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I Am A Member of the "I. B. I. S. I.– R. A. I. L." School of Model Railways.

( I Built It So I’ll Run Anything I Like )

All variants of Great Western HST liveries plus NSEs & Regional Railways Mk2s

33s, 47s, 50s & 73s plus 158s, 159s & 166s galore!

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This page of photos was uploaded on 13th December 2011.

1 – C 01)                                 With today's dawn chorus a distant memory, the early morning long distance services are platformed awaiting the arrival of their passengers.  The first international Eurostar service of the day will be the first “up” departure, Paris Garde du Nord being the destination. Virgin’s Set No. 220001 in platform 6 will head west first with the Voyager service to Plymouth whilst, just visible in platform 5b, 159019 in SWT colours will be the first local to Salisbury.  Stretching along platform 4, FGW’s HST awaits the first trip of the day to Penzance.

Shattering the relative calmness of the simmering sets are 37798 & 37884 Gartcosh with their heavy load 8 of pipes bound for the East Midlands.  This double header is negotiating and drawing to halt for a signal check, in the upper “through” road.

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2 – C 03)                                 A very clean First Great Western “Dynamic Lines” liveried High Speed Train stands at platform 4 with the first of today’s services to Penzance from Stroley International.  43192 is the rear power car and is partnered by 43017 out of sight at the front (west) end of the train.  159019 can be seen in platform 5b.

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3 – C 08)                                 Not ten minutes later than the scene above and all hell is let loose!  The Eurostar and Virgin Voyager are still to depart but have now been joined by an array of trains ready to transport the Stroley population to their various places of work.  60078 and the FHH hoppers are held in the upper freight road whilst the FGW “Fag Packet” liveried HST, waits for its final passengers who are now rushing along the platform to board before the train departs for London Paddington.  66623 Bill Bolsover slows into the lower freight road with a long load of track panels.  This freight will be held at the western end of the station for a suitable gap in the westbound passenger services.  3 car Stagecoach branded NSE Class 159, 159009 has arrived, capital bound into platform 5a and will depart imminently for London Waterloo, whilst sharing platform 5 in the “b” section, is a Class 166 Turbo unit that forms a “stopper” service to Paddington.

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4 – C 13)                                 From the left in platform 6, 50017 Royal Oak (in the short lived Maroon with gold stripes livery) “tops” a railtour visiting the local branches of the area not usually traversed by mainline stock, in this case a set of Anglian Railways’ turquoise flavoured coaches, with 47711 County of Hertfordshire out of sight in tail position.  The 50 and 47 have both been released from the stock as a pair of 33s and a 70 will take the tour around some freight only branches in the area before returning the railtour to Waterloo.  Four different liveried HSTs are presently disgorging their passengers at Stroley International, three FGWs and a Virgin XC set.  In platform 5 the mauve version of the FGW liveried HST will take the “Up Main” first with the Weston-super-Mare to Paddington service followed closely behind by the “Fag Packet” HST in platform 3 with the Paignton to Paddington service.  The “Merlin” Ivory and Green colours of the next west bound service to Cornwall, about to depart from platform 4, holds the top ‘n’ tailed Class 66s and their load of steel coils in the lower freight road.  To the far right and just visible, the Virgin XC HST rests after terminating in platform 2 after its trip down from Manchester Piccadilly.

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5 – C 16)                                 Currently there are two simultaneous arrivals into platforms 5 and 4 from the Down / Relief and the Down / Main.  Virgin liveried 47843 Vulcan arrives with a Postal service from Low Fell, Newcastle as the Blue Pullman Charter set arrives behind Advenza Freight’s 66842 hauling a charter service from Norwich, bound for Swansea.  An unidentified 3 car Chiltern Clubman rests at platform 4a as 70006 readies itself for hauling the next section of the Railtour around local freight only lines.  A TGV set has sneaked into platform 1 from Nice in the South of France whilst nobody was looking.  The Virgin XC HST will depart imminently for Glasgow Central. 

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6 – C 20)                                 The western end of Stroley International, just two minutes after the last photo was taken, sees the TGV set in platform 1 alongside 43155, on the rear of Virgin XC’s next Glasgow departure.  66842 with the Blue Pullman Charter set and 47843 Vulcan occupy platforms 4 and 5 respectively as 67001 brings the EWS Corporate Train into the lower through freight road, is also held by the down signal guarding the western exit from the station.

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7 – C 24)                                 Viewed from the staff (barrow) crossing in front of the Signalling Centre, DB Schenker’s red livery adorning 37670 St. Blazey T&RS Depot and 66152, as it shines through the dullness of the day.  Hauling an Intermodal service, originating in South Wales and heading for the Port of Felixstowe, it gathers speed through the station throat and is signalled to continue its journey via the Up / Relief.  The rear of the Blue Pullman Charter set can be spotted at platform 4 whilst just the front of a Dynamic Lines’ FGW HST is visible and has just arrived from Plymouth into platform 6.

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8 – C 25)                                 After unceremoniously “sitting down” on the Down Main just outside Slough, the FGW HST, with a service for Fishguard Harbour, needs the assistance of the Virgin Thunderbird 57307.  With another set unavailable in the area, 57307 has been employed to drag the errant HST all the way to Cardiff where a replacement HST has been sourced.  Now 120 minutes “down,” a quick turn-round of passengers is essential at platform 4.

The Royal Mail Hubs at Bristol Parkway and Willesden, North London are the starting and finishing points of the mail service currently standing at platform 6 whilst 150270 in Regional Railways Livery has slipped into platform 2a from Westbury, to where it will return imminently.

The international vehicle transporter in the lower through freight road has received a loco change.  Freightliner’s 57007 Freightliner Bond, has 50017 tucked inside and receiving a free ride back to Barking after bringing the Railtour into the area earlier.  The 50 will eventually end up at the Mid Norfolk Railway for an appearance at the line’s Diesel Gala.  57602 Restormel Castle is in the foreground refuelling.

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9 – C 32)                                 After the departure of the TGV unit for Bordeaux just a couple of minutes ago, a “units” scenario has settled in the station.  159019 in South-West Trains’ livery occupies platform 6a as a fellow classmate 159001 stands in 5b.  A Class 166 Turbo unit in platform 4 and another Class 159 stands at platform 3.  Platform 2b plays host to a 2 car Alphaline / Wales & West Class 158 which is currently blocked in by an Arriva XC Super Voyager that will depart for Liverpool Lime Street shortly.  EWS’ 73128 and its train of covered and uncovered steel coil rolls comes to a halt in the lower freight road, far short of the down signal set at danger.

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10 – C 34)                               Here is the same scenario as the previous photo but taken from the opposite end of the station.  Luckily for the Class 73 driver, the rear of his load isn’t fouling the station throat so won’t be instructed to move his train forward to the down signal.  The Network SouthEast livery still adorns many units still operating in the southern section of England.  This livery is now 25 years old … and still going strong.

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