WORCESTERSHIRE'S RAILWAYS FROM 2006 to 2009
All photographs on this page were taken by and are the copyright of Andrew Smith unless otherwise credited.
The First Great Western Link and Wessex Trains franchises ended on 31st March 2006. A new Greater Western franchise was created and the contract was won by First who rebranded everything as First Great Western. The 'Link' brand was discontinued.
Car No.57122 (one part of three-car diesel multiple class 150 unit No.150022) stands in the centre road at Worcester Shrub Hill on 26th April 2006. more photographs at Worcester on 26th April 2006
First Great Western Link class 166 diesel multiple unit No.166201 stands in the centre road at Shrub Hill Station with another of the same class also in the siding. The photograph was taken on 22nd August 2006.
On 11th November 2007 there was a major change to services in the Worcestershire when Central Trains (owned by National Express) services were taken over by London Midland (owned by Govia). Almost immediately a major exercise to repaint and refurbish its fleet was started. On the same date Virgin Trains’ cross country franchise was taken over by Arriva and rebranded as Cross Country Trains. A programme to repaint 'Voyagers' and other diesel multiple units into a new livery started soon after.
Class 150/2 dmu No.150229 in the very strange and shabby 'ex Anglia Railways' Central Trains livery is stabled on the middle road. Operationally the lack of adequate layover tracks must be a nightmare. You can just see in the background No.170398 effectively blocked in by this unit. Yet in the 1960s there used to be two tracks in the centre of the station whereas now there is only one. Furthermore with a large number of vacant sidings to the south of the down platform it would surely be better to stable units there between duties. Click here for more photographs at Worcester on 23rd August 2007
On 24th September 2007 EWS Railway livery class 66 diesel locomotive No.66074 runs light engine through Bromsgrove after descending the Lickey Incline. More photographs at Bromsgrove on this date
Class 170 diesel multiple unit No.170509 has passed the Worcester Engine Sheds on the direct line from Droitwich Spa to Worcester Foregate Street on 31st January 2008. Click here for more photographs at Worcester on 31st January 2008
Ex-LMSR 4-6-0 'Black 5' class locomotive No.45110 is seen on 'shed' at Bewdley on the Severn Valley Railway on 4th July 2008.
Class 47 locomotive No.47727 in the striking yellow livery of Colas Rail is stabled in the centre siding at Shrub Hill Station with class 43 'High Speed Train' locomotive No.43012 in Great Western livery waiting at the 'down' platform with the mid-morning train from London to Great Malvern. The photograph was taken on 2nd October 2008. More photographs at Worcester on 2nd October 2008
There are no photographs in 2009.