Recent Arrivals

19 April 2010

Recent Arrivals

73116 and 77906 at Didcot (photo: Pete Winch)

The end of 2009 and start of 2010 saw several of Network Rail's new machines arrive into the UK.

At the end of 2009 we saw the third RM900RT ballast cleaner DR 76503 arrive at West Ealing along with power wagons DR 92431 & DR 92432. The intermediate wagons for this train had been in storage at MOD Bicester for a while. They underwent some testing at the NwR test site near Tuxford, as per the photo links above.

It has also been noted (April 2010) that DR 76701 (a P&T VM 80NR that works with the new HOBC set) and DR 76801 (a new P&T 09-16 CM NR tamping unit) have made their way up to Tuxford as well (without the usual stop at Plassers in West Ealing.) 76701 is apparently known as the "Hoover" - it is used to create the hole under the track into which the HOBC cutter bar is lowered. 76801 is a standard tamping unit but is unusual in that it has no cabs at either end because it will always work within the HOBC set.

More recently (weekend of April 17/18 2010) new tamper / liner / DTS DR 73116 arrived along with new ballast regulator DR 77906. They unusually travelled through to Didcot on Friday 16th April in 6V90 from Dollands Moor before returning to West Ealing on Saturday in the consist of 6O45 Didcot Yard to Dollands Moor. Works numbers - 73116 is 3428 and 77906 is 897 both of 2010. Unusually the plate on 73116 is mid-way down the bodyside. Of course this is the second use of the number 73116 which became the prototype for an early stoneblower.

Thanks to various people for the info and photos.

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  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    Some new photos of DR76701 & DR76801 on the site today - see Photos section or links above.

  • Ben Williams avatar

    Ben Williams Editor

    77907 has also now arrived and 73117 was seen heading towards Olympia in the consist of a freight last Saturday (12th June) and was apparently tripped across to West Ealing today.

  • Roy Hennefer

    Roy Hennefer

    En route to the High Marnham Branch, Tuxford, I think?

  • Nick Tompkin avatar

    Nick Tompkin

    It appears not! It seems the same rake was at Rugby at 11am on the 11th July seemingly off a possession.

  • Nick Tompkin avatar

    Nick Tompkin

    And in fact I have just discovered it was at Birmingham International!

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