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Popped over to Kings Cross this week to take a couple of phots as 87002 had finally been allowed out on the ECS move for the down Royal Highlander which is diverted via the East Coast due to Beattock being closed. Never been a fan of Kings Cross but they have done a good job of tarting up the trainshed around the blocks.
Sadly the hired in Freightliner skoda’s are a lot more reliable than 92s (shock) so perhaps no sign of class 1 workings at the moment
Having failed miserably to plan much for the end of the year but with leave to burn, word of a tour using SIX Hungarian M61s for a dayout was too tempting once I’d made the fatal mistake of even taking a look at covering it. With short notice and the need avoid the worse of the pre-Christmas flight ching it just happened that the Sunday Stansted-Ljubljana was available without breaking the bank – oh well I know how to get from there to Budapest!
My luck was well in with 664116 doing the honors on the Citadella and I really hope I can get back before the wires – now looking as good as complete – are energized. Late Spring/Summer 2016 seems to be the claim, but will it really take them that long?
A winter Tuesday (still in thick fog!) probably isn’t the ideal time for a tour to Tapolca, but (big thanks to Ferenc for sorting tickets out) with no fewer than six – six – M61s on the front it was enjoyable if plain silly.
So that left just one more move, 431 271 taking me to Ferihegy for the flight home. My 284th winner of 2015 over nine trips abroad, here’s to many more in 2016 and a big thanks to everyone who has made this an excellent year.
Long weekend covering diesels on the Atlantic coast and then spinning around Lyon and the Rhone-Alps.
Flew out the morning after the tragic events in France which made the trip a touch pognant. Vive Le France.
June 2007, and a visit to the graveyard at Long Marston MOD site where 19 off-lease sevens were standing forlorn after retirement from WC duties. By this time there was the impressive, if depressing, sight of the locos being placed in a single line bookended by equally forlorn DVTs. Wandering up a silent line of what would have been almost 100,000hp worth of fine traction was sobering enough and a few of these locos never turned a wheel in anger again, although perhaps less than we’d have really expected then. Most however gained another lease of life – and were certainly a big factor in sparking my personal interest in euro-cranking!
The locos were: 87010 (2015 status – BZK), 87004 BZK, 87013 BZK, 87014 BZK (oos), 87033 BZK, 87030 cut, 87021 cut, 87011 cut, 87017 Bulmarket, 87029 BZK, 87018 cut, 87023 Bulmarket, 87032 cut, 87003 BZK, 87025 Bulmarket, 87020 BZK, 87027 cut, 87034 BZK, 87009 Bulmarket.
Of those not present (from memory!) 87005/015/016/024/101 had already been scrapped, 031 was dumped at Tyseley to follow with 001/035 preserved. 87012/019 were out paving the way for others to follow in Bulgaria and GBRf had 006/022/028 for dragging 325s around whilst 002/007/008/026 were stored at Wembley. Most of those then also ended up at Long Marston where some of the preparatory rehabilitation and repainting was done prior to export for Bulgaria.
Still a top place! Most things managed to eventually fall into place nicely again for 2015’s Bulgaria trip, usual circular trip to cover the ground. Managed a dozen new BDZ locos and added a few more to the ‘active winners’ list for the next trip! Storming around behind classic Skoda electrics in fresh air compos, driven hard on single lines with little to no gen, let alone diagrams, perhaps bashing in its simplest form. Between trains ;-) managed a few phots of EA’s and also a pair of OBB Taurus which have now spread their wings this far East.
We also did the International service between Sofia-Budapest which goes over the new Danube II bridge between Vidin and Golenti. Due to Craiova airport being shut we then transitted home via Bucharest. Rumour has to this service, if it survives, will be retimed into an overnight for 2016 so perhaps good to do it in daylight.
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Obviously you’ll also want to look at the 87 phots, won’t you…?
It was that time again – the annual pilgrimage to Bulgaria had arrived. You probably know the drill by now, so I’ll leave the photos to do most of the talking. Pirdop & Razdelna dominate as usual, plus the bonus this year of viewing (if with poor phots) all four Bulmarket machines. This included, on the penultimate day and totally unexpected, 009 at Levski, it had been a long long time since I’d seen that one.
Accounted for during the week were: 003 006 009 010 012 013 014 017 019 020 023 025 026 028 029 & 034
BZK Gen: We headed to Pirdop for the afternoon where the usual stabled locos were shunted onto the evening eastbound departures, these being tanks headed for Razdelna which seemed at usual levels but also with the usual favouritism of having a CFR 40 leading. Due to daytime engineering work on the Pirdop line however the timings just didn’t work out for phots en-route.
The Razdelna-Ruse daily mixed freight was again the phot ‘banker’ (it was 026, obviously!) with Razdelna just about being light enough to do a morning session around the yard as the service trains are running earlier again. September is really too late in the year for this it seems.
Bulmarket: The only solid runner viewed was a afternoon Ruse-Dolno Esperovo tanks which was 87023 when crossed but then an EA the following two days when photting would have been on! We were surprised to see a triple header trip heading back up the Ruse line from Polski Trambesh (previously always a single EA) and then 009 heading for Sofia with a short set of tanks. With Bulmarket reported to be under offer by PKP Cargo changes could perhaps be afoot here anyway!
Part 2: Hungary, Slovenia, Croatia, Slovenia, Hungary, Austria
A much needed full week away! There will be a couple of parts to this as I managed to take quite a few photos, by my standards anyway, and as we did a whistlestop tour there is enough variety to (hopefully) keep it interesting.
So having crossed the Danube at Komarno – Komaron, we were in Hungary for until Monday afternoon, when the tension was mounting as a V43 whisked us east towards Hodos. The week basically hinged on this – we were looking for a possible last blast on the Citadella but with two ‘Tony’ 2016 silent junk out and about, would we be bowled? No, 664106! They even found a 363 to work forward, Thanks Very Much SZ! We then pottered around Croatia on 2044s for a couple of days before going for a three-legged 664 move on the Friday – both Citadella’s and the overnight. Once again we’d pleased the right people as all three dropped ‘biblical volume’ 664s – even got the pen out twice taking me to 11 of the 20. Don’t know if I’ll get another though with the wires well on the way now… After the (good for engines, not much sleep!) overnight we had a leisurely day around Lake Balaton then just a long way home on the Sunday, Gyor-Vienna-Brno-Stansted, just to add an extra pair of countries to the week!
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For the previous few days photos from Slovakia please click ‘ere!