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Saturday 3rd August
0511 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 221122, running via Stockport. An early start on the first CrossCountry of the day, one of their few services that runs via Crewe, and one of the few services that runs non-stop through Stockport.
0607 Crewe to Derby on 158865 and 158813. Due to the Hope Valley line being closed as there was a threat of a Dam collapsing and washing away the railway, East Midlands Trains (as it still was at the time) were strengthening services to/from Crewe to provide additional capacity on an alternative route to Manchester.
0753 Derby to Skegness powered by 43054 and 43046, running via Nottingham and the Grantham avoider. A Summer Saturday additional to/from Skegness using a full 8-car HST. This train was definitely busy enough to require the HST too, and declassified First Class was nice to sit in.
1235 Skegness to Nottingham powered by 43064 and 43045, again running via the Grantham avoiding line. The return working of the second Summer Saturday additional to/from Skegness. Again, definitely busy enough to warrant the use of a HST on this.
1441 Nottingham to Derby on 170110.
1542 Derby to Crewe on 158866. Not quite as large as the morning train, but still a great upgrade on the usual single car 153 on this route.
1730 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 175105, running via Stockport.
Sunday 11th August - The Tri County Triple Tractor Railtour
0945 Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport on 156488 and 156441.
1006 Stockport to Crewe on 323231.
1213 Crewe to Lancaster, hauled by 37518, 37706, and 37669. This was an ECS move turned into a Railtour by the Branch Line Society, with the train being returned from their previous day's tour. With three Class 37s working in Multiple on the front of one train, and only costing £25, it was hard to say no!
1447 Lancaster to Preston on 158754.
1517 Preston to Wigan North Western on 221106 and 221107. A pair of winning Voyager's on one train? May as well!
1538 Wigan North Western to Preston on 390138.
1619 Preston to Kirkham and Wesham on 150115.
1634 Kirkham and Wesham to Preston on 319384.
1709 Preston to Manchester Piccadilly on 195115, running via Wigan North Western and Chat Moss. Another new 195 in the book for travel.
Saturday 17th August
0737 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 150118.
0820 Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge on 142045 and 142027.
0846 Stalybridge to Stockport on 142027, running via Denton. It had been a while since I had done Manchester's Parliamentary Train, and since I last did it, it has been doubled in frequency (instead of 1 a week in one direction only, it now runs once in each direction per week), and this was the direct in which I had previously not done it.
0918 Stockport to Hazel Grove on 150106 and 150140.
0935 Hazel Grove to Stockport on 150121 and 150111. 150121 was mid-refurb, with the exterior having been repainted but the interior still being that of First Great Western.
0945 Stockport to Guide Bridge on 142027, running via Denton. I just made this connection by 1 minute thanks to a slightly late Pendolino departure, which had delayed the arrival of my train also. If all had gone to plan, this would have been a 30 second connection.
1004 Guide Bridge to Manchester Piccadilly on 142056 and 150122.
1013 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport on 195124. A heavily delayed Liverpool - Manchester service that I was fortunately able to make a connection to.
1110 Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly on 350406. A 10-mile run on my lowest mileage TPE Class 350 (at 32 miles now). Thought I would have a run on it given the opportunity.
1147 Manchester Piccadilly to Wigan North Western on 195115.
1224 Wigan Wallgate to Hindley on 142049 and 142031.
1247 Hindley to Salford Crescent on 142088, running via Atherton.
1324 Salford Crescent to Manchester Oxford Road on 150224 and 150145.
1351 Manchester Oxford Road to Wigan North Western on 195116.
1424 Wigan Wallgate to Salford Crescent on 150138, running via Atherton.
1506 Salford Crescent to Manchester Airport on 319368. This train ended up about 10 minutes late due to a signalling failure just outside Salford Crescent.
1550 Manchester Airport to Manchester Piccadilly on 195001.
1635 Manchester Piccadilly to Hyde North on 150106 and 150140.
1659 Hyde North to Guide Bridge on 150141 and 142003.
1709 Guide Bridge to Manchester Piccadilly on 323236.
Sunday 18th August
0908 Rochdale to Leeds on 158794 and 158901, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange.
1105 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, powered by 43257 and 43251.
1125 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 158848.
1152 Leeds to Bradford Interchange on 158796.
1253 Bradford Interchange to Wakefield Westgate on 180103, running via a reversal at Holbeck Junction. This was diverted due to Engineering Works closing Wakefield Kirkgate.
1256 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 322482.
1324 Leeds to East Garforth on 158758.
1346 East Garforth to Leeds on 170474.
1412 Leeds to Menston on 322481. My last required 322 for travel.
1432 Menston to Leeds on 333006.
1529 Leeds to Bradford Interchange on 142071 and 144018.
1608 Bradford Interchange to Wakefield Westgate on 180104, running via a reversal at Leeds. Another diverted Grand Central service, this one going all the way into Leeds station to reverse (and we even made it to the very eastern end too, reversing in Platform 12D).
1656 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 322482.
1747 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, powered by 43307 and 43315.
1803 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, powered by 43055 and 43049. A pair of journey's with a pair of winning HST power cars on both. This was also my first journey with the new "East Midlands Railway" franchise, operated by Abellio.
1825 Leeds to Knottingley on 153373 and 142096, running via Woodlesford, Turners Lane Jn, Calder Bridge Jn and Streethouse. Due to the aforementioned engineering works closing Wakefield Kirkgate, these trains were diverted to run this route instead, coming within about a quarter mile of Kirgate.
1912 Knottingley to Leeds on 142096 and 153373, running via the same route as described above.
2018 Leeds to Rochdale on 158901 and 158794, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange.
2143 Rochdale to Rochdale Town Centre on M5000 tram 3108.
Saturday 24th August
0650 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 158815 and 158792.
0732 Manchester Victoria to Leeds, propelled by 68027, using set TP09, running via Ashton-under-Lyne, Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
0911 Leeds to Sheffield, powered by 43290 and 43367. An LNER HST set on hire to CrossCountry for additional
1021 Sheffield to Leeds on 220021 and 221129.
1055 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds 331101.
1206 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by 68027 using set TP09, running via Dewsbury, Huddersfield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Chat Moss.
1356 Liverpool Lime Street to Leeds, propelled by 68027 using set TP09, running via Chat Moss, Ashton-under-Lyne, Huddersfield and Dewsbury.
1604 Leeds to Barnsley on 158791.
1640 Barnsley to Leeds on 158867.
1710 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 221126.
1747 Wakefield Westage to Leeds on 43321 and 43303.
1905 Leeds to Manchester Victoria, hauled by 68027 using set TP09, running via Dewsbury, Huddersfield and Ashton-under-Lyne.
2019 Manchester Victoria to Leeds on 158789.
Sunday 25th August
0854 Rochdale to Todmorden on 150103 and 150115.
0924 Todmorden to Halifax on 158845, 153378 and 153331.
0958 Halifax to Leeds on 150142, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange.
1100 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, hauled by 47746 with 47854 hauled idling on the rear. With CrossCountry striking, WCRC had been dragged in to provide some trains between York and Sheffield to increase capacity with the East Coast Main Line being closed as well.
1133 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 800102.
1212 Leeds to Guiseley on 322485.
1235 Guiseley to Leeds on 333001.
1321 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 331109.
1350 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, hauled by 47854, with 47746 idling on the rear.
1417 Leeds to Castleford on 142013.
1444 Castleford to Leeds on 144017.
1523 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, hauled by 47746 with 47854 hauled idling on the rear.
1540 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 150276 and 153332.
1624 Leeds to Garforth on 170461.
1645 Garforth to Leeds on 158758.
1716 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, propelled by 91124.
1739 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 800102.
1812 Leeds to Menston on 333013.
1832 Menston to Leeds on 333014.
1919 Leeds to Rochdale on 158867 and 158850, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange.
Monday 26th August
0834 Rochdale to Bradford Interchange on 156461.
1022 Bradford Interchange to London Kings Cross on 180102, running via Brighouse, Wakefield Kirkgate, Pontefract Monkhill, Doncaster, Lincoln Central, Sleaford Avoider, Peterborough and Welwyn GC. Due to engineering works being underway to replace the Flat Crossing at Newark, these trains were diverted via the GN-GE Joint Line, so decided to book a cheap advanced ticket on this. Unfortunately, the carriage that I was in had suffered an air conditioning unit fault, which meant that the AC in the carriage was poor, whilst the outside temperature was around 30c. Fortunately the train crew came around and gave us some bottle's of water on a couple of occasions, and the AC started failing in other carriages too.
1733 London Kings Cross to Leeds on 800104, running via Welwyn GC, Peterborough, Newark North Gate, Swinderby, Boultham-Pyewipe Jn curve, Doncaster Decoy Flyover and Wakefield Westgate. Whilst the flat crossing at Newark was shut, North Gate station, and the curve avoiding the Flat Crossing, were not. This also meant that the LNER services were using a curve that is little used in Passenger service, between Boutham Junction and Pyewipe Junction, which is part of the reason I booked to return this way. We ran on diesel from Grantham, from where there was an isolation north of, to Doncaster South Yorkshire Junction, with the rest being done on Electric mode.
2119 Leeds to Rochdale on 142020, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange. This train ended up 37 minutes late upon arrival, due to a distressed member of the public on the Leeds-bound Platform at Littleborough, where we were held on the Manchester-bound Platform after an emergency brake application.
Just the 2,144 miles this month.
SWR 444016 and 012 with the last unit slipping to Portsmouth at Eastleigh; got off at Cosham.
Southern 377 423 to Barnham
After a wait and bacon sandwich, Southern 377 419 to Amberley.
Bagnall 2091 'Wendy' was doing the rides around the museum site. Peter was in bits. So was 'Sticky' the treacle mine locomotive.
377119+415 back to Barnham, 377441 to Cosham, 444022 back to Winchester.
"Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?"
158 882 Salisbury - Bristol about 0640-ish. Class 50 'Thunderer' was in the sidings at Bristol, with a rake of Chiltern mk 3s. Don't know if that was a railtour or the stock had been somewhere for maintainance. Had a Chai Latte, basically a cup of tea tastes like cimmaron, with a meringue on top, which it didn't need.. Still prefer milk 2 sugars.
43 086 at the head of 4 coaches and another 43 to Taunton, all still in blue with scribbles. The last coach sounded like it had a flatspotted wheel. The train worked wrong line through Weston Super Mare as one track at the bridge nearest the station was buried under scaffolding.
Taunton to Bishops' Lydyard on 150 232.
Bishops' Lydyard to Minehead behind Pannier 7714 with 5 coaches, 2 of them Buffet cars.
Return journey behind 7714 (Kerr Stuart) leading 7752 (North British) on the same 5 coaches. If anyone at Crowcombe Heathfield offers you pigeon pie, turn them down because the one on the platform looked distinctly unappetising. The museum at Bishops' Lydyard had a couple of layouts on display, a good one of Bath Green Park which if it was to scale meant that passengers left trains well outside the stations overall roof, the track under there being used to remove the locomotives. The other was a project in 'T' scale, about half Z scale I have found out.
Returned to Taunton on 150 232.
Returned to Bristol on Crosscountry 220 021. You can't seem to go via Westbury like you once could, most trains going nonstop to Reading.
Bristol - Bath Spa on 800 012. A minute or two late leaving as drunks decided to knock the drivers' door or something?
Bath Spa - Salisbury on a crowded 166 210 (3 car) leading 166 127 (2 car). I could have been sitting in first for all I know, (just behind the cab), there were no signs.
"Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?"
Due to the extremely excessive length this month, I've used the "spoiler" function to hide this. Just click on where it says spoiler to open it up and have a read!
First time I've heard of anything like that happenning .A tractor from a nearby farmers field had left a large amount of mud over the tracks, which caused us to be cautioned over the section. Unfortunately the train ahead was the first over since it had happened, and had ploughed through at speed and caused some damage to the train.
"Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?"
It was certainly a new one on me. The instructions given by the signaller appeared to be very precise too, as the nearest signal was quite a ways away from the area, and running at caution for all that distance would have been hell! Instead we ran at line speed before braking and slowing for the relevant, impacted crossing.Arch9enius wrote: ↑11 Oct 2019 23:55First time I've heard of anything like that happenning .A tractor from a nearby farmers field had left a large amount of mud over the tracks, which caused us to be cautioned over the section. Unfortunately the train ahead was the first over since it had happened, and had ploughed through at speed and caused some damage to the train.
Certainly glad we were cautioned over it too, as it sounded rather bad when we ran over it.
Saturday 19th October
0553 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 142055 and 142094. Starting the day on a pair of 142s - won't be able to do this for too much longer!
0632 Manchester Victoria to Leeds, hauled by 68026 using set TP11. Another run on the new Transpennine Nova 3, which I've been led to believe have no been suspended from passenger service due to a technical fault.
0740 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, powered by 43048 and 43064
0828 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 331108
0915 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, propelled by 91127.
0942 Wakefield Westgate to Wakefield Kirkgate on 142065. This was the last Pacer I needed to see in 2019, as I had previously last seen it in December 2018 (when I travelled on it for the first time).
1005 Wakefield Kirkgate to Leeds on 144007, running via Wakefield Westgate.
1045 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 801101 and 801104. My first run on Class 801s. They're just as standard as other IETs, but a 10 carriage train was definitely nice!
1101 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 801109 and 801103. Another pair of 801s, despite being 10 carriages long, this train was full and standing, and not a single toilet on the train was working (something that has recently been raised by the RMT union).
1138 Leeds to Wakefield Kirkgate on 144006, running via Normanton. This train was rather late, having come ECS off the depot with a pair of units that went to Knottingley. You'd have thought the pair would have gone to Lincoln as this 144 was, but ah well! I stayed with this unit as it was the only one of the trio I needed for travel.
1204 Wakefield Kirkgate to Wakefield Westgate on 144015.
1234 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, powered by 43317 and 43306.
1306 Leeds to Brighouse on 144004 and 142039, running via Bradford Interchange. The 144 turned up alone, and was to be coupled up to the 142 at Leeds. Main concern I had was the driver of the 142 coupled up to the 144 whilst Passenger deboarding was still taking place, which I'm sure is not standard procedure, as the 144 very clearly rocked as a result of the coupling procedure. Fortunately those getting off appeared to be steady on their feet. After the coupling, the train was then locked up to allow a fault to be rectified.
1404 Brighouse to Leeds on 150130, running via Bradford Interchange.
1515 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate, propelled by 91107.
1558 Wakefield Westgate to Doncaster, propelled by 91132. Always nice to get some winning 91s in for haulage, especially as their days are numbered now.
1644 Doncaster to Leeds on 801105 and 801112.
1730 Leeds to Castleford on 144023.
1756 Castleford to Huddersfield on 153301. I had been intending on getting this to Wakefield Kirkgate to get another train back to Leeds to connect into the second Nova 3 diagram of the day, however, both the train from Wakefield Kirkgate, and the second Nova 3 diagram were cancelled, so it was not worthwhile doing, and I stayed on to Huddersfield.
1852 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria on 185101. A typically overcrowded 185, on a York - Liverpool Train (would normally have started at Newcastle but was cancelled north of there). The overcrowding was no doubt not helped by the cancellation of other trains around it, and it was 20 minutes late at Huddersfield due to a points fault near Ravensthorpe.
1941 Manchester Victoria to Rochdale on 150206 and 153358.
Tuesday 29th October
1650 Rochdale to Warrington Bank Quay on 195107. The other week, the Northern Connect services through my nearest sizeable station switched over to Northern's brand new Civity trains. Thought I'd give it a go, as I knew I needed the unit that was out. This train is the once a day Leeds to Ellesmere Port service, which is just a bizarre service in my opinion (these would normally go to Chester rather than Ellesmere Port)
1750 Warrington Bank Quay to Manchester Piccadilly on 175111. On arrival at Piccadilly, I had been intending on making a 4 minute connection to the other TfW service. Due to an issue further south, this was late, and I was hoping I would make it, however, we were held up at Ordsall Lane Jn, Deansgate, then in Platform 13B in Piccadilly, where trains don't usually deboard in normal service, as such, I reached the top of the stairs for the platform that my next train was on, just in time to hear it rev up and leave. If we'd have been allowed to alight in 13B, I may have made it!
1839 Manchester Piccadilly to Warrington Central on 158862 and 158858. All trains through Manchester were being delayed due to a plethora of issues across the network (in Birmingham and London) having a knock on impact onto Manchester's service. This was 12 minutes late leaving Piccadilly, which then resulted in the stopping train from Oxford Road then being delayed by us.
1932 Warrington Central to Liverpool Lime Street on 195002. That Stopping train then went on to delay this service, which ended up arriving at Allerton Jn 10 minutes late. Due to the on-time Chester-Liverpool train being booked over the junction at that time, it was allowed to go ahead of us, further adding to our delay. We then followed that train to Liverpool, but were delayed further by a Virgin service being crossed over to the slows at Wavertree Jn (to over take a stopper on the fasts), then by the InvisiTrain at Edge Hill meaning we weren't cleared down the hill towards the station. We eventually arrived into Liverpool Lime Street 16 minutes late at 2021. Due to a door issue, the doors weren't unlocked until 2023, meaning I had just 2 minutes to make my connection, so time to Sprint it was, along the length of a whole other train we had been on top of, then from P6 to P1, and through a barrier line.
2025 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria on 802207. And so I make it onto the train with seconds to spare, only to be told by the guard "don't worry, we're not going anywhere just yet". Fortunately, it was only a minor delay, and we left around 2 mins late, just after I found a nice table to myself. The run over Chat Moss was good, being done in Electric mode on the 802s, and I noticed just how much smoother than a 195 these units are. Seats are the same spec as GWR unfortunately though! Only 3 carriages of the 802 fit onto the platform at Newton-le-Willows, using SDO. This appeared to cause some issues as doors were locked, then unlocked, then locked again after a while and we were delayed by around 4 mins because of it (after an on-time arrival thanks to the superior acceleration of an electric train over a 185). Fortunately we didn't get delayed further on the run to Victoria, where the unit seamlessly switched into diesel mode for the run to York.
All in all, a bit of a farcial Tuesday, but still a productive day. These two days added a further 430 miles to my October total, bringing that up to nearly 3,050 miles for the month.
Monday 11th November
1542 Rochdale Town Centre to Rochdale Railway Station on M5000 3071.
1614 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 150209 and 153332.
1702 Manchester Victoria to Leeds on 802209. A run to Leeds on an 802 is definitely an upgrade on a 185!
1815 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 801105. Due to disruption in the south, this train was short-formed, using 5 carriages instead of 10. Whilst a good thing to improve chances of service recovery, it certainly makes for some cosy trains. Still, better than a cancelled one!
1836 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, hauled by 91113. The star of the night for me, one of the reasons I went out, being a 91 I still required for travel.
1905 Leeds to Manchester Victoria, propelled by 68027 using set TP09.
2019 Manchester Victoria to Ashton-under-Lyne on 142057. A lower mileage Pacer, worth a run before it's retirement.
2035 Ashton-under-Lyne to Manchester Victoria on 150203.
2032 Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield, hauled by 68026 using set TP11. Running significantly late due to the paths for the Liverpool - Scarborough trains being extremely susceptible to delay.
2123 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria on 185124.
Thursday 14th November
1542 Rochdale Town Centre to Rochdale Railway Station on M5000 3096.
1550 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 150104.
1702 Manchester Victoria to Leeds on 802212. Chaos was reigning at Victoria when this train up, but the 802s just seem to have this ability to suck up passengers on this. I dislike the style of the seats, and the ride quality to a certain extent, but they do have this amazing knack of clearing platforms.
1815 Leeds to Wakefield Westgate on 801104 and 801108. Back to 10 carriages here.
1836 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds, hauled by 91102. Another 91 in the bag.
1905 Leeds to Manchester Victoria, hauled by 68028 using set TP06.
Between these, I had intended on doing an Ashton-under-Lyne return as a fill in move again, but due to difficulties finding train crew, I would not have made my connection back, so decided to give it a miss.
2102 Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield on 802210.
2152 Huddersfield to Manchester Victoria on 802212.
Saturday 16th November
0909 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 142045 and 142043.
0937 Manchester Victoria to Salford Crescent on 150109.
0948 Salford Crescent to Bolton on 150147.
1009 Bolton to Manchester Piccadilly on 142090 and 150114.
1047 Manchester Piccadilly to Wigan North Western on 195117.
1125 Wigan North Western to Preston on 390042.
1157 Preston to Kirkham and Wesham on 150107 and 150150.
1217 Kirkham and Wesham to Preston on 331001.
1229 Preston to Blackpool North on 331008.
1306 Blackpool North to Wigan North Western on 221101.
1353 Wigan North Western to Liverpool Lime Street on 331107.
1448 Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central on 508136.
1453 Liverpool Central to Moorfields on 507012.
1505 Moorfields to Kirkdale on 508112.
1514 Kirkdale to Kirkby on 507025.
1529 Kirkby to Wigan Wallgate on 142089. Arrived into the Bay platform at Wigan Wallgate, which is something I'd never done before.
1625 Wigan North Western to Manchester Piccadilly on 195118.
1723 Manchester Piccadilly to Newton-le-Willows on 323235.
1754 Newton-le-Willows to Manchester Victoria on 195121.
1855 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street, propelled by 68027, using set TP09. This loco is becoming my stalker (in all fairness, it seems to be the most reliable set TPE have atm, which is why it is so common).
2025 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Victoria on 185121. What is usually a 802 diagram, a 185 was running in it's place on this occasion.
Sunday 24th November
0826 Rochdale Town Centre to Rochdale Railway Station on M5000 3032.
0903 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 156425.
0952 Manchester Piccadilly to Preston on 195001.
1101 Preston to Manchester Victoria on 350408, running via Wigan North Western and Chat Moss. The once a week Scotland WCML service that runs into Manchester Victoria. This is likely to have been my last opportunity to have done it on a 350, due to the 397s now being introduced, which was why I headed out for it.
1231 Manchester Victoria to Preston on 350408, running via Ordsall Lane Jn and Bolton.
1317 Preston to Wigan North Western on 221111 and 221116.
1415 Wigan Wallgate to Manchester Victoria on 150205, running via Atherton.
1524 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street on 802207.
1612 Liverpool Lime Street to Wavertree Technology Park on 319375.
1617 Wavertree Technology Park to Liverpool Lime Street on 319366.
1712 Liverpool Lime Street to Wigan North Western on 331103. The only winning unit all day. Rather disappointing from that perspective.
1825 Wigan North Western to Manchester Victoria on 195102.
Tuesday 26th November
0732 Manchester Victoria to York, propelled by 68028, using set TP06.
1409 York to Manchester Victoria on 802210. Had a meeting in York, planned my travel to/from it around new trains.
Thursday 28th November
1439 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 158853 and 158867.
1535 Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport on 390129.
1554 Stockport to Sheffield on 153385 and 158847.
1729 Sheffield to Chesterfield on 222002.
1801 Chesterfield to Nottingham on 156473 and 156497.
1945 Nottingham to London St Pancras, powered by 43484 and 43467.
2134 Kings Cross St Pancras to Great Portland Street on the Metropolitan Line.
2206 Regent's Park to Paddington on the Bakerloo Line. Due to a broken down train at Paddington, the Circle and Hammersmith and City lines were heavily delayed, so I made the decision to change to the Bakerloo instead.
2345 London Paddington to Penzance, hauled by 57602, with 57604 on the rear, dead, as far as Reading. We were booked to run via Westbury, however, due to no allowances in our scheduled being made for the Single Line Working in the area, we were diverted via Didcot, Bath Spa and Bristol Temple Meads.
Friday 29th November
1000 Penzance to St Austell on 802114.
1111 St Austell to Plymouth, powered by 43196 and 43161.
1225 Plymouth to Exeter St Davids, powered by 43384 and 43301.
1352 Exeter St Davids to Exmouth on 143617 and 143618.
1424 Exmouth to Teignmouth on 143618 and 143617.
1538 Teignmouth to Exeter St Davids on 143612 and 143603.
1624 Exeter St Davids to Taunton, powered by 43285 and 43207.
1704 Taunton to Exeter St Davids on 802022 and 802006.
Saturday 30th November
0611 Exeter St Davids to Dawlish on 150248.
0643 Dawlish to Exeter St Davids on 143617 and 143618.
0725 Exeter St Davids to Salisbury on 159003 and 159101.
0933 Salsibury to Southampton Central on 158958. Not long left for these Hybrid 3-car 158s (formed from two separate units).
1024 Southampton Central to Brockenhurst on 444027 and 444014.
1042 Brockenhurst to Lymington Pier on 450042.
1057 Lymington Pier to Brockenhurst on 450042.
1116 Brockenhurst to Bournemouth on 450024.
1147 Bournemouth to Brockenhurst on 220016.
1215 Brockenhurst to Southampton Central on 444010 and 450025.
1235 Southampton Central to Romsey on 158888, running via Romsey.
1321 Romsey to Bristol Temple Meads on 158950.
1453 Bristol Temple Meads to Weston-super-Mare, powered by 43156 and 43162.
1539 Weston-super-Mare to Newport on 150249 and 158750.
1715 Newport to Bristol Temple Meads on 150246 and 158749.
1823 Bristol Temple Meads to Newport on 43172 and 43191.
1940 Newport to Bristol Parkway on 800307.
2015 Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads on 158766.
2054 Bristol Temple Meads to Taunton on 802103, running via Weston-super-Mare.
2207 Taunton to Exeter St Davids on 802012 and 802016.
Just over 2,300 miles travelled in November.
...!!!!Due to the Hope Valley line being closed as there was a threat of a Dam collapsing and washing away the railway, East Midlands Trains (as it still was at the time) were strengthening services to/from Crewe to provide additional capacity on an alternative route to Manchester.
Indecently early on Sunday 01-12-2019, 159 103 Salisbury up to Basingstoke . Changed to 450 080 at the rear of a 444 and anther 450 to continue nearly all stations to Clapham Junction. Changed here to 458 054 and 517 which were doing the Richmond - Brentford - Barnes circle. Pretty sure these are the things that used to go to Reading, but the line wasn't open to Reading that day.
Visited the museum at Kew Bridge pumping station. There were no trains running despite the website , however the ticket is good for a whole year. Their perspex cutway pump demonstration thingys also seemed to need some tlc. Interesting all the same . Go visit the London Transport museum first though.
Kew Bridge - Clapham Junction 707 023. Clapham Junction is less well off for toilets than the starship Enterprise.
To Basingstoke on 044 034.
Return to Salisbury on 159 017.
"Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?"
Sunday 1st December
0845 Exeter St Davids to Teignmouth on 150238 and 150221.
0925 Teignmouth to Westbury on 802111. First time I've ever gotten on and off a train where the service is too long at both stations, with Westbury's platform extension yet to be commissioned.
1058 Westbury to Bristol Temple Meads on 166218 and 165127. A busy 5-car service, which emptied out at Bath Spa, as most folk were heading to the markets.
1225 Bristol Temple Meads to Swindon on 800305, running via Bath Spa.
1322 Swindon to Bristol Temple Meads on 800314, again running via Bath Spa. Due to a late running steam-hauled charter, we ran wrong road from Bathampton Jn to just beyond Bath Spa, to allow the charter to use the other platform and arrive alongside us.
1416 Bristol Temple Meads to Cardiff Central on 166219 and 165120.
1515 Cardiff Central to Newport on 175006. My last 2-car 175 for travel.
1533 Newport to Bristol Parkway on 800004 and 800010.
1602 Bristol Parkway to Bristol Temple Meads on 166215.
1641 Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Shrub Hill on 166210, running via a reversal at Gloucester.
1850 Worcester Shrub Hill to Birmingham New Street on 170509 and 170631.
1957 Birmingham New Street to Stoke-on-Trent on 220013. Busy CrossCountry service out of New Street. Decided I didn't want to stand all the way to Manchester, and was also a bit peckish, so jumped off at Stoke for the Tilting Shop (Pendolino) just behind... little did I know how that would play out.
2050 Stoke-on-Trent to Manchester Piccadilly on 390040. So, I get on the Pendolino at Stoke, manage to grab a little bite to eat, and a drink, and end up getting talking to the crew. All was going well, until we passed Cheadle Hulme, suddenly the air conditioning drops out (a sign on a Pendolino there is no overhead power, fairly common at Neutral sections), but never comes back, and the emergencies are thrown in. Turns out we had had the automatic dropping device on the pantograph activate, and there were concerns that we had brought down the overhead wires. After a 35 minute wait, which included an empty Pendolino going to Oxley inspecting the line, we were back underway, using the front, non-preferred pantograph to get into Stockport. At Stockport, we were further held for 9 minutes, so the crew could check whether the rear pantograph was housed properly. So, we arrived into Piccadilly 44 minutes late, and I had to wait 50 minutes for the last bus home! Still, at least I got to some lovely arcing from the front Pantograph as we passed through Levenshulme!
Thursday 5th December
0835 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston on 390122, running via Stoke. Unlike my last Pendolino journey, this one was uneventful!
1112 London St Pancras to Stratford International on 395007.
1314 Stratford International to London St Pancras on 395010.
1415 London Euston to Wembley Central on 710266. On arrival at Wembley Central, I had intended on making a connection onto the LNWR service, to do the St Albans Abbey line. However, due to a failed Freightliner at Harrow, these services were no longer calling at Wembley Central, so I had to carry on the DC lines.
1444 Wembley Central to Harrow and Wealdstone on the Bakerloo Line.
1458 Harrow and Wealdstone to Watford Junction on 378211.
1625 Watford Junction to Tring on 319457, 319012 and 319217. After a while waiting then, I had a run up to Tring on LNWRs 319s, which were later than scheduled due to the aforementioned failed 'liner.
1657 Tring to London Euston on 319217, 319012 and 319457. Due to the late running (about 10 minutes), a decision was made to run the 319s non-stop into Euston on their return, in order for them to be on-time for a peak service from the capital. This messed up my plans, which had involved a change at Bushey for another set of 319s.
2000 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly on 390009. This would be my last ever journey with Virgin Trains, who ran their final services on Saturday 7th December.
Sunday 8th December - The Bootle Brush Railtour
0805 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 390130. And this was my first journey with their successor, Avanti West Coast. Coincidentally, this was also the first passenger departure of the new franchise, leaving 30 seconds before the 0805 from Wolverhampton. Purely coincidental that I ended up on this service, was the only service which worked for getting me to Crewe in time.
0900 Crewe to Nantwich, hauled by 47826, with 47245 on the rear.
0925 Nantwich to Seaforth and Litherland, hauled by 47245, with 47826 on the rear. We ran back via Crewe then onwards via Warrington Bank Quay, Earlestown, where we had a short break to await the route onto the mainline, Edge Lane Jn. Pretty much the only reason I booked onto this tour was the freight only line from Olive Mount Jn, round to Edge Lane Jn and on to Bootle Jn. Still need to complete it down to the Bulk Terminal one day!
1134 Seaforth and Litherland to Sandhills Reversing Siding, hauled by 47826, with 47245 on the rear.
1202 Sandhills Reversing Siding to Ormskirk, hauled by 47245, with 47826 on the rear. Had a short stop at Maghull North which allowed an opportunity to take some photographs whilst waiting for the single line to Ormskirk to clear.
1250 Ormskirk to Kirkdale Depot (Road 22), hauled by 47826, with 47245 on the rear. Another interesting section of track on the tour was a run into the sidings in Kirkdale Depot. Road 22 was originally in the maintenance shed, but this has since been removed due to the new Stadler facility that has been built at the depot.
1330 Kirkdale Depot (Road 22) to Kirkby, hauled by 47245, with 47826 on the rear. Another short stop was had at Fazakerley, again to await the single line to Kirkby to clear.
1356 Kirkby to Sandhills Reversing Siding, hauled by 47826, with 47245 on the rear.
1419 Sandhills Reversing Siding to Southport, hauled by 47245, with 47826 on the rear. On arrival at Southport, we had an extended break, to allow people the opportunity to grab some food, as we had limited facilities onboard the train (being limited to just 4 carriages).
1530 Southport to Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by 47826, with 47245 on the rear. Ran via Burscough Bridge, Wigan Wallgate, Newton-le-Willows and Huyton.
1703 Liverpool Lime Street to Chester, hauled by 47245, with 47826 on the rear. Ran via Runcorn and the Halton Curve. On this run, we did various crossing moves for those who had an interest in getting all the crossovers in, and then on arrival at Chester, we used the Parcel Siding (alongside platform 1).
1819 Chester to Crewe, hauled by 47826, with 47245 on the rear. And just a fast, straight shot back to Crewe to finish off.
1913 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 390045.
Friday 13th December
0755 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 390042. If the diagrams on Friday worked the way they do all week, this should have been 390156, a required, Avanti liveried Pendolino. Unfortunately, Friday is the odd day out, so I ended up with a non-required one instead.
0901 Crewe to Wolverhampton on 221108.
0933 Wolverhampton to Sandwell and Dudley on 170514 and 170505.
1002 Sandwell and Dudley to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 350245.
1024 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Birmingham Moor Street on 170502, 153366 and 153364. 4 carriages and 3 separate units, it was rather overcrowded due to another train being cancelled.
1055 Birmingham Moor Street to Leamington Spa, propelled by 68010.
1132 Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway on 165037.
1207 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway to Solihull on 172339.
1245 Solihull to Birmingham Moor Street, hauled by 68014.
1259 Birmingham Moor Street to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 172344 and 172213.
1322 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Kidderminster on 172006 and 172008.
1418 Kidderminster to Malvern Link on 172216 and 172215, running via a reversal at Worcester Shrub Hill.
1513 Malvern Link to University on 172219 and 153356. Chaos was brewing in Central Birmingham at this point, due to a combination of various factors, including a trespass incident, and I was now reliant on trains going in/out of New Street.
1555 University to Birmingham New Street on 323210.
1650 Birmingham New Street to Worcester Foregate Street on 170511, 153334 and 153365, running via a reversal at Worcester Shrub Hill. And so it took a rather long time to get on a train back out, due to them all being packed!
1808 Worcester Foregate Street to Malvern Link on 170503 and 170635. A quick pint, and a visit to Tesco later, it was onwards, out towards Malvern Link. Initially thought this would be a trio of 153s I'd see on multiple occasions that day, but it wasn't to be on this occasion.
1853 Malvern Link to Cheltenham Spa on 166203. Sat in what is currently declassified First Class on a set well in need of a refurb. Both Lavatories on the train were out of use, so the Cheltenham stop was also to be used as a Toilet stop for those who needed it. Apparently this is a common fault with the 166s.
Saturday 14th December - The Grotto Grid railtour
0630 Cheltenham Spa to Chaddesden Sidings Road 2, hauled by 66099. Ran via Birmingham New Street, Coleshill Parkway and Tamworth. And so, another early start for a railtour that had started at Trowbridge at 0452! The outward route took us over the route from Whitacre Junction to Kingsbury Junction which sees very little Passenger traffic, so was a nice bit of track for myself.
0950 Chaddesden Sidings Road 2 to Barnetby, hauled by 56113, with 66171 dead-in-tow inside it. Ran via Lincoln, about as direct as you can get, but I'd never been on a train to Barnetby, so it was good to finally clear one of the three routes of getting there! Sadly, the 56 for haulage was the one that hauled me up to Fort William (and back), last year during the GBRf 4-day tour.
1307 Barnetby to Roxby Gullet, hauled by 56113, with 66171 dead in-tow, now on the rear, after the 56 ran around on Barnetby. Roxby was one of the key reasons I booked on this tour. The freight only branch, associated with waste traffic, doesn't see too many passenger carrying trains, so was definitely worth doing.
1420 Roxby Gullet to Scunthorpe Anchor Sidings (Road 14), hauled by 66171, with 56113 on the rear. At least the 66 was a winning loco!
1510 Scunthorpe Anchor Sidings (Road 14) to Barrow Hill North Jn, hauled by 56113, with 66171 on the rear. Ran via the old station at Scunthorpe (around the back of the current station), the Doncaster Avoider and Swinton. When originally advertised, the tour was meant to run via Kilnhurst, however, due to heavy flooding in South Yorkshire in November, the line is currently out of action.
1644 Barrow Hill North Jn to Woodhouse Station Sidings, hauled by 66171, with 56113 on the rear. A quick reversal, and we headed up the link to the Sheffield - Lincoln line. We didn't actually run onto this though, instead going into the sidings that pass around the rear of the station building.
1710 Woodhouse Station Sidings to Toton Centre (Down Slow), hauled by 56113, with 66171 on the rear. Ran via Barrow Hill North Jn, Langley Mill, Radford Jn, Lenton Curve, Beeston and Meadow Lane Jn. The Lenton Curve was another draw for me as a track basher, with the small curve of track allowing trains to travel from Radford Junction to Beeston without reversing in Nottingham station. I believe it's main usage was back in the heyday of the East Midlands Coalfields, with very little traffic using it now. At Toton, we were originally booked to go into the Down Yard, but due to this being very busy with engineering trains preparing for a night's (and in some cases, as full day on Sunday) worth of work, it was decided to put us on the Down Slow, where we dropped off our Class 56.
1915 Toton Centre (Down Slow) to Cheltenham Spa, hauled by 66171. running via Sheet Stores Jn, Stenson Jn, Tamworth, Coleshill Parkway and Tamworth. Then it was a simple run back to Cheltenham, running back via our outwards pick-up stations. Or at least, we thought it would be simple, but alongside Blackwell loop, at the top of the Lickey Incline, we came to a halt. A broken rail at the bottom of the incline was causing havoc, with trains being caution over it. The driver had to fight the train on the way down the hill, the longest sustained mainline gradient in the UK (1 in 37.7 for 2 miles), to keep the speed down. Fortunately, we didn't still have 120+ tons of dead 56 on the rear pushing us down still! We were 30 minutes late as a result of this, but nothing too major for a railtour!
Sunday 15th December
0858 Cheltenham Spa to Swindon on 800005, running via a reversal at Gloucester. When originally planning this trip, this was a through train to London, however, due to additional traffic on the route from Swindon, caused by the diversion of trains from Exeter, some services were terminating at Swindon, this being one of them.
1009 Swindon to Reading on 800012 and 800018. And so it was onto a service from Bristol instead, managed to get a seat on what was a rather busy train.
1043 Reading to London Paddington on 800306. A change at Reading yielded another winning 800, although that wasn't the original reason I decided to make this change. According to the varied schedule, this train was to overtake my last one during the call at Reading, however, due to a delay somewhere on the diversionary route, it didn't arrive until my previous train departed.
1117 London Paddington to Kings Cross St Pancras on the Circle Line.
1135 London Kings Cross to Alexandra Palace on 717004. My first ride on a 717, with it also being diverted in/out of Kings Cross due to works on the Moorgate branch. As was expected, it just feels like a smaller 700.
1158 Alexandra Palace to Finsbury Park on 717007.
1213 Finsbury Park to Harringay on 717024. There is method in the madness, I promise!
1234 Harringay Green Lanes to Barking on 710267. After a quick walk to change stations at Harringay, it was onto a 710 to Barking. These units are certainly a step up from a Class 172 on the GOBLIN when it comes to capacity!
1317 Barking to London Liverpool Street on 357026 and 357028. These Weekend-only services run into Liverpool Street with a stop at Stratford, in order to serve the Westfield Shopping Centre. I'd much prefer if they still terminated at Fenchurch Street but ran via Stratford personally! More unusual track that way
1339 London Liverpool Street to Kings Cross St Pancras on the Hammersmith and City Line.
1439 London St Pancras to Leeds, powered by 43049 and 43047. No fancy routing, just a nice cosy ride in First Class on a HST from London to Leeds, something that is rapidly disappearing, with just the EMR services remaining doing this now.
1818 Leeds to Rochdale on 158790, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange. Originally, I had been booked to take the 1918 (with a £2.50 advance), however, it's inward working had been cancelled, so I had to get this service back instead. Fortunately the guard accepted our advances, and this was delayed enough to be able to catch!
Wednesday 18th December
0827 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Oxford Road on 397006. Having turned up early for my meeting in Manchester, I had an opportunity for a quick ride on a 397. Not much I can say given it was only half a mile!
0826 Manchester Oxford Road to Manchester Piccadilly on 319372. And I managed to do some time travelling! Nope, just another delayed Northern service, this one working in my favour however!
1156 Manchester Victoria to Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by 68019, using set TP08. With my meeting over, I had chance to get a winning Class 68 in for haulage with a hop to Liverpool. Thought I'd forgotten my railcard, so had to pay full fare, but later found it in the bottom of my bag!
1233 Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool South Parkway on 350123.
1326 Liverpool South Parkway to Manchester Piccadilly on 195007 and 195101.
Sunday 22nd December
1117 Newton Heath and Moston to Manchester Victoria on M5000 Tram 3103.
1130 Manchester Victoria to Piccadilly Gardens on M5000s 3020 and 3041. A pair I was never going to need, being trams I travelled on in my youth. The first 60 of the M5000 trams are the only one's capable of running the Altrincham line, which I used every day to get to School and College, from where I once lived, so I got them in rather quickly.
1503 Manchester Piccadilly to St Peters Square on M5000 3089. After meeting an old friend for a couple of beers, I headed to Piccadilly. Unfortunately, Northern were in a mess as is fairly normal on a Sunday, so I headed elsewhere.
1519 St Peters Square to Manchester Victoria on M5000 3083, running via the First City Crossing (Market Street).
1551 Manchester Victoria to Lostock on 331008. A quick run out to Lostock on a 331, these services running fairly normally. On departure from Salford Crescent, the driver trundled to the next signal, in order to get a clear run behind the slower train that had left Victoria just before us, before opening the power right up. Boy did it fly! Acceleration on those trains is insane, accelerating up to the 100mph line speed (and according to my GPS speedometer, slightly beyond) very quickly.
1620 Lostock to Manchester Victoria on 319370. Unfortunately, the return working wasn't as impressive!
1702 Manchester Victoria to Rochdale on 156455.
1736 Rochdale to Rochdale Town Centre on M5000s 3065 and 3093.
Friday 27th December
0909 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 150201.
0930 Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield, powered by 68027, using set TP09. My stalker is back!
1012 Huddersfield to Barnsley, on 144016. I guess it was about time I finished the 144 fleet for travel.
1113 Barnsley to Sheffield on 158843. Another unit for the day in, was hoping for a 195, but unfortunately not. Still, we were only 4 mins behind my previous train into Sheffield, so not too major.
1153 Sheffield to Worksop on 144003. Not a track move, more a positioning move, just so happened to be over winning track, so I wasn't going to complain!
1243 Worksop to Sheffield on 144013 and 153317.
1343 Sheffield to Meadowhall on 158855. With an opportunity for a winning unit, and still being able to pick-up my next winning 144 at Meadowhall, a quick run was had on this 158.
1411 Meadowhall to Doncaster on 144008, running via Rotherham Central. Another winning 144, but would I get my last ever Class 144 for travel in?
1521 Doncaster to Sheffield on 170458. This run back to Doncaster was nearly scuppered by a points failure, which meant trains from Platform 3 couldn't cross to the Sheffield lines. Fortunately, thanks to some good regulation and juggling by the signaller, this train left on-time!
1615 Sheffield to Wakefield Westgate on.... 144002! And there it was, my last Class 144. This means I'm only left needing one Pacer that was in service throughout 2019 (143619), so keep an eye out for a move to Exeter in 2020 for this! Oh, and we ran via Rotherham Central and Moorthorpe.
1735 Wakefield Westgate to Leeds on 800210 and 800201. A new subclass for travel, with a quick hop from Wakefield to Leeds.
1812 Leeds to Rochdale on 195106, running via the usual Bradford Interchange reversal.
Pretty productive day for new units that one!
Saturday 28th December
0606 Rochdale to Hebden Bridge on 195102.
0642 Hebden Bridge to Halifax on 158869.
0657 Halifax to Bradford Interchange on 153331.
0721 Bradford Interchange to Leeds on 195110.
0800 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by 68022, using set TP13. Not unlucky on this occasion, set 13 delivered me bang on time into Liverpool!
0951 Liverpool Lime Street to Widnes on 158780 and 156470.
1006 Widnes to Liverpool South Parkway on 156473 and 158788.
1044 Liverpool South Parkway to Runcorn on 350242.
1056 Runcorn to Chester on 150250.
1152 Chester to Warrington Bank Quay on 175104.
1227 Warrington Bank Quay to Preston on 221142 and 221105.
1246 Preston to Bolton on 397003. First longer run on a 397, using the set-down only option at Bolton that TPE offer now. The 397s seem to be smoother than the other CAF units I've experienced, which is a positive. The interior design is very similar to the Mk5 fleet though.
1342 Bolton to Salford Crescent on 319385.
1406 Salford Crescent to Manchester Piccadilly on 331103. It's clear the drivers aren't used to their braking points or the braking performance on these units, as this one anchored up in the platform at Piccadilly, throwing people across the train.
1434 Manchester Piccadilly to Huddersfield on 802218, running via the Ordsall Chord. First time on an 802 from Piccadilly.
1535 Huddersfield to Halifax on 153373. From the 5-car 802 to a lowly 1-car 153. Certainly a downgrade!
1617 Halifax to Rochdale on 195104.
Sunday 29th December
0854 Rochdale to Blackburn on 150134 and 150131, running via Todmorden. My final Northern 150 in the bag. The remainder that I need are now with Transport for Wales and GWR.
1007 Blackburn to Leeds on 195124, running via a reversal at Bradford Interchange. I had initially planned to head further west from Blackburn, but the train to Preston was cancelled, and so an alternative plan had to be thought up.
1146 Leeds to Huddersfield on 185101.
1212 Huddersfield to Leeds on 185136. A quick run to Huddersfield and back to waste some time.
1300 Leeds to Liverpool Lime Street, hauled by 68025, using set TP06. A nice run across the Pennines with yet another winning 68 for power.
1447 Liverpool Lime Street to Runcorn on 390148.
1516 Runcorn to Chester on 158820.
1600 Chester to Capenhurst on 507006.
1617 Capenhurst to Chester on 507001.
1636 Chester to Warrington Bank Quay on 150235 and 158818. This was meant to have another 150 with it, that I required for travel, but when the service turned up, only 2 units appeared.
1716 Warrington Bank Quay to Wigan North Western on 390122.
1815 Wigan Wallgate to Rochdale on 156464, running via Atherton.
Tuesday 31st December
0939 Rochdale to Salford Crescent on 158901.
1011 Salford Crescent to Bolton on 331103. Arriving into Bolton, the train announced that the rear carriage would not fit onto the platform. Bolton station regularly sees 5-car trains, and has platforms set out for 9-car Pendolino's, so clearly there is a minor issue with the software here! The doors still released at least.
1026 Bolton to Salford Crescent on 150139.
1053 Salford Crescent to Manchester Victoria on 319379.
1108 Manchester Victoria to Salford Crescent on 150107 and 150131. You need it for years, then it turns up twice in three days!
1122 Salford Crescent to Stockport on 150105 and 142051. One glaring omission from this months travels was a Class 142, with many being withdrawn from service rapidly from December Timetable change. This put that right! The annoying part of the Pacer withdrawal is that, one of the replacement fleets, the Class 769, is still yet to enter service. As a result of this, lone 150s are now running services which would previously be a 150 and 142, leading to overcrowding. But hey, hitting targets to get the fleet withdrawn is clearly more important than actual customer service Not entirely Northern's fault this one either, the delays to the 769 project aren't their fault, but still, I'm sure most passengers would rather travel on a 142 than not be able to get on the train (especially if the PRM regs are met by the other half of the train, I don't really see the problem with it short term). Anyways, brief rant over.
1212 Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly on 331013.
1238 Manchester Piccadilly to Widnes on 158780 and 158770.
1310 Widnes to Warrington Central on 158774 and 158863.
1335 Warrington Central to Birchwood on 150138 and 150126.
1350 Birchwood to Manchester Piccadilly on 195002 and 195010.
1418 Manchester Piccadilly to Salford Crescent on 150209 and 150205.
1436 Salford Crescent to Stockport on 331001 and 331011. This one too, did the similar thing to the 331 at Bolton, this one being a bit more understandable with it being a 6-car service, but the Platform at Stockport is set out for 11-car Pendolino's. Again, the doors still opened in the rear carraige.
1517 Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly on 150109.
1558 Manchester Piccadilly to Stalybridge on 185126, running via Guide Bridge. I'd forgotten how much of a drag the route via Guide Bridge was. Just feels as though it takes forever!
1629 Stalybridge to Manchester Victoria on 156429. If the next train from Stalybridge to Manchester had been a 68, I'd have waited, but it was a 185, so decided to take the slightly earlier 156 instead.
1709 Manchester Victoria to Rochdale on 142090 and 158782. Only fitting that the last ride of the year for me should be on the train that has been so synonymous with my year, the 158... I'm kidding, obviously the 142!
So, throughout December, I added close to 3,300 more miles to my total for the year! Now, time for end of year stats, click the spoiler for these!
Couldn't the 56 have assisted in braking (if it was there)? Or is dynamic braking strictly an American thing?
"Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?"
Here's my full route, and method used to get there,
Wakefield Kirkgate - London Kings Cross (Grand Central)
Kings Cross - Liverpool Street (Metropolitan)
Liverpool Street - Stratford (TFL Rail)
Stratford - West Ham (DLR)
West Ham - Barking (District Line)
Barking - Gospel Oak (Overground)
Gospel Oak - Camden Road (Overground)
then a short walk and food later...
Camden Town - Kings Cross (Northern)
Kings Cross - Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly)
more food and a very short walk later (why anyone chooses to do this bit by tube, i'll never know)
Leicester Square - London Waterloo (Northern)
Waterloo - Clapham Junction (South Western Railway)
Clapham Junction - Sheperds Bush (Overground)
Sheperds Bush - White City (Central)
White City - West Ruislip (Central - i changed at White City as the train i was on terminated at North Acton, incase anyone wonders why i didn't stay on to that point to start with)
West Ruislip - White City (Central)
a short walk later again...
Wood Lane - Baker Street (Circle)
Baker Street - Moorgate (Metropolitan)
Moorgate - Finsbury Park (Great(ish) Northern)
Finsbury Park - Moorgate (Great(ish) Northern)
Moorgate - Euston (Northern)
Euston - Oxford Circus (Victoria)
a short walk to Soho because... its me, also came across a McDonalds so more food and drinks...
Tottenham Court Road - Warren Street (Northern)
Warren Street - Kings Cross (Victoria)
Kings Cross - Wakefield Westgate (LNER)
All in all, a fun day in the capital. Although, up to now i thought tube nose was a myth. After spending nearly 10 hours in and out of the tube, i can confirm it is not, blocked nose with black bits in the flow, lovely. Was hoping to see and board a 315 before they all get retired, but alas, i didn't even spot one. I did however ride my first 717, and my first 365, so at least there's that. I'd also never been to Ruislip, so got that bit done, as well as the entire GOBLIN route. Might have to return on another day of cheap advance singles (maybe 2 if i can find an airbnb that doesn't make my eyes burn price wise) and explore more outwards of London, and fully learn where i can and can't go on oyster.
Salisbury 1337, 158 747 to Bath.
1437 800 036 to Swindon.
Now I had gone to |Swindon rather than Reading because of industrial action on SWR. however when I returned to Swindon Station, the vast majority of westbound services had been cancelled . Apparently due to 'shortage of staff', however it smelled like a wildcat strike to me.
Eventually, boarded a DElayed 1726 train to Bath, 800316.
From there, 166 209 to Westbury at 1802.
1902 166 207 To Salisbury.
Trip to just below Templecombe to visit the Gartell Light Railway.
Basically a miniature railway despite the 2' gauge. They were running as 'one engine in steam' with the engine in question being an industrial type diesel. When in full operaton, the railway uses 3 trains, two signalboxes and a whole bunch of mechanical signals. Worth a visit if you're into that sort of thing.
"Why don't we just load her up like one of those little horses?"
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