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« on: April 11, 2020, 03:34:38 pm »

It's good to see pictures of an old friend in smart new clothes ... 153361, with small vinyls applied on 14th December 2014 to celebrate the first successful year of the TransWilts trial service, went out as our ambassador around the GWR (Great Western Railway) area to help advertise our line.  Retired from GWR about a year ago, with every train requiring more than one carriage, she's got a smart new paint job and internal refit - fully decked up in Transport for Wales colours and running some of their community services, based out of Cardiff Canton.

Many thanks for these pictures - initially can anyone identify the location?  Let's hope she can help traffic there grow so she doesn't have to run alone.



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« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020, 10:45:17 am »

Bump ...

It's good to see pictures of an old friend in smart new clothes ... 153361 ...




Anyone able to name the location?
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« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2020, 05:21:23 pm »

A clue. It is not in Wales!
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« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2020, 07:04:11 pm »

Craven Arms by any chance? Wink
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« Reply #4 on: April 20, 2020, 07:20:58 pm »

Craven Arms by any chance? Wink

No, but sort of on the right lines!
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« Reply #5 on: April 20, 2020, 08:01:06 pm »

Church Stretton?
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« Reply #6 on: April 20, 2020, 09:05:13 pm »

Church Stretton?

Moving the right way, but a bit of a way to go.
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« Reply #7 on: April 22, 2020, 03:40:41 pm »

I'm taking a stab at Whitchurch
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« Reply #8 on: April 22, 2020, 04:31:51 pm »

I'm taking a stab at Whitchurch

You are really boiling now - right line, just not quite right station.  It's almost "how deep into England can a TfW 153 get" but not quite (I think you would have recognised Crewe!)
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« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2020, 07:39:04 pm »

Nantwich?
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« Reply #10 on: April 22, 2020, 08:45:16 pm »

Wrenbury
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« Reply #11 on: April 23, 2020, 08:02:59 am »

Yes - Nantwich  Grin. ... one stop short of Crewe.

I understand that a diagram from Cardiff runs Swan Line to Swansea, Heart of Wales to Shrewsbury, then provides local Shrewsbury to Crewe shuttles before returning back to base the same way.   I suspect from comment the diagram is more usually a 150 than a 153 - but this service would not be the only 153 to make an appearance at Crewe - they've also been running many East Midlands services via Stoke-on-Trent to Derby and Nottingham - not sure if that's current into 2020 with the accessible toilet rules as they now are.
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