Thursday, 21 September 2017
As part of the new South Western Railway franchise plans are being put in place to return 18 of the 24 class 442 'Wessex Electric' units dating from 1988 and withdrawn by South West Trains in 2007 to the Wessex Route. The 442's are planned to be fully refurbished, including new traction equipment to 'as new' standard before they are deployed on Portsmouth 'fast' services offering a higher level of comfort than the class 444 and 450 trains currently used on this route. In preparation for the return of the 442's units are being repatriated from Ely where they have been in warm store to Eastleigh works and Bournemouth depot. One such run was captured on Tuesday 19th September 2017 with Rail Operations Group 47812 returning units 2423 and 2415 on a run from Ely to Bournemouth.
Saturday, 16 September 2017
|Classic SNCF lines as Grand Confort liveried BB15002 crosses the River Marne at Trilport while working the 10:36 Paris Est - Bar le Duc. 28/08/2017|
France is one my most frequented countries for rail trips. Is this because it is the closest country? Because of the classic locos and liveries? Or is it because SNCF make it such hard work that you always have to return to do the bits that you didn't achieve on your previous trip?! This trip probably falls mostly into the latter category. This was to be the third attempt to cover the Nimes - Clermont Ferrand 'Cevanol' loco hauled. Previously we had been thwarted by a strike in the PACA region, and then a rockfall on the line which sevoured it a year later. Another target was the route from Montlucon to Bourges where a unit had left our loco hauled plans in tatters last year. We had left things to the last minute with the last loco hauled run of the Cevanol being booked northbound for the day of our trip before units once again took over for the low season. Before even leaving the UK we received the news that the locos would finish a day early- SNCF had blown our plans before we had even left the UK!
|BB67438 crosses the Liane on its final approach to Boulogne Ville with IC2021 14:31 Paris Nord - Boulogne. 26/08/2017|
Saturday 26 August
|Javelin 395021 at Dover Priory|
We took the walk from the ferry terminal into the city- the weather was great so we used our couple of hours before heading to Boulogne to have lunch sitting on the beach. Lovely.
|There are some nice bits of Calais, especially on a warm summers day!|
|BB67582 runs round its stock for the 17:33 Boulogne - Paris. 26/08/2016|
|A very smart looking BB7399 is traction for the overnight.|
|On it's final eastbound run CC72186 departs Troyes with the 18:12 Paris Est - Culmont Chalindrey. 27/09/2017|
Sunday 27 August
|E186 312 passes through Nimes with a freight. 27/08/2017|
|Cab view from CC72186 at Paris Est.|
|The end. The very final booked passenger run of the BB72100; 05:14 Culmont Chalindrey - Paris Est on 28th August 2017 pauses at Troyes with CC72186 in charge. Alstom Coradia Liner trains will now work all services on Line 4.|
Monday 28 August
|A final photo stop at Nogent-sur-Seine with CC72186|
|Breakfast reception at Paris Est!|
|BB22319 rushes through Maisons-Alfert-Alfertvile in the Paris suburbs with a train from Gare du Lyon. 28/08/2017|
|Not my favorite livery- but in the sun it doesn't look too bad! Sybic BB26074|
passes Le Vert de Maisons with a southbound service. 28/08/2017
|A well timed boat completes the shot of BB7269 at Choisy le Roi. 28/08/2017|
|BB15050 speeds towards Chateau Thierry and Paris as it passes Fossoy with the 15:37 St Dizier - Paris Est. 28/08/2017|
|BB15008 in 'Grand Comfort' livery leads the 16:36 Paris Est - Bar le Duc.|
|Axiem 77506 at Chateau Thierry. The A/C box does not |
improve the look!
Tuesday 29 August
|BB67515 crosses the Marne with the 07:18 Le Ferte Milon - Paris Est.|
|The start of a busy session at Saint Michael sur Orge with BB26045 heading south. 29/08/2017.|
|One of several freights, E186 306 heads south. 29/08/2017.|
|BB67515 waits for departure with the 17:05 Paris Est - Le Ferte Milon.|
|Shot of the trip? It should have been! BiBi 82510 works the 17:11 |
Chalons en Champagne - Paris Est in place of the expected BB15000.
|Even France is not safe from the DB Traxx invasion! E186 337 passes |
Saint Michael sur Orge with a tank-tainer train. 29/08/2017
Wednesday, 23 August 2017
|163039 heads along the Vltava river at Strekov with a service to Kolin. 07/08/2017|
Thursday 3 Aug
|242 234 at Brno Zidenice with a service to Tisnov - 03/08/2017|
As ever landing at Brno was uneventful and we were quickly on the bus into the city. Checking into our hostel took a little longer than planned due to a slight overshoot on my part which resulted in us walking almost out of town completely- I was sure our accommodation wasn't that far out!
|A Tatra KT8D5 tram pauses outside the main station. 03/08/17|
Friday 4 Aug
|749 265* pauses at Ruda nad Moravou with its portion working to Jesenik. 04/08/2017|
|Our first Goggle of the trip- 750 704 pauses at|
Namest n. Oslavou. Our DMU back to Prague can be seen in
the adjacent platform. One of my fellow enthusiasts
bags can be seen on the near platform!
|Retro liveried 362 001 pauses on its way to Sumperk.|
|The cab view from 362 001.|
|Our return Goggle 750 707 at Ruda nad Moravou. 04/08/2017|
It had stopped raining, but of course when we arrived at Zabreh for the train to split it had started again. We had come this way in the as we had gen that our portion on to Jesenik would be worked forward by 749 265* and sure enough the grumpy was waiting in the headshunt to back onto our half of the train. Of course I wish it had been loud but it was nice to get a grumpy I wasn't planning to see, and a new livery for me as well. We took this to Ruda nad Moravou for a +20 or so into 750 717 back to Zabreh (not raining this time). A grumpy and two goggles down and we hadn't made it to Prague yet!
|ZSSK 350 006 at Parbudice with a train to Prague. 04/08/2017|
|Our star sighting at Pardubice, AWT Goggles 753 009 and |
753 739 with a train of oil tanks. 04/08/2017
|Several Polish EP09's make it to Prague, we were brought in by EP09-033.|
Had we got to Liben an hour earlier we might have got some really nice shots, as it happens we saw a few freights before the sunlight faded. As we were leaving the station one of the elderly class 451 EMU's pulled in- out of the bushes appeared a group of about 5 youths, most with spray paint, one with camera and tripod who proceeded to start re-liverying the train! An impressive operation but not really what you want to see. We headed back to the main station and met up with our other British contingents James and Ian for dinner in one of the 'Railway' pubs. It was great to have our pivo's delivered by train but aside from that the food and service was a little underwhelming. Most of our group had not been to Prague before so we walked off dinner around the old town... before we knew it the time was gone 01:00 again.
|130 008 curves into Praha Liben catching the very last of the days sunlight. 04/08/2017|
Saturday 5th Aug
|740 692 pauses at Praha Vrsovice with it's train to Cercany. 05/08/2017|
|749 121 has to be the best looking 'Grumpy' currently running. Sadly this is|
all I saw of it on this trip parked at Praha Vrsovice. 05/08/2017.
|749 259 on the turn to Rakovnic departs from Beorun to head onto the diesel branch. 05/08/2017|
|CD Cargo 742 069 and 742126 in the yard at Beorun.|
|720 097 at shunts at Tabor having completed it's days work.|
|113 002 waits dormant for its next run to Bechyne. 05/08/17|
|749264* departs empty from Praha Hl.N having worked in from Cercany vice Goggle. 05/08/2017|
Sunday 6th August
|742 216 in the yard at Kolin. 06/08/2017|
|In one of the last patches of sun before it disappeared for the day 130 025 takes car carriers through Kolin. 06/08/2017.|
|There is something about a green Skoda- 122 036, Kolin.|
It was with a mixed reaction therefore that I turned up at Zruc to find 742 042 standing with stock with the train, re timed to leave at 15:20. So I had my train and no bus... but I didn't have my Grumpy. The run was pleasant if uneventful and I was joined by the rest of my group on Cercany who had spent the afternoon with 749 121 on it's booked turn. The logo on Sp1832 is booked to swap at Cercany and 749107 had appeared on shed. Would I get it after all? No, the Goggle ran around and continued with the train back to Prague.
|754 042 waits to pass another train at Sazava Sp1832 15:20 |
Zruc nad Szavou - Praha Hl.N. 06/08/2017
There was one final move before dinner, to pick up 754 007 on the inbound turn from Tanvald. A DMU was taken out to Prague Cakovice in order to pick up R1149 15:51 Tanvald - Prague Vrsovice- 754 007 providing about the best noise I have ever heard from a Goggle- and it still wasn't much!
|R1149 15:51 Tanvald - Praha Vrsovice waits time at Praha Hl.N.|
This train had produced 749 107 on my previous visit. 06/08/17
Monday 7th August
|Trams in Prague, 2210 dating from 1932 is in 'Heritage' service, while the|
Tatra T3 is one of the hundreds in regular service in the city.
|750 707 waits for departure with the 17:05 Praha Bobny - Raknovice. 07/08/2017|
|Stunning light catches 854 029 at Praha Vrsovice. 05/08/2017|
|I had once again failed to ride a 714 on this trip. 714 202 sits temptingly in |
the sun at Praha Bobny waiting for its next duty. 07/08/2017
|754 031 departs Praha Vrsovice with the 10:55 Praha - Cercany. 05/08/2017|
|Unfortunately going the 'wrong' way 130 023 skirts the Vltava at Strekov- a loco I saw in green on my previous visit. 07/08/2017|