Richard's Trip Reports

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  1. rg177

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    Well i've successfully bought all of my tickets to and from the Severn and Solent area, and they came to just £48.30 for a return from Newcastle to Cheltenham Spa (split at York/Sheffield/Derby/Brum), helped by a fiver in Nectar Points off VTEC journeys.

    So the Sunday in April is as follows, Rover moves in bold

    1Y24 0952 Newcastle-York 1100 (Booked 91)
    1V56 1141 York-Birmingham New Street 1409 (Booked HST)
    1V06 1430 Birmingham New Street-Cheltenham Spa 1510 (170)
    1V57 1526 Cheltenham Spa-Bristol Temple Meads 1611
    2K36 1653 Bristol Temple Meads-Severn Beach 1728
    2K37 1742 Severn Beach-Sea Mills 1759
    2K38 1810 Sea Mills-Shirehampton 1814
    2C87 1825 Shirehampton-Nailsea and Backwell 1918


    At which point i'm unsure as i'd like to do Yatton, Worle, Weston Milton and Weston-super-Mare but there's a lot of dodgy connections at that time. The line to Bath and Chippenham is also shut that day sadly. Also on Sundays, those Severn Beach and Avonmouth line services are the last of the day :lol:

    On the Monday morning i'll be taking a stroll to Montpelier before the Rover becomes valid and onwards to Redland and Clifton Down as they're so closely spaced before jumping on the train to St Andrew's Road and Avonmouth in order to clear off the line completely.
     
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    Some further developments in the past week...

    I conveniently scored 153331 on a Burley Park move yesterday, clearing off my Northern 153 requirements and meaning that I now require only 7 Northern DMUs.

    Also, 14 day ALR: The second coming: this August/September. Watch this space ;)
     
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    Nice work! Bring on your next trip report though!

    Sounds like some fun coming up!
     
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    I'm doing my fourth All Line Rover from September 13th to 19th. Looking forward to it as well.
     
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    Mine looks to be August 27th to September 8th but I'm doing a positioning move into London earlier on.

    They're good tickets, albeit costing only 200 pounds short of what I'm paying to go on a week long all inclusive holiday...

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    19/03/17- The Voyager thing

    With my red pen having seen little action recently (156494 was however crossed off on Friday) I decided to try and dig into my remaining 6 XC Voyagers and 3 Super Voyagers, expecting to hopefully cross off another as some cheap hop. In the end, I went to Durham a lot :lol: It was however a Sunday so a later start ensued, with me being at Newcastle station for 1410 in time to view the 1435 to Reading. An excellent start was had with winner 220025 working, My ticket was duly purchased and I plonked myself on board for the 14 mile run to Durham where I had the choice of either the 1514 or 1532 XC services back to Newcastle.

    The 1514 was dud 221136 so it was flagged, however the 1532 also produced dud 220034 which was duly accepted just so I could be moving again! At least i'd had something on my first round. Round 2 was up next once i'd arrived back at Newcastle at around 1550, though i'd be best catching the next service out seeing as this 220 would be forming the next XC service in 45 minutes. Dud 185103 was taken down to Durham, complete with our resident Newcastle based TPE guard doing announcements, making the rather fated 'And for the first time in a while on a Sunday, we go to Liverpool Lime Street' announcement. More on that later.

    I had around 10 minutes until the 1629 to Newcastle which was sadly formed of dud 220009. I was beginning to wonder whether to put the Voyager quest on the backburner seeing as i'd had 1 which was good going for so few requirements! However, on arrival back at Newcastle the delayed 1640 to Plymouth caught my eye, and I belted over to winner 220002 trailing dud 220026, though we didn't move. Lineside fire at Ferryhill meant that nothing was moving, including the 185 i'd had to Durham which hadn't made it much further beyond there! It did however terminate in Manchester, meaning that the announcement I mentioned earlier was sadly jinxed :lol: It was however useful for me as had this service been on time, i'd have missed it!

    40 minutes later we eventually moved and I prepared myself for fun at Durham waiting for a service back to Newcastle. I flagged two full and standing 185s before the delayed 1713 to Glasgow arrived, with me slightly freezing and regretting not jumping on an earlier service! That regret was soon removed when I realised that winner 220027 was working! Superb, 3 out of 6 required 220s in the book on an afternoon jaunt, which saw me back at Newcastle for 1817 and calling it a day.

    Successful afternoon, leaving just 3 XC 220s and 3 XC 221s to score!

    Total Mileage- 84mi 18ch
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    A July adventure in the form of a Heart of England Rover has also been pencilled in for July 19-21 basing myself in Birmingham, so as to allow me to get shack scoring in that area as well as clearing off bits of required track (such as the Bescot route into Wolves and Whitlocks to Wilmcote as well as Banbury to Oxford and onwards to Worcester)
     
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    3 more voyagers into your book :)

    Newcastle - Durham is probably more exciting than Reading - Basingstoke ;)
     
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    It's not a bad little hop of about 15 minutes. Just a faff changing at Durham!

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    Fishquinn will never catch you up<(<(
     
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    The lad doesn't count them in his haulage requirements so he's either well ahead or impossibly behind [emoji38]
     
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    I got caught up in the delays that fire caused! Well done on crossing another three off the list though!
     
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    Ouch, hopefully it wasn't too bad!
     
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    Coming local to me then! :p:lol:
     
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    Nice work on getting 3 more Voyagers into the book, those last ones will take some finding! Unless you cheat and use the TOPS Request Thread ;)
     
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    Well today commences a unit and shack hunt in Manchester, just 0845 to 1645 due to engineering works!

    An apt start with gimmea50anyday being my train guard!

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    25/03/17- GM Rail Ranger

    Today was just meant to be a short shack sweep around Manchester courtesy of an £8.40 return on TPE’s app. In the end, it was one of my most productive days of the year so far :lol: I was at the station for 0545 and headed for the ticket office in order to purchase a Greater Manchester Rail Ranger, which has gone up to £5.90 from the £5.20 I remember it being in 2016! I had to talk the clerk through issuing it, and looked up the code for its issue (It’s GM1, if anyone has a similar problem), but she was actually quite impressed with my knowledge and asked if I worked on the railway, being surprised when I said I didn’t :lol: It was then over to Platform 7 and a return to an old friend, the 0602 to Liverpool Lime Street which had dud 185102 and our resident Newcastle TPE guard on the forum working this morning, and it was busier than I remember! It was however a swift journey down to Leeds, with arrival being at 0740, and happily my connection was also running on time which meant that I had just enough time to nip to the loo on Platform 12 before joining dud 185106 on the 0753 to Manchester Airport. This was a fairly calm and quiet enough journey, with some slightly sluggish running that was thankfully made up by the padding in the timetable after Stalybridge, meaning that arrival was ever so slightly early at 0842.

    I decided to do a quick Oxford Road spin to start with, and was pleased to see winner 175004 on the Llandudno, which was taken for the 43 chain hop before I crossed platforms for the 0900 to Manchester Airport. Happy days as it was winner 319375 taking me back to Piccadilly. Now to head for those shacks, and I had a stroll over for the 0918 to Hadfield. However, something else caught my eye as I headed over the bridge. Winner 221119 was on the 0907 to Bristol, and it was one of my last three XC 221s! No question in that as I jumped aboard as it was being cleared for departure, and took it down to Stockport, noting a required 323 on the Hadfield, excellent for later! On the approach to Stockport, I looked over at a pair of 150s departing and noted 1 of my last 4 required NT 150s departing on an ex Buxton. Imagine my glee when I saw that it was coupled to another required one! I tracked the diagram and made a note for later, before checking the 323 arriving on the Crewe. It was another one of my last 3 NT 323s! I also tracked its diagram before making my way over the platform back to Manchester. The return was however slightly less fruitful in the form of a dud 390114 (bizarrely absent from my spreadsheet, though I can remember Tech congratulating me on getting the forum celebrity Pendolino a while back. Might have to do some further digging!) back to Manchester PIccadilly for 0928 where I decided to get onto some shack bashing. Dud 142012 was due out next on the 0935 to Rose Hill via Hyde, so it was duly taken to a very pleasant shack 1, Woodley.

    The sun was starting to get out as I had a few minutes here until a very dud Heaton 142070 screeched in for the hop up to shack 2, Hyde North. The guard took great amusement in seeing ‘Newcastle’ as the issuing station as well, and it was a few minutes until I was hopping off at the rather forlorn looking shack. Amusingly, a bloke came and sat on the Manchester platform to wait for the next train in an hour. Surely, with Flowery Field being practically next to us (well, a 10-15 minute walk) it would have been far easier to go there for a much nicer 323? I was however joining dud, albeit absent from the books for 4 years, 142003. The guard on this also noted the issuing station and had a laugh when I commented on the difficulty in getting it issued there! This was taken just down the line to shack 3, Hyde Central, meaning that the New Mills Lines both via Hyde and Reddish had been cleared for shacks completely, including the badly served Belle Vue/Strines and even worse served Ardwick! I then made the very silly decision to try and run to Newton for Hyde in order to catch a service leaving in 11 minutes, despite Google Maps suggesting that it would take 21! It was also suddenly uphill halfway through, and required a sudden downhill sprint through a car wash place before leaping up the stairs...to see the doors of the train closing. The guard however saw me and gave the thumbs up before releasing them again! What an absolute hero. I had spent about 3 seconds on shack 4, Newton for Hyde, before taking dud 323239 to shack 5, Hattersley.

    By my reckoning, I was now ahead of plan and took time to recuperate from my 1 mile run before seeing the approaching 323 and sighing a little at seeing that it was dud 323230, even if the odds were slim that it’d throw up the last required 323 I didn’t know the whereabouts of, 323223 :lol: This was taken to the rather juxtaposingly named shack 6, Flowery Field, just having enough time to run over the awkward ramp/steps hybrid bridge and back down before jumping onto winner 323227 as i’d hoped for! This was taken to shack 7 and the last new shack of the day, Godley. This is one hell of a faff changing platforms, with a long walk down steps required before walking under the road and up two lots of steps and several gates! It was however a 15 minute wait until dud 323239 turned up once more, and trundled me back to Manchester Piccadilly. I crossed over the bridge and meant to go for the EMT to Stockport at 1143, but saw winner 323226 working the 1146 to Crewe via the Airport, meaning that i’d miscalculated the diagrams, but it was also more convenient as I could get it out the way now! I jumped on board, and joked to friends on Facebook that I just needed the one now but I was sure it was a figment of my imagination as i’d never even seen it before!

    Spookily, my last required NT 323, 323223, trundled in on the platform next to me just after I sent that message :lol: Happy days as one of my friends brought up the OTT signalling diagram and confirmed its onward workings. My current 323 was however taken to Mauldeth Road, where I had just enough time (we were 5L) to join dud 319383 back to Piccadilly where we came in alongside a required 390. May as well jump on board as I had sufficient time to do a Stockport leap before snaring my required 150 pair. Winner 390046 was the one in question, and while on board I messaged Northern to ask about my last required 156s. Apparently one was at Southport heading to ‘Wigan Wallgate’ which was annoyingly vague but I narrowed it down to being the next Airport service. The other one was in bloody Newcastle! I formulated a plan to get that one in if I could be bothered later on in the evening, seeing as I had an earlier than usual arrival home. On arrival at Stockport, a full and standing dud 185143 was taken straight back in order to be able to join my 150s with time to spare. These were double winners 150113/150117 working the 1249 to Buxton, and they were taken down to Stockport before dud 323234 brought me back.

    Conveniently, it was now time to go try for 156461 on the ex Southport, so I jumped on dud 150110 out to Oxford Road and had 5 minutes to wait for it. Imagine my great irritation when double duds 142043/142060 came bouncing in! The 156 must have actually been going to Manchester Victoria then, but the information from Northern was so vague that I could never have guessed that :( Oh well, at least they tried and I double checked the diagram of my other required 156 (which turned out to be on a different one to what they originally suggested) just to avoid a similar misjudgement on my part. I made up for this by jumping on winner 158866 trailing dud 158856 back to Oxford Road, where the EMT to Norwich was so late that the first service was 15 minutes away! That was also the ATW to East Didsbury which should connect with my last needed NT 323, so I decided to join dud 175105 to the aforementioned East Didsbury (a very useful new station call on these Airport extensions!) and headed to Tesco for some lunch as I had a 20 minute wait. I was very hungry too so I ended up devouring the wrap i’d bought on the walk back, before there was a tense few minutes as the 323 appeared in the distance! Beaming smile on my face as winner 323223 rolled in for the journey back into Manchester, clearing my Northern 323s and leaving me with just 8 to clear the class completely, all being numbered between 323203 and 323221.

    Back in Manchester, I took a city zone Metrolink related break at around 1445 and had the following results with a respectable 6 winners for haulage in 45 minutes (Winners in bold)

    3050 Piccadilly-Piccadilly Gardens
    3017 Piccadilly Gardens-St Peters Square
    3091 St Peters Square-Deansgate Castlefield
    3087 Deansgate Castlefield-St Peters Square
    3008 St Peters Square-Deansgate Castlefield
    3081 Deansgate Castlefield-St Peters Square
    3025 St Peters Square-Deansgate Castlefield
    3103 Deansgate Castlefield-St Peters Square
    3005 St Peters Square-Piccadilly

    I quickly sprinted back up to the mainline station intending to catch the 1535 Euston down to Stockport, but on seeing that it was the dud 390 i’d spent hours on during Storm Doris, I flagged it and noted a winner on the 1555. To pass the time, I headed for the 1539 EMT to Oxford Road. Excellent choice as it had refurbished winner 158780 and exiled SWT winner 158889 in charge! This was however a bit daft if I’d wanted the 1555 to Stockport from Piccadilly, as it was a -1 connection at Oxford Road. The railway gods however continued to be on my side as duds 158856/158866 were 2 minutes late, allowing me to jump on winner 390044 to Stockport. At this point, I joined fellow forum member and trip reporting person TC60054 and we awaited the late running ATW back to Piccadilly, which was annoyingly dud for both of us 175007, busy too! It was sadly now time for me to head home, which fitted in well with Tom’s plan which was trundling around on his pet 185s! Dinner was sourced at Sainsbury’s before we joined dud 185131 on the 1641 to Hull as far as Huddersfield, before swapping onto dud 185107 through to Newcastle, leaving Tom to bail at Leeds for his run back to Manchester Victoria on a different 185 :lol:

    It was quite quiet as far as York where we had the usual drinkers joining us. One such gent decided to grab a woman rather inappropriately as she walked past him, prompting a slanging match down the length of the carriage. Rather silly choice as the woman’s partner, who was about 6ft tall and built like a bodybuilder complete with manly beard ( :lol: ) was stood beside her. He however remained totally calm and let her get on with it. They got off at Darlington, and as he walked down the platform, her partner gave the creepy bloke a few choice words, prompting Mr Weird to scream the train down and kick the doors as hard as he could, rendering them unable to close! The guard came down and gave him a mouthful before forcing them shut and allowing us to continue 12 minutes late. We continued as normal as far as the High Level Bridge, where it conspired that the signaller had put an ECS in front of us that wasn’t set to move for an hour, on Platform 7. The only platform that we could access. The rather irritated guard informed us of this and Northern appeared to quickly source a driver to trundle the 142 around the bridges in a circle to let us in. We eventually arrived 21L at 1944!

    I however wasn’t bothered as I decided to bite the bullet and go to Wylam in order to get this 156 in, if it was on the diagram (Hexham-Nunthorpe-Carlisle-Newcastle-Carlisle) that I thought it to be! I nipped out for a sandwich and bought my £2.85 return, before joining a very cosy dud 142087 on the 2016 to Hexham. It was a sedate 20 minute trundle where I was then free to freeze for 15 minutes by the signalbox before a 156 appeared and I saw a frustrated looking guard get off, and SIX security guards making a fuss as I boarded! Turns out that a bunch of intoxicated blokes had given her a load of abuse and she wanted them off. This took some persuasion, but we eventually left 5L with them sat looking a bit lost on the platform in the dark. However, another fight broke out which prompted me to squeeze my way past it all and into the front carriage, questioning my sanity in even catching the 1941 ex Carlisle (which is full of drinkers normally from Hexham onwards and forms the infamous 2118 to Carlisle where there’s been a fair few brawls in the past). Arrival was 2L at Newcastle at 2112, and there were police and the full works patrolling the platform as I jumped off…156471, which was indeed the refurbished winner i’d hoped for after at least a year of chasing it! An absolutely rancid move to do it on, but at least it had strayed up north! The 2132 bus home was subsequently sourced, and I was at home for 2200.

    Very productive day!

    Total Mileage- 419mi 54ch
    Total Winners: 20+7 shacks
    Total Cost: £23.75
     
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    A good day, very productive. What's the "refurbished" 156 like inside? I've not seen any photos of it.
     
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    Exactly the same except with yellow grab handles, blue walls and the DDA toilet. I assume it's not quite finished to be honest.
     
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    A very productive day within Greater Manchester :)
     
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    Some very productive time in Manchester there! A shame the day ended with such a farce but it was clearly worth it!
     
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    Very productive day there on all fronts! Sounds like a load of trouble on your last few trains though! Glad I didn't get any of that when I was up that way last week.
     
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    Yeah was very productive! And yeah wasn't the best but least i'm down to 5 Northern DMUs!

    Yeah was a bit awkward. For future reference, avoid any TPEs going north from York after about 4pm Saturdays and stay away from the Tyne Valley around that time too :lol:
     
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    I can remember last August catching a required 156 bound for Carlisle (would have been the 19:25) and that was fun, entry via local door only with security guards (like the last Whitby service)
     
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    That was what they did with the 21:18. 6 security guards on the train and 4+2 police on the platform.
     
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    Sounded like a good and productive day! Well Done on clearing NT 323s for haulage :)
     
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    Right then. Catch up time.

    Sounds like a great trip to Mancc there, except the less than pleasant people on your journey home, and Northern not being of much use for that 156.
     
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    Glad you enjoyed the read.
    Indeed I'd have hastily gone over to Victoria to grab it, but my last Northern 323 was calling!
     
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    Well the Severn and Solent adventure is now a matter of days away.

    A new addition to the proceedings will be a quick visit to Pevensey Bay if possible when I stay over in Eastbourne, provided that Southern run the 0738 Eastbourne-Ore :lol:
     
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    Have a good trip. Look forward to the report as it is nearly my neck of the woods!
     
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    Thanks, I'm actually hoping to do all the shacks you did on your jaunt to the likes of Sholing and Bitterne!
     

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