The Various Random Mutterings of Kite

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  1. Kite159

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    Very good question, probably do more with scoring London buses, as it is interesting seeing parts of London from another angle
     
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    1st April – A small day trip across the border (pt 1)

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    So yeah, last year I kinda booked onto the sleeper to Glasgow Queen Street high level as “it will be unusual”, also I would score a little bit of track in the London area (the connection between the WCML & the Primrose Hill link (having scored the link from the DC lines on a couple 378s a couple years ago). I was a bit mad at the time, but hey ho.

    Anyhow the sleeper would depart at 21:39 so I had the day to think what to do, so I decided to do something which I’ve been putting off for a while, mainly a good Piccadilly Line hunting session, I was down to 5 sets so with a target of getting at least 2 of those 5, however first I had a late start, with some bits & pieces to do at home before heading for the 11:37 service to Waterloo, formed of a busy 159008 & 159003 (I believe this is the first Exeter – Waterloo service of the day). Once at Waterloo I popped via Tesco for a meal-deal for lunch before heading onto LU, my moves detailed below:

    96080/96115 to Green Park
    136/243 to Acton Town (crossing over to the eastbound platforms, taking up a seat and keeping my eyes peeled)
    220/195 to Hammersmith (where I noticed a required set heading westbound, sadly not being able to grab the destination)
    229/854 to Barons Court
    199/108 to Earl’s Court (this being the set I saw earlier heading towards Heathrow)
    212/147 to Northfields
    149/882 to Acton Town
    21313/21314 to Ealing Broadway, mainly for a PNB but with no Paddington bound services, I leapt back on, after knowing the new footbridge is open as it looks like the current bridge at the western end will be taken out of use for rebuilding)
    21313/21314 to Acton Town
    218/109 to Holborn
    91033/92074/91311/91263 to Bank, transferring to the DLR platforms
    143/132/128 to Shadwell.

    [​IMG] Plane meets Train.

    I lasted around 15 minutes at Shadwell, for the wind was bitterly cold, so I called it a day with 26/57/74 to Lewisham to go play on some buses, the idea was to take a bus to Croydon but things change, as a route 185 service rolled in first bound for Victoria (bus MHV68), I bailed an hour later at Vauxhall (an interesting route it takes). Bus PVL412 on a route 77 took me to Waterloo where I grabbed a bottle of pop from Tesco before a Borismaster LT745 on a route 168 took me to Euston. Bus WVL461 took me to Kings Cross on a route 476 to visit McDonalds (the one on the opposite side of the road as it was quieter). My final bus move was DN33616 on a route 30 back 2 stops to Euston, where I headed towards platform 1, which was blocked off (Euston otherwise was quiet, with the only other services running were delayed London Overground services).

    Eventually the platform was announced and we were allowed down to be checked in (a new process where the tickets are checked before you can board the train). Winner 90046 was on the blocks, and dud 90043 was leading as far as the Wembley sidings, where 90046 would take over to haul the set towards Glasgow via the ECML. I was surprised at the level of loading in the Glasgow seats, seeing as it had “sold out”, but only a third had reservation labels and on departure there was around 8 passengers, allowing people to spread out (I believe it was originally planned to be a 86 or 87 getting attached at Edinburgh to haul the set into Glasgow but that fell down).

    A fast reversal at Wembley and 90043 hauled the set to the south, turning left onto the Primrose Hill link, joining the NLL for a short section before heading down the slope towards the ECML, a fast run on the ECML where I believe we paused at Doncaster and south of Newcastle due to there being no platforms available (as all 4 sleepers were in Newcastle around the same time due to delays caused by a 47 deciding to do what a 47 does best and break down (they really are useless locos which should be scrapped or fitted with new engines to create more 57s ;)).

    I shall leave you with this picture of 90046 at Euston
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    2nd April – A small day trip across the border, pt 2

    The sleeper had reached Edinburgh, the rear 9 coaches were detached and 73971 was attached to the rear (which gets a small tick in my book as being part of the train), eventually 90046 got going, around 20 minutes down for a speedy run via Falkirk High (another station I can tick off at going non-stop through), and eventually the train arrived into Glasgow Queen Street, probably the first time an electric loco has hauled a passenger train into the high level station (when running on electric). Needless to say there was quite a few people taking pictures so why not join in

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    Easter Monday is a bit of an odd day in Scotland as it isn’t classed as a bank holiday, so normal peak-time fares apply and Scotrail runs a mostly unchanged timetable (all be it with less trains on some routes, and modified due to an engineering block), however it did mean a certain train to Springburn was running. So swinging via Sainsburys for a bacon sandwich I headed to a quiet Glasgow Central, buying my single to Springburn and jumping on 318253 to Partick, meeting up with BT who was joining me on my little trip for a little social.

    334033/334008 took us out of the wind to Queen Street Low Level, for a short wait before 334034 rolled in, which calls at High Street then runs fast to Springburn and after High Street me and Dan would have been the only passengers on board, but there was a couple who had missed the “Glasgow Queen Street” signs. A pause around Bellgrove for 73971 to get out of the way with the empties before a speedy run giving Adam a quick wave to terminate into the lesser used platform 4 at Springburn (this being the only service of the day to use this platform, platform 3 is the same at the moment but come May comes back into half hourly service when the services are cut back).

    [​IMG]334034 in platform 4 at Springburn

    I purchased my day return to Edinburgh, and headed over to platform 1 for 344013 to Bellgrove making a tight +3 onto 334035 which was bound for Airdrie, the first time I admit to seeing a 334 on Airdrie – Balloch workings, as they have always been solid 318/320s when I’ve previously been in this area. Anyhow it meant another bay could be ticked off, this time being the half hourly used bay at Airdrie, and crossing over to the Edinburgh bound platform it was time for more 334 based fun with 334001/334007 to Edinburgh. I do like a nice fast run on a 334 as they make a nice noise. Anyhow because my rail requirements currently in Scotland can be counted on one hand and still have enough fingers left to work out 2+2, Dan decided to treat me on something which I’ve wanted to do for a while, a bus across the Forth, so it was to the bus station (via getting a cup of coffee), with an empty (1 other passenger) Stagecoach X59 coach (54332) to Ferrytoll Park & Ride (you can see it from the train), noting that the old bridge has reopened for pedestrians, cyclists & buses, a short break at the waiting room before a slightly busier Stagecoach X60 coach (53807) took us back to Edinburgh, where we walked back to the station, saying farewell as I headed down to board a cheap move...

    ... A pair of Voyagers to Sheffield (yes I can head the screams from a certain Leamington Spa based person). 220003 was leading 220025 on this busy service, I was in coach F on 220025 and booked my seat carefully to get one with a good view, mainly of the rain, others on the table was a family heading back to Birmingham. A speedy run (I forget how long the gaps between stations are on the northern end of the ECML, felt like aged between Chathill & Berwick), eventually the train reached a snowy Sheffield where I bailed for a 80 minute break, and a few minutes later I had reached the city centre for a spot of tram hunting, sadly it appeared neither 399201 or 399207 were out today (both will have to wait until probably September time when I’m next up in Sheffield). So after swinging via Tesco I walked back to the station, and waited for a slightly late running Reading service formed of 221136 on a semi-fast service (Derby, Birmingham, Leamington) so the speed was nice as darkness started to fall.

    Arrival into Reading was a few minutes early (no idea with the timetable but it did feel like the train had a good 5 minute wait at Banbury & a similar wait at Oxford), noting that the e-ticket readers work, I headed out of the station for a short walk before returning to grab a mostly empty 166201 to Basingstoke, noting the new advertising “home of Festival Place” signs below the name boards, it wasn’t long before a 220 rolled in from Manchester a good couple minutes early (due out at 22:10, it arrived at 22:04), which allowed the 22:14 to arrive early as well. 159108/159007/159022 was taking me back home to Grateley, where alighting in a monsoon I called up for a quick lift home.

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    Overall an enjoyable couple days, before anybody asks XC was ~ £41 to Reading, VTEC wanted at least £70.50 to London. A couple more bays into my book (one from the ‘hard’ list and one from the ‘easy’ list), down to only needing 3 more LU units to clear LU (91177 on the Central Line which is long term out of use, 167 & 221 on the Piccadilly line), but the main event was the randomness of a class 90 into Queen Street
     
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    Well done on clearing the 387/1s and 707s as well as putting a big dent into the 700s. So you scored both of the 66s on the foray into South Wales? Well done as for me it was only 230. I only have a handful of 66s and 150 was dud .... Typical of my luck.
    That's a dangerous road to be going on though when you are into London bus routes - I am wondering how long it will take to clear up all the bus "track" in London?
     
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    The sheds on the South Wales trip were both dud. 230 from earlier in the year and the other one (177?) from a tour a couple years ago to Buxton.

    My rough 'rules' are two stops for a bus route to count (so expect a few more routes getting scored by doing Euston - Kings Cross leaps as due to the stop at the British Library it counts).
     
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    Hence the term "bus stop bash". So in due course you will be venturing down to my part of the world to enjoy the delights of routes such as the 80, 163 and 413. All easily combined with revisiting the Wimbledon loop!
     
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    A voyager all the way from Edinburgh to Reading (even with a short stop in Sheffield) can't have been fun... I must disagree with your comment on 47s though. When a loco doesn't get too much use (like 749) then it obviously isn't going to be as reliable as one that has frequent use. They are obviously getting old now so won't be as reliable as younger locos but seem to do fairly well most of the time. Look at the Cumbrian Coast 37s if you want to find something hideously unreliable ;)
     
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    A nice, suitably random sort of trip.

    Most impressed by how little you need on LU - far too much dedication there for me to hope to emulate!
     
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    Better than having a 91 banging into the rear on a busy VTEC service, some which were busy judging by the seat reservation displays

    (This is when VTEC should run additional fast services to London, maybe calling only at Newcastle to encourage London passengers to use those freeing up the other services for passengers for other stations.)
     
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    It definitely was the first AC into QS as a result of 90047 not being able to work the southbound lowlander the previous evening. You can consider yourself to have been part of history there! :)
     
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    I am puzzled by this 'tick' for a dead 73 on the back of the train?!?
     
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    It was running providing hotel power, certainly the temperature of the seated coach got a lot warmer after Edinburgh.

    Gets half a tick as being part of the train, doesn't get any mileage listed against it (I've got another 73/9 like that for when a 66 was hauling the coaches to Inverness with the 73/9 providing power to the coaches)
     
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    Mini-report to follow, but I happened to visit Woodford on Sunday night ;)
     

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    Central line stock cleared at last?
     
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    Alas 91177 still is broken (it's been out of traffic since Feb 16).

    My visit was on the only booked use of that bay at Woodford
     
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    I need 7 Central Line stocks and 91177 is among them. So you're not alone
     
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    On that basis you would have counted an ETHEL on the Fort William Sleepers!
     
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    Prolific as ever Kite, I very much enjoyed the railtour reports!
     
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    I'm just catching up with this fascinating thread/novel when I saw this. Gotta say kite, its a cracking read. Im doing it in the time machine way. Started at your last post and going back through time till I reach my last, last reply on the thread. Even though i know you've got all the stations done. I haven't reached that pinnacle yet.

    Now kite, you really must behave. Yes those 47s may have terrible clothes on, I'm not a fan of West Coasts livery, it's as dull as dish water but to say the souped up voyagers, that's what the 800s are in my eyes, are better than 47s:o. I also believe if the 47s were in that GWR Green they'd look phenominal, 47484 being a prime example. That's not my photo but what a splendid looking beast that was.
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    However I believe kite was saying this with his tongue firmly in his cheek to provoke a response. :D

    I'm jealous as sin of those miles behind them two classics. I believe 47760 would be a winner now but in its old guise as 47562 it would be dud as is 47245's a dud but itd be nice to get reaquainted again. Nice of them to give you an NB example though in December. If 47760 had gone pop, youd have frozen pretty quickly.
     
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    The Crazy 10 days

    A semi-enforced (senior management demands) week off work, meant my head was full of ideas, a good chance to knock off some more bay platforms alongside other things (such as 800 hunting), a rough idea was formed for the days ahead and accommodation booked. Although before hand I had treated my parents on a little trip to Newcastle on the Geordie Go Round tour as a Christmas present.

    And so it begins

    Day 1 – 6th April

    I finished work and after picking up the luggage & parents I drove to Andover for the 15:05 service which the platform displays had down as being formed of 4 coaches, but in fact it was 159019 leading 158888 for the hop to Basingstoke for a busy 165116 (first experience of a 165/1 which has been modified to have air cooling fitted and plug/USB sockets) to Reading (they have been watching the Paddington program and wanted to try out one of the new 800s, which was good news for me as it meant I had a chance of a score). Thankfully we didn’t have long to wait before winner 800025 rolled in with 800006 to take us to Paddington on a speedy run, my first real experience of a 800 on electric out of Reading (and they fly).

    3237/3565 took us onwards to Oxford Circus before 11003/11004 onwards to Victoria, locating the next East Croydon bound Southern service turning down the 1st available for the 2nd service (departing a couple minutes later, with the theory that the 1st would soak up more passengers), with 377427 & 377104 for the run to Croydon, the leading coach on 377427 getting quite busy after Clapham (no doubt because it was closest to the exit at Croydon). We checked into the Travelodge getting rooms on the 2nd floor and headed for some food at the George.

    After dinner, my plan of heading on the tram failed as I didn’t notice that it was closed from Croydon towards Sandilands, but never mind, as a change of plan came into mind with tram 2544 taken from the centre platform at East Croydon tram stop (little bit of microgricing action) for the run to Wimbledon, with 700003 taken on the Sutton loop (sadly the flag of Keith’s Mansion was at half mast so he must have been out) to Sutton, with 455815 taken onwards to West Croydon for a short wait for tram 2552 to Wellesley Road where I said farewell and headed back out to the tram stop where 2563 eventually tipped up for the tiny leap around the corner to East Croydon tram stop, for the sole reason to score the microgrice into the centre platform (which means I’ve entered & exited that platform both directions).

    [​IMG]Tram 2563 terminates in the centre platform at East Croydon

    Day 2 – 7th April

    Today was the day of “The Geordie Go Round” tour from UK Railtours, interesting for me as it would score the required two bits of Baker Track (mainly the curve from Morpeth towards the Blyth & Tyne route to complete that triangle, and the spur towards North Blyth). An early start from East Croydon with 700009 doing the honours for my first Thameslink South London tour for some time (and who knows might be one of the last times of heading via Crystal Palace on a 700).

    Time to grab supplies & breakfast from Tesco Metro (although I have found out there is also a Sainsburys Local nearby, opposite the “Kings Cross Thameslink” station entrance (used by the Victoria Line during the day). The train was mostly First Class coaches with some standard class coaches bolted on for what was a “2 tours in 1” day [there was a tour to Beamish Museum as well]. We were near the rear with 67018 attached, up front was winner 90035, and so for the 2nd time in less than a week I was heading down the ECML behind a winning 90!.

    [​IMG]90035 at Kings Cross

    Due to the 90 on the front, the routing towards Tyne Yard couldn’t really be anything really exciting, picking up at Potters Bar, Stevenage & Peterborough, and slow lines after Peterborough and with a couple pathing stops, but overall a fast run. Unusually the train kept to the main lines around Doncaster where it was booked to change driver (I was expecting it to come off before the flyover from Lincoln and head around the freight area for pathing reasons). Onwards towards York where the train took a left turn to use the York avoiding lines before carrying on via the mainline at Darlington (finally I do it during the hours of daylight!), pausing briefly at Durham for those folk heading to Beamish to make their way to a fleet of buses.

    Into Tyne yard, where the 90 detached and was replaced by an unknown 67, which was found out to be 67018 based on the large Canadian maple leaf on the side. Picking up the “short-tour” passengers at Newcastle for the trip northbound towards Morpeth, crossing over before the station and going around the tight curve onto the Bylth & Tyne tour (I did the north side of the triangle last March on the HST tour to Edinburgh). The train came to a stop around the Newsham Level Crossing area where it could reverse with 67008 becoming the 15th member of the class into my book doing the hauling towards North Blyth and the coastline. Sadly the sun which was with us early on in the day had vanished replaced by rain. 67018 took back control and hauled us back towards Newcastle, a pleasant little spin on the freight only Blyth & Tyne route.

    [​IMG]The coast at North Blyth

    The couple hours in Newcastle was spent heading to the local Spoons for a meal, before returning to the station, regaining the seats and with 90035 back up front, for a fast run on the ECML, certainly didn’t slow down for Darlington as it sped past, only to get held up outside York where there was a guard change, and another driver change at Doncaster, but other than that it was full speed ahead towards the capital, setting down at the usual stations and arriving into Kings Cross roughly on time, maybe a minute or two early. A fast walk over to St Pancras for a nice +5 onto 700029 for the trip back to Croydon, and back towards the hotel to relax and recover.

    2 more locos into my book, plus a couple more pieces of track ticked off, a good little tour, which my parents did enjoy (well other than the boring part of the ECML south of Peterborough).

    Day 3 – 8th April

    Today will be in two parts, the 1st was with my parents, the 2nd was later on in the day where I returned with the aim of a certain Central Line service.

    After a quick visit to East Croydon station to pick up my weekly outer boundary travelcard (and after breakfast in the George), it was to the Fairfields Hall bus stop for a route 75 double decker for the hour trip towards Lewisham (bus 12276), sadly it was wet outside so the windows kept on steaming up (sadly I didn’t have an handy bar of soap with me either). An enjoyable trip across South London though (best seat in the bus), after the bus trip it was over to the DLR platforms with a late platform swap for 128/141/147 towards Canary Wharf, with 138/119 to Poplar & 97/49 taken to Beckton (again it was something my parents wanted to experience).

    Crossing the road at Beckton towards the bus station, and it was a short wait for a route 474 to take us towards Manor Park via East Ham (which is larger than I had imagined it would be) (Bus WVL421 in case anybody was wondering). A short wait before 315830 & 315818 rolled in to take use to Stratford before 360121/360120 followed a few minutes later for a quick PNB on the run to Liverpool Street. Down to LU with 91009/92176/92042/91125 to Tottenham Court Road with 51513/51514 leapt on for the run to Waterloo, with 159019 & 159013 taken for the spin back to Andover, picking up the car and heading towards a local pub for Sunday lunch.

    Afterwards, we headed home, and with time before the next train towards London which called at Grateley (I am so much looking forward to December when the Sunday frequency improves), I sorted out my backpack before making my slow way to the station for a busy 159002/158883/159016 for the fast run to Waterloo. Along the way I found out the location of one of my last 2 1973 stocks and it was gettable without too much of a time penalty so to LU with 3267/3559 taken for a time wasting leap to Lambeth North & 3563/3259 taken to Piccadilly Circus. 139/248 was taken to Hyde Park Corner as another time wasting move for a short 4 minute fester before 884 rolled in along with 167, which means it is just 221 left to locate (and sadly it appears to be currently out of traffic after the 1st April, so I need to ask if it has returned, but knowing my luck it will be the latest set to go for a refresh with new seat cushions etc).

    I alighted at Kings Cross St Pancras, and headed upstairs to take a seat (via the toilet) on 365537 & 365507 for the short run to Finsbury Park before a route 236 bus (WV46209) took me from the bus station all the way towards Hackney, as I alighted at the bus stop on King Edward’s Road, swinging via an ATM to take some money out before checking into the “Hackney Hostel”, one of those cheap hostels, but for £11 for a bed I wasn’t complaining (considering my options were limited due to being on LU until late). I checked in, dropped off some clothes from my bag and headed back out towards the bus stop on the opposite side. Yes it was close to London Fields station but there were no trains there today, it was a case of flagging down the first bus towards the centre of London with a route 254 bus towards Aldgate fitting the bill (LT326). Although due to roadworks it terminated at Aldgate East, which meant a short walk to a nearby Tesco for dinner, eventually reaching Aldgate East station with a short 5 minute wait for the next Hammersmith train, 21523/21524 to Liverpool Street.

    With around 45 minutes to kill before that Central Line service, I leapt onto the first train towards Stratford, 315834 & 315848, along the way we passed an unknown 345 so it was a case of waiting for the next Liverpool Street service to roll in, which was dud 345012, the 345 was also not required so I headed over towards platform 18 to take a seat on 321338/321334 for the return to Stratford, where I had around 10 minutes to sit on the eastbound Central Line bound service, tracking the location of train 24:

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    Train 24 rolled in, Woodford on the destination bound and formed of a very quiet 91015/92194/92420/91325, my fingers were crossed after departing South Woodford as I felt the train take the crossovers for the little trip via a siding to reach the little used platform 1 at Woodford (basically this is the only train booked to use that bay during the entire week), so to get it into my book was a happy moment. Although there was a couple confused passengers wanting to carry on towards Epping, having to cross over the footbridge to reach platform 3, I would have imagined it would have been better for the driver to mention that for passengers beyond Woodford to change at South Woodford to avoid having to change platforms, like I’ve heard a couple times when trains have gone into Moorgate bays.

    [​IMG]Train at Woodford platform 1

    Anyhow I wasn’t quite finished with my LU microgricing tonight, as it was a trip back to Stratford on 91035/92014/92098/91335, with a walk over to the Jubilee line platforms with 96052/96001 taken for the short run to West Ham, where another short walk took me to the H&C/District line platforms, the first chance I had was gone and it was a 15 minute fester (at least West Ham has free WiFi from C2C), thinking that the 2nd train had vanished before “Plaistow” appeared on the destination board and a Hammersmith & City line train rolled in with “Plaistow” on that destination screen on 21525/21526 for the half mile trip east to terminate into the bay at Plaistow, my final LU operational bay platform [so discounting the Chesham bay at Chalfont which is effectively disused due to being too short for a S8].

    I remained on 21525/21526 (although that might be down to it being the next westbound departure), for the trip to Whitechapel, exiting the station and eventually locating the bus stop with another route 254 “Boris Master LT329” service to King Edward’s Road, for a walk back to the hostel for not really the best of sleeps (bit hard sleeping pretty much next door to the railway line, where the room would shake when a 379 sped past).

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    Although this is where I missed a big trick in not being up early to catch the 06:00 Liverpool Street – Enfield Town service, which I believe is the only service booked to use platform 3 at Enfield Town, a job for another time I suspect as I turn my focus towards London terminal platforms. Anyhow day 4 of my 10 chaotic days (I did say April would be busier than March!) will follow, in which it may or may not feature some Iron action
     
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    10 Days of Crazyness, day 4, 9th April

    After an average sleep in the hostel, I headed out without much of a plan for the first couple hours, so a quick search on RTT I made up my mind for a little trip to Enfield Town to grab platform 1 (which only tends to get used during peak times). The first service from London Fields was heading towards Cheshunt with a semi-fast Enfield service behind, so it was onto 317729 & 317732 to take me to White Hart Lane (as I had only previously boarded here). Thankfully my time at the rough looking area (wouldn’t like to be around here after hours) before 317891 & 317890 rolled in to take me to the end of the little branch at Enfield Town (arriving into the more usual platform 2), I couldn’t help noticing that there appears to be a manually controlled level crossing after Bush Hill Park, bit odd seeing something low tech like that in London to be honest.

    Anyhow after a quick PNB the next service arrived as booked into platform 1 (like I said earlier I missed a big trick in not getting up for the first Enfield service to grab the little used platform 3), and thankfully it was a pair of 317s, with 317723 leading 317892. I took a seat in the former 1st class area of 317723 on a single seat and it got busy on the way into Liverpool Street, emptying out a bit at Seven Sisters, but arrival was on time, giving me time to head across to the TfL Rail platforms to ID the next couple departures were 315s, so time to pop to Tesco for breakfast. I returned to the station and jumped on the next Stratford departure which was 345008. I had spotted an unknown 345 on route towards Liverpool Street (345s are awful to try and ID when on the move) so decided to intercept that one.

    Dud 345007 took me to Forest Gate, with dud 345009 back to Maryland, for a tight connection onto winner 345016 for the tiny leap to Forest Gate, making my way over the temporary footbridge once more to jump onto winner 345015 back to Maryland. Next Shenfield was in the hands of dud 345011 which I was on all the way to the end of the line at Shenfield (with a RPI sweep after Romford), mainly so I could score the new platform 6 at Shenfield (the first of 4 planned bay moves of the day). My time at Shenfield wasn’t for long before the next Southend Victoria service rolled in to take me to Wickford with 321410 & 321354 doing the honours. It was over the footbridge for the next Southminster service which went from platform 4 (seems in the morning platform 4 is used, with the services swapping over to platform 1 in the afternoons), but it means another bay platform could be ticked off with a short run on 321345 to Battlesbridge.

    [​IMG]345011 & 345016 line up at Shenfield

    The First Great Eastern signage had gone, so had one of the parking places, leaving 3 parking places at a cost of 50p per day (payable only via phone parking with no doubt adding a nice admin fee to the cost, seriously is it even worth having a meter for such a tiny car park?), the main thing was a newish looking waiting shelter which is where I took a seat for the 15 minutes it took for 321302 to roll in for the short leap back to Wickford, arriving into platform 4. Over the footbridge and onto 321447 & 321308 for the run to Southend Victoria, a station I had previously visited in 2014 so I wanted to get a platform used number for my book, it went into platform 3 (with another RPI check on the route).

    I risked my life in crossing over the town centre area, a few curlies on scooters speeding around mixed up with gangs of youths on bikes, but I made it to Southend Central for a short wait before low mileage 357315 rolled up to take me to West Ham via the main-line. With nothing on my plan until 17:12 I decided to pay a quick visit to Stratford on 96029/96114 to ID another TfL Rail service I missed earlier in the day, but that turned out to be a pair of 315s, so back to the Jubilee Line with 96064 & 96037 doing the honours of the speedy run to London Bridge, where I decided to jump onto 376030 & 376035 for the short run to Lewisham from the Charing Cross platforms, where I intercepted the next Hayes service from Cannon Street. 465171, 466014 & 466035 was taken for the spin down to the end of the line, to score me platform 1, and I made the nice connection onto 376012 & 376009 waiting time on platform 2 to head to Catford Bridge, where I exited the station to walk the tiny distance to Catford to have a short 700 hunting session. My luck was in with winner 700048 to London Blackfriars where after a lunch break it was to platform 1 with winner 700127 taken to London Bridge followed by dud 700119 to East Croydon (noting that the Bedford – Three Bridges are now getting advertised at London Bridge when they are due to run this way).

    A short wait at East Croydon before dud 700129 took me back to Blackfriars (via London Bridge), for a short fester for a mistaken identity unit from the Loop de Sutton, however my disappointed didn’t last for long as winner 700051 rolled in for the hop to Farringdon. A brief 10 minute fester on the footbridge before 700116 entered my book for a leap to City Thameslink, swiftly followed by 700055 to Farringdon and swiftier followed by winner 700135 to St Pancras. With one eye on the clock (and knowing I still had to buy my Boundary Zone ticket) I exited Thameslink, to try my luck with the EMT TVMs, and was in luck as the “buy from other station” feature was working, sadly there wasn’t an option for a Gold Card so I had to select 16-25 railcard. Anyhow with those tickets in my wallet it was to the Victoria line with 11035/11036 taken to Victoria, where I headed over towards the South Eastern side of the station, noting a cosy looking 377/5 on an Ashford service, allowing me to grab a seat on the Maidstone East service, formed of 465001 & 466027, no guesses which unit I sat in ;)

    It was a nice run via Catford, and onto the Maidstone East line (although the fog had arrived), calling at all the stations before arriving at Maidstone East, my fingers were crossed as the last time I attempted this move the service crossed over to terminate in platform 1, but thankfully this time history didn’t repeat and it rolled into the bay platform (woohoo)!
    [​IMG]466027 at Maidstone East

    I had around 20 minutes to get across to Maidstone West, which was easily done with a leap on 375310 to Maidstone Barracks, watching as the 395 ran past ECS before 375301 rolled in to take me towards Paddock Wood, terminating into the bay platform there (afterall if I was in the area I might as well take a trip on the Medway Valley line). I had around 20 minutes to wait at Paddock Wood so I popped to a nearby Tesco Express to grab dinner, before returning to the station with 375711 & 375605 rolling in to take me to Waterloo East, a nice nonstop run after Sevenoaks. I was feeling tired so I was grateful when 159107 rolled in to attach with 158881 to form the 21:20 service, arriving at Grateley and walking home after a busy couple days. However I could now tick some more bays of my ever decreasing list plus 6 more 700s could be entered into my book (as well as 2 more 345s)

    Thankfully day 5 was a bit less busy owing to having to be home by a certain time.
     
  21. D841 Roebuck

    D841 Roebuck Established Member

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    Some interesting days out there. I smiled at 11003/004 turning up on the Victoria line - that set seems to haunt me whenever I venture capitalwards. Likewise at "Breakfast at the George", which reminded me of similar on my last trip to London - very nice, and unlike Spoons in Rochdale they manage to source decent bacon and cook it properly!

    Also a pertinent reminder that I have yet to cover either route through Maidstone - something for the summer, methinks!

    Looking forward to reading the rest idc... :)
     
  22. Kite159

    Kite159 Established Member

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    Looking at my mileage log, my most used Victoria line stock is 11031/11032 with 8 journeys logged (although only a total of 12.9 miles, which is beaten by a few other sets, the leader of the pack being 11009/11010 at 20.6 miles.

    The George is a nice pub, they do a good burger as well :)
     

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