Sunday, 4 December 2016

"The Cathedrals Express", Salisbury, 3rd December 2016


1Z86 0809 Southend East to Salisbury
1Z87 1628 Salisbury to Southend East

Substituting for a poorly 6201 Princess Elizabeth, LMS Stanier Black 5's 44871 + 45407 The Lancashire Fusilier arrive at Salisbury, then perform various shunt manoeuvres, finally departing into the night.

Originally planned for a Winchester destination, it is understood that DBC will no longer allow turning and servicing of charter trains at Eastleigh at weekends.

A full set appears on One Drive.













28th November - 3rd December 2016


Two recently repainted GWR Class 158/9 units at Salisbury, 3rd December. 158957 arriving from Portsmouth ....

... and 158956 from Cardiff.

Variations on the SWT theme on Class 159s, 159108 nearer the camera, sports an increased area if white, also used to present a relocated set of logos.

66080 + 66037 + 66068 0O12 11:06 Margam to Eastleigh, taken after sunset.



Monday 28th November: 37175 3Z09 11:26 Eastleigh - Hither Green one two three four five six; 37057 + 37116 1Q64 19:27 Eastleigh - Woking one
Tuesday 29th November:
Wednesday 30th November:
Thursday 1st December: 57308 0Z70 01:10 Crewe - Eastleigh, 57304 0Z68 10:21 Eastleigh - Willesden; 47815 + 442401 5O86 12:10 Three Bridges - Eastleigh
Friday 2nd December: 47815  + 442421 5L46 1030 Eastleigh - Ely one two three four
Saturday 3rd December:

Sunday, 27 November 2016

Eastleigh, 27th November 2016


English Electric Type 3's 37116 and 37057 with a Brush Sulzer Type 4 (likely 47818) in the background in this Sunday "classic scene" at Eastleigh Works. Somewhere in the hidden distance is 37175 which paired with 37116 arrived in an STP move from Woking on Saturday evening. 37057 had arrived on Saturday morning with its test train, the first van being 96604 a former Motorail van built on the frames of a GUV.

37116 was new from Vulcan Foundry as D6816 on 1st March 1963, and was allocated to Sheffield Darnall. Stored in December 2001, then to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway, from where it was removed in January 2014 for eventual return to the main line for Colas.

37057 similarly came from Vulcan Foundry, and was new as D6757 on 5th October 1962, allocated to Thornaby. Stored in December 2004 after the Sandite season, and disposed of to Harry Needle Railroad Company in November 2007. Restored at Barrow Hill, initially as a preserved locomotive, but returned to the main line for Colas use in 2015.

47841 is believed to belong to Locomotive Services Ltd., and has spent most of its time under cover in the works, having arrived on 13th July 2015. Stored by DRS on 31st October 2014. It is believed to be considered as a spares source for 47790 and 47805; the bogies were swapped to 47790 before October 2015. The headlight and driver's window are clearly missing.

17159 is actually a rather rare beast, a Mk2d BFK, one of only two remaining registered (the other is 17167 in the Northern Belle, with one further example 17168 / 99319 in storage at Carnforth). Built in November 1971 to Lot 30823 at Derby - a lot of 34 coaches 14139 - 14172 built in 1971-72. Withdrawn from regular traffic use in October 2003, it is not a ready fit in the DRS fleet, having been the brake coach in the short lived Stobart Pullman, following which it spent previous time in storage at Eastleigh, returning on 5th October following a further period in traffic.

Coaches 64680 and 64723 of the erstwhile 508211 have been moved from the back of the works, is there a purpose in this? (Scrapping?). Delivered from BREL York in March 1980, as unit 508032, renumbered to 508132 in July 1984 when TS 71557 was transferred to Class 455/7 5718. From then the unit worked on Mereyside. Unit renumbered to 508211 in May 1998 when introduced onto South Eastern services, from where it was stored, initially at Donnington from May 2010, then moved to Eastleigh on 23rd July 2011.

New GBRf 66777 amd 66778 in the sidings at the station. These entered traffic in July and June respectively.

Saturday, 26 November 2016

21st - 26th November 2016


Two images from Ian Knight showing 1Q52 at Totton and Totton Yard, on Tuesday 22nd November.


Monday 21st November: 37116 + 37175 1Q51 11:51 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh
Tuesday 22nd November: 37116 + 37175 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven
Wednesday 23rd November: 37116 + 37175 1Q53 11:58  Eastleigh - Wimbledon Park - Eastleigh - Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight nine; 47802 + (44871 + 45407) T+T 5Z85 11:20 Southall - Swanage one two three four
Thursday 24th November: (44871 + 45407) + 47802 T+T 1Z87 06:50 Poole - Eastleigh - Bath - Bristol one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve, 47802 (from Salisbury) 1Z88 Bristol - Bath - Eastleigh - Poole one, 5Z90 22:17 Poole - Southall; 37116 + 37175 1Q54 12:27 Eastleigh - Staines - Woking - Shalford ..... - Hither Green
Friday 25th November: 37057 3Z05 11:10 Hither Green - Eastleigh one two three four, 3Z08 21:57 Eastleigh - Redbridge - Bath - Redbridge - Fareham - Southampton - Eastleigh 
Saturday 26th November: 67005 1Z26 06:17 Eastleigh - York, 1Z27 17:10 York - Eastleigh; 37116 + 37175 3Zxx 19:45 Woking - Eastleigh one two

Eastleigh Works: 14Nov - 17-Nov - 18Nov

Friday, 25 November 2016

The Bath Christmas Market, 24th November 2016

(44871 + 45407) + 47802 T+T 1Z87 06:50 Poole - Eastleigh - Bath - Bristol
(44871 + 45407) + 47802 1Z88 17:36 Poole - Salisbury (44871 + 45407 came off and eventually went to Southall) - Eastleigh - Poole

44871 + 45407 lead the train at Crampmoor.



47802 on the rear.

47802 passing Romsey in the evening.

DRS Black Friday Sale, November 2016


The catalogue is now available - released on 21st November.

Elsewhere it is suggested that 37409 is due and has exceeded hours for an F-exam, which may not be authorised.

In due course we will learn of the outcome.

Item Vehicle Comments
1 47813 Locomotive situated at DRS Kingmoor Depot. The earlier reported sale appears not to have been executed.
2 37601 Locomotive is still in traffic
3 37607 Locomotive is still in traffic
4 37610 Locomotive is still in traffic
5 37612 Locomotive is still in traffic
6 37667 Locomotive is still in traffic
7 37688 Locomotive is still in traffic
8 Class 37 Complete Bogie, Serial Number V4123
9 Class 37 Complete Bogie, Serial Number V4124
10 Class 37 Engine – Alternator Type, Serial Number IH5976
11 Class 37 Engine – Alternator Type and Fitted, Serial Number IH6065
12 Class 37 Alternator, Serial Number 401608MA
13 Class 37 Engine, Serial Number IH5900
14 Class 47 Materials/parts


Saturday, 19 November 2016

"Diverts" at Romsey, 19th November 2016


The first Saturday of 'Diverts' for some time.

66567 4O18 05:03 Lawley Street - Maritime.

66079 James Nightall GC (restored from its difficulty with "The Andover Fist" two weeks ago) 6M48 10:50 Eastern Docks - Halewood.

66532 4O14 07:37 Hams Hall - Maritime.

66502 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime.

DR98922 applies rail head treatment when returning to Eastleigh.

66955 6O26 10:50 Hinksey - Eastleigh.

640909 was the last wagon in 6O26, an FEA flat (Wagony Swidnica, Poland, 2006) running with a module for materials, designated as a 'Tench'.

70018 with 4O54 05:27 Leeds - Maritime. This was the only Class 70 seen, about half of the Freightliner locomotives continue to be out of traffic.

66512 passing with 4O29 08:15 Crewe Basford Hall - Maritime.

And then came the rain.