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Julian

Updated: Dec 02, 2014 1:11pm PST

On the slow train to East Grinstead : In February 2013 I was banished from the relative sophistication of Three Bridges to the back of beyond that is East Grinstead, and set to remain there for up to 2 years, I thought I would use the time to chronicle the comings and goings over the railway into the town. Despite East Grinstead being only 440 yards further from London Bridge than Three Bridges the fastest train in the morning takes almost an hour as compared to 35 to 40 minutes. 

On the plus side it is quite scenic, especially the climb through the Surrey Hills and there are the three steel truss viaducts - Riddlesdown, Oxted and Cook's Pond - which are rather unusual in SE England and, of course, the reconnection of the Bluebell Railway to the national network, after almost 50 years of isolation, is an exciting development.

So come with me for a journey aboard the train of delights that is Snail Rail

On the slow train to East Grinstead

nick86235

In February 2013 I was banished from the relative sophistication of Th ...

Updated: Nov 27, 2014 10:55pm PST

North London Line : As I've lived in London continuously since 1977, and specifically North London since 1994, I've probably taken more pictures on the NLL than on any other line within London, with the possible exception of Gospel Oak to Barking. <br><br>
Over the years the NLL's fortunes have risen, fallen and risen agin, the nadir coming in the late 1970s and early 1980s when closure was hinted at. <br><br>
But then came a renaissance; firstly the restoration of passenger service east of Dalston Junction in 1980, then came electrification from Dalston to Stratford and North Woolwich, albeit tempered by the closure of the line into Broad Street and the use of very elderly ex-Southern 2EPBs in place of the 501s. Electrification of the freight lines at 25kV and the rebuilding of the line between Willesden and Camden Road (for North of London Eurostar service, which never happened) plus the transfer of responsibility for operations to TfL set the scene for the final act; the complete modernisation of the route, end to end re-signalling, new longer trains and, on 28th Febnruary 2011 the extension of East London service, partially over the old line from Dalston to Broad Street, and for the first time connecting Highbury &amp; Islington with Crystal Palace and  Croydon. The final act in the renaissance came in December 2012 with the completion of the orbital route from Canada Water to Queens Road Peckham and the introduction of a Highbury &amp; Islington to Clapham Junction via Whtechapel service.

In 2015 longer trains will be introduced, the 378s being extended (for the second time) from four to five cars, a reflection on the line's success.

North London Line

nick86235

As I've lived in London continuously since 1977, and specifically Nort ...

Updated: Nov 27, 2014 10:45pm PST

Transfesa : One of the constants on the route from the Channel Tunnel ever since it opened is the Channel Tunnel Express, running between Dagenham in East London and Silla, near Valencia in Spain, operated by Transfesa and carrying curtainsided containers carrying the logo of the Ford Motor Company. In Britain the four wheel long wheel based variable gauge flats are limited to 45 mph, so the train is a Class 7, and this is as a consequence of derailments in the early days of the service which I remember reading were put down to the consequence of UK track geometry. Apart from a period in 2009 and 2010 when the contract for operating the train was won by SNCF, who sub contracted Colas to operate it in Britain, it has been the domain of DBS/ECR nee EWS. Motive power has varied over the years, from RfD 47s in the early days to 92s, when they replaced the 47s on the Channel Tunnel services, 56s and 47s in the Colas interregnum but today it has settled down to being 99.9% 66 hauled. During the summer months it is a good train to photograph as it passes through North London when I am on my way to work in the morning (MTF) and on my way home in the evening (TWF).<br><br>
Originally routed via Wembley Yard and the North London Line, today it is a through Dollands Moor to Dagenham train, via Willesden Junction High Level, Gospel Oak ad South Tottenham.


As of January 2014 the Transfesa has been re-routed from Dollands Moor to Dagenham via HS1, so photographing it in 2014 may be problematic.

Transfesa

nick86235

One of the constants on the route from the Channel Tunnel ever since i ...

Updated: Nov 27, 2014 10:41pm PST

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This section contains photos taken recently with some comments, a blog ...

Updated: Nov 23, 2014 2:59pm PST

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Gotthard Trip

SNCFoto

Switzerland – Gotthard Pass 2014 Finally got around ...

Updated: Nov 20, 2014 1:37pm PST

Ffestiniog Railway 2008 to 2013 : The World's Oldest Surviving Narrow Gauge Railway Company photographed between 2008 and 2013

Ffestiniog Railway 2008 to 2013

John Luxton

The World's Oldest Surviving Narrow Gauge Railway Company photographed ...

Updated: Nov 18, 2014 11:11am PST

Burneside station and higher crossing, 2014 : Six photos of the single platform station and higher crossing.  The crossing gates are still worked manually.

Burneside station and higher crossing...

andrewstransport

Six photos of the single platform station and higher crossing. The cr ...

Updated: Nov 18, 2014 10:55am PST

HST : The BR High Speed Train, or Intercity 125 as it was marketed, is possibly our most successful class of passenger trains, having first entered service in 1976, and still beng used by four Train Operating Companies (EMT, East Coast, Arriva XC and FGW) and one open access operator, Grand Central. Over the years they've been extensively rebuilt, both mechanically and in terms of seating arrangements. Today the bulk of the fleet have been re-engined with MTU prime movers although the EMT allocated units are equipped with Paxman VP185s. They will continue in frontline service for a number of years yet, although electrification of the GW and Midland mainlines and the uncertain prospect of the Hitachi IEP may doom them by the end of the 2020s, by when they will have been in service, racing up and down the country for over 50 years.

HST

nick86235

The BR High Speed Train, or Intercity 125 as it was marketed, is possi ...

Updated: Nov 16, 2014 1:57pm PST