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by chason
08:36 Tuesday 30th April 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Heading to Hotspur
Replies: 5
Views: 720

Re: Heading to Hotspur

Congratulations, Matt. The Marches Line is probably one of the most scenic in the country yet to many is relatively unknown. I'm booked on a steam charter hauled by recently overhauled Clun Castle next month which, after a couple of hours break in Hereford, heads north to Shrewsbury. I'm sure railfa...
by chason
16:45 Monday 29th April 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland' at Hereford 29 April 2019
Replies: 3
Views: 554

Re: 6233 'Duchess of Sutherland' at Hereford 29 April 2019

Good pics, as always.

They were certainly powerful locos although there is a video on YouTube of 6233 on the same train at the weekend struggling and almost coming to a stop on Hemerdon Bank in Devon. Not the first time locos from other regions find the going difficult on GWR routes.
by chason
16:39 Thursday 25th April 2019
Forum: Johnsons / Whittles
Topic: New Coaches for Whittles
Replies: 1
Views: 1780

New Coaches for Whittles

Johnsons have announced that two new touring coaches have arrived to increase the size of the Whittles fleet.

They are 19 plate 53 seat Plaxton bodied Volvos and will be in service from Saturday at a cost of about £400,000.
by chason
10:38 Thursday 18th April 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Charter trains at Stafford Saturday 13 April 2019.
Replies: 4
Views: 625

Re: Charter trains at Stafford Saturday 13 April 2019.

Either incredibly lucky or, more likely, extremely well planned to see so many charters in one place. Some excellent shots there so thank you, Tim.
by chason
09:22 Sunday 31st March 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: 61306 'Mayflower' at Shrub Hill 30 March 2019 on Charter from Euston.
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: 61306 'Mayflower' at Shrub Hill 30 March 2019 on Charter from Euston.

Thanks, Tim - some excellent photos of a loco quite rare to our area.
by chason
08:29 Thursday 28th March 2019
Forum: Miscellaneous Operators
Topic: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 3029

Re: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.

It would appear that Birmingham City Council (who I thought had no money) have bailed them out to the tune of £1million, at least in the short term.
by chason
09:23 Sunday 24th March 2019
Forum: Johnsons / Whittles
Topic: Large Coach Operator of the Year
Replies: 0
Views: 811

Large Coach Operator of the Year

I hear that Johnson's have picked up a national award for Large Coach Operator of the Year.
by chason
09:18 Sunday 24th March 2019
Forum: Miscellaneous Operators
Topic: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.
Replies: 8
Views: 3029

Re: ATG/IGO/WMSNT etc.

I gather that this operator is now in administration. I hadn't realised that they were such a big outfit. According to the piece I read the Accessible Transport Group, through its subsidiaries Ring and Ride and igo, has 600 vehicles and employs 900 staff throughout the West Midlands. Presumably the ...
by chason
08:16 Monday 18th March 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.

I was on the first of the Clun Castle trains. A very good run by one of my favourite engines but it did struggle on a greasy Old Hill bank on the return journey and, although I can't be certain, I suspect that the diesel did take on the role of banker to give a helping hand although I appreciate it ...
by chason
07:34 Sunday 17th March 2019
Forum: Trains
Topic: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.
Replies: 6
Views: 816

Re: Gold Cup charter at Shrub Hill Friday 15 March 2019.

Nice pictures. Good that the charter operators and Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway have the initiative to rise to the occasion to meet the demand and make some money out of it. As usual, though, the big players either can't be bothered or haven't the business sense to do the same. Perhaps t...

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