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  • John Dicks

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    Missed seeing this at Westbourne Park on 12/06/2021.

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    Ex Babcock Employee

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    Is this machine still in the contract pool or just used for driver training?

  • Richard P avatar

    Richard P

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    Was at Dollands Moor till late May 2021

    Not there in Early June 2021

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

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    Don't think this was at Kings Cross last week.

  • Jonathan Flood avatar

    Jonathan Flood

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    The Rail Trolley Trust are pleased to announce that they have managed to secure a this Robel Type 56.27 Inspection Trolley.

    The Trolley has been purchased from RMS Locotec (https://rmslocotec.com/) who had used it at several sites in the UK, the most recent being Meldon Quarry in Devon.

    The Trust are currently in the process of finalizing plans for all the Trolleys in our collection and a decision on the Robel’s long term home, will be made shortly.

    The Trust would like to thank RMS Locotec (https://rmslocotec.com/) for their help and support.

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    Nick Tompkin

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    I have seen a video today of one of these, either this or DR76324, being unloaded in Australia.

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    Nick Tompkin

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    This is currently at Tuxford, having been reconfigured as a Weed Control Unit.

  • David Cooper

    David Cooper

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    1028 Oxenholme Lake District - Carlisle Upperby C.E. Sidings

  • Matthew Marsh

    Matthew Marsh

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    Preserved Wickham Trolley still at Hazelbank, missing a few more panels

  • Dave Johnson

    Dave Johnson

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    75401 working Chesterfield to Doncaster D.C.E 30/05/21

  • Andrew Eccles

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    Passing Radley on the 30th May 2021 Colas Rail DR73924 working the 13:54 Westerleigh Puma to Honeybourne Staff Hut

  • Jarrod Barker

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    From being on the back of a lorry on the M1 yesterday, to today, it’s is working 6T45 Holbeck to Nuneaton.

  • Peter Hall

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    Dan, looks like you are heading to open the can of worms that is the former Slinger Wagons that might be at one or other of the Long Marston sites and were previously at Cardiff Canton, and Telford before that, this is the latest I have.

    92502 - at Canton

    92507 - renumbered 33 70 4746 115-3 - possibly at Long Marston

    92509 - renumbered 99 70 9552 020-8 - in use on the national network

    92510 - renumbered 33 70 4746 185-6 - now in Sweden

    92512 - at Canton

    92515 - at Canton

    92517 - renumbered 33 70 4746 193-0 / 99 74 9215 008-8 - now in Sweden

    92518 - renumbered 33 70 4746 197-1 -possibly at Long Marston

    Probably at least one, if not more of those I list as Canton, have subsequently moved to Long Marston.

    Eyeball confirmations of current whereabouts would be appreciated. As various road movemebnts have taken place TOPS is not to be relied on.

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    Ben Williams Editor

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    This has now departed Caledonian Railway.

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

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    Further to my last comment, this doesn't seem to be on TOPS as either a KFA or YFA, has it been exported (it's not in Sweden unless it's been renumbered), or was it just a prototype for the Rail Live event only?

  • Dan Adkins

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    A notice has been attached to this machine describing a recent incident (no date given, but cited as 'last weekend')

    'Incident: OLE wire strike Wymington.

    Attached are images of a wire strike at Wymington whilst undertaking drainage work last weekend that is still under investigation.

    Crane/machine controllers are reminded that it is their responsibility to avoid contact with OLE equipment and to report any contact with wires so this can be inspected to ensure safe passage of trains.'

    A Story Liebherr looks to have been involved.

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    Nick Tompkin

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    This machine is currently parked in the entrance to a disused, but lit, tunnel immediately north of the old Kings Cross Thameslink platforms. Blink, and you will miss it!

  • Jim Gillies

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    It was nice to drive up the beautiful Clyde Valley route and see a railway piece there.

    Oh but in such a sorry state of deterioration over the years

    Glad to see it going to a loving home

    Congratulations in acquiring it and hopefully bringing it back to its full glory

    Anticipating that day

    Regards Jim

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    Jonathan Flood

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    We hope to extract the remains once the weather is drier

  • Matthew Marsh

    Matthew Marsh

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    Visited location, yesterday. Can confirm its still here and is looking in a very dilapidated state. There is now a tree growing up one side and it is missing many bodywork panels.

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    This has been discovered at K&ESR branded Wickham Rail but we're unsure where it came from so any more info welcome. It has been there a while apparently.

  • Bryan Blundell

    Bryan Blundell

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    I believe this crane is going for scrap today.

  • Bryan Blundell

    Bryan Blundell

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    NER Snowplough18 moved on 19th May from Newbridge yard on the NYMR to Kirby Stephen East.

    Unloaded on Thurs 20th.

    For an extended loan period.

  • Paul Moseley

    Paul Moseley

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    Sighting entered in error at Barnt Green 9/4/2021, now corrected to 76919.

  • Jamie Stannard

    Jamie Stannard

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    Named last year as “Andy King” in memory of the original manager of MMT6 who sadly passed away from COVID-19

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

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    A photo of this at a breaker's yard some time after its accident can be seen here:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/7729000@N03/50814716007/

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    Johnny Laing

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    Just arrived at Rugby in the morning, sat outside the Depot

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    Further to this, it now seems to have a elevating work platform on it rather than the previous crane system

    https://twitter.com/blanpain_tom/status/1394650845480898561?

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    Alex Betteney

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    I was of the understanding that the Wickham is still on site at Scolton Manor, but in a separate storage shed which is on a different part of the site to the railway exhibits. The rail crane which was on site, left for restoration to ?? Docks (location never confirmed)

  • Dan Adkins

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    Evidently it appears that info is not correct, reported on the move in this country today, on a Swindon to Swindon via Wembley move...

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    I've been told the shorter undamaged section of this machine was cut up on site at Eastleigh works by Raxstar on 6th May.

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    Called in at Scolton Manor yesterday whilst in the area. There is a new storage shed adjacent to the steam loco and signal box - this has large windows on all sides and I was pretty confident this trolley wasn't inside. Further enquiries suggest it has been stored off site for a few years and isn't currently accessible. It may return as part of a rail exhibit but unconfirmed at present.

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    Greg Hartle

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    Covering for the release of Derby's Robel 3 for maintenance..

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    Greg Hartle

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    Noted in the yellow version of SB Rail livery.. repainted at Loram Derby

  • John Brown

    John Brown

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    sat at paddock wood keylands sidings at the moment

  • Roger Harris

    Roger Harris

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    Noted today on a flatbed at J9 on the M6 heading north were what looked like two brand new McCulloch FLASS machines. They had no branding on except the one was marked F 19 and the other F20. Anyone any ideas ?

  • Brian Cuttell

    Brian Cuttell

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    This Unimog has recently been fitted with road registration plates Q270 GAN.

  • Roger Harris

    Roger Harris

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    The three Kubotas for Network Rail are 13103 and registered YG21TNE, 13142 is YG21TNJ and 13109 is YG21TNK, but not yet known which 9751xx number will go on each vehicle.

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    This is currently en route from Dollands Moor to West Ealing and appears to have made it as far as Acton so far

    https://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/R30245/2021-05-11/detailed

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

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    This one is apparently now abroad - reportedly seen at Munster behind DB 185352 today..

  • Andrew Martin

    Andrew Martin

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    Informed today that this has been sold for £1 and is awaiting collection from here. Unfortunately, not known to where.

  • Brian Cuttell

    Brian Cuttell

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    Thanks Dan. I'd never heard of the COVES Group so at least it gives a possible location.

  • Dan Adkins

    Dan Adkins

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    Most of the COVES vehicles are at MOD Bicester, having relocated from Finmere.

  • Brian Cuttell

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    The GWRPG website says it was sold to the 'Coves Group, Oxford' and left Southall in 2020 with it's associated trailer. Not known whether it is in the Oxford area or the owners are just based there and moved it somewhere else. There is a bit of interesting film footage of this trolley working at Southall on the GWRPG website.

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    This and 76903 are currently en route to Dollands Moor from Swindon. Anyone know why?

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    Now at Tanat Valley Railway

  • Robin Morel

    Robin Morel

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    Cricklewood new tamper siding at south end of depot visible from main line

  • Paul Warburton

    Paul Warburton

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    YDA Self-Discharge Ballast Hopper DR92345 at Sandiacre Ballast Sidings 14/03/14

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    YDA Self-Discharge Ballast Hopper DR92362 at Sandiacre Ballast Sidings 14/03/14

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    YDA Self-Discharge Ballast Hopper DR92362 at Sandiacre Ballast Sidings 14/03/14