Euston closure prompts unusual workings

Bracing consist: GBRf Class 66s arrive at Nottingham with empty stock prior to working the 09.45 to Skegness on 26 August.
Fred Castor

MAJOR WORKS took place at London Euston on 26 and 27 August as part of preparations for HS2. Engineers rerouted a major power supply to the station, meaning the terminus was closed completely for the two days (see ‘High Speed 2’, p91). NR also took the opportunity to carry out track renewal on the West Coast main line near Watford and between Hemel Hempstead and Berkhamsted, along with track drainage improvements at Primrose Hill and ballast tamping at Bletchley.

The Euston closure led to some unusual workings: Caledonian Sleeper services were diverted to London King’s Cross, with the Highland Sleeper split into two separate trains as the full 16-car train is too long for the platforms at the terminus. To offer extra capacity, Chiltern Railways ran additional services between London and Birmingham with hired-in loco-hauled sets top-and-tailed by Rail Operations Group Class 47s. East Midlands Trains also ran extra services into St Pancras on 26 August, meaning one of its rostered HST workings to Skegness (to offer increased capacity on summer Saturdays) was replaced by a loco-hauled working top-and-tailed by GB Railfreight Class 66s.

Chiltern extra: Rail Operations Group loco No 47812 leads the additional 09.34 Birmingham Moor Street – Marylebone service through Willesden Green on 26 August.
Antony Guppy
Class 92 at the Cross: loco No 92010 arrives at King’s Cross on 26 August with the empty stock of the Aberdeen and Fort William sleeper.
Jamie Squibbs
North London interloper: No 92032 brings up the rear of sleeper empty stock at Kentish Town West while travelling from King’s Cross to Wembley for servicing during bank holiday operations on 26 August. This loco had provided power for the short haul from the terminal to a reversal at Ferme Park, with No 90044 at the other end then leading across North London.
Antony Guppy
Midlands working: No 47812 heads through Banbury on 27 August.
Martin Coles