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Class 365 EMU number 365 532 at Welwyn Garden City on a northbound West Anglia Great Northern service in March 1999. Built as a dual voltage train by ADtranz (now Bombardier) with propulsion equipment by ALSTOM, this is one of the dedicated AC-only fleet operated by WAGN.

This train contains equipment designed by me whilst working for ALSTOM at Manchester.
Photograph taken on 01/03/1999 at 12:00
Two views of Virgin Pendolino 390 010 at Manchester Piccadilly on 25 July 2002. This was the second day of public operation of these new trains, which were built by ALSTOM. A very limited weekday service was operated for the Commonwealth Games, which were held in Manchester between 24 July and 4 August 2002. This is the evening working from Manchester to Birmingham International.
Photograph taken on 25/07/2002 at 18:03
On the same day as the photograph above, 390 010 has arrived back at Manchester Piccadilly after working empty back from Birmingham International.
Photograph taken on 25/07/2002 at 22:51
Class 442 EMU number 2409 at Bournemouth station on a South West Trains London Waterloo to Weymouth working on 7 October 2002. The 24 class 442 units are the only InterCity-style units working on the UK dc third-rail network, and are powered by English Electric traction equipment recovered from the 1960s-built 4-REP EMUs.

This particular unit contains equipment designed by me whilst working for ALSTOM at Preston.
Photograph taken on 07/10/2002 at 12:12
Manchester Metrolink tram 1005 stands at the Eccles stop on 24 May 2003. 1005 is one of only three "Phase 1" trams that are permitted to work on the "Phase 2" Eccles line, the others being 1010 and 1015; these have been modified to suit the larger amount of on-street running on this route compared with the Altrincham and Bury lines.

Like all Phase 1 vehicles, this tram contains equipment designed by me whilst working for ALSTOM at Manchester; later, whilst working at Preston, I was involved in the design of some of the Eccles line modifications.
Photograph taken on 24/05/2003 at 13:45
Photograph taken on 13/03/2004 at 13:40
First Great Eastern 4-car EMU number 315 834 has arrived at Shenfield station on 26 March 2004 as the rear half of an 8-car working from London Liverpool Street. The "First" logo has been covered up ready for the transfer of the franchise to the National Express Group.

315 units 801 to 841 inclusive were originally built with Brush Traction propulsion equipment. As part of a reliability improvement programme these units are to be equipped with Replacement Traction Control Electronics supplied by ALSTOM at Preston. Despite the control electronics, which was designed by myself, being effectively identical to that successfully running for many years in Hong Kong (see photo), it was necessary to spend a lot of time and effort gaining approval for its operation in the UK. 315 834 was the first conversion and was used for the testing process during the summer of 2003, since when it has been running successfully in revenue-earning service.
Photograph taken on 26/03/2004 at 18:30
Photograph taken on 09/06/2004 at 19:46
Photograph taken on 31/07/2006 at 19:41
12:00 Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston adverstised as a "Pretendolino"..... WB64 stock and 90043 doing the honours.

This was a rare outing to Manchester for this train, doing two returns runs as Olympic Games specials:
1T20 08.13 Euston - Manchester Piccadilly
1T21 12.00 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston
1T22 15.33 Euston - Manchester Piccadilly
1T23 19.15 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston
Photograph taken on 04/08/2012 at 11:04
90043 and WB64 "Pretendolino" (and advertised as such) at Manchester Piccadilly ready to work the 12:00 to London Euston.

This was a rare outing to Manchester for this train, doing two returns runs as Olympic Games specials:
1T20 08.13 Euston - Manchester Piccadilly
1T21 12.00 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston
1T22 15.33 Euston - Manchester Piccadilly
1T23 19.15 Manchester Piccadilly - Euston
Photograph taken on 04/08/2012 at 11:12
Photograph taken on 24/11/2012 at 14:45
A view of the pantograph well on a Class 91 locomotive, taken from the footbridge at Leeds station.

Connected together, left to right: Brecknell-Willis high speed pantograph, energy meter transducer assembly, Vacuum Circuit Breaker (VCB), high voltage surge absorber, inrush limiting reactor; farthest to the right is the top insulator for the down cable to the main transformer, which is underframe mounted.

Above and to the left of the VCB is the Earth Switch, in the open position of course since the pantograph is raised. Above the Earth Switch is the upper vent for one of the two rheostatic brake stacks.
Photograph taken on 08/05/2014 at 09:30

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