Monday, 21 May 2018

Freightliner Class 70 workings at St Denys, 19th May 2018


Freightliner appear to currently have 11 active Class 70 locomotives, now less than Colas have.

70006 returning from Eastleigh East Yard to Maritime, having deposited flats there for the weekend.

70003 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime.

70014 4O90 05:27 Leeds - Maritime.

Additionally 70002 is understood to have been at Maritime.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Mendip Stone at Romsey 18th May 2018


59004 PAUL A HAMMOND (new to traffic February 1986) 7O40 FO 13:35 Merehead - Eastleigh



81.70.6957.093-2 (Astra Rail, Romania, 2016) was the HOA on the rear.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Swanage Diesel Gala Focus, 12th May 2018: 50049


50049 Defiance was the last Class 50, completed at English Electric, Vulcan Foundry in November 1968. Withdrawn in August 1991, then purchased for preservation by The Class 50 Society in December 1991, later merging with The Fifty Fund - it has now spent more time in preservation than in BR usage.

On Saturday 12th, 50049 was allocated to the Wareham shuttle working T+T with D6515 / 33012.

Awaiting departure at Norden.

Running between Corfe Castle and Norden.

Two pictures from the last run of the day from Corfe to Wareham.



Swanage Railway Diesel Gala Video, 12th May 2018



14th - 19th May 2018


Returning Swanage convoy, Millbrook 14th May. Image by Ian Knight.

4442408 at Eastleigh Works, 16th May - moved later that day to Bournemouth. This blocked off a view of 47815 + 47812.


66849 Wylam Dilly 6O31 17:30 Westbury - Eastleigh.

NLU 93465 is a JZA, a specialised development of a KFA bogie container flat into a Long Welded Rail Carrier and Tunnel Ventilation Wagon. More on similar wagons.

Monday 14th May: 50049 + 45041 + 50031 + 73133 + 66783 0Z73 08:30 Swanage - Eastleigh one two three four five six; 442406 + 442403 5Z04 22:29 Bournemouth - Eastleigh
Tuesday 15th May: 50049 + 45041 + 50031 0Z50 10:30 Eastleigh - Kidderminster one two three four five six
Wednesday 16th May: 47812 + 47815 0O86 10:00 Leicester - Eastleigh (47815 delivered for buffer beam repairs following incident in January) one two three; 442406 + 442408 5Z05 21:38 Eastleigh - Bournemouth
Thursday 17th May: 47812 0R59 Eastleigh - Leicester one two
Friday 18th May:
Saturday 19th May:

Freightliner have stored 70005 and 70017 - both seen here on 17th March. 70005 last worked about 19th April (seen on 18th), and 70017 on 16th April (at Leeds on 18th).

East Coast to become state managed and run as London & North Eastern Railway.
Transport Minister's statement.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Swanage Diesel Gala Focus, 12th May 2018: 20007 + 20142


20007 was new as pilot scheme D8007, entering traffic at Devons Road (Bow) on 19th September 1957. After working on  the LMR, ScR and ER, the locomotive was withdrawn in July 1993. In preservation was kept at Cheddleton, then later at Butterley and Ruddington. Now based again at Butterley in the ownership of Michael Owen, and care of the Class 20 Locomotive Society, believed to be the oldest main line diesel locomotive working on Network Rail.

20142 SIR JOHN BETJEMAN is similarly in the ownership of Michael Owen and care of the Class 20 Locomotive Society. This locomotive was new on 21st May 1966, and withdrawn in July 1993. In preservation it has been kept at Llangollen, during which time it worked on Channel Tunnel Rail Link construction, then later at Butterley with main line access.

20007 + 20142 prepare for a departure from Swanage.

20007 + 20142 depart Swanage. On 23rd February 1992, 20007 + 20032 + 33116 were involved in a "Solent & Wessex Wanderer" tour in this area one two.

Returning nose first into Swanage.

Details of 20142 between turns at Swanage.



Approaching Harman's Cross.

Another run around at Norden.

20007 and 20142 between Swanage and Norden.

20007 is no longer mounted on pilot scheme bogies.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Swanage Diesels at Eastleigh, 14th May 2018


57003 50049 45041 50031 73133 at Eastleigh Works.

57003 contrasts with 50049.

A final view of 50049 in the evening sunshine.