Thameslink upgrade edges towards end

There were many Network Rail and contractor staff at work over the August Bank Holiday weekend in London. They were busy with the latest phase of NR’s massive Thameslink upgrade programme (yes, the one that was once called Thameslink 2000).

Although I didn’t see the work at first hand, I rather liked this NR video of the weekend’s efforts (although I’m not convinced about the backing music…).

Something different – German steam

You will not find much steam on this blog but I took a few days out to see the latest German Dampfspetakal held around Neustadt in late May and early June.

It featured a host of steam-hauled trains to various stations including Karlsruhe, Mannheim, Heidelberg and Kaiserslautern. And all or the price of an ordinary ticket!

This video shows an eastbound departure from Neustadt with 01 118 on June 1 2014. This express passenger locomotive was built in 1934 and is usually based in Frankfurt.

http://youtu.be/ihxIUITm2_k