Class 707s

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
Those marked I have now managed to have had as haulage. I hope to gain at least 10 miles on each unit.

Some stats:

British Rail TOPS Class 707
In service 17 August 2017 – Current
Manufacturer Siemens
Built at Krefeld, Germany
Family name Desiro City
Constructed 2015–2017
Number built 30
Formation 5 carriages per unit
Fleet numbers 707001–707030
Capacity 275 seats, 533 standing
Operator(s) South Western Railway
Depot(s) Wimbledon Traincare depot
Line(s) served Various
Train length 101.52 m (333 ft 1 in)
Car length 20 m (65 ft 7 in)
Width 2.80 m (9 ft 2 14 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 12 in) standard gauge
Sources : Desiro City data sheet[1]
Except where noted
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Time Travel: An Old Book

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)

= 3600 = 900 m.p.h.
4x x

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:

m.p.h. 40 50 60 70 80 90
km.p.h. 65 80 97 113 129 145

Something To Do

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Wednesday 13th Dec 17

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).

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Branch Lines Of Desire #1

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.
319216 2F14 1428 St Albans Abbey to Watford Junction
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.
Bricket Wood 2 Station 1895274 9cd248e3

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.

Timetable Graph Monday-Friday

The Timetable Graph of the St Albans Abbey branch line Summer 2017.

Information for this article was obtained from the following sources; Wikipedia, Abbey Flyer User Group, Real Time Trains, Rail Mileage Engine, Rail Forums UK.

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