Tag: Diesel

British Rail Class 08 Shunter

The British Rail Class 08 diesel shunter  is not in line to win a prize for looks. But then they were built as functional workhorses and not as beauty contestant entrants. There are quite a lot of them in heritage rail, although out of a class of 996 it is nice to see some survivors.

"Howie" (Eastleigh)

“Howie” (Eastleigh)

08377. (Mid Hants Railway)

08377. (Mid Hants Railway)

Chasewater Railway was where I managed to get a good look at the 08. They have 3 of them at the railway, and one was being used to pull a train.

08598 (Chasewater Railway)

08598 (Chasewater Railway)

08202 (Chasewater Railway)

08202 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

D3429 (Chasewater Railway)

The Class 08 was never meant as a speed merchant, and I have always felt they looked top heavy, however, they are now quite rare and worthy of heritage status too. There are a number of them in the railway modelling genre too and in a variety of liveries.

"N" Gauge Class 08

“N” Gauge Class 08

There are a number of them based at the Freightliner depot inside Southampton Harbour, but I was never able to get a decent image of any of them.

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Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:16

British Rail Class 43 HST.

I saw my first Class 43 in Bristol in 2015, and I have to admit I was not sure whether to be impressed or nonchalant about it. As far as I was concerned they were not visually very attractive, but I have to admit, their longevity has been quite amazing.  I have since done 2 trips on trains where they provided motive power, and I did enjoy the experience of hurtling along, although I think my Pendolino trip in 2008 was much more enjoyable.

The most sightings that I have done have been in Reading and in Bristol, and I am hoping one day to get decent pics of the new green liveried 43’s used by the Great Western Railways (formerly First Great Western). The only other odd livery I have seen so far have been Cross Country liveried engines.

This is my collection.

43194 (Bristol)

43194 (Bristol)

43156 (Chippenham)

43156 (Chippenham)

43131 (Reading)

43131 (Reading)

Unknown number (Chippenham)

Unknown number (Chippenham)

43197 (Reading)

43197 (Reading)

The front “office”

43384 (Bristol)

43384 (Bristol)

43301 (Birmingham)

43301 (Birmingham)

And what of the future?

43171 (back), 43187 (front) (Bristol)

43171 (back), 43187 (front) (Bristol)

In early October 2015 I saw my first rebranded FGW train which had returned to the original Great Western Railway brand and in the new green livery. It did lend a certain gravitas to these veteran engines.

43187 in GWR livery

43187 in GWR livery

In 2017, I spotted 43187 again en route to Paddington, and she had been rebranded as “The Welshman”

And on the 17th I saw another rebranding exercise.

43144 (Bristol)

43144 (Bristol)

Unfortunately the Class 43 may be counting the days, the electrification of the line between Reading and London and further will mean snazzy new electric traction, but somehow I suspect the 43’s will soldier on for awhile still, at any rate they are expected to be around at least till 2019.

4 x HST’s at London Paddington in April 2017

It is worth remembering that the prototype InterCity 125 (power cars 43000 and 43001) set the world record for diesel traction at 143 mph (230 km/h) on 12 June 1973, and an HST also holds the world speed record for a diesel train carrying passengers. 194 of the 197 locomotives built remain in service and that in itself has to be some sort of record.

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Updated: 10/01/2018 — 20:17

British Rail Class 37

I like the British Rail Class 37 diesels, and this is my tribute to them, albeit that I have only seen 4 so far.  They are also the closest I will probably ever get to seeing a Class 55 Deltic

My first 37 I saw was at Mid-Hants Railway (The Watercress Line)

37901 "Mirrlees Pioneer"

37901 “Mirrlees Pioneer”

37901 "Mirrlees Pioneer"

37901 “Mirrlees Pioneer”

The next two were with the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway (GWR)

37215 (GWR)

37215 (GWR)

Class 37 (37218)

37218 (GWR)

And my final viewing happened in Bristol where I found 97301 which was formerly 37100 at the head of a Network Rail train and she serves as an ERTMS Signalling Test Loco.

97301 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

97301 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

97302

97302 (Bristol Temple Meads Station)

Four survivors out of a class of locomotives that first entered service on 2 December 1960, of which 309 were built.

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Updated: 10/01/2018 — 07:49

Miscellaneous Trains

Trains spotted here and there in South Africa, often loco’s and sometimes oddities and peculiarities. Special thanks to Ronnie Lovemore for images of the Class 91 Diesels.

34-019. Randfontein

34-019.
Randfontein

Overhead line vehicle Newclare

Overhead line vehicle
Newclare

Sheltam 16 Randfontein

Sheltam 16
Randfontein

Sheltam 3011 Randfontein

Sheltam 3011
Randfontein

14-001 Pretoria

14-001
Pretoria

6E-1678 Hamberg

6E-1678
Hamberg

34-404 Millsite

34-404
Millsite

36-002,117, 026 Newclare

36-002,117, 026
Newclare

Metrorail sub Hamberg

Metrorail sub
Hamberg

Tshwane Business Express. Pretoria

Tshwane Business
Express. Pretoria

36-295, 292 Pretoria

36-295, 292
Pretoria

14-110, 106 Pretoria

14-110, 106
Pretoria

38-047, 044 Hamberg

38-047, 044
Hamberg

18-197 Germiston

18-197
Germiston

6E1's Maraisburg

6E1’s
Maraisburg

5m Sub Maraisburg

5m Sub
Maraisburg

Metrorail subs Germiston

Metrorail subs
Germiston

10M EMU Germiston

10M EMU
Germiston

18-406 Germiston

18-406
Germiston

18-405 Germiston

18-405
Germiston

E163 Germiston

E163
Germiston

E1228 Germiston

E1228
Germiston

E1416 Germiston

E1416
Germiston

A trio of 6E1"s Germiston

A trio of 6E1″s
Germiston

36-087 Germiston

36-087
Germiston

35-426, 441 Germiston

35-426, 441
Germiston

Shunters wagon Germiston

Shunters wagon
Germiston

E1267 Germiston

E1267
Germiston

DE 1207 Germiston

DE 1207
Reefsteamers

8E Shunting Locos Koedoespoort

8E Shunting Locos
Koedoespoort

The old and new Pretoria

The old and new
Pretoria

Diesel shunter Pretoria

Diesel shunter
Pretoria

Mainline saloons Pretoria

Mainline saloons
Pretoria

91-007 Apple Express Port Elizabeth

91-007
Apple Express
Port Elizabeth

91-002 Apple Express Port Elizabeth

91-002
Apple Express
Port Elizabeth

91-001 91-007 Apple Express Port Elizabeth

91-001
91-007
Apple Express
Port Elizabeth

Vapour Clarkson Braamfontein steam heater depot

Vapour Clarkson
Braamfontein steam
heater depot

Vapour Clarkson Braamfontein steam heater depot

Vapour Clarkson
Braamfontein steam
heater depot

Premiere Klasse Randfontein

Premiere Klasse
Randfontein

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Updated: 08/01/2018 — 07:30
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