BLOCKADE AT MALVERN WELLS
Buses replaced trains between Worcester and Hereford over the weekend on 22nd/23rd May 2021 to allow the points at the start of the single-track section between Malvern Wells and Ledbury to be replaced.
The two photographs below show items of on-track plant at the railway access point and plant depot at St Andrews Road, Malvern. Both photographs taken by Andrew Smith.
TROUBLE ON THE TRACKS
With no notice at all the entire fleet of Great Western Railways class 800 units were taken out of service on Saturday 8th May 2021 and dumped all over the network including Worcester and Gloucester.
No trains ran from Worcester to London for a week, as no alternative rolling stock was available. By ironic coincidence one of its predecessor HSTs, now known as "Castle Class", ran from Bristol Temple Meads to Worcester Foregate Street on Sunday 9th May with the 11.44 service (train code No.2E38). Steve Widdowson was at Shrub Hill to see the immaculate "Castle" (Nos.43155 & 43094) passing dumped class 800 unit No.800308. The other IET is No.800031.
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NEW: WORCESTER COMMUNITY RAIL PARTNERSHIP
The Worcestershire Community Rail Partnership has been established to anable local communities to work with the three train operating companies to improve the eighteen railway stations in the county. Their web site is at www.wcrp.org.uk
A worthy aim indeed. (Andrew Smith).
Andrew Smith took the photograph (right) at Malvern Link Station on Sunday 28th February 2021. It shows the infilled site of the former bay platform at the Worcester end of the station. The two photographs below were taken at the same time. No.170513 was working th train code No.1M08, 10.05 from Hereford to Birmingham New Street.