Classic local trains-0A06

There is a predictability about much of the WCML's services and power in recent years. 0A06 has bucked this trend, despite being an afternoon Crewe ED - Wembley light engine turn used by DB/EWS to get locos from Crewe and Toton depots to the London area for various freight, charter and sleeper duties. The working is conditional in that its actual running is unpredictable, as is the power and number of locos on 0A06. Add in a variety of liveries and the occasional use of the train for European DB operations it generates much interest locally.

Prior to March 2013 EWS/DB would regularly attach locos in the consist of the daily Wembley-BS-Arpley daily wagonload  services or in the consist of Garston - Dagenham car trains. As the wagonload services have long since ceased and the car trains lost to GBRf  or routed via Didcot OA06 has become the prime service  for moving locos. Until April 2015 0A06 and its 0K06  return evening working was used to ferry class 90's to and from sleeper turns for exams at Crewe ED. With this duty now GBRf operated the numbers of 90's on 0A06 initially declined but has picked up as the operational DB WCML class 92 fleet has reduced.  Channel tunnel 92s are once again largely ferried to and from Crewe for exams via 0A06 and 0K06  and some East European class 92 moves have used 0A06 for the first stage of the journey East via the Channel tunnel to Bulgaria or wherever."Eurosheds" also feature on 0A06 fairly regularly too..

Classes featured on 0A06 include class 59/66/67/90 and 92 in 0A06 convoy in moves varying from 1 to 5 locos!

Livery variations on 0A06 include Scotrail blue, DRS blue, Arriva blue, EWS, DB Red, Railfreight grey, Chiltern grey amongst a few..  0A06 and 0K06 are also used as test workings for locos like 90037 and 90040 making their return to traffic on 0A06 after years in store.

So some will claim "its only a light engine" move and of little interest, but perhaps most will have their cameras trained on the occasional multi  loco convoy. Long may it continue!

Sample 0A06 "events"

July 1st 2013- 92029, 92037, 92001 and 92019 in convoy on 0A06, 92001 for export.

June 26th 2014 - 92005, 92037, 90020, 90018 and 67006 in convoy

August 12th 2014 - 90026, 92036 and 59203 in convoy on 0A06. 59's rare locally

October 8th 2014 - 90037 and 67015 on 0A06. 90037's first working fresh from years in store

January 2nd 2015 - 66119, 90039, 92041, 66056 and 66164 in convoy on 0A06.

April 7th 2015 - 92042, 92031, 92024, 92002 and 67026 in convoy on 0A06. 92002 and 92024 for export

August 25th 2015 - 90020, 90037, 66188, 66233 in convoy on 0A06

February 25th 2016 - 67003 0A06 - Arriva blue livery locally is unusual.

July 22nd 2016 - 67010 rear of 0A06 - Cally Blue sleeper livery locally is very unusual.

Sample 0A06 locos.

Please note this is a selection from March 2013 only. Any additional 0A06 gen welcome (ideally with date too)  for a later 0A06 Leighton Logs feature:

 

59103, 59203, 59204, 59205

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66001, 66003, 66010, 66014, 66019, 66038, 66043, 66052, 66056, 66065, 66068, 66077, 66094

66109, 66111, 66119, 66124, 66127, 66133, 66135, 66139, 66143, 66147, 66148, 66154,

66164, 66169, 66174, 66187, 66188, 66202, 66206, 66214, 66228, 66233, 66247

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67003, 67004, 67005, 67006, 67007, 67008, 67010, 67012, 67013, 67014, 67015, 67016,

67018, 67019, 67021, 67022, 67023, 67025, 67026, 67028, 67030

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90018, 90019, 90020, 90021, 90024, 90026, 90028, 90029, 90034, 90035, 90036, 90037,

90039, 90040

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92001, 92002, 92003, 92005, 92011, 92015, 92016, 92019, 92021, 92024, 92029, 92030,

92031, 92036, 92037, 92039, 92041, 92042, 92043

 

 

Sample 0A06 phots

 

Witherage warning Locally 0A06 passes the Leighton area around 1605. On occasions the loco off the Wembley - Daventry ferrywaggons returns light through Leighton just ahead of 0A06. So on viewing a solitary shed heading South light locally, it may be best to hang on, rather than head for your car, as a 5 loco convoy may be right behind the Daventry light engine!!.

 

11081459203n92036n90026r.jpg 59203 tails 92036 with 90026 up front at Leighton station on 110814.

 

08101490037n67015webr.jpg An immaculate 90037 with 67015 in tow after a refurbishment at Crewe ED at Old Linslade on 081014. 90037 had been stored in

Jan 2006 and good old 0A06 was her maiden post refurbishment run.

 

07041592041n031n024n031n67026r.jpg 92042, 92031, 92024, 92002 and 67026 in convoy on 0A06  at Old Linslade on 070415. 92002 and 92024 were Bulgaria bound and will probably passing local haunts for the last time.

 

06071690039n035r.jpg Standard 0A06 fare in 90039 and 90035 at Leighton Station on 060716.

 

07071692015n90039n037r.jpg The 0A06 variety continues, 92015 tails 90039 and 90037 at Leighton station on 070716

 

22071666094n67010webr.jpg The 0A06 livery variety can also see Cally Sleeper blue! 67010 tails 66094 at Leighton station on 220716

LL 130716

 

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