Sunday, 21 September 2014

6Y57 Railvac returns from Chard, 21st September 2014

6Y57 14:00 Chard Jn. S.B to Totton (D&Cr), approaching Romsey.
Detail of 31601.
31601 is closer now.
31452 on the back of the formation.

Saturday, 20 September 2014

Further to the 220007 fire

"Totnes Trains" has a picture of a hybrid 220/221 formation, where 60885 from 221135 has been inserted into 220007 to replace damaged 60207. 221135 is running as a 4 car.


The fire was at Eastleigh on 28th June.

Devon & Cornwall Railway shunt at Totton Yard, 20th September 2014

31601 + 31452 0Z31 09:55 Willesden - Totton, then a rather rare shunt. The anticipated 2 @ Class 56 move to Taunton was then cancelled, but a 31's powered 6Y57 has run to Chard at 19:20, running via Eastleigh and Romsey, rather than reverse at Redbridge as scheduled,

56103 was new in December 1981 from Doncaster Works. From July 1997 it was named "Stora". Stored by EWS in July 2003, then worked for Fertis in France from November 2005, returning from there in 2006 for storage at Old Oak Common and later at Crewe.  Acquired by DCR from DBS at the end of 2011, and removed from Crewe in July 2012. Returned to traffic from Washwood Heath in July this year.
31601 and 31452 arrive at Totton.
The locomotives reversed to enter the yard for splitting, to take the Railvac between them. 31452 was new as D5809 in July 1961, first allocated to 41A Sheffield Darnall, later renumbered to 31279 before ETH conversion in October 1984, Was once named "Minotaur".
56103 moves forward with the original formation.
56301 on the rear, and about to be detached and moved into a siding. New as 56045 from Doncaster in June 1978, and once named "British Steel Shelton".
31601 is backed onto the Railvac. 31601 was delivered as D5609 in April 1960, allocated to 34B Hornsey, before the opening of Finsbury Park. Later 31168 and renumbered 31601 in March 1999 when ETH cable was fitted. At various times has carried the names "Bletchley Park 'Station X'", "The Mayor of Casterbridge" and "Gauge '0' Guild 1956-2006"
This is Totton, not Toton!

Some more pictures can be found at OneDrive.

15th - 20th September 2014

18th September. Image by Ian Knight.
70809 on 0Z31 passing a more autumnal Romsey, 19th September.

Monday 15th September: 57305 0Z57 08:57 Old Oak Common - Eastleigh one two three (off-lease from FGW, expected repaint into Northern Belle colours) , 56103 + 56301 6Y57 22:15 Totton - Ash
Tuesday 16th September: 56103 + 56301 6Y57 04:40 Ash - Eastleigh, 22:27 Eastleigh - Ash, 66722 + 317708 + 317729 5O17 13:40 Hornsey - Eastleigh one two three four five, 60091 6M48 10:34 Eastern Docks - Halewood one two three, 6O46 21:31 (Tue) Halewood - Eastern Docks
Wednesday 17th September: 56103 + 56301 6Y57 04:40 Ash - Totton, 22:15 Totton - Wanborough, 60091 0B46 05:47 Eastern Docks - Eastleigh, 67016 5M61 19:02 Eastleigh - Wembley
Thursday 18th September: 56103 + 56301 6Y57 04:40 Wanborough - Totton, 22:15 Totton - Wanborough, 60091 6B43 09:38 Eastleigh Western Docks, 6X44 12:07 Western Docks - Eastleigh one two three four, 33012 5Z12 10:13 Swanage - Eastleigh (Cl 117 + Cl 121 dmus) one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen, 0Z12 15:46 Eastleigh - Swanage, 158887 1Z61 10:02 Waterloo - Swanage, 1Z62 15:46 Swanage - Fareham, 5Z62 17:58 Fareham - Salisbury, 67020 + 67030 1Q23 04:47 Old Oak Common - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Exeter - Salisbury, 1X23 13:10 Salisbury - Redbridge - Southampton - Redbridge - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Old Oak Common one two three four five six seven, 67017 5Z68 21:51 Euston - Eastleigh
Friday 19th September: 56103 + 56301 6Y57 04:40 Wanborough - Totton
Saturday 20th September: 66152 1Z47 06:08 Eastleign - Par one two three, 1Z48 17:20 Par - Eastleigh, 31452 + 31601 0Z31 09:55 Willesden - Totton one two (0Z56 14:13 Totton - Taunton cancelled), 6Y57 19:30 Totton - Redbridge - Chard
Sunday 21st September: 31452 + 31601 6Y57 14:00 Chard - Romsey - Eastleigh - Totton

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The Solent and Sarum, 13th September 2014


34046 Braunton leads the train into Salisbury about 3 minutes early after some spirited running between Andover and Grateley.
34046 was built at Brighton. and went into traffic on 14th November 1946, rebuilt in its current form in February 1959 at Eastleigh, and reallocated the following month to 71B Bournemouth, Withdrawn from there on 10th October 1965, after which it went to Barry scrapyard.
A side profile of Braunton, which returned to main line use in 2013.
Into the west bay at Salisbury for watering and maintenance.
Back through the station to return to the train, which was in the East Carriage Sidings.
The return route was via Havant and Petersfield. Here seen approaching Romsey against a red signal.
Still waiting at that red signal, caused by 158880 which was running late in the Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh single line section working, following an earlier 20 minute delay by a First Great Western working.


Full set of pictures on OneDrive.

Formation was 34046 + 35465 (support coach) + 5341 + 1832 + 21269 + 3068 + 3069 + 3123 + 1651 + 3066 + 3097 - operating on air brake

The Cathedrals Express at Salisbury, 13th September 2014

1Z30 07:09 Clapham Junction - Bristol, to change to 70013 Oliver Cromwell and work onward to Shrewsbury.

Arriving at Salisbury. Note the signs of autumn colours, which seems early this year.
47237 was new as D1914 to 86A Cardiff Canton in November 1965, and has operated for both DRS and Cotswold Rail. Grafitti removed since Monday.
9104 is a Mk 2 BSO, later BSO(T) with micro-buffet, completed to lot 30757 at Derby in 1966. Vacuum brake only.
13440 is a Mk 2a FK completed at Derby to Lot 30774 in 1968. Originally air braked, but converted to vacuum brake only in BR days.
99371 was originally 3128 completed to Lot 30697 at Swindon in 1963. Dual braked.

Formation was 47237 + 5171 + 9104 + 13440 + 5237 + 5249 + 5236 + 1666 + 99350 + 99371 (3128) + 99121 (3105) - operating using vacuum brake

Saturday, 13 September 2014