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.


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…

On This Day… The Great Gathering

Eight years ago today I spent an enjoyable couple of hours at the National Railway Museum (NRM) photographing all six preserved London & North Eastern Railway (LNER) class A4 locomotives at ‘The Great Gathering

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National Railway Museum, 11 November 2013

Gathering all six A4s together was no mean feat, although four of the locos were located in the United Kingdom, 60008 DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER was housed in the National Railroad Museum in Green Bay, Wisconsin and 4489 DOMINION OF CANADA was in the Canadian Railway Museum in Montreal!

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National Railway Museum, 11 November 2013

I did manage to get all six locos in one image (just) but the distortion caused by the wide-angle lens used makes 60007 and 4489 look twice as wide as the others so you’ll have to make do with two separate pics!

Spotted Yesterday – 170404 and 170395

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Tweedbank, 25 October 2021

Spotted yesterday at Tweedbank Station on the Borders Railway in Scotland, a pair of ScotRail class 170 ‘Turbostar’ diesel multiple units.

170404 was originally built for ScotRail services whereas 170395 (which had arrived with train 2T78, the 11.25 (SSuX) service from Edinburgh) was built for Hull Trains, entering service in March 2004, only to be replaced in May 2005 by class 222 ‘Pioneer’ diesel-electric multiple units (themselves now in service with East Midlands Railway).

There can’t be many three-car DMUs currently in service in the UK that have worked into two capital cities but 170395 is one of them, working into London King’s Cross with Hull Trains and Edinburgh with ScotRail.