977983

Photo of 977983 at Tonbridge

Vehicles in this photo

The following vehicle(s) appear in this photo.

  • 72503 - Test Train coach

Photo details

  • Tonbridge
  • 20 June 2006
  • © Steve Hatcher

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Your comments

  • Ben

    2 July 2006, 14:11:30

    Looking a bit tatty after its long period of storage! (at York?)

  • ian saunders

    13 March 2007, 21:01:32

    is this a very faded railtrack blue or was it left over from a prior livery as the first class markings appear to be ?

  • sam burke

    13 March 2007, 22:00:50

    Its faded Railtrack blue!!!

  • Jon Horswell

    16 March 2007, 23:02:12

    How does this vehicle detect hot boxes! Or am I missing something obvious!

  • ian saunders

    18 March 2007, 01:05:28

    is this vehicle fitted with some sort of equipment which tests trackside hotbox detection units ?

  • Jon Horswell

    15 November 2007, 19:21:49

    I believe this vehicle is now all over yellow. I think it was the departmental that I saw sandwiched between 37259 + 37609 at Reading today (15/11/07) but didnt think to get the number at the time. Can anyone confirm?? Please!!

  • Simon Bendall

    16 November 2007, 14:56:38

    It is now yellow but the vehicle you saw at Reading was 977869.

  • Rob

    7 March 2008, 21:48:54

    Currently running in loco hauled set

    6264 -spare

    999602 ultrasonic test coach

    977983 hot axle box detector test coach

    7/4/08 top and tailed by 37 609 37 218

  • Dave Smith

    10 January 2009, 09:22:46

    so how does the hot box thing work then? we didnt get an answer! ta. dave

  • peter Cummings

    10 January 2009, 22:12:54

    Presumably simulates the effects of an HAB, (or actually runs with one), and checks detector responses.

  • kev

    11 January 2009, 16:29:11

    can see no sensors on bogies or underframe, or axle box heads, be curious to know how the testing is carried out

  • Ben Williams

    11 January 2009, 17:09:33

    This is quite an old photo now so at this point it may have just been a support coach...

  • SD0853

    11 January 2009, 20:30:39

    It's a support coach/brake runner in a UTU train now (UTU4 I seem to remember). No test equipment is fitted, but one end is modified and has a small kitchenette fitted.

  • network rail

    18 June 2009, 17:04:12

    as of april 977983 was running in the hstrt

  • Dave Blacksmith

    19 June 2009, 16:47:53

    not according to recent reports it hasnt!

  • network rail

    19 June 2009, 17:00:18

    it is possible that it has been removed since but in april and may it had to pass through my worksite and the coach was definatly in the formation

  • SD0853

    20 June 2009, 10:58:34

    It's only a brake runner / make up vehicle, and therefore not part of any trainset as such. they just get used as and when required.

  • Ben Williams

    16 December 2009, 19:02:51

    Been told today that 977983 is to become the EMV, Electrification Measurement Vehicle. It will have a pan well at one end, but will be fitted with a contactless system and not a pan. It will also have 3rd rail measurement equipment. It is undergoing conversion at Derby at the moment. Thanks to my Derby contact for the news...

  • Steve Hatcher

    10 July 2010, 16:35:26

    Seen today passing Tonbridge and noticed the Pan Well to one end and lots of detection gear added to the bogies for reading the 3rd rail.

  • Mick

    12 July 2010, 01:09:53

    B*gger - there goes my model of 977983 to the bottom drawer. Has anyone any good pics of the roof well so I can update my model?

    Cheers,

    Mick

  • Steve Hatcher

    16 July 2010, 17:15:07

    Mick see for close up.

  • SD0853

    17 July 2010, 09:27:46

    Just wait until you see the nice shiney Class 73 that'll be dedicated to this train, as the loco carries some test equipment aswell, which makes it look slightly like a narrow gauge Class 76 (minus the pan) if you look at it from the front.


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