Published on 28th December 2017
Direct Rail Services operated a light engine movement between their base at Crewe Gresty Bridge Depot and Plymouth on the 28th December 2017.
No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' is seen leading No. 37059 while working the 0Z63 09:35 Crewe Gresty Bridge - Plymouth diagram. The pair were being positioned in readiness to return a rake of stored Mk3 coaching stock from Laira Depot to Crewe on the 29th December. The rake of coaching stock was formerly operated by Virgin Trains (West Coast), painted in similar colours to their Pendolino EMU's. After use with Virgin the stock then found a new home with Anglia Railways until it was surplus to requirements and stored at Laira Depot pending a new operator. The stock will soon be used as part of the new loco hauled diagrams with Northern Trains.
Having spent the night in Plymouth the pair of locomotives collected four former Virgin Mk3 coaches from Laria Depot and also turned the locomotives on the Laira triangle. Each of the coaches have had under frame and bogie work carried out under contract at Laira prior to their move. Class 57/3 No. 57303 'Pride of Carlisle' leads Class 37 No.37059 up Whiteball Bank while working the 5Z63 10:55 Laira - Crewe Carriage Sidings hauling Mk3s No.11018, 10212, 12133 and 12078. The working also paused in Platform 4 at Taunton for a period stop prior to continuing.