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I was fortunate to visit Plasser this morning and have confirmed all the details of the seven vehicles here. The measuring wagon 92945 is the one alongside the shed but the others are currently inside.

Thanks again to my usual helpful contact there.

Some vehicles outside today but my view blocked by units. If things haven't changed since my visit they should be 97512 nearest shed



97509 nearest Paddington

Will try to confirm.

Some vehicles of this machine notes outside Plasser today. 97509 noted and two of the wagon consist. Any help appreciated on identifying the others.

I didn't pass yesterday but will look on Monday.

I passed by yesterday, I believe there were 4 vehicles, but I was unable to identify any numbers due to those pesky units. It does seem to match Ben's description of 27/7 though, with a driving vehicle at the country end as well as 97509 and 2 wagons.

So I'm grateful for any assistance with this also.


Yes it looks like there are some vehicles now adjacent to shed but my view blocked by units as usual! Also in yard outside was an RM900 ballast cleaner and associated vehicles with loco on front or back (or both) so these have just arrived - overnight from Tyne yard by the looks of it. Expect the Robels have moved out to make space for these...

Three of the power car vehicles are outside plus some wagons but this evening my train speed and the new fence made identification tricky!

Failed again tonight - the new palisade fencing is very unhelpful as I think the cross bar is also at same height as the DR numbers! May have more luck from a slower train...

Ted you've added sightings for all seven yesterday but I don't think all of these are currently outside? Did you visit inside too?

Reliable source visited yesterday and confirmed the following situation:

west to east:

99859352057-5. Next to shunter.






92945 & 97512 inside shed.

No change at Plasser this morning which makes the sightings added yesterday another work of fiction.

Please don't add sightings unless you have seen something!


Just read your message

Saw consist from the footbridge.


Yes but two you've added were in the shed.

My apologies Ben. I assumed wrongly that the whole set was there in line.

I've also been past on numerous occasions on the train but the set has always been partially obscured by emus!

Kind regards

Ted Knotwell

I went passed on Saturday the 18th. Looked to be 5 parts of this outside, also a stone blower and what looked like a yellow shunter called Herbert?. On the Network Rail Depot there was two Iveco box vans, a Quattro machine, plus possibly the tram link machine and a SRS lorry. Only thing I could ID was the SRS lorry off the foot bridge. Anybody have any idea of the other machines there please. It was the new fence that spoilt my view, hopefully when I update my numbers I hope I managed to get two of the Robel numbers.

No change in the Robels as of yesterday so yes five in a line outside as per my 10th Aug message above. The wagon still with the shunter too at West end. Ex Tramlink tamper is in the far headshunt. Ivecos likely to be 976074 and 976082 but not 100% sure and they do move around.

Some of the wagons are visiting Derby for brake modifications so may not be in the shed. No more details I'm afraid.


I've made a few passes of Plasser this evening trying to identify these units, and there were no units in the way between 6.30-7.45.

The piece next to the shunter 'Herbert' with the long number and white sections (99859352057-5 based on the above) was id-able but only woth the help of the above, thank you! And the one ending '010'. The other bits I couldn't ID due to fence but appeared to be 3 large driving bits and some small 'runner' type bits in between?

Stoneblower 80211 and colas 73905 also there.

Thanks for the details above!

The two vehicles at western end have disappeared today leaving three unchanged




The wagon still at far West end and 80211 nearby.

My view was obscured last night and this morning but I believe all four of the driving vehicles are now outside. Will try to confirm this evening.

Confirmed all four power cars now outside plus one wagon 92946 in same position between 97511 and 97509.

Back to three driving cabs by this evening! 4 there this morning...

Understand 92945 is the one that has moved to Sperry in Derby to have the measuring equipment fitted...

Not 100% certain but it looks like the remaining 6 vehicles are now all outside. Certainly all four driving vehicles are back this evening but not sure about the second wagon yet. Will try to confirm.

Confirmed 6 vehicles outside yesterday evening.

Any idea where these will eventually be based, nominally on paper at least?

Plumstead, in the new depot that's being built

Thankyou for confirming, thought as much.

Still 6 vehicles outside Plasser yesterday.

Still 6 alongside shed today. Suspect once they are handed over to Crossrail they may become more difficult to see...

These have moved within the last 24hrs - no longer alongside shed. There was a cab poking out of West end of shed but didn't get a clear view...

Obscured view this morning but it looks like they have returned to the position alongside shed.

Think one of these finally moved from West Ealing to Plumstead last night...

And the other is moving tonight...

Units visible from White Hart Avenue along with the Linsinger

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