.
1622 Leeds to Keighley on 158870. A Scotrail liveried Class 158 was doing the Settle and Carlisle service from Barnsley all the way to Carlisle. The unit seemed to be missing a table in the carriage I was in, but no doubt it'll be going for a refurbishment soon.
1656 Keighley to Shipley (Platform 5) on 333012. The last side of the triangle at Shipley that I hadn't travelled on, I still need to complete it by going from Shipley Platform 5 over the junction towards Bradford.
1716 Shipley (Platform 1) to Leeds on 144010.
1749 Leeds to Manchester Victoria on 185117, taking the usual route back to Manchester Victoria via Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Ashton-under-Lyne, which had reopened during the day.

All in all, a decent month for travel, with a lot of new track and a fair amount of unusual pieces of track. A total of 2,500 miles have been travelled this month, which is already over 10% of the way to my target of 24,000 miles for the year.

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