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Colas Test Train 2.8.17

August 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

37219+37421 at Crawford37219+37421 at Crawford37219 top and tailed with 37421 head north near Crawford with 1Q74 Carlisle Wapping Sidings - Mossend via Ayr, Carstairs South Junction and Shotts 2.8.17 I headed out this afternoon to catch the Colas test train.   My intention was to catch it at Carstairs South Junction.

I headed there but as I approached, I saw 66731 heading round the curve at Carstairs East Junction.

66731 with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill Departmental

The heavens opened shortly afterwards so I decided to head further south to Crawford to catch the Colas test train, which I did, closely followed by a 68/66 combo.

37219 top and tailed with 37421 1Q74 Carlisle Wapping - Mossend Yard via Ayr, Carstairs South Junction and Shotts

68007+66429 pass with a Carlisle Kingmoor - Motherwell TMD Light engine move


Edinburgh Trams all over adverts 28.7.17

July 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

There are currently 2 adverts on the Edinburgh trams, the first is 251 with 'Tramspotting' all over advert and revynaled in the past couple of days tram 261 is wearing a vynal advertising the Edinburgh Festival.   Both are seen at Ingliston Park and Ride on 28.7.17.

251 at Ingliston Park and Ride251 at Ingliston Park and Ride251 in Tramspotting all over advert is seen at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Edinburgh Airport - York Place 28.7.17 Tram 251 in 'Tramspotting' advert     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

261 at Ingliston Park and Ride261 at Ingliston Park and Ride261 in its new vynal wrap for the Edinburgh Festival waits at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Edinburgh Airport - York Place Service 28.7.17 Tram 261 in Edinburgh Festival advert

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other side of Tram 261's advert 261 at Ingliston Park and Ride261 at Ingliston Park and Ride261 in its new vynal wrap for the Edinburgh Festival heads away from Ingliston Part and Ride with a York Place - Edinburgh Airport Service 28.7.17

 

 

 

 

 


Camelon 28.7.17

July 28, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

68017 at Camelon68017 at Camelon68017 approaches Camelon with 5G13 Motherwell TMD - Edinburgh Waverley Fife Circle ECS 28.7.17 I spent a couple of hours at Camelon this afternoon, here are my sightings:

68017 approaches Camelon with 5G13 Motherwell TMD - Edinburgh Waverley Fife Circle ECS

170460 pauses at Camelon with 2P32 Dunblane - Edinburgh Waverley

158726 arrives at Camelon with 2J72 Glasgow Queen Street - Falkirk Grahamston

170456 waits at Camelon with 2P34 Dunblane - Edinburgh Waverley

158726 arrives at Camelon with 2J73 Falkirk Grahamston - Glasgow Queen Street

60095 approaches Camelon with 6R46 Prestwick - Grangemouth tanks

66135 passes through Camelon with 6M80 Grangemouth - Sinfin Sidings Aviation Fuel tanks


30 minutes at Bargeddie 27.7.17

July 27, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

47749 at Bargeddie47749 at BargeddieColas liveried 47749 passes through Bargeddie with 0Z47 Polmadie - Mossend light engine move 27.7.17 I spent 30 minutes at Bargeddie this afternoon, here is my sightings:

320319+320415 arrive at Bargeddie with 2R40 Dalmuir - Whifflet

56094 passes through Bargeddie with 6R46 Prestwick - Grangemouth oil tanks

318252+320413 depart Bargeddie with 2S01 Motherwell - Dalmuir

Colas liveried 47749 passes through Bargeddie with 0Z47 Polmadie - Mossend light engine move


Bonus afternoon of spotting 25.7.17

July 25, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

66737 at Carstairs66737 at Carstairs66737 with 4 flats heads south from Carstairs with 6M63 Glen Douglas MOD - Carlisle Yard wagon move 25.7.17 An unexpected early finish led to an afternoon of spotting!

I wasnt expecting to get out spotting today but an unexpected early finish at work meant an afternoon out!

First I headed to Carstairs for 66737 with 4 flats heading south with 6M63 Glen Douglas MOD - Carlisle Yard wagon move

then went to Greenfaulds and saw the following:

68017 with 5G13 Motherwell - Edinburgh Waverley Fife Circle ECS move

318257+320415 with 2F01 Cumbernauld - Dalmuir

320309 departs with 2V54 Cumbernauld - Dumbarton Central

334010 arrives with 2V56 Dumbarton Central - Cumbernauld

156496 arrives with 2J71 Falkirk Grahamston - Glasgow Queen Street

158789 arrives with 2J72 Glasgow Queen Street - Falkirk Grahamston

318253+318252 arrive at Greenfaulds with 2C02 Milngavie - Cumbernauld

60085 approaches with 6R46 Prestwick - Grangemouth oil tanks


Carstairs Freight 24.7.17

July 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

90039+90040 at Carstairs90039+90040 at Carstairs90039+90040 approach Float Viaduct with 6M76 Mossend to Warrington Arpley 24.7.17 I spent 30 minutes at a gloriously sunny Carstairs and caught 3 freights in that time!   Here are my sightings:

88007 heads south from Carstairs with 4M48 Mossend - Daventry containers

90039+90040 approach Float Viaduct with 6M76 Mossend to Warrington Arpley

86609+86622 approach Float Viaduct south of Carstairs with 4L81 Coatbridge - London Gateway Containers


Carlisle 22.7.17

July 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

46233 at Carlisle46233 at Carlisle46233 prepares to depart Carlisle with 1Z34 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour from Carlisle - Crewe 22.7.17 Sightings from Carlisle Station 22.7.17 2.45pm - 5.10pm

156490 + 156492

156483 arrives at Carlisle with 2C33 Lancaster - Carlisle via the Cumbrian Coast service

unidentified 390

185153 arrives at Carlisle with 1S61 Manchester Airport - Glasgow Central service

46233 reverses into Carlisle with 5Z46 Carlisle - Carlisle loco and support coach turning move

158907 arrives at Carlisle with 2H88 Leeds - Carlisle service

156490 departs Carlisle with 2N40 Carlisle - Middlesborough service

158859 prepares to enter Carlisle with an ECS working from the siding behind platform 6

46233 prepares to depart Carlisle with 1Z34 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' railtour from Carlisle - Crewe

66096 passes through Carlisle with 4M30 Grangemouth - Daventry containers

66516 passes through Carlisle with a light engine working from Tyne Yard - Carlisle Yard

68004 prepares to depart Carlisle with the Pathfinders railtour from Carlisle - Bristol Temple Meads

156460 arrives at Carlisle with 2C37 Barrow in Furness - Carlisle

142063 arrives into Carlisle with 2N37 Newcastle - Carlisle

West Coast's 37516 passes through Carlisle with 5Z51 Fort William - Carnforth ECS working

 


DRS Open Day at Carlisle 22.7.17

July 23, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

88007 at Carlisle Kingmoor88007 at Carlisle Kingmoor88007 approaches Carlisle Kingmoor with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend containers 22.7.17  I went to Carlisle for the DRS depot open day in Carlisle.   It was a great day out, even if the weather didn't play ball in the afternoon!   Here are my sightings:

From the bridge outside Kingmoor:

  • 68022 moves into the headshunt at Carlisle Kingmoor
  • 88007 approaches Carlisle Kingmoor with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend containers

Once I had seen 88007 pass, I went into the depot.   There was a good selection of locos on display to see throughout the depot.   There was a lineup of 4 68's in 4 different liveries with 68026 in the plain blue livery, 68001 in Compass livery, 68012 in Chiltern Livery and 68006 in Scotrail livery.   66301 was also named 'Kingmoor TMD' during the afternoon.

Locos seen included:

The heavens opened at around 1.30pm and it was torrential rain! I hung around till the naming ceremony for 66301 and then went into Carlisle Station.


Tram Sunday 16th July

July 18, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

623 at Pleasure Beach623 at Pleasure BeachWartime liveried Brush Car 623 pauses on the loop at Pleasure Beach before heading back to Rigby Road 16.7.17 I went to Blackpool for the day on Sunday for the annual Fleetwood Transport Festival (Tram Sunday).   I arrived in Blackpool at 1pm and went to North Pier for the tram to Fleetwood.   There was a 20 minute Heritage service running to Ash Street as well as the regular Flexity service.   Trams on the Heritage Service were:

Route A: Brush Car 623 and Ex Towing Railcoach 680

Route B: Millennium Balloon 718

Route C: Bolton 66

Route D: Balloon 717

Route E: Balloon 715

Route F: Balloon 723

I caught Balloon 717 from North Pier to Ash Street and had a wander round the event.   Stabled at Pharos Street was Fleetwood Box Car 40, B Fleet Balloon 711 and Illuminated Trawler 737.   I headed back to Ash Street to catch the tram to Blackpool and just as I arrived, Brush Car 623 and Ex towing railcoach 680, which were both operating on route A arrived.  

623 has recently returned to Blackpool on loan from Heaton Park Tramway in Manchester and will be in Blackpool till the end of the illuminations as part of the 80th Birthday celebrations for the Brush Cars.   It required a reduced height trolley tower to allow it to fit into the depot at Heaton Park.  When it returned to Blackpool a couple of weeks ago, it required an extension to the trolley tower to allow the pantograph to be able to reach the wire.   623 had last ran in Blackpool in November 2009 on the last day of service to Fleetwood before the line from Ash Street to the Ferry closed for upgrading.   It moved to the Museum of Museums in Manchester along with Balloon 702 in 2010, then to Heaton Park in 2011 where it made its debut in 2012.   623 made it's debut back in Blackpool on a tour on 14th July in Wartime Green and Cream livery.

I caught 680, which ran a short distance behind 623 heading back to Pleasure Beach.   At Cabin, 623 and 680 were joined by Balloon 717, which had arrived on a short working from Pleasure beach and was returning there.   So from Cabin to Pleasure Beach, there was a 3 car heritage convoy made up of 623, 680 and 717, bringing back memories of the pre upgrade tramway where convoys of trams was commonplace.

Once at Pleasure Beach, the 3 trams unloaded and headed back north to the Foxhall, where they would reverse and head back to Rigby Road.   Bolton 66 made an unscheduled journey to Pleasure Beach and was soon followed by Balloon 723, the last Pleasure Beach working of the day.   After a trip to the Velvet Coaster for Dinner, it was time to head back to Blackpool North for the train home.

More Photos from Tram Sunday can be found at http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p553573863


Blackpool Trams 2.7.17-8.7.17

July 09, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

717 at Manchester Square717 at Manchester Square1930's liveried Balloon 717 'Walter Luff' passes Manchester Square with a heritage service for Pleasure Beach 3.7.17 I spent a week on holiday in Blackpool and had a few journeys on the heritage trams!

The following trams were out on the heritage service during the week:

  • Sunday 2nd July: Balloon 715 and Balloon 717
  • Monday 3rd July: Balloon 717 and Ex Towing Railcoach 680
  • Tuesday 4th July: Balloon 717 and Balloon 723
  • Wednesday 5th July: Boat 600 and Balloon 715
  • Thursday 6th July: Bolton 66 and Boat 600
  • Friday 7th July: Bolton 66 and Balloon 715
  • Saturday 8th July: Boat 600 and Balloon 717

6 different trams were used on the service during the week, 66 was out twice, 600 was out 3 times as was 715.   717 was out 4 times and 723 and 680 were out only once during the week.

Balloon 717 also worked a Private Hire from the North Pier heritage siding to the Savoy Hotel  near Gynn Square via Little Bispham loop on Friday 7th, while Fleetwood Box Car 40 was out on a tour from Pleasure Beach on Saturday 8th, unfortunately I was already on my way home by this point so didnt manage to get a photograph.

Of interest at Rigby Road, Brush Car 625 and Standard 143 were stabled at the front of the depot as was newly repainted Millennium Balloon 718, while Brush Car 623 was visible in the Electrical Compound.

More photographs from the week can be found at http://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p399815755

 

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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