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Author Topic: A tribute to class 153 - leaving us in the very near future  (Read 2979 times)
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« Reply #30 on: March 24, 2019, 10:11:06 pm »

The 153s are still with us. Information obtained and circulated yesterday was 100% inaccurate.

Today two were working on the Avocet /Riviera services (attached to 150s) and a third as I understand worked down to Penzance. A fourth is on Exeter depot; don't know about the 5th one.

Looks like we have them down here for another week.
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« Reply #31 on: March 30, 2019, 01:17:13 pm »

Any update on the departure of the 153s?
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« Reply #32 on: March 30, 2019, 06:02:22 pm »

Apparently they are all leaving Exeter on Monday(01/04/2019): http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/V18953/2019/04/01/advanced
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« Reply #33 on: March 30, 2019, 06:11:53 pm »

Apparently they are all leaving Exeter on Monday(01/04/2019): http://www.realtimetrains.co.uk/train/V18953/2019/04/01/advanced

10:10 from Exeter, calling at Bristol Temple Meads (11:17 to 11:34) and Pilning (11:57 to 12:19) and arriving Cardiff at 13:03.

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« Reply #34 on: March 30, 2019, 06:27:07 pm »

Thanks Graham.  I'm sure there will be photos taken and posted of Monday's train and look forward to seeing them.

Over 20 years of service on our local lines.
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« Reply #35 on: March 30, 2019, 06:36:55 pm »

Apparently they are visible in Exeter depot and most have been stripped of GWR vinyls.
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« Reply #36 on: March 30, 2019, 06:41:49 pm »

Thanks Graham.  I'm sure there will be photos taken and posted of Monday's train and look forward to seeing them.

Over 20 years of service on our local lines.

'twas S&TEngineer who found it, not me ... I just copied some stuff from the link so we have it for posterity.

In researching, I did a search "where is 153361" and my top hit was to "Hit the gym and workout in comfort in this GEL-Cool sleeveless training tank for men. Shop men's tops and tees at ASICS online.".  Second was a picture of 153361 .... at Craven Arms in 2005, before it came to us.  https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:ATW_153361-Craven_Arms-02.jpg .
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« Reply #37 on: March 30, 2019, 09:16:46 pm »

Thanks to S&T Engineer too!
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« Reply #38 on: March 30, 2019, 10:28:13 pm »

Whilst I incorrectly posted that the 153s were leaving last Monday I don't believe that they worked on any of the 'Devon Metro' services this past week. I know I pair worked to Cardiff (and back) a couple of times.

Judging by the number of short-formed trains at Exeter today there may be difficult days ahead.
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« Reply #39 on: April 01, 2019, 07:22:29 am »

Looks like they're missing the 153's this morning ;-

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Mostly in the Exeter area.
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« Reply #40 on: April 01, 2019, 09:11:58 am »

Looks like they're missing the 153's this morning ;-

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Mostly in the Exeter area.

They would have helped on the day but the introduction of the short HSTs last week and the juggling around of diagrams and formations have enabled the release of the 153s
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« Reply #41 on: April 01, 2019, 11:38:06 am »

Five units left Exeter at half 9 this morning headed for Cardiff Canton.
153325 153333 153329 153361 153369

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« Reply #42 on: April 01, 2019, 11:56:57 am »

According to RTT they will be stopped at Pilning about now at Platform Two !!.
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« Reply #43 on: April 01, 2019, 12:01:32 pm »

Strange, according to my RTT and OTT Maps they are already at Cardiff Canton depot..... Tongue
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« Reply #44 on: April 01, 2019, 12:13:31 pm »

Strange, according to my RTT and OTT Maps they are already at Cardiff Canton depot..... Tongue

Real Time Trains suggests they were 83 minutes early at Pilning and didn't stop ... having taken just 10 minutes from Bristol Temple Meads - 10:46 to 10:56.   Shows what you can do even with 75 m.p.h. stock, but I'm sure they were helped on their way with all the good wishes of those of us who they've carried happiliy in the South West in the last 10 years.

P.S. Know I'm not comparing like for like, but a 10 minute sprint from Bristol Temple Meads to Pilning compares rather well with 40 minutes in normal service to that part of South Gloucestershire - from Bristol Temple Meads to Severn Beach.
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