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Jaba wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 7:28 pm
Wow this is turning into trainspotters thread. I have no photos but I saw a Stanier Black 5 at Fort William in September but I am sure that is not a rare sight there.
Were the Deltics run from Euston Jonathon? If so then I saw them in regular use on the Glasgow trains.

Where I live we have recently lost our 125s in favour of some modern Hitachi tin and plastic with hard uncomfortable seats. Effing progress. The 125 still has the speed record for a diesel train and for me it is sorely missed.
Mind you I love my frequent train trips from London to Oulx using both Eurostar and TGV.
Over and out 4472.
Apologies to those not interested in trains… During the summer there are almost daily steam hauled tours from Fort William to Mallaig taking in the Harry Potter viaduct at Glenfinnan, so the Black 5 is not so rare. For those interested in seeing or travelling on steam workings on the mainline, see: http://railwayherald.com/railtours

As for Deltics unless you were lucky enough to see the prototype working out of Euston in the 1950s the 22 production Deltics all ran out of King’s Cross on the East Coast Mainline to Edinburgh eventually being replaced by 125s. I achieved my lifelong ambition to drive my favourite Deltic (55022, Royal Scots Grey) on the Severn Valley Railway back in 2017.

125s still work in the south west, cross country and Scotland and remain very impressive machines at speed. Not quite as impressive as a Deltic though! Comfortable, high speed train travel is still quite an experience.
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deltic wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 8:08 pm
Fumbler wrote:
Fri Nov 05, 2021 2:21 pm
deltic wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:58 pm


Dungeness is a surreal place and again worth a visit. And of course there's the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.

Yes, the first flask trains for some time have been running again this summer and autumn, indeed I think that there was one yesterday. Some of the trains have been hauled by Direct Rail Services newish Class 88 bi-mode (or electro-diesel) locos. These are AC overhead electric locos fitted with a 950hp diesel engine, but odd to see them working on diesel power on DC third rail electrified lines in the south east.

If I recall correctly the Dungeness branch has a number of open level crossings, so I think line speed will be quite low, probably 25mph maximum. The Grain branch has several much heavier freight trains every day, so might be a bit higher. I have asked on a railway forum what the restrictions are.
I thought the locomotives I saw looked fairly new. I wonder if the trains only run of diesel down here because all the other freight stock I've seen does- the GBRf and EWS freight trains in Tonbridge yard are also diesel only.
You also will see a number of the venerable GBRf 73s at Tonbridge which were the original 1960s bi-mode locos able to run on diesel power or the third rail. They have proved to be very useful locos and a number have been rebuilt with more powerful engines, some of which are used to power sleeper trains in Scotland.
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They also work some of the south east RHTT (railhead treatment trains) or water cannons to get rid of leaves on the line.
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deltic wrote:
Thu Nov 04, 2021 9:58 pm
Fumbler wrote:
Wed Nov 03, 2021 10:28 am
Dungeness site is where I work! Funnily enough, I saw 4 flasks being loaded onto a train last Thursday- the first I've seen in a year or two. I'm impressed that you can do a railtour down the freight only lines. Were you speed restricted or could you go full bore?
Dungeness is a surreal place and again worth a visit. And of course there's the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway.

Yes, the first flask trains for some time have been running again this summer and autumn, indeed I think that there was one yesterday. Some of the trains have been hauled by Direct Rail Services newish Class 88 bi-mode (or electro-diesel) locos. These are AC overhead electric locos fitted with a 950hp diesel engine, but odd to see them working on diesel power on DC third rail electrified lines in the south east.

If I recall correctly the Dungeness branch has a number of open level crossings, so I think line speed will be quite low, probably 25mph maximum. The Grain branch has several much heavier freight trains every day, so might be a bit higher. I have asked on a railway forum what the restrictions are.
And to answer the question of speed limits a signalman acquaintance of mine has provided me with some information. Grain branch is largely 40mph and for Dungeness it's 20mph from Appledore to Lydd Town and then 15mph to Dungeness.
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And three more photos for Fumbler all taken 10/11 year's ago:
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Sun Nov 07, 2021 10:45 pm
And three more photos for Fumbler all taken 10/11 year's ago:ImageImageImage
Great pictures! That'll be the last set of fuel from Dungeness A. It was declared fuel free in summer 2012.