TWO CASTLES TO THE WEST
Or to be exact "Two Castles to the North, then South then West". Track maintenance near Bristol in July 2021 saw the normal South Coast to Great Malvern trains start instead at Cardiff and then route via the Severn Tunnel to Bristol Parkway and on to Great Malvern.
Train code No.2T94 started from Cardiff at 12.00 and is seen at the start of its return journey as train code No.2T80 which was six minutes behind time leaving Great Malvern. These workings are thought by the MIAC to be the first ever service trains from Malvern to go through the Severn Tunnel. The leading locomotive is No.43188 "Newport Castle" with unnamed No.43171 at the rear. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on Tuesday 13th July 2021.
TROUBLE ON THE TRACKS
With no notice at all the entire fleet of Great Western Railways class 800 units were taken out of service on Saturday 8th May 2021 and dumped all over the network including Worcester and Gloucester.
No trains ran from Worcester to London for a week, as no alternative rolling stock was available. By ironic coincidence one of its predecessor HSTs, now known as "Castle Class", ran from Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Foregate Street on Sunday 9th May with the 11.44 service (train code No.2E38). Steve Widdowson was at Shrub Hill to see the immaculate "Castle" (Nos.43155 & 43094) passing dumped class 800 unit No.800308. The other IET is No.800031.
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NEW: WORCESTER COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP
The Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership has been established to anable local communities to work with the three train operating companies to improve the eighteen railway stations in the county. Their web site is at www.wcrp.org.uk
A worthy aim indeed. (Andrew Smith).
Andrew Smith took the photograph (right) at Malvern Link Station on Sunday 28th February 2021. It shows the infilled site of the former bay platform at the Worcester end of the station. The two photographs below were taken at the same time. No.170513 was working th train code No.1M08, 10.05 from Hereford to Birmingham New Street.