Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Wagon interests at Eastleigh, 17th March 2018

GERS 89018 is a TEA fuel oil tank, built by Arbel Fauvet in Douai, France in 2001. In the works, on accommodation bogies, of London Underground pattern.

GERS 97771 KTA (Rautaruukki, Finland 1997-98 - now Transtech) in 4O90 05:27 Leeds - Maritime, a service which will always see a number of these wagons.

RLS 92561 KFA in 4O29 08:20 Basford Hall -Maritime.

Railease were part of the Standard Railway Wagon Company, who built KFA wagons until 1988, and eventually became part of Tiphook, who entered the market in 1987, and after some troubles became part of GE (GERS), a business is now owned by Touax.

RLS 92561 was built to Standard Wagon Contract No. 107 of 1985 - originally hired to Ciba Geigy for the transport of Amino Resins in 20ft curtain sided bodies to Fishguard, to serve the Irish market.

TIPH 93356 KFA in the same train. A later example built in 1987-88 by for Rautaruukki  forTiphook Rail.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Eastleigh, 17th March 2018

55028, the Class 121 dmu for the Swanage Railway is now outside the shops, and appears to be on a pair of overhauled bogies. Before arriving at Swanage in 2009, this operated for Southwest Trains as 960012 (977860), a period which included a visit to a Mid-Hants Gala.

66524 arrives in falling snow with 4O14 07:33 Lawley Street - Maritime. The snow did not lie until the evening.

70017 powers up while leaving with 4O27 05:21 Garston - Maritime.

66020 on the cars, the same as the preceding Saturday 10th.  4O40 10:44 Morris Cowley - Eastern Docks.

70005 departs with 4O90 05:27 Leeds - Maritime.

The familiar sign has recently been revised for the current franchisee.

70816 in the sidings, in light snow.

Saturday, 17 March 2018

12th - 17th March 2018

37175 leads 1Q52 through Redbridge, 13th March. Image by Ian Knight.

37254 with the return. Image by Ian Knight.

Sunday 11th March: 37116 3Q01 22:35 Hither Green - Eastleigh
Monday 12th March: 37116 3Z01 09:38 Eastleigh - Hither Green one two three four; 37175 + 37254 1Q51 11:30 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh
Tuesday 13th March: 37175 + 37254 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbour - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Fareham - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier -Eastleigh one two three
Wednesday 14th March: 57309 0Z71 05:30 Wembley - Eastleigh; 57304 0Z68 10:19 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent one two three; 37175 + 37254 1Q53 11:48 Eastleigh  - Southampton Up Yard - Wimbledon Park - Southampton Up Yard- Wimbledon Park - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh one two three four five six seven eight47813 0O71 13.35 Leicester - Eastleigh one two three four
Thursday 15th March: 47813 (+ stoneblowers DR80202 + DR80203DR80207 from storage) 6E55 09:36 Eastleigh - Holbeck Loco Sidings one two three four five six seven; 37175 + 37254 1Q54 12:27 Eastleigh - Tonbridge one two three four five six
Friday 16th March:
Saturday 17th March:

Class 800/1 (for the ECML - possibly to be "Azuma" branded) - on the M3 14th March one

The Colas Rail management have apparently  communicated internally that there is no truth in their rumoured exit from the railfreight business.

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Eastleigh, 10th March 2018

With an added focus upon ownership of locomotive assets.

In pouring rain, 70020 with 4O14 07:33 Lawley Street - Southampton. The next expected train was 4O27 05:21 from Garston led by 70011, but this left 173 minutes late, and lost further time at Landor Street (in Birmingham), passing Eastleigh back at 173 minutes late, but after my parking ticket had expired. 70020 is owned by Macquarie European Rail Limited (Luxembourg Branch) which is part of an Australian banking group.

GBRf residents were 66772 and 66727 Maritime One. The former is owned by GBRf, now a subsidiary of Hector Rail (Sweden), itself owned by EQT Infrastructure II (Sweden); the latter is owned by Eversholt Rail, under the parent control through UK Rails S.A.R.L. (Luxembourg) of CK Infrastructure Holdings Limited and CK Hutchison Holdings Limited of Hong Kong.

66548 operated as 0O26 10:50 Hinksey - Eastleigh which continued to Maritime. 66548 is owned by Porterbrook. "In October 2014 the Porterbrook Group of companies was acquired by a consortium of investors including Alberta Investment Management Corporation (“AIMCo”), Allianz Capital Partners (“ACP”) on behalf of certain insurance companies of the Allianz Group, EDF Invest and Hastings Funds Management." (Canada, Germany, France, Australia).

66599 arrived from Maritime to pick up ballast wagons for 6xxx 13:58 Eastleigh - Gatwick. 66599 is owned by Beacon Rail Leasing (Luxembourg), now a subsidiary of JP Morgan Asset Management (parent company in the USA).

66020 with the cars, 4O40 10:44 Morris Cowley - Eastern Docks. 66020 is owned by the company, DB Cargo UK, in turn a subsidiary of Deutsche Bahn AG, a private joint-stock company, with the Federal Republic of Germany being its single shareholder.

66776 Joanne arrives light engine 0Y68 10:31 Tonbridge West - Eastleigh. The locomotive is owned by the GBRf company, see 66772 above.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Eastleigh Works, 10th March 2018

66141 has arrived for transformation into GBRf 66786. The loco appears to have run to Eastleigh on the morning of 6th March.

57304 Pride of Cheshire has been on the works since 21st February. The Geismar MPV sits beyond in the Raxstar area.

73109 appears to have arrived at Eastleigh on 27th February.

57003 in ongoing storage at the works.

5912 is a Mk2F (Lot 30846, BREL Derby 1973) of Statesman Rail.

73133 in its current residence at Eastleigh Works.

5th - 10th March 2018

Never forever. 158961 leaves Southampton with a Portsmouth - Cardiff train, 9th March.

Monday 5th March: 66850 + 66788 + 66789 6Y43 19:55 Eastleigh - Hoo one two three four five
Tuesday 6th March: 166206 on Westbury - Southampton & return
Wednesday 7th March:
Thursday 8th March: 1662xx on Westbury - Southampton & return
Friday 9th March:
Saturday 10th March: 59004 7O51 05:00 Westbury - Hamworthy one

Eastleigh Works: 12Feb - 13Feb - 15Feb - 19Feb - 20Feb - 21Feb - 23Feb - 26Feb - 27Feb

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Eastleigh Works, 4th March 2018

A short trip to Eastleigh following the almost complete melt of the snow.

66788 (66238) and the newly painted 66789 (66250) in BR Large Logo tribute colours.

Unfortunately 66789 was obscured by the fuel tank, but the British Rail 1948 - 1997 plate can be seen.

66789 with 57011 beyond.

DR98305 with DR98306 beyond await their disposal by Raxstar. Here seen in their test period when new in 1999 one two. Later on arrival at Eastleigh in 2009 three four five from Old Oak Common. Later seen at the works in 2009 for the open day six and recently in the current location seven eight nine. Disposal was notified by Network Rail in December.

Update: Raxstar may be in a negotiation to sell this MPV.

"Raxstar Ltd We have interest in buying it complete, we are always open to REASONABLE offers. Thanks"