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« on: December 30, 2018, 08:44:34 pm »

The Dartmouth Steam Railway in Paignton has been operating a sell out run of services billed as a "Train of Lights"

Probably not for the railway purist, but very spectacular.  As well as decking the outside of the train with rope lights, powerful spotlights on the train illuminate the trackside.

Illuminations have also been placed on the banks.

Hard to convey in still photos - but this video shows it rather better.

..and this is the train approaching Britannia Level Crossing just outside Kingswear.

Just to note where the train runs past the sidings at Goodrington the lights are extinguished for "safety reasons".
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« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2019, 03:48:56 pm »

Very impressive, Hopefully other heritage lines might manage something similar?
Better still in the snow.

AFAIK, this is the only comparable train in the UK.

In the USA something a bit similar but on a larger scale is offered, by a major train company, as a public relations opportunity and to collect donations of money and groceries for the less fortunate in society.

A proper intercity train has a minimum of 8 coaches, gangwayed throughout, with first at one end, and a full sized buffet car between first and standard.
It has space for cycles, surfboards,luggage etc.
A 5 car DMU is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
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« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2019, 05:02:16 pm »

The two engines look impressive with the blue-white lights, but the rest looks gaudy. However, this is Torbay, so I can see why its popular (ducks for cover)

Anyway, this is a commercial operation and not a conserved heritage operation, so why not
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