State of Flux

25th March 2006

Luxembourg :


For Mercia's 40th tour MC Morgan would like to spin you a few engines.

Luxembourg :


Meanwhile (after 2003's "Marcia Charters") CFL still haven't got the hang of spelling the company name.

Luxembourg :


Never mind, 802 at one end was a great way to start the tour.

Luxembourg :


With 904 bringing up the rear.

En Route to Diekirch (breakfast time) :


At around 3 months, Bethany Reeves is believed to be Mercia's youngest ever tour participant.

Unknown location :


But of course we let anyone join these trains...

Diekirch :


This was the 10.47 arrival (service train) from Ettelbruck.

Bissen :


But by Bissen we were back to being just a railtour.

Bissen :


904 had got to lead for a while.

Bissen :


And, of course, we had the obligatory seminar.

Photo : Neil Aitken

Full size copy (2272 x 1704) approx 1.7Mb

Ettelbruck :


A brief pause to reverse en route back to Luxembourg.

Photo : Neil Aitken

Luxembourg :


Back at Luxembourg it was time for some fresh, albeit dud, power in the shape of 1501.

Luxembourg :


And not forgetting 857 at the other end (and the correct spelling on the destination board at last).

Oetrange :


857 led us to Oetrange.

Oetrange :


Whilst 1501 basked in the sun.

Photo : Neil Aitken

Langengrund :


Then 1501 took us back via the Syren loop and Bettembourg, to Langengrund.

Langengrund :


Then 857 took the lead again.

Esch sur Alzette :


Taking us as far as Esch.

Photo : Neil Aitken

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Esch sur Alzette :


Where 907 replaced it at the rear of the train.

Luxembourg Yard :


Arriving back at Luxembourg we passed 1102, now where could that be going?

Luxembourg Yard :


But at the sharp end things had got noisy with the replacement of 1501 by 1818 and 1807.

Photo : Neil Aitken

Kleinbettingen :


These took us to Kleinbettingen where we reversed to return to Luxmbourg.

Kleinbettingen :


On the return this little MAK made a surprisingly loud racket towing 4 coaches and 2 1800s.

Luxembourg :


And back at Luxembourg 907 reappeared at the rear of the train again!.

Luxembourg MPD :


Anyone done this bit of track before? 1818 and 1807 took us around the back of the roundhouse and almost out to the closed Howald station.

Luxembourg :


Then 907 finally got used on the front of the train to take us back into Luxembourg.

For another perspective on the tour take a look at Paul Bigland's Fotopic gallery here.

Also take a look at a selection of pictures from local enthusiasts here.

All photos by Duncan Jennings unless otherwise stated


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