Category Archives: Main line

Photos and Video, 37025 & 37254, Cradley Heath 22/12/20

What a lovely surprise, I walked to the station expecting to see the NMT on the test train, but it was top & tail 37s, just like the previous month. Didn’t get bowled either. 1Q15 Derby – Swansea.

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Photos and Video, 43106, 75069, D2960 & 66021, Kidderminster 22/12/20

Another visit to Kidderminster to see a couple of trains. The bonus was D2960 on a shunting move and also 66021 on the empty steel train from Round Oak

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Photos and Video, 37254 & 37025, Cradley Heath 23/12/20

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!!

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Photos and Video, D8107, D8096 & 66781. Wolverhampton 26/10/20

A visit to Wolverhampton to see the 20s, the 66 was a surprise bonus. The other train I had planned to see was one of the Class 196 on test runs, that will be in another post.

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Photos, 68015, 68014, 66532 & 66516, Tyseley 01/10/20

Here are the photos that go with the video uploaded a couple of days ago, can’t keep up with it all at the moment. Also seen are RHTT DR98970, DR98920 & a Voyager

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Photos and Video, 196101, Cradley Heath 23/07/20

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!!

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Photos and Video, 50007 and 50049, Stourbridge 22/03/20

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.

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Photos and Video, 47805 and 47810, Cradley Heath 18/03/20

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!!!

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Photo and Video, 37521, Cradley Heath 17/03/20

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.

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