Saturday, 19 November 2011

London Midland’s Farewell to 150

On Saturday last the 12th November I with many others spent the day saying farewell aboard a Class 150 train travelling many areas of the Midlands including the Severn Valley Railway. The head code we carried was 1Z50. The trains have almost finished running on the Snow Hill Lines now having been replaced by the excellent up to date 172 series.

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It was an excellent day out with London Midland Staff donating there wages for the day and London midland its diesel for the train , Network Rail donated their services and its thanks to Simon from London Midland who co-ordinated it all. The charity that has benefited from the overall amount achieved of £10,000 is Railway Children. More details can be found on this worthy organisation at http://www.railwaychildren.org.uk/

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We travelled to Worcester, Walsall, Kidderminster and Severn Valley Railway, Leamington and Stratford along some lines that see very little or no passenger use. We even went to the absolute end of the railway at Bridgnorth and the Station Announcer even said that the train was from Shrewsbury. Shrewsbury of course would have been where the Kidderminster line would have ran to at one time.

See below the picture of the 150 and Steam engine of a bygone era

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Pictured below are the Operations Directors of London Midland (Wallace Weatherill) and Severn Valley Railway (Phil Brown)

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An excellent day was had by all and everything almost ran to time on what was a complex arrangement across the network in-between the normal schedule of trains in and out of the various stations.

Below are some more pictures I took on the day, hope you enjoy.

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And the very nice gentleman Alan who I believe managed to sort the schedule out and agree it with network Rail.

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All pictures © Dave Cresswell

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