Monday, 5 December 2016

Plans To Run Former Gatwick Express Train Stock On Welsh Rails

Photo of a former gatwick express train that, with others in the class, may be used to ease overcrowding on some arriva trains wales


London Trains To Operate In Wales


2017 may see the easing of overcrowding on some Arriva Trains Wales rail services, which at some times has left some passengers unable to board at their local station, if plans to use former Gatwick Express rolling stock can be introduced.

New trains have replaced older trains on the route between London Victoria and Gatwick Airport.

As well as extra training needed before some of Arriva Trains Wales employees could operate the trains, the new rolling stock would have to receive a number of small technical modifications before the former Gatwick Express trains would be able to work with diesel locomotives.

Ken Skates, Welsh infrastructure secretary, said this month that officials were now talking to the rail industry in the hope of securing a short-term boost to the train fleet.

If agreement can be reached soon with the trains' owner, the rail industry's regular timetable change date in May would be an obvious target for introduction of the former Gatwick Express trains to Wales and Borders services.



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Sunday, 4 December 2016

UK Railways - Vivarail Tests Class 230 D-Train Prototype DEMU

Built at Long Marston the prototype Class 230 D-Train, constructed from former London Underground rolling stock is at present being tested on the main line.
Class 230001 Vivarail DEMU

Underground, Overground


Vivarail, a company formed in 2012 is to produce a new type of rolling stock designed for local rail services, has recently begun main-line trials of its 2-car Class 230 prototype demu train.

Built at Long Marston and known as the D-Train, it has the bodyshell of a former London Underground electric Tube train and has been running on test between Tysley and Leamington Spa, where its full speed of 60mph has been attained.

Over 200 of London Underground's District Line D78, 228-car stock, which is in the process of being phased out, has been purchased by Vivarail.

The company claims that by re-using the bogies and aluminium bodyshells, while replacing everything else, it can produce economic and easily maintained diesel trains.

Instead of being powered by electricity, as per its life on the London Underground, motive power is provided by Ford Duratorq 3.2 litre diesel engines of 150 kw (200 hp) 

Although Vivarail has yet to receive any firm orders for their D-Trains, there may be plans ahead for London Midland to run a prototype under trial on the Coventry to Nuneaton line.

The original trains were built between 1979 and 1983 by Metro-Cammell, Birmingham

It is hoped that the Class 230 D-Train DEMU will be passenger service certified early in 2017.


Along These Tracks Update:  Fire Breaks Out On Vivarail Class 230 D-Train

It has transpired that a fire, which burned for about 30 minutes, broke out on Vivarail's prototype Class 230 D-Train demu during a non-passenger test run at Kenilworth on the 30th December 2016.

It was later found that the fire was caused by a leak in the high pressure fuel system, possibly ignited by the turbocharger.

Vivarail CEO Adrian Shooter said: "We believe that we have found the root cause and a number of contributory factors which prolonged the fire.  We are determined that there will never be a repetition and believe that the measures we have set out will achieve this end".



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Friday, 2 December 2016

Flying Scotsman 2017 Heritage Railways Appearances Announced

Heritage Railway News





Three Heritage Railways To Host The 'Flying Scotsman'


The Bluebell Railway in East Sussex, the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway in West Yorkshire, and the West Somerset Railway, which run trains between Minehead and Bishops Lydeard in the West Country, have recently been announced as the three heritage railways that will be hosting 60103 (4472) Flying Scotsman events in 2017.



Speaking about the Flying Scotsman heritage railway appearances, Paul Kirkman, National Railway Museum Director said: "It was a tough decision with a consistently high quality of bids submitted from a wide range of heritage railway companies.  After a successful tour in 2016, we weren't surprised with how many bids we received to host Scotsman.  We hope the public who will journey to view or travel behind the locomotive will join us in welcoming Flying Scotsman to there historic railways".

Matthew Stoch, Chairman of Keighley and Worth Valley Railway said: "We are incredibly excited about Flying Scotsman visiting the Worth Valley, especially before our 150th celebrations of our branch line".

Paul Conibeare, General Manager at West Somerset Railway, added: "We're proud to have been selected as one of only three heritage railways to host Flying Scotsman in 2017 and are looking forward to promoting a successful and safe event".

While Dick Fearn, Chairman of The Bluebell Railway, added: "The Bluebell Railway is delighted to have secured the services of Flying Scotsman for a special week of operations. Since opening the line to East Grinstead in 2013, the appearance of Scotsman will give thousands of people from London and the south east a chance to enjoy this renowned locomotive in the delightful surroundings of the Sussex countryside".

Appearance dates at the heritage railways have yet to be announced.  Details of dates, times and ticket prices will be provided by each of the railways concerned on their websites at a later date.

The National Railway Museum would like to emphasize that tickets for Flying Scotsman will be available from each heritage railway website; NOT from the NRM website.



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Wednesday, 5 October 2016

Night Photo of Silver Milk Churns On Severn Valley Railway

Railway Night Photography


Night photo of milk churns on a railway station barrow at the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster
Photo: Charles Moorhen



Drinka Pinta Milka Day!


Milk churns such as these - photographed recently at night on a platform of the Severn Valley Railway, Kidderminster - were once a common sight at railway stations throughout Britain's rail network.



The churns were collected from farms or dairies and delivered to the local station.  

To identify the owner of the churn either a metal nameplate was attached to the container or the farm/dairy name was stamped into the metalwork.  In addition to this a label was attached to the handle stating whether or not the milk churn was full or empty.

This system of transporting milk survived for decades until a modern system was introduced whereby milk was collected directly from farms by motorized tanker vehicles.  The milk was subsequently transferred to specially-built milk tank wagons operated by the railway.

The system ceased completely in the 1970's

In the early 1920's around 282,000,000 gallons (339,000,000 litres) of milk was transported by the four national railway companies.


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Thursday, 29 September 2016

Night Photo of Class 57307 Locomotive 'Lady Penelope' at Rugby

Class 57 Locomotives at Night


Night photo of diesel locomotive Class 57307 'Lady Penelope' stable for the night on sidings at Rugby station 2016
Photo: Charles Moorhen


Railway Homage To 'Thunderbirds' Television Show Character



A night photo of Class 57307 DRS Diesel Locomotive 'Lady Penelope', named after the popular UK Thunderbirds TV series, standing in a former bay platform looking bright and clean after a sudden downpour at Rugby railway station on the 25th August 2016.

The locomotive was built on the 20 September 1965 by Brush Traction at Loughborough.

It originally carried the number D1901, later to be renumbered 47225.

Apart from its 'Lady Penelope' name, it has also carried the name, 'Cable Thieves: We're Watching You'.



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Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Night Photo of Class 350 250 EMU at Wolverton Station Plus Videos

Class 350 EMU Train at Night


Long exposure night photo of london midland trains class 350 250 waiting at wolverton station en route to london
Photo: Charles Moorhen

Strangely enough, this night photo of London Midland Trains Class 350 250 standing in Wolverton station on its way to Euston station, London, came about following the change of a set of spark plugs in my car earlier in the day...and an infuriating lapse of memory.

In my eagerness to ensure that I had set the plug gaps to the correct size I decided to drive the 16 miles to Wolverton railway station, a station I've visited a number of times in the past, to test how the car was performing and do a spot of night photography while I was there.

Arriving at Wolverton station I opened the boot only to find that I had left behind a vital piece of equipment - my tripod!  

Now I was left with two options.  Drive back home and collect the tripod, or take my chances hand-holding the camera and hoping for the best.  

Well, the first option was totally out of the question as it would have meant a total driving mileage for the evening of around 64 miles. And it was only meant to be a quick trip!

So, it was the latter option or a complete waste of time and petrol.

After a couple of blurred, out of focus failures I managed to produce a small number of half decent hand-held photos, this one probably being the best of the bunch.   

The moral of this little tale - if there is one - is, even if the odds are pretty much stacked against you have a go anyway.  You may be pleasantly surprised!

Oh yes! I nearly forgot.  The spark plugs worked fine.


A few historical facts about Wolverton railway station:
  • The first station was built on the canal embankment above Wolverton Park and opened on the 17th Sept. 1838
  • In 1840 a newer, more permanent station was built close by.
  • The waiting room of the newer structure, which surprisingly had a full-time staff of 29, was lavishly redecorated for the visit of Queen Victoria in 1824.
  • In 1881 yet another station was constructed replacing all previous buildings.
  • The wooden station buildings built on the road bridge over the tracks stood for 100 years until British Rail demolished them in 1991.
  • A modern brick station building, close to the car park and platforms, was opened on the 21st June 2012.
  • Wolverton station has four platforms although only two are used for 'stopping' trains; the other two being reserved for fast 'through' expresses.

Other 'London Midland Trains' blog posts you may wish to see:

London Midland Class 153 364 DMU at Bedford



Class 350 Trains Video Filmed at Wolverton

Silverlink Class 350 EMU's at Wolverton Station Video










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Saturday, 16 July 2016

Booze Ban On Nottingham to Boston Train

East Midland Trains 




As a result of a joint initiative between East Midlands Trains and the British Transport Police, passengers on  the 8:51pm train which runs on a Saturday night between Nottingham and Boston will no longer be able to consume alchohol.


The train in question, which travels through Radcliffe in Nottingham, Bingham, Aslockton, Bottesford, Grantham, Sleaford and Heckington, has been dubbed "the chav express" by Twitter user, Sarah Jane Roberts.

East Midlands Trains say they are working closely with the British Transport Police to clamp down on anti-social behaviour. 

The ban comes into place on Saturday 16th July 2016 and will be enforced by police and Travel Safe Officers both on the train and at stations along the route.

Most train users have welcomed the decision and have asked EMT to impose similar bans across other routes.


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Wednesday, 13 July 2016

New Bromsgrove Railway Station Finally Opens

UK Railway Station News




After a wait of over two years, Bromsgrove's new railway station, a £17.4 million joint project between Network Rail, Centro and Worcestershire County County, is finally open with the first train time-tabled at 06:20.


Originally built as a Midland Railway two-platform station in 1840, at the foot of the steep two-mile 1 in 37.7 Lickey Incline, the new station now features four platforms connected by a covered footbridge and lifts providing unrestricted access for all.

The new Bromsgrove station upgrade, which began in March 2014, also boasts a modern station building which includes toilets, ticket desk and a retail facility.

In 1838 when the plans for the original station were proposed, local business owners objected strongly to its building on the grounds that the noise and smoke would scare away customers and deter them from coming to the town centre.



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56 Class 390 Pendolino Trains To Be Repainted by Alstom

Class 390 Virgin Pendolino Trains




Angel Trains, one of the UK's leading train leasing companies since 1994, have contracted Alstom, who provide equipment and services for the railway sector, to repaint 56 Virgin Trains West Coast Main Line Class 390 Pendolino trains.


The repainting work , at a cost of 28m Euros, is expected to be completed by December 2019.

Each Pendolino train will take two weeks to paint at Alstom's new technology centre in Widnes, which is still under construction and expected to open in May 2017.

The 'tilting' Class 390 Pendolino electric trains, with a top speed of 140 mph, began service on the West Coast Main Line on the 23rd July 2002 replacing loco-hauled passenger services headed by locomotive classes - 86, 87 and 90.




Virgin Pendolinos Speeding Through Wolverton Video



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Tuesday, 12 July 2016

Two New Class 68 Locomotives Working on Greater Anglia

Class 68 Trains



On Monday 11th July 2016, Abellio Greater Anglia began using two brand new Class 68 diesel locomotives, Class 68023 'Achilles' and Class 68016 'Fearless' for local train services.


The locomotives plus three Mk 2 coaches have been hired from Direct Rail Services until the 30th September 2016 when the hire period ends.

On the first day of operations, 68023 hauled the first train - the 06.52 Norwich to Great Yarmouth.

This temporary arrangement will possibly continue for several months until damaged DEMU Class 170 204 returns to service on Greater Anglia.



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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Video of Southern Trains Class 377 701/706 EMU Through Northampton


Class 377 EMU Railway Video


New Class 377 701/706 filmed passing through Northampton railway station while on test prior to entering service on 'Southern Trains'.


The Class 377 train was filmed in 2014.  A classic example of being in the right place at the right time!

                         



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More railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video

Monday, 23 May 2016

UK Railways - Pensioner Railway Enthusiast Photographed Every Railway Station in Britain

Railway enthusiast pensioner David Brewer, 68, has recently achieved a personal ambition to photograph every railway station within the UK




Railway Enthusiast Clicked At Every Station He Visited


Former railway worker and railway enthusiast, pensioner David Brewer, 68, has recently completed a personal ambition that has taken him to the four corners of mainland Britain to photograph every railway station in the UK.

His target was reached when he snapped the 15.52 train from Norwich to Liverpool Lime Street passing through the tiny station of Manea, Cambridgeshire, on the 9th May 2016, served by Abellio Greater Anglia.

Speaking about his eight-year hobby, Mr. Brewer said that Redcar British Steel was probably the most difficult to reach.  The station, used solely by the steel works employees, has only two services a day and special permission had to be obtained to photograph on the site.




So, is this the end of David Brewer's photographic travels?  Apparently not.  He is now photographing every station on the London Underground system.


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A selection of railway videos from 'Along These Tracks'
UK Railways - Banbury Trains 16 June 2014 Video 
UK Railways - Trains at Gravesend March 2014 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 and 319 EMUs at Northampton 1999
UK Railways - Freight Through Northampton May 1999 Video
UK Railways - Class 58018 Heading a Ballast Train at Finedon
UK Railways - Banbury Trains at Night Video
UK Railways - Trains at Basingstoke Station 12 August 2013
UK Railways - 375 and 395 EMU's at Martin Mill and Ashford International
UK Railways - Freight Trains Through Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolinos Through Bletchley May 2013
UK Railways - Class 350 Desiro EMU Trains at Northampton May 2013
UK Railways - Class 390 Virgin Pendolinos Through Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 350 'London Midland' EMU's at Wolverton 2013 Video
UK Railways - Chiltern Railways, First Great Western, XCountry DMU's at Banbury 2013
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains DMU's at Wellingborough Apr 2013
UK Railways - Class 43 IC125 Trains at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 222 Trains, DMU's, at Wellingborough Apr 2013 Video
UK Railways - Class 321 EMU Snakes into Bletchley Sidings 1990's
UK Railways - Class 321 & 350 EMU's at Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Network South East leaves Bletchley Video
UK Railways - Class 321 Silverlink Trains EMU leaves Wolverton Video
UK Railways - Class 325 Royal Mail EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 350 127 EMU Passes through Rugby Video
UK Railways - Class 321 418 Silverlink EMU at Wolverton
UK Railways - Class 60 015 Diesel Locomotive approaches Wolverton
UK Railways - Virgin Pendolino Class 390 041 EMU at Rugby Video


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