The Rail Enthusiast thread

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Mad Doug Biker, 11 May 2013.

  1. Paulus

    Paulus Getting older by the minute

    One is a battle of Britain/West country class.
    The other is the Sarah Siddons, probably at Acton Works.
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  2. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    34105 "Swanage"
  3. BrumJim

    BrumJim Poster

    Nearly, but not quite.
  4. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    Merchant Navy Class:
    35005, "Canadian Pacific"
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  5. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    These are my favourite trains: 26232659_10154483340918078_31282889150610253_o.jpg
    District Line R stock


    District Line CO/CP stock.


    London Tilbury & Southend Railway (now C2C) Class 302 EMUs, formerly AM2. The branch on the left took me home to Ockendon.
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  7. classic33

    classic33 Legendary Member

    ATN/Northern they'll never run.

    Looks like some of the new rolling stock for Northern.
  8. Colin_P

    Colin_P Veteran

    The other day I was waiting on the platform at a station on the Great Western main for one of the nice new electric trains when out of the blue a 37 came trundling along. All on it's own not pulling anything, an amazing thing to see and a nice surprise. Sadly I didn't have time to take a photo or video.

    Looking here (25/10/18)

    It was either 37099 or 37254

    Does anyone know anymore about their workings so I can have the camera ready next time!
  9. I'm not so sure, with a 600 mile range, and very specialised fuelling facilities.

    In a German context they would probably work because we have a lot of very small railway companies with short lines or tiny networks so the train can refuel en route, but in the UK the movements of trains tend to be more complex, and with the extra difficulties of making, storing and transporting hydrogen I'm not sure how well it would work. We have a few hydrogen buses in Stuttgart but they don't seem to be expanding the idea and the buses are always near to their fuelling stations.

    Given the complexities of Hydrogen and the infrastructure needed for what essentially is a complex battery, I can't help thinking that ultimately rechargeable batteries will end up being more popular, because they can be charged at relatively simple points wherever there's an industrial power connection. We had battery powered railcars in Germany back in the 1960's and they worked very well.

    What concerns me more is that this could end up being an excuse for politicians to delay or cancel electrification, because "In a few years we can use Hydrogen so it isn't needed."
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  10. It will be a shame if it isn't viable due to lack of political will or simply because of the cost of creating the infrastructure to make it work. It sounds great, with just water as the only emission.

    I would love to see the whole rail network electrified, but I cannot see it happening in the near future, when/if we Brexit I doubt very much that the government will have money for such things.

    I hope I am proven wrong.
  11. Things like this make me miss the UK...

  12. sheddy

    sheddy Guru

    Last edited: 30 Oct 2018
  13. I decided to visit Stourbridge Town the other day, This is the the train that I caught from Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town, it must be the smallest train I have been on in a long while and is only a five minute journey along a rather bumpy stretch of line.

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  14. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    Personally, I think 25kV electrification is the only way to go. Everything else is just sticking plasters. To do bits of GWR main line, for example, is idiocy.
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  15. mcshroom

    mcshroom Bionic Subsonic

    Egremont, Cumbria
    For mainline yes. Some lines, like ours round the Cumbrian coast are likely to need self powered vehicles for a long while yet though.

    We struggle just stopping certain sections falling into the sea
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