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Date: 05/17/23 05:08
Castle Class HST
Author: 86235

Not quite as glamorous as the Great Western's 4-cylinder Castle Class 4-6-0s of the mid-1920s. 43009 Nunney Castle and 43270 Chepstow Castle were still hard at work yesterday. I find it extraordinary that not only were cast metal nameplates prepared for each power car but that each one is an individual design.








Date: 05/17/23 06:12
Re: Castle Class HST
Author: 86235

On May 10th 43098 Walton Castle leading 43194 Okehampton Castle on the 19:14 Taunton to Cardiff arriving at Severn Tunnel Junction at 20:44.



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Date: 05/18/23 00:14
Re: Castle Class HST
Author: 55002

Good to see these, Nik. I've watched these at speed, but never up close to appreciate the plates. As withdrawal approaches, these plates will probably attract good price's if they go to auction. Chris uk.



Date: 05/18/23 04:13
Re: Castle Class HST
Author: exhaustED

Class 255? Is that a 'typo'?



Date: 05/18/23 12:12
Re: Castle Class HST
Author: 86235

exhaustED Wrote:
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> Class 255? Is that a 'typo'?

No, that's what they are classed as. No idea why.



Date: 05/18/23 22:06
Re: Castle Class HST
Author: SOO6617

When they were built the locomotives were confusingly both given locomotive numbers, while the sets were given numbers in the DEMU series
as Class 254. When the powercars (locomotives) were rebuilt with VP185 diesel engines the set numbers were changed to Class 255.
It seems that British Rail couldn't make up their mind whether these were top and tailed trains or DEMUs. Perhaps this is because the sets
stayed together for long periods of time. Especially when they were new.



Date: 05/18/23 22:59
Re: Castle Class HST
Author: 86235

SOO6617 Wrote:
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> When they were built the locomotives were
> confusingly both given locomotive numbers, while
> the sets were given numbers in the DEMU series
> as Class 254. When the powercars (locomotives)
> were rebuilt with VP185 diesel engines the set
> numbers were changed to Class 255.
> It seems that British Rail couldn't make up their
> mind whether these were top and tailed trains or
> DEMUs. Perhaps this is because the sets
> stayed together for long periods of time.
> Especially when they were new.

Was it not classes 253 (Paxman Valenta) and 254 (Paxman VP185) so these, with the MTU engine, are 255s?



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