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Dartmouth Express 3.10.09

Discussion in 'What's Going On' started by B1, Oct 3, 2009.

  1. free2grice

    free2grice Well-Known Member

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    Let's hope the bookings were good and the tour can be rearranged for a later date.
    You have to feel sorry for the passengers, support crews and organisers. <BJ>
     
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    who foots the bill for this one then?
     
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    The tour (eventually) returned via Romsey and Bournemouth:

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    A bit of a shame for all concerned really. It does rather raise the issue of how practical it really is to run vacuum braked stock on the national network these days though.
     
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    Came thru' chandlers ford OK this morning. Fairly slow, considering steam locos speeds thru' our area.

    Why does WCRC paint 1960's met camm Pullmans maroon??????!!!
     
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    Sam reason the 47's are i presume, not to stick out a country mile like certain other operators rakes, not a problem for Tyseley since Pullman colours are virtually choc n cream anyway.
     
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    Well, not the way to look at it if you've taken time off work for support crew duties for 3/4 days for then it all to go down the pan. How would you feel if that had been you.......? Feel sorry for everyone involved and hope something can be re-arranged.
     
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    Old locos do fail,you can't just get over it,this is the problem of railway's with little or no backup locos!

    You gotta feel sorry for support crew/passengers who were going for a trip behind Tanger's when it wasn't even that loco that had a problem,not only did it not get on the train,the train itself didn't get far enough....
     
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    47.787 has caught fire today whilst hauling stock from Carnforth to
    Bristol. WCRC seem to be 'unlucky' with their diesels lately. <BJ>
     
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    I can name quite a few steam loco's that have failed more in recent years, i don't buy the old loco's fail arguement either, even Pendolino's and 66's sit down sometimes, there is no such thing as 100% reliability, all you can do is minimise the risk of failure but not totally prevent it.

    WCRC's problems are highlighted more purely because they are 99% charter work and there is someone around to speak of them, i bet DB, Freightliner etc have had more loco trouble over the course of the last week.
     
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    I suspect the main culprit for these failures is the type of work the locos are being used on - irregular charter and spot-hire work, often resulting in short bursts of weekend and summer activity. That kind of use is never going to be ideal for reliability, especially of 40/50+ year old locos which dont benefit from the kind of complete rebuild that steam engines get every five to ten years.

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