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455 was indeed out yesterday on the 1725!!!! I spoke with the guard himself this morning to confirm this!! Check you're crystal ball there 89-76 and so on!

"I envy you, taking these first steps into a new frontier."

Anyway 455 at Central now about to work the 1242 to Larne Harbour followed by the 1512 and finishing with the 1744 to Larne Town returning to Belfast for 1945 then off to bed so
 

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They managed to break at least 2 3000s yesterday but I would not be hopeful of the branch having decent traction for long 4010 and 4011 cannot be far off being ready for passengers
 

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Along with that, 4001 was out of service all day yesterday due to examinations following a fatality the night before on the Derry line
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455 has now returned to Belfast following it's short visit to Portrush.... The branch is now being worked by a ***** (CAF)
 

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455 was replaced by 3007. Extra CAF sets were needed for rugby specials over the weekend resulting in the temporary DEMU operation. 455 finished after 1025 ex Portrush
 

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Translink have announced that the 80 class set will be used as the sandite train from September to December this year with a 450 converted for next year
 

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Considering that No drivers and No guards will have traction knowledge for the train and the train hasn't being started since December 2011 and probably won't be touched until at least JUNE!
 

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The final three 450 class sets were withdrawn today although they remain
serviceable. 458 ran under its own power to Belfast Central where it is now
stored in the siding with 454 and 459 455 and 456 ran as a 6 piece from York
to Ballymena where they are stored in the permanent way yard
 

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452 became the first 450 to be scrapped today. The vehicles were cut in two at York Road Depot and taken away to Hamil's scrapyard in Ahoghil county Antrim
 
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As far as I know 455 456 and 458 are officially still in service and still on NIR stock books, but as you have correctly said they are now in store.

I can confirm that 455 and 456 are at Ballymena and a pic of 455 is here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/63057595@N06/6884356528

458 is at Belfast Central.

454 and 459 are also at Belfast Central, they have officially been withdrawn although they are still serviceable.

A video of 458 at Belfast just before NIR stopped using it is here with withdrawn 459 in background.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVjNRobFAZg

There are rumours that 3 class 450s will be retained as reserve vehicles at least during 2012, and the retention in stock of 455 456 and 458 would appear to confirm this.

Read

http://www.translink.co.uk/resources2007/pdfs/Capital Expenditure Prog 200809 201011.pdf

This is also mentioned at http://www.train-photos.com/picture/number5212.asp

453 and 457 are at Bangor.

453 - http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0099009/photos/finnyus/6917904779/
457 - http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0096009/photos/finnyus/6917903173/
459 - http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/photos/finnyus/6917910831/
 
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454 458 459 are in Belfast Central parcels siding, not Bangor

453 and 457 are in Bangor

455 and 456 are in Ballymena

451 is expected to go for scrap on Saturday (28th)
 

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Alfred -

This above link to this video shows "belfast central" in the commentary.....Fail to see why and how this could have been mistaken for Bangor.

All of the remaining 8 450 class sets are still on the books and remain property of NIR until such time when a buyer purchases them for scrap or future use.

The sets to be kept as a "reserve" until July I'm told are 455 , 456 & 458. However, it is unlikely these will be needed at all


This video says it all for NI Thumpers

http://chrisplayfair.smugmug.com/Other/Videos/19545021_GxXNKM#!i=1811385279&k=STHtVPj
 
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Thanks for the confirmation r/e the keeping of three sets - but is it just until July?

Not surprised at what you say r/e 451! Hear both have been - were heavily cannibalised to keep the rest going, a' la 452 - the entire of one side by the engine bay of the power car was cut away in the pics taken at Hamils, and there was no sign of any engine at the scrapyard - that I saw in the pics - at all... Probably been torn apart for spares!

Sorry for the error r/e locations - I have corrected my list above.

Some interesting pics of 453 457 and 459

453 - http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0099009/photos/finnyus/6917904779/
457 - http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0096009/photos/finnyus/6917903173/
Bangor
459 - http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0095009/photos/finnyus/6917910831/
Belfast Central

Yes the vehicles remain NIR property until paid for and removed etc.

No sign of when that will be. They are going to keep one 450 set as a sandite but that will not enter service until 2013 (80 for this year 2012) so it might be a while yet...
 
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all three cars of 451 went for scrap this morning as expected
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all three cars of 451 went for scrap this morning as expected
Update from ITS: It took until this morning to remove the whole set from Belfast
 
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