Operations Track Record
CLASS 57 No. 57006 travelled south from Darlington to Colchester on February 6 to collect Class 47 No. 47813 and take it through to Norwich Crown Point.
Disruption on Southern services on the morning of February 5, following a service failure at Battersea Park, led to congestion in the Clapham Junction area. EMU No. 377451 on a Brighton-Victoria service passes No. 460004 on a Gatwick Express service, which in turn is passing No. 455806 on a Victoria-bound service. JAMES MAYL
CLASS 56/3 No. 56303 was on route-learning runs on January 25, working two return trips between Doncaster and Peterborough. A further run occurred on February 7 when Fastline hired-in DRS Class 47 No. 47832 to again run route learning between Doncaster and Peterborough. On February 10, the same loco was used on route learning from Peterborough to Kensington Olympia.
West Trains routes. Class 31 No. 31285 hauled coaches Nos. 977868+977869+DBSO No. 9701 from Selhurst to Selhurst via Uckfield on January 27. Two days later the same formation was observed at Three Bridges, making a pleasant change to the usual Class 319 and Class 377 units. On January 30, it was observed at Herne Hill. The second train, formed with Class 31 No. 31106 and DVT No. 9702, was observed at Shortlands on January 30.
Derby RTC & Network Rail THE Network Rail Track Assessment Train, No. 950001, was stabled in Inverness’s platform 7 on the afternoon of January 29.
THE New Measurement Train, top-and-tailed with power cars Nos. 43013 and 43014, was noted at Euston on the afternoon of January 27.
RailCare Glasgow STOCK present for repair on February 1: Nos. 66502 (unclassified collision damage); 142028 (C6), 156433 (relivery), 158729 (C6), 318258 (C4), 6707 (C4), 9802 (C8), Wagon 370059 (unclassified damage); Glasgow Underground: 207 (refurbishment); Irish Railways: 9204 (unclassified damage). Departures during January: Nos. 142004, 156494, 158732, 318259/65. Stored: Nos. 66406-10, 5897.
IT was like old times at Ferme Park on January 28 with three Class 31s present. No. 31601, with test coaches and DBSO No. 9703, was joined by Nos. 31602 top-and-tailing with No. 31233. Later in the day, this test train was at Liverpool Street in the evening.
The unusual sight of a single-track line on the Devon sea wall. DBS Class 59 No. 59204 Vale of Glamorgan stands on an engineering possession as the down line is replaced at Dawlish on February 8. CALLUM HAYES
CLASS 97 Nos. 97303 and 97304 worked from Barrow Hill to Shrewsbury on January 19. No. 97303 was later reported running from Derby to Barrow Hill with a test run on February 4.
TWO test trains ran in the south during the last week of January, covering South Eastern, Southern and South
Knights Rail Services Shoeburyness THE two Class 309 units stored at the site have been sold for preservation and, by earlyFebruary, two vehicles had left for Coventry. With regard to
the Class 310s, vehicle No. 76135 was waiting movement to C.F. Booth on February 11 with the final two vehicles, Nos. 62075 and 62076, being cleared of asbestos.
Knights Rail Services Eastleigh TWO Arriva Trains Wales Mk 2 coaches, Nos. 6183 and 9539, were returned to Cardiff Canton by GBRf Class 66 No. 66721 on January 29.
CLASS 59 No. 59104 arrived at
A regular on ‘the beds’: Class 90 No. 90035 awaits departure time at Glasgow Central with the 23.41 ‘Caledonian Sleeper’ to London Euston on January 31. JONATHAN MCGURK
the site on February 7 for accident damage repairs.
C.F. Booth, Rotherham THE company has taken delivery of its recentlypurchased Class 56 locomotives from Immingham. All were moved by road to Rotherham. In addition, Class 08 shunters are also arriving from various locations.
Europhoenix EUROPHOENIX, the company based at Long Marston and responsible for the export of Class 87s to Bulgaria, has launched No. 86247, its first Class 86 in Europhoenix demonstrator livery (see p83). Also present were two Class 86s destined for FLOYD ZRt, Hungary. No. 86248 renumbered 0450 001-7 has been overhauled and released in a livery of black and grey with a pink stripe and FLOYD logos. A second example, No. 86250, was awaiting application of its new number. No. 86248 was towed from Long Marston to Crewe for testing on February 2 by GBRf Class 66/7 No. 66725. It was returned south as far as Rugby on February 9 by Class 47 No. 47727. It was moved from Rugby to
Immingham by road on February 10 to await shipment to Europe and movement to Hungary.
Road moves PRESERVED Class 24 No. D5054 was noted heading north on a low-loader northbound past Knutsford Services on January 19 at 12.30.
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