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mikegayton
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Midland Metro

Post by mikegayton » Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:04 pm

Midland Metro

On Saturday, 31 December 2016, Bob and I caught the high speed to St Pancras, and were surprised to be held at Ebbsfleet to give way to an international train, something which we had not experienced before, arriving 10 minutes late at St Pancras. At Hoo Junction there appeared to be at least ten locos that seemed to be all 66s.
A brisk walk to Euston, and on to 390134, forming the 09.43 to Glasgow, very conveniently seated in the PTSRMB (buffet/shop to the uninitiated like us).
It was sad to see the fire damaged class 230, ex D stock, unit parked on a siding at Coventry, and noted that absolutely no progress could be seen at Curzon Street.
New Street (or is it Grand Central now?) is slightly less gloomy at platform level, but upstairs the work has certainly paid off, with a welcomingly large area with eateries, shops and all the other facilities we have come to expect in a setting allowing plenty of room for the crowds, which on New Year?s Eve were certainly building up. There is a circular atrium with more of the same and good viewing of the comings and goings on the main floor.
Then onto our target, the Midland Metro, which the new extension has brought right to the back door. The new cars give reasonable vision to the front, making for an enjoyable ride to Wolverhampton St George?s, a terminus that appears to be in the middle of nowhere. Next a walk past the still standing, and in non-railway use, Great Western terminus to the Great Western pub for a winter warmer. Unfortunately it was a football day so the pub was completely crowded out making it nearly impossible to admire the large collection of railway photos and relics but the ambiance was good.
On the journey back a break was made at Wednesbury to have a look around and examine the wheelset, apparently from an outside framed loco parked on the approach to the station. Is anything known about this ? there is absolutely no information displayed with it.
The scrap sidings accessed from a connection to the Jewellery line going under the Metro are still in situ but unused.
The absence of the previous passenger interchange at Snow Hill was noted.
A quick look in the Ian Allan bookshop, then a snack meal and onto 390135 forming the 17.10 to Euston, a reasonably comfortable ride in table seats.

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Re: Midland Metro

Post by pdeaves » Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:11 pm

mikegayton wrote:On the journey back a break was made at Wednesbury to have a look around and examine the wheelset, apparently from an outside framed loco parked on the approach to the station. Is anything known about this ? there is absolutely no information displayed with it.
I would wager that the wheel set is from a Cl.08. There are various dotted around the country. They are (relatively) cheap, available and look enough like 'steam engine' wheels to the public.

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Re: Midland Metro

Post by Ian Prince » Mon Jan 02, 2017 6:41 pm

mikegayton wrote:Midland Metro. It was sad to see the fire damaged class 230, ex D stock, unit parked on a siding at Coventry.
Can't see too many tears being shed over this to be honest. Could go to Ryde-Shanklin to be subjected to ex LU stock on the Network. Kingsbury next stop anyone? :twisted:

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