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  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    ...or not!

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    We've now (finally) merged these entries - assuming that this dayglo green Bance at Bristol is / was most likely to be this one. Not sure if it is still around anywhere...?

  • Lee Taylor

    Lee Taylor

    Plinthed on station platform

  • Mick House

    Mick House

    1379 on the top & 1387 below

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Now apparently with SBRail

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Report of a small tamper heading across Europe to Vienna with Vaughan Plant Haulage. Possibly this one but unconfirmed...

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    I have recently been sent a photo of this machine at the Wensleydale Railway, Leeming Bar in 2009 (no precise date)

  • Gary Duggan

    Gary Duggan

    Build number 119110

  • Gary Duggan

    Gary Duggan

    Noted at shovlin depot today now has riv number 940908-5

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    Build No. 146643, Hy-Rail conversion to rear, conversion number not legible

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    My interpretation is that its past Tesco, near where AMCO Rail is, but despite the address of Woodrow Way, may be better accessed from Delhi Road?

  • Jarrod Barker

    Jarrod Barker

    I have been working in Irlam today. Drove up and down Woodrow Way and didn’t see any signs of Pod Trak being on there. If Woodrow Way is where Tesco’s is?

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    This and 940183 being re gauged for Ireland

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Believe this one is now for sale again. Trailer 013009 not with it so not sure where that has gone...

  • Vince avatar

    Vince Website editor

    This new type of Geismar LEM is fitted with caterpillar tracks meaning they are numbered in the RRV series.

    You can see photos of them here.

  • Roger Harris

    Roger Harris

    This was still marked for sale today.

  • Roger Harris

    Roger Harris

    This was still marked for sale today.

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    Woodrow Way, Irlam M44 6NN possibly?

  • Roger Harris

    Roger Harris

    A visit today to Pod-Trak Depot at Patricroft found the whole place locked up and empty. Does anyone know where they have moved to ?

  • Alex Betteney avatar

    Alex Betteney

    Sadly didn't find out as I was heading the opposite way - one possibility is LH Group as there have been other LUL cranes there in the past. Other than a trip to Rotherham I cant think of anything else except maybe preservation?

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Where's this off to up the M1? Sold perhaps?

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    For sale on latest NwR tender...

  • Bryan Blundell

    Bryan Blundell

    Video on youtube of 81601 and 81613 in use on the NYMR removing the old Br 27 prior to renewal.

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    So I'm told KX62AHU seen at Shettleston last week carrying 976064?!

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

    Someone I know has took a pic of the plate - 'Chris Gibb'.

  • RRV Cowboy

    RRV Cowboy

    This machine is for carrying out detailed track inspections on switches / and crossings

    Network Rail are currently trailing it around the country on different layouts and in the long run may fit it to an MPV / MMT type machine

    Some of the inspections this machine is designed to carry out when done manually by manpower require up to 3-4 gauges to complete and is time consuming

    The inspections this machine will carry out still require a visual inspection even once the machine has been approved

    Cross rail / TFL have also got a few to be used when the Elizabeth line opens

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

    This set appears to be newly named, but I didn't realise until it was too late. The first word may have been 'Chris'. The second word or surname was short, probably 4 or 5 letters.

  • Nick Tompkin avatar

    Nick Tompkin

    This machine now carries SPL Powerlines branding but retains its Crana Rail fleet number.

  • Nick Tompkin avatar

    Nick Tompkin

    This machine now carries SPL Powerlines branding but retains its Crana Rail fleet number.

  • Vince avatar

    Vince Website editor

    In case anyone is wondering what on earth this is, it's apparently a robotic S&C inspection vehicle. Here is a video of one in Italy...

    https://youtu.be/yWusm3cmQBA

  • Jarrod Barker

    Jarrod Barker

    One end is DR98215A and the other end is DR98215B. The A/B is not carried on the side of the machine though.

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

    Have the prefixes changed at all please, or are they still SRL?

  • Matthew Marsh

    Matthew Marsh

    Stabled Newark Northgate with 95490 and 98215. Interestingly both ends were numbered 98215

  • Keith Cox

    Keith Cox

    910127-8 is RAIL086

  • Jim Gillies

    Jim Gillies

    ECC Expiry Date on this has been Extended from 2019-09-17 to 2020-09-25

  • Jim Gillies

    Jim Gillies

    Editorial priveralage

    What's wrong with that!!

  • Jim Gillies

    Jim Gillies

    ECC on This One

    2026-10-24

  • Jim Gillies

    Jim Gillies

    ECC on This One

    2026-10-24

  • Nick Tompkin avatar

    Nick Tompkin

    I can only agree with all the comments in recent days. Thank you for making the site the fantastic resource it has become.

    On a personal note, it has encouraged me to visit places I would likely not have visited around the UK (who would have thought that Weddington Terrace, Nuneaton would ever justify an impromptu day out from West Sussex!) and meet friends who I otherwise would never have met. So thank you!

  • Dennis Graham

    Dennis Graham

    May I add my congrats to Vince for the longevity of the site.

    Looking at the first version took me back. Doesn't seem that long since I discovered the first version from a mention on The Doctor's site in the very early days and have been hooked since. How it's changed. Long may it continue.

  • Jon Horswell

    Jon Horswell

    The only thing I miss is a list of names. There was once a tab that showed the nameplate and the meaning of it but this seems to have disappeared. It would be nice to have a link back that lists ALL the plant that has been named over the years.

  • Andrew Martin

    Andrew Martin

    Many congratulations and many thanks to all those who contribute in all ways, large and small and particularly to those who beaver away in the background keeping things up to date and making such a fantastic website and resource.

  • Bryan Blundell

    Bryan Blundell

    Happy Birthday from me as well.

  • Robin Morel

    Robin Morel

    If any mainline registered machine was to be named, what would your preference be ! I’ll iron the velvet naming curtains ready and let HQ know, you’d be surprised how much use the site gets internally....

    Congratulations

  • Cristoff

    Cristoff

    A very happy Birthday to you.

    Just had a look at the original site which was interesting. Also brings into perspective just how developed the current site is. The behind the scenes knowledge to make it work so well is truly something to be marvelled at. I think the thing that really makes the site so successful is the friendly, helpful and knowledgeable people running it. Hats off to you all.

    Best regards

    Chris

  • william poleson

    william poleson

    Congratulations on the big 20.

    I raise a glass to many more years of contributions.

    All the best !

  • Jim Gillies

    Jim Gillies

    I whole heartedly agree with Roy's last comment.

    But is there any cure to the addiction to the site.

    If there is please keep it to yourself.

  • Roy Hennefer

    Roy Hennefer

    Many congratulations. Long may the site thrive.

  • Jon Horswell

    Jon Horswell

    In the Help tab, did the three unidentified machines ever get ID'ed.

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    20 years - quite a scary thought.

    Thanks (I think) for starting it all off - it's turned into a bit of a beast - but a friendly beast, rather than one that might eat part of your leg.

    And yes - thanks to those that keep it going and continue to contribute.

    Hopefully we can plan something special for the 21st birthday...