Sunday, 19 April 2015

13th - 18th April 2015


Monday 13th April: 47813 5Z45 11:20 Stewarts Lane - Eastleigh one two, 5Z46 16:27 Eastleigh - Stewarts Lane; 67006 5O61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh
Tuesday 14th April: 73128 + 73201 1Q10 08:59 Hither Green - Eastleigh
Wednesday 15th April: 73128 + 73201 1Q04 06:21 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh - Portsmouth and Southsea - Southampton - Eastleigh one two
Thursday 16th April: 73128 + 73201 1Q11 06:21 Eastleigh - Brockenhurst - Hither Green; 67012 1X23 13:39 Salisbury - Romsey - Southampton - Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury one two
Friday 17th April:
Saturday 18th April: 56312 0Z56 00:16 Bristol Barton Hill - Eastleigh, 5Z31 02:53 Eastleigh - Derby

Fife Circle and related activity at Aberdour, 13th April 2015


The new order on the Fife Circle, 68004 Rapid with 2K14 18:15 Glenrothes with Thornton - Edinburgh
 Mk 2F BSO 9539 (Lot 30861, Derby 1974) was until recently in the Riviera Trains reserve fleet, and had run for Arriva Trains Wales.
Mk2F TSO 6177 was in the Riviera Trains operational fleet, and was in the rake which ran on the Fife Circle in May 2014. Dots on the roof show a re-livery at Derby, this detail was not performed at Eastleigh, as shown on the following coach.
68006 Daring with 5L70 18:24 Cardenden - Motherwell, formed from DRS Mk2F coaches
 Current Scottish celebrity 170414 in Borders Railway promotional scheme. 1B54 15:51 Inverness - Edinburgh.
43299 (BR Crewe, September 1978) bears the new Virgin flash, running with The Aberdonian 1S20 14:00 London KX - Aberdeen
 66618 Railways Illustrated with 6B32 16:52 Craiginches - Oxwellmains cement empties

Monday, 13 April 2015

DRS 47 status


2015 is likely to bring significant change to the DRS 47 fleet, with the influx of Class 68, and Norwich backup services being transferred to Class 37/4, potentially including 37401 and 37422. Here is a look at the current state of play.
Number Name Pool 2014 Status Pool now New cooler group Most recent picture
47501 Craftsman XHNB stored Sep2014 wheelflats, understood for transfer to LNWR, transfer status 24Dec14 (at Derby) - moved under own power to Crewe 18Feb15 after attention to wheels. To Rail Services Ltd at Crewe Diesel shed late March 2015. XHSS 22nd August 2014
47790 Galloway Princess XHNB in traffic, Northern Belle, at DRS Crewe, Dec2014, moved to Crewe 20Jan14, due for C exam, returned to traffic at Norwich 23Jan15 XHNB 1st May 2014 (image by Ian Knight)
47802 Pride of Cumbria XHAC stored 24Jan14, at Carnforth - for WCRC AWCA x 11th November 2012
47805 John Scott 12.5.45-22.5.12 XHAC in traffic, Norwich Dec 2014, transfer status, moved to Crewe on 07Jan15,  stored Crewe by 09Jan15, reinstated 13Mar15 XHAC x 2nd June 2012
47810 Peter Bath MBE 1927-2006 XHAC in traffic, Norwich Dec 2014, moved to Crewe 20Jan14, due for C exam (but getting a B exam?) - traction earth fault - repaired by Feb15; stored aroud 13Apr15 XHSS 22nd August 2014
47813 Solent XHNB in traffic XHNB 17th June 2011 (image by Ian Knight)
47818   XHAC in traffic, moved to Crewe 20Jan14, due for B exam, returned to traffic at Norwich 23Jan15 XHAC 19th July 2014
47828   XHAC in traffic, Norwich Dec14, but transfer status 24Dec14, moved to Crewe on 07Jan15 (coolant leak) - towed to Eastleigh 02Mar15 XHSS 1st December 2012
47832 Solway Princess XHNB failed 14Jun14, sold to and repaired in traffic with  WCRC AWCA 2nd June 2013
47841   XHAC stored 31Oct14, transfer status 24Dec14 - to Barrow Hill or Eastleigh? XHSS 19th July 2014
47853 RAIL EXPRESS XHAC in traffic, expected due soon for C exam - stored Crewe 18Feb XHSS 1st December 2012
15Mar: updated 47805 which is now in an exam. DRS seem to have requirement for 5 @ Class 47s, so this may mean a questionable future for 47828 at Eastleigh?
13Apr: 47810 stored XHSS

Daily Telegraph: West Coast Railway Company article, 12th April 2015

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/road-and-rail-transport/11530499/Off-the-rails.html

Saturday, 11 April 2015

6th - 11th April 2015


Monday 6th April: 56301 0Z34 10:00 Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury - Derby one two three four five six seven; 37402 3Q08 20:20 Eastleigh - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury - Hither Green one two; 37602 + 37218 1Z73 08:18 Inverness - Salisbury - Eastleigh one two three
Tuesday 7th April: 37218 + 37602 5Z74 15:24 Eastleigh - Crewe one two
Wednesday 8th April:
Thursday 9th April: 31190 0Z31 08:30 Bristol Barton Hill - Eastleigh one two, 31190 + 50035 0Z50 14:20 Eastleigh - Romsey - Westbury - Derby one two three four five
Friday 10th April: 67026 5M61 21:26 Eastleigh - Wembley
Saturday 11th April:

59003 seen in undercoat at Eastleigh Works

West Coast Railway Company situation is much as covered a week ago. The Hooton - Chester - Chichester - Littlehampton tour on Saturday 11th was cancelled.

Thursday, 9 April 2015

Not just trains ....., 9th April 2015


G-NLSE Network Rail helicopter over Havant, 9th April. Assigned to London and South East. (...LSE).

Saturday, 4 April 2015

30th March - 4th April 2015

Good Friday - One Hour -Three Freightliners and one DBS pass Romsey
15:27: 66085 with 6v41 14:47 Eastleigh - Westbury loaded with only 3 wagons.
 15:28: 70009 with 4O54 06:12 from Leeds to Maritime
 15:36: Running late, having lost time at Swindon, is 70019 with 4O51 09:58 Wentloog to Maritime.
 16:02: 70016 on the 4O49 09:22 Crewe Basford Hall to Maritime.
KFA TIPH93342 on the rear of 4O49. Wagon is from the 1998 build period.

Monday 30th March:
Tuesday 31st March: 70000 5Z70 10:00 Bishop's Lydeard - Swanage; 37402 3Q01 22:31 Eastleigh - Southampton - Woking; 56301 0O30 19:16 Willesden - Totton (to cover delinquent 66758) then onto Railvac duties with 66729 6G30 22:30 Totton - North Camp
Wednesday 1st April: 66729 + 56301 6G30 05:35 Wokingham - Eastleigh one two three37402 3Q08 23:08 Woking - Wimbledon - Basingstoke - Reading - Basingstoke - Wimbledon - Eastleigh
Thursday 2nd April: 37218 + 37607 5Z67 07:18 Crewe - Eastleigh
Friday 3rd April: 37607 + 37218 1Z68 05:20 Eastleigh - Inverness; 37402 3Qxx 22:41 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh
Saturday 4th April: 

David Warwick: Two days on the Isle of Wight with W24 Calbourne