NOTES AND NEWS

WEST COUNTRY AREA

Avonmouth

08/05 59202 departed just before 16.00 late on 6C64 14.20 loaded imported Irish stone to Westbury formed of 18 Hanson JHA hoppers.
09/05 Unusually, another 6C64 operated (normally this being a once weekly service) headed by 60022, passing Brentry again late this time at 18.40!
14/05 37406 + 37422 were very rare visitors arriving light-engine from Newport having worked into South Wales on a railtour. The locos collected the empty vans for the 6M33 16.21 'enterprise' freight to Wembley from the Chittening Industrial estate later running round the train in the Bulk Handling terminal around 14.30. The train was to depart early being noted passing Hallen village at 16.10. 67025 would have been the booked 6M33 loco (which normally stables at Barton Hill over the weekend) but was needed for the railtour, which had used the Class 37s over the Central Wales line in place of a Royal Class 67, this Class being banned over this route. This is not the first Class 37 appearance on the 6M33, 37670 has the honour, working the train on 14/04/03, this freight having first operated from early October 2001.
During the middle of the month Didcot imported coal departures were suspended due to track works taking place on the power station's internal lines
31/05 From the previous week, the Irish imported stone now loads on the West Wharf quayside, 66006 being noted arriving here at 12.32 with the 6C63 10.17 ex. Westbury yard empty Hanson hoppers, alongside the Aasheim, which along with the Aastun are the regular two ships used between Belfast and Avonmouth on this stone-flow. It was noticed on the day that at least three Hanson wagons had been detached for loading separately in the more regular Bennett's loading area where a stone stockpile still remains.

St.Modwin properties continue to develop the former Zinc Smelting works alongside Kingsweston Lane. Although the company specialises in purchasing land, often rail connected, clearing the site and rebuild purpose built warehouses for customers, plans to use the internal rail system here are not under consideration. The property company also own the Long Marston and Eastleigh works sites where rail is still used. Nearby, contaminated land (adjacent to the former Pasminco rail sidings) amounting to 31 hectares (76 acres), a brown field site at Merebank and Lakeside, which has been vacant for 30 years due to its previous use in dealing with mustard gas, phosphoric acid and wood preservative manufacture is now being developed with new roads and warehouses. Again whether the surviving sidings will see further use is unknown. Construction material, brought in by road has been used to form a cap across the ground so people do not come into contact with any remaining dangerous materials.

At Montpelier station, vandals have covered a mural only completed during the middle of the month with tags, First/GW are now offering a 500 reward to identify the persons responsible. The new mural was painted on the ground floor of the station building by professional artists, with schools and local businesses assisting, a new station garden has also been created. First/GW plan to install CCTV cameras at this station to monitor activity as it has become a graffiti 'hotspot'.

Locos recorded on coal duty during the month has included 66040/053/066/100/134/149/164/167/179/196/199/224.
08405 continues as the area shunting pilot.

Bristol Parkway, Pilning and Westerleigh

01/05 Having stabled here light-engine overnight, DRS 37510 worked a 6Z37 09.10 Stoke Gifford-Ashford stoneblower move.
02/05 Anglian 'One' liveried 47818 (which has not been seen in the Bristol area for sometime, having been out-based in East Anglia) passed at 21.25 in the up direction hauling a single First/GW liveried coach.
03/05 60055 worked the 6C23 Hayes-East Usk stone empties. Observations at Pilning during the afternoon recorded 60025 on 6B33 Theale-Robeston empty fuel tanks (16.03), 66111 on an up MoD freight service at 16.39, 66510 with stone empties down at 17.05 and 66053 with loaded coal HTAs also down at 17.26. The former 4B24 (FX) Didcot-Wentlooge MoD, 'Q' service has been reported as retimed passing Severn Tunnel junction at 12.55, the return being the 20.30 Newport ADJ-Didcot, the empty wagons normally being 'tripped' between Wentlooge and Newport. A single MGR working seen this evening, 66156 with empties for Portbury.
04/05 66178 worked 6C23 Hayes-East Usk stone empties and 60035 was on the 6B33 Theale-Robeston empty fuel tanks.
07/05 Bank Holiday Monday and due to an engineering block between Cam and Stonehouse, the 6B13 Robeston-Westerleigh fuel tanks were diverted and ran via the Severn Tunnel and Parkway, with a reverse at Yate. The train was top n'tailed by 60025 and 60092, being noted in Pilning loop at 11.20, then passing Westerleigh junction at 12.30 (having taken a crew change at Parkway, the train leaving here following the 10.30 Swansea-Paddington First/GW service, with power cars 43040 + 43168). The return 6B47 17.10 Westerleigh-Robeston empties were also routed the same way.
09/05 The new Platform 4 was opened at Parkway by Rail Minister Tom Harris, with Network Rail route director Robbie Burns, MP Doug Naysmith and Alison Forster managing director of First Great Western. The work costing 3 million was funded by Network Rail with First/GW contributing 100,000 towards a new waiting room and customer help point. This makes, the up platforms 4 and 3 an island, with 3 being available for reversible working. The down platform 2 is not signalled for reversible working, but in the long-term will become an island platform also once funding for a new platform 1 becomes available using a down goods loop. There was a mix-up reported on the opening day. The 07.30 Swansea-Paddington First/GW HST being the first train booked to call, but it was cancelled, the following 08.00 being given the honours, but nobody had told the driver and on the approach to Parkway the train was stopped as he queried why the train was being signalled into the up goods loop!! Once in the platform due to there being no coach number stop boards, the train was to stop in the wrong place for the opening ceremony and was carrying double the amount of passengers due to the preceding service having been cancelled!. There was a report of the platform being closed after the train departed so new signage could be put in place. Also during the day Virgin XC 'thunderbird' rescue loco 57302 was noted heading in the up direction at 10.17.
10/05 Two afternoon freight services noted were 20303 + 20304 paired on the 6M67 Bridgwater-Crewe flasks (14.15) and 60041 on the 6B33 Theale-Robeston fuel empties.
11/05 Another 'thunderbird' move saw 57314 pass up light-engine at 11.48.
14/05 Cotswold-Rail 47810 passed Bromsgrove at 18.04, later passing Parkway hauling a 5Z86 14.20 Brush Loughborough-Landore stock move formed with two barrier coaches and refurbished MTU re-engined 43027 + 43148 on each end.
15/05 A test train was noted stabled in the former Royal Mail railnet depot platform during the evening formed;- 31105 + 31602 and coaches 977969, 62482, 6283. Earlier, 60045 had worked through the area on the 6B33 empty fuel tanks for Robeston.
17/05 66510 passed at 19.20 on a late running 6V60 (ThO) 12.31 Angerstein-Pengam empty stone train. Two workings recorded tonight, 66137 with MGR empties for Portbury and 66510 with an eastbound stone train.
18/05 47853 worked a 5Z70 11.20 Reading-St. Phillips Marsh via Parkway stock move having hauled a 5Z70 07.00 Laira-Old Oak Common working (via Westbury) earlier in the day.
19/05 37410 + 37406 called with Pathfinder tour's 'Snowdonian' (1Z37 06.00 Cardiff-Pwllheli), the return running from Gloucester to South Wales via Chepstow, with a road bus connection to Parkway, due to an engineering block near Cam. Afternoon freight services recorded included;- 60020 on the 6B33 empty fuel tanks and 66516 with the 4Z54 Tilbury-Wentlooge loaded containers.
20/05 37410 + 37406 passed at 10.43 (booked Pilning 10.57) on 5Z39 10.00 Cardiff-Old Oak Common ECS off the previous day's railtour. Local highlights for the new First/GW timetable, which commenced today (which was reported to have taken public comment into account) will see a new 12.34 Bristol TM-Westbury service and an additional Keynsham stop for the 08.57 Brighton-Cardiff Central service. The 05.35 Weymouth-Filton Abbeywood train is now extended to Cardiff, also calling at Patchway and Newport, whilst the 18.02 Cheltenham Spa-Taunton will now leave Temple Meads at 19.25, providing a later evening service for users. Also two HST alterations will see the 17.00 Paddington-Temple Meads service extended to Weston-super-Mare (19.25) also calling at Nailsea and Yatton and the 23.30 Paddington-Temple Meads extended to Cardiff with a Newport stop included.
21/05 66581 worked down stone empties at 10.28 and later 66566 appeared on up stone at 12.56. 47813 handled a Brush Loughborough-Landore refurbished HST power car stock move formed with 43151 + 43179. GBRf 66724 was also seen at 12.53 on a Laira-Derby HST stock move.
22/05 Newly delivered 66587 was on the 4O51 Wentlooge-Millbrook containers.
23/05 66590 worked the 4O51 containers.
24/05 Peak 45112 + 47813 passed down light-engine towards Temple Meads at 13.00, returning northbound at 14.47. This was believed a test and fuelling run for the Peak prior to week-end railtour use. 66510 was later recorded on down stone empties at 16.40.
25/05 66588 was on the 4O51 Wentlooge-Millbrook containers.
28/05 60092 was on the 6B33 Robeston fuel tank empties and Steam 6024 King Edward I, following railtour duty, ran 5Z59 12.20 Barton Hill-Kidderminster with support coach W35333 via Parkway.
31/05 A Freightliner container service was noted leaving the down loop at 11.35 with double-headed Class 66 locos, assumed to be a late running 4O51 Millbrook-Wentlooge which had suffered a failure.
Network-Rail are confirmed as seeking planning permission to change the former Royal Mail rail-net depot into a personnel training centre. The depot closed early in 2004 following the end of mail movements by rail, having been opened in May 2000 at a cost of 6 million, and consists of a warehouse, offices and two covered platforms. The site has seen occasional use since closure, the 12,000 square foot warehouse being used by Royal Mail as an extension to its Filton West of England centre for Christmas sorting during 2006, and the platforms have seen use as 'safe' stabling for locos and coaching stock from time to time. Only sighting this evening was 66178 with a MGR empties for Portbury.

Bristol Temple Meads, Kingsland Road and Barton Hill

27/04 Arriva Trains 150230 was present on Barton Hill depot.
01/05 'Thunderbird' 57301 ran 0Z57 06.55 Exeter-Bristol TM (via Westbury), and 0Z58 10.50 Bristol TM to Laira (via Bridgwater) driver route-learning light-engine. 37218 + 37038 were paired on 6M67 Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks.
02/05 66584 worked the 4V60 Calvert-Bath and Barrow Road refuse containers. 66156 noted with southbound MGR empties for Portbury at 16:50.
03/05 DRS 66420 passed through the area around 08.30 on a single flask wagon Sellafield-Devonport working. Two MGR services seen within 5 minutes this evening, at 18:00 66085 passed by with empties for Portbury and at 18:05 66021 headed north with empties from Westbury.
04/05 57301 wsas noted stabled on the former Bath Road depot stub, alongside platform 15, whilst 57302 passed light-engine on an Oxley-Laira move.
05/05 Diversions were in place over the Bank Holiday weekend (until 07/05) with engineering work taking place at Narroways Hill junction and north of Cam. From 01.00 (Sat)-23.59 (Mon) Birmingham-Bristol/West Country Virgin XC services were diverted via Stroud, Swindon (reverse) and Bath (with around a one hour additional journey time between Bristol and Cheltenham), whilst road bus services operated between Gloucester, Bristol Parkway and Temple Meads to cover First/GW train connections.
06/05 Engineering work continued until 08.30 (sun), with Paddington-Bristol/South Wales services running via the Berks and Hants, with road bus connections to Didcot, Swindon and Chippenham.
07/05 GBRf 66724 was booked to work a 6V11 Peterborough-Taunton Fairwater yard concrete sleeper train onwards from Reading at 16.56, (but actually departing here late at 17.55) via Bristol. The train however was diverted after passing Chippenham to run via Melksham, Westbury and Castle Cary!
08/05 FLHH 66621 handled 6Z39 13.36 Neath-Newton Abbot loaded stone (running around 30 minutes late), Mainline-blue/EWS stickered 60044 was in charge of the 6B83 (TO) Westbury-Machen and return 6C83 loaded stone, arriving in Westbury at 15.30. Cotswold-Rail 47813 hauled HST power car 43195 on a Laira-Brush Loughborough working.
09/05 Steam loco 30777 Sir Lamiel (which has still not made a mainline preservation appearance in Bristol) was replaced by (30)850 Lord Nelson on a Steam Dreams 'Cathedrals Express' (1Z82 08.53 Victoria-Bristol and 1Z83 17.33 return), arriving in Bristol at 14.07, the ECS being stabled on platform 5 and 6 during the afternoon causing many platform alterations to booked train services! Another arrival was the VSOE, top n'tailed by 67028 and 67015 on a Victoria-Bath working, the ECS being stabled in East depot loop. On the freight side;- 60076 worked 6C02 Bristol East-Newport ADJ steel empties and 66547 was on the 4V60 Bath and Barrow Road refuse containers.
10/05 20303 + 20304 were paired on the 6M67 Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks and 66622 worked 6Z60 10.51 Neasden-Newton Abbot Hackney yard loaded sand (departing 45 minutes late), but recorded passing Worle (Weston-super-Mare) near enough to time around 15.00. 47839 (which has replaced 47840 inworks for a repaint from blue to green) on loan to GBRf worked a 5Z70 14.10 Old Oak Common-St. Phillips Marsh move formed of two barrier coaches.
11/05 47839 headed a Derby-Laira refurbished HST stock move, formed with coaches 41096, 41161, 42178, 42201, 42336, 42338, 44042 and two barriers. MGR heading for Westbury seen at 14:40 behind 66038.
12/05 Railtour activity during the day saw; Royal 67006 work 1Z64 07.40 Cardiff-Par and 1Z66 17.10 return Northern Belle dining trip (passing Pilning at 08.15, five minutes late) and Cotswold-Rail's 47810 + 47813 top n'tailing coaches 9488, 5700, 5710, 6724, 6723 (all in First/GW green and white) 10231, 11029, 11033 (all in Cotswold-Rail silver), 11013 (in Virgin unbranded red) as 1Z55 05.25 Bristol TM-Whitby, for Heartland Tours. The locos and stock had arrived as 5Z55 04.10 ex Gloucester. A further steam trip, again with substitute hauling power was 1Z47 06.33 Ipswich-Temple Meads and 1Z48 16.45 on the Railway Touring Company's 'Bath & Bristol' headed by 6024 King Edward I (in place of 34067 Tangmere) from and return to Didcot, with West Coast 47245 working the non-steam parts of the journey.
13/05 The previous day's Cotswold-Rail ECS was noted stabled on the up through canopy road, booked to return as 5Z56 11.19 Temple Meads-Gloucester.
14/05 Freight workings during the day included;- 66063 on 6C01 Newport ADJ-Bristol East depot loaded steel, 66046 on 6C79 Parc Slip-Westbury cement works loaded coal, 60044 on 6Z48 Westbury-Port Talbot empty MRL box wagons and loaded 6Z49 14.15 return slag (Pilning 17.40) and 66149 on 6C89 16.40 (MWFO) 16.40 Cardiff Tidal-St.Blazey empty scrap wagons (Pilning 17.10).
15/05 37229 + 20302 worked the 6M67 Bridgwater-Crewe nuclear flasks and 47810 ran 0Z45 09.15 Bristol TM-Landore light-engine.
17/05 47853 was attached to the rear of the overnight First/GW 1C99 Paddington-Penzance sleeper service.
19/05 Following the successful 'Two Halls to Newport' Vintage Trains trip in September 2006, locos 4965 Rood Ashton Hall and 4953 Pitchford Hall (the latter making a preservation mainline debut in Bristol) headed 1Z57 08.38 Solihull-Temple Meads and 1Z58 15.35 return 'Two Halls to Bristol' (routed, due to engineering work out and back via Oxford) with coaching stock; W9101, W5177, W5157, W5191, 99353, 99361, 99349, W35470 (loco support coach), the ECS stabling at Bristol West. The inward working was recorded passing Fenny Compton at 09.25 and Filton Abbey Wood near enough to time at 12.45. The return (which departed to time) was reported as to have started a tree fire near Westerleigh junction, the locos being checked for any problems at Didcot. Also recorded during the day, were; 59201 on 6C80 (SO) 13.33 Machen-Westbury loaded stone (passing Stapleton Road at 15.29) and 66547 with 66608 which were stabled in Kingsland Road sidings. Water-cannon derailment damaged and stored 67013 (the incident having taken place towards the end of last year) was observed on Barton Hill depot carrying an unofficial 'For Sale-One Owner' poster in one of it's cab windows! During the evening, 67030 passed Nailsea & Backwell at 21.09 with a 5Z22 17.09 Crewe-Exeter ECS (formed of Anglian and former Virgin liveried coaches with DVT 9713 on the rear) for an Exeter-Paddington Conference League football play-off final at Wembley between Exeter and Morecombe running via Westbury the following day. Another ECS arrived in Exeter from Old Oak Common as 5Z21 (via Westbury) headed by 67021 to work a second train to London for the final.
20/05 The First/GW 18.26 Taunton-Paddington HST service was cancelled due to stock problems. Stabled on Kingsland Road were 66525/581/585/608.
21/05 GBRf 66724 passed Oldmixon (on the Weston-super-Mare avoiding line) at 11.50 with a 5Z45 10.00 Derby-Laira HST stock move (with two barrier coaches at each end) for refurbishment, the coaches being 44001, 42107, 42185, 42184, 42183, 41094, 41093.
22/05 66724 returned west, passing Temple Meads at 15.35 on 5Z71 12.00 Derby-Laira with refurbished HST coaches 44060, 42090, 42309, 42308, 42347, 41081, 41108, the loco later working a Laira-Ilford move, via Westbury and two days later a return Ilford-Laira refurbished HST stock move.
23/05 Preserved Peak 45112 + 47714 were booked to run from Gloucester-Birmingham and return on a test working prior to railtour use, but actually worked 0Z47 12.30 Gloucester-St. Phillips Marsh additionally for fuelling, passing Standish junction at 12.45. 57301 passed Bath down at 12.15 on a Laira-Westbury-Bristol-Laira crew route learning light-engine.
24/05 Steam 71000 Duke of Gloucester worked 5Z71 07.01 Castleton-Barton Hill (13.00) loco and support coach passing Cattybrook (near Pilning at 12.30).
26/05 71000 ran 5Z55 06.37 Barton Hill-Newport loco and support coach to work the Railway Touring Company's 'The Southern Irishman' (1Z55 Birmingham International-Fishguard) onwards from Newport. For the Division 1 play-off final between Bristol Rovers and Lincoln City an additional 08.02 Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service operated for travelling fans top n'tailed by 67026 + 67027. The train ran via Bristol Parkway where it was reported as 30 minutes late. Virgin XC are continuing their Summer Saturday use of HST 'hire' today's workings (and these services are also to run on Saturdays 02/06, and from 07/07-08/09) were as follows;- 1C02 07.35 Bristol TM-Paignton/ 1E46 10.32 Paignton-Newcastle (GNER 43051 + 43057), 2C34 06.53 Plymouth-Newquay/ 1E47 09.40 Newquay-Newcastle (GNER 43099 + 43031, from Plymouth), 1V29 07.25 Manchester-Newquay/ 1M28 15.22 Newquay-Manchester (MML 43046 + 43083) and 1V49 09.41 Newcastle-Newquay/ 2P86 19.50 Newquay-Plymouth (MML 43052 + 43066)
27/05 Due to engineering works in the Westerleigh area, Virgin XC services were diverted via Newport (reverse) and Chepstow to/from the North including the 1E53 15.35 (Sun) Plymouth-York formed with a MML HST set with power cars 43052 + 43066. Earlier, steam 6024 King Edward I worked the Railway Touring Company's 'Pembroke Coast Express' ( 1Z57 08.00 Bristol TM-Pembroke dock and 1Z58 14.50 return), the outward leg being delayed for around 45minutes due to over running engineering work in the Lawrence Hill area.
28/05 Bank Holiday Monday and three railtour workings! Firstly, Pathfinder Tour's 'Retro Retracer' departed to time with 59203 as 1Z59 05.09 Bristol TM-Birmingham NS and 1Z93 20.14 return (with a selection of motive power in between including a Class 56/3, 60, 92 and 40145 during a trip which took in Leeds, Sheffield and Manchester). On return to Bristol, the ECS ran 5Z93 22.25 to Old Oak Common. Secondly, the Railway Touring Company's 'Devonian Duke' (1Z64 07.06 Paddington-Plymouth and 1Z65 16.32 return, originally booked to run via Westbury) was headed by steam 71000 Duke of Gloucester onwards and return to Temple Meads (West Coast Railway's 47826 and 47245 having arrived on the train from London, the latter remaining on the up canopy road with coach 17015). The outward was delayed slightly at Temple Meads (being noted passing Yatton at 10.13, the return passing Nailsea at 19.41, around 20 minutes early) due to the train being routed via Badminton instead of Chippenham and Bath whose passengers were road coached to Temple Meads. 47826 was recorded running light-engine in front of the train, passing Malago at 09.38 and allowed 71000 to overtake at Yatton whilst being looped. Thirdly, repainted green liveried 47840 North Star (making its final mainline run prior to preservation on the West Somerset Railway) double-headed 47828 and six coaches, with preserved Peak 45112 on the rear, worked Heartlands 1Z47 08.10 Derby-Minehead (being noted in Yatton loop at it's near enough booked time between 11.48-12.01 and the Peak top n'tailing the 1Z45 17.30 return with 47828 passing Nailsea at 19.41). The coaching stock formations for each railtour was as follows;- 59203;- W21272, W3122, W3112, 1692, W3114, W3107, W3098, W1842, W5009, 4927, W5350, 71000;-5322, 5341, 3124, 3069, 1671 (3066), 3110, 3144 and 47840;- 11013, 11033, 11029, 6723, 6724, 9488. Also noted during the day were;- 57304 heading westbound light-engine (Yatton 14.33), GBRf 66715 stabled in the former Bath Road depot stub near platform 15 and 66147 + 66040 which arrived on an up HTA loaded coal service (ex. Portbury) on the down through road, the locos then detached and went light to Barton Hill, assumed for fuel? At Barton Hill depot, track machine DR75406 was noted running assumed 'on test' and 66510 and 66551 were both stabled in Kingsland Road sidings.
29/05 GBRf 66715 worked 0Z66 07.30 Bristol TM-Laira light-engine, returning a Laira-Derby stock move and steam 71000 Duke of Gloucester left the area as 5Z71 09.40 Barton Hill-Old Oak Common loco and support coach (via Bristol Parkway). 66151 noted heading a Westbury bound MGR service at 14:10.
30/05 66715 returned west with refurbished HST coaches as 5Z71 07.05 Derby-Laira, passing Yatton close to time at 10.52, formed 6336 (barrier), 41169, 42251, 42319, 42320, 42321, 44091, 6338. The VSOE, running as 1Z82 08.45 Victoria-Bristol TM and 1Z83 16.34 return was diesel hauled to and from Westbury (having arrived here behind steam 35028 Clan Line) behind an unidentified loco.
31/05 66622 worked a further 6Z60 10.51 Neasden-Newton Abbot Hackney yard loaded sand train (via Parkway).

Gloucester

01/05 Cotswold-Rail 47810 worked a Brush Loughborough-Landore stock move formed with refurbished HST power car 43033.
03/05 Anglian liveried 47818 hauled HST power car 43071 from Gloucester-Brush Loughborough for overhaul.
04/05 An engineering occupation between Cam and Stonehouse found 66507/510/547/606/611/619/622/623 all present in the area around 10.00.
07/05 Virgin XC diversions saw Voyager sets working over the Swindon-Kemble-Standish junction line for the first time during the Spring Bank holiday weekend. Recorded near Stroud during the afternoon were 221105 10.26 Newcastle-Plymouth (14.48), 221110 + 221102 12.25 Penzance-Glasgow (15.21), 221125 + 221133 09.00 Glasgow-Plymouth (16.14), 220009 + 221109 14.03 Paignton-Newcastle (16.49).
09/05 47810 was present in Gloucester station running round 11 MkIIIs from Long Marston for Derby, the train having already visited Worcester where the loco had again run round!
19/05 67022 passed through the area with the VSOE as 1Z95 09.08 Victoria-Worcester and 1Z96 17.10 return.
28/05 47813 hauled repainted 47840, refurbished HST power car 43171 and two barrier coaches as 5Z86 15.45 Brush Loughborough-Landore.

Portbury Branchline

Big news for the branch line is the expected addition of two new freight flows during the Autumn. FLHH are to start a new imported loaded coal service to Rugeley power station with three trains a day expected, the outward loaded running via the Severn Tunnel and Hereford, the return empties back via Charfield and Parkway. These trains could start in August, and it is believed, 9 more employees are to be taken on in the Bristol area by Freightliner including drivers and ground staff as cover. Victa Westlink could be involved with a Portbury-Long Marston movement of imported cars using the former First/GW motorail wagons. The cars would then be distributed from the Midlands centre, with a similar operation also taking place between Dagenham and Long Marston. The current EWS operated car service, now sees the loco and wagons in use on a Washwood Heath-Tyne dock move on return to the Midlands, the same loco being recorded returning 24 hours later to Portbury. Empty wagons are conveyed inwards and outwards as well as loaded both ways! The trains serving the port now are; - 6X51 03.07 Washwood Heath-Portbury (arr 06.36) and 6X52 16.30 Portbury-Washwood Heath
11/05 A rare visitor to the line was 67014 (believed to be only the second class member to work over the branch, the first being 67003 on a 6Z90 Avonmouth-Portbury dock empty cartic transfer on 07/03/02). The loco arrived on 6X51, and is assumed to have covered a loco failure and departed on 6X52, leaving late being noted at Ashton Gate in heavy rain at 18.09.

Locos recorded on coal duty during the month have included;-
66040/081/134/137/147/149/192/210.
The charity 'Coal Stone Haul' railtour visited this line on 3rd June with a Class 50 and two Class 31s (not D1015 Western Champion as previously stated). A full report for this trip will appear in next months Magazine.

Severn Beach.

The Severn Beach line has continued to be used as the route for the Virgin ECS working from Cardiff to Barton Hill on weekdays, also ballast trains have been heard passing through Montpelier late on Sunday evenings motive power not identified. The full quota of DMU types (excl 180) operated by FGW have been noted on this route during the month.

Units noted this period included

143611/617/618/619/620/621/624.
150221/233/243/244/247/249/263/265.
153369.
158745/746/748/749/751/760/761/762/763/764/765/769/771/776/778/798/815
158816/817/855/864/867/868/870/871/872.
159014.
220009/010/013/017/018/019/024/025/027/029/034.
221101/102/105/106/108/110/113/116/118/123/125/133/135/137/140.
180101/104/109.

LOCAL FREIGHTLINER WORKINGS

4V50/4O51 Southampton - Wentlooge.

01/05 66593. 03/05 66533. 04/05 66542. 08/05 66538. 09/05 57003.
10/05 66539. 11/05 66535. 14/05 66535. 15/06 66538. 16/05 66537.
17/05 66587. 18/05 66572. 23/05 66590. 29/05 66577. 30/05 66579.
31/05 66542 + 66533.

Bristol - Calvert Binliner

01/05 66584. 11/05 66547. 22/05 66551. 29/05 66510.

LOCAL EWS WORKINGS

6M33 16.23 (SX) Avonmouth-Wembley 'enterprise' freight service

03/05 67025 + 67027. 07/05 67026. 08/05 67026. 09/05 67023.
14/05 37406 + 37422. 16/05 66164 + 67023. 17/05 67019.
18/05 67019 + 67021. 31/05 67019.

6C01 ADJ - Bristol
01/05 66117. 04/05 66168. 08/05 66147. 16/05 66095. 17/05 66151.
23/05 66142. 24/05 66186. 29/05 66058. 31/05 66111.

6B13/6B47 Robeston - Westerleigh

01/05 60046. 03/05 60046. 04/05 60046. 08/05 60045. 09/05 60045.
10/05 60045. 11/05 60073. 15/06 60041. 16/05 60041. 17/05 60041.
18/05 60041. 29/05 60092. 30/05 60092. 31/05 60054.

6X52 Portbury - Washwood Heath

03/05 66194. 08/05 66221. 09/05 66023. 10/05 66221. 11/05 67014.
14/05 66163. 16/05 66163. 22/05 66056. 31/05 66162.

STOCK ALTERATIONS

Locomotives

Transfers

47375(DF)-GL, 47488(DF)-CS, 47715(DF)-GL, 47829(CP)-KM,
66701-727(WN)-WB, 66123/209/241/245/246/249 -France, 66110 -UK

Stored

08077. 47840. 57007/008/009/010/011/012. 92019
CE: 92012/019. OO: 47840. ST: 08077. ZG: 47749.
Colne Valley: 08441. Crewe Gresty Bridge: 57007/008/009/012.
Derby RVE: 31200. Dollands Moor: 56078. 58035.
DR West Yard: 47528. Goodmans Yard: 08881.
LNWR: 47790. 57010/011.

Traffic

08993/994/995 -TO (Manchester Metrolink Duties)

Withdrawn

01559. 31319. 47298/783/784

Disposals

Booth: 01559. 31319. 47298/338. 56044
R Hull: 47783/784. 86606/615
T Thomson: 08720/807/883
EMR: 31421. 37803. 47186/201/219/226/228/280/293/307/313/314
47335/360/741/742/758 @ Kingsbury
Colne Valley: 08441 Severn Valley: 08635 SECO: 47749
Swanage: 47635

Renumbered

43096 - 43296, 43109 - 43309

Diesel Multiple Units

Transfers

150133(WN)-NH
156473/479/482/487(NL)-NH

Traffic

158770/773/777 -TS, 888 -SA

Renumbered & Reformed

158802 - 888
170392 - 171.130
158777 (52777 + 58714 + 57777) 888 (52802 + 57802)

Electric Multiple Units

Transfers

377154(SU)-BI

Stored

442416/418/423 - ZG
508204 -AF

Traffic

508205 -GI

Withdrawn

62072. 70732. 76181 (310.047), 76206 (8304)

Disposals

Booth: 62072. 70732. 76181/206.

Coaching & NPCC Stock

Transfers

1961. 3359/60/62. 3408. 5171. 5200/16/22/36/37/49. 9104.
9392. 13440 -CS

Stored

10212. 11064. 12054. 82101
KI: 5779. 5812/88/97. 5912/89/91. 6049. 6166
LM: 5936. 10242/245. 11011/018/020/026/040/042/052/060.
12004/007/008/017/025/029/036/047/050/055/059/069/072/075/080
12083/086/087/095/102/106/134/163/169. OM: 80458
ZG: 5996/99. 6005/10/11/15/18/25/26/59/61. 6112/59/72/82/84.
DY: 40417/425. TS: 9496. Mossend: 94199. 94519/536.
Toton C&W: 80401/432/434.

Traffic

10202/246. 10588. 11031 -CP, 11054 -KM, 11065/071/083/084,
11086/089. 12014/038/043/053/119 -CP.

Withdrawn

5752/76/91/94. 6805/08/11/17/28/29. 10569. 80331/345/356/358/361,
80367/373/378/380/385/417/423/437. 94111/132/133/164/172/180/198.
94327. 94414/418/424/436/443/444/474/480/484/496502. 95759.
975.499

Disposals

Booth: 80331/356/358/361/367/373/378/380/385/417/423/437.94436/496. 94975/499
Thomson: 94111/132/133/164/172/180/198. 94327. 94414/418/424/443 94444/474/480/484/502. 95759
Severn Valley: 10569 GWS Didcot: 80345
New Zealand: 5752/76/91/94. 6805/08/11/17/28/29

Codes

CDLO Cargo D Operational Fleet
CDLS Cargo D Stored Fleet
FAMT Blue Yonder Class 47
SRLO Swift Rail Operational Fleet
SRLS Swift Rail Stored Fleet
EWS has reviewed its "pool code allocations" and as a result locos are allocated to pools to cover the operating sector's requirements, this may mean daily or weekly re-allocations to cover duties.
Other changes are that "all stored" locos are allocated to TO as are all operational Class 60s.

FREIGHT REVIEW (By Pete Merry)

It's that time again to get the old thinking cap on to try and compile a little report for you all to digest, at least I hope that you digest my small efforts and find them of some use, even if only a tiny bit. Starting, as usual, with a few items of news. Trial trains have been started from Honda at Swindon using the SWA cartics with the idea of making this a permanent service. Container flats 640901-923/931-943 are being used by GBRf on the troubled Metronet contract. The following bogie tanks have gone into store at Long Marston: 78207/08/09/20/26/34/38/39/41/44/45/46/48/49/76. Joining them are the 33.70.7899.xxx vehicles from Bescot. There are very substantial rumours of a new W. H. Malcolm service starting in the autumn. All the 390xxx 'Gunnell' vehicles are the next on the list for withdrawal. I personally saw a couple of rakes parked in the yard west of Southall station on 6th June. The only ex-Yeoman PGAs still in regular use are working in the London area. Again on 6th June, a decent rake of these was in Acton Yard. The Grangemouth-Purfleet service has seen the following Austatte vehicles in traffic: 33.68.4909.325/351/383/487/501. These vehicles are believed to have come out of store. Also in the rakes have been ex-Blue Circle KAA vans. On to my own personal sightings from the last month. I'm afraid it from the usual location that I start, Nuneaton. An evening there on 14th May generated the usual amount of movements starting with 66581 on a Freightliner container service. Made up mainly of the "old" flats, new build vehicles on the consist were: 640039/40/187/188. 606149/150/115/116. Then 66001 with the EWS flats in the 81.70.4908.xxx services. This is the former Geest service which still appears to run as a "Ghost" service to keep the path open! Another Freightliner followed in the charge of 66569. The first W. H. Malcolm service was in the charge of 66402 with the following vehicles: 33.68.4909.416/451/580/340/ 728/914/067/494/451, 4943.070/087/083. Then 66019 on a rake of EWS bogie coal HTAs: 310397/561/858/846/115/273/964/616/714/012/269/056/791/114/ 864, 311052/160. The second W. H. Malcolm, in the charge of 66412, then passed northbound: 33.68.4909.471/356/770/499/912/872/418/303/021/ 4943.088/068/083/065 being the rake of vehicles. Next 90016 was noted on a southbound Freightliner, followed by 66588, then 92009 and 92027 on the northbound enterprise. After this 66566 was noted passing south with the following engineers' service: 979500, 92604, 93760, 93764, 93765, 93762, 93762, 93759, 93761 and 93758. This service seems to have completely different consists every time it's noted and has been noted in the charge of EWS locos as well as Freightliner ones! After this, three more Freightliners were noted hauled by 66505, 66590 and 66577. on 18th May "French" class 66 number 66209 was noted at Leicester hauled by 67003 with it's Euro Cargo Rail "poster" on the side! On 23rd May I spent a few hours at Basingstoke (I was on holiday for the week in Christchurch) looking to decimate my class 444 and 450 units (and believe me you can certainly do that at Basingstoke!) Not quite sure how many I actually noted in the day, but it was not the lot! Ten freights were noted in the day which wasn't too bad. Nothing of note, but mostly Freightliners. One fuel tanks, one Mendip Rail service, one enterprise and two engineers services broke the monotony. A flying visit to London on 6th June (I went to Heathrow for my aircraft!) from Northampton (four of us on a group save on Silverlink cost 12.70 each including the all zone travel card!) At Northampton whilst waiting for the 09.11 train (tickets valid after 09.00 in the week and all day Weekends and Bank Holidays) saw 66504 on a Freightliner, 92031 on an Enterprise service, 66576 on a Freightliner, 66122 and 60021 light engines. Noted a few bits and bobs around and about. Acton was busy as was Willesden. Sorry it's a bit of a mish-mash this month but will be hopefully getting about a bit more in the next month. See you then.

DEPARTMENTALS AND TRACK MACHINES

Bristol TM (13/05) Road/rail; BCL643.

Stapleton Rd (19/05) Road/rail; bulldozer 2858, excavators; 4199/458, trailers; RT127/155.

South Liberty Lane (27/05) Road/rail; BCL643.

Bristol TM, fish dock (28/05) DR75406/407.

MISCELLANEOUS

Motorway Movements
08/05 Pullman coach ARIES in choc/cream livery, westbound M5 Avonmouth road bridge 15.30.

TRIP REPORTS

Verderer's Venture. The Forresters. 24/03/07

Flax Bourton Old Station.

O.T.P. Hydrex owned Philmoor Trailer, Fleet RT 132, Works No. 2221/01

Brook House Garden Railway, Badgeworth.

Mr HARDY has sold the property and moved to Trowbridge. There are no items of railway property left on the site, except for the track.

Gloucester, Horton Road.

Locos 08936 31128/452 Minotaur 45112 The Royal Army Ordnance Corps 47(115)/200 The Fosse Way/714 Coaches. 1211 6117/122 9506/525 94101 + one other U/I Passing Units 158751 170511

National Waterways Museum, Gloucester.

Industrial Loco. AB 2126/42 Cranes Gibbings & Co 4w 10cwt Hand Crane Booth Bros 4w 7 1/2 ton steam crane 4973/44
Note. There was another 4w hand crane on site with flangeless metal wheels. It was therefore deemed to be a road crane.

Brian Faulkner, Pockets Cottage, Churcham.

Industrial Locos. Gauge 2' 0" L 8022/36 (green): L 33650/49 (yellow): LB 56371/70 (green): (Little Owl) M. J. Stokes/86.
Notes. All locos were used during our visit, except L 8022 which had recently broken a wheel flange. Brian's main interest is in the Lister Company and his collection included Lister road vehicles as well.

Queen's Farm, Churcham. (Opposite Pockets Cottage)

Coach. Grounded Billington LBSCR coach which had seen service as an ambulance coach. Very poor condition. It is free to a good home. It is otherwise going for scrap.

Private Location.

Industrial Locos. Gauge 2' 6" 1 Chevallier MW 1877/15 (Ex P116): Gauge 2' 0" 2630/52 CE B0142B/73: Janet RH 504546/63:
Notes. All the locos were grounded. The first two of those listed above were due to go through Alan Keef's works for overhaul. Janet is due to visit the Flour Mill.

Perrygrove Railway, Coleford.

Closed on this day.

Clearwell Caves, Coleford.

Industrial Locos. Gauge 2' 6". HC/HE DM1435/8583/77: Gauge 2' 0". K9 HC DM801/54: T42 HC DM841/54: R3 HC/HE DM1442/8842/80: 68 HC: 68 HC: HE 8986/81 - frame only (assumed): WR L1009/79: Grounded 12t Van. 777649
Notes. All the locos were on short sections of track, except the WR, which was on a track, inside the cave entrance and HE 8986, the frame of which was thrown into a pile of scrap. MR 21282/57 and HE 7446/75 were not seen and were assumed to be locked inside one of the several sheds.

Bill Parker, The Flour Mill, Bream.

Locos. (5619) (Ex P185): (6960 Raveningham Hall) (Ex P93): Industrial Locos. (28) Cdf 306/1897 (Ex P92): KS 3063/18: 1 TH 133C/63: GWR Inspection Saloon. (248) Other Coaches. (94501) + U/I Ferryvan Crane. Ransome & Rapier Steam Crane 8138/39

Hopewell Colliery Museum, Coleford.

Closed on this day

Ruspidge Halt, Cinderford.

Internal User. Tank 171 (061191) Pvd.

Thompson Rail Engineering, Cinderford.

O.T.P. 2 Permaclipper U/I: Schoma (98101) (Ex P92) Road/Rail. J 128 GGC - Ex Balfour Beatty - now believed to belong to Thompson's.
Note.
The Permaclipper was one of two owned by Balfour Beatty. Unfortunately, the group were unable to identify which one it was.

Hawthorn Tunnel, Drybrook.

Industrial Loco. HE 7386/76

Lea Bailey Mine, Newtown.

Industrial Locos. Gauge 2' 6". 10 HE 9053/ 81 (Frame only - thrown in a pile of scrap and covered with brambles) Gauge 2' 0". HE 8985/81 (inside the shed)

Bristol West Yard.

Road/Rail Hydrex Dumper Fleet No. 2848: Hydrex Case/Poclain Fleet No. 3739

A LITTLE PIECE OF HERTFORDSHIRE. Tring, Tring, Hello. 24/03/07

The Lawson Family at a Private Location.

Industrial Locos. Gauge 2' 6" CE B3135B/84 rbt CE B4005-1/94 rbt B4066RF/94 (Ex P24): CE 3204A/85 rbt CE B4139/95 (Ex P24): GB 3546/48: GB 3825/49: RH 247182/47 (Ex P102 in 13EL) Gauge 2' 0" (LM264) RH 371535/54: (LM265) RH 375696/54: (LM112) RH 375699/54: Gauge 1' 6" WR L800/83: WR L801/83: WR 544901?84: WR 546001/87: WR 546601/87:
Note.
All the locos were grounded with some being stored in containers.

RUGBY WEEKDAY FLYER R. KING 24/05/07

Rugby 12:00- 20:00

56302, 57307, 60027, 66017/066/214/403/408/416/516/560/578/612/624/625/716/718,
86501/614/639, 90016/021/028/042/045/049, 92004/024/031,
222106/123, 321401/404/424 325004/005/012,
350104/105/107/109/110/112/116/120/125/129,
390001/002/003/004/005/006/007/008/009/010/014/015/016/017/018/019/020
390021/023/024/025/026/028/029/030/031/032/034/035/036/040/041/042/043
390044/045/046/047/048/050/051/053.

NEWPORT TRIP J. A. DICKS & R. J. PERRY 27/03/07.

Avonmouth Bulk Handling Terminal.

08405 66017/200

M4, Westbound, Near Severn Tunnel Junction.

Road/Rail BCL 842 on low loader.

Newport Docks.

09101. 66126 66582/583/584/585/586 66625 GWR Coach 6705

Alexandra Docks Junction, Newport.

60049/055/060/095. 66193. PW Wagons noted. 380401/501/601/602/612
Passing: 09101 Ivor 47810. 66163. 150243 158760/780/866 170108

Newport Station.

43012/030/176/182/186. 60049. 66009/019/146/160/250. 158747/748/769/776/822/824/832/839. 170103/108. 170520. 175004/007/009.

Avonmouth Bulk Handling Terminal

08405 66017/182/200 67007

NEWPORT TRIP John Dicks & Red Perry 21/04/07

Avonmouth Bulk Handling

08405

Newport Docks

66095 66587/588/589/590/591/592/593/594

Alexandra Dock Junction

66150/156/224 Passing DMUs 158747 Richard Trevithick/798

Newport Station

47425/854 (Both WCRC) 43032/040/155/161. 158788/869/872. 175007/010/108. 175106. Coach 99241. Track Machine 73901. Road Railer Rexquote Giga Railer type 1604 KUK, 168M301653/06.

 

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