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Images of 2016


A rare appearance of a weak sun lighlighted the advertising livery on three-car hybrid class 158 diesel multiple unit No.158798 as it put in an appearance far away from the North Somerset business that it was advertising. The class 158 was photographed by Andrew Smith at Great Malvern Station on 8th January 2016 as it ran empty to Malvern Wells (as headcode 5O94) before returning to Great Malvern to work the 14:50 Great Western Railway service (headcode 2O94) to Weymouth. The train had worked to Great Malvern as the 09:22 from Worthing (headcode 1V94) arriving early at 14:29. The reason why it did not start at Brighton as scheduled is not known.
This common and garden sight in the county will disappear in a year or two when new traction is introduced but in the meantime there are still plenty of chances to photograph the Great Western Trains class 43 power cars. This is No.43164 departing from Worcester Shrub Hill Station with the 12.13 from Hereford to London Paddington (headcoe 1P51) on Saturday 16th January 2016.
Photographed at its terminus station, class 150/2 two-car diesel multiple unit had arrived at Great Malvern with train code 2E25, 15:28 from Warminster. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on Saturday 5th March 2016.
Steve Widdowson took this fascinating photograph of  'Teak' 4TC Electric Multiple Unit cars Nos. 76324, 70823, 71163, 76297. The set was being hauled by GBRf livery class 66 diesel locomotive No.66770. The train (code No.5M66) was the 05.35 from Tonbridge West Yard to Kidderminster. The EMU had been brought to the Severn Valley Railway for use during the diesel gala weekend at  the end of May 2016. Photograph taken on 21st April 2016.
London Midland livery class 150/1 two-car diesel multiple unit No.150109 (one of three units of this class retained by the operator after the introduction of class 172 units) seen at Great Malvern Station with the 10.49 from Birmingham New Street to Hereford (train code 1V25). Photograph taken by Andrew Smith on 25th April 2016.
At the end of its lengthy journey of 215 miles from Brighton, class 158 hybrid three-car diesel multiple unit No.158960 in the "Places" livery of Great Western Railways arrived at Great Malvern, on time, at 14:30. The train had left Brighton at 08.59. This train had passed Chichester ten minutes late but there is so much recovery time in the schedule it had little difficulty in regaining right time. Photographed by Andrew Smith, between cloud bursts, on 29th April 2016.
On Friday 13th May 2016 the 08.59 Great Western Railway service from Brighton to Great Malvern (1V94), returning to Weymouth at 14.50 (train code 2O94) was formed by two-car class 150/1 diesel multiple unit No.150123 instead of the usual class 158 hybrid three-car unit. Photograph taken by Andrew Smith at Great Malvern.
The late afternoon autumn sun shines on the front of car No.79216 - part of unit No.172216 as it stands at Great Malvern Station, on a cold afternoon, after arriving with the Whitlocks End with the 13.19 London Midland train from Whitlocks End (train code No.2V30). Photograph taken by Andrew Smith.
Here is fifth in the now-traditional series of black and white season enders of train No.2V30 (13.19 Whitlocks End to Great Malvern) at Newland East Signal Box. In the 2015 photograph the train was operated by a three-car class 172 diesel multiple unit but in 2016 it reverted to a pair of class 172/2 units.  Nos.172216 and 172212 were photographed by Andrew Smith on 30th November 2016.
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