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EAST COAST MAIN LINE NEWS

 April/May/June 2018.

The East Coast Main Line (ECML) is a 393-mile long (632 km) major railway link between London and Edinburgh via Peterborough, Doncaster,
Wakefield, Leeds,York, Darlington and Newcastle, electrified along the whole route. Services north of Edinburgh to Aberdeen and Inverness use diesel trains.
 The main franchise on the line is operated by Virgin Trains East Coast.

The route forms a key artery on the eastern side of Great Britain and is broadly paralleled by the A1Trunk Road. It links London, the South East and
 East Anglia, with Yorkshire, the North East Regions and Scotland. It also carries key commuter flows for the north side of London.

 It is important to the economic health of several areas of England and Scotland.

 It also handles cross-country, commuter and local passenger services, and carries heavy tonnages of freight traffic.

 Roger Carvell is a rail enthusiast who contributes much of the local content to this website. He lives in Hitchin, on the ECML, but
on this page he reports on news and movements on this historic line, close to his home and heart.

ALL PHOTOS ARE BY ROGER CARVELL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED.

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April 20th 2018.

  ' Flying Scotsman'  yesterday (April 19th 2018) on Day One of a Great Britain Tour, King’s Cross to Lincoln via Cambridge crossing Hitchin fly-over.
 Better this time after last Saturday when Tornado was failed just north of here with a broken con rod.

 







April 14th 2018.

Below are two shots of Tornado, at Arlesey, just before the failure that caused the cancellation of next Saturday's (28/04/2018) Ynys Món Express.

60163 'Tornado'  taken at Arlesey, next station
north of Hitchin (better for light) in the eighties, really
going well, with no hint of the middle cylinder (nothing untoward heard) about to fail through lack of oil supply.
 The engine was pulled
up just a few minutes later, north of Biggleswade, four minutes from
where I was standing, next to 'the usual suspects' plus some very welcome family well-wishers. Some folks had gone further north to Sandy
to get 60163 on the sweeping curve in the station there.

 Mobile phones
soon buzzed asking 'Where is he?' 'Dunno. just flew past us!'

Damn shame! 60163 was bang on time and nice to see on the
down fast for a welcome change.

The Ebor Flyer eventually reached York, over 200 minutes late. A DBS Class 66 stepped in for the run back up to the 'Cross and to the engine's
credit, I hear, did very well! Rare to see a DB 66 on Class 1 passenger trains, especially on a 90mph timing.









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