Enroute to Doncaster and a stop at Newcastle for a short time to change trains. Pacer unit 143093 enters the impressive train shed designed by John Dobson and was opened in Augsut 1850. The class 142 forms 2N15 0932 Morpeth to Hexham class 2 working.
A down class 1 working makes its station stop with GNER liveried 91126 providing the motive power. 1S05 is the 0700 off London Kings Cross to Edinburgh Waverley.
Another pacer has arrived this time from Hexham. Its station stop is a lengthy 17 minutes and forms a different train. The service is 2A06 1015 from Newcastle to Morpeth. On the next road is 220017 with 1V51 and it will leave Newcastle at 1026 for Plymouth and is my train to Doncaster.
Arrival at Doncaster and visible up against the offices of The Plant is former Cambridge shunter 08594 and Fleetwood Loco Dept No5.
Also up against the wall are long withdrawn 46528 and 08529.
Next to 08529 is an equally sorry looking 08493.
Two more withdrawn shunters sit beside the offices which are now To Let. 08819 and the unidentified classmate have what looks like exworks independant snowplough ADB965233 keeping them company.
I come all the way south to Doncaster and I could have driven to Ladybank to see this train. 43006 is the rear powercar of 1S12 1030 Kings Cross to Aberdeen as it speeds on the down through road heading for "home" as it is named "Kingdom of Fife".
First freight of the day and 66020 comes round the back of the station with 6D95 1223 Doncaster Belmont Yard to Goole. The train is made uo of BYA, BXA, and BDA steel carrying wagons.
An up working gets away from Doncaster. Way in the distance is 43296 and bringing up the rear is 43115 and their train is 1A24 1140 Leeds to Kings Cross.
More HST action and 43119 and 43105 storm through the station on the up fast road with 1E08 0930 from Edinburgh to Kings Cross, diesel powered under the wires the whole way.
Transpennine services to and from Cleethorpes, or Manchester Airport if you like pass each other. On the left is 185123 with 1B74 1052 Manchester Airport to Cleethorpes whilst departing to the right is 185121 with a return working of 1B77 1128 Cleethorpes to Manchester Airport.
Returning to the back of the station and 66070 brings a rake of empty HTA coal hoppers along with 4D37 1120 Worksop Yard to Hull Docks.
A colourful class 158 set departs Doncaster and crosses all the main running lines to gain the line which heads south west towards Sheffield which is the destination for 158790 and 1J26 1109 off Bridlington.
Bubblecar, or "dogbox" as they were christened on this day, 153356 sits in the south facing bay platform with a class 2 service. It will form 2K25 1304 off to Lincoln.
Virgin Voyager 220022 pauses at Doncaster with a cross country working from the Eastern Region to the Western Region. 1V55 1122 is the 1122 from Newcastle to Bristol.
Down at the south end of the station 66235 skurries towards platform 1 running as 0D57 Doncaster Up Decoy Yard to Immingham.
A southbound freight comes hammering through on the up fast is GBRf Metronet liveried 66719 with 4L78 1143 Selby to Felixstowe Intermodal running about 45 minutes late.
Class 144 Pacer unit 144002 leaves platform 2 and crosses over the fast lines towards the Sheffield road. It is rostered on a Scunthorpe to Lincoln via Sheffield service, 2P69, 1217 off Scunthorpe.
This is a train I have photographed many times back home in Fife, 1E10 0755 Aberdeen to Kings Cross. 43107 leads with 43111 on the back tear through Doncaster without stopping.
A unknown class 220 Voyager makes its station stop with 1E40 0640 from Plymouth to Newcastle in platform 3. Over in platform 2 66067 shakes the station with a rake of loaded HTA coal hoppers on 6F92 0945 from Hull Docks to Cottam Power Station.
The sun has appeared and lights up 66067 and its train as it takes the crossovers heading for the Sheffield road with Cottam Power Station near Retford in Nottinghamshire as the destination.
Here is another pair of Transpennine class 185 Desiro units cross on reciprocating trains. 185110 is heading for Cleethorpes, 1B76 1152 from Manchester Airport and pauses in platform 3. Over in platform 2 is sister unit 185113 which left Cleethorpes at 1228 with 1B79 to Manchester Airport.
Looking in a southerly direction and 220031 has crossed over all the north/south lines and takes the Sheffield route with 1V59 1219 Newcastle to Plymouth cross country working.
Having seen EWS and GBRf class 66 hauled freights, now a Freightliner example puts in an appearance. Freightliner Heavy Haul 66566 leads 4G02 1320 Barrow Hill to Kellingley empty HHA coal hoppers.
The first tug of the day sees 60017 rumble through platform 2 with a string of departmental empty spoil wagons. This is 6D15 Tees Yard to Doncaster Up Decoy Yard Departmental.
Yet another HST set speeds through the station southbound with GNER's longest distance working. 43039 and 43108 are the powercars for 1E12 0755 off Inverness for London Kings Cross. The sun is struggling to emerge from the clouds.
A featherweight load of four HAA coal hoppers is brought across the crossovers from the west side to the east side of the station. 66199 powers 6D17 1456 Doncaster Belmont Yard to Immingham Enterprise working.