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PeterB
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886 of 894  Mon 9th Oct 2017 7:36pm  
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Timings for the new Kenilworth service are now on Real Time Trains The trains are currently listed as "unadvertised passenger service" and run from the timetable change on 10th December. It is an hourly service booked for a "Sprinter" DMU (150/153/155/156). The first train off Leamington is 06:08 M-Sa, 10:08 Su. The last train from Coventry is 22:43 M-F, 21:45 Sa, 22:57 Su. For the bulk of the day the timings are: Leamington d xx:00 Kenilworth d xx:08 Coventry a xx:16 Coventry d xx:36 Kenilworth d xx:44 Leamington a xx:53 These closely precede/follow the Cross Country service. The train will mostly use platform 4 both at Coventry and Leamington. At Coventry it will shunt to the Civil Engineer (Leamington line) sidings while the Cross Country service passes through. It is not possible to book tickets to Kenilworth yet so there is no guarantee that the station will open and the service start on the 10th December. Regards, Peter.
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coventry49
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887 of 894  Mon 9th Oct 2017 8:18pm  
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Have they reinstated a railway station in Kenilworth then? That's wonderful news and requested for many years. Where is it exactly?
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PeterB
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888 of 894  Mon 9th Oct 2017 8:33pm  
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The new Kenilworth station is on the site of the original station. More details here. Regards, Peter.
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coventry49
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889 of 894  Mon 9th Oct 2017 8:56pm  
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Thanks Peter B - it's a miracle the former site hadn't been built on and can still be in Station Road.
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Slim
Coventry a bit
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890 of 894  Wed 11th Oct 2017 9:08am  
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On 9th Oct 2017 7:36pm, PeterB said: ... so there is no guarantee that the station will open and the service start on the 10th December.
I'm not putting any money on it. There's still loads of work to do on that site. It was supposed to be open last December, so it's already at least one year behind schedule. They started work ages ago, and seemed to be just clearing the site for many months, working on/under the ground, i.e. no visible building construction progress. Then they mysteriously abandoned the site for at least 6 months to a year (can't remember), and no work was done at all. I've heard all sorts of reasons, including "they ran out of money, the whole project has been scrapped indefinitely"; "the contractors went bust"; "they hit unexpected snags underground with natural waterways and old sewers"; "they had to abandon work as they found bats in the old buildings, and they're a protected species". The original plans and artist's impression proudly showed two platforms, and the line doubled (the bed is wide enough), but I note that the line is still singled.
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Slim
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891 of 894  Wed 11th Oct 2017 9:12am  
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On 9th Oct 2017 8:56pm, coventry49 said: Thanks Peter B - it's a miracle the former site hadn't been built on and can still be in Station Road.
Actually, it had been built on, but only single storey/shed type buildings, as it was a builders' merchants for many years. I suspect it was relatively easy to move them out and demolish, but that had it been residential accommodation, that might have been very difficult. At one stage, the site for the new station was going to be in Piper's Lane, by the tip, but there are quite a few new houses and flats there.
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Midland Red
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892 of 894  Wed 11th Oct 2017 10:41am  
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On 3rd Oct 2017 10:17pm, Midland Red said: Last Ever Open Day at Electric Railway Museum - this Sunday, 8th October, 10.30am to 4.30pm
This is the definitive list of what is happening next to the ERM collection, or at least those that can be confirmed so far: 309 624 (960 102) is to move permanently to be part of the fleet at The Lavender Line in East Sussex. The railway will take ownership of it and have exciting plans to restore it to a passenger carrying unit for use as hauled stock with their resident diesel locos 309 616 (960 101) also has a home at a heritage site where it will continue in the role it had at ERM as a cafe, museum coach and staff accommodation, the details of the site won’t be made public until after it has arrived there in the early part of 2018. The Ruston & Hornsby 88DS loco ‘Crabtree’ is moving to the same location. In addition to LAB 4 HASTINGS there are several other vehicles moving to the Battlefield Line, they are: The South Tyneside 2 car EPB unit along with the Ironclad tool van as a project support vehicle. The unit is being restored back to as built North East condition and will be passenger stock. The Ruston & Hornsby 165DE Diesel Electric 0-4-0 MAZDA, The LNER brake van, LMS hand crane and BR lowfit wagon. In addition the LNWR station waiting shelter is also to go to the Battlefield Line. The 2-HAP unit is currently the subject of a preservation bid by a group wanting to take it to a heritage line in North Wales. The 4-SUB and class 503 unit along with the spare 4-EPB TSO will be moving to secure, safe storage in the south of England. Both units will be the subject of much needed long term restoration projects and more details will be made available in due course by the owning organisation. The restored class 457 car 67300 and the Hawthorne Lesley Bo-Bo loco ‘Kearsley No.1’ will be moving to the East Kent Railway to go on display. The Colne Valley Railway is to become a hub for AC EMU preservation as the new home to both 312 vehicles along with the 307 and 308 cars; the latter currently contains the Victoria Line signalling display which will be moved to a more permanent home at the CVR in the future to allow the interior restoration of that vehicle. Joining these vehicles is RSH Bo-Bo battery electric locomotive Heysham No. 1 ‘DOUG TOTTMAN’. Both the Liverpool Overhead Trailer Car 7 and the body of the 1903 City & South London Railway Car are to be moved to storage. The remains of the steel C&SLR car is available to anyone this wants it as surplus to requirements. That leaves... The APT power car which is part of the national collection is currently under negotiations for a new home. Experimental wagon HSFV1 is likewise under negotiations so watch this space, it has yet to be signed off so this can’t be announced yet. 4wd Battery Electric loco EE905 Spondon No.1 has offers under consideration 2-EPB unit 6307 is awaiting confirmation of new owners and the 501 unit is awaiting agreement on a new site currently under negotiations. And that is everything....
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NeilsYard
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893 of 894  Wed 11th Oct 2017 12:54pm  
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Real shame that's all had to go Cliff. Had a great day out with my lads there a few years ago. Pity the Council did not get more involved - and get the wallet out - too busy spending £20k+ on zig-zag paint Angry
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MisterD-Di
Sutton Coldfield
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894 of 894  Thu 12th Oct 2017 1:00am  
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On 16th Jul 2017 7:03pm, flapdoodle said: That railway museum is odd. We visited it once during a heritage weekend with the kids and had an enjoyable few hours there. It's clearly run by enthusiasts, but it's hard to see it having much appeal to many people and I don't believe it opens very often. When I drove past it a few years ago I thought it was a junk yard!
Well, I'm with you on this one, Flapdoodle. We were in Coventry for the recent Heritage Weekend and decided we would go to the Electric Railway Museum just to see it before it closed. What a disappointment! It did, as you suggest, appear to be nothing more than a scrapyard for old trains, a collection of derelict and rotting coaches. Just about everything was in a very poor state. The only thing we found of real interest was the old signalling system from the Victoria Line located in one of the old coaches. Other 'highlights' appeared to be coaches used for selling old clothes and various tat, plus a pretty ordinary café. I do like transport museums but this does Coventry no credit whatsoever and it is in my opinion a good thing that it is being put out of its misery. I would imagine only the most dedicated anoraks among trainspotters would gain anything from the place. If any of the 'exhibits' are of value then they need to go somewhere that is willing to invest in some restoration. Otherwise, the scrapyard beckons..... Cool
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