Sunday, 1 May 2016

50026 " Start Me Up! ", Eastleigh Works, 30th April 2016


50026 Indominatable was brought out of Eastleigh Works, just before 18:00 on Saturday, for a session of several start ups.


It's maybe worth noting that the marker lights are on.
New as D426, to traffic on 22nd June 1968, a week after D427, Initially allocated to D05 (Stoke Division), more formally to CD (Crewe Diesel) from May 1973. Transferred to the Western Region in May 1974, allocated to LA (Plymouth Laira), and then OC (Old Oak Common) from April 1983. Refurbished at Doncaster between July and December 1982, it was repainted into a NSE scheme following an F exam at Laira in October 1986.

It worked its last train in November 1990, then was withdrawn from LA in December 1990. Sold and delivered to Booth, Rotherham for scrap in early 1992, but was rescued, entering a long story of preservation and restoration. It was to work 'Polar Express' specials on the Dartmoor Railway in late 2014, but failed, and was returned to Eastleigh Works, where it has been since. The locomotive is soon due to be a star at the Weybourne Traction Group / North Norfolk Railway Diesel Gala on 9th - 12th June.



Mountfield Gypsum Empties at Eastleigh, 30th April 2016

4Y19 12:02 Mountfield - Western Docks

66730 Whitemoor leading the train.

FEA-S 640635 is a GBRf marked spine container flat built at Greenbrier (Wagony Swidnica), Poland in 2004

The Pines Express at Eastleigh, 30th April 2016

1O95 11:00 Manchester Piccadilly - Eastleigh
1Z96 18:06 Eastleigh - Bournemouth - London Waterloo

Recently repainted from grey at Eastleigh, 66747 arrives with 1O95 at its destination.

73109 and 73119 Borough of Eastleigh run, in the rain, from Eastleigh Yard to the depot to be attached to the train.

66747 departs for Bournemouth, with the 73s on the rear.

Detail of 66747.

RBR 1691 completed  by Pressed Steel in February 1962 to Lot 30628

TSO 4949 built at Wolverton to Lot 30690, entering traffic in 1961.

73109 and 73119 (January and March 1966) on the rear of the train, ready for leading the return to Waterloo.


Eastleigh Works, 30th April 2016


59003 (30 years old) in repose outside the works. Nicely positioned at the time for the railtour visitors from 'The Pines Express'.

58008 (32 years old and more than 16 withdrawn) now has its centre structure removed, but the engine block is still in-situ. The test train is headed by 37219. The two Mark II d/e/f coaches which were in the scrap queue, appear to be no more.

Another angle on 58008, where the engine block is visible.

07007 is seen moving 444031 within the woks confines.

Saturday, 30 April 2016

25th - 30th April 2016


66536 leads into Romsey with 6Y19 17:50 Fairwater Yard - Arundel.

DR92283 is a MFS-A Materials Handling Train Interface Wagon, built by Plasser & Theurer in 2000, followed by a Swivel Conveyor Wagon DR92281.

66509 on the rear.

313217 preparing to stop at Bedhampton with 2N65 12:57 Littlehampton - Portsmouth Harbour. 313217 was built at BREL York and entered traffic as 313017 (62545 Lot 30879 + 71229 Lot30880 + 62609 Lot 30885) in June 1976. I did first see this in the 1981-83 period. Renumbered 313117 in October 1998, then 313217 in June 2010 when the ac pantograph was removed.

Monday 25th April: 37602 + 37610 1Z43 16:35 Carlisle - Eastleigh one two three four; 37219 3Q01 23:07 Hither Green - Southampton - Eastleigh
Tuesday 26th April: 47739 0Z47 09:24 Hoo Jct - Eastleigh one two; 37602 + 37610 0Z44 14:55 Eastleigh - Crewe one two three four; 37219 3Q01 22:31 Eastleigh - Hither Green
Wednesday 27th April:
Thursday 28th April: 47739 6S47 09:32 Eastleigh - Derby St Andrews Economac (CargoWagons) one two three four five
Friday 29th April: 37219 3Q77 19:00 Hither Green - Laverstock - Romsey - Eastleigh - Southampton - Eastleigh - Salisbury - Basingstoke one two three, 3Z77 03:14 Basingstoke - Eastleigh
Saturday 30th April: 73109 + 73119 5Z94 04:00 Eastleigh - Euston (then back to Eastleigh one); 66747 1O95 11:00 Manchester Piccadilly - Eastleigh one two; 66747 + (73109 + 73119) (T+T) 1Z96 18:06 Eastleigh - Waterloo, 5Z96 22:15 Waterloo - Eastleigh

58008 is now being broken up at Eastleigh one (with 37219)

70803 remains at Laira.

Elsewhere 47749 has been repaired and re-instated for Colas. A covered up new name can be seen, likely to be unveiled at the Bristol event.

Sunday, 24 April 2016

2H 1125 on the Watercress Line, 23rd April 2016

2H 1125 (60124 + 60824 to Lots 30540 and 30541) was originally delivered from Eastleigh as a 3H unit in December 1959, Renumbered 205025 in October 1986, this "Thumper" was reconfigured as a 2H in 1998, and eventually withdrawn in February 2004, after which it delivered itself into preservation in May that year,

I first noted 1125 on 3rd August 1982, a month before taking up employment in Hampshire.

At Alresford before the first train of the day.

Resting for 10 minutes at Medstead.

Arriving at Ropley.





50027 on the Watercress Line, 23rd April 2016


50027 was delivered as D427 from English Electric Vulcan Foundry (EE3797/D1168) on 15th June 1968, and was allocated to DO5 (Stoke Division, generally meaning Crewe), and formally to CD (Crewe Diesel) from May 1974, before being sent to the Western Region in March 1974 with the pending introduction of "The Electric Scots" services north of Weaver Junction through to Glasgow.

Once on the Western Region, the locomotive was allocated to BR(Bristol Bath Road) and then LA (Plymouth Laira) in March 1974, to OC (Old Oak Common) in April 1982 and back to LA in January 1984. The locomotive was refurbished at Doncaster between February and July 1983, emerging in 'large logo' colours. The name Lion was applied on 17th April 1978. Laira completed an 'F' exam on the locomotive in December 1987, turning it out in a Network South East livery.

The locomotive was withdrawn on 23rd July 1991, with worn out wheelsets and pending engine repairs. Initially preserved on the Mid-Hants in May 1991, it has spent most time in preservation on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway from 1994, before making a return to the Mid-Hants in 2012. Amazingly, the main line career of 23 years has now been exceeded by 24 years in preservation.

My notes show that I first saw Lion on 22nd March 1986, I would appear to have been in Eastleigh / Southampton area.

At Ropley, but platform and angles remind me of the Waterloo - Exeter period.

Running around at Alton.

Preparing to return from Alton to Alresford.

Entering Medstead from Ropley.

Majestic in its break at Medstead.

Doing the Fifty rattly thing away from Ropley.

The end of my day at Alresford, drawing in from Alton.