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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).
Colas liveried Plasser&Theurer Tamper DR73805 rattles down past Clink Road Junction in Frome coming from Westbury (10:20 off).It was originally booked to go to Tavistock-Jn in Plymouth but for some reason its journey was curtailed at Totnes.
..06 march 2015..
This is a crew training run from Swindon-Transfer (12:00 off) to Bridgend. Listed as'6H03' It was utilizing M/C is one of the Windhoff Contraptions that have been and are still responsible for the OHLE lineside equipment from Paddington to all points up to and including Bristol and cardiff eventually! This particular unit is DR76906 (9870 9131 006-7) back to back with DR76910 (9870 9131 010-09). I think this particular combo is mainly responsible for concrete mixing and supply on site etc.It is viewed passing Wapley Hill near Westerleigh Junction heading west.
..04 march 2015..
Here is a closer look at the Swedish-RailVac as it passed Fairwood whilst being transferred from Goodrington Sands nr Paignton up to Westbury as '6C51' by 70804.Being a Network-Rail owned piece of track plant is finished in the standard livery of all-over yellow. Model type is RailVac 18000/500-UK Unit type is RailVac RAUK Air/VacuumExcavator (BVES) This particular unit is RailVac RAUK-3 99709515003-0 There are 3 in the country and this is the newest one introduced and is normally based at Doncaster.
..26 january 2015..
Plasser & Thuerer Track-Machine DR73111 'Reading Panel 1965-2005' passes Arn-Hill nr Warminster with '6U17' the 09:37 from Taunton-Fairwater Yard going to Woking.
..02 january 2015..
'3Z01' from Tyseley going to Hither-Green arrives at Didcot with its three coach test-train.It is hauled by 37402 and is about to pass a stabled Track-Machine DR73907 parked it its holding-siding here.
..30 december 2014..
Colas-Rail Matisa-Tamper DR75406 'Eric Machell' pauses briefly at Swindon during a transfer move from Bristol-Kingsland Road to Reading Triangle Sidings.
..19 december 2014..
A pair of Network-Rail Track-Machines DR73903 'Frank Jones' and DR73111 'Reading Panel 1965-2005' pass Sherrington Lane nr Codford in the Wylye Valley coming from Bristol-Kingsland Road and heading for Andover Yard.Note the freshly applied blobs of grease on the bufferheads of the lead machine.....
..24 november 2014..
Windhoff-MPV pair DR98924/DR98974 currently configured for rail head treatment runs through Sherrington Lane in Codford heading for Warminster.Here this working '3S80' reverses and returns to Eastleigh-Arlington to end its shift.So far it had been roaming around the south of England since 05:00,about 6 hours so far.
..04 november 2014..
Unbelievably just 7 minutes after the St Blazey based RHTT passed busily jetting the railhead another one appeared doing exactly the same! This one was doing a circuit around the South of England starting from Eastleigh (Arlington) and finishing there as well .Its report number is '3S80' (S for sandite ?) and uses one of the Windhoff built MPV's.This pair DR98972 leading with its mate DR98922 on the back.Seen passing the still wet track at Norton Bavant heading for Warminster where it will reverse and head back towards the Southern.
..28 october 2014..
Here are a couple of 'Plasser&Theurer' track machines on transfer from Gloucester Horton Road going to Andover.Both carried cast nameplates.DR77903 was 'Frank Jones' whilst DR73111 was 'Reading Panel 1965-2005'.In the distance is Oldfield Park Station about a mile or so west of Bath Spa.
..28 july 2014..
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/DR98910 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..