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Post by Pilot » 27 May 2019 21:30

Well, another month is drawing to a close, so it's time for Pilot's monthly train travel review! I still have another two journey's to go this month, being a train to London and the associated tube move to my hotel near Victoria on Friday, so will edit this when they are known. As per last month, all services where I covered new track will be highlighted in italics, and any winning Class 142s will be highlighted in bold. This month will be the last time I use the Bold for Class 142s, as I travelled on my last ones!

Wednesday 1st May
1549 Rochdale to Leeds on 142071 and 156421, running via Brighouse and Dewsbury. Interestingly, 142071, despite being my last Northern Class 142 that I needed to see, is now my highest mileage Class 142.
1753 Leeds to Harrogate on 142019. As you may have noticed in past months, I would normally take this service to Weeton, however, on this occasion, there was a reason to go that bit further.
1846 Harrogate to Leeds on 142078. And that reason was my final Northern Class 142 for travel. I wasn't fancying a half hour plus wait at Weeton for it, and Harrogate wasn't too much more expensive to go to (extra mileage too!).
1934 Leeds to Manchester Victoria on 185125.

Friday 10th May - Heart of England 3 in 7 Day Ranger (Day 1)
0717 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Airport on 156428 and 156440.
0802 Manchester Airport to Crewe on 319376. On this service, I stopped at Styal for the first time in my life, having gained an hourly service stopping in the May 18 timetable (before May 18, the majority of trains sailed through non-stop). We ended up waiting for a good 6/7 minutes, maybe the railway gods were punishing me for all these years of rattling through non-stop :lol:
0949 Crewe to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 350122.
1042 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Stourbridge Junction on 172221 and 172343. On arrival at Stourbridge Junction, I was able to see both Class 139s together out in the open for the first time. For years I had believed having two was a myth, and they just changed the final number sticker every week!
1107 Stourbridge Junction to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 172338.
1123 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Stourbridge Junction on 172336.
1148 Stourbridge Junction to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 172215 and 172335.
1217 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Birmingham Moor Street on 172344.
1255 Birmingham Moor Street to Banbury, propelled by 68009. After some rattling around on the 172s, it was time for some Class 68 bashing.
1410 Banbury to Solihull, hauled by 68015.
1504 Solihull to Banbury on 168218.
1609 Banbury to Leamington Spa on 168001. Okay, maybe a bit of Chiltern bashing instead!
1623 Leamington Spa to Banbury, propelled by 68015. Was quite fortunate to be able to get this set back to Banbury, as it was slightly delayed by a signal fault at Hatton, and meant I was able to avoid the dreaded Voyager.
1708 Banbury to Leamington Spa, hauled by 68014.
1738 Leamington Spa to Banbury on 221119. Wasn't able to avoid the dreaded Voyager this time!
1809 Banbury to Birmingham Moor Street, hauled by 68012.
1904 Birmingham Moor Street to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 172331.
1922 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Birmingham New Street on 158841.
1957 Birmingham New Street to Nuneaton on 170107.
2054 Nuneaton to Leicester on 170518.
2137 Leicester to Derby, powered by 43484 and 43480. One of the East Midlands "short-sets", having been previously used by Grand Central. This particular one was running a First Class carriage as a Standard Class one.

Saturday 11th May - Heart of England 3 in 7 Day Ranger (Day 2) and Explore Cardiff and Valleys Day Ranger
A little background on this day - I had been originally due to be on a Railtour hauled by a Deltic (Class 55) locomotive from Derby, however, it had failed earlier in the year, and wasn't able to be repaired in time. As I now had a non-refundable Hotel, it made sense to utilize this differently.

0636 Derby to Burton-on-Trent on 170108.
0620 Burton-on-Trent to Cheltenham Spa on 220031, running via Tamworth, Birmingham New Street, Selly Oak and Worcester Shrub Hill. This service had been heavily delayed by a signal failure at North Stafford Jn (between Willington and Derby), hence why I'd gotten the 170 to Burton. We were about 30 late leaving Birmingham New Street, and due to this, we had missed our slot through Worcester Shrub Hill, where we had been diverted due to engineering works between Stoke Works Jn and Abbotswood Jn (the mainline that avoids Worcester). We were about 40/45 late by the time we arrived at Cheltenham Spa IIRC.
0845 Cheltenham Spa to Severn Tunnel Junction on 142002.
0946 Severn Tunnel Junction to Cardiff Central on 166207.
1046 Cardiff Central to Caerphilly on 142083.
1125 Caerphilly to Cardiff Central on 142073 and 143623. This was my step-fathers last Class 142 for travel.
1201 Cardiff Central to Penarth on 142085 and 142075. And this was mine! Not a bad showing to have four Class 142s that I required for travel in such quick succession!
1217 Penarth to Cardiff Central on 142075 and 142085.
1236 Cardiff Central to Radyr on 142076, running via Ninian Park.
1253 Radyr to Cathays on 150264.
1303 Cathays to Taffs Well on 150278.
1334 Taffs Well to Cardiff Queen Street on 143601.
1400 Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Bay on 142069.
1406 Cardiff Bay to Cardiff Queen Street on 142069.
1411 Cardiff Queen Street to Cardiff Central on 142083.
1425 Cardiff Central to Barry Island on 143625 and 143607.
1453 Barry Island to Barry on 143607 and 143625.
1505 Barry to Bridgend on 150217.
1553 Bridgend to Cardiff Central on 150231.
1626 Cardiff Central to Newport on 800318. The 800s are growing on me in certain aspects. I do like their additional capacity, and their seat reservation systems, and their additional legroom over the HSTs too.
1725 Newport to Cheltenham Spa on 142002. A 51 mile run on the bouncy bus! Don't mind if I do!
1911 Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street on 220029, running via Worcester Shrub Hill and Selly Oak. We got a perfect run in terms of keeping to our path, which was a positive. You'd think that given the reduced service to/from the South West on the day due to the diversions, XC would have tried to increase capacity, but unfortunately not, so a busy 4-car Voyager it was!
2103 Birmingham New Street to Derby, powered by 43207 and 43378. This train was rather amusing. First, between Birmingham and Tamworth, we had a group of lads (about 14/15) faredodging (they had about £3 between four of them), the Guard did what she could to scare them, but didn't get the BTP and no station staff are present at Tamworth at that time of night, so she couldn't hand it on to anyone. After that, a very intoxicated fellow came looking for the bar (those who know XC know that they have a trolley service instead of a buffet, and this isn't supplied at this time of night). When he asked us where the bar was, and we replied there wasn't on, his response was "Well that's a f-ing heresy". I tried not to laugh too much at that point, instead saving it for a chat with the guard instead.

Sunday 12th May - Heart of England 3 in 7 Day Ranger (Day 3)
0756 Derby to Matlock on 153374 and 153355.
0838 Matlock to Derby on 153355 and 153374. Surprising how busy this train was for half 8 on a Sunday morning!
0928 Derby to Cheltenham Spa, powered by 43378 and 43207, running via Lichfield Trent Valley High Level, Birmingham New Street, Stourbridge Junction and Worcester Shrub Hill. The Sunday's only HST via Lichfield was diverted on this day to also run via Stourbridge Junction. With two bits of track I needed on one service (Wichnor Jn to Lichfield TV and Galton Jn to Smethwick Jn) and that service being a HST, I certainly wasn't going to say no! This was a further divert on from the ones the day before. The route via Bromsgrove was still open, however additional services were being diverted away to allow capacity for more engineering trains, which had to be banked up Lickey, and thus were rather slow. Only heavily delayed XC services were running via this route in order to try and make back some time.
1201 Cheltenham Spa to Birmingham New Street on 170101, running via Worcester Shrub Hill and Stourbridge Junction.
1324 Birmingham New Street to Wolverhampton on 158830 and 158819.
1349 Wolverhampton to Stafford on 220032 and 220004, rare to get a pair of CrossCountry Voyagers on this route.
1410 Stafford to Crewe on 350261.
1457 Crewe to Chester on 158834.
1533 Chester to Crewe on 221143 and 221142. At this point, I had one eye on the trains, and another on the football, with it being the last day of the Premier League season, and my team needing a win to seal the title. Fortunately we got the win, despite going a goal down at one point.
1608 Crewe to Longport on 156415.
1638 Longport to Crewe on 153311.
1728 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 175110. Following an accident involving a light aircraft crashing near the railway in Abergavenny, bringing down some National Grid power lines onto the railway (fortunately all survived the crash by the sound of things), there was some uncertainty as to whether this train would run or not. It got through the area however, so wasn't a problem, although was missing 3 of the carriages allocated to it in the morning, the service having been intended to be strengthened due to a Man United vs. Cardiff football match which this would form the return train for a lot of Cardiff fans.

Friday 17th May
0701 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 323223. I was in Manchester about half an hour earlier than intended, so got the slow, all-stops service to Crewe instead of the more express TfW that arrives just 4 mins later than this.
0818 Crewe to Stafford on 350128.
0910 Stafford to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 350232.
0947 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Birmingham Moor Street on 172340.
1055 Birmingham Moor Street to London Marylebone, propelled by 68011. You may think I use the Chiltern services purely from a cranking perspective, however, whilst partially true, I also do it because of how cheap it is. An advanced single with Chiltern can be as cheap as £3.65 (when using a railcard), which, even when factoring in the cost of getting to Birmingham, is still usually cheaper than an advanced with Virgin bought at a similar timescale, so not only is it a better train, but it's also cheaper! I don't mind spending that little bit longer doing it either to be fair.
1253 Baker Street to London Liverpool Street on the Hammersmith and City Line.
1400 London Liverpool Street to Norwich, pushed by 90013. Paid for a cheap advanced First Class ticket on this, and whilst comfortable enough, the first class service was rather poor. We were offered one brew on the entire journey (nearly 2 hours), not long after departure from Liverpool Street, which meant all those getting on at later stations got nothing at all. The First Class lounge at Liverpool Street was also laughable, but maybe I've been spoiled by Virgin and LNER's offerings all this time.
1736 Noriwch to Great Yarmouth, powered by 37405 and 37716. After checking into my hotel and dropping off my bag, it would have been rude not to have a run on the Class 37 diagram Greater Anglia have, especially as this is likely to be my last opportunity for it.
1817 Great Yarmouth to Norwich, powered by 37716 and 37405.
1902 Norwich to Lowestoft, powered by 37405 and 37716.
1955 Lowestoft to Norwich, powered by 37716 and 37405.

Saturday 18th May - EACH Express 3/Class 37 Farewell Charity Railtour
1020 Norwich to Ely, powered by 37405 and 37409. The boarding process was a little bit of a farce, as we were first told that the carriages weren't lettered (despite our tickets saying they would be), then we were told one carriage order, and later, once on the train, another. The train was departing Norwich before the majority of people (myself included) had found their seats!
1135 Ely to Kings Lynn, powered by 37409 and 37405. 37409 was probably the worst loco DRS could have sent for this in my opinion, as it was my highest mileage Class 37, and I've now broken the 1,000 mile barrier with that locomotive alone.
1214 Kings Lynn to London Liverpool Street, powered by 37405 and 37409, running via Cambridge and Tottenham Hale.
1627 London Liverpool Street to Norwich, powered by 37409 and 37405. A quick run back to Norwich, with two unscheduled stops, one just outside Stratford and another at Trowse Jn. Despite these stops, we managed to get back in 9 minutes earlier (we were 11 early at Trowse) after an end to end journey time of 102 minutes, which was quicker than my train on Friday!

Sunday 19th May
0903 Norwich to Cambridge on 170204. Due to Norwich to Ipswich being closed, I had to return via Cambridge.
1032 Cambridge to London Liverpool Street on 379009 and 379016. I take back everything I said about 379s being decent the last time I used one. In my first longer distance run on one, I ended up coming off feeling sick, after being shaken so much. The ride quality was dreadful, and I needed a bus to actually be able to reach the table I was sat at it was that far.
1208 London Liverpool Street to Stratford on 321365 and 321425.
1230 Stratford to Shenfield on 321426.
1302 Shenfield to Colchester on 360111 and 360106.
1330 Colchester to Shenfield 321308 and 321352. I shouldn't have been able to get this train, as it was due to leave before my arrival, however had been held for whatever reason, allowing me to catch it, which also meant that I was able to avoid the part of 321s I had had earlier to Stratford.
1426 Shenfield to Harold Wood on 345017.
1449 Harold Wood to Romford on 345005.
1510 Romford to London Liverpool Street on 321347.
1532 London Liverpool Street to Moorgate on the Metropolitan Line.
1543 Moorgate to Finsbury Park on 313046 and 313018.
1607 Finsbury Park to Highbury and Islington on 313040 and 313039.
1611 Highbury and Islington to London Euston on the Victoria Line.
1717 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly on 390123, running via Stoke-on-Trent. Due to a CrossCountry not being in front of us, as it was delayed, we ended up about 7 minutes early at Stockport after a clear run, which meant a nice wait there. We actually ended up delaying the CrossCountry service further as we were sat in it's platform!

Wednesday 22nd May
0932 Manchester Victoria to Huddersfield on 185121.
1439 Huddersfield to Manchester Piccadilly on 185109, running via Manchester Victoria and the Orsdall Chord.

Sunday 26th May
1056 Manchester Victoria to Leeds on 150105 and 156475, running via Hebden Bridge and a reversal at Bradford Interchange. This had one of the recently arrived Ex-London Midland sets, which was very green still!
1834 Leeds to Manchester Victoria on 185144.

Monday 27th May
1042 Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport on 158858 and 158852.
1105 Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly on 150146 and 150141.
1122 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Oxford Road on 319383.
1125 Manchester Oxford Road to Manchester Piccadilly on 319366.
1138 Manchester Piccadilly to Liverpool Lime Street on 158866 and 156405, running via Warrington Central.
1238 Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central on 508136.
1245 Liverpool Central to Liverpool James Street on 508127.
1249 Liverpool James Street to Moorfields on 507025.
1255 Moorfields to Liverpool Central on 507033 and 508128, running via the Northern Line.
1302 Liverpool Central to Moorfields on 508139.
1306 Moorfields to Liverpool Lime Street on 507019.
1336 Liverpool Lime Street to Chester on 150250, running via the recently returned to regular service Halton Curve.
1450 Chester to Manchester Piccadilly, propelled by 67014, running via Warrington Bank Quay. The return of the outbound Manchester - Holyhead loco-hauled set. This surprisingly runs non-stop from Earlestown to Manchester Piccadilly, whereas normal TfW services call at both Newton-le-Willows and Manchester Oxford Road.

Friday 31st May
1715 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston on 390121, running via Stoke-on-Trent. This particular Pendolino seemed to have quite the flat on the bogie I was sat over in Coach U, which was making quite the rattle at 125mph!
1927 London Euston to London Victoria on the Victoria Line.

Nearly 2,850 miles this month then.

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Class 159 Salisbury to Clapham Junction, about 40 mnutes late even though it only had to come from round back of the station. A number of excuses were put forward, the most likely being that the crew had to get off a train from London.

Souther n class 377 Clapham Junction to East Grinstead, diverted via Crystal Palace, not the interesting part of the station though, the bit round the back.

SECR H-class with teak coaches out to Horstead Keynes.
Q-class generic black 0-6-0 with a collection of Southern coaches on the way back.

Reverse of the above journey, lots of the new 707 class units in evidence, wonder what they’re doing with the old 455 suburban units. I rode one between Waterloo and Clapham last time I did this journey, (it turns out not every train stops at Clapham Junction) and they were a smooth and quiet ride.


18 MaY 2019, Romsey – Ryde St. Johns

SWR class 158 from Romsey to St. Denys via Chandlers Ford . Class 450 to Portsmouth and Southsea. GWR Networker –type machine ahead of a 158 for the final leg – either filling in or has been cascaded . 1933 tube from Ryde pier head to St. Johns. There appeared to be some work underway, hopefully on the fast bit between Smallbrook and Sandown. There was talk of a loop being installed to increase the service.

Return journey was Class 444 to Fratton, 450 to St. Denys and back the same way to Romsey via 158.

2 June Winchester – Didcot Parkway
cLass 444 to Basingstoke, unexpectedly crowded so rode in the vestibule. GWR class 166 (Networker –type machine) from there to Reading. They seem to have changed the announcements: The robot announcer lady no longer sounds flirtatious, she sounds like shes, talking , extra , slow, to , you, because , you , are, thick.
Rode an 800 to Didcot Parkway, in the aisle, because it was a 10- coach train. Maybe they had to replace the 125s, but they could have replaced them with 12 coaches. The ‘stairways to heaven’ are in evidence between the cars at either end. Maybe they only got rid of them on the ECML units, or decided someone climbing one was collateral damage .

A sand – coloured class 14 and one of the railcars that started the whole DMU thing were giving rides at the railway centre.

Took the stopping train back to Reading, and the shuttle to Basingstoke, which was full. Caught a Cross Country Voyager to Winchester, oddly this was nearly empty.
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Post by Ameecher » 24 Jun 2019 18:42

A 2x 5 car 800 is longer and provides more seats than an HST whether a 7 car or 8 car HST.
The coaches on each 800 are 3 metres longer than the MK3 coaches on an HST so don't be fooled by the carriage count necessarily.
Anything longer and they wouldn't fit in the vast majority of the stations.
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Post by Chrill » 24 Jun 2019 19:01

This summer, they are shutting down the train link through Stockholm, so all domestic trains (and those to Oslo and Copenhagen) are either routed around the North of Stockholm or they depart from a local train station South of Stockholm. This causes massive congestion on our local public transport railway link Citybanan which does operate as normal.

In other words, this morning's train from Barkarby to Stockholm City was not a big problem, but leaving Stockholm City heading North in the afternoon was a pain because all the people usually coming to Stockholm by rail was forced to use our local train services instead.
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Post by Arch9enius » 27 Jun 2019 02:10

"When he asked us where the bar was, and we replied there wasn't on, his response was "Well that's a f-ing heresy". I tried not to laugh too much at that point, instead saving it for a chat with the guard instead."

He's right though.

What are they doing underneath (or over or through) Stockholm?
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Post by Pilot » 30 Jun 2019 00:03

Another Month, another bunch of journey's. Not intending on going out tomorrow, but can edit if need be! As usual, services with new track will be listed in italics.

Saturday 1st June - The Curvey Weaver Railtour (UK Railtours)
0551 London Victoria to London Euston on the Victoria Line. Another early start for a railtour!
0642 London Euston to Walton Old Jn, hauled by 66083 with 66078 dead in tow on the rear, running via Northampton, and the Trent Valley. Just before we departed, got a bit of a look at the new Caledonian Mk5s, which look smart at least (shame they don't work that smart as yet!)
1105 Walton Old Jn to Walton Old Jn Yard, hauled by 66078 with 66083 idling on the rear. Apparently the first visit of a train carrying passengers into the yard for 20 years.
1120 Walton Old Jn to Latchford Sidings, hauled by 66083 with 66078 idling on the rear.
1155 Latchford Sidings to Liverpool South Parkway, hauled by 66078 with 66083 on the rear, running via the site of the former Warrington Bank Quay Low Level station, and past the soon to be closed Fiddlers Ferry Power station.
1250 Liverpool South Parkway to Garston Freightliner Terminal, hauled by 66083 with 66078 on the rear.
1350 Garton Freightliner Terminal to Chester South Jn, hauled by 66078 with 66083 on the rear, running via the Halton Curve.
1507 Chester South Jn to Oakleigh NR Boundary, hauled by 66083 with 66078 on the rear. First train down the Oakleigh line in about 2/3 years, with the line being cleared of vegetation especially for this train.
1625 Oakleigh NR Boundary to London Euston. hauled by 66078 with 66083 dead in tow on the rear, running via Middlewich, Crewe, the Trent Valley and Northampton. Interestingly, due to a points failure, this train had to run on the Down (or Northbound) Fast line between Amington Junction, south of Tamworth, and Nuneaton, with all Northbound trains running via Down Slow.
2107 London Euston to London Victoria on the Victoria Line.

Sunday 2nd June
0743 London Victoria to East Croydon on 377127 and 377412.
0810 East Croydon to London Bridge on 700145.
0828 London Bridge to St Mary Cray on 377519 and 377522.
0851 St Mary Cray to Shortlands on 700030.
0907 Shortlands to London Blackfriars on 465021 and 465193. Due to engineering works on the Southeastern side of London Victoria, these services were being diverted to Blackfriars. This train also arrived at Blackfriars before my previous train (albeit, only shortly before, we were side-by-side at Elephant and Castle).
0941 London Blackfriars to London Bridge on 700030.
1004 London Bridge to Orpington on 465904 and 465928.
1026 Orpington to Waterloo East on 375630 and 375601. I had been intending on getting a few more Class 375s in whilst down in the area, as prior to this journey, I had a total of just 2.2 miles travelled on the type. Keep this in mind for later.
1057 London Waterloo to Hampton Court on 707024 and 707026.
1135 Hampton Court to Raynes Park on 5870 and 456009.
1154 Raynes Park to London Waterloo on 5858.
1223 London Waterloo to Tottenham Court Road on the Northern Line.
1233 Tottenham Court Road to London Liverpool Street on the Central Line.
1253 London Liverpool Street to Romford on 321365 and 321447.
1341 Romford to Upminster on 315803.
1407 Upminster to Barking on 357204 and 357010.
1423 Barking to Blackhorse Road on 378232. Was hoping for a 710, got a 378 I'd been on before instead. A 710 was just leaving Blackhorse Road as I was walking up the stairs.
1444 Blackhorse Road to Finsbury Park on the Victoria Line.
1507 Finsbury Park to Highbury and Islington on 313045 and 313044. Perhaps my last journey on the Great Northern 313s - it remains to be seen.
1513 Highbury and Islington to London Euston on the Victoria Line.
1537 London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly on 390010, running via Crewe. Unrestricted by Advance tickets as I would usually be, I was able to get the first train back north on arrival at Euston.

Saturday 8th June
0708 Manchester Piccadilly to Stockport on 150142.
0728 Stockport to Sheffield on 185131.
0829 Sheffield to London St. Pancras on 222004, running via Derby. It pained me to let the HST that was alongside us at Sheffield go, but this train was the only one doing breakfast, and with a £12 upgrade for First Class, it was worth it, especially given the fact that I was never charged for the upgrade!
1042 London St. Pancras to London Blackfriars on 700059.
1059 London Blackfriars to London Bridge on 700109.
1109 London Bridge to Tonbridge on 375828 and 375919, running via Parks Bridge Jn, New Beckenham, Shortlands and Orpington. A diverted Southeastern service as the mainline between Lewisham and Orpington was closed for engineering works.
1222 Tonbridge to Dover Priory on 375609 and 375711.
1342 Dover Priory to Rochester on 395019. Something about this bit felt really, really slow. I don't know if it's because I know the Javelins can do 140mph or if that line is just a drag.
1535 Rochester to Bromley South on 375827 and 375602.
1608 Bromley South to London Victoria on 375909 and 375918, running via Catford and Brixton Junction. Another diverted service due to engineering works, this one would originally terminate at Charing Cross. Because of this diversion, the train was booked the long route, and had about 20 minutes of pathing time prior to Brixton Junction. This meant we had to sit there for about 10 minutes, before we were let into Victoria early.
1644 London Victoria to London Euston on the Victoria Line.
1715 London Euston to Milton Keynes Central on 350248 and 350263. This was the service where I found out the 350/2s had fairly recently been cleared for 110mph, as this service runs fast lines out of London as far as Ledburn Jn, just south of Leighton Buzzard.
1819 Milton Keynes Central to Crewe on 350103 and 350119, running via Kilsby and the Trent Valley.
2012 Crewe to Stockport on 390010.
2035 Stockport to Manchester Piccadilly on 150149 and 150137.

Sunday 9th June
0838 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 156426, 142056 and 150123. A positioning move of units from Blackburn to Manchester, with only the front unit (156426) being open for passenger use.
0903 Manchester Victoria to Stalybridge on 142001 and 150140.
0930 Stalybridge to Huddersfield on 185132.
1000 Huddersfield to Leeds on 185143.
1107 Leeds to Doncaster on 800104, running via the Hambleton Curve. My first trip on an LNER "Azuma", the seating is every so slightly better than the seats on the GWR ones, but that's about it. These trains were diverted due to engineering works around Wakefield Westgate
1201 Doncaster to Leeds, powered by 43274 and 43316, again running via the Hambleton Curve.
1316 Leeds to Castleford on 158789. A former Scotrail unit that still has it's old first class seating. This particular one looks like it hasn't had any sort of Interior refurb since the 1990s.
1342 Castleford to Leeds on 144009.
1425 Leeds to Sheffield, powered by 43073 and 43083, running via Wakefield Kirkgate and Barnsley, diverted due to the aforementioned engineering works.
1628 Castle Square to Valley Centertainment on 399206. My first run on one of the Tram-Trains that run between Sheffield and Rotherham, albeit solely on the Tram lines. They weren't too shabby to be fair.
1643 Valley Centertainment to Meadowhall on Supertram 103.
1706 Meadowhall to Sheffield on 142088.
1734 Sheffield to Leeds, powered by 43054 and 43043, running via Barnsley and Wakefield Kirkgate.
1919 Leeds to Rochdale on 142093 and 158794, running via the reversal at Bradford Interchange.
2038 Rochdale to Rochdale Town Centre on M5000 tram 3104.

Saturday 15th June
1109 Rochdale to Salford Crescent on 142043.
1141 Salford Crescent to Preston on 319370.
1247 Preston to Manchester Oxford Road on 350404, running via Bolton.
1326 Manchester Oxford Road to Earlestown on 319374.
1354 Earlestown to Manchester Victoria on 158793 and 153324. Part of Northern's fairly new (May timetable change) Chester - Leeds services, which seem quite quiet beyond Manchester Victoria, although new services do take some time to gain custom.
1426 Manchester Victoria to Wigan Wallgate on 150268 and 150270, running via Atherton.
1438 Wigan North Western to Preston on 390128. This train was quite heavily delayed, allowing me to make this connection.
1532 Preston to Lancaster on 156496.
1629 Lancaster to Preston on 350402.
1655 Preston to Manchester Piccadilly on 319373.
1753 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Oxford Road on 175106.
1804 Manchester Oxford Road to Salford Crescent on 319377.
1824 Salford Crescent to Bolton on 150211 and 153301.
1840 Bolton to Hindley on 150275 and 156464.
1856 Hindley to Bolton on 150142 and 150129.
1918 Bolton to Mills Hill on 153304 and 150209.

Saturday 22nd June
1014 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 153359 and 150108.
1107 Manchester Victoria to Chester on 150220 and 153351.
1230 Chester to Runcorn on 150262, running via the Halton Curve.
1303 Runcorn to Crewe on 390130.
1358 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street on 350265 and 350376. Whilst waiting at Crewe, I was able to view the Caledonian Mk5s from failed sleeper the night before. That had terminated at Acton Bridge with a suspected Door Interlock fault, and was preparing to run empty to Wembley Depot.
1500 Liverpool Lime Street to Warrington Bank Quay on 319367.
1627 Warrington Bank Quay to Chester on 175108.
1655 Chester to Crewe on 150254. A connection I shouldn't have been able to make given the delay to my service, but the dispatcher for this was late (walking out the staff room as I was walking down the platform) so just had to quicken my walking to beat him.
1801 Crewe to Stoke-on-Trent on 350234.
1814 Stoke-on-Trent to Kidsgrove on 350101.
1845 Kidsgrove to Crewe on 153384.
1931 Crewe to Liverpool South Parkway on 350237.
2011 Liverpool South Parkway to Warrington Central on 142009 and 150269. Had been hoping to make the connection to the East Midlands at Liverpool South Parkway, but it didn't quite come of. Shame really as one of their 156s was on it.
2045 Warrington Central to Manchester Piccadilly on 156455.
2117 Manchester Piccadilly to Manchester Oxford Road on 319363.
2125 Manchester Oxford Road to Manchester Victoria on 185113.
2158 Manchester Victoria to Rochdale on 158753.

Sunday 23rd June
1003 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 150141 and 150204.
1045 Manchester Victoria to Bolton on 153304 and 150113.
1119 Bolton to Preston on 319372.
1204 Preston to Wigan North Western on 390002.
1219 Wigan North Western to Preston on 158860. A busy Windermere-bound train, which bizarrely go non-stop through Lancaster. From Monday, some of these services should be operated by Northern's brand new Class 195 units.
1253 Preston to Lancaster on 390046.
1313 Lancaster to Silverdale on 156463.
1335 Silverdale to Lancaster on 156496. This ex-Scotrail Class 156 has become a bit of a stalker unit for me.
1427 Lancaster to Preston on 350405. My highest mileage 350 - Blegh!
1456 Preston to Blackburn on 142046 and 142052.
1548 Blackburn to Bolton on 150113 and 153304.
1625 Bolton to Salford Crescent on 319364.
1652 Salford Crescent to Rochdale on 142033 and 150255.

Saturday 29th June
0806 Rochdale to Manchester Victoria on 150119 and 156455.
0855 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 390104.
0950 Crewe to Birmingham New Street on 350124 and 350114.
1057 Birmingham New Street to Walsall on 323208, running via Aston.
1138 Walsall to Rugeley Trent Valley on 350266. Thought I'd have my first run on the recently electrified Chase Line since the wires went up.
1225 Rugeley Trent Valley to Stafford on 350368 and 350112.
1240 Stafford to Wolverhampton on 350263.
1301 Wolverhampton to Smethwick Galton Bridge on 350101.
1322 Smethwick Galton Bridge to Birmingham International on 158833.
1400 Birmingham International to Coventry on 390155.
1437 Coventry to Leamington Spa on 172005.
1532 Leamington Spa to Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway on 165021.
1607 Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway to Solihull on 172331, running via Claverdon. The new track was the curve at Hatton to go towards Dorridge, which I had yet to do before.
1624 Solihull to Leamington Spa on 168329 and 168216. Stuff had well and truly gone wrong on the Chiltern route, and this train was 25 minutes late leaving Solihull.
1655 Leamington Spa to Warwick Parkway on 168110. Another heavily delayed Chiltern service, this one being 38 minutes late leaving Leamington.
1732 Warwick Parkway to Birmingham Moor Street on 168004. Due to the heavy delay on the previous train, this was only 4 minutes behind it at Warwick Parkway. We eventually arrived in Moor Street 23 mins late at 1822, but this was far from the end of the chaos!
1804 Birmingham New Street to Crewe on 350231 and 350113, running via Aston, Soho East Jn, Smethwick Galton Bridge then the usual route. Due to a major signalling failure between New Street and Soho, services between Birmingham and Wolves were limited and diverted. This train was actually one of the closest to being on-time, leaving New Street 36 minutes late, although was 50 mins late by Crewe due to the longer route that was taken out of Birmingham. Got me a new curve in too!
2030 Crewe to Manchester Piccadilly on 175114.


Just under 2,675 miles travelled this month, with a fair amount of new track done also, which is a bonus.

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Re: Your Last Train Journey?

Post by Diesel Power » 03 Jul 2019 22:37

It always astonishes me how much you get about Pilot! Do you travel that much for work? Or just enjoy train journeys? Good work documenting everything too, you must have a very large note book!

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Re: Your Last Train Journey?

Post by Pilot » 09 Jul 2019 14:17

Diesel Power wrote:
03 Jul 2019 22:37
It always astonishes me how much you get about Pilot! Do you travel that much for work? Or just enjoy train journeys? Good work documenting everything too, you must have a very large note book!
Most of my travel is just because I enjoy travelling. The more mundane stuff (Manchester - Milton Keynes as an example) is usually the only travelling I do for work.

As for the size of my note book, I have been through a couple A6 sized notebooks this year :mrgreen: Fortunately, it all goes onto a spreadsheet pretty quickly too!

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Re: Your Last Train Journey?

Post by JamieLei » 12 Jul 2019 07:30

Chrill wrote:
24 Jun 2019 19:01
This summer, they are shutting down the train link through Stockholm, so all domestic trains (and those to Oslo and Copenhagen) are either routed around the North of Stockholm or they depart from a local train station South of Stockholm. This causes massive congestion on our local public transport railway link Citybanan which does operate as normal.

In other words, this morning's train from Barkarby to Stockholm City was not a big problem, but leaving Stockholm City heading North in the afternoon was a pain because all the people usually coming to Stockholm by rail was forced to use our local train services instead.
Was that the same engineering works as last summer when I saw you?
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Re: Your Last Train Journey?

Post by Chrill » 12 Jul 2019 08:46

JamieLei wrote:
12 Jul 2019 07:30
Chrill wrote:
24 Jun 2019 19:01
This summer, they are shutting down the train link through Stockholm, so all domestic trains (and those to Oslo and Copenhagen) are either routed around the North of Stockholm or they depart from a local train station South of Stockholm. This causes massive congestion on our local public transport railway link Citybanan which does operate as normal.

In other words, this morning's train from Barkarby to Stockholm City was not a big problem, but leaving Stockholm City heading North in the afternoon was a pain because all the people usually coming to Stockholm by rail was forced to use our local train services instead.
Was that the same engineering works as last summer when I saw you?
Indeed. They suspend them every summer. The work itself will take years, but they'd rather not do it during the year due to lack of other options, so they only work for about one month per summer. They will do so for the coming 4-5 years at least, but by then we'll have the underground all the way to Barkarby! :)
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Re: Your Last Train Journey?

Post by Arch9enius » 15 Jul 2019 01:34

Hmm, I wonder what they're up to .

13th July, Salisbury to Paignton.
GWR 158 from Salisbury, through to Bristol as it would have been a hour and a half wait for a connecting train to Paignton (or Exeter) to get to Westbury from London. With the ruin gone from in front of Temple Meads station it was pretty open, and windswept.

9 -car GWR class 802 from Bristol to Newton Abbot. They are doing the Japanese thing at the stations and marking zones for people to stand in for first class, wheelchair space etc. Not yet confident enough to mark where the doors are gonna be though. Previous to this train, an HST in the old FGW blue-with-scribbles colours left on a stopping service to Taunton. So they''re still about if you want a ride on one. The 802 was quiet under Diesel power, though I could have been in a car without an engine under it.

4 car GWR class 150 from Newton Abbot, the displaced class 166s haven't got as far as Exeter St. Davids though there is a great deal of construction going on in the yard . At least I saw no Pacers running in multiple with 153s, when I rode one of thoses setups on a previous trip down that way, it accellerated in a series of jerks, like the two vehicles' acceleration didn't match.

Paignton to Kingswear and back behind Dinmore Manor 7820. Some of the (old mk.1 suburban or DMU trailers) coaches have recieved overhauled seats. S160 6046 was sat in Paignton station. The station bookshop had interesting books on the usual railway stuff like gangsters, the gestapo and the history of slavery.

2 car GWR class 143 Paignton to Exeter St DaVids, ended up stood in the doorway 'cos I couldn't see out the windows. If I'd have waited a bit I could have got on the Cross Country HST that followed it out of Paignton. Anyhow, I boarded that at St. Davids through to Bristol.

2-car GWR class 166 stopping train from Temple Meads to Westbury. Someone had knocked over all the electrical boxes , and there was a hold at an unexplained red light. Fairly long wait at Westbury as the train from Cardiff was delayed. Two class 59s were in the nearest yard, in DB and GBrf colours. They appear to be putting some extra length on the island platforms.

3-car GWR class 158 back to Salisbury.
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