Log phot's 230515 update featuring 1983 - 2015, thanks yr contributions.

Old Linslade, 230515

23051590037r.jpg DB 90's remain solid on 1M16/1S25 in the last week with 92's likewise on 1M11/1S26. In the shadow of the tree 90037 passes Bridge 139

with a right time 1M16 2046 (22/5) ex Inverness. 90037 was only released from store back in October 2014 so is a comparatively uncommon Sleeper machine of late.

 

Marsh, nr Little Kimble, 210515

 

21051556301r.jpg Grid in classic Bucks countryside. 56301 is dwarfed by the National Grid pylon as she crosses lonely Marsh crossing with spoil empties from Calvert to WN.

 

Ledburn, 200515 thanks to Andrew Chambers

 

20051557310r.jpg 57310 with 57312 tailing heads North through Ledburn with 1Z46 London Victoria - Chester return Northern Belle.

 

 

Cheddington, 190515 thanks to Andrew Royle

 

19051586605n639r.jpg  Classic "cans"  a  timeless WCML scene, 86605 and 86639 take 4L92 Garston - Felixstowe South

 

Marylebone, 190515

19051567014r.jpg Marylebone continues to see far more loco hauled activity than Euston which may explain the increased enthusiast interest there.

67014 continues to fly the WSMR link to the past and is seen at rest after working the 1255 from Birmingham Moor St

 

Tring, 120515

 

120515321411n414r.jpg The local 321 diagrams remain largely unchanged with the timetable change. 321411 and 321415 have the road at Tring with the 1526 Euston.

 

Milton Keynes, 100515 thanks to "Red Cow"      

 

10051537419r.jpg Delayed after problems led to 37059 being detached prior to depature, heres 37419 at Milton Keynes with the Euston - Crewe "Four Triangles" Charity Tour

 

London Euston, 090515 thanks to "Red Cow"

 

09051587002euswebr.jpg 87002 to the blocks again! She is seen here after working 1M16 from Edinburgh. Unfortunately this has been the last working of the "seven" to date as more mundane 90020 and 90035 have featured much more of late

 

 

Princes Risborough, 080515

 

08051568008r.jpg In the "dog house"! 68008 accelerates South with the emcars of what should have been the 0741 to Marylebone. The 68 had failed with the Northbound

emcars and after attention from a man in a DRS van she was battered and is heading seen South around 1330. At Wembley she was swapped for 68011.

 

Andover, 070892 thanks to Jason Hall

 

07089247370r.jpg 47370 is an impressive visitor on 2V17 1705 Waterloo - Exeter SD. An in depth  "Mule" feature from Jason coming soon.

 

Shrewsbury, 040683

 

04068325316n2891010abyetr.jpg Head and Adidas bags clutter the foreground as 25316 and 25289 wait to head for Wolves with the 1010 Aberystwyth - Euston. Note the "Buzzard" amongst the bashers his brown bag slung round his back as usual. 25202 and 25211 had already gone to Aber, we are awaiting 25305 and 25194 on the 1010 Euston - Aberystwyth to do back to Welshpool, our regular Summer Saturday haunt back then.

 

On this day in history -  May 93

 

Back on May 29th 1993 56046 rumbled along the Oxford - Bletchley line with the last local hauled passenger train down the branch.

2 days later a 117 DMU worked the very last train. Since then the Claydon - Bletchley has been "mothballed" and the rot set in.

Long sections of track were stolen, vegetation took over.

Passenger services remained until last year on the Bicester - Oxford section when the line was closed for rebuilding. The new Bicester chord

is now a very impressive bit of new track and in September 2015 the line will reopen, initially serving Bicester Village, Islip and a new Oxford parkway station.

Vegetation clearence has now begun on the Claydon - Bletchley section as a prelude to electrification and scheduled reopening by March 2019.

Progress reports at http://www.eastwestrail.org.uk 

 

The weeks that were - Local gen

 

Sunday 10 May

37419 tnt 57310 1Z46 Euston - Crewe (delayed after 37059 removed at Euston)

 

Monday 11 May

86605/628 4M87 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

86622/614 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

86627/604 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

70013 4M88 Felixstowe - Crewe

70015 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70020 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St 

 

Tuesday 12 May

86609/610 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

60011 6B10 Peak Forest - Bletchley/6H10 Bletchley - Peak Forest (left 80 early)

67012 1Q28 Derby to Euston

70013 4L39 Trafford Pk - Felixstowe

70016 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

 

Wednesday 13 May

66502 4M36 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk with 86604/627 dit

86614/628 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

60011 6B10 Peak Forest - Bletchley/6H10 Bletchley - Dowlow (vice Pk Forest)

47813 0Z55 Norwich - Wolverton/5Z55 Wolverton - Norwich with 12125 and 12064

57316 5V42 Carnforth - Southall

66585 7X33 Derby - Bletchley with 387101

70004 4M81 Felixstowe - Crewe

70013 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

70015 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70017 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Thursday 14 May

86609/610 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

66035 7X01 Derby - Wembley with class 378 coaches 38418/419/420

57316 0Z47 Southall Carnforth with 47237/47245/57315 (47245 removed Northampton)

70016 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70013 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Friday 15 May

86627/607 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

70006 4M45 Felixstowe - Ditton

70016 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70017 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Saturday 16 May

57312/57310/68008 0Z68 Crewe - Wembley

57310/68012/57312 0Z69 Wembley - Crewe

60010 tnt 66016 7R03 Bescot - Wolverton

70013 4L90 Lawley St - Felixstowe

70017 4M87 Felixstowe - Crewe

On the Chiltern: Deltic D9009 tnt 67005 1Z55 Victoria - Kidderminster VSOE

 

Sunday 17 May

37608 tnt 37607 1Q05 Derby - Derby via DC lines and Euston

66016 tnt 60010 7R03 Denbigh Hall Jn - Bescot

 

Monday 18 May

86609/610 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

86605/639 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

37059 5Z55 Norwich - Wolverton with 10405, 11078, 12138, 12110, 12066, 11092/5Z56 Wolverton - Ilford with 3/4 of the above, identities unknown.

70006 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70013 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

70016 4M36 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

 

Tuesday 19 May

86627/607 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

86605/639 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

57312 tnt 57310 1Z55 Manchester Victoria - London Victoria Northern Belle/1Z57 return

70016 4L39 Crewe - Felixstowe

70001 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70014 4M36 Felixstowe - Trafford Pk

 

Wednesday 20 May

86609/610 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

86605/639 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

57312 tnt 57310 1Z44 Chester - London Victoria Northern Belle/1Z46 return

37706/47746 0Z37 Southall - Tyseley

70014 4L41 Crewe - Felixstowe

70006 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70013 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Thursday 21 May

86627/607 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

86605/639 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

68013 0Z68 Crewe - Wembley LMD

70001 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70007 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Friday 22 May

86605/639 4L92 Ditton - Felixstowe

70001 4M54 Tilbury - Crewe

70006 4M56 London Gateway - Crewe

70014 4M93 Felixstowe - Lawley St

 

Saturday 23 May

319008 5M81 Wolverton - Bedford

37604 3Z05 Dollands Moor - Derby

 

Class 387 commissioning

Correction, only 387104 had previously left for Lovers Walk, not 387129. 

387101 arrived, 387101/102 and 387129 have been out on test.

 

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