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by TimBrown
07:50 Thursday 22nd February 2024
Forum: Trains
Topic: Diesel locos at Shrub Hill
Replies: 8
Views: 32530

Re: Diesel locos at Shrub Hill

I still can't get used to those power cars being anything other than on each end of a rake of coaches! Agree it was a strange choice to use for freight haulage especially as HST's are high geared for 125 MPH running. I can understand the preserved 'Blue Pullman' set as it is used with updated Mark ...
by TimBrown
15:01 Tuesday 20th February 2024
Forum: Diamond Bus (Rotala)
Topic: Kidderminster Depot
Replies: 52
Views: 85063

Re: Kidderminster Depot

Former Diamond Bus Volvo B7 30858 which started life at Redditch as a Red Diamond vehicle has moved back to the West Midlands and is running from Kidderminster Depot. The vehicle is in Preston Bus livery with Diamond North West Fleet names. Ironically on Saturday the vehicle was in Redditch on the ...
by TimBrown
11:54 Monday 19th February 2024
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: "Operational Issues"
Replies: 7
Views: 550

Re: "Operational Issues"

Once again it is down to drivers not reporting for duty, or in my case, being off sick, and I will be for probably the next 4 weeks. Sorry to hear you are unwell, hope you make a swift recovery! Years ago, bus enthusiasts like you and I with, what were then, PSV licences were on the books as part-t...
by TimBrown
15:36 Friday 16th February 2024
Forum: Trains
Topic: Diesel locos at Shrub Hill
Replies: 8
Views: 32530

Re: Diesel locos at Shrub Hill

Mid morning today, Friday 16 February 2024, Rail Adventure HST power cars are seen working through Shrub Hill platform 1 from Long Marston to Wembley with a rake of wagons and 20007. The train called in at Kidderminster sidings and 20007 is thought to have been delivered to the Severn Valley Railway...
by TimBrown
14:48 Thursday 15th February 2024
Forum: Fleet Discussion
Topic: Compulsory purchase.
Replies: 2
Views: 319

Compulsory purchase.

Thanks to Gordon Smith for noting that the land adjacent to the Padmore Street bus wash which used to be the Vinegar Works railway line now has a compulsory purchase order in place. If you scroll down the attached document there is an easy to follow map as per link below; https://www.worcester.gov.u...
by TimBrown
14:49 Tuesday 13th February 2024
Forum: Trains
Topic: Shrub Hill canopy refurbishment.
Replies: 7
Views: 16466

Re: Shrub Hill canopy refurbishment.

Meant to post these shots last month! The shuttering has been removed from platform 2 and the southern 1B end of platform 1 now that the reinforced plastic roof-lights have been fitted to the canopy making for a much brighter atmosphere for intending passengers. (Click on the photographs and they wi...
by TimBrown
14:39 Tuesday 13th February 2024
Forum: Trains
Topic: 799201 and 37800 at Shrub Hill.
Replies: 3
Views: 23744

Re: 799201 and 37800 at Shrub Hill.

Yet another test run by 'Hydroflex' unit 799201 today, Tuesday 13 February 2024, from Long Marston to Kidderminster and back with another journey between Worcester and Kidderminster earmarked for later in the day. The 'Thunderbird' rescue locomotive on standby today was 37884 'Cepheus' seen in the S...
by TimBrown
15:44 Thursday 25th January 2024
Forum: Trains
Topic: Diesel locos at Shrub Hill
Replies: 8
Views: 32530

Re: Diesel locos at Shrub Hill

A few more photographs taken at Shrub Hill, today Thursday 25 January 2024, with Direct Rail Services 57309 'Pride of Crewe' running through the Back Road on a route familiarisation run from Crewe to Gloucester. DSCF4979.JPG DSCF4980.JPG DSCF4983.JPG 166202 is seen working into Shrub Hill with a GWR...
by TimBrown
08:32 Thursday 25th January 2024
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: No Salt Road buses on the 144 today.
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

Re: No Salt Road buses on the 144 today.

If bustimes.org is to be believed, the last Merc in Nimrod livery has now been withdrawn. I always thought it was a stupid branding anyway ! -- almost as bad as Wandaward and Wendaway !! It related directly to the famous resident, Sir Edward Elgar of course, who lived at Marlbank on Rainbow Hill fo...
by TimBrown
14:34 Wednesday 24th January 2024
Forum: Services, Routes and Timetables
Topic: No Salt Road buses on the 144 today.
Replies: 4
Views: 1723

No Salt Road buses on the 144 today.

Why are there no 'Salt Road' liveried buses on the 144 today Wednesday 24 January 2024? According to Bustimes website at 14-15 today, one worked the morning S2, another is on the 44, yet another on the 30 and two are working the X50. Has branding gone out of the window under Wales and West managemen...

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