FEA Intermodal Wagon Profile - Pt5
Thursday, March 14 2019
by Jack Morgan
FEA-S 640936 at Wellingborough - Photo by Gareth Bayer
To service its slice of the London Underground renewals contract, Tube Lines subsidiary TransPlant invested in 13 FEA-S wagons. Delivered during 2006, these immediately went to York Works for conversion into a ‘Slinger’ rail delivery train. This included the fitting of retractable lifting gantries and support structures to all of the wagons while 640931 and 640936 also received generator sets to power the train. The set was eventually ready for traffic in the spring of 2007 and was again based at Wellingborough Yard for easy access to London. With its substantial lifting gantries in the transit position and restrained, generator wagon 640936 is seen at its home depot on 12th June 2007.
FEA-S 640932 at West Ruislip - Photo courtesy TransPlant/London Underground
By 2016, the work of the ‘Slinger’ set was complete and it was out of use at Wellingborough. May 2017 saw 640931 and 640936-943 moved into secure store at Eastleigh Works while 640933-935 were last heard of at March Whitemoor Yard with at least two of the trio devoid of their lifting gantries. Meanwhile, 640932 had been repurposed as the basis of a concrete mixing and distribution unit for London Underground. Launched in March 2016, the wagon now carries an Italian-made demountable mixer, which is powered by either one of London Underground’s battery locomotives or a back-up diesel generator. The wagon’s first role was to convert the Baker Street to Finchley Road section of the Metropolitan Line from ballasted to slab track.
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