STROLEY INTERNATIONAL

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 This page of photos was uploaded on 15th December 2011.

11 – C 37)                              Another view from high above the station throat of the same scene as featured in the last two photos but from different angle.  For the record and from left to right, the following can be spotted.  159019; 159001 City of Exeter; 73128; 166202; 159009; 221135 and finally Alphaline / Wales & West’s 158745 in 2b, behind the Super Voyager..

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12 – C 39)                              A driver’s eye view from the cab of 73128, the “coils” freight train currently held in the lower freight line between platforms 5 and 4.  This offers an excellent view of the 3 car NSE liveried Class 159, 159001 City of Exeter in platform 5b and the 3 car NSE Turbo, 166202 in platform 4b.  Both trains are Capital bound; the Class 166 forms a stopper to Paddington and the Class 159, a limited stop service to Waterloo.

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13 – C 40)                              Here’s a closer view of the upper section of Stroley International.  Occupying platform 3b is 159009, another rush hour limited stop service to Waterloo.  The Arriva XC Super Voyager has Liverpool Lime Street as its destination.  The final unit in this scene is 158745 in Alphaline / Wales & West colours.  The mid-platform turnouts joining the “through” freight road from platforms 2 and 3 are seen here to good effect.

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14 – C 44)                              A lovely panoramic view of the station area stretches away from the camera in this scene.  Four units and three HST sets currently occupy all six platforms.  From left to right, a pair of Class 153s, in ATW and Wessex liveries, are bound for Basingstoke.  An unidentified SWT Class 159 has Yeovil Junction as its destination whilst the “Merlin” ivory and green HST in platform 4 will depart for Bristol Temple Meads imminently.  The “Fag Packet” FGW HST is signalled for the Up Main and London Paddington.  Virgin’s XC HST has arrived from Newcastle and has plenty of time before its departure to unload its passengers.  Another unidentified Alphaline Class 158 sits in platform 2a waiting to depart with a semi-fast for Paddington.

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15 – C 46)                              Bringing up the rear of the Bristol bound HST is power car 43168 in the Merlin logo, ivory and green Great Western colour scheme whilst sharing the island platform with the Paddington bound FGW lead power car, 43172 in the lovingly referred to livery of  “fag packet.”  This refers to the gold coloured band that runs along each side of the stock.  A small collection of rail enthusiasts can be spotted on the platform.

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16 – C 49)                              Platform 2 plays host to the recently arrived Virgin XC HST that is still disgorging its passengers at Stroley International.  43009 brings up the rear of the FGW “fag packet” HST about to depart for Paddington whilst 43185 Great Western, the appropriately named “Merlin” HST, will head this service to Bristol Temple Meads imminently.

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17 – C 55)                              Heading the westbound ECS sleeper stock through the station via the lower freight road, is Arriva Trains Wales’ 57315.  Platform 5 hosts the Railnet postal service headed by the PCV and will be propelled by the rear loco. It is bound for the Willesden postal hub after loading up with mail posted locally and destined for many national and international addresses.  The mauve liveried FGW HST will depart for Swansea after the ECS sleepers have cleared the arches section to the west of the station.  South West Trains’ Class 159 will head for Waterloo from platform 3 shortly and whilst the Virgin XC HST is being internally cleaned, it won’t return north for a while yet.

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18 – C 62)                              Time has marched on and the latest scene has completely changed from that in the last photo.  Another Railnet service, this one bound for the Bristol Parkway hub, is being loaded with more locally posted mail, this time for South Wales and the West Country.  A Javelin Class 395 hired from SouthEastern is on a driver training exercise.  These units will soon be operating from Stroley International, along HS1, through the Channel Tunnel to Calais Frethun as part of a new Anglo / Franco commuter service.  Another Arriva XC Super Voyager simmers in platform 4 as it waits to continue its Bournemouth to Manchester Piccadilly service.  Another Stagecoach service from Paignton will depart from platform 3 for Waterloo whilst the brace of 67s (001 piloting 004) heading the Intermodal service is held for a gap in the intense passenger services.  The Eurostar service arrived right time from Brussels a couple of minutes ago and rests in platform 1.

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19 – C 66)                              Taken from the staff (barrow) crossing at the station throat, spotted in platform 6, the Railnet postal service headed by the PCV patiently waits whist the Royal Mail staff unload / load the local mail for onward delivery.  Platform 5 hosts the Javelin on driver training exercises between here and Ebbsfleet on High Speed One, as 5 car Super Voyager, operated by Arriva XC, occupies platform 4 before heading for Manchester Piccadilly.

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20 – C 67)                              A rail enthusiast on the end of platform 3 is snapping merrily away at the pair of 67s heading the Intermodal service held in the upper through freight road.  67001 pilots 67004 for the record, whist in the distance back in platform 3b, an SWT Class 159 waits to continue and complete its diagram to London Waterloo.  Platform 1 hosts this hour’s international arrival from Brussels in the form of a Eurostar set. 

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