In a similar vein, I travelled on a London Midland 170 from Birmingham Snow Hill to Stourbridge Junction in the snow of that year. Turbostars weren't that uncommon through Stourbridge, but from Snow Hill they were - Tyseley must have chucked out whatever they could manage - I vividly remember that trip over any other because the saloon lights failed throughout shortly before departure. I fully expected a cancellation but they just got on with it, which was quite the adventure.Once worked a 4 car 156 on an Edinburgh to Glasgow express during the bad snow of 2010 when ScotRail were struggling with 170 availability due to the weather, they had no alternative, this was a rare working. Struggled to keep to time being limited to 75mph.
https://www.railforums.co.uk/thread...sbrough-steam-loco-works-service-train.94970/I seem to remember a steam loco + support coach move somewhere in North Yorkshire/the North East picking up passengers left stranded by a cancelled service train a few years ago?
Happens often on such events, I’ve caught it a few times. Always fun in declassified first class! I believe Meridians have popped up on the Crewe-Derby line too, when there have been events at Uttoxeter.
Class 222 on a Liverpool Nottingham special for the Grand National. Not a substitution as such but unexpected for this route.
Whether such a unit should be 'unexpected' on an express route between 4 major cities is another matter...
I've found they're pretty much guaranteed for the Midland Grand National and there's a possibility you'll get them for other race meetings as well. They're definitely a step up from the 153s that normally use (used?) that line.Happens often on such events, I’ve caught it a few times. Always fun in declassified first class! I believe Meridians have popped up on the Crewe-Derby line too, when there have been events at Uttoxeter.
I remember 156s on Liverpool Norwich being relatively rare about 10 years when I used to commute on part of the route. 153 + 158 was a real rarity. I remember choosing to sit in the 153 for the novelty value of both a 153 on the Hope Valley and a 153 on an express service.Happens often on such events, I’ve caught it a few times. Always fun in declassified first class! I believe Meridians have popped up on the Crewe-Derby line too, when there have been events at Uttoxeter.
As for unexpected stock changes, I’ve seen or heard of a few.
- Class 142 on a Manchester - Crewe back in 2011.
- Class 350s covering on Milton Keynes - East Croydon services around 2009.
- Class 156’s have deputised on Liverpool - Norwich runs fairly often.
- I’ve heard (I don’t recall where) of a set of London Midland 323’s making it to Crewe once.
- I saw an article once that a pair of Chiltern Railways 168’s substituted for a Wrexham & Shropshire (RIP) loco-hauled set.
- I saw on Facebook a picture of an XC Class 170 at Manchester Piccadilly working a Manchester - Birmingham service.
- Used to travel regularly on the Chester - Manchester line on the loco-hauled set when I was working in Manchester. Often, it would be subbed for a Class 150. Not fun!
- Regularly seen Class 158s on Manchester - Milford Haven runs.
Yes, a while ago they seemed to be rare. Since 2016, when I was working between Liverpool and Manchester, often I was catching the xx:37 MAN-LIV which was the EMT/EMR service. Probably 10 times it was a 156 and 158 consist. On a few occasions it was a 156 on its own.I remember 156s on Liverpool Norwich being relatively rare about 10 years when I used to commute on part of the route. 153 + 158 was a real rarity. I remember choosing to sit in the 153 for the novelty value of both a 153 on the Hope Valley and a 153 on an express service.
Fairly recently I've seen a few 153 or 156 and 158 combos though.
Well, there certainly were 3 x 153's on a Carmarthen to Manchester Piccadilly service, shown in this Tweet I spotted yesterday.Apparently, there were 3x153s on a Swansea to Manchester yesterday, vice a 175
Same year, I watched D823 arrive at Yeovil Junction on an Exeter working, being dragged in by two pannier tanks. The train went forwrad behind a standard five.And I was waiting at Salisbury for my late-running train to Templecombe in 1965 when into the station came 34001 Exeter (though nameless, I think) taking over from a failed Warship. Mind you, that probably happened about seven days a week back then.
I did read of a class 74+TC combination, which had somehow ended up back to front at Waterloo, and was put right way round by deputising for the more usual rolling stock on a Kingston Loop service.
During a strike in the early 1980s, I saw an 8-car formation of class 114s (more normally found in Lincolnshire) at Kings Cross, about to set off on a stopper to Finsbury Park, Hatfield, Welwyn GC and all stations to Doncaster.
Recently mentioned on another thread a class 419 on battery power pressed into service as a (standing room only) shuttle between Dover Marine and Priory as the result of a power failure on the branch
Around winter 1993 there were similar issues around Liverpool again, usually utilising class 31s as traction. As well as booked loco hauled trains to Blackpool I recall an odd dmu substitution on the Manchester line and indeed both Liverpool to Crewe diagrams (all stations via Runcorn) being loco hauled the entire day generally running into platform 12 at Crewe for run rounds and having a fresh loco at Liverpool. The unit cover jobs tended to use Edge Hill Intercity liveried Mk1 stock in sets of load 4 normally. Lime Street was a mass of noisy 31s and very smokey for weeks while all that went on with 1-2 arrivals and departures pretty much every hour from 6am to midnight and the shunters being worked hard!1. Must have been 1980s or early 1990s. Arrived at Euston one morning, and found a 31/4 on the buffer stops of a nearby platform, having arrived earlier on a service from Wolverhampton or Birmingham. Got a (poor) photo of it somewhere.
2. Labour dispute at Allerton (1975) created shortage of dmus. Class 40s + Mark 1 stock on some Liverpool area locals to Wigan, Manchester & elsewhere.