FGW operates a sleeper service between London and Penzance. It also operates a sleeper service between Penzance and London. At some point the trains must “cross over”, a very exciting moment, regardless of trains, tracks or terminus. My aim is to catch the crossover of the two sleepers. On video. And then post it to YouTube. But… Where should I go? The only way to deal with this is to use the well known programming technique called the Deltic Chop. So, I’m off to Bristol tonight for a stab at what could, quite honestly, be a unique capture. A moment of railway history.
One can understand DelticMatt’s fierce determination to see off the MTU on the FGW HSTs. They make no noise, emit no smoke and are German. Trains aren’t the only things that have crap engines. I’ve recently been getting particularly annoyed at the choice some airlines make. Hopefully, this campaign might gather the same momentum that the anti-MTU effort has managed.
Tomorrow is a very big day indeed for the spotting community. Tomorrow, weather permitting, affords the greatest chance to either complete or merely add to the list of numbers that a spotter has amassed.
Here’s my list
A rather large number that I couldn’t write down.
I can’t wait for tomorrow!
Much pleasure can be gained by watching regular passenger traffic. And goods trains. However, even more fun can be found looking out for charter traffic, or railtours. Not only are the times of these trains harder to find but also the sheer variety of traffic will bring a smile to even the most jaded, world-weary, depressed and psychotic spotter’s face.
Yesterday I waited for three hours by a railway track near me to capture, on video, D1015 and it’s complement of carriages. The long wait was well worth it, as you can see!
I woke up this morning looking forward to some good spotting so, having got up and prepared myself, imagine my delight in seeing this beauty parked nearby.
Clearly early for his appointment, the driver had decided to park up and wait until his hoppers were filled or his cargo loaded.
Soon enough, a pal stopped by for a chat.
After 66119 left and 66133’s driver walked down the track, no doubt for somne well earned refreshments, I got a little bored, so I thought I’d try and capture 66133 with it’s little red light on. And I did!
Then I got really, really bored so I shot this superb video.
Yesterday morning an old steam locomotive (71000) pulled some rather tired looking rolling stock past my house. The train was crowded. This government has promised us 1000 new carriages. FGW promised us a massive investment. I, for one, am appalled at the way the British rail traveller is lied to and abused.
I say “Shame on you government and FGW. Is this the best you can do?”
These two trains looked set for collision, but, luckily for all on board, they weren’t using the same track. It makes you think, though, doesn’t it?