Monday, 12 October 2015
Autumn is here - the Railhead Treatment Trains are out in force all over the country. 'Leaves on the Line' always sounds like one of those silly excuses, but it is a very serious issue for the railway. The effect on trains is much like the effect of cars on an icy road - braking and grip become enormously reduced making stopping much more difficult. The mainstream media are very ignorant of the subject, perpetuating it as a nonsense, but the railway goes to great lengths to minimise the problem. The RHTTs use water cannons of incredicly high pressures to clean the railhead, as well as other methods, to help ensure that things continue with a minimum of fuss.
The short clip is 3S23 leaving Gilberdyke on Sunday 11th October this year heading for York, having reversed in the station. The locos are Direct Rail Services class 20s, nos. 20302 and 20303.