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
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!
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
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
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
1305 Leicester to Derby on 222003.
1340 Derby to Nottingham on 170107.
1419 Nottingham to Lincoln Central
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.
Just the 2,850 miles this month!