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Flipping Typical

Now I’ve been a Rail Enthusiast for about 40+ years and the wife looks at them as “oh it’s a train“, you know … the ones that say ‘well it gets me from A to B‘. So she came home Monday night and informed us that she had a meeting in Gloucester on Tuesday and was meeting colleagues at Paddington and going by train. Can you guess where this is going? She was catching the 07:36 to Cheltenham, so I sent a text asking what type of train she was on. Reply; “dunno it’s a train“. A quick email off to the Gen group and it came back as 800309. A flipping new class 800. I mean come on … I’ve seen a few but not been on one. So she notches up 113 mile 71 chains on a new 800. She then gets the 16:43 with her colleagues and you guessed it – a class 800 again. The same one 800309 and another 113 miles 71 chains.
Wife: 800 = 227 miles 62 chains.
Me: Zero !

Next week (all being well), I’m taking both offspring to Swansea to the Denny’s and therefore a trip that includes a bit of ‘spotting’ as well as a model shop 😉 . Maybe one of my trains will be a 800, who knows. I have the 800s diagrams now so maybe I can sneak one in.

On to today.
6V60 0923 Ardingly to Acton T.C. 66057 .
66057 - 6V60 0923 Ardingly to Acton T.C.

Next up is
7V00 1110 Newhaven Day Aggregates to Acton T.C. 59004 . I’ve been after a photos of this one for years and finally got it.
59004 - 7V00 1110 Newhaven Day Aggregates to Acton T.C.

7O68 1233 Acton T.C. to Purley Foster Yeoman 59102 no photo needed for this one and not sure I can get out for it.

Info from P2: 7O02 Acton T.C. to Tolworth Sidings 66118. It won’t pass Selhurst, so got the info off of P2 system.

6O79 0938 Marks Tey Tarmac to Crawley New Yard R.M.C. 66025. Passed at 15:27 with the driver giving it plenty of throttle on it’s exit from the station.
66025 6O79 0938 Marks Tey Tarmac to Crawley New Yard R.M.C.

Haulage marked: .
New Sightings/Haulage (aka ‘cops’): .
Photographed marked: .
Total 2018 ‘cops’ = 120
Total Miles 2018 = 1015.10 miles
Last New Sighting = 66057 15/08/2018.
Last New Haulage = Pickering to Goathland (NYMR) 26038 (06/08/2018).
Newest Route = Cardiff Central to Swansea (19/02/2018).


Monday 30th July 2018

Hi all,

6K39 1152 Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf to Grain Foster Yeoman Gbrf 66703 at 12:43.

66703 - 6K39 1152 Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf to Grain Foster Yeoman Gbrf
66703 – 6K39 1152 Tonbridge West Yard Gbrf to Grain Foster Yeoman Gbrf

Going through some old photos yesterday has brought back a lot of memories including my trip on the San Diego and Arizona State Railway from Campo back in 1995. It was one of those trips I can remember really well. Watch out for a post coming over the next week or so with photos etc.

New Sighting And Some New Line Thoughts

Hello one and all,

6Z49 1103 Crawley New Yard (Gbrf) to Cardiff Docks Greenergy Gb 66768 trundled past Selhurst at 11:44. It’s a ‘cop’ for me (new sighting).

I think it must be the heat but there really seems to be a number of wild ideas on new or reopened railways lines recently.

A real ‘pie in the sky’ idea is this HS4AIR project. For those not in the know it’s a plan for a High Speed line between Ashford area (for the Channel Tunnel) through Tonbridge, Redhill, Gatwick Airport, along the North Downs Line and alongside the M25 to Heathrow then with a spur to the Great Western mainline and the main line going up to join on to HS2. The Rail Forums members seem to think it’s a project that won’t get of the ground as to many of us in the rail industry.

Next you have the reopening of the Carmarthen to Aberystwyth in Wales. Again not looking feasible.

A new line in to Grassington (Yorkshire Dales) to help the national parks?

The reopening of the Grand Central Railway line.

There’s even a part reopening and a new bit of line proposal ! !

Before anyone thinks I am not open to new and reopened stations/routes, nothing could be further from the truth. I am all for the opening of lines like the Borders railway in Scotland and new stations like Coventry Arena, Cambridge North and Kenilworth. I think there there are more important lines and stations that could be reopened. The Wisbech line is one that has track still in situ and is a project of Rail Future. Soham Station is another station that could really do with backing. The list of places that need stations is quite interesting and some locations should take priority over like the HS4AIR above.

Certainly the Brighton Line problems needs looking at and the ideas of BML2 seems to evoke a multitude of feelings. Would a line through Lewes and East Grinstead improve the congestion of the Brighton Line?

Would a Thameslink 2 project help with transfers through London now that the maximum 24 tph is almost achieved? Certainly increasing the Thameslink ‘core’ in it’s current incarnation to 30 tph is nonsense, as anyone with any number of years working on the railway will testify to.

The East/West (it was also known as the Varsity Line in the past) between Oxford and Cambridge is dragging on and there are some real stumbling blocks in the eastern section of the line.

Above all and before all the new stuff … we need to get Britain’s railways back on track (pardon the pun).
As British Rail? Maybe.
Is there a better way of doing it all? Probably.
Better Timetables? Yes.
More sensible trains including comfort. Of Course.
and importantly more common sense approach and basic ticketing.

These things are not the “Rail Enthusiast” in me, they are for the good of the railways and the people working and using them.

Pride In Your Rail Enthusiasm.

Train Wanker.

These are just some of the things I, and others, have been called over the years. I’m sure you have all had the mickey taken out of you for your enjoyment of everything trains, railways or spotting.

Whether you’re a spotter, basher, gricer, crank or history junkie or just a plain old person that enjoys travelling on an unidentified train enjoy it and just ignore all and any jibes.

Working in the rail industry, specially in the ‘manly world of engineering’, the so called cool blokes regularly take the mickey. Strangely they always come to me to look up the train times or what’s going on the in world of railways.

I think Geoff’s video is great.