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From what turned out to be my final rides on 1938 tube stock back in 2016.  I have no chance in the few remaining days to get to the Island and there are precious few passenger ferry crossings between Portsmouth and Ryde anyway.  There are alternatives but all require rather more time than the direct train-to-train crossing.  

 

1.  The view up the former tramway with the railway on the left as the catamaran comes alongside at Ryde Pierhead.  This also shows that Ryde Pier is in fact three separate but linked structures.  
2.  "Mister Bond" 007 trundles up the pier to form the next train to Shanklin 

3.  The desolate - and derelict - condition of Ryde Pierhead station as seen from a doorway on 007

4.  The Island Line platform at Smallbrook Junction which is only served when IOWSR trains are operating as there is no other access.  

 

 

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It's very rare to see pictures of the class 501s.

 

Here in wirral and over the water in liverpool, 3 of the units were reduced to 2 coaches, fitted with de-icing equipment and classed as class 936.

 

They were often seen parked up at birkenhead north depot and kirkdale depot in between duties which were mostly at night but were sometimes seen during the day too.

 

Seeing these 2 pictures reminded me of them. 

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The start of the transfer of the Siemens Class 707 Desiro City units from SWR to SE Trains has started.

 

707004 and 707003 arrived at Grove Park Depot from Wimbledon Park Depot in the early hours of Saturday Morning, 9th January 2021.

 

There is an Onward movement to Hitachi's Ashford Depot booked for Sunday 10th January and a couple of test runs booked from Ashford to Sevenoaks and back for Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th January 2021.

 

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Hamsey AHBC this morning, 377125 leading &  377201 at the rear of 1F12, delayed VIC to ORE, -3c this morning. 
 

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On 01/01/2021 at 11:27, Metr0Land said:

Feltham in the early 90's, since rebuilt somewhat.

Very somewhat. 
 

The level crossing has closed and the platforms now extend across its site to give 10-car rather than 6-car length. 
 

The road overbridge in the background has also been rebuilt in order to cope with the traffic displaced from the crossing.   Beyond the bridge the former goods yard and steam shed site is about to open as the new class 701 home depot meaning there have also been track and signalling changes. 

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Thanks for that.  I've not been back since early 2014 when we moved to west Wales.  At that time the up side had been completely rebuilt but not the the other things you mention.

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On 09/01/2021 at 21:25, meld said:

The start of the transfer of the Siemens Class 707 Desiro City units from SWR to SE Trains has started.

 

707004 and 707003 arrived at Grove Park Depot from Wimbledon Park Depot in the early hours of Saturday Morning, 9th January 2021.

 

There is an Onward movement to Hitachi's Ashford Depot booked for Sunday 10th January and a couple of test runs booked from Ashford to Sevenoaks and back for Wednesday 13th and Saturday 16th January 2021.

 

Meld

 

 

Actually sorry to see them go .................................

 

Here's 001 on the blocks at Waterloo P17 late on 12-01-21

 

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On 03/12/2020 at 19:19, Gwiwer said:

S15 was the spare car iirc. While it could only have been turned by crane the D-end marking might have been considered relevant if it migrated between units. 
 

Here’s an unusual moment. Not posted here until now as a gallery of spectators was not required. The electric 458 unit had derailed whilst making an empty-stock movement in Clapham Yard during Monday afternoon. On Tuesday morning a diesel 159 was coupled via an adaptor to act as tractor and brake force. The 458 was split with the derailed coach not rerailed until late in the day using the jack-and-pack method.  
 

The 159 removed four “good” coaches of the 458 before being shunted to the other end and removing the damaged coach. 

 

The red train is an up suburban working unrelated to the incident. 
 

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Did pretty much the same back in 2005 with a 4-VEP but we used a Class 73 and a length of rope through the cab windows as the buckeye was buggered ......................

 

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On 12/10/2020 at 10:25, Chris116 said:

I thought that only one of the units was now usable. You were certainly lucky not to have a replacement bus service as there have been many days when both units have been out of service. The 438's have certainly put in tremendous service and it will be sad to see them go but the new trains should be a big improvement. 

 

I'm sure someone else has pointed this (been away from RMweb a long time) - So the D-trains being 1979 (?) vintage puts them in service on the IOW 42ish years after first introduction on the District - nice to see tradition being maintained :good_mini:

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On 26/08/2020 at 21:49, Gwiwer said:

Nearly-new class 701 unit 701005 (still without its lower fairings on the front ends) works test trip 5Q42 through Strawberry Hill on 24/08/20 in drenching rain.  

 

The name "Arterio" has been given to this class, derived from "Arterial", and first appeared at the formal launch using 701004 on 23/08/20.  It appears in bronze decals on the darker livery colour making it hard to see and harder to photograph so apologies for the reflections.  

 

Two "firsts" for what are suburban units.  They have tables at the window seats where these are in groups of four but no tray tables in the "airline" seating which makes up around 2/3 of the accommodation.  And two toilets per 10-car unit or one in the 5-car units means that in future all SWR services will feature on-board facilities.

 

Having been christened Arterio it has been suggested that the type be given the SR-style unit designation of 5-ART and 10-ART though they owe nothing to the erstwhile quint-art sets of many years ago.  

 

 

 

 

 

Personally I quite like them .......... Livery suits too ............... time to point the camera at the railway again me thinks (been prostituting myself with Red 4-rubber-tyred things mostly during these lockdowns etc ........ easier to snap on the way to work than standing exposed on a platform) 

 

Will there be a phased or en-mass(ish) introduction into service ???

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13 hours ago, Southernman46 said:

Will there be a phased or en-mass(ish) introduction into service ???

Phased. 
 

They will slowly be introduced from a date to be announced (but possibly early Summer) as crew, depot and platform staff are trained. 
 

Expect a one-train-for-one-train replacement of existing types starting, perhaps perversely, with the 707s which are already starting to depart for South Eastern.
 

The 455s might be the last to go as some are still receiving heavy overhauls with remanufactured / new bogies, wheelsets and other gear; all were re-tractioned by Vosslöh within the last few years so beneath the floors they are in quite good shape. 

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