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
the train run round in St Andrews, here we are ready to head down the sinfin branch
after dropping the tanks off in sinfin it was off to Etches Park for fuel and a service
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!!
and finally back into crewe
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 .