- CHESTER - BANGOR - HOLYHEAD North Wales
Coast July 2001 Part 1
ran South through the station then reversed into bay platform
8 before running onto a parking spot outside the diesel depot.
In platform 12 there were 6 loaded ballast hoppers which I assumed
had been deposited by 37051 before doing a runround. I didn't
find out if this was the case but 051 certainly did not return
to them. 11/7/2001
37372 in "Mainline"
livery had been refuelling at the depot pumps before running
out to reverse onto the hoppers at platform 12. The locomotive
was in good external condition and looked good in the blue livery.
Class 37 with "Sealion".
The train comprised 3 Sealion, 2 Stingray and 1 Seacow vehicles.
While the 37 was waiting
to leave, the 9.19 Holyhead - London arrived in platform 11 behind
47746 "The Bobby". The 47 left the train
which was pushed down to the Capital by 87033 "Thane
of Fife". 11/7/2001
Yet another track animal
Asleep on the depot were
"William" and "Harry" looking
very tarted up - trip in the offing? 11/7/2001
Track monsters moving away
from the station led by DR98003 then DR98004, DR98009 with DR98010
trailing. Copper wire was the order of the day. 8/7/2001
It's a long time since I
saw a 37 runround at Crewe but today there were two instances
to be seen although regrettably not with RR stock. The first
was 37707 which arrived with a rake of mixed MHA, MTA and MFA
The train arrived from the
South into the platform 12 loop where the loco detached and ran
onto the Chester line. It then ran back through 11 to couple
onto the train again....
.......before heading South
again and on to Basford sidings. 37707 later ran onto the diesel
depot pumps. 8/7/2001
The 13.45 Holyhead - London
HST arrived in platform 6 with 43159 leading.....
.....and 43086 bringing up
the rear. 8/7/2001
Wales & West Alphaline
158826 sat in platform 12 while a fitter filled up the coolant
tank on the trailing vehicle. I was listening to the engine being
turned over when I saw another 37 arriving in the form of 37886
"Sir Dyfed/County of Dyfed" so had to
go. I never did know if the engine started but the train did
eventually leave for Cardiff. 8/7/2001
37886 has recently acquired
the nameplate from 37799, a former stand-in on the coastal runs.
37799 has now been painted in GIF blue for shipment to Spain
as L030 8/7/2001
I was just ready to leave
when a sixth loco sense made me look along platform 12 to see
D172 "Ixion" crawling in with "things"
in tow! The "things" turned out to be 90037 "Spirit
of Dagenham" and D6700! 8/7/2001
The NRM prototype class 37
in (almost) as built condition number D6700. 8/7/2001
The consist as seen from
It begins again.....but this
time there are no 37/4 sets to cope. Passengers lining up to
board 175004 running as the 10.53 for Birmingham. 7/7/2001
The 11.15 for Holyhead comprised
175007 leading 175114 and is seen here leaving platform 12 while
86233 "Laurence Olivier" waits for work.