Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Purposeful but not pretty

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On Wednesday I got the train to London. When it arrived (2 minutes late)  it wasn’t the usual Mk4 DVT leading but a blunt ended Class 91. The problem at Newcastle before departure had been sufficiently last minute that it was quicker to run the loco round than find another set (if they had one). 

Chances are it was the control from the DVT to the loco that wasn’t functioning. BREL had problems with it 25 years ago when they were developing it. 

What did surprise me was that despite being on a fast service (where top speed matters) the 110mph limit was sufficient for it only to drop another minute over the route to London, much of which is cleared for 125mph running – although that might have been because the driver’s speedo wasn’t as accurate as mine. 

What this basically means is that there is a lot of slack in the timetable. 

It will be interesting to see, once the Hitachi IEP trains are in, how much the timetable can be accelerated. 

As an endpiece, I always take a photo of something odd if I get a chance, on the grounds that at some point I’ll want it for railway modelling or need it for a report I’m writing for work, so here’s a photo of the end of the B carriage of an Intercity 225 set, and the view through the window when it’s not blocked by a 91 (although I couldn’t do anything about the filthy window!) 


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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