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Moved to Barry Island Railway 6/11. DW139
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Barry Tourist Railway
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DW series


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Barry Tourist Railway - Barry Depot** *** ****Ben Broomfield
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National Railway Museum, York2012-05-19Dave Warby
National Railway Museum, York2012-04-08Dave Warby
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  • DW 139

    1 April 2010 - Steve Nicholls

    Can anyone help put a mystery to rest? A while ago I was given some spotting notes from Brian Rolley covering the Cardiff area in the early 70's. On the 30/6/71 Brian noted 07191, 07192, 07193, 07194 and W139W passing through Cardiff General, possibly being hauled by D1958. Now I know W139W is the track recording vehicle shown above, but neither Brian nor myself have any clue what 07191-4 are. Any ideas?

    My best guess is that they were dedicated brake force runners to allow this vehicle to be used at higher speeds, but searches have turned up nothing. The glimpse of what appears to be an overall blue Mk.1 makes me wonder if these could be one of the aforementioned numbers but that's nothing but a guess.

    Many thanks.

  • DW 139

    2 April 2010 - Dave Carson - Rail Audit Services Ltd

    Sorry Steve, I can't help you with your question but seeing DW139 again brought back an unpleasant memory!!

    When I was in London Transport's Permanent Way Design Office, we had two Hallade clockwork machines (one had 'London Electric Railways Enregisteur Hallade' on the handle) and both machines were annually calibrated using DW139 on the move. I travelled in that poor thing from Paddington to Bristol and back being shaken around and deafened in that beast at around 100mph!!! An experience that is best forgotten!!!

  • DW 139

    9 March 2012 - Andy Prime

    What is that in the foreground then, a bogie with a brake cylinder built into it ? not seen one like that before.

  • DW 139

    27 March 2012 - Mathew Rainer

    I think it's bogie from a DMU.

  • DW 139

    28 March 2012 - Dave Carson - Rail Audit Services Ltd

    Going back to the main subject (DW139). When I worked for London Transport Permanent Way Design Office between 1977 and 1983, I used to look after our two portable Hallade Track Recorders and annually they went to Swindon for servicing followed by a run in DW139 which calibrated them. I remember having a thrill-seeking ride between Paddington & Swindon in this poor thing and was the only time I felt (but was not) motion sick in a train!!!

  • DW139

    3 June 2012 - Jon Horswell

    I now that Matisa 73010 is just visible in the foreground but what is the identity of the NSE liveried EMU driving coach beyond. I thought it might have been the VEP trailer but believed that to be in Connex colours. Either way, these two coaches were hidden away for Railfest. Understandable in the case of this Track Recording Coach that continues to deteriorate at alarming lengths.

  • DW139

    3 June 2012 - Dave Warby

    Jon, the NSE liveried vehicle that you can see is Driving Trailer Composite 75395 from Class 414/3 2-HAP 4308, the DMBS 61275 is coupled next to it out of the shot. Incidentally, the 4-VEP vehicle that you mention was also amongst the vehicles in this line up. All these vehicles were tucked away so that they could not be easily viewed by the public at the time of my visit in April. When I returned in May, this area was not accessible as the preparations for Railfest were in full swing, although DW139 could be glimpsed having been shunted a little further along the same siding. DW

  • DW139

    30 June 2012 - Peter Hall

    I have seen a report that this vehicle which I understand is no longer part of the National Collection may have left York shortly before Railfest. The suggestion is that it was moved by road to Barry. Can anyone confirm that this is correct?

  • DW139

    4 July 2012 - Dan Adkins

    If it was present during Railfest, I certainly didn't see it, and I zoomed my camera on the 2-HAP and other things that weren't on display.

  • DW139

    7 July 2012 - Peter Hall

    It is now confirmed that this has indeed reached Barry.

  • DW139

    7 July 2012 - Jon Horswell

    No doubt it will now recieve some love

  • DW 139

    16 August 2013 - Trevor K Barham

    On the subject of bogies you will notice that DW139 has had its original GWR type replaced with British Rail B4 type - to give a better ride!

    The only other BR Track Recording / Testing Coach ( LMS1924 vintage) No. DM395223 is still on its original 1924 kitchen car bogies and is preserved by the LMSCA at Rowsley on Peak Rail.

  • 17 October 2020 - Peter Hall

    Going back to Steve's OP I have a couple of thoughts regarding 07191/2/3/4. The first is that a digit 9 is missing and they were 079191/2/3/4. If so then it would fit for the departmental series used for Swindon Works based Test Train coaches. However, the highest numbered I'm aware of where 079171-079179 converted from BR Mark I's. These though were still about I believe at the time so possibly some of these and Brian jumbled the numbers.

    One for Ben, this doesn't come up when you request a list of vehicles preserved at the Barry Tourist Railway. I thus suspect the details need a tweak.