Saturday, 21 May 2016

Rare Heritage Railway 'Thumper' DMU Train Destroyed By Fire

Heritage Railway News





Mindless Vandals Consign 'Thumper' To History



A vintage 'Thumper' DMU train, owned by the Swindon and Cricklade Railway and valued at around £100,000, was completely destroyed by fire in May 2016.

 The 2-car 'Thumper', (so nicknamed by railway enthusiasts due to the noise the diesel engine made while running) DMU, believed to be one of only three working units in preservation after withdrawal from Southern Railway service with British Railways, was parked up near the Hayes Knoll end of the line when the fire was discovered.

Dave Peacey, a trustee of the Swindon and Cricklade Railway, said: "It is completely beyond repair.  We are all devastated to say the least".




Three box wagons parked nearby containing electrical equipment were also destroyed.  It appears that the fire may have started in one of these and spread to the train.

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


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Huddersfield Station Celebrity Cat Felix Reaches 60,000 Facebook Fans

UK Railway Station News




Favourite Feline Finds 60,000 Facebook Fans


Felix, the six-year-old Huddersfield railway station cat, celebrated her birthday with not only a smart new hat, but more importantly - 60,000 Facebook fans.

 
The cat, who was promoted to 'Senior Pest Controller' at Huddersfield station earlier this year, has received birthday wishes from countries across the world such as, Paraguay, America, Germany, Malaysia, Italy, Pakistan, Finland, Belgium, the Netherlands and France.

Felix said: "Just because it's my birthday, I will still be working hard to ensure the people of Huddersfield have a train station free from rats and pigeons".

Well, she would have said that if she could speak.  Puuurrrrrr-fick!


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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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