Year 2001- Railtour
The last special to Sudbury was in 11th
November 2001, "The Alresford Adventurer" run by Daylight Railtours.
Loco on the Sudbury end was Steam 35005 "Canadian Pacific" and
Diesel 47635 on the Marks Tey end, It was in Sudbury about 4:30 pm.
It was part of a tour from Alresford to Walton on Naze. (of course calling
at the Arlesford on that line!)Alresford - Clapham Junction - Kensington
Olympia - Barking - Forest Gate - Colchester - Walton on Naze -
Colchester Town - Sudbury - Chappel (1hr break for water) - Marks Tey
Up Loop - Forest Gate - Woodgrange Park - Kensington Olympia - Clapham
Junction - Alresford
Canadian Pacific being the heaviest train ever to run on the line (even
during the good old days, apparently engines of that weight never ran
along the Stour Valley Lines!) It was supposed to go into Chappel for
a top up of water, but had to wait on the branch platform because they
forgot to pickup the Annets Key from Marks Tey to operate Museum Ground
Railtour info courtesy
of Darren Johnson
Bures Station 2002
North to Sudbury - 2002
South to Marks Tey - 2002
house with bridge and maltings
Further improvements in 2002 have seen the
commencement of an all year round Sunday service (single carriage Class
153) to Sudbury for the first time in many years.
Class 153`s, still in service Oct
Photo taken at Bures Stn
by Alan Beales
2003:- 2 Carriage train in use all day.
First Great Eastern,
the train operator, reported in January 2003 that passenger journeys
on the line have risen 76% during the last five years, since privatisation.
A two carriage Sprinter
(Class 150) is now diagrammed to operate throughout weekdays.
Babergh District Council in March 2003, approved
plans for a new station/halt to be built at Gt Cornard at Bakers Mill.
This would be part of the "Local Plan" to develop new housing
estates along the Bures Rd at Gt Cornard.
However, the new estates may not commence development, possibly until
(Note:- 2010, this project has now been abandoned)
||153314 familiar site during
the weekends of 2003.
Seen again during 2004, with "Norwich Festival" artwork
Another view of 153134,
although this was taken at Cambridge Station.
Courtesy of www.railrovers.org.uk
unit at Bures Station
First Great Eastern in July 2003,
purchased GB Rail the parent company of Anglia Railways. The franchise
to run the rolling stock throughout East Anglia is due for renewal in
This photo taken on the last day
of the franchise operated by First Great Eastern. (March 2004).
150217 taken at Sudbury Stn in "Anglia"
rolling stock colours
Photo courtesy of
Darren Johnson (Sudbury)
First Great Eastern, leasing
rolling stock from other operators (usually Anglia Railways) as this was
the only track they operated in Essex/Suffolk which didn`t use electrified
rolling stock. Also FGE had no workshops to deal with Sprinter repairs
and maintenance, these usually returned to Crown Point (Anglia) at Norwich
In 2003, Anglia started to refurbish its
fleet, and repaint them in Anglia Railways livery. However, only three
(unit nos. 153309/322/335) were completed; In 2004, Anglia became part
of the 'One' Railway franchise operated by the National Express Group
(which was subsequently renamed National Express East Anglia). inheriting
the fleet of seven units,
Anglia Railways named its Class 153 fleet
after famous local figures:-
" 153306 - Edith Cavell
" 153309 - Gerard Fiennes
" 153311 - John Constable
" 153314 - Delia Smith
" 153322 - Benjamin Britten
" 153326 - Ted Ellis
" 153335 - Michael Palin
in 2004, was to have only one train company using anyone of the London
Main Line stations, whereas Liverpool St previously had four. This was
a chaotic affair with ticketing and time-tabling.
However, this is all changed on April 1st when National Express took over
the franchise from FGE, Anglia, Stansted Express and West Anglia Great
||The new operator known
as "One" now operates all of the rolling stock in East Anglia,
in and out of Liverpool St station.
information systems have been installed at each station on the line,
so it`s now possible to see `real time` information on the current train
Support now emanates from district and local councils, user
groups as well as "One", the rail operator.
The lines future has never looked better, a vast change from previous
years when many attempts were made to close the line down.
How times have changed !
With the introduction of an all year around Sunday service, the future
of the line has never looked brighter.
September 2004 figures from the train operator,
indicates 920(single) journeys per day are being made on the line.
Class 156 Super
Class156 Super Sprinters are to be cascaded down from Central
Trains destined for "One"
These will be re-furbished & painted in new livery, with one
of the units destined for the branch line.
They have a superior ride to the
present Class150`s with increased length and seating capacity.
Consequently the existing Class 150`s will be withdrawn from this
26th April 156412 was the first to arrive on scene
still in Central Green colours.
156418 at Bures station on Thursday 27th April, again in Central
May 156402 at Bures Station in matt
white Scheduled to be painted in ScotRail livery but never got
any further than the undercoat stage. Diverted to East Anglia.
The 156s currently in use are
156407, 156412, 156418 and 156419 in Central's green and black
livery, 156416, 156417 and 156422 are in One's light blue and
black livery and 156402 in plain white with purple doors.
The Class 156 units are longer
than the 150`s, and can seat a further 10 more passengers. The
seating is arranged in the 2+2 layout, with carpets, tables
at seating bays, a bicycle storage area and a larger toilet
with sliding door.
All units will be refurbished internally by the end of 2006.
3rd May:- 156422 finally arrives in
"ONE" livery at Bures Station