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News Archive 2009


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Date News Item
15th December 2009

STOURBRIDGE OPERATION CARRIES 200,000th PASSENGER
The 200,000th passenger journey made on a Class 139 railcar, operated by Pre Metro Operations Ltd on the Stourbridge Town branch line occurred on Thursday 10th December.  Two days later, the 200,00th and 200,001st passengers to travel on the service returned to Stourbridge Town station to receive commemorative certificates from local MP Lynda Waltho, whose comments can be seen on the Political & Government Comment page.

28th September 2009

PARRY NEWS ISSUE 55 PUBLISHED

Newsletter including: PPM American Breakthrough; Stourbridge Railcars on National Television; New Development in America Specifies PPM; Kevin Hart Associates Consolidates Parry Relationship; Transit Oriented Development Already Proven in Germany; Wear Causes Temporary Service Suspension; Renaissance Initiative for UK Branch Lines; Lightweight Rail for Thames Valley Branches; Wheelset Repair for Lightweight Rail.

23rd September 2009

CLASS 139 SERVICE RESUMES AT STOURBRIDGE
Lightweight rail operation restarted on the Stourbridge Town branch today.  All parties from across the rail industry are working together to produce a permanent solution to the issue of wheel wear.

18th September 2009

SUSPENSION OF RAILCAR SERVICE
On Friday 11th September, railcar No. 139 002 was taken out of service at Stourbridge due to excessive wheel flange wear.  The other vehicle, No. 139 001, had already been confined to depot for the same reason.  A Network Rail team of wheel-rail specialists have begun investigating the cause of a sudden increase in wear rate that appears to have occurred during the month of August.  This affected the wheels on one side of both railcars and emerged after thousands of miles of operation without previous excessive wear.
Possible factors include the wheel profile, wheel metallurgy, design of suspension, or alterations that may have occurred in the operation of the rail lubrication regime using trackside equipment on a line notable for its sharp curves.
In order for the Class 139s to return to service in the next few days, two new wheels are being taken from the replacement stock and two worn wheels are being repaired.

30th June 2009

PARRY NEWS ISSUE 54 PUBLISHED

Newsletter including: The Fleet's In!;Two Class 139 Railcars Now In Service; Early One Sunday Morning In Stourbridge: 17th May 2009; Public Commentary At Stourbridge: Warm, Cool & Whimsical; ATOC Gets Behind Branch Line Reopening Campaign; Park And Ride From Safari Junction?; LCT Mobilises Support For New Rail Services; Parry People Movers Into America; When Lightweight Rail Takes Over From Heavy, Not Only The Vehicle Must Change.

19th June 2009

RAILCAR No. 139 001 ENTERS PASSENGER SERVICE
The numerically-first but accepted second PPM 60 railcar No. 139 001 started its public transport career yesterday, operating the full day’s timetable on the Stourbridge Town branch.

3rd June 2009

CLASS 139 TRIALS ON YOUTUBE
Video footage of final acceptance trials for 139 001, including demonstration of the ‘rescue’ of one railcar by another, are shown on a YouTube video filmed by Ian Walmsley of Porterbrook Leasing Company

20th May 2009

PHOTO ARCHIVE UPDATED
New pictures have been added to the Photo Archive, which now includes No. 139 002 in passenger service on the Stourbridge Town branch, the arrival of 139 001, the two Class 139s together at Stourbridge Junction and the removal of PPM 50 vehicle No. 999 900

19th May 2009

FROM THE YOUTUBE ARCHIVE – PPM DEMONSTRATION IN BRIGHTON, 1994
Recently discovered on YouTube – video footage of PPML’s demonstration public service in New Road Brighton.  This used a temporary track laid over the road service and the ‘intermittent electric’ power system (where the vehicles’ flywheels are charged by low-voltage electrical connections under platforms).  The two vehicles shown in the video clip are PPM Nos. 6 and 7, and today both are in working order at the company’s Cradley Heath base.

18th May 2009

PPM 50 RAILCAR RETURNS TO CRADLEY HEATH
The lightweight railcar that operated an experimental Sunday passenger service on the Stourbridge Town branch in 2005-06 returned to PPML’s Cradley Heath base today.  PPM 50 vehicle No. 999 900 (also referred to as ‘Car 12’ as it was the twelfth Parry People Movers vehicle to be built) was removed from the branch yesterday in the same operation that delivered 139 001 to Stourbridge.

17th May 2009 TWO CLASS 139s AT STOURBRIDGE
Railcar No. 139 001 was delivered to Stourbridge this morning to join 139 002.  At the same time, the prototype PPM 50 vehicle No. 999 900 was removed from the Stourbridge Town branch, having been there since November 2005, for return to PPML's Cradley Heath workshops.
14th May 2009

TRUE COMMUNITY RAIL – LIGHTWEIGHT TRANSPORT DESCRIBED
Issue 617 of RAIL magazine (6th-19th May 2009) includes a main feature article by Steve Broadbent covering the background and prospects of Lightweight Community Transport Ltd , the community interest company set up to provide finance for new local transport ventures.  As well as information on the technology and future developments of the PPM concept, the article explains in depth the principle of local transport based on lightweight rail – initially on existing track, such as heritage railways – to expand the provision of quality public transport to a greater proportion of the population.

13th May 2009

OVER 1,000 PASSENGER JOURNEYS BY CLASS 139
Phasing-in of PPM 60 Class 139 railcars on the Stourbridge Town branch has begun in earnest this week, with Pre Metro Operations Ltd (subcontractor to London Midland) carrying over a thousand passengers during inter-peak running by today.  The picture shows No. 139 002 approaching Stourbridge Town yesterday.

30th April 2009

PPM CENTRAL NEWS ITEM ON YOUTUBE
Click here to view the ITV Central News item filmed at Stourbridge and broadcast on 7th April 2009.

15th April 2009

NOTES ON THE CLASS 139 ‘FLEET’
Readers of the May issue of the Railway Magazine may be a little puzzled by the reference to a third Class 139 vehicle!  The facts are that the Stourbridge Town branch will be operated by two Class 139 vehicles, of which No. 139 002 has been delivered to the line.  It is thought that the current presence at Stourbridge of PPM 50 vehicle No. 999 900 (clearly numbered by the Rolling Stock Library in a different series) may have caused some confusion.  PPML keeps a record of known media references on the Media Coverage page of this website.

29th March 2009

PPM 60 railcar No. 139 002 approaches Stourbridge Junction on 29th March 2009
with the 10.29 service from Stourbridge Town
CLASS 139 CARRIES FIRST PASSENGERS
After obtaining formal passenger certification on 26th March, the first passengers were carried by railcar 139 002 on the morning of Sunday 29th March 2009, with the 10.10 departure from Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town being the first public service.  As part of the planned phasing-in of lightweight rail operation, the Class 139 vehicle – operated by London Midland’s subcontractor Pre Metro Operations Ltd- was replaced later in the day with a Class 153 diesel railcar.
26th March 2009

STOURBRIDGE RAILCAR RECEIVES ITS PASSENGER LICENCE
The following is a news release from London Midland that has been prepared with PPML:

A pioneering lightweight, hybrid-power rail vehicle moved another step closer to its launch date after receiving its passenger licence today.

The first Class 139 Lightweight Railcar from Parry People Movers Ltd, the first of its kind in the UK, received its passenger certification from Network Rail. 

Further crew training will now take place as the Class 139 is phased into service on the Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town branch line.

The railcar will enter service on Saturdays and Sundays in April, operated under subcontract by Pre Metro Operations Ltd, with a view to full service introduction when the new rail timetable begins in May.

London Midland managing director Stephen Banaghan said he was keen to see the railcar enter service in Stourbridge.

"This will be an exciting development - the first of its kind in the UK - and we look forward to the advent of this new service at the heart of our network," he said.

"We have been working closely with Parry People Movers since November 2007 during the design, manufacture and commissioning of the new railcars and keenly anticipate their introduction."

PPML's chairman John Parry said that the Class 139 represented a new approach to local transport.

"London Midland are to be congratulated on looking for innovative solutions to branch line operation," said Mr Parry.

"Our flywheel-hybrid drive makes this type of railcar one of the most environmentally-friendly ways to travel, and the system can be applied to street tramways as well as short railway lines."

London Midland is currently running a diesel train on the Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town line.

13th March 2009

STATEMENT ON STOURBRIDGE RAIL SERVICES
The following is a statement from London Midland that has been prepared with PPML:

"London Midland is re-introducing a train service to the Stourbridge Junction to Stourbridge Town branch from Sunday (March 15) in response to our passengers’ wishes.  We have responded by bringing back the Class 153 diesel service whilst assisting the phasing-in of a new type of lightweight railcar in the coming weeks. 

"London Midland withdrew the diesel train when the new timetable was launched before Christmas, and a bus replacement service began to operate to allow completion of testing and training of drivers for a new lightweight railcar service with Class 139 vehicles supplied by Parry People Movers Ltd and operations undertaken by subcontractor company Pre Metro Operations Ltd. 

"We have been working closely with both organisations since November 2007 during the design, manufacture and commissioning of the new railcars and the preparation for service. 

"The Class 139 lightweight railcar type is highly innovative and as such its introduction is the first of its kind on the UK railway network, and innovations can take time to develop and implement.  The first of the two new vehicles is at the depot at StourbridgeTown branch and is awaiting approval for passenger operation.  However, London Midland is keen to offer an improved level of service to passengers as soon as possible and the bus replacements were only ever designed to be a short term measure. 

"We believe it is time to stop them and bring train operations back because of strong public feedback in favour of the rail service.  In full agreement with all concerned, we have decided to run the diesel Class 153s as previously, and to phase in the lightweight Class 139s as soon as possible. 

"We remain fully committed to the introduction of the new Class 139s and expect them to be implemented on the branch line.  We are working with all partners, including Network Rail and Centro, to ensure they are fully phased-in during the coming weeks."

4th March 2009

PARRY NEWS ISSUE 53 PUBLISHED

Newsletter including: Pre Metro Operations Prepares for First Franchised Rail Service; U.S. Associates Report Interest in Light Rail Intensifying; First of Two Stourbridge Railcars Accepted by RosCo Customer; Centro Visit Sets Scene for Future Involvement; Rochester House Gathering Defines Approach to Capital Raising for US Market Entry; Public Acclaim for a Stourbridge Branch Line Extension Proposal; Behind the Scenes - A New Train Operator Takes Shape; Blues Down on the Delta Q.

4th February 2009

BARBARA ANN PARRY - 29-10-37 to 2-2-09

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of our Chairman’s wife, Barbara, at the age of 71.

John and Barbara were school friends from the age of 15 and were married in 1961.

Their children, Mark and Emily, were born in 1962 and 1983.

 


Barbara was previously Finance Director of JPM Parry & Associates retiring due to ill health in 2005.

A service is to be held at Stourbridge Crematorium at 10.20am on 11th February and will be officiated at by the Rev Michael Kneen, Anglican minister at Leominster, who has been a long-standing friend and supporter of the work of the Parry Companies.

There will be an open gathering at the ‘Labour In Vain’ (on Redhill Road about 300 yards from Stourbridge Junction station) from 11.00am onwards where light refreshments will be available. There will be the music from around the world which Barbara enjoyed during her life.

Barbara - A Life Worth Living - a pictorial guide. Download a copy

16th January 2009

THE FIRST OF THE TWO ‘STOURBRIDGE' RAILCARS TRANSFERRED FROM CHASEWATER RAILWAY TO PARRY CRADLEY HEATH WORKSHOPS
Click here for photographic record of the move.

 

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