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Operations Track Record

ON TUESDAY, June 11 the 11.30 Euston-Glasgow became a partial failure before reaching Warrington, but struggled on to its destination, arriving 122 minutes late. Following trains were seriously delayed.

The next day the WCML was closed north of Carlisle because of a fallen tree in Floriston, south of Lockerbie. Unfortunately, the ECML was also closed after a person was hit by a train.

The 09.06 Glasgow-Manchester service was first affected, coming to a stand near Quintinshill, while the 09.40 Glasgow-Euston, returned to Glasgow from Beattock and the 10.00 Glasgow-Euston terminated at Carstairs.

STOPPED LNER Mk4 rakes are arriving at Worksop for storage, with BN23 arriving on June 6; BN25, June 8; BN24, June 29; and BN29, July 13.

NO FEWER than eight Class 91 locomotives (and a further eight Class 43 HST power cars) were noted in a period of 2½ hours at King’s Cross on June 12, in the twilight of LNER Class 91s.

WITH ‘Azuma’ Nos. 800101-13 now passed for service, increasing numbers of reports have been received. Currently, they are employed on King’s Cross to Leeds and also Hull, although No. 800101 had not been reported in traffic by mid-July. Others reported on test included the still-unliveried Class 800/2 No. 800202 on June 7, with raised pantograph, on a 5Q73/09.36  Doncaster-Darlington and 5Q74/11.31 Darlington-Doncaster test train. No. 800203 was noted heading into York station from the south on the afternoon of June 12.

CLASS 91 No. 91122 failed at Abbots Ripton, near Huntingdon, while working the 09.45 Leeds-King’s Cross on June 18.

‘Thunderbird’Class 67 from King’s Cross was called to rescue the stricken train, which eventually terminated at Stevenage. As a result the return 12.33 to Leeds was cancelled. On June 22, the 1S05/07.00 King’s Cross-Edinburgh was unusually propelled by Class 91 No. 91118 on the southern end of the train, with DVT No. 82205 leading northwards.

A CORRESPONDENT travelling from Romsey to Cardiff on June 5 observed a number of Class 166 units. Among the trains noted was No. 166214 on the 10.50 Romsey-Portsmouth, delayed and arrived 10.59. The 11.21 Romsey-Cardiff, arrived 11.24, formed of unit No. 166221. A third Class 166 observed was No. 166218 at Cardiff on the 11.23 from Portsmouth. CLASS 143 No. 143612 was working the 12.23 Exmouth-Paignton along with Class 158 No. 158766 on June 12, an unusual combination in that part of the country.

A FURTHER refurbished rake of HST stock, formed of Nos. 49105+48114+48115, was taken south from Doncaster Wabtec to Laira by power cars Nos. 43122+43153 on June 19.

CLASS 387 units earmarked for Heathrow Express services saw No. 387135 towed from Reading to Ilford by Class 57 No. 57305 on June 21, followed on July 15 by No. 57306 moving No. 387133.

THE 17.42 left Penzance 25 minutes late on June 26, having been delayed inbound by congestion at Castle Cary because of the Glastonbury Festival. After ‘great running’, arrival at Bristol Temple Meads was on time.

CLASS 166 No. 166208 was tested between Exeter and Barnstaple overnight on June 27-28 – running as 5Z85 on the outward journey and 5Z86 on the return journey.

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