On vacation once more in Somerset, captured 43049/046 passing Norton Fitzwarren working 5Z69 08.12 Crewe H.S-Plymouth Friary S.S ECS for CRS
All the Best
Please note that this is the SECOND GB Railfreight loco to carry the number 66734. The first one, formerly 66402 prior to renumbering, was written off following a derailment in Scotland in June 2012 and has since been broken up. This one was imported last year and is GBRF's 100th class 66.
Regards once again, Guy Vincent.
The attached photo was taken at Crewe Works during the open day that took place on Saturday 24th September 1977. It shows pre-formed class 43 power car cabs awaiting fitment to their respective frames inside one of the workshop areas. The cabs each had a number written on to the nose end and I think the one closest is for 43078 which became part of set 254012 along with 43079. Both these PCs finished their long careers with GWR and 43078 is currently at Laira for parts recovery pending final disposal. 43079 was disposed of at Newport Docks at the start of 2022.
Regards, Guy Vincent.
Caerwent & Newport
Caerwent - Many years ago I, KJ was at Swindon and witnessed the passage of an southern EMU being towed through - minus collector shoes. I guessed it was heading for the Ex. M.O.D. depot at Cearwent served by a short branch off the main line about a mile east of Caldicot Halt and virtually opposite the short branch to Sudbook pumping station. If you are interested you can go to Caewent on Google Earth and zoom in. Having got this far by turning back the clock at the top of the display and zooming in further one see the branch and the vehicles stored within the depot site. My sad thoughts on the EMU were renewed as we passed the unit sidelined at Wooten Bassett.
Newport :- A well known colleague has directed us to a location on the world wide web where one can see three pictures of the SIMS processing plant – for reasons of safety it is obviously a place to stay well clear of. Do not go there.
For anyone interested the photo dealing firm Alamy (alamy.com) have a number of photos online showing the rail vehicle processing area at Sims Metals in Newport Docks. There are two sets of photos. The first set was taken in January 2020 showing EMUs and Pacer DMUs in the scrap pile, the second batch, taken on a murky morning in January 2022, are generally of inferior quality due to the prevailing weather conditions at the time but show a number of vehicles either awaiting disposal or undergoing processing such as class 365 EMUs and the 3 HST power cars 43053 070 and 079.
To find the location search for Alamy for 'Sims Metal Management' and you should find the photos. There is also a high quality aerial photo on Alamy showing the metal processing plant and yard. Hopefully of interest.
With the dieselisation and the consequent reduction in footplate staff this gentleman left the railway employ and took another job but again feeding the fires - this time at a local cematorium. Our good friend used to joke about the similarity of the two jobs but said he never wanted to be cremated. His dying wish was upheld and Roger and I attended his funeral many years ago after which he was interred in a local churchyard. As the coffin was lowered into the grave a traction engine nearby sounded his whistle in salute R.I.P.