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I'm back!! Busy month completed.


 


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Trips to Reading, Ely, Gravesend, Higham, Sheerness-on-Sea and Stratford International have been completed, as well as a usual selection from my home station

 

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So ok I haven't done a lot in here for a while, life does has a habit of getting in the way! Let's have a look in the collection from the last 2 months and see what I can pick out. As usual the full selections can be found on the following links

 

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It's been a while, but I'm back. Plenty of things have happened since the last update, more than I can reasonably fit into this post, so I'll pick out some of the best bits. The seemingly endless list of items I've posted across both Flickr and Youtube can be found in full on the links above this.

 

The last few months have seen steam power return to the London Underground, new shuttle services from Stansted Airport to the city of Cambridge starting up, Class 317/7 units returning to passenger duties in ever increasing numbers after a few years in storage, including a partly refurbished 317722 entering traffic and the usual compliment of passenger, freight and engineering trains across the country.

 

So here we go then, over 2 months of action combined into a few videos and photos. Let's go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It's Christmas! The end of 2014 is in sight, and what a busy year it has been. With more trains than ever to see, and new equipment to bed in ready for 2015, it's been an intensive last couple of months. The fruits of this work (the better and more interesting items, naturally...) can be found below, with the full selections available on the usual web links. A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all, see you on the other side...


 







 


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And here we go with the first official update of 2015, with the local railway scene giving up some good items during the first few weeks of the year, with new EMD Class 66s for freight operator GB Railfreight (GBRf) numbered 66752 through to 66772 (a majority of these have/are being built at the EMD plant in Muncie, Indiana) now entering squadron service on various GBRf duties. Some items of the latest arrivals in action can be seen below.


 




 


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A further item of note here in the UK is the gradual emergence of the logo of the German national rail operator Deutsche Bahn on their DB Schenker freight fleet. A sizable majority of their engines still operate in former English Welsh & Scottish Railway colours, whom they took over operations from. However of late, some locomotives now carrying DB stickers on their fronts and sides, alongside EWS livery.


 




 


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The West Anglia Main Line has also played host to some interesting movements, with 'light' locomotives. test trains and machinery making moves along the route


 






 


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And to finish, a few items from the usual passenger train selection


 


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So here we go again. Its been a while, then real-life does tend to take priority these days. That said, there's plenty to share from this small corner of the UK. So let's go...

 

Whilst the sight of EMD Class 66s of various operators are a common sight along West Anglia, appearances by Freightliner examples are excessively rare, meaning that the only way to see any examples normally requires being elsewhere. Here 2 of the class passes through the busy (but constantly cold!) station at Ely, Cambridgeshire and Woodgrange Park in East London.

 



 

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Continuing with the 66 theme, Deutsche Bahn branding of various sorts continues to appear on former English Welsh & Scottish freight engines. A good amount of the relevant 66 fleet now carry DB logos, though some have received full Deutsche Bahn livery. The 2 extremes of the branding can be seen in action below.

 



 

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Railtours and excursion travel also continues to be an attraction on UK rails, for passengers and enthusiasts alike. DB Schenker Class 67s a normal choice for the 'British Pullman' workings seen below.

 



 

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Class 37 powered Network Rail test trains also continue to play a regular part on the West Anglia Main Line.

 



 

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And the usual mix of photos to finish. Hopefully the next update will come about a bit sooner than this one has done!

 

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And here we go again...

 

The fall months of October, November and December sees the return of the Railhead Treatment Trains (RHTTs) to the railways of the United Kingdom. These trains operate with either sand deployers or water jetting wagons across the network to assist with adhesion (slip-slide) conditions associated with the autumnal months. Following on from last year, freight operator GB Railfreight was chosen to run the West Anglian RHTT using a small group of Network Rail water jetting wagons and a selection of their EMD Class 66 fleet.

 



 

The weeks and months leading into and through December also begins to see railtours return to the forefront, including usage of steam locomotives on some tours.

 




 

In keeping with the constant upkeep of the network throughout the year, engineering trains also continue to run in various consists to overnight and weekend work locations.

 





 

And to close out this post, something from a recent outing to London, where an EMD Class 66 diesel passes through the quiet Walthamstow Queen's Road station hauling mostly(with the expection of 2 vehicles!) empty automobile carriers.

 


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Where does the time go? Not that long ago we were in December, and now you mean to tell me it's near the end of March?! Madness I tell you, thankfully the rail-bound action has been equally as fast-moving as the days have, so let's go...

 

In a slight variation to the norm (and variety is the spice of life right?) we go over to South London to see a Class 375 EMU being dragged back to its owner Southeastern after a refurbishment at Derby's Litchurch Lane facility.

 


 

Another unusual move that made its way around was an appearance of the latest generation of diesel locomotives, the Class 68, see usage on Network Rail test trains. The clip proceed to show the first occasion of 68s visiting the West Anglian line.

 


 

A further strange move also brought the first ever appearance of a Class 70 along West Anglia, in this instance a Colas Rail branded one.

 


 

In more common workings, and despite the use of newer Class 68 on Network Rail duties, the older (and louder) Class 37s continue to make fairly regular showings.

 



 

To keep running on the theme of unusual stuff, a strange variety of track machine is seen here.

 


 

Container workings on West Anglia are usually restricted to overnight diversions, though in this instance one was diverted during daylight hours.

 


 

And back onto some more usual fare, as the constant run of weekend and overnight engineering trains continues at apace.

 




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So here we are again, June. Where at this precise moment of typing, it's currently raining, quite windy and generally unpleasant. Or the British Summer as we prefer to call it...

 

...But anyway, the railway moves along regardless of weather, so here comes the latest selection of common, uncommon and usual items from this little corner of the UK. Though lack of finances and adequate time have prevented a trek to London recently, I'm hopeful of one within the next few weeks. Any content from then will of course be shared with the world.

 

First up this time, we see what is to become a regular working along the West Anglian line out of London over the next 6-9 months. With the closure of the Gospel Oak - Barking line to traffic for electrification works, this has resulted in the diversion of 1 solitary freight working onto the route.

 


 

The semi-regular appearances of Class 37 diesel locomotives on Network Rail test duties also continues to provide both interest and noise value, with heritage livery examples also beginning to appear on the workings.

 



 

The occasional railtour, making use of the rather nice Pullman coaches has also continued to feature. On this occasion both diesel locomotives in use are also used on the Royal Train.

 


 

Closures for engineering work on other lines have also seen other workings take a detour off the beaten tracks, with this particular working being diverted away from the East Coast line.

 


 

And then of course there's the regular mix of engineering trains, conveying everything from track panels and ballast wagons, through to cranes and rail replacing equipment.

 





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So as another summer season and a few more months pass by in this little corner of the UK, let's pick some of the more interesting things out...

 

As said before, the summer season is coming to an end, which in the UK means we're back into 'leaf-fall' mode, requiring the use of Railhead Treatment Trains across the network to combat 'slip-slide' track conditions. In the weeks leading up to the season, stock moves to strategic locations with the water-jetting wagons often take place as below;

 


 

Moves of Southeastern units from their natural habitat to the northern railway hub of Doncaster for refurbishment have continued, as this example is taken past the huge Westfields shopping centre at Shepherd's Bush, West London.

 


 

Class 37 locomotives continue to provide the power (and noise) factor to Network Rail test trains, in a practice unlikely to change any time soon.

 


 

The occasional appearances of railtours have also continued along the West Anglian route out of London, now how cool would it be to go on that...

 


 

Special liveries on EMD Class 66s continue to make for a varied scene on the network, quite a few of them having passed my locality in recent months!

 




 

The large variety on engineering workings to/from London also continues to bring up all manner of odd and interesting formations.

 



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So after a fairly busy few months, here's some of the more usual (and unusual) findings...

 

One day in November saw a one-off appearance by the nicknamed 'Pretendolino' set on transfer between depots from Norwich Crown Point to Plymouth Laira for refurbishment and cascade elsewhere in the country.

 


 

The UK railtour scene continues to provide interest, with Class 57s acting as regular diesel performers on such duties.

 


 

Steam trains also continue to old their position on tour workings.

 


 

Test trains have also continued to make regularly scheduled runs along the West Anglian route, including an uncommon appearance by the Class 950 inspection unit.

 



 

As units continue to hit their mid-life refurbishment dates, transfer trains are used to move sets between depots. In this instance however, there was a unit lacking...

 


 

The weather in the UK always seems to be a bit wild, fog in these cases...

 



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Not a huge amount of intrigue this time around, but alas...

 

Firstly from only a few hours ago, 2 EMD Class 66 diesel locomotives from GB Railfreight (66778/775, among the last delivered from the US to the UK) pass by on a charity railtour.

 


 

Whilst EMD 66's are also the mainstay on engineering trains throughout the UK, other train classes are in use on such duties, including the Class 70, although their use on the West Anglian route is a rather blue moon occurrence.

 


 

The tradition of the loud Class 37 sets on Network Rail test trains has also continued.

 


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