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Class 800/3 Bi-Mode 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.
9-car version IET 800319 passes South Marston nr Swindon actually drawing its power from the OHLE.Something of a novelty,most of the Hitachi's that were passing were on diesel power would you believe.This working '1G29' the 12:15 from Paddington to Cheltenham Spa will revert to diesel power anyway onwards from Swindon as the route from there to Cheltenham is wire-less.Its a funny way to run a railway!
..22 december 2018..
Hitachi 9-car 800304 passes Fairwood with '1C77' the 10:33 from Paddington going to Paignton.These trains to that Devon resort are now mostly IET's.
..20 december 2018..
Newbie 800309,one of the 9-car versions on the sadly now all too common IEP's is seen at Westbury during its station stop whilst working '1A83' the 11:32 from Paignton to Paddington.Of interest is these platforms are now fitted with new electronic train departure displays.Very useful for informing passengers just how late their train is going to be!
..19 december 2018..
The IEP take-over of most of the GWR services will be almost complete by an unofficial target date of 10 December 18.After that time only the services from Paddington to Plymouth and Penzance will remain largely HST's,at least for another few months anyway.Here is one of the Cornwall destined Hitachi's working the 10:33 from Paddington to Paignton '1A77'.These diagrams to Torbay are already mainly these plastic HST replacements.This one being 800310 and is seen passing Berkley Marsh nr Frome in full sunshine.Naturally my target of 43002 and 59205 on a Theale empties both passed in much duller conditions!
..26 november 2018..
9-car Hitachi 800315 bursts out of Middle Hill Tunnel in Box into a patch of weak autumnal sunshine working '1C15' the 13:03 from Paddington to Plymouth via Bristol-TM.
..7 october 2018..
9-car IET 800305 glides silently through Frome at Clink with '1C77' the 10:33 from Paddington going to Paignton.Sadly all of these Devon bound services are now booked for these plastic-worms.
..13 september 2018..
The nearly-new GWR-Green liveried 800313 9-car Japo-Plastic Pig slows for Clink Road Junction with '1J91' the 17:07 from Paddington to Frome.The duty has been IEP now for quite some time.Only the Plymouth and Penzance services via the B&H remain currently exclusive to HST's.Viewed over the recently harvested cornfields at Berkley marsh nr Frome.
..12 september 2018..
Brand new in totally unblemished condition GWR 9-car IET 800316 makes almost certainly its first appearance of probably many thousands here at Berkley Marsh nr Frome (Even the bogies and wheels were positively gleaming).These 'things' are now standard fare on the Paddington to Paignton roster.This working being '1C77' the 10:33 from Paddington to Paignton.
..3 september 2018..
Sadly the week commencing the 20th August (yesterday) saw the start of 'IET' scheduled workings over the B&H to Devon and Cornwall during the week.Those trains are to mainly comprise 800/3's which are the 9-car version with more engines and extra power to cope with the Devon banks (apparantly).Here is 800307 seen at Berkley Marsh with '1J91' the 17:07 from Paddington going only as far as Frome.This very new 800/3 set will no doubt be speeding west regularly as the diagrams slowly replace the HST's with Green-Plastic.
..21 august 2018..
800306 passes the green fields at Berkley Marsh with '5J91' the 19:13 ECS from Frome off of '1J91'.For some reason this evening this train returned to Paddington instead of going to Stoke-Gifford as usual?
..16 august 2018..
Not a shot I am particularly excited about although it is the first one I have recorded of an IET 9-car 800/3 in service.This is the type that is set to fully replace HST's on the B&H sometime in the coming months. So this is 800306 with the now regularly diagrammed for IET '1J91' the 17:07 from Paddington to Frome.Seen at Berkley Marsh as the set is slowing for Clink Road-Junction.
..16 august 2018..
Sadly not in decent light but worth recording anyway due to its significance. Here is the first scheduled revenue earning service of an IET from Paddington (08:18 ff) going to Devon,Paignton actually.It ran as '1C75' and really signifies the true beginning of the end of HST's to the South-West. 800309,one of the dedicated 9-car Units for the Penzance services was doing the job.Seen at a moody Styles Hill in Frome.