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Bo'ness 26.5.17

May 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

37518 at Bo'ness37518 at Bo'ness37518 at Bo'ness 26.5.17 Seen at Bo'ness today

68007

37518

37261

DVT 82113

303032

Class 126

 

 

 

 


92018 at Carstairs 24.5.17

May 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

92018 at Carstairs92018 at Carstairs92018 passes through Carstairs with 5C11 Polmadie - Edinburgh Waverley Sleeper ECS movement 24.5.17 I had a quick visit to Carstairs earlier and saw:

60026 crossing Float Viaduct with 6M34 Grangemouth - Dalston loaded tanks

92018 passes with 5C11 Polmadie - Edinburgh Waverley Sleeper ECS movement


Colas 70 at Camelon 22.5.17

May 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

70802+56302 at Polmont70802+56302 at PolmontColas liveried 70802 and 56302 seen passing through Polmont with 0Z61 Oxwellmains - Grangemouth Driver training run 22.5.17  Colas liveried 70802, with 56302 in tow had been on a Driver Training Run to Oxwellmains.   They are seen passing through Polmonton their return journey to Grangemouth.

Colas liveried 70802 and 56302 seen with 0Z61 Oxwellmains - Grangemouth Driver training run


Summerlee 311103 and trams 20.5.17

May 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

311103 at Summerlee311103 at Summerlee311103 at Summerlee 20.5.17 I saw the following at Summerlee:

311103 at Summerlee

Summerlee's access tram, Dusseldorf 392 is seen passing the depot fan and heading towards the park entrance

Glasgow 1017 stabled at the rear of the tram shed

Lanarkshire 53 seen stabled in the tram depot


Camelon 20.5.17

May 21, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

60026 at Camelon60026 at Camelon60026 approaches Camelon with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth tanks 20.5.17 I went up to Camelon to catch 2 freights passing through and as soon as I arrived, the heavens opened!

In torrential rain, 66425 passes through with 4A13 Grangemouth - Aberdeen Craiginches containers

156430 departs with 2J67 Glasgow Queen St - Falkirk Grahamston

60026 approaches with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth tanks


Carstairs South Junction 19.5.17

May 19, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

66709 at Carstairs66709 at Carstairs66709 approaches Carstairs South Junction with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill Departmental 19.5.17 I spent an hour at Float Viaduct just to the south of Carstairs South Junction today.  Here are my sightings:

Old First TPE liveried 350405 leads new liveried 350404 south with 1M99 Edinburgh Waverley - Manchester Airport

350408+350402 in the New First TPE livery with 1S56 Manchester Airport - Edinburgh Waverley

An unidentified 390 approaches with 9S55 London Euston - Glasgow Central service

66709 approaches with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill Departmental

66529 heads south with 7M69 Mossend - Carlisle Yard crane move


Blackpool Heritage Trams on Bank Holiday Weekend 28.4-1.5.17

May 07, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

I spent the Bank Holiday weekend in Blackpool from 28th April - 1st May and there were plenty of heritage trams out during that time.   11 different heritage/ illuminated trams were out in service over the weekend with 3 B Fleet trams also seeing use.   The only servicable trams from the heritage/B fleet not used were: 227(602) (undergoing an internal repaint), 230(604) (stored awaiting an internal repaint), 675+685 (work going on to its wiring), 718 (being repainted) and 719 (unknown). 

Friday 28th 631 at Imperial Hotel631 at Imperial HotelBrush Car 631 passes the site of the former Imperial Hotel Tram stop with a Fleetwood - North Pier heritage service 28.4.17                                                                                                                 

Friday wasnt originally organised as having heritage trams running, however a late change saw Brush car 631 and Balloon 701 out on Pleasure Beach - North Pier/Cabin workings from 13.40 and into the evening, a couple of runs to Cleveleys and Fleetwood.   

The Photo on the right shows Brush Car 631 passing the site of the old Imperial Hotel tram stop en route from Fleetwood - North Pier on a heritage working on 28.4.17.

 

There was to be a 7 tram heritage service operating over the weekend instead of the usual 6 route Bank holiday service.   Route G was an extra bonus working over the weekend and featured an illuminated tram on each of the 3 days.   It started later on the Saturday as it was used to take the FTS group from Rigby Road to Fleetwood for their annual convention around lunchtime.   Route F duties were shared between Bolton 66 and Fleetwood 40, whilst Route C was the shop tram and utilised a B Fleet balloon on each of the 3 days.

Saturday 29th

7 Heritage trams were due out on Saturday, allocated routes A-G.   736 and 701 at Pleasure Beach736 and 701 at Pleasure BeachWarship 736 waits at Pleasure Beach to form a heritage service to Little Bispham whilst Balloon 701 has just arrived on the loop 29.4.17

A: Ex towing railcoach 680

B: Balloon 701

C: Balloon 700

D: Brush Car 631

E: Balloon 723

F: Bolton 66

G: Frigate 736

Balloon 723 had replaced Balloon 715, which had been due to work on route E.   The tram was later seen parked outside the electrical compound.  

Also spotted at Rigby Road was Balloon 703, which has recently returned to Blackpool from Beamish and is sporting red and cream Sunderland livery from its time masquerading as Sunderland 101.   Brush Car 621, which is in the process of being prepared for a return to service in September for the Brush Car's 80th Anniversary in service, was partly visible parked at the front of the electrical compound (seen via the 60 x zoom on my camera).   I didn't travel on the heritage trams on this day as I decided to take photographs instead.  The photo above shows F736 and Balloon 701 stabled at Pleasure Beach in between workings on 29.4.17.


Sunday 30th

7 Heritage trams were due out on Sunday, allocated routes A-G.   715 at Bispham715 at BisphamBalloon 715 stops at Bispham with a heritage service to Pleasure Beach 30.4.17

A: Brush Car 631

B: Balloon 715

C: Balloon 711

D: Balloon 723

E: Centenary 648

F: Fleetwood 40

G: The Western Train 733+734

The 7 trams ran as per the original allocations although 631 on route A and 648 on route E swapped routes during the afternoon.   I managed to travel on 6 of the 7 trams during the day including a run from Cabin - Cleveleys on 648, Cleveleys - North Pier on 631, North Pier Cabin on Fleetwood 40, Cabin - Fleetwood on the top deck of 711, Fleetwood - Pleasure Beach on the Western train, Pleasure Beach - Bispham on 723.  The above photo shows Balloon 715 at Bispham on a working to Pleasure Beach.

Monday 1st

7 Heritage trams were due out on Monday, allocated routes A-G.   713 at Cabin713 at CabinHoundshill Shopping Centre all over advert liveried balloon 713 pauses at Cabin with a heritage service to Bispham 1.5.17

A: Centenary 648

B: Balloon 717

C: Balloon 713

D: Balloon 701

E: Boat 600

F: Bolton 66

G: Frigate 736

Once again, all 7 ran as per their original allocations and again I managed to travel on 6 out of 7 trams.   The use of Balloon 713 on this day was a highlight as I havent seen or been on this particular tram since July 2011. Journeys included Cabin - Bispham - Pleasure Beach on 713, Pleasure Beach - North Pier on 736, North Pier - Bispham on 701, Bispham - Little Bispham - Pleasure Beach on 717, Pleasure Beach - North Pier on 66 and Pleasure Beach - Cabin on 648.   The photo above shows Balloon 713 in all over advert for Hounds Hill Shopping Centre working the first heritage working of the day from Pleasure Beach - Bispham on 1.5.17.

As well as the heritage workings, the usual diet of Flexities were out with 14 out of 16 seen.  Only 003 and 016 weren't seen out over the weekend.   Overall, it was a fantastic weekend and the weather was good, which is always a bonus!

My photos from the weekend can be found at: http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p474188147


Crawford Engineering workings 22.4.17

April 22, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

66063 at Crawford66063 at Crawford66063 heads south past Crawford with 6K05 Millerhill - Lockerbie engineering working 22.4.17 Engineering works were taking place on the West Coast Mainline at 2 Scottish locations today, these were Lockerbie and Abington.   As a result, the area around Crawford was busy with engineering workings this morning.

In the space of 1 hour, the following workings were seen passing Crawford:

66063 heads south past Crawford with 6K05 Millerhill - Lockerbie engineering working

66004 passes Crawford with 6K10 Carlisle Yard - Abington engineering working

66415 approaches Crawford with 6K15 Millerhill - Lockerbie engineers

66031 waits at Crawford with 6K11 Carlisle Yard - Abington engineering working

66551 passes Crawford with 6K12 Carlisle Yard - Abington engineering working

66507 waits at Crawford with 6K14 Carlisle Yard - Abington engineering working

66621 waits at Crawford with 6K13 Carlisle Yard - Abington engineering working

 


73967 at Arrochar and Tarbet 17.4.17

April 17, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

73967 at Arrochar and Tarbet73967 at Arrochar and Tarbet73967 prepares to depart Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y11 London Euston - Fort William (Edinburgh Waverley - Fort William Portion) Caledonian Sleeper service 17.4.17 The Caledonian Sleeper Edinburgh Waverley - Fort William Portion has been in the hands of one of GBRF's pool of 6 Caledonian Sleeper Class 73 locos for a number of months.   They took over the workings from the DBS owned class 67's.  

73967 is seen preparing to depart Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y11 London Euston - Fort William (Edinburgh Waverley - Fort William Portion) Caledonian Sleeper service.


37421 tnt 37057 today

April 13, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Most of my Photographs and sightings are from my favourite locations in the Lanarkshire area, including

  • Carstairs
  • Float Viaduct
  • Abington
  • Cartland
  • Hartwood
  • Greenfaulds
  • Holytown
  • Coatbridge Central
  • Auchengray
  • Carluke
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