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Class 73 73952 for testing.

 
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Derby4



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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 3:50 pm    Post subject: Class 73 73952 for testing. Reply with quote

Images seen elsewhere of class 37 97304 delivering a rebuilt class 73 electro-diesel, 73952, from Derby this morning to the SVR for testing.
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PostPosted: Mon May 04, 2015 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: 73952 for testing. Reply with quote

Derby4 wrote:
Images seen elsewhere of class 37 97304 delivering a rebuilt class 73 electro-diesel, 73952, from Derby this morning to the SVR for testing.
see https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=420286991477621&set=pcb.10152886960196989&type=1&theater
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 11:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

AIUI this is the 2 x Cummins (Voyager) engined derivative, rather than the MTU-engined version used for the GB Railfreight locomotives.

Gossip elsewhere suggests it is here for around 3 weeks to include driver training, but I've seen nothing official.

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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 11:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

As you say, two versions of these rebuilt 73's, with RVEL Derby and Brush Loughborough turning out the different variants.
Comment seen elsewhere suggests some will be allocated to Scotland for "sleeper" duties, complete with snowploughs!

Strange how traction once considered life expired is seeing a renaissance. 73's, 37's, 47's, and new lives also for 56's and I think also the odd class 50 possibly? A number of preserved but not restored 37's have been bought back for overhaul and further mainline use.

A Deltic has been active in Scotland recently on hire to one of the TOC's.

Anyway, back on topic, I wonder if the 73 is dual-braked......l Wink
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PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 1:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a look at it yesterday, no vac pipes.
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 2:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suppose it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that some air-braked wagons owned by NR might appear, to provide a load.

Didn't a TOC have an awayday on the SVR last year with a 66 and some wagons plus a saloon?
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derby4 wrote:
I suppose it is not beyond the bounds of possibility that some air-braked wagons owned by NR might appear, to provide a load.

Didn't a TOC have an awayday on the SVR last year with a 66 and some wagons plus a saloon?
how will you get some wagons? Wont they have to be paid for on a daily rate?
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PostPosted: Wed May 06, 2015 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, I meant purely for use as a "load" behind the loco during its testing, not for SVR use.
I'm sure Network Rail will have something they can use. This loco is theirs apparently.
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 12:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Don't the Rudd wagons have air brakes?
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PostPosted: Thu May 07, 2015 9:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

sharpo wrote:
Don't the Rudd wagons have air brakes?
I think they do, but the chances of the air braking systems having been maintained are probably low!
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PostPosted: Wed May 13, 2015 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Railway Gazette ‏@railwaygazette 2 hours ago
RVEL/NREC 'Ultra 73' 1,500 hp genset electro-diesel now test running on @svrofficialsite, with @networkrail approval expected soon. #Railtex
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 5:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cherry_p wrote:
sharpo wrote:
Don't the Rudd wagons have air brakes?
I think they do, but the chances of the air braking systems having been maintained are probably low!
The air brakes are being maintained and used. I have seen the cl20 used with the pipes connected
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PostPosted: Thu May 14, 2015 5:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

cherry_p wrote:
sharpo wrote:
Don't the Rudd wagons have air brakes?
I think they do, but the chances of the air braking systems having been maintained are probably low!
The air brakes are being maintained and used. I have seen the cl20 used with the pipes connected
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PostPosted: Mon May 25, 2015 10:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Facebook tells me she was out every night last week between 6 pm /10pm and reaches Bridgnorth
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