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Netherlands Weekend March 2017

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.

 

1765 at Amsterdam with the 1100 Berlin. These are the last turns for standard 1700s not now fitted with push-pull equipment.

 

1759 rolls into Apeldoorn with the ECS to form the 1220 to Alamo. All of these turns are formed of DDAR 1700 sets on weekends currently, which is handy

 

1734 shunts out of Apeldoorn after working in from Alamo

 

Sunday now, and 186142 pushes the 0914 Breda – Amsterdam away from Rotterdam. All of the 186s now work top and tail, fresh out the box 186045 was leading, and there are 4tph on the HSL to Rotterdam.

 

Grey 186239 on the 0937 Amsterdam-Breda has terminated alongside 186036 which is on the rear of the 1053 to Den Haag. These Den Haag services are due to be extended through to Eindhoven soon which will need even more 186s to be in use.

 

186042 arrives at Rotterdam with the 1214 Breda – Amsterdam

 

Sunday afternoon trip to the seaside, 1731 at Enkhuizen after working the 1536 from Amsterdam. These DDM sets have recently(ish) been re-instated with the 17s again in theory fixed formation to the relevant set. The stock is in good condition after years in store, although the leatherette bench seats are a bit of a throwback this far west!

Posted March 13, 2017 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Netherlands

Bulgarian Passenger 44/45 Fleet List

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Real. 44082 rolls into Sindel with the morning Varna to Sofia ‘IC’ formed of a brake and five Y-wagen.

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.

 

Loco Depot Status Note
44001r Sofia Operational Ex-44104, bent Koncar rebuild
44002r Sofia Operational Ex-44145, bent Koncar rebuild
44058 Plovdiv* Withdrawn
44060 Plovdiv Operational
44061 Plovdiv Operational
44062 Varna Operational
44063 Plovdiv Operational
44064 Plovdiv Withdrawn Sold to CZMO for scrap 12/2016
44065 Varna Operational
44066 Varna Operational
44070 Plovdiv Operational
44074 Sofia Withdrawn Fire damage 2013. Scrapped?
44076 Plovdiv Operational “Pinky”
44081 Sofia Toasted Atjos fire 04/2016. Dumped on Plovdiv. Complete wreck.
45082 Plovdiv Operational 2016 renumbering
44085 Sofia Repairs* Oh yes, more fire damage (Sahrane, 06/2016)
44087 Sofia Withdrawn
44088 Varna Operational
44089 Sofia Withdrawn Fire damage at Resen 07/2011
44090 Sofia Operational
44094 Stara Z Operational
44096 Sofia Wrecked Total fire damage near Karnobat 09/2016
44098 Sofia Operational
44099 Plovdiv Operational
44100 Sofia Operational
44105 Gorna Operational
44106 Gorna Operational
44107 Gorna Operational “The Wanderer”
44109 Gorna Operational
44111 Gorna Operational
45113 Plovdiv Operational
44114 Gorna Operational
44115 Gorna Withdrawn Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap
44117 Gorna Operational
44118 Gorna Withdrawn Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap
44121 Gorna Operational
44125 Gorna Operational
44126 Gorna Operational
44127 Gorna Operational
44128 Gorna Operational
44130 Plovdiv Operational
44131 Plovdiv Withdrawn For sale 12/2016
44132 Plovdiv Operational
44134 Plovdiv Operational
44137 Gorna Operational
44138 Gorna Operational*
44140 Sofia Operational
44141 Gorna Toasted Bonfire at Svoboda 08/2016
44144 Sofia Operational
45146 Mezdra Operational
45147 Mezdra Operational
45149 Sofia Operational
44150 Plovdiv Stored*
44151 Sofia Operational
45153 Plovdiv Scrapped Kaloyanovets Crash 2014
45155 Plovdiv Operational
45157 Sofia Withdrawn
45158 Mezdra Operational
44159 Mezdra Operational ex 45149
45160 Mezdra Operational
45162 Mezdra Operational
44169 Plovdiv Operational
45170 Mezdra Stored
45171 Mezdra Operational
45172 Mezdra Operational
45173 Mezdra Operational
45174 Sofia Operational
45175 Mezdra Operational
45176 Mezdra Operational
45177 Mezdra Operational
44178 Sofia Operational
44179 Sofia Operational
45180 Mezdra Operational
45180 Mezdra Operational
45181 Mezdra Stored
45182 Mezdra Operational*
45183 Mezdra Operational
45185 Plovdiv Operational
45189 Gorna Operational
45190 Gorna Operational
44191 Gorna Operational
45192 Gorna Operational
45193 Mezdra Stored Sold to CZMO 12/2016 for scrap
45195 Mezdra Operational
45196 Gorna Stored Inside shed for overhaul?*
45197 Gorna Operational
44198 Sofia Operational Restricted duties*
45199 Mezdra Operational
44201 Gorna Operational
45202 Gorna Operational
44204 Gorna Operational

BDZ-PP Class 44 & 45 Locos.
Skoda 68E1-E7, 1975-1983. Bo-Bo, 4210hp.

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Posted March 5, 2017 by redcow87015 in Uncategorized

Winter NFP 749 Charter

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.

cd-714228-velaslavinAfter 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.

cd-hanzalik-749262-nfp-chrastany749262 at Chrastany – there was a photo stop here awaiting a 814 DMU to pass overhead. We couldn’t be doing with waiting for that so had a snowball fight instead.

cd-hanzalik-749262-nfp-kasticeDay 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.

cd-hanzalik-749262-nfp-bochovAt Bochov, another closed branch which had been a superb climb up from Protivec. The amount of lying snow here posed a couple of difficulties getting to/from the train and photo locations!

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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.

Posted February 8, 2017 by redcow87015 in Czech Republic, Euro Nedding

BDZ 07s: 2017 Timetable

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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.

2017 WORKINGS:

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.

Posted January 19, 2017 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Euro Nedding

Ten Years Ago… The End…

Ten years ago tonight (somehow) closed the final chapter on regular, booked WCML passenger workings worth going out for.

221206_87002_NSa87002, New St, 1G21 1651 Euston – Birmingham

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!

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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!

Posted December 22, 2016 by redcow87015 in Class 87s

Meridian ‘vice’ – Munich November 2016

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!

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186441 on arrival at Munich Hbf, M79410 0629 ex Kufstein

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.

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189907 awaits the tip at Munich Ost on M79411 1711 Munich – Kufstein

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!

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Look. At. That! 151060 at Munich Hbf on the blocks. 

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:

  • 139555
  • 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!

 

Posted December 1, 2016 by redcow87015 in Euro Nedding, Germany

March 2016: A day nedding around Linz

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.

obb-1116-134-linz1116 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!

obb-1142-623-linz1142 623 at Linz prior to working the 0852 to Passau. There was at least one other 1142 kicking around in the old livery as well for a bit of variety

obb-1142-673-wels1142 673 departs Wels with the 0952 Linz – Passau service. The old lights certainly have more character, if a bit PKP style.

obb-2016-076-wels2016 076 sits at Wels with a short set of tanks awaiting to follow up the Passau line

obb-1116-151-linz1116 191 at Linz arriving with the 0534 from Praha hl n, the through trains are formed of Czech aircons and the Taurus will have replaced a CD 362 at Ceske Bud

obb-1142-653-polgarn1142 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.

obb-1142-613-marchtrenkI’m sure everyone who has leapt out of Linz has a photo here… 1142 613 at Marchtrenk on the 1521 Linz – Stainach. 1144 253 shortly took me back to Linz.

obb-1142-655-linz1142 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.

Posted November 18, 2016 by redcow87015 in Austria, Euro Nedding