Ah, I thought the direct link from the GWML to Acton Wells Junction was wired. Pity it isn't as the units could have been moved under their own power.
There were plans to do it but they were scrapped - can't remember why. Now it's likely to be long delayed because of the whole Old Oak Common redevelopment and the plans to possibly realign / change rail routes in the area for Overground services. Also ties in with whether the long muted Brent Cross - Hounslow service ever sees the light of day. Any works at Acton Wells are very difficult because the opportunities for possessions are limited because the GWML, WCML, MML and NLL/WLL are all potentially affected. I also recall something that the actual structural nature of the junctions / bridges in the area are another huge complication.
I saw a green GWR train at Stratford the same day, on the wrong side of the metropolis.
They deliver a train from Reading to Ilford for refurb and then take a finished one back to Reading. You probably saw the first move. The workings ran over an hour late for some reason (based on realtimetrains info). The bizarre thing, of course, is the train has to be dragged round the NLL by a diesel loco despite there being a nice big electrified tunnel right across London.
I think I saw this on the express line coming from Liverpool Street, don't think it came from North London Line.
What will happen to the Class 332 units that were on the Heathrow Express?
Currently no plans, sit in siding somewhere Don’t have a reputation at particularly reliable and 2 units are already dead having donated parts to others
In an ideal world, would join the class 333 units up North, be refitted, and being 5 car used on some of the busy peak hour services. However there are differences between 332s and 333s (so some parts can’t even be used as spares for 333s), so will probably join glut of off lease electric units and go for scrap some months later
Big downgrade in comfort for Heathrow Express regulars if they keep the current interior. I was expecting GWR to go to lengths to provide a fancy first class because it is Heathrow Express they're taking over but apparently not. To be honest, the comfort difference between First and Standard Class on the 387s is non existent so those who pay for a first class ticket will really just be paying for a quieter ride