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Departmental Track Machines/MPV's
Pieces of Motorized Plant invaluable for maintaining the Network---Invariably painted Yellow with a few rare exceptions(MPV's).
An Infrastructure move between Hereford and Reading -Triangle Sidings is viewed passing Pilning just east of the Severn-Tunnel. This siamese pair DR79200 A/B is a Rail-Grinder manufactured in Germany under the name of a Schweerbau-SPML15. Note the porta-loo on the cutting side.Its been there for years.I expect Railtrack are still paying the monthly hire charge and don't know it and don't care!
..23 july 2014..
Here is a second picture-this time a 'Going Away Shot' of the Windhoff Electrification Factory MPV heading back to Swindon-Transfer after (I presume) a crew training trip to Taunton .This ran as '6Y61' Hopefully I will never see this 'thing' again around Frome as basically it represents the kiss of death to anywhere it will work for photography anyway.This end is numbered UK-NRIL-99703131001-8 whilst the UK-NRIL-99703131005-9 was leading. Lighting for this shot was rather poor as it was missed in the morning in better light, it having gone via Frome Station..However some kind of record shot had to be done!
..06 may 2014..
Hopefully this piece of equipment will never be used in anger around this location! This is the Windhoff Electrification-OTP/MPV out on a long distance crew training run '6Y61' from Swindon-Transfer to Swindon-Tranfer via Melksham.The Unit has been in this country now since being imported at the beginning of the year.Because it has not yet started work setting and constructing mast-bases on the GWML yet it is still pretty much in ex-works condition.Its number is UK-NRIL-99709131005-9 whilst the other end is UK-NRIL-99703131001-8. Yuck! yet another piece in a very big sad jigsaw!
..06 may 2014..
An almost blindingly bright Network-Rail Tamper/Liner,Plasser-Theurer 09-3D-RT number DR73115 cruises over Fairwood-Junction on the approach to Westbury.It has travelled up from Taunton's Fairwater-yard and is going to Gloucester-Horton Road. Note the very rusty down mainline off the Westbury Avoiding-Line.This piece of track has been out of use now for quite a long time since the severe floods caused an embankment to slip badly where this line goes over Station Road in the middle of Westbury itself. Work has been going on now for many weeks repairing this damage.It involves some quite serious groundworks involving deep piling plus the construction of a road to gain access to the slippage area. Its not only the Dawlish Sea Wall that was badly effected by the recent floods!
..21 march 2014..
I've not noted an MPV on the move for well over a year then suddenly I see two in as many days! Here Paired-DR98959/DR98909 are seen passing Bapton in the Wylye-Valley on '6Z05' from Eastleigh going to Bristol-Barton Hill.Again this one looks to be set up as a Weedkiller-Unit.An interesting front-end design bearing a strong resemblence to a Class-60!
..30 may 2012..
Coming from Bescot as '6Z10' this MPV DR98909/DR98959 looks to be set up as a Weedkiller-Unit.Destination for today is Bristol-Barton Hill.Tomorrow night it will carry on down to Exeter.Seen here passing through a very green stretch of line at Ram-Hill nr Westerleigh Junction.
..28 may 2012..
4-wheel Track-Machine DR73931 wearing the now familier colours of the 'Colas' Company heads south through Cheltenham. No other info on this infrastructure-plant move available?
..06 april 2012..
A pair of Tampers DR77903 and DR71111 head north past Lympsham south of Weston-super-Mare.Destination unknown. ..03 june 2010..
Multi-Purpose-Vehicle or MPV-DR98960 seen nr Lydney with '6Z10' from Bescot going to Cardiff.At this time of year probably set up as a WeedKiller-Unit. ..24 may 2010..
Possibly unique liveried DR-73942,a 'Plasser and Theurer Switch & Crossing Tamper' working for Colas passes Magor in South-Wales heading West. ..24 april 2010..