Thursday, 21 September 2017
As part of the new South Western Railway franchise plans are being put in place to return 18 of the 24 class 442 'Wessex Electric' units dating from 1988 and withdrawn by South West Trains in 2007 to the Wessex Route. The 442's are planned to be fully refurbished, including new traction equipment to 'as new' standard before they are deployed on Portsmouth 'fast' services offering a higher level of comfort than the class 444 and 450 trains currently used on this route. In preparation for the return of the 442's units are being repatriated from Ely where they have been in warm store to Eastleigh works and Bournemouth depot. One such run was captured on Tuesday 19th September 2017 with Rail Operations Group 47812 returning units 2423 and 2415 on a run from Ely to Bournemouth.
Saturday, 16 September 2017
|Classic SNCF lines as Grand Confort liveried BB15002 crosses the River Marne at Trilport while working the 10:36 Paris Est - Bar le Duc. 28/08/2017|
France is one my most frequented countries for rail trips. Is this because it is the closest country? Because of the classic locos and liveries? Or is it because SNCF make it such hard work that you always have to return to do the bits that you didn't achieve on your previous trip?! This trip probably falls mostly into the latter category. This was to be the third attempt to cover the Nimes - Clermont Ferrand 'Cevanol' loco hauled. Previously we had been thwarted by a strike in the PACA region, and then a rockfall on the line which sevoured it a year later. Another target was the route from Montlucon to Bourges where a unit had left our loco hauled plans in tatters last year. We had left things to the last minute with the last loco hauled run of the Cevanol being booked northbound for the day of our trip before units once again took over for the low season. Before even leaving the UK we received the news that the locos would finish a day early- SNCF had blown our plans before we had even left the UK!
|BB67438 crosses the Liane on its final approach to Boulogne Ville with IC2021 14:31 Paris Nord - Boulogne. 26/08/2017|
Saturday 26 August
|Javelin 395021 at Dover Priory|
We took the walk from the ferry terminal into the city- the weather was great so we used our couple of hours before heading to Boulogne to have lunch sitting on the beach. Lovely.
|There are some nice bits of Calais, especially on a warm summers day!|
|BB67582 runs round its stock for the 17:33 Boulogne - Paris. 26/08/2016|
|A very smart looking BB7399 is traction for the overnight.|
|On it's final eastbound run CC72186 departs Troyes with the 18:12 Paris Est - Culmont Chalindrey. 27/09/2017|
Sunday 27 August
|E186 312 passes through Nimes with a freight. 27/08/2017|
|Cab view from CC72186 at Paris Est.|
|The end. The very final booked passenger run of the BB72100; 05:14 Culmont Chalindrey - Paris Est on 28th August 2017 pauses at Troyes with CC72186 in charge. Alstom Coradia Liner trains will now work all services on Line 4.|
Monday 28 August
|A final photo stop at Nogent-sur-Seine with CC72186|
|Breakfast reception at Paris Est!|
|BB22319 rushes through Maisons-Alfert-Alfertvile in the Paris suburbs with a train from Gare du Lyon. 28/08/2017|
|Not my favorite livery- but in the sun it doesn't look too bad! Sybic BB26074|
passes Le Vert de Maisons with a southbound service. 28/08/2017
|A well timed boat completes the shot of BB7269 at Choisy le Roi. 28/08/2017|
|BB15050 speeds towards Chateau Thierry and Paris as it passes Fossoy with the 15:37 St Dizier - Paris Est. 28/08/2017|
|BB15008 in 'Grand Comfort' livery leads the 16:36 Paris Est - Bar le Duc.|
|Axiem 77506 at Chateau Thierry. The A/C box does not |
improve the look!
Tuesday 29 August
|BB67515 crosses the Marne with the 07:18 Le Ferte Milon - Paris Est.|
|The start of a busy session at Saint Michael sur Orge with BB26045 heading south. 29/08/2017.|
|One of several freights, E186 306 heads south. 29/08/2017.|
|BB67515 waits for departure with the 17:05 Paris Est - Le Ferte Milon.|
|Shot of the trip? It should have been! BiBi 82510 works the 17:11 |
Chalons en Champagne - Paris Est in place of the expected BB15000.
|Even France is not safe from the DB Traxx invasion! E186 337 passes |
Saint Michael sur Orge with a tank-tainer train. 29/08/2017