So what’s all the fuss about?
I haven’t a clue to be honest, to me they are just Class 700s painted red and are only five cars long. They were originally ordered by South West Trains who lost the franchise and the new South Western Railway franchise took over on 20th August 2017. And so it appears that SWR no longer want the units as they do not have toilets. Since their introduction they have been used on the Waterloo to Windsor, Weybridge, and the round robin Waterloo to Waterloo via Strawberry Hill. With the planned withdrawal from service of by 2019 when the new Bombardier Transportation Aventra units. The units are all based at Wimbled but you can often see them stabled in Clapham yard (Clapham Junction.) What do I actually think of them? … Meh! .. They have that very irritating ‘jutting out’ bits of metal by your feet next to the windows which force you to sit at some uncomfortable angle which is the same as the 700s, The seats are not the most comfortable but to be honest NO trains built after the class 365s are comfortable.
The units having been built at Siemens’ Wildenrath facility in Germany (Should UK based units, locos rolling stock be built in the in the UK? YES! but that is a whole other post) they were then hauled to Dollands Moor where they have been collected by various traction (Class 37s, 47s) and brought to Clapham Yard for testing, acceptance and introduction to service.
Dates provided by Terry Williams (Thanks Terry).
|707001||arrived Clapham Yd 09.12.16|
|707002||arrived Clapham Yd 07.02.17|
|707003||arrived Clapham Yd 23.12.16|
|707004||arrived Clapham Yd 23.12.16|
|707005||arrived Clapham Yd 28.01.17|
|707006||arrived Clapham Yd 07.02.17|
|707007||arrived Clapham Yd 25.02.17|
|707008||arrived Clapham Yd 25.02.17|
|707009||arrived Clapham Yd 08.04.17|
|707010||arrived Clapham Yd 08.04.17|
|707011||arrived Clapham Yd 16.09.17|
|707012||arrived Clapham Yd 16.09.17|
|707013||arrived Clapham Yd 25.11.17|
|707014||arrived Clapham Yd 25.11.17|
|707015||arrived Clapham Yd 16.12.17|
|707016||arrived Clapham Yd 16.12.17|
|707017||arrived Clapham Yd 06.01.18|
|707018||arrived Clapham Yd 06.01.18|
|707019||arrived Clapham Yd 13.01.18|
|707020||arrived Clapham Yd 13.01.18|
|707021||Not Yet Delivered|
|707022||Not Yet Delivered|
|707023||arrived Clapham Yd 18.11.17|
|707024||Not Yet Delivered|
|707025||arrived Clapham Yd 18.11.17|
|707026||arrived Clapham Yd 10.11.17|
|707027||arrived Clapham Yd 10.11.17|
|707028||arrived Clapham Yd 14.10.17|
|707029||arrived Clapham Yd 14.10.17|
|707030||Not Yet Delievered|
|British Rail TOPS Class 707|
|In service||17 August 2017 – Current|
|Built at||Krefeld, Germany|
|Family name||Desiro City|
|Formation||5 carriages per unit|
|Capacity||275 seats, 533 standing|
|Operator(s)||South Western Railway|
|Depot(s)||Wimbledon Traincare depot|
|Train length||101.52 m (333 ft 1 in)|
|Car length||20 m (65 ft 7 in)|
|Width||2.80 m (9 ft 2 1⁄4 in)|
|Floor height||1.10 m (43.31 in)|
|Maximum speed||160 km/h (100 mph)|
|Power output||1,200 kW (1,600 hp)|
|Electric system(s)||750 V DC Third rail|
|Current collection method||Contact shoe|
|Track gauge||1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge|
|Sources : Desiro City data sheet
Except where noted
Many moons ago I was given a book by an aged Aunt, it was titled ‘Something To Do’. In it had lots of ideas. The pink cover put me off because it was a girls colour but when Mum flicked through it and found how to make a hill for you model railway. Many years on a trip somewhere Mum had squirreled away the book and on a train trip showed me the following article:
Things to do in the Train.
Check The Speed
This only needs a watch with a second hand and a little arithmetical division. If you look out of a train window you will see white posts about a meter high with black numbers set at regular intervals besides the ‘downside’ track (though the posts and markings vary slightly from region to region).
The posts are actually at 1/4 mile intervals and if you note the number of seconds it takes to travel from one signpost to the next you know how long it takes the train to travel a quarter of a mile., By dividing this number of seconds in to 900 you can then work out the speed of your train in miles per hour.
i.e. Let x be the number of seconds it takes the train to to cover the distance between two consecutive posts.
x seconds for 1/4 mile = 4x seconds for 1 mile.
There are 3600 seconds in one hour.
Therefore miles covered in one hour (i.e. speed of train)
If, for example, you find the train takes 9 seconds between two 1/4 mile posts, the sum is then 900 ÷ 9 = 100 m.p.h.
To convert m.p.h. to kilometers use the following table:
Greetings one and … well one.
Sorry I haven’t posted for a while. My mother has been quite ill so although I’ve been on trains I’ve not “spotted” at all, only the ones I’ve travelled on. Only one I have dione is a little jaunt over to Rainham and Stratford which I’ll post up when I get a chance.
Today not a lot has run and looks like the 6V60 Ardingly to Acton was cancelled.
But a COP 🙂
5B89 Bletchley TMD to Bletchley TMD 387160, 387173.
Haulage marked: .
New Sightings/Haulage (aka ‘cops’): .
Photographed marked: .
Total 2017 ‘cops’ = 340
Total Miles 2017 = Coming Soon
Last New Sighting = 387173 13/12/2017.
Last New Haulage = 1S05 Kings Cross to Edinburgh (Kings Cross to York) 91109 (04/05/2017).
Newest Route = South Ruislip to Paddington (09/08/2017).
Branch Lines Of Desire #1 – Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey.
The Abbey Flyer is the local nickname given to the trains on the Watford Junction to St Albans Abbey line. Opened in May 1858 by the London & North Western Railway and initially it had just the two intermediate station on it; Bricket Wood and Park Street. The line is just over six mile line and has a speed restriction on it that makes the journey some seventeen minutes to traverse in full. On the day I did the journey it was a class 319 (319216) in it’s greens and silver. It hasn’t always been a 319 on this line previously it was operated by Class 321s (now in Scotland), class 313s and Class 150 DMUs when required. Prior to electrification in 1988 Cravens units, class 104s and Park Royal/1957 DMUs would work the services.
Watford Junction (0m 00ch):
This station needs no introduction realistically as over the years many of you have spent time on the platforms spotting but for those new to the hobby Watford Junction is a medium sized station which is served by Virgin Trains, London Midland (soon to be the West Midlands and will be called London Northwestern) and London Overground (Lorol).
The Lorol services terminate here having started in London Euston. Virgin Trains serve the North West and Scotland (Glasgow Central) whereas London Midland run from London Euston to Northampton, Birmingham and Crewe. Watford Junction is a nice location for freight too with class 90s, 66s and 92s all passing at different times with Freightliner, DB Schenker and Gbrf trains. The St Albans only ever depart from platform 11 at the far end of the station.
Watford North (1m 51ch):
Originally opened in 1910 as Callowland station Watford North (renamed in 1927) is an unmanned station just two minutes outside Watford Junction and has an automatic level crossing at one end of the station. It has a small shelter and is a single platform and rather uninspiring.
Garston (1m 51ch):
When the line was spared from the Beeching Axe in the early 1960s, Garston was opened in 1966 by the Mayor of Watford. It was initially a just a short wooden platform without cover but since then (2010) it has seen an upturn in fortune with new lighting, shelter and artwork from a local school.
Bricket Wood (3m 22ch):
One of the original stations on the line, Bricket wood is just eight minutes out of Watford Junction. When it was opened the station had two platforms and had a passing loop allowing for longer and more frequent trains on the line. The station was well patronised originally as the Edwardians families would come to Bricket Wood to take in the fresh air and the local funfairs. The station was also home to one of the Emergency Railway Control Centres, this one built in 1954, in case of war. The station has also starred in six different films over the years. The station still has a brick built building which is the last vestige of the original structures on the line.
How Wood (4m 21ch):
The baby of the stations on the line being opened in 1988 when the line was electrified with the Overhead 25kV lines, it is another unstaffed halt with a very modern looking shelter.
Park Street (4m 37ch):
The station is the other original station on the line but has nothing of the original station left. Originally known as Park Street & Frogmore it was then closed and relocated and in 1974 named plainly Park Street. Personally I like the original name.
St Albans Abbey (6m 30ch):
The terminus station on the line is fully open aired but does have a small shelter on the platform. Looking at the platforms it appears that there may have been two platforms in use at one time but it appears there was only ever one platform. When I was looking for information on the line and it’s history I came across this superb image on Flickr by TrainsandTravel of the station in it’s heyday.
I hope you have enjoyed the trip along the line. I hope that the Branch Line posts become a bit better as I go on. Thanks for reading.
Information for this article was obtained from the following sources; Wikipedia, Abbey Flyer User Group, Real Time Trains, Rail Mileage Engine, Rail Forums UK.