A short visit to Camborne station this morning saw two IET's in 10 car formation. The 1A84 10:10 Penzance to Paddington at 10:31 and the 2C43 09:17 Plymouth to Penzance at 10:52. They are certainly providing distance on those trains.
Also differences on the station with seating taped for distancing and the toilets all locked in the waiting room. It does appreciate normality as we are used to seeing these changes.
Copyright Leslie Curnow
by Mick House
Travelling back from London on the 23.45pm First Great Western Night Riviera Sleeper, (15/10/2010) having had a good nights sleep I proceeded to coach C the first class buffet coach for my breakfast of a bacon roll and orange juice, as I stepped from sleeper coach D though the vestibule to the buffet coach I noticed a familiar sound coming from below, no I did not have wind it was the telltale sound of a flat tire on the B bogie of the buffet coach, (coach No:10219) at the same time the Guard was passing and I asked him if he realized that his train was defective and his reply was yes its been like that for a couple of weeks and went on his way, my first reaction was of disbelief as an ex examiner myself in my opinion the noise alone would have warranted further investigation of this type of fault, that’s without the vibration emulating from it, which can lead to other parts of the bogie and wheel set becoming faulty and in the extreme lead to derailment, I wonder if the same standard of examination that I had been taught applies today.
The following dates back to the 1980s and is taken from my copy of IDENTIFICATION OF WHEEL & TYRE TREAD DAMAGE REQUIRING REMEDIAL ACTION (BRITISH RAILWAYS BOARD CM & EE Department, booklet MT/162, does it still apply today?
· Passenger vehicles with a speed 90mph and above with a flat length of 30mm to 50mm to be taken out of service for remedial action no later then the end of the day.
· Passenger vehicles with a speed 90mph and above with a flat length of above 50mm and up to 100mm to be taken out of service immediately for remedial action, up to 70mm 60mph over 70mm 35mph.
Passenger vehicles with a speed 90mph and above with a flat length greater than 100mm must not be moved, (except where necessary to clear running lines) without the approval of the regional CM & EE.
An article by Mick House.
Kind regards. Paul
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