Saturday, 28 November 2015

23rd - 28th November 2015

37602 leads "The Jolly Marketeer", arranged as top and tail from Salisbury to Portsmouth, Chichester and return. Only 37602 was working the train.
The location is Crampmoor.
37602 was new as D6782 from Robert Stephenson & Hawthorns, Darlington on 29th November 1962, and was allocated to Hull Dairycoates. Renumbered to 37082 in February 1974, then heavy general overhaul  and dual braked between August 1985 and March 1986 at Crewe, renumbered 37502. In February 1985 renumbered 37602 upon selection for European Passenger Services traffic which never materialised. To DRS from May 2002.
BSK with generator 35469 and 37605.
37605 was new from Vulcan Foundry, Newton-le-Willows as D6736 in April 1962, allocated to Hull Dairycoates. Renumbered 37036 in March 1974, then heavy general overhaul  and dual braked between Decemeber 1985 and April 1986 at Crewe, emerging as 37507. In October 1985 renumbered 37605 upon selection for European Passenger Services traffic which never materialised. To DRS from May 2002, after some work for Freightliner in 2001, although it was in storage from 2009-12, for some of that time at Eastleigh Works.

Formation: 37602 + 4991 + 4959 + 1813 + 3147 + 3121 + 1671 + 3098 + 35469 + 37605

Monday 23rd November:
Tuesday 24th November:
Wednesday 25th November: 47832 5Z85 09:35 Southall - Swanage one two three
Thursday 26th November: 37602 + 37605 0Z37 10:20 Crewe - Eastleigh; 47832 1Z87 Poole - Bristol one two three four, 45407 + 47832 T+T 1Z88 Bristol - Poole one two three four; 37175 3Z01 19:43 Bristol - Swindon - Cardiff -Reading Basingstoke - Eastleigh
Friday 27th November: 37602 + 37605 5Z37 10:11 Eastleigh - Derby one two three four five six seven; 47832 + 45407 T+T 5Z90 12:45 Motala - Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury - Bristol ; 37175 3Z08 21:57 Eastleigh - Redbridge - Salisbury - Bath - Salisbury - Redbridge Southampton - Fareham - Southampton - Eastleigh - Basingstoke - Woking - Derby
Saturday 28th November: 37602 + 37605 1Z47 06:18 Derby - Leamington Spa - Reading - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Romsey - Eastleigh - Portsmouth Harbor - Chichester one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven, 1Z48 16:00 Chichester - Derby

Eastleigh Works: 26Oct - 29Oct - 02Nov - 03Nov

Hendy Review - proposals for Wessex

58008 at Eastleigh T&RSMD has been sold to Raxstar for disposal. Raxstar are at Eastleigh Works, so this may only be a local transfer, if not cut up on site. 58008 worked for 16 years, and has been withdrawn for a further 16!

Friday, 27 November 2015

"The Bath & Bristol Christmas Market", Romsey, 26th November 2015

1Z88 17:36 Bristol Temple Meads - Poole

45407 The Lancashire Fusilier, built by Armstrong Whitworth at Scotswood Works, Newcastle in 1937.
Very slightly further on. The train was moving at modest speed with an amber aspect to lead onto the Eastleigh line over the Sun Arch.
47832 (BR Crewe, August 1964) on the rear.

Freightliner HH Crew Change, Romsey, 26th November 2015

The working is 6Oxx 16:37 Fairwater Yard - Petersfield, and apparently it has been running for some weeks, for engineering work on the Portsmouth Direct Line. A crew change takes place at Romsey, firstly for the lead locomotive, and then, after pulling through the station, for the rear locomotive.

Leading locomotive was 66552 Maltby Raider.
Unfortunately Maltby Colliery was closed in 2013, and the buildings there were demolished in 2014,
DR92264 a Plasser & Theurer NB-PW Ballast System Propulsion Machine.
66555 on the rear.

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Empty stock to Swanage, Redbridge, 25th November 2015

5Z85 09:35 Southall - Swanage, load 9

 47832 leads through a rainy Redbridge.

"West Coast Railways steam prohibited on main line network"

Rail magazine & statement from West Coast

Railway Herald - which suggests that individual locomotives may be passed for usage one by one - appears to be a need for a tamper-proof TPWS

National Preservation

Today's ECS to Swanage ran with 47832 only. The train tomorrow is currently forecast to be steam on return only, with 45407 now in Bristol, and return schedule on OTT.

Sunday, 22 November 2015

16th -21st November 2015

A rather dark start at Eastleigh, just after 08:00, 70011 stops for crew change with 4O22 01:11 Trafford Park - Maritime.
First flat was 8370 4520 022-2, one half of an Sfgkmmss Ecofret twin container flat owned by VTG and built in Poland by Greenbrier.
66058 makes a move from yard to the depot. It was repainted in August.
I went to Lidl and watched 37175 sail past when I was at the checkout :-(
I decided to go to the works anyway, and here is 73107 which was named Tracy on 29th August.
ADB975974 Paschar (Hebrew for 'Angel of Vision) originally 1030 an RUO built to Lot 30647 at Wolverton in 1961.Taken out of traffic in 1979 and entered departmental service from May 1981, as a barrier for Class 313/315. This and 975978 are now understood to be in a lease to GBRf.
ADB975878 Perpetiel - (Hebrew for 'Angel of Sucess') originally 1025 an RUO with the same build details. Taken out of traffic in 1979 and entered departmental service from August 1980, in similar barrier coach service.

Monday 16th November: 67015 + 67018 5O61 09:53 Wembley - Eastleigh one two three four
Tuesday 17th November: 60035 4O20 02:06 Castle Bromwich - Eastern Docks, 4M52 11:32 Eastern Docks - Castle Bromwich one two
Wednesday 18th November: 60035 6O20 04:11 Castle Bromwich - Eastern Docks, 6M52 11:32 Eastern Docks - Castle Bromwich one two three four
Thursday 19th November: 57311 6Z70 ??:?? Willesden Brent - Eastleigh one, 0Z68 10:50 Eastleigh - Willesden Brent one; 43014 + 43062 NMT 1X23 13:39 Salisbury - Southampton - Salisbury (elsewhere: one two); 60040 6X01 10:17 Scunthorpe - Eastleigh one two, 0E15 21:06 Eastleigh - Scunthorpe
Friday 20th November: 37175 3Q01 20:34 Hither Green - Basingstoke - Salisbury - Romsey - - Eastleigh - Romsey - Salisbury - Basingstoke - Eastleigh one two
Saturday 21st November: 37175 3Z01 09:11 Eastleigh - Derby one two three four five

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

DRS 47 status

2015 is likely to bring significant change to the DRS 47 fleet, with the influx of Class 68, and Norwich backup services being transferred to Class 37/4.

17th September: 47813 stored. Back to three available locos.

2nd October: 47790 reinstated after bogie swap with 47841 at Eastleigh. Four locos available going into RHTT season.

15th November: 47805 and 47818 into storage at Kingmoor. 47790 out of traffic for repairs at Crewe, leaving 47828 in traffic on RHTT duties at Stowmarket. 

Number Name Pool 2014 Status Pool now New cooler group Most recent picture
47501 Craftsman XHNB stored Sep2014 wheelflats, understood for transfer to LNWR, transfer status 24Dec14 (at Derby) - moved under own power to Crewe 18Feb15 after attention to wheels. To Rail Services Ltd at Crewe Diesel shed late March 2015. XHSS 22nd August 2014
47790 Galloway Princess XHNB in traffic, Northern Belle, at DRS Crewe, Dec2014, moved to Crewe 20Jan14, due for C exam, returned to traffic at Norwich 23Jan15 - failed with engine problems in Norwich area June 2015, stored at Gresty Bridge ~01Jul15. To Eastleigh 13Jul15. Reinstated 02Oct15after bogie swap with 47841. XHAC 13th July 2015 (image by Ian Knight)
47802 Pride of Cumbria XHAC stored 24Jan14, at Carnforth - for WCRC. Test run ready 15Jul15, run took place 24Jul15, in traffic AWCA x 23rd August 2015
47805 John Scott 12.5.45-22.5.12 XHAC in traffic, Norwich Dec 2014, transfer status, moved to Crewe on 07Jan15,  stored Crewe by 09Jan15, reinstated 13Mar15. To Kingmoor 17Nov15 and stored. XHSS x 12th August 2015
47810 Peter Bath MBE 1927-2006 XHAC in traffic, Norwich Dec 2014, moved to Crewe 20Jan14, due for C exam (but getting a B exam?) - traction earth fault - repaired by Feb15; stored around 13Apr15 XHSS 22nd August 2014
47813 Solent XHNB in traffic, stored around 17Sep15 XHNB 17th June 2011 (image by Ian Knight)
47818   XHAC in traffic, moved to Crewe 20Jan14, due for B exam, returned to traffic at Norwich 23Jan15. To Kingmoor 17Nov15 and stored. XHSS 17th September 2015
47828   XHAC in traffic, Norwich Dec14, but transfer status 24Dec14, moved to Crewe on 07Jan15 (coolant leak) - towed to Eastleigh 02Mar15. Reinstated and moved from Eastleigh 13Jul15, arriving Kingmoor 17Jul15, then to Crewe 23Jul15 XHAC 15th November 2015
47832 Solway Princess XHNB failed 14Jun14, sold to and repaired in traffic with  WCRC AWCA 5th September 2015
47841   XHAC stored 31Oct14, transfer status 24Dec14 - to Eastleigh 13Jul15 XHSS 19th July 2014
47853 RAIL EXPRESS XHAC in traffic, expected due soon for C exam - stored Crewe 18Feb XHSS 1st December 2012

XHSS1st December 2012