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  1. Kite159

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    Sounded like a good trip to Tayside, other than for the stopper getting cancelled. Like you mentioned those stations now get 2 trains a day in each direction, with the 2nd of the morning services giving connections to services from Glasgow/Edinburgh & the sleeper (whereas before the only way to call at those stations heading towards Dundee was either a hotel in Carnoustie or a hotel in Dundee with an early morning bus move)
     
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    Sounded like a fair few good days out, here, especially for the dog too. Kind of the guy to donate a fiver towards her keep.
    Glad to hear the missus is feeling better too.
     
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    West Highlands trip 12 May

    It was another early rise for me so as to take the dog out for the morning run, and having got various bits of equipment together, it was out of the door just after 09:15for the walk to Barnhill station to board the 09:28 to Glasgow Queen Street on dud 334023. After a brief walk out of the station to see if the dog needed a pee, it was onboard the 09:56 Oban formed of a very busy dud 156457 for the run to Loch Awe, spotting 66746 on the Royal Scotsman charter heading eastbound into Knightswood Tunnel just before the approach to Westerton. During the course of this leg of the journey, there were 2 or 3 guys who also had the Barry Links – Golf Street or Monifieth season for the compensation offer who were going further along the line. Being as the weather was quite hot now at lunchtime, I (or rather the dog) found a large shaded area to wait for the next half an hour or so for the 12:53 ex Oban – Glasgow Queen Street, hopping onboard a very full dud 156492 for a short countryside style run to Tyndrum Lower. It is noted that there were two cyclists who were intending to use this train, but there was no room for the bikes as the bike space was already full, therefore it appeared they continued on two wheels to either Crianlarich or wherever their intended destination was.

    Having made a very gentle stroll to Upper Tyndrum at a sedate pace as there was a near 80 minute gap (and trying to eventually prevent the dog from herding the sheep that was in the fenced off field next to the main road and the steep footpath that leads uphill to the station – it’s a Border Collie), 66743 decorated in the Belmond Royal Scotsman livery was passing though southbound as a light engine at around 13:55. After the dog done a big pee on a grassy surface outside the station after settling in a shaded spot, it was soon onboard the 14:35 Mallaig, which I could see it was 2 156s coupled together when the train was approaching. Upon a closer look, the front 156 was in the First Group Barbie livery, and another look at the number on the front was to my surprise required 156453 – this being my final Scotrail 156 required for haulage, even though I was not intentionally keeping a look out for it. The rear 156 was (obviously) dud 458, and taking up a position in the 453 which was much quieter, it was on the way to the request stop of Locheilside, switching to 458 at Fort William as the pair of 156s were uncoupled. Also, 73969 was in the carriage sidings all by itself and likely to be on the London sleeper as far as Edinburgh later on. It is noted that I done the walk between both Tyndrum stations the other way round back in 2017, plus only alighting at Loch Awe back then, therefore I have completed both boarding and alighting at these three stations.

    After alighting at Locheilside (which seems to be a pointless station as there is a cottage up the hill off the main road to Mallaig, and with no apparent nearby access to the lochside) it was just over a 20 minute fester for the 6 minutes delayed 17:02 ex Mallaig formed of dud 156446. As there appeared to be several reservation labels from Fort William, I suspected that this train would couple up to 156453 as checking online, it was booked to use the same platform. When the guard announced that the train would first be coupling to another train before the doors were opened, my suspicion turned out right. After the coupling procedure had been completed and the doors released, I switched to 453 as there was more room for the run straight back to Glasgow Queen Street.

    Upon arrival at Crianlarich, it was a brief leg stretch and a short nip outside the station to see if the dog needed a pee (she refuses to pee on gravel or stone surfaces, which there is several of along the platform at Crianlarich) while awaiting the ex Oban portion to arrive. 156450 coupled to the rear and was soon on the way. At Ardlui, 156476+474+492 were on the northbound Oban and Mallaig, and after arriving 5 minutes behind schedule at Glasgow Queen Street due to following a local train after Dumbarton Central, it was a rapid dash onto the 21:26 Cumbernauld for the run to Springburn on required 385045.

    Overall, it was a pleasant day to be in the countryside on a tidying up exercise, and I got my final Scotrail Class 156 which I was not intentionally keeping a lookout for, plus I have peeled off another 385 too.
     
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    Congrats on clearing the Scottish 156s, plus another good trip with the dog to the west highlands
     
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    Congratulations from me too on clearing the Scottish 156s, quite an achievement that!
     
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    Sounded a good trip, congrats also on getting the final 156 in.
     
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    Congrats on an all round good day and finishing the 156s is no mean feat. Your dog must be over the moon getting to go on your journeys too, bet she gets a lot of attention and exercise to boot.
     
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    Lancashire Day Ranger 24 May

    This was another trip into Northern land, and as in April I would again beconcentrating on the west side of the Pennines for another go at clearing some more of 1985’s finest machines (Class 142 Pacers).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 320316 for the run to Glasgow Queen Street, then a walk over to Central for the 08:40 London Euston via Trent Valley Railway onboard dud 390130 for the run to Preston. After bailing at Preston, it was upstairs to the booking office to purchase the Lancashire Day Ranger, of which I may have jinxed myself as to how the rest of the day would turn out.

    Having had news of where my required targets were (one on Heaton (079), one on Hull – Sheffield – Adwick (095), one on Leeds – Southport (056), one on Newton Heath (071), and one on York – Selby etc later on(015)), this meant that I could only get the one that was on the Leeds – Southport today as I would not have the time to get one let alone both that areon the east side of the Pennines. Returning to the platforms to see what was around, 90040+018 were double heading containers southbound through Platform 4 at around 11:50, followed by the screens changing some trains to delayed. There were announcements that all trains would be delayed as there were problems with the overhead wires south of Preston, and to listen for further announcements. It was not the start that I would have liked.

    Eventually, I decided to settle upon the visits of Pleasington, Cherry Tree, and Mill Hill (Lancs) being as the trains were running haywire, and it would save me having to do those three stations from the Blackburn side in future assuming normal running (Lostock Hall and Bamber Bridge I have already done previously from the Preston side based on the normal timetable). Making my way over to Platform 2 it was onboard dud 142031 that was on the 20 minutes delayed 11:57 Colne, stopping at Farrington Curve Junction for around 10 minutes or so before continuing. It is noted that 319446 that was on the 11:23 Preston – Manchester Airport had also been stopped at the junction. Checking online, I worked out that I could bail at Mill Hill to meet the train in the opposite direction. Arrival at Mill Hill was at 12:53 – 33 minutes behind schedule.

    It was onboard dud 142061 that was on the 5 minutes delayed ex Colne – Preston for the run to Pleasington (request stop), then to Cherry Tree on dud 142003 on the 20 minutes delayed 13:14 ex Preston – Colne. Having made my way to the Preston platform, the screen and the automated announcements had the 13:59 as delayed by 40 minutes. Having gone for a wander around, I was back at the station with the automated announcements still mentioning that the 13:59 was 40 minutes delayed. At around 14:40, the Preston train (142061) passed through without stopping and I could see a few passengers onboard. A few moments later, it was announced that the 15:16 Colne had been cancelled, and that the 14:59 Preston was delayed by 15 minutes. Eventually, it was onboard the return of 142003 for the run back to Preston, being held at Farrington Curve Junction for 10 minutes or so, spotting 37402+423 on the assets inspection train heading towards Blackburn at around 15:45. Also, it had appeared that the 319 that came to a halt earlier was not there so must have moved somewhere. Arrival at Preston was 30 minutes behind schedule at 15:50, with what seemed a state of chaos happing on Platforms 3 and 4 going by the large volume of passengers.

    Having checked the screens, it seemed that the London and Glasgow/Edinburgh trains were severely delayed, with some having up to a 90 minute delay. The 15:17 London via Birmingham was delayed by 45 minutes upon arrival, and the 14:41 Glasgow was delayed by almost 90 minutes upon arrival. Nipping out of the station for some fresh air and to check online to see if I could meet the 15:47 Southport – Blackburn via Atherton and Todmorden at Wigan (due 16:24), I had worked out that assuming that there are no further delays to the London trains, I could just make it. Another alternative would be to meet that train at Burnley Manchester Road, which I had opted for as the London train was not moving just yet. Eventually, it was onboard a very busy and dud 158758 that was on the 30 minutes delayed 16:47 ex Blackpool – York via Halifax for the run to Burnley Manchester Road, while checking the progress of the ex Southport which had a 10 minute delay on the way to Wigan (I could have met the train there after all).

    After arriving at Burnley Manchester Road, it was over to the Preston platform with the screen displaying the 17:51 ex Southport – Blackburn as being delayed by 20 minutes, with the 19:03 York – Blackpool having been cancelled. The screen had updated stating that the 17:51 was now 30 minutes delayed with the destination switching from Blackburn to Accrington. It was eventually onboard required 142056+ dud 142027 for the run to Accrington. The same pair of Pacers soon switched tracks to form the 10 minutes delayed 18:27 Wigan North Western via Todmorden and Atherton, and having checked the screens that the 18:41 ex Colne – Preston was 40 minutes delayed, and the 18:35 ex Preston – Colne was 20 minutes delayed, I decided to have a roll of the dice to take a run to Hapton (request stop) on the delayed 18:35 onboard dud 142058, returning straight back to Preston on the 40 minutes delayed 18:23 onboard dud (and the third sighting) 142061.

    Being as the trains to and from London were still running with delays, my intended 19:41 Glasgow Central was delayed by 45 minutes. It was onboard dud 390124 for the run to Glasgow, gaining another delay of 5 minutes upon arrival at 23:00 50 minutes behind schedule. I made a gentle saunter along to Queen Street passing the various Friday night drunks and it was back home to Barnhill onboard dud pair 320314+320322 that were on the 23:33 Springburn via Bellgrove.

    Overall, even though I did not get off to the start I would have liked upon arriving at Preston and having being caught up in the delays caused by problems with the overhead wires south of Preston, I was still determined not to let a required 142 on the Southport – Blackburn circuit slip away from me, and I took the chance to visit the stations of Pleasington, Cherry Tree, and Mill Hill (Lancs) meaning that I have completed all between Preston and Blackburn. I also unexpectedly scored the visit of Hapton as well, meaning that I have 2 plus 1 either side of Accrington to do. Furthermore, I have been compensated by Northern in the form of a return ticket that I requested, plus I got the whole fare back from Virgin on the Barnhill – Preston leg.
     
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    Good news on getting some more stations in the book plus some free tickets & money back
     
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    The Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway’s Guide to the Galaxy 01 June

    With the Class 385s fully in service on the Edinburgh Waverley – Glasgow Queen Street via Falkirk High route with a journey time of 42 minutes on the xx00 and xx30 departures, Scotrail are doing a promotional offer on the weekend of 1-2 June that would allow free of charge travel along the route to any station (except Bishopbriggs and Lenzie, but being strangely silent regarding Edinburgh Park) for those who were 42 years of age, born between 2 June 1976 and 1 June 1977 (being as I was born in October 1976, I clearly fit the criteria for the promotion). Proof of age is photographic ID, which I had anyway. This is a mini bashing trip that I decided to participate in which would enable me to peel off some more 385s. The title I chose is a word play on the sci-fi series The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which had the number 42 being the centre of the universe as its theme. That sci-fi series had also inspired a famous 1980s band from the Isle of Wight to name themselves after it, with the band in question being Level 42.

    After having done various household tasks and with the weather having picked up, I decided to start mid afternoon, and as it would involve the time of day when I would be out with the dog, she came along with me for this mini bash. Being as I would be keeping this trip to travelling between the stations along the Edinburgh & Glasgow Railway and for easier readability, I have listed the moves below similar to linear hops on London Underground with requirements highlighted in bold. Furthermore, I have used the three letter codes for the stations which are BNL (Barnhill), GLQ (Glasgow Queen Street), CRO (Croy), FKK (Falkirk High), LIN (Linlithgow), and HYM (Haymarket).

    320301 14:55 BNL – GLQ
    385116+028 15:15 GLQ – HYM
    385030+118 16:04 HYM – CRO
    385120+021 16:41 (5 minutes delayed) CRO – HYM
    385115 17:19 HYM – FKK (arrived 14 minutes delayed at FKK due to broken signal at Polmont)
    385105+016 18:03 FKK – HYM
    385124+031 18:34 HYM – FKK (arrived FKK 11 minutes late). The 19:19 ex Glasgow Edinburgh was cancelled.
    385116+028 19:33 FKK – LIN
    385021+120 19:49 LIN – FKK
    385037+113 20:10 (7 minutes delayed) FKK – CRO
    385015 20:41 CRO – GLQ
    320317+318253 21:04 GLQ – BNL

    Overall, I have got another 13 Class 385s in the bag, with the only cost of this mini bash being a return from Barnhill to Queen Street. I had considered nipping out again on the following day to see if any different 385s were about, but as there were problems with the overhead wires between High Street and Queen Street low level, the trains to and from Springburn via Bellgrove were suspended for most of the day so I abandoned that idea.
     
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    A good little trip to get some 385s into your book, I miss the Glasgow Days Out pass as that would have been ideal for 385 hunting
     
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    Tyne & Tees Day Ranger 07 June

    With the news that the Mk IV sets are starting to go off lease as the Azumas are gradually being introduced into service along the Intercity East Coast route, and with one Mk IV set having already worked its last passenger service for the time being (the first seven sets I believe that are going off lease will reappear in Wales and with the open access services that are meant to be running soon between London Euston and Blackpool), I would be taking a break from chasing after 1985s finest machines and would be concentrating my efforts on my remaining required Mk IV sets. I require 4 sets and 3 Class 91 locos, with those being Driving Van Trailers 82210, 82213, 82216, and 82225 which belong to sets (according to the ABRail website as of November 2018) BN05, BN13, BN25, and BN17. The locos are 91101, 91122, and 91130, but I can get those another time in the future if need be. Furthermore, I would also attempt to get my final required East Coast powercar 43206. It is noted that I would be taking a gamble on my requirements calling at Darlington, Durham, and Newcastle Central, as I had initially thought about basing myself in the York/Leeds/Doncaster triangle therefore hope that decision would not backfire on me.

    With me having already taken the dog for her morning run, having some light breakfast, and gathering provisions and various bits of equipment together, it was out of the door just after 07:15 for the walk to Barnhill station to board dud 318266 on the 07:25 Dumbarton Central. When I had booked Advance fares each way, it is noted that the departures from Barnhill are normally xx23 and xx53, with some odd ones being xx24/xx54 and xx25/xx55, therefore the xx15/xx45 Glasgow Queen Street – Edinburgh Waverley via Falkirk High do not appear on journey planners due to the minimum interchange time at Queen Street being 10 minutes and has the next connecting service at xx00 or xx30. Although it is theoretically possible to get the 07:45, I would also have a look to see if the 385s on the 08:00 would be required as I can easily do a linear hop along the way.

    Making my way upstairs, it was onboard required pair 385013+122 that was on the 07:45, while having got settled I was keeping an eye on the pair of 385s that would be on the 08:00. It was 385028+116 which were both dud, therefore it would be straight to Edinburgh Waverley. Upon arrival at Waverley, it was briefly over to Princes Street Gardens to see if the dog needed a pee before heading over to Platform 6 for the 09:00 London Kings Cross, which was dud set BN15 with both dud 82214+91120 doing the honours for the run to Newcastle Central. Also, 90042 and 90043 were spotted in the siding next to Platform 10 at Waverley. Having left the train at Newcastle, I had news that all of my Mk IV sets except BN25* with required DVT 82216 and the powercar were on services that would be calling at Newcastle and Darlington at least, also a required Class 185 is on the 11:17 Manchester Airport therefore I feel that this is my lucky day after all and went for a hike to the booking office to purchase the Tyne & Tees Day Ranger.

    Before spotting 60095 hauling Nacco wagons southbound at around 11:15, it was onboard required 185107 that was on the 11:17 Manchester Airport for the run to Durham (this is one of the few trains that omits the call at Darlington), then after a 10 minute or so fester it was onboard the 11:42 London Kings Cross with required set BN05, required DVT 82210+ dud loco 91105 for the run to Darlington, where 5 minutes or so later it was back to Newcastle on the 12:06 Edinburgh which had required set BN17, dud loco 91114+ required DVT 82225, spotting 67004 as the Thunderbird loco facing King Edward Bridge. Being as my next Intercity requirements would not be passing through Darlington for another 3 hours or so, I had a look to see what was on the 13:00 Liverpool Lime Street and the 13:17 Manchester Airport, but were both dud. I decided upon having a go at scoring some station visits along the Bishop Auckland line being as I did not want to be too far away from Darlington later on for my requirements, plus it would give me the chance to see if any of the 5 diagrams on the Bishop Auckland – Saltburn route would throw up any of my last remaining 142s.

    With the southbound trains seeming to be running with delays, it was straight to Darlington on the very busy and 11 minutes delayed 12:56 ex Aberdeen – London Kings Cross with dud powercars 43251+312, arriving Darlington 15 minutes behind schedule. It was immediately across to the northbound face of the island platform to hop onboard dud 142026 on the 13:40 Bishop Auckland which departed a couple of minutes behind schedule. Deciding to bail at the penultimate stop Shildon (I done the track to Bishop Auckland back in 2015), it was back on the 14:16 Saltburn to Darlington North Road where I only alighted here back in 2017. 10 minutes or so later, it was onboard dud 142094 on the 14:43 Bishop for a County Durham countryside style bus stop bash to Heighington, which has staggered platforms either side of the level crossing. It was around a 30 minute fester with the weather turned to light showers to await the return of 142094 on the 15:25 Saltburn for the run to Bank Top station in Darlington.

    Being as I had already seen what the third diagram was at Parkgate Junction on the Bishop trains earlier when on the train from Durham which was dud, I decided to now concentrate on my Intercity requirements as one would be on a northbound service soon. Having nipped out of the station for a walk via the car park and returning via Victoria Road entrance, it was back to the platform with the first port of call being the lavatory. As the 16:09 ex London Kings Cross – Edinburgh was delayed by 7 minutes, this would give me a chance to see what is on the 16:18 Saltburn, but was a dud 142. It was eventually onboard the delayed 16:09 which was required set BN13, dud loco 91104+ required DVT 82213 for the run to Durham, going for a gentle walk around the construction works to reach the southbound platform.

    It was back to Darlington on the 16:54 Plymouth via Leeds and Birmingham onboard (to my surprise as I was not expecting it to be) required 221133 which would have 2 trains worth of passengers as the 16:48 Reading via Doncaster was cancelled. Before heading back to Newcastle, I had a quick eyeball to see what was on the 17:18 Saltburn but it was a dud 142. It was onboard the 17:23 Stirling which had dud powercar 43317+ required 206, having cleared the East Coast fleet of powercars. Upon arrival at Newcastle, it was over to Platform 5 for the 17:56 ex Carlisle – Chathill to tidy up one of the limited service stations where I had only alighted from back in 2017. I hopped onboard dud 156472 for some Sprinter thrash to Acklington arriving 5 minutes behind schedule and with this departure seemingly now omitting the northbound Morpeth Loop. During the 55 minute or so fester, the dog had spotted some sheep in the field next to the southbound platform and having gazed at them long enough, the sheep appeared herd away to the far side of the field (which there were lots of them). That is what Border Collies naturally do when meeting sheep.

    Having returned to Morpeth on the 19:35 Carlisle on 156472, it was on the 8 minutes delayed 20:01 ex London Kings Cross – Edinburgh Waverley with dud pair 91125+82217 for the non stop run. Making my way over to Platform 10 to see what was on the 21:33 Dunblane, I hopped onboard required 385108 for a run to Polmont, continuing to Glasgow Queen Street on required pair 385026+109 on the 22:06 ex Edinburgh. It was back home to Springburn on the 22:36 Cumbernauld onboard required 385114.

    Overall, I happy with my efforts today regarding getting all of my Intercity East Coast requirements with the exception of set BN25 which has DVT 82216. I have unexpectedly got a required 185 and a Crosscountry 221 as well, and have revisited a couple of stations where I have only previously alighted. I will be having a go at getting my final three Class 91s in the near future.

    *I had information from the Mk IVs withdrawal thread a few days later from this trip that set BN25 with DVT 82216 had worked its last passenger service a day or two before this trip, and is the third set to go off lease. I can get this one either in Wales or on the open access Blackpool services in the near future.
     
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    Sounds like you had a canny day there. The same day I was out on one too, we must've been passing each other all day. How you got on 156472 I dunno. I walked up took one look and said no thanks.
     
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    Northern Newspaper promotional offer 28 June

    As I had picked up some copies of the Lancashire Post at Preston station back in May, I would be doing another £10 offer on Northern.I would mainly be concentrating on my last 6 remaining Northern Class 142s (015, 071, 079, 090, 095, and 096).Having being woken up with a big facebath just after 05:30 (I had mentioned to the dog that we would be going on an adventure before settling down for bed last night) to get dressed and take the dog out for a morning run, I had a light breakfast plus prepared plenty of water amongst various equipment for the trip. Ihadset off just before 07:15 for the short walk to Barnhillstation to board dud 320303 on the 07:25 Dumbarton Central to Glasgow Queen Street. Walking across to Glasgow Centralhaving spotted 92043+ Mk V Sleeper in Platform 1, it was onboardthe 08:00 London Euston via Birmingham, which was dud 390016 for the run to Preston, spotting 66743, 37405,70814 hauling oil or LPG tanks northbound, and 66426+ three other Class 66s hauling ballast wagons northbound at Kingmoor. At Carlisle, it seemed that there was a broken down Mk V Sleeper coaches in Platform 1 with the loco 92038 having been uncoupled facing in the Glasgow and Edinburgh direction.

    Having bailed at Preston, I nipped up to the booking office to purchase the £10 promotion ticket then for a walk more for the dog to do a pee before continuing on with the action. Having noted various duds, it was over to Platform 2 for the 10:46 ex Blackpool North – York which was required 158752 for the run to Leeds via Halifax. I would like to note here that with my previous requests for the high numbered 142s, they seem to have mainly been around Sheffield or Bishop Auckland – Darlington – Saltburn, with the caveat that it is an unscientific method owing to the Northern Random Unit Generator, hence how I would be gradually making my way in that direction. Having seen various duds at Leeds, I settled for the 12:48 Sheffield via Moorthorpe and hopped onboard dud 144005 (I require 010 and 020 to clear the class) for a run to Goldthorpe. It was a gentle walk via the roadbridge to the northbound platform for a 15 minute or so fester in the shade for the 13:46 Leeds, and my luck was in as it was required 142071 that did the honours for a bus stop bash to Thurnscoe (I am not fussed about mileage at this stage, as long as it is greater than the three-quarters of a mile Stourbridge Junction – Stourbridge Town run).

    It was over to the southbound platform for a 35 minute fester in the shade for the 14:26 ex Leeds – Sheffield formed of dud 142021 for the run to Sheffield via Rotherham Central. Having noted duds on the next few Northern departures and having nipped out of the station on the tram side, it was a hike along to Platform 2c to hop onboard dud 142043 on the 15:45 Manchester Piccadilly for a run to Hope (Derbyshire) after being looped soon after departing as the East Midlands Liverpool and Norwich were both delayed therefore allowing them to overtake before proceeding to Dore & Totley. Arrival at Hope was 10 minutes behind schedule at 16:16 for a 20 minute or so fester to board dud 150145 on the 16:38 ex Manchester – Sheffield for a Derbyshire countryside style bus stop bash to Bamford. After nipping out of the station for a walk, it was as expected the return of 150145 on the 17:36 ex Sheffield – Manchester via Bredbury for the run straight to Manchester. It seemed that everything that was running through the famous Platforms 13 and 14 was in meltdown, with the 19:26 ex Airport – Glasgow Central having been revised to start at Preston at 20:06. I eventually hopped onboard dud 158787 onthe 13 minutes delayed 18:47 ex Airport – Barrow-in-Furness for the run to Preston via Golborne, arriving Preston 8 minutes behind schedule at 19:50.

    Much to my surprise, the 19:41 ex London Euston – Glasgow Central was still in Platform 3, with the screens having an expected departure time of 20:11 due to waiting for an incoming train crew from Scotland. Having nipped out for a brief walk to see if the dog needed a pee, I decided not to bother with the 20:06 Transpennine as I had worked out that some northbound passengers would change from the delayed 19:41, and that it may get overtaken at Penrith or Carlisle basing this on the previous couple of occasions. It was onboard dud 390153 which departed Preston 50 minutes behind schedule at 20:31 for the run to Glasgow, spotting the same Mk V Sleeper coaches and uncoupled loco in Platform 1 at Carlisle from earlier. Arrival at Glasgow was at 22:51 – 41 minutes behind schedule and also arriving a few minutes behind the 20:06 off Preston. It was over to Queen Street for the 23:04 Springburn for the run back home to Barnhill on dud pair 318266+318264.

    Overall, I have got another Northern 142 for haulage and am getting there slowly but surely. I have also got a required 158, and have visited all of the stations between Leeds and Sheffield via Moorthorpe and Rotherham Central, plus have got a couple of the Hope Valley stations too.
     
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    East Midlands Day Ranger 11 July

    As I had my quarterly meeting in London, I decided to have an attempt at reducing my East Midlands powercar requirements (43046, 047, 055, 082, and 089) plus former Great Western dogbox 153368. With Serco having mucked up the introduction of the Mk V stock for the overnight Highlander Caledonian Sleeper again, with very extortionate fares I had decided to slum it in the seats from Falkirk Grahamston to Crewe as the fare was reasonable in comparison to the berth (or rooms on the Mk V stock). Furthermore, as I would be at Crewe first thing in the morning, this meant that I could score the visits of Hartford and Prees as the timings work out better than doing those before the 20:09 ex Euston – Glasgow Central which is the last direct train on Sundays to Fridays. Also, while in the East Midlands and depending on timescales, I would attempt the visit of either Ilkeston or Langley Mill, and would see if any required Crosscountry Class 170s are around.

    Having set out the previous night just after 23:00 for the short walk to Springburn, it was onboard required 385006 on the 23:17 Springburn – Falkirk Grahamston (as platform lengthening works are taking place at Glasgow Queen Street high level, the Edinburgh via Cumbernauld and Anniesland via Maryhill Park have been curtailed to Springburn and Ashfield respectively) for the run to Grahamston. After a 30 minute fester it was on the 00:34 ex Inverness– London Euston sleeper with this portion being hauled by required 67020 as far as Edinburgh Waverley. Of note, the train was using Platforms 7 and 11 at Edinburgh Waverley with the electric loco that would be hauling all three coupled portions to London having been spotted was dud 90042 – the third or fourth time I’ve had this loco to London. I did manage to get a couple of naps after the train left Edinburgh 19minutes or so behind schedule at 01:59, with arrival into Platform 6 at Crewe being a couple of minutes ahead of schedule at 05:36.

    After nipping outside for some fresh air to try to help me wake up slightly and to collect a bundle of tickets from the machine, it was a hike over to Platform 12 for the 06:33 Liverpool Lime Street formed of dud 350258 for a run to Hartford, then 15 minutes later it was on the 07:02 ex Liverpool LS – London Euston via Birmingham and Northampton formed of dud 350265 for the run back to Crewe. Having got some tea from the Upper Crust on the Platforms 6 to 11 island, 331006+103 were spotted arriving into Platform 6 before returning north at 07:24. It was another hike to Platform 12 for the unusual route 07:34 Birmingham International via Shrewsbury formed of dud 158821 for a run to the request stop of Prees. Caledonian Sleeper locos 92033 and 92006, and 57003 and 68009 were some of the locos that were spotted at Gresty Bridge soon after departing Crewe. I returned back to Crewe after a 20 minute or so fester on the 08:20 ex Llandrindod Wells formed of dud 153303, with one other passenger who boarded the train with me and nobody alighting.

    Making my way over to Platform 4 it was onboard the 09:02 London Euston via Stoke-on-Trent, Birmingham, and Northampton formed of dud 350369 (so as to give my phone some charge) for a run to Kidsgrove spotting 66029 at the back of the Arriva Traincare depot as well as uncoupled coaches of the Pretendolino set, then 5 minutes or so later onboard the 09:23 ex Crewe – Derby formed of required 158773 (which I had surprisingly saw at Crewe as I was expecting a dogbox) straight to Derby, spotting dud dogboxes on the other 2 Derby – Crewe diagrams during the journey. Also, during the course of this leg of the trip (and with many thanks to forum member 37078xotTE) I had news that 4 out of 5 powercars had allocations, and even though 153368 was mainly over in Lincoln and Grimsby, it would be in Nottingham later on working the Ivanhoe Project (Part 1) this evening.

    I made my way to Nottingham on the 10:41 ex Cardiff Central – Nottingham onboard dud 170114, and being as I had a big gap for one of the required powercars, I worked out that I could have a run to either Langley Mill or Ilkeston and back. Having attempted the hike to Platform 4, it was onboard dud 150124 on the 11:17 Leeds via Sheffield and Barnsley for a run to Ilkeston, where I decided to bail as the train had lost a few minutes along the way and with the southbound from Leeds running more or less to time, I did not want to hang around for 60 minutes at Langley Mill as there are only a few minutes between trains in opposite directions. I returned to Nottingham onboard dud 158904 on the few minutes delayed 11:45 ex Leeds, making another hike from Platform 4 to Platform 5 for my next move as although I still had a lot of time, I had spotted something required.

    I hopped onboard required 170106 that was on the 12:07 Cardiff Central for a run to Beeston, returning to Nottingham on the 12:33 ex Matlock – Newark Castle onboard required pair of dogboxes 153326+310. Having made another hike from Platform 4 to Platform 7, it was onboard the 12:45 London St Pancras which had dud 43064+ required 43047 for a run to East Midlands Parkway to meet my second required powercar to return to Nottingham. A few minutes later after the Norwich train passed through on diversion, it was back to Nottingham on the 13:00 ex St Pancras which had First Class at the front with the powercars being dud 43050+ required 43089. Due to a combination of having a big gap for my next intended target and having spotted a required Crosscountry Class 170, my next port of call was to nip to the Tesco store to pick up some provisions before my next move.

    Making my way to Platform 6 after returning to the station, it was onboard required 170519 on the 13:41 Birmingham New Street for a run to Wilnecote (Staffordshire). 40 minutes or so later I returned east on a very busy and required 170109 that was on the 10 minutes delayed 15:05 ex Cardiff Central – Nottingham as far as Beeston, spotting 57305 south of Platform 1 at Derby, and 37605, 37198, 82129, 82126, 57310, 97302, and 43013+014 on the New Measurement Train on the London side of the tracks opposite Etches Park depot. Being as my next 2 required powercars are on northbound workings later on and finish the day at at the depot immediately afterwards, I would be making my way to Leicester. I hopped on required 170520 on the 16:12 Cardiff for a run to Long Eaton, and around 20 minutes later it was on a very busy and required 222018 straight to Leicester. As the train was busy and being as I was not standing next to the door as other passengers were there, I was unable to see what was in the yard at Humberstone Road. While I was here at Leicester, I decided to take a run to Narborough on dud pair 170116+398 on the 17:18 Birmingham New Street, returning back to Leicester on the 17:36 ex Birmingham – Cambridge onboard required 170636 having visited all of the Crosscountry only served stations except Water Orton between Birmingham and the Derby/Nottingham/Leicester triangle (I did Burton upon Trent back in 1989).

    While checking online to see if I could do a run to Melton Mowbray and back, I realised that I have hit a bogie gap now as it was not possible for me to take a run east and back, and also I would have had to rely on the ex Stansted – Birmingham running on time with the 18:47 ex London due at Leicester being a minimum of 10 minutes late that had one of my required powercars on that. As I had around a 50 minute gap before the previously mentioned 18:47 ex London – Nottingham, I went for a wander to search for something cold and wet and stumbled upon a Wetherspoons. I returned back to the station for the slightly delayed 18:47 Nottingham that had dud 43058+ required 43055 for the run to Beeston, having seen required 222009 on the 19:18 London just departing. Having switched to my alternative plan so as not to let my fourth required powercar and 153368 slip away (my preferred plan was to head to Loughborough to meet the London – Sheffield that had the required powercar), it was onboard dud 156498 on the 19:25 ex Newark Castle – Matlock for a run to Long Eaton for a 20 minute fester or so to await the 19:59 ex London – Sheffield which had required 43082+ dud 43049 for the run to Derby.

    Making my way over to Platform 6 for the 20:15 ex Matlock – Nottingham, it was onboard dud pair from earlier 153326+310 for the run to Beeston, then onboard dud 153355+ required 153368 (still retains the Great Western seat cushions) that was on the 20:42 ex Nottingham – Leicester for some dogbox thrash to Loughborough. A little over 15 minutes later, it was straight to London onboard required 222023 on the 21:15 ex Nottingham, spotting 66555 hauling DB ballast wagons northbound at Leicester. Upon arrival at St Pancras, it was downstairs to the Thameslink platforms for the 23:05 Gatwick Airport onboard required 700133 to Blackfriars, to wait for the 6 minutes delayed 23:21 ex St Albans City – Sutton via Wimbledon onboard required 700055 to Elephant & Castle. It was a short walk along Walworth Road to check into the Safestay hostel to settle down for the night.

    Overall, I am happy with today’s efforts in that I have managed to get round to scoring Hartford, Prees, Ilkeston, Wilnecote, and Narborough, reducing my East Midlands formerBritish Rail requirements down to 1 powercar, 3 dogboxes, 1 Class 156, and 10 Class 158s. I have also reduced my Crosscountry Class 170 requirements down to 4 remaining.
     

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