Sleepy time

It has been a while so it was about time I made a new post.  The sorting out of the images from 2014 is taking way longer than I expected or wanted.  It is getting to a stage now where it feels pretty demoralising to even be working on them.  I hate being behind on things and those images are a major bug bear.  It does not help I have already been on my first trip of 2015 to Mainland Europe with a second only weeks away.  As well as the European Mainland, the United Kingdom has been keeping the interest ticking over as well.

On the 31st March 2015, the running of the Anglo-Scot sleeper services changed hands from First Scotrail to Serco Caledonian Sleepers Ltd, with the freight operator GBRf providing the haulage.

This meant the locomotives hauling these trains changed from Class 90s to Class 92s, in theory.  In reality the Class 92s have been a bit fragile at the start of the service with Class 90s hired in from DB Schenker as well as 87 002 making a welcome return to mainline running along the WCML.

 

Freshly painted 92 038 heads South through Rugby on 1M16 the  20:44 hours Inverness to London Euston Caledonian Sleeper service on  the morning of Saturday the 11th of April 2015

Freshly painted 92 038 heads South through Rugby on 1M16 the 20:44 hours Inverness to London Euston Caledonian Sleeper service on the morning of Saturday the 11th of April 2015

87 002 sits at Rugby station after doing a Driver Training Run from London on Thursday the 26th of March 2015

87 002 sits at Rugby station after doing a Driver Training Run from London on Thursday the 26th of March 2015

The Class 87 was only meant to be utilised for Empty Coaching Stock (ECS) movements between London Euston and Wembley Yard.  With some foresight though I believe it was written into the hire contract that it would be able to be used on the full sleeper service if required.  On the night of Tuesday the 14th April 2015 the Electric Train Heating (ETH) (all your hotel power, internal electrics & heating) failed on the Class 92 and it was decided to run the sleeper with the Class 87.  The problem was the Class 87 was trapped at the buffer stops at London Euston after bringing in the ECS.  Therefore the train left London Euston with the Class 92 on the front, and the Class 87 on the rear.  In the Willesden area the train came to a stop, whereupon the Class 92 was detached and the Class 87 ran round to the front of the train to provide onward power.

I happened to be on a night shift at work when this took place so was able to snap the shot of 87 002 coming through Rugby at close to 100mph which challenged the camera and lens.  The shot could have been sharper but I am happy to have captured the first run of a Class 87 on the Sleeper in a long time.

87 002 powers through Rugby with a late running 1S25 after the ETH failed on 92 033 on the night of Tuesday 14th April 2015

87 002 powers through Rugby with a late running 1S25 after the ETH failed on 92 033 on the night of Tuesday 14th April 2015

Keeping on the sleeper theme I had the pleasure of travelling on another overnight service across Europe on my latest trip.  CityNightLine (CNL) 457 “Kopernikus” on my first trip of this year to the Mainland.

Bags packed and ready to go with some assistance from my youngest Maine Coon

Bags packed and ready to go with some assistance from my youngest Maine Coon

Unlike previous posts, I am not promising when the 2014 images will start going on-line, but I am on the last trip now.  Currently sorting out the last trip and I have just moved onto night shifts at work which means I “might” be able to get more done.  We shall wait and see.  Lesson for 2015, no need to photograph every wagon in every train, especially when they are container services.  It gets really boring after a while 🙂

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~ by gingespotting on May 15, 2015.

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