Saturday, 20 December 2014

GBRf at Eastleigh, 14th December 2014

6 GBRf 66's parked at Eastleigh on Sunday 14th December.

Dirty 66719 METRO-LAND and clean 66701, the latter was repainted at Eastleigh in November - December one two three four
Original livery on 66706 Nene Valley, I am not sure why the silver surroundings are present at the windows, but they were also seen on 66701 while in paintshop.

15th - 20th December 2014

Monday 15th December: 37688 0Z70 00:54 Crewe - Eastleigh, 57301 + 37688 6Z68 12:38 Eastleigh - Willesden one two three; 66127 6X38 11:00 Marchwood - Eastleigh (included two MoD ex-GatEx coaches 72509 (ex 3398) & 72635 (ex 6128)); 56301 0Z56 11:00 Eastleigh Romsey - Bristol Barton Hill
Tuesday 16th December: MoD coaches then moved into Works by 66109; 56312 6Z34 11:06 Totton - Chaddesden one two three
Wednesday 17th December: 66755 + 317708 + 317729 5L17 04:50 Eastleigh - Ilford
Thursday 18th December: 73119 + 73136 1Q85 10:28 Woking - Southampton - Hither Green one two
Friday 19th December:
Saturday 20th December: 67028 5Z79 05:46 Eastleigh - Basingstoke, 5Z82 23:21 Basingstoke - Eastleigh

Railvac workings: DCR may have completed their workings of this train from Totton. The Railvac is currently parked at Eastleigh. 56301 made an exit to Barton Hill on Monday, and 56312 removed the wagons to Chaddesden on Tuesday.

Sunday, 14 December 2014

8th - 13th December 2014


57312 Solway Princess at Eastleigh, 14th December. Originally 47330, new in February 1965, released from Eastleigh in these colours on 20th October. The name was previously carried by 47832, now with West Coast Railway Company.

66765 at Eastleigh - the newest locomotive to visit here. The highest numbered member of the batch delivered at Newport Docks in early September, which entered traffic in late October.

Monday 8th December: 57312 5Z71 05:46 Willesden Brent - Eastleigh
Tuesday 9th December: 31233 3Z02 09:00 Derby - Eastleigh one two three four, 3Q02 20:07 Eastleigh - Weymouth - Hither Green
Wednesday 10th December: 67020 1Y93 09:43 Victoria - Eastern Docks, 1Y94 17:25 Eastern Docks - Victoria;  LNWR 08810 moved to Eastleigh by road one two; 56301 + 56312 6Y57 23:16 Totton - Aldershot (cancelled at Woking - loco defect)
Thursday 11th December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 05:32 Aldershot - Totton (ran from Woking) one two, 23:02 Totton - Aldershot
Friday 12th December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 05:35 Farnham - Totton; 47727 4Z47 10:01 Wimbledon - Eastleigh, 13:11 Eastleigh - Wimbledon
Saturday 13th December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 22:31 Totton - Isleworth
Sunday 14th December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 10:09 Isleworth - Totton, 56301 + Railvac 6Y57 14:30 Totton - Eastleigh

Regular Colas Westbury - Eastleigh, ceases to run as 6Z30, and will now be 6O31 17:34 Westbury - Redbridge - Eastleigh

56094 reportedly with a broken camshaft:

Saturday, 6 December 2014

34067 returns through Romsey, 6th December 2014


34067 Tangmere "The Bath Christmas Market" 1Z85 17:33 Bristol - Three Bridges.

1st - 6th December 2014


34067 Tangmere leads 1Z84 07:54 Three Bridges - Bristol "The Bath Christmas Market" past Crampmoor, with frost on the ground.

37668 (a first time spot for me) was completed as D6957 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry in January 1965, allocated to Cardiff Canton. Later 37257, it was refurbished to 37668 at Crewe, completed in May 1988, and allocated to Thornaby. After some seasons on Sandite duties, it was stored by EWS in December 2004, and placed into storage at Healey Mills until purchase by West Coast Railway Company in December 2007. Returned to traffic in July 2014.


Monday 1st December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 04;00 Box Hill & Westhumble - Totton, 22:30 Totton - Pirbright Jct; 37218 + 57306 6Z70 05:44 Willesden Brent - Eastleigh (57306 for repaint into DRS colours), 37218 0Z68 09:38 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent
Tuesday 2nd December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 05:20 Pirbright Jct - Totton, 22:30 Totton - Pirbright Jct
Wednesday 3rd December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 05:20 Pirbright Jct - Totton, 22:32 Totton - Hook
Thursday 4th December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 05:20 Hook - Totton, 22:40 Totton - Hook
Friday 5th December: 56301 + 56312 6Y57 05:20 Hook - Totton, 56312 0Z56 12:00 Totton - Southampton DGL - Redbridge - Bristol , 56312 + 50026 0Z26 15:46 Bristol - Eastleigh one two three
Saturday 6th December: 34092 + 37668 T+T 1Z84 07:54 Three Bridges - Bristol one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteeen fourteen fifteen, 1Z85 17:33 Bristol - Three Bridges

Sunday, 30 November 2014

The Festive Portsmouth Explorer, Eastleigh, 29th November 2014

 1Z36 07:02 Stafford - Portsmouth Harbour - Eastleigh, 1Z38 15:31 16:31 (retimed) Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Stafford

 37688 Kingmoor TMD leads in from Portsmouth to complete the working of 1Z36.
 37688 was completed at English Electric Vulcan Foundry in November 1963 as D6905 and allocated to Landore. Refurbished at Crewe and reallocated to Tinsley as 37688 in February 1987. Moved into reserve by EWS after Sandite duties in November 2003, and sold to DRS in September 2005, returning to traffic after repairs in August 2007.

37218 waits to move the stock into the TRSMD.
 At 16:26 37688 brings the empty stock back into the station.

37218 is prepared for the return to Portsmouth, and later to Stafford.


Formation: 37218 + 5961 + 6024 + 5955 + 1212 + 3340 + 3386 + 80042 + 3344 + 3345 + 17105 + 37688

Operation was one hour late following non-availability of a platform at Swindon, as another train was timetabled to be in platform for that period, then a medical emergency caused further delay at Swindon on the revised return schedule.

More pictures on OneDrive.

Saturday, 29 November 2014

The Festive Portsmouth Explorer, Shawford, 29th November 2014


37218 leads into Shawford on the down slow with 1Z36 07:02 Stafford - Portsmouth Harbour - Eastleigh, running about one hour late, after a lot of time was lost at Swindon.
37218 was built as D6918 by English Electric, entering traffic in January 1964 at Landore. Stored by EWS in September 1998, and restored to traffic by DRS in early 2003. Latest DRS colours were applied in May this year.
17105 is a "Service Couchette". Originally completed as BFK 14105 to Lot 30790 at Derby in March 1969, this was taken out of traffic in July 1975 and converted with a generator, under Lot 30888 at Wolverton, becoming Staff Sleeper / Power Brake 2905 in the Royal Train from 1977. Withdrawn in November 2000, it became 17105 from July 2001,
37688 Kingmoor TMD on the rear.
70019 leads 4O27 05:26 Garston to Maritime.
66504 leads 70016 (failed?) on 4O54 05:27 Leeds to Maritime