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Shooting Traxx in a barrel!
Just a Saturday / Sunday trip to throw a few lines in my very empty NS book, looking at the 17 turns and then doing the newly expanded 186 diagrams on IC turns to the south. Good weather and NS managing to run something like the advertised timetable helped, sadly no SNCB 28s as the Benelux was caped all weekend.
Next part of the ongoing Bulgarian information development, a page is now added with the operational status of Class 44 & Class 45 Skoda’s that form the bulk of the BDZ-Passenger Fleet.
|44001r||Sofia||Operational||Ex-44104, bent Koncar rebuild|
|44002r||Sofia||Operational||Ex-44145, bent Koncar rebuild|
|44064||Plovdiv||Withdrawn||Sold to CZMO for scrap 12/2016|
|44074||Sofia||Withdrawn||Fire damage 2013. Scrapped?|
|44081||Sofia||Toasted||Atjos fire 04/2016. Dumped on Plovdiv. Complete wreck.|
|44085||Sofia||Repairs*||Oh yes, more fire damage (Sahrane, 06/2016)|
|44089||Sofia||Withdrawn||Fire damage at Resen 07/2011|
|44096||Sofia||Wrecked||Total fire damage near Karnobat 09/2016|
|44115||Gorna||Withdrawn||Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap|
|44118||Gorna||Withdrawn||Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap|
|44131||Plovdiv||Withdrawn||For sale 12/2016|
|44141||Gorna||Toasted||Bonfire at Svoboda 08/2016|
|45153||Plovdiv||Scrapped||Kaloyanovets Crash 2014|
|45193||Mezdra||Stored||Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap|
|45196||Gorna||Stored||Inside shed for overhaul?*|
BDZ-PP Class 44 & 45 Locos.
Skoda 68E1-E7, 1975-1983. Bo-Bo, 4210hp.
Time for a quick trip – NFP Railtour with two days of superb thrash with Hanzalik’s 749262 around the north of the country out of Usti nad Labem.
After flying in we didn’t do a great deal, appearing to cover the evening 714s out of Masarykovo. 714228 on the 1602 to Kladno was taken as far as Velaslavin. These trains were all full length trailers rather than the ‘bubble’ ones on previous visits. Perhaps a winter thing as there was plenty snow around.
Day 2 and there was plenty of sun but the snow was thawing quickly on lower ground. Here ‘262 pauses at Kastnice awaiting a path forward after we’d done the closed line to Kadansky Rohozec. We’d been circling the Kadan area power stations all morning but would now head south and west.
So a spare Monday before flying back meant that a couple of Praha moves were in order – 163234 is one of now few electrics in old colours and had worked into Praha on a Trutnov service. Then off to the airport which saw a very shiny 714220 picked up on the 1618 Praha-Rakovnik to Dejvice where it is seen, for another 714 to Velaslavin and the local bus to the airport.
Latest update to the Bulgarian Gen area – Class 07 workings for the December 2016 Timetable
I have now updated the 07 page with what I believe to be the current state of 07 workings
Basically, bad news….!
- Plovdiv – Kapikule turn – as advertised (if not expected) the overheads are now live all the way to Turkey. Plovdiv lose all regular 07 work as the Istanbul is now through electric. Obviously they’ve upped the Plovdiv-Svilengrad service as well, and there are a number of hauled services again now during the day.
- The Bucharest – Sofia train pair does not run (!!) in 2016 timetable apart from summer dates advertised as June to September. Hopefully this is factually correct, times would allow a CFR loco. Outside of these dates a CFR Desiro operates between Bucharest and Ruse only. #PROGRESS!!!
- 1470/1471 presumed, no info available
- Dobrich and Silistra turns retained. Both now booked to contain modern sleeping cars so require EH loco. The Varna turn is retimed from the afternoon to evening departure and now only goes to Dobrich.
|Day 1||Class 07’1||Varna Loco|
|TCB20950||05.50 Varna – Poveljanovo||LD|
|BV 2637||06.35 Poveljanovo – Dobrich||Portion off 2637 22.540 Sofia – Varna|
|28203||09.15 Dobrich – Varna|
|28206||18.50 Varna – Dobrich|
|BV 2636||21.15 Dobrich – Poveljanovo||Portion onto 2626 22.10 Varna – Sofia|
|TCB20955||23.00 Poveljanovo – Varna||LD|
|Day 3||Class 07’1||Ruse Loco (TBC – SUMMER DATED)
|MBV 460||16.10 Ruse – Giurgi Nord||09.00 Sofia – Bucharest – (Runs 03.06.17 to 03.10.17 only)|
|MBV 461||15.10 Giurgi Nord – Ruse||12.45 Bucharest – Sofia (Runs 02.06.17 to 02.10.17 only)|
|MBV 1470||00.40 Ruse – Giurgi Nord||17.40 Burgas – Budapest (SUMMER DATED)|
|MBV 1471||04.25 Giurgi Nord – Ruse||11.10 Budapest – Burgas (SUMMER DATED)|
|Day 4||Class 07’1||Ruse Loco
|BV 9647||05.54 Samuil – Silistra||21.20 ex Sofia|
|BV 9646||19.20 Silistra – Samuil||to Sofia (onto 2626 at Gorna)|
Bulgarian Gen Section Index link is here
All info provided in good faith and any additional (or any, to be honest) gen is always welcome. 19/01/17.
Ten years ago tonight (somehow) closed the final chapter on regular, booked WCML passenger workings worth going out for.
A frequent Rugby-New St-Cov evening move might not have been the most exciting but with a small crowd of sociable regulars, reliable (by WCML standards) running, tight timings and all the right noises from up front made it an enjoyable few months or so… All the more so after the rather disastrous month or so earlier in the year which had looked like such a low ebb for the class to go out on, but the 22nd December turned out to be a very enjoyable and very understated farewell.
And so it came down to 22/12/06… A cold and foggy night at Euston with a small crowd of regulars gathered around the loco as the road out of Platform 7 cleared and at 20.54 with some blasts on the horn, slow applause from the assembled bashers as the motors notch up, a low cry of “my lords” goes up as ‘002 heads onto Camden Bank, loco and that Mk3 stock noise all being echoed around by the swirling fog.
For some that was it, the end – the magic gone, forever. Perhaps it was fateful that Wembley Yard held 87s off to pastures of Eastern Europe where I would eventually follow!
002 Euston at the very end ready to leave ECS to Wembley Car Shed. It would be ten years before another seven worked a Class 1 at Euston.
Autumn 2006, 1G21 1651 Euston – Birmingham, 1B05 1900 Birmingham – Euston
Unforgettable to us few desperate souls!
A few years back, Meridian won the tender to operate the Munich to Salzburg / Kufstein regional services and ordered a fleet of Flirts to operate them with. An early period of vice turns using 111s and Austrian 1142s soon ended when they units were eventually delivered and made to work. In February 2016 a tragic crash at Bad Aibling totally wrote off two units and pushing the fleet was found to be unsustainable, so over the summer a set of NX livered (!) stock was drafted in for an out and back peak turn. Locos are provided by Locomotion on a ‘kick-out’ basis at both ends, and have a varied fleet of both their own locos and hired in Railpool or ELL traction. This means that there is a huge variety in power, from elderly 139s to fresh out of the box Vectrons… Managed to eventually sort a day and a bit in late November that would give me three goes at ‘Locomotion Lottery’
So after a 245 out from the Hbf to Munich Ost, it was time to peer into the distance and see what turned up. 186441 was the answer. Now usually would be well happy with dropping a private traxx like this this, but in honestly I was after bigger fish!
So after a days moves, it was back for the 1711 return to Kufstein. I’d seen 186441 on a line of locos beyond Munich Ost whilst going for EC113 and its pair of 1116s, so was fairly confident it would swap. 186102 however had been outside Munich shed all day pan up and lights on… But thats where it stayed, and as I rolled in with 218421 from Muhldorf little more than a ribbed side could be made out – but that was acceptable as it meant a 189 – new class for me! 189907 was duly caned in round town to Ostbahnhof.
Same story the next morning at Ost, but the arrival was up as ten late – perhaps a good sign of something elderly I thought but didn’t really believe. First thing to appear was 2×218 on the inbound Simbach, but then another red engine stormed alongside on the Meridian stock. Reports meant I had an idea what that meant – a ex-DB 151 freight co-co – happy days!
Since I’ve been going abroad at least these are near unheard of on passenger trains – the odd banking duty and this turn is I’m pretty sure all thats been known. Meridian do have a couple in house colours but evidently ‘060 is yet to see the paintshop after transfer from DB, which to me at least makes it look even meaner. With that I was done in Munich and headed to Stuttgart before going home, there might have been a rather early celebratory beer in the barcar on the IC going north!
To show the variety this turn has produced, an absolute rarity these days, a quick search on ERG shows at least:
- 151060, 151074
- 185661, 185663, 185664
- 186102, 186251, 186286, 186441
- 189907, 189914, 189918
- 193208, 193801, 193873
With a dedicated branded rake of stock perhaps it will run for a considerable time (six months and counting already) as they will presumably need additional EMUs building to replace it… Hopefully I’ll get another chance although I don’t know if they can top that 151!
Not got much in the way of trips until next year, so here are a few photos from part of a March trip. As I’ve leaned quite heavily towards Czech and Slovakia this year, decided to put up what was really just under a full a day around Linz largely aiming to cover the 1142s. The challenge of finding them amongst 1144s with classes working each other’s diagrams and Linz liking to take locos off sets and into a whirlpool makes it less straightforward than the diagrams suggest! Few of these are phone photos but seem to have come up alright.
1116 191 and a rake of Cityshuttle stock had been my transit into the country working the 1802 Ceske Bud to Linz. I was glad to have grabbed some supplies because this stops at every lamppost between the two places!
1142 653 at Polgarn with the 1415 Linz-Summerau. This was about the only loco that didn’t swap turns as the Summerau line isn’t great for moves, it was a unit back off this.
1142 655 and 2016 076 have been kicked off shed for the afternoon rush and await respective departure from Linz. Didn’t do either of these so can’t be sure but I think the ‘Tony’ 2016 is on the Grein Bad Kreuzen turn.