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An Ex-Bin With A View

You may have noticed that things in the West Midlands have been rather soggy. Just little things like, roads becoming rivers, town centres and places like that becoming lakes, people swapping cars for boats, just minor things like that have been seen in a growing number numbers.


Well, Water Orton is no different. The Tame rose several feet and our local Packhorse bridge (pictured right; pretty isn’t it) could be seen peering above the flood and furiously treading water to keep in place. We can’t use the bridge because the road and land on the left-hand side (Minworth Road) is underwater and a new river is running into Tame from the left hand side of the picture shown. The river has risen about 6-7ft, or more, which means that it is now above the arches shown.


Now why is this relevant to “A Bin with a View”? An interesting point. I noticed what I thought was a very long container train parked on Nuneaton to Birmingham ,line which reached passed The Dog and ended up close to the Derby to Nuneaton line crossing, which did not move for a long time. I later found out that it had been stopped in the cutting on the west side of the station because of a land slip! I once thought of moving to the road that has houses which back onto the line at that point. I now view the idea like I do HS2, I would love a house next to the line, but not one from which I could view passing train from underneath.   


Apparently, it caused considerable delays. I did notice that passing expresses and cross-country services were moving very slowly through our junctions, but I seem to be getting very thick and slow in old age and didn’t twig that something rare and precious had occurred.


I went the following day and snapped the line and cutting (below) but I cannot see that anything obvious had taken place. Of course it could be a

The Packhorse bridge in better circumstances

bit farther around the corner and out of my sight and nearer to the rail bridge which crosses the Tame. I miss all good stuff…….


Passing Traffic

I haven’t observed too much traffic recently, but what I have seen suggests that GBRF and Colas are slowly taking over a lot of the freight and Infrastructure services. EWS 66xxx are still much in evidence, but “Bluebirds” are seen in increasing numbers as are class 70xxx for both Freightliner and Colas, which also includes double-heading for some of the class 70s. Locos recently seen include, 70014, 66566, 70807, 66605, 66755, 66056, 66524, 70014, 70015, 66730, 66747, 70002, 66761. I have omitted the EWS 66xxx largely because I did not note them at the time

because none were unusual. I really must change these habits for the benefit of surfers.


What this means in modelling terms is that I shall have to buy a Colas 70xxx and another Bluebird with a slightly different colour scheme. Given the struggling pound etc. I shall have to cut my cloth to fit funds available.


Looking at the picture to left, have you noticed the increasing “Jungleification” of the areas surrounding the lines through here, because it not only occurs here but all around Water Orton and its junctions.

Soon seeing passing trains at all may be a struggle.