Seasonal Area February 2012

The latest Seasonal Area page is here. 2012 follows a long-running policy of having a picture of Penryn in February. Don’t worry, March is still open to discussion.

More likely to kill the theme than a lack of angles on Penryn is the fact that the cheery caption is running out of things to say about it without spending a couple of days in heavy-duty research. The only remaining claim which comes to mind is that when I arrived I’m pretty sure it was claiming to be twinned with Chernobyl (the offending sign has since been removed and for some obscure reason I didn’t photograph it).

A slightly evil scheme for getting around this for next year has just pottered into my brain, but you’ll have to wait until then to see if I use it and what it is.

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Seems like an awful long time since I last posted anything on this blog and I’d forgotten what the last blogpost was about. It was actually 2½ weeks ago. It probably doesn’t help that since then I’ve moved house, started a new job and had a somewhat squeezed-in and distinctly full trip to Cornwall. All-in-all, a good way to feel busy.

Amongst my recent bits of rail journey has been an enjoyable little trundle into London, beginning on a High Speed Train set which had been thoughtfully littered with points of interest. At the front was power car No.43029, one of a very small number of rail vehicles whose career would sustain an obituary of viable length and interest. In tow was a rake of Mk3 coaches including one of the prototype HST vehicles (currently a coach C and numbered 42356 for anyone who wants to look out for it) and a declassified first-class coach pretending to be Coach B.

This was causing minor inconvenience, since passengers with standard class tickets hate walking past labels saying “First Class”, first class coaches don’t have enough seats for the standard class passengers and the seat reservations had all been moved to Coach E, which is normally devoid of the things. Still, nice accommodation if you can get it…

For some reason both of Great Western’s prototype HST coaches have been converted into coaches with disabled toilets – probably something about the amount of work that would need doing with them anyway. There were 10 coaches in this 1972-built batch – one’s been scrapped, two went to Her Maj, two went for departmental use (one is alleged to have been preserved at some point, but both have now been reunited in Network Rail’s yellow New Measurement Train), three are with East Coast and two are with Great Western. Not bad for non-standard coaches. Whether any of them could be refurbished to original condition is another matter. The passenger vehicles can be distinguished by their unusually absent window rim pieces (which for some reason have always been present on the buffet cars).