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EAST COAST MAIN LINE NEWS

 July/August/September 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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July 18th 2018.

Getting cooler? Still a bit too hot for me! I have braved the heat to get a couple of Leeds to Southampton Freightliner diverts.

There is a two week engineering blockade at Oxford so Network Rail have diverted the daily Leeds to Southampton services via the
 ECML, rather than the more direct cross country route via Oxford.



On Saturday, July 7th 70011 takes a 'liner' through Hitchin, en route for north London and onwards down the south western main line.

We were lucky to get a Freightliner 70, for at least half a dozen are laid up at Leeds Midland Road- servicing and spares issues with supplier
General Electric I hear on the railway grapevine.








On the following Monday July 9th, it was 66504's turn with the morning divert, seen passing Great Wymondley, between Hitchin and Stevenage.
 Diverts continue until this weekend.







July 14th 2018.

Kings Cross Tuesday July 10th 2018 with Virgin logo still showing.






Now showing new logo at the buffers.









July 14th 2018.

On my way to the KWVR on June 30th, I was hauled down to Leeds by ex-VTEC 91113, still sporting the Branson logo after arrival at 09.46. It is seen
 here, at an unusual angle from the busy footbridge and escalators above Leeds station.
 Passengers are already heading for the train, the return '1A20', 10.15 departure to London King's Cross, just over two hours away, calling at
 Wakefield Westgate (10.28), Doncaster ((10.49), Grantham (11.21), Stevenage (12.08) and arrival in the capital at 12.31.

As of July 10, many hst power cars and Class 91s still wear the famous Branson Virgin logo.








July 10th 2018.

A4 60009 "Union of South Africa" with 66009 inside going up to Kings Cross from Lincoln for the RAF 100 years celebration fly - past over Buckingham Palace today.






Travelling in a 700 - like an inside tunnel ! on my to the "Cross" to watch the fly - past.










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