4th April 2018

Today I went to Gloucester Station at 10:30 ready to catch the 1041 – 2O89 – a GWR service to Weymouth – this train called at Cam and Dursley, Yate, Bristol Parkway, Filton Abbeywood, Stapleton Road, Bristol Lawrence Hill and Bristol Temple Meads – our stop. On the train journey I saw a GWR class 150 running 7 minutes late – 2M96, a class 800 going to London Paddington – 1L48, a Cross Country (either a class 220 or 221, it was going too fast) going to Manchester Piccadilly – 1M37. I then saw a Freightliner, running as 447D, as we passed Bristol Parkway. I saw 2 depots on my journey, which were the Hitachi Stoke Gifford depot and the Arriva TrainCare depot. I have seen a few depots, while travelling on trains, sadly the train never stops or goes slow enough for me to see much detail. I looked up about the Arriva TrainCare depot online and found that it is one of 5 depots they have.  The one I saw was, Bristol Barton Hill, it has maintenance and servicing sheds, a fuelling service, a wash-plant (like a car wash for trains), they can paint trains using sprays or brushes and a 15 ton crane. I was very excited to see a Class 08 shunter at the Arriva TrainCare depot – this is only the third class 08 I have ever seen.

Then I arrived at Temple Meads to do some trainspotting.  I really enjoyed my time at the station and collected 43 train numbers. I saw a boy taking photos of the trains and my mum spoke to his mum.  He was 15 years old and had travelled from Essex to spend the day at Temple Meads. Like my mum, his mum helps him out by writing the train numbers down. I gave him the details of this website so hopefully he will read this post.

It was time to leave the station and catch the train to Bristol Parkway. We caught the 1341 GWR train to Gloucester, running as 2V90, it only stopped at Filton Abbey Wood before arriving at Parkway. When I arrived at Parkway I met some of the GWR team that were working on that day. They let me watch a train being dispatched and even gave me some GWR memorabilia. I then caught the train back to Gloucester.

Thank Sam and Neil and the rest of the GWR Bristol Parkway team for making my day extra special!

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