37518, BLS "Sussex Salopian", Acton Lane, 1Z24, 24th March 2018
The BLS "Sussex Salopian" ran as 1Z23, the 04:27 from Carnforth to Acton Lane Reception Sidings, where it arrived almost on time at 11:40 with 37518 in charge. The train had departed with 33025 DIT behind 37518 but concerns over its health delayed departure from Crewe station by seven minutes. Concerns worsened whilst the train was stopped in Crewe Gresty Lane Up Loop and it transpired that the loco had run a "hot box". The decision was made to take the engine out of the train and it was moved into the shunt neck and left there. The train continued some 42 minutes late but time was regained by Milton Keynes. The original plan had been for 37518 to be removed at Acton Lane and replaced by 33207 but this loco had failed, hence the involvement of 33025. The next leg of the tour, 1Z24, 11:53 from Acton Lane to Bognor Regis thus ran with 37518 leading and 47772 on the rear. 37518 is seen standing on Acton Lane No. 2 Reception Siding, alongside the Willesden Euro Terminal, itself on the site of the old steam era Willesden loco shed, at 11:44½ on Saturday 24th March 2018. Photo taken with permission and under supervision. Digital Image No. IGMP35255.
From BLS Sussex Salopian, 24th March 2018