After being given an ultimatum to remove TP57P from Shillingstone, in 6 months, The Trustees, and or with members of the NDRT, have removed it from Shillingstone station, and taken it away to stop me removing it. This is called "Taking without the owners permission" and makes them all guilty of theft. Dorset Police are aware and pursuing the matter.
Seemingly out of use since 2014 when it's EAC expired, this machine has something of an identity crisis as it carried the incorrect fleet number of XEN7011 on the cab when seen on Thursday but the correct XEN2653 on the jib. It is also missing at least one rail axle.
The plates were removed during refurbishment at West Ealing and I understand, were passed onto family. They were only ever supposed to be on for three months - decision made by the plant director of the then Amey Colas Joint Venture. Lasted a little bit longer...! Plates were made from Laser Cut mirror stainless steel with countersunk rivets by a retired engineer in Northwich, Cheshire. We fitted them in such a way that it would be a challenge to remove - perhaps why they lasted so long. Dai was a lifelong trade unionist, so the colour and the RMT insignia was essential, but I bet you can imagine that went down a treat in higher business circles!
Purchased on the 22/7/1988 was Match Truck, Ex BR LOWFIT B452347 paired to run with ADM14, and numbered DB452347. Purcased by members of the London Midland Society [Founded 1982], and moved to the Avon Valley Railway, to join other items of stock owned by society members. Moved 2010 to West Somerset Railway, by persons unknown, and without the owners knowledge.
Purchased 22/7/1988 from Bescot, by members of the London Midland Society [Founded 1982], and moved to the Avon Valley Railway, to join other items of stock owned by society members. Moved 2010 to West Somerset Railway, by persons unknown, and without the owners knowledge.
It is not their "base" - they will just be in for some modifications I expect. I've not seen either outside this week (only 76802) but I will keep an eye on it next week as they often get parked outside once work is complete.
The mystery of PB9880 which I saw at Promax on 06.04.17 and not reported since is finally resolved. I have been informed that PB9766 was incorrectly delivered into the UK with serial number PB9880 stamped into the chassis. Sometime shortly after 06.04.17 the incorrect number was ground out of the chassis and replaced with the correct serial number PB9766.
There's two Ben, one behind it...but the units start to get in the way now, so you don't get a chance to look at the number at the opposite end.Im pretty sure the prefix number is -4.....I rode past backwards and forwards about 6 times trying to confirm it!
Have a feeling I've spotted this on West Ealing Plasser earlier today.Difficult to get now because of all the units in the new sidings, but I went past quite a few times, and I'm pretty sure it looked the same and could just about read off the 1-4 part of the RV number..
This is a Pyke Manufacturing model 80-18 rail crane, serial number 8027. It was built in 1980 at the Pyke facility in Oshawa, ON for GO Transit. It was used by CPR for a number of years before it became a regular part of the TTR (Toronto Transit Railway) fleet just east of Union Station in downtown Toronto, ON. It was originally numbered GO P80 901
CN 50552 is what remains of the railways second only Canron Tamper RCO (Rail Change Out Machine). CN 50551 was the first such unit. Both were converted to rail car mover for Work Equipment Maintenance of Way (MOW) service after their useful life as rail change out machines was reached. In their original configuration, these RCO's were 221 feet in length and weighed in at 170 tons. When new, CN 50551 was in eastern Canada and CN 50552 was in the west. Both units are now located in western Canada (as of 2017).