So, done a little bit of travel again this month, again, as above, trains with new trackage on are in italics.
Friday 7th September
0939 Warwick Parkway to Leamington Spa on 168111 and 168322. 168322 has changed a lot since I last travelled on it, back when it was 170302.
0958 Leamington Spa to Birmingham Moor Street, hauled by 68013. I do like the Chiltern loco-hauled sets.
1049 Birmingham Moor Street to Stourbridge Junction on 172214 and 172215.
1135 Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town on 139001. The last 139 I needed for travelling on, whilst the shed doors were open so the other could be seen in there, first time I've ever seen both at the same time.
1140 Stourbridge Town to Stourbridge Junction on 139001.
1159 Stourbridge Junction to Kidderminster on 172218 and 172212.
1219 Kidderminster to Worcester Shrub Hill on 172334. Just after we boarded this train, a car decided it wanted to hit the level crossing gates at Rowley Regis, causing lenghty delays on the entire line, I was lucky enough to get through!
1247 Worcester Shrub Hill to Malvern Link, powered by 43144 and 43186
1313 Malvern Link to Bromsgrove on 170514. This service ended up behind units that were meant to be going via Rowley Regis, however, were now not able to. This caused a delay of around 20 minutes to this train, whilst a decision was made whether to divert the train ahead via Bromsgrove or not, it eventually was diverted.
1412 Bromsgrove to University on 323211. I must say, the 323 coped with the Incline at Lickey brilliantly.
1439 Unversity to Tamworth on 170105.
1520 Tamworth to Nuneaton on 350106.
1614 Nuneaton to Coventry on 153354.
1736 Coventry to Leamington Spa on 153334.
1741 Leamington Spa to Birmingham New Street on 168005. Due to an Emergency Speed Restriction implemented in the Haddenham & Thame Parkway area, all northbound Chiltern trains were delayed. This meant that the 68 hauled set I had been aiming to catch to Smethwick Galton Bridge was stuck in Bicester, so the 168 was boarded instead.
1901 Birmingham New Street to Stafford on 350247. Decided to have an hour or so at Stafford, seeing some of the many freights that pass through later in the evening
2104 Stafford to Manchester Piccadilly on 390045. This ran back via Crewe and Styal.
Saturday 8th September
0955 Manchester Piccadilly to Crewe on 390153.
1046 Crewe to Runcorn on 390039.
1122 Runcorn to Liverpool South Parkway on 350232. Decided to stop at LSP to get a pic of the Northern Belle coming from Manchester.
1153 Liverpool South Parkway to Liverpool Lime Street on 156489 and 156421.
1213 Liverpool Lime Street to Liverpool Central on 507011, decided to do some bashing on the Merseyrail units, as they are due to be withdrawn soon when the new Stadler-built Units arrive.
1220 Liverpool Central to Liverpool James Street on 507033.
1224 Liverpool James Street to Hamilton Square on 507008.
1230 Hamilton Square to Birkenhead North on 507010.
1249 Birkenhead North to Hamilton Square on 507020.
1301 Hamilton Square to Bidston on 508127. Got this train via the full Loop under Liverpool.
1332 Bidston to Shotton on 150237. Went for some Lunch in Wetherspoons, classy me!
1455 Shotton to Wrexham Central on 150250.
1530 Wrexham Central to Wrexham General on 150250.
1606 Wrexham General to Chester on 175109.
1655 Chester to Crewe on 150279. A4 Union of South Africa was at Chester, so the station was rather busy.
1720 Crewe to Whitchurch (Shropshire) on 153323. Wanted a run past the depot at Gresty Bridge to see if there was much interesting on there. There wasn't.
1808 Whitchurch (Shropshire) to Crewe on 158830.
1847 Crewe to Liverpool Lime Street on 390118.
1952 Liverpool Lime Street to Manchester Piccadilly on 158773 and 158783. This was the East Midlands Trains service, and ran via Warrington Central, had been a while since I did that route, so was nice to go over there again.
Friday 14th September
0626 Manchester Piccadilly to Lancaster on 350405.
0736 Lancaster to Barrow-in-Furness on 156471.
0918 Barrow-in-Furness to Carlisle, powered by 68005 and 68033.
1247 Carlisle to Newcastle Central on 156480. This service was 17 minutes late leaving Carlisle, as Northern decided to do a unit swap with a set coming off the Cumbrian Coast. If this set had been on-time, it would have arriving at Carlisle roughly 3 mins after the Newcastle was due to leave, however, it was delayed and arrived roughly 12 minutes after the Newcastle set should have left. They then had to uncouple the two sets that had arrived, as only the one was going to Newcastle, further adding to the delay. All whilst another 156, sat in Platform 2 having arrived from Newcastle (and, looking at it's usual platform allocation, meant to go back!), was getting ready to go to Lancaster. Bit of a weird decision, but idk the reasoning behind it.
1441 Newcastle Central to Thornaby on 142071, running via the Durham Coast. This train kept losing time due to a large amount of passengers in wheelchairs requiring the ramp. I think there was 5 on the journey, which is a lot for a single pacer to carry!
1602 Thornaby to York on 185113 and 185108.
1711 York to Leeds on 170459, running via Harrogate. This unit still had full Scotrail branding on it, and was a pleasant surprise from the Pacer I was expecting.
1836 Leeds to Manchester Victoria on 158758, running via Bradford Interchange.
All in all, this day cost me £30, including my bus fare home, as I had two free Northern Singles as delay repay compensation, which I used from Lancaster to Thornaby, and then from York to Manchester Victoria, got 317 miles out them!
Monday 17th September
1139 Rochdale to Wigan Wallgate on 150206 and 142094, running via Atherton.
1245 Wigan Wallgate to Blackpool North on 390128.
1332 Blackpool North to Poulton-le-Fylde on 319386.
1345 Poulton-le-Fylde to Preston on 319376. Whilst at Preston, I was able to see the Class 195 test run (pic attached below).
1447 Preston to Blackburn on 158850.
1554 Blackburn to Cherry Tree on 142079.
1618 Cherry Tree to Blackburn on 142036.
1648 Blackburn to Rochdale on 153331 and 153363, running via Darwen. It's weird that you can now get to Rochdale in 2 directions from Blackburn! Was also the first time I'd ever used the new(ish), west-facing bay at Rochdale.