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Hartill

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Chiltern Service Modifications - Posted: August 21, 2017 - 1:02 PM Quote and reply
To compensate for engineering works on the WCML Chiltern is running an intensive service from London to Birmingham on 26th and 27th August. There are additional service some of which will only stop and Banbury and Leamington Spa. It tooks as if local services between Leamington Spa, Stratford and Dorridge have been replaced by buses to free up paths. A chance to see what a 68 can do with a run at Hatton Bank perhaps.

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24001FH

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Re: Chiltern Service Modifications - Posted: August 22, 2017 - 8:55 PM Quote and reply
Hartill said:
To compensate for engineering works on the WCML Chiltern is running an intensive service from London to Birmingham on 26th and 27th August. There are additional service some of which will only stop and Banbury and Leamington Spa. It tooks as if local services between Leamington Spa, Stratford and Dorridge have been replaced by buses to free up paths. A chance to see what a 68 can do with a run at Hatton Bank perhaps.


Having seen the timetable for the above two days I noted the following. I found one train on the 26th that runs non stop from Leamington to Birmingham Snow Hill in 25 mins, not exactly taxing. Other trains that run Leamington to Moor St non stop are even slower.

The xx34 trains from Moor St (first stop Leamington) on the 26th are formed by 75 mph class 165's and many of these are booked into Dorridge up loop to allow a XC Voyager to pass. 165's form the xx.38 departures from Marylebone.

The chances of getting a good 68 run up Hatton bank are therefore not too high and it is also unknown which services will be formed by a 68. They are thin on the ground on normal weekends.

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9102

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Re: Chiltern Service Modifications - Posted: August 23, 2017 - 6:52 PM Quote and reply
Hartill said:
To compensate for engineering works on the WCML Chiltern is running an intensive service from London to Birmingham on 26th and 27th August. There are additional service some of which will only stop and Banbury and Leamington Spa. It tooks as if local services between Leamington Spa, Stratford and Dorridge have been replaced by buses to free up paths. A chance to see what a 68 can do with a run at Hatton Bank perhaps.


Two round trips by top/tail Class 47/8 + Mark 2 stock, according to a report I have seen eleswhere.



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heatonj

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Re: Chiltern Service Modifications - Posted: August 27, 2017 - 2:45 PM Quote and reply
Hartill said:
To compensate for engineering works on the WCML Chiltern is running an intensive service from London to Birmingham on 26th and 27th August. There are additional service some of which will only stop and Banbury and Leamington Spa. It tooks as if local services between Leamington Spa, Stratford and Dorridge have been replaced by buses to free up paths. A chance to see what a 68 can do with a run at Hatton Bank perhaps.


Thanks to Ian and Jeremy for tipping me off about the Class 47 appearances- I had not picked it up. Accordingly I set off for Birmingham for the 09.34 from Moor Street that I can make purely by rail on summer Sats at 05.39 from Dawlish. 47812, 6 Riviera air con Mk 2s and 47813 absolutely dead and unstaffed on the back on the 09.34 from Moor St. I make that an 80mph combination but it is much worse in terms of brake force than a 47 simply on 6. Having failed to exceed 76mph before Banbury I abandoned thet train and returned to Birm behind 68012 on 6+DVT. Extra stops at Warwick and Dorridge plus the usual W. Pkw and Solihull. HAd a cracking run home with the Paignton XC HST though. Incidentally, the Dorridge Up Passenger Loop stop for a Voyager to overtake worked well. The Voyager passed chacked but on time before we reached the outlet signal. The CIS showed it as a 'call' so, when a young manager at Moor Street asked me if she could help, this grumpy old man disingenuously said that I was trying to find where I could buy a ticket to Dorridge Up Passenger Loop where 'that train on the screen is going'. Not only was she not amused, she did not care either.
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