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