Sunday, April 21, 2013
Despite being a bit of an anorak for indsutrial railways, I've not seen very many real industrial trains.
Last Sunday, on the way to the National Model Boat Show, we were heading along the A511 and came across the flashing level crossing lights that indicated an approaching trains. Unlike most people, I thought, "Woo hoo!" and was happy to sit and wait.
As you can see, the train is powered by an 0-6-0 diesel, a Hunslet I think, and consists of 15-20 (we lost count) bogie hoper wagons. The line is slightly downhill at this point but even so, there must be some power in that engine! Speed was a fast walking pace. I think it took around 5 minutes to cross.
The train belongs to Aggregate Industries and you can find the location on this Google Map.
One final thing. If you are stopped at a level crossing, put the handbrake on and don't dazzle the driver behind with your high-level brake light. It's not hard to reach down and will save the muscles in your leg. Thank you.