TPE Mark 5A coaching stock progress (includes images)

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Are the TP sets in a fixed formation or are they interchangeable like classic loco hauled stock. From the photos I've seen, it looks more the Mk5As are one fixed unit with a loco attached as opposed to individual vehicles.
 

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Are the TP sets in a fixed formation or are they interchangeable like classic loco hauled stock. From the photos I've seen, it looks more the Mk5As are one fixed unit with a loco attached as opposed to individual vehicles.
As I understand it, operationally, the Mk5a sets are treated as fixed formation.

In the early months locos stuck with sets but switching is now much more common.
 

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Are the TP sets in a fixed formation or are they interchangeable like classic loco hauled stock. From the photos I've seen, it looks more the Mk5As are one fixed unit with a loco attached as opposed to individual vehicles.
They're treated as fixed formation for the most part, though the locomotive will probably be switched from time to time. There's a spare driving trailer which can be used if one of the others gets damaged, and AIUI other vehicles can be swapped should there be a need...

You might need to be the reincarnation of Alan Turing to make the software work afterwards though!
 

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Are the TP sets in a fixed formation or are they interchangeable like classic loco hauled stock. From the photos I've seen, it looks more the Mk5As are one fixed unit with a loco attached as opposed to individual vehicles.
Yeah, they're pretty much a single-ended unpowered multiple unit with a screw coupling and buffers on the end. More like a 4-TC than a rake of Mk3s. Quite similar in concept to what Virgin were originally proposing for the non-tilting Voyagers, I believe.
 

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It was 47815 with a set of Mk5a. I've a few pics, but not sure which set as it passed quite quickly.

Edit: TP10 apparently.
 
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Looks like the scum elements in Church Fenton are getting bored of staying in. TP 08 suffered a broken windscreen due to stone throwers this afternoon.
 

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Set curtailed at Victoria and went back ECS to Longsight as 5H70.

Something came off Ardwick after to form 1E47 back to Scarborough so presumably it was a unit.
 

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Two diagrams by 68+Mk5, two by 185s.
And part of the reason this is a good idea is that otherwise there could be a risk that (hard-won!) crew knowledge of the 68+Mk5A sets could lapse, if the crisis went on long enough: clearly continuing to diagram them is the right thing to do.
 

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Do you know what service it worked?
10:34 Scarbados to Scouseland then whatever it formed/forms after then. Put "Liverpool Lime Street" in on Real Time Trains Advanced around 13:00 today and you should see an arrival from Scarborough so just follow that back and forth :smile:
 

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10:34 Scarbados to Scouseland then whatever it formed/forms after then. Put "Liverpool Lime Street" in on Real Time Trains Advanced around 13:00 today and you should see an arrival from Scarborough so just follow that back and forth :smile:
Thanks, the other mk5 thread (why are there two again?) has it down as 1E23 0631 Manchester Victoria to Scarbados, 68033 + TP07.
 

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Thanks, the other mk5 thread (why are there two again?) has it down as 1E23 0631 Manchester Victoria to Scarbados, 68033 + TP07.
This should be going in the Diagrams thread. Mods, can you please move these messages over accordingly? Thank you for pointing out - 2 months' furlough makes you insane I swear!
 

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I thought they were staying plain blue?
I don't think there's any plain blue ones left now. I'm pretty sure the plain blue was just an interim livery pre TPE. Happy to be corrected.

001-005, 008, 009, 016-018, 033, 034 DRS.
010-015 Chiltern Silver.
019-032 TPE.
006 and 007 ScotRail.
 

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68033 + TP07 on this evenings 1834 Scarborough to Manchester Victoria.
 
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