Flasking Weather!

May started the same as April has been, very wet.  On Monday afternoon information was posted on the Freightmaster forum that there was to be a train running from Crewe to Keyham Road, Plymouth (the entry point to Plymouth Docks).  One of those rare movements which I normally either miss because #1 I find out after the event, #2 I am working when I do find out in time.  For once I had a day off to coincide with it running, result.  Well sort of, I had one small issue which could have resulted in a very frosty reception at home.  My anniversary with the other half, and she had a day off work, and I had agreed to go shopping with her.  As I said, only a small issue then.  Due to the prior commitments and wishing to still have a beating heart I ruled out any trip down to the south-west where the weather was expected to be somewhat better than the Midlands.  Looking over the timings I worked out I could get the first train up to New Street, and get down to Kings Norton ahead of the train if of course it wasn’t running early.  I remembered there was a footbridge at the southern end of the station, which although not giving the best shot would at least allow me to get a half decent shot of the consist.  So without telling the other half what I was up to I set an alarm on my day off for 04:30 which seriously goes against my religion.  I figured I could be out and back again before she even considered waking up properly.  As I was leaving I was grunted and mumbled at to which I responded that I would be back in a few hours and she wouldn’t even know I was gone… I hoped.  On arriving at Kings Norton it was of course raining, though not torrential.  A couple of test shots were fired off to gauge light levels which were pretty non-existent with the solid cloud cover.  Two minutes to go and the heavens opened up with an absolute show stopper of a downpour, thanks.

20303 & 20312 trundle through heavy rain at Kings Norton in charge of 6Z40 05:10 Crewe to Keyham Road on the 1st May 2012

20303 & 20312 trundle through heavy rain at Kings Norton in charge of 6Z40 05:10 Crewe to Keyham Road on the 1st May 2012

The whole reason for getting up at some stupid hour and risking bodily harm from the other half was tucked behind the 20s, KUA MODA 95770.  Built in 1997, by Bombardier Prorail,  one of a pair of vehicles utilised by the MoD for the transportation of radioactive material from the UK Submarine fleet.  Due to the nature of its cargo these vehicles always run with escort coaches.

KUA MODA 95770 passing through Kings Norton in the consist of 6Z40 05:10 Crewe to Keyham Road on the 1st May 2012

KUA MODA 95770 passing through Kings Norton in the consist of 6Z40 05:10 Crewe to Keyham Road on the 1st May 2012

The full consist of this service was as follows:
TRN ENQUIRY RESPONSE FOR 426Z401501. BOOKED ID 6Z401

0510 TO CREWE CLS - KEYHAMDRD

BUSINESS SECTOR 0 TRAIN CATEGORY B

DEPT CREWE CLS 0506 01

DRIVER GUARD
09 SETOUT 84202 KEYHAMDRD
20303       XHNC A 1000 073 35 5 060 0 V M KM X23 0118 0008A 0051B 23
20312       XHNC A 1000 076 31 6 075 0 V M KM X23 0118 0009A 0072B 23

09 SETOUT 84202 KEYHAMDRD
MODA 95770 L KUA 81 60 7 143.000 99 84202 CKORAM RAM H 10202 2908WF
      9428   AZA 68 99 1 032.500 20 84202 735 PXHSCH 10200 FGWT PLY
      9419   AZA 68 99 1 032.500 20 84202 735 PXHSCH 10200 FGWT PLY
1 LDS 2 MTYS 208 TONNES 217 FT/ 66MTR 139 POTENTIAL AIR BRAKE FORCE

1 LDS 2 MTYS 208 TONNES 217 FT/ 66MTR 139 POTENTIAL AIR BRAKE FORCE

2 UNITS 2000 HORSEPOWER 149 TONS 94 FT/ 29MTR 66 BRAKE FORCE

311 FT/ 95MTR-TOTAL TRAIN LENGTH 205 TOTAL TRAIN BRAKE FORCE

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~ by gingespotting on May 2, 2012.

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