Spotted Yesterday – 66715 VALOUR – IN MEMORY OF ALL RAILWAY EMPLOYEES WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY

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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…

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.

Spotted Today – 37116

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Breaston, 3 April 2021

Spotted today, 37116 (the former D6816, built in 1963 by English Electric at Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows) passing Breaston (between Long Eaton and Spondon stations) with train 3M03, the 10.52 Colas Rail/Network Rail test train from Dollands Moor Sidings to Derby R.T.C.

The five coach train was made up of Brake Force Runner 96604, Generator Van 6262, Brake Coach 9810, Ultrasonic Test Coach 999606 and Driving Trailer Coach 9702 and was (at this point) running 42 minutes early in spite of having departed Dollands Moor 40 minutes late!

Spotted Today – 66789 British Rail 1948-1997

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Alfreton Tunnel, 26 February 2021

Spotted today, during my daily exercise… 66789 British Rail 1948-1997 exiting Alfreton Tunnel with train 0O01, the 10.50 light engine move from Doncaster Down Decoy Yard to Eastleigh East Yard.

Previously numbered 66250, the loco was one of a batch sold by DB Cargo UK to GB Railfreight (GBRf) in 2017 and now carries British Rail’s ‘large logo’ blue livery.

The 840 yard long Alfreton (New) Tunnel was completed in 1901 by the Midland Railway (MR) when the line here was quadrupled, the new tunnel being used for the fast lines with the old tunnel being relegated to freight traffic on the slow lines.

Spotted Yesterday – In 15 minutes on the Erewash Valley Line

A 15-minute pause during a stroll in the Erewash Valley (near the site of the Former Shipley Gate station) yesterday produced the following…

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Erewash Valley Line, 4 January 2021

Freightliner’s 66514 heading 6M73, the 10.50 departmental service from Doncaster Up Decoy to Toton North Yard.

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Erewash Valley Line, 4 January 2021

195009, working 1Y15, the 11.09 Sundays excepted (SuX) Northern service from Leeds to Nottingham.

The class 195s seem to have finally taken over from class 158s on this route, I’ve seen a few but this is the first time I’ve photographed one.

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Erewash Valley Line, 4 January 2021

DB Cargo UK’s 60010 and 66207 passing with 0F54, the 12.05 light engine move from Belmont Down Yard to Toton T.M.D.

I didn’t hang about any longer, the leaden sky soon produced rain…

Spotted Last Night – At Matlock

Last night I made a pre-Lockdown 2.0 trip out to photograph the local Rail Head Treatment Train (RHTT) having determined that said train stopped at Matlock Station for 45 minutes… plenty of time to set up a tripod and capture a few images.

But as we know ‘the best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men gang aft agley’ and 66114 and 66111 only paused for a moment before heading into the darkness north of the station to make room for…

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Matlock, 3 November 2020

East Midlands Railway’s 156401, working 2A72, the 22.19 (SSuX) service from Derby. After pausing for a couple of minutes 156401 departed with train 2A79, the 22.56 to Nottingham.

Once 156401 had left the single-track branch at Ambergate Junction, 66111 and 66114 reappeared but again only paused briefly before continuing on their way.

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Matlock, 3 November 2020

The two DB Cargo (UK) locos ‘top and tailed’ the RHTT vehicles and last night their route began at Toton Depot at 21.22 and took in Derby, Matlock, Leicester, Kettering, Nottingham and Newark Castle before finishing at Stapleford & Sandiacre at 04.06.

The RHTTs remove autumn leaf fall from the rails with high pressure water jets and can also apply an ‘adhesion modifier’ to help train wheels grip the rail… Vital for safety!

Spotted Today – 43238, the ‘Flying Tomato’

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Beeston Station, July 2020

Former London North Eastern Railway (LNER) High Speed Train (HST) power car 42238 leads train 1B48, the 13.45 Saturdays and Sundays Excepted (SSuX) East Midlands Railway (EMR) service from Nottingham to London St Pancras International through Beeston on 27 July 2020.

I was under the impression that EMR were replacing their fleet of HSTs with those withdrawn by LNER in 2019 as the LNER fleet was more compliant with the 2020 disability access regulations but so far I’ve only seen the former LNER power cars being used with EMR trailers…

For the record, 43305 was on the rear of this service.

Spotted Today – 47749 and 47727

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Erewash Valley Line, May 2020

47749 CITY OF TRURO and 47727 Edinburgh Castle/Caisteal Dhùn Eideann approach the site of Shipley Gate station on the Erewash Valley Line on 22 May 2020 as train 0Z47, the 16.03 light engine move from Worksop Down Yard to Leicester Depot. At this point they were running over three hours early!

47749 was built at Crewe Works and entered service in February 1965 as D1660. The ‘CITY OF TRURO’ name was bestowed upon it at Truro station on 8 June 1965 by Dr. Mabel Andrews, Mayor of Truro and the name was retained until 13 October 1988.

Between 1988 and 2016 three other names were carried at various times; ‘Resplendent’ (12 October 1991-October 1995), ‘Atlantic College’ (23 November 1995-?) and ‘Demelza’ (20 September 2007-?). The ‘CITY OF TRURO’ name was restored at Bristol St. Philip’s Marsh Depot open day on 30 April 2016.

47727 was also built at Crewe and entered service in October 1964 as D1629. ‘Edinburgh Castle/Caisteal Dhùn Eideann’ is the locomotive’s fifth name, the previous ones being ‘The Gloucestershire Regiment’ (1 July 1990-November 1993), ‘Duke of Edinburgh’s Award’ (11 October 1994-?), ‘Castell Caeffili/Caerphilly Castle’ (December 2002-?) and ‘Rebecca’ (20 September 2007-?)