Spotlight on St Erth
Dave Many thanks David.
The first of the new IEP bi-mode trains being built specifically for the more demanding route west of Newton Abbot has left the production line in Italy en route to Britain. Testing of the main batch of IEP (class 800) trains is already taking place mainly in the Reading-Didcot area though test runs have also been as far west as Plymouth. These trains will begin public service between London and Bristol/Cardiff at the end of this year. It is likely to be late next year or in 2019 before the new trains are seen regularly in Cornwall. Many thanks for sending us this Derek
Some really interesting and useful features have been posted on the CRS website in the last few days, for example the news of the possible imminent return to traffic of 70803 at Laira which to the best of my knowledge has not been picked up elsewhere.* Nice to see it almost ready to run again, maybe with 70812 for company?
* Many thanks to Nick Dyke for this information.
Guy V, Frome