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Friday 18th June 2021

 

Nine of the likely thirteen Class 90s through Stafford

 

1 and 2

 

Scott (90001) and Wolfe (90002)

 

 

3 Christine (90037)

 

 

4 and 5 Freightliner 90s 041 and 012

 

 

6 and 7 Bumblebee1 and Bumblebee2 (with Christine)

 

 

8 and 9 - Jack and Multimodal on Malcolm rail.

 

 

Kat :-)

 

 

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Its nice to see the class 90's soldiering on! Shame there's a few rotting away at Crewe, such a waste as they could have been put back to work years ago rather than left to rot and more than likely end up on the scrap heap. Same can be said for the class 60's at Toton, we seem to be very wasteful as a country when it comes to rolling stock.

 

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Jeremy

 

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Freightliner 47830 'BEECHING'S LEGACY' taking 90041 for maintenance at Midland Road on 1st July 2021, working as 0E90, 11.00 Crewe Basford Hall to Leeds Balm Road.

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On 4th July 2021, it's turn on the wheel lathe at Midland Road complete, Freightliner 90041 is taken back west across the Pennines along the Calder Valley line by 66531 and 66594 'NYK Spirit of Kyoto'.  Passing through Brighouse working as 0M90, 11.29 Leeds Balm Road to Crewe Basford Hall.

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2 minutes ago, 4630 said:

On 4th July 2021, it's turn on the wheel lathe at Midland Road complete, Freightliner 90041 is taken back west across the Pennines along the Calder Valley line by 66531 and 66594 'NYK Spirit of Kyoto'.  Passing through Brighouse working as 0M90, 11.29 Leeds Balm Road to Crewe Basford Hall.

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Careful Sheds ... watch meee panto LOL ....

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Wednesday, Thursday and Friday action on 4S47 and also a nice little 0K06 as well ...

 

Wednesday 30th June - 4S47 - Malcolm and Bumblebee1

 

Thursday 1st July - 4S47 - Malcolm and Bumblebee1

 

 

Getting a nice range of tones with Stafford station full of trainspotters having just had a steam train through...

 

Friday 2nd June - 4S47 - Malcolm and Bumblebee1 - coming straight through the Queensville Curve heading to Mossend Euroterminal

 

 

Friday evening - later on - 0K06 - Backbone (90039) leading Skip001 (67001) and Dyson 42 (92042) up to Crewe - this service has regularly stopped at Stafford station so i got myself all geared up to see them close up - only for them to pass straight through :-( lol ... thats the way it goes sometimes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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23 minutes ago, 4630 said:

On 4th July 2021, it's turn on the wheel lathe at Midland Road complete, Freightliner 90041 is taken back west across the Pennines along the Calder Valley line by 66531 and 66594 'NYK Spirit of Kyoto'.  Passing through Brighouse working as 0M90, 11.29 Leeds Balm Road to Crewe Basford Hall.

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All these dead drags back and forth to the wheel lathe confirms that there aren't enough wheel lathes in the UK.

 

A couple of years ago I worked on a rail adhesion management project and Northern said it was one of the most disruptive aspects of wheelflats on DMUs. They lost a minimum of three days revenue-earning service; one to move the unit across the Pennines, one day on the lathe, one day to haul it back.  If the flats were beyond acceptable limits, then you needed to transport by road, so you can imagine how arranging that added to the days lost.

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13 minutes ago, Northmoor said:

All these dead drags back and forth to the wheel lathe confirms that there aren't enough wheel lathes in the UK.

 

A couple of years ago I worked on a rail adhesion management project and Northern said it was one of the most disruptive aspects of wheelflats on DMUs. They lost a minimum of three days revenue-earning service; one to move the unit across the Pennines, one day on the lathe, one day to haul it back.  If the flats were beyond acceptable limits, then you needed to transport by road, so you can imagine how arranging that added to the days lost.

 

I agree it does seem an unusual situation with Freightliner.

 

I don't know if they have a functioning wheel lathe at their Vehicle Maintenance Facility at Crewe Basford Hall, but it's only relatively recently that there have been this many electric drags across the Pennines to Midland Road.

 

Before Freightliner stored their class 86s and taken on more class 90s from Greater Anglia, there had been only one or two class 86 drags (and one class 90) over the previous several years.  At the moment it seems to be at least one class 90 a month.

 

Not helped either by them being dragged the long way round via Farington Junction, Blackburn and the Calder Valley, rather than the more obvious (and direct route) via Stockport, Heaton Norris Junction to Guide Bridge and the Huddersfield line.  This routing is due to a gauging issue I believe, according to the Sectional Appendix, between Denton and Guide Bridge.

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17 hours ago, Northmoor said:

All these dead drags back and forth to the wheel lathe confirms that there aren't enough wheel lathes in the UK.

 

It may also be a function of ownership/cost rather than just the quantity of lathes.  I believe there is a lathe at Crewe Electric (and there may even be one at Gresty Lane - don't know) but it seems probable to me that DBC (or DRS if they do indeed have one at Gresty Lane) would be asking top dollar to re-profile the wheels of a Freightliner locomotive.  Almost certainly much cheaper to use Freightliner's own lathe across the Pennines.  Another by-product of fragmentation.

 

If, as seems likely, the use of electric traction increases, Freightliner might decide it's worth upgrading Basford Hall to an all singing and dancing electric locomotive maintenance facility and a lathe would presumably be part of any such upgrade.

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A short video of a pair of class 86's whining nicely through Leighton Buzzard, on the "Up Scotch" Freightliner from Glasgow to Felixstowe, in August 2020. Sorry for the poor quality-despite having a relatively modern DVD camcorder, it struggles with these sort of scenes. Super 8 cine was almost as good.

 

 

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Another short video, this time of purple liveried 87002 screaming northward over Ledburn Junction, on a rake of Virgin mk3's, in November 2004.

 

 

Despite being taken with an analogue Hi8 camcorder that was around 10 years old at the time, I think it's as good if not better than the DVD camcorder from the early 2010's.

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Another from the same time, 90028 heads South over Ledburn Junction with the Up Caledonian Sleeper, crossing from Up Slow to Up Fast.

 

 

 

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Posted (edited)

90037/90020 pass Colwich on a  southbound freightliner from Mossend to Daventry on 16/7/21.

 

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30 minutes ago, 08221 said:

90037/90020 pass Colwich on a  southbound freightliner from Mossend to Daventry on 16/7/21.

 

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Christine leading Bumblebee3 on what appeared from my ''Isolated'' view as being a very light load today 

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