No been passed recently but you def used to see Class 37s at the bottom on standby for banking duties until relatively recently IIRC. This 1970s pic gives you the gist.Hi all - I've just read an article about the banking locos used on the lickey incline in the days of steam. I was wondering with the increased power of modern day traction, do they still use banking locos for trains today?
Yes it was, it was just arriving prior to it’s next banking duty.Still happens I believe, or certainly did until very recently. I'm sure DB would send over 66's from Saltley when needed?
In fact, I think the accident with the Class 170 last year was the result of it hitting a Class 66 which had been there on banking duties?
When the Lickey is closed is the banker still sent to Stourbridge Jn in case something needs a shove up Old Hill bank? I seem to recall there were paths for that to happen in the not too distant past. (I don't know what the procedure for that was but assume trains were stopped at the loops at Rowley Regis)Yes, the banker's still needed, and in the odd other place on occasion, usually only during diversions though. I think 66055's the one on duty now.
I just knew that someone would post that video. Dreadful!Yes, bankers are still employed. Check this video out when a single 37 turned up to act as banker vice the booked 2 (a 60 was on the front)
This is one of those videos when you need the volume turning up to 11!
The freights are routed up the Camphill line to avoid New Street / direct route to North East.Surely it would be sensible for an electric loco to be used as the banker given it is electrified now?
It's from 2003 (it's the old station at Bromsgrove too).This must be an old video. There are no overhead electrification masts.
Many years ago (1970s) I used to live not far away from Rowley Regis station. Back then (when the off-peak passenger service was 1 tph!) freights with a banker most often just stopped on the mainline, banker uncoupled then the freight continued on its way. If there was a path back to Stourbridge the banker would then run back through the crossover and be on its way. Otherwise the freight and/or banker would go into the loop to wait. In those days there was usually a banker stationed at Stourbridge Junction (most often a Peak or 47), which banked freights up to both Dudley and Rowley Regis as required.When the Lickey is closed is the banker still sent to Stourbridge Jn in case something needs a shove up Old Hill bank? I seem to recall there were paths for that to happen in the not too distant past. (I don't know what the procedure for that was but assume trains were stopped at the loops at Rowley Regis)