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WMR class 730/0 maintenance depot - news ?

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Apologies if I am duplicating a thread, because I haven't found one relevant yet. AIUI when the new franchise announced it's rolling stock plan, the semi-derelict former wagons works at Duddeston was announced as receiving a rebuild for maintaining the 3 car class 730/0s for the Cross City line in Brimingham. I believe this depot was actually intended to share the work with Soho depot.

I believe it was subsequently decided that the Duddeston site was too cramped and Bescot Downside was the new focus. Here are a couple of WMR links, and apologies in advance for the garish web pages.

Not heard any news for a long time now, so perhaps no news is actually good news and the paperwork is being drafted and ready to be signed. Alternatively, perhaps WMR are still looking.

As I understand it the 30odd 730/0s replace the 323s on the Cross city line and presumably could be based at Soho like the 323s currently are. However, like a number of other TOCs, the transition from old to new creates huge logistical problems, and they end up needing plenty of siding space. I am unsure whether WMR intend their 730/1s and 730/2s to also receive attention at the new depot, but having a fairly family design I would expect them to at least have the minimum of attention.

At the moment 730002 seems to be running test trains based at Crewe depot, but as further class members are delivered, they will need to find a home somewhere.
 
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Good question. Usually the company details these projects in it's internal weekly brief but has gone quiet. AFAIK it is still happening.

Class 196 mods to depots are about to take place to allow them to be fuel'd at Tyseley and Worcester so these projects are slow to develop. Class 196's are fueled in different places to 17x and also part of the fleet are 4 carriages and require Adblue so it's quite a change.
 
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Good question. Usually the company details these projects in it's internal weekly brief but has gone quiet. AFAIK it is still happening.

Class 196 mods to depots are about to take place to allow them to be fuel'd at Tyseley and Worcester so these projects are slow to develop. Class 196's are fueled in different places to 17x and also part of the fleet are 4 carriages and require Adblue so it's quite a change.

Having stumbled across this thread, could it be explained what on earth is Adblue please?

It sounds like a porno company.
 

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Having stumbled across this thread, could it be explained what on earth is Adblue please?

It sounds like a porno company.
A quick google ( other search engines are available) using the question what is adblue found this:

whatcar:
AdBlue is the trade name for a type of diesel exhaust fluid. It's a mixture of urea and deionised water that’s stored in a separate tank from the car’s fuel.

When the car’s engine is running, tiny amounts of AdBlue are squirted onto the exhaust gas produced, turning the NOx into nitrogen and water.

I didn't know what it was either!
 

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What's it called? It's called Cumbernauld

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A quick google ( other search engines are available) using the question what is adblue found this:



I didn't know what it was either!
Or more accurately a 32% urea solution, where the urea reacts with NO and NO2 to form water on a special catalytic surface above a critical temperature.
It does not eliminate NOx completely and it does not work at low exhaust temperatures. What car need to spend some time on the fact check failure naughty step.
 
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