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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

002, M11, June 2016

002 Central

Not too sure many words are needed. Broken skoda and restricted canjunk meant they turned to the premium power. Most of this years workings have been one trip wanders, but this time Freightliner took over a week to rustle up a replacement so I managed a first trip of the year.

In lesser matters, GBRf seem to be finally getting towards their own locos actually being serviceable – the 73’9s are finally out and about in varying numbers, and 92014 has been “fixed” enough to be trusted with the Carstairs portion. If it and it’s classmates makes a reappearance on the main trains there will probably be a few more posts like this later in the year…

Posted July 2, 2016 by redcow87015 in Class 87s

Bulgarian Sevens, May 2016

That time again! I’d chosen dates poorly this year – Pirdop works is the midst of a two month shutdown for upgrade to the plant and to top it off the Tuesday was a full holiday (National Literature Day) with a bridge day on the preceding Monday. A great start for finding 87s on freight then…

Anyway, the first one we came across was obviously the old crate 87026 which was parked up as we headed from Sofia to Ruse. A priority was to cover the Bulmarket turns before the infestation of cans makes the Bulmarket four of 009/017/023/025 harder to find. However, we drew a blank covering the Polski Trambesh trips with not a loco to be seen. We then headed for Varna, which with no tank trains running we didn’t have great hopes for… The Varna area in my opinion is the best place to go for in Bulgaria with a great beach resort being a stones throw from the BZK Razdelna base combined with regular-ish service trains (all hauled) to get you to and from along a cracking bit of line and Razdelna usually producing something, albeit again there was a CFR 40 around which was the preferred traction to lead the daily train to Ruse. Over three days 87003, 004 & 020 were employed off Razdelna and the Bulmarket trip finally produced 87025 – typically in cloud! The previous and following day however it was an EA on a longer train, showing how fluid this turn is.

The rest of the 87 phots are around the usual Pirdop and Sofia haunts, with more traffic than expected moving around the later and a bonus that with two trains running daily the 40s were clearing off to Burgas leaving local trips and Dimitrovgrad workings in the hands of ‘sevens’. 019 was even brought off Poduyane as we were sunbathing awaiting 87007 to move – sometimes, you just get lucky!! Obviously 87026 was hanging around as well like it always is… Due to the shutdown at Pirdop, a number of sevens were parked up there, whilst there was some traffic moving including the gold vans which does suggest something in the works was in fact ticking over.

Also, I’ve closed off the old BG page whilst I work on massively expanding it to cover not just 87s but also BDZ as a general Bulgaria section; hopefully including fleet lists, diagrams and even booked freight paths which we have managed to acquire. This obviously may take some time!

Anyway, enough waffling, here are the photos:

Posted June 2, 2016 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Euro Nedding

002 over at the Cross

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.

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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

Posted January 30, 2016 by redcow87015 in Class 87s

Bulgarian Sevens, September 2015

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!

Posted September 15, 2015 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Uncategorized

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87002: Sleepers 2015

With a new sleeper franchise starting in April 2015, the GBRf traction provision included ETL’s 87002 (and some cans) for ‘ECS’ duties at Euston with 92s booked to work the main trains. Thats interesting we thought, bound to be some oppurtunities for the drawback to Wembley and maybe the odd escape when 92s blow up. Well, that was the theory. It turned out enough 92s did even make the start line however 3 EWS 90s were hired in to cover.

Easter – ECML Diversion Drawbacks

Over Easter the WCML was blocked as you’d expect, so on Easter Friday a few of us duly booked on the down Inverness (1S25) with a fair bit of trepidation. In it to win it and all that – its fair to say there was a bit of tension as we walked down the platform at Euston after viewing an unwelcome 90021 as train loco.

But we were in for ‘002 up Camden Bank for the first time since 2006, and the short and sweet few miles up to Wembley Yard was fine by us! After a few hours in the bar car and a slow move back to London the next morning that was that, in the book and job done. ‘002 worked at least another evening and a couple of morning trips into Euston, but by no means all.

April – the 92s give up

It didn’t exactly take long… Tues 15 April and many hours late 87002 worked S25 forward from Willesden No 7 – the Wednesday was not my most productive day at work after managing to book pieces for the return 1M16 that night and some rather liberal use of the F2 button on tops! It had to be covered – as “who knew when the next chance would be”…?

Friday was the answer! Now on arriving Saturday morning at Euston, the gen started to filter through it was possibly going to be more than a four night wander. by now zero 92s were serviceable, although 92033 would re-appear the next week. ‘002 however, stayed out on a solid S25 Sun/Tue/Thu returning on M16 the next night. Into week 2, then week 3, then there was a big working on the horizon for week 4…

May Day – some new track

Another Bank Holiday, another set of WCML moleworks. Stafford area this time, so S25 on the Sunday night was being routed via Manchester and the newly electrified route of Castlefield, Eccles, Chat Moss and Golbourne Jn. Totally new track for the class, so we decided early in the week to book in the hope 002 stayed out. It did, and many hours were spent in the bar car heading north!

May – how long would this go on for?

With no solid gen on 90/92 availability but knowing it couldn’t surely last too much longer, we took another trip out on the night of the 8th, only cranks on the train this time… The driver did suggest that next week wasn’t looking likely and we overtook 92018 heading south in the morning. It turned out we made a good call to bother – Sunday night saw a skoda on 1S25 so game over – for now at least?!

87002 had worked S25/M16 solidly from the night of 15 April to the morning of 9 May, without missing a beat, not bad at all…

Posted May 9, 2015 by redcow87015 in Class 87s, UK, UK Mainline

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Bulgarian Sevens, May 2014

This years Bulgaria trip was moved forward to May, with the 21 strong 87 fleet again producing for sight in reasonable numbers. 87003/004/007/008/010/012/014/019/023/026/029/033/034 were viewed on this visit… 006 and 025 were also around as viewed by another member of the party whilst I was deckchairing for winning BDZ locos.

Again we did a circular trip around much of the country, with only two days out of eight not producing any 87 sightings – not bad at all! The phots will I’m afraid be similar to those posted here previously, but it is still something to wander around Razdelna at 06xx photting old friends…. 🙂

Also managed to find 87008 albeit demic on Express Services, Ruse. This loco had not been seen on the past few visits after being seriously attacked for copper in early 2011. It is probably optimistic to expect it to be there for a rebuild rather than parts donor…

For the non-87 BDZ (and a few other bits, some 92 nonsense etc) goodness, click here

Posted May 21, 2014 by redcow87015 in Bulgaria, Class 87s, Euro Nedding