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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 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 und Theurer Switch & Crossing Tamper' working for Colas passes Magor in South-Wales heading West. ..24 april 2010..