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Class-800 Bi-Model IET's
From Autumn-2017 some Units are now operating on Paddington to Bristol and Paddington to Swansea services. The numbers are set to increase as more get commissioned. Several sets are currently out on mileage accumulation testing most days on The GWR.
Well,If I am going to have to picture these 'IET-things' the best option available has to be those running around in 'factory-white' rather than the super-bland GWR-Green versions! Once into squadron service these white-testers will slip into history I suppose? So here are 800008 & 800009 out on test as '5X30' the 14:03 from Paddington going down as far as Tiverton Loops. Viewed speeding down the Frome-Avoider just west of Clink Road-Junction on a small but perfectly legal foot crossing.
..15 september 2017..
Here is a factory-fresh IEP out for a test-run from Paddington (14:03 off) down to Tiverton-Loops running as '5X30'.These test runs are now getting very regular as the teams in charge of these 'Jap-plastics' strive to get the trains systems ready for service for when they eventually stagger into regular use.This particular one is 800008 in plain white livery.I suppose these are the ones to picture because once they go into general service the Units will all be that awful GWR-Green! It is recorded just after it had passed over Fairwood-Junction west of Westbury at Masters-Farm Crossing.
..14 september 2017..
The totally logo-less 800006-IET runs almost silently up through Berkley Marsh nr Frome with '5X31' the returning this test-working from Tiverton-Parkway to Paddington.Dunno why they are bothering to test these units,we all know they are pretty basic budget crap!
..8 september 2017..
800004 'Sir Daniel Gooch' gets away from Kemble with '3X04' from Swindon (08:18 away) only going as far as Gloucester.This run appeared to be a platform 'stop' proving trial as a crew member alighted when it halted,checked his clipboard then re-boarded.The train moved off seconds afterwards.Note the genuine old unspoiled GWR feel of this old largely untouched station here at Kemble north of Swindon.The only item ruining the true GWR feel in this shot is the nasty green 'thing' in the middle!
..28 august 2017..
The leading cab-unit of 800004 carries the name of 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel' I wonder what the 'Great-Man' would have made of the complete shambles the electrification has sadly become in the name of his employer from all those years ago (The real GWR). Anyway here is that Green 800004 halted momentarily at Kemble whilst on a short test run from Swindon up to Gloucester '3X04'.Note the pidgeon sitting on the Kemble Station sign.Probably getting ready to leave its own personal message of appreciation on the roof of this IET as it pullls away from the platforms!
..28 august 2017..
This week came the news that the first GWR-HST's have gone off-lease which means these IEP-things will soon be making their first runs in service.Co-incidentally the number of 'tests' of these '800' type units has increased considerably in the last week or so.This one 800004 'Sir Daniel Gooch' was running barely 50 minutes behind the pair of 800's previously depicted.GWR was the livery of this one which was operating as a single-set.Viewed as '3X02' the 10:40 from Exeter St-Davids to Swindon passing Oldfield Park nr Bath Spa.
..26 august 2017..
Here are a couple of IEP's on test passing through Oldfield Park nr Bath Spa working '5X25' the 10:50 from Stoke-Gifford going up to North Pole IEP Depot.The ghostly pairing being 800006 leading with 800005 behind.Worth recording I suppose whilst they are still in the white livery prior to going GWR-Green.
..26 august 2017..
Having got to Tiverton Parkway earlier as '5X30' the IEP-pairing 800003/800004 naturally returned for wence it came--Paddington as '5X31' Its departure was timed as 17:26.Here seen speeding through Clink nr Frome in the rather dull sunless evening light.
..31 july 2017..
Test workings for these new IEP seta are now becoming quite regular. Here is 800003 'Queen Elizebeth 2' working '5X30' the nominally 14:02 from Paddington to Tiverton Parkway.In reality its departure was about an hour late.Also along for the ride was 800004.Both Units wearing the regretfully quite unappealing GWR-green.Viewed passing Berkley Marsh nr Frome.
..31 july 2017..
This is a test-run of the IEP-set 800003 and 800004 working as '5X42' from Peterborough Virtual-GBRf (15:35 off) to Doncaster Carr IEP Depot.Oddly it was working on diesel only with its pantographs lowered. Viewed approaching Claypole Level Crossing going north.
..25 july 2017..
This is the returning 'test run' for Hitachi pre-production IEP Unit.Now 811001 is leading as '5X91' sped up through Berkley Marsh nr Frome returning to North Pole Depot from Plymouth.The logo on the flank says 'Hitachi-Inspire the Next'----'Next-What' I ask myself?--this one certainly doesn't inspire me in any way whatsoever!
..18 july 2017..
IEP 'test week' continues with 800-001 working the 08:17 from North Pole-IEP down to Plymouth and return.It was running again as '5X90'. The formation is --800001-815001-814001-813001-812001 & 811001 on the back.Apparantly it has no passenger seating just sandbags to replicate a passenger loading and just a few places for engineers to sit whilst monitoring the test instumantation.I wonder if it has dawned on them yet what a Crock of S*** these so called upgraded trains really are?? It is viewed dropping down Bruton Bank at Cole in Somerset.
..18 july 2017..
Pre-Production IEP 800-001 drops down Brewham Bank with '5X90' the 08:17 from North Pole Depot to Plymouth test working.Thankfully (for want of a better word) it was a white version and not the unimaginative durge-green livery that will inflict itself on the production versions.
..17 july 2017..
Today a publicity trip ran down to Penzance from London.This is the returning ecs '5X92' which departed Penzance at 12:47 going to North Pole lEP Depot.The very GWR-Green 800003 was leading with 'Queen Victoria' at the front and 'Queen Elizebeth II' on the back.The second set was 800004 with 'Isambard Kingdom Brunel' leading and 'Sir Daniel Gooch' on the rear.Not particularly inspiring but these are the future unfortunately like it or lump it! The working is seen passing through Berkley Marsh nr Frome.
..22 june 2017..
This IEP test working '5X20' was a bit of a surprise.A pair of these 'things' came into Swindon from London and split into two seperate workings going to Stoke Gifford.One via Hullavington and this one via Bath and Taunton.I assumed the pair were both going via the other route and wasn't even ready for it when it zoomed silently by heading west.So here is the 70 minute late 09:06 from Swindon to Taunton '5X20' using Green Hitatchi No-800004.Like GWR's passenger train policy it is seen going backwards here at Thingley nr Chippenham.Of note, is this is my first vision of a liveried GWR-IEP.Oh well it had to happen sooner or later!
..15 june 2017..
This (regretfuly) is my first daylight encounter with one of the new IEP's.This particular one 800010 looking to be brand new with no branding whatsoever,just a coat of 'delivery white overcoat'.It appears to be a bi-model' version as it is equipped with pantographs etc. Here it is operating a test working from Southall to Taunton as '5X81'.It departed Southall 50 minutes earlier than its booked departure of 16:45 and by here at Berkley Marsh nr Frome was 110 minutes ahead of time.This morning it had travelled down from Doncaster Carr IEP Depot.After Taunton it proceeded on up to Bristol Stoke Gifford EIP.
..28 may 2017..
Prototype-IEP 800001 brings up the rear of '5X30' with 800002 leading going to Plymouth from Stoke Gifford on an 'Undercover' test run over the Devon Banks.Pictured in Bristol-Temple Meads as it rolls slowly through.No GWR decals or livery just yet,only Hitachi-'Inspire the Next' and Class 800 decals.Again 6400-iso with an F2 35mm fixed lens was needed to picture this moving train in such low lighting.Not bad considering,the shots certainly worked out better than I was expecting!
..2 november 2016..
This IEP,built in Kasado-Japan 800002 carries 'Inspiration Delivered' decals on just one end.Here it is in company with 80001 rolling slowly through Bristol-TM on test as '5X30' from Stoke Gifford down to Plymouth. All very impressive but it appears to be just a 'Javelin' fitted with underfloor engines.A kind of bi-model Voyager.Given that the whole fleet will now be bi-model it makes you wonder why the hell they are bothering with all of the OHLE crap and the resulting ruination of the line and the country's finances! You tell me?
..2 november 2016..
Well it had to happen sooner or later! This is my first sighting of one of GWR's much vaunted new IEP's.These are 800002 & 800001 still in plain 'delivery' grey livery.Of course it is running on diesel at this time due to a complete lack of OHLE in this part of the Country (Long my it remain so as well!).This pair are working under cover of darkness test trains from Stoke Gifford Depot down to Plymouth as '5X30' presumably to see if Units can cope with the Devon Banks.Here they are seen rolling slowly through Bristol Temple Meads. Use of an 'iso' setting of 6400 plus an F2 35mm lens just about allowed pictures at 125th/s @F2 of this moving train.Not too bad!