NOTES AND NEWS

WEST COUNTRY AREA

Avonmouth

01/10 66202 was reported on the overnight LPG tanks from Furzebrook.
02/10 A Bristol TM-Carlisle Pathfinder tours trip was re-routed away from the line after being advertised to call at Montpelier, Redland, Clifton Down, Sea Mills, Shirehampton and Avonmouth. It is thought there were a number of Health and Safety issues at these smaller stations regarding passenger loading and off-loading during the hours of darkness and train length 'off' some of the platforms.
Locos recorded on coal duty during the month included;-66045/188/217.
09003 still remains as the area local pilot.

Bristol Parkway

27/09 Correction, last months Magazine;- In the HST stock formation being moved by 47150, 42187 should read 41107.
04/10 Two freights were seen this evening starting with 66065 working the Tyne Yard "Boxes", with 66087 with MGR empties for Avonmouth.
05/10 66717 worked 5Z91 10.40 Shoeburyness-Newport formed of condemned EMU sets 3418, 3469, 3580.
07/10 Just a single working recorded this evening, 66035 with the Tytherington "Stone". A fatality at Westerleigh west junction involving an Avonmouth-Didcot loaded coal train around 19.30 caused some late running. Earlier 67018 had passed with two emus 1710 and 1835 for scrapping at Caerwent.
09/10 60054 was over at Westerleigh on fuel tank duty.
10/10 33103+33202 worked a 12.55 Cardiff-Old Oak Common ECS having worked a 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' trip from Cardiff-Carlisle (via Birmingham) the previous day. Steam featured over the Settle and Carlisle route as part of the journey.
11/10 66035 with a loaded mgr for Didcot was the sole sighting this evening.
12/10 66165 removed some of the 'stored' mail vans from the down sidings to Newport. 94469, 94223, 94440, 94214, 94332, 94119, 94168, 94534 and 94530 were destined for Tyne yard and 94196, 94147, 94176 and 94413 for Motherwell. All are to be assessed for Christmas mail use and are expected to be 'hired' to GBRf and Advensa who will be operating these services. A Christmas mail/rail contract is reported to have been signed for the next ten years. 6Z55 08.38 Dagenham dock-Moreton-on-Lugg ran behind 66618 returning as 6Z56 17.25 Moreton-on-Lugg-Dagenham loaded stone this being reported as a trial run.
14/10 Three workings recorded this evening, commencing with 60004 with the Tytherington "Stone", 66191 with MGR empties for Avonmouth BHT and another early run from the "Binliner" powered by 66527 again. 66075 was on a 5Z40 11.00 Ramsgate-Caerwent train formed of emus 3452, 3554, 3556 all in Connex livery for scrapping. Another scrap units train, but this time running 30 minutes early was 66711 on 5Z91 10.40 Shoeburyness-Newport formed with 1308, 1886 and 1887.
16/10 Severe disruption was caused to Virgin & Wessex services when 2C05 Wessex Trains 06.05 Gloucester-Plymouth struck and killed somebody at Charfield old station. Virgin Trains 1S42 06.15 Bristol Temple Meads- Glasgow 220004 service was stopped at Westerleigh Junction. It was held for around 25 minutes then reversed back to Bristol Parkway then via the Severn Tunnel, Chepstow to Gloucester. 1S49 221133 07.28 Bristol-Newcastle, & 1S51 221116 06.25 Plymouth-Edinburgh both these services were diverted via the Severn Tunnel. On the south Bound services 1V04 06.42 New St-Plymouth terminated at Gloucester and attached to 1V05 06.10 Derby-Plymouth due to the crew not having route knowledge. 1V21 06.15 Preston-Plymouth was the first train south, and the first service north was 1S57 221136 07.25 Plymouth-Newcastle when the line re-opened.
16/10 The 05.56 Gloucester-Plymouth Wessex Trains service was involved in a fataility at Yate. A number of services were delayed well into the morning.
17/10 Another non eventful evening with only three movements to discuss, firstly 47150 with two barrier vehicles in tow headed towards Bristol, 66196 worked empty mgrs to Avonmouth BHT and 66129 was seen with the MoD Liner.
17/10 47150 was seen passing at 13.15 with barrier vans and HST MkIII stock.
21/10 37419+60044 were noted light-engine passing Pilning heading towards Bristol during the afternoon. Another Class 60 noted was 60 075 on the Tytherington stone.
24/10 Some South Wales/North-East steel services were noted diverted during the day, also running via Badminton, Swindon and Oxford.
25/10 A better evening than of late with five freight workings comprising of three mgr services, two loaded trains from Avonmouth BHT to Didcot hauled by 66135 and 66129 respectively with 66096 on empties from Didcot to Avonmouth. The other services seen were 66072 with the Tyne Yard "Boxes" and 66196 on the MoD liner.
26/10 60084 was on the 6B13 Robeston fuel tanks at Westerleigh.
28/10 66096 with MGR from Portbury heading north was the only freight sighting this evening. Two unit scrap trains operated today;- 67026 with 3451, 3575 and 3570 on 5Z40 10.15 Ramsgate to Caerwent and 66714 with 1317, 1880 and 1891 on 5Z91 Shoeburyness to Newport docks.
29/10 66202+37419 ('dit') were on the overnight 6V10 22.45 Wembley-Newport ADJ 'enterprise' freight service.

Bristol Temple Meads and Barton Hill

01/10 Further to last months Magazine notes, the West of England mainline was closed from 13/09-24/09 between Castle Cary and Taunton for track renewal this seeing all First/GW services running via Temple Meads (often using the through roads) and a number of freights diverted. Also some normally First/GW Weston-super-Mare terminating services were extended to West Country destinations.
02/10 37047+37109 were paired on a Pathfinder's 'Settle & Carlisle' excursion (06.22 Temple Meads-Carlisle) using coaches; 5322, 5341, 5419, 1863, W21272, W3098, W3107, W3140, 1692, W3122, 3112, W6310. On the return, 37047 was removed at Warrington, 37109 bringing the train home via the Marches and the Severn Tunnel solo. Also noted at Temple Meads in the 'old' motorail bay/platform 2 area were both Wessex loco-hauled train sets; 31454 and 31128 with 5981, 5906, 9525, 5958, 5925 and 31452 with 31106 with 6122, 6117, 9506, 6173. Defective coach 9505 was also present. Other workings of interest during the day were;- 37692 running 10.26 Didcot-Barton Hill light-engine to collect 56090 (in Fertis grey livery, for overseas work) as 13.30 Barton Hill-Didcot, arriving there at 15.30 with a short rake of wagons also in the consist and 37 669 which worked 6C99 Newport ADJ-Plymouth Tavistock yard overnight (which included 6V70 china clay empties), the loco eventually ending up at St.Blazey depot. Also 66009 was on a Cardiff Tidal bound scrap metal services during the afternoon. An arrival during the evening was Royal 67005 on Hertfordshire Railtours 'English, Wales and Scottish' railtour (1Z95) formed with Pride of Nation stock, having run Victoria-Brockenhurst (New Forest) the previous day.
03/10 67005 continued on Hertfordshire's tour of Great Britain, running from Temple Meads to Penzance and return during the day the stock being noted stabled on the up through line late in the evening.
04/10 Around 07.00 there were delays in the Highbridge area due to a fallen tree on the line. 67005 was again on the Hertfordshire trip noted at Bristol West with the Pride of the Nation stock, ready to run to and from Fishguard Harbour.
05/10 Following a fourth night based in Bristol, 67005 left the area with the HRTs trip, working to Braidhurst loop for two Class 37s to take over, taking the train onwards to the Kyle of Lochalsh. Wick and Thurso were also to be visited before the trip returned to London on 09/10.
06/10 Steam loco 60009 Union of South Africa worked a Victoria-Bath/Bristol VSOE, the first time this loco had been used on this train in the local area. Also recorded were 31454 and 31128 top n'tailing the 11.00 Weymouth-Temple Meads and 14.28 return and over at Bath, two Class 67s were noted top n'tailing the Serco test train (which had been a Class 37 duty), also visiting Whatley, Merehead and Theale. At Bristol East, 66 527 passed at 16.04 with the area refuse containers and 60053 was on empty Hanson wagons for Machen. The yard here was noted cleared of stock, with 14 wagons remaining in an outside sidings, assumed for rail removal. The land is believed sold, but to who and for what use is unknown. A view of Barton Hill depot at 15.50 recorded the following;- 08516. 31106/452. 37675/896 (with water canon KFA wagon). Stored locos; 37077. (37377)/379/696. Coaching stock; W35461. A Class 158 unit was also visible inside one of the sheds. An evening working saw 47150 run from Old Oak Common-St.Phillips Marsh assumed on a stock move, having worked 5Z48 09.04 Laira-Eastleigh earlier in the day (via Westbury, run-round).
07/10 Southbound departmental service seen at 18.05 behind 60009. 47150 worked 5Z?? 09.58 St.Phillips Marsh-Landore formed with ex. works First/GW liviered 43079, 43156, 43063 and barrier van 6348. The formation was noted passing Lochleaze at 10.08. The Class 47 was later to return hauling two MML livered HST power cars from Landore to St.Phillips Marsh. Also noted during the late morning was 66222 on the 6B66 Westbury-Newport ADJ departmental service.
09/10 A Very Special Trains Chichester-Meldon railtour using two Fragonset Class 33 locos was cancelled, but a further Pastime Rail 'Edenex' from Birmingham International-Par was worked by 67012 with coaching stock; 5278, 4916, 4946, 3100, 3110, 1696, 3124, 3144, 1671, 3133, 3131, 21245.
11/10 66116 headed a southbound coal working seen at 16.35.
12/10 66045 eastbound with loaded MEA coals. The 6M37 Moorswater-Hope sidings cement empties, was reported in trouble at Liskeard behind 66 557. The train was reported as being assisted back to Lostwithiel by a First/GW Class 47/8 and terminated.
13/10 The 6M37 (running as 6Z37) 14.00 Lostwithiel-Hope sidings was noted passing Weston-super-Mare behind 66613+66557 just after 18.00. The assisting Class 66 had ran light-engine from Portbury earlier in the day to collect the train.
14/10 47815 worked a 5Z74 Laira-St.Phillips Marsh stock move leaving Plymouth at 14.30.
15/10 47150 departed Temple Meads at 16.38 on a 5Z43 11.18 Derby-Minehead HST power car move running 109 minutes late. The train had initially left Derby two hours down. Also a repaired 31601 carrying covered Mayor of Casterbridge nameplates, worked 0Z50 13.00 Tyseley-Westbury (having run light from Derby) to haul 50050 to Yeovil for overhaul at the County Steam centre. The working was booked via Day's curve around 15.00, but was running around 45 minutes early!
16/10 59205 worked the Westbury-Machen stone trip, the Class 59/2s are now reported as all in the Mendip Rail stone pool. A Pathfinder's 'Western Lizard' trip from Paddington-Fowey and Newquay, featuring D1015 Western Champion and green liviered 47815 via Bristol, was put back to 19/03/05, due to the Westerns engine repairs not being completed.
17/10 A 16.30 Barton Hill-Westbury (via Taunton) water canon run (possibly a test working) top n'tailed by 37896 + 37675 was noted passing Nailsea & Backwell at 17.05.
18/10 31601 was named Mayor of Casterbridge at a ceremony at platform 15 prior to working the 14.28 Wessex Trains service to Weymouth with 31 452 at the other end. A serious incident just short of Nailsea & Backwell station (alongside the common), saw the 2W63 20.06 Temple Meads-Weston-super-Mare local Wessex Trains service, formed with 143613 + 143621, stopped and evacuated due to a fire which gutted coach 55654 and smoke damaged 55679 (both from set 143613). Fire services took two hours to get the blaze under control, the flames reaching around 20 feet in height, but there were no serious injuries, three persons being treated for smoke inhalation of the 23 passengers and crew travelling on the service. The mainline was closed until 03.30 the following day, the units being dragged back to Bristol and store at St.Phillips Marsh depot for examination. The fire was thought to have started due to a mechanical fault.
19/10 143613 was taken to St Phillips Marsh for an investigation into the fire. The main frame of 55654 was badly buckled and it is beyond repair. The unit was taken by road to Crewe Works later in the week. 66055 was noted with empties for Royal Portbury Docks. GBRf 66711 ran 0V74 15.39 Willesden-St.Phillips Marsh light to work an HST stock move the following day.
20/10 66711 handled an 0F86 08.56 St.Phillips Marsh-Landore move with HST power cars 43071+43091. The formation left over two hours late passing Pilning at 11.45! The loco was noted returning two MML liveried power cars passing Newport at 15.55. At Barton Hill depot, Valley Lines/Arriva 150279 was noted undergoing repair whilst fire damaged 143613 along with 143621 were visible stabled near the wheel-lathe at St.Phillips Marsh depot.
20/10 66711 hauled 43071/091 from St Phillips Marsh to Landore. It returned with 43162.
21/10 A Serco test-train, believed in place of the normal HST set was seen in Temple Meads during the evening formed of departmental coaches, top n'tailed by Class 67 locos.
22/10 All Class 143s stopped this day for safety checks following the fire on one of the units at Nailsea & Backwell. Some commuter services were cancelled. Many wondered why this action was taken four days after the event! Also on this day 66197 headed empty MEA coal trucks to Royal Portbury Docks.
23/10 A Very Special Trains trip from Chichester-Shrewsbury was cancelled. A surprise and a popular choice as a starter for Pastime Rail's 'Cambrian Coast Express' (06.25 Bristol TM-Aberystwyth) was Mainline-blue 37203 with coaching stock; 4916, 4946, 1813, 5008, 4949, 4915, 35469 (OO91). The Class 37 gave way to steam 7802 Bradley Manor at Shrewsbury. A similar trip planned for the following day from Cardiff had to be cancelled due to engineering works on the proposed train's route. Noted stabled in the fish dock/platform two area were; 31 454 and 31128 and 31452 with 31601 on their respective top n'tail Wessex Trains coaching stock formations.
24/10 59205 passed through the area on a 6W22 Bath-Westbury departmental working (via Taunton) during the morning and 37 203 returned the previous day's railtour stock as 5Z37 10.26 Temple Meads-Old Oak Common, however not leaving until after 12.45 due to no one being available to carry out a brake test on the coaching stock. The train was seen passing Parkway at 13.05.
25/10 Departmental service seen at 18.10, southbound with 60087 up front. 66074 was on the Westbury-St.Phillips Marsh fuel tanks and 31452 and 31601 top n'tailed the day's Weymouth diagram. During the evening there were serious delays in the Bridgwater area due to a signalling problem. A Virgin XC Edinburgh-Plymouth (stopped for an hour) along with a second Virgin service and a Wessex working (which was held at Temple Meads) were all substantially delayed.
26/10 66135 recorded light engine, southbound, at 15.15. 31454 with 31128 were noted top n'tailing the 11.00 Weymouth-Bristol TM service and 59205 worked the Machen-Westbury loaded stone seen near Bath at 13.33.
27/10 Filming one-car 'bubble' DMU 960011 ran 2Z02 12.32 Penzance-Barton Hill.
28/10 The 6M06 Portbury-Rugby loaded coal MEAs were noted standing on the up through line behind66229 at 14.30. Later the 19.50 Bristol TM-Exeter service was formed with 143617+143619+143620. There were serious delays an cancellations due to adverse weather conditions on the South Coast particularly at Dawlish where two services were held due to rough seas and at Penzance where the station area was flooded. At the latter location, St.Ives branchline trains were suspended during the day.
29/10 31601 and 31452 top n'tailed the 1O98 12.52 (FO) Bristol-Brighton Wessex Trains service and 1V96 16.57 return. Over at St.Phillips Marsh depot, a stabled HST set suffered a serious graffiti attack with an estimated overnight clean up of around 20,000. The train was cleaned up, with only one of the three coaches not being available for traffic on Monday morning. 60096 eastbound with loaded HYAs - coal
30/10 The Wessex Train's Class 31 Weymouth loco-hauled diagram was given a further week of operation.
31/10 66180 worked an extra 6Z55 Burngullow-Irvine train of slurry tanks. Earlier, 37109 had worked the return ECS from the previous day's railtour as 09.30 Temple Meads-Old Oak Common, routed via Badminton, but not passing Parkway until 11.48.

Castle Cary

16/10 An interesting two hours from 10.00-12.00 here recorded the following of intereset;- 31454 top n' tailed 31128. 2O86 08.58 Bristol TM-Weymouth local service (10.21-10.23). 60004. 6W21 10.00 Westbury-Ponsondane 'autoballaster' (10.29). DEMU 1001 1Z86 06.07 Hastings-Bishop's Lydeard (10.55). 66217 top n' tailed 66228. 7W20 11.00 Westbury-Roskear departmental (11.22). 31601+50050. 0Z50 11.15 Westbury-Yeovil junction (11.26-11.39).
Notes;- The DEMU was recorded as formed; 60116, 60529, 70262, 69337, 60501, 60118, 60000, and returned as 1Z87 17.25 Bishop's Lydeard-Hastings. The Class 50 was en-route to the County Steam centre for preservation, having been moved from Tyseley-Westbury the previous day (also see Bristol Notes & News).

Gloucestershire

09/10 Steam 73096 worked a Daylight tours 'Gloucester Javelin' tour (06.20 Alton-Newport) via Swindon, Kemble and Gloucester.
28/10 57601 worked 5Z57 08.08 Swindon-Castleton formed of a Class 207 'thumper' unit for preservation on the East Lancs Railway. 207202+207203 had been hauled by the Class 57 from Redhill-Swindon the previous day arriving here during the late afternoon.

At Wickwar, in Station Road, a five-bedroom house has been put up for sale at 450,000. Also included is a replica Midland designed full size replica signal box over looking the north-end of the tunnel, built towards the end of the 1990s.

Portbury Branchline

07/10 66134 was seen passing Lochleaze at 09.18 with 6V23 07.02 Washwood Heath-Portbury empty MEAs, to form 6M06 12.48 Portbury-Rugby loaded coal.
12/10 Load-Haul 60 007 passed through Temple Meads at 13.23 with 6F27 11.54 East Usk-Portbury coal empties formed with HAA wagons.
13/10 66613 ran light-engine from Portbury to assist the failed Moorswater cement at Lostwithiel (also see Bristol Notes & News).
14/10 66032 worked the 6M06 12.48 departure for Rugby Cement works noted at Ashton at 12.55 and later66007 passed here at 13.38 with the 6F27 11.54 East Usk-Portbury coal empties.
17/10 Freightliner were using 'hired' blue car carrier wagons seen stabled in the dock on this date.
18/10 60003 was on 6V31 09.00 Washwood Heath-Portbury coal empties, noted passing Pill at 13.15, to form 7L63 13.47 Portbury-Foxton loaded coal. The train however did not leave until after 16.30, this duty being normally dealt with at Bennett's yard, Avonmouth.
20/10 66057 passed Ashton at 13.03 on 6F27 East Usk-Portbury (for Aberthaw) coal empties.
26/10 60042 was reported passing Stonehouse at 10.35 on empty MEAs destined for Portbury.
28/10 66229 was on the 6M06 Rugby loaded coal MEAs.

SOUTH WALES AREA

Cardiff Central

02/10 43062/013 powered the Network Rail measurement train from Swansea.
09/10 33103/202 hauled 1Z71 04:00 Pathfinder tour to Carlisle (steam loco 71000 working Crewe-Carlisle) and 1Z72 14:51 return. 67016 operated 1Z67 07:15 Swansea-Manchester and 67022 1Z69 09:15 Cardiff-Manchester in connection with an England v Wales football international. MML 170116 did the 10:50 to Worcester.
13/10 67024 hauled 1Z67 13:33 from Crewe via Chester in connection with a Wales v Poland football match. It was formed of 9503, 5905, 5773, 6111/42/80 with 67007 d.o.r. It returned as 1Z68 22:35 to Crewe hauled by 67007 with 67024 d.o.r.

Former ASW Steelworks

03/10 08900. 10/10 09203. 17/10 09001. 31/10 09203.

Cardiff Canton (viewed from the footbridge)

10/10 08955/994. 37412/413/509. 47761. Water Canon 37419/698. Charter 33103/202. Passing 60013.
24/10 08955/994. 37248/412/413/415/428/509/684/704. 47761/772.
31/10 08651/792/955/994. 09008. 37248/412/413/415/425/428/509/704. 47761/772. 56062/100.

Margam

26/10 60079/085 top and tailed the 6B48 Margam - Trostre.

Newport

01/10 Noted today were 09015. 31106/452. 37669. 60021. 66052/054/062/065/124/132/249.
03/10 M/V Jumbo Vision arrived at Newport Docks carrying 66951 for Freightliner, which was unloaded during the afternoon.
04/10 66951 could be seen on the quayside, the ship having sailed.
05/10 66717 worked a 5Z91 Shoeburyness-Newport Docks scrap move.
07/10 67018 hauled Connex EMUs 1710+1835 to Caerwent.
08/10 Locos noted were 31106/452. 60017. 66019/046/054/249.
09/10 Steam loco 73096 worked 1Z96 06:20 from Alton and 1Z97 15:47 return, hauling a rake of green Mk1s.
12/10 20314/306 worked a Newport-Crewe route learning trip. 66618 was noted on 6Z55 Dagenham Dock - Moreton on Lugg empty spoil wagons. The loco carried a "Bristol Herons in Tour" headboard.
14/10 66711 worked 5Z91 10:40 Shoeburyness-Newport Docks with SWT VEPs 1308, 1886/87 for scrapping. 66075 hauled Connex EMU'S 3452, 3556/54 as 5Z40 Ramsgate-Caerwent.
15/10 Noted were 31106/452. 60016/022/030/035/068. 66013/116/164/165/176/532. 960011.
21/10 66951 made the move to Toton by a rather circuitous route. It left Newport in the consist of 6M75 ADJ - Warrington, then 6E37 to Doncaster and finally being dropped off at Toton in the 6Z87 Doncaster - Corby.
22/10 31452/601. 60030/069. 66007/072/153/187/202/237/238.
24/10 At 18:30 Godfrey Road held 60043/087/099. 66007/131/153.
28/10 67026 worked 5Z40 Ramsgate-Caerwent with EMUs 3451, 3575/70. 66714 worked 5Z91 Shoeburyness-Newport Docks with EMUs 1891/80, 1317.
29/10 At 23.10 the follwing were noted 31452/601. 60028/067/084. 66032/131. 67026.
31/10 At 19.20 the following were noted 60004. 66028/031/032/068/072/105/128/131/166/169/202/214. 67026.

LOCO AND UNIT NEWS
CLASS 31

07/10 31452/106 hauled/pushed 1V96 16:57 Brighton-Cardiff.
11-12/10 31106/452 were in use on these days.

18/10 31601 was named "Mayor of Casterbridge" at Temple Meads and then worked the 14:28 to Weymouth with 31452. 31106 was also in use.
20/10 31452/601 were in use today.
22/10 31452/601 were in use today.
29/10 31454/128 were on the Weymouth line and 31601/452 worked 1V96.
30/10 31601/452 were on the Weymouths.

CLASS 37
02/10 37109/047 worked 1Z37 06:22 Bristol TM-Carlisle Pathfinder tour. The locos returned as 1Z38 14:51 from Carlisle, but 37047 was removed at Warrington after the engine repeatedly shut down.
04/10 37422 hauled 2V07 06:59 Rhymney-Radyr, 37402 2F05 07:19 Rhymney-Cardiff and 37425 2F06 07:40 Rhymney-Cardiff.
06/10 37425 operated 2R38 16:50 Cardiff-Rhymney, 37402 2R42 17:11 Cardiff-Rhymney and 37417 2R46 17:48 Cardiff-Rhymney.
07/10 37425 did 2R38, 37422 2R42 and 37417 2R46.
08/10 37425 hauled 2R38, 37402 2R46 but 37422 and its stock was diverted to work 1W93 17:14 Cardiff-Manchester.
09/10 37417/425 worked Saturday services on the Rhymney line whilst 37422 did 1W26 08:05 Cardiff-Manchester and 1V90 18:33 return in conjunction with an England v Wales football match.
10/10 37419 and 37698 were noted at Barry on a water canon train.
12/10 37422 did 2V07 & 2R42, 37425 2F05 & 2R46, 37417 2F06 & 2R38.
14/10 37425 worked 2V07, 37417 2F05 and 37422 2F06.
15/10 37402 was on 2V07, 37422 2F05 and 37417 2F06.
16/10 37402/417/422 worked most of the Saturday services on the Rhymney line. 37419/425 were stabled on Canton.
17/10 37684 and 37698 were noted at Barry on a water canon train.
19/10 37425 operated 2V07 & 2R42, 37402 2F05 & 2R38, 37417 2F06 & 2R46. DRS 37607 was noted at Bristol Parkway on route learning duties.
20/10 37174 was delivered by 37692 to Barton Hill depot. 37402 did 2V07, 37417 2F05 and 37425 2F06.
21/10 37402 hauled 2V07 & 2R38, 37425 2F05 & 2R42, 37417 2F06, 37422 2R46.
23/10 37203 worked 1Z33 06:25 Bristol-Aberystwyth as far as Shrewsbury, where steam loco 7802 took over. The diesel returned as 1Z37 20:00 from Shrewsbury.
27/10 37417 operated 2R38, 37402 2R42 and 37425 2R46. 37692 and 37698 were noted on the VOG line on a water canon train.
29/10 37417 was on 2R38, 37402 2R42 and 37422 2R46. 37425 and 37684 were on Canton on the water canon train.
30/10 37402/417/422 worked the Rhymney Saturday services.

CLASS 47/57

07/10 47150 with a barrier coach hauled 2 MML HST power cars from Landore to Phillips Marsh.

LOCAL DRS WORKINGS

6V74/6M67 Crewe-Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks.
04/10 20307/311.

LOCAL FREIGHTLINER WORKINGS

4V50/4O51 Millbrook-Wentloog and return containers.
11/10 66577. 18/10 66572.
4V60/4M60 Calvert-Avon area empty and return loaded refuse containers.
01/10 66527. 04/10 66527. 13/10 66527. 18/10 66525. 20/10 66525. 21/10 66553. 26/10 66525.
6V14/6X42 Mossend/Coatbridge-Portbury empty and return loaded cars.
04/10 66553. 06/10 66553. 08/10 47150+66553. 11/10 66613. 13/10 66525.

LOCAL EWS WORKINGS

6M33 Avonmouth-Wembley.
01/10 66158. 04/10 67018+67019. 06/10 67019. 13/10 66138. 14/10 67018. 20/10 67012. 27/10 67003.
6M27 ADJ-Wembley.
01/10 66037. 04/10 66246. 05/10 66225. 06/10 66135. 07/10 66182.
11/10 66054. 12/10 66050. 13/10 66050. 14/10 66116. 19/10 66238.
20/10 66180.

Stock Alterations

Locomotives

Transfers
08824(TE)-TO, 09020(ML)-TE, 43013/014/062/154(DY)-EC, 90014/015(WN)-NC.
Fertis: 56038/059/060/069/087/117/118. 58004/015.
Seco: 58007.

Stored
08482/577/888/897. 86209/215/227/230/238/242. 87028.
AN: 08897. BH: 20066. BS: 08577. DR: 09107. IM: 08888. NC: 87027. OC: 08482. SE: 73235. TD: 58034. TO: 08540. WE: 56090. WN: 86209/215/227/230/238/242. 87006/013/014/022/024/028/032. ZC: 43086/087/159/196. West Somerset Rly: 43093/123/155.
MoD Bicester: 43068/084/092/094/097/098/122/153/158/198.

Sold
First Rail: 43068/084/092/093/094/097/098/122/123/153/155/198.

Traffic
08689-ML, 08784-TO, 08886-ML, 09007-TE, 09106-TO, 37174/216/308/372/419/503/517,
37668/675/676/682/684/692/706/707/710/717/798/890/896-TO, 57313-WN,
60014/026/043/089-IM, 90008-NC, 90017/020/021-CE.

Withdrawn
86611/631.

Disposals:
Booth: 31442. 56130.
TJ Thompson: 31155.
HNRC: 37072. 47283/361 @Kingsbury, 47711 @TO, 47844. 86611/631 @ZC.
Keith & Dufftown: 73119.

Renumbered
47371 - 57313

Diesel Multiple Units

Transfers
158757/758(HT)-NL, 772/773(NL)-HT, 791(NH)-TS.
170104/105(DY)-TS.

Stored
143613 @ ZC.

Disposals
Cambrian Rly Trust: 51187. East Lancs: 51192 + 54352.

Formations
150004 52104 + 57216 + 57104
150008 52108 + 52216 + 57108
Disbanded: 150.104/108/216
158780/784/785/786/790/792/793/794/795/796/797 - reformed
158951/952/953/954/955/956/957/958 - disbanded

Renumbered
170725 - 171.725

New Stock
170472/474/475/476 -HA
171802/803 -SU
222001/023-HQ. (In Traffic @CZ: 015)

Electric Multiple Units

Transfers
321334/335/336/337/338(IL)-BY.

Stored
1317. 1886/87. Newhaven: 1905/08.

Withdrawn
312705/707/711/784. 1305/06/08/10/14/21. 1539/78. 1710. 1806/35/72/78/80/91. 2312/13/16/17. 3404/14/18/52/69. 3515/49/54/56/78/80.

Disposals
IMRFT: 1539/78. 2312/13/16/17. 3515/49.
JT Land: 1305/06. 1710. 1806/35/72/78. 3452. 3554/56. 312707.
Sims(NPT): 1308. 1880/91. 3404/14/18/69/63/78/80. 312705/711/784.
Sims(Beeston): 1310/14/21.
Booth: Car 72717.
EMR(Snailwell): Cars: 72502/642

New Stock
350105/106 -HQ.
375816/817/818/819 -RE.
376012/013/014/015 -HQ
377149/151/206/207/210/211/212/418/426/427/429/430/431 -BI.
390053 -MA.
444033 -NT.
450004/040/059/082/084/090 -NT

Coaching & NPCC Stock

Transfers
11060/086. 12011/050/075/078/087/10/102/104/121/122/131/138/145/149/150/
12156/164/165 -WB, 40801/802/803/806/808. 41109/119/149/168/181/182/183
41186/188.42162/166/170/174/195/217/218/222/223/224/254/258/262/266/315/
42316/317/334. 44000/079/090/097/101 -LA, 82126/127 -WB.

Stored
EN: 94118/191/202/212/215/218/227. 94306/309/325/341. 94494/546. KI: 1210. 5775. 5822. 6055/62. 6116. LT: 10207/224/254/256/259. 11007/075/100. 12009/052/070/091/107/108/124/129/135/146/159. 17173. 82113/147. ML: 94123/133. NL: 44062. OM: 94107/112/207. 94422.
PC: 11065/066. 12060. ZB: 82139. ZD: 11037/070/101. 12023/024/026/031/079/103/120. 41081/095/096/108/161/184/185/189. 42084/085/086/087/115/178/187/237/306/307/308/309/326,
42330/336/338. 44042/060/069/075.MoD Bicester: 41148/169/318/319/320/321. West Somerset Rly: 40422. 41114./162. 42095/231/42232/233. 44074. Crewe Holding Sdgs: 4849/54/66/80. 35513/516. 92175. Crewe South: 94224. Newport: 94332. 94548. Stoke Gifford: 92261. Wembley: 94435. Willesden Brent: 80334. 94199. 94492. Moss End: 94175. 94403/431/453/459/539/544. Tees Yd: 94119/168/214/223. 94432/440/463/469/530/534. Tyne Yd: 94416/448/495/500/504/509511/514/
94515/516/519/520/522/525/526/527/531/536/538.

Sold
First Rail: - 40401/422/423/437. 41045/059/086/114/160/162/163/166. 44068/074/076/081/100. 42092/093/094/095/105/108/175/176/177/231
42232/233/302/303/304/305/353.

Traffic
11314/414 -BN*(See renumbered).

Withdrawn
5307/45/64/73/78/81. 5447. 5732. 9417. 80336/338. 92234/238. 95230/366.

Disposals
Raxstar: 80336/338. 95366 @Bristol East Depot
HNRC: 92234/238. 95230 @Toton
Wensleydale Rly: 5307/45/64/73/78/81. 5447. 5732. 9417.

Renumbered
11207 - 11314, 11246- 11414.

Pool Codes
EANL Transpennine Express Class 158 NL
FGXP First Rail Stored HST Power Cars
FGXT First Rail Stored HST Coaching Stock

PLANT

The old parcels bay at Temple Meads has now become a regular stabling point for plant.
01&18&22/04 77327
01&02&15&18&19&20&29/10 73909 Saturn
22/10 7392429/10 80203

05/10 Weston-super-Mare ; 77327.
16/10 Castle Cary ; DR79200A+DR79200C+DR79200B. passing in train;- 78215.
20/10 St.Phillips Marsh(view); HST coach; 41179. Barrier vans; 6338/340. Small plant; 74058.
30/10 98202A + B Old Steam Depot, Taunton.

Preservation and Industrial Matters

Westonzoyland Pumping Station, Bridgwater (M.Lear & R.Morris) 30/10/04
Preserved Diesel Locos: 2ft gauge; 87030 "WZLET 024" - MR 40S310/68, L 34758/49.
Notes; Both Locos are locked in the pump house when the station is closed. This was a special opening as the station usually only opens on Sundays.

Oldown Country Park, Foxhole's Lane, Tockingham, near Thornbury (03/10/04) R.W.Giles
2ft-gauge; Rusty MR392572/37 (green). (DH885) Bg 3753/80 (yellow). (ex. MoD Dean Hill via Alan Keef).
Notes;- After 25 years the farm closed on 30/10/04. The 7.25 steam railway, opened as recently as 2002 has to move as it is on the park's land, even though for the 2003 season, a standard gauge GWR signal box and a scaled down replica of the River Severn rail bridge (closed and demolished in 1961) have been built. The railway has at least two working steam locos in it's four loco (?) line up, one being hand built. The owner, J.Nemeth is understood to have another narrow-gauge railway set up at another farm park, Cattle World, near Berkeley Road, just off the A38.
Hanson's Aggregates, Grovesend quarry, Tytherington.
Gate 'guardian';- S9387/48 in Hanson blue colours.

West Somerset Railway R.W.Giles
The preserved line saw further stone workings during the month, this time stone was moved from the Mendips to an off-loading point, track-side between Crowcombe and Stogumber in Leigh Woods, for local road repairs. The three trains operated as 7C27 05.02 Westbury-(Leigh Woods)-Williton and 7C28 11.00 Williton-Westbury empties and were formed of nine MBA wagons. Locos used; 66027 (08/10), 59 104 (11/10),66036 (15/10). Previous EWS freight contracts to move rocks and boulders over the line were from March 1997-June 1998 and during March 2000 at Minehead (100,000 tonnes) and Doniford respectively for sea defence work. On 15/10, the stored HST set present at Minehead station was recorded as, 43123 (with engine running), 41114, 41162, 40422, 42095, 42231, 42232, 42233, 44074, 43155.

Correction;- Last Months Magazine, DRCS Caerwent report (19/09/04);- the following should read as follows;- ......'used by the army for TRAINING AND 'mock' battles in and around the numerous surviving DERELICT buildings...... .

Road Movements

14/10 Sprinter coaches 52746 and 57234 were noted passing Junction 21 at 16.35 on the M5 on separate road low-loaders en-route to Glasgow Works.

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