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Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:01 pm
by Tiddles
Thought I would start a thread for the weird, unusual and different sights on and around Britain's railway systems.

I will start with what I saw today when parked in Didcot station car park.

1. A blue Thomas like tank engine in the railway centre.
2. Long train of military flats all empty apart for one with two Scorpion tanks on it.
3. An HST set going to London with the buffet car behind the lead power car instead of the normal position between 1st class and 2nd class carriages.

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 7:59 pm
by seasprite
Trains arriving early :shock:

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Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:14 pm
by Bufferstop
Long time ago now and I doubt it would even be possible with modern stock. In a power failure at Birmingham New Street, two empty three car DMUs pushing two totally lifeless, fully loaded 4 car EMUs far enough through the Wolves end tunnel for them to roll on into the open and across the section gap. From the noise and the clag that it created I doubt they did many more miles before going in for engine exchanges.

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:32 pm
by siquelme
Tiddles wrote:2. Long train of military flats all empty apart for one with two Scorpion tanks on it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1ABmzwZ ... AAAAAAAAAA

Skip to 1minute

Are those the same Scorpion tanks?

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Tue Mar 06, 2012 11:34 pm
by Tiddles
siquelme wrote:
Tiddles wrote:2. Long train of military flats all empty apart for one with two Scorpion tanks on it.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1ABmzwZ ... AAAAAAAAAA

Skip to 1minute

Are those the same Scorpion tanks?


That looks like them. Normally all the army stuff at didcot is in sand camo so the green dose stand out. The petrol wagons where there too, probably off to Bicster.

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Wed Mar 21, 2012 5:11 pm
by trainsandco
seasprite wrote:Trains arriving early :shock:


Don't be silly, he said what have you seen not what you would like to see ;)

It was a Thomas weekend last sat/sun so it's understandable for TTTe to be there ;)

Nothing particularly weird on the railways. Just the usual, 5x 66's at Didcot and the occasional weed killing/rail head treatment trains also at Didcot.

Ben

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 11:39 am
by markh
probally wont count but a few months ago i saw a class 20 leading a class 66 running light heading south throught platform 4 then the same train coming back the 20 leading the 66 up noth throught platfotm 1 the same locos

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 4:18 pm
by Eastern
Not exactly British Rail - but....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErnScsC2lyw
interesting freight load from 0.26

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Thu Mar 22, 2012 5:39 pm
by siquelme
Getting a seat on the way home today :) Because of an accident this morning lots of stock wasnt where it was meant to be so my train had 12 coaches instead of the usual 8 ... very nice

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Fri Mar 23, 2012 12:36 am
by D605Eagle
Eastern wrote:Not exactly British Rail - but....
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ErnScsC2lyw
interesting freight load from 0.26

What an excelent vid, thanks for posting! Notice how to grooves have been cut into the tunnel roof so they can squeeze double stacked containers through there.

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 6:31 pm
by Tiddles
Today I saw the perfect small layout train.

It consisted of class 66 (66070) and a bogie low loader wagon. There was a tail light on the wagon and it entered Didcot from the Reading main line.

There was also a yellow class 31 with 4 yellow coaches and was being controlled from the DVT end.

Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Fri May 18, 2012 8:56 pm
by cmeonthemove
Here's a couple I've seen recently:

91005 light engine:

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GBRf convoy - 4 locos, one of which was Rainbow 66720, plus two barrier coaches.

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Re: Weird Stuff On The railways. What Have You Seen?

Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 1:40 am
by Jonny
I saw what I think is a Class 66 pass through Skipton station about 5 times.

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Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 8:45 am
by hairyhandedfool
Well I can't say I have seen anything weird recently, but maybe something rare, well I say rare I mean rare for this neck of the woods, infact I can only recall one instance in the last ten years prior to this year, normally they don't come within forty miles of were I was standing......

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Virgin Trains and EMT struck a deal to run a Liverpool Lime Street-St Pancras and St Pancras-Liverpool Lime Street extra for the FA Cup Final on 5th/6th May, these are my shots of the ECS Workings from/to Derby (although I did see all four ECS and passenger workings).

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Posted: Sat May 19, 2012 9:53 am
by Bufferstop
Jonny wrote:I saw what I think is a Class 66 pass through Skipton station about 5 times.

You sure it was the same one, they're like grey squirrels, common as muck and wiping out the home grown species!