Yesterday's Surprise!

Alan May 1, 2005

  1. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Yesterday a special train passed our garden. Luckily I had my camera to hand and just managed to get a grab shot of the locomotive, a Cotswold Rail class 47 at the head of about a dozen ex-Virgin Mk 3 coaches.

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  2. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Almost too late, I realised there was another class 47 on the rear of the train! This time one in Anglia livery. Another grab shot! [​IMG]

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  3. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Alan-

    What is Cotswold rail? Are they a local private line operator?

    :D

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  4. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Ken, CR provide locomotives and stock for special trains, or to other train operating companies, sometimes on a 'power by the hour' basis, I think. They probably own the Anglia class 47 also. I think it is one they had on long term hire with Anglia and painted it in Anglia colours.
     
  5. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    OK. Similar concept to our motive power leasers here. FURX, WAMX, HLCX, and so forth.

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  6. Hytec

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    It's wonderful when seredipity rules...nice shots. I also like what appears to be striped livery of the first coach, wish you had had a chance to capture more.

    Now for an ignorant question from a Colonial: does "Cotswald Rail" have any relationship to the Cotswald area of Oxfordshire? (aren't the Cotswold Hills in Oxfordshire, and a long way from your neck of the woods? :confused: )

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  7. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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  8. BoxcabE50

    BoxcabE50 Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Interesting. They also provide the rail services. A lot different from our loco leasers.

    :D

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  9. Stourbridge Lion

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    Great "grab" on both ends!!!!!!!

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  10. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    I was expecting the train to return during the evening. It did, but going in thr same direction again!!

    This time the locomotives were on the opposite ends, so the train must have gone up to Lincoln, across to Newark, down the main line to Peterborough, then back to Spalding and was returning to Birmingham and Wolverhampton by a circuitous route [​IMG]
     
  11. Hytec

    Hytec TrainBoard Member

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    Very interesting,,,apparently they do not offer any scheduled service, only brokerage and charter services.
     
  12. Charlie

    Charlie TrainBoard Member

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    Nice photos Alan!
    Care to speculate on why the train was operating? Was it occupied?
    BTW I noticed on the TV news some coverage
    of Mr.Blair campaigning. Also there were some interviews of the "man on the street". AFAIK the coverage was live coverage from yesterday
    (or possibly Sunday). The weather seemed to be quite pleasant and I noticed most of the crowd in shirtsleeves. We've been freezing here in Chicago with gloomy,rainy skies. Last night we set a record low temperature. I was below freezing !

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  13. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Charlie, the train ran to Spalding (where I lived for 35 years, until last year) for the annual flower parade.

    In days past, there used to be 20 or more special trains to the parade from all parts of England! Lately there has been none, so this year it was good to see this one. But why it came up to Lincoln, etc. I don't know :confused:
     
  14. r_i_straw

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    Two years ago I rode on a chartered train from London to Edinburgh but I don't know if it was provided by Cotswald Rail. The coaches were all older and were lettered EWS. We did not go as fast as the scheduled trains as we were being passed by them.
     
  15. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    Russell, most trains on the East Coast Main Line travel at 125mph. The only diesel locomotives we have are the EWS class 67's. So most charter trains are run with 90 or 100mph locomotives and fitting them into a high speed railway is not easy, so they have to be overtaken frequently. They do now sometimes insist on the 67 if the train is to run for lengthy distances along a high speed line.

    None of those problems along "our" line, as it is a 60mph one [​IMG]
     
  16. r_i_straw

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    This was a good thing as a few in our group missed the train at King's Cross but caught an express and were waiting at the platform in York for our train.
     
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    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    This was a good thing as a few in our group missed the train at King's Cross but caught an express and were waiting at the platform in York for our train. </font>[/QUOTE]:D :D :D :D
     
  18. r_i_straw

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    I found some photos of the engine on the train I rode. I belive it was an electric.
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  19. Alan

    Alan Staff Member TrainBoard Supporter

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    That is a class 90 electric. Maximum speed is 110mph, which was the maximum on the West Coast mail line before the recent (costly) upgrade to a 125mph line.

    The west coast is now mainly worked by the new Virgin tilting Pendolino trains (designed for 140mph running, but they could not afford the hi9gh cost of upgrading the line to allow the higher speed).
     

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