Monday, 21 April 2014

Tractors in the mist, 21st April 2014

"The Heart of Wales Meanderer" 1Z49 07:07 Eastleigh to Llandrindod Wells

The "tractors" shattered the morning peace, tooting and roaring through Chandlers Ford, several minutes before getting to Crampmoor where I was sharing the field with a deer which was quite calm with my presence. Not seen after the train went by.
Lead locomotive 37612 was new as D6879 on 2nd October 1963, renumbered to 37179 in 1973, and rebuilt to 37691 in February 1987. Modified for Channel Tunnel (European Passenger Services) trains in December 1995, and sold to DRS in June 1997.
37611 was new on 17th September 1963 as D6871, renumbered to 37171 in 1973. Rebuilt to 37690 in February 1987, and modified as 37611 in November 1995. Sold to DRS in June 1997.
Riviera Trains BCK coach 21272 was built new for SR usage, with air brake and electric heating, at Derby to lot 30732 in 1964. Out of use from November 1972, it was transferred to the ScR in April 1974, and was running with vacuum brake and dual heating. Withdrawn in May 1982 and to Pullman Rail for use from May 1985 to July 1995 as 99129, returning to 21272 from May 1999. Now running with dual brakes.