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39 minutes ago, Nearholmer said:

An honorary DEMU....

 

Well, the way I see it, it's a genuine DEMU on the left, therefore an honorary EMU, as it has a lot in common with the genuine EMUs on the right (utility front end design, traction motors underneath, cables on the front, deep cushions and a bouncy ride).

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The most comfortable ride on the southern, IMO, was in the corridor first on those trains, very retro, and very quiet, because it was away from the engines. Some of the regulars used to carry fishing stools, for sitting in the corridor if all seats were taken, which in itself could cause the angry brandishing of Daily Telegraphs, because they each had their own, very particular seat.

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A very pleasant day yesterday 38 years on from chasing EPB's SUB's etc out of Waterloo......a revisit to the South East with a focus on 465/466's out of CX and LB given it looks like some of them are possibly now becoming a little long in the tooth. 

 

I do like this part of the world!

 

I'm a Midlands kid!

 

Regards 

 

Guy

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1 hour ago, balders said:

A very pleasant day yesterday 38 years on from chasing EPB's SUB's etc out of Waterloo......a revisit to the South East with a focus on 465/466's out of CX and LB given it looks like some of them are possibly now becoming a little long in the tooth. 

 

I do like this part of the world!

 

I'm a Midlands kid!

 

Regards 

 

Guy

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That's CX? Crimes!

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Just now, 62613 said:

I did wonder. Depressing place, isn't it?

 

Considering the only original feature appears to be the left hand tower thanks to remodelling courtesy of Luftwaffe I'm glad it still exists......however clinical it is now!

 

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Guy

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14 minutes ago, balders said:

Considering the only original feature appears to be the left hand tower thanks to remodelling courtesy of Luftwaffe 

 

The two Wren-style towers, designed by sir John Hawkshaw, are still there (at least when I last looked).

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2 minutes ago, grahame said:

 

The two Wren-style towers, designed by sir John Hawkshaw, are still there (at least when I last looked).

My excuse is I was only looking out of one window :)

 

Guy

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On 19/06/2021 at 11:21, Gwiwer said:

Maybe. Questions have been asked about the need for 10-car trains but SWR is already returning some suburban 455/456 duties to 10-car operation. 
 

As with many things the introduction to passenger service has been delayed by Covid-19. Construction, delivery, testing and training are all behind. There is still an expectation that the first will debut on the Reading line late this year. 

One spotted in Wimbledon West shed today and another in the new Feltham sidings this evening.

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40 minutes ago, balders said:

My excuse is I was only looking out of one window :)

 

 

Using only one eye?

PS they do have windows on both sides of trains these days.

;-)

 

 

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The first South Eastern Networkers were towed off to warm storage just last week.  Can't see them coming back somehow though, need too much doing to them and the accountants won't want their fingers burnt again after the Class 442 debacle....

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23 hours ago, Northmoor said:

One spotted in Wimbledon West shed today and another in the new Feltham sidings this evening.

There are quite a few out and about.  At least one does mileage accumulation tests every day though its route varies.  At least one is normally at Wimbledon for training purposes.  And a fair few are stored at Eastleigh and - perhaps remarkably - Worksop.  The latter being a hitherto unknown outpost of the live rail :no: and a handy location for storage when many other places are full.  

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28 minutes ago, Gwiwer said:

There are quite a few out and about.  At least one does mileage accumulation tests every day though its route varies.  At least one is normally at Wimbledon for training purposes.  And a fair few are stored at Eastleigh and - perhaps remarkably - Worksop.  The latter being a hitherto unknown outpost of the live rail :no: and a handy location for storage when many other places are full.  

It's been noted in the last couple of years (before the pandemic massively reduced demand for train capacity) that the industry could rapidly run out of space to store all the off-lease stock.  Frustrating then, that some substantial redundant freight facilities have had their track limited recently; in West Wales alone, the former Gulf refinery site at Waterston (which had about 3km of track) has had all track lifted and the sidings at the former RNAD Trecwn, a very secure site for storing high-value assets, have also been lifted.   I guess the Worksop sidings (I once worked in a building looking out on the Up side sidings) aren't exactly full of coal trains these days; hasn't Cottam PS stopped generating now?

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13 hours ago, Northmoor said:

 hasn't Cottam PS stopped generating now?

It closed on the 30th September 2019 - I believe it was "de-synchronised" a few days earlier. The last coal train apparently ran there a few months before!

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On 25/06/2021 at 17:49, eastwestdivide said:

As last night's selection seemed to go down well, here are some more.

 

Various, and an honorary EMU on the left

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That's how I remember the approaches to LB - Bulleid-style 4EPBs, and BR-style 2EPBs - looks like another train behind the 2EPB on the right...

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Apparently there is a EPB unit for sale, buyer collects, landlord wants it shifted ASAP or its scrap.  5176 I think.

 

EMU preservation may be about to lose yet another member.

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16 hours ago, pete_mcfarlane said:

Here's a few Preservation era shots of mine, 

 

First up, the 4-CIG that used to live on the Great Central. Am I right in thinking that this has since been scrapped? This was taken in 2006, when it was working with their 33/1. One old boy on the platform at Loughborough seemed a bit confused, and was asking the p0latofrm staff if they were going to lay 3rd rail to operate it.... 

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Next is my one and only visit to the Electric railway museum on the outskirts of Coventry, at their open day in September 2010. It's a shame that it closed, as it made a nice afternoon out (along with a visit to the air museum next door, which is still open and really good). There was also an airshow on at the airport, complete with the Vulcan doing aerobatics. 

 

4-SUB

 

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4-EPB with an interesting paint job - I think that's Tesla. 

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4-SUB and Tyneside 2-EPB.

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I also went to the EMU days on the East Kent a couple of times - these are from 2011 when one of the 4-COR moto coaches was in use, along with a 4-BEP, 2-EPB and various MLVs. A good day out. 

 

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And lastly, a couple of snaps of a 4-BIG buffet car, plus some DEMU vehicles. These were taken in Nottingham when the Hastings DEMU came to visit in 2009. I first found it being refueled at Eastcroft depot. The thing in the background is the incinerator that burns rubbish and helps power the district heating system - the pipes to the North of the city centre use the old GCR tunnels. 

 

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And heading back down South. Spot the standard width vehicle...

 

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it looks like a snake that swallowed a heavy meal a while back and is still digesting it

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A few more Kentish curiosities...

 

Terrible Instamatic shot of 022, a stores unit converted from a 2-HAL(?), heading through Strood in about 1979/80:

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Those were replaced by newer conversions, this one 019 from an SR-style 2-HAP, here at Strood in October 1983:

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And a snatched shot on a film that was badly developed (wrong chemicals - long story), a loco which might be 73006 leads an adaptor van and wooden-doored coach S14375S with some more bits of EPB down through Rochester in 1985:

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The adaptor van was to enable coupling to the centre buffer-fitted ends of detached parts of EPB and similar stock. Somewhere I might have a record of what the actual stock was.

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