Castle OBE" arrived from Holyhead and detached from
its stock, ran to the signal at the South end of platform 12
and waited for a while. The driver swapped cabs and then drove
the locomotive back to the stock. The train then disappeared
South instead of forming the 10.30 for Holyhead. 9/12/2003
The 47 + stock
was quickly replaced by 158831 which subsequently left for Holyhead
at 10.45. This performance could be linked in some way to the
non-appearance of the morning Bangor-Manchester ecs working.
67024 took Northern
Belle stock onto the Manchester line. 9/12/2003
Work was continuing
on the lines South of Crewe. Here, in the distance, a track maintenance
train stands with T&T 66's while the twisted complex of tracks
weaves in the foreground. 9/12/2003
Not in blue livery
but with ARRIVA branding, 158824 heads North with a South Wales-Manchester
The loco "hauled"
stock continues for the time being but for how long. Crewe was
crawling with Pendolino's today as DVT 82107 head for London
propelled by 90015 "The International Brigades Spain
The Sandbach Acid
train appeared with 37886 "Sir Dyfed/County of Dyfed"
and one fuel tanker with a distinct wheel flat. 9/12/2003
886 soon returned
without its tanker and headed North up the West Coast Main Line.
What on Earth this
is I do not know. Someone said it was a GPS guided rail grinding
unit but what an ugly beast. 9/12/2003
87002, in Porterbrook
purple, headed North in the bright sunshine. 9/12/2003
47750, with EWS "branding",
arriving at Crewe with the 12.45 from Holyhead. 2/12/2003
87009, formerly "City
of Birmingham", is back in service but without nameplates.
The degree of fading of the paintwork can be identified by the
unaffected patch that was behind the nameplate. 2/12/2003