Shiny & New

Time for another little update.  Whilst I have been at work I have been lucky enough to have a few of the new DRS/Chiltern Class 68s pass through.

68 002 is dragged south through Rugby station in the consist of 5Z48 19:20 hours from Crewe CLS to Eastleigh RSMD by DRS 47 805 on the night of Friday the 14th March 2014.

68 002 is dragged south through Rugby station in the consist of 5Z48 19:20 hours from Crewe CLS to Eastleigh RSMD by DRS 47 805 on the night of Friday the 14th March 2014.

The above working was due to 68 002 having broken something whilst out on its original haulage tests.  Five weeks later I found myself arriving at Milton Keynes for an additional turn of duty due to a member of staff retiring.  I turned up, checked the computer, did a double take, grabbed the camera and what pulled into the station but 68 002 once again, returning from Eastleigh after being fixed.

68 002 departs from Milton Keynes station whilst being hauled by DRS 37 423 between Willesden Brent Sidings and Crewe Gresty Bridge (DRS) on Tuesday the 22nd of April 2014.

68 002 departs from Milton Keynes station whilst being hauled by DRS 37 423 between Willesden Brent Sidings and Crewe Gresty Bridge (DRS) on Tuesday the 22nd of April 2014.

Another day at work, and 68 002 now begins to haunt me. This time though 68 002 was under power along with 68 004.

68 004 & 68 002 power South through Rugby station whilst working 0Z68 the 07:04 departure from Crewe gresty Bridge (DRS) to Wembley LMD on Friday the 1st of August 2014.

68 004 & 68 002 power South through Rugby station whilst working 0Z68 the 07:04 departure from Crewe gresty Bridge (DRS) to Wembley LMD on Friday the 1st of August 2014.

68 004 covered itself in glory whilst then travelling light engine later that day from Wembley to Norwich by failing at Ipswich and blocking the Greater Anglia mainline for a couple of hours.

The last update tonight does not involve 68 002.  Yesterday, the sun came out and word came down that a Chiltern liveried Class 68 was heading north towards Rugby running over an hour early.  Time to check the location and proposed route, grab the camera and get in position.  Perfect, expected with no clash of trains, routed through platform two giving a lovely sun on the nose shot.  As it was running very early and knowing that the boys and girls in Rugby Signalling Control Centre have an aversion to anything running through their patch early I thought I would contact them and make sure they were not planning to play silly buggers.  Well , I am glad I did check as they had decided to route it through platform six and hold it in the Up Goods Loop for a bit.  Nothing to do with it going right past their door then? No?  At that point I briskly made my way to a new position.

68 013 sits in the Up Goods Loop at Rugby station whilst travelling between Wolverton Carriage Sidings and Norwich Crown Point Depot on Monday the 22nd of September 2014.

68 013 sits in the Up Goods Loop at Rugby station whilst travelling between Wolverton Carriage Sidings and Norwich Crown Point Depot on Monday the 22nd of September 2014.

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~ by gingespotting on September 23, 2014.

One Response to “Shiny & New”

  1. They’d better sound good, cos they sure is ugly in photos.

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