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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).
4-wheeler Track Machine DR73931 chugs down ther slow-line here at Undy coming from Castle-Cary-CE (10:00 off) and tripping to Cardiff Canton-Taff Vale Sidings.Note the autumnal tall trees in the background.This area used to be the western-end throat of the extensive freight yards that existed here at Severn Tunnel Junction a few decade ago.All gone now as is most of the once thriving freight scene here in S-Wales.
..27 october 2017..
This is a view of Cocklebury Yard east of Swindon Station which has been for the past couple of years the base for the Windhoff-Track Machines that have used with very mixed results drilling foundations/installing the bases and masts for the ongoing WR-electrification.This vista shows 4 or 5 of these sets sat around in readiness for their next attempt at trying to further the project along a bit,abeit at the now accepted 'snails pace!'
..14 october 2017..
This is a GAW of '6X34' with 70813 leading the pair of Rail-Vacs.They are 709 5150048 (RAUK-4)& 709 5150039 (RAUK-3) Viewed passing the freshly manicured lawns at Masters Crossing.
..18 september 2017..
Colas owned and operated Plasser & Theurer 08-4x445-RT Switch & Crossing Tamper DR73907 rolls into the holding sidings on the 'Up' side at Westbury.Viewed off the passenger platform on the station.
..15 september 2017..
'Colas'Track Machine DR75407 heads towards Bristol through Oldfield park in Bath.Bit of a mystery working this as nothing was shown anywhere giving any clue as to the start point or destination?
..9 may 2017..
Another look at DR76914/DR76910 as it passes Fairwood nr Westbury These Windhoff Track Machines were supposed to revolutionise the installation of bases and masts on the GWR electrification scheme. Mainly they have failed spectacularly but at least it still looks fairly immaculate.Probably due to lack of use because it was not up to the job! The train was on a Swidon to Taunton and return trip probably for crew training purposes.It ran as '6H08' and departed Swindon-Xfer at 11:03.
..5 april 2017..
This Windhoff Electrification Unit DR76910/DR76914 today had a jaunt from Swindon-Transfer and back via Taunton.It ran as '6H08' the 11:03 from Swindon.Here seen on its return leg approaching Westbury.
..5 april 2017..
This is a Gangers-Trolley type 27A manufactured by 'Ware'-Wickham Works No-7506 in 1956.Its number is PWM-4303 and has failrly recently been fully refurbished and given a coat on non-authentic GWR paint.These liitle machines were once quite common but nowadays none are used by ganger-type staff anymore.Ford Transits being the modern preferred option! Viewed parked on the 2nd demonstration line at the Didcot Railway Centre.Note this viewing angle was only possible because it was a non-running day here today.
..25 march 2017..
Colas owned and operated Track-Machine DR73905 rattles through Swindon as it takes the Kemble route with the 10:30 from Southall-Isu (S&Te) travelling up the Horton Road at Gloucester.
..2 january 2017..
No luck in the sun today except this very shiny Track Machine DR73108 that appears to have had a major refurbishment quite recently given that it is at least 10 years old!.Now wearing Colas-Yellow/Orange and still carrying its nameplate 'Tiger' it is seen running as '6J43' from Reading Triangle Sdg's to Westbury.Here passing Great Cheverell in a brief splash of autumnal sun.
..17 november 2016..
MPV/RHTT '3S80' having gone to Warminster then reverses there for the final leg of its morning work with its trip back to Eastleigh-Arlington. DR98924 is now leading with DR98974 on the rear.This MPV still carries a long defunct version of the Network Rail/Railtrack livery of Blue-Lime & Yellow.Here it is seen with a superb autumnal backdrop passing Norton Bavant in the Wylye Valley.
..11 november 2016..
The Eastleigh based South-West Trains RHTT '3S80' which uses an MPV is seen at Norton Bavant coming out of the sun like a japanese WW-2 Zero! DR98974 leads with DR98924 being rearward.This departs Eastleigh at 05:05 and does a large swath of the south finishing up with a trip up the Wylye Valley as far as Warminster before returning to Eastleigh.Odd really as it follows another RHTT '3J23' just 15 minutes ahead of it ????
..11 november 2016..
Barely 10 minutes after RHTT '3J13' had passed jetting the route between Salisbury and Warminster the Southern based MPV version '3S80' operated by South-West Trains repeated the operation.Perhaps the Wylye-Valley is viewed as a problem stretch of track requiring addition treatment? So here is Network-Rail MPV DR98922/DR98972 still wearing the now decidedly ancient Blue/Lime/Yellow livery of years gone by sitting in Warminster whilst the crew changes ends for its return trip to Salisbury and beyond. It runs as '3S80' the 05:05 from Eastleigh-Arlington and return via most of the network in the south!
..2 november 2016..
For some reason this Electrification dedicated 'Windhoff' track machine today ran from its home base in Swindon to Taunton and return working as '6H05'.It departed Taunton at 10:30 and is seen running up through Frome.The numbers being DR76921/DR76923.A european recognition code also being stencilled on the nose as well.That is too long and complicated to bear consideration.Hopefully we will never see these things in our area doing the job they are designed for--- ' electrification'. Its bad enough having it on the GW mainline to Bristol!
..15 september 2016..
Here is one of the Track-Machines that is currently destroying the World Heritage Site that was once a Great Western Railway.It is sitting in the centre road at Swindon waiting to gain access to its base in Cocklebury Yard east of the station.It was operating an 'out and back' jolly to Taunton and return to Swindon-Transfer as '6H05'.This is the one that actually installs the masts on the pile-driven bases.Several were still loaded in the centre section.Numbers were DR76922/DR76913. Also it has a european style number UK-NRIL 99 70 9131011-7 on the front panelling.
..13 september 2016..
MPV pairing DR98956 and DR98906 makes a fairly rare appearance on the line between Westbury and Salisbury.Apparantly it was on transfer from King's Norton OT Plant Depot (15:00 away) to Salisbury West End.Of note is that these MPV-types still carry an old version of the Rail-Track livery that is now long gone on Test trains oad locomotives.
..08 august 2016..
'6J83' the 10:45 from Cardiff-Canton Taff Vale to Slough Estates which is merely a 'Plasser' Track-Machine DR75406 'Eric Machell' drones through Pilning on its 100 mile (approx) transfer move.As can be seen from the livery this particular piece of equipment is owned and operated by 'Colas' in the now familier yellow/orange colour scheme.
18 february 2016..
DR73116 a Plasser&Theurer Tamper motors up through Filton Abbey Wood on a fairly long distance journey '6U43' from Taunton (10:25 off) going to Rugby D.E.D which is apparantly the 'District Electric Depot'.It finally arrived there at 16:45 so a total journey time of just over 6 hours!!!!
..28 january 2016..
MPV-pairing DR98924/DR98974 ambles over Townsend-Crossing in Wylye with '3S80' which originated at Eastleigh-Arlington this morning at 05:04.Having jetted many routes east of Eastleigh as far as Guildford its final session is up from Salisbury to Warminster then returning to Eastleigh to finish its mornings work.For sure this is the final week for this duty as the majority of the other RHTT duties throughout the country have now finished.
..09 december 2015..
MPV pairing DR98972 and DR98922 on active water-jetting,leaf busting duties passes Sherrington with '3S80'.This duty covers most of the South Coast and finishes off before returning the Eastleigh (Arlington) with a trip as far as Warminster up & down the Wylye-Valley.It commenced this duty at 05:04 from Eastleigh this morning.
..23 november 2015..
Colas operated 'Plasser and Theurer 08-275 Switch and Crossing Tamper' Nunber- DR73901 is viewed across the River Avon at Dundus in the Limpley Stoke Valley busily tamping the recently relaid section of track here under the Dundus Aquaduct.Naturally the line is closed to regular traffic whilst this rather slow operation is being performed.
..06 september 2015..
With the amount of heavy rain and cloud we have been experiencing this week even though it is supposed to be High Summer this lowly Track-Machine becomes an attractive proposition if the sun is shining! So here is a Matisa-B4I UE ZWA No-DR75406 'Eric Machell' heading for Bristol's Kingsland Road S&Te sidings via Taunton.Its booked departure from Bradford-Junction was 15:30 nominally but actually left 40m late.No doubt it has been involved in sorting out the new track that was recently installed at Bathampton for the Electrification Scheme there.
..27 august 2015..
MPV-duo DR98958/DR98908 were today taking the 'Long Way Round' travelling from Didcot-TC (departing at 14:06) going down to Exeter-Old Yard/Waggoner Way.No doubt if the route via Bath-Spa was open it would have travelled that way.Seen at Great Cheverell still wearing one of the older Network-Rail livery styles.
..03 august 2015..
Track Machine P&T08-32U-RT(Tamper) DR73804 'James Watt' formed this move, the 14:30 from Maindee North-Junction to Port-Talbot.This is the first time I have encountered a white livery on Track-Plant.Indeed the owning company SB-Rail --'Swietelsky-Babcock Rail' is totally new to me as well.Anyway here it is passing Duffryn just west of Newport-ADJ. Apparantly this machine has spent most of its life in Scotland where this Company SB-rail (and Livery) usually operate.So to see it this far south is quite unusual unless it has now been permanantly transferred ???????
..17 july 2015..
Apparantly this is a ZWA-Harsco RGH20C Switch & Crossings Rail Grinder.The identity is DR79263/DR79273.It was making its way from Didcot Fueling Point to Westbury as '6U03'.A fairly interesting piece of NR-kit giving a pretty good impression of a locomotive of sorts.They are always worth a picture if the opportunity arises.So here it is passing Ladydown nr Trowbridge having just come off the Melksham Line from Didcot.
..27 april 2015..
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..