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Excellent Colin. If you could write some captions to tell the story, even better.

 

Well done.

 

Geoff

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Cheers Geoff I was just trying out the new camera but they now have a caption with a bit of info.

 

 

Cheers

 

Colin 

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Cheers Geoff I was just trying out the new camera but they now have a caption with a bit of info.

 

 

Cheers

 

Colin

Thanks Colin. Super pictures and the captions take us right there with you.

 

Geoff

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A couple from earlier posts which I have rotated for you Colin.

 

Geoff

 

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Well I thought I should get this thread back up and running so here's a couple of pics from the last week or so.

The first pic shows 3x 350's stabled in Coventry North yard on a glorious Sunday morning.

The second pic shows the addition of a huge depot sticker on the side of the middle vehicle on 323203 I believe only 203 and 211 have been done so far.

The next pic shows 323211 waiting at Redditch also adorned with VE Day stickers also added to the fleet now are Soho depot stickers on the cab doors. Soho =SI Is the allocation code for anyone interested. 

 

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As I was on a spare turn yesterday with a 0504 book on time I was asked to go and prep the standby unit in Coventry North Yard.

It turned out to be 350254 with the pan down it was effectively a dead unit. But as I approached the unit I noticed it had been tagged I believe I had disturbed the vandals as the paint was still wet in places. 

After a call to control to report the incident and they asked if I could take the unit to Northampton so it could go onto Kings Heath for paint removal.

I happily agreed as it's been nearly 7 weeks since I last went to Northampton. 

Anyway here's a pic of the poor unit shortly after its brief attempt at a repaint. 

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Must be a notorious place for it, I reported one in a similar condition To your control one Sunday morning, you could still smell the paint as you passed by 

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7 hours ago, big jim said:

Must be a notorious place for it, I reported one in a similar condition To your control one Sunday morning, you could still smell the paint as you passed by 

Was that the 350 that had a rainbow covered along the complete bodyside at Wolverhampton. 

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No it was Quite a while back when I was with colas

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As I was allocated a new turn for a Saturday AM shift instead of the usual double New St - Redditch shuttles I was given this little job of preparing a 350 unit in Coventry Yard using if it for the 0611 service to New St then ECS onto Soho LMD followed by a taxi back to New St then taking an 8 car set to Northampton at 0814 then bring the 0937 from Northampton to Coventry and that was enough for today.

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323218 undergoing some maintenance inside the shed on Soho LMD

 

 

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350258 stabled on road 3 at Soho not very often we get to drive a 350 onto the depot.

 

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350258 all prepped for its short day in service in Coventry North Yard.

 

 

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Same job as last Saturday this time it was 350116's turn to be stabled on Soho.

Plus a couple of 323's stabled for the weekend. 

Also 86259 which must have rusted to the rails now in the old carriage sidings at Rugby has had a banner applied to the bodyside.

 

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Just a couple from last Thursday before long weekend as it's been a busy weekend home schooling and doing the garden. 

The first pic is 350401 already to go at Coventry waiting time to work the 0538 Coventry to Euston service I took it as far as Northampton. And the second pic is 350110 with a new Destination on the side in Coventry North yard again all prepped and ready for service. 

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Here's a couple of pics from the past couple of days. 

Firstly 350263 awaiting a slot to pass through Rugby on the Down Coventry whilst I was asked to take a 12car formation from Coventry to Northampton ECS as it was declared a failure shortly after it was prepped early on Friday morning and I had to split 350263 from the rear of the 12car set and return it back to Coventry Yard as the standby unit. 

Then on Saturday it was a trip to Wolverhsmpton and Walsall for a change it had to be done as it was exactly 12 weeks since I had last been there if it was any longer I would have been out of competency.

Then I managed to snap a passing freightliner working through Walsall the pic quality is awful as all the pics are mobile phone ones as I forgot to take my proper camera.

That's all the work pics for now as I'm Annual leave for the next 18days I might be able to get some modelling done.

And as an added bonus seen as its Fathers day I recieved a Bachmann 37 (37421 in regional railways livery)

 

Cheers 

 

Colin 

 

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12 weeks before your route competency runs out, that’s not long at all

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, big jim said:

12 weeks before your route competency runs out, that’s not long at all

 

 

 

That's just for Aston to Walsall and we dont sign Soho Bank and most of us dont sign Aston-Stechford either we only have one job that's on a Saturday morning and as I'm permanent a.m. turns.

I was hoping to catch the 66's parked up at Bescot as I'm after a decent pic of 66756 as it's named after my old regiment.

Cheers 

 

Colin 

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66756 is currently sat in Northampton on the front of 6G52 which should be heading back to bescot later this morning but the possession is running late 

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Did you catch 66756?

 

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I missed out on 66756 again as I've been on annual leave since the 18th of June but on the positive side I've managed to get a load of work done on my small layout.

I'll hopefully update that thread today if I get a spare 5mins. 

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Now I'm back in work after 18days off with my summer block leave and a long weekend on the end of it it's pretty mundane for the last two days a en ECS trip from Coventry to New St and a return trip to Lichfield City also a New St to Northampton return not much to see apart from these three pics 20200710_140222.jpg.66ab253a3f811fd7dc7c2440586502eb.jpg

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Just a couple from yesterday as I was spare but was asked to do a Coventry - Northampton and up to New st pass back to Coventry. 

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Again just a couple from today and yesterday.

The first one is 350119 waiting to work 2C99 0545 Coventry to Birmingham New Street this morning this is a treat for me as I've been used to running double sets everywhere to assist with the social distancing. 

The second pic was taken yesterday showing a pair of GBRF class 47's 47727 & 47749 just departing Northampton as 0z48 Kings Heath EMD to Chaddesden sidings after they had brought up a class 360 to Kings Heath for 110mph modifications before it transfers to EMR.

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Having lived in Kings Heath until 1974 before migrating to Oz, I am fascinated to hear of units going to KH for modification. Is this really B14 post code Kings Heath? If so, where is it?

Enjoyed your pix btw,

Cheers from Oz,

Peter C.

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10 minutes ago, 45568 said:

Having lived in Kings Heath until 1974 before migrating to Oz, I am fascinated to hear of units going to KH for modification. Is this really B14 post code Kings Heath? If so, where is it?

Enjoyed your pix btw,

Cheers from Oz,

Peter C.

Sorry Peter for the confusion this is another Kings Heath this one is in Northampton.

Its named after the area in Northampton in which the depot was built.

 

Cheers

 

Colin

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Just a couple of pics from the past few days as it's a same old stuff regarding work getting a bit bored of cross city now I'm considering a change of scenery. 

The two pics are from yesterday as I was spare all morning.

0Z88 Derby RTC to Derby RTC  via Coventry and Nuneaton. 

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Just a couple from yesterday's job and this mornings chariot firstly 325013 passing through Northampton on it's way to Wembley.

Then a couple of EMU's in warm storage just outside Northampton. And finally 350252 & 350372 waiting departure time with the 0611 Coventry to Birmingham New Street service.

A double New St - Northampton for todays fun on the iron road. 

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Cheers 

 

Colin

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