Sunday, 21 May 2017

15th - 20th May 2017


37409 Lord Hinton + 975025 Caroline at Redbridge on 16th May. 37409 is due for an F exam at the end of this month, and this may not be authorised. Images by Ian Knight.


70817 at Nursling on Friday 19th May - first working, first visit. Image by Ian Knight.

Monday 15th May: 66124 5O61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh one
Tuesday 16th May: 37409 2Z02 07:27 Salisbury - Andover - Ludgershall - Andover - Laverstock - Romsey - Eastleigh - Fawley - Havant - Guildford - Alton -Woking one two three four
Wednesday 17th May: 73962 + 73963 1Q66 09:10 Woking - Laverstock - Romsey - Eastleigh - Fawley - Eastleigh - Romsey - Laverstock - Andover - Ludgershall - Andover - Woking; xxxxx 0 0Z68 10:19 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent; 37611 3Q02 21:36 Eastleigh - Dorchester - Eastleigh one
Thursday 18th May: 73962 + 73963 1Z66 12:02 Woking - Eastleigh - Woking one two three four five six seven; 37611 3Q04 Eastleigh - Totton - Reading one two
Friday 19th May: 68027 0Z38 07:54 Crewe - Eastleigh one two; 70817 6O31 17:30 Westbury - Eastleigh one two three four;
Saturday 20th May: 68027 5Z38 05:08 Eastleigh - Didcot one two three four five, (the train was later in the hands of 88002 + 68025, which passed me while I was driving on the M6 just north of Plumpton one two three four five), 68027 5Z41 23:45 Didcot - Eastleigh
Sunday 21st May: 68027 0Z41 15:35 Eastleigh - Crewe

Eastleigh Works: 02May - 03May

At Eastleigh Works, 08879 is now understood to be "for sale" following repairs to the governor by Raxstar.

Focus on Flying Scotsman in Fife, 14th May 2017


60103 Flying Scotsman amongst the girders of the Forth Bridge, with the evening circular tour from Edinburgh.

A retro look for this pass of the lunchtime train through Inverkeithing, at that time running 21 minutes early.

60103 on the approach viaduct over North Queensferry.


Earlier in the day 37518 passes through Inverkeithing with 5Z90 09:14 Thornton Yard - Bo'ness.

Saturday, 20 May 2017

Two hours at Scout Green, 13th May 2017


46115 Scots Guardsman 1Z86 0710 London Euston to Carlisle 'Cumbrian Mountain Express' (steam from Carnforth)


66430 + 66423 4S43 0640 Daventry Drs (Tesco) to Mossend Euroterminal

68023 Resolution + 68001 Evolution 6K74 0909 Sellafield B.N.F. to Crewe Coal Sidings (Drs)

New Trans Pennine colours on 350403 1S46 1000 Manchester Airport to Edinburgh

390151 1S44 08:14 Birmingham - Edinburgh

Friday, 19 May 2017

Swanage Diesel Gala Focus: 47192


47192 has spent more time in preservation than in BR ownership. New as D1842 from BR Crewe in May 1965, it was allocated in Crewe for most of its working career, becoming 47192 in April 1974.

Withdrawn in May 1988 and the first of its class to be preserved, in 1990 at Crewe Heritage Centre.

I appear to have first seen this locomotive in 1977-78, but my detail notes seem devoid of the number.


At Norden, at the start of the day.

At Swanage, upon arrival of the 10:00 from Norden.

Departure of the 12:15 Swanage to Norden.

Between Corfe and Norden with 16:00 from Swanage.

Between duties at Norden.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Eastleigh Works, 11th May 2017


57002 arrived on Wednesday, bringing 66428 for a repaint. Previously 47322, new as D1803 on 21st January 1965.

66752 appeared prepared to work away with the Arlington barrier coaches.

47818 in a shunt position. The first coach is TSO 4946 (Lot 30690 Wolverton 1961) 

TSO 4927 (Lot 30690 Wolverton 1962)

Swanage Diesel Gala Focus: 26043


26043 was new as D5343 from BRCW on 2nd October 1959, and allocated to 64B Haymarket, although by July 1960, 60A Inverness was its home depot.

Renumbered to 26043 in January 1974. Heavy General overhaul and air brake fitted at Glasgow Works, completed in May 1985,

Withdrawn on 19th January 1993, following a power earth fault.

Preserved by the Cotswold Mainline Diesel Group, and based at Toddington since April 1994. Restored to use in 2013, but did have some traction motor issues, now resolved.

I first saw this locomotive in Glasgow Works when I visited on 4th October 1980 (RCTS visit?). The repair work was completed the following month.


Easing empty stock out of the carriage siding at Harman's Cross.

Running around the empty stock.

Arriving at Swanage with 10:45 from Norden.

Laying over at Swanage.

Non-stop through Harman's Cross with 14:50 from Norden.

Arriving at Norden with 17:16 from Swanage.

Saturday, 13 May 2017

8th - 13th May 2017


1001 at Totton, heading to Fawley, 13th May. Image by Ian Knight.

73961 + 73119 Swanage - Eastleigh at Redbridge, 8th May. Image by Ian Knight.

Recently repainted 37254 at Totton, 9th May. Image by Ian Knight.

37099 with the test train at Redbridge. Image by Ian Knight.

Ye Olde 313 at Bedhampton, 8th May. 313216 originally 313016 delivered from BR York in June 1976.

Sunday 7th May: 56096 0Y68 17:45 Swanage - Eastleigh one two three
Monday 8th May: 56096 0Y68 10:00 Eastleigh - Washwood Heath; 73961 + 73119 0Z73 13:00 Swanage - Tonbridge one two three; 37099 + 37254 1Q51 11:15 Derby - Eastleigh - Weymouth - Eastleigh one two three four
Tuesday 9th May: 66741 + 20188 + 20059 + 45041 + 47192 + 50026 0Z41 09:05 Swanage - Princes Risborough one two three; 37099 + 37254 1Q52 10:37 Eastleigh - Portmouth & Southsea (vice Harbour) - Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour - Totton Yard - Havant - Guildford - Havant - Eastleigh - Woking - Lymington Pier - Eastleigh one two three four five
Wednesday 10th May: 57002 + 66428 (for repain, after recent collision repair at Wolverton) 0Z70 01:10 Crewe - Eastleigh one two; 37099 + 37254 1Q53 11:38 Eastleigh - Southampton Up Yard -  Woking - Wimbledon Park -  (AWS fault on 37254, 37099 continued solo) - Eastleigh - Southampton Down Loop - Wimbledon - Basingstoke - Laverstock - Romsey - Eastleigh - Totton Yard - Eastleigh - Romsey - Eastleigh one two three four five six
Thursday 11th May: 37099 + 37254 1Q54 12:27 Eastleigh - Hither Green one two three four; 56303 6Z16 10:00 Willesden - Eastleigh one two, 56303 + 56312 6Z17 Eastleigh - Wembley one two three
Friday 12th May:
Saturday 13th May: 1001 1Z11 06:30 Hastings - Fawley, 1Z12 11:50 Fawley - Southampton, 1Z13 13:04 Southampton - Fawley, 1Z14 13:55 Fawley - Southampton, 1Z15 15:15 Southampton - Fawley, 1Z16 16:15 Fawley - Hastings

08571 has arrived at Maritime.