Lo­co­mo­tive-hauled trains boost Bank Hol­i­day ca­pac­ity

Rail (UK) - - Fleet - Richard Clin­nick As­sis­tant Ed­i­tor richard.clin­nick@bauer­me­dia.co.uk @Clin­nick1

CHILTERN Rail­ways and East Mid­lands Trains op­er­ated ad­di­tional lo­co­mo­tive-hauled trains us­ing hired trac­tion over the Au­gust Bank Hol­i­day week­end, to pro­vide ex­tra ca­pac­ity.

Class 47-hauled trains re­turned to the na­tional net­work on Au­gust 26/27, when Chiltern Rail­ways hired two lo­co­mo­tives to pro­vide ad­di­tional ca­pac­ity. Mean­while, EMT hired two GB Rail­freight Class 66/7s to haul a train from Not­ting­ham to Skeg­ness and re­turn on Au­gust 27.

With the West Coast Main Line closed from Lon­don Eus­ton for en­gi­neer­ing works in re­la­tion to HS2, Chiltern ran ex­tra trains to pro­vide more ca­pac­ity be­tween the cap­i­tal and Birm­ing­ham. This was the first time Class 47s had been used to haul timetabled pas­sen­ger trains since Cale­do­nian Sleeper hired lo­co­mo­tives from Harry Nee­dle Rail­road Com­pany be­tween Jan­uary and March 2016.

CR hired Rail Op­er­a­tions Group 47812 and 47813 to haul a rake of Riviera Trains Mk 2s. The ‘47s’ were used on the 0934 and 1734 Birm­ing­ham Moor Street-Lon­don Maryle­bone on Au­gust 26, re­turn­ing on the 1253 and 2136 from Lon­don. The fol­low­ing day they worked the 0940 and 1540 from Birm­ing­ham Moor Street, and the 1300 and 2100 re­turn. Overnight, the lo­co­mo­tives sta­bled at Ty­se­ley.

On the Lon­don-bound trains, 47812 led the for­ma­tion, with ROG-liv­er­ied 47813 haul­ing the re­turns. This was 47813’s first rev­enue out­ing since its owner ap­plied the colour scheme.

Mean­while, EMT hired 66707 Sir Sam Fay/Great Cen­tral Rail­way and 66763 Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way to haul the 0943 Not­ting­hamSkeg­ness and 1235 re­turn, with Riviera Trains sup­ply­ing a Mk 1 Gen­er­a­tor Van to pro­vide elec­tric train sup­ply.

Th­ese were the first lo­co­mo­tive­hauled trains to op­er­ate timetabled ser­vice trains since EMT hired Class 47s from West Coast Rail­way in 2008. Reg­u­lar LHCS to Skeg­ness had fin­ished in 1993.

They ran via Gran­tham (where the train re­versed), which meant 66763 led the train from Not­ting­ham, and from Skeg­ness on the re­turn, which did not run via Gran­tham.

The op­er­a­tor used the ‘66s’ with a rake of RT Mk 2s to pro­vide ex­tra ca­pac­ity with diesel mul­ti­ple units used else­where. EMT also used a High Speed Train on the Skeg­ness branch over the week­end.

BARRY DUFFIN. TIM CLARKE.

Above right: On Au­gust 26, GB Rail­freight 66763 Sev­ern Val­ley Rail­way stands at Not­ting­ham be­fore haul­ing the 0943 to Skeg­ness. The ‘66/7’ was one of two hired by East Mid­lands Trains, with 66707 Sir Sam Fay/GreatCen­tralRail­way on the other end. Be­low right: On Au­gust 26, Rail Op­er­a­tions Group 47813 stands at Lon­don Maryle­bone, wait­ing to de­part with the 1253 to Birm­ing­ham Moor Street.

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