Today, I visited Morpeth on the East Coast Main Line. I hadn’t yet got any photos of the new operator of the InterCity East Coast franchise, London North Eastern Railway, so I thought it would be a good time to get some.

Northern by Arriva‘s services to Morpeth and Chathill are now part of the Tyne Valley service, where trains from Chathill/Morpeth continue to Carlisle after Newcastle and vice versa. These are now mostly Class 156s, but the occasional 142 still turns up.

Voyagers were the only offering from CrossCountry by Arriva this afternoon, the new ‘by arriva’ identity is still being rolled out slowly across their fleet.

Some oddities this afternoon came in the form of top-and-tail Class 47s from West Coast Railways, top-and-tail Class 90 and Class 67 from DB Cargo UK, a light Class 88 from Direct Rail Services and a full InterCity 125 set for Abellio ScotRail branded for their ‘InterCity’ routes.

The trains I photographed today are listed below.

London North Eastern Railway
43272
43302
43307
43314
43317
43318
91107 “Skyfall”
91108
91112
Locomotives in italics still carry Virgin branding.

CrossCountry by Arriva
220021
220024
220029

Northern by Arriva
156471
156480 “Spirit of The Royal Air Force”

Abellio ScotRail
43169
43183

West Coast Railways
47826
47832

Direct Rail Services
88010 “Aurora”

DB Cargo UK
67015
90027

 

Selection of today’s photos

 

London North Eastern Railway: 91108

Northern by Arriva: 156471

DB Cargo: 67015

DB Cargo: 90029

Direct Rail Services: 88010

Abellio ScotRail: 43169