It was dark, but 37s on a test train, not to be missed. 1Q16 Swansea – Derby. It was following close behind a stopping train, probably previous signals on amber so it was approaching slowly in case the Cradley signal was red. Once the driver got a clear view of the amber signal the 37s made a great noise as they accelerated through the station, only to shut off soon after passing through the station. Sounded great on the video!!
Nothing much to see today, but there was a unit on test runs on the Stratford line. I was hoping it would be one of the other Class 196 units – but it turned out to be the first one I saw months ago at Cradley Heath.
As far as I know, this was the first real test run in the UK for this new class, Tyseley to Hereford and return. I was surprised it actually stopped at Cradley, but it enabled me to cross over to the other platform to get a better view of it, and I wasn’t bowled!!
I didn’t know they were running to Reading in the morning, was actually out walking the dog as they passed by not very far away – didn’t hear them though. Fortunately they returned at a convenient time for me to see them. Running as 5Z50 Reading to Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway.
I was expecting it to be the 37 which ran the previous day but was pleased it was the 47s instead. I wasn’t sure which platform to film from, as had been bowled many times before. The downhill train was due to depart 3 minutes after the uphill train and if the 47s were close behind that train my view might’ve been blocked. I did cross over the bridge then the doors were closing on the downhill train and I went back over the bridge and was just starting to film as the 47s appeared, obviously checked by signals, then – just watch the video!!!
A nice little bonus down the Dark Side running as 0Z73 from Crewe to Worcester. It actually terminated at Droitwich and ran back via the Lickey an hour earlier than planned. My original plan would’ve been to see it again at Smethwick – but I’m avoiding public transport at the moment.