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Date: 02/01/19 05:24
A little fall of snow
Author: 86235

The southern half of Wales enjoyed its first real snowfall of 2019 last night. Not as much as forecast, but enough to tempt me out for the 4V20 coal empties from Fiddler's Ferry power station.

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Date: 02/01/19 05:38
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: ut-1

Sleek & fast, nice catch!



Date: 02/01/19 08:37
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: mile250

Someone from North America had to make this comment, so it will be me: Clown horn. 
Seriously, it's a neat change to see zippy little trains. Thanks for posting.



Date: 02/01/19 08:39
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: Milepost_130

Nice. Thanks. Wow! Only 21 empty freight wagons.  Its no secret, on this side of the pond, such trains would be 5 times as long.



Date: 02/01/19 10:45
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: PHall

Milepost_130 Wrote:
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> Nice. Thanks. Wow! Only 21 empty freight wagons. 
> Its no secret, on this side of the pond, such
> trains would be 5 times as long.

Considering that they're using hook and link couplings and buffers, 21 large coal wagons is pretty good.
If they had "normal" knuckle type couplers then yes, a much longer train would be possible.



Date: 02/01/19 11:20
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: spdaylight

So tagging is prevelant in Wales too . .  geesh . .  one small reason to hate the internet "have you seen my 'artwork', please let me know!!"

Craig
mcmrailvideos.com



Date: 02/01/19 12:25
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: DKay

Very nice Nick.He's getting along at a good clip.
Regards,DK



Date: 02/01/19 13:55
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: PHall

spdaylight Wrote:
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> So tagging is prevelant in Wales too . .  geesh .
> .  one small reason to hate the internet "have
> you seen my 'artwork', please let me know!!"
>
> Craig
> mcmrailvideos.com

These days it's pretty much a world wide thing...



Date: 02/01/19 16:21
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: 86235

PHall Wrote:
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> Milepost_130 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Nice. Thanks. Wow! Only 21 empty freight
> wagons. 
> > Its no secret, on this side of the pond, such
> > trains would be 5 times as long.
>
> Considering that they're using hook and link
> couplings and buffers, 21 large coal wagons is
> pretty good.
> If they had "normal" knuckle type couplers then
> yes, a much longer train would be possible.

The heaviest trains in the UK with screw couplings are routinely approx 3000 tonnes. Loaded a train of 21 of these HHA coal hoppers weighs about 1800 tonnes (including locomotive). Two of these trains run five days a week carrying imported coal from Portbury, near Bristol in SW England to Fiddlers Ferry power station on Merseyside. The loaded train are timed at 60 mph and the empties at 75 mph. They need to run fast to stay out of the way of passenger trains, with which they share all but the first and last few miles of their route.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/02/19 10:11 by 86235.



Date: 02/02/19 07:16
Re: A little fall of snow
Author: fraserthompson

Yes we don't have the luxury of huge gaps in between trains as you do in USA and Canada. We have a very intense passenger network that just keeps getting busier. Finding paths for freight is quite difficult, hence so many trucks on unsuitable roads. 10,000 + trucks through Kent each day to Dover Docks for cross channel traffic, plus thousands on the Channel Tunnel Shuttle from Folkstone, plus all in local ones in the county. A nightmare.



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