Train Graphic
Great Western Passengers' Forum [home] and [about]
Current travel advice (from 29.3.2021)
Forum in and beyond Coronavirus
Travel & transport from BBC stories as at 21:35 13 Apr 2021
- Covid: South Africa variant surge probably due to person travelling from Africa
- Covid-19: Over-45s offered jabs and Scotland travel ban lifted
- Covid: Travel ban in Scotland to be eased from Friday
- Covid: Which areas are being mass tested for variants?
- What's the roadmap for lifting lockdown?
- Covid: When can I go on holiday abroad or in the UK?
- How many people can I have a drink with? And other questions
Read about the forum [here].
Register [here] - it's free.
What do I gain from registering? [here]
 today - Tuesday Club - ONLINE
tomorrow - Bus Back Better - ONLINE
19/04/21 - Option 247 BBB ONLINE
01/05/21 - Official launch - Melksham Hub
Random Image
Train Running Polls Abbreviation page Stn Comparator Rail news GWR co. site Site Style 1 2 3 4
Next departures • Bristol Temple MeadsBath SpaChippenhamSwindonDidcot ParkwayReadingLondon PaddingtonMelksham
Exeter St DavidsTauntonWestburyTrowbridgeBristol ParkwayCardiff CentralOxfordCheltenham SpaBirmingham New Street
April 13, 2021, 09:38:42 pm *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Forgotten your username or password? - get a reminder
Most recently liked subjects
[150] Planned Industrial Action
[74] Templecombe to Swindon - fares anomaly.
[70] Burning car on railway track - train stops short (thank goodne...
[64] The Duke of Edinburgh - statement from GWR
[53] Exeter Airport - Sat 04/07 Resumption Of Commercial Flights (C...
[43] Spot the line, compare the service (2 of 3)
News: A forum for passengers ... with input from rail professionals welcomed too
 
   Home   Help Search Calendar Login Register  
Pages: [1]
  Print  
Author Topic: Devon and Cornwall Branch Line Rolling stock  (Read 537 times)
GWR 158
Full Member
***
Posts: 75


View Profile Email
« on: March 04, 2021, 08:46:48 am »

What stock operates what services on the Devon and Cornwall branch lines? I have heard there are a few class 166s and 158s, but what about the class 150s?
Logged
grahame
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 32988



View Profile WWW Email
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2021, 09:41:13 am »

What stock operates what services on the Devon and Cornwall branch lines? I have heard there are a few class 166s and 158s, but what about the class 150s?

Reports of 158s are because of their rarity, and of 166s in Devon because of their novelty.

Here are some picture from Cornwall on a typical day last March









If you take a look around at other threads, you'll find further pictures featuring 150s on all branches in Cornwall, including the cross border one that leaves the main line in Devon but terminates in Cornwall.
Logged

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
GWR 158
Full Member
***
Posts: 75


View Profile Email
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2021, 09:55:56 am »

Thanks very much, nice pictures!
Logged
grahame
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 32988



View Profile WWW Email
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2021, 09:59:46 am »

For DEVON branches (yes, I know I am following up on the Cornwall board and may move things around) the situation is more complex.  Here are some pictures from last March, since which the trains as old as the dinosaurs have been replaced.







You will now find a mixture.  Class 158 as the main units to Barnstaple, Class 150 as the main units to Exmouth and Paignton, and turbos (class 166 rather than 165, I believe) operating a handful of services to all three branch termini.  I need to go back to a previous laptop for pictures other than Exmouth.
Logged

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
GWR 158
Full Member
***
Posts: 75


View Profile Email
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2021, 10:00:04 am »

Are the 150s refurbished?
Logged
GWR 158
Full Member
***
Posts: 75


View Profile Email
« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2021, 10:01:03 am »

Thanks, it's a shame in my opinion that the pacers have gone
Logged
grahame
Administrator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 32988



View Profile WWW Email
« Reply #6 on: March 04, 2021, 10:12:20 am »

Are the 150s refurbished?

They don't strike me as being too bad internally ... I will leave it to others to give you an answer as to where they are in that cycle.  Not something I have intentionally pictured in the last couple of years, but here's an idea:



Logged

Coffee Shop Admin, Vice Chair of Melksham Rail User Group, and on the board of TravelWatch SouthWest.
Lee
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 6985

He who laughs last hasn't got all the facts.


View Profile WWW
« Reply #7 on: March 04, 2021, 10:14:23 am »

For DEVON branches (yes, I know I am following up on the Cornwall board and may move things around) the situation is more complex.  Here are some pictures from last March, since which the trains as old as the dinosaurs have been replaced.

...by trains that were built around the same time, or at the most 5 or 6 years later  Grin
Logged

Currently muddling along the Guingamp-Carhaix line

http://twitter.com/research_gwchat
LiskeardRich
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 3365

richardwarwicker@hotmail.co.uk
View Profile
« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2021, 10:11:18 am »

  Here are some pictures from last March, since which the trains as old as the dinosaurs have been replaced.


The pacers were nowhere near as old as other stock still rolling about down here though!
Logged

All posts are my own personal believes, opinions and understandings!
RailCornwall
Hero Member
*****
Posts: 574


View Profile
« Reply #9 on: March 21, 2021, 09:58:01 pm »

I'm wondering whether the industry needs to consider the development of new sets of rolling stock for branch lines. There's quite a lot of hand downs but new environmentally friendly stock (over and beyond Vivarail units) would be useful in helping the carbon neutrality aims going forward. Passenger comfort and services could be enhanced too, providing stock that could function over main lines regularly for Cornwall Metro type services. A sort of Junior Stadler Flirt would suit the role.
Logged
broadgage
Transport Scholar
Hero Member
******
Posts: 3758



View Profile
« Reply #10 on: March 22, 2021, 10:17:55 pm »

Suitable "new" branch line stock could IMO (in my opinion) be found by re use of existing and redundant EMUs (Electric Multiple Unit), converted to battery operation, or possibly hybrid diesel/battery power.
Logged

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 (Diesel Multiple Unit) is not a proper inter-city train. The 5+5 and 9 car DMUs are almost as bad.
Do you have something you would like to add to this thread, or would you like to raise a new question at the Coffee Shop? Please [register] (it is free) if you have not done so before, or login (at the top of this page) if you already have an account - we would love to read what you have to say!

You can find out more about how this forum works [here] - that will link you to a copy of the forum agreement that you can read before you join, and tell you very much more about how we operate. We are an independent forum, provided and run by customers of Great Western Railway, for customers of Great Western Railway and we welcome railway professionals as members too, in either a personal or official capacity. Views expressed in posts are not necessarily the views of the operators of the forum.

As well as posting messages onto existing threads, and starting new subjects, members can communicate with each other through personal messages if they wish. And once members have made a certain number of posts, they will automatically be admitted to the "frequent posters club", where subjects not-for-public-domain are discussed; anything from the occasional rant to meetups we may be having ...

 
Pages: [1]
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.2 | SMF © 2006-2007, Simple Machines LLC Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
This forum is provided by a customer of Great Western Railway (formerly First Great Western), and the views expressed are those of the individual posters concerned. Visit www.gwr.com for the official Great Western Railway website. Please contact the administrators of this site if you feel that the content provided by one of our posters contravenes our posting rules (email link). Forum hosted by Well House Consultants

Jump to top of pageJump to Forum Home Page