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DRS Liveried 20302+20305 at Bo'ness 26.11.21

November 28, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

20302+20305 at Bo'ness20302+20305 at Bo'nessOriginal DRS Compass liveried 20302+20305 are seen stabled in the TMD headshunt at Bo'ness 26.11.21 (The area of the headshunt that the locos are stabled is outside the yard gates in a public area) I was late in leaving work on Friday (3pm is late for a Friday!) which meant I didn't have time to go very far before darkness fell so I decided to head home via Bo'ness.  I was wanting to have a look to see if any of 614209 (former 314209), was visible next to the fence at the rear (it was). As  I was approaching the rear of the yard, I noticed that one of the DRS class 20s was visible near the TMD, so I headed there and found that the gates were open and 20302 and 20305 were sitting out on the track in the car park / public footpath with 26038 'Tom Clift' within the gates.  The reason they were shunted out there was that one of the steam locos, NCB No 1 'Lord Roberts', was being driven up and down the yard multiple times either on test or on driver training.

Both in original DRS 'Compass' Livery, 20302 and 20305 have been at Bo'ness since 17th July 2020, when they arrived as part of a convoy with 37038, 37424 and 37403, however both of the class haven't run since. 

20302+20305 at Bo'ness20302+20305 at Bo'nessOriginal DRS Compass liveried 20302+20305 are seen stabled in the TMD headshunt at Bo'ness 26.11.21 (The area of the headshunt that the locos are stabled is outside the yard gates in a public area) 20302+20305 at Bo'ness20302+20305 at Bo'nessOriginal DRS Compass liveried 20302+20305 are seen stabled in the TMD headshunt at Bo'ness 26.11.21 (The area of the headshunt that the locos are stabled is outside the yard gates in a public area)

DMSO 64600 from 614209 (ex 314209) was parked up next to the fence at the end of the main line headshunt.   Work is still under way on the conversion of the unit from an EMU to a unit powered by Hydrogen, with Arcola Energy carrying out the work.

614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessDMSO vehicle 64600 from 614209 (former 314209) which is currently under conversion to hydrogen power by Arcola Energy is seen stabled at Bo'ness 26.11.21 (photo taken from a public footpath) 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessDMSO vehicle 64600 from 614209 (former 314209) which is currently under conversion to hydrogen power by Arcola Energy is seen stabled at Bo'ness 26.11.21 (photo taken from a public footpath)

 


A class 230, a class 614 and a class 799: COP 26, Glasgow Oct&Nov 2021

November 20, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

During the COP 26 Climate Summit, the eyes of the world were on Glasgow and it was seen as a chance to show off some advances in some more eco friendly advances in rail technology such as hydrogen and battery power to a wider audience, including Royalty and heads of Government.

Visiting Glasgow was Viva Rail's battery powered three car ex District line D Stock: 230001 and Porterbrook Rail's bi mode multiple unit 799201, whilst at Bo'ness Arcola Rail's former class 314, now 614209  and converted to Hydrogen power was also on display.

230001

230001 at Dalmeny230001 at DalmenyVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001 'Viva Venturer', which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen approaching Dalmeny with 5Z12 Inverkeithing yard to Polmadie working. 230001 is in Scotland to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 30.10.21 Viva Rail's class 230: 230001 (vehicles  300001 / 300201 / 300101) was developed from ex London Underground District line D78 stock (LU vehicles 7058 / 17128 / 7511), originally as a DEMU, but now as a battery unit with a range of up to 100km, with the batteries able to be recharged in 10 minutes!

The Grey, purple and black with Vivarail “Clean Energy/Fast Charge” slogans liveried 230001 arrived at Polmadie by low loader on 24th October and began test and press runs between Glasgow Central and Barrhead / Kilmarnock from 27th October to 29th October.   The unit did manage a trip further afield with a trip from Polmadie - Inverkeithing Yard on Friday 29th October and a return trip over the Forth Bridge back to Polmadie, which doubled as a Press run, following a naming ceremony, where 230001 was named 'Viva Venturer'.   On weekdays during the COP 26 conference, 230001 would make the short journey into Central Station from Polmadie and would operate between Glasgow and Barrhead either 2 or 3 times per afternoon.   During the course of the conference, both Prince Charles and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson were amongst the visiting dignatories to have a look on board.

230001 at Glasgow Central Vivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen arriving at Glasgow Central with 5Z09 ECS working from Barrhead. 230001 is in Glasgow to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 29.10.21 230001 at Glasgow Central230001 at Glasgow CentralVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen arriving at Glasgow Central with 5Z09 ECS working from Barrhead. 230001 is in Glasgow to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 29.10.21
230001 at Glasgow Central Vivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen at Glasgow Central having arrived with 5Z09 ECS working from Barrhead.  29.10.21 230001 at Glsgow Central230001 at Glsgow CentralVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen arriving at Glasgow Central with 5Z09 ECS working from Barrhead. 230001 is in Glasgow to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 29.10.21
380110 and 230001 at Glasgow Central 380110 is seen at Platform 12 in Glasgow Central awaiting it's next departure as Vivarail's battery powered protoype unit 230001 is seen having arrived with 5Z09 ECS working from Barrhead 29.10.21 380110 and 230001 at Glasgow Central380110 and 230001 at Glasgow Central380110 is seen at Platform 12 in Glasgow Central awaiting it's next departure as Vivarail's battery powered protoype unit 230001 is seen having arrived with 5Z09 ECS working from Barrhead 29.10.21
230001 at Glasgow Central Vivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is awaiting departure from at Glasgow Central with 5Z07 ECS working to Polmadie. 29.10.21 230001 at Polmadie230001 at PolmadieVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is awaiting departure from at Glasgow Central with 5Z07 ECS working to Polmadie. 230001 is in Glasgow to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 29.10.21
230001 departing Glasgow Central
Vivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen on the complex track layout outside Glasgow Central with 5Z07 ECS working to Polmadie.  29.10.21
230001 at Glasgow Central230001 at Glasgow CentralVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001, which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen departing from at Glasgow Central with 5Z07 ECS working to Polmadie. 230001 is in Glasgow to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 29.10.21
230001 at Dalmeny Vivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001 'Viva Venturer', which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen arriving at Dalmeny having just crossed the Forth Rail Bridge with 5Z12 Inverkeithing yard to Polmadie working. 30.10.21 230001 at Dalmeny230001 at DalmenyVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001 'Viva Venturer', which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen approaching Dalmeny with 5Z12 Inverkeithing yard to Polmadie working. 230001 is in Scotland to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 30.10.21
230001 at Dalmeny Vivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001 'Viva Venturer', which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen pausing at Dalmeny with 5Z12 Inverkeithing yard to Polmadie working. 30.10.21 230001 at Dalmeny230001 at DalmenyVivarail's battery powered Class 230 three car 'D' train 230001 'Viva Venturer', which was converted from former London Underground 'D78' stock, is seen pausing at Dalmeny with 5Z12 Inverkeithing yard to Polmadie working. 230001 is in Scotland to demo different forms of renewable power sources during the COP 26 conference 30.10.21

799201

799201 at Whifflet799201 at WhiffletPorterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen pausing at Whifflet with 5Z01 14.39 Glasgow Central - Whifflet. 799201 is in Glasgow to demonstrate Hydrogen powered technology 5.11.21 799201 is the second of two tri-mode multiple units adapted from class 319 EMUs (799001 was adapted from 319001 and 799201 was adapted from 319382). The existing 25KV overhead line and 750V Third rail equipment has been retained with both units featuring a full carriage sized hydrogen fuel cell.   Porterbrook hope to eventually be able to make the fuel cell to fit in the underframe of the units.

The adaptation of 319001 into 799001 began in 2018 and the unit was unveiled on 20 June 2019.  The project became known as 'Hydroflex' and 799001 made its first mainline appearance on testing in September 2020, reaching 50 mph through Warwickshire.

The project evolved and a second unit was required so 319382 became 799201 for showcasing at COP 26.   799201 features a Green livery with COP26 branding and earth vynals around the cab sides.   One of 799201's Driving Trailers contains the hydrogen cells, while vehicle 71980 was fitted out with a boardroom styled interior for the COP26 Summit.

799201, consisting of vehicles  77975, 63094, 71980 and 77976 was hauled from Long Marston, where it is based to Mossend on 3rd November 2021 by 57312 and made it's debut run on 4th November, traveling from Mossend to Glasgow Central and travelling 2-3 journeys non stop around the Cathcart Circle (via the outer track) before returning to Mossend, 799201 ran on electric power for the duration of the summit.   799201 made daily runs on weekdays up to 11th November, with the unit returning south on 12th November.   Over the course of the conference, both Prince Charles and Prime Minister, Boris Johnson were amongst the many visiting dignatories to have a look on board.

799201 at Maxwell Park Porterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen passing through Maxwell Park on the Cathcart Circle with 2Z02 13.50 Glasgow Central - Glasgow Central via the Cathcart Circle. 799201 is in Glasgow to demonstrate Hydrogen powered technology 5.11.21 799201 at Maxwell Park799201 at Maxwell ParkPorterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen passing through Maxwell Park on the Cathcart Circle with 2Z02 13.50 Glasgow Central - Glasgow Central via the Cathcart Circle. 799201 is in Glasgow to demonstrate Hydrogen powered technology 5.11.21
799201 at Maxwell Park Porterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen having passed through Maxwell Park on the Cathcart Circle with 2Z02 13.50 Glasgow Central - Glasgow Central via the Cathcart Circle. 5.11.21 799201 at Maxwell Park799201 at Maxwell ParkPorterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen having passed through Maxwell Park on the Cathcart Circle with 2Z02 13.50 Glasgow Central - Glasgow Central via the Cathcart Circle. 799201 is in Glasgow to demonstrate Hydrogen powered technology 5.11.21
799201 at Whifflet Porterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen pausing at Whifflet with 5Z01 14.39 Glasgow Central - Whifflet. 5.11.21 799201 at Whifflet799201 at WhiffletPorterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen pausing at Whifflet with 5Z01 14.39 Glasgow Central - Whifflet. 799201 is in Glasgow to demonstrate Hydrogen powered technology 5.11.21
799201 at Whifflet Porterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 departs Whifflet with 5Z01 14.39 Glasgow Central - Whifflet. 5.11.21 799201 at Whifflet799201 at WhiffletPorterbrook Rail's HydroFLEX prototype unit 799201 is seen pausing at Whifflet with 5Z01 14.39 Glasgow Central - Whifflet. 799201 is in Glasgow to demonstrate Hydrogen powered technology 5.11.21

 

614209

614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessDMSO Vehicle 64600 with Pantograph trailer 71458 behind from Arcola Energy's new hydrogen train, 614209 (formerly 314209) are seen at Bo'ness on display for visitors at COP 26 4.11.21 (photo taken through the fence from a public footpath) The third and final unit, 614209 (vehicles 64599, 71458 and 64600), was still being worked on at Bo'ness during COP 26, however a series of visits was set up by Arcola Energy to showcase the progress made on the former class 314 unit during its conversion from an EMU to hydrogen power.

314209 was withdrawn from service on Friday 13th December, a day before the final withdrawal of the class 314 fleet, having worked on evening peak Neilston services with 314210 and was probably the unit which was in the best condition compared to the then remaining 314 fleet.   Despite the scrapping of the other units, 314209 remained stored at Yoker for almost, until it was transferred under it's own power from Yoker to Shields depot on 16th December 2020 for onward transport by low loader to Bo'ness over 17th and 18th December 2020.

Work started on the conversion of the 314 to Hydrogen power in January 2021 and has involved the removal of most of the original electrical equipment from the 314 either for refurbishment or for replacement. New equipment fitted has included AC motors (314209's original motors were DC), a new system of batteries to allow it to run off battery power if required and hydrogen tanks fitted below the underframe.   The interior of the unit is also being refurbished with the old seating having been removed and replaced with Pendolino style seating and new flooring.   The original wall panels and lighting has been maintained.   The Pantograph trailer has been completed, however work is still ongoing on the DMSO vehicles.

314209 became 614209 in October 2021 and has been outshopped in Scotrail Saltire Blue with 'Scottish Hydrogen Train project' branding. The aim is for 614209, to move under its own power around the yard at Bo’ness in March 2022 and and over the full length of the 5 1/2 mile long line in May 2022.   614209 was on static display at Bo'ness station during COP 26.

314209 at Gourock 314209 seen at Gourock having arrived with 1G05 11.55 Glasgow Central - Gourock 6.4.18 314209 at Gourock314209 at Gourock314209 seen at Gourock having arrived with 1G05 11.55 Glasgow Central - Gourock 6.4.18
314209 at Yoker Seen from the Kelso St overbridge, the final remaining fully intact Class 314, 314209, is seen stabled in a siding at Yoker Depot 24.7.20 314209 at Yoker Depot314209 at Yoker DepotSeen from the Kelso St overbridge, the final remaining fully intact Class 314, 314209, is seen stabled in a siding at Yoker Depot 24.7.20
314209 at Bo'ness Vehicle 64600 from 314209 is seen being delivered by low loader to Bo'ness, where conversion to hydrogen power will begin 18.12.20 314209 at Bo'ness314209 at Bo'nessVehicle 64600 from 314209 is seen being delivered by low loader to Bo'ness, where conversion to hydrogen power will begin 18.12.20
71458 at Bo'ness Pantograph trailer 71458 from the newly renumbered 614209 the former class 314209 at Bo'ness 29.10.21 71458 at Bo'ness71458 at Bo'nessPantograph trailer 71458 from the newly renumbered 614209 the former class 314209 at Bo'ness 29.10.21
614209 at Bo'ness DMSO Vehicle 64600 with Pantograph trailer 71458 behind from Arcola Energy's new hydrogen train, 614209 (formerly 314209) are seen at Bo'ness on display for visitors at COP 26 4.11.21 (photo taken through the fence from a public footpath) 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessDMSO Vehicle 64600 with Pantograph trailer 71458 behind from Arcola Energy's new hydrogen train, 614209 (formerly 314209) are seen at Bo'ness on display for visitors at COP 26 4.11.21 (photo taken through the fence from a public footpath)

 


Scottish Power / COP 26 advert on Glasgow Subway stock 16.10.21 & 22.10.21

October 21, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

125+201+118 at St Enoch125+201+118 at St EnochWearing a newly applied all over advert for Scottish Power and the upcoming COP 26 summit being held in Glasgow, Metro Cammell power cars 125 and 118 with Barclay trailer 201 pause at St Enoch on a diagram 2 Outer Circle service 16.10.21 A full set of Glasgow Subway vehicles formed of Metro Cammell Power Car 125, Barclay Trailer 201 and Metro Power Power Car 118 have been reliveried into an all over advert for Scottish Power and COP 26.

The advert features the slogans 'Join us on a faster journey to a greener future' and 'On track to help Scotland reach net zero by 2045'. The logos for Scottish Power and COP 26 also feature on the body sides.

The train, with 125 leading, was running on the Outer Circle on route 2 on 16th October 2021. Photos taken at St Enoch and Buchanan St. On 22nd October, the set were seen working route 15 on the Inner Circle, again 125 was leading.

125 front view 125+201+118 at St Enoch125+201+118 at St EnochWearing a newly applied all over advert for Scottish Power and the upcoming COP 26 summit being held in Glasgow, Metro Cammell power cars 125 and 118 with Barclay trailer 201 pause at St Enoch on a diagram 2 Outer Circle service 16.10.21
125 rear view 125+201+118 at Buchanan St125+201+118 at Buchanan StWearing a newly applied all over advert for Scottish Power and the upcoming COP 26 summit being held in Glasgow, Metro Cammell power cars 125 and 118 with Barclay trailer 201 pause at Buchanan St on a diagram 2 Outer Circle service 16.10.21
201 view 125+201+118 at St Enoch125+201+118 at St EnochWearing a newly applied all over advert for Scottish Power and the upcoming COP 26 summit being held in Glasgow, Metro Cammell power cars 125 and 118 with Barclay trailer 201 pause at St Enoch on a diagram 2 Outer Circle service 16.10.21
118 view 118 at Govan118 at GovanWearing a newly applied all over advert for Scottish Power and the upcoming COP 26 summit being held in Glasgow, Metro Cammell power car 118 is seen in 3 car formation with fellow power car 125 on the front and with Barclay trailer 201 in the centre pause at Govan on a diagram 15 Inner Circle service 16.10.21

 


Glasgow Subway visit 3.10.21 and 8.10.21

October 10, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

101 at Buchanan Street101 at Buchanan StreetWearing heritage Glasgow District Subway Maroon and Cream livery and temporarily renumbered 55, Metro Cammell driving car 101 is seen in the centre of a 3 car formation on an Inner Circle service on diagram 14 2.10.21 The Glasgow Subway is the third oldest underground Metro railway system in the world, behind London and Budapest.   Opening in 1896, the Subway was first cable hauled before switching to electric traction from 1935, using the original rolling stock.  Following a major refurbishment from 1977-1980, the current configuration of stations and the current Metro Cammell power cars entered service.

Today's system consists of the inner circle and outer circle serving 15 stations over their 6 1/2 mile route and it is possible to travel around a complete loop of the system in 25 minutes.  The stations are a mix of the more traditional narrow island platforms at most stations (Kelvinhall, Kelvinbridge, St Georges Cross, Cowcaddens, Bridge Street, West Street, Shields Road, Kinning Park and Cessnock), with the busier stations of Buchanan St, Ibrox and Hillhead having a combination of side platform and centre platform while St Enoch, Govan and Partick have a pair of side platforms to ease congestion.

The service levels vary from every 4 minutes at peak times (6 trains per circle), every 6 minutes (4/5 trains per circle) or every 8 minutes (3 trains per circle).

The services are operated by trains of the unique 4ft gauge 1978 built Metro Cammell power cars and 1992 Hunslet built trailer cars.   The cars are usually run in three car formation, although 2 car is also possible if short of stock. Formations are usually as follows:

  • Power Car / Trailer / Power Car
  • Power Car / Power Car (acting as trailer) / Power Car
  • Power Car / Power Car

There are currently 32 Power Cars in service and 8 trailers, mostly in SPT Orange, Grey and White livery, however there are 2 special liveries, these being on Number 101, which carries a retro Glasgow District Subway Maroon and Cream livery and 130, which carries a special grey livery to celebrate the 120th Anniversary of the Subway in 2016.   The only car you won't see is 122 as it was scrapped in 2017 to provide spare parts to keep the others in service.  

112 at Cowcaddens112 at CowcaddensSPT Orange and Grey liveried Metro Cammell car 112 arrives at Cowcaddens in a 3 car formation on Route 4 of the Outer Circle 2.10.21 With the introduction to service of 17 new Stadler trains expected during 2022, it is a case of catch the Metro Cammell and Barclay cars while you can. 

Having recently started reading the excellent 'Circles under the Clyde' book, which gives a fascinating history, particularly of the original pre 1977 system and the rolling stock, I was inspired to visit for the first time since 2014 and take photos of the system for the first time!

On both occasions the 6 minute service was in operation using 4 trains per circle, though on my second trip, this was ramping up towards the 4 minute service with 6 trains per circle.  As well as having a ride round both the Outer and Inner circles, I stopped off at various stations including St Enoch, Buchanan Street, Govan, Bridge Street and Cowcaddens to take photographs.   I would recommend a visit to this small, clean and well kept system.

I have added a fleet list below, which has details of the current Metro Cammell and Hunslet vehicles. Any of the vehicles that I have photographed, I have linked them to the relevant number on the fleet list below:

Number Vehicle Type Built by Entered Service Current Livery Status Notes
101 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Retro Glasgow District Subway Company Maroon and Cream livery  In Service  
102 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
103 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service First vehicle to be delivered to upgraded Subway and first to run under it's own power.
104 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
105 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
106 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
107 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
108 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
109 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
110 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
111 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
112 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
113 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
114 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
115 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
116 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
117 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
118 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert In Service  
119 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
120 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
121 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
122 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 N/A Scrapped Withdrawn 2015 and scrapped circa 2017 to provide spare parts for other vehicles
123 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
124 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
125 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert In Service  
126 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
127 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
128 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
129 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
130 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Glasgow Subway 1896-2016 120 years  All over Grey livery with orange doors In Service  
131 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
132 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service Used for the Inaugaration of the new system by the Queen 1.11.79
133 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service Used for the Inaugaration of the new system by the Queen 1.11.79
201 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert In Service  
202 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
203 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
204 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
205 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
206 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
207 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
208 Trailer Car Hunslet 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  

Merseyrail trip 11.9.21

October 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

508104 at New Brighton508104 at New Brighton508104 approaches New Brighton with 2N19 11.56 New Brighton - New Brighton service 11.9.21 I made my 3rd trip of the year to the Merseyside area to catch some more of the 507 and 508 fleet before they are replaced by the class 777.  I'd planned the trip to co-inside with one of the new class 777 fleet being put on display at Birkenhead North.

As I drove down to Merseyside and expected the roads into Liverpool to be busier with it being the weekend, I parked at Maghull North park and ride, this was less than 1 mile off Junction 3 of the M58 and had ample parking.   It is on the Ormskirk and just a 20 minute journey into Liverpool Central.  

At Maghull North, I caught 507025 into Moorfields and changed to the deep level platform for the Wirral services.  The deep level line is a one way circular line under the city centre with both ends meeting at James St (runs James Street, Moorfields, Liverpool Central, Lime Street, James Street).  At Moorfields deep level platform, I caught 508141+508114, which was on an Elsmere Port service to Hamilton Square, here I changed to a New Kirby service led by 507032 to Birkenhead North.   After a look round 777010, I caught 508120 to New Brighton.

Travelling to New Brighton, I saw 2 of the Welsh line class 230s, however as the train windows were too dirty, they were hard to photograph.  At New Brighton the train arrived into Platform 2.  The station its self had a 1930's style canopy which ran around half way up the curved platform.  At either side of the lines into the island platform, there was storage sidings, (2 to the left of platform 1 and 1 to the right of platform 2) where four units, 507012+508130 on the left and 507020+507011 on the right.   I think that extra units not required are stored here at the weekend.   I caught 508104 back to Birkenhead and after another quick look round 777010, I caught 507018 on a New Kirby service back to Moorfields.

I then caught 507001 to Kirkdale for a few photos of the 777s and 507006 which were stabled there. 507006, which was accident damaged following a derailment and collision with a bridge back in March, would be taken away for scrap only a few days later.   I then caught 507019+507021 to Maghull North.   Rather than head straight home, I drove to Ainsdale, which is only 20 minutes drive from Maghull and photoed a few units there before catching 507030+507002 to Southport, where I photoed a pair of 769s and also 507003 and an unidentified unit in the sidings.   After catching 507002+507030 back to Ainsdale, I headed home.

 


Merseyrail Class 777 on public display 11.9.21

September 18, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

777010 at Birkenhead North777010 at Birkenhead NorthMerseyrail's brand new class 777, 777010 is seen stabled on public display at Birkenhead North 11.9.21 On 9th and 11th September, Merseyrail put one of their brand new class 777 trains on public display on the rarely used Platform 1 at Birkenhead North on Merseyrail's Wirral Line.

A healthy number of people went along to view unit 777010, the first of the inital class of 53 units to be accepted for use on the network.   The most unique feature of the class is the fitting of sliding steps which allows for wheelchairs users to board without a ramp being needed.   Also on the cab ends there is LED lighting in the form of a letter 'M' which light up white or red depending on the direction of travel.

The interior of the units looked bright, airy and spacious with the sections between the bogies lower than the remainder.   The units have Wi-fi and USB and electrical sockets.   There are bike racks and space for more passengers than carried on the current fleet, however these are more likely to be standing passengers.   The corridor connections between each vehicle are almost the full width of the coach, making it more like the interior of a tram.

Overall, I likes the look of the units and look forward to sampling one in service!


A week on the West Highland line 26.7 - 30.7.21

August 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

66741 at Arrochar & Tarbet66741 at Arrochar & TarbetGBRF's 66741 'Swanage Railway' arrives into Arrochar & Tarbet with 6S45 North Blyth - Fort William Alcan Tanks 29.7.21 I was on holiday up at Arrochar on the West Highland Line for a week.   Arrochar is a lovely part of the country with some stunning views around Loch Long and a massive array of wildlife to see as well. The train service its self is spread out with a train every couple of hours and mainly features Class 156s with the new class 153 'Active Carriages' added on to some of the Oban workings. Adding interest to the timetable is the morning/ evening sleeper and the North Blyth - Fort William Alcan tanks working.   There is also the occasional ECS working of Mark 1 stock to / from Fort William / Carnforth for Jacobite workings as well as occasional steam loco moves again for the Jacobite.

West Highland Line workings around Arrochar and Tarbet 26.7.21-30.7.21      
           
Monday (from 2pm)          
           
Loco / Unit Numbers Headcode Working Coaches Time Notes
156477+156492+156446 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban - Glasgow Queen St 6 14.08 156446 joined at Crianlarich from Oban
156474+153377 1Y26 14.41 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 16.27  
37668+37669 tnt 62005 5Z61 12.18 Fort William Junction - Carnforth 8 17.18 97 late in passing 
153305+156457 1Y29 16.36 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 3 17.48  
156477+156492 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban and Mallaig 4 19.37 156477 splits at Crianlarich to Oban
156453+156450+156458 1Y48 16.01 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 6 20.06 156458 joins at Crianlarich from Oban
156457 1Y32 20.39 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 22.18  
66740+73967 1B01 19.50 Fort William - London Euston Sleeper   22.46  
           
Tuesday          
156446 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 2 6.32  
66740+73967 1Y11 21.18 London Euston - Fort William   7.04  
156477+153305 1Y20 5.21 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 7.12  
156450+156453+156445 1Y21 8.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 6 9.38 156450 split at Crianlarich for Oban
156492 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.06  
156446 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.43  
153305+156477 1Y25 10.34 Glasgow Queen Street  - Oban 3 12  
156499+156492 1Y23 12.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 4 13.4 156499 split at Crianlarich for Oban
156500+156474+156450 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban - Glasgow Queen St 6 14.08 156450 joined at Crianlarich from Oban
66741 6S45 North Blyth - Fort William Alcans   16.06  
156477+153305 1Y26 14.41 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 16.27  
153377+156457 1Y29 16.36 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 3 17.48  
156500+156474 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban and Mallaig 4 19.37 156500 splits at Crianlarich to Oban
156453+156445+156450 1Y48 16.01 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 6 20.06 156450 joins at Crianlarich from Oban
156457 1Y32 20.39 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 22.18  
66740+73967 1B01 19.50 Fort William - London Euston Sleeper   22.46  
           
Wednesday          
156457 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 2 6.32 actual arrival 8.15
66740+73967 1Y11 21.18 London Euston - Fort William   7.04 actual arrival 8.29
156500+153377 1Y20 5.21 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 7.12  
156453+156450 1Y21 8.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 4 9.38 156450 split at Crianlarich. Oban portion cancelled
156474 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.06  
156450 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.43 Started at Crianlarich
153377+156500 1Y25 10.34 Glasgow Queen Street  - Oban 3 12  
66741 6S45 North Blyth - Fort William Alcans   12.3  
156477+156450+156474 1Y23 12.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 6 13.4 156477 split at Crianlarich for Oban
156492+156499+156457 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban - Glasgow Queen St 6 14.08 156457 joined at Crianlarich from Oban
156500+153377 1Y26 14.41 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 16.27  
153305+156476 1Y29 16.36 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 3 17.48  
156499+156492 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban and Mallaig 4 19.37 156499 splits at Crianlarich to Oban
156450+156477 1Y48 16.01 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 4 20.06 156477 joins at Crianlarich from Oban
156476 1Y32 20.39 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 22.18  
66740+73967 1B01 19.50 Fort William - London Euston Sleeper   22.46  
           
Thursday          
156457 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 2 6.32  
66740+73967 1Y11 21.18 London Euston - Fort William   7.04  
156499+153305 1Y20 5.21 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 7.12  
156477+156458+156453 1Y21 8.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 6 9.38 156477 split at Crianlarich for Oban
156492 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.06  
156457 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.43  
153305+156499 1Y25 10.34 Glasgow Queen Street  - Oban 3 12  
156457+156492+156500 1Y23 12.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 6 13.4 156457 split at Crianlarich for Oban
156450+156474+156477 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban - Glasgow Queen St 6 14.08 156477 joined at Crianlarich from Oban
66741 6S45 North Blyth - Fort William Alcans   16.25  
156499+153305 1Y26 14.41 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 16.27  
153377+156445 1Y29 16.36 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 3 17.48  
156450+156474 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban and Mallaig 4 19.37 156450 splits at Crianlarich to Oban
156458+156453+156457 1Y48 16.01 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 4 20.06 156457 joins at Crianlarich from Oban
156445 1Y32 20.39 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 22.18  
66740+73967 1B01 19.50 Fort William - London Euston Sleeper   22.46  
           
Friday till 12pm          
156447 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban 2 6.32  
66740+73967 1Y11 21.18 London Euston - Fort William   7.04  
156450+153377 1Y20 5.21 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 3 7.12  
156456+156478+156453 1Y21 8.23 Glasgow Queen Street - Oban / Mallaig 6 9.38 156456 split at Crianlarich for Oban
156474 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.06  
156477 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 2 10.43  
153377+156450 1Y25 10.34 Glasgow Queen Street  - Oban 3 12  

Staycation express debut run 15.7.21

August 03, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

  43059 tnt 43059 at Carlisle43059 tnt 43059 at CarlisleMaking it's debut run for Locomotive services Ltd, 43059 top and tailed with 43058 depart Carlisle with 1Z81 to Settle. This was a VIP preview run for the 'Staycation express' which starts running from Monday 19th July. 15.7.21 Making it's debut run for Locomotive services Ltd, 43059 top and tailed with 43058 depart Carlisle with 1Z81 to Settle. This was a VIP preview run for the 'Staycation express' which starts running from Monday 19th July. 15.7.21


Merseyrail Day out 28.6.21 and 19.7.21

July 13, 2021  •  Leave a Comment

I had a day trip down to Southport and Ormskirk on 28th June to sample some of the class 507's and 508's before they are withdrawn.   With the expected entry into service for the 777's being soon (the 777's have just begun test runs / driver training), the days are numbered for the 41/42 year old PEP units.   With test running of the 777s having begun and having found out about 2 trailers from a pair of 508/2s being visible at Birkenhead, I decided to return and travel across to Birkenhead and then back over towards Southport via Kirkdale to catch more 507s and 508s as well as some 777s both on depot and 777010 out on a test / training run.

The Class 507 / 508

The Class 507 and Class 508 units are part of the PEP family of units which were built in the late 1970's and run off the third rail at 750v DC only as opposed to the Class 313 which is/was dual voltage and Class 314 and 315 which was/are powered from the overhead line.   The units are very similar to the much missed class 314s that we were so used to seeing on the Cathcart Circle as you'll no doubt have guessed!

The exterior of both the 507/508 is broadly similar to the rest of the PEP family, the main differences in comparison to some of the other classes are:

  • The cab ends have newer style of lighting clusters, which also includes LED lighting
  • The bogies on the DMSO vehicles have collector shoes for 3rd rail operation
  • The central Trailer vehicle has a different window layout from the 314 and 315, which have an additional small window below the pantograph well.
  • The 507 has a different type of compressor, possibly an older style from the class 508

The interior has been completely modernised with high backed seating, new ceilings and lighting, public information displays, CCTV and modernised entrance vestibules.

Built in 1978-80, the class 507 units have spent their entire lives on the Merseyrail network and mostly remain intact, with 32 units out of the original 33 built still in existance and 31 of the fleet remain in service today.  

507022 was withdrawn following a collision with 507004 in 1991, with vehicle 64388 from 022 replacing one of the Driving motor vehicles in 507004 and vehicle 64426 being converted from DC to AC operation and assuming the identity of 64588 and replacing the same vehicle in set 314203, which was destroyed in the Newton train crash in 1991.

More recently in March 2021, 507006 was written off after it overran the buffers and derailed at Kirkby. As the units are fast nearing the end of their operational lives, repairs won't be forthcoming and the unit will most likely be heading for scrap soon.

The 508 was built between 1979-80 and of the original 43 built, 25 are still in use with Merseyrail.   The 508 is identical to the 507, and initially worked in the Southern region before heading to Merseyside. The 508 was 4 car variation of the class 507, however before moving to Merseyside one of the TSO vehicles from each set (numbers 71526-71568) were removed and reused to increase the newly delivered class 455 up to 4 car sets, making the class 508 identical to the 507. To make it easier to identify the two classes, 508001-508043 were renumbered to 508101-508143.  

Following a reduction in capacity, on services during the 1990's, 12 class 508's were sent southwards to work on some Connex South Eastern services out of Gillingham Depot. 508101, 105, 106, 107, 109, 113, 116, 119, 121, 129, 132 and 133 became 508201-212 and remained in service until 2006. Of this batch, vehicles 64664 and 64707 from 508207 have found further use as barrier vehicles for Arlington Fleet Services, vehicles 64649 from 508201 and 64712 from 508209 as training vehicles for Emergency Services Training Centre in Birkenhead and 508212 is used at Fire Services Training College at Moreton-in-Marsh, the remainder of the sets were scrapped around 2013. 508118 was scrapped after an arson attack at Birkenhead depot during the 2000's.

A further 3 class 508s would transfer to Silverlink and find work on the Watford DC lines, assisting the Class 313s.  508102, 508135 and 508142 became 508301-303 and were scrapped in 2013.

This left 27 units with Merseyrail, however the decision was taken to withdraw and scrap 508110 and 508134 in 2020 rather than overhaul them, this left 25 units are still in service with Merseyrail.

Livery

The current livery carried by the 507 and 508 fleet is the 'Good Communications' livery, which is a half yellow background and half brushed metal background, with 6 different designs applied with each set having one yellow side and one brushed metal side.The passenger doors are white on the yellow sides and yellow on the brushed metal sides. There is Merseyrail 'M' branding on each of the passenger doors, as well as on the cab fronts. The livery is applied as a vinyl skin.

The exception to these liveries are 507002 which carries all over adverts for Liverpool John Moore University, with a white base for the advert and 508111, which carries 'The Beatles Story' all over advert with a blue base.

Routes

The 507 and 508 can be found on the following routes:

  • Southport - Hunts Cross
  • Ormskirk - Liverpool Central
  • Kirkby - Liverpool Central
  • Liverpool Lime Street - New Brighton
  • Liverpool Lime Street - West Kirby
  • Liverpool Lime Street - Ellesmere Port
  • Liverpool Lime Street - Chester

Depots are found at Kirkdale and Birkenhead.

Fleet List

Class 507

Fleet Number Name Formation Livery Notes
507001   64367 71342 64405 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507002   64368 71343 64406 Merseyrail White with Liverpool Hope University branding  
507003   64369 71344 64407 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507004 Bob Paisley 64388 71345 64408 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey vehicle 64388 from set 507022 replaced 64370 in 1991 following collision damage
507005   64371 71346 64409 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507006   64372 71347 64410 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey Withdrawn following collision with buffers at Kirkby March 2021
507007   64373 71348 64411 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507008 Harold Wilson 64374 71349 64412 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507009 Dixie Dean 64375 71350 64413 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507010   64376 71351 64414 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507011   64377 71352 64415 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507012   64378 71353 64416 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507013   64379 71354 64417 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507014   64380 71355 64418 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507015   64381 71356 64419 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507016 Merseyrail - celebrating the first ten years 2003-2013 64382 71357 64420 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507017   64383 71358 64421 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507018   64384 71359 64422 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507019   64385 71360 64423 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507020 John Peel 64386 71361 64424 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507021 Red Rum 64387 71362 64425 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507022   64388 71363 64426   Disbanded 1991 following collision with 507004. Vehicle 64388 replaced 64370 in 507004, 71363 scrapped and 64426 converted to AC power and replaced 64588 in set 314203 with Scotrail was withdrawn and scrapped in 2019.
507023 Operations Inspector Stuart Mason 64389 71364 64427 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507024   64390 71365 64428 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507025   64391 71366 64429 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507026 Councillor George Howard 64392 71367 64430 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507027   64393 71368 64431 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507028   64394 71369 64432 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507029   64395 71370 64433 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507030   64396 71371 64434 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507031   64397 71372 64435 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507032   64398 71373 64436 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  
507033 Councillor Jack Spriggs 64399 71374 64437 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey  

Class 508

Fleet Number (Original) New Fleet number  Original 4th vehicle Name Formation Livery Status Notes
508101 508201 71526   64649 71483 64692 Yellow with white doors Scrapped Vehicle 64649 still in existance at Emergency Services Training Centre in Birkenhead
508102 508301 71527   64650 71484 64693   Scrapped  
508103 N/A 71528   64651 71485 64694 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508104 N/A 71529   64652 71486 64695 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508105 508202 71530   64653 71487 64696   Scrapped  
508106 508203 71531   64654 71488 64697   Scrapped  
508107 508204 71532   64655 71489 64698   Scrapped  
508108 N/A 71533   64656 71490 64699 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508109 508205 71534   64657 71491 64700   Scrapped  
508110 N/A 71535   64658 71492 64701   Scrapped  
508111 N/A 71536 The Beatles 64659 71493 64702 The Beatles Story blue Advertising Livery in service  
508112 N/A 71537   64660 71494 64703 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508113 508206 71538   64661 71495 64704   Scrapped  
508114 N/A 71539   64662 71496 64705 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508115 N/A 71540   64663 71497 64706 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508116 508207 71541   64664 71498 64707 Green Departmental 64664 and 64707 have been converted to barrier vehicles and are used by Arlington Fleet Services. 64664 named Liwet and 64707 named Laberzerin
508117 N/A 71542   64665 71499 64708 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508118 N/A 71543   64666 71500 64709   Scrapped Scrapped following a fire in 2007
508119 508208 71544   64667 71501 64710   Scrapped  
508120 N/A 71545   64668 71502 64711 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508121 508209 71546   64669 71503 64712 Yellow with white doors Scrapped Vehicle 64712 still in existance at Emergency Services Training Centre in Birkenhead
508122 N/A 71547   64670 71504 64713 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508123 N/A 71548 William Roscoe 64671 71505 64714 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508124 N/A 71549   64672 71506 64715 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508125 N/A 71550   64673 71507 64716 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508126 N/A 71551   64674 71508 64717 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508127 N/A 71552   64675 71509 64718 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508128 N/A 71553   64676 71510 64719 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508129 508210 71554   64677 71515 64720   Scrapped  
508130 N/A 71556   64678 71512 64721 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508131 N/A 71557   64679 71513 64722 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508132 508211 71558   64680 71514 64723   Scrapped  
508133 508212 71559   64681 71511 64724 Connex yellow & white Scrapped At Fire Services College, Moreton in Marsh
508134 N/A 71560   64682 71516 64725   Scrapped Scrapped 2020
508135 508302 71561   64683 71517 64726   Scrapped  
508136 N/A 71562 Wilfred Owen MC 64684 71518 64727 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508137 N/A 71563   64685 71519 64728 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508138 N/A 71564   64686 71520 64729 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508139 N/A 71565   64687 71521 64730 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508140 N/A 71566   64688 71522 64731 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508141 N/A 71567   64689 71523 64732 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  
508142 508303 71568   64690 71524 64733   Scrapped  
508143 N/A 71569   64691 71525 64734 Merseyrail Yellow and Grey in service  

 

Photo Locations

Before heading to Merseyside and Southport, I read and looked at the photographs in Martyn Hilbert's excellent book 'Merseyrail Electrics' I decided to try out a few of the locations and stations seen in the book.

Southport Area

Southport 507002+508127 at Southport507002+508127 at SouthportWearing an advertising livery for Liverpool Hope University, 507002 is waiting to lead 508127 out of Southport with 2U24 13.27 service to Hunts Cross 28.6.21 Wearing an advertising livery for Liverpool Hope University, 507002 is waiting to lead 508127 out of Southport with 2U24 13.27 service to Hunts Cross 28.6.21
Birkdale 507024+508111 at Birkdale507024+508111 at BirkdaleMerseyrail liveried 507024+'The Beatles Story' advert liveried 508111 departs Birkdale with 2S19 12.16 Hunts Cross - Southport service 28.6.21 Merseyrail liveried 507024+'The Beatles Story' advert liveried 508111 departs Birkdale with 2S19 12.16 Hunts Cross - Southport service 28.6.21
Hillside Station Bridge 507023+508122 at Hillside507023+508122 at HillsideMerseyrail liveried 507023+508122 depart Hillside with 2S17 11.36 Hunts Cross - Southport service 28.6.21 Merseyrail liveried 507023+508122 depart Hillside with 2S17 11.36 Hunts Cross - Southport service 28.6.21
Hillside 507012+507008 at Hillside507012+507008 at Hillside507012+507008 depart Hillside with 2U21 12.27 Southport - Hunts Cross service 28.6.21 507012+507008 depart Hillside with 2U21 12.27 Southport - Hunts Cross service 28.6.21
Ainsdale 508114+507019 at Ainsdale508114+507019 at AinsdaleMerseyrail liveried 508114+507019 depart Ainsdale with 2S16 11.16 Hunts Cross - Southport service 28.6.21 Merseyrail liveried 508114+507019 depart Ainsdale with 2S16 11.16 Hunts Cross - Southport service 28.6.21
Ainsdale Station Footbridge 507027+507001 at Ainsdale507027+507001 at Ainsdale507027+507001 approach Ainsdale with 2U20 12.07 Southport - Hunts Cross service 28.6.21 507027+507001 approach Ainsdale with 2U20 12.07 Southport - Hunts Cross service 28.6.21
Ainsdale Station Footbridge 507002+508128 and 777010 at Ainsdale507002+508128 and 777010 at AinsdaleOld v New at Ainsdale as 507002 depart with 508128 heading north with 2S29 15.36 Hunts Cross - Southport service, while 777010 approaches with 5U06 16.22 Southport - Sandhills training run 19.7.21 Old v New at Ainsdale as 507002 depart with 508128 heading north with 2S29 15.36 Hunts Cross - Southport service, while 777010 approaches with 5U06 16.22 Southport - Sandhills training run 19.7.21
Ainsdale Station Level Crossing 507027+507001 at Ainsdale507027+507001 at Ainsdale507027+507001 pause at Ainsdale with 2U20 12.07 Southport - Hunts Cross service 28.6.21 507027+507001 pause at Ainsdale with 2U20 12.07 Southport - Hunts Cross service 28.6.21

Ormskirk

Ormskirk is about 8 miles and a 20 minute drive from Southport. Ormskirk looks like quite a nice market town and has a one platformed station split in 2, with the northern portion being for the hourly DMU to Preston and the southern portion being the 3rd rail Merseyrail platform. The platform is ample for a 3 car unit but is very tight for a 6 car, making photoing impossible from the southern end of the platform or the road bridge when a 6 car unit is in the platform.  

Station Platform 508103 at Ormskirk508103 at OrmskirkMerseyrail liveried 508103 awaits departure from Ormskirk with 2G45 14.08 service to Liverpool Central 28.6.21 Merseyrail liveried 508103 awaits departure from Ormskirk with 2G45 14.08 service to Liverpool Central 28.6.21
Station Platform 508124 at Ormskirk508124 at OrmskirkMerseyrail liveried 508124 awaits departure from Ormskirk with 2G46 14.28 service to Liverpool Central 28.6.21 Merseyrail liveried 508124 awaits departure from Ormskirk with 2G46 14.28 service to Liverpool Central 28.6.21
Road Bridge 508103 at Ormskirk508103 at OrmskirkMerseyrail liveried 508103 awaits departure from Ormskirk with 2G45 14.08 service to Liverpool Central 28.6.21 Merseyrail liveried 508103 awaits departure from Ormskirk with 2G45 14.08 service to Liverpool Central 28.6.21

Kirkdale and Kirkdale TMD

From Bridge 507006 at Kirkdale TMD507006 at Kirkdale TMDAccident damaged 507006 is seen at Kirkdale TMD awaiting scrapping. 19.7.21 Accident damaged 507006 is seen at Kirkdale TMD awaiting scrapping. 19.7.21
Station 508103 and 508130 at Kirkdale508103 and 508130 at Kirkdale508103 arrives with 2O21 13.00 Liverpool Central - Ormskirk while 508130 pauses at Kirkdale with 2G82 12.58 Kirkby - Liverpool Central service 19.7.21 508103 arrives with 2O21 13.00 Liverpool Central - Ormskirk while 508130 pauses at Kirkdale with 2G82 12.58 Kirkby - Liverpool Central service 19.7.21
View to North of Station 508103 at Kirkdale508103 at Kirkdale508103 departs Kirkdale with 2O21 13.00 Liverpool Central - Ormskirk 19.7.21 508103 departs Kirkdale with 2O21 13.00 Liverpool Central - Ormskirk 19.7.21
View of TMD 777s at Kirkdale Depot777s at Kirkdale Depot4 unidentified 777s are seen stabled at Kirkdale TMD 19.7.21 777001,002, 012, 004 and 006 are seen stabled at Kirkdale TMD 19.7.21

Birkenhead North and TMD

Roadbridge to North of Station 230008 at Birkenhead North TMD230008 at Birkenhead North TMDTfW liveried 230008 is seen stabled in the yard at Birkenhead North TMD 19.7.21 TfW liveried 230008 is seen stabled in the yard at Birkenhead North TMD 19.7.21
Platform 3 507020 and 507014 at Birkenhead North507020 and 507014 at Birkenhead North507020 pauses at Birkenhead North with 2N18 11.36 New Brighton - New Brighton via Central Liverpool service while 507014 awaits departure with 2W18 11.59 West Kirby - West Kirby via Central Liverpool 19.7.21 507020 pauses at Birkenhead North with 2N18 11.36 New Brighton - New Brighton via Central Liverpool service while 507014 awaits departure with 2W18 11.59 West Kirby - West Kirby via Central Liverpool 19.7.21
From Footbridge looking north 507029 at Birkenhead North507029 at Birkenhead North507029 prepares to depart Birkenhead North with 2W17 11.38 West Kirby - West Kirby via Central Liverpool 21.7.21 507029 prepares to depart Birkenhead North with 2W17 11.38 West Kirby - West Kirby via Central Liverpool 21.7.21
From footbridge looking south 508139 at Birkenhead North508139 at Birkenhead North508139 pauses at Birkenhead North with 2W19 12.19 West Kirby - West Kirby via Central Liverpool service 19.7.21 508139 pauses at Birkenhead North with 2W19 12.19 West Kirby - West Kirby via Central Liverpool service 19.7.21

Emergency Services Training Centre

From Public  Road 508201 and 508209 at Birkenhead508201 and 508209 at BirkenheadHeavily vandalised All over yellow with white doors liveried vehicle 64649 from 508201 and 64712 from 508209 are seen at the Emergency Services Training Centre in Birkenhead 19.7.21 (Photo taken from a public road) Heavily vandalised All over yellow with white doors liveried vehicle 64649 from 508201 and 64712 from 508209 are seen at the Emergency Services Training Centre in Birkenhead 19.7.21 (Photo taken from a public road)

 


Midland Pullman HST at Kilmarnock 26.6.21

July 04, 2021  •  Leave a Comment
Midland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's arrive at Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21 43046 tnt 43055 at Kilmarnock43046 tnt 43055 at KilmarnockMidland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's arrive at Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21
Midland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's arrive at Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21 43046 tnt 43055 at Kilmarmock43046 tnt 43055 at KilmarmockMidland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's arrive at Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21
Midland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's pause at Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21 43046 tnt 43055 at Kilmarnock43046 tnt 43055 at KilmarnockMidland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's pause at Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21
Midland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's depart Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21 43046 tnt 43055 at Kilmarnock43046 tnt 43055 at KilmarnockMidland Pullman liveried 43046 'Jeff Drury 1930 - 1999' top and tailed with 43055 and 9 matching Mark 3's depart Kilmarnock with 1Z43 Ayr - York LSL Charter 26.6.21

 

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

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  • Float Viaduct
  • Abington
  • Cartland
  • Hartwood
  • Greenfaulds
  • Holytown
  • Coatbridge Central
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