Scottish Trains Website: Blog https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Scottish Trains Website (Scottish Trains Website) Thu, 15 Sep 2022 22:01:00 GMT Thu, 15 Sep 2022 22:01:00 GMT https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u1614541-o761250848-50.jpg Scottish Trains Website: Blog https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog 120 90 New advert livery for Subway Cars 132 + 204+ 104 10.9.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/9/new-advert-livery-for-subway-cars-132-204-104-10-9-22 132+204+104 at St Enoch132+204+104 at St EnochMetro Cammell Power cars 132 + 104 with Barclay trailer 204 in the centre are seen in a new advert for SPT committed to achieving Net Zero. The set is paused at St Enoch working an Inner Circle service 10.9.22 Glasgow Subway's latest vynal wrap sees a 3 car set consisting of Metro Cammell Power Car 132, Barclay Trailer 204 and Metro Cammell Power Car 104 outshopped in a new design advertising SPT's commitment to achieving Net Zero.

the three car set are seen paused at St Enoch working diagram 11 on the Inner Circle on 10.9.22

 

 

 

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 104 132 204 Glasgow Subway Hunslet Barclay Metro Cammell St Enoch https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/9/new-advert-livery-for-subway-cars-132-204-104-10-9-22 Thu, 15 Sep 2022 22:00:20 GMT
Whitrope Heritage Centre 3.9.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/9/whitrope-heritage-centre-3-9-22
142020 at Whitrope142020 at WhitropeTyne and Wear PTE liveried Pacer 142020 is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22 Had a lovely visit to the Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders today.
 
Can honestly say that of all the heritage railways that I've been to, Whitrope are one of the friendliest and most welcoming of them all!
 
Whitrope is a short railway of around 1/2 - 3/4 miles in length and has a fleet containing 2 Pacers: 142019 in Northern livery (which isn't currently in use) and 142020 in Tyne and Wear PTE livery and is the main unit on the line at present. There is also Experimental Pacer RB004, Class 26040, which is undergoing restoration and 2 small shunters FC Hibbert 'Planet' 4WDM 'Pluto' 3777, which usually offers breakvan rides on the line and Ruston & Hornsby 48DS 411319, which is currently stored.
 
Would definately reccomend a visit!
 
26040 at Whitrope26040 at WhitropeBR Blue liveried 26040, which is undergoing some restoration work, is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22 142019 at Whitrope142019 at WhitropeNorthern liveried Pacer 142019 is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22 142020 at Whitrope142020 at WhitropeTyne and Wear PTE liveried Pacer 142020 is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22
142020 driving cab142020 driving cabOne of the Driving Cabs of 142020 at Whitrope Heritage Centre 3.9.22 RB004 at WhitropeRB004 at WhitropePacer Prototype Railbus RB004 is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22 3777 at Whitrope3777 at WhitropeFC Hibbert 'Planet' 4WDM 'Pluto' 3777, which is undergoing some restoration work, is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22
411319 at Whitrope411319 at WhitropeRuston & Hornsby 48DS 411319, is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22 142020 at Whitrope142020 at WhitropeTyne and Wear PTE liveried Pacer 142020 is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22 26040 at Whitrope26040 at WhitropeBR Blue liveried 26040, which is undergoing some restoration work, is seen at Whitrope Station on the Waverley Route Heritage Association's Whitrope Heritage Centre in the Scottish Borders 3.9.22
 
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(Scottish Trains Website) 142019 142020 26040 class 142 class 26 pacer rb004 whitrope whitrope heritage centre https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/9/whitrope-heritage-centre-3-9-22 Sat, 03 Sep 2022 22:58:55 GMT
614209 Demonstration run at Bo'ness 2.9.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/9/614209-demonstration-run-at-boness-2-9-22 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) is seen heading along the foreshore at Bo'ness as it returns from Kinneil on Hydrogen power enroute to Bo'ness with a demonstration run 2.9.22 Arcola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) was out today at Bo'ness operating demonstration runs for some invited guests during the day, between Bo'ness and Kinneil Halt.  614209 was run both on battery and on hydrogen mode on different runs with the mile long run out in each direction giving the invited guests the chance to sample both tractions from this bi-mode unit.

It was great to finally see 209 out on the tracks and good to note that the distinctive compressor sounds remain from 209's days as a class 314 emu as does the sounds of the motors when accelerating in battery mode

I photoed 614209 at Bo'ness station (from the footbridge), Bo'ness foreshore and the area around Kinneil Halt, here are some of my efforts:  

 

 

 

614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) is seen heading along the foreshore at Bo'ness as it returns from Kinneil on Hydrogen power enroute to Bo'ness with a demonstration run 2.9.22 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) is seen heading along the foreshore at Bo'ness as it returns from Kinneil on Hydrogen power enroute to Bo'ness with a demonstration run 2.9.22 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) departs Bo'ness on Battery Power as it heads to Kinneil with a demonstration run 2.9.22
614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) departs Bo'ness on Battery Power as it heads to Kinneil with a demonstration run 2.9.22 614209 at Kinneil614209 at KinneilArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) is seen to the East of Kinneil Halt running on Hydrogen power enroute to Bo'ness with a demonstration run 2.9.22 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) departs Bo'ness on Battery Power enroute to back to the yard following a demonstration run 2.9.22
614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) departs Bo'ness on Battery Power enroute to back to the yard following a demonstration run 2.9.22 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessArcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) returns to the display shed for storage on Battery Power following a demonstration run 2.9.22 614209 and 303032 at Bo'ness614209 and 303032 at Bo'ness2 veterans of the Strathclyde Electrics area meet as Arcrola Energy's Scottish Hydrogen Train, 614209 (former Scotrail Class 314 PEP unit 314209) passes 303032 enroute back to the display shed following a demonstration run 2.9.22

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314209 614209 arcola energy bi-mode class 314 class 614 hydrogen hydrogen unit multiple unit scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/9/614209-demonstration-run-at-boness-2-9-22 Fri, 02 Sep 2022 22:19:00 GMT
Swift Express Freight's 321334 at Holytown 26.8.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/swift-express-freights-321334-at-holytown-26-8-22 321334 at Holytown321334 at HolytownReturning from only its 2nd visit to Scotland, Swift Express Freight's 321334, which has been converted to carry up to 12 tonnes of parcels, approaches Holytown with 5Z84 Mossend - Doncaster ECS working 26.8.22

Returning from only its 2nd visit to Scotland, Swift Express Freight's 321334, which has been converted to carry up to 12 tonnes of parcels, approaches Holytown with 5Z84 Mossend - Doncaster ECS working 26.8.22

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(Scottish Trains Website) 321334 class 321 doncaster holytown mossend swift express freight https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/swift-express-freights-321334-at-holytown-26-8-22 Fri, 26 Aug 2022 22:41:47 GMT
Visit to Isle of Wight 26.7.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/visit-to-isle-of-wight-26-7-22 484004 at Smallbrook Junction484004 at Smallbrook JunctionSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484004 (134+234) departs Smallbrook Junction with 2U38 14.17 service from Shanklin - Ryde Pier Head 26.7.22 I made my first ever trip to the Isle of Wight on 26th July.  My day started with the 40 minute trip from my hotel at Eastleigh by train into Portsmouth Harbour, where I joined a long queue waiting for the Catamaran across to Ryde.   I got a good spot up on the top deck to view the Harbour and the coastline of Portsmouth and Southsea on the short 20 minute crossing. 

On arrival at Ryde I headed into the Pier Head station where 484004 was waiting to form the 10.45 service to Shanklin.   484004 had just replaced 484002, which had failed on the previous service.   It was a really smooth journey and despite the number of people who got off the ferry, I wouldn't have said it was packed.  

The interior of 484004 was bright, modern looking, spacious and airy.   I travelled to Lake, one stop short of the terminus, where I got off the train.

My reason for getting off one stop short of the terminus was that I was wanting to go and get some photos of 483004 at it's new home at Holliers Park in Arreton.   The bus stop was a 5 minute walk from Lake station out on the main Ryde - Ventnor Road.   From here I caught service 8, which runs half hourly to Amazon World.   The journey took about 20 minutes and once off the bus was a 5 minute walk, turning left at the crossroads and walking about 1/4 mile.   In Holliers Park, there is the House of Chilli, a craft centre and the Bus Stop Cafe, which is located in a converted bus.  

483004 is currently in a fenced off section of former gravel car park, however the owner of the cafe kindly gave me permission to go in and have a look round and take some photos of the exterior.   483004 is looking excellent in its coat of London Transport Red with white roof.   The visible side of the train has been fully painted, however the side that isn't visible is still mostly in the grey primer.   The staff who are working on 483004 are really making an excellent job in restoring 483004, which is destined to become a cafe in the future.   Before I left, I had a nice lunch at the Bus Stop Cafe, which I'd definately recommend and it cost less than £10.

I headed back towards the Island Line on bus service 8, however after mistakingly thinking that the service stopped at Sandown train station, where as it actually stopped on the front, I had a 15 minute walk up to the station, which meant that I'd just missed the train to Smallbrook Junction by 5 minutes and had almost an hours wait on the next one.  Whilst I was waiting, 484003 passed through heading to Shankin on a driver training run and then returned a short time later heading in the direction of Ryde.   As it was roasting by this point, I crossed over and decided to catch 484004 up to Shanklin, then from Shankin down to Smallbrook Junction.

At Smallbrook Junction, I got off and transferred over to the Isle of Wight Steam Railway.  After a 10 minute wait, Hunslet Austerity 0-6-0 ST WD198 'Royal Engineer'  arrived with a trainload of vintage Southern carriages for the journey to Wooton.  

On the outbound journey, the train does not stop at Havenstreet so it is a straight end-to-end journey.   After running round at Wooton, 198 led the train back to Havenstreet for a 10 minute stopover awaiting the passage of the other train on the line led by LMS Ivatt Class 2 41298. 

Unfortunately due to missing the previous Island Line train and 198 being the final train of the day to Smallbrook Junction, I literally had 10 minutes to look round at Havenstreet, which included a very quick sprint up to 'Train Story' for a few shots of 483007.   I just made it back to the platform in time for the train back to Smallbrook Junction. 

By the time I reached there, the half hourly peak service had started, so I caught 484003, which was operating as the extra unit between Shanklin and Ryde Esplanade as far as Ryde St Johns, where I got a couple of photos of 484001 and 484002 stabled in the yard and 484003 on it's return journey to Shanklin.

I then caught 484004 from Ryde St Johns to Ryde Esplanade, where I got the classic shot of 004 heading along the pier.   I then had a wander round the town before photoing the hovercrafts arriving, some buses and the 484003 arriving at Ryde Esplanade, then departing again via the tunnel.   After grabbing a quick bite to eat, I walked along the Pier, catching some photos of 484004 heading to the Pier Head. I then ran up to the Pier Head for the Catamaran back to Portsmouth then back to the hotel.

Photos from my trip can be found at https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p37224282

My History of the Island Line Blog can be found via the following links:

484004 at Ryde Pier Head484004 at Ryde Pier HeadSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484004 (134+234) awaits passengers for 2D21 10.46 service to Shanklin 26.7.22 483004 at Arreton483004 at ArretonFormer Island line 38 stock 483004 (124+224) is seen on display at the House of Chilli at Arreton, having received a repaint into London Underground colours 26.7.22 484003 at Sandown484003 at SandownSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484003 (133+233) pauses at Sandown with 5Z31 Ryde St John's Road to Shanklin driver training working 26.7.22
483007 at Havenstreet483007 at HavenstreetFormer Island line 38 stock 483007 'Jess Harper' (127+227) is seen on display at the 'Train Story Discovery Centre', Havenstreet in its final service condition with pseudo London Underground livery with yellow cab ends and Island Line branding 26.7.22 41298 at Havenstreet41298 at HavenstreetBritish Railways Black liveried LMS Ivatt Class 2 41298 is seen arriving at Havenstreet with the 15.25 service from Smallbrook Junction - Wooton 26.7.22 484002 and 484001 at Ryde St Johns484002 and 484001 at Ryde St JohnsSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484002 (132+232) and 484001 (131+231) are seen stabled outside Ryde St Johns depot awaiting their next duties 26.7.22
484004 at Ryde Pier484004 at Ryde PierSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484004 (134+234)is seen having departed Ryde Esplanade and heading along the pier with 2U46 Shanklin - Ryde Pier Head service 26.7.22 484003 at Ryde Esplanade484003 at Ryde EsplanadeHeading down the steep gradient into Ryde Tunnel, South Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484003 (133+233) departs Ryde Esplanade with 2D47 17.14 Ryde Esplanade - Shanklin service 26.7.22 484004 on Ryde Pier484004 on Ryde PierHeading along Ryde Pier, South Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484004 (134+234) heads to Pier Head with 2U50 17.15 Shanklin - Ryde Pier Head service 26.7.22

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 483004 483007 484001 484002 484003 484004 484005 Arreton Brading Class 483 Class 484 Havenstreet Holliers Park Island Line Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Steam Railway Lake Ryde Ryde Esplanade Ryde Pier Head Ryde St Johns Sandown Shanklin Smallbrook Junction Train Story Wooton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/visit-to-isle-of-wight-26-7-22 Fri, 19 Aug 2022 23:39:05 GMT
Island Line: A History, Part 2: Class 483s and 484, 1990 - to date https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/island-line-a-history-part-2-class-483s-and-484-1990---2022 Replacement of Standard Stock

484004 at Arreton484004 at ArretonFormer Island line 38 stock 483004 (124+224) is seen on display at the House of Chilli at Arreton, having received a repaint into London Underground colours 26.7.22 British Rail originally started looking at replacing the Standard stock with the 1938 on the Isle of Wight back in the late 1970s, however they initially rejected the idea of using the 38 stock as the under floor mounted equipment would be vulnerable to waves, flooding and the salt air on Ryde Pier.  However by 1988 when it became clear that the Standard stock would no longer be economically viable after 1990 and the offer was there to buy 38 stock, BR took up the offer.   Initially they decided to buy 44 cars to allow trains to be made up of 4 cars consisting of a motor, two trailers and another motor. However, as Ryde St Johns depot was only capable of holding 2 cars in their maintenance sheds per road at a time and with storage space at a premium and BR being reluctant to spend money on expanding the depot facilities, it was decided to go with 2 car trains featuring two motor cars (A at the Ryde end and D at the Shanklin end).  Electrical and braking equipment carried on the trailers being relocated to the motors.

Initially BR had planned a minimal refurbishment as they'd planned on the 38 stock being a stopgap that would be withdrawn and replaced in 1995 with 59/62 stock, which was due to be replaced on London Underground at that time, however BR carried out a far more extensive overhaul than expected and this meant a far longer service life was achieved in the end.   

Initially 8x2 car trains were to be created and refurbishments and overhauls began in 1988 at Eastleigh and involved the conversion from London Underground's 4 rail operation to 3 rail, the fitting of flourescent lighting, allowing for Conductor / guard operation of the doors,  fitting of passenger door controls, fitting of a PA system, reupholstering of seating and improvements to the interior decoration.   On the exterior, Network South East livery would be applied.

Delivery and Unveiling

The units were classified as the class 483s on TOPS and the first test run of one of the 2 car units was on 30th June 1989, between Eastleigh and Winchester.   On 4th June 483001 was loaded in 2 parts onto low loaders at Fratton and taken to Gunship Wharf in Portsmouth for transfer onto the car ferry.   001 was then taken by road to the yard at Sandown where both halves were unloaded and coupled together and on 6th July 1989, 001 was hauled to Ryde St Johns depot by a train of standard stock and later that evening made its first test run on the island.

On 13th July, 483001 was unveiled to the public on the shuttle platform at Ryde Pier Head, where a short ceremony took place before the train headed off to Brading with invited guests on board with a stop off at the site of the future Smallbrook Junction station to unveil a sign hearalding the future extension of the IOW Steam railway to Smallbrook Junction.   001 spent the remainder of the week working on the Pier shuttle and over the following weeks spent time on testing and driver training over the full line before being passed for passenger service.   

It would be September before the next arrivals took place with 002 arriving on 26th September and 003 on the 27th.   On 1st October 001 and 002 ran as a pair for test purposes with 001, 002 and 003 in that order running as a 6 car to see if it was possible to do so.   6 car running very rarely happened though with the exception of rescuing a failed train.   002 and 003 both entered service on 7th October 1989, joining 001 and the remaining standard cars in service.   

The next class 483 to arrive on the island was 483007 on 12th March 1990.   007 was closely followed by 004 on 14th March and 005 on the 15th March.   With the arrival of the class 483s, work was also going on to improve the depot facilities at Ryde St Johns with a raised pit road on one track and a full length pit on the other installed / improved and a carriage cleaning platform added in the depot yard.   The new facilities were formally opened on 20th March 1990 by the Chairman of the British Rail Board, Sir Robert Reid.

During May 1990, the line was closed for 3 days to allow it to be reballasted and realigned slightly by use of a track machine to try and improve the ride qualities of the 483's which had been fine on the mainland but was decidedly bouncy on the island! 483004 debuted in service on 1st May 1990, with 005 and 007 debuting on 11th and 18th May 1990 respectively.   006 and 008 were delivered on 20th and 21st June, debuting in service on 29th June (008) and 13th July (006).   Faults on cars 123 and 224 on sets 003 and 004 resulted in a hybrid unit 003 being formed from vehicles 223 and 124 from June 1990 - October 1991, when both units reverted to their correct formations.  

On 20th July 1991, Smallbrook Junction became part of the Island Line when the extension of the steam railway opened to Smallbrook. The wooden halt acting as an interchange station is only open when the steam trains are running.   1991 also saw the end of regular running of the Pier Shuttle, with this being limited to only running ad hoc as and when required (and staff were available) in the following years.

Additional unit

It was decided to introduce an additional set for service from the original 8 planned, so 483009 was refurbished and sent over to IOW arriving on 9th April 1992 and entering service on 18th June 1992.   As well as 009, an additional unit nominally numbered 483010 was sent across on 8th April 1992, however it had been stripped to a shell and was painted entirely in dark blue. Both cars were to be kept in case the body shells were required in the event of an accident to be refurbished to replace damaged vehicles.   In 1993, the service was mostly cut to 2 trains per hour, however with the earlier singling of the track from Brading to Sandown, this caused the rather unpopular 20/40 minute split timetable.  The full 20 minute timetable was restored at really busy times, with 1 train an hour throughout the winter.

Hybrids and Withdrawals

Heavy rain caused the flooding of Ryde St John's depot in early January 1994, meaning a temporary formation being made up from vehicles 129 (from 009) and 224 (from 004), this hybrid ran until 8th February 1994.   On 10th February 1994, 483005 collided with the buffer stops at Ryde Pier Head, causing damage to the cab on vehicle 125.   483003 was out of service with defects, so the decision was taken to reform 003 with 123 from 003 and 225 from 005, with 125 and 223 becoming set 005 and being withdrawn, the first set to leave service.

Little over a year later in May 1995, 001 and 003 were reformed, with 121 and 225 becoming 001 and 123+221 became 483003 and was withdrawn from service.   The number of servicable trains was reduced to 6 in 1996 with a further withdrawal and the final permanent reformation of a class 483 unit.   483001 was reformed with 121 and 222 (from 483002) and 483002 was reformed with 122 and 225 (from 001) with 001 being withdrawn from service.   It was decided that 6 units would be enough to provide a service and have spares going forward.

In 1997 the Pier shuttle made a semi permanent return during the season, but only as and when there was enough staff / stock to cover it. The pier shuttle would continue to run on and off but on very rare occasions until the early 00s when the shuttle track was mothballed.   In the early hours of March 1st 1998, the bodies of withdrawn cars 121, 125, 222 and 223 as well as the body shells from the nominally numbered but not used 483010 were lifted from the tracks and dumped in the car park at Ryde St John's depot awaiting scrapping 121, 125, 222 and 223 were scrapped on 24th April 2000, 483010 was scrapped by June 2005 .   Vehicles 123 and 221 survived on track as a store for spare parts and as a possible spare unit if required but was scrapped in the mid - late 00s.

An interesting move occured at Christmas 1999 with a trio of class 483s working to Ryde Pier Head to get them away from Ryde St John's depot, which was flooded following heavy rain.

Dinsoaur Livery arrives

During 2000, a new livery was forthcoming for the veteran class 483 fleet in the form of the rather bright but eyecatching Dinosaur livery! 483006 was first to receive the livery, being unveiled to the public and the press on 21st March 2000.   004 and 009 were repainted into Dinosaur livery around the same time with 008 and 002 following suit in the following months.   The five units were named:  'Raptor' (002), T-Rex (004), Terry (006), Iggy (008) and Bronty (009).   The repaint was part of a £1 million electrical and mechanical overhaul of the units.  The sixth unit (007), was the final unit to remain in NSE livery, being withdrawn for repaint on 12th May 2000.

Severe Floods and Major Repairs 

007 had been repainted in London Transport livery and was nearing completion of it's electrical and mechanical overhaul when disaster struck. A severe flood on 9th/10th October flooded the depot and caused various degrees of damage to 002, 004, 006 and 007, with 007 receiving the worst damage of them all, indeed it was thought that the damage was so severe that the unit would have had to have been scrapped.   008 and 009 escaped damage and following track repairs to replace washed away ballast around Smallbrook Junction, were able to keep the service going. 004 received the least amount of damage and was able to return to service on 13th October.   006 returned to service on 13th December and 002 on 20th June 2001, both units requiring complete motor replacements.

007 took alot longer with many of its underfloor electrical components at the Ryde end having to be completely replaced. This was delayed by a major overhaul to 006 being required and the parts being diverted to it.   A second serious flood caused more damage then when 007 was moved out into the yard to allow others into the shed for maintenance, it was attacked by Graffitti 'artists'.   By the end of 2002, the damaged components were refitted to 007, the unit was repainted and finished off in authentic London Transport style branding and numerals, with 007's original LT numbers being displayed on the bodysides.   Following a relaunch back into service on 24th March 2003, 007 resumed normal passenger duties on 27th March 2003.   A second unit, 483009 was repainted into LT livery but minus the LT branding in October 2003, to allow a matching set to run when in 4 car formation.

New Franchise - Retro livery

483007 at Havenstreet483007 at HavenstreetFormer Island line 38 stock 483007 'Jess Harper' (127+227) is seen on display at the 'Train Story Discovery Centre', Havenstreet in its final service condition with pseudo London Underground livery with yellow cab ends and Island Line branding 26.7.22 483002 was stored out of use in the yard at Ryde St Johns from sometime in 2004.  In 2007, came a new franchise owner in the form of Stagecoach, who decided to repaint the entire fleet in the heritage London Transport red livery.   The final by this time rather tired looking Dinosaur liveried train, 483006 being repainted in Winter 2008 / 09.   Even the withdrawn 483002 was treated to the new livery!

Final years of the class 483

In 2016, 483009 was withdrawn from passenger service, being demoted to use as the Ryde depot shunter, with 007 being withdrawn for a 2 1/2 year long overhaul in 2017.  This would leave 004, 006 and 008 to operate the service.   By this time, services were no longer being operated in 4 car formation.   The fleet was further reduced when 004 was withdrawn in 2019 and was used to provide spare parts to keep 006 and 008 going.

On 13th September 2019, South Western Railway announced that due to a 'safety issue'  that only one unit was able to run, meaning that it was only possible to run an hourly service.   The hourly service remained for 5 weeks, when a 2 car service was able to resume.  3 days into the hourly service commencing, South Western Railway announced that five ex District Line 'D' Stock trains in 2 car formation (the class 484s) would be replacing the class 483s.   Meanwhile issues with the class 483s continued into November with several days of disruption and reduced timetables.

The last year

484004 at Arreton484004 at ArretonFormer Island line 38 stock 483004 (124+224) is seen on display at the House of Chilli at Arreton, having received a repaint into London Underground colours 26.7.22 It was announced that the final day of operation for the Class 483s would be Sunday 3rd January 2021 as the line needed to close to allow for upgrade works prior to the class 484s entering service.   For most of the final year of the class 483s, Covid 19 led to an hourly service with only one train being used, equaling the burden between sets 006 and 008 for the majority of the year, however for a spell in November 2020 there were no trains available for service at all.   483008 was withdrawn from service on 4th December 2020 and it was expected that 006 would soldier on for the last month alone, however 483007's protracted overhaul was completed in mid December allowing the burden to be shared.   On 10th November, the first class 484, 484001 arrived on the island and having been offloaded at Sandown, was driven slowly under it's own power to Ryde St Johns Depot.   484001 was seen out on occasional test runs during December.

On 3rd January 2021, the final day of service for the class 483s, 007 started the day with the hourly service and was replaced at lunchtime by 006, which finished the day and brought down the curtain on 31 years of service for the class 483.   The final 6 units are all still in existance in various states of repair: 483002 is currently stored in the yard of Railway Support Services in Wishaw (England), 483004 is currently being converted to an on site cafe at Holliers Park, Arreton on the Isle of Wight, 483006 and 483008 are currently preserved by the London Transport Traction Group at the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway in Wales and will hopefully both be runners again one day, 483007 is currently on display at the 'Train Story' shed on the Isle of Wight Railway and it is hoped to be a runner again in the future.   483009 is in 2 locations with 129 having been restored by a private buyer at the East Somerset Railway and 229 remaining stored in the yard of Reid Freight in Longton.

Line upgrade and introduction of the class 484

484003 at Ryde St Johns484003 at Ryde St JohnsSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484003 (133+233) pauses at Ryde St Johns with 2D43 Ryde Esplanade - Shalkin service 26.7.22 After 483006 returned to depot for the last time and the power was switched off, work quickly commenced on the upgrade of the line with the platforms at all stations needing to be raised in line with the increased line of the 'new' former sub surface stock which were taller than the former deep tube stock that they replaced.   Track replacement at some parts of the line was also needed as was work to reinstate the disused 2nd platform at Brading with a passing loop being built.   The work was met with delays and with late delivery of the trains and software issues with the trains, the line did not reopen until 1st November 2021, some 8 months after it was due to reopen.  484001-484004 were available for service from reopening with 484005 not being delivered until February 2022 and still not having been handed over to South Western Railway.   Trains currently run hourly from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin, with a second unit entering sevice in the morning and afternoon peaks and operating between Ryde Esplanade and Shankin.

Class 483 Fleet List

Fleet Number Original LT Numbers Original IOW Formation Vehicle Swaps (permanent) Final IOW formation Final / Current Livery Name Withdrawn Status Notes Photo
483001 10184+11184 121+221

225 from 003 and 221 to 003 May 1995

222 from 002 and 225 to 002 June 1996

121+222 NSE N/A 1996 Scrapped Scrapped 2000 Photo from Wikimedia Commons:
483002 10221+11221 122+222 222 to 001 and 225 from 001 June 1996 122+225 LT Red with Yellow Cab ends Raptor 2004 In Storage Currently stored at Railway Support Services in Wishaw (England) Photo from Wikimedia Commons:
483003 10116+11116 123+223

225 from 005 and 223 to 005 Feb 1994

221 from 001 and 225 to 001 May 1995

123+221 NSE N/A 1995 Scrapped Scrapped mid 00s  
483004 10205+11205 124+224 N/A 124+224 LT Red T-Rex (Removed) 2019 On Display being converted to an on site cafe at Holliers Park, Arreton on the Isle of Wight 484004 at Arreton484004 at ArretonFormer Island line 38 stock 483004 (124+224) is seen on display at the House of Chilli at Arreton, having received a repaint into London Underground colours 26.7.22
483005 10142+11142 125+225 225 to 003 and 223 from 003 Feb 1994 125+223 NSE N/A 1994 Scrapped Scrapped 2000  
483006 10297+11297 126+226 N/A 126+226 LT Red Raptor (Removed) 2021 Preserved preserved by the London Transport Traction Group at the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway Photo from Wikimedia Commons:
483007 10291+11291 127+227 N/A 127+227 LT Red with Yellow cab ends and Island Line branding Jess Harper 2021 Preserved on display at the 'Train Story' shed on the Isle of Wight Railway 483007 at Havenstreet483007 at HavenstreetFormer Island line 38 stock 483007 'Jess Harper' (127+227) is seen on display at the 'Train Story Discovery Centre', Havenstreet in its final service condition with pseudo London Underground livery with yellow cab ends and Island Line branding 26.7.22
483008 10255+11255 128+228 N/A 128+228 LT Red with Yellow cab ends Bronti (Removed) 2020 Preserved preserved by the London Transport Traction Group at the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway Photo from Wikimedia Commons:
483009 10229+11229 129+229 N/A 129+229 LT Red / LT Red with yellow cab end Iggy (Removed) 2016 Preserved / In Storage in 2 locations 129 restored by a private buyer at the East Somerset Railway and 229 stored in the yard of Reid Freight in Longton Photo from Wikimedia Commons:
483010 10139+11172 130+230 N/A 130+230 All over Blue N/A N/A Scrapped Scrapped 2005  

 

Class 484 Fleet List

Fleet Number Original LT Numbers Current Numbers Livery Status Photo
484001 7086+7011 131+231 South Western Railway In Service 484002 and 484001 at Ryde St Johns484002 and 484001 at Ryde St JohnsSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484002 (132+232) and 484001 (131+231) are seen stabled outside Ryde St Johns depot awaiting their next duties 26.7.22
484002 7068+7002 132+232 South Western Railway In Service 484002 at Ryde St Johns484002 at Ryde St JohnsSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484002 (132+232) is seen stabled outside Ryde St Johns depot awaiting their next duties 26.7.22
484003 7051+7083 133+233 South Western Railway In Service 484003 at Shanklin484003 at ShanklinSouth Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484003 (133+233) departs Ryde Esplanade with 2D47 17.14 Ryde Esplanade - Shanklin service 26.7.22
484004 7074+7111 134+234 South Western Railway In Service 484004 on Ryde Pier484004 on Ryde PierHeading along Ryde Pier, South Western Railways liveried Island Line class 484: 484004 (134+234) heads to Pier Head with 2U50 17.15 Shanklin - Ryde Pier Head service 26.7.22
484005 7124+7093 135+235 South Western Railway Undergoing Testing  

Photos from Wikimedia commons:

  • 001: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:483_001_at_St_John%27s_Road,_1989_-_geograph.org.uk_-_790855.jpg
  • 002: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:483002_483007_Ryde_Electric_Depot.JPG
  • 006: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Island_Line_train_-_geograph.org.uk_-_836245.jpg
  • 008: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:483008_Shanklin.jpg
  • 009: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:484001_and_483009_at_Ryde_Traincare.jpg
  • Remainder are my own photgraphs, more of which can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p37224282
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(Scottish Trains Website) Class 483 Class 484 Class 485 Class 486 Island Line Isle of Wight https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/island-line-a-history-part-2-class-483s-and-484-1990---2022 Fri, 19 Aug 2022 00:09:10 GMT
Island Line: Isle of Wight A History Part 1 - Standard Stock 1967 - 1991 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/island-line-isle-of-wight-26-7-22  Having visited the Isle of Wight on 26th July, I decided I would write a blog post about my visit, however I wanted to explain a bit of the history of the Island Line first before I write about my visit. The history will be over 2 posts, with this post being mainly about the Standard tube stock and the line from 1967 onwards till 1990/91 and the second part will be about the 1938 stock and the current ex District Line stock, with my trip report being in a third post.  

Please note: the photo on this page is from Wikimedia Commons and is of a 3 Tis + 4 Vec (class 486+485) 7 car formation working on the Pier Head - Esplanade Shuttle in 1984. The original photo can be found at: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:BR_Class_485_train_on_Ryde_Pier_IoW.jpg

Introduction

The Isle of Wight Railway history stretches back as far as 1862 with the building of a line from Cowes to Newport.   Ryde St Johns Road - Shanklin followed in 1864 with a later extension from Shanklin - Ventnor following in 1866.    Smallbrook Junction - Newport in 1875 and Ryde St Johns Road - Ryde Pier Head in 1880 also followed.   Other branches from Merstone - Ventnor West, Freshwater - Newport, Sandown - Newport and Brading - Bembridge ensured that by 1900, the Isle of Wight was served by 55 1/2 miles of railways.

By 1956 low patronage of many of the branch lines, particularly off season led to closure of the lines from Cowes to Newport, Merstone - Ventnor West, Sandown - Newport, Freshwater - Newport and Brading - Bembridge leaving only the Ryde Pier Head - Ventnor and Newport lines open.   Into the 1960s and the Beeching Report recommended the full closure of the remaining lines on the island other than the short but busy stretch between Ryde Pier Head and Ryde St John's Road.  A local hard fought campaign for the retention of the Ryde - Ventnor line eventually managed to save the 8 1/2 mile line from Ryde - Shanklin, with the closure of the Shanklin - Ventnor stretch and the Smallbrook Junction - Newport branch of the line in 1966.

Rationalisation and Introduction of the Standard Stock

With the line saved, British Railways announced a modernisation and track rationalisation programme for the 8 1/2 mile stretch of line so next came the challenge of replacing the elderly Adams Class 02 steam locos (with an average age of 74) and wooden bodied, non corridor, 4 wheeled Southern Railways rolling stock with their unique loading gauge.   The rolling stock was narrower and shorter that of the trains on the mainland, to allow them to pass under the bridges on the line and the Ryde Tunnel.   The option chosen was to approach London Underground to buy some of their recently withdrawn tube stock.    It was the right profile for the tunnel and the bridges so would be a suitable option!   By chance, London Underground was withdrawing some of it's pre 1938 stock (built between 1923 and 1934) so by 1965 and with the approval of BR to begin a programme of electrification of the Ryde to Shanklin stretch, 46 pre 1938 stock vehicles were purchased.  

This was soon reduced to 43 cars to save money, with 19 Driving Motors (numbered S1S-S11S, S13S, S15S, S17S, S19S-S23S and S25S), 6 control trailers (numbered S26S, S28S, S30S, S32S, S34S, S36S), 4 ex control trailers (Numbered S27S, S29S, S31S, S33S) and 14 trailers (numbered S41S-S49S and S92S-S96S) purchased.   Initially they were marshalled into 6x 4 cars ('4 VEC' or class 485 numbered 041-046) and 6x3 cars ('3TIS' Class 486 031-036) with one spare motor (S10S).   The formation was as follows: 4 car: Motor - Trailer - Trailer - Motor 3 car: Control Trailer - Trailer - Motor.   The initial plan was for 2 x 4 car sets to be used for winter traffic and as many as 6 x 7 car (4&3 car combined) on Summer Saturdays.   Each set had an 'A' motor (or control trailer) at the Ryde Pier Head end and a 'D' motor at the Shanklin end as A and D motors had different equipment underneath them, it was not possible to have 2 A or D cars as the Driving Motors in the one set.

4 Vec and 3 Tis original formations
3TIS Control Trailer (A) Trailer Driving Motor(D)  
031 26 47 1  
032 28 92 3  
033 30 93 5  
034 32 94 7  
035 34 95 9  
036 36 96 11  
4VEC Driving Motor(A) Trailer Trailer Driving Motor(D)
041 20 27 41 13
042 22 29 42 15
043 2 31 43 19
044 4 33 44 21
045 6 48 45 23
046 8 49 46 25
Spare 10      

The steam era on the Isle of Wight ended on 31st December 1966 as work to complete the electrification and cut the four platform tracks at the Pier head down to two continued whilst platforms at the other stations were lowered to allow the pre 38 standard stock to use them.   11 weeks after the steam era finished, the electric era began on Monday 20th March 1967 with trains operated by 4 VEC 041 and 3 TIS 031 (with the spare Motor car S10S attached to make it up to 4 cars).   The Sandown school special was operated by a 7 car set made up of 032 and 044.

Early years of the Tube stock services

By Autumn 1967, a shunting accident caused damage to Motor Car S15S which led to the car being scrapped in 1969 and a replacement was sought in the form of another car that had been withdrawn by London Underground.   It was repainted at Stewarts Lane and transferred by ferry over to the Isle of Wight, arriving during 1971.   In 1969, the Pier tramway, which ran on a seperate pier alongside the line closed and was replaced by a 7 car set shuttling between the Pier Head and Esplanade stations before running ECS to Ryde St Johns.   As a 7 car train was required for the shuttle, the timetable was reduced south of the Esplanade to 4 trains per hour, which meant that the up platform at Shanklin was rarely used in service and by 1971 the platform buildings were demolished and the subway between platforms was filled in.  

By 1973 the scissors crossing for access to Pier Head Station was worn out and in need of replacement also the Pier Head Signal Box which was its self in need of replacement.   Rather than replace it with a new crossover, plain track was fitted to both tracks and a trailing crossover south of Esplanade station on the ramp to the tunnel was installed, rendering the Pier Head signal box redundant at the same time and allowing its closure and demolition.   This led to the southbound track becoming a dedicated bi directional shuttle track for the pier shuttle and removed dead mileage of having to go to St Johns to reverse.   The main service used the former northbound track, which also became bi directional as the same time.  

Also during 1973, the number of trains available for use decreased following a shunting accident between 4Vec 045 and 3Tis 035, which resulted in the withdrawal and scrapping of 3 vehicles (Driving Motor S23S and Trailers S45S and S48S from 045) and the reformation of the remaining four vehicles into a new formation of 4Vec 045.   The fleet was further reduced during 1975 when S25S, the Shanklin end driving Motor from 4VEC 046 was severely damaged and with no spare motor vehicle suitable for working on the Shanklin end available, 046 was disbanded with the remaining vehicles being kept as spares.

By 1979, the service had reduced to 3 trains per hour during the summer and this allowed for further rationalisation at Shanklin with the removal of the headshunt (remains of the former line to Ventnor) beyond the station and the track in the up platform. This also meant that only 1 train could be south of Sandown at a time.

Rundown and Replacement

The pool of available vehicles was further reduced with the disbanding of set 033 in 1982.   033's driving motor replaced that of set 043 with vehicle S30, 033's control trailer being removed from the track at St Johns for use as a store, while S19 from 043 was moved to Sandown to the PW yard there also as a stores vehicle.

Attention started to turn to the replacement of the Standard Stock, with consideration being given to the transfer and use of the Merseyrail class 503s, which were about to be withdrawn and replaced by class 508s and the other option of 1938 stock from London Underground, which was about to be partially withdrawn from the Underground also being considered and initially rejected due to the electrical equipment being located under the floor and this was considered a risk especially with the line travelling along the pier.   Some 7 years later, the 1938 stock would come to the Island Line and would replace the Standard stock. 

With the replacement of the Standard stock having been rejected, the remaining fleet were treated to an £80,000 interior and exterior refresh, with an interior repaint, new lino and new moquette fitted in the interior and BR Blue / Grey livery painted on the exterior.     A further four vehicles were withdrawn in 1985 (Driving motors S13 and S21, Control Trailer S36 and Trailer 96)  leaving 29 vehicles for service, these being reformed into 5 x 5 car units (5 Vec) and 2 x 2 car units (2 TIS) and from January 1987, the remaining vehicles began to be repainted into Network South East livery.      Also in 1987, the first new station on the line in many decades was opened in the form of the single platformed station at Lake, between Sandown and Shankin, which opened on 11th May 1987.   Lake station could only handle a maximum of 5 coach lengths of standard stock, which effectively put an end to the use of 7 car trains.

In August 1988, it was confirmed that 'new' trains were on the way to the Island in the form of then 48 year old 1940 built '38 stock from London Underground, with 8 x 2 carriage trains expected to be delivered and at that point were expected to be in service by May 1989. Network South East were reportedly spending £900,000 on a full refurbishment of the 'new' trains.

Over the weekend of 29th-30th October 1988, the track between Brading and Sandown was reduced to single track, this had the added effect of making the signal boxes at Brading and Sandown redundant, with all signalling concentrated on the one remaining box at Ryde St Johns.  Brading signal box became a small museum in later years whilst Sandown box was demolished a year later in 1989.

The singling of the track from Brading (which was reduced to one platform, with the former island platform on the down side becoming redunant) through to just outside of Sandown station was fine for the then 20 minute service in operation using 3 trains, however when the service was further reduced to 2 trains per hour, the timetable became a lop sided affair with a 20/40 minute split.

The first class 483, 483001 was delivered during 1989 and made its offical debut on 15th July 1989 taking invited guests from the Pier Head to Sandown with a stop off at Smallbrook Junction to reveal a sign announcing the extension of the Isle of Wight Steam Railway from Havenstreet through to Smallbrook Junction, where a new halt would be built linking the 2 lines. 483001 would spend time during the summer working on the Esplanade - Pier Head shuttle.  Over the course of 1989, the remaining Standard stock reverted to 4 car formations, eventually being reduced to 17 vehicles.   By August 1990, there were sufficient class 483s in service for the Standard stock to be reduced to 7 vehicles in service, a 4 car set made up of 2, 26, 49 and 7 and a 3 car set made up of 28, 31 and 5.   However by the following month only the 3 car set remained available for service, mainly for de-icing purposes, but also occasionally in service, with the last official recorded passenger service use being on 12th January 1991, with the final de-icing run taking place on 17th January 1991, though unofficially, the train carried passengers from the Esplanade to Pier Head to connect with a catamaran service to Portsmouth.

Most of the cars once withdrawn, were scrapped either on the island or the mainland, however 5 of them were returned to London Transport as part of a Vintage Train project with Motor cars S2S and S7S and Trailers S49S, S27S and S44S chosen.  S27S and S44S were repainted into London Transport colours at Ryde St Johns however, the project never really took off and some of the cars remain stored or have been scrapped.

Island Line Standard Stock Fleet List

Number Type LT Number In Service (IOW) Withdrawn Disposal
1 'D' Driving Motor 3703 20.3.67 6.6.90 Scrapped 7.1.93
2 'A' Driving Motor 3706 20.3.67 7.9.90 LT Heritage Train Project
3 'D' Driving Motor 3251 20.3.67 1989 Scrapped 4.10.90
4 'A' Driving Motor 3702 20.3.67 28.9.89 Scrapped 4.10.90
5 'D' Driving Motor 3185 20.5.67 13.5.91 Scrapped 23.4.94
6 'A' Driving Motor 3084 15.5.67 1.2.90 Scrapped 1991
7 'D' Driving Motor 3209 26.4.67 7.9.90 LT Heritage Train Project
8 'A' Driving Motor 3074 20.3.67 6.6.90 Scrapped 8.1.93
9 'D' Driving Motor 3223 26.4.67 3.10.89 Scrapped 1991
10 'A' Driving Motor 3696 20.3.67 6.6.90 Scrapped 5.1.93
11 'D' Driving Motor 3705 22.3.67 18.1.90 Scarpped 15.1.93
13 'D' Driving Motor 3141 1967 03.85 Scrapped 1987
15 (i) 'D' Driving Motor 3253 20.3.67 7.10.67 Scrapped 10.5.69
15 (ii) 'D' Driving Motor 3273 1971 11.4.88 Scrapped 8.5.89
19 'D' Driving Motor 3045 20.5.67 12.82 Scrapped 21.4.89
20 'A' Driving Motor 3308 1967 11.4.88 Scrapped 8.5.89
21 'D' Driving Motor 3041 20.3.67 3.85 Scrapped 6.87
22 'A' Driving Motor 3010 20.3.67 14.11.86 Scrapped 16.5.89
23 'D' Driving Motor 3315 15.5.67 10.9.73 Scrapped 4.5.74
25 'D' Driving Motor 3313 22.3.67 8.9.75 Scrapped 10.82
26 'A' Control Trailer 5294 20.3.67 7.9.90 Scrapped 18.4.94
27 Ex Control Trailer 5279 1967 18.1.90 LT Heritage Train Project
28 'A' Control Trailer 5304 20.3.67 13.5.91 Scrapped 14.4.94
29 Ex Control Trailer 5293 20.3.67 25.9.89 Scrapped 16.10.90
30 'A' Control Trailer 5312 20.5.67 12.82 Scrapped 7.87
31 Ex Control Trailer 5283 20.5.67 13.5.91 Scrapped 16.4.94
32 'A' Control Trailer 5290 26.4.67 4.9.89 Scrapped 15.10.90
33 Ex Control Trailer 5291 22.3.67 20.9.89 Scrapped 13.10.90
34 'A' Control Trailer 5302 26.4.67 6.6.90 Scrapped 20.10.90
36 'A' Control Trailer 5350 22.3.67 3.85 Scrapped 6.87
41 Trailer 7286 1967 12.9.86 Scrapped 8.5.89
42 Trailer 7280 20.3.67 27.11.86 Scrapped 16.5.89
43 Trailer 7275 20.5.67 30.9.88 Scrapped 25.10.90
44 Trailer 7281 20.3.67 3.2.90 LT Heritage Train Project
45 Trailer 7293 15.5.67 10.9.73 Scrapped 4.5.74
46 Trailer 7283 22.3.67 7.9.90 Scrapped 16.5.89
47 Trailer 7279 20.3.67 11.87 Scrapped 25.10.90
48 Trailer 7298 15.5.67 10.9.73 Scrapped 5.4.74
49 Trailer 7296 22.3.67 7.9.90 LT Heritage Train Project
92 Trailer 7285 20.3.67 4.10.88 Scrapped 14.10.90
93 Trailer 7282 20.5.67 18.1.90 Scrapped 20.10.90
94 Trailer 7287 26.4.67 3.10.89 Scrapped 17.10.90
95 Trailer 7292 26.4.67 5.3.90 Scrapped 23.10.90
96 Trailer 7290 22.3.67 3.85 Scrapped 6.87

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) Class 483 Class 485 Class 486 Island Line Isle of Wight London Transport London Underground Ryde Rail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/island-line-isle-of-wight-26-7-22 Mon, 15 Aug 2022 21:42:42 GMT
Volks Electric Railway 25.7.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/volks-electric-railway-25-7-22 I visited the Volks Electric Railway for the very first time on Monday 25th July. This short 1 mile line has many years of interesting history and is the oldest remaining electric railway in the world.

I will describe my visit later in the blog but first some of the history of the line:

The Founder

Magnus Volk, the son of a German Clockmaker was born in Brighton on 19th October 1851, he was known as an inventor and pioneer in the Brighton area with some of his projects including inventing a fire alarm system, having the first electrically lit house in Brighton, an early attempt at telecommunications with a neighbouring house and being a contract to electrically light Brighton's Royal Pavilion.

Demonstration Line

His successful experimentations with electricity led to his next, most successful and enduring project: the Volk's Electric Railway!  After gaining permission from Brighton Corporation for a 1/4 mile long 2 foot gauge line running from the Palace Pier to the Chain Pier, work quickly progressed and before long, the line was ready! The line was powered by a 2 horse power gas engine, which drove a Siemens D5 50 volt DC Generator.   The original car, built by William Pollard in 1883, seated 10 passengers and resembled a coal wagon with drivers platforms, awning over the passenger area as well as curtains for the side. The 1 1/2 horse power motor allowed for a top speed of 6 mph.   Magnus Volk unveiled this creation to a very interested public at 12 noon on 6th August 1883.

Early years

With the initial line being a success, Volk applied for permission to extend the line Westwards to the town boundary, unfortunately permission wasn't granted, however he did get permission to extend the line eastwards to the Banjo Groyne and rented out the 'Arch' at Paston Place, which was to become the VER Headquarters (remains so to this day) and the line's workshops. A line was built across the promenade to reach the Arch Workshops, which also housed the line's new upgraded power generator.

Over winter 1883/84 the line was relayed to the wider gauge of 2 ft 8 1/2 inches and the new stretch required some structures to be built in the form of timber trestles to bridge the gaps in the shingle and the section at the Chain Pier made on a gradient to allow the line to pass underneath the pier  Initally the track was of the 2 rail variety with one rail being the live feed and the other was the return, however this proved unreliable especially in stormy conditions and the system was switched to run off the third rail in 1886.  A 2 platform station was opened at the Banjo Groyne with a halt opening halfway along the line, where a passing loop was also built.   Palace Pier station was also a 2 platform station.   The line now had a total length of 1400 yards.

The original Pollard built car was unable to be converted to the new wider gauge so it was scrapped and replaced by two new cars (numbered 1 & 2). The new cars had a central passenger saloon with seating for 18 passengers on long bench seats with 12 passengers able to be seated outside on the open platforms. Similar to most trams of the time, the passenger saloon was accessed from the centre of the open platforms, which also featured the driver's controls.   

The new extended line opened on 4th April 1884 and only Car 1 was in use at this time as Car 2 did not arrive till Summer 1885. With the installation of the 3rd rail in 1886, the line was also raised and placed onto a wooden viaduct.   With the arrival of Car 2, the service level was increased to a car every 5 minutes.   The line grew in popularity with it more cars with bigger capacity were required so in 1892, Cars 3 and 4 were built by the VER and initially entered service as open sided cars seating 40 people, however it was soon realised that the cars were unsuitable for winter operation as their canvas blinds were of no real use against the harsh winter weather and they were converted to semi-open trams that winter, with a further refurbishment in 1901 bringing them to the same shape / style that they are in today.   A further car was built in 1896, car 5, which was built by the VER to a similar style as that of car 2, seating 30 passengers but with one difference, the window panes were detatchable, making suitable as a summer and a winter car where required.

The Daddy Long Legs

Magnus Volks wanted to extend the line eastwards towards Rottingdean, however a steep climb to the cliff top or the possibility of building a viaduct over unstable ground ruled this out, so ever being the inventor, he came up with an ingenious invention, 'The Daddy Long Legs'.   The Daddy Long Legs was basically a cross between a tram and a boat with large legs reaching the seabed where rails were installed!    There was an overhead wire installed with trolley pole giving the tram element.   The rails were laid from Paston Place to Rottingdean through the water but reasonably close to the shore.  Opening in 1896, the Daddy Long Legs proved popular, however the experiment almost ended in disaster as a massive storm shortly after opening caused serious damage including the vehicle ending up on its side.   Volks percivered and repairs were completed, allowing the line to reopen in 1897. 

Things wouldn't run smoothly for long as damage to the trackbed closed the line for 2 months in 1900, followed by the new that the line would have to be diverted deeper into the sea to make room for new sea defences between Paston Place and Black Rock essentially ended this unique railway, however the end of the Daddy Long Legs had good effects on the future of the Volks Electric Railway .....

Extension

Following the demise of the Daddy Long Legs, the Volks Electric Railway was extended further eastwards to Black Rock in 1901, thus allowing the creation of an enduring feature of the line, 'The Tunnel'.  The Tunnel was a part of the original car sheds but converted to a through track so you were actually passing through the sheds!   Heading eastward from the sheds at Paston Place, the line headed onto a steel viaduct at the Banjo Groyne then along wooden viaducts along the beach to a new 2 platform terminus at Black Rock.   Volk intended on trying to extend to Rottendean, but there wasn't the funds to extend further.   The extension to Black Rock required further cars, with Volk estimating that 7 cars would be required to operate the service so the railway built an additional cars numbered 6,7 and 8, giving an extra car for extra flexibility / cover for maintenance.   6,7 & 8 were all 40 seater Semi Open cars and had a similar look to cars 3 &4.

In 1926, a further two cars built by the VER joined the fleet in the form of open cars 9 and 10, both of which had seating for 40 passengers.

Cut Backs

The development of Maderia Drive in 1930, meant that the line was cut back at the west end from Palace Pier to opposite the Aquarium, with the station being renamed 'Aquarium' and being built with a 2 track layout.  Volk decided at a winter car was needed and with the original Car 5 needing a rebuild, it was decided to scrap it and built a new one.   In a complete change from the traditional wooden built cars, the new number 5, which had it's body built by G Kelsey Coachbuilders of Hove, had its bodywork completely fabricated from steel, with a wooden roof and wooden floor.   No 5 had no outside passenger accomodation, all were seated indoors, in 2 long bench seats along the body sides, covered in blue leather and seating 24 passengers.   The bodysides had 3 large sliding windows and the outside of the car was painted in a rather striking sky blue and primrose yellow colour scheme.

The line was also cut back at the East end in 1937 to allow the building of a new open air swimming pool, however this gave the opportunity a modern Art Deco style replacement station, which was officially opened by Magnus Volk and the Deputy Mayor on 7th May 1937.   Unfortunately, just 13 days after Black Rock station was opened, Magnus Volk died aged 85, with his son, Herman taking over. 

Corporation take over

In 1938, Brighton Corporation took control of the VER, initially leasing the line and operation back to Herman Volk, however, they assumed complete control on 1st April 1940.   Unfortunately by this time Britain was at War and under the serious threat of Nazi invasion. By July 1940, the railway had closed for the duration, with the cars being transfered to Lewes Road tram / bus depot for storage and the stations at Aquarium and Black Rock being demolished.   Later in the war, the depot was required for other purposes and the cars were moved out into secure open storage under the arches at Maderia Drive, with the outdoor storage causing irrepairable damage to cars 1, 2 and 5 which had to be scrapped.

Reopening

After the war, the line needed some serious work to get it operational again, Black Rock station was rebuilt again in the same art deco style as pre war, whilst a former tram shelter became the new station building at Aquarium.   The full track was relaid as was the third rail.  Replacement cars were sought for the scrapped cars and these came in the shape of 2 ex Southend Pier rail trailers, which seated 40 people and were converted to motor vehicles.  They were fitted with ex milk float motors and became the fastest cars in the fleet!  

A renumbering of the fleet occured to fill up the numbers left vacant by the scrapped cars with no 10 becoming no 1, no 9 becoming no 2 and no 8 becoming no 5 with the ex Southend cars becoming 8 & 9.

The line reopened on 15th May 1948 and from Winter 1954 became seasonal only.

In 1964, a successful experiment with the coupling of 2 cars together was successful and all cars were converted to allow them to be coupled, meaning less staff and less individual cars could be used, ultimately saving money and allowing for track rationalisation at both termini with only one platform and track required.

Moving on towards the 1990s and the 1948 built station at Black Rock was demolished and a new station was incorporated into the building of a new pump house built next to the station for a storm drain project.

New Millennium

10+6 and 7+8 at Halfway10+6 and 7+8 at HalfwayWith Brighton's skyline in the background, open car 10+ semi open car 6 and Semi open duo 7+8 are seen crossing over at Halfway heading to Aquarium and Black Rock respectively 25.7.22 Into the 2000s and the ex Southend cars were withdrawn as surplus and moved on with no 8 going back to Southend and being displayed in a glass box at the pier museum and no 9 going to the South Downs Heritage Centre.   Cars 1, 2 and 5 then reverted back to their pre 1948 numbers of 10, 9 and 8.

After receiving Heritage Lottery funding in 2015, work was started on a major upgrade of the facilities on the line, which was badly needed as the car sheds had been condemned.   The carsheds were completely flattened and rebuilt, with the Tunnel being retained through the car shed! Meanwhile the station building at Aquarium was also demolished and rebuilt, complete with a small visitor centre, ticket office and takeaway cafe built in.  The car fleet also received some work with major restoration / rebuilt works being carried out on cars 4, 6 and 10.   With car 3 also in the midst of a rebuilt, the future of the VER is looking good!

 

Fleet List

Fleet List

Original Fleet Number

Fleet Number (1948-2000)

Current Fleet Number

Car Type

Year Built

Seating Capacity

Built By

Current Status

Notes

Photo

1 (I)

N/A

N/A

Open

1883

10

William Pollard

scrapped

Original car from the original demonstration line, could not be regauged from 2ft - 2ft 8 1/2 inches, scrapped 1884

Car 1Car 1A model of the original 1883 Car 1. This car lasted for 1 year before being scrapped when the track gauge was changed in 1884 25.7.22

1(II)

N/A

N/A

Semi-Open

1884

30

Unknown

scrapped

suffered the effects of outside storage for a long period during wartime, was too far gone for repair and scrapped in 1948

Photo Courtesy of the VERA

2

N/A

N/A

Semi-Open

1885

30

Unknown

scrapped

suffered the effects of outside storage for a long period during wartime, was too far gone for repair and scrapped in 1948

Photo Courtesy of the VERA

3

3

3

Semi-Open

1892

40

VER

undergoing restoration

Currently stripped awaiting restoration

Photo Courtesy of the VERA

4

4

4

Semi-Open

1892

40

VER

in service

received a major restoration between 2016-2018

4 at Halfway depot4 at Halfway depotSeen from a passing train, 1892 built semi open car 4 is seen in Halfway dport 25.7.22

5 (I)

N/A

N/A

Semi-Open

1896

30

VER

scrapped

Was in need of a major rebuild in late 1920s, was scrapped instead and replaced by 2nd no 5

Photo Courtesy of the VERA

5 (II)

N/A

N/A

Closed

1930

24

G Kelsey / VER

scrapped

Winter car, only car in fleet to have fully enclosed passenger saloons.  Suffered the effects of outside storage for a long period during wartime, was too far gone for repair and scrapped in 1948

Photo courtesy of the VERA

6

6

6

Semi-Open

1901

40

VER

in servce

Received a major restoration 2016-2018, works as a pair with Car 10

6 + 10 at Halfway6 + 10 at Halfway1901 built Semi open car 6 and 1926 built open car 10 are seen arriving on to the loop at Halfway with a Aquarium - Black Rock Service 25.7.22

7

7

7

Semi-Open

1901

40

VER

in service

Works as a pair with car 8

10+6 and 7+8 at Halfway10+6 and 7+8 at HalfwayWith Brighton's skyline in the background, open car 10+ semi open car 6 and Semi open duo 7+8 are seen departing Halfway heading to Aquarium and Black Rock respectively 25.7.22

8 (I)

5

8

Semi-Open

1901

40

VER

in service

Was numbered 5 between 1948 and 2000, works as a pair with car 7

8+7 at Halfway8+7 at HalfwayVolks Electric Railway's 1901 built Semi Open cars 8 and 7 are seen at Halfway awaiting passengers to board before progressing on to Aquarium 25.7.22

8 (II)

8

N/A

Open

1898

40

Falcon Works

preserved

Operational on VER from 1948 - late 1990s, now a static exhibit at Southend Pier Tramway

Photo courtesy of the VERA

9 (I)

2

9

Open

1926

40

VER

in service

Was numbered 2 between 1948 and 2000, works as a single car only

9 at Halfway depot9 at Halfway depot1926 built open car 9 is seen stabled in Halfway depot with a small engineering vehicle stabled in front 25.7.22

9 (II)

9

N/A

Open

1898

40

Falcon Works

preserved

Operational on VER from 1948 - late 1990s, now a static exhibit at South Downs Heritage Centre

Photo courtesy of the VERA

10

1

10

Open

1926

40

VER

in service

Was numbered 1 between 1948 and 2000, works as a pair with car 6

10+6 at Halfway10+6 at HalfwayHaving just exited 'The Tunnel' Open Car 10+ Semi Open Car 6 arrive into Halfway Station with a Black Rock - Aquarium service 25.7.22

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Trip Report

6+10 at Halfway6+10 at HalfwaySemi Open Car 6 and fully open Car 10 round the bend on the approach to Halfway Station with an Aquarium - Black Rock Service 25.7.22 I visited the VER on 25th July 2022 whilst on a daytrip to Brighton.   Having only intended to visit for a very short time, I actually ended up spending longer than I expected on the railway (about 3 hours!).

Having never been in Brighton before, I decided to catch the City Sightseeing bus round to get my bearings, it was an interesting experience, especially losing my baseball cap, which blew off on the top deck and was squashed by a passing car!

I arrived at the Aquarium station, which is a couple of minutes walk from the Palace Pier and the City Sightseeing bus stop and bought my ticket then had a look round the visitor centre at the interesting displays and artifacts from the history of the line while I waited for the train to arrive.   I didn't have long to wait as the trains run every 15 minutes as 1901 built Semi Open Cars 8 + 7 soon arrived and I boarded the open section of car 8, which would be the rear portion of the train for the mile long journey to Black Rock.   We soon departed at a leisurely pace heading to Halfway, where we would await the arrival of the other train in service, made up of 1926 built open car 10 and 1901 semi open car 6 to allow the drivers to swap tokens for each stretch of single line.  We continued our journey, passing through the tunnel, where car 4 and some permanent way vehicles were visible on the right hand side of the shed. All too soon we reached the terminus at Black Rock, where we all had to leave the train and reboard it although the driver was kind enough to let me take some photos of the train before I left the platform.

8+7 at Aquarium8+7 at AquariumSemi Open Cars 8+7 approach Aquarium with a service from Black Rock 25.7.22 I then joined the queue to reboard and this time I sat in the open section of car 7.   On arrival at Halfway, I got off to take some photographs of the trains before heading to the workshop gallery to view the depot.   Unfortunately the viewing gallery was closed, however I managed to photograph 1926 built Open Car 9 and a pw trailer, which were stabled in the left hand side of the depot from the station platform.   Also out on the lineside at Halfway were some old wheels on axles and an old wooden underframe, which I assume was from Car 3 as it is currently undergoing an overhaul.  

After taking some more photographs from different locations around Halfway station, I caught Open Car 10+Semi Open Car 6 back to Aquarium, and I decided to take some more photos around that area, when the heavens opened and there was a heavy shower! After getting a few photographs, I made my way back into Brighton to catch the tour bus.

I'd like to thank the Volk's Electric Railway Association for allowing me to use some of their archive photographs in this post.  My photos from the trip can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p588123192

I would definatley recommend a visit, the price of £5.60 for adults and £3.50 return for children is worth the money, the cars are all well kept and the staff are extremely friendly and helpful and will answer any questions that you have! To find out more about the Volk's Electric Railway (VER) and the Volk's Electric Railway Association (VERA), please visit their websites: https://volksrailway.org.uk/ VER: VERA: http://volkselectricrailway.co.uk/

     

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(Scottish Trains Website) Brighton Southend VER VERA Volk's Electric Railway Volk's Electric Railway Association https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/8/volks-electric-railway-25-7-22 Sat, 13 Aug 2022 09:28:47 GMT
Blackpool Jubilee Heritage Tram Parade 2.6.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/blackpool-jubilee-heritage-tram-parade-2-6-22 723, 715 and 717 at Rigby Road723, 715 and 717 at Rigby RoadA trio of balloons with Newly reliveried 90s Green and Cream liveried refurbished balloon 723, unrefurbished 70s green and cream balloon 715 and heritage refurbished balloon 717 are seen on the depot fan at Rigby Road 2.6.22 On Thursday 2nd June, I headed down to Blackpool for the day to see the Jubilee Heritage Tram Parade.  

I arrived in Blackpool around 11.30am and it was already very busy and my usual car park of choice at Pleasure Beach was already full, however I managed to get parked outside the Solaris Centre at Harrowside.  I walked up the prom to Manchester Square and round to Rigby Road depot where the trams for the parade were beginning to be shunted round and sorted into order before heading out to the Prom and down to Pleasure Beach for the parade.

The first tram out was red and cream liveried Boat car 227, which was to lead the parade, it was stabled on Hopton road, whilst Balloon 723 was shunted down to the far end of the depot fan and 717 was shunted onto the Electrical compound track to release Boat 600 to move off depot to be stabled on Hopton Road behind Boat 600.   Next out was Brush Car 631, which was moved out onto Hopton Road and parked up behind 227 and 600.   The fourth tram to leave depot was a nice surprise in 90s Green and Cream liveried Ex Towing Railcoach 680, which was making its first appearance since March 2020 (pre lockdown). 

After the trams were checked over by their crews, 227 and 600 departed Hopton Road, turned on to Lytham Road and onto the prom. After being reversed at Foxhall, they made their way to Pleasure Beach for the parade.   Once 227 and 600 were clear of Lytham Road, 631 and 680 followed suit.

Next the Frigate 'HMS Blackpool' 736 was brought out on to Hopton Road to reverse onto Blundell Street where it stabled alongside the Fitting Shop wall.  Balloon 723, freshly out the Paint Shop in the modernised balloon version of the 90s Green and Cream with black window surrounds, was then shunted out onto Hopton Road and then shunted back into one of the depot roads to release Fisherman's Friend trawler 737. 737 was also shunted out onto Hopton Road and reversed onto Blundell Street in front of 736.    80s Green and Cream liveried Centenary car 648 was then brought out and headed straight to the prom to take up position 5 in the parade.   648 was followed by the Western Train (733+734), which came out with the carriage leading so that it was facing the correct way once it changed ends at Foxhall.

Once the Western Train was clear of Hopton Road, the trawler (737) was turned on the triangle so it was heading out in reverse, with 736 completing the same move with both trams then departing towards the prom.   One final shunt move saw Balloon 717 moved off the electrical compound track and onto Hopton Road before being moved further back the depot fan to release Bolton 66.   Balloon 717 would then be the next tram to depart towards the prom followed by Balloon 723, Balloon 700 and Millenium Balloon 707.

227 at Pleasure Beach227 at Pleasure BeachLeading the Jubilee Heritage Tram Parade, Red and Cream liveried Boat Car 227 departs Pleasure Beach heading towards Bispham, sister car Boat 600 is seen behind it 4.6.22 I then walked down to Pleasure Beach where the loop was choc-a-block with heritage trams, passengers, sightseers and enthusiasts!   After a few photos on the loop, I took up position near the entrance to the loop and photoed the parade, which featured 13 trams.   These were:

  1. Boat 227
  2. Boat 600
  3. Brush Car 631
  4. Ex Towing Railcoach 680
  5. Centenary 648
  6. The Western Train (733+734)
  7. Fisherman's Friend Trawler (737)
  8. Frigate 'HMS Blackpool' (736)
  9. Bolton 66
  10. Balloon 717
  11. Balloon 723
  12. Balloon 700
  13. Millennium Balloon 707

Once the parade departed, I walked up towards Manchester Square to see the trams returning, with all bar Boat 227, Boat 600, Bolton 66 and Balloon 717 returning to depot.   Rather than running straight in, The Western Train ran to Pleasure Beach and back to Foxhall where it reversed in.

717, 723, 700 and 723 at Pleasure Beach717, 723, 700 and 723 at Pleasure BeachBalloons 717, 723, 700 and Millennium Balloon 707 are seen at the rear of the Jubilee Tram Parade as they make their way north from Pleasure Beach - Bispham 2.6.22 Boat 227, Boat 600, Bolton 66 and Balloon 717 operated a Heritage service between Pleasure Beach and Bispham between 4pm and 7pm, however Boat 600 failed at Bispham and was replaced by Balloon 723.   After 7pm, the Western Train operated two evening tours between Pleasure Beach and Little Bispham to round off an excellent day.

Well done to everyone at Blackpool Transport, Heritage Tram Tours and Tramtown for organising such an excellent event!

More photos from the day can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p50243848

 

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Blackpool Tramway Heritage Weekend and Depot tour 30.4.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/blackpool-tramway-heritage-weekend-and-depot-tour-30-4-22 66 at Hopton Road66 at Hopton RoadBolton 66 is seen on Hopton Road as it prepares to depart in the direction of the prom and then onwards to Bispham 30.4.22 Over the Bank Holiday weekend of 30th April - 2nd May, Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours held a Vintage Weekend with Heritage trams running along the prom every 15 minutes and hourly to Fleetwood. As well as the trams, there was vintage bus rides to Fleetwood and to Lytham St Annes!

I visited on Saturday 30th April and after a reasonably quiet journey down the M74, M6 and M55, I arrived at Blackpool and parked up at Pleasure Beach at 9.30am, in the reasonably warm sunshine! I walked from Pleasure Beach up to Manchester Square then round to Rigby Road depot to see the heritage trams coming off depot and going into service.  

Heritage trams in Service were Route A: 631, B: Boat 600 (in place of the advertised Boat 227), C: Illuminated Frigate 736, D: Centenary 648, E: Balloon 715 and F: Bolton 66.   Also out was Balloon 717 on a private hire.

At 10.30am I joined the first of two Tramtown tours of the day and as it was a good deal drier and sunnier than my last time on the tour in February when it snowed! The tour began outside in the yard where after the safety briefing, we walked along the side of the workshops past the depot fan and round to the Paint Shop.  

723 in the Paint Shop723 in the Paint ShopBalloon 723 is seen in the Paint Shop at Rigby Road Depot having been rubbed down for a new and as yet undisclosed livery 30.4.22 In the paint shop was Balloon 723, which has been stripped of it's Christmas vynals and had the 80s livery that was underneath the vynals sanded down ready for a repaint into an as yet undisclosed livery.   It was interesting to hear that the trams are still hand painted using brushes rather than being spray painted as the brushed on paint gives a thicker coat that lasts longer in the harsh salt and sand ladened environment of Blackpool.   We also heard how there is now only one painter, who deals with all the heritage tram fleet as well as touching up bus panels as well, the painter does a fantastic job with some stunning paint jobs on display on the heritage fleet!

The tour then moved into the Body Shop where Brush Car 634 in its new Terror Tram advert was stabled awaiting attention prior to a potential entry into service later this year, also there were the bodies of Lytham 31 and Glasgow 1016, both of which are future major restoration projects.   It was interesting to hear how both trams came to be snapped up by Heritage Tram Tours and the future plans for both trams.   One current major restoration project on the tramway is that of Balloon 704.   704 has been stripped to its basic framework awaiting the fitting of a new underframe as it's current one is life expired and drooping at the ends.  Once some repair work has been done on the current body frame, 704's frame will be transferred onto a new underframe that we will see in the next part of the tour, the fitting shop.

143 in the Fitting shop143 in the Fitting shopOpen balconied and driving positioned Standard 143 is seen awaiting attention in the Fitting Shop at Rigby Road 30.4.22 In the fitting shop, we see the large array of blacksmiths tools and the forge that alot of spare parts are made in.   Due to the age of the fleet, parts are not available off the shelf so have to be made.   One item that has been made recently from scratch is a complete replacement underframe, which will go under Balloon 704.   The underframe for 704 which was built by one engineer working from a set of plans initially drawn up 90 years ago and found in the heritage archives.  Again, this highlights the 'can do' attitude of the staff and volunteers at Heritage Tram Tours, Tram Town and Blackpool Transport.

Also in the Fitting Shop was Standard 143. Standard 143 was transferred to the Fylde Transport Trust in 2003 to restore from a fire damaged works tram back to its original condition as a 1924 built Standard Car.   As it was discovered that there was an issue with one of 143s motors following restoration, the motors from Standard 147 have been transferred to 143 to allow the tram to enter service hopefully by the summer and 147 will also be back in service once the repaired motors have returned from the company who are repairing them.  

Another feature of the Fitting shop that we got to see was the gas ring that is used to remove old tyres from the tram wheels and for the fitting of new tyres. 

726 at Rigby Road depot726 at Rigby Road depotA rather forlorn looking Balloon 726 with the remnants of it's HM Coastguards livery and severe droop at both ends due to it requiring a replacement underframe is seen at the rear of Rigby Road depot 30.4.22 We then crossed over to the main depot building, where it is safe to say that the roof is in a sorry state and full of holes.  Part of the reason for Tramtown being set up and the tours running is to help to raise some of the money required to replace the roof and to allow the tram fleet to be in a far more protected environment which will protect the heritage fleet from the elements.   Future plans also include the current engineering facilities in the workshops being moved over into the main depot as well as the building being used as a visitor centre for the tramway, however not of the 'stuffed and mounted' variety where every tram in it becomes a non runner.   Tramtown want the trams to be running out on the prom and also eventually to bring visitors to Tramtown by tram!

One thing you'll notice when you visit Tramtown is that there are always improvements from your last visit! In the space of 2 months, some new viewpoints have opened up within the sheds allowing you to get closer to and photograph more of the fleet, various parts of the depot have received a new coat of paint including the track numbers having been repainted on the ground on the depot fan.    Last time we got to sit onboard Bolton 66, this time we got to sit on board Coronation 660 and found out some of the interesting history of the fleet of 25 Coronation trams that were meant to revolutionise the tramway in the 1950s but had a short working life and were mostly scrapped by the 1970s.

681 and T2 at Rigby Road681 and T2 at Rigby RoadLine 1 Metro liveried Twin Car Trailer 681 and original all over cream liveried Twin Car Trainer T2 are seen parked up at the rear of Rigby Road Depot 30.4.22 We were then taken to the first of the new viewing areas opened up where we heard some of the history of the illuminated fleet in front of the long stored Hovertram 735.  The viewing area also gave the chance for a close look at Brush cars 625 and 632 as well as Twin Car trailers 681 and T2.

The next new viewing area gave a view of Princess Alice - Open topped Balloon 706, which is awaiting a new underframe and the long stored 'Tramnik 1' the Rocket tram 732.  The final stop of the visit was to the Electrical Compound to see the Western Train and a visit to the shop, where I purchased a TramTown planter for my garden!

Before I left Tram Town, I asked our helpful guide if I could get a couple of photos of Balloons 700 and 703 and Railcoach 279, which is nearing completion of its restoration back to a series 2 EE Railcoach.

I would definately recommend a visit to TramTown for not just enthusiasts, but anyone who is interested in history! Tramtown run tours of the depot every Saturday and Monday both as a depot tour (approx. 1 hr 30 mins) or as a family tour (approx. 45 mins). Available dates and times can be found on their website: https://blackpoolheritage.com/guided-depot-tours/

715 and 631 at Bispham715 and 631 at Bispham70s Green and Cream liveried Balloon 715 pauses at Bispham whilst working a heritage service from Pleasure Beach - Little Bispham as 60s liveried Brush Car 631 pauses at Bispham with a Little Bispham - Pleasure Beach heritage service 30.4.22 After the tour, I made my way back to the prom and caught  Centenary tram 648 to Pleasure Beach (to put my new planter in the car!).   I then caught Bolton 66 to Bispham, where I got off to take some photos!   Next I caught Balloon 715 to Little Bispham and back before switching to Boat 600 for a rather breezy run to Thornton Gate and back to Bispham!  I then caught Centenary 648 to Little Bispham then back down to Pleasure Beach, where I took some more photos then headed home!

More Photos from my trip can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p820301502

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) bispham blackpool pleasure beach trams tramtown tramway https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/5/blackpool-tramway-heritage-weekend-and-depot-tour-30-4-22 Mon, 02 May 2022 18:27:02 GMT
New Glasgow Subway Train on the M74 24.4.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/new-glasgow-subway-train-on-the-m74-24-4-22 New Glasgow Subway CarNew Glasgow Subway CarOne half of one of Glasgow Subway's 17 new Stadler built Metro trains seen on the rear of a low loader at Hamilton Services on the Northbound M74, enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland. Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode 24.4.22 Today as I was driving along the M74 and passing Hamilton Services (Northbound only services between Junction 6 Hamilton / Motherwell and  Junction 5 Raith Interchange) I happened to notice one half of one of one of the new Glasgow Subway Trains on the back of a low loader in the lorry park so decided to visit the services to investigate!

It so happened that the other half of the same set was also parked up at the far end of the lorry park!   The as yet unidentified set number was enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland and was being held at Hamilton Services until later in the day when the remainder of the route into Glasgow was a bit quieter with less traffic.

Glasgow Subway have ordered 17 Stadler built 4 car Metro trains to replace the 32 1970s built Metro Cammell Motor Cars and 8 1992 built Barclay trailers which are currently used on the system.  The new trains are made up of 2 longer outer cars with 2 shorter centre cars and should be roughly the size of the trains they are replacing, with the added advantages of being fully accessible and each vehicle being interconnected, which is not the case just now.   Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode, with the stations being adapted to have platform screen doors, where the screen doors line up with the train doors and open and close at the same time as the train doors.

New Glasgow Subway CarNew Glasgow Subway CarOne half of one of Glasgow Subway's 17 new Stadler built Metro trains seen on the rear of a low loader at Hamilton Services on the Northbound M74, enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland. Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode 24.4.22 New Glasgow Subway CarNew Glasgow Subway CarOne of the bogies from Glasgow Subway's new Stadler driverless trains complete with third rail shoe 24.4.22 New Glasgow Subway CarNew Glasgow Subway CarOne half of one of Glasgow Subway's 17 new Stadler built Metro trains seen on the rear of a low loader at Hamilton Services on the Northbound M74, enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland. Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode 24.4.22
New Glasgow Subway carNew Glasgow Subway carOne half of one of Glasgow Subway's 17 new Stadler built Metro trains seen on the rear of a low loader at Hamilton Services on the Northbound M74, enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland. Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode 24.4.22 New Subway vehicles at Hamilton ServicesNew Subway vehicles at Hamilton ServicesOne half of one of Glasgow Subway's 17 new Stadler built Metro trains seen on the rear of a low loader at Hamilton Services on the Northbound M74, enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland. Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode 24.4.22 New Glasgow Subway CarNew Glasgow Subway CarOne half of one of Glasgow Subway's 17 new Stadler built Metro trains seen on the rear of a low loader at Hamilton Services on the Northbound M74, enroute to Broomloan Depot from Altenrheim in Switzerland. Once fully in service, these trains will eventually operate in Driverless mode 24.4.22

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) barclay broomloan depot glasgow subway metro cammel stadler https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/new-glasgow-subway-train-on-the-m74-24-4-22 Sun, 24 Apr 2022 23:00:45 GMT
Sheffield Supertram 12.4.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/4/sheffield-supertram-12-4-22 124 at Cathedral124 at CathedralSouth Yorkshire SuperTram Siemens-Duewag no 124 in the standard livery, is seen having terminated at Cathedral with the hourly Purple route service from Heardings Park 14.4.22 The Sheffield Supertram network is a series of three tram and one experimental Tram-Train line in the city of Sheffield, with the Tram-Train line also service the town of Rotherham.

The Supertram network opened in stages between 1994 and 1995 as follows:

  • 21.3.94: Meadowhall - Fitzalan Square
  • 22.8.94: Spring Lane - Fitzalan Square
  • 5.12.94: Spring Lane - Gleadless Townend
  • 18.2.95: Fitzalan Square - Cathedral
  • 27.2.95: Cathedral - Shalesmoor
  • 27.3.95: Gleadless Townend - Halfway
  • 3.4.95:   Gleadless Townend - Herdings Park
  • 23.10.95:Shalesmoor - Middlewood / Malin Bridge

An additional extension in the form of a Tram-Train line, where the Tram-Train operated as a normal tram from Cathedral to Meadowhall South / Tinsley opened in 2018.    Just past this stop, there is a junction which takes the tramway onto the Heavy rail network, and after a quick stop to change from Tramway control to Network Rail signalling, the TramTrain travels along the heavy rail line, with stops at Rotherham Central, where the stop is configured with tram train platforms and heavy rail platforms next to each other, before the line continues onwards to Rotherham Parkgate.   If and when the heavy rail line to and through Rotherham is electrified, the built in switching equipment to allow the trams to change from the tramway's 750 volt power to the 25Kv Network Rail OHLE will come into use.

120 at Netherthorpe Road120 at Netherthorpe RoadSouth Yorkshire SuperTram Siemens-Duewag no 120 in Sheffield Corporation Blue and Cream heritage livery departs Netherthorpe Road with a Yellow Route service to Middlewood 12.4.22 The services are formed with three colour coded routes and the Tram-Train serving the city centre, suburbs, shopping centres and park and rides with 50 tram stops around the city.

The 4 routes are:

  • The Purple Route: Cathedral - Herdings Park (hourly)
  • The Blue Route: Malin Bridge - Halfway (12 minutes)
  • The Yellow Route: Middlewood - Meadowhall Interchange (12 minutes)
  • Tram-Train Route (TT): Catherdral - Rotherham Parkgate (half hourly)

The routes themselves featured a mixture of on street running, seperate reservations and running on former / or alongside current heavy rail lines and all meet in the City Centre with all services serving the main stops of Cathedral, Castle Square and Fitzalan Square.   Some impressive structures were built to carry the tramway over roads and existing railways with the bridge over Commercial Street and Park Square roundabout being particularly stunning. Just south of that bridge is also an impressive triangular junction allowing trams from the city centre / Malin Bridge / Middlewood to head left to Meadowhall / Rotherham Parkgate or right to Herdings Park / Halfway.   The third end is rarely used and is mostly used for depot runs or diversions.   Nunnery Depot, where the full fleet is maintained, can be found on the Yellow Route.

The Trams

The tram fleet is made up of two types of tram, these are the Duewags, consisting of 25 trams (numbered 101-125) and the Class 399 Stadler Citylink tram-trains (made up of 7 tram-trains numbered 399201-399207).

123 and 102 at Cathedral123 and 102 at CathedralStandard liveried South Yorkshire SuperTram Siemens-Duewag no 123 awaits departure from Cathedral with a Blue Route service to Beighton / Drake House Lane as 102 pauses with a Yellow Route service to Middlewood 12.4.22 Siemens Duewags:

Built in 1992, the Siemens Duewag fleet have been the mainstay of the three all tram lines since the system opened. Each tram contains three articulated sections with two driving ends and a central section.   The doors are found in the driving ends with 40% of each tram being low floor and step free access.  Each tram holds 86 seated passengers with up to 155 standing passengers also accomodated.  

Each tram has a maximum speed of 50mph and with every axle powered, can manage the gradients, some as steep as 10% across the network with ease.

Each tram underwent an overhaul between 2006 and 2009 with the majority being painted in the standard red, yellow and blue Stagecoach livery, with some exceptions.

Unfortunately due to not having the relevant Network Rail safety systems and crashworthiness, the Duewags cannot be used on the Tram-Train route between Meadowhall South / Tinsley and Rotherham Parkgate.

Number Livery Status Notes
101 Stagecoach Standard In service  
102 Stagecoach Standard In service Following an accident in 1995, 102 was reformed with a driving end from 111
103 Stagecoach Standard In service  
104 Stagecoach Standard In service  
105 Stagecoach Standard Accident Repairs Currently at Kilmarnock Bonnyton works for accident repairs
106 Stagecoach Standard In service  
107 Stagecoach Standard In service  
108 Stagecoach Standard In service  
109 Stagecoach Standard In service  
110 Stagecoach Standard In service  
111 Advert for Prettylittlething.com In service Following an accident in 1995, 111 was reformed with a driving end from 102
112 Advert for Stagecoach Supertram: on track for a greener future In service  
113 Stagecoach Standard In service  
114 Stagecoach Standard In service  
115 Stagecoach Standard In service  
116 Advert for XPO Logistics In service  
117 Stagecoach Standard In service  
118 Advert for Prettylittlething.com In service Following a collision in 2015, 118 was reformed with a driving end from 120.
119 Stagecoach Standard In service  
120 Sheffield Corporation Blue and Cream In service Following a collision in 2015, 120 was reformed with a driving end from 118.
121 Stagecoach Standard In service  
122 Stagecoach Standard In service  
123 Stagecoach Standard with 21st Anniversary Window vynals In service  
124 Stagecoach Standard In service  
125 Stagecoach Standard In service  

399203 at Meadowhall South/Tinsley399203 at Meadowhall South/TinsleySouth Yorkshire Supertram's Stadler Citylink Tram-Train 399203 is seen pausing at Meadowhall South / Tinsley with a Tram-Train service from Rotherham Parkgate to Cathedral 12.4.22 Stadler Citylink Tram-Trains:

Built in 2015, the Stadler Citylink Tram-Trains have two main uses, numbers 399201-204 are allocated to operate on the Tram-Train service between Cathedral and Rotherham Parkgate , with numbers 399205-207 being used as Tram only and can operate on the Blue, Purple or Yellow routes to provide additional capacity.  

Due to 201-204's wheels being profiled for heavy rail and 205-207's wheels being profiled for tram track, 201-204 are confined to the Tram-Train route and 205-207 are confined to tram routes.

The TramTrains consist of three sections and are fully low floor. They hold 96 seated and 150 standing passengers and have a maximum speed of 60mph.

Number Livery Status Notes
399201 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram-Train line use only
399202 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram-Train line use only. Named 'Theo' 399202 reformed with part of 399204 following a collision with a road vehicle on a level crossing.
399203 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram-Train line use only
399204 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram-Train line use only. 399204 reformed with part of 399202 following a collision with a road vehicle on a level crossing.
399205 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram line use only
399206 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram line use only.  Initally used on Tram-train route, wheels reprofiled to tram profile 2020.
399207 Stagecoach Standard In service Tram line use only

112 at Park Grange Croft112 at Park Grange CroftStagecoach Supertram: On course for a greener future advert liveried Siemens-Duewag no 112 arrives at Park Grange Croft with a Blue Route service to Malin Bridge 12.4.22 My trip:

I only had just over 3 hours to spend in Sheffield on the 12th on my first ever trip to the area so had to make the most of it. I met up with @JamesTGlossop from Twitter, who showed me round!  Firstly from Sheffield Station, we bought Day Tickets from the onboard conductor for the excellent price of £4.60 and headed into Sheffield onboard 108 on a Blue Route service towards Cathedral.  

After a short time photoing here, we caught Tram 122 on a yellow route service to Meadowhall South / Tinsley, where we caught 399201 to Rotherham Parkgate then back to Meadowhall South/Tinsley. We then walked round to Meadowhall Interchange and caught 120 on a Yellow service as far as Netherthorpe Road.

After a few photos there, we caught 106 on a blue route service to Park Grange Croft, then 112 to Granville Road, where we got off and walked back to Sheffield station taking a few photos on the way!

On the day of my visit, trams on the Blue Route were terminating at Beighton / Drake House Lane due to overhead line issues.

Trams Seen:

Tram-Train 399201, 399203

Yellow Route: 122, 103, 101, 120, 102, 113

Blue Route: 115, 108, 112, 111, 117, 106, 123

Purple Route: 124

Not In Service (0): 109

On depot: 116, 119, 121

I'd definately recommend a visit to Sheffield for the trams and the Tram-Trains and hope to go back there sometime soon! For photos from my trip, either click on the links in the fleet lists above or visit my gallery at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p1025895743

 

 

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47614 + 47593 at Carluke 27.2.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/47614-47593-at-carluke-27-2-22 BR Blue liveried 47614 and BR Large Logo liveried 47593 'Galloway Princess' are seen heading south through Carluke with 0Z42 Mossend - Carlisle High Wapping Sidings light engine move 27.2.22

47613+47593 at Carluke47613+47593 at CarlukeBR Blue liveried 47614 and BR Large Logo liveried 47593 'Galloway Princess' are seen heading south through Carluke with 0Z42 Mossend - Carlisle High Wapping Sidings light engine move 27.2.22

47614+47593 at Carluke47614+47593 at CarlukeBR Blue liveried 47614 and BR Large Logo liveried 47593 'Galloway Princess' are seen heading south through Carluke with 0Z42 Mossend - Carlisle High Wapping Sidings light engine move 27.2.22

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82136 and 87002 at Carluke 27.2.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/82136-and-87002-at-carluke-27-2-22
82136 at Carluke82136 at CarlukeLooking fantastic in Intercity livery, DVT 82136 is seen at the head of 1Z42 Inverness - London Euston 'The Clansman' railtour as it passes through Carluke. 87002 is powering the train from the rear 27.2.22
 
Looking fantastic in Intercity livery, DVT 82136 is seen at the head of 1Z42 Inverness - London Euston 'The Clansman' railtour as it passes through Carluke. 87002 is powering the train from the rear 27.2.22
 
 
Looking fantastic in Intercity livery, 87002 is seen powering from the rear of 1Z42 Inverness - London Euston 'The Clansman' railtour as it passes through Carluke. DVT 82136 is leading the set at the front 27.2.22
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47593+47614 at Greenfaulds 26.2.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/47593-47614-at-greenfaulds-26-2-22 47593+47614 at Greenfaulds47593+47614 at GreenfauldsBR Large Logo liveried 47593 'Galloway Princess' and BR Blue liveried 47614 and a set of Intercity Mark 3's pass through Greenfaulds with 1Z59 London Euston - Inverness 'The Clansman' railtour 26.2.22

BR Large Logo liveried 47593 'Galloway Princess' and BR Blue liveried 47614 and a set of Intercity Mark 3's pass through Greenfaulds with 1Z59 London Euston - Inverness 'The Clansman' railtour 26.2.22

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(Scottish Trains Website) 47593 47614 82136 BR Large Logo Galloway Princess Intercity Inverness Locomotive Services Limited London Euston The Clansman https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/3/47593-47614-at-greenfaulds-26-2-22 Tue, 01 Mar 2022 19:38:18 GMT
Blackpool Heritage Gold Day and Depot Tour 19.2.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/2/blackpool-heritage-gold-day-and-depot-tour-19-2-22 621 at Manchester Square621 at Manchester SquareIn Heavy Snow, 50s liveried Brush Car 621 heads south towards St Chad's Road with a heritage service to Pleasure Beach 19.2.22 The weekend of 19th and 20th February saw Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours first 'Gold Weekend' of 2022.   The weekend was due to start of Friday 18th with an evening tour onboard the Western Train, however the tail end of Storm Eunice put paid to that and an additional tour operated on Saturday 19th instead.

The Gold Weekend saw the use of 6 heritage trams on a series of workings from Pleasure Beach to Little Bispham, Thornton Gate or Fisherman's Walk in Fleetwood.   Due to gas pipe works in Fleetwood, both the service and heritage trams could not reach Fleetwood Ferry so terminated at Fisherman's walk instead.   There was also the chance for a twice daily run by heritage bus to Fleetwood and back on both the Saturday and Sunday and twice daily tours of Rigby Road Depot.

The initial allocation for the Heritage Fleet on the Saturday was Diagram A: Balloon 717, Diagram B: Brush Car 631, Diagram C: Millennium Balloon 718, Diagram D Boat 600, Diagram E: Bolton 66 and Diagram F: Centenary 648.   This was to be Centenary 648's first run in service since pre pandemic in early 2020.   Due to the poor weather, Boat 600 and Bolton 66 were removed from the roster and replaced by the more suitable enclosed Brush Car 621 and Balloon 715.

I arrived in Blackpool around 10.15am to torrential rain.   By the time I got parked at Pleasure Beach and made my way to Rigby Road depot, the rain had turned to rather large flakes of snow and spotted enroute were Brush Car 621 and Balloon 717!   I was booked on to the 11am tour at Rigby Road and luckily we were allowed in early to take shelter in the main tram shed!  

Standard 143 at Rigby RoadStandard 143 at Rigby Roadrecently restored open vestibuled Standard car 143 is seen in the Fitting Shop awaiting attention to it's motors prior to a return to service 19.2.22 The tour began with a trip to the Fitting Shop, which incidentally was the warmest building on the tour!  In the Fitting Shop was Standard 143, which had been getting attention to it's motors and was being prepared a potential return to service at Easter!    

We were also shown the Blacksmith's forge and some of the tools used. Due to the uniqueness of the heritage fleet and the lack of spares, many of the replacement parts are home made in Rigby Road depot, an example of homemade parts was also layed out in the fitting shop in the form of a brand new underframe for Balloon 704, which was built by only one person!  

Balloon 704 has been stripped to a shell for a heritage restoration back to 1950's style.   It was good to hear that a second new underframe was also in the pipeline, this one being for open top Balloon 706, which is currently withdrawn.  

We also saw the gas burner that is used for the removal / fitting of tyres to the wheels.   Also seen in the Fitting shop was a couple of refurbished truck frames from a Centenary car.

Next we were taken into the Paint Shop, it was interesting to hear that all the buses and trams are still hand painted, being worked on at the time was a single and a double deck Palladium bus as well as the replica tank tram.  The replica tank tram was a project by some local colleges to replicate a vehicle that would have been created from the body or around the frame of a disused tram on many systems across the country during World War 1 to raise money to buy tanks.   There was also an interesting array of art work and posters on the wall.

634 at Rigby Road634 at Rigby RoadTerror Tram all over advert liveried 634 is seen in the fitting shop at Rigby Road awaiting the fitting of a Pantograph tower and pantograph prior to returning to service for the first time since 2004. 19.2.22 After the Paint Shop we moved next door and visited the body shop where the body and frames of Lytham 43 and Glasgow 1016 are stored along with a large scale model of Standard car 40, which was used as part of a display back in 1985 for the Centenary year.  

In the Body Shop, Work was well underway on the bodyframe being carried out on Balloon 704, which as mentioned above had been stripped to a shell for restoration to commence.   Once its new underframe is complete, the old underframe will be rolled out from underneath it and scrapped, whilst the new frame is rolled underneath the body frame and work can commence on the restoration.   Also in the body shop was Brush Car 634, which was repainted into Terror Tram advert during 2021, complete with skulls on the end, a recreation of an advert carried by the tram in the late 1990s.   634 was awaiting the fitting of a trolley tower and pantograph, to allow it to re-enter service for the first time since 2004.

One of the main reasons the tours are taking place is to help to raise funds to repair the roof of the main tram shed, which is in a terrible state with holes and leaks everywhere and that's where we headed next!   We were firstly taken into the Electrical compound, which being the driest part of the main depot is used to store the boat cars and some others that are awaiting attention.   Boats 600, 227 (602) and 230 (604) along with 681, T2, 625 and 708 at Rigby Road681, T2, 625 and 708 at Rigby RoadLine 1 Metro liveried Twin Car Trailer 681, Cream liveried Twin Car trailer T2(682) and 90's liveried, Pricebusters branded Brush Car 625 and 70's Green and Cream liveried Balloon 708 are seen at the rear of Rigby Road depot 19.2.22 Centenary 642, Standard 147 and Millennium Balloon 707 were seen in there.    We were then taken along the rear of the main sheds, where we saw some of the withdrawn trams such as Balloon 726, Coronation 304, Balloon 720, Brush car 290, Twin Cars 676+686 and 272+T2.  We were then taken into Bolton 66 for a heat! At this point the main tour was over, though I would like to thank Paul, who took me round to the far side of the sheds to photo the hovertram, Balloon 708, Brush 625 and 632.    

I then headed back to the prom and by this time, the snow had halted and had began melting.   It was a strange sight seeing Brush Cars 621 and 631 with their fronts covered in snow!   I caught Brush Car 631 up to Bispham for a few shots of the trams in the snow, then caught 718 down to North Pier. On reaching North Pier, Balloon 711 had appeared in the loop and was being used as the shop tram and the sun had came out! After getting a few photos at North Pier, I walked back along the prom in the wall to wall sunshine, taking photos of the t 715 at Bispham715 at Bispham70's Green and Cream liveried Balloon 715 complete with period advert for Blackpool Zoo approaches a snowy Bispham with a heritage service to Pleasure Beach 19.2.22 rams on the way. I reached Pleasure Beach at 3.20 and was hoping to catch a couple of photos of 648, however the tram had suffered from a loss of power fault and by the time it was repaired, it was over 20 minutes late in reaching Pleasure Beach.   648 was returned to depot and Balloon 711 took over the remainder of 648's duties.   It was at this point it was time for me to head back home.  

Overall, it was an enjoyable day, I'd thoroughly reccomend the depot tour though you will need to be quick to book as they are fully booked up for months!  More photos from the day can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p490848536

My entire collection of Blackpool Tram photos from 2003 to today can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/f595940839

 

 

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303 and 314 journey log from 2000-2001 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/2/303-and-314-journey-log-from-2000-2001 I was clearing out my Portable Hard Drive and came across a list of some of my journeys of class 303s and 314s from 2000 and 2001.   It's not a complete record as it only features the days that I actually remembered to keep a note! It does however give a snapshot of what was operating on both the Argyle and Cathcart Circle lines in the final years of 303 operation.

Class 303s in service during this period were: 303001, 003, 004, 006, 008, 009, 010 (till Dec 2000), 011, 012, 013, 014, 015, 016, 019, 020, 021, 023, 025 (till Sep/Oct 2000), 027, 032, 033, 034, 037, 043, 045, 047, 054, 056, 058 (till Sep 2000), 065, 070, 077, 079, 080, 083, 085, 087, 088, 090, 091.

303032 at Bo'ness303032 at Bo'nessMaking a rare appearance out in the open, former Glasgow 'Blue Train' 303032 made up of Strathclyde Transport 'red' and black liveried Driving trailers 75632 and 75597 and SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 61513 (ex 303023) is seen on display on the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.21

29th August 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303070+303034
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314208
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314205
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303045

30th August 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303025+303021
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314203
  • 16.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314210+314206
  • 16.44 Dalmuir - Lanark: 303085

1st September 2000:

  • 8.02 Carstairs - Garscadden Express: 303033
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314205
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 303008
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303083

4th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303006+303065
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314207
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303019

5th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303077+303054
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314216
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303087

6th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303016+303043
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314205
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314207
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303001

7th September 2000:

  • 8.02 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303021
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314213
  • 16.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 303014+303077
  • 16.44 Dalmuir - Lanark: 303020+303088

8th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303025+303012
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314216
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314213
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303001

11th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303020+303013
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314214
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314214
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303033

13th September 2000:

  • 8.02 Carstairs - Garscadden Express: 303013
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314202
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314212
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303087

14th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303006+303045
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314205
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314204
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303004

8th September 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303025+303012
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314216
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314213
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303001

5th December 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303025+303083
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314206
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303047

6th December 2000:

  • 8.02 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303083
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314213
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314213
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303043

7th December 2000:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden Express: 303085+303032
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314206
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303014

8th December 2000:

  • 8.02 Carstairs - Garscadden Express: 303001
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314206
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303014

11th December 2000:

  • 8.02 Carstairs - Garscadden Express: 303003
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314206
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303009

12th December 2000:

  • 8.02 Carstairs - Garscadden Express: 303003
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314213
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314214
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303016

13th December 2000:

  • 8.02 Carstairs - Garscadden Express: 303008
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314204
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314208
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303033

15th January 2001:

  • 7.50 Motherwell - Dalmuir: 303070+303088
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314209
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314212
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303023

23rd January 2001:

  • 7.50 Motherwell - Dalmuir: 303088+303077
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 303021
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 303027
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303047

30th January 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303003
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314209
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314212
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303085

7th February 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303083+303033
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314216
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314203
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303088

13th February 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303020+303043
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314209
  • 15.50 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 318258
  • 16.44 Dalmuir - Lanark: 303045

19th February 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303013+303012
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314204
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314204
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303020

20th February 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303014+303034
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314205
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314204
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303037

25th February 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303037+303027
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314201
  • 16.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 303011
  • 16.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303085
  • 16.44 Dalmuir - Lanark: 303009+303019

6th March 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303014+303090
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314204
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314209
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303047

7th March 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303070+303090
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314204
  • 16.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314206+314213
  • 16.44 Dalmuir - Lanark: 303008

8th March 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303090+303011
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 303004
  • 12.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314214
  • 12.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303011

19th March 2001:

  • 7.44 Lanark - Garscadden express: 303023
  • 8.50 Glasgow Central - Neilston: 314213
  • 16.13 Mount Florida - Glasgow Central: 314209
  • 16.38 Dalmuir - Motherwell: 303085
  • 16.44 Dalmuir - Lanark: 303088+303011

 

 

 

 

 

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87002 at Carlisle 14.1.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/87002-at-carlisle-14-1-22 87002 at Carlisle87002 at CarlisleLooking absolutely stunning in Intercity Swallow livery, 87002 'Royal Sovereign' is seen at Carlisle with matching Mark 3s and DVT as it waits to push from the rear on its return journey south on 5Z51 ECS to Crewe HS 14.1.22 Locomotive Services Limited's Intercity Swallow liveried 87002 'Royal Sovereign' along with matching set of Mark 3s and DVT 82136 visited Carlisle on 14th January.

They worked as 5Z50 from Crewe and as 5Z51 back to Crewe mid afternoon as ECS workings as test runs and route learning prior to working on tour duty to Glasgow Central on Thursday 26th January.   87002, the coaching stock and DVT 82136, looked fantastic in their heritage livery and a massive well done goes to all those who restored the vehicles back to this livery.

87002 at Carlisle87002 at CarlisleLooking absolutely stunning in Intercity Swallow livery, 87002 'Royal Sovereign' is seen at Carlisle having arrived with 5Z50 ECS working from Crewe HS 14.1.22 82136 at Carlisle82136 at CarlisleLooking absolutely stunning in Intercity Swallow livery, DVT 82136 is seen at Carlisle with matching Mark 3s and 87002 on the rear as it awaits departure on it's return journey south on 5Z51 ECS to Crewe HS 14.1.22
87002 at Carlisle87002 at CarlisleLooking absolutely stunning in Intercity Swallow livery, 87002 'Royal Sovereign' is seen at Carlisle with matching Mark 3s and DVT as pushed from the rear on its return journey south on 5Z51 ECS to Crewe HS 14.1.22 87002 at Carlisle87002 at CarlisleLooking absolutely stunning in Intercity Swallow livery, 87002 'Royal Sovereign' is seen at Carlisle with matching Mark 3s and DVT as pushed from the rear on its return journey south on 5Z51 ECS to Crewe HS 14.1.22

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 82136 87002 carlisle crewe intercity intercity swallow locomotive services limited https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/87002-at-carlisle-14-1-22 Sat, 15 Jan 2022 23:10:56 GMT
303032 at Bo'ness 29.12.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/303032-at-boness-29-12-21 303032 at Bo'ness303032 at Bo'nessMaking a rare appearance out in the open, former Glasgow 'Blue Train' 303032 made up of Strathclyde Transport 'red' and black liveried Driving trailers 75632 and 75597 and SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 61513 (ex 303023) is seen on display on the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.21 303032 is one of the original set of 35 class 303s (Then known as class AM3) built in 1959 by Pressed Steel of Elderslie for the electrification of the North Clyde lines, a subsequent order of 56 sets raised in 1960 took the number of units up to 91.   303032 wore a succession of liveries starting with Caledonian Blue, then BR Blue and Grey then Strathclyde Transport 'Red' and Black livery from the 1980's through till withdrawal, receiving it's final repaint in the mid 1990's.  032 would operate on the North Clyde lines, Argyle Lines, Cathcart Circle and Clyde Coast lines over 42 years until withdrawal around June / July 2002.  

After withdrawal, 303032 was taken to Immingham along with a number of sets that were going for scrapping.   303032 was the lucky one however as it was going for asbestos removal prior to preservation at Bo'ness.   Unfortunately 303032's original Motor Coach (the centre coach) 61512 was damaged at Immingham and was scrapped, however 61512 was substituted for Carmine and Cream liveried 61503 from set 303023, which was there for scrapping.   Both driving trailers (75597 and 75632) are 303032s originals.  303032 was returned to Bo'ness by low loader from Immingham for preservation in April 2003. 

303032 is still occasionally hauled up and down the line at Boness by a Class 26, 27 or 37 working in blue star mode.  A ride on the set during the diesel galas brings back memories including the sound of the door closing alarm, the hiss of the air brakes and the driver having to get out and force a set of doors closed before the set will move!   303032 is still in the same coat of paint as it was when it arrived at Boness with the trailers in Orange and Black Strathclyde Transport livery and the motor coach in the SPT Carmine and Cream livery.   303032 hasn't been used for many years and has been on display in the display shed.   It was extracted from the shed and placed in the display siding for the Diesel Gala at Bo'ness on 29th December 2021.

 

303032 at Bo'ness303032 at Bo'nessMaking a rare appearance out in the open, former Glasgow 'Blue Train' 303032 made up of Strathclyde Transport 'red' and black liveried Driving trailers 75632 and 75597 and SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 61513 (ex 303023) is seen on display on the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.21 303032 at Bo'ness303032 at Bo'nessMaking a rare appearance out in the open, former Glasgow 'Blue Train' 303032 made up of Strathclyde Transport 'red' and black liveried Driving trailers 75632 and 75597 and SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 61513 (ex 303023) is seen on display on the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.21 303032 interior303032 interiorThe faded interior of motor vehicle 61513 (ex 303023) from 303032 29.12.21
303032 interior303032 interiorThe interior of Driving Trailer vehicle 75597 of 303032 at Bo'ness 29.12.21    

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 303032 bo'ness https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/303032-at-boness-29-12-21 Mon, 03 Jan 2022 17:21:51 GMT
Bo'ness Diesel Gala 29.12.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/boness-diesel-gala-29-12-21 37403+37703, 614309, 66773 and 303032 at Bo'ness37403+37703, 614309, 66773 and 303032 at Bo'nessA busy scene at Bo'ness as 37403+37703 prepare to leave the yard to haul the delayed 12.30 service to Manuel, 614209 is stabled in the yard, 66773 has just arrived on the rear of the previous working from Manuel and 303032 is on display on the bay platform 29.12.21 The Bo'ness Diesel Gala took place on Wednesday 29th December.   The gala featured the home fleet with BR Large logo liveried 37403 making its debut at Bo'ness following its time on hire to DRS, BR Blue liveried 37703 making its last appearance on loan from DRS, 47643 in its Scotrail Intercity livery and 27001 in BR Blue livery.   

The visiting locomotive was supplied by GBRF and was 66773 'Pride of GB Railfreight' with Pride rainbow branding.

On display was DRS liveried 20302+20305, which will shortly be leaving Bo'ness as well as Hydrogen Multiple Unit 614209 and former Blue Train: 303032, which was making it's first appearance out in the open for around 6 years.

It was torrential rain for most of the morning, which made photography difficult (and meant having to take most photographs on my phone instead of the camera), however the highlight was seeing 303032 out on display and having a look round the interior and seeing 37403+37703 double heading the 12.30 working.

66773 at Bo'ness66773 at Bo'nessVisiting locomotive and making it's debut passenger run, GBRF's 66773 'Pride of GB Railfreight is seen at Bo'ness being prepared to haul the 11.30 service to Manuel 29.12.21 303032 at Bo'ness303032 at Bo'nessMaking a rare appearance out in the open, former Glasgow 'Blue Train' 303032 made up of Strathclyde Transport 'red' and black liveried Driving trailers 75632 and 75597 and SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 61513 (ex 303023) is seen on display on the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.21 20302+20305 at Bo'ness20302+20305 at Bo'nessDRS 'Compass' liveried 20302+20305 are seen on display at Bo'ness 29.12.21
614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessVehicle 64600 from Hydrogen Multiple Unit 614209 (ex 314209) is seen stabled in the yard next to Bo'ness Station 29.12.21 47643 at Bo'ness47643 at Bo'nessScotrail 'Intercity' liveried 47643 arrives into Bo'ness with a service from Manuel 29.12.21 37403+37703 at Bo'ness37403+37703 at Bo'nessIn heavy rain BR Large Loco liveried 37403, making it's debut at Bo'ness following an overhaul+ Blue liveried 37703 possibly making it's final appearance at Bo'ness await departure from Bo'ness with the delayed 12.30 service to Manuel 29.12.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 27001 303032 37403 37703 47643 614209 66773 bo'ness manuel https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/boness-diesel-gala-29-12-21 Mon, 03 Jan 2022 16:31:07 GMT
Wartime livery repaint for Balloon 700 28.12.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/wartime-livery-repaint-for-balloon-700-28-12-21 700 at Pharos Street700 at Pharos StreetHaving paused for a photo stop, Wartime liveried 'B' Fleet Balloon 700 is seen next to Pharos Lighthouse in Fleetwood 28.12.21 After 10 years in Blackpool Transport's 'Flexity' Purple and White livery, Balloon 700 has been repainted back into the Wartime Green and Cream livery that it carried during the 2nd World War and into the 1950's then again following a major overhaul in 1997 till it was sidelined for the addition of the door pods to make it compatable with the Flexity platforms in 2010.

700 was initially due to make it's debut run back in Green and Cream at the Anniversary Weekend in September, however was sidelined with a door fault.   On 28th December 2021, 700 was used for the FTS Christmas tour along with Atlantean bus 334 (which did a run along the long abandoned former street routes on Lytham Road and the former Marton summer extension terminus on Station Road opposite South Pier.  

Balloon 700 then took over and ran first to Starr Gate, then north to Fleetwood before returning to Rigby Road.   Millennium Balloon 707 was then used for the third part of the tour, which consisted of an evening tour of the illuminations.

The repainting of Balloon 700 means now that only two of the 'B' fleet Balloons now retain the purple and white livery: 711 and 719.

The current status of the B Fleet is as follows:

Number Type Livery Current Status
700 Balloon (original shape with twin destination screens) Wartime Green and Cream Operational
707 Millennium Balloon Millennium Green and Cream Operational
709 Millennium Balloon Sea Life Centre All over advert Stored since 2013
711 Balloon (refurbished 1990's) Flexity Purple and White In paint shop
713 Balloon (refurbished 2005) Hounds Hill Centre all over advert Operational
718 Millennium Balloon Millennium Green and Cream Operational
719 Balloon (refurbished 1997) Flexity Purple and White Currently unavailable
720 Balloon (refurbished 2011) Walls Ice Cream all over advert Stored since 2011
724 Millennium Balloon Lyndene Hotel all over advert Stored since 2013

Some shots of 700

700 at North Albert Street700 at North Albert StreetHaving recently been repainted into Wartime Green and Cream livery, 'B' Fleet Balloon 700 is seen passing Fleetwood Hospital on North Albert Street whilst operating on the FTS Christmas Tour 28.12.21 700 at Fleetwood Ferry700 at Fleetwood FerryHaving recently been repainted into Wartime Green and Cream livery, 'B' Fleet Balloon 700 is seen at Fleetwood Ferry whilst operating on the FTS Christmas Tour 28.12.21
700 at Pharos Street700 at Pharos StreetHaving paused for a photo stop, Wartime liveried 'B' Fleet Balloon 700 is seen next to Pharos Lighthouse in Fleetwood 28.12.21 700 at North Albert Street700 at North Albert StreetHaving recently been repainted into Wartime Green and Cream livery, 'B' Fleet Balloon 700 is seen on North Albert Street on its return journey to Rigby Road whilst operating on the FTS Christmas Tour 28.12.21
700 at Rigby Road depot700 at Rigby Road depotHaving recently been repainted into Wartime Green and Cream livery and with the last of the daylight fading, 'B' Fleet Balloon 700 is seen entering Rigby Road Depot at the end of part one of the FTS Christmas Tour 28.12.21 700, 717 and 707 at Rigby Road700, 717 and 707 at Rigby RoadWartime liveried Balloon 700, 30's liveried Balloon 717 and Millenium Balloon 707 are seen at the front of Rigby Road depot. the photo shows the differing profiles of the ex open topper (700) and the enclosed as built 717. 28.12.21

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 700 balloon balloon 700 blackpool trams green and cream repaint wartime livery https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/1/wartime-livery-repaint-for-balloon-700-28-12-21 Mon, 03 Jan 2022 00:17:06 GMT
The Magical Express Tour Tram (Blackpool Balloon 723) 18.12.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/12/the-magical-express-tour-tram-blackpool-balloon-723-18-12-21 723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is on the Pleasure Beach turning circle on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21 A very quick stop off at Blackpool this afternoon allowed me the chance to grab a couple of photographs of Blackpool's most recent Heritage Fleet tram to receive an all over advert!

Balloon 723 has been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram and has been revynaled on the outside with mainly black vynal with a white strip along the base of the tram.   Along the white base and onto the black are various characters including people ice skating, snowmen and Christmas Trees.   On the panel on either side where the stair case is located, there is an image of a full moon with Santa on his sleigh being hauled by his reindeers passing it.   On the between deck panelling, there are slogans for 'I love BP (Blackpool)', 'Christmas by the sea' and 'The Magical Express Tour'.  The destination blinds have been vynaled over and also feature the text:'The Magical Express Tour'.   The 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place at the Tower Headland from 19th November until 3rd January. The event has the 'Star Flyer' ride, an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland.   723 is operating tours, which are running from North Pier / Tower heritage stop to Pleasure Beach (non stop) and return with it only being possible to board at the North Pier / Tower stop. See further info and times at: https://blackpoolheritage.com/tours/the-magical-express-tour/

723 is one of Blackpool's iconic Balloon tram fleet and is a regular performer on Blackpool's heritage tram tours and Illuminations tours.   Having received a major refurbishment in the 1990's, which involved the removal of it's curved end upper deck windows, curved roof windows and swing over seats, 723 received many other modifications including the fitting of flourescent lighting, high intensity headlights and heating, making it ideal for winter use.   723 was regularly seen in use either on the Fleetwood or Cleveleys services or even on specials until withdrawal in 2011 prior to the completion of the tramway upgrade and introduction of the Flexities in 2012.   723 was not chosen for conversion to one of the 'fat door' 'B' fleet balloons due to it having remedial repairs done to its underframe rather than the full replacement carried out on subsequent refurbishments / overhauls and would join the heritage fleet, first as the 'scruffy surprise' in 2015 when it was used during the Anniversary event, having been stripped of its advertising vynals revealing a rather scruffy coat of 80's green and cream underneath.   After a repaint with a fresh coat of 80's green and cream in 2016, 723 became a permanent member of the heritage fleet.

The photos below show Balloon 723 in it's 'Magical Express Tour' livery at Pleasure Beach on 18.12.21

723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is entering the Pleasure Beach turning circle on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21 723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is seen entering the Pleasure Beach turning circle on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21 723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is on the Pleasure Beach turning circle on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21
723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is on the Pleasure Beach turning circle on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21 723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is seen at Pleasure Beach on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21 723 at Pleasure Beach723 at Pleasure BeachHaving been branded as the 'The Magical Express Tour' tram Balloon 723 is seen at Pleasure Beach on a Tour from the North Pier / Tower stop where the 'Christmas by the sea' event is taking place until 3rd January. The event has an Ice Rink and Christmas Market set up on the Tower headland. 18.12.21

Also seen were Flexity 2 trams 006, 001, 003 and 017 also at Pleasure Beach and at Rigby Road Depot OMO 8, Centenary 645, Brush Railcoach 632, Balloon 717, Millennium Balloon 707 and Coronation 663 which were all prominent at the front of the depot.

006 at Pleasure Beach006 at Pleasure BeachFlexity 006 with advertising for Tunnocks carmel logs departs Pleasure Beach with a service from Starr Gate - Fleetwood 18.12.21 001 at Pleasure Beach001 at Pleasure BeachWearing an all over advert for the Merlin Attractions (Sea Life Centre and Tussauds Wax Works), Flexity 001 pauses at Pleasure Beach with a Fleetwood - Starr Gate service 18.12.21 003 at Pleasure Beach003 at Pleasure BeachWearing an all over advert for Prettylittlething.com, Flexity 003 approaches Pleasure Beach with a Starr Gate - Fleetwood service 18.12.21
017 at Pleasure Beach017 at Pleasure BeachFleet liveried Flexity 017, one of two additional Flexity 2 trams built for the almost complete extension to Blackpool North Station is seen at Pleasure Beach with a Fleetwood Ferry - Starr Gate service 18.12.21 631, 717, 707 and 663 at Rigby Road Depot631, 717, 707 and 663 at Rigby Road DepotBrush Car 631, Balloon 717, Millennium Balloon 707 and Coronation Car 663 are seen at the front of Rigby Road depot 18.12.21 OMO 8 and 645 at Rigby RoadOMO 8 and 645 at Rigby RoadPlum and Custard liveried OMO 8 and all over red with white fronted Centenary car 645 are seen at the front of Rigby Road depot 18.12.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 001 003 006 017 631 645 663 707 717 723 balloon balloon 723 blackpool trams brush railcoach centenary coronation flexity north pier / tower omo omo 8 pleasure beach rigby road the magical express tour https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/12/the-magical-express-tour-tram-blackpool-balloon-723-18-12-21 Sun, 19 Dec 2021 00:17:55 GMT
DRS Liveried 20302+20305 at Bo'ness 26.11.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/drs-liveried-20302-20305-at-boness-26-11-21 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)

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 20302 20305 314209 614209 64600 Arcola Energy Bo'ness Class 20 class 314 class 614 DRS https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/drs-liveried-20302-20305-at-boness-26-11-21 Sun, 28 Nov 2021 22:04:53 GMT
A class 230, a class 614 and a class 799: COP 26, Glasgow Oct&Nov 2021 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/a-class-230-a-class-614-and-a-class-799-cop-26-glasgow-oct-nov-2021 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)

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 230001 314209 614209 799201 battery power Bo'ness COP 26 glasgow central hydrogen Maxwell Park Porterbrook Viva Rail Viva Venturer Whifflet https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/11/a-class-230-a-class-614-and-a-class-799-cop-26-glasgow-oct-nov-2021 Sat, 20 Nov 2021 20:03:11 GMT
Scottish Power / COP 26 advert on Glasgow Subway stock 16.10.21 & 22.10.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/10/scottish-power-/-cop-26-advert-on-glasgow-subway-stock-16-10-21 125+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

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 118 125 201 barclay buchanan street clockwork orange glasgow subway metro cammell st enoch underground https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/10/scottish-power-/-cop-26-advert-on-glasgow-subway-stock-16-10-21 Thu, 21 Oct 2021 23:21:59 GMT
Glasgow Subway visit 3.10.21 and 8.10.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/10/glasgow-subway-visit-3-10-21-and-8-10-21 101 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  
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(Scottish Trains Website) Barclay Bridge Street Broomloan Depot Buchanan St Cessnock Cowcaddens Glasgow Subway Govan Hillhead Ibrox Kelvin Bridge Kelvinhall Kinning PArk Metro Cammell Partick Shields Road St Enoch St Georges Cross West Street https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/10/glasgow-subway-visit-3-10-21-and-8-10-21 Mon, 11 Oct 2021 00:16:56 GMT
Merseyrail trip 11.9.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/10/merseyrail-trip-11-9-21 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.

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) Ainsdale Birkenhead North Class 507 Class 508 Class 777 Hamilton Square Kirkdale Maghull North Merseyrail Moorfields New Brighton Southport https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/10/merseyrail-trip-11-9-21 Sun, 03 Oct 2021 22:37:25 GMT
Merseyrail Class 777 on public display 11.9.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/merseyrail-class-777-on-public-display-11-9-21 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!

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(Scottish Trains Website) birkenhead north class 777 merseyrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/9/merseyrail-class-777-on-public-display-11-9-21 Sat, 18 Sep 2021 22:42:18 GMT
A week on the West Highland line 26.7 - 30.7.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/a-week-on-the-west-highland-line-26-7---30-7-21 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  
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(Scottish Trains Website) arrochar and tarbet caledonian sleeper class 153 class 156 class 66 class 73 gbrf scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/a-week-on-the-west-highland-line-26-7---30-7-21 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 22:52:45 GMT
Staycation express debut run 15.7.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/staycation-express-debut-run-15-7-21   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

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43058 43059 Appleby Carlisle Class 43 HST LSL Skipton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/8/staycation-express-debut-run-15-7-21 Tue, 03 Aug 2021 21:59:47 GMT
Merseyrail Day out 28.6.21 and 19.7.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/merseyrail-day-out-28-6-21 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)

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) Birkenhead Class 507 Class 508 Class 777 Kirkdale Merseyrail Ormskirk Southport https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/merseyrail-day-out-28-6-21 Tue, 13 Jul 2021 23:42:55 GMT
Midland Pullman HST at Kilmarnock 26.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/midland-pullman-hst-at-kilmarnock-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 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

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/midland-pullman-hst-at-kilmarnock-26-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:44:36 GMT
Flying Scotsman at Dalmeny 25.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/flying-scotsman-at-dalmeny-25-6-21 60103 at Dalmeny60103 at DalmenyBritish Railways Green liveried LNER A3 class 60103 'Flying Scotsman' passes through Dalmeny with 1Z76 Dunfermilne Town - Edinburgh Waverley 'Steam Dreams' Forth Circle Railtour 25.6.21

British Railways Green liveried LNER A3 class 60103 'Flying Scotsman' passes through Dalmeny with 1Z76 Dunfermilne Town - Edinburgh Waverley 'Steam Dreams' Forth Circle Railtour 25.6.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 60103 british railways dalmeny flying scotsman lner https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/flying-scotsman-at-dalmeny-25-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:36:25 GMT
Pride liveried 334006 at Blackridge 21.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/pride-liveried-334006-at-blackridge-21-6-21 334006+334040 at Blackridge334006+334040 at BlackridgeScotrail Saltire liveried 334006 with one of it's DMS vehicles wearing Pride livery and Scotrail Saltire liveried 334040 approach Blackridge with 2M32 16.23 Milngavie - Edinburgh Waverley service 21.6.21

Scotrail Saltire liveried 334006 with one of it's DMS vehicles wearing Pride livery and Scotrail Saltire liveried 334040 approach Blackridge with 2M32 16.23 Milngavie - Edinburgh Waverley service 21.6.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 334006 blackridge class 334 pride scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/pride-liveried-334006-at-blackridge-21-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:33:29 GMT
Scotrail Class 153's at Dalmuir 20.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/scotrail-class-153s-at-dalmuir-20-6-21  Some of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153380, 153377 and 153373 featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. 153380 is seen on the rear of a 5 car formation made up of 153373, 153377 and led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21

153380 at Dalmuir153380 at DalmuirOne of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153380, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. 153380 is seen on the rear of a 5 car formation made up of 153373, 153377 and led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21 153380 at Damuir153380 at DamuirOne of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153380, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. 153380 is seen on the rear of a 5 car formation made up of 153373, 153377 and led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21
153377 at Dalmuir153377 at DalmuirOne of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153377, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. 153377 is seen in the middle of a 5 car formation made up of 153373, 153380 and led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21 153373 at Dalmuir153373 at DalmuirOne of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153373, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. 153373 is seen in a 5 car formation made up of 153380, 153377 and led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21
153377+153373+153380 at Dalmuir153377+153373+153380 at DalmuirSome of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153377, 153373 and 153380, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. They are seen on the rear of a 5 car formation led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21 156492+153377+153373+153380 at Dalmuir156492+153377+153373+153380 at DalmuirScotrail liveried 156462 and some of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriages' 153377, 153373 and 153380 pause at Dalmuir with 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21
153377 at Dalmuir153377 at DalmuirOne of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153377, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line, is seen as part of a 5 car formation made up of 153373, 153380 and led by 156462 at Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21 153380 at Dalmuir153380 at DalmuirOne of the newest additions to the Scotrail fleet, 'Active travel carriage' 153380, featuring vynals depicting many landmarks found on the West Highland Line. 153380 is seen on the rear of a 5 car formation made up of 153373, 153377 and led by 156462 departing Dalmuir working 3T91 14.35 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street test working. 20.6.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 153 153373 153377 153380 class scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/scotrail-class-153s-at-dalmuir-20-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:29:12 GMT
Progress at Uddingston 18.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/progress-at-uddingston-18-6-21 Pride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 'Progress' is seen passing Uddingston with 1M15 14.34 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 18.6.21 390119 at Uddingston390119 at UddingstonPride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 'Progress' is seen passing Uddingston with 1M15 14.34 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 18.6.21 Pride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 'Progress' is seen passing Uddingston with 1M15 14.34 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 18.6.21 390119 at Uddingston390119 at UddingstonPride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 'Progress' is seen passing Uddingston with 1M15 14.34 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 18.6.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 390119 avanti west coast pride progress train uddingston https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/progress-at-uddingston-18-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:13:25 GMT
BR Green 37521+37667 at Carluke 12.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/br-green-37521-37667-at-carluke-12-6-21 37521+37667 at Carluke37521+37667 at CarlukeBritish Railways Green liveried 37521+37667 pass through Carluke with 1Z18 Oban - Crewe 'The Haggis Peaks and Tractors' Railtour 12.6.21

British Railways Green liveried 37521+37667 pass through Carluke with 1Z18 Oban - Crewe 'The Haggis Peaks and Tractors' Railtour 12.6.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37521 37667 carluke lsl https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/br-green-37521-37667-at-carluke-12-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:07:48 GMT
44871 at Carstairs 12.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/44871-at-carstairs-12-6-21
 
Black 5 no 44871 and support coach are seen waiting out time in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with 5Z72 Carlisle - Fort William 12.6.21
 
 
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(Scottish Trains Website) 44871 carstairs https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/44871-at-carstairs-12-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 21:02:34 GMT
314209 at Bo'ness 11.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/314209-at-boness-11-6-21 Vehicle 71458 (PTSO) from 314209 is seen stabled in the yard at Bo'ness (photo taken from public path) 12.6.21 71458 at Bo'ness71458 at Bo'nessVehicle 71458 (PTSO) from 314209 is seen stabled in the yard at Bo'ness (photo taken from public path) 12.6.21 DMSO 64599 and PTSO 71458 from 314209 are seen in the yard at Bo'ness (photo taken from public footpath) 11.6.21 64599 and 71458 at Bo'ness64599 and 71458 at Bo'nessDMSO 64599 and PTSO 71458 from 314209 are seen in the yard at Bo'ness (photo taken from public footpath) 11.6.21 DMSO 64599 and PTSO 71458 from 314209 are seen in the yard at Bo'ness (photo taken from public footpath) 11.6.21 64599 and 71458 at Bo'ness64599 and 71458 at Bo'nessDMSO 64599 and PTSO 71458 from 314209 are seen in the yard at Bo'ness (photo taken from public footpath) 11.6.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314209 bo'ness class 314 scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/314209-at-boness-11-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 20:59:18 GMT
66771 at Carluke 5.6.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/66771-at-carluke-5-6-21 66771 at Carluke66771 at CarlukeGBRF liveried 66771 'Amanda' is seen approaching Carluke with 6E05 Mossend - Hunslet Tilcon GBRF coal hoppers 5.6.21

GBRF liveried 66771 'Amanda' is seen approaching Carluke with 6E05 Mossend - Hunslet Tilcon GBRF coal hoppers 5.6.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66771 carluke gbrf https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/66771-at-carluke-5-6-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 20:52:02 GMT
37099 at Newton 31.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/37099-at-newton-31-5-21 37099 at Newton37099 at NewtonColas liveried 37099 'Merl Evans 1947-2016' reverses at Newton with 3Q62 Falkland Yard - Kings Park Network rail test train. DBSO 9714 is on the other end of the train 31.5.21

Colas liveried 37099 'Merl Evans 1947-2016' reverses at Newton with 3Q62 Falkland Yard - Kings Park Network rail test train. DBSO 9714 is on the other end of the train 31.5.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37099 network rail newton test train https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/37099-at-newton-31-5-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 20:30:20 GMT
ex LNER power cars on the NMT 24.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/ex-lner-power-cars-on-the-nmt-24-5-21 Wearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43299 and 43290 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train northbound through Prestonpans with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21 43299 tnt 43290 at Prestonpans43299 tnt 43290 at PrestonpansWearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43299 and 43290 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train northbound through Prestonpans with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21 Wearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43299 and 43290 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train northbound through Prestonpans with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21 43299 tnt 43290 at Prestonpans43299 tnt 43290 at PrestonpansWearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43299 and 43290 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train northbound through Prestonpans with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21 Wearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43290 and 43299 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train eastbound through Polmont with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21 43290 tnt 43299 at Polmont43290 tnt 43299 at PolmontWearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43290 and 43299 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train eastbound through Polmont with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21
Wearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43290 and 43299 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train eastbound through Polmont with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21
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43290 tnt 43299 at Polmont43290 tnt 43299 at PolmontWearing LNER livery with Network Rail decals, 43290 and 43299 top and tail the Network Rail New Measurement Train eastbound through Polmont with 1Q24 Heaton - Newcastle via Glasgow Queen Street working 24.5.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43290 43299 lner network rail nmt polmont prestonpans https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/ex-lner-power-cars-on-the-nmt-24-5-21 Sun, 04 Jul 2021 20:26:14 GMT
37219 tnt 37116 at Cartland 18.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/37219-tnt-37116-at-cartland-18-5-21 37219 tnt 37116 at Cartland37219 tnt 37116 at CartlandColas liveried 37219 and 37116 top and tail the Network Rail PLPR Test train through Cartland with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend via Carstairs working 18.5.21

Colas liveried 37219 and 37116 top and tail the Network Rail PLPR Test train through Cartland with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend via Carstairs working 18.5.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 1q80 37116 37219 cartland colas network rail plpr https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/37219-tnt-37116-at-cartland-18-5-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:26:46 GMT
37703 at Bo'ness 14.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/37703-at-boness-14-5-21 37703 at Bo'ness37703 at Bo'nessBR Blue liveried 37703 heads along the foreshore at Bo'ness having collected 5x Mark 1's from Manuel. The Mark 1's were being returned from Carnforth having been fitted with toilet retention tanks/ 14.5.21

BR Blue liveried 37703 heads along the foreshore at Bo'ness having collected 5x Mark 1's from Manuel. The Mark 1's were being returned from Carnforth having been fitted with toilet retention tanks/ 14.5.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37703 bo'ness https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/37703-at-boness-14-5-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:24:00 GMT
47802+37516 at Polmont 14.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/47802-37516-at-polmont-14-5-21 47802+37516 at Polmont47802+37516 at Polmont47802 with 37516 dead in tow (having failed enroute and being rescued by 47802) and five Mark 1's approaches Polmont with 5Z37 Carnforth - Bo'ness Exchange Siding ECS working 14.5.21

47802 with 37516 dead in tow (having failed enroute and being rescued by 47802) and five Mark 1's approaches Polmont with 5Z37 Carnforth - Bo'ness Exchange Siding ECS working 14.5.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37516 47802 polmont west coast https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/47802-37516-at-polmont-14-5-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:21:49 GMT
Evening Star at Carstairs 6.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/evening-star-at-carstairs-6-5-21 66779 at Carstairs66779 at CarstairsGBRF's BR Green liveried 66779 'Evening Star' is seen departing the Up Goods Loop at Carstairs with 4M01 Mossend - Carlisle Yard Cement working 6.5.21

GBRF's BR Green liveried 66779 'Evening Star' is seen departing the Up Goods Loop at Carstairs with 4M01 Mossend - Carlisle Yard Cement working 6.5.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4m01 66779 carlisle carstairs castle cement evening star mossend https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/evening-star-at-carstairs-6-5-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:17:09 GMT
57312 at Dalmeny 4.5.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/57312-at-dalmeny-4-5-21 57312 at Dalmeny57312 at DalmenyRail Operations Group's 57312 with barrier coaches 6340 & 6330 pass through Dalmeny with 5M57 Dundee - Derby RTC working 4.5.21

Rail Operations Group's 57312 with barrier coaches 6340 & 6330 pass through Dalmeny with 5M57 Dundee - Derby RTC working 4.5.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 57312 dalmeny rail operations group https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/57312-at-dalmeny-4-5-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:12:59 GMT
66705 at Carstairs 20.4.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/66705-at-carstairs-20-4-21 66705 at Carstairs66705 at CarstairsGBRF liveried 66705 'Golden Jubilee' waits in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with a mixture of Chiltern and Anglia Mark 3's in tow whilst working 5S59 Long Marston - Mossend ECS working 20.4.21. The Mark 3's will be taken in two rakes to EG Steele's yard in Hamilton the following day

GBRF liveried 66705 'Golden Jubilee' waits in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with a mixture of Chiltern and Anglia Mark 3's in tow whilst working 5S59 Long Marston - Mossend ECS working 20.4.21. The Mark 3's will be taken in two rakes to EG Steele's yard in Hamilton the following day

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66705 carstairs gbrf https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/66705-at-carstairs-20-4-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:06:51 GMT
Progress at Carstairs 12.4.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/progress-at-carstairs-12-4-21 390119 at Carstairs390119 at CarstairsPride Liveried 390119 'Progress' accelerates away from Carstairs South Junction with 9M86 14.53 Edinburgh Waverley - London Euston service 12.4.21 Pride Liveried 390119 'Progress' accelerates away from Carstairs South Junction with 9M86 14.53 Edinburgh Waverley - London Euston service 12.4.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 390119 avanti west coast carstairs pride progress https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/progress-at-carstairs-12-4-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 22:01:55 GMT
'Chinook' at Carluke 6.4.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/chinook-at-carluke-6-4-21 66723 at Carluke66723 at CarlukeGBRF's 66723 'Chinook' passes through Carluke with 4M01 Mossend - Carlisle 'Castle Cement' working 6.4.21 GBRF's 66723 'Chinook' passes through Carluke with 4M01 Mossend - Carlisle 'Castle Cement' working 6.4.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66723 carluke chinook gbrf https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/chinook-at-carluke-6-4-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 21:58:45 GMT
'Progress' at Carluke 5.4.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/progress-at-carluke-5-4-21 390119 at Carluke390119 at CarlukePride Liveried 390119 'Progress' passes through Carluke with 1M12 11.33 Glasgow Central - London Euston 5.4.21 Pride Liveried 390119 'Progress' passes through Carluke with 1M12 11.33 Glasgow Central - London Euston 5.4.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 390119 carluke pride progress https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/progress-at-carluke-5-4-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 21:54:54 GMT
Sunny Cartland 3.4.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/sunny-cartland-3-4-21 A sunny afternoon at Cartland 3.4.21

Scotrail Saltire liveried 385012+385033 pass through Cartland with 2B81 14.22 Lanark - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21 385012+385033 at Cartland385012+385033 at CartlandScotrail Saltire liveried 385012+385033 pass through Cartland with 2B81 14.22 Lanark - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21
Avanti West Coast liveried 390148 passes through Cartland with 1S52 09.25 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21 390148 at Cartland390148 at CartlandAvanti West Coast liveried 390148 passes through Cartland with 1S52 09.25 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21
DRS liveried 68002 + 68005 pass through Cartland with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend container working 3.4.21 390148 at Cartland390148 at CartlandAvanti West Coast liveried 390148 passes through Cartland with 1S52 09.25 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21
Scotrail Saltire liveried 385005+385025 pass through Cartland with 2B85 15.24 Lanark - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21 385005+385025 at Cartland385005+385025 at CartlandScotrail Saltire liveried 385005+385025 pass through Cartland with 2B85 15.24 Lanark - Glasgow Central service 3.4.21
397008 passes through Cartland with 5D92 Carstairs to Glasgow Central training run 3.4.21 397008 at Cartland397008 at Cartland397008 passes through Cartland with 5D92 Carstairs to Glasgow Central training run 3.4.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/sunny-cartland-3-4-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 21:42:34 GMT
Carluke Containers 1.4.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/carluke-containers-1-4-21 90044+90043 at Carluke90044+90043 at CarlukeFreightliner Orange liveried 90044 + Freightliner Green liveried 90043 pass through Carluke with 4L89 Coatbridge F.L.T - Felixstowe North F.L.T. containers 1.4.21 Freightliner Orange liveried 90044 + Freightliner Green liveried 90043 pass through Carluke with 4L89 Coatbridge F.L.T - Felixstowe North F.L.T. containers 1.4.21

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4m11 90043 90044 coatbridge crewe basford hall freightliner https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/carluke-containers-1-4-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 21:31:40 GMT
Hartwood 31.3.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/hartwood-31-3-21 My first time out taking photographs since 2nd January saw me catch a passenger and a freight working:

66039 passes through Hartwood with 4E99 Grangemouth - Tees Dock Containers 31.3.21 66039 at Hartwood66039 at Hartwood66039 passes through Hartwood with 4E99 Grangemouth - Tees Dock Containers 31.3.21
Scotrail Saltire liveried 385020 pauses at Hartwood with 2Y49 16.26 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central 31.3.21 385020 at Hartwood385020 at HartwoodScotrail Saltire liveried 385020 pauses at Hartwood with 2Y49 16.26 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central 31.3.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 385020 66039 dbs hartwood scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/7/hartwood-31-3-21 Sat, 03 Jul 2021 21:25:22 GMT
66's at Carluke 2.1.21 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66s-at-carluke-2-1-21 66114 DB Schenker liveried 66114 passes through Carluke with 4M30 Grangemouth - Daventry containers 2.1.21 66114 at Carluke66114 at CarlukeDB Schenker liveried 66114 passes through Carluke with 4M30 Grangemouth - Daventry containers 2.1.21 66421+66738 DRS liveried 66421 + GBRF liveried 66738 pass through Carluke with 6K53 Cathcart East Junction - Carlisle Yard engineering working 2.1.21 66421+66738 at Carluke66421+66738 at CarlukeDRS liveried 66421 + GBRF liveried 66738 pass through Carluke with 6K53 Cathcart East Junction - Carlisle Yard engineering working 2.1.21

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66114 66421 66738 carlisle yard carluke cathcart class 66 daventry grangemouth https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66s-at-carluke-2-1-21 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:10:50 GMT
Cartland snow 29.12.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/cartland-snow-29-12-20 390011 Avanti West Coast liveried 390011 passes Cartland (between Carluke and Lanark Junction) with 1M13 12.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 29.12.20 390011 at Cartland390011 at CartlandAvanti West Coast liveried 390011 passes Cartland (between Carluke and Lanark Junction) with 1M13 12.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 29.12.20 385025+385038 Scotrail Saltire liveried 385025+385038 are seen passing Cartland (between Carluke and Lanark Junction) with 5B76 ECS working from Glasgow Central - Lanark 29.12.20 385025+385038 at Cart;amd385025+385038 at Cart;amdScotrail Saltire liveried 385025+385038 are seen passing Cartland (between Carluke and Lanark Junction) with 5B76 ECS working from Glasgow Central - Lanark 29.12.20 66765 GBRF liveried 66765 passes Cartland (between Carluke and Lanark Junction) with 6K34 Cowlairs East Junction - Carlisle Yard engineering working 29.12.20 66765 at Cartland66765 at CartlandGBRF liveried 66765 passes Cartland (between Carluke and Lanark Junction) with 6K34 Cowlairs East Junction - Carlisle Yard engineering working 29.12.20 385044 Scotrail Saltire liveried 385044 passes Cartland with 2B77 13.19 Lanark - Glasgow Central service 29.12.20 385044 at Cartland385044 at CartlandScotrail Saltire liveried 385044 passes Cartland with 2B77 13.19 Lanark - Glasgow Central service 29.12.20 88005 DRS 'Compass' liveried 88005 passes Cartland (between Lanark Junction and Carluke) with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend Container working 29.12.20 88005 at Cartland88005 at CartlandDRS 'Compass' liveried 88005 passes Cartland (between Lanark Junction and Carluke) with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend Container working 29.12.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 385025 385038 385044 390011 66765 88005 cartland https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/cartland-snow-29-12-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 23:06:02 GMT
88005 at Carluke 28.12.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/88005-at-carluke-28-12-20 88005 at Carluke88005 at CarlukeDRS liveried 88005 is seen from the Bushelhead Road bridge outside Carluke with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend container working 28.12.20

DRS liveried 88005 is seen from the Bushelhead Road bridge outside Carluke with 4S43 Daventry - Mossend container working 28.12.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p289014899/ef42b5659

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4s43 88005 carluke containers daventry mossend https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/88005-at-carluke-28-12-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:55:56 GMT
66006 at Carstairs 23.12.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66006-at-carstairs-23-12-20 66006 at Carstairs South Junction66006 at Carstairs South JunctionEWS liveried 66006 approaches Carstairs South Junction with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill departmental working 23.12.20

EWS liveried 66006 approaches Carstairs South Junction with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill departmental working 23.12.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p289014899/ef4022917

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66006 6s50 carstairs https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66006-at-carstairs-23-12-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:53:28 GMT
Intercity liveried 90002 at Carluke and Cartland 12.12.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/intercity-liveried-90002-at-carluke-and-cartland-12-12-20 90002 Intercity liveried 90002 with matching Mark 3's and DVT pass through Cartland with 1Z90 London Euston - Glasgow Central Locomotive Services Limited Royal Scot tour 12.12.20 90002 at Cartland90002 at CartlandIntercity liveried 90002 with matching Mark 3's and DVT pass through Cartland with 1Z90 London Euston - Glasgow Central Locomotive Services Limited Royal Scot tour 12.12.20 90002 In a scene that could easily be from the late 1980's / early-mid 90's Intercity liveried DVT 82139 is seen leading a set of Mark 3's with 90002 pushing on the rear through Carluke with 1Z91 Glasgow Central - Carlisle Locomotive Services Limited's Royal Scot railtour 12.12.20 82139 tnt 90002 at Carluke82139 tnt 90002 at CarlukeIn a scene that could easily be from the late 1980's / early-mid 90's Intercity liveried DVT 82139 is seen leading a set of Mark 3's with 90002 pushing on the rear through Carluke with 1Z91 Glasgow Central - Carlisle Locomotive Services Limited's Royal Scot railtour 12.12.20 90002 In a scene that could easily be from the late 1980's / early-mid 90's Intercity liveried 90002 is seen pushing a set of Mark 3's with 82136 leading as they pass through Carluke with 1Z91 Glasgow Central - Carlisle Locomotive Services Limited's Royal Scot railtour 12.12.20 90002 at Carluke90002 at CarlukeIn a scene that could easily be from the late 1980's / early-mid 90's Intercity liveried 90002 is seen pushing a set of Mark 3's with 82136 leading as they pass through Carluke with 1Z91 Glasgow Central - Carlisle Locomotive Services Limited's Royal Scot railtour 12.12.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 1z90 1z91 82136 90002 carlisle carluke cartland glasgow central intercity locomotive services limited london euston https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/intercity-liveried-90002-at-carluke-and-cartland-12-12-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:51:26 GMT
66102 at Carluke 14.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66102-at-carluke-14-11-20 66102 at Carluke66102 at CarlukeEWS liveried 66102 is seen approaching Carluke with 4M30 Grangemouth - Daventry container working 14.11.20

EWS liveried 66102 is seen approaching Carluke with 4M30 Grangemouth - Daventry container working 14.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p175132471/ef182db78

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4m30 66102 carluke daventry db ews grangemouth intermodal https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66102-at-carluke-14-11-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:41:54 GMT
67012 at Holytown 14.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/67012-at-holytown-14-11-20 67012 tnt 67020 at Holytown67012 tnt 67020 at Holytownan extremely dirty Debranded Wrexham and Shropshire liveried 67012 top and tailed with an equally manky EWS liveried 67020 pass through Holytown with 3S93 Stirling - Slateford RHTT working 14.11.20

An extremely dirty Debranded Wrexham and Shropshire liveried 67012 top and tailed with an equally manky EWS liveried 67020 pass through Holytown with 3S93 Stirling - Slateford RHTT working 14.11.20  https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p175132471/ef182db81

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(Scottish Trains Website) 67012 holytown rhtt https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/67012-at-holytown-14-11-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:39:34 GMT
Edinburgh Trams 13.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/edinburgh-trams-13-11-20 257 The latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 at Ingliston Park and Ride257 at Ingliston Park and RideThe latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 The latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 at Ingliston Park and Ride257 at Ingliston Park and RideThe latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 The latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 at Ingliston Park and Ride257 at Ingliston Park and RideThe latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 The latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 at Ingliston Park and Ride257 at Ingliston Park and RideThe latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on an Airport - York Place service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 The latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on a York Place - Airport service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 257 at Ingliston Park and Ride257 at Ingliston Park and RideThe latest Edinburgh tram to receive a new advert livery is 257, which is seen arriving at Ingliston Park and Ride on a York Place - Airport service wearing an advert from the Ray Harryhausen 'Titan of Cinema' exhibition at the National Galleries of Scotland 13.11.20 272 Edinburgh's CAF Urbos 272, wearing an advert for John Lewis, pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with a service from Airport - York Place 13.11.20 272 at Ingliston Park and Ride272 at Ingliston Park and RideEdinburgh's CAF Urbos 272, wearing an advert for John Lewis, pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with a service from Airport - York Place 13.11.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 272 275 edinburgh trams ingliston park and ride john lewis national galleries of scotland ray harryhausen https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/edinburgh-trams-13-11-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:37:08 GMT
Greenfaulds sunset 6.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/greenfaulds-sunset-6-11-20 385103 With the sunset in the background, 385103 arrives at Greenfaulds with 2J50 16.25 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley via Cumbernauld service 6.11.20 385103 at Greenfaulds385103 at GreenfauldsWith the sunset in the background, 385103 arrives at Greenfaulds with 2J50 16.25 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley via Cumbernauld service 6.11.20 385106 385106 is seen arriving at Greenfaulds with 2J97 16.03 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street via Cumbernauld service 6.11.20 385106 at Greenfaulds385106 at Greenfaulds385106 is seen arriving at Greenfaulds with 2J97 16.03 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Queen Street via Cumbernauld service 6.11.20 320414 320414 pauses at Greenfaulds with 2C06 15.40 Milngavie - Cumbernauld service 6.11.20 320314 at Greenfaulds320314 at Greenfaulds320414 pauses at Greenfaulds with 2C06 15.40 Milngavie - Cumbernauld service 6.11.20 385032 385032 pauses at Cumbernauld with 2J52 16.55 service from Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley 6.11.20 385032 at Cumbernauld385032 at Cumbernauld385032 pauses at Cumbernauld with 2J52 16.55 service from Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley 6.11.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 320 class 385 greenfaulds scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/greenfaulds-sunset-6-11-20 Wed, 27 Jan 2021 22:23:19 GMT
Edinburgh Tram 277 at Edinburgh Park Central 6.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/edinburgh-tram-277-at-edinburgh-park-central-6-11-20 277 at Edinburgh Park Central277 at Edinburgh Park CentralWith construction work underway for a new office block in the background, Edinburgh's CAF Urbos 3 no 277 departs Edinburgh Park Central with a York Place - Airport service 6.11.20

With construction work underway for a new office block in the background, Edinburgh's CAF Urbos 3 no 277 departs Edinburgh Park Central with a York Place - Airport service 6.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p668072304/ef0fff116

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(Scottish Trains Website) 277 edinburgh park central edinburgh trams https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/edinburgh-tram-277-at-edinburgh-park-central-6-11-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:17:19 GMT
37219 tnt 37116 at Carstairs 3.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/37219-tnt-37116-at-carstairs-3-11-20 37219 tnt 37116 at Carstairs37219 tnt 37116 at Carstairs37219 top and tailed with 37116 are seen Carstairs with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend via Carstairs Network Rail PLPR service 3.11.20

37219 top and tailed with 37116 are seen Carstairs with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend via Carstairs Network Rail PLPR service 3.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p175132471/ef0cc3e0f

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(Scottish Trains Website) 1q80 37116 37219 carstairs class 37 colas mossend network rail plpr https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/37219-tnt-37116-at-carstairs-3-11-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:14:10 GMT
334014 at Partick 3.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/334014-at-partick-3-11-20 334014 at Partick334014 at Partick334014 is seen having departed Partick and heading towards Charing Cross with 2V52 13.26 Dunbarton Central - Springburn service 3.11.20

334014 is seen having departed Partick and heading towards Charing Cross with 2V52 13.26 Dunbarton Central - Springburn service 3.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p175132471/ef0cc3e22

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(Scottish Trains Website) 334014 class 334 partick scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/334014-at-partick-3-11-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:10:45 GMT
320418+320303 near Partick 3.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/320418-320303-near-partick-3-11-20 320418+320303 at Partick320418+320303 at PartickScotrail Saltire liveried 320418+320303 approach Partick with 2E55 13.16 service from Airdrie - Balloch 3.11.20

Scotrail Saltire liveried 320418+320303 approach Partick with 2E55 13.16 service from Airdrie - Balloch 3.11.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p175132471/ef0cc3e10

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(Scottish Trains Website) 2e55 320303 320418 airdrie balloch class 320 partick scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/320418-320303-near-partick-3-11-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:07:11 GMT
43181 tnt 43015 at Dalmeny 30.10.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/43181-tnt-43015-at-dalmeny-30-10-20 43181 tnt 43015 at Dalmeny43181 tnt 43015 at DalmenyWearing masks on the cab end to promote the wearing of face masks on all Stations and services, HST powercars 43181 and 43015 (without mask) top and tail a set of Mark 3's as they approach Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Montrose - Edinburgh Waverley service 30.10.20

Wearing masks on the cab end to promote the wearing of face masks on all Stations and services, HST powercars 43181 and 43015 (without mask) top and tail a set of Mark 3's as they approach Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Montrose - Edinburgh Waverley service 30.10.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p337211789/ef089a423

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(Scottish Trains Website) 1b32 43015 43181 class 43 dalmeny hst scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/43181-tnt-43015-at-dalmeny-30-10-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 23:00:02 GMT
Weymss Bay 16.10.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/weymss-bay-16-10-20 385007 Scotrail Saltire liveried 385007 prepares to depart from Wemyss Bay with 1W24 14.57 service to Glasgow Central 16.10.20 385007 at Wemyss Bay385007 at Wemyss BayScotrail Saltire liveried 385007 prepares to depart from Wemyss Bay with 1W24 14.57 service to Glasgow Central 16.10.20 385007 Scotrail Saltire liveried 385007 prepares to depart from Wemyss Bay with 1W24 14.57 service to Glasgow Central 16.10.20 385007 at Wemyss Bay385007 at Wemyss BayScotrail Saltire liveried 385007 prepares to depart from Wemyss Bay with 1W24 14.57 service to Glasgow Central 16.10.20 Wemyss Bay The interior of the stunning 1903 built Wemyss Bay station 16.10.20 Wemyss Bay interiorWemyss Bay interiorThe interior of the stunning 1903 built Wemyss Bay station 16.10.20 Wemyss Bay The interior of the stunning 1903 built Wemyss Bay station 16.10.20 Wemyss Bay station interiorWemyss Bay station interiorThe interior of the stunning 1903 built Wemyss Bay station 16.10.20 Wemyss Bay The platform canopy of the stunning 1903 built Wemyss Bay station 16.10.20 Wemyss Bay StationWemyss Bay StationThe platform canopy of the stunning 1903 built Wemyss Bay station 16.10.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 385007 class 385 scotrail wemyss bay https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/weymss-bay-16-10-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 22:56:10 GMT
156508 at Stranraer 13.10.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/156508-at-stranraer-13-10-20 156508 at Stranraer156508 at StranraerScotrail Saltire liveried 156508 departs Stranraer with 1A67 13.04 service to Kilmarnock 13.10.20

Scotrail Saltire liveried 156508 departs Stranraer with 1A67 13.04 service to Kilmarnock 13.10.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p337211789/eef4a4431

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(Scottish Trains Website) 156508 class 156 kilmarnock scotrail stranraer https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/156508-at-stranraer-13-10-20 Mon, 25 Jan 2021 22:46:24 GMT
British Railways Green class 37's at Carluke 27.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/british-railways-green-class-37s-at-carluke-27-9-20 37521+37667 at Carluke37521+37667 at CarlukeBritish Railways Green liveried D6817 (37521)+D6851 (37667) approach Carluke with 1Z44 Perth - North Road Locomotive Services Limited private charter 27.9.20

British Railways Green liveried D6817 (37521)+D6851 (37667) approach Carluke with 1Z44 Perth - North Road Locomotive Services Limited private charter 27.9.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37521 37667 British Railways carluke D6817 D6851 Locomotive Services Limited Private Charter https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/british-railways-green-class-37s-at-carluke-27-9-20 Sun, 24 Jan 2021 00:04:22 GMT
Locomotive Services Limited at Carstairs 25.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/locomotive-services-limited-at-carstairs-25-9-20 D6817+D6851 British Railways Green liveried D6817 (37521)+D6851 (37667) approach Carstairs with 0Z39 Carlisle High Wapping sidings - Mossend light engine move 25.9.20 D6817+D6851 at CarstairsD6817+D6851 at CarstairsBritish Railways Green liveried D6817 (37521)+D6851 (37667) approach Carstairs with 0Z39 Carlisle High Wapping sidings - Mossend light engine move 25.9.20 D6817+D6851 British Railways Green liveried D6817 (37521)+D6851 (37667) pause on the Down Main Line at Carstairs with 0Z39 Carlisle High Wapping sidings - Mossend light engine move 25.9.20 D6817+D6851 at CarstairsD6817+D6851 at CarstairsBritish Railways Green liveried D6817 (37521)+D6851 (37667) pause on the Down Main Line at Carstairs with 0Z39 Carlisle High Wapping sidings - Mossend light engine move 25.9.20 90001 Locomotive services Limited's Intercity liveried 90001 approaches Carstairs with 1Z40 London Euston - Mossend private charter 25.9.20 90001 at Carstairs90001 at CarstairsLocomotive services Limited's Intercity liveried 90001 approaches Carstairs with 1Z40 London Euston - Mossend private charter 25.9.20 90001 A close up of Intercity liveried 90001 'Royal Scot' 25.9.20 90001 at Carstairs90001 at CarstairsA close up of Intercity liveried 90001 'Royal Scot' 25.9.20 90001 Locomotive services Limited's Intercity liveried 90001 approaches Carstairs with 1Z40 London Euston - Mossend private charter 25.9.20 90001 at Carstairs90001 at CarstairsLocomotive services Limited's Intercity liveried 90001 approaches Carstairs with 1Z40 London Euston - Mossend private charter 25.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p704210871/eee1e6f79

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37521 37667 90001 british railways carstairs d6817 d6851 intercity locomotive services limited private charter https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/locomotive-services-limited-at-carstairs-25-9-20 Sun, 24 Jan 2021 00:02:04 GMT
A couple of hours at Prestonpans 22.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/a-couple-of-hours-at-prestonpans-22-9-20 385045+385021 Scotrail Saltire liveried 385045+385021 pause at Prestonpans with 2Y09 10.30 North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley 22.9.20 385045+385021 at Prestonpans385045+385021 at PrestonpansScotrail Saltire liveried 385045+385021 pause at Prestonpans with 2Y09 10.30 North Berwick - Edinburgh Waverley 22.9.20 66164 66164 is seen approaching Prestonpans with Prestonpans with 4E96 Mossend - Tees Dock container working 22.9.20 66164 at Prestonpans66164 at Prestonpans66164 is seen approaching Prestonpans with Prestonpans with 4E96 Mossend - Tees Dock container working 22.9.20 385004+385039 Scotrail Saltire liveried 385004+385039 arrive at Prestonpans with 2Y10 10.42 Edinburgh Waverley - North Berwick 22.9.20 385004+385039 at Prestonpans385004+385039 at PrestonpansScotrail Saltire liveried 385004+385039 arrive at Prestonpans with 2Y10 10.42 Edinburgh Waverley - North Berwick 22.9.20 801220 LNER Azuma 801220 approaches Prestonpans with 1E12 11.01 Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross 22.9.20 801220 at Prestonpans801220 at PrestonpansLNER Azuma 801220 approaches Prestonpans with 1E12 11.01 Edinburgh Waverley - London Kings Cross 22.9.20 380111 380111 rushes through Prestonpans with 2D86 11.02 Dunbar - Edinburgh Waverley service 22.9.20 380111 at Prestonpans380111 at Prestonpans380111 rushes through Prestonpans with 2D86 11.02 Dunbar - Edinburgh Waverley service 22.9.20 802205 TPE Class 802 802205 approaches Prestonpans with 5M11 Craigentinny - Newcastle ECS move 22.9.20 802205 at Prestonpans802205 at PrestonpansTPE Class 802 802205 approaches Prestonpans with 5M11 Craigentinny - Newcastle ECS move 22.9.20 56302 Colas liveried 56302 6S31 Doncaster - Millerhill engineers working 22.9.20 56302 at Prestonpans56302 at PrestonpansColas liveried 56302 6S31 Doncaster - Millerhill engineers working 22.9.20 801228 LNER Azuma 801228 passes through Prestonpans 1S06 7.30 London Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley service 22.9.20 801228 at Prestonpans801228 at PrestonpansLNER Azuma 801228 passes through Prestonpans 1S06 7.30 London Kings Cross - Edinburgh Waverley service 22.9.20 43143+43142 Scotrail powercars 43143+43142 approach Prestonpans with a Haymarket - Doncaster Power car move 22.9.20 43143+43142 at Prestonpans43143+43142 at PrestonpansScotrail powercars 43143+43142 approach Prestonpans with a Haymarket - Doncaster Power car move 22.9.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 380111 385004 385021 385039 385045 43142 43143 56302 66164 801220 801228 802205 colas db lner prestonpans scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/a-couple-of-hours-at-prestonpans-22-9-20 Sat, 23 Jan 2021 23:49:47 GMT
66747 at Holytown 21.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66747-at-holytown-21-9-20 66747 at Holytown66747 at HolytownGBRF's Newell and Wright liveried 66747 'Made in Sheffield' passes through Holytown with 6S05 Arcow Quarry - Mossend PD Stirling stone working 21.9.20

GBRF's Newell and Wright liveried 66747 'Made in Sheffield' passes through Holytown with 6S05 Arcow Quarry - Mossend PD Stirling stone working 21.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p704210871/eeddc4dfe

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66747 gbrf holytown https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66747-at-holytown-21-9-20 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:15:09 GMT
44871 at Carstairs 21.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/44871-at-carstairs-21-9-20 44871 at Carstairs44871 at CarstairsBlack 5 no 44871 is seen waiting in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with 5Z46 Carnforth - Fort William working 21.9.20

Black 5 no 44871 is seen waiting in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with 5Z46 Carnforth - Fort William working 21.9.20  https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p704210871/eeddc4a26

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(Scottish Trains Website) 44871 black 5 carstairs https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/44871-at-carstairs-21-9-20 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:12:59 GMT
67020 tnt 67012 at Holytown 18.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/67020-tnt-67012-at-holytown-18-9-20 67020 tnt 67012 at Holytown67020 tnt 67012 at HolytownEWS liveried 67020 top and tailed with debranded Wrexham and Shropshire liveried 67012 pass through Holytown with 3S93 Shettleston Loop - Slateford RHTT working 18.9.20

EWS liveried 67020 top and tailed with debranded Wrexham and Shropshire liveried 67012 pass through Holytown with 3S93 Shettleston Loop - Slateford RHTT working 18.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p704210871/eedaf3e61

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(Scottish Trains Website) 67012 67020 db holytown rhtt https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/67020-tnt-67012-at-holytown-18-9-20 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:09:11 GMT
47712 tnt 40145 at Appleby 12.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/47712-tnt-40145-at-appleby-12-9-20 47712 tnt 40145 Scotrail liveried 47712 top and tailed with BR blue liveried 40145 arrive into Appleby on the final day of the 'Staycation Express' working 1Z43 12.18 Skipton - Appleby 12.9.20 47712 tnt 40145 at Appleby47712 tnt 40145 at ApplebyScotrail liveried 47712 top and tailed with BR blue liveried 40145 arrive into Appleby on the final day of the 'Staycation Express' working 1Z43 12.18 Skipton - Appleby 12.9.20 40145 BR blue liveried 40145 is seen on the rear of the 'Staycation Express' at Appleby 12.9.20 40145 at Appleby40145 at ApplebyBR blue liveried 40145 is seen on the rear of the 'Staycation Express' at Applebu 12.9.20 D6817, D8107 and 40145 British Railways liveried D6817 (37667) and D8107 (20107) are seen in Appleby North sidings, 20107 is being shunted up to couple onto 37667. BR Blue liveried 40145 is waiting to leave with the next 'Staycation Express' 12.9.20 37667, 20107 and 40145 at Appleby37667, 20107 and 40145 at ApplebyBritish Railways liveried D6817 (37667) and D8107 (20107) are seen in Appleby North sidings, 20107 is being shunted up to couple onto 37667. BR Blue liveried 40145 is waiting to leave with the next 'Staycation Express' 12.9.20 40145 tnt 47712 BR Blue liveried 40145 top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with the final day of the 'Staycation Express' 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton passenger working 12.9.20 40145 tnt 47712 at Kirkby Stephen40145 tnt 47712 at Kirkby StephenBR Blue liveried 40145 top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with the final day of the 'Staycation Express' 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton passenger working 12.9.20 40145 tnt 47712
BR Blue liveried 40145 top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with the final day of the 'Staycation Express' 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton passenger working 12.9.20
 
40145 tnt 47712 at Kirkby Stephen40145 tnt 47712 at Kirkby StephenBR Blue liveried 40145 top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with the final day of the 'Staycation Express' 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton passenger working 12.9.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 20107 37667 40145 47712 appleby british railways d6817 d8107 express" kirkby stephen locomotive services limited scotrail staycation https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/47712-tnt-40145-at-appleby-12-9-20 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 23:05:41 GMT
Tornado at Kirtlebridge 12.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/tornado-at-kirtlebridge-12-9-20 60163 at Kirtlebridge60163 at KirtlebridgeA! Peppercorn class 60163 'Tornado' passes Kirtlebridge with 1Z62 12.11 Carlisle - Edinburgh Waverley 'The Queen of Scots' tour 12.9.20

A1 Peppercorn class 60163 'Tornado' passes Kirtlebridge with 1Z62 12.11 Carlisle - Edinburgh Waverley 'The Queen of Scots' tour 12.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p704210871/eed51ae9c

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(Scottish Trains Website) 60163 a1 british railways kirtlebridge lner peppercorn https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/tornado-at-kirtlebridge-12-9-20 Wed, 20 Jan 2021 22:44:17 GMT
37421 and Caroline at 11.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/37421-and-caroline-at-11-9-20 37421+Caroline Former Southern General Manager's Inspection Saloon 975025 'Caroline' is seen being pushed through Gartcosh by Colas liveried 37421 with 5Z22 Fort William Yard - Mossend 11.9.20 Caroline and 37421 at GartcoshCaroline and 37421 at GartcoshFormer Southern General Manager's Inspection Saloon 975025 'Caroline' is seen being pushed through Gartcosh by Colas liveried 37421 with 5Z22 Fort William Yard - Mossend 11.9.20 37421+Caroline Former Southern General Manager's Inspection Saloon 975025 'Caroline' is seen being pushed through Gartcosh by Colas liveried 37421 with 5Z22 Fort William Yard - Mossend 11.9.20 37421 at Gartcosh37421 at GartcoshColas liveried 37421 is seen pushing Former Southern General Manager's Inspection Saloon 975025 'Caroline' through Gartcosh with 5Z22 Fort William Yard - Mossend 11.9.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37421 975025 caroline class 37 colas https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/37421-and-caroline-at-11-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 23:00:12 GMT
66302 at Coatbridge Central 9.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66302-at-coatbridge-central-9-9-20 66302 at Coatbridge Central66302 at Coatbridge CentralDRS liveried 66302 passes through Coatbridge Central with 4D47 66302 Inverness - Mossend Containers 9.9.20

DRS liveried 66302 passes through Coatbridge Central with 4D47 66302 Inverness - Mossend Containers 9.9.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4d47 66302 coatbridge central drs https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66302-at-coatbridge-central-9-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:53:48 GMT
Carstairs Freight 8.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/carstairs-freight-8-9-20 325001+325005 Royal Mail EMU's 325001+325005 approach Carstairs with 1M03 Shieldmuir - Warrington working 8.9.20 325001+325005 at Carstairs325001+325005 at CarstairsRoyal Mail EMU's 325001+325005 approach Carstairs with 1M03 Shieldmuir - Warrington working 8.9.20 66746 Royal Scotsman liveried 66746 approaches Carstairs with 6K73 Polmont - Carlisle Yard engineering move 8.9.20 66746 at Carstairs66746 at CarstairsRoyal Scotsman liveried 66746 approaches Carstairs with 6K73 Polmont - Carlisle Yard engineering move 8.9.20 66069 66069 approaches Carstairs with 6O15 Mossend - Dagenham empty car transporters 8.9.20 66069 at Carstairs66069 at Carstairs66069 approaches Carstairs with 6O15 Mossend - Dagenham empty car transporters 8.9.20 320414 320314 departs Carstairs with 5C05 18.11 ECS move to Yoker 8.9.20 320314 at Carstairs320314 at Carstairs320314 departs Carstairs with 5C05 18.11 ECS move to Yoker 8.9.20 88005 DRS liveried 88005 waits in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with the early running 4S44 Daventry - Mossend container working 8.9.20 88005 at Carstairs88005 at CarstairsDRS liveried 88005 waits in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with the early running 4S44 Daventry - Mossend container working 8.9.20 88005 DRS liveried 88005 waits in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with the early running 4S44 Daventry - Mossend container working 8.9.20 88005 at Carstairs88005 at CarstairsDRS liveried 88005 waits in the Down Goods Loop at Carstairs with the early running 4S44 Daventry - Mossend container working 8.9.20 90007+90042 Debranded Anglia liveried 90007+Freightliner liveried 90042 pass through Carstairs with 4M11 Coatbridge Freightliner - Crewe Basford Hall 8.9.20 90007+90042 at Carstairs90007+90042 at CarstairsDebranded Anglia liveried 90007+Freightliner liveried 90042 pass through Carstairs with 4M11 Coatbridge Freightliner - Crewe Basford Hall 8.9.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 320414 66069 66746 88005 90007 90042 carstairs class 320 class 325 325001 325005 mail" royal scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/carstairs-freight-8-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:50:20 GMT
66773 at Carluke 5.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66773-at-carluke-5-9-20 66773 at Carluke66773 at CarlukeGBRF liveried 66773 'Pride of GB Railfreight' with Rainbow coloured GBRF lettering, passes through Carluke with 4M01 Mossend - Carlisle Yard Cement working 5.9.20

GBRF liveried 66773 'Pride of GB Railfreight' with Rainbow coloured GBRF lettering, passes through Carluke with 4M01 Mossend - Carlisle Yard Cement working 5.9.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4m01 66773 carluke gbrf pride https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/66773-at-carluke-5-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:34:06 GMT
37423 tnt 37402 at Greenfaulds 5.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/37423-tnt-37402-at-greenfaulds-5-9-20 37423 tnt 37402 DRS liveried 37423 top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37402 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Milburn Network Rail PLPR test train 5.9.20 37423 tnt 37402 at Greenfaulds37423 tnt 37402 at GreenfauldsDRS liveried 37423 top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37402 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Milburn Network Rail PLPR test train 5.9.20 37423 tnt 37402 DRS liveried 37423 top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37402 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Milburn Network Rail PLPR test train 5.9.20 37423 tnt 37402 at Greenfaulds37423 tnt 37402 at GreenfauldsDRS liveried 37423 top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37402 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Milburn Network Rail PLPR test train 5.9.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 1q77 37402 37423 br large logo drs greenfaulds network rail plpr https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/37423-tnt-37402-at-greenfaulds-5-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:31:33 GMT
PD Ports 66109 at Coatbridge Central 4.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/pd-ports-66109-at-coatbridge-central-4-9-20 66109 at Coatbridge Central66109 at Coatbridge CentralPD Ports liveried 66109 passes through Coatbridge Central with 4E99 Grangemouth - Tees Dock Containers 4.9.20

PD Ports liveried 66109 passes through Coatbridge Central with 4E99 Grangemouth - Tees Dock Containers 4.9.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 4e99 66109 coatbridge coatbridge central db schenker pd ports tees dock https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/pd-ports-66109-at-coatbridge-central-4-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:23:14 GMT
90045+90049 at Coatbridge Central 4.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/90045-90049-at-coatbridge-central-4-9-20 90045+90049 at Coatbridge Central90045+90049 at Coatbridge Central90045+90049 pass Coatbridge Central with 0M11 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner depot light engine move 4.9.20

90045+90049 pass Coatbridge Central with 0M11 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner depot light engine move 4.9.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 0m11 90045 90049 coatbridge central freightliner https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/90045-90049-at-coatbridge-central-4-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:18:42 GMT
390119 in Pride livery 2.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/390119-in-pride-livery-2-9-20 390119 Pride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 is seen approaching Carstairs with 1S69 13.10 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 2.9.20 390119 at Carstairs390119 at CarstairsPride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 is seen approaching Carstairs with 1S69 13.10 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 2.9.20 390119 Pride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 is seen approaching Carstairs with 1S69 13.10 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 2.9.20 390119 at Carstairs390119 at CarstairsPride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 is seen approaching Carstairs with 1S69 13.10 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 2.9.20 390119 Pride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 is seen approaching Carstairs with 1S69 13.10 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 2.9.20 390119 at Carstairs390119 at CarstairsPride liveried Avanti West Coast Pendolino 390119 is seen approaching Carstairs with 1S69 13.10 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 2.9.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 390119 avanti west coast carstairs pride https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/390119-in-pride-livery-2-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 22:12:56 GMT
ex Anglia branded class 90's at Whifflet 1.9.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/ex-anglia-branded-class-90s-at-whifflet-1-9-20 90010+90006 at Whifflet90010+90006 at WhiffletDebranded Anglia liveried 90010+90006 pass through Whifflet with 0L89 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner light engine move 1.9.20 Following the replacement of the class 90's and mark 3 sets by class 745 and class 755 FLIRT units in East Anglia, a number of their redundant class 90's moved to Frieghtliner to replace some of the elderly class 86 locomotives on their intermodal container train workings.   The class 90's are no stranger to the Lanarkshire / Glasgow area however as they were often seen in this area when they were with the BR Intercity and later the Virgin West Coast franchise and often worked on the Glasgow - London WCML workings.

Here are two of the class 90's 90010+90006 on one of their early working for Freightliner passing through Whifflet

90010+90006 Debranded Anglia liveried 90010+90006 pass through Whifflet with 0L89 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner light engine move 1.9.20 90010+90006 at Whifflet90010+90006 at WhiffletDebranded Anglia liveried 90010+90006 pass through Whifflet with 0L89 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner light engine move 1.9.20
90010+90006 Debranded Anglia liveried 90010+90006 pass through Whifflet with 0L89 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner light engine move 1.9.20 90010+90006 at Whifflet90010+90006 at WhiffletDebranded Anglia liveried 90010+90006 pass through Whifflet with 0L89 Mossend - Coatbridge Freightliner light engine move 1.9.20

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 0l89 90006 90010 anglia freightliner whifflet https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/ex-anglia-branded-class-90s-at-whifflet-1-9-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 16:59:32 GMT
EVR Warcrop 22.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/evr-warcrop-22-8-20 4CEP 2315 4CEP 2315 (61798+70357+70229+61799) in faded South West Trains livery is seen stabled at Warcrop on the Eden Valley Railway (photo taken from a public path) 22.8.20 2315 at Warcrop2315 at Warcrop4CEP 2315 (61798+70357+70229+61799) in faded South West Trains livery is seen stabled at Warcrop on the Eden Valley Railway (photo taken from a public path) 22.8.20 4CEP 2315 4CEP 2315 (61798+70357+70229+61799) in faded South West Trains livery is seen stabled at Warcrop on the Eden Valley Railway (photo taken from a public path) 22.8.20 2315 at Warcrop2315 at Warcrop4CEP 2315 (61798+70357+70229+61799) in faded South West Trains livery is seen stabled at Warcrop on the Eden Valley Railway (photo taken from a public path) 22.8.20

4CEP

2315

4CEP 2315 (61798+70357+70229+61799) in faded South West Trains livery is seen stabled at Warcrop on the Eden Valley Railway. Sister unit 2311 (61804+70607+70539+61805) is seen behind (photo taken from a public path) 22.8.20 2315 and 2311 at Warcrop2315 and 2311 at Warcrop4CEP 2315 (61798+70357+70229+61799) in faded South West Trains livery is seen stabled at Warcrop on the Eden Valley Railway. Sister unit 2311 (61804+70607+70539+61805) is seen behind (photo taken from a public path) 22.8.20 37042 EWS liveried 37042 is seen stabled at Warcrop. 22.8.20 37042 at Warcrop37042 at WarcropEWS liveried 37042 is seen stabled at Warcrop. 22.8.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37042 4CEP 2315 Eden Valley Railway EVR EWS https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/evr-warcrop-22-8-20 Sun, 17 Jan 2021 00:08:29 GMT
Scotrail liveried 47712 at Appleby and Kirby Stephen 22.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/scotrail-liveried-47712-at-appleby-and-kirby-stephen-22-8-20 47712 tnt D6817 Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' top and tailed with BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) arrives into Appleby with 1Z43 12.18 Skipton - Appleby Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 22.8.20 47712 tnt D6817 at Appleby47712 tnt D6817 at ApplebyScotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' top and tailed with BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) arrives into Appleby with 1Z43 12.18 Skipton - Appleby Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 22.8.20 47712 tnt D6817 Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' is seen at the front of 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working 22.8.20 47712 at Appleby47712 at ApplebyScotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' is seen at the front of 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working 22.8.20 47712 tnt D6817 Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' top and tailed with BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) depart Appleby with 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working 22.8.20 47712 tnt D6817 at Appleby47712 tnt D6817 at ApplebyScotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' top and tailed with BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) depart Appleby with 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working 22.8.20 D6817 tnt 47712 BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 22.8.20 D6817 tnt 47712 at Kirkby StephenD6817 tnt 47712 at Kirkby StephenBR Green liveried D6817 (37521) top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 22.8.20 D6817 tnt 47712 BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 22.8.20 D6817 tnt 47712 at Kirkby StephenD6817 tnt 47712 at Kirkby StephenBR Green liveried D6817 (37521) top and tailed with Scotrail liveried 47712 'Lady Diana Spencer' passes Kirkby Stephen with 1Z44 14.38 Appleby - Skipton Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 22.8.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37521 47712 appleby british railways green d6817 kirkby stephen rog scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/scotrail-liveried-47712-at-appleby-and-kirby-stephen-22-8-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:57:02 GMT
56103 and railvac at Carstairs 10.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/56103-and-railvac-at-carstairs-10-8-20 56103 DC Rail Freight liveried 56103 is seen hauling the RAUK3 RailVac from one of the sidings at Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings before running round to haul the RailVac as 6X56 to Carlisle 10.8.20 56103 at Carstairs56103 at CarstairsDC Rail Freight liveried 56103 is seen hauling the RAUK3 RailVac from one of the sidings at Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings before running round to haul the RailVac as 6X56 to Carlisle 10.8.20 56103 DC Rail Freight liveried 56103 is seen hauling the RAUK3 RailVac from one of the sidings at Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings before running round to haul the RailVac as 6X56 to Carlisle 10.8.20 56103 at Carstairs56103 at CarstairsDC Rail Freight liveried 56103 is seen hauling the RAUK3 RailVac from one of the sidings at Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings before running round to haul the RailVac as 6X56 to Carlisle 10.8.20 RAUK-3 RAUK-3 Railvac at Carstairs 10.8.20 Railvac at CarstairsRailvac at CarstairsRAUK-3 Railvac at Carstairs 10.8.20 56103 As part of the move to collect the RailVac from Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings, 56103 is seen passing through Carstairs station as it runs round the RailVac 10.8.20 56103 at Carstairs56103 at CarstairsAs part of the move to collect the RailVac from Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings, 56103 is seen passing through Carstairs station as it runs round the RailVac 10.8.20 56103 DC Rail Freight liveried 56103 is seen at the entry point to Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings with RailVac RAUK-3 before they reverse back into the Up Passing Loop prior to heading south as 6X56 to Carlisle 10.8.20 56103 at Carstairs56103 at CarstairsDC Rail Freight liveried 56103 is seen at the entry point to Carstairs Civil Engineers sidings with RailVac RAUK-3 before they reverse back into the Up Passing Loop prior to heading south as 6X56 to Carlisle 10.8.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 56103 carstairs dc rail ra uk-3 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/56103-and-railvac-at-carstairs-10-8-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:37:04 GMT
Class 153's at Kilmarnock 4.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/class-153s-at-kilmarnock-4-8-20 153373 Having recently arrived, GWR Green liveried 153373 + 153380 are seen stabled in the yard at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment for use with Scotrail alongside class 156's on the West Highland Line 4.8.20 153373+153380 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton153373+153380 at Kilmarnock BonnytonHaving recently arrived, GWR Green liveried 153373 + 153380 are seen stabled in the yard at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment for use with Scotrail alongside class 156's on the West Highland Line 4.8.20 153380 Having recently arrived, GWR Green liveried 153373 + 153380 are seen stabled in the yard at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment for use with Scotrail alongside class 156's on the West Highland Line 4.8.20 (photo taken through the fence) 153380+153373 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton153380+153373 at Kilmarnock BonnytonHaving recently arrived, GWR Green liveried 153373 + 153380 are seen stabled in the yard at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment for use with Scotrail alongside class 156's on the West Highland Line 4.8.20 (photo taken through the fence)

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 153 gwr kilmarnock bonnyton scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/class-153s-at-kilmarnock-4-8-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:18:53 GMT
Torrential Rain at Lenzie 4.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/torrential-rain-at-lenzie-4-8-20 43032+43134 Scotrail 7 cities liveried 43032 and 43134 top and tail a set of Mark 3's through a very wet Lenzie with 1A67 13.39 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service 4.8.20 43032 tnt 43134 at Lenzie43032 tnt 43134 at LenzieScotrail 7 cities liveried 43032 and 43134 top and tail a set of Mark 3's through a very wet Lenzie with 1A67 13.39 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service 4.8.20 43032+43134 Scotrail 7 cities liveried 43032 and 43134 top and tail a set of Mark 3's through a very wet Lenzie with 1A67 13.39 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service 4.8.20 43032 tnt 43134 at Lenzie43032 tnt 43134 at LenzieScotrail 7 cities liveried 43032 and 43134 top and tail a set of Mark 3's through a very wet Lenzie with 1A67 13.39 Glasgow Queen Street - Aberdeen service 4.8.20 385006+385002 In the pouring rain, Scotrail Saltire liveried 385006+385002 arrive at Lenzie with 2N46 13.13 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street service 4.8.20 385006+385002 at Lenzie385006+385002 at LenzieIn the pouring rain, Scotrail Saltire liveried 385006+385002 arrive at Lenzie with 2N46 13.13 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street service 4.8.20 385006+385002 In the pouring rain, Scotrail Saltire liveried 385006+385002 arrive at Lenzie with 2N46 13.13 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street service 4.8.20 385006+385002 at Lenzie385006+385002 at LenzieIn the pouring rain, Scotrail Saltire liveried 385006+385002 arrive at Lenzie with 2N46 13.13 Alloa - Glasgow Queen Street service 4.8.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 385002 385006 43032 43134 class 385 class 43 HST Lenzie scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/torrential-rain-at-lenzie-4-8-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 23:12:55 GMT
Convoy at Crawford 4.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/convoy-at-crawford-4-8-20 37038+37424+57311+971037038+37424+57311+9710A southbound convoy of 37038+37424+57311 and DBSO 9710 approach Crawford with 5Z37 Bo'ness Ground frame - Carlisle Kingmoor 4.8.20 A southbound convoy of 37038+37424+57311 and DBSO 9710 approach Crawford with 5Z37 Bo'ness Ground frame - Carlisle Kingmoor 4.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p817242251/eeb4b5162

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37038 37424 57311 Bo'ness Carlisle Kingmoor Crawford DBSO 9710 DRS https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/convoy-at-crawford-4-8-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:34:14 GMT
Arrochar and Tarbet Sightings 1.8-3.8.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/arrochar-and-tarbet-sightings-1-8-3-8-20 156493+156499 at Arrochar and Tarbet156493+156499 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail liveried 156493+156499 approach Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20 A weekend away by the side of Loch Long just south of Arrochar and Tarbet on the West Highland Line and a great view of the passing trains saw a few interesting sightings!

156493+156499 Scotrail liveried 156493+156499 approach Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20 156493+156499 at Arrochar and Tarbet156493+156499 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail liveried 156493+156499 approach Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20
156493+156499 Scotrail liveried 156493+156499 pause at Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20 156493+156499 at Arrochar and Tarbet156493+156499 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail liveried 156493+156499 approach Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20
156445+156457 Scotrail Saltire liveried 156445+156457 heads along the hillside on the shore of Loch Long having departed Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y44 11.40 Fort William and Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20 156445+156457 at Arrochar and Tarbet156445+156457 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail Saltire liveried 156445+156457 heads along the hillside on the shore of Loch Long having departed Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y44 11.40 Fort William and Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 1.8.20
47245 West Coast liveried 47245 heads along the hillside above Loch Long on the approach to Arrochar and Tarbert with 0Z47 Mossend - Fort William Yard light engine move 1.8.20 47245 at Arrochar and Tarbet47245 at Arrochar and TarbetWest Coast liveried 47245 heads along the hillside above Loch Long on the approach to Arrochar and Tarbert with 0Z47 Mossend - Fort William Yard light engine move 1.8.20
156499 Scotrail Saltire liveried 156499 heads along the hillside above Loch Long shortly after departing Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y26 16.11 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 2.8.20 156499 at Arrochar and Tarbet156499 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail Saltire liveried 156499 heads along the hillside above Loch Long shortly after departing Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y26 16.11 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 2.8.20
73968+73969 Caledonian Sleeper 73968+73969 double head the northbound Caledonian Sleeper along the hillside above Loch Long on the approach to Arrochar and Tarbert with 1Y11 4.46 Edinburgh Waverley - Fort William service 3.8.20 73968+73969 at Arrochar and Tarbet73968+73969 at Arrochar and TarbetCaledonian Sleeper 73968+73969 double head the northbound Caledonian Sleeper along the hillside above Loch Long on the approach to Arrochar and Tarbert with 1Y11 4.46 Edinburgh Waverley - Fort William service 3.8.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 156493 156499 47245 73968 73969 arrochar and tarbet caledonian sleeper scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/arrochar-and-tarbet-sightings-1-8-3-8-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:31:20 GMT
Pair of Colas tank workings 30.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/pair-of-colas-tank-workings-30-7-20 70803 at Greenfaulds70803 at GreenfauldsColas liveried 70803 passes through a drizzly Greenfaulds with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth oil tankers 30.7.20

An interesting spell at Greenfaulds on 30.7.20 saw two Colas class 70's on two seperate tank workings:

70803

Colas liveried 70803 passes through a drizzly Greenfaulds with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth oil tankers 30.7.20

https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p960637260/eeb0879d8

70803 at Greenfaulds70803 at GreenfauldsColas liveried 70803 passes through a drizzly Greenfaulds with 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth oil tankers 30.7.20

70813

 

Colas liveried 70813 approaches Greenfaulds with an early running 6S48 Workington Docks - Aberdeen Waterloo slurry tanks 30.7.20

https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p960637260/eeb0879dc

70813 at Greenfaulds70813 at GreenfauldsColas liveried 70813 approaches Greenfaulds with an early running 6S48 Workington Docks - Aberdeen Waterloo slurry tanks 30.7.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 6S36 6S48 70803 70813 Aberdeen colas Dalston Grangemouth Greenfaulds Oil tankers Slurry Workington Docks https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/pair-of-colas-tank-workings-30-7-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 17:09:18 GMT
One liveried 66587 at Whifflet 30.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/one-liveried-66587-at-whifflet-30-7-20 66587 at Whifflet66587 at WhiffletONE pink and white liveried Freightliner class 66: 66587 'As one we can' is seen passing through Whifflet with 0Z95 Inverness - Mossend light engine move 30.7.20 ONE pink and white liveried Freightliner class 66: 66587 'As one we can' is seen passing through Whifflet with 0Z95 Inverness - Mossend light engine move 30.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p960637260/eeb0879da

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 66 freightliner whifflet https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2021/1/one-liveried-66587-at-whifflet-30-7-20 Sat, 16 Jan 2021 16:55:55 GMT
43129 tnt 43145 at Dalmeny 25.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/43129-tnt-43145-at-dalmeny-25-7-20 Wearing masks on the cab ends to promote the wearing of face masks on all Stations and services, HST powercars 43129 and 43145 top and tail Mark 3 set HA25 as they approach Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley service 25.7.20 43129 tnt 43145 at Dalmeny43129 tnt 43145 at DalmenyWearing masks on the cab ends to promote the wearing of face masks on all Stations and services, HST powercars 43129 and 43145 top and tail Mark 3 set HA25 as they approach Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley service 25.7.20 Wearing masks on the cab ends to promote the wearing of face masks on all Stations and services, HST powercars 43129 and 43145 top and tail Mark 3 set HA25 as they approach Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley service 25.7.20 43129 tnt 43145 at Dalmeny43129 tnt 43145 at DalmenyWearing masks on the cab ends to promote the wearing of face masks on all Stations and services, HST powercars 43129 and 43145 top and tail Mark 3 set HA25 as they approach Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley service 25.7.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43129 43145 Dalmeny Facemask HST Powercars scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/43129-tnt-43145-at-dalmeny-25-7-20 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:07:15 GMT
314209 at Yoker 24.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/314209-at-yoker-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 Seen from the Kelso St overbridge, the final remaining fully intact Class 314, 314209, is seen stabled in a siding at Yoker Depot

314209 is expected to be converted to operate from Hydrogen cells as a test bed for the future.  24.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314209 class 314 scotrail scotrail saltire yoker https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/314209-at-yoker-24-7-20 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 23:02:43 GMT
Unidentified 153 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton 24.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/unidentified-153-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton-24-7-20 Unidentified 153 at Kilmarnock BonnytonUnidentified 153 at Kilmarnock BonnytonAs work progresses with it's overhaul prior to use with Scotrail, an unidentified Class 153 is seen stabled in the yard at Kilmarnock Bonnyton depot 24.7.20 As work progresses with it's overhaul prior to use with Scotrail, an unidentified Class 153 is seen stabled in the yard at Kilmarnock Bonnyton depot 24.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 153 kilmarnock bonnyton scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/unidentified-153-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton-24-7-20 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 22:53:48 GMT
37521 tnt 47563 at Appleby 23.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37521-tnt-47563-at-appleby-23-7-20 BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) top and tailed with BR large logo liveried 47593 (47790) arrives into Appleby with 1Z43 12.18 Skipton - Appleby Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 23.7.20 D6817 tnt 47593 at ApplebyD6817 tnt 47593 at ApplebyBR Green liveried D6817 (37521) top and tailed with BR large logo liveried 47593 (47790) arrives into Appleby with 1Z43 12.18 Skipton - Appleby Locomotive Services Limited passenger working 23.7.20 BR large logo liveried 47593 (47790) is seen on the rear of 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working as it departs from Appleby. BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) is leading 23.7.20 47593 at Appleby47593 at ApplebyBR large logo liveried 47593 (47790) is seen on the rear of 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working as it departs from Appleby. BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) is leading 23.7.20 BR large logo liveried 47593 (47790) is seen leading 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working into Appleby. BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) is leading 23.7.20 47593 tnt D6817 at Appleby47593 tnt D6817 at ApplebyBR large logo liveried 47593 (47790) is seen leading 5Z44 Appleby - Appleby ECS working into Appleby. BR Green liveried D6817 (37521) is leading 23.7.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37521 47593 47790 appleby d6817 skipton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37521-tnt-47563-at-appleby-23-7-20 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 22:51:51 GMT
Pacers at Whitrope 23.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/pacers-at-whitrope-23-7-20  

BR experimental railbus RB004 seen at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope 23.7.20 RB004 at WhitropeRB004 at WhitropeBR experimental railbus RB004 seen at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope 23.7.20
Vehicle number 55560 from Pacer 142019 is seen stabled at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope. A partially repainted 142020 is seen behind it. 23.7.20 142019 at Whitrope142019 at WhitropeVehicle number 55560 from Pacer 142019 is seen stabled at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope. A partially repainted 142020 is seen behind it. 23.7.20
A partially repainted 142020 is seen stabled at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope. 23.7.20 142020 at Whitrope142020 at WhitropeA partially repainted 142020 is seen stabled at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope. 23.7.20
BR Blue liveried 26040 (D6340) is seen at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope. 23.7.20 26040 at Whitrope26040 at WhitropeBR Blue liveried 26040 (D6340) is seen at the Waverley Route Heritage Association railway at Whitrope. 23.7.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 142019 142020 26040 pacer railbus rb004 whitrope https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/pacers-at-whitrope-23-7-20 Sun, 26 Jul 2020 22:46:33 GMT
DRS Convoy at Carstairs, Polmont and Manuel 17.4.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/drs-convoy-at-carstairs-polmont-and-manuel-17-4-20 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at Carstairs37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at CarstairsA DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 approaches Carstairs with 0Z20 Carlisle Kingmoor - Bo'ness light engine working 17.7.20 A DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 approaches Carstairs with 0Z20 Carlisle Kingmoor - Bo'ness light engine working 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at Polmont37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at PolmontA DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 passes through Polmont with 0Z20 Carlisle Kingmoor - Bo'ness light engine working 17.7.20 A DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 passes through Polmont with 0Z20 Carlisle Kingmoor - Bo'ness light engine working 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at Polmont37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at PolmontA DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 passes through Polmont with 0Z20 Carlisle Kingmoor - Bo'ness light engine working 17.7.20 A DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 passes through Polmont with 0Z20 Carlisle Kingmoor - Bo'ness light engine working 37403+37424+20305+20302+37038 at Manuel37403+37424+20305+20302+37038 at ManuelA DRS convoy of 37403+37424+20305+20302+37038 are seen at Manuel before heading down to Bo'ness 17.7.20 A DRS convoy of 37403+37424+20305+20302+37038 are seen at Manuel before heading down to Bo'ness 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at Manuel37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 at ManuelA DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 wait at Manuel before heading down the line to Bo'ness 17.7.20 A DRS convoy consisting of 37038+20302+20305+37424+37403 wait at Manuel before heading down the line to Bo'ness

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 20302 20305 37038 37403 37424 bo'ness carstairs drs manuel polmont https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/drs-convoy-at-carstairs-polmont-and-manuel-17-4-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 23:04:24 GMT
Scotrail HST's at Dalmeny 16.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/scotrail-hsts-at-dalmeny-16-7-20 43141 tnt 43031 at Dalmeny43141 tnt 43031 at DalmenyScotrail liveried 43141 top and tailed with 43031 pass through Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley 15.7.20 Scotrail liveried 43141 top and tailed with 43031 pass through Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley 43131 tnt 43031 at Dalmeny43131 tnt 43031 at DalmenyScotrail liveried 43141 top and tailed with 43031 pass through Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley 15.7.20 Scotrail liveried 43141 top and tailed with 43031 pass through Dalmeny with 1B32 13.12 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley 43026 tnt 43035 at Dalmeny43026 tnt 43035 at Dalmeny43026 top and tailed with 43035 pass through Dalmeny with 1A78 15.30 Edinburgh Waverley - Aberdeen service 15.7.20 43026 top and tailed with 43035 pass through Dalmeny with 1A78 15.30 Edinburgh Waverley - Aberdeen service 43026 tnt 43035 at Dalmeny43026 tnt 43035 at Dalmeny43026 top and tailed with 43035 pass through Dalmeny with 1A78 15.30 Edinburgh Waverley - Aberdeen service 15.7.20 43026 top and tailed with 43035 pass through Dalmeny with 1A78 15.30 Edinburgh Waverley - Aberdeen service

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43026 43031 43035 43141 dalmeny scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/scotrail-hsts-at-dalmeny-16-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:57:49 GMT
37419 tnt 37402 at Lanark https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37419-tnt-37402-at-lanark 37419 tnt 37402 at Lanark37419 tnt 37402 at LanarkIntercity liveried 37419 'Carl Haviland' top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37402 'Stephen Middlemore' arrive at Lanark with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend Network Rail PLPR test train 14.7.20 Intercity liveried 37419 'Carl Haviland' top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37402 'Stephen Middlemore' arrive at Lanark with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend Network Rail PLPR test train 14.7.20 37402 tnt 37419 at Lanark37402 tnt 37419 at LanarkBR Large Logo liveried 37402 'Stephen Middlemore' top and tailed with Intercity liveried 37419 'Carl Haviland' await departure from Lanark with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend Network Rail PLPR test train 14.7.20 BR Large Logo liveried 37402 'Stephen Middlemore' top and tailed with Intercity liveried 37419 'Carl Haviland' await departure from Lanark with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend Network Rail PLPR test train

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37402 37419 drs Lanark https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37419-tnt-37402-at-lanark Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:48:00 GMT
66623 and 334017 at Kilmarnock 14.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/66623-and-334017-at-kilmarnock-14-7-20 66623 at Kilmarnock66623 at KilmarnockWearing the new Freightliner livery, 66623 pauses at Kilmarnock with newly repaired class 334 no:334017 in tow along with 5 coal hoppers for brake force, whilst working 5Q34 Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot - Sheilds EMU move 14.7.20 Wearing the new Freightliner livery, 66623 pauses at Kilmarnock with newly repaired class 334 no:334017 in tow along with 5 coal hoppers for brake force, whilst working 5Q34 Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot - Sheilds EMU move 14.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 334017 66623 freightliner kilmarnock kilmarnock bonnyton scotrail shields https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/66623-and-334017-at-kilmarnock-14-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:38:17 GMT
37402 tnt 37419 at Carstairs 10.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37402-tnt-37419-at-carstairs-10-7-20 BR Large Logo liveried 37402 'Stephen Middlemore' top and tailed with Intercity liveried 37419 'Carl Haviland' approach Carstairs with 5Z75 Derby - Mossend Network Rail PLPR test train 10.7.20 37402 tnt 37419 at Carstairs37402 tnt 37419 at CarstairsBR Large Logo liveried 37402 'Stephen Middlemore' top and tailed with Intercity liveried 37419 'Carl Haviland' approach Carstairs with 5Z75 Derby - Mossend Network Rail PLPR test train 10.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37402 37419 br large logo livery carstairs intercity network rail plpr test train https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37402-tnt-37419-at-carstairs-10-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:35:41 GMT
47501 at Cumbernauld 8.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/47501-at-cumbernauld-8-7-20 47501 at Cumbernauld47501 at CumbernauldBR 2 toned Green liveried 47501 (D1944) 'Craftsman' approaches Cumbernauld with 0Z47 Inverness Motorrail Siding - Carlisle High Wapping siding light engine working 8.7.20 BR 2 toned Green liveried 47501 (D1944) 'Craftsman' approaches Cumbernauld with 0Z47 Inverness Motorrail Siding - Carlisle High Wapping siding light engine working

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(Scottish Trains Website) 47501 cumbernauld https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/47501-at-cumbernauld-8-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:31:49 GMT
66718 and LNER Mark 3's 8.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/66718-and-lner-mark-3s-8-7-20 66718 at Kirknewton66718 at KirknewtonMetronet liveried 66718 'Sir Peter Hendy CBE' is seen hauling barrier vehicle 6394, debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 and barrier vehicle 6393 through Kirknewton with 5Z43 Craignetinny - Bo'ness Ground Frame ECS movement 8.7.20 Metronet liveried 66718 'Sir Peter Hendy CBE' is seen hauling barrier vehicle 6394, debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 and barrier vehicle 6393 through Kirknewton with 5Z43 Craignetinny - Bo'ness Ground Frame ECS movement 66718 at Polmont66718 at PolmontMetronet liveried 66718 'Sir Peter Hendy CBE' is seen hauling barrier vehicle 6394, debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 and barrier vehicle 6393 through Polmont with 5Z43 Craignetinny - Bo'ness Ground Frame ECS movement 8.7.20 Metronet liveried 66718 'Sir Peter Hendy CBE' is seen hauling barrier vehicle 6394, debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 and barrier vehicle 6393 through Polmont with 5Z43 Craignetinny - Bo'ness Ground Frame ECS movement 66718 at Manuel66718 at ManuelMetronet liveried 66718 'Sir Peter Hendy CBE' pushes barrier vehicle 6394, debranded LNER liveried 42205 and 42210 and barrier vehicle 6393 onto the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway at Manuel 8.7.20 Metronet liveried 66718 'Sir Peter Hendy CBE' pushes barrier vehicle 6394, debranded LNER liveried 42205 and 42210 and barrier vehicle 6393 onto the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway at Manuel 37703 at Manuel37703 at Manuel37703 is seen shunting a Mark 1 and debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 at Manuel 8.7.20 37703 is seen shunting a Mark 1 and debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 at Manuel 37703 at Manuel37703 at Manuel37703 is seen shunting a Mark 1 and debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 at Manuel 8.7.20 37703 is seen shunting a Mark 1 and debranded LNER liveried Mark 3's 42205 and 42210 at Manuel 8.7.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66718 bo'ness gbrf kirknewton polmont https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/66718-and-lner-mark-3s-8-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:30:04 GMT
Holytown, Whifflet and Greenfaulds 7.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/holytown-whifflet-and-greenfaulds-7-7-20 47501 at Holytown47501 at HolytownBR 2 toned Green liveried 47501 (D1944) 'Craftsman' passes through Holytown with 0Z47 Carlisle High Wapping siding - Inverness Motorrail Siding light engine working 7.7.20 BR 2 toned Green liveried 47501 (D1944) 'Craftsman' passes through Holytown with 0Z47 Carlisle High Wapping siding - Inverness Motorrail Siding light engine working 90043+90016 at Whifflet90043+90016 at WhiffletFreightliner liveried 90043+90016 4S50 Crewe Basford Hall - Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal containers 7.7.20 Freightliner liveried 90043+90016 4S50 Crewe Basford Hall - Coatbridge Freightliner Terminal containers 66433 at Whifflet66433 at Whifflet66433 passes through Whifflet with an unidentified light engine working 7.7.20 66433 passes through Whifflet with an unidentified light engine working 66623 at Whifflet66623 at WhiffletFreightliner liveried 66623 heads north through Whifflet with an unidentified light engine working 7.7.20 Freightliner liveried 66623 heads north through Whifflet with an unidentified light engine working 7.7.20 56302 at Greenfaulds56302 at Greenfaulds56302 passes through Greenfaulds with 6N47 Prestwick Airport - Grangemouth aviation tanks 7.7.20 56302 passes through Greenfaulds with 6N47 Prestwick Airport - Grangemouth aviation tanks

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 47501 56302 66433 66623 90016 90043 d1944 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/holytown-whifflet-and-greenfaulds-7-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:21:26 GMT
Edinburgh Tram 262 at Ingliston Park and Ride 3.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/edinburgh-tram-262-at-ingliston-park-and-ride-3-7-20 With new vynal mask promoting mandatory wearing of face masks on board the trams, CAF Urbos 3 262 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 3.7.20 262 at Ingliston Park and Ride262 at Ingliston Park and RideWith new vynal mask promoting mandatory wearing of face masks on board the trams, CAF Urbos 3 262 pauses at Ingliston Park and Ride with an Airport - York Place service 3.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 262 caf urbos 3 edinburgh trams ingliston park and ride https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/edinburgh-tram-262-at-ingliston-park-and-ride-3-7-20 Sun, 19 Jul 2020 22:11:09 GMT
66777 at Holytown 3.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/66777-at-holytown-3-7-20 66777 at Holytown66777 at HolytownSeen passing through a wet and miserable Holytown, 66777 'Annette' heads west with 0S01 Tyne Dock - Mossend light engine move 3.7.20 Seen passing through a wet and miserable Holytown, 66777 'Annette' heads west with 0S01 Tyne Dock - Mossend light engine move 3.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66777 gbrf holytown https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/66777-at-holytown-3-7-20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:52:51 GMT
Kirknewton 2.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/kirknewton-2-7-20 A visit to Kirknewton for the first time:

380106 at Kirknewton380106 at Kirknewton380106 pauses at Kirknewton with 2Y66 14.19 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts service 2.7.20 380106 pauses at Kirknewton with 2Y66 14.19 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley via Shotts service 2.7.20
66098 at Kirknewton66098 at KirknewtonEWS liveried 66098 with DB branding passes through Kirknewton with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill Departmental working 2.7.20 EWS liveried 66098 with DB branding passes through Kirknewton with 6S50 Carlisle Yard - Millerhill Departmental working 2.7.20
385023+385040 at Kirknewton385023+385040 at Kirknewton385023+385040 pause at Kirknewton with 2Y67 15.26 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts 2.7.20 385023+385040 pause at Kirknewton with 2Y67 15.26 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts 2.7.20
385023+385040 at Kirknewton385023+385040 at Kirknewton385023+385040 pause at Kirknewton with 2Y67 15.26 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts 2.7.20 385023+385040 depart Kirknewton with 2Y67 15.26 Edinburgh Waverley - Glasgow Central via Shotts 2.7.20

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66098 class 380 class 385 db kirknewton scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/kirknewton-2-7-20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:50:49 GMT
57003+57011 at Manuel 2.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/57003-57011-at-manuel-2-7-20 57003+57011 at Manuel57003+57011 at ManuelHaving arrived at Manuel on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway from Carlisle, DRS liveried 57003+57011 with DBSO 9710 in tow, depart from Manuel heading to Bo'ness 2.7.20 Having arrived at Manuel on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway from Carlisle, DRS liveried 57003+57011 with DBSO 9710 in tow, depart from Manuel heading to Bo'ness 2.7.20

57003+57011 at Manuel57003+57011 at ManuelHaving arrived at Manuel on the Bo'ness & Kinneil Railway from Carlisle, DRS liveried 57003+57011 with DBSO 9710 in tow, depart from Manuel heading to Bo'ness 2.7.20

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(Scottish Trains Website) 57003 57011 bo'ness carlisle kingmoor drs manuel https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/57003-57011-at-manuel-2-7-20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:41:51 GMT
An hour at Hartwood 1.7.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/an-hour-at-hartwood-1-7-20 70805 at Hartwood70805 at HartwoodColas liveried 70805 passes through Hartwood with 6B34 Viewpark - Oxwellmains cement working 1.7.20 Heading home from work on 1st July 2020, I decided to pop into Hartwood for an hour to catch a couple of freight workings:

66743 at Hartwood66743 at HartwoodRoyal Scotsman liveried 66743 passes through Hartwood with 6E45 Fort William - North Blyth Alcans 1.7.20
Royal Scotsman liveried 66743 passes through Hartwood with 6E45 Fort William - North Blyth Alcans
37610 at Hartwood37610 at HartwoodBR Blue with yellow ends liveried 37610 passes through Hartwood with 0F85 Slateford Depot - Falkland Yard route learning working 1.7.20 BR Blue with yellow ends liveried 37610 passes through Hartwood with 0F85 Slateford Depot - Falkland Yard route learning working 1.7.20
70805 at Hartwood70805 at HartwoodColas liveried 70805 passes through Hartwood with 6B34 Viewpark - Oxwellmains cement working 1.7.20 Colas liveried 70805 passes through Hartwood with 6B34 Viewpark - Oxwellmains cement working

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 0f85 37610 66743 6b34 6e45 70805 alcans colas fort william gbrf hartwood north blyth royal scotsman slateford https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/an-hour-at-hartwood-1-7-20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:38:01 GMT
37610 on Route Learning duties at Holytown and Blantyre 30.6.20 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37610-on-route-learning-duties-at-holytown-and-blantyre-30-6-20 37610 at Holytown37610 at HolytownBR Blue with yellow ends liveried 37610 passes through Holytown with 0F85 Slateford Depot - Slateford Depot route learner 30.6.20 My first trip out to catch any workings since the start of lockdown coincided with BR Blue with yellow ends liveried 37610 out route learning duties.   37610 was seen as it passed through both Holytown and Blantyre with 0F85 Slateford Depot - Slateford Depot route learner on 30th June 2020.

 

37610 at Holytown37610 at HolytownBR Blue with yellow ends liveried 37610 passes through Holytown with 0F85 Slateford Depot - Slateford Depot route learner 30.6.20 37610 at Blantyre37610 at BlantyreBR Blue with yellow ends liveried 37610 passes through Blantyre with 0F85 Slateford Depot - Slateford Depot route learner 30.6.20
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(Scottish Trains Website) 0f85 37610 blantyre br blue colas holytown slateford https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2020/7/37610-on-route-learning-duties-at-holytown-and-blantyre-30-6-20 Sat, 18 Jul 2020 23:29:22 GMT
Class 126 at Bo'ness 28.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/class-126-at-boness-28-12-19 Class 126 at Bo'nessClass 126 at Bo'nessMaking a rare appearance in service BR Green liveried Swindon built Class 126 (made up of vehicles 51017, 51043 and 59404) head along the foreshore at Bo'ness with the 12.45 service to Birkhill 28.12.19 Making a rare appearance in service BR Green liveried Swindon built Class 126 (made up of vehicles 51017, 51043 and 59404) head along the foreshore at Bo'ness with the 12.45 service to Birkhill 28.12.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) bo'ness class 126 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/class-126-at-boness-28-12-19 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 23:49:45 GMT
LNER Farewell Staff Tour 28.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/lner-farewell-staff-tour-28-12-19 43112 tnt 43006 at Edinburgh Waverley43112 tnt 43006 at Edinburgh WaverleyThe stunning looking LNER HST set painted into original Intercity livery, is seen at Edinburgh Waverley for it's farewell staff charter to mark the end of use of the HST sets by LNER. 43112 (43312) is seen leading 43006 (43206) as they wait for departure with 1Z25 15.16 Fife Circle LNER staff tour 28.12.19 The stunning looking LNER HST set painted into original Intercity livery, is seen at Edinburgh Waverley for it's farewell staff charter to mark the end of use of the HST sets by LNER. 43112 (43312) is seen leading 43006 (43206) as they wait for departure with 1Z25 15.16 Fife Circle LNER staff tour 28.12.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43006 43112 edinburgh waverley farewell tour intercity 125 lner https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/lner-farewell-staff-tour-28-12-19 Mon, 30 Dec 2019 23:47:56 GMT
LNER HST Farewell at Edinburgh Waverley 19.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/lner-hst-farewell-at-edinburgh-waverley-19-12-19
43006 (43206) tnt 43112 (43312) at Edinburgh Waverley43006 (43206) tnt 43112 (43312) at Edinburgh WaverleyBeautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43112 (43312) is seen at Edinburgh Waverley on the rear of 43006 (43206), where it awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19 Beautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43112 (43312) and 43006 (43206) with a full rake of BR Blue and Grey Mark 3's are seen at Edinburgh Waverley where they awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19
 
43006 (43206) tnt 43112 (43312) at Edinburgh Waverley43006 (43206) tnt 43112 (43312) at Edinburgh WaverleyBeautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43112 (43312) is seen at Edinburgh Waverley on the rear of 43006 (43206), where it awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19 43006 tnt 43112 Edinburgh Waverley43006 tnt 43112 Edinburgh WaverleyBeautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43112 (43312) is seen at Edinburgh Waverley on the rear of 43006 (43206), where it awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19
E40720 at Edinburgh WaverleyE40720 at Edinburgh WaverleyLooking stunning in BR Blue Grey livery 'Restraunt Buffet 125' E40720 is seen as part of LNER's HST Farewell set at Edinburgh Waverley 19.12.19 43006 tnt 43112 at Edinburgh Waverley43006 tnt 43112 at Edinburgh WaverleyBeautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43006 (43206) is seen at Edinburgh Waverley with 43112 (43312) on the rear, where they awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19
43006 tnt 43112 at Edinburgh Waverley43006 tnt 43112 at Edinburgh WaverleyBeautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43006 (43206) is seen at Edinburgh Waverley with 43112 (43312) on the rear, where they awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19 E40720 at Edinburgh WaverleyE40720 at Edinburgh WaverleyLooking stunning in BR Blue Grey livery 'Restaurant Buffet 125' E40720 is seen as part of LNER's HST Farewell set at Edinburgh Waverley 19.12.19
Retro posters at Edinburgh WaverleyRetro posters at Edinburgh WaverleyRetro posters onboard 'Restaurant Buffet 125' E40720 is seen as part of LNER's HST Farewell set at Edinburgh Waverley 19.12.19 43112 at Edinburgh Waverley43112 at Edinburgh WaverleyBeautifully repainted into original Intercity livery for it's farewell tour following the withdrawal of the LNER HST sets, 43112 (43312) is seen at Edinburgh Waverley on the rear of 43006 (43206), where it awaits departure with 5Z47 ECS working to Craigentinny 19.12.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43006 43112 43206 43312 br farewell hst intercity 125 lner tour https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/lner-hst-farewell-at-edinburgh-waverley-19-12-19 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 23:09:08 GMT
Class 314 Farewell Tour 18.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/class-314-farewell-tour-18-12-19 314202+314205 at Carstairs314202+314205 at CarstairsPreparing to leave Carstairs for the final time, 314202+314205 are heading not for East Kilbride, but for another location they never reached in passenger service: Cumbernauld!
They are working 2W98 10.10 Glasgow Central - Cumbernauld Class 314 Farewell tour 18.12.19
314202 and 314205 operated the farewell tour around the area on Wednesday 18th December.  Starting from Glasgow Central, the units headed out to Ayr, then returned back to Glasgow Central before heading to Carstairs and Cumbernauld. After returning to Glasgow Central via a reversal at Motherwell, both units headed out to Helensburgh Central and then returned to Glasgow Central low level where the tour ended. The units then headed off back to Shields before an impending trip to Yoker to await their final journey for scrapping.

314205+314202 at Carstairs314205+314202 at CarstairsMaking their final bow SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205+314202 are seen at Carstairs having arrived with 2W98 10.10 Glasgow Central - Cumbernauld Class 314 Farewell tour 18.12.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 314205 class 314 farewell tour scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/class-314-farewell-tour-18-12-19 Fri, 20 Dec 2019 22:59:13 GMT
Final Day of Service for the Class 314's 14.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/final-day-of-service-for-the-class-314s-14-12-19 314210 at Paisley Canal314210 at Paisley CanalOn it's final day of service, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314210 prepares to depart Paisley Canal with 2D24 12.05 service to Glasgow Central 14.12.19 Saturday 14th December was the final day in service for the class 314 initially saw only 314210 out in service (on xx.42 Paisley Canal workings) after 314216 failed with a faulty headlight prior to entering service, however it was soon repaired and entered service from the 12.12 service to Paisley Canal and worked all afternoon.   Both units worked until the 17.05 (314210) and the 17.35 (314216) services from Paisley Canal. On their return to Glasgow Central, both units were coupled together and headed back to Corkerhill for the final time.  

At Corkerhill, they were coupled to 314209, which had operated it's last service the previous day, and the three units made their way to Yoker depot, where they will be stored until they are taken away to be scrapped.   314202 and 314205 were moved to Shields Depot, where 314214 has also been in situ since it failed in service on 30th November.   It is expected that 2 of those 3 units will operate the farewell tour around the area on Wednesday 18th December. 

At present the situation is that of the 16 class 314's,  8 are stored and 8 are scrapped.   There will be a farewell tour on Wednesday 18th December featuring any three units from 314202 / 314205 or 314214.  See https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/news/so-long-farewell-scotrail%E2%80%99s-class-314-goodbye for more details.

The photo shows: On it's final day of service, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314210 preparing to depart Paisley Canal with 2D24 12.05 service to Glasgow Central.

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 314205 314209 314210 314214 314216 class 314 class 314 farewell class 314 withdrawal glasgow central paisley canal scotrail spt carmine and cream https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/final-day-of-service-for-the-class-314s-14-12-19 Sun, 15 Dec 2019 09:15:13 GMT
Class 314 Farewell Tour announced https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/class-314-farewell-tour-announced 314205 at Newton314205 at NewtonWith only a few days of it's 40 year long working life remaining, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 awaits it's departure from a wet and windy Newton station with 2P23 17.49 service to Glasgow Central 7.12.19 As a final send-off, ScotRail is putting on a special farewell tour around Strathclyde after the trains retire from passenger service.

The last Class 314 will make its farewell journey on Wednesday, 18 December, on routes around Strathclyde that haven’t seen the trains for a number of years, and on routes that have never seen them.

ScotRail is opening the tours to the public, and in exchange for travel on the final voyage, the train operator is asking for donations to its charity partner, MND Scotland.

Three journeys will depart from Glasgow Central over the course of the day at:

  • 1010 Glasgow Central – Ayr return (limited customer capacity).
  • 1230 Glasgow Central – Glasgow Central via Motherwell / Carstairs / Cumbernauld.
  • 1610 Glasgow Central – Helensburgh return.
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(Scottish Trains Website) class 314 farewell glasgow central scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/class-314-farewell-tour-announced Thu, 12 Dec 2019 22:51:56 GMT
314205 at Newton 7.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/314205-at-newton-7-12-19 314205 at Newton314205 at NewtonFast approaching the end of it's 40 year long working life, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 awaits it's departure from a wet and windy Newton station with 2P23 17.49 service to Glasgow Central 7.12.19 With possibly as little a time as a week left of operation for the Class 314's, six of the class are still seeing use in service. It is still possible to catch 314202 / 205 / 209 / 210 / 214 and 216 in service.

If their use in service ends on Saturday 14th (the day before the timetable changes), it is likely that Saturday 7th was the last time that a 314 will have run from Glasgow Central - Newton via Mount Florida, with 314205 doing the honours.  

Sunday 8th will be their last Sunday in service with one unit (probably 314205) due in service working a diagram alternating between Glasgow Central - Newton and Neilston although it is likely that this will be upped to a 6 car set with the League Cup final taking place at Hampden.   There is also a chance that a couple of 314's may end up out on Glasgow Central - Mount Florida extras.

Monday 9th - Friday 13th should see the 314's on their usual weekday workings both on peak workings on the Neilston line and the daytime off peak workings on the Cathcart Circle and Newton via Maxwell Park workings with 5 units seeing use daily.

Saturday 14th would see the 314's work for the final time on the Paisley Canal line.   It is now a case of photo and ride on them while you still can.

With only a few days of it's 40 year long working life remaining, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 awaits it's departure from a wet and windy Newton station with 2P23 17.49 service to Glasgow Central 7.12.19 314205 at Newton314205 at NewtonWith only a few days of it's 40 year long working life remaining, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 awaits it's departure from a wet and windy Newton station with 2P23 17.49 service to Glasgow Central 7.12.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 314205 314209 314210 314214 314216 class 314 glasgow central Newton scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/314205-at-newton-7-12-19 Sun, 08 Dec 2019 00:09:29 GMT
Last Day for Virgin Trains Franchise 7.12.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/last-day-for-virgin-trains-franchise-7-12-19 On the final day of the Virgin Trains Franchise, debranded Pendolino 390008 heads south through Uddingston with 1M14 13.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 7.12.19 390008 at Uddingston390008 at UddingstonOn the final day of the Virgin Trains Franchise, debranded Pendolino 390008 heads south through Uddingston with 1M14 13.40 Glasgow Central - London Euston service 7.12.19 On the final day of the Virgin Trains Franchise, debranded Pendolino 390010 heads north through Uddingston with 1S48 9.30 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 7.12.19 390010 at Uddingston390010 at UddingstonOn the final day of the Virgin Trains Franchise, debranded Pendolino 390010 heads north through Uddingston with 1S48 9.30 London Euston - Glasgow Central service 7.12.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 390008 390010 Franchise Pendolino Uddingston Virgin Trains https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/12/last-day-for-virgin-trains-franchise-7-12-19 Sat, 07 Dec 2019 23:47:43 GMT
318257 at Newton 22.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/318257-at-newton-22-11-19 318257 at Newton318257 at NewtonScotrail Saltire liveried 318257 awaits departure from Newton with 2P19 16.49 service to Glasgow Central 22.11.19 Scotrail Saltire liveried 318257 awaits departure from Newton with 2P19 16.49 service to Glasgow Central 22.11.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 318257 class 318 newton scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/318257-at-newton-22-11-19 Sun, 24 Nov 2019 00:05:20 GMT
Class 314's 22.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/class-314s-22-11-19 314205 at Newton314205 at NewtonWith only a few weeks of service remaining, an increasingly tired looking Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 arrives at Newton with 2M78 13.45 service from Glasgow Central 22.11.19 With only a few weeks of service remaining, an increasingly tired looking Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 arrives at Newton with 2M78 13.45 service from Glasgow Central 22.11.19 314205 at Glasgow Central314205 at Glasgow CentralSPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 seen at Glasgow Central, having arrived with 2M79 14.19 service from Newton 22.11.19 SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 seen at Glasgow Central, having arrived with 2M79 14.19 service from Newton 22.11.19 385019 and 314209 at Glasgow Central385019 and 314209 at Glasgow Centralnew v old at Glasgow Central as brand new class 385019 awaits its next duty while 40 year old 314209 departs with 5O24 the 15.08 ECS working to Crosshill. This view will become history shortly as the class 314's are withdrawn in December 2019. 22.11.19 new v old at Glasgow Central as brand new class 385019 awaits its next duty while 40 year old 314209 departs with 5O24 the 15.08 ECS working to Crosshill. This view will become history shortly as the class 314's are withdrawn in December 2019. 22.11.19 314209 at Glasgow Central314209 at Glasgow CentralWith only weeks left in service, Scotrail Saltire liveried 314209 departs Glasgow Central with 5O24 the 15.08 ECS working to Crosshill. At Crosshill it will work 2O24 15.20 service to Glasgow Central via the Outer circle 22.11.19 With only weeks left in service, Scotrail Saltire liveried 314209 departs Glasgow Central with 5O24 the 15.08 ECS working to Crosshill. At Crosshill it will work 2O24 15.20 service to Glasgow Central via the Outer circle 22.11.19 314205 at Pollokshaws East314205 at Pollokshaws EastSPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 departs Pollokshaws East with 2I23 Cathcart Inner Circle service 22.11.19 SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 departs Pollokshaws East with 2I23 Cathcart Inner Circle service 22.11.19 314209 at Pollokshaws East314209 at Pollokshaws EastScotrail Saltire liveried 314209 arrives into Pollokshaws East with 2O24 15.20 Crosshill - Glasgow Central service 22.11.19 Scotrail Saltire liveried 314209 arrives into Pollokshaws East with 2O24 15.20 Crosshill - Glasgow Central service 22.11.19 318257 and 314209 at Glasgow Central318257 and 314209 at Glasgow Central318257 and 314209 await their next duties at Glasgow Central. Once the 314's are withdrawn, the class 318 will be the oldest class of EMU operating on the Scotrail network. 22.11.19 318257 and 314209 await their next duties at Glasgow Central. Once the 314's are withdrawn, the class 318 will be the oldest class of EMU operating on the Scotrail network. 22.11.19 314205 at Glasgow Central314205 at Glasgow CentralSPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 arrives at Glasgow Central with 2I23 15.15 Cathcart Inner Circle service 22.11.19 SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 arrives at Glasgow Central with 2I23 15.15 Cathcart Inner Circle service 22.11.19 314210 at Glasgow Central314210 at Glasgow CentralSPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314210 arrives into Glasgow Central with 2M83 15.19 service from Newton 22.11.19 SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314210 arrives into Glasgow Central with 2M83 15.19 service from Newton 22.11.19 314205 at Glasgow Central314205 at Glasgow CentralSPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 departs Glasgow Central with 2O26 15.51 Cathcart Outer Circle service 22.11.19 SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 departs Glasgow Central with 2O26 15.51 Cathcart Outer Circle service 22.11.19 314209 and 318257 at Glasgow Central314209 and 318257 at Glasgow Central318257 and 314209 await their next duties at Glasgow Central. Once the 314's are withdrawn, the class 318 will be the oldest class of EMU operating on the Scotrail network. 22.11.19 318257 and 314209 await their next duties at Glasgow Central. Once the 314's are withdrawn, the class 318 will be the oldest class of EMU operating on the Scotrail network. 22.11.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314205 314210 class 314 glasgow central Newton Pollokshaws East scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/class-314s-22-11-19 Sun, 24 Nov 2019 00:03:28 GMT
314214 at Newton 9.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/314214-at-newton-9-11-19 314214 at Newton314214 at NewtonScotrail Saltire liveried 314214 awaits departure from Newton with 2M91 17.19 service to Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park 9.11.19 Scotrail Saltire liveried 314214 awaits departure from Newton with 2M91 17.19 service to Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park 9.11.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314214 Cathcart Circle class 314 glasgow central Newton Saltire scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/314214-at-newton-9-11-19 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:39:03 GMT
314202 at Newton 9.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/314202-at-newton-9-11-19 314202 at Newton314202 at NewtonWith a full moon in the background, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314202 prepares to depart from Newton with 2P19 16.49 service to Glasgow Central via Queens Park 9.11.19 With a full moon in the background, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314202 prepares to depart from Newton with 2P19 16.49 service to Glasgow Central via Queens Park 9.11.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 carmine and cream class 314 newton scotrail spt https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/314202-at-newton-9-11-19 Mon, 11 Nov 2019 22:37:25 GMT
Class 314's 2.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/class-314s-2-11-19 314205 at Paisley Canal314205 at Paisley CanalIn it's final weeks in service before withdrawal, SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 awaits departure from Paisley Canal with 2D20 11.05 service to Glasgow Central. 2.11.19 With only a few weeks remaining until the class 314's are withdrawn for good, seven of the original fleet of 16 of the class remain in service (314202 / 203 / 205 / 209 / 210 / 214 / 216), albeit in a much reduced role than they were previously used to.

Five of the class continue to see use on weekdays, with three on a Saturday and one on a Sunday.

I was in Glasgow for a couple of hours on 2nd November and there was 2 class 314's in service, both on the Paisley Canal service.

314216 was operating the xx.12 service and 314205 on the xx.42 service.

A swap of units occurred and 314216 found its self on the 11.25 service to Gourock with 380016 ending up on the Paisley Canal services.

At Shields - 314203 was seen towards the east of the depot with it's pantograph up while 314210 was stabled at the west end near the sheds with it's pantograph down (presumably for maintenance).

At Corkerhill - 314214, 314202 and 314209 were stabled awaiting their next duties.

314216 at Glasgow Central314216 at Glasgow CentralSPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314216 awaits its next departure from Glasgow Central with 2D17 10.12 service to Paisley Canal 2.11.19
314205 at Paisley Canal314205 at Paisley CanalApproaching the end of the line in more ways than one, in it's final weeks before withdrawal for the full class 314 fleet, 314205 arrives at Paisley Canal with 2D19 10.42 service from Glasgow Central 2.11.19
314205 at Glasgow Central314205 at Glasgow CentralSeen under the magnificent roof of Glasgow Central, 40 year old Class 314: 314205 in it's now obsolete SPT Carmine and Cream livery awaits departure to Paisley Canal with 2D23 11.42 service. 2.11.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 314203 314205 314209 314210 314214 314216 class 314 glasgow central paisley canal scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/class-314s-2-11-19 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 23:14:45 GMT
37409 at Greenfaulds 2.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/37409-at-greenfaulds-2-11-19 37218 tnt 37409 at Greenfaulds37218 tnt 37409 at GreenfauldsDRS liveried 37218 top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37409 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Network Rail PLPR test train 2.11.19 DRS liveried 37218 top and tailed with BR Large Logo liveried 37409 approach Greenfaulds with 1Q77 Mossend - Inverness Network Rail PLPR test train 2.11.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37218 37409 greenfaulds inverness mossend network rail plpr https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/37409-at-greenfaulds-2-11-19 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 22:46:15 GMT
70801 at Paisley Gilmour Street 2.11.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/70801-at-paisley-gilmour-street-2-11-19 70801 at Paisley Gilmour Street70801 at Paisley Gilmour StreetColas liveried 70801 approaches Paisley Gilmour Street with 6B38 Aberdeen - Irvine Caledonian Paper slurry tanks 2.11.19 Colas liveried 70801 approaches Paisley Gilmour Street with 6B38 Aberdeen - Irvine Caledonian Paper slurry tanks 2.11.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 70801 colas paisley gilmour street https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/11/70801-at-paisley-gilmour-street-2-11-19 Sun, 03 Nov 2019 22:44:08 GMT
43002 at Shildon 20.10.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/43002-at-shildon-20-10-19 47815, 6338, 43002 and 08911 at Shildon47815, 6338, 43002 and 08911 at ShildonBeing prepared for departure, ROG's 47815 waits as the National Rail Museum's 08911 is uncoupled from 43002 and Barrier Coach 6338 and Class 43 HST Power car 43002 are coupled onto 47815 20.10.19 Being prepared for departure, ROG's 47815 waits as the National Rail Museum's 08911 is uncoupled from 43002 and Barrier Coach 6338 and Class 43 HST Power car 43002 are coupled onto 47815 20.10.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 08911 43002 47815 Intercity National Railway Museum Rail Operations Group Shildon York https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/43002-at-shildon-20-10-19 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:50:15 GMT
60026 at Newcastle 16.10.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/60026-at-newcastle-16-10-19 60026 at Newcastle60026 at NewcastleWearing the new GBRF livery, 60026 and it's train snake their way out of Newcastle with 6N22 14.10 Tyne Coal Terminal - Lynemouth Power Station working 16.10.19 Wearing the new GBRF livery, 60026 and it's train snake their way out of Newcastle with 6N22 14.10 Tyne Coal Terminal - Lynemouth Power Station working 16.10.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 60026 GBRF Lynemouth Power Station Newcastle Tyne Coal Terminal https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/60026-at-newcastle-16-10-19 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:46:49 GMT
Early Evening Class 314's 14.10.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/early-evening-class-314s-14-10-19 314205 at Patterton314205 at Patterton4 of the 7 class 314's remaining in service retain the now obsolete SPT Carmine and Cream. One of them, 314205 pauses at Patterton with 2N08 19.05 Glasgow Central - Neilston service 14.10.19 4 of the 7 class 314's remaining in service retain the now obsolete SPT Carmine and Cream. One of them, 314205 pauses at Patterton with 2N08 19.05 Glasgow Central - Neilston service 14.10.19 314209+314214 at Patterton314209+314214 at PattertonThe final pair of Class 314's to receive the Scotrail Saltire livery - 314209+314214 pause under the platform lights at Patterton with 2N09 19.28 Neilston - Glasgow Central 14.10.19 The final pair of Class 314's to receive the Scotrail Saltire livery - 314209+314214 pause under the platform lights at Patterton with 2N09 19.28 Neilston - Glasgow Central 14.10.19 314205 at Patterton314205 at PattertonA scene that will soon become history when the class 314's are finally withdrawn in a few months time. SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 pauses at Patterton with 2N13 19.58 Neilston - Glasgow Central service 14.10.19 A scene that will soon become history when the class 314's are finally withdrawn in a few months time. SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314205 pauses at Patterton with 2N13 19.58 Neilston - Glasgow Central service 14.10.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314205 314209 314214 carmine and cream class 314 glasgow central neilston patterton saltire scotrail spt https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/early-evening-class-314s-14-10-19 Fri, 25 Oct 2019 21:43:27 GMT
Blackpool trams 134th anniversary weekend 29-30th September https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/blackpool-trams-134th-anniversary-weekend-29-30th-september 143 at North Pier143 at North PierThe beautifully restored Standard 143 seen at North Pier on display 28.9.19 The Blackpool tramway anniversary weekend is one of the highlights for tramway enthusiasts. Over the course of the weekend, every heritage tram that can run will run at some point.

This year was no different!

Friday 27th September

I arrived in Blackpool to torrential rain, which fortunately eased around 3pm. The 2 car heritage tram service was in operation and due to the weather, Brush car 631 and Balloon 723 were used on the service.   631 was on diagram A and 723 was on diagram B (Diagram B operated the 14.40 and 16.40 extended services to Cabin.  

Standard 143 was supposed to be working a tour for the Fylde Tramway Society during Friday evening, however it had developed a motor fault, which unfortunately left the tram out of service on what was supposed to be it's debut weekend.   Bolton 66 substituted for 143.   The tour was eventful as Bolton 66 had an overheated axle and had to be left at Fleetwood Ferry, while it was repaired.   The tour participants were transported to Manchester Square on board Flexity 014, where they disembarked and headed over to Rigby Road to continue the tour onboard Centenary 648.

Balloon 715 was seen out on the Ghost Tram tour to Fleetwood and Balloon 717 operated the Fish and Chips special to Fleetwood while Western Train 733+734, HMS Blackpool 736 and Balloon 701 were seen out on Illuminations Tours.

Saturday 28th September

Saturday started bright and sunny.   The first day of the anniversary weekend saw plenty of trams out: Bolton 66 had been repaired following the issue the night before and returned to service.   Standard 147, Boat 227, Brush Car 631, Centenary 648, Ex Towing Railcoach 680, Balloons 701, 715, 717 and 723.   Balloon 713 operated on the depot shuttle service between Rigby Road and Starr Gate.   631 and 680 operated an hourly service between Fleetwood and Starr Gate.

Millennium Balloon 718 was used as the shop tram at North Pier, whilst the superbly restored Standard 143 was on display at North Pier beside 718.   At Rigby Road Twin Car 675+685, Brush Car 634 and Boat 230 were on display along the fitting shop wall.   All 3 trams are awaiting rewiring before re-entering service.   On the depot fan, All over red liveried Centenary 645, Wynsor world of shoes and orange liveried 761 and Plum and Cream liveried OMO 8 were displayed.

In the afternoon, the heavens opened and 227 was quickly dispatched back to depot.   Balloon 701 worked the final heritage service of the day from Bispham to Manchester Square.

Into the evening and the Western Train 733+734, HMS Blackpool 736 and Balloons 701, 717 and 723 operated on the illumination tours, 733+734 and 736 operated at least 3 tours each.

Sunday 29th September

Sunday began with more torrential rain, which lasted until 2pm.   The tram allocation changed due to the weather. The morning saw Brush Cars 621 and 631, Centenary 648, Balloons 713, 715, 717 and 723 and Illuminated trams 736 and 737 in service. Balloon 711 worked the depot shuttle, while 715 and 723 worked an hourly service between Starr Gate and Fleetwood.     Once again Millennium Balloon 718 was used as the shop tram at North Pier, whilst the superbly restored Standard 143 was on display beside 718.

Open topped Balloon 706 'Princess Alice' and stored Balloon 704, which is still wearing it's Eclipse livery that it received in 2000 were on display along the fitting shop wall.   Both trams are awaiting new underframes.   On the depot fan was Twin Cars 675+685, 676+686, T2+272 and twin car motor 671.

I went on the 11am depot tour.   The tour, led by Bryan Lyndop, the Head of Heritage at Blackpool Transport began in the Electrical Compound where Boat 230 and Brush Car 634 were stabled.   Both trams are expected to be rewired to allow them to return to service in the next few years. The first tram to be rewired will be Twin Car 675+685.   Work has already commenced on removing the old wiring from this tram.   Next we were taken into the rear part of the main running shed where we viewed some of the withdrawn or stored trams.   Visible were Balloon 726, Boat 600 (which was near the back of the depot to stay dry!), Coronation 304, Balloon 701 and Millennium Balloons 709 and 724.  

We were then taken across to the fitting shop, which although empty of trams, had a wide array of parts visible such as motors and seating.   The steelwork for the new underframe that will be built for the major restoration of Balloon 704 was also visible.   The Body Shop featured the body shells for future restorations Lytham 43 and Glasgow 1016. There was also the framework for a project from a local college for a replica of the 'tank tram', which used to travel around the system during the first world war.    There wasn't any trams in the paint shop, however Standard 143 was expected to return there soon to have it's new paintwork varnished.

As our tour slightly over ran and the shuttle tram to take us all to Starr Gate depot for the second part of the tour had left with out us, we got the chance to take some photos of some more of the withdrawn trams from the front of the depot.   It was possible to see trams such as Balloon 720, Brush Car 632, Balloon 708 and the Roadliner tram from Preston.   After a bus had been scrambled to take us to Starr Gate, we were soon on our way.

At Starr Gate, we saw the stabling sheds, where Flexity 004 was the spare tram and was receiving repairs to a minor fault.   In the engineering side of the depot, Flexities 007, 010, 011 and 018 were receiving maintenance.    Soon the tour was over and out on the tramway, the weather was beginning to improve and Standard 147, Ex Towing Railcoach 680, Balloon 701 and 733+734 came out into service to join the trams already out.

Into the evening and the weather had improved dramatically! The Western Train 733+734, HMS Blackpool 736 and Balloon 717 were joined in service by Boats 600 and 227 on Illuminations tours.   Both boats were fully loaded on both trips made through the lights.

Over the course of the weekend, almost all of the active heritage fleet made an appearance either in service or on display or as a shop tram.   The only trams in the active fleet not to see any use were Centenary 642, Millennium Balloon 707 and B Fleet Balloons 700 and 719.

All the Flexities were seen out over the weekend except for 007.   014 returned to service after a number of months out of service.

My Gallery of photos from the Weekend can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p117643997

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(Scottish Trains Website) 136 Anniversary weekend 143 147 227 230 272+T2 600 602 604 611 621 624 625 627 631 632 634 642 645 648 66 671 672+682 675+685 676+686 681 700 701 703 704 706 707 708 709 711 713 715 717 718 719 720 723 726 732 733+734 735 736 737 761 8 Balloon Blackpool Blackpool Trams Boat car Bolton 66 Brush Car Centenary Flexity HMS Blackpool Millenium Balloon Standard Trawler Western Train https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/10/blackpool-trams-134th-anniversary-weekend-29-30th-september Sun, 13 Oct 2019 08:36:26 GMT
153377 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton 13.9.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/153377-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton-13-9-19 153377 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton153377 at Kilmarnock BonnytonGWR liveried 153377 seen at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment prior to entering service with Scotrail. These units will be paired with class 156's on the West Highland Line, allowing more seating and bike storage.13.9.19 (Photo taken through the fence from a public road) GWR liveried 153377 seen at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment prior to entering service with Scotrail. These units will be paired with class 156's on the West Highland Line, allowing more seating and bike storage.13.9.19 (Photo taken through the fence from a public road)

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(Scottish Trains Website) 153377 gwr kilmarnock bonnyton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/153377-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton-13-9-19 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 23:12:18 GMT
153305 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton 13.9.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/153305-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton 153305 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton153305 at Kilmarnock BonnytonAll over White with Grey doors liveried 153305 seen at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment prior to entering service with Scotrail. These units will be paired with class 156's on the West Highland Line, allowing more seating and bike storage.13.9.19 (Photo taken through the fence from a public road) All over White with Grey doors liveried 153305 seen at Kilmarnock Bonnyton awaiting refurbishment prior to entering service with Scotrail. These units will be paired with class 156's on the West Highland Line, allowing more seating and bike storage.13.9.19 (Photo taken through the fence from a public road)

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(Scottish Trains Website) 153305 GWR Kilmarnock Bonnyton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/153305-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton Fri, 13 Sep 2019 23:09:43 GMT
317504 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton 13.9.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/317504-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton-13-9-19 317504 at Kilmarnock Bonnyton317504 at Kilmarnock BonnytonGreater Anglia liveried 317504 seen at Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot, where it is receiving PRM modifications 13.9.19 (Photo taken through fence from public road) Greater Anglia liveried 317504 seen at Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot, where it is receiving PRM modifications 13.9.19 (Photo taken through fence from public road)

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(Scottish Trains Website) 317504 greater anglia kilmarnock bonnyton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/317504-at-kilmarnock-bonnyton-13-9-19 Fri, 13 Sep 2019 23:07:50 GMT
37419 tnt 37405 at Lanark 10.9.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/37419-tnt-37405-at-lanark-10-9-19 Intercity liveried 37419 top and tailed with DRS liveried 37405 awaits departure from Lanark with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend via Lanark and Helensburgh Central Network Rail PLPR Test Train 10.9.19

37419 tnt 37405 at Lanark37419 tnt 37405 at LanarkIntercity liveried 37419 top and tailed with DRS liveried 37405 awaits departure from Lanark with 1Q80 Mossend - Mossend via Lanark and Helensburgh Central Network Rail PLPR Test Train 10.9.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37405 37419 lanark mossend network rail plpr https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/37419-tnt-37405-at-lanark-10-9-19 Tue, 10 Sep 2019 20:27:20 GMT
Class 314's in the evening 7.9.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/class-314s-in-the-evening-7-9-19 314210 at Newton314210 at NewtonAs the darkness descends, SPT liveried 314210 awaits departure from Newton with 2P22 20.49 Newton - Glasgow Central via Queens Park 7.9.19 As the darkness descends, SPT liveried 314210 awaits departure from Newton with 2P22 20.49 Newton - Glasgow Central via Queens Park 7.9.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314210 class 314 glasgow central newton queens park scotrail spt carmine and cream https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/9/class-314s-in-the-evening-7-9-19 Sat, 07 Sep 2019 22:06:52 GMT
Class 314's 24.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/class-314s-24-8-19 314205 at Glasgow Central314205 at Glasgow CentralLiving on borrowed time, 40 year old class 314, 314205, waits under the stunning glazed roof of Glasgow Central before departing with 2D37 15.12 service to Paisley Canal 24.8.19 It was Carmine and Cream day as 3 of the 7 remaining servicable Class 314's saw use on Saturday 24th August, all of them in SPT Carmine and Cream livery.

Only 3 diagrams are operated by 314's on a Saturday, 2 on Paisley Canal services and one entering service at 15.20 and working the xx.20 workings to Newton via Queens Park for the remainder of the day.

  • 314205 worked on the  xx.12 departures from Glasgow Central to Paisley canal
  • 314210 worked on the xx.42 departures from Glasgow Central to Paisley canal
  • 314216 worked the xx.20 departures from Glasgow Central to Newton via Queens Park from 15.20 onwards.

I had a run out to Paisley Canal and back on 314210 in the morning and noted the following:

  • 314203 was stabled at the east end of shields with its pantograph down, this could potentially mean that 314203 has been withdrawn.
  • 314202 was parked next to 314203 but had its pantograph up. 202's pantograph looked new.
  • 314216, 209 and 214 were stabled at Corkerhill.   314209 and 314214 were coupled together, 216 would later enter service.

The photo shows 314205, waiting under the stunning glazed roof of Glasgow Central before departing with 2D37 15.12 service to Paisley Canal.

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 314205 314209 314210 314214 314216 central class 314 glasgow glasgow central scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/class-314s-24-8-19 Sat, 24 Aug 2019 22:55:28 GMT
314207 heads south for scrap 22.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/314207-heads-south-for-scrap-22-8-19 314208 and 314207 at Glasgow Central314208 and 314207 at Glasgow CentralScotrail Saltire liveried 314208 awaits departure from Glasgow Central with 2D27 12.42 service to Paisley Canal while SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314207 will depart with 2M74 12.45 to Newton via Maxwell Park 1.3.19 On 22nd August, 314207 became the 6th class 314 to head to Wales for scrapping. 314207 had been withdrawn from service after working the 20.24 Gourock - Glasgow Central service on 18th May.   207 had initially been withdrawn on 21st September 2018 and transferred to Yoker for storage, however after the class 385's had to be withdrawn temporarily at the end of September 2018, 207 however, had a reprieve and was quickly returned to service.   Once the 385's returned to service, 207 remained in service with 204 being withdrawn instead.   

The scrapping of 314207 will leave 10 of the original 16 strong class still in existance, however further scrapping moves are expected soon with 314208 and 215 to make their final journeys soon as well.

The current situation with the 314's is as follows:

In Service: 314202 / 203 / 205 / 209 / 210 / 214 / 216

Stored: 314204 (Eastleigh) / 208 (Yoker) / 215 (Yoker)

Scrapped: 314201 / 206 / 207 / 211 / 212 / 213

The photo shows Scotrail Saltire liveried 314208 awaiting departure from Glasgow Central with 2D27 12.42 service to Paisley Canal while SPT Carmine and Cream liveried 314207 will depart with 2M74 12.45 to Newton via Maxwell Park 1.3.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314207 37884 class 314 Crewe Newport scotrail scrap Yoker https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/314207-heads-south-for-scrap-22-8-19 Thu, 22 Aug 2019 21:47:37 GMT
314211 at Carlisle 15.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/314211-at-carlisle-15-8-19 314211 at Carlisle314211 at CarlisleScotrail Saltire liveried 314211 is seen being hauled out of Carlisle on part one of it's final journey to the scrapyard at Newport Docks. Europhoenix Rail Operations Group liveried 37884 'Cepheus', is hauling the set. The working is 5Q78 Yoker - Crewe South Yard. 15.8.19 Scotrail Saltire liveried 314211 is seen being hauled out of Carlisle on part one of it's final journey to the scrapyard at Newport Docks. Europhoenix Rail Operations Group liveried 37884 'Cepheus', is hauling the set. The working is 5Q78 Yoker - Crewe South Yard. 15.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314211 carlisle class 314 crewe newport saltire scotrail scrap yoker https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/314211-at-carlisle-15-8-19 Sat, 17 Aug 2019 08:43:01 GMT
314211 heads south for scrapping 15.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/314211-heads-south-for-scrapping-15-8-19 37884+314211 at Carlisle37884+314211 at CarlisleEurophoenix Rail Operations Group liveried 37884 'Cepheus', hauling Scotrail Saltire liveried 314211 on part one of it's final journey to the scrapyard, pauses at Carlisle whilst working 5Q78 Yoker - Crewe South Yard ECS empty stock move. 15.8.19 On 15th August, 314211 became the 5th member of the fleet to make it's final journey south for scrapping.   37884 collected 211 from Yoker and hauled it on the first part of it's final journey, heading to Crewe South Yard. It is expected to make the 2nd and final part of the journey from Crewe South Yard to Newport Docks on 16th August.

The photo shows Europhoenix Rail Operations Group liveried 37884 'Cepheus', hauling Scotrail Saltire liveried 314211 on part one of it's final journey to the scrapyard, pauses at Carlisle whilst working 5Q78 Yoker - Crewe South Yard ECS empty stock move. 15.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314211 37884 5q78 carlisle class 314 crewe europhoenix newport rail operations group saltire scotrail yoker https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/314211-heads-south-for-scrapping-15-8-19 Thu, 15 Aug 2019 22:37:57 GMT
37884 at Carstairs 14.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/37884-at-carstairs-14-8-19 37884 at Carstairs37884 at CarstairsEurophoenix Rail Operations Group liveried 37884 'Cepheus' waits at Carstairs with 0S10 Crewe South Yard - Mossend Holding Sidings light engine move 14.8.19 Europhoenix Rail Operations Group liveried 37884 'Cepheus' waits at Carstairs with 0S10 Crewe South Yard - Mossend Holding Sidings light engine move 14.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37884 carstairs cepheus europhoenix group operations rail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/37884-at-carstairs-14-8-19 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 22:56:19 GMT
debranded 350403 at Carstairs 14.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/debranded-350403-at-carstairs-14-8-19 350403 at Carstairs350403 at CarstairsDebranded Transpennine Express unit 350403 heads north through Carstairs with an unidentified working from Manchester Airport - Glasgow Central 14.8.19 Debranded Transpennine Express unit 350403 heads north through Carstairs with an unidentified working from Manchester Airport - Glasgow Central 14.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 350403 carstairs debranded first transpennine express ftpe https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/debranded-350403-at-carstairs-14-8-19 Wed, 14 Aug 2019 22:54:13 GMT
37218 tnt 37259 at Holytown 8.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/37218-tnt-37259-at-holytown-8-8-19 37218 tnt 37259 at Holytown37218 tnt 37259 at HolytownDRS liveried 37218 and 37259 top and tail the Network Rail PLPR Test train through Holytown whilst working 1Q75 Mossend - Mossend via Lanark 8.8.19 DRS liveried 37218 and 37259 top and tail the Network Rail PLPR Test train through Holytown whilst working 1Q75 Mossend - Mossend via Lanark 8.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 37218 37259 drs holytown network rail plpr https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/37218-tnt-37259-at-holytown-8-8-19 Sun, 11 Aug 2019 22:56:52 GMT
68007 at Hartwood 6.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/68007-at-hartwood-6-8-19 68007 at Hartwood68007 at HartwoodScotrail Saltire liveried 68007 'Valiant' passes through Hartwood with a mixed rake of Saltire and DRS liveried Mark 2's while working 5L69 Motherwell - Edinburgh Waverley Fife Circle ECS move 6.8.19 Scotrail Saltire liveried 68007 'Valiant' passes through Hartwood with a mixed rake of Saltire and DRS liveried Mark 2's while working 5L69 Motherwell - Edinburgh Waverley Fife Circle ECS move 6.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 5l69 68007 drs hartwood scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/68007-at-hartwood-6-8-19 Tue, 06 Aug 2019 18:56:22 GMT
PD Ports liveried 66109 at Greenfaulds 5.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/66109-at-greenfaulds-5-8-19 66109 at Greenfaulds66109 at GreenfauldsPD ports all over blue liveried 66109 'Teesport Express' passes through Greenfaulds with 4E99 Grangemouth - Tees Dock Intermodal working 5.8.19 PD ports all over blue liveried 66109 'Teesport Express' passes through Greenfaulds with 4E99 Grangemouth - Tees Dock Intermodal working 5.8.19

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(Scottish Trains Website) 66109 DB Greenfaulds PD Ports https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/66109-at-greenfaulds-5-8-19 Mon, 05 Aug 2019 22:12:05 GMT
Class 314 update 4.8.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/class-314-update-4-8-19 314214+314202 at Newton314214+314202 at NewtonIn a scene that will soon be history, the final class 314 to receive the Scotrail Saltire livery, 314214 and the final 314 to receive the SPT Carmine and Cream livery, 314202 arrive into Newton with 2M76 13.36 service from Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park 4.8.19 Since the May timetable, class 314 usage on a Sunday has decreased to only 1 diagram. The diagram uses a pair of 314's working in multiple and rotating between the Newton via Maxwell Park and the Neilston service.

The Sunday diagram is as follows:

Glasgow Central - Neilston Neilston - Glasgow Central Glasgow Central - Newton (Via Maxwell Park) Newton - Glasgow Central (via Maxwell park)
8.55 9.48 10.36 11.09
11.53 12.48 13.36 14.09
14.53 15.48 16.36 17.09
17.53 18.48 19.36

20.09

20.53 21.48 22.36 23.09


Weekdays, 5 diagrams work using 5 units, with 3 units (a single and a double) working to Gourock early morning with the remainder of the workings mostly concentrating on peak time Neilston workings and daytime off peak workings on the Cathcart Circle and Newton via Maxwell park services. Only 1 diagram remains out post 20.00 and works on Neilston services.

Saturdays use 3 units, 2 working all day on Paisley Canal services and a third coming out to work on Glasgow Central - Newton via Queens Park services from 15.20 onwards.

Units still in service are Carmine and Cream sets 314202, 314205, 314210 and 314216 with Saltire liveried 314203, 314209 and 314214 also still in use. 314207, 314208, 314211 and 314215 are all stored at Yoker with no further use expected.

The main photo shows 314214 + 314202 arriving into Newton with 2M76 13.36 service from Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park on 4.8.19

314214+314202 at Newton314214+314202 at NewtonIn a scene that will soon be history, the final class 314 to receive the Scotrail Saltire livery, 314214 and the final 314 to receive the SPT Carmine and Cream livery, 314202 arrive into Newton with 2M76 13.36 service from Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park 4.8.19 314214+314202 at Newton314214+314202 at NewtonSaltire liveried 314214 and Carmine and Cream liveried 314202 coupled together at Newton 4.8.19 314202+314214 at Newton314202+314214 at NewtonWith withdrawal looming in a few months time, Carmine and Cream liveried 314202+ Saltire liveried 314214 await departure from Newton with 2M79 14.09 service to Glasgow Central. 4.8.19 314214 data sticker314214 data stickerThe data sticker from 314214's Pantograph Trailer 4.8.19
314214 data sticker314214 data stickerThe data sticker from one of 314214's Driving Motor vehicles 4.8.19 314214's builders plate314214's builders plateBuilders plate on vehicle 64609 from ser 314214. 4.8.19 314214's data sticker314214's data sticker314214's data sticker 4.8.19 314202+314214 at Newton314202+314214 at NewtonWorking the only remaining Sunday diagram for class 314's, 314202+314214 prepare to depart Newton with 2M79 13.36 service to Glasgow Central via Maxwell Park 4.8.19

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 314202 314203 314205 314209 314210 314214 314216 carmine and cream class 314 glasgow central neilston newton saltire scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/8/class-314-update-4-8-19 Sun, 04 Aug 2019 22:20:00 GMT
EMT powercars at Dalmeny 24.7.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/emt-powercars-at-dalmeny-24-7-19 43061 tnt 43075 at Dalmeny43061 tnt 43075 at DalmenyOn hire to LNER, East Midlands Trains powercars 43061 and 43075 top and tail their rake of LNER liveried Mark 3's through Dalmeny with 1E25 14.52 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross service 24.7.19 On hire to LNER, East Midlands Trains powercars 43061 and 43075 top and tail their rake of LNER liveried Mark 3's through Dalmeny with 1E25 14.52 Aberdeen - London Kings Cross service

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43061 43075 dalmeny east midlands trains lner https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/emt-powercars-at-dalmeny-24-7-19 Wed, 24 Jul 2019 22:00:57 GMT
47643 at Bo'ness 24.7.19 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2019/7/47643-at-boness-24-7-19 47643 at Manuel47643 at ManuelBR Scotrail Intercity liveried 47643 runs round it's train at Manuel to form the 14.50 departure to Bo'ness 24.7.19 Due to the Steam locomotives at Bo'ness being unavailable on 24th July, fans of diesel traction had an excellent treat, with BR Scotrail Intercity liveried 47643 operating the timetabled passenger services on the line from Bo'ness to Manuel on this day.

47643, which in recent months has been treated to a repaint, looked fantastic as it worked in the sunshine.

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