The Anonymous Widower

Watford Junction Station’s Barrier Seats

I quite like these seats at Watford Junction station.

They would appear to give a nice perch to sit, whilst waiting for the train and also act as a crush barrier for the glass shelter behind.

They also give me something to hold, when a train goes through.

The train shown in the picture was a Tesco train between Tilbury and Daventry.

It went through the station at probably over 60 mph.

It had the usual smelly and polluting Class 66 on the front.

It took four hours 45 minutes for the journey, which included the Gospel Oak and Barking Line through London.

I did note earlier that the train seemed to be using modern wagons.

Are these wagons faster than those you generally see on UK railways?

Surely too, this is the type of train, that could be hauled by an electric locomotive with a Last-Mile capability, like a Class 88 Locomotive.

I would have thought, that Tesco could benefit, by using electric haulage, especially if the locomotive was appropriately liveried.


July 6, 2021 - Posted by | Design, Transport/Travel | , , ,


  1. These freight trains are rated up to 75mph, and AIUI frequently achieve this on a clear run.

    As long ago as 1976 I remember FletLiners – long trainload air braked freight trains full of London Bricks hammering through Wilmslow / Alderley Edge Station at what certainly seemed like 75mph.

    The down Fletliner

    Comment by R. Mark Clayton | July 6, 2021 | Reply

    • You get a daily pair of Class 86s through North London. Either the engineering was good or they can’t afford a replacement. The Trsco train was hauled by DRS.

      Comment by AnonW | July 6, 2021 | Reply

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