Scottish Trains Website: Blog https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog en-us (C) Scottish Trains Website (Scottish Trains Website) Wed, 15 May 2024 21:51:00 GMT Wed, 15 May 2024 21:51:00 GMT https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/img/s/v-12/u1614541-o761250848-50.jpg Scottish Trains Website: Blog https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog 120 90 Chasing 37409 in the West Highlands 8.4.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/4/chasing-37409-in-the-west-highlands-8-4-24 37409 tnt 37667 at Arisaig37409 tnt 37667 at ArisaigLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 pause at Arisaig with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24 On 3rd April, Locomotive Services Limited's Scotrail liveried 37409, three Scotrail liveried Mark 3s, DBSO 607 and British Railways Green liveried 37667 headed north from Crewe to Fort William.   Later that same day, LSL announced that they would be running a tour from Fort William to Mallaig and return on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th April, with a walk on price of £40 per head.

Departing on the one free path available (8.52 from Fort William with a 40 minute break at Mallaig and returning at 11.30, arriving at 13.38)

I decided last minute to head up to Fort William to catch 37409! Leaving home at 5.30am I drove up towards Arrochar and Tarbet, where I made a brief stop off to photograph the Caledonian Sleeper! I then got back on the road and got stuck behind a couple of slow moving vehicles. I reached Fort William just as 409 was departing the station, so managed to get in front of it and headed to Glenfinnan Viaduct to photo it there.   Once it passed, I got back on the road and headed westwards.

I missed the turning for Polnish so headed Arisaig.   I managed to get a few photos of the working there, then after it left, headed onwards to Mallaig, where I caught it coming in to the western terminus.   After a few photos of it arriving and in the station, I headed back to Polnish to get a few photos there, then stopped off a couple of miles west of Glenfinnan where I photoed the return working from a small bridge over the line ( ending up soaked up to my ankles in a waterlogged field!).   I headed back to Glenfinnan for more photos at the viaduct then back towards Fort William, where I got some photos from the Earl of Inverness Road Bridge.   After this, it was time to head back home!

Here are some photos from the trip! 

37409 and 37667 at Glenfinnan37409 and 37667 at GlenfinnanLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 as they cross the Glenfinnan Viaduct with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24 37409 tnt 37667 at Arisaig37409 tnt 37667 at ArisaigLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 arrive at Arisaig with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24
37409 tnt 37667 at Arisaig37409 tnt 37667 at ArisaigLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 await departure from Arisaig with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24 37409 tnt 37667 at Mallaig37409 tnt 37667 at MallaigLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 as they approach Mallaig with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24
37409 tnt 37667 at Mallaig37409 tnt 37667 at MallaigLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 are seen at Mallaig having arrived with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24 37409 tnt 37667 at Mallaig37409 tnt 37667 at MallaigLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 rest in the sunshine at Mallaig having arrived with 1Z37 8.52 Fort William - Mallaig 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24
37667 tnt 37409 at Polnish37667 tnt 37409 at PolnishLSL's British Railways liveried 37667 and Scotrail liveried 37409 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 past Polnish with 1Z38 11.34 Mallaig - Fort William 'The West Highlander' railtour. 409 is seen on the rear 8.4.24 37667 tnt 37409 at Glenfinnan37667 tnt 37409 at GlenfinnanLSL's British Railways liveried 37667 and Scotrail liveried 37409 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 towards Glenfinnan with 1Z38 11.34 Mallaig - Fort William 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24
37667 tnt 37409 at Glenfinnan37667 tnt 37409 at GlenfinnanLSL's British Railways liveried 37667 and Scotrail liveried 37409 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 towards Glenfinnan with 1Z38 11.34 Mallaig - Fort William 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24 37667 tnt 37409 at Glenfinnan37667 tnt 37409 at GlenfinnanLSL's British Railways liveried 37667 and Scotrail liveried 37409 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 towards Glenfinnan with 1Z38 11.34 Mallaig - Fort William 'The West Highlander' railtour 8.4.24
37667 tnt 37409 at Genfinnan Viaduct37667 tnt 37409 at Genfinnan ViaductLSL's British Railways liveried 37667 and Scotrail liveried 37409 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 across the Glenfinnan Viaduct with 1Z38 11.34 Mallaig - Fort William 'The West Highlander' railtour. 409 is seen on the rear 8.4.24 37409 tnt 37667 at Fort William37409 tnt 37667 at Fort WilliamLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 towards the Earl of Inverness Road Bridge with 5Z38 13.53 ECS movement to Tom Na Faire depot 8.4.24
37409 tnt 37667 at Fort William37409 tnt 37667 at Fort WilliamLSL's Scotrail liveried 37409 and British Railways liveried 37667 top and tail a set of Mark 3s and DBSO 607 approach Fort William Junction with 5Z38 13.53 ECS movement to Tom Na Faire depot 8.4.24  

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 37 fort william lsl mallaig scotrail west highland line https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/4/chasing-37409-in-the-west-highlands-8-4-24 Sun, 14 Apr 2024 19:55:48 GMT
A West Highland Weekend 29.3.24 - 1.4.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/4/a-west-highland-weekend-29-3-24---1-4-24 47712 at Arrochar and Tarbet47712 at Arrochar and TarbetLocomotive Services Limited's Intercity Scotrail liveried 47712 with matching Mark3s and DBSO in tow arrive at Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Z62 8.23 Edinburgh Waverley - Oban with the 'West of Scotland Push-Pull railtour' 30.3.24 From Friday 29th March - Monday 1st April, I was on a family weekend away to Ardgarten, on the shore of Loch Long, 2 miles from Arrochar and around an hour from Glasgow by car via the A82 and 90 mins by train.  

Ardgartan is a lovely place to visit and I'd recommend it not just for the passing trains but also for the stunning views of Loch Long, looking down to Arrochar and of the wildlife including seals, dolphins, thrushes, ducks, geese and robins!

The location allowed for a view of the West Highland Line and the passing workings heading along the hillside.  Ardgartan is also handy for Arrochar and Tarbet station, allowing some shots of the Class 156 workings to Oban and Mallaig.  

Luckily when I was there the LSL Scotrail Push Pull set tour to Oban was due to pass through so managed to get a few photos of it!

 

 

156453 at Arrochar and Tarbet156453 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail Saltire liveried 156453 arrives at Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y22 8.57 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 30.3.24 47712 at Arrochar and Tarbet47712 at Arrochar and TarbetLocomotive Services Limited's Intercity Scotrail liveried 47712 with matching Mark3s and DBSO in tow arrive at Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Z62 8.23 Edinburgh Waverley - Oban with the 'West of Scotland Push-Pull railtour' 30.3.24
47712 at Arrochar and Tarbet47712 at Arrochar and TarbetLocomotive Services Limited's Intercity Scotrail liveried 47712 with matching Mark3s and DBSO 607 in tow arrive at Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Z62 8.23 Edinburgh Waverley - Oban with the 'West of Scotland Push-Pull railtour' 30.3.24 47712 at Ardgartan47712 at ArdgartanLocomotive Services Limited's Intercity Scotrail liveried 47712 pushes from the rear as DBSO 607 leads along the hillside opposite Ardgartan on Loch Long with 1Z63 14.24 Oban - Edinburgh Waverley with the 'West of Scotland Push-Pull railtour' 30.3.24
156453+153373 at Ardgartan156453+153373 at ArdgartanScotrail Saltire liveried 156453 + Scotrail Active Coach 153373 head along the hillside opposite Ardgartan on the shore of Loch Long with 1Y26 16.11 Oban - Glasgow Queen Street service 30.3.24 156492+156458+156500 at Arrochar and Tarbet156492+156458+156500 at Arrochar and TarbetScotrail Saltire liveried 156492+156458+156500 arrive at Arrochar and Tarbet with 1Y24 12.11 Mallaig / Oban - Glasgow Queen Street 31.3.24

 

Here is what was running over the weekend.   I was there from 3pm on the Friday till 12pm on Easter Monday and managed to see the majority of the listed trains and photo a few of them

Friday 29th March            
Fleet Number Headcode Time From To Due Notes
156457 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 6.39  
73967+66739 1Y11 4.50 Edinburgh Waverley Fort William 7.09  
156499+153377 1Y20 5.17 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 7.10  
156493+156453+156474 1Y21 8.21 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 9.38  
153380+156492 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig Glasgow Queen Street 10.06  
156457 1Y22 8.57 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 10.43  
153377+156499 1Y25 10.36 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 12.00  
66740 0B45 8.07 Fort William Alcan Millerhill 12.30  
156457+156492+156458 1Y23 12.22 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 13.40 156457 to Oban
156477+156446+156493 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 14.09 156493 from Oban
156499+153377 1Y26 14.41 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 16.27  
153373+156445 1Y29 16.34 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 17.57  
156446+153380+156477 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 19.37 156446 to Oban
156474+156453+156457 1Y48 16.05 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 20.06 156457 from Oban
156445 1Y32 20.39 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 22.18  
73967+66739 1B01 19.50 Fort William London Kings Cross 22.44  
             
Saturday 30th March            
Fleet Number Headcode Time From To Due Notes
156453 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 6.39  
73967+66739 1Y11 4.50 Edinburgh Waverley Fort William 7.09  
156446+153373 1Y20 5.17 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 7.10  
156493+156457+156474 1Y21 8.21 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 9.38 156493 to Oban
153380+156477 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig Glasgow Queen Street 10.06  
156453 1Y22 8.57 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 10.43  
47712 1Z62 8.23 Edinburgh Waverley Oban 11.03 LSL Tour
156373+156446 1Y25 10.36 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 12.00  
156453+156477+156500 1Y23 12.22 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 13.40 156453 to Oban
156492+156458+156493 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 14.09 156493 from Oban
47712 1Z63 14.22 Oban Edinburgh Waverley 16.44  
156453+153373 1Y26 16.11 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 17.56  
153377+156499 1Y29 16.34 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 17.57  
156492+156458 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 19.37 156492 to Oban
156457+156474+156446 1Y48 16.05 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 20.06 156446 from Oban
156499 1Y32 20.39 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 22.18  
             
Sunday 31st March            
Fleet Number Headcode Time From To Due Notes
cancelled 1Y29 9.03 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 10.22  
cancelled 1Y21 9.56 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 11.12  
156474+156453+156493 1Y23 12.20 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 13.38 156474 to Oban
156492+156458+156500 1Y24 12.11 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 14.09 156492 from Oban
cancelled 1Y26 16.11 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 17.57  
cancelled 1Y30 17.04 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 18.55  
156500+156458+156492 1Y27 18.21 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 19.36 156500 to Oban
156477+156453+156474 1Y48 16.01 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 20.06 156474 from Oban
73967+66739 1B01 19.50 Fort William London Kings Cross 22.44  
             
Monday 1st April            
Fleet Number Headcode Time From To Due Notes
156457 1Y31 5.20 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 6.39  
73967+66739 1Y11 4.50 Edinburgh Waverley Fort William 7.09  
156500+153377 1Y20 5.17 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 7.10  
156446+156474+156453 1Y21 8.21 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 9.38 156446 to Oban
156492 1Y42 6.03 Mallaig Glasgow Queen Street 10.06  
156457 1Y22 8.57 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 10.43  
153377+156500 1Y25 10.36 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 12.00  
156457+156492+156477 1Y23 12.22 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 13.40 156457 to Oban
156493+156458+156446 1Y44 10.10 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 14.09 156446 from Oban
156500+153377 1Y26 14.41 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 16.27  
156380+156450 1Y29 16.34 Glasgow Queen Street Oban 17.57  
156493+153370+156458 1Y27 18.23 Glasgow Queen Street Oban and Mallaig 19.37 156493 to Oban
156474+156453+156457 1Y48 16.05 Mallaig and Oban Glasgow Queen Street 20.06 156457 from Oban
156450 1Y32 20.39 Oban Glasgow Queen Street 22.18  
73967+66739 1B01 19.50 Fort William London Kings Cross 22.44  
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(Scottish Trains Website) class 153 class 156 class 47 class 47 push pull lsl scotrail west highland line https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/4/a-west-highland-weekend-29-3-24---1-4-24 Sat, 06 Apr 2024 22:24:04 GMT
Glasgow Subway withdrawn Met Cam vehicles 17.3.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/3/glasgow-subway-withdrawn-met-cam-vehicles-17-3-24 With the introduction to service of the Glasgow Subway Stadler Generation 3 stock gathering pace (5 of the 17 strong fleet of 4 car trains now in service), a start has been made on withdrawing some of the Generation 2 Met Cam and Barclay stock.   

Officially withdrawn in March 2024 were Met Cam power cars 115, 127 and 131, which were all long term out of service, however in recent weeks, these have been joined by Met Cam cars 102, 109, 114 and 123 as well as Barclay trailer 208.   These vehicles have been moved from the main Broomloan Depot complex up to the Stadler testing and storage facility up at the end of the test track, which is visible from the Bridge over Edmiston Drive near Ibrox stadium, offering a rare chance to see the 2nd Generation stock in daylight.

There are 7 vehicles visible, 6 of them identifiable with a zoom lens on a camera from the bridge with one partially visible but not identifiable from the rear of the Ibrox overflow car park, looking at the images, there is possibly one more vehicle behind the storage shed.  

From the bridge the order of the vehicles is as follows: Barclay Trailer 208, Met Cams 109, 102, 114, 131 & 123. The 7th vehicle isn't identifiable as the cab end is obscured by a shed.   it is possible to get a 2/3rds side on shot of Met Cam 102 from the car park. The remaining vehicles are obscured by Stadler G3 stock.   

There were four of the Stadler fleet visible when I visited: 311, 312, 315 and an unidentified unit.    


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(Scottish Trains Website) barclay broomloan glasgow subway metro cammell stadler https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/3/glasgow-subway-withdrawn-met-cam-vehicles-17-3-24 Sun, 24 Mar 2024 22:28:37 GMT
Glasgow Subway Fleetlist March 2024 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/3/glasgow-subway-fleetlist-march-2024 107+129+110 at Govan107+129+110 at GovanMetro Cammell power cars 107+129(acting as a trailer)+110 arrive at Govan with an inner service diagram 14 service 16.2.24 In the past couple of weeks, following the introduction to service of the first of the new Stadler units, the withdrawal of Glasgow Subway's 45 year old Met Cam Motor and 32 year old Barclay Trailer fleet has begun.   Three long term out of service Met Cam motors which haven't ran in months were officially withdrawn a couple of weeks back, however they have been joined by some more Met Cam motors and one Barclay trailer.  

Until Friday 12th April, at least 7 visible vehicles were stored out in the open at the Stadler compound at the end of the test track at Broomloan depot.   6 of the 7 were identifiable using a zoom lens on a camera from the Edminston Drive bridge.  

In order from the bridge were 208, 109, 102, 114, 131 and 123 the others were unidentifiable.  On 12th April, they were removed by low loader to S Norton and Co Scrapyard at King George V docks, Govan.   I will update the fleetlist as and when other withdrawals of Met Cam or Barclay cars take place or other Stadler sets enter service.

Number Vehicle Type Built by Entered Service Current Livery Status Notes
101 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 Download Railway Guardian, All over advert In Service  
102 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery Withdrawn 03.24 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
103 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
104 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Net Zero Commitment 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 withdrawn 03.24 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
109 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery Withdrawn 03.24 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
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 Withdrawn 03.24 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
115 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery Withdrawn 27.3.23 Withdrawn with Train Control Fault. Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
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 livery 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 Withdrawn 3.24 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
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 livery 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 Withdrawn 18.6.23 Withdrawn with brake resistor fault. Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
128 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service Has been donated to Riverside Museum for preservation on withdrawal from 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 Withdrawn 4.8.23 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
132 Motor Car Metro Cammell 1980 SPT Net Zero Commitment 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 Hunslet Barclay 1992 Scottish Power / COP 26 advert livery In Service  
202 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
203 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
204 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Net Zero Commitment livery In Service  
205 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
206 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
207 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery In Service  
208 Trailer Hunslet Barclay 1992 SPT Orange, Grey and White livery Withdrawn 03.24 Stored in Stadler Compound, Edmiston Drive till 12th April when moved to S Norton Scrapyard, KGV Docks, Govan
301 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service Jan 2024
302 Unit Stadler 2023 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service 11.12.23
303 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service Feb 2024
304 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service March 2024
305 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service March 2024
306 Unit Stadler 2023 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service 11.12.23
307 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service March 2024
308 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service April 2024
309 Unit Stadler 2024 White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors in service entered service April 2024
310 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet  
311 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet In Stadler compound at end of the test track
312 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet In Stadler compound at end of the test track
313 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet  
314 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet  
315 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet In Stadler compound at end of the test track
316 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet  
317 Unit Stadler   White with black window surrounds & cab ends and orange doors not entered service yet  
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(Scottish Trains Website) Barclay fleet Glasgow Subway list Met Cam Metro Cammell SPT Stadler https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/3/glasgow-subway-fleetlist-march-2024 Tue, 19 Mar 2024 23:06:47 GMT
320414+320414 at Motherwell 15.2.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/320414-320414-at-motherwell-15-2-24 Scotrail Saltire liveried 320413+320414 pause at Motherwell with 2B04 6.59 service to Carstairs 15.2.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p334752891/edad3cc78

320413+320414 at Motherwell320413+320414 at MotherwellScotrail Saltire liveried 320413+320414 pause at Motherwell with 2B04 6.59 service to Carstairs 15.2.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 320413 320414 carstairs class 320 motherwell scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/320414-320414-at-motherwell-15-2-24 Sun, 25 Feb 2024 22:19:02 GMT
92023 at Motherwell 15.2.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/92023-at-motherwell-15-2-24 Caledonian Sleeper liveried 92023 and Mark 5 sleeper set pause at Motherwell with 1S26 23:50 London Euston - Glasgow Central Caledonian Sleeper service 15.2.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p334752891/edad3c2cb

92023 at Motherwell92023 at MotherwellCaledonian Sleeper liveried 92023 and Mark 5 sleeper set pause at Motherwell with 1S26 23:50 London Euston - Glasgow Central Caledonian Sleeper service 15.2.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) caledonian sleeper class 92 motherwell https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/92023-at-motherwell-15-2-24 Sun, 25 Feb 2024 22:16:10 GMT
Merseyrail Visit 14.2.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/merseyrail-visit-14-2-24 As part of my week off, I decided to head back down to Merseyside for some more photos and rides of the remaining Merseyrail class 507s.   I drove to Ainsdale and parked up there.   As there are now 4 out of 10 Southport - Hunts Cross diagrams that are now operated by 777s, it was going to be an hour before a 507 diagram into Liverpool so I caught 777020 into Liverpool Central.   At Liverpool Central, I changed over onto the Wirral Line and caught 777005 to Hamilton Square, then changed there for 507020 out to New Brighton.  

There were 3 class 507s out on the New Brighton service, which is a 15 minute timetable, however only 3 of the 4 diagrams were running as one diagram an hour is not running due to training on class 777s giving 2 15 minutes service and a 30 minute gap.   As 507016 was one of 2 507s that I didnt have a photo of, I waited to catch it and ride it back into Liverpool Central.  

Passing Birkenhead North depot I saw 507017 shunting 507002 out of the shed and 507032+013 stored in the shed awaiting scrapping.   Due to a shortage of 777s, 507033 was seen operating on the West Kirby line.  

Back at Liverpool Central, I caught 507015+507011 back to Ainsdale, however due to heavy loading, the sets lost time reaching there almost 12 minutes late.   I got off at Ainsdale and a couple of minutes later, 507003+507018 appeared also heading to Southport (and were almost empty in comparison).   507003 has recently returned from overhaul and is fitted with a track camera on the second mans window of one of the cab ends (the window has been panelled over) and was the last 507003 that I had yet to see!  

I then spent about an hour at Ainsdale awaiting the return of 507018+003 and in the meantime photoed the passing workings, which were a mix of 3 and 6 car sets and included BR Blue / Grey liveried 507001 and another unit I haven't seen very often, 507010. After catching 018+003, it was time to head home. 

Units seen:

Southport - Hunts Cross

777022, 777030, 777013, 777021 (Sandhills - Hillside training run), 777020, 507015+507011, 507003+507018, 507031. 507001, 507029, 507010+507007

Chester line

777005

West Kirby line

507033

New Brighton line

777034 (stabled at New Brighton), 507016, 507020, 507030

Birkenhead North depot

230006, 230008, 230010, 507017, 507002, 507032, 507013

507020 at Liverpool Central507020 at Liverpool CentralMerseyrail Good Communications liveried 507020 arrives at Liverpool Central with 2N24 12.08 New Brighton - New Brighton service 14.2.24 507020 at New Brighton507020 at New BrightonMerseyrail Good Communications liveried 507020 departs New Brighton with 2N28 13.08 New Brighton - New Brighton service 14.2.24
507030 at New Brighton507030 at New BrightonMerseyrail Good Communications liveried 507030 arrives at New Brighton with 2N26 12.38 New Brighton - New Brighton service 14.2.24 507003+507018 at Ainsdale507003+507018 at AinsdaleMerseyrail Good Communications liveried 507003+507018 pauses at Ainsdale with 2S34 14.21 Hunts Cross - Southport service 14.2.24
507001 at Ainsdale507001 at AinsdaleMerseyrail BR Blue / Grey liveried 507001 pauses at Ainsdale with 2U38 15.12 Southport - Hunts Cross service 14.2.24 507010+507007 at Ainsdale507010+507007 at AinsdaleMerseyrail Good Communications liveried 507010+507007 approach Ainsdale with 2U41 15.42 Southport - Hunts Cross service 14.2.24

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 507001 507002 507003 507007 507010 507011 507013 507015 507016 507017 507018 507020 507029 507030 507031 507032 507033 ainsdale birkenhead north class 507 liverpool central new brighton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/merseyrail-visit-14-2-24 Fri, 23 Feb 2024 14:29:02 GMT
Stored and Spares Donor locos at Carnforth 14.2.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/stored-and-spares-donor-locos-at-carnforth-14-2-24 The West Coast Rail depot at Carnforth is visible from the platform at Carnforth station.   Since my last visit there a few years ago, many of the stored and spares donor locomotives owned by West Coast have been moved over towards the station end of the site and are visible from the station.

47355 at Carnforth47355 at CarnforthFragonset liveried 47355 is seen stabled at Carnforth 14.2.24 57005 and 47555 at Carnforth57005 and 47555 at CarnforthAdvenza Freight liveried 57005 and base coat liveried 47555 are seen stabled at Carnforth 14.2.24
37 at Carnforth37 at CarnforthAn unidentified West Coast Class 37 is seen stabled at Carnforth 14.2.24 08418 at Carnforth08418 at CarnforthEWS liveried class 08 no 08418 is seen stabled at Carnforth 14.2.24

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) advenza freight class 08 class 37 class 47 class 57 ews fragonset west coast https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/stored-and-spares-donor-locos-at-carnforth-14-2-24 Fri, 23 Feb 2024 13:11:33 GMT
West Midlands Metro 10.2-13.2.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/west-midlands-metro-10-2-13-2-24 45 at Library45 at LibraryCAF Urbos 100 no 45 in CBSO all over advert livery approaches Library with a service to Edgbaston Village 11.2.24 The West Midlands Metro opened in 1999 and originally ran from Wolverhampton St Georges to Birmingham Snow Hill and was operated by 16 AnsaldoBreda built T69 trams, which were similar to the T68 trams which originally operated on the Manchester Metrolink.   The T69 fleet were withdrawn by 2015 and replaced by a fleet of 21 CAF Urbos 3 trams, more of these trams were ordered with future expansion planned.   In 2015, the line was extended from Snow Hill to Grand Central (New Street).   The next extension from Grand Central to Library opened in 2019, however this section did now have OHLE and required the trams to be retrofitted with batteries to operate on this section.   

A fleet of 21 CAF Urbos 100 trams were ordered for future extensions and entered service from 2021, however at this point there were a number of CAF Urbos 3 trams withdrawn for repair after cracks were discovered in the frames and later with panel issues.   The line was further extended from Library to Edgbaston Village in 2022.   At the Wolverhampton end of the line, an extension to Wolverhampton station opened in 2023 allowed for a second branch in the city. 

Future extensions are in progress with a line from Wednesbury to Waterfront Merry Hill (and eventually on to Brierley Hill) and in the city centre a branch from Bull Street to High Street Deritend (eventually to Sollihull)

I was on a family holiday down to Birmingham and spent some time riding on and photographing the trams on the West Midlands Metro.   Having 4 days in the area, I managed to photograph a number of trams in the City Centre as well as riding them between Library and Wednesbury.   I found that it was mostly CAF Urbos 100 trams that were out (numbered 40 and above) and only 1 CAF urbos 3 (28) seen over the few days.  There are a number of decent photography spots within the city centre, especially in the area around the Library and City Hall.   I would recommend a visit!

47 at Library47 at LibraryWest Midlands Metro Blue liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 47 is seen at Library working on battery power, with a service to Wolverhampton station 10.2.24 45 at Library45 at LibraryCAF Urbos 100 no 45 in CBSO all over advert livery pauses at Library with a service to Edgbaston Village 11.2.24
45 at Bull Street45 at Bull StreetCAF Urbos 100 no 45 in CBSO all over advert livery departs Bull Street with a service to Wolverhampton Station 11.2.24 49 at Library49 at LibraryWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 49 pauses at Library with a service to Edgbaston Village 11.2.24
52 at Library52 at LibraryWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 52 arrives at Library with a service to Edgbaston Village 11.2.24 52 at Library52 at LibraryWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 52 arrives at Library with a service to Edgbaston Village 12.2.24
28 at Bull Street28 at Bull StreetWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 3 no 28 is seen at Bull Street with a service to Edgbaston Village 12.2.24 47 at Bull Street47 at Bull StreetWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 47 departs Bull Street with a service to Edgbaston Village 12.2.24
41 at Library41 at LibraryWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 41 departs Library with a service to Wolverhampton Station 11.2.24 56 at Library56 at LibraryWest Midlands Metro liveried CAF Urbos 100 no 56 departs Library with a service to Edgbaston Village 12.2.24

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) birmingham caf urbos 100 caf urbos 3 west midlands metro wolverhampton https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/west-midlands-metro-10-2-13-2-24 Fri, 23 Feb 2024 12:57:23 GMT
The Prestwick Shuttle 3.2.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/the-prestwick-shuttle-3-2-24

I had a trip on Scotrail's Prestwick Town - Ayr shuttle service earlier.

Starting from Prestwick Town, 156445 arrives into Prestwick Town with 5A44 Prestwick Town - Prestwick Town ECS working

The reason for the shuttle was the Station Hotel Fire. 156445 is seen at Ayr having arrived with 2A24 12.23 service from Prestwick Town. The remains of the fire damaged and now partially demolished former Station Hotel are in the background.

Work is progressing on demolishing the totally gutted south wing of the former Station Hotel.  The fire in the hotel has meant the limitation of services to 2 car class 156s using the north end of Platform 4, with no services south of Ayr towards Stranraer, covered by replacement buses.

Just down from the station, Scotrail Saltire liveried 156445 passes over the River Ayr with 2A27 12.55 Ayr - Prestwick Town service

Round the other side of the bridge, there is a walkway over the River Ayr crossing. The other unit on the shuttle, Scotrail Saltire liveried 156513 passes over the bridge over the River Ayr with 2A26 12.56 Prestwick Town - Ayr

Scotrail Saltire liveried 156513 is seen at Ayr having arrived with 2A26 12.56 Ayr - Prestwick Town and awaiting departure back to Prestwick Town

Back at Prestwick and Scotrail Saltire liveried 156513 departs Prestwick Town with 5A26 12.35 Prestwick Town - Prestwick Town ECS
working

The ECS working involves the unit heading from Prestwick Town to Barassie Junction 156445 is seen at Barassie with 5A66 15.05 ECS working

156445 at Prestwick Town156445 at Prestwick TownScotrail Saltire liveried 156445 arrives into Prestwick Town with 5A44 Prestwick Town - Prestwick Town via Barassie Junction 3.2.24 156445 at Ayr156445 at AyrScotrail Saltire liveried 156445 is seen at Ayr having arrived with 2A24 12.23 service from Prestwick Town. The remains of the fire damaged and now partially demolished former Station Hotel in the background. 3.2.24
156445 at Ayr156445 at Ayr156445 is seen at Ayr having arrived with 2A24 12.23 service from Prestwick Town 3.2.24 156445 at Ayr156445 at AyrScotrail Saltire liveried 156445 passes over the River Ayr outside Ayr Station with 2A27 12.55 Ayr - Prestwick Town service 3.2.24
156513 at Ayr156513 at AyrScotrail Saltire liveried 156513 passes over the bridge over the River Ayr with 2A26 12.56 Prestwick Town - Ayr 3.2.24 156513 at Ayr156513 at AyrScotrail Saltire liveried 156513 is seen at Ayr having arrived with 2A26 12.56 Ayr - Prestwick Town 3.2.24
156513 at Prestwick Town156513 at Prestwick TownScotrail Saltire liveried 156513 departs Prestwick Town with 5A26 12.35 Prestwick Town - Prestwick Town ECS working 3.2.24 156445 at Barassie156445 at BarassieScotrail Saltire liveried 156445 is seen at Barassie with 5A66 15.05 Prestwick Town - Prestwick Town via Barassie ECS working 3.2.24
   

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 156445 156513 ayr class 156 prestwick town scotrail shuttle https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/the-prestwick-shuttle-3-2-24 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 20:53:57 GMT
Merseyrail day out 27.1.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/merseyrail-day-out-27-1-24 On 27th January, I decided to drive down to the Merseyrail area and it was quite an eventful trip!

I reached New Brighton around 12 o clock and the Wirral lines were all massively disrupted following the failure of a 777 on a Chester service on the Mersey loop.   There was a 40 minute gap between trains on the New Brighton line so I headed to a spot that I'd seen in Martyn Hilbert's Merseyrail book just outside Wallasey Grove Road Station and got a couple of pics there of late running 507011 with 777016 practically right up its tail.

Time was getting on as I was well over an hour out there waiting for those shots and wanted to try a few other spots so had to miss out Birkenhead North and Bidston and head over the river to Leeds Street to catch some of units going up and down the incline to /from Moorfields as I've been wanting to do there for ages! Luckily 507001 was running 10 + late so I managed to get it there!

Then I drove up to Formby to photo there and caught 001 up to Southport. Got a few pics up there then got 014 down to Ainsdale and got some pics there, then 018 back to Formby. Got a couple of pics there including 001 in the dark as it returned back to Southport. I had been going to stop off at Headbolt lane for a couple of pics there but had run out of time and had to head home!

Units spotted:

New Brighton (stabled): 507028, 777034

New Brighton service: 507011, 777016

Southport - Hunts Cross service: 507014, 017, 033, 018, 023, 015, 007, 029, 030, 001

Stabled at Southport: 507021, 777027, 777004, 777036

Ormskirk: 777022

Headbolt Lane: 777140, 777148

507028 at New Brighton507028 at New BrightonMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507028 is seen stabled at New Brighton awaiting it's next duty 27.1.24 507011 at Wallasey Grove Road507011 at Wallasey Grove RoadMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507011 passes Harrison Park near Wallasey Grove Road station with 2N24 12.08 New Brighton - New Brighton service 27.1.24
507011 at Wallasey Grove Road507011 at Wallasey Grove RoadMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507011 passes Harrison Park on the approach to Wallasey Grove Road station with 2N28 13.08 New Brighton - New Brighton service 27.1.24 507001 at Leeds Street507001 at Leeds StreetMerseyrail BR Blue & Grey liveried 507001 descends the incline at Leeds Street towards Moorfields with 2S30 13.21 Southport - Liverpool South Parkway service 27.1.24
507017 at Formby507017 at FormbyMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507015 approaches Formby with 2U35 14.12 Southport - Hunts Cross service 27.1.24 507001, 033 & 014 at Southport507001, 033 & 014 at SouthportOldest and newest side by side Merseyrail BR Blue and Grey liveried 507001 and Good Communications liveried 507033 are seen at Southport along with 507014 27.1.23
507001 at Southport507001 at SouthportMerseyrail BR Blue & Grey liveried 507001 departs from Southport with 2U40 15.27 service to Hunts Cross 28.1.24 507017 at Ainsdale507017 at AinsdaleMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507017 pauses at Ainsdale with 2U42 15.57 service from Southport - Hunts Cross 27.1.24
507018 at Formby507018 at FormbyMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507018 pauses at Formby with 2U44 16.27 service from Southport - Hunts Cross 27.1.24 507001 at Formby507001 at FormbyMerseyrail BR Blue and Grey liveried 507001 pauses at Formby with 2S43 16.36 service from Hunts Cross - Southport 27.1.24

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 507001 507007 507011 507014 507015 507017 507018 507023 507028 507029 507030 507033 leeds street merseyrail new brighton southport https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/merseyrail-day-out-27-1-24 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 20:42:22 GMT
318259+320401 at Newton 26.1.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/318259-320401-at-newton-26-1-24 Scotrail Saltire liveried 318259+320401 arrive into Newton with 2F37 14.17 Cumbernauld - Dalmuir service 26.1.24

318259+320401 at Newton318259+320401 at NewtonScotrail Saltire liveried 318259+320401 arrive into Newton with 2F37 14.17 Cumbernauld - Dalmuir service 26.1.24

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(Scottish Trains Website) 318259 320401 newton scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/318259-320401-at-newton-26-1-24 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 20:04:39 GMT
86101 tnt 87002 at Hillington West 13.1.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/86101-tnt-87002-at-hillington-west-13-1-24 Locomotive Services Limited's Intercity liveried 86101 and 87002 top and tail a matching set of Mark 3s through Hillington West with 1Z31 13.35 Barassie Junction - Glasgow Central leg of 'The Ayr Extension' Railtour 13.1.24

86101 tnt 87002 at Hillington West86101 tnt 87002 at Hillington WestLocomotive Services Limited's Intercity liveried 86101 and 87002 top and tail a matching set of Mark 3s through Hillington West with 1Z31 13.35 Barassie Junction - Glasgow Central leg of 'The Ayr Extension' Railtour 13.1.24 86101 tnt 87002 at Hillington West86101 tnt 87002 at Hillington WestLocomotive Services Limited's Intercity liveried 86101 and 87002 top and tail a matching set of Mark 3s through Hillington West with 1Z31 13.35 Barassie Junction - Glasgow Central leg of 'The Ayr Extension' Railtour 13.1.24

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 86101 87002 hillington west intercity lsl https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/86101-tnt-87002-at-hillington-west-13-1-24 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 20:02:20 GMT
385006 at Wishaw 6.1.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/385006-at-wishaw-6-1-24 Scotrail's Class 385: 385006 is seen crossing Marshall Street Bridge on the approach to Wishaw station at sunset with 1C60 15.34 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley via Carstairs service 6.1.24

385006 at Wishaw385006 at WishawScotrail's Class 385: 385006 is seen crossing Marshall Street Bridge on the approach to Wishaw station at sunset with 1C60 15.34 Glasgow Central - Edinburgh Waverley via Carstairs service 6.1.24

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 385 scotrail wishaw https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/385006-at-wishaw-6-1-24 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 19:58:46 GMT
Last class 508 standing 4.1.24 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/last-class-508-standing-4-1-24 On 3rd January Merseyrail's 508108 and 508114 were withdrawn from service.   The withdrawal of this pair of class 508s left 508104 as the final class 508 remaining in service.    Seen at Southport, 508104 came in working as 2S37 from Hunts Cross and departed as 2U44 to Hunts Cross.   104 was withdrawn a week later along with 507004.   Both units were hauled from Birkenhead North to Crewe South Junction awaiting further movement to Newport for scrapping on 5th February.

508104 at Southport508104 at SouthportThe last class 508 standing, 508104, arrives into Southport with 2S37 15.06 service from Hunts Cross 4.1.24 508104 at Southport508104 at SouthportThe last class 508 standing, 508104, is seen having arrived into Southport with 2S37 15.06 service from Hunts Cross 4.1.24
508104 at Southport508104 at SouthportThe last class 508 standing, 508104, is seen having arrived into Southport with 2S37 15.06 service from Hunts Cross 4.1.24 508104 at Birkdale508104 at BirkdaleThe last class 508 standing, 508104, is seen having arrived at Birkdale with 2U44 16.27 service from Souhport to Hunts Cross 4.1.24

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 508104 class 508 merseyrail southport https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/last-class-508-standing-4-1-24 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 19:56:46 GMT
Bo'ness Diesel Gala 29.12.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/boness-diesel-gala-29-12-23 The Bo'ness Diesel Gala took place on 29th December, with Colas Class 70s 70807 and 70813 the visiting locos and home fleet locos 37403 and 27001 operating the services.   47643 was on display in the Bay Platform and 37025 was used as a shunter. Here are a few photos from the Gala.

47643 at Bo'ness47643 at Bo'nessScotrail Intercity liveried 47643 is seen on display in the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.23 70807 at Bo'ness70807 at Bo'ness70807 is seen displayed on the bay platform at Bo'ness 29.12.23
37403 at Bo'ness37403 at Bo'nessBR Large Logo liveried 37403 is seen shunting from the yard to the platform at Bo'ness 29.12.23 614209, 27001 & 37403 at Bo'ness614209, 27001 & 37403 at Bo'ness27001 heads down the run round line between 614209 and 37403 at Bo'ness 29.12.23
26038 and 20020 at Bo'ness26038 and 20020 at Bo'nessBR blue liveried 26038 and 20020 are seen undergoing maintenance in Bo'ness TMD 29.12.23 614209 at Bo'ness614209 at Bo'nessA unit with an uncertain future, the driving motor 64599 from former hydrogen train 614209 is seen stabled in the yard at Bo'ness 29.12.23
70813 at Bo'ness70813 at Bo'nessColas liveried 70813 is seen departing the yard at Bo'ness 29.12.23 37403 at Bo'ness37403 at Bo'nessBR Blue liveried 37403 is seen at Bo'ness 29.12.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 20020 26038 27001 37025 37403 47643 614209 70807 70813 bo diesel gala' ness https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/boness-diesel-gala-29-12-23 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 19:28:09 GMT
Glasgow Subway new Stadler trains 27.12.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/glasgow-subway-new-stadler-trains-27-12-23 Glasgow Subway's new 3rd Generation Stadler Subway units 306 and 302 are seen at Cessnock, Ibrox, Govan, Partick and Kelvinhall on 27th December.

Both units were in service until around 12.40pm with 306 on the front diagram and 302 behind. Both work on consecutive diagrams on the Outer circle at the moment in case of failure that the other unit can rescue the failed one.

The procedure for returning to depot appears to be that the first unit terminates at Govan, then returns wrong line back to the ramps to Broomloan Depot, whilst the 2nd unit terminates at Ibrox and heads straight to the ramps back to depot.

First impressions are that they are so much quieter than the Metro Cammell / Barclay stock, have smoother, faster accelleration and that the interior seems much brighter and more spacious!

306 at Govan306 at GovanOne of Glasgow Subway's brand new third Generation trains: Stadtler unit no 306, is seen at Govan with an Outer Circle service 27.12.23 306 interior306 interiorThe interior of Glasgow Subway's Stadtler unit 306 27.12.23
306 at Partick306 at PartickOne of Glasgow Subway's brand new third Generation trains: Stadtler unit no 306, is seen departing Partick with an Outer Circle service 27.12.23 306 at Cessnock306 at CessnockOne of Glasgow Subway's brand new third Generation trains: Stadtler unit no 306, is seen at Cessnock with an Outer Circle service 27.12.23
306 at Ibrox306 at IbroxOne of Glasgow Subway's brand new third Generation trains: Stadtler unit no 306, is seen departing Ibrox with an Outer Circle service 27.12.23 302 at Ibrox302 at IbroxOne of Glasgow Subway's brand new third Generation trains: Stadtler unit no 302, is seen at Ibrox with an Outer Circle service. 302 will terminate here and return to depot 27.12.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 302 306 3rd generation glasgow subway new trains stadler https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/glasgow-subway-new-stadler-trains-27-12-23 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 19:12:59 GMT
Christmas Time at Edinburgh 21.12.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/christmas-time-at-edinburgh-21-12-23 I headed over to Edinburgh after work on 21st December to catch a couple of interesting workings at Edinburgh Waverley.  

First up was British Railways Green liveried 40013 'Andania' which departed heading southbound with 1Z36 16.53 Edinburgh - Leicester return leg of the 'The Edinburgh Christmas Statesman Railtour'

40013 at Edinburgh Waverley40013 at Edinburgh WaverleyBritish Railways Green liveried 40013 'Andania' awaits departure from Edinburgh with 1Z36 16.53 Edinburgh - Leicester return leg of the 'The Edinburgh Christmas Statesman Railtour' 21.12.23

Later on and West Coast Railways 47813 & 47848 top and tail a set of BR Blue / Grey Mark 2s as they prepare to depart with 1Z31 'Edinburgh Polar Express' working to Portobello Junction

47813 tnt 47848 at Edinburgh Waverley47813 tnt 47848 at Edinburgh WaverleyWest Coast Railways 47813 & 47848 top and tail a set of BR Blue / Grey Mark 2s as they prepare to depart with 1Z31 'Edinburgh Polar Express' working to Portobello Junction 21.12.23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Up on Princes Street the trams are seen passing the Big Wheel and the Star Flyer at the Christmas Village

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before heading home, I saw Scotrail Inter7city HST power car 43028 awaits its next duty at Edinburgh Waverley with the Big Wheel, Star Flyer and Scott Monument on Princes Street lit up in the background

43028 at Edinburgh Waverley43028 at Edinburgh Waverleywith the Big Wheel, Star Flyer and Scott Monument on Princes Street lit up in the background, Scotrail Inter7city HST power car 43028 awaits its next duty at Edinburgh Waverley 21.12.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 40013 43028 47813 47848 christmas statesman edinburgh polar express edinburgh waverley lsl scotrail west coast https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/2/christmas-time-at-edinburgh-21-12-23 Sun, 04 Feb 2024 18:59:57 GMT
321419 at Holytown 8.12.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/321419-at-holytown-8-12-23 Varamis Rail's newest addition to it's fleet, 321419, which has been converted to carry parcels instead of passengers, passes through Holytown with 1Z07 Mossend - Birmingham International parcels working 8.12.23

321419 at Holytown321419 at HolytownVaramis Rail's newest addition to it's fleet, 321419, which has been converted to carry parcels instead of passengers, passes through Holytown with 1Z07 Mossend - Birmingham International parcels working 8.12.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 321419 class 321 holytown varamis rail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/321419-at-holytown-8-12-23 Sun, 28 Jan 2024 23:24:47 GMT
Merseyrail trip and 507001 in BR Blue-grey 2.12.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/merseyrail-trip-and-507001-in-br-blue-grey-2-12-23 507001 at Birkenhead North507001 at Birkenhead NorthLooking absolutely stunning in BR Blue/Grey livery, Merseyrail's 507001 departs Birkenhead North with 2W28 West Kirby - West Kirby via Liverpool service 2.12.23 In late November 2023, Merseyrail unveiled 507001 in a modified version of the original BR Blue/Grey livery carried by the fleet when they first entered service in 1978. The livery has been modified with all Grey doors to meet PRM regulations.   The livery is also to commemorate the future withdrawal of the fleet during mid 2024.

On to the trip and on hearing the news of 001's relivery, I decided to drive down to Liverpool to get some photos while the unit was still clean!   On the day in question, 001 was in service on the West Kirby branch so it meant a drive through Liverpool and over to Birkenhead North for some photos!   Heavy traffic in Liverpool meant that the journey took longer than expected and that I didn't reach Birkenhead North station till 1pm (about an hour later than expected). 

Luckily I caught 507001 a few times passing through and 001 looked fantastic!   As well as 001, there was also the opportunity to photograph some of the class 508s, which were facing imminent withdrawal at the time and indeed at the time of writing have all been withdrawn and scrapped with 508136, one of the units photographed on the day, being withdrawn just a few days later.   

On 2nd December the units passing through Birkenhead North were:

  • New Brighton line: 508131, 507030, 508120, 507004
  • West Kirkby: 507018, 507001, 777018, 508104, 508136

Thanks to the failure of a class 777 operating on a Chester service on the Mersey Loop, there was chaos in Central Liverpool, with delays and early turn backs on some services to get back to time.  Unfortunately I received a notification on my phone whilst in Birkenhead that there was an amber weather warning for snow in Cumbria declared so I took the decision to call it a day around 3.30 after final photo of 507001 and head back up the road alot earlier than planned.   It was lucky I did as heavy snow around the M6 between Tebay and Shap almost led to me being stranded, lucky I had left when I did as 30 minutes later and I'd have never made it home to Lanarkshire!   Luckily I did though!

507001 at Birkenhead North507001 at Birkenhead NorthLooking absolutely stunning in BR Blue/Grey livery, Merseyrail's 507001 pauses at Birkenhead North with 2W28 West Kirby - West Kirby via Liverpool service 2.12.23 777018 & 507001 at Birkenhead North777018 & 507001 at Birkenhead NorthNew and Old together at Birkenhead north as Merseyrail liveried 777018 pauses with 2W26 12.51 West Kirby - West Kirby service as BR Blue/Grey liveried 507001 pauses with 2W28 West Kirby - West Kirby service 2.12.23
507001 at Birkenhead North507001 at Birkenhead NorthFreshly reliveried into a modern variation of BR Blue Grey livery, pioneering class 507: 507001 departs Birkenhead North with 2W23 12.06 West Kirkby - West Kirby via Liverpool loop service 2.12.23 50718 &507001 at Birkenhead North50718 &507001 at Birkenhead NorthMerseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 507018 & freshly reliveried back into a modern variation of BR Blue Grey livery: 507001 depart Birkenhead North with 2W25 & 2W23 12.36 & 12.06 West Kirkby - West Kirby via Liverpool loop services 2.12.23
508131 at Birkenhead North508131 at Birkenhead NorthLiving on borrowed time with withdrawal of the remaining class 508s expected in the coming weeks, 508131, which still has the addition of facemasks to it's Merseyrail Good Communications livery, arrives at Birkenhead with 2N26 12.38 New Brighton - New Brighton via the Liverpool Loop service 2.12.23 508120 at Birkenhead North508120 at Birkenhead NorthRetaining facemask vynals and living on borrowed time with withdrawal imminent in the coming weeks, Merseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 508120 departs Birkenhead North with 2N27 12.53 New Brighton - New Brighton via Liverpool Loop service 2.12.23
508136 at Birkenhead North508136 at Birkenhead NorthWith withdrawal only a matter of weeks away, Merseyrail Good Communications liveried 508136 pauses at Birkenhead North with 2W27 13.06 West Kirby - West Kirby via the Liverpool loop service 2.12.23 508104 at Birkenhead North508104 at Birkenhead NorthWith only a short time left in service, soon to be withdrawn Merseyrail 'Good Communications' liveried 508104 departs Birkenhead North with 2W24 12.21 West Kirby - West Kirby service 2.12.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 507001 507004 507018 507030 508104 508120 508131 508136 777018 BR Blue Grey Class 507 Class 508 Merseyrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/merseyrail-trip-and-507001-in-br-blue-grey-2-12-23 Sun, 28 Jan 2024 23:21:52 GMT
Bannockburn Station Road 25.11.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/bannockburn-station-road-25-11-23 43035 tnt 43147 at Bannockburn Station Road43035 tnt 43147 at Bannockburn Station RoadScotrail Inter7city liveried HST power cars 43035 and 43147 top and tail a set of matching mark 3s past Bannockburn Station Road with 1H17 13.33 Edinburgh Waverley - Inverness service 25.11.23 40013 at Bannockburn Station Road40013 at Bannockburn Station RoadBritish Railways Green liveried D213 (40013) 'Andania', a late replacement for a poorly 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' passes Bannockburn Station Road with 1Z51 12.57 Dunfermilne City - Edinburgh Waverley Steam Dreams Forth Bridge Lunchtime Tour 25.11.23 385023+385038 at Bannockburn Station Road385023+385038 at Bannockburn Station RoadScotrail Saltire liveried 385023+385038 pass Bannockburn Station Road with 2N43 13.49 Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa service 25.11.23 43285 tnt 43257 at Bannockburn Station Road43285 tnt 43257 at Bannockburn Station RoadFormer Cross Country HST Power car 43285 and Former LNER Power Car 43257 top and tail the Network Rail PLPR Test Train northwards past Bannockburn Station Road with 1Q77 13.35 Mossend - Inverness Millburn working 25.11.23
  • Scotrail Inter7city liveried HST power cars 43035 and 43147 top and tail a set of matching mark 3s past Bannockburn Station Road with 1H17 13.33 Edinburgh Waverley - Inverness service
  • British Railways Green liveried D213 (40013) 'Andania', a late replacement for a poorly 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' passes Bannockburn Station Road with 1Z51 12.57 Dunfermilne City - Edinburgh Waverley Steam Dreams Forth Bridge Lunchtime
  • Scotrail Saltire liveried 385023+385038 pass Bannockburn Station Road with 2N43 13.49 Glasgow Queen Street - Alloa service
  • Former Cross Country HST Power car 43285 and Former LNER Power Car 43257 top and tail the Network Rail PLPR Test Train northwards past Bannockburn Station Road with 1Q77 13.35 Mossend - Inverness Millburn working
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(Scottish Trains Website) https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/bannockburn-station-road-25-11-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 23:22:48 GMT
40013 at Culross 25.11.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/40013-at-culross-25-11-23 40013 at Culross40013 at CulrossViewed from Culross Pier, British Railways Green liveried D213 (40013) 'Andania', a late replacement for a poorly 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' heads along the shoreline of the River Forth with 1Z51 12.57 Dunfermilne City - Edinburgh Waverley Steam Dreams Forth Bridge Lunchtime Tour 25.11.23

Viewed from Culross Pier, British Railways Green liveried D213 (40013) 'Andania', a late replacement for a poorly 60007 'Sir Nigel Gresley' heads along the shoreline of the River Forth with 1Z51 12.57 Dunfermilne City - Edinburgh Waverley Steam Dreams Forth Bridge Lunchtime Tour 25.11.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 40013 culross d213 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/40013-at-culross-25-11-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 23:18:23 GMT
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway 28.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/keighley-worth-valley-railway-28-10-23 101 at Oxenhope101 at OxenhopeMaking it's debut in BR Blue livery, Class 101 hybrid unit made up of M51189 and Sc51803 awaits departure from Oxenhope with the 12.20 service to Haworth 28.10.23 Line up at depotLine up at depotLine of of locomotives and DMUs at Haworth MPD 28.10.23 143625 at Haworth143625 at HaworthWearing a special livery for the 'Keighley and Worth Valley Light Railway', 143625, is seen at Haworth MPD on what is likely to be it's only weekend in service on the KWVR 28.10.23 Class 101 at HaworthClass 101 at HaworthMaking it's debut in BR Blue livery, Class 101 hybrid unit made up of M51189 and Sc51803 returns back to Haworth MPD 28.10.23 143625+144011 at Haworth143625+144011 at HaworthKWVR liveried 143625 + WYPTE Metro liveried 144011 depart Haworth MPD to enter service (after some shunting movements) 28.10.23 143625+144011 at Haworth143625+144011 at HaworthKWVR liveried 143625 + WYPTE Metro liveried 144011 are seen at Haworth and prepare to head to Oxenhope to take up the service 28.10.23

On 28th October, I went to the Multiple Unit Gala at the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway to get some photos of the newly repainted class 101 DMU and 143625 making its one and only outing at the railway.  Also out and about was the West Yorkshire PTE liveried class 144011 and railbus M79964

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(Scottish Trains Website) 143625 144011 class 101 keighley and worth valley railway m79964 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/keighley-worth-valley-railway-28-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 23:12:50 GMT
Saltcoats Seawall 21.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/saltcoats-seawall-21-10-23 380001+380104 at Saltcoats380001+380104 at SaltcoatsScotrail Saltire liveried 380001+380104 accelerate out of Saltcoats and along the seawall with 2T16 14.07 Largs - Glasgow Central service 21.10.23 380004+380102 at Saltcoats380004+380102 at SaltcoatsScotrail Saltire liveried 380004+380112 head along the seawall on approach to Saltcoats station with 2T15 13.45 Glasgow Central - Largs 21.10.23 380004+380102 at Saltcoats380004+380102 at SaltcoatsScotrail Saltire liveried 380004+380112 head along the seawall on approach to Saltcoats station with 2T15 13.45 Glasgow Central - Largs 21.10.23  

Scotrail Saltire liveried 380001+380104 accelerate out of Saltcoats and along the seawall with 2T16 14.07 Largs - Glasgow Central service and 380004+380112 head along the seawall on approach to Saltcoats station with 2T15 13.45 Glasgow Central - Largs services

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(Scottish Trains Website) 380001 380004 380104 380112 saltcoats saltcoats seawall https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/saltcoats-seawall-21-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:54:56 GMT
156495 & 156503 at Girvan 19.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/156495-156503-at-girvan-19-10-23 156495 at Girvan156495 at GirvanOne of two units trapped south of Girvan due to the Ayr Station Hotel Fire, 156495, is seen stabled at Girvan awaiting its next duty 19.10.23 156503 at Girvan156503 at GirvanOne of two units trapped south of Girvan due to the Ayr Station Hotel Fire, 156503, is seen stabled at Girvan awaiting its next duty 19.10.23 156503 at Grivan156503 at GrivanOne of two units trapped south of Girvan due to the Ayr Station Hotel Fire, 156495, is seen stabled at Girvan awaiting its next duty 19.10.23 Girvan StationGirvan StationGirvan Station frontage 19.10.23

Following the Ayr Station Hotel Fire in September 2023, Scotrail Class 156s 156495 & 156503 were trapped south of the station without access northwards towards Ayr station.   Both units are seen awaiting their next duties at Girvan Station on 19th October 2023

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(Scottish Trains Website) 156495 156503 girvan scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/156495-156503-at-girvan-19-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:50:09 GMT
313212 at Eastleigh 13.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/313212-at-eastleigh-13-10-23 313212 at Eastleigh313212 at EastleighFive months after withdrawal and after a scrapping process that began in July, one Southern liveried class 313 vehicle remains: 62604 from 313212. It is seen awaiting its fate at Eastleigh Arlington works on 13.10.23.

Five months after withdrawal and after a scrapping process that began in July, one Southern liveried class 313 vehicle remains: 62604 from 313212. It is seen awaiting its fate at Eastleigh Arlington works on 13.10.23.

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313212 eastleigh https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/313212-at-eastleigh-13-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:43:00 GMT
69008 at Eastleigh 13.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/69008-at-eastleigh-13-10-23 69008 at Eastleigh69008 at EastleighGBRF liveried 69008 passes through Eastleigh with 4Y19 Mountfield Sidings - Southampton West Docks 13.10.23

GBRF liveried 69008 passes through Eastleigh with 4Y19 Mountfield Sidings - Southampton West Docks 13.10.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 69008 eastleigh https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/69008-at-eastleigh-13-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:40:39 GMT
50007 and 50049 at Bournemouth 11.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/50007-and-50049-at-bournemouth-11-10-23 50049 tnt 50007 at Bournemouth50049 tnt 50007 at BournemouthGBRF's 50049 & 50007 with 4 barrier coaches and recently refurbished and reduced to 4 carriages Class 458/4 458425 sandwiched inbetween, passes through Bournemouth with 5X72 Wembley Receptions 1-7 - Bournemouth T&RSMD ECS move 11.10.23 500059 tnt 50007 at Bournemouth500059 tnt 50007 at BournemouthGBRF's 50049 & 50007 with 4 barrier coaches and recently refurbished and reduced to 4 carriages Class 458/4 458425 sandwiched inbetween, passes through Bournemouth with 5X72 Wembley Receptions 1-7 - Bournemouth T&RSMD ECS move 11.10.23

GBRF's 50049 & 50007 with 4 barrier coaches and recently refurbished and reduced to 4 carriages Class 458/4 458425 sandwiched inbetween, passes through Bournemouth with 5X72 Wembley Receptions 1-7 - Bournemouth T&RSMD ECS move 11.10.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 458425 50007 50049 bournemouth https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/50007-and-50049-at-bournemouth-11-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:23:35 GMT
458407+458417 at Bournemouth 11.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/458407-458417-at-bournemouth-11-10-23 458407+458417 at Bournemouth458407+458417 at BournemouthNewly refurbished and reduced from 5 to 4 cars, class 458/4s 458407+458417 pass through Bournemouth with 5Q91 Basingstoke - Bournemouth T&RSMD ECS working 11.10.23 458407+458417 at Bournemouth458407+458417 at BournemouthNewly refurbished and reduced from 5 to 4 cars, class 458/4s 458407+458417 pass through Bournemouth with 5Q91 Basingstoke - Bournemouth T&RSMD ECS working 11.10.23

Newly refurbished and reduced from 5 to 4 cars, class 458/4s 458407+458417 pass through Bournemouth with 5Q91 Basingstoke - Bournemouth T&RSMD ECS working 11.10.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 458407 458417 bournemouth https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/458407-458417-at-bournemouth-11-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:19:22 GMT
153376 at Eastleigh 10.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/153376-at-eastleigh-10-10-23 153376 at Eastleigh153376 at EastleighArriva Blue liveried Network Rail Inspection Train 153376 is seen in the yard at Eastleigh 10.10.23

Arriva Blue liveried Network Rail Inspection Train 153376 is seen in the yard at Eastleigh 10.10.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 153376 eastleigh https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/153376-at-eastleigh-10-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:12:44 GMT
Clapham Junction 10.10.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/clapham-junction-10-10-23 Units at Clapham JunctionUnits at Clapham JunctionWith London's skyline in the background, a selection of units including a South Western Railways 458, a 444 and 450 are seen around Clapham Junction 10.10.23

With London's skyline in the background, a selection of units including a South Western Railways 458, a 444 and 450 are seen around Clapham Junction 10.10.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) clapham junction https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/clapham-junction-10-10-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:10:06 GMT
London Transport Museum Store 23.9.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/london-transport-museum-store-23-9-23 On 23rd September, I visited the London Transport Museum Store at Acton Depot in London.   Catching an early flight from Edinburgh to Gatwick, I then caught a class 377 from Gatwick to Clapham Junction then from Clapham Junction to Wimbledon.   From Wimbledon I headed to Acton via the District Line to Earl's Court and then the Picadilly line to Acton Town.  

21392 at Earls Court21392 at Earls CourtLondon Underground S Stock set 21392 is seen arriving at Earls Court with an Eastbound District line service to Edgware Road 23.9.23 Earl's Court benchEarl's Court benchBench seating with London Underground roundels at Earl's Court 23.9.23 140 at Acton Town140 at Acton Town1973 Picadilly Line stock led by 140 approach Acton Town with a service to Cockfosters 23.9.23
Earl's Court Station Earl's Court station signage View from overbridge outside Acton Town

From Acton Town station, its a 2 minute walk to the museum and once inside it's packed to the rafters with items relating to the Underground and London Transport in General.  There is a wide selections of Buses, Trams and Underground Trains onsite.   The Underground stock was my main interest on the day with plenty of vintage trains and vehicles to see:

61 at Acton Museum Depot61 at Acton Museum DepotNSE liveried 1940 built Waterloo and City driving car 61 (also classed as a class 487 on TOPS) seen at the Acton Museum Depot 23.9.23 3327 at Acton Museum Depot3327 at Acton Museum DepotLondon Transport Red liveried 1927 built Standard Stock Driving Motor 3327 is seen on display at the Acton Museum Depot open day 23.9.23 3530 at Acton Museum Depot3530 at Acton Museum Depotex Northern line 72 stock driving car 3530 in bare aluminium exterior is seen on display at the Acton Museum Depot 23.9.23 3052 at Acton3052 at Acton1967 Victoria Line Driving car 3052, famous for carrying Queen Elizabeth II to the offical opening of the line, is seen on display at Acton Depot Museum 23.9.23
Waterloo & City Car 61  Standard Car 1972 Northern Line Stock 1967 Victoria Line Stock
ESL 107 at ActonESL 107 at ActonLondon Underground Sleet Loco ESL107, built from the cab ends of 2 1903 Central line motor cars in 1940 is seen at Acton Museum Store 23.9.23 L134 at ActonL134 at ActonEx works pilot car L134 under restoration back to 1927 standard car 3379 seen atActon Museum Store 23.9.23 38 stock at Acton38 stock at ActonLondon Transport Red liveried 1938 heritage train made up of vehicles 10012 + 012256 + 12048 + 11012 seen at Acton Museum Depot 23.9.23
Sleet Car Standard Car 1938 Stock L51 Engineering car in Pride Livery

It was a very interesting visit to the Museum.   Once I'd been, I had a couple of hours spare before returning home, so I visited Northfields to photo some of the Picadilly 73 stock.   Then it was off to Heathrow for a flight back to Edinburgh.   More photos from the day at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p946354454

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(Scottish Trains Website) Acton Museum London Underground https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/london-transport-museum-store-23-9-23 Sat, 20 Jan 2024 22:00:31 GMT
LSL Bubblecar 121022 at Rannoch 30.9.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/lsl-bubblecar-121022-at-rannoch-30-9-23 121022 at Rannoch121022 at RannochMaking its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' approaches Rannoch with a private charter working as 2Z28 11.30 Mallaig - Rannoch 30.9.23 Making its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' approaches Rannoch with a private charter working as 2Z28 11.30 Mallaig - Rannoch 30.9.23 and is later seen departing with 2Z29 15.26 back to Arisaig.

Also included are photos of the stunning interior of the Bubble Car (I was invited on along with others on the platform for a look round)

The bubble car has been restored for use on private hires.

121022 at Rannoch121022 at RannochMaking its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' approaches Rannoch with a private charter working as 2Z28 11.30 Mallaig - Rannoch 30.9.23 121022 at Rannoch121022 at RannochMaking its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' is seen at Rannoch having arrived with a private charter working as 2Z28 11.30 Mallaig - Rannoch 30.9.23
121022 at Rannoch121022 at RannochMaking its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' is seen at Rannoch having arrived with a private charter working as 2Z28 11.30 Mallaig - Rannoch 30.9.23 121022 interior121022 interiorThe stunning interior of LSL's newly refurbished bubble car 121022 (55022) 30.9.23
121022's Interior121022's InteriorThe stunning interior of LSL's newly refurbished bubble car 121022 (55022) 30.9.23 121022 interior121022 interiorThe bar area, part of the stunning interior of LSL's newly refurbished bubble car 121022 (55022) 30.9.23
121022 at Rannoch121022 at RannochRunning on its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' prepares to depart Rannoch with a private charter working as 2Z29 15.26 to Arisaig 30.9.23 121022 at Rannoch121022 at RannochRunning on its debut following a major overhaul and interior refit, Locomotive Services Ltd's Carmine and Cream liveried Bubble Car 121022 (55022) 'Flora' departs Rannoch with plenty of exhaust on a private charter working as 2Z29 15.26 to Arisaig 30.9.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 121022 bubble car locomotive services limited lsl rannoch west highland line https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/lsl-bubblecar-121022-at-rannoch-30-9-23 Thu, 11 Jan 2024 22:52:08 GMT
The Pilgrim Centurion Railtour 16.9.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/the-pilgrim-centurion-railtour-16-9-23 The Pathfinders 'Pilgrim Centurion' Railtour visited Scotland on 16th September 2023 with GBRF's 50007 & 50049 providing the traction.

50007+50049 at Kirknewton50007+50049 at KirknewtonGBRF's 50007 & 50049 are seen passing through Kirknewton with Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' working 1Z50 5:30 Swindon - Edinburgh Waverley 16.9.23 50007+50049 at Uddingston50007+50049 at UddingstonGBRF's 50007 & 50049 are seen passing through Uddingston with the Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' ECS working as 5Z51 13:22 Edinburgh Waverley - Polmadie 16.9.23
50049 and 50007 at Hartwood50049 and 50007 at HartwoodGBRF's 50049 & 50007 are seen passing through Hartwood at slow speed following a local stopper with the Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' ECS working as 5Z52 15:41 Polmadie - Edinburgh Waverley 16.9.23 50049 and 50007 at West Calder50049 and 50007 at West CalderGBRF's 50049 & 50007 are seen passing through West Calder with the Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' ECS working as 5Z52 15:41 Polmadie - Edinburgh Waverley 16.9.23

Photo 1: 50007 & 50049 are seen passing through Kirknewton with Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' working 1Z50 5:30 Swindon - Edinburgh Waverley

Photo 2: 50007 & 50049 are seen passing through Uddingston with the Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' ECS working as 5Z51 13:22 Edinburgh Waverley - Polmadie

Photo 3: 50049 & 50007 are seen passing through Hartwood at slow speed following a local stopper with the Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' ECS working as 5Z52 15:41 Polmadie - Edinburgh Waverley 16.9.23

Photo 4: 50049 & 50007 are seen passing through West Calder with the Pathfinders Railtour 'The Pilgrim Centurion' ECS working as 5Z52 15:41 Polmadie - Edinburgh Waverley

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(Scottish Trains Website) 50049 50057 gbrf hartwood kirknewton pathfinders railtour the pilgrim centurion uddingston west calder https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2024/1/the-pilgrim-centurion-railtour-16-9-23 Thu, 11 Jan 2024 22:38:51 GMT
Midland Pullman 43047 & 43046 at Carstairs 9.9.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/12/midland-pullman-43047-43046-at-carstairs-9-9-23 Locomotive Services Limited's Midland Pullman liveried HST set consisting of 43047 & 43046 and a matching set of mark 3s are seen at Float, south of Carstairs with 1Z43 5.46 Paignton - Fort William Day 1 of the 'West Highland Pullman' railtour 9.9.23

43047 tnt 43046 at Carstairs43047 tnt 43046 at CarstairsLocomotive Services Limited's Midland Pullman liveried HST set consisting of 43047 & 43046 and a matching set of mark 3s are seen at Float, south of Carstairs with 1Z43 5.46 Paignton - Fort William Day 1 of the 'West Highland Pullman' railtour 9.9.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43046 43047 Carstairs Midland Pullman https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/12/midland-pullman-43047-43046-at-carstairs-9-9-23 Sun, 03 Dec 2023 21:02:11 GMT
Bo'ness Steam Gala 2.9.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/12/boness-steam-gala-2-9-23 On 2nd September, the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway held their annual Steam Gala.   As well as the home fleet steam locos: Caledonian Railway class 439: 55189 (CR 419), Lord Roberts (No1) & National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area, visiting the railway was Lambton no 29 from the North Yorkshire Moors Railway.

No 19 at Bo'nessNo 19 at Bo'nessBuilt by Hunslet in 1954, National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area in all over black livery shunts the demonstration freight from the Bay Platform at Bo'ness during the Steam Gala 2.9.23 National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area in all over black livery shunts the demonstration freight from the Bay Platform
No 1 & No 19 at Bo'nessNo 1 & No 19 at Bo'nessNo1 'Lord Roberts' reverses along the run round line as National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area prepares to shunt the demonstration freight from the main to the Bay Platform at Bo'ness during the Steam Gala 2.9.23 No1 'Lord Roberts' reverses along the run round line as National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area prepares to shunt the demonstration freight from the main to the Bay Platform
19 at Bo'ness19 at Bo'nessBuilt by Hunslet in 1954, National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area in all over black livery is seen waiting in the yard near the steam shed in Bo'ness for it's next move 2.9.23 National Coal Board No 19 Fife Area in all over black livery is seen waiting in the yard near the steam shed
Lambton 29 at Bo'nessLambton 29 at Bo'nessVisiting loco from the NYMR, 1904 built Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 is seen reversing onto the headshunt at Bo'ness 2.9.23 Visiting loco from the NYMR, 1904 built Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 is seen reversing onto the headshunt
no1 at Bo'nessno1 at Bo'ness1899 built, Coltness Iron Co no 1 'Lord Roberts' heads the 15.45 service from Bo'ness - Manuel on 2.9.23, no 19 is on the rear. 1899 built, Coltness Iron Co no 1 'Lord Roberts' heads the 15.45 service from Bo'ness - Manuel
55189 and 29 at Bo'ness55189 and 29 at Bo'nessBritish Railways Black liveried Caledonian Railway 439 class 55189 (419) awaits it's next duty as visiting loco from the NYMR, Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 heads towards to water coloumn to take on water at Bo'ness 2.9.23 British Railways Black liveried Caledonian Railway 439 class 55189 (419) awaits it's next duty as visiting loco from the NYMR, Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 heads towards to water coloumn to take on water
29 and 55189 at Bo'ness29 and 55189 at Bo'nessVisiting loco from the NYMR, Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 takes on water at the water coloumn at Bo'ness as Calendonian Railwy 439 class 55189 (419) awaits it's next duty in the backgraound 2.9.23 Visiting loco from the NYMR, Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 takes on water at the water coloumn at Bo'ness as Calendonian Railway 439 class 55189 (419) awaits it's next duty in the background
29 at Bo'ness29 at Bo'nessVisiting loco from the NYMR, Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 is seen hauling the 16.45 Bo'ness - Birkhill demonstration goods train along the foreshore at Bo'ness. A Ford Anglia is seen onboard the Lomac wagon. 2.9.23 Visiting loco from the NYMR, Olive Green liveried Lambton no 29 is seen hauling the 16.45 Bo'ness - Birkhill demonstration goods train along the foreshore at Bo'ness. A Ford Anglia is seen onboard the Lomac wagon.

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) bo'ness caledonian railway no 419 lambton 29 lord roberts no1 steam gala https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/12/boness-steam-gala-2-9-23 Sun, 03 Dec 2023 21:00:06 GMT
70813 and 56105 Dead in tow at Falkirk Grahamston 25.8.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/70813-and-56105-dead-in-tow-at-falkirk-grahamston-25-8-23 70813 with 56105 dead in tow pass through Falkirk Grahamston with the late running (183 late) 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth tankers 25.8.23

70813 +56105 at Falkirk Grahamston70813 +56105 at Falkirk Grahamston70813 with 56105 dead in tow pass through Falkirk Grahamston with the late running (183 late) 6S36 Dalston - Grangemouth tankers 25.8.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 56105 6s36 70813 colas falkirk grahamston https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/70813-and-56105-dead-in-tow-at-falkirk-grahamston-25-8-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:48:56 GMT
313121 at Leven 19.8.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313121-at-leven-19-8-23 Network Rail liveried dual voltage 313121 'Pan up Pete' is seen stabled at it's new home for preservation at Fife Heritage Railway at Leven 19.8.23

313121 at Fife Heritage Railway313121 at Fife Heritage RailwayNetwork Rail liveried dual voltage 313121 'Pan up Pete' is seen stabled at it's new home for preservation at Fife Heritage Railway at Leven 19.8.23 313121 at Fife Heritage Railway313121 at Fife Heritage RailwayNetwork Rail liveried dual voltage 313121 'Pan up Pete' is seen stabled at it's new home for preservation at Fife Heritage Railway at Leven 19.8.23
313121 at Fife Heritage Railway313121 at Fife Heritage RailwayNetwork Rail liveried dual voltage 313121 'Pan up Pete' is seen stabled at it's new home for preservation at Fife Heritage Railway at Leven 19.8.23 313121 at Fife Heritage Railway313121 at Fife Heritage RailwayNetwork Rail liveried dual voltage 313121 'Pan up Pete' is seen stabled at it's new home for preservation at Fife Heritage Railway at Leven 19.8.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313121 class 313 fife heritage railway leven network rail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313121-at-leven-19-8-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:46:12 GMT
313121 at Queensferry 16.8.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313121-at-queensferry-16-8-23 Network Rail liveried 313121 is seen on the back of 3 low loaders parked up on the lay-by on the Northbound sliproad of the M90 at the Queensferry Crossing enroute to its new home at the Fife Heritage Railway in Leven 16.8.23

313121 at Queensferry313121 at QueensferryNetwork Rail liveried 313121 is seen on the back of 3 low loaders parked up on the lay-by on the Northbound sliproad of the M90 at the Queensferry Crossing enroute to its new home at the Fife Heritage Railway in Leven 16.8.23 62613 at Queensferry62613 at QueensferryNetwork Rail liveried Driving Motor 62613 from 313121 is seen parked up on a low loader on the lay-by on the Northbound sliproad of the M90 at the Queensferry Crossing enroute to its new home at the Fife Heritage Railway in Leven 16.8.23
71233 at Queensferry71233 at QueensferryNetwork Rail liveried Pantograph Trailer 71233 from 313121 is seen parked up on a low loader on the lay-by on the Northbound sliproad of the M90 at the Queensferry Crossing enroute to its new home at the Fife Heritage Railway in Leven 16.8.23 62549 at Queensferry62549 at QueensferryNetwork Rail liveried Driving Motor 62549 from 313121 is seen parked up on a low loader on the lay-by on the Northbound sliproad of the M90 at the Queensferry Crossing enroute to its new home at the Fife Heritage Railway in Leven 16.8.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313121 class 313 network rail queensferry https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313121-at-queensferry-16-8-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:38:57 GMT
Rail Adventure HST Power Cars 43468+43480 at Drem and Prestonpans 14.8.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/rail-adventure-hst-power-cars-43468-43480-at-drem-and-prestonpans-14-8-23 Rail Adventure HST Power Cars 43468+43480 with 2 HST Stoneblowers in tow are seen waiting in the down loop at Drem and Prestonpans with 6Z44 Peterborough Eastfield Sig - Slateford Depot 14.8.23

43468 + 43480 at Drem43468 + 43480 at DremRail Adventure HST Power Cars 43468+43480 with 2 HST Stoneblowers in tow are seen waiting in the down loop at Drem with 6Z44 Peterborough Eastfield Sig - Slateford Depot 14.8.23 43468+43480 at Prestonpans43468+43480 at PrestonpansRail Adventure HST Power Cars 43468+43480 with 2 HST Stoneblowers in tow apass through Prestonpans with 6Z44 Peterborough Eastfield Sig - Slateford Depot 14.8.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43468 43480 drem hst prestonpans rail adventure https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/rail-adventure-hst-power-cars-43468-43480-at-drem-and-prestonpans-14-8-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:34:35 GMT
43132 tnt 43130 at North Queensferry 7.8.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/43132-tnt-43130-at-north-queensferry-7-8-23 Scotrail Inter7city liveried 43132 and 43130 top and tail mark 3 set HA01 through North Queensferry with 1B84 13.56 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley 7.8.23

43132 tnt 43130 at North Queensferry43132 tnt 43130 at North QueensferryScotrail Inter7city liveried 43132 and 43130 top and tail mark 3 set HA01 through North Queensferry with 1B84 13.56 Aberdeen - Edinburgh Waverley 7.8.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 43130 43132 class 43 hst north queensferry scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/43132-tnt-43130-at-north-queensferry-7-8-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:29:25 GMT
37884 and 318250 at Kilmarnock 31.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/37884-and-318250-at-kilmarnock-31-7-23 Europhoenix liveried 37884 is seen pushing Scotrail Saltire liveried 318250 out of Kilmarnock with 5Q08 Yoker - Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot 31.7.23

37884+318250 at Kilmarnock37884+318250 at KilmarnockEurophoenix liveried 37884 is seen pushing Scotrail Saltire liveried 318250 out of Kilmarnock with 5Q08 Yoker - Kilmarnock Bonnyton Depot 31.7.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 318250 37884 class 318 class 37 europhoenix kilmarnock scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/37884-and-318250-at-kilmarnock-31-7-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:24:17 GMT
Isle of Wight Island Line 13.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/isle-of-wight-island-line-13-7-23 A selection of photos from my visit to the Isle of Wight on 13th July.   More can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p830529663

484002 at Ryde Pier484002 at Ryde PierIsland Line liveried 484002 makes its way along Ryde Pier with 2U22 10.14 Shanklin - Ryde Pier Head service 13.7.23 484004 at Ryde Esplanade484004 at Ryde EsplanadeIsland Line liveried 484004 approaches Ryde Esplanade with 2U32 12.47 service from Shanklin 13.7.23
484004 at Lake484004 at LakeIsland Line liveried 484004 is seen departing Lake with 2D31 13.13 Ryde Esplanade - Shanklin service 13.7.23 483004 at Holliers Park483004 at Holliers ParkFormer Island Line Class 483 483004 in London Transport Red livery is seen at the House of Chilli, Holliers Park, Arreton, where it will eventually be converted to a cafe 13.7.23
484004 at Lake484004 at LakeIsland Line's 484004 is seen approaching Lake with 2D39 15.13 Ryde Esplanade - Shanklin service 13.7.23 484004 at Ryde St Johns484004 at Ryde St JohnsAs a Southen Vectis Enviro 400 crosses the bridge behind, Island Line liveried 484004 pauses at Ryde St Johns with 2D43 16.14 Ryde Esplanade - Shanklin service 13.7.23
484004 at Ryde Esplanade484004 at Ryde EsplanadeIsland Line's 484004 is seen rising the incline from Ryde Tunnel on the approach to Ryde Esplanade with 2U48 16.47 Shanklin - Ryde Esplanade service 13.7.23 484004 at Ryde Esplanade484004 at Ryde EsplanadeIsland Line liveried 484004 prepares to descend into Ryde Tunnel after departing Ryde Esplanade with 2D47 17.14 service to Shanklin 13.7.23
484002 at Sandown484002 at SandownIsland Line's 484002 arrives into Sandown with 2U54 18.14 Shanklin - Ryde Pier Head service 13.7.23 484002 at Ryde Pier484002 at Ryde PierIsland Line's 484002 is seen heading along Ryde Pier with 2D53 18.45 service from Ryde Pier Head to Shanklin 13.7.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 483004 484001 484002 484003 484004 484005 island line ryde shanklin https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/isle-of-wight-island-line-13-7-23 Mon, 30 Oct 2023 21:21:39 GMT
313209, 204, 211 and 205 at Eastleigh 14.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313209-204-211-and-205-at-eastleigh-14-7-23 Awaiting their date with the scrapman, 313209, 204, 211 & 205 head lines of their sister units at Eastleigh Arlington 14.7.23

313209, 204, 211 & 205 at Eastleigh313209, 204, 211 & 205 at EastleighAwaiting their date with the scrapman, 313209, 204, 211 & 205 head lines of their sister units at Eastleigh Arlington 14.7.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313204 313205 313209 313211 class 313 eastleigh southern https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313209-204-211-and-205-at-eastleigh-14-7-23 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 21:44:55 GMT
455865 at Clapham Junction 12.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/455865-at-clapham-junction-12-7-23 South Western Railway's 455865 is seen on the rear of an unidentified 455 as it departs Clapham Junction depot with an unidentified ECS working 12.7.23

455865 at Clapham Junction455865 at Clapham JunctionSouth Western Railway's 455865 is seen on the rear of an unidentified 455 as it departs Clapham Junction depot with an unidentified ECS working 12.7.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 455865 clapham junction class 455 south western railway https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/455865-at-clapham-junction-12-7-23 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 21:34:59 GMT
378205 at Clapham Junction 12.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/378205-at-clapham-junction-12-7-23 Wearing an eyecatching overall wrap for Pride, a very colourful 378205 awaits departure from Clapham Junction with 2L21 10.23 service to Stratford 12.7.23

378205 at Clapham Junction378205 at Clapham JunctionWearing an eyecatching overall wrap for Pride, a very colourful 378205 awaits departure from Clapham Junction with 2L21 10.23 service to Stratford 12.7.23

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(Scottish Trains Website) 378205 Clapham Junction London Overground Pride https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/378205-at-clapham-junction-12-7-23 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 21:30:34 GMT
Scrap 313s at Eastleigh 11.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/scrap-313s-at-eastleigh-11-7-23 A selection of stored Class 313s awaiting scrapping at Eastleigh Arlington 313203, 204, 206, 207, 208, 209, 210, 212, 213, 215, 216, 217, 219 &220 on 11.7.23

313213 at Eastleigh313213 at EastleighHeading a line of stored class 313s awaiting scrapping at Eastleigh, 313213 is seen at Eastleigh Arlington 11.7.23 313209 & 3132xx at Eastleigh313209 & 3132xx at EastleighSouthern Coastway liveried 313209 and 3132xx (possibly 207 or 204, the number has been flame cut off it) are seen at Eastleigh works awaiting their fate 11.7.23
313217 & 313219 at Eastleigh313217 & 313219 at Eastleigh313217 & 313219 head 2 lines of stored class 313s awaiting scrapping at Eastleigh depot 11.7.23 313213, 313217 & 313219 at Eastleigh313213, 313217 & 313219 at Eastleigh313213, 313217 & 313219 lead rows of class 313s awaiting scrapping at Eastleigh 11.7.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313203 313204 313206 313207 313208 313209 313210 313212 313213 313215 313216 313217 313219 313220 class 313 eastleigh arlington southern https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/scrap-313s-at-eastleigh-11-7-23 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 20:57:22 GMT
142003 at Eastleigh 11.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/142003-at-eastleigh-11-7-23 142003 at Eastleigh142003 at EastleighGreater Manchester PTE orange liveried 142003 is seen outside Eastleigh Arlington works 11.7.23 Greater Manchester PTE orange liveried 142003 is seen outside Eastleigh Arlington works 11.7.23

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 142003 class 142 Eastleigh Eastleigh Arlington Greater Manchester PTE Pacer https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/142003-at-eastleigh-11-7-23 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 20:42:44 GMT
313211+313205 at Eastleigh 11.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313211-313205-at-eastleigh-11-7-23 The end of the line for the Southern Class 313 fleet as 313211+313205, the final pair of class 313s to transfer from Hove to Eastleigh Works as 5Z03 for scrapping are seen arriving into Eastleigh for the final time. 11.7.23

313211+313205 at Eastleigh313211+313205 at EastleighThe end of the line for the Southern Class 313 fleet as 313211+313205, arrive at Eastleigh on the final scrap move from Hove to Eastleigh Works as 5Z03 while a flight comes in to land at Southampton Airport in the background. 11.7.23 313211+313205 at Eastleigh313211+313205 at EastleighThe end of the line for the Southern Class 313 fleet as 313211+313205, the final pair of class 313s to transfer from Hove to Eastleigh Works as 5Z03 for scrapping are seen arriving into Eastleigh for the final time. 11.7.23
313211+313205 at Eastleigh313211+313205 at EastleighThe end of the line for the Southern Class 313 fleet as 313211+313205, the final pair of class 313s to transfer from Hove to Eastleigh Works as 5Z03 for scrapping are seen arriving into Eastleigh for the final time. 11.7.23 313205+313211 at Eastleigh313205+313211 at EastleighThe end of the line for the Southern Class 313 fleet as 313205+313211, the final pair of class 313s to transfer from Hove to Eastleigh Works as 5Z03 for scrapping are seen waiting to depart Eastleigh for the final time. 11.7.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313205 313211 class 313 eastleigh hove scrap southern https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/10/313211-313205-at-eastleigh-11-7-23 Thu, 26 Oct 2023 20:38:34 GMT
Crich Tramway Village 4.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/7/crich-tramway-village-4-7-23 On 4th July after getting a very reasonable last minute deal on thetrainline from Motherwell - Whatstandwell return, I visited Crich Tramway Village!

Whatstandwell on the Nottingham - Matlock line is the station for Crich. It is 1 mile away from Crich, however it is a 30 minute walk up a very steep hill! I'd advise getting a taxi, however it is a 15 minute walk down hill on the return journey!

On arrival at Crich, I bought my ticket, which was £22 and gives you entry for a year.   After leaving the ticket office, the path brings you out at the Bowes Lyon Bridge, where there is also a tram stop.  

I decided to visit the museum building, which is close to the bridge and the Town End.   There are many of the non running fleet in the museum ranging from horse trams to steam tram through to trams built or liveried in each of the decades up to the 1960s.   A wander round and looking at the differing details of each of the different types of tram from the streamlined Balloon 712 and PCC tram, the reversed staircases of Lecister 76, to Blackpool's Conduit 4.

Directly opposite the Museum, is the depot fan complete with traverser.    The sheds are open to allow you to wander up and down and have a look at each tram in the depot with the opportunity for some shots of the various trams at the front of the depot and if you're lucky, some of them may be out on the depot fan.  

Next I visited the workshop viewing area, where the fantastic LCC1 'Bluebird' and Leeds 399 were under maintenance.

After this I spent the rest of the day riding up and down the line on board the 3 service trams out on the day: Glasgow 22, Sheffield 74 & London United Electric Tramways 159 or taking photos from different locations.

I had an absolutely fantastic day at Crich and would highly recommend a visit!

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) crich tramway village trams https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/7/crich-tramway-village-4-7-23 Sun, 09 Jul 2023 23:08:17 GMT
Wensleydale Railway visit 5.7.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/7/wensleydale-railway-visit-5-7-23 143623 at Redmire143623 at RedmireRegional Railways liveried 143623 is seen stabled outside Redmire Station on the Wensleydale Railway 5.7.23 The Wensleydale Railway is based in North Yorkshire with its main station and depot located in Leeming Bar near Northallerton and handily located for the A1(M) motorway and not far from the A66 at Scotch Corner.   Currently as I write this, they are running a service from Leeming Bar to Leyburn on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with a shuttle service also running to Scruton from Leeming Bar on selected days.   With the English school holidays being on throughout August, a service will also be running on Tuesdays.   For more details on times and services visit their Website: https://wensleydale-railway.co.uk/running-days-2023/

The Wensleydale Railway's line runs to Redmire at the west end and to Northallerton West at the east end of the line, however the line is only operational between Scruton and Leyburn for passenger services at the moment.

I visited on 5th July, and on this day debranded Northern liveried Pacer 142060 was operating the service.   Before boarding I had a look round the station and some of the collection of rolling stock, which includes vehicle 51353 from set 117301, which has been converted to a community hub, former Tyne and Wear Metro shunter TW4, BR Dutch liveried 37250, class 14 D9523 and Class 121 Bubble Car 121032.

To see more of the collection of Pacers and assorted 1st Generation DMUs, you need to catch the train!   I caught the 11.30 service formed of 142060 and on leaving Leeming Bar, saw 142087, 142090 & 142018 as well as some of the 1st Gen DMUs and EWS liveried 44785.   It was a nice run taking 42 minutes to Leyburn and passing 144020, 142028 & 142035 stored in a passing loop further up the line.  At Leyburn, there is cafe facilities and a gift shop and with 25 minutes before the return journey, there is enough time to visit both.   The return journey departed Leyburn around 12.30 and was soon back at Leeming Bar.  

Once back, one of the volunteers let me have a look at LEV1, the railbus that became one of the pacer prototypes, which was located in their shed.   He mentioned that Regional Railways liveried 143623 was up at Redmire, where filming was taking place for the new series of Vera, so I decided to drive up there and get some photos of the unit, which is looking superb!

I then drove back to Leeming Bar for some more photos, stopping off enroute at Leyburn for some photos of 142060, then headed back home.   I would recommend Wensleydale Railway for a visit, the staff and volunteers are all friendly and welcoming and the ticket prices are good value for money.  

WL4 at Leeming BarWL4 at Leeming BarEx Tyne and Wear Metro Shunter WL4 is seen stabled at Leeming Bar on the Wensleydale Railway 5.7.23 117301 at Leeming Bar117301 at Leeming BarVehicle 51353 from 117301 seen at Leeming Bar in its current role as the LBRA Community Hub 5.7.23
37250 at Leeming Bar37250 at Leeming BarBR Dutch liveried 37250 is seen stabled at Leeming Bar 5.7.23 142060 at Leeming Bar142060 at Leeming BarDebranded Northern liveried 142060 is seen arriving at Leeming Bar with the 10.30 service from Leyburn 5.7.23
LEV1 at Leeming BarLEV1 at Leeming BarThe prototype for the Pacer family of trains, LEV1, is seen in the shed at Leeming Bar 5.7.23 142060 &37250 at Leeming Bar142060 &37250 at Leeming BarSide by Side, 142060 is seen at Leeming Bar having just arrived with the 14.30 train from Leyburn as 37250 is seen stabled in the siding next to the station 5.7.23

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) class 117 class 121 class 142 class 143 class 144 leeming bar leyburn redmire wensleydale railway https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/7/wensleydale-railway-visit-5-7-23 Sat, 08 Jul 2023 23:03:24 GMT
Edinburgh Tramway Extension to Newhaven https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/7/edinburgh-tramway-extension-to-newhaven Having opened on 7th June, the extension of the Edinburgh Tramway appears to have been very popular both with passengers and enthusiasts.

Stretching 3 miles from York Place to Newhaven, there are 8 stops enroute.   At York Place, the former single track and terminus platform has been removed and a new stop has been built at Picardy place complete with 2 platforms, in the middle of a large traffic island at the top of Leith Walk and opposite the Omni Centre.

The line continues down Leith Walk on a central reservation with island platform stops at McDonald Road (Opposite Harburn Hobbies) and Balfour Street (with a crossover installed).   There is a double platformed stop at Foot of the Walk, which owing to the narrow nature of the street, takes up the full width of the street with the platforms doubling as the pavement.  

From here the tramway moves onto Constitution Street, towards Leith Town Hall and the Burns Statue at The Shore Tram Stop.  The Shore is located at the junction of Bernard Street with the tramway sharing the roadway with general road traffic for the full length of Constitution Street.    The tramway continues on towards Ocean Way, continuing to share with road traffic on sections of it before taking a 90 degree turn onto Ocean Drive and into the island platform of Port of Leith tram stop.  

Departing Port of Leith, the line continues along Leith Harbour sharing the roadway with general traffic and passing the Fingal floating 5 star hotel and restaurant and the Victoria Swing Bridge, before taking a 90 degree turn outside the Ocean Terminal Shopping Centre onto a central reservation for the remainder of the journey.   Ocen Terminal tram stop features an island tram stop with crossover outside  and it is opposite the Shopping Centre.   It is possible visit the Royal Yacht Britannia or to catch the tour buses or normal service buses back up to the city centre at Ocean Terminal.    From here the line takes a 90 degrees turn to the right onto Melrose Drive passing many harbourside warehouses and businesses as well as a flour mill.   The line then reaches a scissors crossover which allows the trams to switch to a free platform at Newhaven.  The line curves here into the 2 outer platforms of Newhaven.  Beyond the platform, there is enough room for 2 trams to stable until needed.

Photo Locations

There are many nice locations for photographs of the tramway particularly on Ocean Way (between The Shore and Port of Leith)  and Ocean Drive (between Port of Leith and Ocean Terminal), here are a few of the best spots for photos:

 

'The Shore' tram stop at Bernard Street with the Burns Statue to the left and the domed building behind. Ocean Way near to Port of Leith looking towards The Shore tram stop in the distance.
258 at Ocean Way258 at Ocean WayOn only the 3rd day of daytime testing of the Edinburgh Tramway extension from York Place - Newhaven, CAF Urbos3 no 258 is seen heading along Ocean Way towards the Port of Leith stop 21.4.23
90 degree curve from Ocean Way to Ocean Drive. Port of Leith tram stop is to the left out of shot. Port of Leith tram stop looking eastwards
Ocean Drive with RFA Fort Victoria in the Docks in the rear of the image Ocean Drive
Ocean Terminal Leaving Ocean Terminal and heading onto Melrose Drive
Leaving Ocean Terminal and heading onto Melrose Drive Passing Ocean Terminal Car Park
Melrose Drive with Ocean Terminal in the background Melrose Drive with the Flour Mill in the background
Melrose Drive approaching Newhaven The terminus at Newhaven

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) caf urbos 3 edinburgh trams newhaven ocean terminal port of leith the shore https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/7/edinburgh-tramway-extension-to-newhaven Sat, 01 Jul 2023 21:51:50 GMT
McGill's East revisited https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/6/mcgills-east-revisited Since the last post about McGill's Scotland East back in January, there has been a massive change to the fleet with an influx of buses from their Scotland West franchise owing to a large influx of Yutong Electric buses out west.  This has seen Mercedes Benz Mellor Stratas, Citaros, AD Enviro 200s, some AD Enviro 200MMCs move west with ex London enviro 400s also entering service.   This has seen the near total withdrawal of the B7RLE Wright Urbans and the Scania Omnidekkas with very few remaining in service.   Also the relivery of some buses has begun, with some Citaros and Streetlites treated to an updated version of the Midland Bluebird or Eastern Scottish livery.

The changes made include:

  • 1 x Mercedes Benz Mellor Strata transferred east (0117)
  • The withdrawal of the 4x BMC Probus / Falcons (0300 - 0303)
  • 49 out of 74 Wright Streetlite DF buses remaining in service, 2 of which are in the new livery (0405-0479)
  • 2x Wright Streetlite SF (Numbered 0480-0481 and Transferred from Xplore Dundee)
  • 6x Volvo Plaxton Profiles (Numbered 0600-0605, 3 remaining in service)
  • 16x Scania Wright Solars (Numbered 1601-1616, all withdrawn from service)
  • 3 out of 22 Scania Omnidekkas remaining in service (Numbered 1811, 1814 & 1818)
  • 1 x Volvo Wright Renown (Numbered 2200, training bus)
  • 10 x Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse 2 (Numbered 2230 - 2239, 6 in Midland Bluebird v 1 livery, 4 in McGill's livery, transferred from McGills West of Scotland)
  • 2 our of 66x Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse Urbans remaining in service 2297 & 2303  (Numbered 2240 - 2346)
  • 5 of 7x Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini in service (2808-2811 & 2817) (Numbered 2807-2811, 2817-2818, transferred from Xplore Dundee)
  • 1x Volvo B7TL Alexander ALX400 (Numbered 2844, withdrawn training bus)
  • 2x Volvo B7TL Plaxton President (Numbered 2845-2846, both withdrawn)
  • 12 our of 21x Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini remain in service (Numbered 2847-2867)
  • 4 x Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse Gemini (Numbered 2900-2903)
  • 9 x Citaro in service (3331, 3332, 3356-3358, 3360-3363)
  • 17 out of 19x Alexander Dennis Enviro 200MMC (Numbered 4101-4108 (McGills livery) &  4111-4121(Xplore Dundee)), 4111 & 4118 withdrawn
  • 9 x Wright Pulsar 2 withdrawn (Numbered 6001-6009)
  • 26x Enviro 200 (All in McGills livery 8001-8008, 8013-8018, 8023-8026, 8038-8041, 8043-8044, 8048 )
  • 1 of 6 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 in service (8055) (numbered 8050 - 8055)
  • 11 of 20 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 in service (numbered 8475 - 8496 and transferred from Larbert / Bannockburn - Livingston)
  • 12 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 (numbered 8924-8935 , Bright bus tours open toppers)
  • 15 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 400MMC (numbered 8936-8951 all now based at Larbert / Bannockburn)
  • 12 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 ( 8961-8974)
  • 8 x mix of buses for Bright bus tours (numbered 9901-9908)

The images below show some of the new influx of buses and some of the new liveries to be seen in and around the East Scotland area.

YX15 OXN (8026)YX15 OXN (8026)McGill's liveried AD Enviro 200 YX15 OXN (8026) is seen departing from the Falkirk Wheel with service 6 to Forth Valley Hospital 20.6.23 YX19 OSN (4102)YX19 OSN (4102)McGill's liveried YX19 OSN is seen departing the Falkirk Wheel with service 6 to Forth Valley Hospital 22.6.23 YX62 BFU (8968)YX62 BFU (8968)Wearing the New Midland Bluebird livery Enviro 400 YX62 BFU (8968) departs Stirling Bus Station with service 38 to Falkirk Asda 22.4.23
YX62 BGE (8974)YX62 BGE (8974)Eastern Scottish liveried AD Enviro 400 YX62 BGE (8974) is seen at Livingston Centre 9.5.23 66 XKW (8960)66 XKW (8960)McGills Heritage liveried AD Enviro 400 66 XKW (8960) is seen on Cowane Street, Stirling working service 57 to St Ninians 3.6.23 BX64 WJD (3362)BX64 WJD (3362)McGills liveried Mercedes Benz Citaro BX64 WJD (3362) is seen on Causewayhead Road, Stirling on the Unilink Route 3.4.23
BX64 WJV (3331)BX64 WJV (3331)Midland Bluebird liveried Citaro BX64 WJV (3331) is seen on Cowane Street heading to Stirling Bus Station on Service 54 from Stirling University 19.6.23 LM18 URD (0117)LM18 URD (0117)McGills liveried Mercedes Benz Sprinter / Mellor Strata LM18 URD(0117) is seen on Cowane Street working service C30 to Stirling Bus Station 19.6.23 SN64 CJZ (0448)SN64 CJZ (0448)On its first day out in service as the first of Midland Bluebird's fleet to appear in the new livery, Streetlite SN64 CJZ (0448) is seen in Upper Newmarket Street, Falkirk working service 8 to Camelon 5.4.23

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) balfron bannockburn bluebird buses east eastern first larbert livingston mcgill midland omnidekka scotland scottish https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/6/mcgills-east-revisited Thu, 22 Jun 2023 21:59:09 GMT
A last ride on the Class 313s 2.5.23 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/5/a-last-ride-on-the-class-313s-2-5-23 313215 at Bishopstone313215 at BishopstoneThe classic photo shot from Bishopstone as Southern Coastway liveried 313215 departs heading westward towards Newhaven with 2C35 13.25 Seaford - Brighton service 2.5.22 I decided to make the most of an extended weekend off and fly to Gatwick then on to Brighton for a final day out on the Class 313s on the Southern Coastway routes.  

With the flight arriving early, I was soon on board a class 700 heading into Brighton and passing Lover's Walk, 313209, 313216, 313208 & 313201 were stabled outside the sheds, the latter pair having already been withdrawn with 201 out of hours and 208 with camshaft issues.

On arrival at Brighton, I discovered that the West Coastway services were disrupted due to a broken rail beyond Barnham with all services terminating at Barnham or Bognor Regis.   313205 was waiting to depart with a Bognor service so I managed to get a few photos of it.  I then caught a service out to Hove, where I photographed 313203 & 313206 stabled in the sidings there, then caught the shuttle back to Brighton.   I was left kicking myself as if I'd waited a further 30 mins, I would have seen 201& 208 move there with 203 & 206 returning to Lovers Walk.

313219 at Bishopstone313219 at BishopstoneSeen from the footpath out of the station, Southern Coastway liveried 313219 approaches Bishopstone with 2C32 13.11 service from Brighton - Seaford 2.5.23 After heading back to Brighton, I decided to stick to the East Coastway line to Seaford due to the disruption out west.   East Coastway out to Seaford featured 3 class 313s in service: 313215, 313219 & 313220.   I caught 313215 out to Bishopstone, which is a lovely station and location, photoing 313215 departing eastward to Seaford then when it returned, departing westward, with the classic shot looking westwards towards Newhaven.   313219 was next up the branch and I decided to head down the entrance ramp to the station to photo it approaching the station on the embankment.   I caught 313219 on it's return journey and got off at Lewes for some lunch and to photo some of the passing units.   I then got back on 313215 and headed to Moulsecoombe for some more photos, then caught 313219 back to Brighton, where I spent the final hour photoing more units before heading back to Gatwick for the flight back to Edinburgh.

The status of the class 313s at this point was:

Available for service: 313203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 209, 210, 211, 212, 213, 215, 216, 219 & 220

Withdrawn: 313201 & 313208

Stored at Eastleigh awaiting scrapping: 313202, 214, & 217

Saturday 20th May

313203+313206 at Hove313203+313206 at Hove313203+313206 are seen stabled in the yard at Hove, they would later be returned to Lovers walk depot with 313201+313208, both of which are now withdrawn, taking their place 2.5.23 I had booked to go back to Brighton on 20th May as it was initially supposed to be the final day in service for the class 313s, however due to strike action during the previous week and a ban on overtime working leading to a vastly reduced and curtailed timetable, the 313s were withdrawn a day early.   Photos from the day of the 313s were limited to 313213 & 313219 stabled outside Lover's Walk and 313204, 205, 207, 209, 211, 215, 216 & 220 stabled in 2 lines of 4 at Hove.

More photos from Brighton and the Class 313s can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p86303780

 

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313201 313202 313203 313204 313205 313206 313207 313208 313209 313210 313211 313212 313213 313214 313215 313216 313217 313219 313220 Bishopstone Brighton Class 313 Lewes Moulsecoombe Southern https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/5/a-last-ride-on-the-class-313s-2-5-23 Thu, 25 May 2023 22:48:30 GMT
McGill's Scotland East https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/mcgills-scotland-east SN05 HWKSN05 HWKMcGills Midland Bluebird's First Barbie liveried Scania Omnidekka SN05 HWK (1806) is seen in Newmarket Street, Falkirk Town Centre 4.1.23 One of the most interesting bus operators in Central Scotland at the moment is McGill Scotland East.   McGill took over operation of the Former First Scotland East franchise in September 2022, inheriting 257 buses in the process.   By purchasing the Scotland East Franchise, McGill extended their reach as they already own McGills Scotland West, which is mainly based in the Inverclyde and Renfrewshire and Xplore Dundee, which covers the Dundee City area.

Routes and Depots

McGill Scotland East is split into 2 areas: Midland Bluebird and Eastern Scottish, both reviving heritage names and heritage liveries.   Midland Bluebird is based at 3 depots: Larbert, Bannockburn and Balfron with Eastern Scottish being based at Livingston.

Livingston depot covers routes in West Lothian and Edinburgh, heading to places such as Shotts (North Lanarkshire), Fauldhouse, Whitburn, Blackridge, Armadale, Bathgate, Linlithgow, Balerno, Queensferry, Kirkliston and Deans

Larbert depot mainly covers routes around the Falkirk area to destinations such as Maddiston, Dunnipace, Bo'ness, Larbert, Grangemouth, Fankerton, Hallglen, Langlees, Forth Valley Hospital, Camelon, Denny, Slamannan, Edinburgh and Glasgow (via Cumbernauld).

Balfron depot mainly covers routes between Stirling and Glasgow via Balfron and Kippen or via Aberfoyle and Milngavie.

Bannockburn depot mainly covers routes around the Stirling area to destinations such as Cambusbarron, Callander, Alloa, Clackmannan, Cowie, Stirling University, St Ninnians, Raploch and Glasgow via Cumbernauld.

The fleet

As mentioned before, McGill inherited 257 buses of various types from First, including the Bright Bus tours operation in Edinburgh.  On taking over, McGills had to withdraw 120 of the inherited fleet as they were deemed unsuitable for service. Some of the fleet were returned to service after repairs, however a number of them were replaced by buses from the reserve and withdrawn fleets from the West of Scotland and Xplore Dundee operations. 

The current fleet includes:

  • 4x BMC ProBus / Falcons (Numbered 0300-0303, only 1 remaining in service)
  • 74x Wright Streetlite DF (Numbered 0405-0479)
  • 2x Wright Streetlite SF (Numbered 0480-0481 and Transferred from Xplore Dundee)
  • 6x Volvo Plaxton Profiles (Numbered 0600-0605, 3 remaining in service)
  • 16x Scania Wright Solars (Numbered 1601-1616, all withdrawn from service)
  • 22x Scania Omnidekkas (Numbered 1800 - 1820 plus one that hasn't been renumbered, 9 remaining in service)
  • 1 x Volvo Wright Renown (Numbered 2200, training bus)
  • 6 x Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse 2 (Numbered 2234 - 2239, 4 in service in new Midland Bluebird livery, 2 still to enter service, transferred from McGills West of Scotland)
  • 66x Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse (Numbered 2240 - 2346)
  • 7x Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini (Numbered 2807-2811, 2817-2818, transferred from Xplore Dundee)
  • 1x Volvo B7TL Alexander ALX400 (Numbered 2844, withdrawn training bus)
  • 2x Volvo B7TL Plaxton President (Numbered 2845-2846, both withdrawn)
  • 21x Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini (Numbered 2847-2867)
  • 4 x Volvo B9TL Wright Eclipse Gemini (Numbered 2900-2903)
  • 11x Alexander Dennis Enviro 200MMC (Numbered 4111-4121)
  • 9 x Wright Pulsar 2 (Numbered 6001-6009, 3 in service, 6 still to enter service, being painted a mix of Midland Bluebird and Eastern Scottish liverys, transferred from McGill's West of Scotland)
  • 6 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 (numbered 8050 - 8055)
  • 20 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 300 (numbered 8475 - 8496)
  • 12 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 (numbered 8924-8935 , Bright bus tours open toppers)
  • 15 x Alexander Dennis Enviro 400MMC (numbered 8936-8951)
  • 8 x mix of buses for Bright bus tours (numbered 9901-9908)

Liveries

With it being early days in the new franchise and with buses having to be transferred in from other areas, there are a real mix of liveries on the fleet at the moment including

  • First Barbie
  • First 2012
  • First Urban (Midland, West Lothian and plain)
  • 2 toned blue
  • Midland Bluebird Retro
  • Midland Scottish Retro
  • Xplore Dundee Green (Streelite SFs, Enviro 200MMC and some ex Xplore Dundee Geminis)
  • Debranded National Express Dundee Red and White (some ex Xplore Dundee Geminis)
  • New Midland Bluebird Blue and Cream
  • New Eastern Scottish Green and Cream

There are also various buses with route branding on them.

With the many bus types and liveries, McGills Scotland East are an interesting company to follow and ride on at the moment! It is best to take the opportunity to do this just now before the inevitable newer, more uniform buses come along and more of the new livery is seen!

Some examples of the current liveries are shown below, more can be found at: https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p1057977495

SP54 CGOSP54 CGODebranded National Express Dundee Read and White liveried Volvo B7TL Wright Eclispe Gemini SP54 CGO(2811) is seen stabled outside Bannockburn Depot 21.1.23 SN65 OMDSN65 OMDRecent transfer to Midland Bluebird, Xplore Dundee liveried but still carrying City Circle 360 route branding Wright Streetlite SF SN65 OMD (0481 former 0406) is seen stabled at Bannockburn Depot 20.1.23 SP54 CHOSP54 CHODebranded Xplore Dundee liveried Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse Gemini SP54 CHO (2808) is seen at Bannockburn Depot 20.1.23 YX09 AGUYX09 AGUMidland branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 200 YX09 AGU (8052) is seen at Stirling Bus Station 20.1.23
SN65 CVLSN65 CVLUnilink branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC SN65 CVL (8937) is seen at Stirling Bus Station 14.1.23 SN15 ELCSN15 ELCUnilink branded Alexander Dennis Enviro 400 MMC SN15 ELC (8936) is seen at Stirling Bus Station 14.1.23 SK63 KKLSK63 KKLdebranded First liveried Streetlite SK63 KKL (0406) is seen in Newmarket Street, Falkirk Town Centre 13.1.23 YN53 EFKYN53 EFKMidland liveried Volvo B7TL Wright Eclipse Gemini YN53 EFK (2847) is seen in Newmarket Street, Falkirk Town Centre 13.1.23
SN64 CJZSN64 CJZMidland 2 toned blue with Falkirk branding and rear route 3/4 branded Streetlite SN64 CJZ (0448) is seen in Newmarket Street, Falkirk Town Centre 13.1.23 SN05 HWSSN05 HWSMidland Bluebird liveried Scania Omnidekka SN05 HWS (1814) at Stirling Bus Station 3.1.23 YX65 PXFYX65 PXFXplore Dundee liveried Alexander Dennis Enviro 200MMC is seen departing Stirling Bus Station 6.1.23 SN05 HWHSN05 HWHdebranded First Barbie liveried Omnidekka SN05 HWH (1807) leads a line of withdrawn Omnidekkas at Bannockburn depot
SN66 WGVSN66 WGVMidland Bluebird liveried AD Enviro 400 MMC SN66 WGV (8945) is seen at Stirling Bus Station 31.12.22 SF55 TXCSF55 TXCProbus SF55 TXC awaits its next duties at Stirling Bus Station 31.12.22 SN05HWTSN05HWTMcGills Midland Bluebird Scania Omnidekka SN05 HWT (1815) in heritage Midland Scottish livery seen at Stirling Bus Station 31.12.22 SF11 CWUSF11 CWUMidland Bluebird lvieried Volvo B7RLE / Wright Eclipse 2 SF11 CWU (2238) Stirling Bus Station
SN57 JDKSN57 JDKMidland liveried Volvo B7RLE Wright Eclipse Urban SN57 JDK (2289) is seen in Newmarket Street, Falkirk Town Centre 4.1.23 66 XKW66 XKWMcGills Heritage liveried Enviro 400 66 XKW (8960) is seen waiting to be put through the bus wash at Bannockburn depot 21.1.23 SN62 AUUSN62 AUUMidland liveried with Gold route branding Enviro 300 SN62 AUU (8493) at Stirling Bus Station SN64 CKYSN64 CKYMidland liveried Streetlite SN64 CKY (0446) is seen in Newmarket Street, Falkirk Town Centre 4.1.23

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) balfron bannockburn buses eastern scottish first scotland east larbert livingston mcgill mcgill scotland east midland bluebird omnidekka https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2023/1/mcgills-scotland-east Sun, 22 Jan 2023 00:45:10 GMT
Day out on the London Underground 12.10.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/day-out-on-the-london-underground-12-10-22 65507 at Bank65507 at BankWaterloo and City 1992 Stock made up of vehicles 65507+67507+67508+65508 is seen at Bank having arrived from Waterloo 12.10.22 As part of my trip to the South Coast, I wanted to combine my trip to see / ride on a class 315 with a day out on the London Underground network, having not been on it since 2016.  

Arriving at London Waterloo at 9.15am, my first port of call was to buy an all zones day ticket, before making my way down to the Waterloo and City station for the short journey to Bank on board the 92 stock.   As there was already a train in the station,  I didn't get the opportunity to photo one in the turnback siding and another in depot.  

At Bank, I found my way via the many cavenous passageways and escalators to finally make it to the Central Line platforms, where I caught an Eastbound Epping service as far as Woodford.   I'd wanted to catch the 1962 stock Central line Rail Adhesive Train (or RAT for short), however unfortunately it did not run.   After spending some time photing the comings and goings of the 92 stock at Woodford, I caught another 1992 stock train up to Epping, where I walked down to the bottom end of the car park for a look at the former London Underground Shunting Loco L11, which was built by joining the cab ends from 1931 built standard stock cars 3080 and 3109 together.   It is part of the Epping Museum, who are also restoring the former Epping signal cabin, which is located next to L11.   More info about Epping Museum can be found at: https://www.eppingmuseum.com/home

L11 at EppingL11 at EppingBuilt in 1964 from 2 1931 Standard Stock vehicles (3080 and 3109), former shunting locomotive L11 is seen on display outside Epping Museum (Epping signal cabin) where it is being preserved 12.10.22 Next I returned to Epping station but before I got on the train, I had a lovely roll and sausage from the van outside! I'd thoroughly reccomend it!  I then got back on the train, and had planned on going to Holborn to change to the Picadilly Line, however on arrival at Stratford, our train was held due to a signalling issue further up the line, so I got off there for some air and spotted a pair of class 315s working an ECS movement.   I caught a class 345 Elizabeth line train to Liverpool Street and resumed my Central line journey from there to Holborn.   There I changed onto the Picadilly line and some 1973 stock for the short 3 stop journey to Piccadilly Circus.

My impressions of the 92 stock were that they were rather tired inside, with worn moquette, grafitti all over the interiors and generally in need of a deep clean and a refurb.   The 73 stock in comparison was in excellent condition, very clean looking and had real character.

At Picadilly Circus, I changed over to the Bakerloo line to sample some 72 stock.   Heading westbound, I travelled out to Queen's Park, where the Bakerloo line goes from deep tube up to above ground and runs alongside the Overground lines out to Watford Junction as far as Harrow and Wealdstone and the WCML.

Queens Park is a decent place to catch the 72 stock, with its overall roof, the steep incline out of the tunnel at the East End and the uniqueness of the main lines and turnback sidings actually passing through and doubling as part of the 3558 at Queen's Park3558 at Queen's Park1972 Bakerloo line stock in 7 car formation (3+4) led by 3 car set 3558+4558+3458 arrives into Queens Park with a service from Elephant & Castle to Harrow and Wealdstone 12.10.22 depot!  I spent about 45 minutes here photoing the 1972 stock, which although it looks quite shabby and in need of a repaint and overhaul, like most older stock it has alot of character both inside and out (a blog post about the Bakerloo 72 stock will be coming soon).

After I left Queen's Park, I headed back via 72 stock to Waterloo, where I changed from the Bakerloo to the Jubilee line.   I then headed east on the 1996 stock to Stratford, where after a few photos I headed off to catch the peak class 315 working at Shenfield.   After riding on the 315s I headed back to Stratford, where after more photos, I caught a Central line train to Bank, then changed for the Waterloo and City line back to Waterloo for the train back to my hotel at Eastleigh.

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 1972 Stock 1973 stock 1992 stock 1996 Stock Bakerloo Line Bank Central Line Epping Holborn Jubilee Line L11 London Underground Picadilly Circus Piccadilly Line Queen's Park Stratford Waterloo Waterloo and City Woodford https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/day-out-on-the-london-underground-12-10-22 Thu, 08 Dec 2022 00:38:30 GMT
Isle of Wight revisited 13.10.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/isle-of-wight-revisited-13-10-22 484001 at Ryde St Johns484001 at Ryde St JohnsIsland Line liveried 484001 arrives at Ryde St Johns with 5U22 10.15 Shanklin - Ryde St Johns ECS move 13.10.22 As part of my trip to the South Coast in October, I decided to return to the Isle of Wight so on Thursday 13th October, I made my way from my hotel in Eastleigh by train to Portsmouth and Southsea, where due to a slight delay on my train, I'd unfortunately missed the bus to the Hoverport by 2 minutes.   After a very quick taxi ride to the Hoverport at Southsea, I joined the queue for the crossing over to the island.

The journey by Hovercraft over the Solent to Ryde was very swift and comfortable, reaching Ryde in 7 minutes and luckily, Loganair had a 30% off voucher code when booking flight tickets so the journey was a good deal cheaper than normal.   On arrival at Ryde, I made my way to Ryde Esplanade station to catch the Island Line train out to the IOW steam railway. Unfortunately due to a bridge strike, the trains were cancelled for at least an hour, however there was a replacement mini bus running.

I took the mini bus up to Ryde St Johns and visited the Bus Museum.   The bus museum was interesting to see with plenty of different types of bus and plenty of historical displays showing the history of Southern Vectis on the island and is less than 5 minutes walk from Ryde St Johns and is on some of the bus routes.

After I had visited the museum, I walked back to Ryde St Johns and by this time, they were getting ready to resume the train service, with 484001 arriving from the Shankin direction, 002 was stabled in platform 3, 004 and 005 were stabled in the yard and 003 was in the maintenance sheds.   001 was then reversed back out of platform 1, crossed over and entered platform 2 where the service was resumed heading towards Shanklin.   I got off at Smallbrook Junction and crossed over to the IOW Steam Railway.  Smallbrook Junction is a small halt that is only accessible by rail and as such is only open with the steam railway is open.   It only has basic facilities but that does include a waiting room,  so with around 30 minutes to wait on the steam train coming, I sat and read  my Kindle so the time passed quite fast!

41298 at Smallbrook Junction41298 at Smallbrook JunctionBritish Railways Black liveried Ivatt 2MT 41298 is seen running round it's train at Smallbrook Junction 13.10.22 All too soon, British Railways Black liveried Ivatt 2MT 41298 arrived with a rake of beautifully restored Southern 4 wheeler compartment stock.  The interior of the carriages was of an excellent quality with the period notices and adverts really adding to the experience as did the very comfy deep sprung seating in the compartment.    It is a lovely scenic journey through the Wight countryside up to Wooton with the train passing through Havenstreet non stop heading up the line.   After a 10 minute turn around at Wooton, the train returned eastwards to Havenstreet, the main hub of the railway. 

Having a bit more time to spend at Havenstreet this time (only had 10 -15 minutes last time), spent some time looking round the shop, the carriage workshops where there were a couple of 4 wheeler coaches in for restoration, then up to Train Story, where I spent an hour wandering round taking photos. Of particular interest to me were the old Ryde Pier trams and Island line liveried 483007, which I had a good look around!   I then went back outside to watch British Railways Green with wasp stripe ends liveried D2059 'Edward' shunting Southern liveried 'O2' class W24 'Calbourne' into a different siding in the yard.  I then went over to the cafe at the other side of the line to have some lunch. At this point the sun came out and despite it being October, it was actually really warm so I sat out in the sun while I waited on the train back to Havenstreet.  

484001 at Ryde Pier484001 at Ryde PierIsland line liveried 484001 is seen heading along the pier towards Ryde Esplanade with 2D41 15.45 service Ryde Pier Head - Shanklin 13.10.22 Once at Havenstreet, again having travelled back there onboard 41298, I boarded 484001 and headed up to Shanklin, then on the next working back to Ryde Esplanade.   I then walked along the Pier to photo 484001 heading back towards the Esplanade then walked round to the footbridge to photo 484002 arriving with the peak time working from Shanklin, then walking round to the tunnel mouth to catch 002 departing again.

I then decided to catch a bus to see a bit more of the island so I caught the service 3 bus out as far as Ventnor, which was definately worthwhile for the absolutely stunning views of the coastline south of Shanklin! Unfortunately due to timing, I had to get off one bus and catch another straight back but this time I got off at Brading and walked back to the station to photo it and to catch the cross over of the 2 units there.   I caught 001 out to the Pier Head for some final photos there before it closes for refurbishment, then back to Esplanade.   Finally in the darkness, I caught some photos of 002 at Esplande station from the footbridge as I made my way back for the 7pm hovercraft back to Southsea, then the Hoverbus back to Portsmouth Harbour for my return journey back to the hotel in Eastleigh!

 

 

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 483007 484001 484002 484003 484004 484005 Calbourne Class 483 Class 484 Hovercraft Island Line Isle of Wight Isle of Wight Steam Railway Rail Story Southern Vectis https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/isle-of-wight-revisited-13-10-22 Sun, 04 Dec 2022 23:43:27 GMT
Class 315s in London 12.10.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/class-315s-in-london-12-10-22 315837+315857 at Shenfield315837+315857 at ShenfieldWith final withdrawal only weeks away, London Overground liveried 315837+315857 approach Shenfield with 5W95 15.33 Shenfield Stabling Sidings - Shenfield ECS working 12.10.22 As part of my trip to the South Coast during the October Holidays, I decided to spend the day in London. Most of the trip was spent exploring the Underground, (more about this in a future blog post), however I also took the advantage of the opportunity to sample a ride on a class 315 for the first and probably the last time.

The class 315 is the newest of the PEP family, having been brought into service in 1980.   Being powered by the OHLE, the 315 is essentially a four car version of the much missed 1979 build class 314 which ran on the Argyle lines and laterly the Cathcart Circle, Newton and Neilston lines.   With a seating capacity of 309 (plus 7 tip up seats), the 315 is formed of 2 outer DMSO vehicles, containing the motors and drivers cabs, with a PTSO, containing the Pantograph and TSO (trailer) in the centre.   In their heyday, they could be formed up into 12 car formation, but now they are formed into 8 car formation from 2 sets.   Originally 61 sets were built, however now only 6 remain (315837, 315838, 315847, 315853, 315856 and 315857) with the rest having been scrapped.  

With the full opening of the Elizabeth Line having now happened and the 315s not being compatible with the signalling or platform doors, their days are numbered.   At the time of my visit they were combined to a couple of peak time diagrams between Shenfield and Liverpool Street. Since my visit their route has been further cut back to Gidea Park - Liverpool Street with only  2 morning and evening peak diagrams.  

Interestingly, it was announced today (1st December 2022) that 315856 has been purchased for preservation by the Class 315 Preservation Society and will be moving to the Llanelli and Mynydd Mawr Railway in Wales, where it will be restored to original livery, original interior spec and will be converted to be able to carry passengers on preserved lines with the unit being loco hauled.

Trip report

Following an unexpected delay at Stratford as the Central Line 92 stock train I was travelling on was delayed due to a signalling issue around 12.15 ish, I decided to get off and get some fresh air. I'm glad I did, as 315847+315856 passed through the next platform with 5C91 the ECS working from Aldersbrook up CHS to London Liverpool Street, which I luckily managed to get a photo of.

Later in the afternoon, I made my way up to Shenfield onboard an Elizabeth Line class 345 to catch the 15.38 class 315 hauled working to Liverpool Street.   As 315837+315857 arrived into the platform, I was struck by how clean and well cared for that both units were and also the fact they had modern LED head and tail lights as well as the electronic destination screen.   On stepping onboard the rear carriage of 315857 that opinion was confirmed as not only were they spotless inside but they also looked bright and modern, especially with the LED lighting, CCTV, passenger operated doors and Passenger Information System. Despite it retaining the low back seating, that was standard on the class 314, it did not give the impression of being a 42 year old unit with only weeks left before withdrawal and probable scrapping.  

The journey was smooth with both units showing great accelleration and performed well, keeping to time the whole way.  The sounds of the motors brought back memories of many journeys onboard the class 314s.   At Liverpool Street, after a few quick photos, I decided to get back on again for a ride on board back to Stratford.  

The ride back to Stratford was swift, with both sets managing to keep up with an Anglia liveried 745 that left Liverpool Street around the same time as us for most of the journey!   Unfortunately due to time constraints as my train back to Eastleigh was at 6pm and I'd still to find my way back to Waterloo via an extremely packed Central Line train and connection via an equally busy Waterloo and City line, I had to leave the train at Stratford.  

I was extremely impressed by the Class 315s and it will be sad to see them go, especially considering their excellent condition, compared to the Southern Class 313 and Merseyrail 507 & 508s which are clearly being run down with withdrawal and replacement in the next year / 2 years on the cards for them.   Having now travelled on all the PEP fleets, I'd definately say that the class 315 is the best of the lot! 

Fleet list of the remaining units

Number Livery Formation Status Photo
315837 TfL White with blue solebars and doors 64533+71317+71425+64534 In Service 315837+315857 at Shenfield315837+315857 at ShenfieldWith final withdrawal only weeks away, London Overground liveried 315837+315857 approach Shenfield with 5W95 15.33 Shenfield Stabling Sidings - Shenfield ECS working 12.10.22
315838 TfL White with blue solebars and doors 64535+71318+71426+64536 In Service  
315847 TfL White with blue solebars and doors 64553+71327+71435+64554 In Service 315847+315856 at Stratford315847+315856 at StratfordWith final withdrawal only weeks away, London Overground liveried 315847+315856 approach Stratford with 5C91 Aldersbrook Up CHS - London Liverpool Street ECS working 12.10.22
315853 TfL White with blue solebars and doors 64565+71333+71441+64566 In Service  
315856 TfL White with blue solebars and doors 64571+71336+71444+64572 In Service 315847+315856 at Stratford315847+315856 at StratfordWith final withdrawal only weeks away, London Overground liveried 315847+315856 approach Stratford with 5C91 Aldersbrook Up CHS - London Liverpool Street ECS working 12.10.22
315857 TfL White with blue solebars and doors 64573+71337+71445+64574 In Service 315837+315857 at London Liverpool Street315837+315857 at London Liverpool StreetWith final withdrawal only weeks away, London Overground liveried 315837+315857 are seen at Liverpool Street having arrived with 2W95 15.38 service from Shenfield 12.10.22

 

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(Scottish Trains Website) 315835 315837 315838 315847 315856 315857 Class 315 Elizabeth Line Gidea Park Liverpool Street Shenfield Stratford TfL https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/class-315s-in-london-12-10-22 Fri, 02 Dec 2022 00:44:59 GMT
Class 313 Days out 11.10 and 14.10.22 https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/class-313-days-out-11-10-and-14-10-22 313215 at Lewes313215 at LewesSouthern liveried 313215 pauses at Lewes with 2C32 12.41 Brighton - Seaford service as 700150 approaches with an ECS working to Brighton 11.10.22 The Class 313s are rumoured for withdrawal during 2023 so I decided that I had to make sure I sampled them and photoed as many as possible! As part of a week long trip to the South Coast, I enjoyed a couple of days travelling on some 313s

The Class 313 is part of the PEP family of units and were built in 1976 / 77 as  dual voltage stock.   The remaining examples in passenger service are now 3rd rail only and have had their pantograph removed.   19 sets (313201 - 313217, 313219-313220) of the once 64 strong fleet remain, with 17 of them being in passenger service with 313214 and 313217 having already been withdrawn from service.  

313221 remains in sporadic use as a dual voltage test train for Network Rail. The class 313s are now one of the oldest main line passenger trains left on the network with only the 1972 Bakerloo line stock and 1973 Piccadilly line stock on the London Underground older.      

The Class 313s currently operate on the following services:

  • Brighton - Portsmouth & Southsea / Portsmouth Harbour
  • Littlehampton - Portsmouth & Southsea / Portsmouth Harbour 
  • Bognor Regis - Barnham Shuttle
  • Bognor Regis - Littlehampton
  • Brighton - Hove Shuttle
  • Brighton - Seaford
  • Football specials in the Brighton area

Trip report

313201 at Bognor Regis313201 at Bognor RegisBR Blue/Grey liveried 313201 departs Bognor Regis with 2P75 11.36 service to Barnham 14.10.22 11th October

Arriving from Eastleigh by 377 on the 11th October, I photoed 313208, which was working on the Hove Shuttle.  I then went over to the far end of the station to catch 313204 out to Lewes.  

It was very clear from seeing 313204 that the class 313s are in their final months of service, with the exterior condition of the train being poor, with missing, worn out and peeling external vynals and the interior looking very tired and not the cleanest, however, despite this 313204 performed well on the 15 minute journey out to Lewes.  

Lewes was a lovely, well kept station, with a nice view at the east end looking towards the old signal box, which gave a nice shot in full sunshine.    I spent 90 minutes here and in that time managed to catch the other pair of 313s on the Seaford circuit, 313207 and 313215.   As well as the 313s, there was 377s, 387s, 700s, a stone working from Newhaven featuring 59001 and the RHTT top and tailed with 73107 and 73201.

I then headed back into Brighton onboard 313215.   After a walk down to Churchill Square for some bus photography, I headed back to the station, where I had time for some more photography while I waited on my train.   As well as 313208 shuttling between Brighton and Hove, 313216 had also arrived and was switched off in Platform 2, whilst in the sidings at Lover's Walk, 313203+313205 were coupled up and awaiting use later that night on a football shuttle service. Shortly before 4pm, 313209 arrived from Portsmouth and would form the 4pm train back to Portsmouth and Southsea, which I caught. As I waited for my train back to the hotel in Eastleigh, 313211 arrived from Littlehampton, then soon departed, heading back there.

313213 at Barnham313213 at BarnhamSouthern Coastway liveried 313213 arrives at Barnham with 2P73 10.36 Bognor Regis - Barnham service 14.10.22 13th October

After a day out at the Isle of Wight, I returned to Portsmouth and Southsea for the train back to Eastleigh to return to the hotel. As I had time to kill, I caught 313213, which was working on the 19.57 service to Littlehampton to Fratton, where I got off and caught my own train back to Eastleigh.

14th October

I caught a 377 from Eastleigh to Barnham, where I got off and waited for the shuttle to Bognor Regis.   313213 duly arrived from Bognor to operate the return journey, however before getting on the shuttle, I managed to catch a photo of 313212 arriving from Brighton, heading to Portsmouth and Southsea and 313201 'Big Blue'  heading to Littlehampton.  I then caught the shuttle to Bognor, where I had a wander about then caught 313201 to Littlehampton.  

Of all the 313s that I travelled on, 313201, complete with modified BR Blue/Grey retro livery was in by far the best interior and exterior condition of all the 313s that I travelled on, the rest being pretty much run down and tired looking, which is quite understandable given that they will all be withdrawn pretty soon.    

At Littlehampton, I caught a pair of 377s to Hove and changed over to 313202 on the Hove Shuttle into Brighton.   The sidings at Brighton were reasonably busy with no fewer than 3 x class 313s stabled there, 313211, 313207 and 313220.   Unfortunately, I was on a very tight schedule so I didn't have time to catch any of the Seaford workings so I caught the next working back out of Brighton, which was the 2pm service to Portsmouth Harbour with 313215 as the unit of choice and was my final PEP for this trip.

Over the course of this trip and my previous trip down that way in July, I managed to catch / photo 16 of the 20 remaining class in the twilight of their working lives, whether or not they are still in service on my next trip down that way is anyone's guess.

Current Fleet

Number Livery Formation Status Photo
313201 BR Blue / Grey 62529+71213+62593 In Service 313201 at Brighton313201 at BrightonBR Blue / Grey liveried 313201 'Big Blue' is seen arriving at Brighton with 1S25 14.33 service from Portsmouth and Southsea 25.7.22
313202 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62530+71214+62594 In Service 313202 at Brighton313202 at BrightonA rather shabby looking Southern Coastway liveried 313202 is seen awaiting it's next duty at Platform 8, Brighton 25.7.22
313203 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62531+71215+62595 In Service  
313204 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62532+71216+62596 In Service 313204 at Lewes313204 at LewesSouthern Coastway liveried 313204 pauses at Lewes with 2C32 13.11 Brighton - Seaford service 11.10.22
313205 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62533+71217+62597 In Service  
313206 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62534+71218+62598 In Service  
313207 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62535+71219+62599 In Service 313207 at Lewes313207 at LewesSouthern Coastway liveried 313207 apptoaches Lewes with 2C33 12.58 Newhaven Harbour - Brighton service 11.10.22
313208 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62536+71220+62600 In Service 313208 at Brighton313208 at BrightonSouthern 'Coastway' liveried 313208 awaits departure from Brighton with 2C26 11.41 service to Seaford 25.7.22
313209 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62537+71221+62601 In Service 313209 at Portsmouth & Southsea313209 at Portsmouth & Southsea313209 departs Portsmouth & Southsea with 1S31 17.33 service to Brighton 11.10.22
313210 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62538+71222+62602 In Service  
313211 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62539+71223+62603 In Service 313211 at Portsmouth & Southsea313211 at Portsmouth & Southsea313211 prepares to depart Portsmouth & Southsea with 2S25 service to Littlehampton 11.10.22
313212 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62540+71224+62604 In Service 313212 at Barnham313212 at BarnhamSouthern Coastway liveried 313212 pauses at Barnham with 1S16 10.00 Brighton - Portsmouth Harbour 14.10.22
313213 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62541+71225+62605 In Service 313213 at Fratton313213 at FrattonSouthern Coastway liveried 313213 is seen awaiting departure from Fratton with 2S29 19.57 service from Portsmouth and Southsea to Littlehampton 13.10.22
313214 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62542+71226+62606 Withdrawn 313214 at Portsmouth and Southsea313214 at Portsmouth and SouthseaSouthern Coastway liveried 313214 arrives at Portsmouth and Southsea with 2S28 16.55 service from Littlehampton 25.7.22
313215 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62543+71227+62607 In Service 313215 at Lewes313215 at LewesSouthern liveried 313215 departs Lewes with 2C32 12.41 Brighton - Seaford service 11.10.22
313216 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62544+71228+62608 In Service 313216 at Brighton313216 at BrightonSouthern 'Coastway' liveried 313216 is seen at Brighton awaiting it's next duty 25.7.22
313217 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62545+71229+62609 Withdrawn  
313219 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62547+71231+62611 In Service 313219 at Portsmouth and Southsea313219 at Portsmouth and SouthseaSouthern Coastway liveried 313219 in what is likely to be its final year in service approaches Portsmouth and Southsea with 2S30 17.55 service from Littlehampton 26.7.22
313220 Southern Dark Green, light green, white and grey 62548+71232+62612 In Service 313220 at Brighton313220 at Brighton313220 awaits it's next duties at Brighton 14.10.22
313221 Network Rail Yellow 62549+71233+62613 In Service  

 

 

   

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(Scottish Trains Website) 313201 313202 313203 313204 313205 313206 313207 313208 313209 313210 313211 313212 313213 313214 313215 313216 313217 313218 313219 313220 313221 Barnham Big Blue Bognor Regis Brighton Class 313 Littlehampton Portsmouth & Southsea Portsmouth Harbour Southern https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/12/class-313-days-out-11-10-and-14-10-22 Thu, 01 Dec 2022 00:18:56 GMT
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

https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/p86324693/e3fc6e4eb

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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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(Scottish Trains Website) balloon trams blackpool trams boat trams bolton 66 brush cars centenary car ex-towing railcoach frigate heritage tram tours hms blackpool jubilee heritage tram parade the western train trawler https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/6/blackpool-jubilee-heritage-tram-parade-2-6-22 Wed, 08 Jun 2022 19:56:35 GMT
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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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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(Scottish Trains Website) 303001 303003 303004 303006 303008 303009 303010 303011 303012 303013 303014 303016 303019 303020 303021 303023 303025 303027 303032 303033 303034 303037 303043 303045 303047 303056 303058 303065 303070 303077 303079 303080 303083 303085 303087 303088 303090 303091 314201 314202 314203 314204 314205 314206 314207 314208 314209 314210 314211 314212 314213 314214 314215 314216 Class 303 class 314 scotrail https://scottishtrains.zenfolio.com/blog/2022/2/303-and-314-journey-log-from-2000-2001 Sun, 06 Feb 2022 22:48:35 GMT
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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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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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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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