Railways around Peterborough & The National Rail Network & Heritage railways in the UK
Conington level crossing
' Class 92017 in 2009 '
EWS class 92017 with the name Shakespere at Conington on 20th May 2009 with a down freight on the slow line.
There is not as much freight hauled by electric locomotives on this part of the ECML as you would think, in fact its often quite rare. The class 66 is more often than not used.
This class 92017 with the name of Shakespeare was repainted later on in 2009, into the Stobart Rails blue and white livery. At this time it was given the name of Bart the Engine.
This 92017 was more likly to be seen on the Rugby-Mossend Tescoliner on the WCML than at Conington.
The class 92 is a British Rail dual-voltage electric locomotive. It was designed to operate freight trains from all over the UK though the Channel Tunnel. The class 92 can run on 25 kV AC from the overhead wires or 750 V DC from the third rail.
DB Schenker (EWS) and GB Railfreight have some of these class 92s. The SNCF also uses the class 92 locomotives but calls them class CC 92000.
There were 46 of these were built by Brush Traction and ABB Traction between 1993 and 1996.They share some of the same body shell as the Class 60 diesel locomotives, but with a different cab.
ABB Class 325011 in 2009
ABB Class 325011 at Conington on 20th May 2009 on the up fast.
This Royal Mail EMU on the up fast, had I think transfered from the WCML, or was on driver route learning, as these Royal Mail EMUs had been stopped running along the ECML by Royal Mail. The mail was then put on to the over crowded roads in the early 2000s.
These class 325 Units were constructed in 1995/6 for the Post-Office mail services. They can use both the overhead power at 25kV AC, 50Hz and also from the 750V DC 3rd rail. This Class 325 EMU design was based on the Class 319 EMU. There were 16 four car sets built at ABB in Derby.
The class 325's saw little work befor the the mail they were built for was put on the road.
First Hull Trains Class 180s
First Hull Trains Class 180 50910 at Conington on 20th May 2009 on the up fast.
The class 180s were built by Alistom in 2001 and 2002 at Washwood Heath in Birmingham. 14 train sets with 5 car per set were built for First Great Western. There were 287 seats per train when built. They have a top speed of 125mph.
First Hull Trains Class 180 on the down fast also on the 20th May 2009.
Class 321 405P
Class 321405P on the down slow at Conington in Siverlink County colours, but was now with First Capital Connect. The name First Capital Connect has been put on its side in May 2009 while waiting for a full repaint.
In the musical chairs that took place with EMUs and DMUs when Central Trains and Silverlink and others lost there franchises. Some of theclass 123 EMUs were moved to First Capital Connect and to what was then National Express East Anglia then Greater Anglia.From the former Silverlink fleet 17 four car class 123 EMUs sets were to moved to National Express East Anglia (now in 2015 Great Anglia) with 13 sets going to First Capital Connect. London Midland still has some 123shas as does Northern. First Capital Connect 123s have hopefully helped to get more 12 coach trains in use on the East Coast Main line at the rush hours.
Siverlink County 321406 at Bletchley on the WCML
First GBRf class 66723
First GBRf class 66723 at Conington on the up fast in May 2009
GBRf was formed in 1999 and won its first contract in April 2000. GBRf was part of the First group in 2009
Conington is a small village that never had a station in the Huntingdonshire district of Cambridgeshire. The village is a long way from the crossing. This railway crossing is to the south of Holme vilage. Conington Airfield or as it is now called Peterborough Business Airport and is between the crossing and Holme vilage and light aircraft take off and land over the ECML.
Holme village is just to the north of the Conington crossing and Mainline steam trains stop between Conington and Holme on the down slow and going south (up) in the Conington tip loops.
Conington Level Crossing