Retro Charter Delight!

For many, the return of Class 90 hauled MK3s on the WCML is something of a delight, throw in the first outing for a full privately owned HST on the charter circuit, and you have a ‘modern classic’ day to remember.

Locomotive Services Ltd have been putting together a superb fleet of modern classic stock for their charter portfolio in recent months, which included MK3s forming part of a regular service on the Settle & Carlisle Line on the Staycation Express during the summer. Now the long awaited return of Class 90 hauled MK3s (along with DVT) on the WCML, and the first outing of the superbly done Midland Pullman HST are just around the corner.

Both the Midland Pullman and Royal Scot make their debuts on Saturday 12th December, details below…..

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This inaugural train will offer a circular tour following as closely as possible the original route travelling between London and Manchester through Kettering and along the Midland Main Line and the Erewash Valley. At Chesterfield we join the Hope Valley through the stunningly beautiful Derbyshire Peak District National Park offering amazing views of picturesque villages, Mam Tor and Kinder Scout.

We continue through Romiley and Guide Bridge to Stockport and across the agricultural Cheshire Plain with views over the Sandstone escarpment of Alderley Edge to Crewe and then travel down the West Coast Main Line via Stafford and Tamworth to Nuneaton where we branch off to pass through Hinckley to Leicester where we join the seldom used rural line through Britain’s smallest county of Rutland passing Melton Mowbray, Oakham, Corby and Kettering.

5Z43 Crewe Holding Sidings to St Pancras International (Empty Coaching Stock Move)

Crewe Camera 5 (05:59-06:15), Bedford Camera (08:03) & Flitwick Camera (08:08).

1Z43 St Pancras International to Crewe

Flitwick Camera (09:49), Bedford Camera (09:54), Chesterfield Cameras (11:07) & Crewe Cameras 2 & 5 (13:53).

1Z45 Crewe to St Pancras International

Crewe Camera 5 (13:59), Bedford Camera (17:41) & Flitwick Camera (17:46).

5Z46 St Pancras International to Crewe Holding Sidings (Empty Coaching Stock Move)

Flitwick Camera (19:42), Bedford Camera (19:46) & Crewe Camera 5 (21:50-22:00).

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We are pleased to offer an unmissable bargain priced day tour with travel all the way from London to Glasgow in First Class comfort on our modern air conditioned inter-city train, hauled by celebrity Class 90 electric locomotive 90001 ‘Royal Scot’ as it whisks us north for a journey up the West Coast Main line, over the Cumbrian fells with magnificent views of the Lakeland Mountains and across the border, thence through the Scottish Lowlands and the stunning climb to Beattock Summit.

We are due to arrive in Glasgow Central around 12.30 for a 30 minute leg stretch and at 13.00 we will depart for the journey south returning over Beattock Summit in daylight to Carlisle with an arrival around 14.15 and the opportunity to discover the border city in an afternoon sightseeing break.

In Carlisle we expect to have at least 2 hours available for some pre-Christmas retail therapy or perhaps visit the Castle and Cathedral, prior to a departure around 17.00 for our homeward journey south over Shap Summit and a fast run through historic Lancaster.

5Z89 Crewe Holding Sidings to London Euston

Watford Junction Camera (06:00) & Camden Junction Camera (06:25)

1Z90 London Euston to Glasgow Central

Camden Junction Camera (07:16), Watford Junction Camera (07:26), Crewe Cameras 2, 3 & 5 (09:20), Crewe Camera 4 (09:22), Leyland Cameras (09:58), Farington Junction Camera (10:00, Preston Camera (10:10), Bolton Le Sands Camera (10:24), Beattock Camera (11:46) & Thankerton Camera (12:03).

1Z91 Glasgow Central to Carlisle

Thankerton Camera (13:24) & Beattock Camera (13:48)

1Z92 Carlisle to London Euston

Bolton Le Sands Camera (18:05), Preston Camera (18:21), Farington Junction Camera (18:32), Leyland Cameras (18:34), Crewe Camera 4 (19:05), Crewe Cameras 2, 3 & 5 (19:06), Watford Junction Camera (21:23) & Camden Junction Camera (21:41).

As always, we would love to see your screen grabs or photos you get in person, just tag us in on your social media posts and we will give them a like, and share some of our favourites.

Midland Pullman Driver Training

©Joe Bevan

Locomotive Services Ltd stunning Blue/Midland Pullman HST has arrived home to Crewe after a fantastic paint job by Arlington at Eastleigh, and driver training will commence week beginning 2nd November with a daily Crewe-Carnforth-Rugby-Crewe circuit, giving the old girl a good blast on the WCML as crew and staff get up to speed.

Made up of former East Midlands Railway power cars 43046 & 43055 and MK3s 41176, 41108, 41162, 41059, 40801, 41182, 41169 & 44078, the set will depart Crewe Holding Sidings and pass a number of our cameras throughout its journey.

Monday 2nd to Friday 6th November.

5Z43 Crewe Holding Sidings to Carnforth Down & Up Goods Loop

Camera pass times: Crewe 2 & 3 (08:50), Crewe 4 (08:56), Leyland (09:37), Farington Jn (09:44), Preston (09:52) & Bolton Le Sands (10:08).

5Z44 Carnforth Down & Up Goods Loop to Rugby

Camera pass times: Bolton Le Sands (11:18), Preston (11:33), Farington Jn (11:45), Leyland (11:54), Crewe 4 (12:38) & Crewe 2 & 3 (12:39).

If you are out to photo this move throughout the week, please share your captures with us by tagging us in your social media posts on Facebook and Twitter.

Steam returns to Devon this Sunday…..

Steam returns to the Devon coast this Sunday when 46100 Royal Scot heads Saphos Trains operated English Riviera Express, a return working between Bristol and Kingswear.

Passing the stunning coastline through Devon, including the famous sea wall and our brand new camera at Teignmouth, 46100 departs Bristol at 07:50 with an arrival time of 12:33 at Kingswear. Return working departs at 16:45, arriving in Bristol at 20:59.

Thos important camera times and working information is as follows,

1Z27 Bristol Temple Meads to Dartmouth Kingswear

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15828121

11:38 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Dawlish Warren)*

11:40 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (San Remo & Blenheim)*

11:45 – Teignmouth Cameras

1Z28 Dartmouth Kingswear to Bristol Temple Meads

Track it at https://railcam.uk/rcdata/RCData2_detail.php?r=S&sid=15853818

17:36 – Teignmouth Camera

17:39 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Blenheim & San Remo)*

17:40 – Dawlish Beach Cameras (Dawlish Warren)*

(* Available with adverts via www.railcam.uk or at advert free at www.dawlishbeach.com )

Our Teignmouth Scenic camera is available to watch for free on our YouTube channel, whilst our dedicated railway camera is available via the Railcam website for our subscribers.

Railcam Teign Estuary Camera