The Present 2015

For details and photos of test train running before 2015 see the index here.

The line is leased by LUL in order to test and commission the next generation of London Underground trains, known as Sub Surface Lines (SSL) trains. Serco Assurance were awarded the contract to manage the whole of the test track of behalf of LUL which will give them the opportunity to attract other interested parties to the line.

In October 2013 the BRB Residuary was abolished and the line passed to NR ownership.

May 2015

A new photo taken on 28th May

The class 47 does a spot of shunting with one of the IEP sets at Asfordby on 28th May 2015

Robert Lunn

On Monday 18th 31233 with UTU1 & DBSO 9708 was booked on the 3Z10 Derby RTC - Old Dalby & 3Z11 Old Dalby - Mossend return. but it worked back as 3Z11 1500 Old Dalby - Derby instead of Mossend and 7X09 was cancelled on 18th but ran on 19th via Coalville & Burton, 20118/132 & 20905/901. The other 20's have gone back to Barrow Hill again!

This week also sees the Derby - West Ruislip/Amersham and West Ruislip/Amersham - Derby moves starting up again as S-Stock units return to Litchurch Lane for yet more modification work. There is also a 7X09 1147 Old Dalby - Derby running today with a set returning directly to Bombardier having just completed initial testing at Old Dalby. 20096 & 107 are now paired with orange duo 20311 & 314 for these moves, the latter making their first appearance of 2015 on S-stock moves.
 

Meanwhile here are a few more pics of set 800001

800101 car of the 5-car IEP set at Asfordby on 12th May 2015l

Anon

Close up of the cab of 800101

Anon

After numerous hiccups the first main line IEP drag and subsequent testing on the 5-car set on ECML is finally scheduled to take place tomorrow night 11th/ early Tuesday morning 12th. The train will be tested on Stoke Bank between Grantham and Peterborough, where amongst other things a Class 91 and a Mk4 set achieved 162 mile/h in September 1989

Timings as follows...

Mon 11/05 5E98 Old Dalby - Tallington:
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/K97162/2015/05/11/advanced

Tues 12/05 5M98 Tallington - Old Dalby:
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/K97163/2015/05/12/advanced

Also, 66751 was named 'Hitachi Rail - Inspiration Delivered' on 27th April at Asfordby and will, as mentioned previously, undertake all of the class 800 movements utilising it's specially geared 'Scharfenburg' coupler. An article regarding the naming can be found on the GBRf news page here:

http://www.gbrailfreight.com/media-centre/news-releases/

5-car IEP set at Asfordby on 28th April

Ben Wheeler

Close up of the cab

Ben Wheeler

On the subject of Network Rail test trains, there has been no recent activity and there are none planned for the coming week as far as I'm aware. However, 20905 & 20901 are now back on the S-Stock movements following attention at Barrow Hill, joining 20118 & 20132 on such duties and were parked up at Derby on 9th. Their reintroduction onto these trains has seen 20096 & 20107 return to Barrow Hill for routine maintenance. 20311 & 20314 remain out of traffic at Barrow Hill but there are indications that GBRf may be looking to take on even more of the type so would expect these to re-emerge at some point.

April 2015

Another cancellation I'm afraid, none of the planned overnight IEP testing took place last week. 66751 has remained on site at Asfordby for the duration though and has been observed sporting some additional coupling gear for attaching to the IEP without use of barrier vehicles. However it went to Doncaster light engine on 25th

A pair of LUL Clayton battery locos have turned up at Asfordby for testing. These were converted from old Schoma diesel locomotives and are numbered L8 & L4 respectively. They are sporting a yellow and red colour scheme with LUL logos. 3Z10/11 is booked for Monday again with a UTU set and 31/37, if it actually runs!

IEP testing on the ECML should have begun on Wednesday night 22nd April but see above. As expected 66751 will be dragging the unit from Old Dalby to a possession site between Grantham and Peterborough and back each night. It is expected that these moves will be taking place for several months. Timings below for the overnight outward moves (down to run Weds, Thurs & Fri this week), no timings available for the return moves yet but will advise once they are. 66751 is already on site having arrived light engine from Peterborough yesterday morning.

The NMT worked 3Z10 0834 Derby RTC - Old Dalby yesterday morning 16th. It spent two days on the line for calibration and returned to Derby on Friday 17th as 3Z11 departing 13.00.

3Z10/11 was again booked for this coming Monday (20th) - UTU3 in the consist with a 31 or 37 & DBSO but was caped yet again on Friday

20905 & 901 are now back in the fray for S-stock movements having returned from their escapades on the Southern Region. Thought they might partner 20311 & 314 on Friday's 7X23 0933 Derby Litchurch Lane - Old Dalby but turned out 20107/096/118/132 ran instead.

Above info courtesy Ben Wheeler

Serco's modified 08956 on site at Asfordby on 17th April shunting S-Stock without the aid of any barrier wagons.

Ben Wheeler

3Z10 on Monday 30th March produced 37688 & 37603 with eight vehicles however it only got as far as Melton Up Loop before reversing and going straight back to Derby. 67012 & 67027 were then pencilled in for the PLPR2 visit on Wednesday 1st April but this similarly was cancelled at Derby prior to departure.

Some class 800 news, it is anticipated that 800001 will be leaving by rail very soon. I also understand that GBRf's 66751, which visited the line the other week to perform tests with the unit, has in fact been modified to haul the class 800 trains and should be the dedicated loco for moving them to/from Old Dalby (for now at least).

Also of interest is that DRS are looking at testing their brand new class 88 Electro-Diesel locomotives at Old Dalby. The first is due in October this year with the rest being delivered every few months there after. The locos, although electric initially by means of pantograph/OHLE, will all come equipped with a 'last mile' diesel engine for running into non-electrified yards and terminals.

Three S-stock moves scheduled this week, two to West Ruislip on Monday and Wednesday and a third from Derby to Asfordby on Friday.

 

March 2015

7X09 1147 Old Dalby - West Ruislip down to run Monday 30th as is 3Z10/3Z11 (WTT path - 1015 onto test track, 1628 back to Derby) with UTU2 and a 37 with DBSO. 3Z10 again booked on Wednesday 1st with the Plain Line Pattern Recognition 2 (PLPR2) set, this should be top and tail 67's but not 100% definite on that. 1015 onto the branch, spends a day or so undergoing calibration runs on the full length of the line then back to Derby at 1628 on Thursday 2nd.

No Freightliner moves planned for this coming week.

Last week was looking absolutely bananas with movements from Freightliner, GBRf and Network Rail all scheduled to run, some on the same days. The 20's will now arrive with the barrier wagons Monday morning before working 7X09 to Amersham/West Ruislip. The 387 movement will now take place on Tuesday 24th, however there is also a 387 being moved from Old Dalby back to Derby for rectification work on Monday too.

I have included the full timings (via Real Time Trains) below, with headcodes/details above each link, for all presently known workings this week.

OLD DALBY - WEEK COMMENCING 23/03/15
 
MONDAY
6M24 Derby Litchurch Lane - Old Dalby (GBRf 20's + barrier wagons)http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H21559/2015/03/23/advanced
7X09 Old Dalby - Amersham (GBRf 20's, barriers + S-Stock)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H21452/2015/03/23/advanced
6M72 Crewe Basford Hall - Old Dalby (Freightliner loco + barrier wagons)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R01625/2015/03/23/advanced
7X33 Old Dalby - Derby Litchurch Lane (Freightliner loco, barriers + class 387 EMU)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R01627/2015/03/23/advanced
 
TUESDAY
6M72 Derby Litchurch Lane - Old Dalby (Freightliner loco + barrier wagons)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R02059/2015/03/24/advanced
7X33 Old Dalby - Bletchley (Freightliner loco, barriers + class 387 EMU)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R02060/2015/03/24/advanced
 
WEDNESDAY
6M24 (no timings available yet, GBRf 20's + barrier wagons, AM arrival)
7X09 Old Dalby - Amersham (GBRf 20's, barriers + S-Stock)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H21452/2015/03/25/advanced
 
THURSDAY
No booked trains
 
FRIDAY
3Z10 Derby RTC - Old Dalby (Class 31 or 37 + Ultrasonic Test Unit + DBSO)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H10268/2015/03/27/advanced
7X23 Derby Litchurch Lane - Old Dalby (GBRf 20's, barriers + S-Stock)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/H21396/2015/03/27/advanced
3Z11 Old Dalby - Derby RTC (Class 31 or 37 + Ultrasonic Test Unit + DBSO)
http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/U32006/2015/03/27/advanced
6??? Old Dalby - Derby/Barrow Hill (no timings available yet, GBRf 20's + barrier wagons, late afternoon departure)

The return 3Z11 on Friday is now running as 1Q11, still 3Z10 outward though. It transpires it is booked for top and tail 37's with the Plain Line Pattern Recognition 2 (PLPR2) set, comprising five coaches.

Above info courtesy Ben Wheeler

Freightliner were booked to move a class 387 unit from Old Dalby to Bletchley on Friday morning 20th but it didn't take place. The barrier wagons failed to arrive from Crewe so the job was caped.

The 20's were  also expected to arrive with barriers from Derby in the morning in readiness for Monday 23rd's 7X09 but they failed to turn up.

March 2nd saw 31233 & 97301 top and tail 3Z10 Derby - Old Dalby & 3Z11 return hauling UTU1, UTU3 & SGT2, a mammoth consist comprising eight vehicles. The following day saw 950001 visit late morning with a hastily arranged calibration run following attention at the RTC, arriving around 1100 and departing late afternoon back to Derby.

Friday 12th saw the first of the new class 800 IEP's arrive at Asfordby Depot, by road instead of rail as the unit is not yet passed to be hauled over mainline metals. GBRf's 66751 ran light engine from Peterborough the same morning to shunt the unit and to allow staff training prior to class 800 transfers to/from Old Dalby commencing properly by rail. It is believed that all of them are to be tested here.

Also, some brilliant pictures have emerged on the web of 47714 shunting the new IEP train (now numbered 800001) at Asfordby on Friday 20th. These can be found on Flickr through the following link: https://www.flickr.com/search/?sort=relevance&text=800001 Old Dalby

A photo of the yard at Asfordby on 13th March 2015 with the IEP behind the class 47

Iain Wright

3Z10/11 ran again on Monday 16th, worked by 37402 & DBSO. It is scheduled once again for March 30th in the now regular earlier path (0800 arrival at Melton from Derby, 1628 return from Old Dalby).

Finally Harbury Cutting, which closed for over a month due to a landslide, is expected to reopen at the end of this week and with it should see the resumption of regular SSL movements between Old Dalby, West Ruislip and Derby. 7X09 to West Ruislip is scheduled for Monday and Wednesday next week and 7X23 from Derby to Old Dalby on the Friday. Freightliner continue to operate bi-regularly 'Electrostar' movements between Derby, Old Dalby and Bletchley using 66's, a few of which have run in daylight just recently.

February 2015

The test track has now acquired its own independent power supply courtesy of UK Power Reserve

A visit to Widmerpool on Thursday morning 5th Feb found a lot going on in the old goods yard - machines and plenty of people in orange working but not clear what they were all doing!

January 2015

Network Rail TRU / class 150 No. 950001 due to visit this week, arrives early on Thursday 29th morning and will remain on the line for equipment calibration until Friday afternoon. Outward path is 2Z08 of which the timings can be found below, the return is the normal 3Z11 path departing at 1628 back to Derby.

Only S-stock move this week is Friday 30th's 7X23 0933 Litchurch Lane - Old Dalby. Currently 20107, 096 & 118, 132 are in use. 901/905 are at present based in the south for GBRf de-icing trains. 311 & 314 are both out of traffic at Barrow Hill.

3Z10 ran on Tuesday 20th with 37402 & 37425 top and tail, returning to Derby in the evening.

2014

Overhead Line for GWML system testing - look here for an article from Rail Technology Magazine July 2014

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