The Track Recording Coach (TRC)
|Originally known as the High Speed Track
Recording Coach this Mk IIF coach was especially converted for the BRB Director
of Civil Engineering and was originally operated under the R&DD's control.
Following major changes within the Research Division in the late 1980's it was transferred to the DM& EE and then to Railtest.
It is fully equipped with living accommodation, full air-conditioning and is used extensively on all main lines to monitor track condition. It can measure various track parameters including rail top, cant gradient, twist, level and alignment at speeds up to 125 mile/h.
The present TRC is operated by DB Schenker on behalf of Network Rail and was incorporated into the New Measurement Train until replaced by a Mk3 vehicle.
The coach is currently operating on its own again top and tail with whatever motive power is available.
In 2008 TRC still operated regularly, but on a much
reduced programme due to the NMT pinching all the long, fast routes. The UFM160
had taken a good chunk of the work on the Southern Region at least over
the bits of line it could run on..
Click on the picture for a bigger image - photos are the author's unless otherwise credited
|The HSTRC in its original livery
is pictured leaving
Llandudno Jcn behind 47530.
Following privatisation in 1997 it was transferred to Serco Railtest who operated it on behalf of Railtrack.
|The HSTRC in Serco livery
pictured in the yard at RTC
|Pictured in the hideous Railtrack livery at RTC|
|Another shot of the awful livery on TRC in the EDU||Here it is in all-over yellow - its latest
guise - in the NMT passing Duffield en route to Derby in early 2003. The
coach has now been removed from the NMT and replaced by a Mk3 vehicle.
|The NMT pictured at Broadholme near Belper, derbyshire at 8.15 am on 11th June 2006 comprising entirely of Mk3 vehicles.||TRC is in the formation of this test train pictured at Wingfield on 23rd January 2007|
|Believe me but TRC is in the formation of this test train pictured at Chalkwell on the GE line to Southend on August 2nd 2007|
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