10th July 1987
Congratulations to the Plym Valley Railway for all your efforts in rebuilding the railway from nothing.
Another good selection of news and features on the CRS site this week.
Regarding Andrew Jenkins' photos taken at Shrivenham on March 29th. It was disappointing to see Arriva Trains Wales Mk 3 stock (including DVT's) making their final journey to the breaker. I used to see these regularly in South Wales on the weekday evenings 1W96 1716 Cardiff Central - Holyhead, either being pushed or hauled by a DB class 67. This train was notable as it conveyed first class accommodation and a kitchen / dining car with travelling chef. Quality meals were available at a very reasonable price. The set returned the following morning on the 1V91 0534 Holyhead - Cardiff. Fortunately Transport for Wales continue to offer 'proper' trains on the Cardiff - Holyhead route as class 67 locos now work with Mark 4 sliding-door stock and DVTs formerly used on the East Coast Main Line.
For the record the Shrivenham consist was reported as (not sure of exact order): 37884 12177 12178 12179 12181 12183 12184 12185 82307 82308 with 82107 (in Anglia white livery) at the back. The working was 5Q76 0902 Bicester MOD - Newport Docks (Sims Group).
Photo 1) 82307 leading 67013 Cardiff Central station on 19th March 2013. This was possibly a driver training trip with the DVT prior to entering service with ATW.
Photo 2) 82307 again leading coaches 10259 12181 12179 and 12176 with 67013 (also again!) at Cardiff Central with the 1W96 1716 Holyhead departure on 24th August 2016.
The stock was deposited at Sims Metals, Newport Docks and reports indicate the turnover rate there is extremely fast with vehicles often processed the same day or at the latest within a week of arrival. In recent months deliveries seem to be happening on average at least twice a week from storage locations at Bicester, Doncaster, Ely, Ilford, Long Marston and Worksop, Large grabber-type vehicles quickly dismantle the metal into manageable sections; this is fed into an enormous shredder that separates and disperses the material into containers which then go for export.
It would be interesting to see photos of the disposal site and stock undergoing processing.
Regards, Guy Vincent.