Backscene

This month’s mis­cel­la­neous mus­ings from the Model Rail team.

Model Rail (UK) - - Contents - Ge­orge Dent, Deputy Edi­tor

On a re­cent trip to Cardiff, I no­ticed that Ar­riva Trains Wales (ATW) had al­ready be­gun re­mov­ing the lo­gos from its fleet of mul­ti­ple units, de­spite the cur­rent fran­chise still hav­ing a few months to run. As a reg­u­lar user of the line from Manch­ester to South Wales, I won’t be sorry to see ATW ‘give up the keys’, but hav­ing re­cently ex­pe­ri­enced the run-down of the old North­ern Rail fran­chise, it can be a de­press­ing pe­riod for pas­sen­gers. The trains have be­come shab­bier and the staff less in­ter­ested. Cou­pled with the in­vis­i­ble brand­ing, it sug­gests that no­body wants to be as­so­ci­ated with the en­ter­prise, which isn’t ideal. In con­trast to the dread­ful new ‘North­ern by Ar­riva’ oper­a­tion, let’s hope that the in­com­ing op­er­a­tor of the Wales fran­chise (Ke­o­lis-amey) can make some tan­gi­ble im­prove­ments to the pas­sen­ger ex­pe­ri­ence.

GE­ORGE DENT

The re­moval of Ar­riva’s brand­ing from trains was well un­der way in early Au­gust.

Mod­el­ling hours this month: 6 Note to self: Have a few trips on the Welsh Val­leys lines be­fore the ‘Pac­ers’ are phased out.

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