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#1 big jim

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 17:24

well here we go again, another new employer for me....

as people may kowi left chiltern the other week and have started with colas as a lead driver, had a couple of days PTS and rules refresh before going out today and doing a bit of route refreshing from crewe to derby on the sinfin tanks, got to do a 66 conversion so i couldn't drive today but i got the route to derby refreshed (doing it again tomorrow with an EMT cab pass)

started at 05:30 in crewe departing to derby st andrews to run round, 66847 at the helm
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the train run round in St Andrews, here we are ready to head down the sinfin branch
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after dropping the tanks off in sinfin it was off to Etches Park for fuel and a service
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then back to sinfin and onto the train, here it is waiting at sinfin jn to head back out onto the mainline, the 3/4 mile trip down the branch involves working 3 ground frames, a propelling move and a run round then another run round at St Andrews on the way back!!
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and finally back into crewe
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in all a good day, inducted into the sinfin plant, route refreshed and ready to re-sign, gave 250BOB a wave passing through uttoxeter

next week im route refreshing the WCML to carlisle for 4 days and working a log train back via the S+C to get my handling hours in and to start learning the route, the week after its refresh warrington to chirk and down to shrewsbury and wolves and back to warrington, thankfully i know it all anyway so again its just a refresh

i'll use this thread to keep anyone who's interested about my exploits with colas

Edited by big jim, 13 August 2018 - 22:00 .

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#2 Nick G

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 17:47

Great pictures Jim, look forward to seeing more of your Colas adventures.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 18:09

And there's me thinking your thread would be Lets Go Colas!!

Good to see you back reporting on the railways.
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Posted 18 April 2013 - 18:46

Saw the loco running light past Derby station this morning, heading north, you in the back cab?

Can't remember if I'd just got off the Matlock in platform 1 or just joining the Crewe in 2. I've not been that awake all day! Same job two days running, on at 05.11 Grantham, Crewe, Mansfield Woodhouse.


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 19:08



next week im route refreshing the WCML to carlisle for 4 days and working a log train back via the S+C to get my handling hours in and to start learning the route, the week after its refresh warrington to chirk and down to shrewsbury and wolves and back to warrington, thankfully i know it all anyway so again its just a refresh

i'll use this thread to keep anyone who's interested about my exploits with colas

 

Let me know when you're heading down (up?) the S&C. Looks like the Ribblehead logs are running tomorrow. They usually only run FO. For a few weeks, there was both a Carlisle and Ribblehead to Chirk, but the usual routine tended to be Carlisle M-Th and Ribblehead FO.

The Ribblehead empties usually work in from the south, so you may get to do the S&C both ways.

 

EDIT: It also looks like we've now got some (4?) of the blue log carriers on the Carlisle, that had been working SW/S Wales services

 

Cheers,

Mick


Edited by newbryford, 18 April 2013 - 19:16 .


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 19:11

it may have been the shunter in the back, if it was early we were heading onto etches park for fuel

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 19:23

I was working the 08.42 Derby-Crewe having come over on the 07.19 ex Nottingham



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Posted 18 April 2013 - 19:29

if your about tomorrow im planning on road refreshing on the 10.07 off crewe to derby!

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 20:17

good luck with your new job jim!

 

changes of job can be rather fraught especially in these uncertain times, but you seem to be handling the changes well!

 

the modern scene isn't really my thing, but your posts from 'behind the scenes' are very interesting and informative

 

onwards and upwards!;)


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Posted 18 April 2013 - 20:53

Thanks Jim, I always enjoy reading your work threads... Good luck with it.

 

Cheers

 

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 21:03

Let me know when you're heading down (up?) the S&C.


i'll be on the 12:44 ex carlisle monday to thursday

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 00:37

Super photos Jim.



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Posted 19 April 2013 - 06:10

It was good to see you Jim, I managed to get this short clip taken of the train as it passed the signalbox in Uttoxeter.

http://m.youtube.com...iw&feature=plpp
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Posted 19 April 2013 - 07:11

Long weekend now, going somewhere that nobody will tell me, some kind of birthday surprise?


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:36

Nice video bob, didn't see the camera when we passed by!

Off over there again today but on the EMT service this time

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 08:59

"The Adventures of Big Jim" are always a good read!

 

Onwards and upwards, Jim......keep it up.

 

Best, Pete.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:08

Excellent stuff Jim - post as much as you are able to, there are plenty of us interested.


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Posted 19 April 2013 - 09:31

It was good to see you Jim, I managed to get this short clip taken of the train as it passed the signalbox in Uttoxeter.

http://m.youtube.com...iw&feature=plpp

Thanks for the clip: Now I know why Hattons do their mega packs of wagons in eights!!

Regards

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Posted 19 April 2013 - 10:38

Jim, let me know if you due through Donny anytime. I'll come and say hello.

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Posted 20 April 2013 - 23:30

Thanks for the clip: Now I know why Hattons do their mega packs of wagons in eights!!RegardsRichard


i've got a rake of 7 of the green 100t tanks thanks to kintbury jon via the classifieds, just need the last one to complete my sinfin rake (9 max)

i think the log train may be harder to model though!

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 02:42

i think the log train may be harder to model though!

 

Hi Jim,

Hope you don't mind me hijacking your thread.

 

This was 6J37 Carlisle-Chirk today - not the usual 66850, but 56105.

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All three types of wagon in regular use by Colas in the formation.

Ex-Cargowaggon KFA

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More Ex-Cargowaggon IWA and ex-Rover Hi-Cube KSA

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Cheers,

Mick


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#22 big jim

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:10

Didn't realise they had modified KSA wagons, used to work those with DRS on the malcom train

hopefully the 56 will be on it tomorrow, be nice if it is, first run over the S+C driving a 56 would be nice, i'll be getting tomorrows roster larer today by email so may find out

Edited by big jim, 21 April 2013 - 07:11 .

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 07:21

All the best on your new employment Jim.



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Posted 21 April 2013 - 10:23

Didn't realise they had modified KSA wagons, used to work those with DRS on the malcom train
hopefully the 56 will be on it tomorrow, be nice if it is, first run over the S+C driving a 56 would be nice, i'll be getting tomorrows roster larer today by email so may find out


Better scenery than Bordesley, Jim
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#25 big jim

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Posted 21 April 2013 - 18:57

turns out i'm on the ribblehead job tomorrow, 66850 on it, looking forward to that


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