Saturday, 28 February 2015

"Rebecca" heads to Cornwall

Rebecca is heading to Liskeard, departing at 15:48 from Eastleigh as 6C51 with a RailVac in tow.

47727 approaches a red signal at Romsey.
The locomotive was new to traffic on October 17th 1964 - two days after the General Election that year.
The RailVac is RAUK-3 - 99 70 9515 003-0, built 2014, which was earlier worked south from Hinksey by 66564. It is normally operated by Colas.


Further coverage: one two three four five six seven eight (at destination)

23rd - 28th February 2015



Monday 23rd February: 57008 5Z70 00:05 Crewe - Eastleigh (coaches 6183 + 5965 + 5976 + 5945 for repaint), 57008 + 57301 + 66421 0Z68 12:34 Eastleigh - Willesden one two three four; 60062 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe - Eastleigh one two three four five, 0E15 21:06 Eastleigh - Acton
Tuesday 24th February:
Wednesday 25th February:
Thursday 26th February: 47727 0Q00 07:28 Eastleigh - Swindon - Eastleigh one two three
four five
Friday 27th February:
Saturday 28th February: 47727 6C51 15:48 Eastleigh - Redbridge - Westbury - Taunton - Liskeard one two three four five six seven eight (at destination)

66414 released from Eastleigh in Powerhaul colours

59003 now in paintshop at Eastleigh

Genesee & Wyoming acquire Freightliner
Deal expected to close in March.

South West Trains director Sam McCarthy says Hampshire's train network is one of Britain's most underfunded

Hampshire Chamber backs plans to restore Waterside Railway

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Diverts at Romsey, 21st February 2015


70008 with 4o29 08:14 Crewe Basford Hall - Maritime
A hail storm is brewing behind 66206 + 66137, running as 0O12 15:21 Westbury - Eastleigh, which had started as a longer convoy with wagons from Alexandra Dock.
66137 now sports a DB sticker, with 'EWS' removed.
66568 passes 2 minutes late with 4O54 06;27 Leeds - Maritime, which is routed by the ECML. Hail on the platform edge.

Diverts at Dunbridge, 21st February 2015


66592 Johnson Stevens Agencies with 4O18 05:03 Lawley Street - Maritime, running 57 minutes early.
70020 with 4O14 06:17 Hams Hall - Maritime, running 55 minutes early.
66716 LOCOMOTIVE & CARRIAGE INSTITUTION CENTENARY 1911 - 2011 and unique liveried 66720 running as 09;16 Hoo Jct - Eastleigh. 

This pair were seen a few minutes later approaching Redbridge. Image by Ian Knight.
66564 running light as 0O26 10:50 Hinksey - Eastleigh.
70014 about to cross the level crossing with 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime, running 30 minutes early.

16th - 21st February 2015


57010 (once 47231) is seen with latest decals outside Eastleigh Works, 14th February, following a collision damage repair.


70805 + 70806 0O31 at Romsey, 20th February. "Our fleet of Class 70 locomotives have the highest level of operating performance in terms of availability and reliability in the world. This is a major achievement for Colas Rail Freight and builder General Electric."

Monday 16th February: 37608 0Z71 05:43 Willesden Brent - Eastleigh, 37608 + 57010 6Z68 12:39 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent one two; 47727 + 47739 0Z47 10:01 Wimbledon - Eastleigh one two
Tuesday 17th February;
Wednesday 18th February:
Thursday 19th February: 37604 3Q22 20:49 Hither Green - Eastleigh
Friday 20th February: 37604 3Q15 21:45 Eastleigh - Eastbourne - Eastleigh
Saturday 21st February: 37604 3Z05 10:37 Eastleigh - Havant - Derby

Swanage Diesel Gala preview

Eastleigh Works: 26Jan - 27Jan - 28Jan - 29Jan - 02Feb - 04Feb - 05Feb

40195 at Eastleigh 29th May 1984 (picture is actually the departure)

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury to reopen by Easter

Railway between Leamington Spa and Banbury to reopen by Easter

Network Rail press release, 17th February

Monday, 16 February 2015

Watercress Line Spring Steam Gala, 15th February 2015


I hope that it's not laundry day. 4464 Bittern at Alresford first thing in the morning.
Medstead in the afternoon. Note the unusual arrangement for the cod's mouth handle.
Departing Ropley with the first train from Alresford.
70000  Britannia reunited with its leading driving axle and wheels. Due back on the main line on 18th April.
TSO 99317 (3766) built at BR York to Lot 30079 in October 1953, and was withdrawn by BR in September 1990. I first saw it on 14th August 1983, while travelling back to Hampshire from Crewe, via the Welsh Marches. Working as 99317 from August 1991, it was until recently the oldest Mk 1 coach on Network Rail, and had been upgraded over time to dual brake and dual heat with Commonwealth bogies. Swapped by West Coast in November 2014 for Pullman car 351.  3769 from the same lot is also working on the Watercress Line.

More pictures at OneDrive .