After a four hour drive from Dorset to Clay Cross Junction, this was my first train. 31106 leads 31190 with 5Q03 0943 Derby to Heaton SERCO Test Train running empty. Marvellous!
The rear loco is 31190 in two tone green livery. What a good start to the day and week.
Midland Mainline 43104 leads 43054 off the Derby road at Clay Cross with train 1F10 0825 St Pancras to Sheffield.
Virgin Cross Country 220012 comes round from Derby over the junction. Due to engineering works in the Erewash Valley the junction was closed and all traffic that normally use that route being diverted. This in not one of those diverted trains, 1E37 0700 Cardiff.
A southbound MML HST passes by with 43184 leading 43060 on 1C25 1022 Sheffield to St Pancras.
A Paignton bound Voyager passes by Clay Cross with 221110 forming 1V43 0824 off Newcastle.
The first freight of the day appears behind 66100 working 4E69 Washwood Heath to Wakefield Europort intermodal.
This is the first Midland Mainline Meridian unit I have photographed and I failed to get the number of it! It is rostered to 1F14 0925 St Pancras to Sheffield service.
The sun made a rare appearance and lights 220024 as it heads north with 1E39 0640 Plymouth to Newcastle Cross Country service.
It is nearly 22 1/2 years since I last photographed a pair of HST powercars running back to back, it was on the 15 Dec 1984 at Holgate Junction, York. On this day 43079 and 43055 head north probably for Leeds Neville Hill depot.
This set has been seen before heading north. Now 43104 and 43054 return south to London with 1C29 1127 Sheffield to St Pancras.
220033 passes by in the warm sun with 1V47 0935 Newcastle to Bristol Temple Meads.
Freightliner Heavy Haul 66558 powers a northbound train of empty HHA coal hoppers. I have not identified this working. Time for a move.
Tupton is located a mile or so to the north of Clay Cross Junction and another welcome sight appears heading south, refurbished type 5 Grid 56303 catching a patch of sunlight through the trees.
Fastline is a new company on the Railfreight scene and their first locos are refurbished class 56's. This is 56303 at the head of 4O90 1101 MThO Doncaster Railport to Thamesport Intermodal.
A going away shot of 56303 as it passes below the tower of St Lawrence church, North Wingfield.
More mundane traffic now as 158847 runs north with 1M12 0857 Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street working.
In the distance is the famous Chesterfield Crooked Spire rising 228 feet on the Parish Church of St Mary and All Saints. It leans 9' 6" to the south west and the spiral twist at the base is about 45 degrees from west to east and is by design.
The train is 1C32 1227 Sheffield to St Pancras and the unit is not known.
The sun does not favour the fast lines here in the down direction as 43007 backed up by 43050 power 1F22 1125 St Pancras to Sheffield MML train.