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Project Wareham

Discussion in 'Heritage Railways & Centres in the UK' started by David R, Jul 31, 2015.

  1. Alan Kebby

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    Good to hear progress has been made on its return to Swanage.

    Is the spares donor returning to Swanage as well, or is that off to a scrapyard now?
     
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    Vehicles used to transport coaches the length of a 117 car are far too long for the sharp cornered, dog-legged Campbell Road bridge.
     
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    From FB and twitter seems Teahan Convoy Services has the spares donor first on way to Norden
     
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    Thanks for this info. Anyone having a look on Twitter should enter this in the search facility to find the info:

    TeahanConvoiService
     
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    Presumably the spare NSE coach is being retained in case of any mishaps, where a complete new body shell might be required? If it was just parts that were needed, they could have been stripped off at Eastleigh ready for storage at Swanage.
     
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    Thanks
     
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    Good photo by "Bryan Thesnail" restricted to FB
    "We seem to have a complete 117 & 121 at Corfe Castle now. :D"
    Hopefully a good step forward to taking passengers after more training and testing?
     
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    Great news ..... and roll on the next couple of chapters! :)

    Peter's Twitter links [post #608] now returning "page does not exist" messages .... I'm guessing coz they're live feed pages, which a completed delivery means are now superfluous.
     
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    All three 117 vehicles were coupled up as a set and operated yesterday [Friday] afternoon, along the short siding at Corfe Castle, subsequently being joined by the 121 to ensure all four vehicles had working multiple unit availability should the need arise.
     
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    There you are folks, the photo I posted on Facebook.
    Peter I'm afraid we didn't couple the 121 to the 117, we left it around 3 foot short of "buffered up"; but it does look nice. Last time I worked or travelled on either of these classes they were in corporate BR blue with the indecisive arrows on the side.
     
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    You probably did more that we did the previous day between the 117 cars; all I did was chuck the coupling over and naff off!
     
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    Looking very smart. Good job.
     
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    They do indeed look smart. However, they just don't look right to me with those white blocked ends where the destination blinds used to be.
    edit: should have said train reporting numbers and not destination blinds.
     
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    Sorry, cant resist this one any longer.....................
     
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    Have to agree with you there Steve, but I guess that is the least of their worries after the saga of getting these units complete.

    They are not something I associate with the Swanage branch, but seeing @gz3xzf 's picture above I looked out some pictures I took not so far away at Maiden Newton in 1972 and low and behold I find a 117 unit on a Bristol - Weymouth train with a 121 (55027) on the Bridport train. 72-10-30 17 (2).jpg

    Clearly they came closer to Swanage than I had realised

    Peter
     
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    Western Region 117’s actually came down to Swanage in BR days, on ramblers specials.
     
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    Sitting behind the driver on 3x 3 car 117's slowly climbing Eversholt Bank on the 'peak hour' TM - Weymouth 'Peak Hour' Holiday train - happy memories
     

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