NOTES AND NEWS
WEST COUNTRY AREA
Locos recorded on coal duty for the final five weeks of the year included;- 66009/053/065/110/120/161/179/202/203/212/229/244/246. 09003 remains the area shunting pilot.
02/12 Just a single freight working this evening, 66235 with MGR empties for
03/12 60023 was over at Westerleigh on fuel tank duty, whilst 66608 passed through during the early afternoon on 6Z55 Dagenham docks-Moreton-on-Lugg stone empties.
04/12 A Pathfinder tour's trip from London-Chester booked for two EWS Class 37's (or possibly D1015 Western Champion, which in the end was still not ready for service!) was cancelled due to the ongoing RMT union groundstaff strikes. This was the first of two week-end closures for the Westerleigh-Gloucester mainline with all services diverted via Newport (reverse), Chepstow and Gloucester to/from the Midlands.
06/12 Marginally better, two MGR workings recorded, 66179 with a loaded service for Didcot and 66153 empties for Avonmouth.
07/12 57010 was reported on the 4O51 10.08 (Q) Wentloog-Millbrook containers, this train also running on the 04/12 with unidentified hauling power. The first Freightliner Heavy-Haul worked South Wales scrap stock train ran with 47843 as 5Z43 12.43 Stewarts Lane-Caerwent formed with former Connex emu sets 1714 + 1834 + 1837. The train did not leave however until 14.00 and was seen passing Swindon around 16.00. Although mail train paths still remain in place at the Royal Mail railnet depot two workings were reported as runners from 07/12-20/12 as Xmas 'extras'. Using two coaching 'sets' the trains were to be 1E20 10.44 Parkway RMT-Low Fell and 1V31 07.27 return (14.33), but no workings were actually recorded!
10/12 66607 was on the Moreton-on-Lugg stone now reported to be a FO operation.
13/12 Three sightings this evening, 66246 MGR empties for Avonmouth, 66157 with loaded MEAs from Portbury and the NR Gauging Train top 'n' tailed with 31233/285.
15/12 Load-Haul 60059 was over at Westerleigh on the 6E70 oil empties to Port Clarence, departing at 14.45. A train-load 'petroleum' liveried Class 60 was reported here during the following day.
19/12 50049 and 50031 top n'tailed 5Z58 13.03 Cardiff-Old Oak Common ecs, passing Pilning at 13.36 having worked dinning specials from Bristol and Cardiff during the previous day.
20/12 A second FLHH worked unit scrap train, this time with 47812 as 5Z45 12.37 Stewarts Lane-Caerwent passed Patchway at 16.45 formed with 1845 + 1846 + 1741. Three again tonight, 66042 with loaded mgr from Avonmouth, 66202 in the reverse direction with empties and 66214 working the MoD liner.
23/12 Another EMU scrap train ran behind 67027 as 5Z40 Ramsgate-Caerwent with sets 3422, 3566, 3571 during the early afternoon. Three MGRs seen this evening, 66238 with a loaded service from Avonmouth, 66244 in the reverse direction with empties and 66203 with a loaded train from south Wales.
26/12 66164 was noted passing Filton Abbey Wood on MKA wagons at 11.25.
27/12 The Filton Abbey Wood-Parkway curve was closed from today until 31/12 for engineering works. All diversions were via Newport and the Chepstow mainline to Gloucester.
28/12 60023 top n'tailed an 'autoballaster' with 60013 through Pilning to south Wales at 13.14, believed to have been earlier used on the Filton curve blockade.
The Severn Tunnel has been in the news with an Evening Post article stating that dangerous freight loads are now allowed passage through at the same time as passenger trains since August. The 4.5 mile long tunnel is reported to see 6-12 dangerous goods trains a day along with around 100 passenger movements. Network Rail stated the lifting of the ban now brings the tunnel inline with others throughout Britain. The Severn Tunnel emergency group, South Gloucestershire Council, the Regional emergency services and BT Police all have plans in place passed by the Health & Safety executive in case of a serious incident. The Tunnel is also reported to be closing for a three-week period during March/April for repair work with all services running via Gloucester.
Bristol Temple Meads and Barton Hill
01/12 FLHH 47197 ran from Crewe-St.Phillips Marsh light-engine (via Hereford
and the Marches) to work 5Z47 11.05 St.Phillips Marsh-Banbury formed of two
barrier vans for a Kineton-Laira stock move the following day.
02/12 37675 + 37896 top n'tailed 6Z37 08.45 Barton Hill-Par water-cannon. 47197 was reported in trouble on the 5Z44 09.34 Kineton-Laira move requiring assistance by 66 518 onwards from Westbury. The train was running very late when seen passing Totnes around 16.00, 66518 being return north on the rear of the 6M37 Moorswater-Hope sidings cement empties later during the evening.
03/12 Plenty of interesting activity today for a Friday! Steam 3440 City of Truro worked a return 1Z29 10.47 Plymouth-Bristol TM, with c/stock 35470, 99361, 99353, 5177, 17018, with green-liviered 37 261 following behind light-engine. The 37 then piloted the steam loco as 15.24 Bristol TM-Tyseley ECS via Parkway and Charfield, the train originally being routed via Bath and Oxford after a return passenger working for the following day via the same route was cancelled. The train was returning from the Cornish double-track reopening special, taking water on at Exeter and Taunton on the way north. Correcting last month's Magazine, on 26/11, City of Truro arrived at 20.30 in Bristol TM with a passenger working from Birmingham and not just with support coach as stated. Other workings of interest were;- 67002 with Pastime Rail's 'Dunster by Candlelight' (1Z32 11.42 Weston-super-Mare-Minehead via Bristol, Bath and Westbury, the inward ECS having arrived as 5Z32 06.22 Old Oak Common-Weston-super-Mare, via a run-round at Taunton). The return was however of great interest with the Class 67 low on fuel, 37896 ran light from Barton Hill depot to pilot the train, this loco having been one of the water cannon Class 37s. The train departed Taunton at 21.40 returning via Weston first, the coaching stock formation being an all maroon rake formed of 35469, 5008, 4996, 3100, 3110, 1671, 3132, 3131, 80041, 3144, 3133, 21245. Also 31 601 and 31452 top n'tailed the Wessex trains 1O98 (FO) 12.52 Bristol TM-Brighton and 1V96 16.57 return, 47197 ran Newton Abbot (Hackney yard)-St.Phillips Marsh light for 5Z43 11.44 St.Phillips Marsh-Landore formed with 47 811 and power cars 43161 and 43195 (not actually leaving until after 15.00!), 66068 was on the 7B66 Westbury-Newport ADJ departmental and 60096 worked 6C79 Parc Slip-Westbury loaded coals, the latter two via Day's curve.
04/12 A First/GW Bristol TM-Minehead outing also for 'Dunster by Candlelight' using an HST set was cancelled following a mix-up with releasing tickets for sale, non were available when the train was booked to run, non having being sold!!
05/12 The Berks & Hants was closed between Castle Cary and Taunton, a minor road bridge was noted being rebuilt west of Langport on the day. A very large road-crane was noted working on site and was later seen well and truly stuck on one of the narrow minor roads in the area within a mile of the site!
06/12 47843 ran 0Z47 12.21 Crewe-Kingsland road light-engine and a Class 60 and 66 combination was seen on the 7B66 Westbury-Newport ADJ departmental but both locos were unidentified. At 09.00 both 66520 and 66602 were present stabled in Kingsland road sidings.
07/12 31233 and 31285 were present on the structural gauging train in Kingsland road during the day eventually working on to Plymouth by 09/12. 66207 noted with a southbound coal train at 18.35.
09/12 37675 and 37896 top n'tailed the Barton Hill water cannon as 6Z37 08.45 to Truro. Later due to an emergency enginneering blockade at Fairwood junction (near Westbury) a number of diversions were noted including 59104 on the 09.15 Theale-Merehead stone empties (Worle 12.45), the train being taken forward by 60071 from Taunton Fairwater to complete the journey and save a run-round. Later, 31105 and 31190 passed Worle at 22.19 on 4Z08 St.Phillips Marsh-Penzance Serco ultrasonic test train and 66 617 had passed here earlier on the 6M37 Moorswater-Hope sidings cement empties.
10/12 Complete with a Wessex Trains headboard, 31601 and 31452 top n'tailed the final 1O98 (FO) Brighton service and 1V96 16.57 return, the train departing Bristol 8 minutes late. Southbound stone train seen at 14.50, motive power being 60075.
11/12 67 002 was on Pastime Rail's 'Merchant Venturer' (1Z27 07.25 Taunton-Paddington) via Weston-super-Mare the train leaving here 31 minutes late at 08.35 due to a coaching stock problem near Cogload junction. Steam 6024 took over for the run to London with water stops at Swindon West loop and Challow. The Class 31s were inaction possibly for the last time (?) working 08.58 Bristol TM-Weymouth, 11.56 Weymouth-Bristol TM, 14.28 Bristol TM-Weymouth and 17.22 return. The first working was noted with Christmas decorations in the carriages, Father Christmas and Rudolf on board giving out mince pies! The final return working was delayed in the Bath area from 20.05-20.25 following a road under-bridge strike. On the railtour side, two cancellations were a Canterbury-Temple Meads Very Special Trains outing (the company in fact going bust!) and a Doncaster-Bath/Bristol trip using Peak 45112 organised by an unknown operator. An incident around 13.00 at Keynsham saw a herd of cow's on the line by the A4 by-pass, stop all train movements and later at 18.08 an unidentified Load-Haul Class 60 passed Day' junction with LPG tanks for Avonmoth.
12/12 67002 returned the previous day's railtour ECS as 5Z28 11.00 Taunton (Fairwater yard)-Old Oak Common, running via the Weston-super-Mare loop. First/GW from today dropped their £1.00 bicycle booking fee and £3.00 charge on their train's. Both SWT's and Wessex have stopped accepting bikes at peak times.
14/12 A fatality at Stapleton Road during the morning caused some late running. 31105 and 31190 were back in the area on the 4Z08 ultrasonic test train. For the start of the new timetable from 13/12 Wessex commenced using three-car Class 158 formations, on all but the 10.22 and 18.22 Cardiff Central Portsmouth Harbour trains. However only three of the eight units (158 961-158 968) had been formed by the end of the month, noted have been 158961 (158745+57746), 158962 (158751+52749) and 158963 (158748+57749) and a majority of services still remained using two car sets.
16/12 Another southbound stone train noted at 09.25 powered by 66051. The Class 150 Serco test-unit, now carrying a front set number 950001 was in the area working 2Z08 04.15 Plymouth-Looe-Taunton-Bristol TM. Then 09.23 to Severn Beach and 10.13 return, 11.13 to Portbury and 11.55 return to Swindon (via the up through road under the canopy at Temple meads). Later 37670 worked the overnight 6B99 19.30 St.Blazey-Cardiff Tidal sidings freight.
17/12 60087+37670 ran light from Newport-Westbury during the afternoon.
18/12 50049+50031 ran in top n'tail formation on a 5Z50 08.00 Old Oak Common-Bristol TM ECS for a 1Z50 11.05 Bristol TM-Bristol TM Pathfinder's Christmas dinning circular which was routed via Bath, the Limpley Valley, Westbury, Salisbury to Reading, and over the Great Western mainline through Swindon on the return. This took the Class 50s back to their former mainline passenger stamping ground of of the Basingstoke-Salisbury mainline (when they worked Waterloo-Exeter services) and the GWML. On the return around 16.00, the 50s hauled the ECS as 15.55 Bristol TM-Cardiff Central, for a further evening circular dinner from the Welsh capital.
21/12 From the start of the new timetable (from 12/12), the 10.50 Manchester-Penzance combines with the 10.35 Milford Haven-Penzance at Newport. The former was worked by two Class 158 sets, but it is now common to see a colourful 158 and 153 combination, today's train being noted with Arriva silver/blue 158833+Arriva all over blue 153 310. Having stabled overnight, the train returns north during the following day reaching Bristol at 10.55 as 06.24 Penzance-Crewe. Also during the day, FLHH 47 812 ran 0Z47 Kingsland road-Kingsland road (via Chippenham, Oxford, Reading and Swindon) believed to be in connection with the Avon area 'binliner' being diverted due to the Filton-Parkway curve closure from 27-31/12 for engineering works. The loco was reported on a similar working during the following day. On the subject of the 'bins', 66553 was the day's loco.
22/12 66202 noted light engine towards Barton Hill at 09.25 .
28/12 Three car 158748+57749 (158963) was noted on the 11.22 Portsmouth Harbour-Cardiff Central Wessex Trains service and 66246 was on the Parc Slip-Westbury loaded coal. Virgin XC were noted operating an hourly Voyager service to the North, running via the Severn Tunnel, Newport (reverse), Chepstow and Gloucester.
29/12 Also with the closure of Westerleigh junction freight traffic was noted diverted via Bath, the 4O51 10.08 (Q) Wentloog-Millbrook containers being seen, but the hauling power not being identified. Some planning 'disorganisation' saw 66220 run 0B66 Westbury-Newport ADJ and return, some five hours later again light-engine as there was no traffic!! A Steamy Affairs railtour involving 60009 Union of South Africa from Birmingham International-Bristol TM (via Hereford), was re-directed to Cardiff due to engineering work but then was caped!!
30/12 57012 was recorded on the diverted 4O51 passing Twerton, near Bath at 11.16 and earlier 66175 hauled 56065+56049 from Eastleigh-Barton Hill for 'overseas' modifications and repaint. Later during the day 66606+66509+66602 ran light-engine via the Marches from Crewe Basford Hall yard-Kingsland road.
30/12 66203 recorded with southbound coal train at 09.55
31/12 57008 was on the diverted 4V50 05.03 Millbrook-Wentloog containers running very late, passing Bath around 12.00. Also during the month, from 12/12 the 4 trains aday through Waterloo Class 159 operated services, which South West Trains had taken over from Arriva Trains Wales in September, were temporarily suspended between Salisbury and Waterloo. SWTs had been allocated two Class 158 units from Central trains from the timetable change to cover Class 170 refurbishment. 158786, in 'un-branded' Central trains green has seen use, whilst a second set, 158789 has gone for refurbishment. It is hoped the through service from Bristol-Waterloo will be fully reinstated from the June timetable change as SWTs offer best travelling value at £21.90 one-way (or £9.50 in advance!) compared with First/GW's £47.00 (£29.00 in advance). The draw-back is journey times, which with the change at Salisbury is now 2 hour 57minutes (2hrs 37 minutes on the through service, making it actually slower then the equivalent 1967 journey timings!!) for SWTs and around 1 hour 30 minutes for First/GW!!
31/12 A southbound departmental service was seen at 15.35 behind 66093.
11/12 Both in 'painted up condition' for Valley Lines use, 37411 + 37408
powered a 6T95 09.30 Bescot-Newport ADJ departmental service loaded to 1350
tonnes. The pair later worked 6W09 21.09 Newport ADJ-Briton Ferry (via Swansea
14/12 37402 worked the 7M12 18.12 (TThO) Newport ADj-Bescot engineers.
16/12 37417 was on the 7M12, en-route out of the area for Scottish use.
21/12 Another 37, this time 37405 worked the 7M12 departmental service to Bescot. This service is normally a Class 60 or 66 hauled train.
Units noted in the West Country this month.
SOUTH WALES AREA
03/12 150259 arrived at Canton, having been transferred from Scotrail.
10/12 31452/601 hauled/pushed 1O98 12:52 T.M.-Brighton, 1V96 16:57 Brighton-Cardiff and 2C96 22:52 Cardiff-T.M. It was rumoured to be the last time this service would be loco hauled/pushed, as Wessex are getting additional units to replace the LHCS.
16/12 66032 hauled 37419/698/415/412 from Canton to Margam for storage.
18/12 50049 with 50031 d.o.r. worked 1Z57 18:18 Cardiff Central-Cardiff Central Christmas dining special via Hereford, Worcester and Gloucester.
19/12 The two 50s hauled the "dining" ECS as 5Z58 13:03 Canton-OOC.
20/12 150283 worked 5Z15 09:20 Haymarket-Canton stock transfer.
Former ASW Steelworks
12/12 08900. 17/12 09203.
Cardiff Canton (viewed from the footbridge)
05/12 08651/792/955/994. 09008. 37412/415/509. 60096 passing.
12/12 08651/792/955/994. 09008. 37412/415/509. 37419/698 Water Canon.
19/12 08651/792/955/994. 09008. 37509.
03/12 31452/601. 60028/053/084. 66052/060/080/142.
10/12 @(23.30) 60003/031/045. 66063/139/150/199/227.
17/12 60004/031/035/090. 66093/146/150/164/210/220/230/233/237/242/511.
24/12 60030/039/049/084. 66016/056/082/091/166/167/168/202/226/242.
Units noted this month in south Wales.
LOCO AND UNIT NEWS
01/12 37405 hauled 2V07 06:59 Rhymney-Radyr, 37425 2F05 07:19 Rhymney-Cardiff
and 37417 2F06 07:40 Rhymney-Cardiff.
02/12 37402 did 2V07, 37417 2F05 and 37405 2F06.
03/12 37405 worked 2V07 and 2R42 17:11 Cardiff-Rhymney, 37402 2F05 and 2R38 16:50 Cardiff-Rhymney, 37417 2F06 and 2R46 17:48 Cardiff-Rhymney.
04/12 37402/405/417 worked most of the Saturday services on the Rhymney line.
08/12 37425 was on 2R38, 37417 2R42 and 37402 2R46.
09/12 37402 did 2R38, 37425 2R42 and 37417 2R46.
10/12 37405 operated 2R38, 37425 2R42 and 37417 2R46.
11/12 37402/405/417 worked the Saturday Rhymneys. 37408/411 hauled 6T95 09:30 Bescort-Newport.
13/12 37425 was on 2R38, 37405 2R42 and 37402 2R46.
14/12 37405 did 2V07 & 2R42, 37402 2F05, 37425 2F06 & 2R46, 37411 2R38. 37402 hauled 6M12 Bescot-ADJ.
15/12 37405 hauled 2V07, 37425 2F05 and 37411 2F06.
16/12 37425 operated 2V07, 37411 2F05 and 37405 2F06.
17/12 37405 did 2V07, 37425 2F05 & 2R38, 37408 2F06 & 2R42, 37411 2R46.
18/12 37408/411/425 worked the Saturday Rhymneys.
20/12 37411 was on 2V07, 37408 2F05 and 37425 2F06.
21/12 37425 hauled 2V07, 37408 2F05 and 37411 2F06.
22/12 37411 operated 2V07, 37408 2F05 and 37425 2F06.
23/12 37408 worked 2V07, 37425 2F05 and 37411 2F06.
30/12 37405/408/411 were on numerous Rhymney services throughout the day, taking people to/from New Year sales in Cardiff.
31/12 37405/408/411 were again in action throughout the day on the Rhymney line, although services finished earlier than normal.
37401 and 37416 are to be hired by EWS to West Coast-trains for their 2005
Royal Scotsman operation.
During Mid December the following went into store;-37668/706/707/709/886/893/895.
11/12 First/GW operated a Farewell Class 47 trip (1Z30 07.18 Paddington-Penzance and 1Z31 14.10 Penzance-Paddington return, both via Westbury) using celebrity 'green' 47815 and 47811, the outward noted passing Cogload junction (near Taunton) near enough to time at 09.46. The return was double-headed, the outward being in a top n'tail formation. Both locos were to go 'off lease' during December, with all the newly converted First/GW Class 57/6 locos delivered and in service.
Other Class news; DRS owned 47501 and 47802 are reported as to be 'hired' to Freightliner and 47828 is lined up to be named Joe Strummer (the former Clash pop group front man who sadly passed away last year) at a ceremony at Bristol TM on 12/02/05, as part of Pathfinder's 'Cotswold Caper' railtour from Wolverhampton. The train is to be routed via Clifton Down, Avonmouth, Henbury, Patchway, Severn Tunnel, Newport (reverse). Chepstow and Gloucester to the north for the return journey.
LOCAL DRS WORKINGS
6V74/6M67 Crewe-Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks.
LOCAL FREIGHTLINER WORKINGS
4V08 Basford Hall - Wentloog and return containers.
4V50/4O51 Millbrook-Wentloog and return containers.
04/12 66540. 06/12 66543. 07/12 57010. 14/12 57010. 20/12 66543.
4V60/4M60 Calvert-Avon area empty and return loaded refuse containers.
02/12 66553. 07/12 66553.
6Z55/6Z56 Dagenham Dock - Morton on Lugg.
LOCAL EWS WORKINGS
28/11 66018. 08/12 66072+67006. 09/12 66072+67006. 13/12 66017.
14/12 67006. 21/12 67002+67022. 28/12 66042.
With the end of the Longbridge car parts service, the Class 08 duty at Swindon is expected to finish.
MendipRail (Yeoman) are looking at bringing stone in by sea from Scotland for off-loading at Waterston in west Wales for rail movements, due to commence during February.
Despite previous reports, Bristol East depot is now reported to being rebuilt as a finished steel handling terminal with inward trains to run from the Midlands.
EWS Port Talbot-Rugeley power station trains, up to five a day are to start running during February.
All previously 'caped' freight trains due to industrial action by RMT union ground staff were due to recommence by mid-January.
08892(BN)-TS. TSO: 58049/050
BH: 89001. BK: 56065. BS: 37668/707/895. CE: 08776. 90050. 92004. DR: 60095 EH: 08786. 56081 . HM: 37688/695. 47737/773/776/786. MG: 37248/413/428/704. 47761/772. 56062/100. MI: 37709/886. PC: 86249. SS: 86240. WA: 37706/893. WN: 47828. 87007/008025.
57315/316 -WN, 86602 -FE, 90009 -NC, 90016 -FE, 92022 -CE.
Booth: 08419. 47114/157/193/207/258/287/334/339. 86618/634/636.
Kirkby Stephen: 31410.
Northampton & Lamport: 47205.
47234 - 57315, 47290 - 57316
Diesel Multiple Units
150208(NH)-NL, 235 (NC)-TS, 256(HA)-NL, 259/262(HA)-CF, 284(HA)-NL.
156416(TS)-NC. 158786/789(TS)-SA. 170109/115(DY)-TS.
Wensleydale: 51210. 53746. 59509. NYMR: 51511. 53204.
Renumbered & Reformed
158961 (52745 + 57745 + 57746)
170450/451/460/461 -HA 171806 -SU 222004-HQ.
Electric Multiple Units
BI: 1804. SL: 1845. 3437. 3813. SS: 1843. WD: 1320. Newhaven: 1741. 1846. Throckmorton: 1850(76629/789. 71036). 9102/09.
(S): 1307. 1714. 1834/37/85. 3413/21/32/33/36/93. 3543. 3804/06/07. 3909. Car 62470.
IMRFT: 3436. 3804/06/07. 3909. Car 62470.
JT Land: 1714. 1834/37. 3421/93. 3543.
Newport: 312701/703/706/714/715/719/722. (S): 1307. 1885. 3413/32/33.
Beeston: Cars: 76158(310.113), 76159(310.075).
Cardiff:: Cars: 61934(309.613), 78006(312.707), 78011/960(312.712), 70719(1707).
EMR: Cars: 72500/638(8201), 72506(8207), 72607(8306)
Hever: car: 71041(1306)
Network Rail: cars: 62190(3436), 62204(3804), 62212(3806), 70349(1535), 70350(1108), 70537(1611).
Reformed & Renumbered
1394 - 1499 -BM, (76726 + 62364 + 76797)
350108/109 -HQ. 360203 - HQ. 375826/827/828/829 -RE.
376020/021/022/023 -SG. (376.001-019 -SG)
377147 -BI, 201-215 -SU, 405/436/437/438/439/440/441 -BI.
390002 -MA. 444007/022 -NT. 450064/102/104 -NT
Coaching & NPCC Stock
975814.894. 977974/984. 999550 -EC.
4916/99. 5002. 10227/240/240/242. 11087. 12021/037/051/056/062/167. 44089. 977969.
LA: 40747. 41107/108. 42079/080/236/332. 44021/026.
MA: 10240. 11087. 12037/056/062/167. 82113/139/151. OM: 4916/99. 5002. 42302/303/304/305. 44068/100. PC: 10227/242. 12021/051. 82111/137. ZC: 40419. 44021.
1657 -DF, 11316/416 -BN*(See renumbered). 10235. 11013/033/066. 12052/070/108/110/124/129/135. 17173 -MM (Based at OY)
3353/54/63/69/87/89. 3403/11/38. 4205. 6002. 6144/81. 17161. 80401/432/434. 84367/519.
92314/350/410/412/413/872. 93446/482. 95128/129. 975862. 977971/972.
IMRFT: 4205.(x Paignton & Dartmouth - Fire damaged)
JT Land: 3353/54/63/69/87/89. 3403/11/38. 6002. 6144/81.
EMR: 975862. ??: 93482 (On-site at Bedford) Battlefield: 977971/972.
11227 - 11316, 11254- 11416, 12527 - 11287.
PPCT EWS Company Train
10211. 10546. 11029. 82146. 67029.
FGXP FGW Stored HST Power Cars
FGXT FGW Stored HST Coaches
CRTS CR Cotswold Train Services Coaches OY
10235. 11013/033/066. 12052/070/108/110/124/129/135. 17173.
Preservation and Industrial Matters
West Somerset Railway
The WSR reported a record year for travelling passengers totalling around 192,000 for 2004, 5,000 more than in 2002.
Gloucestershire & Warwickshire Railway (R.W.Giles) 27/12/04
The following report covers a visit to Toddington (and a guided tour for most of the loco shed and works area) and a return journey to Cheltenham Racecourse during the railway's December diesel day.
In use;- Ex.BR diesel;- D9539 d/head with 24081. 37215/324. 47105 d/head with
47376. Also in use;- D2182. This loco was giving brakevan rides from the station
towards Wincscombe, just past the loco yard headshunt. C/stock in use;- (train
1; 1W34676, W1811, W4787, W24749, W25451. train 2; M25743, E4790, E1808, M4798,
Ex. BR steam; 2807. 3205. 4247/270. 5224. 6960/84. 7903. 48160. 35006. 76077. Ex. BR diesel; (7069). D8137. 26043. 45149. Notes;- 2807, 6984, 48160 (Turkish 8F), 35006 were all in various states of restoration, 4270 was dismantled and in pieces, 6960 was tender only, the loco being away at I.Riley's (East Lancs)) for overhaul, 76077 was stored. 4247 was awaiting transfer to the Bodmin & Wenford Railway. (7069 LMS). 26043 were under restoration, whilst light work was taking place on 45149 (which has had it's engine removed). Serviceable D8137 was out of traffic with an engine problem. Ex. BR diesel loco cab from 45128 was also present grounded. Industrial steam; (John) P1976/39. Industrial diesel; No.1 Rsh 2573/7859 of 56. No.2 Rsh 2574/7860 of 56. 19 Jf 4240016/64. 21(Mavis) Jf 421030/57. John Waddon He 5511/57. 372 Ye 372/57. Trolleys; 9127 (Bg-dwry 3743/76). PWM4313 (Wkm 7516/56). Notes; P1976 was in pieces-under overhaul. Serviceable John Waddon was undergoing repair. No.1, No2 and 19 were stored awaiting attention. C/stock; Ex.BR; (5038) Dowty shed mess coach (?). (25646/99636). 80580/926. 92418/933. 94051/824 (024972). Ex.LMS; (12196/DM395358). (31244). Ex.GWR; 185. W333. (W2983). Ex.SR vans; S1863. Spray coach; CC99016 (21275). Ferry van; (DB787004). Milk tank; W3043. Internal users; 024303. (070844/W2876). 076857 (12ton van). Crane; Ransomes. (ADRR 95216) 45ton with support trucks lowmac+ADB904131, assumed.
General notes;- The Dowty shed (which was set up at Ashchurch when the first preservation centre was set up there) is expected to be moved with the extention of the new David Page shed, which undertakes steam and diesel loco restorations and repairs. The North Gloucestershire Narrow gauge railway was closed during the day, the shed being secured, no stock being visible outside.
Winchcombe; Ex.BR; D2069 (03069). Trolley + trailer; 9119 (Bg dwry 3708/35). C/stock; W300 (Tso 4331). W1675. W3045 Valerie. W3054 Shiela. W3091 Margurite (ADB977352). E3727. 4763. M4806. 4869. 13326. W13337. 16165. NE21092. 25341/618. W35201 (80219). 81039. M94486 (041697). Ex.SR; 4590 (083372). Ex. LMS; M45048M (saloon coach). Departmental; (DW150260) assumed, open wagon with wheel set missing! DW150397 (W2232). Mess Van; DB950575. Internal User van; 82234 (064555). Crane + runner; L15 + WCF4416 (?). Small plant; 74006 (ballast packer).
Gotherington West; In use trolley; PWM2779 (Wkm 6878/54).