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Date: 09/21/22 07:53
On the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral
Author: 86235

After watching the service in Westminster Abbey I drove up to the coal washery at Cwmbargoed as I knew that DBC had run the bi-weekly 4V01 coal empties from Hope Cement earlier in the day. Someone hadn't checked with the coal company because the washery was most definitely closed and there wasn't a soul around. Consequently the empty 4V01 was sitting in the exchange sidings with the loco, 66027, shut down. I'm sure that DBC were bargaining on someone being available to load, because the return (6M77) had been manually activated in Network Rail's systems, which suggests they expected it would run. In the event it came back empty to Margam yard yesterday afternoon (20th). Why they didn't leave it up there and load yesterday or today I've no idea. All very bizarre.








Date: 09/21/22 08:40
Re: On the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral
Author: Lackawanna484

Thanks for the background.  How long is a typical coal train in the UK?

Thanks



Date: 09/21/22 11:08
Re: On the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral
Author: 86235

Lackawanna484 Wrote:
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> Thanks for the background.  How long is a typical
> coal train in the UK?
>
> Thanks

The 4V01 / 6M77 is 18 HTA hoppers, the other service to Cwmbargoed, 4C93 / 6C83 from the Port Talbot steelworks is usually 21 HTAs.

This is an HTA coal hopper, weighs about 100 tonnes loaded.




Date: 09/22/22 06:07
Re: On the day of Queen Elizabeth's funeral
Author: Lackawanna484

Thank you.

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