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37421 top and tailed with 37521 at Lanark 12.6.18

June 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

37611 + 334017 + 37884 at Drumgelloch 11.6.18

June 12, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

Adverts for Edinburgh Trams 265 and 268

June 08, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

268 at Ingliston Park and Ride268 at Ingliston Park and RideThe second tram to emerge in an all over advert for the Palabola development but with inverted colours is 268. 268 is seen at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 8.6.18 On 4th June, a further 2 Edinburgh trams entered service wearing adverts.

265 has became the 20th tram to carry a CR Smith advert, being the recipient of an identical advert to 256, which received its advert on 21st May.   Both trams advertise CR Smith's door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service. One of the panels has 'FIX' in large red letters with the other section listing the items that they can fix.  The advert appears to be the same on both sides.

268 became the 2nd tram to carry an advert for Parabola, who are developing a new “community and architectural exemplar” at Edinburgh Park. The advert is identical to the advert that 254 received last week except that the colours are inverted with a mainly green base with the text and patches in the pinky colour (they are the opposite way about on 254).

265 and 268 become the 25th and 26th trams to receive adverts, meaning that tram 264 is now the only Edinburgh tram not currently wearing an advert.

Trams seen on 8th June were: 261, 252, 260, 265, 268, 273, 276

 

265 at Ingliston Park and Ride265 at Ingliston Park and Ride265 the 2nd tram advertising CR Smith's door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service approaches Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 8.6.18 265 at Ingliston Park and Ride265 at Ingliston Park and Ride265 the 2nd tram advertising CR Smith's door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service approaches Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 8.6.18

265 at Ingliston Park and Ride265 at Ingliston Park and Ride265 the 2nd tram advertising CR Smith's door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service departs Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 8.6.18

 

 

 

 

 

 
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268 at Ingliston Park and Ride268 at Ingliston Park and RideThe second tram to emerge in an all over advert for the Palabola development but with inverted colours is 268. 268 is seen departing Ingliston Park and Ride with a York Place - Airport 8.6.18 268 at Ingliston Park and Ride268 at Ingliston Park and RideThe second tram to emerge in an all over advert for the Palabola development but with inverted colours is 268. 268 is seen at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 8.6.18 268 advert detail268 advert detailSome of the advert detail on tram 268's all over advert 8.6.18 268 at Ingliston Park and Ride268 at Ingliston Park and RideThe second tram to emerge in an all over advert for the Palabola development but with inverted colours is 268. 268 is seen departing Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 8.6.18
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37800 + 365509+365537 at Carstairs 6.6.18

June 06, 2018  •  Leave a Comment
37800+365509+365537 at Carstairs37800+365509+365537 at CarstairsEurophoenix liveried 37800 with 365509 and 365537 dead in tow pauses at Carstairs with 5T06 Carlisle - Eastfield unit move. The 365's were then heading to Glasgow Works to be prepared for service on the E&G line 6.6.18 On 5th/6th June, Europhoenix liveried 37800 'Cassopeia' hauled Class 365's: 365509 and 365537 'Daniel Edwards - Cambridge Driver 1974-2010', north from Hornsey to Carlisle overnight dead in tow.  
 
They continued their journey north working 5T06 Carlisle - Eastfield unit move.   The units have recently came off lease with Great Northern and were heading to Glasgow Works to be prepared for service in the short - medium term on the Edinburgh to Glasgow line until there are sufficient class 385's available on completion of their windscreen modifications.
 
The arrival of the latest pair of 365's mean there are now 6 of the units in Scotland, these are: 365509, 513, 517, 523, 525 and 537 with a further 4 units still to be delivered. 
 
37800 is seen at Carstairs with 5T06 Carlisle - Eastfield working on 6th June
 

A new advert for Edinburgh Tram 254

June 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 is the latest tram to feature external advertising, the latest advert is for Parabola, who are developing a new “community and architectural exemplar” at Edinburgh Park. 254 is seen at Edinburgh Park Central with a York Place - Airport service 2.6.18 Another week and yet another new advert livery on the Edinburgh Tramway! 254 has received an advert for Parabola, who are developing a new “community and architectural exemplar” at Edinburgh Park.   The advert features a pinkish coloured base with dark green spots, which runs along the top of the tram and the whole of sections 3 and 5 on each side.  

On one side, sections 3 and 5 contain the following text: "a new community and architectural exemplar at Edinburgh Park by Parabola" in small text near the top, then "Edinburgh Park" in large text and the website address "myedinburghpark.com" in small writing.

The other side also has the website address but has the following text in sections 3 and 5: "Edinburgh Park" in small text and in large text: "New Ground for Edinburgh".

254 is the 24th tram to receive an advert with only 264, 265 and 268 remaining in fleet livery.  A further advert is expected soon as CR Smith have extended their advertising contract to cover 20 trams and 19 trams currently carry CR Smith adverts.

Trams seen in service on 2.6.18 were: 273, 252, 256, 261, 259, 276, 254, 266 and 274

254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 is the latest tram to feature external advertising, the latest advert is for Parabola, who are developing a new “community and architectural exemplar” at Edinburgh Park. 254 is seen arriving at Edinburgh Park Central with a York Place - Airport service 2.6.18 254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 is the latest tram to feature external advertising, the latest advert is for Parabola, who are developing a new “community and architectural exemplar” at Edinburgh Park. 254 is seen arriving at Edinburgh Park Central with a York Place - Airport service 2.6.18 254 advert detail254 advert detailsome of the detail on tram 254's advert 2.6.18 254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 is the latest tram to feature external advertising, the latest advert is for Parabola, who are developing a new “community and architectural exemplar” at Edinburgh Park. 254 is seen at Edinburgh Park Central with a York Place - Airport service 2.6.18
254 advert detail254 advert detailadvert detail on 254's new advert 2.6.18 254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 at Edinburgh Park Central254 departs Edinburgh Park Central with a service from York Place - Airport 2.6.18 254 advert detail254 advert detailSome of the advert detail on tram 254's new advert 2.6.18 254's advert detail254's advert detailSome of the advert detail on tram 254's new advert 2.6.18

 


37403 top and tailed with 37025 at Dalmeny 2.6.18

June 02, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

37403 tnt 37025 at Dalmeny37403 tnt 37025 at Dalmeny37403 top and tailed with 37025 passes through Dalmeny with 1Z95 Leith South - Mossend SRPS Routes and Branches railtour 2.6.18 During Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd June, the SRPS operated a 'Routes and Branches' tour, which took in a number of different lines and stations across Central Scotland including, the Neilston Branch, Hamilton Circle, Fife Circle, Larkhall, Cathcart Circle, Ayr, Largs, Helensburgh Central, North Berwick and Edinburgh Waverley.  

The Friday night portion utilised Caledonian Sleeper's 86401 and 37025, which is currently on loan to GBRF.   The Saturday portion used 37403, which is currently on loan to DRS and 37025.  

I caught the Saturday tour passing through Dalmeny while working 1Z95 from Leith South - Mossend.   37403 was leading with 37025 on the rear.

37403 tnt 37025 at Dalmeny37403 tnt 37025 at Dalmeny37403 top and tailed with 37025 passes through Dalmeny with 1Z95 Leith South - Mossend SRPS Routes and Branches railtour 2.6.18 37403 tnt 37025 at Dalmeny37403 tnt 37025 at Dalmeny37403 top and tailed with 37025 passes through Dalmeny with 1Z95 Leith South - Mossend SRPS Routes and Branches railtour 2.6.18
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Crosscountry diversions via Shotts 26.5.18

May 26, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

221126 at Hartwood221126 at Hartwood221126 passes through Hartwood with the diverted 1S45 Plymouth - Glasgow Central service 26.5.18 With the Cobbinshaw line closed between Midcalder Junction and Carstairs East Junction for engineering works on 26th May, Crosscountry services between Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley were diverted via the Shotts line instead.  

I went to Hartwood to catch 2 of these workings, operated by Cross Country Super Voyagers 221125 and 221126.

  • 221125 was operating the 1C80 19.00 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh service
  • 221126 was operating the 1S45 Plymouth - Glasgow Central service

Also noted were

  • 156501 operating the Scotrail express service 1Y96 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley.
  • 158738 operating the Scotrail express service 1Y95 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central.
221125 at Hartwood221125 at HartwoodCross Country Super Voyager 221125 passes through Hartwood with the diverted 1C80 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh service. Crosscountry services usually use the Cobbinshaw line via Carstairs to reach Edinburgh 26.5.18 156501 at Hartwood156501 at Hartwood156501 passes through Hartwood with 1Y96 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley 26.5.18 158738 at Hartwood158738 at HartwoodOne of the last few 158's in the Scotrail 'Barbie' livery, 158738 passes through Hartwood with 1Y95 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central 26.5.18 221126 at Hartwood221126 at Hartwood221126 passes through Hartwood with the diverted 1S45 Plymouth - Glasgow Central service 26.5.18
221125 passes through Hartwood with the diverted 1C80 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh service 156501 passes through Hartwood with 1Y96 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley 156738 passes through Hartwood with 1Y95 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central 221126 passing through Hartwood with the diverted 1S45 Plymouth - Glasgow Central service

 


New CR Smith advert for Edinburgh Tram 256 25.5.18

May 25, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

256 at Ingliston Park and Ride256 at Ingliston Park and RideThe 19th CR Smith advert tram (advertising their door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service), 256 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with a service from Airport - York Place 25.5.18 During week beginning 21st May, a 19th Edinburgh Tram has emerged into service in an advert for CR Smith.   Tram 256 is the recipient of the advert, which rather than having the From ...... To...... section that the other 18 CR Smith advert trams carry, the tram advertises their door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service. One of the panels has 'FIX' in large red letters with the other section listing the items that they can fix.  The advert appears to be the same on both sides.

With the advert being applied to Tram 256, 23 of the fleet now carry adverts (19 wearing CR Smith adverts: 251, 252, 253, 255, 256, 258, 259, 260, 261, 262, 263, 266, 267, 269, 270, 272, 274, 275 and 277, 1 in Qatar Airways advert: 271, 2 in #jointhepact advert: 257 and 273 and 1 in an inhouse advert for the Royal Highland Show: 276) leaving only 4 of the fleet (254, 264, 265 and 268) in full fleet livery.

Also noted in service on 25.5.18 were 273, 256, 276, 264, 260, 261, 270.

256 at Ingliston Park and Ride256 at Ingliston Park and RideThe 19th CR Smith advert tram (advertising their door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service), 256 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with a service from Airport - York Place 25.5.18 256 at Ingliston Park and Ride256 at Ingliston Park and RideThe 19th CR Smith advert tram (advertising their door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service), 256 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with a service from Airport - York Place 25.5.18 256 at Ingliston Park and Ride256 at Ingliston Park and RideThe 19th CR Smith advert tram (advertising their door window and conservatory upgrade and repair service), 256 accelerates away from Ingliston Park and Ride with a service from Airport - York Place 25.5.18

 


365513 on Driver Training duties at Polmont and Croy 11.5.18

May 11, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

365513 at Croy365513 at Croy365513 arrives into Croy with 2Z68 Cowlairs DPL - Linlithgow UPL Driver training working 11.5.18 Day 2 of Class 365's on Driver Training saw 365513 debut on runs between Glasgow Queen Street and Linlithgow UPL.

365513 is identical in every respect to 365523, which debuted yesterday.  

365517 is still at Glasgow Works, whilst 365525 became the 4th unit to arrive in Scotland and unlike the others delivered so far, it was hauled north by 57303 rather than by road which the first 3 sets were.

A further 6 sets are due to be delivered in the coming weeks and are expected to be odd numbered sets from the 365/5 range.   Entry to service is expected to take place by July.

365513 at Polmont365513 at PolmontMaking its debut on driver training duties for the E & G line, 365513 pauses at Polmont with 2Z67 Linlithgow UPL - Cowlairs DPL training run 11.5.18 365513's livery365513's liverya closer look at the livery carried by 365513 11.5.18 365513's livery365513's liverya closer look at the livery carried by 365513 11.5.18 365513's livery365513's liverya closer look at the livery carried by 365513 11.5.18
365513 at Polmont365513 at PolmontMaking its debut on driver training duties for the E & G line, 365513 arrives into Polmont with 2Z67 Linlithgow UPL - Cowlairs DPL training run 11.5.18 365513 at Polmont365513 at PolmontMaking its debut on driver training duties for the E & G line, 365513 departs Polmont with 2Z67 Linlithgow UPL - Cowlairs DPL training run 11.5.18 365513 at Croy365513 at Croy365513 arrives into Croy with 2Z68 Cowlairs DPL - Linlithgow UPL Driver training working 11.5.18 365513 at Croy365513 at Croy365513 pauses at Croy with 2Z68 Cowlairs DPL - Linlithgow UPL Driver training working 11.5.18

 


365523 debuts on Driver Training 10.5.18

May 10, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

365523 at Linlithgow365523 at Linlithgow365523 pauses at Linlithgow on its first driver training working for Scotrail with 2Z52 Glasgow Queen Street - Linlithgow UPL. The livery is an amended version of the Great Northern livery with dark blue doors and Scotrail branding. 10.5.18 Due to windscreen problems delaying the class 385's from entering service and a number of DMU's due to go off lease in the next few months, Scotrail have temporarily leased 10 class 365's, which have recently gone off lease with Great Northern.  

They have kept their front that looks like a smiley face and have essentially kept the Great Northern livery but with doors changed from light to dark blue and Scotrail logos added to the bodysides. The first of three 365's already in Scotland saw its first use on Driver Training today (10th May).  

365523 spent the day shuttling between Queen Street or Eastfield and Linlithgow Up Passenger Loop.

Today I caught 366523 on its first journey running from Queen Street - Linlithgow UPL on 2Z52. 

365523 at Linlithgow365523 at Linlithgow365523 pauses at Linlithgow on its first driver training working for Scotrail with 2Z52 Glasgow Queen Street - Linlithgow UPL. The livery is an amended version of the Great Northern livery with dark blue doors and Scotrail branding. 10.5.18 365523 at Linlithgow365523 at Linlithgow365523 pauses at Linlithgow on its first driver training working for Scotrail with 2Z52 Glasgow Queen Street - Linlithgow UPL. The livery is an amended version of the Great Northern livery with dark blue doors and Scotrail branding. 10.5.18 365523 at Linlithgow365523 at Linlithgow365523 pauses at Linlithgow on its first driver training working for Scotrail with 2Z52 Glasgow Queen Street - Linlithgow UPL. The livery is an amended version of the Great Northern livery with dark blue doors and Scotrail branding. 10.5.18 365523 at Linlithgow365523 at Linlithgow365523 departs Linlithgow on its first driver training working for Scotrail with 2Z52 Glasgow Queen Street - Linlithgow UPL. 10.5.18

 

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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