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« on: December 01, 2017, 07:46:49 AM »

Test train this morning (already on its way)

Trying out all of the platforms - in, out, in, out, in ...

Back from 11:36

No sign of it testing Jersey Sidings - will the turbos be able to stable there?

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« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 07:58:10 AM »

Yes. Confirmed on the GWR Traction FB Group last night.
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« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 08:53:25 AM »

On 18th July 1994 in connection with the Tall Ships Race at Weymouth 165134/110 were on a special service to Weymouth. I saw them at Maiden Newton and there is a photo on 'The Westbury to Weymouth Line' ( Phillips OPC). The following day the special was run by 165128/103.
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« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2017, 10:57:21 AM »

Yes, there were several reports on uk.railway many years ago by ex-railway staff - one of whom worked for FGW, another for Thames Trains control - that British Rail had cleared Turbos for Weymouth (and routes including the TransWilts), but that the paperwork was lost during privatisation. Thames reputedly wanted to run services to Weymouth but couldn't get approval from the SRA (or whoever was in charge at the time).
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« Reply #4 on: December 01, 2017, 01:10:05 PM »

166218 also got to Weymouth on the 14th June 1997 on a Cotswold Line Promotion Group tour. A picture is available on the CLPG website.

Still cleared between Thingley and Bradford Junctions and have used the line. Following the Ufton Nervet collision, at least one swap of Turbos took place between Reading Depot and a unit trapped on the Newbury side which was utilised for shuttle workings.
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« Reply #5 on: December 01, 2017, 06:58:33 PM »

As mentioned elsewhere I saw the Class 166 test unit at Maiden Newton today, returning to Bristol from Weymouth. That return trip ran direct to Westbury from Bruton, then back to Frome, then reversed to go on to Bristol.

I spoke with one chap who was measuring the platform/train gap. He said there'd been no issues with gaps. He also told me that Turbos should be running in passenger service on the Heart of Wessex from January 2nd.
That was confirmed by the Westbury based conductor I spoke with too. She said she was looking forward to working the 'new' trains.

A few pictures attached. Note the high-tec device used for gap measurement.  Wink

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« Reply #6 on: December 01, 2017, 07:44:26 PM »

Not testing the tramway down to the harbour then?  😁

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