A warm cloudy day was enjoyed by 10 Members including our good friend, Gordon Stubbins, from the Humberside Branch.
Freight traffic was similar to our March 2016 visit but infuriatingly there appeared to be more freight and light engine movements on the Curve (Bridge Junction to Hexthorpe Junction ) route which we succeeded in missing! It is a question of looking towards the south at the right time and unfortunately we didn't!
66148 passes Doncaster with the Peak Forest - Selby (Potter Group) stone train formed of redundant coal hoppers
66719 (Metroland) heads the Middleton Towers - Monk Bretton sand train through the centre road at Doncaster
70015 heads a Felixstowe North - Leeds (Stourton) container train through the centre road at Doncaster
90037 & 90039 head through Doncaster on a light engine move from Decoy Yard to Tyne Yard.
A first for the Branch at our visits to Doncaster was the appearance of Class 68s. Two (consecutively-numbered) examples appeared during the day although only one member stayed long enough to see the movement from Norwich Crown Point.
68018 is close to journey's end as it heads a load of track panels from York Thrall Works to Decoy Yard through Doncaster.
Unsurprisingly, passenger traffic showed little variation from our previous visits although this will soon start to change with the introduction of the new "Azuma" units on VTEC services.
91111 (For the Fallen), retaining its special livery, heads the 1030 Kings Cross - Edinburgh into Doncaster
43300 (Craigentinny 100), retaining its special livery, heads the 0830 Edinburgh - Kings Cross through Doncaster
DMUs are often overlooked but one notable example appeared - 144012 which is the prototype of class 144e Evolution. It has been modified by Porterbrook to show how Pacers can be altered to conform with future accessibility standards that will otherwise "outlaw" them (and other DMU classes) from 2020.
144012, the prototype class 144e Evolution, departs Doncaster on the 1416 Adwick - Sheffield.
153381 waits to depart Doncaster on the 1427 East Midlands service to Lincoln via the GN&GE Joint line
A busy scene at Doncaster as 142092 departs on a Scunthorpe - Lincoln service passing 82214 at the rear of a service to York
The following list of sightings is provided in good faith based on observations by Alan Turton.
last updated: 02/08/16