After spending the best part of a week travelling in the UK and Austria I’ve rather enjoyed having a day at home to start catching up with the plethora of pictures and notes. Mind you, the weather’s been conducive because today we’ve had some cracking showers and dark brooding skies that would’ve suited a horror/end of the world sort of movie.

After wading through my email inbox the first task was to get a load of old slides that I’d scanned last week edited and onto my website. Here’s a sample, taken in April 2000.

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And people complain about Pacers! On the 12th April 2000 1st generation diesel multiple units Numbers 51189. 54085 and 53211 sit at Manchester Piccadilly. Unit 101657 was ready to work the 13.08 to Rose Hill Marple.

I’m gradually wading through several hundred new pictures to load to my Zenfolio website (you can find them here). I hope to have the job finished by the weekend, but I’m on the road again tomorrow as I’m visiting the rebuilt station building at nearby Mytholmroyd tomorrow along with the local station friends group who’ve been the powerhouses behind the project.

Meanwhile, here’s a shot from yesterday, showing how much services out of Paddington station in London have changed.

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Gone (mostly) are the diesel ‘Thames Turbos’ that dominated suburban services out of Paddington since the early 1990s. On the left we have one of GWR’s ‘Electrostars’ which have taken their place on most Thames Valley services. On the right is a new ‘Aventra’ which is working the London Overground services to Hayes and Harlington.