Pigs & Flats

Latest updates over the last couple of days have been a mixed bag.  The first update really should prove the point of “Do not ignore the boring stuff on your doorstep”.  In my defence I only got back into trains as a hobby and not just a job in 2006 but that still does not excuse the lack of photographs of one of the best multiple unit BR ever made.  The 442s (5WES) or 5PIG as they were known locally were introduced to take advantage of the electrification of the line from Bournemouth to Weymouth in the late 80s, replacing the REPs, TCs and Cromptons.

442 413 at Basingstoke on the 13th April 2006

442 413 at Basingstoke on the 13th April 2006

The units themselves were powered by the motors taken from the REPs and damn did they shift.  Officially the max speed of the units was 100mph but in the early days of introduction I was up the front of the units with many a driver and we were always pushing to see how good the motors and brakes were.  Suffice to say talk of 110 was easily passed, though what passengers thought as we banged down Christchurch bank then yanked the anchors on for the river bridge and sharp curve at the end is anyones guess, we were having a blast.  The brakes were another revelation, we’d never had anything that stopped so sharply having being used to the mushy brakes on the older units.  An example I remember when the units were new and shiny, going over the level crossing at Brockenhurst at full line speed, hitting the platform ramp still at the same speed then the anchors being thrown out the window and the driver going “shit, we are going to stop short” and having to re-release the brakes.  Good times.

I have also updated various inter-modal flat wagon galleries.   These are another set of wagons which I see everyday and go “yawn, more flats”.  Whilst at Basford Hall Yard waiting for the charity tour to begin 4M29 05:10 Felixstowe to Barton Dock inter-modal pulled in.  In the consist were some flats that I had never seen before, well, I probably had but ignored as my brain probably went into yawn mode.

FEA-S 640918 in the consist of 4M29 05:10 Felixstowe - Barton Dock at Basford Hall Yard, Crewe on the 17th March 2012

FEA-S 640918 in the consist of 4M29 05:10 Felixstowe - Barton Dock at Basford Hall Yard, Crewe on the 17th March 2012

Also updated were the following inter-modal flat galleries:

FCA, FEA-C, FEA-S (GBRf), & FEA-B (Balfour Beatty)
The last update in session are some JIA clay wagons that I photographed at Bescot Yard on the same day as the trip to Crewe.

JIA 33 70 0894 022-9 at Bescot Yard on the 17th March 2012

JIA 33 70 0894 022-9 at Bescot Yard on the 17th March 2012

 

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~ by gingespotting on March 27, 2012.

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