Spotted Yesterday – 43184 at Derby

Derby, 6 August 2022

Last month CrossCountry unveiled one of its High Speed Train power cars in the livery it first carried in the 1980s… 43184 was built in 1981 at Crewe Works and renumbered 43384 when rebuilt with an MTU engine in 2008.

CrossCountry have reinstated not only the original TOPS number but also the the set number ‘253051’ across the power car’s nose.

I had a tip that 43184 was leading train 1E67, the 16.27 service from Plymouth to Leeds so I popped down to Derby hoping to grab a pic in the failing light… and I’m glad I did.

For the record 43303 (the former 43103) was on the rear of the train.

Spotted Yesterday… 57314 at Belper

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Belper, 24 June 2022

Spotted last night, West Coast Railway Company’s 57314 Conwy Castle approaching Belper with train 1Z64, the 16.47 return leg of the ‘Scarborough at Leisure’ railtour from Coventry.

Classmate 57313 Scarborough Castle was on the rear of the 11 coach rake.

Spotted Yesterday – At York…

… my first Mk.5a coaching stock and a pair of TransPennine Express-liveried Class 68s.

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York, 17 May 2022

TransPennine Express operate a fleet of 66 Mk.5a coaches which includes 14 driving trailer vehicles. 12804 was at the rear of a five-coach rake (12804, 12712, 12711, 12710 and 11504) that formed train 1E29, the 11.17 to Scarborough, hauled by…

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York, 17 May 2022

The Class 68s are operated by Direct Rail Services (DRS) and 16 members of the 34-strong fleet have been modified to operate with the TransPennine Express coaching stock in push-pull mode.

Spotted Yesterday – In 35 minutes At Norbiton

… on the New Malden Junction-Shepperton line in the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames in London.

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2O37, 14.03 South Western Railway (SWR) service from London Waterloo to London Waterloo

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2K37, 14.27 SWR from London Waterloo to London Waterloo

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2H44, 14.41 SWR from Shepperton to London Waterloo

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2O39, 14.33 SWR from London Waterloo to London Waterloo

I was pleasantly surprised by the (albeit small) variety of EMU classes passing through the station… but even more surprised to find this relic of the Southern Railway!

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From the Archives – DUMBLETON HALL

I recently read that Great Western Railway (GWR) 4900 ‘Hall’ class 4-6-0 4920 DUMBLETON HALL had been bought by Warner Brothers and exported to Japan for display in the Harry Potter exhibit at Warner Bros Studios Tour in Tokyo.

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South Devon Railway, 7 August 2013

Built at the Great Western Railway’s Swindon Works in 1929, 4920 was withdrawn from Bristol Barrow Road shed by British Railways in December 1965 and sent for scrap. Preservation beckoned in June 1976 and 4920 became the 82nd departure from Barry scrapyard, finally returning to steam in 1992 on the Paignton & Dartmouth Steam Railway (now known as the Dartmouth Steam Railway).

The locomotive’s owners subsequently purchased the Dart Valley Railway (now known as the South Devon Railway) and 4920 was loaned to various heritage lines before returning to the Dartmouth Steam Railway where it was last steamed in October 1999 before moving to Buckfastleigh on the SDR for storage.

Above is the only pic I have (and now likely will ever have) of 4920, taken during a flying visit to the SDR in August 2013.

Spotted Today – 66717 Good Old Boy

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Erewash Valley Line, 5 January 2022

Spotted today, a very grubby 66717 Good Old Boy approaching the site of Shipley Gate station on the Erewash Valley Line with train 6X01, the 10.18 loaded rails from Scunthorpe Trent Terminal Complex to Eastleigh East Yard.

On St Andrew’s Day – The Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway

A small selection of photos taken during my only visit (so far) to the Bo’ness & Kinneil Railway (B&KR) back in 2018.

Bo’ness, 2 November 2018

27001 (the former D5347) was first allocated to Thornton Junction shed (62A) in June 1961 but was almost immediately reallocated to Glasgow Eastfield (65A, later ED), spending the rest of its working life allocated to either Eastfield or Edinburgh Haymarket sheds (64B, later HA).

I don’t think I ever saw a ‘McRat’ (as the class 27s were known) in BR days but would have loved to have seen them on their regular stomping ground of the West Highland Line.

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Bo’ness, 2 November 2018

No.419 was built at the Caledonian Railway’s St. Rollox Works in 1907 and remained in service (first with the London Midland & Scottish Railway, then British Railways) until December 1962 when it was withdrawn from Carstairs shed (66E).

The beautifully restored flagship of the Scottish Railway Preservation Society (SRPS) fleet had spent nine years undergoing overhaul and had only returned to traffic the month prior to my visit.

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Bo’ness, 2 November 2018

You can’t have a collection of Scottish locomotives without a ‘Wee Pug’ and this Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co Ltd 0-4-0ST (works no.2043 of 1937) fits the bill perfectly!

Built for United Collieries Ltd (as their No.4) it worked at various locations before ending up at Kinneil Colliery in the late 1970s from where it entered preservation, initially at the Prestongrange Mining Museum. Owned by East Lothian Council it is currently awaiting overhaul.

On This Day… Nottingham Express Transit

Six years ago today I spent a few hours travelling around the Nottingham Express Transit (NET) system, visiting the second phase routes to Toton Lane and Clifton South that had opened a few months earlier.

First up was a trip to Toton Lane on one of the original Bombardier Incentro trams, 209 Sidney Standard (named after the former president of the Beeston Road (cycling) Club and proprieter of a bike shop in Beeston for 27 years).

The trip back to Nottingham railway station was on one of the newer Alstom Citadis trams, 217 Carl Froch (named after the super-middleweight boxer born in Nottingham in 1977).

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Toton Lane, 25 November 2015

The trip to Clifton South was completed in two stages, Alstom Citadis, 234 George Africanus (named after a West African former slave who became a successful entrepreneur in Nottingham in the 1780s) taking me as far as Clifton Centre and classmate 235 David Clarke (named after the former ice hockey player and captain of the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team) from Clifton Centre to Clifton South.

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Clifton South, 25 November 2015

Another pair of Citadis trams, 226 and 236 Sat Bains (named after the chef/proprieter of Restaurant Sat Bains) transported me back to first Nottingham railway station and then Beeston… for dinner with wifey!


Alrewas, 22 November 2021

Spotted yesterday, GB Railfreight’s 66715 VALOUR – IN MEMORY OF ALL RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY approaching Alrewas level crossing with train 4F62, the 12.58 intermodal service from East Midlands Gateway to Seaforth Container Terminal.

The locomotive’s name is rather appropriate as the National Memorial Arboretum is only a few hundred yards east of where I was standing…