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  1. adrock1976

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    Homeward bound via the West Midlands 21 October

    Today is the time for me to head back home via the West Midlands, where I would be stopping off to do a few bits and pieces. By doing the normal split tickets at Cheltenham Spa, I had noticed that there was a First Class Advance for a couple of extra quid on the 11:11 ex Plymouth – Glasgow via Leeds which would be 10 minutes behind the Cardiff – Nottingham, with the extra £2 or so more or less being the price of a cup of tea. Having had an early rise and some breakfast, I checked out just after 09:15 for the walk to Central station, spotting 60054 hauling oil tankers along the centre tracks in the London direction, and also 150280 in Platform 0 on the 09:34 Ebbw Vale Town.

    It was onboard the 09:45 Nottingham formed of required 170116 for the run to Cheltenham Spa, spotting 66545 hauling containers in the London direction at Wentloog, 60095 and maybe 66511 at Alexandra Dock Junction, and 66154 at Maindee Junction. After alighting from the train, the 11:11 ex Plymouth – Glasgow Central was delayed by 20 minutes, so I nipped out of the station to pick up some provisions from the Tesco store. It was onboard the 11:11 formed of dud 220018 for the run to Birmingham via Camp Hill, with the train tackling the Lickey Incline with relative ease compared to a Class 170 (although everything else would easily urinate over a 170 and leave it for dust if there was ever a head to head race from the bottom to the summit). It is noted that as the traincrew were dealing with something else, the catering staff did not appear until the train was nearing King’s Norton and being as I was getting off at the next stop, I took a bottle of water and some biscuits. Needless to say, I was slightly disappointed in that I never managed to get a cup of tea as that was the reason I parted with an extra £2 or so.

    Anyway, having arrived at Birmingham 18 minutes behind schedule at 12:16, I made my way to the “Fares to Pay” office so as to purchase the PTE Daytripper with the add on feature. I rapidly made my way over to Moor Street to board the 12:31 ex Stourbridge Junction – Stratford-upon-Avon via Shirley formed of dud 172344 for a run to Henley in Arden for a 35 minute fester to await the same train to head back on the 13:41 Stourbridge Junction for a run to the request stop The Lakes. I then pulled up the walking directions online for the hike to Earlswood, and had spotted a short cut through the park that runs to Earlswood Lakes so as to avoid a large chunk of the main road. I would like to mention that I would not recommend this short cut on a dark December afternoon, as the footpath is not illuminated and there are a couple of narrow country lanes as well. Being as I was going at a sedate pace and with the weather being pleasant, I arrived at Earlswood station 15 minutes or so before the train was due.

    The reasoning behind this hike is that the standard pattern frequency has the trains passing within a couple of minutes of each other at Earlswood, and although there is an evening off pattern service, there is no way I would be able to make the last train to Glasgow from Birmingham at 19:15. I did consider attempting to score Earlswood in December when I next visit my mum as it would be easier, but this has saved me a task then by getting this one done out of the way. Anyway, it was onboard the slightly delayed 14:53 ex Stourbridge Junction – Stratford formed of dud 172340 for the run to another request stop Wood End, where there was a very evil looking staircase to get from the platform to road level. Taking my time, I gently sauntered via the roadbridge to the opposite platform, reaching it via another evil looking staircase to await the same train to return on the 15:49 Stourbridge Junction (with me getting caught up in the school run) for the run to Birmingham Moor Street, having visited all the stations on the Stratford-upon-Avon line via Shirley. It is noted that out of the former Great Western Railway stations in the West Midlands region, I only require Hatton and Claverdon, most of the present day Midland Metro stops, and a borderline inclusion of Church Stretton (this was on the Shrewsbury & Hereford Railway when built, which was a joint railway between the GWR and the London & North Western).

    Making my way to New Street, I hopped onboard the 16:42 Rugeley Town via Aston formed of a very busy and dud 170514 for the run to Landywood, spotting 70804, 66025, and 66056 at Bescot. It was over to the southbound platform for the 17:30 ex Rugeley Town – Birmingham via Aston formed of required 170634 straight back to Birmingham. Being as I had over an hour, I decided to switch to the trams, and seeing as the present overrun westbound along Stephenson Street is blocked off due to the extension being extended to Centenary Square and Five Ways, this would give me a chance to grice the crossover departing the terminating platform. It was onboard required tram 24 that departed at 18:30 for the run to St Chads, and having noticed that in the Grand Central direction there was around a 15 minute gap with 2 trams close together, I decided to walk via Colmore Row and Temple Street to the Tesco store to pick up some provisions before boarding the 19:15 ex London Euston – Glasgow Central formed of dud 390036 straight to Glasgow. Having more or less having arrived on time at 23:17, I had a gentle saunter over to Queen Street to board dud 318259 on the 23:34 for the run back home to Barnhill.

    Overall, I have completed the visits of all the stations along the Stratford-upon-Avon line, plus I have got a required tram on the Midland Metro.
     
  2. Kite159

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    A good end of your trip. Well done for scoring those request stops on the Stratford - Birmingham line.
     
  3. adrock1976

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    Lancashire Day Ranger 9 November

    Being as I require 18 Sprinters and 17 Pacers from the Northern fleet, rather than me doing a Northern £10 newspaper promotion offer I settled upon doing the Lancashire Day Ranger as previously I have concentrated my efforts on the east side of the Pennines. On the west side of the Pennines, I require 24 Class 319s, plus 21 of the Merseyrail fleet. Out of my Northern requirements, I would be targetting 319372, 373 (both short term lease), 448, and 458 (before conversion to Flex), and my final Northern dogbox 153330. My strategy regarding clearing out Merseyrail requirements is that I would head to Liverpool Lime Street and spend just over an hour observing (18 diagrams for the standard pattern service) making a note of requirements working my way to James Street and back around the loop. I would switch to the Northern Line at Liverpool Central to keep a look out for requirements, and possibly fit in a run to Upholland via Kirkby as that station is easier to score from the Kirkby side rather than the Wigan side.

    It was an early rise and having set off out the door just after 05:00 for the 87 bus to Buchanan station and a walk to Central, it was onboard the 05:40 Glasgow Central – London Euston via Trent Valley Railway formed of dud 390123 for the run to Preston, first having spotted dud 221101 on the 05:50 London Euston via Birmingham and 221119 on the 06:01 Exeter St Davids (normally runs to Plymouth) according to the screen. I did not see the loco that would be on the Edinburgh portion of the sleeper at Carstairs as it had not arrived yet. 156487 was in Platform 2, with 57308 in the goods loop west of Platform 1 at Carlisle. Arrival at Preston was 15 minutes behind schedule at 08:09 due to the train going at reduced speed over Shap Summit. 158844 was on the 08:50 York, 156420 on the 08:34 Manchester Airport via Bolton local, and 66144 was hauling containers in the London direction passing through Platform 4 at around 08:25.

    Having already purchased some tea and a vegetable pasty from the West Cornwall Pasty Co from the kiosk on Platforms 3 and 4, it was onboard the 08:30 ex Blackpool North – Liverpool Lime Street all stations formed of required 319373 with this being one of my targets today. The train was held at Farrington Curve Junction for around 10 minutes or so, then eventually was on the move again. Having bailed at Garswood after arriving 8 minutes behind schedule at 09:10, it was over to the northbound platform for the 09:19 Wigan North Western local formed of dud 319377 for a Lancashire countryside style bus stop bash to Bryn. I headed in the Liverpool direction onboard the 09:27 ex Wigan NW formed of required 319386 for a run to Roby, where my intention was for my next move being a run to either Eccleston Park or Thatto Heath. That plan was dashed as the 09:57 Wigan NW had been cancelled.

    Checking online to see if there were any linear hops I could do on the way to Liverpool, I decided to hop on the 10:13 ex Crewe via Manchester Airport and Manchester Piccadilly local all stations – Liverpool LS which was as I expected dud (as I have cleared all of the Class 323s) 323230 for a run to Edge Hill, spotting 66753 facing Liverpool coupled to Drax wagons and 66706 facing Manchester coupled to VTG wagons. It was onboard the 10:32 ex Blackpool North for the run down the hill to Lime Street on required 319386. As I would be switching to the Merseyrail network to see if any requirements are on the Wirral Line and for easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to London Underground hops with requirements highlighted in bold.

    507008 10:53 Liverpool Lime Street – Liverpool Central
    508117 11:10 Liverpool Central – James Street (I would be able to work out from the timetable posters when any further requirements would return from south of the Mersey)
    507007 12:29 James Street – Moorfields
    507026 12:36 Moorfields – James Street via Liverpool Central
    507019 12:49 James Street – James Street via Loop
    507017 13:04 James Street – Moorfields
    507005 13:11 Moorfields – Liverpool Lime Street
    507014 13:20 Liverpool Lime Street – Liverpool Central

    I would now switch to the Northern Line. Again, the moves are listed below with requirements highlighted in bold.

    507001 13:32 Liverpool Central – Walton
    508125+507030 13:56 Walton – Sandhills
    507004 14:11 Sandhills – Fazakerley and 14:31 Fazakerley – Kirkdale
    507003 14:44 Kirkdale – Rice Lane
    507002 14:49 Rice Lane – Sandhills
    507023 14:53 Sandhills – Kirkdale
    507004 14:59 Kirkdale – Kirkby and 15:58 Kirkby – Liverpool Central
    142055+035 15:15 Kirkby – Upholland
    150268+142028 15:34 (delayed 10 minutes) Upholland – Kirkby

    Having returned to Liverpool Central, I stopped off at the Sainsbury’s store to pick up some provisions before making my way on foot to Lime Street having already worked out how to get the other Class 319 (372) that is presently on short term lease to Northern. Of note, my other targets were not gettable as they are not out today.

    Again, for simplicity and easier readability, the moves are listed below with requirements highlighted in bold.

    319446 16:45 Liverpool Lime Street – Broad Green
    319363 17:09 Broad Green – Lea Green
    319362 17:32 (delayed 20 minutes) Lea Green – Whiston
    319372 18:07 (delayed 17 minutes) Whiston – Huyton
    319386 19:02 (delayed 5 minutes) Huyton – Wigan North Western via St Helens Central. The 18:45 Blackpool North was running 20 minutes late according to the screen and the automated announcements, but seemed to have disappeared. There did not seem to be much going into Lime Street between 18:40 and 19:00 at all.

    After arriving at Wigan and with a stroke of luck, the 19:38 ex London Euston – Edinburgh Waverley was running 15 minutes behind schedule and had just arrived into the adjacent Platform 5. It was onboard dud 221105 for the northbound run to Carlisle, spotting 156480 on the 22:04 Newcastle, 158816 in Platform 6, 156476 on the 7 minutes delayed 21:12 Glasgow Central via Dumfries, and 156491 in Platform 2. It was onboard the 20 minutes delayed 21:18 ex Manchester Airport – Glasgow Central for the run to Glasgow on perennial and evergreen dud 350406 (I still require 350410 to clear the TPE electric fleet). It was over to Queen Street for the 23:05 Cumbernauld onboard dud 318259 for the run to Barnhill to bring today’s trip to an end.

    Overall, this was a worthwhile exercise in that I have managed to reduce my Merseyrail requirements from 21 to 8, and have got both of the short term lease Class 319s. My other main targets (319448 and 458) were not out today, nor was my final Northern dogbox (153330), which I suppose is better than being on the opposite side of the Pennines as is normally the case whenever I am mainly concentrating on the other side.
     
  4. Kite159

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    A good day for your red pen for 319s & Merseyrail units
     
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    London bits 01 and 02 December


    Intro

    As I would be attending my quarterly meeting in London this weekend and as I am doing my seasonal work, I decided that I would have a stab at trying to clear my remaining GWR powercars (43017, 079, and 091) plus my three remaining GWR Class 387s (139, 140, and 141) that will be transferring to Heathrow Express duties during 2019. Depending on if I have a meeting on Sunday morning or not, I would also have a go at reducing my Class 465 requirements south of the mighty Thames before heading back home.

    Having had investigated the overnight sleeper train fares, the options from both Glasgow Central and also the Fort William portion from Dalmuir were very extortionate (at least a three figure sum) and with the option of sharing with a member of the same sex no longer possible, I checked the portion from Inverness which had came up with a reasonable fare from Falkirk Grahamston. I settled for that, and although it was slightly more than what I wanted to pay, this meant that I would have a bed to myself. Heading back home, I used the chance to split tickets and would return back via High Wycombe and Birmingham.


    Outward bound and GWR bits 01 December

    I had set off out of the door just after 23:15 the previous night for the short walk to Springburn station to board the 23:31 ex Glasgow Queen Street which was formed of dud 170411 for the run to the end of the train’s working to Falkirk Grahamston. As the waiting rooms on both platforms were locked up for the night, this meant that I would be festering out in the light drizzle for the next 30 minutes until the train is due at 00:36. It was onboard the ex Inverness sleeper which arrived around 5 minutes early with dud 67010 (I had that on the North Wales coast back in August) and having checked in with the host, the room that I had been allocated had the top bed folded away. Having settled for the night, it seemed that the train had a 40 minute delay in departing Edinburgh Waverley and despite having made half of the time up, the train arrived at London Euston at 08:27 which was 38 minutes behind schedule. The electric loco that hauled the train from Edinburgh was dud 92033. I made my way to the northbound Victoria Line platform and on the fifth attempt, I hopped on required 11042+041 for the run to Finsbury Park to see if I could get any required Class 387s. Being as the 387s were dud with what I saw in the half hour, I decided to head to the meeting venue via purchasing some tea from outside the station before taking required 11009+010 to Highbury & Islington for the short bus ride along Holloway Road.

    The meeting had finished at around 16:30 and having had news that 2 from 3 powercars and 1 GWR 387 from 3 were in service today, this meant that I was able to formulate a plan and even better, it meant that I also had time to check into the Smart Hyde Park View hostel (not the one in Inverness Terrace, but the one at Leinster Terrace at the junction with Craven Hill Gardens) and to dump my backpack. I made my way to Highbury & Islington for the Victoria Line straight to Oxford Circus on dud 11061+062, then changing to the Central Line to Lancaster Gate, deciding to have a lucky dip with some linear hops along the way, with the moves listed below and requirements highlighted in bold.

    91179+92142+92406+91159 Oxford Circus– Bond Street
    91349+92010+92232+91071 Bond Street– Marble Arch
    91133+92190+92244+91117 Marble Arch– Lancaster Gate

    I checked in, made my bed, dumped my backpack and walked to Paddington to resume the evening’s action. I have listed the moves below with requirements highlighted in bold.

    43185+197 18:15 Paddington– Reading
    43017+192 18:52 Reading– Paddington
    43004+091 20:30 Paddington– Reading
    387153+172 21:18 Reading– Burnham (I did not expect these to appear)
    387147+140 21:53 Burnham– Hayes & Harlington
    360201 22:24 Hayes & Harlington– Heathrow Terminal 4
    360202 22:41 Heathrow Terminal 4– Heathrow Central (shuttle)
    332007 22:58 Heathrow Central– Heathrow Terminal 5 and T5 - Central (I had been making notes of the 5 diagrams, with this being the only one required and the other 4 being dud)
    360205 23:28 Heathrow Central– Paddington

    Overall, I have managed to get my intended requirements that were in service today, plus one 332 and 2 more 387s. It is noted that regarding the Victoria Line, I require 8 sets to clear the fleet.

    Stay tuned for the following report from the next day.
     
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    At least with the sleeper being 38 minutes late into London, means you get half of the fare back :)
     
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    Class 465 hunting and homeward bound 02 December

    As the morning meeting is not taking place today, I would use this opportunity to venture south of the mighty Thames to have a go at reducing my Class 465 requirements before I head back. Having had breakfast and after checking out at around 09:15, I made my way to Lancaster Gate Underground for a lucky dip with the Central Line on the way to Oxford Circus, then onwards to Charing Cross. I would like to mention that Victoria station is closed with no trains running to or from there due to engineering works. I will be doing various runs within the Travelcard zones and for easier readability, I have listed the moves below with requirements highlighted in bold.

    91161+92240+92064+91215 Lancaster Gate– Marble Arch
    91223+92218+92036+91301 Marble Arch– Bond Street
    91153+92186+92046+91193 Bond Street– Oxford Circus
    3235+3555 Oxford Circus– Embankment

    I arrived at the concourse of Charing Cross station just before 10:00 and with the first couple of departures being dud 465s, I hung around to see if any requirements would appear. Again, I have listed the moves below with requirements highlighted in bold. I have used the station three letter codes as follows: Charing Cross (CHX), London Bridge (LBG), Orpington (ORP), Petts Wood (PET), and Lewisham (LEW).

    465008+465241 10:12 CHX– LBG
    465932+465933 10:34 LBG– ORP
    465001+465244 10:54 ORP– PET
    465166+465242 11:03 PET– ORP
    375828+614 11:26 ORP– LBG
    465155+465913 11:51 LBG– CHX
    466026+465187+465046 12:12 CHX– LBG
    465930+466023 12:34 LBG– ORP
    375626+629 12:56 ORP– LBG
    465928+465181 13:25 LBG– LEW
    465163+465168 13:41 LEW– LBG
    375903+913 13:56 LBG– CHX

    Being as I was booked on the 14:40 Marylebone– Birmingham Snow Hill I would make my way straight to Marylebone via the Bakerloo Line from Embankment onboard dud pair 3531+3299. Again, I have listed the moves below for the run back home with requirements highlighted in bold.

    168112 14:40 London Marylebone– Birmingham Moor Street
    323207 17:08 Birmingham New Street– Sandwell & Dudley (the 16:57 Manchester was dud 221131)
    390043 19:26 Sandwell & Dudley– Wigan North Western (1st was £2 extra, and I got a cup of tea and some snacks)
    319368 18:55 (delayed 10 minutes) Wigan North Western– Preston
    390141 19:42 Preston– Glasgow Central

    Overall, I am happy that I have managed to get some more 465s (I would have settled for 5, but got an extra 6 as well), plus I have got a few more 375s (I require more than what I have had so far), despite there being no trains at Victoria today.
     
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    A good day with the South eastern units :)
     
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    Former British Rail classes required for haulage at December 2018

    Having done an audit of requirements of the former BR era classes that are still in passenger service, I require a total of 336 (possibly 344 if I include the 319s that will be converted for GWR and Wales). There are a further 8 319s in storage that I require that are unaccounted for at this moment in time, therefore I have excluded those. I have also excluded Class 92 locos for Caledonian Sleeper (I've had 4 so far), 43079 which will be going off lease with GWR in March 2019 and has no new home, and 317722 which is unlikely to enter passenger service again. I have listed the requirements below.

    Class 43

    2 Scotrail
    2 East Coast
    6 East Midlands


    Class 73

    4 Caledonian Sleeper


    Class 82 DVT

    5 East Coast
    2 Anglia
    1 Chiltern


    Class 90

    3 Anglia


    Class 91

    4 East Coast


    Class 142

    14 Northern (11 Heaton, 3 Newton Heath)
    3 Wales


    Class 143

    2 Wales


    Class 144

    3 (2 x 2 coach, 1 x 3 coach)


    Class 150

    6 Northern
    9 Wales
    1 GWR


    Class 153

    1 Northern
    6 East Midlands
    1 Anglia
    1 Wales*
    1 GWR*
    * 2 for Wales and 0 GWR if 153361 transfers from GWR


    Class 156

    1 Scotrail (153453 that is fitted with RETB for the West Highland Line)
    6 Northern
    1 East Midlands


    Class 158 and 159

    3 Scotrail (all Inverness based)
    5 Northern (3 soon to be transferred to Heaton)
    11 East Midlands
    2 Wales
    5 GWR
    16 SWR (5 x 158 and 11 x 159)


    Class 165 and 166

    26 Chiltern
    8 GWR (4 x 165 and 4 x 166)


    Class 313

    2 Govia Thameslink Railway (both Brighton based)


    Class 317

    10 Anglia (excluding 722 that may never enter passenger service again)


    Class 319 and 769 conversion

    22 Northern (includes 319426 that is due to enter service, and the 4xx that are to be converted to 769s)
    5 LNWR


    Class 321 and 320 conversions

    2 Scotrail (the conversions of 321401 and 404)
    13 Anglia (including 448)


    Class 455 and 456

    23 Govia Thameslink Railway
    25 SWR (455s)
    9 SWR (456s)


    Class 465 and 466

    33 465s
    23 466s


    Class 507 and 508

    8 (5 x 507 and 3 x 508)


    It is noted that I require 131 trains south of the mighty Thames for haulage (just over one third) as things presently stand. Also, I will be doing a mini bash on the way to my mum's on 24 December, which involves a run to Llanwrtyd Wells to score some awkward stations. Out of the three legs of the mini bash, I do not expect to get anything required of the Wales fleet.
     
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    Mini bash to Llanwrtyd Wells and West Midlands bits 24/27 December

    As I would be visiting my mum for the festive period, I decided to fit in a mini bash along the way by means of deviating from Crewe to Llanwrtyd Wells, then heading to either Old Hill or Cradley Heath via Shrewsbury and Wolverhampton. The reason why I had decided upon this course of action was so as to eliminate some stations that are close together that also have reasonable timings with the buses along the Heart of Wales line. My intention being is to take the 09:14 ex Crewe – Swansea from Shrewsbury to Pen-y-Bont, bus to Llandrindod Wells to re-board the exact same train (which has a 17 minute layover) to Llanwrtyd Wells, around 2 and a half hours before a bus to Garth (Powys), train for a Powys style bus stop bash to Llangammarch Wells, then onwards to Shrewsbury and to my mum’s.


    Outward bound 24 December

    Bearing in mind I had luggage with me, I had arranged for a taxi to take me to Glasgow Central having set off out of the door at 05:15, arriving at the station around 10 minutes or so later on as the roads were very quiet. I made my way to Platform 2 for the 05:40 London Euston via Trent Valley Railway while noting what dud Voyager (as expected as I only require 2 of the VT fleet for haulage) was on the 05:50 Euston via Birmingham. It was onboard dud 390131 for an uneventful run to Preston, spotting some 37s, 68s, and 88s at Kingmoor from what I could tell in the pitch darkness (hence no numbers). During the break at Preston which was unusual for it to be very eerily quiet, I nipped upstairs to the booking office to purchase a Wolverhampton Plusbus for the 27thas due to the combination of tickets held the Wolverhampton version did not appear as an option on the website (Preston – Telford Central Saver Return). I had also purchased a veg pasty and some tea from the West Cornwall Pasty Company kiosk on Platforms 3 and 4 before hopping onboard the 08:17 London Euston via Birmingham that was as expected formed of dud 221106 for the run to Crewe.

    Making my way over to Platform 6, I made a note of what would be my dogbox to Llanwrtyd Wells later on, which was dud (I only require 153320 as things presently stand to clear the Wales fleet) before boarding the 5 minutes delayed 09:08 ex Manchester for the run to Shrewsbury on dud 175114. Arrival at Shrewsbury was 20 minutes behind schedule due to a bridge strike around the Nantwich or Whitchurch area (the train was held at Nantwich for a while). Having checked the screens at Shrewsbury, the 10:09 Swansea was running 30 minutes behind schedule and having done the maths, this meant that I would have to forego bailing at Pen-y-Bont and get the bus to Llandrindod Wells to re-board the train. I nipped out of the station for a brief wander, then it was onboard the aforementioned 10:09 formed of dud 153353 departing Shrewsbury 28 minutes behind schedule for the run to Llanwrtyd Wells spotting 56105 at Abbey Junction (I was now properly awake at last). It is noted that the track layout at Craven Arms has been revised slightly with the southbound crossover having been relocated from the signalbox to just beyond the Hereford end of the station platforms. Also, the train arrived at Llandrindod Wells at 12:09 and departed at 12:13, having regained half of the time lost earlier but also delaying the midday northbound Shrewsbury departure as well due to the single track section.

    Having had a very gentle stroll around Great Britain’s smallest sized town, I decided to hang around inside the Newydd Arms Hotel as I fancied some tea and a light lunch. I would like to mention that the Newydd Arms was the headquarters of the Official Monster Raving Loony Party meetings of that part of Wales as can be demonstrated by some of the memorabilia on display in the bar area. I left the bar area just after 15:00 for the very short walk to the bus stop immediately outside to wait for the 48 that was due at 15:11 for the run along the main road to Garth station. Taking a very gentle stroll to the station, it was around a 30 minute fester for the 15:59 ex Shrewsbury – Swansea formed of dud 153323 for a Powys style bus stop bash to Llangammarch Wells for a 25 minute fester for the 16:30 ex Swansea – Crewe formed of the return of as expected dud 153353 that I had earlier for the run to Shrewsbury. I then hopped onboard the 18:33 ex Holyhead – Birmingham formed of dud 158839 for the run to Smethwick Galton Bridge for a 15 minute fester for the 19:37 ex Dorridge – Worcester Foregate Street, onboard dud pair 172214+219 to Old Hill where I decided to bail as the train was running to time. Rapidly walking along Station Road and Beauty Bank to the main road and having just got my breath back, it was soon on the 19 bus to take me to my mum’s.


    Homeward bound 27 December

    As I had started to feel under the weather slightly, I decided to take things easy and would head to Birmingham on the way back home and depending if I had enough time, I had thought about having a go at the Midland Metro trams. Being as I had set off later than intended, I foregone that idea when I arrived at Smethwick Galton Bridge having arrived there by bus. From what I could make out on the screens, there was an earlier signalling fault and being as I was booked on a particular train from Preston, I switched to some linear hops after arriving in Birmingham. For easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to London Underground hops with requirements highlighted in bold.

    323214 15:07 (delayed 9 minutes) Smethwick GB – Birmingham New Street (arrive 15:24)

    350124+231 15:34 (delayed 3 minutes) Birmingham NS – Crewe (8 minutes delayed on arrival). It is noted that the 15:15 Glasgow Central via Preston was a double Voyager, with the rear one being required 221143 (any original coach as I had the odd one that was in 144 a while ago), and as I arrived on the platform, the train was ready to depart hence I missed that). Also, the train arrived into Platform 2 at Wolverhampton as the delayed Manchester was behind

    390001 16:44 (12 minutes delayed) Crewe – Warrington Bank Quay (this was the diverted Liverpool Lime Street due to engineering works)

    390119 17:14 (delayed 8 minutes) Warrington BQ – Wigan North Western

    319374 17:52 Wigan NW – Preston departing from Platform 6 (I also had the option of the 18:14, but as this one was a requirement, I opted for this instead. It transpired that the 18:14 was 319373 which was dud)

    390126 18:43 Preston – Glasgow Central
    334030 21:34 Glasgow Queen Street – Barnhill

    Overall, even though I did not get any requirements on the way down, I scored a re-located crossover at Craven Arms and also scored a few more stations on the Heart of Wales line (even though due to being delayed I had to forego scoring Pen-y-Bont). On the northbound journey back home, I was surprised to score a required 350 and a required 319. Should if I venture onto the Heart of Wales line in the future, it makes it slightly easier for the remaining stations – more so if I do it on the week of the Royal Welsh Show that takes place in July as there is an extra train for that event.


    PS: Apologies for the delay in posting as I have had a lot of seasonal work, my partner not feeling well, me being under the weather, and one of my partner's twin sons having had to go to hospital recently.
     
  11. Kite159

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    Other than delays sounded like a good little trip on the Heart of Wales
     
  12. adrock1976

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    Northern newspaper promotion 24 January

    First of all, apologies for the delay in posting as I have been ill and am just starting to get better.

    The strategy I had for this first bashing trip of the year was to concentrate on the Heaton based 1985s finest lean, mean, (boneshaking) machines i.e. the Class 142 Pacers as I require 11 for haulage. According to Northern related threads elsewhere on the forum, there have been some of the Heaton 142s that appear to have been transferred to Newton Heath (Manchester), so as for Heaton to have some 158s from Neville Hill (Leeds), and are now mainly working west of the Pennines until they eventually get scrapped. Being as I felt it would be taking the mick if I posted all of the requirements on the TOPS Request thread, I decided to concentrate on the even numbered sets (6, with the other 5 being odd numbered).

    I woke up early after hearing the alarm, but fell back asleep for a bit (the tablets I had been prescribed can cause drowsiness), and waking up at around 05:30. This would mean that I would be starting an hour later than planned compared to normal when I usually set off for the 05:40 London Euston. Having set off out the door just after 06:00, it was a bus ride to the bus station and a walk to Glasgow Central for the 06:30 London Euston via Trent Valley Railway, formed of dud (as I only require 2 390s for haulage, I was expecting it to be dud) 390119 for the run to Preston. 82203+91128 (both dud) was on the 06:50 London Kings Cross, at Carlisle 57324 was in the goods loop west of Platform 1 and 156482 (dud) was on the next Newcastle working, at Oxenholme 156460 (dud) was on the Windermere shuttle, and at Lancaster 142035 (dud) was on the Morecambe working.

    Having bailed at Preston, I rapidly made my way over to Platform 2 to hop onboard the 08:57 Colne formed of dud 142044 for the short run and some 1985 style thrash and wheel squealing to Lostock Hall, returning back to Preston on the 09:11 formed of dud 142027 arriving into Platform 3c therefore possibly scoring a crossover (I have departed from this platform on an Ormskirk back in 2015) although was unsure. It is noted that I have already scored Platform 4c in both directions a couple of years ago, when there were no trains between Preston and either of the Blackpool stations when that line was closed for electrification work. Having nipped up to the booking office to purchase the £10 promotion ticket, I decided to work my way east of the Pennines onboard the 09:48 York formed of dud 158758 for the run to Leeds via Bradford Interchange.

    During the course of this leg of the journey, I would like to mention a very big thank you to forum member 37078xotTE for supplying the gen, meaning that although 142090 had no allocation today, it was possible for me to get 4 out of 5 Heaton 142s today (096 would be on the Bishop Auckland – Saltburn workings all day today). I had checked online and worked out a plan, which would either see me later on going to Manchester via Sheffield and New Mills Central, or via Brighouse, Rochdale, and Victoria with a rapid dash to Piccadilly. During the course of the afternoon, I decided on the rapid dash between the Manchester stations as the last time I was in Sheffield, the 15:16 Manchester Piccadilly local stations got cancelled knocking out the plan to get one of my requirements, therefore I did not want to jinx myself again.

    Being as I would be travelling along to a station so as to meet the required trains for haulage going in the opposite direction, and for easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground with requirements highlighted in bold:

    156488+142094 12:18 Leeds – Halifax via Bradford Interchange
    142024+153359 13:11 Halifax – Bradford Interchange
    158795 13:33 Bradford Interchange – Huddersfield via Halifax
    142078 14:38 Huddersfield – Mirfield (this was when I decided to do the rapid sprint between the Manchester stations rather than going via Sheffield)

    170475 14:57 Mirfield – Morley (a Northern livery train with a Northern driver)
    150150+142068 15:28 Morley – Manchester Victoria via Brighouse
    142064+142030 17:19 Manchester Piccadilly – Brinnington
    150131+142029 17:42 Brinnington – Manchester Piccadilly
    150117+150141 18:18 Manchester Piccadilly – Bolton
    150268+150102 18:52 Bolton – Preston
    390151 19:41 Preston – Glasgow Central

    I decided to get the bus back up the road as I was starting to feel dizzy.

    Overall, I am happy with today’s efforts in that I managed to get 4 out of the required 5 142s that I had targetted despite me having started an hour later than planned. Having later checked online, had I started at my normal time, it still would not have been possible for me to have had a run to Darlington to get 142096 that was on the Bishop Auckland – Saltburn and to get all 5 requirements owing to the time constraints. I have also managed to score the visits of Lostock Hall and Morley as well today.
     
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    Very good result there. Fingers crossed you manage to capture your remaining ones.
     
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    Good news on scoring some more Pacers :)
     
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    Northern newspaper promotion 05 March

    The strategy I had for this bashing trip (and looks like being that way in Northern land for the remainder of 2019) was to again concentrate on 1985s finest lean, mean, basic bare bone (shaking) machines i.e. the Class 142 Pacers as I require 10 for haulage overall of the Northern fleet. Having rose out of bed just after 04:30 to get dressed and have a cup of tea, I set off out the door just after 05:00 for the short walk to the bus stop for theride to the bus station and a walk to Glasgow Central for the 05:40 London Euston via Trent Valley Railway, which was dud 390128. 220007 was on the 06:01 Plymouth via Leeds, and 221142 was on the 05:50 London Euston via Birmingham. It was onboard the 05:40for the run to Preston, spotting 66742, 37403, and 57311 as some of the locos at Kingmoor, 57308, 37xxx were in the goods loop at Carlisle, with 156491 in Platform 2 and 350410 (my final required TP Class 350) was soon approaching after the train I was on departed. At Oxenholme, 156461 was on the Windermere shuttle.

    Having bailed at Preston, I nipped up to the booking office to purchase the £10 promotion ticket then back down to Platforms 3 and 4 to get a veg pasty and some tea. 319983 was in Platform 5 on the 08:24 Manchester Airport via Chorley, 195115 was in Platform 7, 158797 arriving from Barrow in Furness into Platform 6, and 390047 on the 08:15 Glasgow Central. Hiking along to Platform 3c it was onboard the 08:26 Ormskirk formed of dud 142001for the run and some 1985 style thrash and wheel squealing to Burscough Junction, returning back to Croston on the 09:05 on the same train. Around 20 minutes or so later, it was onboard the 09:39 ex Preston formed of dud 142040 for a West Central Lancashire style bus stop bash to Rufford arriving there 5 minutes or so later on. I went for a brief wander before heading back to Preston on the 10:11 that was the same train I arrived on. I decided to work my way east of the Pennines onboard the 10:47 York formed of dud 158815 for the run to Leeds via Bradford Interchange, as I wanted to see if 43061 was one of the powercars that would be on the famous NL65 diagram (the hired in EMT set), so as to save me chasing after it later on this month when I am in the East Midlands, plus paying an additional fare as it runs non-stop between Peterborough and Doncaster.

    My first port of call after arriving at Leeds was to pick up a meal deal from the Tesco store before resuming today’s further action. As I would be keeping an eye out forrequired trains for haulage on the east side of the Pennines and for easier readability, I have listed the remaining moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground with requirements highlighted in bold:

    333008 13:03 Leeds – Guiseley
    333014 13:24 Guiseley– Leeds
    43061+43317 13:45 Leeds– Wakefield Westgate
    144008 14:08 Wakefield Westgate– Leeds
    158842 14:42 Leeds – York
    185148 15:18 York – Darlington (no luck with required 142s here, so returned back)
    185140 16:48 Darlington – Leeds
    158842 17:51 Leeds– Preston via Bradford Interchange
    390157 19:41 Preston – Glasgow Central
    334009 22:35 Glasgow Queen Street – Barnhill

    Overall, even though I only managed to get 3 requirements, one of those was a required powercar on the famous NL65 diagram, so as to save me hunting for it in the future. I have also visited all the stations between Preston and Ormskirk as the frequency is now every 60 minutes rather than the 65-80 minutes as previously.
     
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    Good luck chasing them last 10, I don't envy you riding them tin cans adrock but each to their own.
    Good to see you got some winners though, not least getting that EMT Zing in.
     
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    Whitley Bay break 18-22 March


    Intro

    Both myself and my partner had booked this seaside trip back in October 2018, but as my partner had took ill the previous week, it was insisted to me that I should still go along with the dog for company, and also to have some time bashing the Tyne & Wear Metro as well. I had worked out a shopping list for the provisions that would be required for myself, also not forgetting dog food as well. I had opted for Sainsbury’s as the promotions for what I was needing were reasonable, and they were able to deliver to the caravan park (whether the driver would be able to actually to drop the items off at the actual caravan was at the time of ordering unknown, due to the main reason being I would not know exactly which caravan I would be booked into until I check in). I booked an evening time slot for the items to be delivered. All that would be required for me is to pack my changes of garments, some towels, washing up items, flasks, and some toiletries. The bulk of the equipment I would be carrying would obviously be a large throw, a couple of blankets, some towels, water bowl and bottles, poop bags, brush, treats, spare harness, torch, a couple of squeaky toys, and not forgetting the dog’s most favourite object – the ball. It felt like (and probably right) that I had more items in the luggage for the dog rather than myself.


    Outward bound 18 March

    Having done final checks after rising, having took the dog out, and having had breakfast, I set off at 11:40 for the short walk to Barnhill station for the 11:53 Dumbarton Central formed of dud 320318 for the run to Glasgow Queen Street. It was upstairs and a gentle walk over to Platform 7 for the 12:15 Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High, formed of required pair (all Class 385s were required for me, as I had yet to get off the mark with those) 385033+116, hunting for the First Class section. It was a smooth and rapid sprint up the Cowlairs Incline, and when the train picked up speed, the thing I noticed was that the sound of the motors were noticable. Also when having stopped at Falkirk High, the motors seem to have a thudding sound when coming to a stop. I was served a complementary cup of tea, plus I chose a muffin to go with it. Arrival at Waverley was on schedule into Platform 12, and having made my way through the automatic gateline and up the ramp onto Waverley Bridge, I took the dog for a quick walk around the Princes Street Gardens where renovations to the footpath immediately behind the National Gallery was clearly evident.

    Returning back to the station via the First Class lounge for some tea, it was a short walk over to Platform 6 for the 15 minutes delayed 14:00 London Kings Cross formed of dud Driving Van Trailer 82220+ required loco 91111 for the run to Newcastle Central. The delay was caused by a broken down train near Drem according to the announcement. There was no hot food available until Newcastle, but was served a sandwich as well as tea, crisps, and the usual fayre. I also later had a Bells whiskey, as I already knew that would be vegetarian and vegan friendly according to the Barnivore website. During the course of the journey, the broken down train had appeared to have been moved into the loop near Drem, and although I am not certain, it appeared to be the new “Azuma”. Arrival at Newcastle was 26 minutes behind schedule at 15:56, and having popped into the First Class lounge for some tea and to use the lavatory while I still have the chance to do so before checking in, I made my way downstairs to the Metro for some linear bashing along to Whitley Bay via Benton, as there are a few additional short workings that terminate at Benton and Monkseaton around this time in the afternoon. For easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to London Underground hops, with requirements highlighted in bold.

    4074+4026 Newcastle Central – Haymarket
    4047+4024 Haymarket – Jesmond
    4036+4015 Jesmond – West Jesmond
    4048+4017 West Jesmond – Ilford Road
    4090+4008 Ilford Road – Monkseaton
    4072+4031 Monkseaton – Whitley Bay

    It was a short bus ride to the caravan park, and after checking in, my online order had been delivered with the driver bringing it straight to the caravan.


    Tyne & Wear Metro 20 March

    Having transferred to a different caravan yesterday as there was a fault with the boiler and with me being exhausted, there was no rail action at all. After having done the duties with the dog this morning by having a short walk to the beach and being as it was a pleasant day, I decided to stop off at the beach at Tynemouth to exercise the dog later on in the afternoon. The intention being to use the Shields Ferry to switch to the south side of the Tyne and track bash the South Shields and South Hylton arms of the Tyne & Wear Metro. I would also attempt to visit some of the stations on the north side of the loop as well. Again, for easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground with requirements highlighted in bold.

    4043+4020 Whitley Bay – Palmersville
    4014+4064 Palmersville – West Monkseaton
    4078+4082 West Monkseaton – Shiremoor
    4066+4012 Shiremoor – Tynemouth

    4082+4078 Cullercoats – North Shields

    Spirit of the Tyne” North Shields – South Shields (Shields Ferry)

    4049+4068 South Shields – Heworth
    4045+4009 Heworth – Pelaw
    4007+4069 Pelaw – South Hylton and South Hylton – Park Lane
    4029+4026 Park Lane – Pallion and Pallion – University
    4044+4052 University – Millfield and Millfield – Heworth
    4043d+4020d Heworth – South Shields (I realised that I had misread the times of the ferry and looked at the Thursday to Saturday column instead of the Monday to Wednesday column)
    4076+4057 South Shields – Whitley Bay via South Gosforth (half hour fester as there was a police incident at Haymarket earlier)


    Tyne & Wear Metro and 142 chasing 21 March

    Today is the last day before checking out tomorrow and my intentions for today is to track bash the South Gosforth – Airport arm, and also Monument – St James which would mean that I would have covered all the track (minus the top side of the triangle at South Gosforth, and the short cut between Manors and Jesmond, both sections of track which do not see regular scheduled passenger services in normal service). Being as I am in the North East, I would also have a go at seeing if I can reduce my Class 142 requirements, plus my final 2 ICEC powercars (43206 and 320). As I had received news that only one of the required 142s was around in the region today, and also there being a chance to get 43320, I would attempt that after bashing the Airport arm this afternoon. Again, for easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground, with requirements highlighted in bold.

    4024+4027 Whitley Bay – North Shields
    4004+4047 North Shields – Cullercoats
    4018+4053 Cullercoats – Tynemouth
    4056+4084 Tynemouth – South Gosforth
    4070+4003 South Gosforth – Airport and Airport – Newcastle Central

    142093 18:48 Newcastle Central – Heworth
    4042+4081 Heworth – Newcastle Central
    4037+4023 Newcastle Central – Heworth
    4067+4038 Heworth – Newcastle Central

    220004 19:42 Newcastle Central – Darlington
    43300+43320 20:22 (30 minutes delayed) Darlington – Newcastle Central (arrived 21:18)

    4042+4081 Newcastle Central – Monument
    4076+4057 Monument – St James and St James – Whitley Bay via Wallsend


    Check out and homeward bound 22 March

    Having packed away everything, exercising the dog, and checking out at around 10:30, it was to the bus stop on the main road for the short ride into town and to the station arriving just before 11:00. It was around an eight minute wait or so for a South Shields via South Gosforth train, which was dud pair 4004+4027 for the run straight to Newcastle Central arriving at around 11:35. Having made my way upstairs, I nipped outside to see if the dog needed a pee, but was alright anyway. It was over to Platform 3 (positioning ourselves at the London end of the platform as had booked a First Class Advance) for the 11:52 ex London Kings Cross – Edinburgh Waverley which had dud 91131 and required DVT 82215. The usual complementary refreshments were served during the course of the journey, however, you could easily tell that it was near the end of the train’s journey as stocks were running out going by the solitary cup of tea that I had been served. Arrival at Waverley was into Platform 6, having spotted 90041 and 92038 that would be on the sleeper train later on. Having nipped upstairs to the First Class lounge for a short while after having a brief walk with the dog, it was over to Platform 11 for the 14:00 Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High, formed of required pair 385106+010 for the run to Glasgow, being served a complementary cup of tea and a muffin. I returned back home to Barnhill on the 15:04 Springburn formed of dud 320411.

    Overall, the positive thing about this trip was that my partner had insisted that I go myself with the dog, which meant that I could bash the Tyne & Wear Metro. I have reduced the requirements down to 36 or 37 (depending on the status of 4075), covered all the track of normal scheduled passenger services, visited all the stations between Park Lane and South Hylton as it is the farthest arm of the T&W Metro from Newcastle, plus I have got one more Northern Class 142 and only require 43206 of the ICEC LNER powercars to clear.
     
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    Glad you had a good trip Adrock.
     
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    Sounded like a good little trip :)

    Another pacer bites the dust
     
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    Very productive trip Mr Adrock.
    Nice to see you enjoying the North East coast, a trip to Whitley Bay was a bit of a treat when I was a young un, on school holidays, obviously if it was warm enough for a day at the beach.
    Plenty winners for you on the metro, I'm a native of the North East and it took me a fair few months to get them all for haulage. 4035 being the last one and they were all in service then too. Think the current ones will be all replaced by 2021. Just as well cos the current ones are becoming very erratic now. Good luck to you and everyone else trying to rope them in, they certainly aren't easy if your a local, never mind if from out the area.
    Nice to see you got 1 of your North East requirements in too. 142093 was my last HT 142, I needed for sight. Swine spent a lot of time in Leeds n Sheffield avoiding me, when I was chasing it for sight and of course one of your HSTs.
    Hope the dog had a good time too. Hope you took some rock back for the missus and hope she's a lot better now.
     
  21. Techniquest

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    Sounds like a beast of a time was had in the North East :) I have yet to see a 385 let alone travel on one!
     
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    Abandoned East Midlands and London bits 28-31 March

    As I had my quarterly meeting in London over this weekend, I had intended to get the overnight sleeper from Falkirk Grahamston to Crewe, Score the visits of Hartford and Prees before making my way over towards Nottingham so as to try and grab my remaining 6 EM powercars. I would then head to London the same evening, with the next day (Friday) maybe trying to get 387139 and 141 (the 2 remaining from 12 that will be dedicated to Heathrow Express in the near future), 43079 (my final Great Western powercar), and either some Anglia requirements or venture into what feels like a foreign country to me i.e. south of the mighty Thames (the land that had a lot of VEPs, CIGs, GLVs, REPs, SUBs, and Pigs what I have heard in recent years on the forum) to have a go at some 455s, 456s, 458s, 465s, and 466s. I had booked this trip earlier on this year, but on the evening (Wednesday) I was due to set off, my partner had took seriously unwell earlier that day, which left me having to rapidly scramble around organising things.

    Obviously, it meant that the dog had to come with me to the meeting this weekend, as an unfortunate combination of events also happened. Normally, the people in the flat below me would have been able to have helped me with dog sitting, but were away on vacation. Ditto one of my partner’s twin sons, with the other twin having been rostered to work 12 hour shifts from Thursday to Sunday. My partner’s eldest son would have been willing too, but as it is a private let flat which happens to be directly above the letting agent’s offices in Paisley, that was a no-no, even though the owner of the flat (agency is managing it on their behalf) does not have any problems with well behaved pets (that was how the previous tenant’s contract did not get renewed after one of the rolling 6 monthly periods was up, when the agency saw a Scottish Terrier going into the stairwell to the flat). This left me searching around on the website for dog sitting services, but a lot of the companies require a minimum of 5 days so as to meet and greet the sitter first before booking, which is fair enough.

    Having contacted the London office of the organisation with my strange request if they knew anybody who is able to dog sit on the Saturday while I am at the meeting, somebody was found who would do it who stays not far from Hackney Central station. The next thing I had to do was a quick search for pet friendly accommodation at a reasonable price (I had originally booked and intended to stay at Hayes & Harlington, but was a non-refundable booking, and pets are not accepted), and found the Ibis Budget hotel in Hounslow. After checking the TfL website for journey options to and from Euston and Highbury & Islington, it did seem a reasonable trade off with price versus journey time compared to staying further in the London zones. My next mission was to try and get as reasonable as possible fare to London for the Friday afternoon/evening (my journey back on the Sunday was fine, as I booked that at the same time as the abandoned East Midlands trip – it was just the journey going down that had to be revised). I came across a reasonable split fare, which was Glasgow – Oxenholme and Oxenholme – Preston (both TPE Only Day Singles), a Northern Only Advance Preston – Manchester, and a Manchester – London Advance.

    Friday morning, I nipped across to the big Tesco over the road from me to get some trays of dog food and treats, plus some provisions. After packing various equipment and having given the dog a good run out early afternoon, I set off for the bus to Glasgow Central to board the 15:09 Manchester Airport formed of (which I was not expecting at all given the circumstances) required 350410 – my final TP Class 450, which means that I do not need to chase after it when I am next on the west side of the Pennines. At Carlisle, 90016+045 were hauling containers northbound through Platform 3 with 57309 in the goods loop west of Platform 1, 156471 was on the Oxenholme – Windermere shuttle, and 37409+402 were on the track inspection train at Carnforth. Having bailed at Preston for a leg stretch and for the dog to do a pee, I stopped off at Platforms 3 and 4 to pick up a veg pastie and some tea from the West Cornwall Pasty kiosk before boardingthe 18:06 ex Blackpool North – Manchester Airport via Wigan North Western and Golborne Junction formed of (again to my surprise) required 319384 for the run to Manchester Piccadilly. After another leg stretch, it was onboard the 19:15 London Euston via Stoke-on-Trent formed of dud (as expected being as I require 2 390s) 390010 for the run to London.

    Gently walking to Euston Square, it was the first Hammersmith train that I hopped on, which was dud 21345+346 for the run to Goldhawk Road.While waiting at the bus stop for the 237, there was an eccentric guy of Caribbean descent who petted the dog and gave it some fuss, then nipped into the convenience store and handed me a fiver towards some dog food. I had mentioned that I felt that I could not accept that, but the chap had insisted. Anyway, five minutes or so later, the 237 arrived to take me to Hounslow via Chiswick High Road, Gunnersbury, Kew Bridge, Brentford, and Isleworth. Having alighted at Staines Road junction, it was a comfort walk around the block before checking in (I was surprised that I was not charged for the dog as I had enquired about it when checking in – the chap on reception must like Border Collies or something), before settling down for the night. Of note, the room was something I have never come across before, which besides having a double bed, there was an upper single bunk latitudinally across the head of the double bed, which explains how the room can sleep up to three people.

    Saturday morning, after having taken the dog out and having had some breakfast, it was on the 237 for the run to Gunnersbury station for the 09:33 ex Richmond – Stratford formed of dud 378221 for the run to Hackney Central to meet up with the dog sitter. It was back to the station to see 66769 hauling coal wagons westbound at 10:44 before getting on the exact same train as earlier on the 10:48 to Highbury & Islington, then a short bus ride to the meeting venue. When the meeting finished and having picked up some provisions, it was a walk along Holloway Road to Highbury & Islington for the 17:45 Stratford formed of (to my surprise) required 378225 to Hackney Central to pick up the dog. Back to the station it was onboard the 18:01 Clapham Junction formed of dud 378218 to Kensal Green (to see if the dog needed a pee), then onboard the 18:37 Richmond formed of dud 378210 for the run to Gunnersbury. It was a short wait for the 237 to take us back to Hounslow.

    Sunday morning, after having taken the dog out, having had some breakfast, and checking out, it was a while to wait for the 237 bus (around 15 minutes or so, as it seemed that I had not long missed one) for the run to Goldhawk Road station. The first eastbound train was required 21421+422 for the run to Great Portland Street. During the course of this section of the journey after Shepherd’s Bush, the dog was in an excitable mode as I had made the error of mentioning too soon that we were going to the park. She had managed to get the ball (her favourite object) out of the bag that I had the water supplies in and place it on the lady and her brother’s lap, signalling that she wanted to play. I explained that they would now not get a moment’s rest, but they were fine as one set of their grandparents had a Border Collie and knows what their temperament are like. Having bailed from the train at Great Portland Street, it was a walk over into Regent’s Park for some playtime with the ball working around the park in a loop. Having exited the park at the top end of Baker Street near the junction with Park Road, it was over to Marylebone via Melcome Street to pick up a veg pastie and some tea from the West Cornwall Pasty kiosk before making the way over to Platform 3 for the 14:40 Birmingham Snow Hill formed of (to my surprise) required 168111 for the run to Birmingham Moor Street.

    I had made a gentle saunter along to New Street and as the 16:57 Manchester Piccadilly was dud, I hung around for the 17:15 ex London Euston – Glasgow which was dud 390011 for the run to Wigan North Western arriving 5 minutes behind schedule at 18:42. During the course of the journey between Crewe and Wigan, it was announced that the train would be terminating at Preston due to an earlier operational incident. I briefly nipped out of the station to see if the dog needed a pee, but was fine. Just before heading inside to Platform 5, 88002 was spotted hauling containers southbound over the bridge, and soon after arriving on the platform, a pair of Class 90s were double heading containers northbound. It was soon onboard the 5 minutes delayed 18:55 ex Liverpool Lime Street – Blackpool North formed of dud 319363 for the run to Preston. After another leg stretch, it was onboard the 19:42 ex London Euston – Glasgow Central which departed Preston 40 minutes behind schedule due to waiting for a guard with the delay caused by an earlier operational incident. Being as the train did not make up any time, arrival at Glasgow Central was at 22:43 rather than the scheduled 22:03. It was on the bus back up the road.

    Overall, due to various events conspiring against me which meant that it was a straight there and back trip to and from London rather than stopping off for various bits and pieces on the way down, I rather surprisingly managed to get at least one requirement for haulage every day. Of note and at this moment in time of posting this trip report, my partner is a lot better now compared to that week in March, but still not quite properly better, therefore we are both hoping that the changeover of medication type and the dosage will start to have a positive effect.
     
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    Fingers crossed their recovery goes really well and really quickly :)

    A shame the many desired moves on the way south couldn't be done after all, but it worked out well fair play.
     
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    Lancashire Day Ranger 26 April

    This was another trip into Northern land, but with me concentrating on the west side of the Pennines as it seems some of the Heaton based finest machines of 1985 (or an indulgence in some masochism depending which side of the fence some readers sit on) have been transferred to Newton Heath, meaning that they can appear on some of the west side diagrams nowadays. Furthermore, I would be having another attempt at getting 153330 which is my final Northern dogbox that I require that has always eluded me so far, and if time permits, maybe a go at clearing my final 8 requirements of the Merseyrail fleet of 507s and 508s.

    Having risen at 06:30 and after some breakfast, it was out of the door just after 07:40 for the walk to Barnhill station, boarding the 07:53 Dumbarton Central formed of dud 320404 for the run to Glasgow Queen Street. Having purchased the Lancashire Day Ranger from the booking office (I try to avoid the Virgin office at Central, as I am not a fan of the till roll/fax paper tickets that they churn out) it was a walk over to Central for the 08:40 London Euston via Trent Valley Railway onboard dud 390005 for the run to Preston. At Kingmoor, 66059, 37401, and 37558 were spotted, while at Carlisle, 57309 was in the goods loop west of Platform 1, 397003 was in Platform 5, and 156484 was in Platform 2. After bailing at Preston, I thought that while I am there, I might as well grice the crossover at Buckshaw Parkway before the timetable changes in the next few weeks, as the ex Manchester Victoria terminators may be reverting to running through to Preston.

    It was onboard the slightly delayed 11:24 Manchester Airport via Chorley formed of dud 319382 for the run to Chorley, then on the 11:48 ex Manchester Victoria for a Lancashire style bus stop bash to Buckshaw Parkway onboard dud pair 156449*+142053 (*Deja vu here, as the Sprinter was still in the original First Scotrail livery). I took the same dud pair on the 12:09 Manchester Victoria to Horwich Parkway (or Horrible Parkway as it was showery and windswept) scoring the grice of the crossover soon after departing. While checking the TOPS Request section of the forum, I could get a couple of required 142s (1 was on Heaton Depot, one was on the east side of the Pennines on the Sheffield – Adwick circuit, and one was at Newton Heath. Some good news in that my final Northern dogbox was on the Clitheroe workings today, so I would make that my first mission in getting that one out of the way. The requested 142s that are out and about are one on the Manchester Oxford Road – Liverpool workings, the second onthe Southport workings, and being as the stations along the section of the line between Gathurst and Meols Cop is in the abyss where no PTE products cover them (even though Greater Manchester and Merseyside are next door to each other, it is the railway geography and the 1974 Metropolitan Counties that have made that situation as it is today, similar as to how there is an abyss on the Manchester – Liverpool via Warrington Central route), I might as well attempt to visit the likes of Burscough Bridge etc. As I would be meeting required trains along the way and for easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground, with requirements highlighted in bold.

    156420+156423 12:46 Horwich Parkway – Bolton

    150106+153330 13:00 Bolton – Hall i’ t’ Wood

    153332+150226 13:13 Hall i’ t’ Wood – Manchester Victoria

    142011+142020 13:55 Manchester Victoria – Burscough Bridge

    150126 15:04 Burscough Bridge – Hoscar (not surprisingly, I was the only passenger who alighted here, with nobody boarding)

    142005 15:21 Hoscar – Bescar Lane

    142005+142051 15:57 Bescar Lane – Parbold (delayed 8 minutes at Burscough Bridge as the driver and guard had to check something to do with the train. I missed my next planned train at 16:18 due to the delay)

    150204+150132 16:42 Parbold – Southport

    507011 17:13 Southport – Liverpool Central

    319376 18:13 Liverpool Lime Street – Edge Hill

    142054+142032 18:33 Edge Hill – Liverpool Lime Street

    319385 18:47 Liverpool Lime Street – Wigan North Western

    221118 19:41 Wigan North Western – Carlisle

    350406 21:18 (delayed 11 minutes, and I was expecting this or 401 as whenever I intend to use TPE, 95% of the time it is one of those 2 that always appear for me) Carlisle – Glasgow Central

    320401+320403 23:05 Glasgow Queen Street – Barnhill



    Overall, I have managed to grice the Buckshaw crossover, finally get my last required Northern dogbox, another 2 required 142s (I require 7 Northern, and 3 Wales), a couple of required 319s that I was not expecting to get, and I only require the visits of Appley Bridge and New Lane that are in the abyss between Wigan and Southport.
     
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    Isn't Appley Bridge the boundary of the GM area, both the rail ranger & wayfarer?

    Anyhow sounded like a productive trip getting some more Pacers and other units into your book
     
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    I cannot remember exactly if the station name signs on the platform at Appley Bridge have the Greater Manchester PTE logo or not.

    I seem to remember seeing on the Northern network map that Appley Bridge appears to be slap bang on the boundary. It is unlikely I will be using the PTE ranger, but may use the Wayfarer at some point in the future due to covering a wider area if I remember right.
     
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    Interestingly 142011 was also one of my last required 142s before I cleared the class earlier this year. I had a three day trip generally around Manchester doing PTE tickets but I did do a Lancs day ranger on one of the days for more coverage. Amusingly having stayed in Sheffield overnight preceeding day one, I had an advance ticket on the 0833 to Manchester via The Hope Valley, and what should it be but 142011, that was when I knew it would be a fruitful trip by getting one of my last seven without even trying!
    I empathise with your TPE problem, as I ALWAYS seem to yet 350406 (or in my case 407...).
     
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    Cumbrian Coast Day Ranger 4 May

    As this was a pleasant weekend weather wise and also with me having the dog in tow with me, I decided to settle upon a gentle Saturday day trip to the Cumbrian Coast so as to tick off some station visits. Due to the various amounts of engineering works across the railway network this weekend, it had somehow limited my options as one of the routes that is closed with replacement buses is the Caledonian Main Line between Motherwell, Carlisle, and Preston. However, the ex Glasgow & South Western Railway route via Kilmarnock and Dumfries was still open, therefore I would still be able to get to Carlisle without relying not just the replacement buses, but the driver as well as it depends if they would accept the dog on board. Of note, back in 2017 when there were engineering works between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street, I remember it was either the fourth or fifth replacement bus before a driver would accept me with the dog (a medium size Border Collie, which obviously cannot go in a carrier underneath the seat). Furthermore, I would not be expecting to get any requirements for haulage as I have built the plans around the Carlisle via Dumfries trains, and as I only require 6 Class 156s from the Northern Fleet and 156453 from the Scotrail fleet (one of the RETB fitted ones for the West Highlands).

    Having made up a packed lunch the previous evening, it was an early enough rise at around 06:15 (I had intended to get up 15 minutes later, but with me being a recipient of a facebath as I had mentioned to the dog last light that we would be going on an adventure, and was exited) for me to have some breakfast, take the dog out for a run, fill up water bottles, a tub of some dry dog food plus treats, and make up some flasks of tea. It was out of the door just before 07:45 for the walk to Barnhill station for the 07:53 Dumbarton Central formed of dud 318255 for the run to Glasgow Queen Street. Having picked up the ranger from the booking office, it was a gentle stroll over to Central and a hike to Platform 9 for the 08:37 Carlisle via Dumfries to hop onboard dud pair 156511+156442 for the run to Carlisle. 66059, a Class 70, 2 x Class 37s, and 57007 were spotted at Kingmoor. For easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground with requirements (if any at all) being highlighted in bold.

    156485 11:07 Carlisle – Braystones (train continues to Lancaster via Barrow in Furness)

    156465 13:07 Braystones – St Bees (this is the train that has a 12 minute layover due to the single track section. Also, a high footbridge next to the level crossing which was good exercise for both of us)

    156487 13:27 St Bees – Kirkby-in-Furness (88003+68005 were spotted at Sellafield)

    156472 14:33 Kirkby-in-Furness – Silecroft

    156484 15:08 Silecroft – Askam (train continues to Lancaster via Barrow in Furness)

    156425 15:43 Askam – Seascale

    156465 16:43 Seascale – Drigg

    156485 16:57 Drigg – Carlisle (From Lancaster, which I was expecting the return of the same train I had from Carlisle earlier on. At Carlisle, 350405 and 950001 were in the goods loop west of Platform 1, and 156425 was on the 18:46 Whitehaven)

    156462 19:20 Carlisle – Glasgow Central via Dumfries

    On my way back to Glasgow, I knew that my adopted team of Partick Thistle had secured their stay in the second tier as they had won against Queen of the South meaning that it is the Doonhamers that will be in the relegation play off spot as there were some very happy Jags fans who piled onto the train at Dumfries. After arriving at Central, it was a gentle stroll (in the best way possible as the Saturday night drunks were about) over to Queen Street for the 22:04 to Barnhill onboard dud 320311. Although no requirements for haulage today, I have managed to tick off some station visits along the Cumbrian Coast.
     
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    It's the boundary zone on the line towards Southport. I believe the Wayfarer only gets you Parbold before you hit the PTE area void from Hoscar towards Meols Cop
    https://tfgm.com/public-transport/train/network-map

    Anyhow sounded like a good day on the Cumbrian Coast, shame none of your required units randomly popped up
     
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    Scotrail compensation offer 11-12 May

    Intro

    As this was the final weekend of the compensation offer and with me having a free weekend, I decided to purchase the now famous Barry Links – Golf Street First Class weekly season from Springburn station, which I did a few days previously with no problems. Being as it is 385s, 3 of the Inverness based 158s, 156453, 43033, and 43130 I require for haulage (and not really banking on getting the former BR stock), my strategy for this weekend was to have a tidying up exercise similar as to how fellow trip reporter Kite159 is doing by revisiting stations where I have either boarded or alighted, but not done both as I had either got between stations on foot or bus moves, or a combination of the two. The area I would concentrate on is around Dundee northwards to Aberdeen as when I did the free cheap day return website offer back in 2015, I left the train at Invergowrie and used the bus to Dundee, and walked between Golf Street and Carnoustie in horizontal rain. I have visited all of the other stations except Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, Balmossie, Barry Links, and Portlethen back then, and with local Edinburgh – Arbroath and Montrose – Aberdeen being introduced recently, this would be a better chance of scoring the aforementioned stations except Balmossie and Barry Links. Furthermore, the next day, I would be concentrating on the West Highlands as I have made my way between stations on foot previously back in 2017, so will do some tidying up there. I will also take a run to Locheilside, as that is where the fare from stations in West Central Scotland take a big jump to the next scale (the fares from the Glasgow area to stations between Crianlarich and Outward Bound are more or less the same).


    North East Scotland 11 May

    It was an early rise for me so as to take the dog out for the morning run, and having got some bits of equipment together, it was out of the door just after 07:50 for the walk to Springburn station to board the 08:09 to Glasgow Queen Street on required 385110. Having spotted a HST in Platform 7, I was thinking that this may well be the 08:38 Aberdeen, but nothing was on the screen yet. After a brief walk out of the station via North Hanover Street and George Square, returning back inside via Dundas Street (to see if the dog needed a pee) the HST was indeed the 08:38 Aberdeen, which had powercars (both dud) 43134+030 with me being in the rear First Class coach (41130). This was the Classic Set still in the First Group Dynamic Lines livery. When the train departed and after emerging from the tunnel, it went like a rocket up the Cowlairs Incline and would most certainly leave a Class 170 for dust, not that it would take much doing anyway. Of note, I was served complementary tea, biscuits, and a snack box that was left over from Easter.

    I bailed from the train at Montrose, which was on time and had kept to time at the previous stops of Stirling, Perth, Dundee, and Arbroath. Remaining on the northbound platform, it was short fester for the 10:50 Aberdeen local all stations formed of dud 158740 for the run to Portlethen – the very first time I have been on a train that calls there, and now easier to do so as these recently introduced local trains run broadly on a 60 minute frequency. I did have a filler move pencilled in for the 11:36 ex Aberdeen – Montrose for a run to Laurencekirk (I already scored both boarding and alighting here in 2015) and to Aberdeen on the 12:09, but the 11:36 was cancelled due to driver shortage. I went for a short walk to the beach so as to exercise the dog, then back to the station for the very busy 12:32 ex Montrose onboard dud 158713 for the run to Aberdeen. After making the hike from Platform 7 to the north end of Platform 6 through two sets of gatelines, it was onboard the 12:50 Dyce onboard dud 170411 and returning straight back to Aberdeen on the same train that departed at 13:05. It is noted that there are engineering works between Dyce and Inverurie, and as I had already suspected when planning this trip, the rail replacement buses that I could see at Dyce appeared to be posh coaches.

    After having exited the station for a walk to Union Street Gardens (bearing in mind it was 1994 when I last had a wander around the centre of Aberdeen) as I had a big gap between moves, it was on the 13:57 Edinburgh Waverley that was the green Great Western Railway classic set that had powercars 43125+43012 (both dud) with the First Class coach being 41146 for the run to Arbroath. Again, it is noted that I was served complementary tea and snacks as earlier. During the 20 minute fester at Arbroath, 66433 passed through hauling containers northbound and soon after, it was onboard the 15:08 Edinburgh Waverley local formed of dud 170433 for the run to Broughty Ferry. I would like to mention that although there is a level crossing at the north end of the platforms, there is no need to panic if making a rapid visit as there is not a footbridge, but a pedestrian underpass that links both platforms. It is still a good idea for anybody scoring this station to be at the rear of the train if heading southbound, as it is a bit of a hike in relation to where the train stops due to part of the platform near the level crossing not being used. A few moments later, it was onboard dud 170412 on the 17:36 ex Edinburgh – Arbroath for a Tayside style bus stop bash along to Monifieth, where it was a walk past the caravan park to the beach.

    Returning back to the station for the return of 170412 on the 5 minutes delayed 16:12 ex Arbroath – Edinburgh Waverley it was a short run to Dundee (it is noted that this train has a 20 minute or so layover at Dundee) where a refurbished HST set with powercars 43130 (required) and 43140 (dud) was spotted in Platform 2 that would be on the 17:38 Edinburgh. I make a note of this to see if I could get that later on the way back if I was not exhausted. My next move was another Tayside style bus stop bash onboard dud 170471 that was on the 16:46 ex Aberdeen – Glasgow Queen Street for a run to Invergowrie, a station that I had already alighted previously back in 2015 from the opposite direction and used a local bus to Dundee at that time. Having had a gentle wander, it was back to Dundee on the 17:36 ex Glasgow Queen Street onboard dud 170452, having completed both boarding and alighting at Invergowrie which could be said is no mean feat, due to the trains timetabled to call there having no pattern in particular and also no Sunday service. While on the topic of limited service stations, it is noted that I had already done both boarding and alighting at Springfield in Fife back in 2015, when the late afternoon/early evening trains in opposite directions were around 20 to 30 minutes apart.

    My next intended move was to take the 18:08 ex Glasgow Queen Street – Aberdeen to Carnoustie and walk along Links Parade to Golf Street for the 18:48 ex Edinburgh – Arbroath (depart Edinburgh 17:01, due Dundee 18:29), then head south afterwards as I did these two stations the opposite way round back in 2015. According to the platform screen, the 18:29 Arbroath had been cancelled, but on the Scotrail website it was re-instated and would be terminating at Dundee. As this is the only train of the day on a Saturday to serve Balmossie, Barry Links, and Golf Street northbound (from the May 2019 timetable change it will be 2 in each direction as on Mondays to Fridays with one each to and from Glasgow and Edinburgh), this had scuppered that plan and instead, I decided to continue to Montrose on the aforementioned 18:08 onboard dud 170432.

    As I was starting to feel exhausted (not helped by the medication that I have been prescribed), I had decided to not bother going after the refurbished set that was at Dundee earlier and decided to head straight back home. After letting the 18:57 ex Aberdeen – Edinburgh go as it was a Class 170, it was back to Glasgow Queen Street on the 19:13 ex Aberdeen which was the HST set I had on the way here this morning, as I could tell by the leading powercar being 43030 meaning that 134 was at the rear. I was served complementary tea, but the snacks had ran out bearing in mind it was the old range that was being wound down for a new range to take place in the near future. After arriving at Glasgow Queen Street on time at 21:13, it was just over a 20 minute fester before boarding the 21:37 Falkirk Grahamston via Cumbernauld for the run up the hill to Springburn on required 385012.

    Overall, despite part of my intended plan being scuppered meaning that I was unable to do the walk between Carnoustie and Golf Street, I have managed to score the visits of Dyce, Portlethen, Broughty Ferry, Monifieth, and tidied up Invergowrie by both boarding and alighting there, got a couple of required Class 385s, and some HST action as well.

    Stay tuned for the West Highland adventure.
     

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