Traction 2003 Pt2


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TRACTION 2003 Part 2

The predicted doom and gloom had so far failed to materialise. Despite an infestation of Class 66s and a downturn in loco-hauled passenger services, there was no shortage of activity from the older loco classes. This instalment make the most of it!

FREIGHT TRAFFIC & TRACTION:  The unveiling of 47 635 and 56 078 in Large Logo blue, Inter City re-paints for 31 454 and 37 685, ACTS-liveried Class 58, 37 174 rescued by 37 517 on the Bow-Heck Plasmor empties, 56 100 ventures to Brighton on a stock delivery move, 67 029 on the Eastleigh-Quidhampton china clay tanks, 47 843 on the Moorswater cement, 37 248 working the Swansea-Willesden mail, GBRf’s 66 715 ventures to Hunterston and Longannet on a coal trial, 56 006 on the Acton-Westbury Mendip Rail empties, 47 292 on the Dagenham-Calvert ‘Bins’, 47 778 hauling the Brentford-Appleford ‘Bins’, 37 114 + 37 216 working the Longbridge-Swindon Rover vans…and 37 308 takes star billing in our regular ‘Dead Shed’ spot!

PASSENGER TRACTION, WORKINGS, RAILTOURS & SPECIALS:  Virgin 47 841 on its extraordinary trip to Inverness hauling the Scotrail ‘sleepers’, 47 784 leaving Gourock with the ‘Royal Scotsman’, ‘Top & Tail’ Class 37/4s on Arriva’s new loco-hauled service from Leeds to Harrogate and Carlisle, the first test run of First Great Western’s 57 602, the visit of 87 001 Stephenson to Newcastle, D1015 Western Champion hauling the Orient Express, the first Class 50 out of Waterloo in nine years, Load Haul ‘Grids’ visit Paignton, 33 202 deputising for steam over the Chiltern Line, 67 002 hauling the Royal Train…and 59 002 hauling a failed steam charter into Merehead Quarry.

THERE’S ALSO: 86 631 hauling a Crewe-Wembley Serco test train, 45 112 hauling the measurement HST, Class 31s visit Aberdeen with the ultrasonic test train, Class 86s en-route to Immingham for scrapping, Class 37s on snowplough tests, ‘top & tail’ 47s on the Dungeness branch, 40 145 in green on the S&C and in blue livery on the ECML, D9016 re-painted back into original two-tone green livery, former-Gatwick Class 73s being towed from Shoeburyness to Norwich, 47 367 debuts at the Glocs & Warwks, 47 292 visits Bo’ness,…plus highlights of the Severn Valley, East Lancs and Keighley & Worth diesel galas!

"Another must-have production" TRACTION MAGAZINE


Programme Fact File

Narration: David Maxey
First Published: 2003
Areas Featured: From all over the UK
Class Featured: Most current UK loco types, including some preserved.
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