Out East, August 2019

Tues 20th

A nice morning was tempered by the 0730 fast ex Leighton caped due a unit failure meaning long queues on the platform for the following fast 0741 on which i was pre booked. 350250/108 and 374 soon arrived and we all piled on, at least in the rear coach most got seats. 90045 was at Euston on M16, 86101 on the "emcars".

The usual Met line crush, then the luxury of Mk III quality 12097 on the 0900 Liverpool St - Norwich behind 90015. We left Ipswich a few minutes down but rapid running saw the tight plus onto 90003 on the 1100 Norwich - Liverpool St comfortably made. A quick leap at Ipswich saw 90002 made on the 1030 Liverpool St - Norwich from which i bailed at Stowmarket. A fodder break here then the booked 321's in 321323 and ex Silverlink 321432 forward on the 1130 Liverpool St - Norwich. A power car seat in 321432 saw the usual screams, bumps and howls North to Norwich.

Disbelief on arrival at Norwich with 37419 and 37407 having moved from the sidings and were on the 1336 Yarmouth with Mk II's 5919, 5937 and 9521 the consist. The "37's" only worked on an "as required" basis Monday to Friday and not very often in August, so the 6 bashers aboard very much enjoyed the run to Yarmouth and the following 1550 Lowerstoft and 1648 return.

Because of football i had to flag the 37's on the following 1750 Lowerstoft for 90002 on the 1800 Liverpool St to Ipswich. Portman Road is a great, old fashioned ground we led for 70 minutes too before losing 2-1.

90008 on the 2100 Liverpool St - Norwich returned us to Norwich after the game along with 10 Dons supporters!

Phots from the day

20081990001r.jpg90001 arrives at Stowmarket with the 1200 Norwich - Liverpool St

200819321323webr.jpg321323 and ex Silverlink 321432 arrive at Stowmarket with the 1130 Liverpool St - Norwich, a booked 321 turn these days

20081937407lowr.jpg37407 at Yarmouth prior to working the 1417 to Norwich

20081937407nor.jpg37407 looks good at Norwich after working the 1417 ex Norwich

20081937419r.jpgLooking smart 37419 prior to working the 1550 Norwich - Lowerstoft

20081937407lowr.jpg37407 at Lowerstoft prior to working the 1648 to Norwich

20081990002r.jpg90002 at Norwich with the 1800 to Liverpool St

 

Wed 21st

At Norwich around 8am the "tractors" were very much on the sidings and obviously not coming out on the 0836 Yarmouth! 156418 took us to Worstead a new station shack for us, 156413 returned us from little Worstead. A day on the Norwich - Ipswich corridor followed with Stowmarket and Diss raked in too. 66706 was viewed on the Harwich - North Walsham empty oil tanks, the phot at Diss spoiled by a London train in the way!

90001, 90003, 90006, 90010, 90013, 321366/321340 were all raked in, 37219 and 37402 were also in action on light and a DVT move before 90003 returned me South on the 1800 ex Norwich.

37099 and 37521 were at Colchester on a test train, 08700 on Ilford. Euston was in a shambles as usual, but at least 350369 ran right time on the 2024 to Milton Keynes.

Phots from the day

21081990006r.jpg90006 at Norwich with the 0930 to Liverpool St

21081990007r.jpg90007 leaves Diss with the 1000 Liverpool St - Norwich

21081966706r.jpgUnfortunately blocked by an up express, heres 66706 at Diss with the long running Harwich - North Walsham empty tanks.

21081986sr.jpg4L41 out East with 86610 and 86637 powering through Ipswich station

21081990008r.jpg90008 arrives at Ipswich with an up service

21081937219r.jpg37219 looking and soundin good on a filming run at Ipswich

210819321340r.jpg321340 and 321366 at Norwich with the 1400 to Liverpool St

Loco and Stock formations viewed

Sadly although the Mk III's remain immaculate inside, the lack of maintenance with new stock coming is beginning to show (ie missing first class coach, missing buffet, coach doors locked out of use, toilets officially closed, no air - con...) but nothing as bad as how Virgin ran the same stock down in 2003/4.

90001, 82107, 12115, 12093, 12109, 12082, 12120, 12019, 10413, 11093, 11076

90002, 82105, 12040, 12042, 12009, 12148, 12151, 10405, 11085, 11091,

90003, 11066, 11092, 10416, 12147, 12027, 12024, 12097, 82118

90004, 11070, 11090, 10404, 12114, 12164, 12139, 12103, 12146, 12031, 82103

90006, 82121, 12091, 12049, 12153, 12125, 12005, 12015, 10415, 11067

90007, 11081, 11101, 10417, 12108, 12079, 12098, 12166, 12061, 82132

90008, 82136, 12111, 12064, 12129, 12051, 12126, 10406, 11096, 11077

90010, 82139, 12066, 12099, 12016, 12034, 12012, 12030, 11098, 11072

90013, 82152, 12130, 12084, 12060, 12081, 12041, 12057, 11078, 11082

90015, 11075, 11092, 10416, 12147, 12027, 12024, 12046, 12097, 82118

 

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