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?"
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