New Merseyrail Trains – a construction video on You Tube

A mock-up of a Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s

Although Merseytravel posted this video – see link below – on 7th February I had not come across it before. It’s worth watching to see how the new trains are being built and the initial testing of them:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOn07VAeGHU

‘From design concepts to the real thing; watch as the new trains for the Merseyrail network take shape from initial designs to the first train out on the test track in Europe!’

As I post this Merseyrail (still operating Class 507 & 508 units of course) have had their first Stadler unit (777 003) out on nocturnal testing along the Kirkby line of recent nights.

NOTE – Merseyrail are only offering a 30 minute frequency service presently due to the health crisis we find ourselves in.

A mock-up of a Class 777 Stadler EMU as displayed in Birkenhead a while back

Merseyside’s non-recyclable waste an update

Class 66 diesel locomotives 66040 and 66145 leaving Knowsley Freight Terminal on 24th August 2018 with another trainload of Merseyside’s waste.

I posted back in September 2018 about how Merseyside’s non-recyclable waste is moved to the north east of England to be used as fuel in Wilton Power Station. See link below:-

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2018/09/08/what-happens-to-merseysides-rubbish-that-cant-be-recycled/

Since I penned my original posing I’ve come across an excellent video on You Tube by Don Coffey showing detail of the railway movements. If you skip to 2h & 10mins for the section from Rainford Junction to Knowsley you can watch the Merseyside/local part of the route.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lLAMwR0HPw

Excellent video Don, thanks for sharing.

Merseyrail – Delivery of their 1st new Stadler Class 777 train

A mock-up of a Class 777 – The new Merseyrail trains that will soon replace the Class 507/508 EMU’s

For those wondering what the new trains look like for real, as opposed to the mock-up one (see photo above) that was on show in Liverpool & Birkenhead, the link below shows the first one being delivered to Merseyrail’s Kirkdale Depot on 15th January:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST9-nCbxiHA

My thanks to Kevin Duggan for the lead to this posting

Aqua Marine & Aquamarine – Tunes that get stuck in my head by Santana & 3rd Force

These two tunes with very similar names often find their way back into my head, both are superb. Treat yourself and listen to them via these You Tube links:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU8b6AxUDbs

Album cover for Santa – Marathon

www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Y5M-tiTCj8

Album cover for 3rd Force – Gentle Force

Whether it be the legendary Carlos Santana and his band or the less well known 3rd force (William Aura, Craig Dobbin & Alain Eskinasi) these 2 similarly named but different instrumental tunes are simply spot on for me.

Special charter train on Merseyrail’s Northern Lines

Branch Line Society charter train at the new Maghull North Station 08 12 19

To follow up my posting of yesterday (linked below)

tonyrobertson.mycouncillor.org.uk/2019/12/08/maghull-north-branch-line-society-charter-train-on-ormskirk-line/

here are two videos which have been published on You Tube of the special train on the Ormskirk and Southport lines:-

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZdtJOZZ1o8

www.youtube.com/watch?v=VB9wn8pel8Q