RAIL37 MONTHLY REPORTS
NORTH WALES COAST etc.
CREWE - CHESTER - BANGOR - HOLYHEAD
JANUARY 2004
- PART TWO
 4F 44422

Churnet Valley 

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 I don't recall this being a regular locomotive on the coast but it looked OK. I believe that the train was terminated at Chester with a hot box on one of the coaches. If the state of the windows is any guide, the stock is becoming worse than the RR stock prior to withdrawal. The markings on the 47 are a mystery to me! 13/1/2004

 47480 "North Star" was on thunderbird duty at the North end of Crewe Station while 57303 "Alan Tracy" was similarly "employed" at the South end. In the background are 158754(L) and 158757 in FNW livery, both later left for Chester (and beyond?). 13/1/2004

 A very hasty and blurred shot of 390035 - the significance? - the first Pendolino I have seen in 9 coach formation. 13/1/2004

 43123 was leading 43092 on the 08.35 London Euston - Holyhead. 13/1/2004

 43122 was leading 43153 on the flip service. 13/1/2004

 87021 "Robert the Bruce" approaching Crewe with a London-Liverpool service. 13/1/2004

 87021 leaving Crewe. 13/1/2004

 Long shot of 021 with the DVT trailing. 13/1/2004

 Another 87 on a reverse working was 87029 "Earl Marischal" with DVT 82108 at the rear. 13/1/2004

 66549 headed South with a set of empty flats. 13/1/2004

 The 87's are certainly plentiful on the WCML at the moment. 87003 "Patriot" undertakes a Crewe, crew change before heading North while 47840 rests in the sunshine. 13/01/2004

The pale Winter sun combines with rain to produce some strange effects. these are the disused bays at the South end of the station looking towards the, now closed, Diesel depot. Despite apparent closure there is still much activity at "CD". 13/01/2004

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