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jackson_p



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:20 pm    Post subject: Festive Season Service 2017 Reply with quote

Extract from the SVR website
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=66

Steam trains operate between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth from Boxing Day to January 2nd 2018 inclusive.

Please note that because of a problem with our Diesel Multiple Unit, the service shown as Diesel-operated on some versions of this timetable is STEAM-HAULED from Wed 27th Dec to Tues 2nd Jan.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is good news.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 5:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's not good news the DMU has an electrical fault

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:25 pm    Post subject: Re: Festive Season Service 2017 Reply with quote

jackson_p wrote:
Extract from the SVR website
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=66

Steam trains operate between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth from Boxing Day to January 2nd 2018 inclusive.

Please note that because of a problem with our Diesel Multiple Unit, the service shown as Diesel-operated on some versions of this timetable is STEAM-HAULED from Wed 27th Dec to Tues 2nd Jan.


How much cheaper is it to run the DMU instead of a pannier loco and 6 coaches?
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KJEvans



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PostPosted: Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:29 pm    Post subject: Re: Festive Season Service 2017 Reply with quote

Joe2027 wrote:
jackson_p wrote:
Extract from the SVR website
http://www.svr.co.uk/SEItem.aspx?a=66

Steam trains operate between Kidderminster and Bridgnorth from Boxing Day to January 2nd 2018 inclusive.

Please note that because of a problem with our Diesel Multiple Unit, the service shown as Diesel-operated on some versions of this timetable is STEAM-HAULED from Wed 27th Dec to Tues 2nd Jan.


How much cheaper is it to run the DMU instead of a pannier loco and 6 coaches?

I think a couple of years ago a dozen passengers would cover fuel and maybe mileage costs for the DMU for a day. Probably changed since.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 6:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK I understand the its not good news for the balance sheet.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 29, 2017 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nor is it good news for the DMU group, who put a lot into the SVR

Nor any group that suffers a failure.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The railway was busy today (Saturday) with paying customers.

As an aside I do like riding behind the smaller engines. Cracking good ride back from Bridgnorth behind 1501 this afternoon. No doubt 7714 was performing likewise.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Derby4 wrote:
The railway was busy today (Saturday) with paying customers.

As an aside I do like riding behind the smaller engines. Cracking good ride back from Bridgnorth behind 1501 this afternoon. No doubt 7714 was performing likewise.

Rob

I actually had a ride on a train today, first SVR one since Autumn Gala. Kidder to Highley with 7714 and back on your train with 1501 - and it was going well!!
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 7:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yesterday several of us were on the afternoon return trip with 7714. It went beautifully and the train was full and even standing. There was no way the DMU would have coped with that volume. So everyone enjoyed the steam and the numbers riding were very high.

A win win for steam I think.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

What's the seating comparison betweem DMU(5) and M(6)? What's in M(6) atm?

Wiki tells me that as built the DMU had 24 First and 276 second though I recall there was some bar conversion work.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hearn_p wrote:
What's the seating comparison betweem DMU(5) and M(6)? What's in M(6) atm?

Wiki tells me that as built the DMU had 24 First and 276 second though I recall there was some bar conversion work.

Patrick

Set M is currently SK, SK, TSO, RMB, BCK, TSO(D).
Depending whether you have 6 for a 2nd class compartment or 8, you (I think) either get 284 or 324. However this assumes you get people sharing compartments which doesn't often happen.
The DMU has 2 DMBSOs, a DMCL, a DTCL and TBSL. The DTCL had some seats removed for the mini bar but most of these have gone back in.
So the DMU is roughly the same/slightly more than the low (6 per compartment) figure for set M.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Kieren, I had an inkling as much.

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 30, 2017 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Youtube video from today:-

https://youtu.be/qZJET-K1yus

Just watched it via my TV and most things that should be upright were upright & I didn't wobble about too much, I was quite impressed!

Some small photos from the video, taken from my gallery:-












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PostPosted: Sun Dec 31, 2017 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The DMU blog has more detail:

"Unfortunately on Christmas Eve the unit developed some issues with its lights which took the unit out of service until the group could trace the fault on the 27th [...] To cut a long story short it turns out the alternator brushes are worn out. Pete changed the brushes on the No 2 alternator and this now charges.

The unit is now formed as a four car set + 52064 at the north end in readiness to go to Kidderminster for engine change. The railway have decided to use steam for the remainder of the festive period, the trains have been very busy so a four car may not have enough capacity."

http://www.svr-dmu.org.uk/blog.html

Very sensible all round in the circumstances

Patrick
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