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Loco Hauled Trains to Weymouth this Summer? - 2248/5201
Written by Gwr2006 on Saturday, 12th May 2007
It is reported in the rail industry and on another message board that First Great Western will charter loco-hauled stock from Riviera Trains with 'top/and tail' EWS locos, possibly Class 37/4s or Riviera Class 47s to operate on peak days this Summer. They will work one service between Bristol and Weymouth, and then operate as a relief to the 17.21 Weymouth-Bristol which is lexpected to be full and standing even as a five car formation.
Two 'top and tail' formations are also to be used for the Glastonbury Festival, these are likely to be operated by EWS Class 67s, and run to and from Swindon.
Re: Loco Hauled Trains to Weymouth this Summer? - 2248/5240
Written by Lee on Monday, 14th May 2007
[quote author=Gwr2006 link=topic=2248.msg5201#msg5201 date=1179002223]It is reported in the rail industry and on another message board that First Great Western will charter loco-hauled stock from Riviera Trains with 'top/and tail' EWS locos, possibly Class 37/4s or Riviera Class 47s to operate on peak days this Summer. [/quote]
Guess which message board :)
Re: Loco Hauled Trains to Weymouth this Summer? - 2248/5243
Written by Gwr2006 on Monday, 14th May 2007
Actually it was The RailwayCentre.com that carried the information!
Re: Loco Hauled Trains to Weymouth this Summer? - 2248/5250
Written by Lee on Tuesday, 15th May 2007
Fair enough , we'll call it a draw ;D
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